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OMB’s Updated Grant Flexibilities: What They Are and How to Get Them

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Prerequisites: Some knowledge of federal grant management and audit requirements is helpful

Recommended Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications

Program Knowledge Level: Basic

Advanced Preparation: None

Directly after enactment of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act, the Biden Administration’s Office of Management and Budget told federal agencies that they can return to using administrative grant flexibilities for awards under the Act, as well as for other federal assistance programs whether directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic or not.

Grant recipients were offered similar flexibilities on a time-limited basis from March to June 2020, and the persistence of loss of full operations and other disruptions caused by the pandemic led OMB to revisit the policy adjustments.

All of this is good news, but it’s clear that grant recipients should not sit back and wait for the flexibilities to miraculously show up in their awards. While a couple of flexibilities are supposed to be automatic, others will require communication about award modifications. Unfortunately, not all federal agencies have issued instructions to their grant officers telling them to make use of the flexibilities. Even fewer have reached out directly to their recipients to let them know about the available policy variances.

It really falls to recipients to proactively approach their awarding agencies, armed with the OMB directive and prepared to justify why and how the flexibilities should be made available to them. This webinar is intended to help you succeed in making your case for flexibilities. We’ll discuss the OMB “class deviations” for —

  • Registration and recertification in the System for Award Management (SAM)
  • Allowability of pre-award costs
  • Flexibility on application deadlines
  • Waiver of prior approvals
  • No-cost extensions on time for performance
  • Abbreviated non-competitive continuation requests
  • Exemption from some procurement requirements
  • Flexibility on conduct of physical inventories of grant-acquired property
  • Extension of deadlines for financial and performance reporting
  • Extension of submission of closeout packages
  • Automatic extension of submission of single audit reporting packages
  • Federal agency procedures for granting case-by-case exceptions under 2 CFR 200

The objectives of this webinar are to help you understand what the applicable grants management requirements are, and how you can maximize your award flexibility under the current circumstances.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

  • Grant and contract managers
  • Sponsored projects administrators
  • Grant project directors
  • Principal research investigators
  • Executives
  • Finance directors
  • Purchasing agents
  • Internal auditors
  • External auditors  

Hand-out Materials:

Attendees will receive presentation slides as well as access to background materials.

Allowable Charges

The costs of webinars sponsored by Federal Fund Management Advisor™ are allowable charges to your federal grants and subgrants. The cost principles issued by OMB under its uniform guidance (and applicable to all types of awardees) state, “The cost of training and education for employee development is allowable” (2 CFR 200.472).

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