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, click uniform-guidance@columbia.edu

ALL FEDERAL AGENCY SPECIFIC GUIDANCE CAN BE FOUND HERE. - NEW   

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Internal Communications:

Columbia University Resources:

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Navigating the Uniform Guidance

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

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Communications & Resources from Federal Agencies:

Presentations & Training Materials from Non-Federal Organizations:

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Other Resources

  • 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