Tag Archives: COFAR

Six Things To Watch For in Grants in 2017

At the end of the year, many news organizations often present a retrospective of what occurred the previous year. We prefer to look forward and provide an outlook as to what we think will be some of the biggest things…

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Still Awaiting the Next Revision of the Uniform Guidance FAQ

As I look around my neighborhood, there are pumpkins on almost everyone’s front patio and Halloween decorations are in full force. Leaves are now beginning to fall from the trees in abundance, and the football season is getting closer to…

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Sneak Preview: COFAR Updates FAQ on Uniform Grant Guidance

(The following was excerpted from a recent article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) The Council on Financial Assistance Reform (COFAR) recently updated its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document addressing provisions within the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB’s) uniform…

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OMB, COFAR Issue Technical Corrections, New FAQ

It didn’t have much fanfare and you may have missed it, but the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Council on Financial Assistance Reform (COFAR) made some big news last week. Maybe not quite as big as the…

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COFAR Launches Tool for Stakeholder Feedback on Uniform Guidance

Stakeholder feedback is always a good thing, especially when it comes to initiatives taken by the federal government. As it seeks to ensure that the uniform grant guidance performs as intended — by reducing administrative burden while eliminating fraud, waste…

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An Interim Final Rule on Grants a Week Before the Effective Date

The Office of Management and Budget’s uniform grant guidance becomes effective next Friday, so the grants community has exactly one more week to become experts on all the provisions of the guidance. But why wait until the day after Christmas…

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Five Things We’re Thankful For in Covering the Grants Community

We gather together this week to celebrate one of the greatest holidays on the calendar. You just can’t beat a holiday that essentially revolves around eating, not to mention the glorious side order of hours of football while you digest…

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COFAR Webinar Discusses How Much Internal Control Is Enough

Call it the “pillow test.” Or perhaps the “snooze factor.” These seemed to be good terms to use for determining the level of internal control that a recipient needs under the uniform grant guidance after hearing from a couple of…

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OMB Announces Thursday Webinar on Uniform Guidance

Quick! Clear your schedules for Thursday afternoon (assuming you have that option). The Council on Federal Financial Reform and the Office of Management and Budget are hosting a two-hour webinar Oct. 2 starting at 1 p.m.

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Some Answers Still Confusing in Second FAQ from OMB, COFAR

What is it with the Office of Management and Budget and holidays? After issuing the uniform grant guidance last year on the day after Christmas (and setting an implementation date for Dec. 26 of this year), OMB and the Council…

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