Management and Budget Office 2013 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Value Engineering
Document Number: 2013-30816
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-26
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President, Office of Federal Procurement Policy
The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is publishing final revisions to OMB Circular A-131, Value Engineering, to update and reinforce policies associated with the consideration and use of value engineering (VE). VE is a well-established commercial practice for cutting waste and inefficiency that can help Federal agencies reduce program and acquisition costs, improve the quality and timeliness of performance, and take greater advantage of innovation to meet 21st century expectations and demands. The revisions are designed to ensure that the Federal Government has the capabilities and tools to consider the use of VE for new and ongoing projects, whenever appropriate.
Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards
Document Number: 2013-30465
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-12-26
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
To deliver on the promise of a 21st-Century government that is more efficient, effective and transparent, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is streamlining the Federal government's guidance on Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal awards. These modifications are a key component of a larger Federal effort to more effectively focus Federal resources on improving performance and outcomes while ensuring the financial integrity of taxpayer dollars in partnership with non-Federal stakeholders. This guidance provides a governmentwide framework for grants management which will be complemented by additional efforts to strengthen program outcomes through innovative and effective use of grant-making models, performance metrics, and evaluation. This reform of OMB guidance will reduce administrative burden for non-Federal entities receiving Federal awards while reducing the risk of waste, fraud and abuse. This final guidance supersedes and streamlines requirements from OMB Circulars A-21, A-87, A-110, and A-122 (which have been placed in OMB guidances); Circulars A-89, A-102, and A-133; and the guidance in Circular A-50 on Single Audit Act follow-up. Future reform efforts may eventually seek to incorporate the Cost Principles for Hospitals in Department of Health and Human Services regulations. Copies of the OMB Circulars that are superseded by this guidance are available on OMB's Web site at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/circularsdefault/. The final guidance consolidates the guidance previously contained in the aforementioned citations into a streamlined format that aims to improve both the clarity and accessibility. This final guidance is located in Title 2 of the Code of Federal Regulations. This final guidance does not broaden the scope of applicability from existing government-wide requirements, affecting Federal awards to non-Federal entities including state and local governments, Indian tribes, institutions of higher education, and nonprofit organizations. Parts of it may also apply to for-profit entities in limited circumstances and to foreign entities as described in this guidance and the Federal Acquisition Regulation. This guidance does not change or modify any existing statute or guidance otherwise based on any existing statute. This guidance does not supersede any existing or future authority under law or by executive order or the Federal Acquisition Regulation.
Determination of Benchmark Compensation Amount for Certain Executives and Employees
Document Number: 2013-28982
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-04
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President, Office of Federal Procurement Policy
The Office of Management and Budget is publishing the attached memorandum to the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies announcing that $952,308 is the ``benchmark compensation amount'' for certain executives and employees in terms of costs allowable under Federal Government contracts during contractors' fiscal year 2012. This determination is required under Section 39 of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act, as amended (41 U.S.C. 1127). The benchmark compensation amount applies to both defense and civilian agencies.
Technical Support Document: Technical Update of the Social Cost of Carbon for Regulatory Impact Analysis Under Executive Order No. 12866
Document Number: 2013-28242
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-26
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requests comments on the Technical Support Document entitled Technical Update of the Social Cost of Carbon for Regulatory Impact Analysis Under Executive Order 12866, available at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/ assets/inforeg/technical-update-social-cost-of-carbon-for-reg ulator- impact-analysis.pdf. The Social Cost of Carbon (SCC) is used to estimate the value to society of marginal reductions in carbon emissions. This Technical Support Document explains the derivation of the SCC estimates using three peer reviewed integrated assessment models and provides updated values of the SCC that reflect minor technical corrections to the estimates released in May of this year. OMB requests that comments be submitted electronically to OMB by January 27, 2014 through www.regulations.gov.
Information Collection; Request for Public Comments
Document Number: 2013-27585
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-19
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.) the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) invites the general public and Federal agencies to comment on a revision of an approved information form (SF-SAC) that is used to report audit results, audit findings, and questioned costs as required by the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996 (31 U.S.C. 7501, et seq.) and OMB Circular A-133, ``Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations.'' The first notice of this information collection request, as required by the Paperwork Reduction act, was published in the Federal Register on May 9, 2013 [78 FR 27259]. The proposed changes are to revise some existing data elements in the form and add other data elements that would make easier for the Federal agencies to identify the types of audit findings reported in the audits performed under the Single Audit Act. The current Form SF-SAC was designed for audit periods ending in 2011and 2012. The proposed revised Form SF-SAC will replace the current form for audit periods ending 2013, 2014 and 2015. The detail proposed changes along with the proposed format are described on OMB Web site at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants forms/
Calendar Year 2013 Cost of Outpatient Medical, Dental, and Cosmetic Surgery Services Furnished by Department of Defense Medical Treatment Facilities; Certain Rates Regarding Recovery From Tortiously Liable Third Persons
Document Number: 2013-24330
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-22
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
By virtue of the authority vested in the President by section 2(a) of Public Law 87-603 (76 Stat. 593; 42 U.S.C. 2652), and delegated to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) by the President through Executive Order No. 11541 of July 1, 1970, the rates referenced below are hereby established. These rates are for use in connection with the recovery from tortiously liable third persons for the cost of outpatient medical, dental and cosmetic surgery services furnished by military treatment facilities through the Department of Defense (DoD). The rates were established in accordance with the requirements of OMB Circular A-25, requiring reimbursement of the full cost of all services provided. The CY13 Outpatient Medical, Dental, and Cosmetic Surgery rates referenced are effective upon publication of this notice in the Federal Register and will remain in effect until further notice. Previously published inpatient rates remain in effect until further notice. Pharmacy rates are updated periodically. A full disclosure of the rates is posted at the DoD's Uniform Business Office Web site: http://www.tricare.mil/ocfo/mcfs/ubo/mhs_rates.cfm.
Interim Final Appendix D of OMB Circular No. A-123, “Management's Responsibility for Internal Control,” and Suspension of Application of OMB Circular No. A-127, “Financial Management Systems”
Document Number: 2013-23548
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-09-27
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
OMB Circular No. A-123, ``Management's Responsibility for Internal Control,'' defines management's responsibility for internal control in Federal agencies. OMB Circular No. A-127,''Financial Management Systems,'' previously prescribed policies and standards for executive departments and agencies to follow in developing, operating, evaluating, and reporting on financial management systems. OMB is issuing this interim final version of a new appendix, Appendix D, to Circular A-123, to provide a framework for determining compliance with the Federal Financial Management Improvement Act (FFMIA) of 1996, bringing financial systems policy into greater alignment with financial management policy in Circular A-123 and with general IT guidance contained in OMB Circular No. A-130, ``Management of Federal Information Resources.'' The new appendix to Circular A-123 supersedes, and makes it no longer necessary to maintain, Circular A-127. Accordingly, OMB is suspending application of Circular A-127.
OMB Sequestration Update Report to the President and Congress for Fiscal Year 2014
Document Number: 2013-20928
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-30
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
OMB is issuing the Sequestration Update Report to the President and Congress for FY 2014 to report on the status of pending discretionary appropriations legislation and compliance with the discretionary caps. The report finds that unless the discretionary limits are restored to the levels agreed to in the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, OMB's estimates of House action for the 12 annual appropriations bills show that a sequestration of approximately $47.9 billion in discretionary programs in the defense (or revised security) category would be required. Similarly, OMB's estimates of appropriations action by the Senate indicate that a sequestration of approximately $54.1 billion in discretionary programs in the defense category and $34.3 billion in discretionary programs in the non-defense (or revised nonsecurity) category would be required. The report also contains OMB's Preview Estimate of the Disaster Relief Funding Adjustment for FY 2014.
U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council Stakeholder Request for Comment Summer 2013
Document Number: 2013-21061
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-29
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations; OMB Circular A-133 Compliance Supplement
Document Number: 2013-16509
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-10
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
This notice announces the availability of the 2013 OMB Circular A-133 Compliance Supplement (Supplement). The notice also offers interested parties an opportunity to comment on the 2013 Supplement. The 2013 Supplement adds four new programs, which are added to existing clusters. It deletes 23 programs and has also been updated for program changes and technical corrections. The four added programs are:
Cost Accounting Standards: CAS 413 Pension Adjustments for Extraordinary Events
Document Number: 2013-16113
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-07-08
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President, Office of Federal Procurement Policy
The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) Board, is conducting fact-finding for the development of a Staff Discussion Paper (SDP) on CAS 413 Pension Adjustments for Extraordinary Events. This is the first step in a four- step process that may result in a final rule. As part of these efforts, the public is invited to attend two public meetings that are scheduled for July 31, 2013 and August 14, 2013. To facilitate fact-finding, the CAS Board encourages the submission of written comments for consideration in the drafting of the SDP.
Request for Public Comments: Interagency Review of Exclusion Order Enforcement Process
Document Number: 2013-14743
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-20
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
The Executive Office of the President, through the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (``IPEC''), is beginning an interagency review directed at strengthening the procedures and practices used during enforcement of exclusion orders issued by the U.S. International Trade Commission (``ITC''). The interagency working group will review existing procedures that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (``CBP'') and the ITC use to evaluate the scope of exclusion orders and work to ensure the process and criteria utilized during exclusion order enforcement activities are transparent, effective, and efficient. Through this request for public comment, IPEC invites public input and recommendations in support of the Administration's interagency review of exclusion order enforcement processes called for by the 2013 Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement [and the White House Task Force on High-Tech Patents].
Draft 2013 Report to Congress on the Benefits and Costs of Federal Regulations and Unfunded Mandates on State, Local, and Tribal Entities
Document Number: 2013-11984
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-21
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requests comments on its Draft 2013 Report to Congress on the Benefits and Costs of Federal Regulations, available at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/inforeg_ regpol_reports_congress/. The Draft Report is divided into three chapters. Chapter I examines the benefits and costs of major Federal regulations issued in fiscal year 2012 and summarizes the benefits and costs of major regulations issued between October 2002 and September 2012. It also discusses regulatory impacts on State, local, and tribal governments, small business, wages, and economic growth. Chapter II offers recommendations for regulatory reform. Chapter III summarizes agency compliance with the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act. OMB requests that comments be submitted electronically to OMB by July 31, 2013 through www.regulations.gov.
Information Collection; Request for Public Comments
Document Number: 2013-10993
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-09
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.) the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) invites the general public and Federal agencies to comment on a revision of an approved information form (SF-SAC) that is used to report audit results, audit findings, and questioned costs as required by the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996 (31 U.S.C. 7501, et seq.) and OMB Circular A-133, ``Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations.'' The proposed changes are to revise some existing data elements in the form and add other data elements that would make easier for the Federal agencies to identify the types of audit findings reported in the audits performed under the Single Audit Act. The current Form SF- SAC was designed for audit periods ending in 2011and 2012. The proposed revised Form SF-SAC will replace the current form for audit periods ending 2013, 2014 and 2015. The detail proposed changes along with the proposed format are described on OMB Web site at: http:// www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grantsforms/
OMB Final Sequestration Report to the President and Congress for Fiscal Year 2013
Document Number: 2013-08816
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-16
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
Public Law 112-25, the Budget Control Act of 2011 amended the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 (BBEDCA) by reinstating the discretionary spending limits that had expired after 2002. These limits were further revised by P.L. 112-240, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA). Section 254 of BBEDCA requires the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to issue a Final Sequestration Report after Congress ends a session to determine whether or not a sequestration of discretionary budget authority is required based on OMB scoring of enacted appropriations legislation against those limits. ATRA, however, delayed the release of this report. Based on its scoring of enacted 2013 appropriations, OMB has determined that a sequestration of discretionary budget authority pursuant to section 251 of BBEDCA is not required. As required, these estimates rely on the same economic and technical assumptions used in the President's 2013 Budget, which the Administration transmitted to the Congress on February 13, 2012.
Fiscal Year 2013 Cost of Hospital and Medical Care Treatment Furnished by the Department of Defense Medical Treatment Facilities; Certain Rates Regarding Recovery From Tortiously Liable Third Persons
Document Number: 2013-08517
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-11
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
By virtue of the authority vested in the President by Section 2(a) of Pub. B. 87-603 (76 Stat. 593; 42 U.S.C. 2652), and delegated to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) by the President through Executive Order No. 11541 of July 1, 1970, the rates referenced below are hereby established. These rates are for use in connection with the recovery from tortiously liable third persons for the cost of inpatient medical services furnished by military treatment facilities through the Department of Defense (DoD). The rates have been established in accordance with the requirements of OMB Circular A-25, requiring reimbursement of the full cost of all services provided. The FY13 inpatient medical rates referenced are effective upon publication of this notice in the Federal Register and will remain in effect until further notice. Previously published outpatient medical and dental, and cosmetic surgery rates remain in effect until further notice. Pharmacy rates are updated periodically. A full disclosure of the rates is posted on DoD's Uniform Business Office Web site: http:// www.tricare.mil/ocfo/mcfs/ubo/mhs_rates.cfm.
Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Capital Financing Program; Modification of Terms and Conditions of Gulf Hurricane Disaster Loans
Document Number: 2013-07071
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-26
Agency: Department of Education, Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President, Department of the Treasury
The Secretary of Education (Secretary) is authorized to modify the terms and conditions of loans made to the following four institutions affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita under the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Capital Financing Program: Dillard University, Southern University at New Orleans, Tougaloo College, and Xavier University. The loan modifications are required by statute to be on such terms as the Secretary, the Secretary of the Treasury, and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) jointly determine are in the best interests of both the United States and the borrowers and necessary to mitigate the economic effects of the hurricanes, provided that the modifications do not result in any net cost to the Federal Government. This notice (1) establishes the terms and conditions of the loan modifications, (2) outlines the methodology undertaken and factors considered in evaluating the loan modifications, and (3) describes how the loan modifications do not result in any net cost to the Federal Government.
Reform of Federal Policies Relating to Grants and Cooperative Agreements; Cost Principles and Administrative Requirements (Including Single Audit Act)
Document Number: 2013-06455
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-03-21
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
The Office of Management and Budget is extending the comment period for the Proposed Guidance on Reform of Federal Policies Relating to Grants and Cooperative Agreements; Cost Principles and Administrative Requirements (Including Single Audit Act) published February 1, 2013. The original comment period was scheduled to end on May 2, 2013. Today, OMB is extending the time period in which to provide public comments until June 2, 2013. This will allow interested parties additional time to analyze the issues and prepare their comments.
Request of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator for Public Comments: Legislative Review Related to Enforcement Against Economic Espionage and Trade Secret Theft
Document Number: 2013-06226
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-19
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
The theft of trade secrets from U.S. corporations can impact national security, undermine U.S. global competitiveness, diminish U.S. export prospects, and put American jobs at risk. Trade secrets play a crucial role in maintaining America's global competitiveness. The Administration will continue to act vigorously to combat the theft of American trade secrets that could be used by foreign companies or foreign governments to gain an unfair commercial advantage over U.S. companies. We need to ensure that our laws are as effective as possible. Therefore, the Administration is reviewing applicable Federal law related to enforcement against economic espionage and trade secret theft. This review is pursuant to the Administration Strategy on Mitigating the Theft of U.S. Trade Secrets issued on February 20, 2013. The strategy is available at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/ files/omb/IPEC/admin_strategy_on_mitigating_the_theft_of_u.s. _ trade_secrets.pdf http:/www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/ IPEC/admin_strategy_on_mitigating_the_theft_of_u.s._trade_ secrets.pdf. A related OMB blog post is available at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/ blog/2013/02/19/launch-administration-s-strategy-mitigate-the ft-us- trade-secrets. And video of the rollout event is available at: http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwgYahyQ754&feature=youtu.be. In the strategy, the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) committed to a review of existing laws related to the enforcement of trade secrets to determine if legislative changes are needed to enhance enforcement. IPEC invites public input and participation in shaping the Administration's review. Specifically, we are requesting any recommendations for legislative changes that would enhance enforcement against, or reduce the risk of, the misappropriation of trade secrets for the benefit of foreign competitors or foreign governments.
U.S.-EU High Level Regulatory Cooperation Forum-Stakeholder Session
Document Number: 2013-05252
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-07
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
On September 28, 2012, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), together with the European Commission's Enterprise and Trade Directorates-General, published a joint request for comments on ``Promoting US EC Regulatory Compatibility'' (see http:// www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=USTR-2012-0028-0001). The notice was part of a joint effort by the United States and the European Union (EU) to obtain input from the public on how to promote greater transatlantic regulatory compatibility generally as well as in specific economic sectors. See also http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/09/07/ eliminating-red-tape-boost-trade-economic-growth. On April 10th and 11th, OMB and the European Commission will hold a public meeting of the U.S.-EU High Level Regulatory Cooperation Forum (the ``Forum'') in Washington, DC, to provide interested persons with an opportunity to provide an oral statement.
Notification of a Public Meeting on the Use of Cost Comparisons in Federal Procurement
Document Number: 2013-03581
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-15
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) seeks input from the public on the practice of comparing the relative cost of performance by Federal employees versus contract performance in order to identify the most cost-effective source. OFPP intends to consider feedback received in response to this notice as it evaluates existing policies addressing cost comparisons and considers new ones to help agencies save money and drive better results. Feedback will also be considered in connection with the development of guidance required by section 1655 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013, Public Law 112-239. Section 1655 requires OMB to publish guidance addressing the conversion of a function being performed by a small business concern to performance by a Federal employee. Interested parties may offer oral and/or written comments at a public meeting to be held on March 5, 2013. Parties are also encouraged to provide all written comments directly to www.regulations.gov.
Reform of Federal Policies Relating to Grants and Cooperative Agreements; Cost Principles and Administrative Requirements (Including Single Audit Act)
Document Number: 2013-02113
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-02-01
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
To deliver on President Obama's promise of a 21st-Century government that is more efficient, transparent, and creative, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is seeking to adjust the Federal government's partnership with non-Federal stakeholders to best achieve program outcomes while we ensure the financial integrity of the dollars we spend. The goal of this effort is to transform our Federal financial assistance framework so that it meets a higher standard of performance on behalf of the American people. OMB proposes these reforms to the guidance for Federal policies relating to grants in order to ensure that Federal grants meet the high standards of a 21st-Century government. Federal grant-making must be streamlined to make the most of taxpayer dollars and ensure financial integrity while delivering the right program outcomes. This proposal provides this opportunity for the Federal government and its partners: state, local, tribal governments, institutions of higher education, and nonprofit organizations, to rethink and reform the rules that govern our stewardship of Federal dollars.
2012 Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act Annual Report
Document Number: 2013-01896
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-30
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
This report is being published as required by the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGO) Act of 2010, 2 U.S.C. 931 et seq. The Act requires that OMB issue (1) an annual report as specified in 2 U.S.C. 934(a) and (2) a sequestration order, if necessary.
Discount Rates for Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Federal Programs
Document Number: 2013-01843
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-29
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
The Office of Management and Budget revised Circular A-94 in 1992. The revised Circular specified certain discount rates to be updated annually when the interest rate and inflation assumptions used to prepare the Budget of the United States Government were changed. These discount rates are found in Appendix C of the revised Circular. The updated discount rates are shown below. The discount rates in Appendix C are to be used for cost-effectiveness analysis, including lease-purchase analysis, as specified in the revised Circular. They do not apply to regulatory analysis.