December 09, 2014

New UC Berkeley Campus Guide to OMB Uniform Guidance

The White House Office of Management and Budget issued guidance effective as of December 26, 2014 designed to streamline and simplify the policy framework for grants and other types of agreements issued by the federal government. This new “Uniform Guidance” combines and replaces eight federal circulars and will govern all of UC Berkeley’s future federal contract and grant activities.

The UC Berkeley Campus Guide to OMB Uniform Guidance highlights selected items of the Uniform Guidance that will impact all federal proposals submitted by and new awards made to the University on or after December 26, 2014. Please pay particular attention to new information on allowable costs and activities that now require prior federal agency approval.

Federal proposals being submitted now are subject to these new regulations. Awards issued after December 26, 2014 also will be subject to these new requirements. Federal agencies also have the option of applying the Uniform Guidance to existing awards when issuing funding increments on or after December 26, 2014. However, the federal sponsor chooses not to apply the Uniform Guidance at that time, the existing award will continue to be administered under the original federal award’s terms and conditions.

Revisions and updates to this guide and to the OMB Uniform Guidance page will be made after more specific information on how the Uniform Guidance will be implemented by each of the federal agencies is published. We anticipate receiving this information on or after December 26, 2014.

January 2, 2014 Research Advocate: OMB Publishes Federal Grants Reform Guidance