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Federal Uniform Guidance

Where can I get access to the most updated version of the Uniform Guidance?

Is it True Federal Rules are Changing?

Yes the federal government is changing the rules that apply to grants and cooperative agreements (assistance agreements, i.e. not federal contracts).  In an effort to deliver on the promise of a 21st-Century government that is more efficient, effective and transparent, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in conjunction with the Council on Financial Assistance Reform (COFAR) has released guidance to all federal agencies that must be implemented into each agency’s regulations by December 26, 2014*.  While prior OMB regulatory documents were called circulars, e.g. A-21, A-110 and A-133, the new rules are called Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirement or simply the Uniform Guidance or UG.

When will these new regulations apply?

The new rules will apply to new awards received after December 26, 2014.  Existing Federal awards will continue to be governed by the terms and conditions under which they were awarded until they receive additional funding or are amended after December 26, 2014.  Subpart F, Audit Requirements, will apply to audits of non-Federal entity fiscal years beginning on or after December 26, 2014.  For MSU, this will be Fiscal Year July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016.

Will federal agencies publish a crosswalk of the new UG to their regulations?

Yes, however the final comment period for the UG didn't end until February 17th, so agencies are still finalizing their plans.  The following list will be updated as they are released.

EPA Crosswalk

Hot off the press – here are the new federal rules! Caution do not print as it is 1,140 pages.

How can I learn more about the changes?

Past OMB Clarifications and Other Information

Provides an assessment of certain items from the OMB Uniform Guidance that are of significance for higher education institutions

FDP/COGR White papers on potential issues published 6-10-2014

Final version of the white paper resulting from a meeting COGR participated in, sponsored by FDP, where university representatives presented key issues from the Uniform Guidance to federal agency representatives.

COFAR website

Other resources in support of the updated regulations

Will there be campus informational sessions about these new regulations?


Slides from Electronic Research Administrators - Hot Topics on 12-2-2014



For administrators: A two hour informational session was held on May 27 at the International Center.  A second two hour session for administrators (same presentation as 5/27) will be held Thursday, June 19 in room 1410 of the Biomedical Physical Sciences (BPS) Building from 2:00-4:00.



Presentation slides from 6/19 session

For faculty: One hour informational sessions will be held on Wednesday, June 18 in room 1415 of the BPS building from 10:00-11:00, or on Tuesday, July 1 in room 1415 of the BPS building from 2:00-3:00.

Presentation slides from 6/18 session

*The National Science Foundation (NSF) has traditionally implemented via a policy document, which is available at:

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