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NEW! Updates to the Uniform Guidance:

  • OMB Memo 18-18, signed June 20, 2018. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) increased the thresholds for both the simplified acquisition costs and micro purchases. These thresholds are defined in Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) at 48 CFR Subpart 2.1 (Definitions) and are referenced in the Uniform Guidance. The definitions will be updated officially in the FAR in October 2018; however, the OMB Memo allows recipients of federal funds to use these definitions as of the date of the memo.
  • Federal Register notice 80 FR 67261, Published on November 2, 2015.The Department of Education adopts the final regulations found in 2 CFR Part 200 (Uniform Guidance), except for 2 CFR 102(a) and 200.207(a). The Department also makes two changes to EDGAR Part 75 to (1) correct a citation in § 75.135(b) and (2) add § 75.263, which addresses the waiver for approval of pre-award costs.
  • Federal Register notice 80 FR 54407, Published on September 10, 2015.The Council on Financial Assistance Reform (COFAR) made technical corrections to the Uniform Guidance, including a grace period of two fiscal years for non-Federal entities to implement changes to their procurement policies and procedures to align with the Uniform Guidance procurement standards.

The Uniform Guidance (2 CFR § 200) streamlines and consolidates government requirements for receiving and using federal awards so as to reduce administrative burden and improve outcomes. It was published in the Federal Register (79 Fed. Reg. 75871) on December 19, 2014, and became effective for new and continuation awards issued on or after December 26, 2014. Please note the new regulations do not affect grant funds awarded prior to December 26, 2014, unless funds made available under those grants are carried forward into a new Federal fiscal year or a continuation grant.

This page is dedicated to assisting grantees with the implementation of the Uniform Guidance, including through ED-specific training and resources as well as training material produced by OMB.

If you have questions about ED's implementation and training efforts related to the Uniform Guidance, please email them to UniformGrantGuidanceImplementation@ed.gov.

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