Effective February 22, 2016, the Office of Postsecondary Education moved from 1990 K Street, N.W., to the main Education Department, Lyndon Baines Johnson building at 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W. New room assignments and telephone numbers are being updated on this Web site. Current telephone numbers for staff and offices will be automatically transferred to our new numbers for 60 days.
The new telephone numbers for the main OPE offices are:
-- Office of the Assistant Secretary: 202-453-6914
-- Policy, Planning and Innovation: 202-453-6870
-- International and Foreign Language Education: 202-453-6950
-- Higher Education Programs: 202-453-6808
Uniform Guidance Information for ED Grantees -- Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards: The Department has worked closely with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to streamline some federal circulars into a single guidance document, and make conforming changes to Department regulations. The old rules do not change – they are simply repackaged and enhanced to reduce burden on grantees. The new combined document is known as the “Uniform Guidance” and is codified at 2 CFR 200. The new guidance will take effect for recipients of Federal funds for awards made on or after December 26, 2014. The new regulations do not impact any Department of Education awards received prior to this date. For program-specific questions about this new guidance, contact your program officer.
OPE Grants Broaden Access to International and Foreign Language Education: In fiscal year 2014, the Department’s International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) office awarded $71.1 million to colleges, universities, and other entities to strengthen the capacity and performance of U.S. education in world languages, international and area studies, teacher preparation, and international business education. This year, for the first time, IFLE awarded extra points to applicants who propose to broaden access to these opportunities by traditionally underserved students and institutions. Depending on the program, incentives were provided for collaboration with Minority Serving Institutions, community colleges, and teacher education programs, and for taking financial need into account when awarding fellowships for the study of foreign languages and international studies. The Department has begun to analyze the outcomes of these priorities, and the results are encouraging. For more information, check out the full text of this news brief.
The System for Award Management (SAM) is the official U.S. Government system that consolidated the capabilities of CCR/FedReg, ORCA, and EPLS. If you had an active record in CCR, you have an active record in SAM. You do not need to do anything in SAM at this time, unless a change in your business circumstances requires updates to your Entity record(s) in order for you to be paid or to receive an award or you need to renew your Entity(s) prior to its expiration. OPE grantees, potential grantees, and business entities are encouraged to note this change in the ED award system. Visit Grants.gov for more information regarding SAM and the grant process.
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