Post Award Compliance Reviews

Thursday, April 4, 2019

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) conducts post award compliance reviews to meet the agency’s responsibility under the Federal Managers’ Financial Integrity Act (FMFIA) to provide reasonable assurance that its systems of management, accounting, and administrative controls, taken as a whole, meet the objectives specified in Section 2 of the FMFIA. These objectives are intended to ensure that: 1) programs achieve their intended results; 2) resources are used consistent with agency mission; 3) programs and resources are protected from waste, fraud, and mismanagement; 4) laws and regulations are followed; and 5) reliable and timely information is obtained, maintained, reported, and used for decision making. NIFA considers several risk factors in selecting recipients for the compliance reviews. These include but are not limited to Single Audit Findings, level of funding, length of time since last review, and Office of Inspector General Hotline complaints.

NIFA’s post award financial compliance reviews are generally performed as a site visit, but may be performed as a desk audit. The site visit is divided into two distinct sessions—(1) gathering information to complete the financial compliance review and (2) providing technical assistance and outreach to our partners to successfully attain program objectives.

Recipients are provided an opportunity to respond to the findings in the draft report. A final report is issued which incorporates recipient responses.

Below is the tentative schedule of NIFA site visits in Fiscal Year 2019 and Fiscal Year 2020. This list may change if unforeseen circumstances arise.

Fiscal Year 2019

  • Tuskegee University
  • West Virginia State University
  • New Mexico State University
  • Oregon State University
  • University of Missouri
  • California State University, San Bernardino
  • Purdue
  • Kansas State
  • Central State University
  • University of Minnesota
  • Washington State University
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks