NIFA-20-006 Implementation of OMB Memo M-20-17
Consistent with federal government agencies across the United States in the face of the new and unique challenges in confronting the COVID-19 epidemic, USDA NIFA is prioritizing the health and safety of the research community. USDA NIFA understands the effects this challenge will have on USDA NIFA-funded research and facilities, and we are committed to providing the greatest flexibilities to support the health and safety of applicants, grantees and employees. USDA NIFA is continually updating guidance and our online resources, including deadline extensions and frequently asked questions, to keep staff and partners informed. USDA NIFA is also accepting proposals for certain important research and activities related to coronavirus. The latest information is available on our website at: nifa.usda.gov/coronavirus
The purpose of this guidance is to implement flexibilities authorized by Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Memorandum M-20-17 from specific administrative, financial management, and audit requirements contained in 2 CFR Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, without compromising accountability requirements. USDA NIFA recipients are reminded of the requirement to maintain appropriate records and documentation necessary to support charges to USDA NIFA awards.
Please note that, pursuant to OMB guidance, these administrative relief flexibilities are intended to be time limited. OMB plans to reassess their applicability within 90 days and USDA NIFA will update our guidance, as needed, at that time. Except where noted below, the following flexibilities are applicable to USDA NIFA proposers and awardees affected by the loss of operational capacity and increased costs due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Disclaimer: The contents of this document do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. This document is intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.