Uniform Guidance

On December 26, 2013, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued the “Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards," a/k/a the Uniform Guidance.  The Uniform Guidance consolidates, streamlines and supersedes eight existing OMB Circulars, including Circulars A-21, A-110 and A-133.  The new guidance, which affects all federal grants and contracts, took effect on December 26, 2014.

In response, Columbia University has set up a University-wide Uniform Guidance Task Force, with representatives from central administration and various Columbia schools active in research to coordinate implementation of the Uniform Guidance.  This webpage will provide information and updates on the Uniform Guidance implementation and will be regularly updated as new material becomes available.

For general questions, email uniform-guidance@columbia.edu

For ease of navigation, the Uniform Guidance is broken down into its following subparts:

Preamble - Major Policy Reforms
Subpart A (200.0 - 200.99) - Acronyms and Definitions
Subpart B (200.100 - 200.113) - General Provisions
Subpart C (200.200 - 200.211) - Pre Award Requirements
Subpart D (200.300 - 200.345) - Post Award Requirements
Subpart E (200.400 - 200.475) - Cost Principles
Subpart F (200.500 - 200.521) - Audit Requirements (includes Appendices I-XI) - Subpart F will apply to audits of fiscal years beginning on or after December 26, 2014

The Uniform Guidance Workshops explain the impacts (large and small) that these new federal guidelines have on many aspects of the sponsored project lifecycle – from the way proposals and budgets are developed and grants are managed, to the way subrecipients are handled, and projects are monitored and closed out.

Morningside Workshops

Part 1 - Pre-award and Working with Subrecipients (uses NSF case study):

Part 2 - Post-award, Quaretrly Monitoring and Closeout

CUMC Workshops

Part 1 - Pre-award and Working with Subrecipients (uses NIH case study):

Part 2 - Post-award, Quarterly Monitoring and Closeout

  • OMB Circulars effective until 12/26/2014:
    • A-21 - Cost Principles for Educational Institutions
    • A-110 - Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of High Education, Hospitals, and Other Non-Profit Organizations
    • A-133 - Audits of States, Local Governments and Non-Profit Organizations, plus the A-133 Compliance Supplement 2014