OMB Announces Results-Oriented Community, Change to 2 C.F.R. 180

July 3, 2018 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

honey-bee-1370423The past couple of months, the grants team at the Office of Management and Budget have been busy as a bee. On the heels of releasing the 2018 OMB Compliance Supplement in May, OMB issued Memorandum M-18-18 last month, which enabled federal agencies to raise the micro-purchase threshold for grantee procurements, along with raising the simplified acquisition threshold.

Now, OMB as announced that it has released its quarterly update on efforts to support more results-oriented accountability for grants under the President’s Management Agenda (PMA). The PMA seeks to improve accountability for grants and enable recipients to less time spent on administrative compliance and more time on achieving and reporting results. In addition, OMB under the PMA has launched a “results-oriented accountability for grants community of practice” designed to enable grant stakeholders share their thoughts on the latest efforts to improve results-oriented accountability for federal grants. “Through this community, OMB will communicate with you about the latest opportunities for dialogue, such as workshops, webinars, events and more,” according to OMB’s Rhea Hubbard in a recent notice. “You’ll be part of a community of people involved at every aspect of the grants lifecycle — including those across federal agencies working to balance compliance with a focus on results, and ultimately benefit Americans working in every aspect of the economy.”

If that’s not enough, OMB issued an interim final action in today’s Federal Register to amend 2 C.F.R. 180, OMB Guidelines to Agencies on Governmentwide Debarment and Suspension (Nonprocurement), to implement a section of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2017 that prohibits awards to persons or entities involved in activities that violate arms control treaties or agreements with the United States.

More specifically, OMB will add a new section (h) under §180. 215, “Which nonprocurement transactions are not covered transactions?” This section will state:

“Notwithstanding paragraph (a) of this section, covered transactions must include non-procurement and procurement transactions involving entities engaged in activity that contributed to or is a significant factor in a country’s non-compliance with its obligations under arms control, nonproliferation or disarmament agreements or commitments with the United States. Federal awarding agencies and primary tier non-procurement recipients must not award, renew, or extend a non-procurement transaction or procurement transaction, regardless of amount or tier, with any entity listed in the System for Award Management Exclusions List on the basis of involvement in activities that violate arms control, nonproliferation or disarmament agreements or commitments with the United States, pursuant to section 1290 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, unless the head of a Federal agency grants an exception pursuant to 2 C.F.R. 180.135 with the concurrence of the OMB Director.”

Although this interim action became effective today, OMB is allowing interested parties to submit comments to Regulations.gov (ID No. OMB_FRDOC_0001-0225) by Sept. 4 to be considered in the formation of the final guidance.

We’ll continue to keep our eye out for more news from OMB over the summer.

Let us know what you think about these OMB notices and what you’d like to share about the results-oriented community. We’d love to hear from you.

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