Sorting Out COVID-19 Grant Administrative Flexibilities

Webinar • Tuesday, July 14, 2020 • 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET

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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

As the coronavirus pandemic hit hard in March, the Office of Management and Budget, in a March 19 directive (OMB Memorandum 20-17), allowed federal awarding agencies to provide administrative relief to awardees affected by loss of operations because of shutdowns and curtailments. But the available agreement modifications, requirement waivers, submission delays and other flexibilities were “time-limited” for 90 days.

On June 18, asserting that the country “is now recovering,” OMB amended its relief policies. A new OMB memorandum — M-20-26 — retains some of the previously granted adjustments but claims to rescind others. So what happens now? Consider the following:

  • Federal award actions that were taken under M-20-17 can remain in place. But requests by nonfederal entities for any new flexibilities will be governed by the more recent directive. That puts a premium on recipients and subrecipients maintaining accurate information about when actions were taken and under what authority.
  • M-20-26 specifically maintains flexibilities addressing the allowability of salaries and other project activities, as well as for submitting single audit reports.
  • Some of the flexibilities that OMB highlighted in March really were not new. Authority to take those actions has been included in OMB’s uniform grant guidance since 2014. In other words, federal agencies can still take those actions if they are asked to do so.
  • Examining the unique circumstances that you face with your awards and then navigating and continuing to negotiate with your federal funders for agreement features that you can live with is a smart strategy right now.

This webinar will help you assemble the necessary documentation, provide you with policy citations and sound justifications to present to awarding agencies, and assist you to obtain realistic award terms and conditions as you continue to wrestle with what many are calling the “new normal” in federal grants management.

Join Bob Lloyd, principal of Federal Fund Management Advisor™, for this critical session.


  • Grant and contract managers
  • Sponsored projects administrators
  • Project directors
  • Executives
  • Legal counsels
  • Finance directors
  • Accounting staff
  • Purchasing agents
  • Principal research investigators

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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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