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The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Dec. 26, 2013 released its final guidance on "Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards." The guidance, termed here the Omni-Circular, supersedes the requirements of various other OMB circulars, including OMB Circular A-21, Cost Principles for Educational Institutions, and OMB Circular A-110, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements With Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Non-Profit Organizations.

These new federal policies become effective for new federal awards and new funding for existing awards on Dec 26, 2014.

The University of Washington assembled a team to review and catalog changes that may affect UW policies, procedures and systems.

The Omni Guidance Core Team was assembled to:

  • Discover differences between past and new federal requirements
  • Identify changes and impacts to policies, procedures and systems and inform responsible units
  • Deliver final document noting changes and documenting: decisions for actions, reviewers and contacts, and required changes to policies, procedures and/or systems

Team Sponsors

  • Mary Lidstrom
    Vice Provost for Research
  • Susan Camber
    Associate Vice President,
    Financial Management

Team Members

  • Ted Mordhorst – Facilitator
    (Financial Management)
  • Mike Anthony
    (Financial Management)
  • Lynette Arias
    (Office of Research)
  • Kathy Bracy
    (UW Medicine)
  • Susan Carpenter-Brandt
    (Department of Psychology)
  • Jenn Dickey
    (UW Medicine)
  • Linda Gamman
    (Office of Research)
  • Joe Giffels
    (Office of Research)
  • Carla Helm
    (Procurement Services)
  • Carol Rhodes
    (Office of Research)
  • Tami Sadusky
    (Financial Management)
  • Zenaida Shattuck
    (Internal Audit)
April-June 2014 Discovery
June 26, 2014 Individual federal agency implementation plans released
September 30, 2014 Draft of Changes to UW policy
December 1, 2014 UW ready to implement changes
December 26, 2014 Federal implementation begins
July 1, 2015 Beginning of first UW fiscal year under the new guidance
Unit Message Date Message/Resource
Office of Sponsored Programs 8/5/14 NW Chapter of Internal Auditors 8-5-14 TM
Office of Sponsored Programs 2/13/14 Omni-Circular UW Work Group Slides for MRAM
Unit Message Date Message/Resource
National Science Foundation 5/29/2014 US Federal Register, Volume 79, Number 90, May 9, 2014
National Science Foundation 5/29/2014 National Science Foundation Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide
National Science Foundation 5/29/2014 NSF Notice on UG Implementation
Office of Management and Budget 2/14/14 OmniCircular –Senate Research Committee
Council on Financial Assistance Reform (COFAR) 2/12/14 COFAR Releases Frequently Asked Questions
cofar@omb.eop.gov
COFAR N/A COFAR webpage with new Omni-circular and more
COFAR 1/29/14 COFAR – COGR Review: OMB Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards
National Institutes of Health N/A NIH Commons Working Group
Unit Message Date Message/Resource
National Academies N/A All FDP presentations
COGR 1/14/14 Preliminary Assessment of Selected Items – OMB Uniform administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Administrative Requirements for Federal Awards