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Posted by on Jun 30, 2011

Comments Sought on Potential Changes to 2 CFR 220

Federal agencies are asking for your help in finding ways to reduce the administrative burdens and costs associated with cost principles compliance in federally sponsored research projects. Colleges, universities, grants offices, associations, and others involved in research have until July 28 to offer their ideas.

For several years, a federal interagency task force has been looking at 2 CFR 220 (Circular A-21) with respect to its application in federally sponsored research at educational institutions. That task force has gathered preliminary information on areas that could be improved, and is now inviting the public to offer their comments on these issues. Specifically, the task force is seeking input in the following areas:

  • effort reporting,
  • recovery of direct costs associated with administrative and project management support for investigators,
  • institutional eligibility for the Utility Cost Adjustment,
  • consistency among agencies that establish governmentwide
    F&A rates,
  • programs with F&A reimbursement at other than governmentwide rates,
  • rationalization between agencies of regulations and reporting requirements
  • audits of research institutions and awards, and
  • definitions of general and research equipment

All comments must be submitted electronically to:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfi_files/a-21/add.htm

You can read the full request for information here.

The task force plans to produce a summary of the suggestions by September, and will then begin to draft a set of recommendations that it will forward to OMB for review.

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