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Reform of Federal Policies Relating to Grants and Cooperative Agreements; Cost Principles and Administrative Requirements (Including Single Audit Act)
Document Number: 2012-4521
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-02-28
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
In his November 23, 2009, Executive Order 13520 on Reducing Improper Payments and his February 28, 2011, Presidential Memorandum on Administrative Flexibility, Lower Costs, and Better Results for State, Local, and Tribal Governments, the President directed the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to work with Executive Branch agencies; state, local, and tribal governments; and other key stakeholders to evaluate potential reforms to Federal grants policies. Consistent with the Administration's commitment to increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of Federal programs, the reform effort seeks to strengthen the oversight of Federal grant dollars by aligning existing administrative requirements to better address ongoing and emerging risks to program outcomes and integrity. The reform effort further seeks to increase efficiency and effectiveness of grant programs by eliminating unnecessary and duplicative requirements. Through close and sustained collaboration with Federal and non-Federal partners, OMB has developed a series of reform ideas that would standardize information collections across agencies, adopt a risk-based model for Single Audits, and provide new administrative approaches for determining and monitoring the allocation of Federal funds.
Policy Letter 11-01, Performance of Inherently Governmental and Critical Functions
Document Number: 2012-3190
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-02-13
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 making a correction to the Final Policy Letter ``Performance of Inherently Governmental and Critical Functions'' (76 FR 56227-56242, September 12, 2011) to clarify that the Policy Letter applies to both Civilian and Defense Executive Branch Departments and Agencies. The original publication of the policy letter was inadvertently addressed only to the Heads of The Civilian Executive Departments and Agencies. Also, OFPP has corrected the citation for additional guidance about conduct of Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), because the original notice referenced an incorrect Part of the Federal Acquisition Regulation. The corrections below should be used in place of text previously published in the September 12, 2011 notice. All other information from the published Final Policy remains unchanged. The full text of the original notice is available at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-12/pdf/2011- 23165.pdf.
2011 Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act Annual Report
Document Number: 2012-1871
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-02-08
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
Discount Rates for Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Federal Programs
Document Number: 2012-308
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-01-11
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.
Cost Accounting Standards: Cost Accounting Standards 412 and 413-Cost Accounting Standards Pension Harmonization Rule
Document Number: 2011-32745
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-27
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 Board (Board), is publishing this final rule to revise Cost Accounting Standard (CAS) 412, ``Composition and Measurement of Pension Cost,'' and CAS 413, ``Adjustment and Allocation of Pension Cost.'' This revision will harmonize the measurement and period assignment of the pension cost allocable to Government contracts, and the minimum required contribution under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), as amended, as required by the Pension Protection Act (PPA) of 2006. The PPA amended the minimum funding requirements for qualified defined benefit pension plans. The Board issues this final rule to revise CAS 412 and CAS 413 to include the recognition of a ``minimum actuarial liability'' and ``minimum normal cost,'' which are measured on a basis consistent with the liability measurement used to determine the PPA minimum required contribution, and accelerate the recognition of actuarial gains and losses. These and other revisions will better align both the measurement and period assignment of pension cost allocable to a contractor's Government contracts and other final cost objectives in accordance with CAS, and the measurement and period assignment requirements for determining the contractor's minimum pension contribution under the PPA.
Cost Accounting Standards: Change to the CAS Applicability Threshold for the Inflation Adjustment to the Truth in Negotiations Act Threshold
Document Number: 2011-32726
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-22
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 (Board), has adopted, without change from the interim rule, a final rule revising the threshold for the application of CAS from ``$650,000'' to ``the Truth in Negotiations Act (TINA) threshold, as adjusted for inflation.'' The change is being made because the CAS applicability threshold is statutorily tied to TINA threshold. The TINA threshold for obtaining cost or pricing data was recently adjusted for inflation to $700,000 in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), as required by the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. Until the interim change for this final rule, the CAS applicability threshold was a stated dollar amount ($650,000) in the Code of Federal Regulations. This wording change effectively revised the CAS threshold to $700,000 and will cause future changes to the CAS applicability threshold to self-execute upon any changes to the TINA threshold as they are implemented in the FAR.
Final Guidance on Appointment of Lobbyists to Federal Boards and Commissions
Document Number: 2011-25736
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-05
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is issuing final guidance to Executive Departments and agencies concerning the appointment of federally registered lobbyists to boards and commissions. On June 18, 2010, President Obama issued ``Lobbyists on Agency Boards and Commissions,'' a memorandum directing agencies and departments in the Executive Branch not to appoint or re-appoint federally registered lobbyists to advisory committees and other boards and commissions. The Presidential Memorandum further directed the Director of OMB to ``issue proposed guidance to implement this policy to the full extent permitted by law.'' Proposed guidance was posted on November 2, 2010 and the final guidance was formulated after review of the comments received to the proposed guidance. The Presidential Memorandum is available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/ presidential-memorandum-lobbyists-agency-boards-and-commissio ns.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; the Partnership Fund for Program Integrity Innovation Pilot Idea Template
Document Number: 2011-25651
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-05
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
The Office of Federal Financial Management (OFFM) within the Office of Management and Budget is proposing for approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et. Seq.) the attached template for pilot idea summaries submitted to the Partnership Fund for Program Integrity Innovation (Partnership Fund). This notice announces that OFFM intends to submit this collection to OMB for approval and solicits comments on specific aspects for the proposed collection. The first notice of this information collection request, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act, was published in the Federal Register on June 6, 2011 [76 FR 32375]. There were no comments on the first notice. The Partnership Fund seeks to identify pilot projects to improve the service delivery, payment accuracy, and administrative efficiency of state-administered Federal assistance programs, while also reducing access barriers for eligible beneficiaries. The proposed pilot idea summary template is intended for use by those wishing to submit pilot ideas for consideration. It outlines the specific information required by the Partnership Fund to make informed decisions in the pilot selection process. Pilot ideas to advance the Partnership Fund's goals are being solicited from all stakeholders, including the general public. The template is currently in use by Federal agencies based on OMB guidance. If approved under the Paperwork Reduction Act, it will be used to solicit ideas from stakeholders outside the Federal government both as a general template and as an online form for idea solicitations through the Partnership Fund web site, http://www.partner4solutions.gov. Currently, general ideas may be submitted via e-mail to partner4solutions@omb.eop.gov, or through http://www.partner4solutions.gov. The Partnership Fund is funded through FY 2012 and will continue to accept pilot idea proposals on a rolling basis until funding is exhausted. The Partnership Fund must comply with a statutory requirement that all pilot projects, when taken together, be cost neutral.
Cost Accounting Standards: Clarification of the Exemption From Cost Accounting Standards for Firm-Fixed-Price Contracts and Subcontracts Awarded Without Submission of Certified Cost or Pricing Data
Document Number: 2011-25623
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-10-05
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Federal Procurement Policy Office, Executive Office of the President
The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) Board, invites public comments concerning this proposed to clarify the application of the exemption from CAS at 48 CFR 9903.201-1(b)(15) for firm-fixed-price (FFP) contracts and subcontracts awarded on the basis of adequate price competition without submission of cost or pricing data (hereafter referred to as the ``(b)(15) FFP exemption''). The proposed rule will revise the (b)(15) FFP exemption to clarify that the exemption applies to firm-fixed-price contracts and subcontracts awarded on the basis of adequate price competition without submission of certified cost or pricing data.
Federal Regulations; OMB Circulars, OFPP Policy Letters, and CASB Cost Accounting Standards Included in the Semiannual Agenda of Federal Activities
Document Number: 2011-24712
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-09-29
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is publishing its semiannual agenda of upcoming activities for Federal regulations, OMB Circulars, Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) Policy Letters, and Cost Accounting Standards Board (CASB) Cost Accounting Standards. OMB Circulars and OFPP Policy Letters are published in accordance with OMB's internal procedures for implementing Executive Order No. 12866 (October 4, 1993, 58 FR 51735). OMB policy guidelines are issued under authority derived from several sources including: Subtitles I, II, and V of Title 31, United States Code; Executive Order No. 11541; and other specific authority as cited. OMB Circulars and OFPP Policy Letters communicate guidance and instructions of a continuing nature to executive branch agencies. As such, most OMB Circulars and OFPP Policy Letters are not regulations. Nonetheless, because these issuances are typically of public interest, they are generally published in the Federal Register in both proposed (for public comment) and final stages. For this reason, they are presented below in the standard format of ``prerule,'' ``proposed rule,'' and ``final rule'' stages. CASB Cost Accounting Standards are issued under authority derived from 41 U.S.C. 1501. Cost Accounting Standards are rules governing the measurement, assignment, and allocation of costs to contracts with the United States Government. For purposes of this agenda, we have excluded directives that outline procedures to be followed in connection with the President's budget and legislative programs and directives that affect only the internal functions, management, or personnel of Federal agencies.
Publication of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) Policy Letter 11-01, Performance of Inherently Governmental and Critical Functions
Document Number: 2011-23165
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-12
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Federal Procurement Policy Office, Executive Office of the President
The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is issuing a policy letter to provide to Executive Departments and agencies guidance on managing the performance of inherently governmental and critical functions. The guidance addresses direction to OMB in the Presidential Memorandum on Government Contracting, issued on March 4, 2009, to clarify when governmental outsourcing of services is, and is not, appropriate, consistent with section 321 of the Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2009 (Pub. L. 110-417). Section 321 requires OMB to: (i) Create a single definition for the term ``inherently governmental function'' that addresses any deficiencies in the existing definitions and reasonably applies to all agencies; (ii) establish criteria to be used by agencies to identify ``critical'' functions and positions that should only be performed by Federal employees; and (iii) provide guidance to improve internal agency management of functions that are inherently governmental or critical. The Presidential Memorandum is available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/thepress office/Memorandum-for-the-Heads-of-Executive-Departments-and- Agencies- Subject-Government/. Section 321 may be found at http://www.dod.gov/ dodgc/olc/docs/2009NDAA_PL110-417.pdf.
Cost Accounting Standards: Accounting for Insurance Costs
Document Number: 2011-21898
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-08-26
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Federal Procurement Policy Office, Executive Office of the President
The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) Board, is providing public notification of the decision to discontinue the rulemaking on the development of an amendment to Cost Accounting Standard (CAS) 416 regarding the use of the term ``catastrophic losses'' at 48 CFR 9904.416-50(b)(1).
Cost Accounting Standards; Allocation of Home Office Expenses to Segments
Document Number: 2011-21897
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-08-26
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Federal Procurement Policy Office, Executive Office of the President
The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) Board, is providing public notification of the decision to discontinue the rulemaking in the review of the CAS 403 thresholds at 48 CFR 9904.403-40(c)(2) that require use of the three factor formula described at 48 CFR 9904.403-50(c)(1) for allocating residual home office expenses.
North American Industry Classification System; Revision for 2012
Document Number: 2011-20997
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-17
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is a system for classifying establishments (individual business locations) by type of economic activity. Mexico's Instituto Nacional de Estad[iacute]stica y Geograf[iacute]a (INEGI), Statistics Canada, and the United States Office of Management and Budget (OMB), through its Economic Classification Policy Committee (ECPC), collaborate on NAICS to make the industry statistics produced by the three countries comparable. Under 31 U.S.C. 1104(d) and 44 U.S.C. 3504(e), the Office of Management and Budget is announcing its final decisions for adoption of NAICS revisions for 2012 as recommended by the Economic Classification Policy Committee in OMB's notice for solicitation of comments published in Part IV of the May 12, 2010, Federal Register (75 FR 26856-26869). In the May 12, 2010, notice, OMB's ECPC recommended classification guidance for distribution centers, logistics service providers, sales offices of publishers, and units that outsource physical transformation activities. The ECPC also provided a list of recommended changes to the utilities, construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, retail trade, and food services and accommodations sectors of NAICS United States for 2012. In response to public comments received on the recommendations, the ECPC withdrew the proposal to split the semiconductor industry into two new industries and OMB is modifying two additional ECPC recommendations to better align with the public comments. More details on these decisions are presented in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below.
Cost Accounting Standards: Elimination of the Exemption From Cost Accounting Standards for Contracts and Subcontracts Executed and Performed Entirely Outside the United States, Its Territories, and Possessions
Document Number: 2011-20212
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-08-10
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Federal Procurement Policy Office, Executive Office of the President
The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) Board, is publishing a final rule to eliminate the exemption from regulations regarding Cost Accounting Standards for contracts executed and performed entirely outside the United States, its territories, and possessions.
United States Government Inter-Agency Anti-Counterfeiting Working Group: Request for Public Comments Regarding Strategy to Eliminate Counterfeit Products from the United States Government Supply Chain
Document Number: 2011-20204
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-09
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
The Federal Government is currently undertaking a significant effort to eliminate counterfeit products from the U.S. Government supply chain. In June 2010, Vice President Biden and White House Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, Victoria Espinel, announced the Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement, laying out a coordinated government-wide approach to strengthening intellectual property enforcement and directing the establishment of an inter-agency working group. Recent reports issued by the Department of Commerce and the Government Accountability Office have found that counterfeits have infiltrated many sectors of the U.S. Government supply chain and have the potential to cause serious disruptions in national defense, critical infrastructure and other vital applications. This working group will develop a framework for reducing vulnerability to counterfeits that is flexible enough to accommodate the wide variety of missions across Federal agencies. This cross-functional working group will identify any gaps in legal authority, regulation, policy and guidance that undermine the security of U.S. Government supply chain from counterfeit parts. The working group's examination will include reviewing current industry standards, the ability of prime contractors and their suppliers to authenticate or trace at-risk items to the original manufacturer, government evaluation and detection capabilities and limitations, and contractual enforcement of authenticity.
Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations; OMB Circular A-133 Compliance Supplement
Document Number: 2011-13893
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-06
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
This notice announces the availability of the 2011 OMB Circular A-133 Compliance Supplement (Supplement). The notice also offers interested parties an opportunity to comment on the 2011 Supplement. The 2011 Supplement adds nineteen new programs, including five programs added to existing clusters. It deletes two programs and has also been updated for program changes and technical corrections. The two deleted programs are Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) 84.037, Reading First State Grants, and CFDA 84.938, Hurricane Education Recovery, which are no longer active (i.e., no funds are being spent by recipients), and have been archived in the CFDA. In total, the 2011 Supplement includes 248 individual programs. A list of changes to the 2011 Supplement can be found at Appendix V. It updates Appendix VII that provides an audit alert and compliance requirements regarding the grant programs funded under American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Due to its length, the 2011 Supplement is not included in this Notice. See ADDRESSES for information about how to obtain a copy either on line or through the Government Printing Office.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; The Partnership Fund for Program Integrity Innovation Pilot Idea Template
Document Number: 2011-13892
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-06
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
The Office of Federal Financial Management (OFFM) within OMB is proposing for approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.) the following template for pilot idea summaries submitted to the Partnership Fund for Program Integrity Innovation (Partnership Fund). This notice announces that OFFM intends to submit this collection to OMB for approval and solicits comments on specific aspects for the proposed collection. The Partnership Fund seeks to identify pilot projects to improve the service delivery, payment accuracy, and administrative efficiency of state-administered Federal assistance programs, while also reducing access barriers for eligible beneficiaries. The proposed pilot idea summary template is intended for use by those wishing to submit pilot ideas for consideration. It outlines the specific information required by the Partnership Fund to make informed decisions in the pilot selection process. Pilot ideas to advance the Partnership Fund's goals are being solicited from all stakeholders, including the general public. The template is currently in use by Federal agencies based on OMB guidance. If approved under the Paperwork Reduction Act, it will be used to solicit ideas from stakeholders outside the Federal government both as a general template and as an online form for idea solicitations through the Partnership Fund Web site, http://www.partner4solutions.gov. Currently, general ideas may be submitted via e-mail to partner4solutions@omb.eop.gov, or through http://www.partner4solutions.gov. The Partnership Fund is funded through FY 2012 and will continue to accept pilot idea proposals on a rolling basis until funding is exhausted. The Partnership Fund must comply with a statutory requirement that all pilot projects, when taken together, be cost neutral.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery
Document Number: 2010-32084
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-12-22
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
As part of a Federal Government-wide effort to streamline the process to seek feedback from the public on service delivery, OMB is coordinating the development of the following proposed Generic Information Collection Request (Generic ICR): ``Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery'' for approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et. seq.). This notice announces that agencies intend to submit this collection to OMB for approval and solicits comments on specific aspects for the proposed information collection, A copy of the draft supporting statement is available at http:// www.regulations.gov, (see Docket ID OMB-2010-0021). Following review and disposition of public comments on this joint 60-day notice, each Agency will submit its own Generic ICR to OMB for review and will issue its own 30-day notice to solicit additional public comments.
Proposed Guidance on Appointment of Lobbyists to Federal Boards and Commissions
Document Number: 2010-27621
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-11-02
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is issuing proposed guidance to Executive Departments and agencies concerning the appointment of federally registered lobbyists to boards and commissions. On June 18, 2010, President Obama issued ``Lobbyists on Agency Boards and Commissions,'' a memorandum directing agencies and departments in the Executive Branch not to appoint or re-appoint Federally registered lobbyists to advisory committees and other boards and commissions. The Presidential Memorandum further directed the Director of OMB to ``issue proposed guidance to implement this policy to the full extent permitted by law.'' Final guidance will be issued by OMB after a thirty-day public comment period on the proposed guidance. The Presidential Memorandum is available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/ the-press-office/presidential-memorandum-lobbyists-agency-boa rds-and- commissions. Comment Date: OMB invites comments from interested parties in both the public and private sectors to be considered in the formulation of the final guidance. Interested parties should submit comments in writing to the address below on or before 30 days from the publication of this notice.
Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-27153
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-27
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) invites the general public and Federal agencies to comment on the renewal of the SF-LLL, Disclosure of Lobbying Activities. Although OMB proposes no changes to the SF-LLL as part of this notice, we are seeking public comments on whether changes are warranted. We are particularly interested in comments on whether the information collected in the forms could be more consistent with other similar governmentwide information collections or whether additional information should be collected to further the aims of government transparency.
Cost Accounting Standards: Elimination of the Exemption From Cost Accounting Standards for Contracts Executed and Performed Entirely Outside the United States, Its Territories, and Possessions
Document Number: 2010-26228
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-10-20
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Federal Procurement Policy Office, Executive Office of the President
The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) Board (Board), invites public comments concerning a Notice of Proposed Rule (NPR) to eliminate an exemption from the Cost Accounting Standards for contracts executed and performed entirely outside the United States, its territories, and possessions.
Financial Assistance Use of Universal Identifier and Central Contractor Registration
Document Number: 2010-22706
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-09-14
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
OMB is issuing guidance to Federal agencies concerning two requirements for financial assistance applicants and recipients, and one requirement for first-tier subrecipients. An agency under the guidance must require applicants other than individuals, with some specific exceptions, to have Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) numbers and maintain current registrations in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database. An agency must require applicants and recipients of grants and cooperative agreements to comply with the DUNS number and CCR requirements by October 1, 2010 and require applicants and recipients of all other financial assistance types to comply by October 1, 2011. The guidance provides standard wording for a new award term that each agency must include in its financial assistance awards to require recipients to maintain current CCR registrations, which requires that they also have DUNS numbers. The guidance also specifies that each recipient may make subawards only to entities that have DUNS numbers.
Requirements for Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act Implementation
Document Number: 2010-22705
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-09-14
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
OMB is issuing interim final guidance to agencies to establish requirements for Federal financial assistance applicants, recipients, and subrecipients that are necessary for the implementation of the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006, hereafter referred to as ``the Transparency Act'' or ``the Act''. This interim final guidance provides standard wording for an award term that each agency must include in grant and cooperative agreement awards it makes on or after October 1, 2010, to require recipients to report information about first-tier subawards and executive compensation under only those awards. This implementation of the requirement for reporting of subawards and executive compensation under Federal assistance awards parallels the implementation for subcontracts and executive compensation under Federal procurement contracts, which is in the Federal Acquisition Regulation.
Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations; Circular A-133 Compliance Supplement
Document Number: 2010-18578
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-07-29
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
This notice announces the availability of the 2010 Circular A- 133 Compliance Supplement. The notice also offers interested parties an opportunity to comment on the 2010 Circular A-133 Compliance Supplement (Supplement). The 2010 Supplement adds thirteen new programs, including two programs added to existing clusters. It deletes two programs and has also been updated for program changes and technical corrections. The two deleted programs are Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) 93.794, Reimbursement of State Costs for Provision of Part D Drugs, and CFDA 93.703, ARRA-Grants to Health Centers Program. The CFDA 93.794 program is no longer active (i.e., no funds are being spent by recipients), and it has been removed from the CFDA. The CFDA 93.703 was originally used as a new CFDA number for tracking purposes for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Pub. L. 111-5) and was clustered with the Community Health Centers Program (93.224) in Addendum 1 of the 2009 Compliance Supplement. However, in fiscal year 2010, the compliance requirements for this program have substantially changed, and those requirements are no longer consistent with the requirements that apply to the other programs in the Community Health Centers program cluster. Therefore, this program is being dropped from this cluster, and auditors can consult directly with the Department of Health and Human Services for the compliance requirements for this program (the plan is for the 2011 Compliance Supplement to include compliance requirements for this program).
2010 Standards for Delineating Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas
Document Number: 2010-15605
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-06-28
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
This Notice announces OMB's adoption of 2010 Standards for Delineating Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas. The 2010 standards replace and supersede the 2000 Standards for Defining Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas. In arriving at its decision, OMB accepted the recommendations of the interagency Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Area Standards Review Committee (the Review Committee) as published in the February 12, 2009 Federal Register.
Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-15002
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-06-22
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) invites the general public and Federal agencies to comment on the renewal without change of the SF-LLL, Disclosure of Lobbying Activities. We are particularly interested in comments on whether the information collected in the forms could be more consistent with other governmentwide grant-related information collections.
North American Industry Classification System-Updates for 2012
Document Number: 2010-11290
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-12
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
Under 31 U.S.C. 1104(d) and 44 U.S.C. 3504(e), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) seeks public comment on the advisability of adopting the Economic Classification Policy Committee's (ECPC) recommendations for North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) updates for 2012. NAICS is a system for classifying establishments (individual business locations) by type of economic activity. Mexico's Instituto Nacional de Estad[iacute]stica y Geograf[iacute]a (INEGI), Statistics Canada, and the United States Office of Management and Budget, through its Economic Classification Policy Committee, collaborated on NAICS to make the industry statistics produced by the three countries comparable. OMB's Economic Classification Policy Committee recommends an update of the industry classification system to clarify existing industry definitions and content, recognize new and emerging industries, and correct errors and omissions.
Cost Accounting Standards: Harmonization of Cost Accounting Standards 412 and 413 With the Pension Protection Act of 2006
Document Number: 2010-9783
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-05-10
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Federal Procurement Policy Office, Executive Office of the President
The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), Cost Accounting Standards Board (Board), invites public comments concerning the harmonization of Cost Accounting Standards 412 and 413 with the Pension Protection Act (PPA) of 2006. The PPA amended the minimum funding requirements for defined benefit pension plans. The PPA required the Board to harmonize with PPA the CAS applicable to the Government reimbursement of the contractor's pension costs. The Board has proposed several changes to harmonize CAS with PPA, including the recognition of a ``minimum actuarial liability'' consistent with the PPA minimum required contribution. The proposed CAS changes will lessen the difference between the amount of pension cost reimbursable to the contractor in accordance with CAS and the amount of pension contribution required to be made by the contractor as the plan sponsor by PPA.
Cost of Hospital and Medical Care Treatment Furnished by the Department of Defense Military Treatment Facilities; Certain Rates Regarding Recovery From Tortiously Liable Third Persons
Document Number: 2010-10549
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-05
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. L. 87-603 (76 Stat. 593; 42 U.S.C. 2652), and delegated to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget 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. These inpatient medical service rates became effective October 1, 2009, and will remain in effect until further notice. The outpatient medical, dental, and cosmetic surgery rates published on December 15, 2009, remain in effect until further notice. Note that the aforementioned outpatient rates are 2009 rates, and not 2008 as originally published. Pharmacy rates are updated periodically. A full disclosure of all rates is posted at the DoD's Uniform Business Office Web site: http:// www.tricare.mil/ocfo/mcfs/ubo/mhs_rates/inpatient.cfm.
Draft 2010 Report to Congress on the Benefits and Costs of Federal Regulations
Document Number: 2010-9888
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-04-29
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requests comments on its Draft 2010 Report to Congress on the Benefits and Costs of Federal Regulations, available at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/inforeg regpolreportscongress/. The Draft Report is divided into four chapters. Chapter I examines the benefits and costs of major Federal regulations issued in fiscal year 2009 and summarizes the benefits and costs of major regulations issued between October 1999 and September 2009. 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 provides an update on implementation of the Information Quality Act. Chapter IV summarizes agency compliance with the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act.
Work Reserved for Performance by Federal Government Employees; Correction
Document Number: 2010-8824
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-04-19
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) in the Office
Work Reserved for Performance by Federal Government Employees
Document Number: 2010-7329
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-31
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Federal Procurement Policy Office, Executive Office of the President
The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is issuing a proposed policy letter to provide guidance to Executive Departments and agencies on circumstances when work must be reserved for performance by Federal government employees. The Presidential Memorandum on Government Contracting, issued on March 4, 2009, directs OMB to clarify when governmental outsourcing of services is, and is not, appropriate, consistent with section 321 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2009. Section 321 requires OMB to (i) create a single definition for
Requirements for Implementing Sections 1512, 1605, and 1606 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for Financial Assistance Awards
Document Number: 2010-6548
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-03-25
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
The Office of Federal Financial Management (OFFM) is amending certain sections of the interim final guidance at 2 CFR part 176 that pertain to international agreements. These amendments reflect changes with respect to U.S. international obligations since the publication of the interim final guidance. Public comments received in response to the
Coordination and Strategic Planning of the Federal Effort Against Intellectual Property Infringement: Request of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator for Public Comments Regarding the Joint Strategic Plan
Document Number: 2010-3539
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-02-23
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
The Federal Government is currently undertaking a landmark effort to develop an intellectual property enforcement strategy building on the immense knowledge and expertise of the agencies charged with enforcing intellectual property rights. By committing to common goals, the Government will more effectively and efficiently combat intellectual property infringement. In this request for comments, the Government, through the office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (``IPEC''), invites public input and participation in shaping an effective intellectual property enforcement strategy.
Guidance for Reporting and Use of Information Concerning Recipient Integrity and Performance
Document Number: 2010-2869
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-02-18
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is proposing guidance to Federal agencies to implement Section 872 of the Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 (Pub. L. 110-417) (hereafter referred to as ``section 872''), as it relates to grants. Section 872 requires: establishment of a Governmentwide data system to contain specified information related to the integrity and performance of certain entities awarded Federal grants and contracts; and use of the information by Federal officials making awards. The proposed implementing guidance for grants also would apply to cooperative agreements, as a matter of Governmentwide policy.
Discount Rates for Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Federal Programs
Document Number: E9-30054
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-17
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.
Fiscal Year 2008 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: E9-29801
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-15
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 outpatient medical and dental rates referenced are effective upon publication of this notice in the Federal Register and will remain in effect until further notice. Pharmacy rates are updated periodically. The inpatient rates, published on January 15, 2009, remain in effect until further notice. A full analysis of the rates is posted at the DoD's Uniform Business Office Web site: http:// www.tricare.mil/ocfo/_docs/2009_MedDenCS_Rates%206_25_09.pdf. The rates can be found at: http://www.tricare.mil/ocfo/mcfs/ubo/mhs_ rates.cfm.
Improving Implementation of the Paperwork Reduction Act
Document Number: E9-25757
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-10-27
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) oversees agency information collection activities under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). While information collection is critical to evidence-based decisions and informed government operations, unnecessary paperwork requirements can impose serious burdens on the public, especially small entities. The PRA requires Federal agencies to minimize the burden on the public resulting from their information collections, and to maximize the practical utility of the information collected. OMB is committed to working with agencies and the public to promote compliance with the PRA and to reduce unnecessary paperwork and improve PRA guidance and implementation. To that end, OMB is inviting comments from the public on how to strengthen and improve implementation of the PRA. Specifically, OMB seeks comments on reducing current paperwork burdens, especially on small entities; increasing the practical utility of information collected by the Federal Government; ensuring accurate burden estimates; and preventing unintended adverse consequences.
Draft 2009 Report to Congress on the Benefits and Costs of Federal Regulations
Document Number: E9-22606
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-09-21
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requests comments on its Draft 2009 Report to Congress on the Benefits and Costs of Federal Regulations. The full Draft Report is available at http:// www.whitehouse.gov/omb/inforegregpolreportscongress/, and is divided into four chapters. Chapter I examines the benefits and costs of major Federal regulations issued in fiscal year 2008 and summarizes the benefits and costs of major regulations issued between September 1998 and 2008. It also discusses regulatory impacts on State, local, and tribal governments, small business, wages, and economic growth. Chapter II examines trends in regulation since OMB began to compile benefit and cost estimates records in 1981. Chapter III provides an update on implementation of the Information Quality Act. Chapter IV summarizes agency compliance with the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act.
Compliance Assistance Resources and Points of Contact Available to Small Businesses
Document Number: E9-21965
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-09-11
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
In accordance with the Small Business Paperwork Relief Act of 2002 (44 U.S.C. 3520), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is publishing a ``list of the compliance assistance resources available to small businesses'' and a list of the points of contacts in agencies ``to act as a liaison between the agency and small business concerns'' with respect to the collection of information and the control of paperwork. This information is posted on the following Web site: http:/ /www.business.gov/business-law/contacts/federal/.
Proposed Revision of the Policy on Web Tracking Technologies for Federal Web Sites
Document Number: E9-17756
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-07-27
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is considering options for revising the current prohibition on Web tracking technologies (such as persistent cookies) and invites public comments on the policy that would govern the use of such technologies. The goal of this review is for the Federal Government to continue to protect the privacy of people who visit Federal Government Web sites while at the same time making these Web sites more user-friendly, providing better customer service, and allowing for enhanced Web analytics.
Guidance for Drug-Free Workplace Requirements (Financial Assistance)
Document Number: E9-14019
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-06-15
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is issuing guidance on drug-free workplace requirements for financial assistance. The guidance conforms with the common rule that 31 Federal agencies published on November 26, 2003 and therefore makes no substantive change to Federal policies and procedures in this area. The agencies issued the common rule after resolving public comments received in response to a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.
Notification of a Public Meeting on the Presidential Memorandum on Government Contracting
Document Number: E9-12588
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-05-29
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
The Presidential Memorandum on Government Contracting, issued on March 4, 2009, establishes a framework for improving critical components of the federal acquisition system and management of the Federal Government's ``multi-sector'' workforce of federal employees and private sector contractors. The Memorandum directs the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), in consultation with federal agency leadership, to improve and strengthen federal contracting practices and to seek input from the public on the most effective ways to achieve this goal. Section 321 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2009 further directs OMB to clarify the definition of an inherently governmental function and to develop criteria to be used by agency heads to identify other functions that should only be performed by Federal employees. The Presidential Memorandum is available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/briefingroom/ PresidentialActions/pg2/. Section 321 may be found at http:// www.rules.house.gov/110/text/110_hr5658.pdf.
Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations; Circular A-133 Compliance Supplement
Document Number: E9-12495
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-05-29
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
This notice announces the availability of the 2009 Circular A- 133 Compliance Supplement. The notice also offers interested parties an opportunity to comment on the 2009 Circular A-133 Compliance Supplement. The 2009 Supplement adds four programs, including one program added to an existing cluster, and a new cross cutting section. It deletes six programs and has also been updated for program changes and technical corrections. In total, the 2009 Compliance Supplement includes 176 individual programs. A list of changes to the 2009 Supplement can be found at Appendix V. It has a new Appendix VII that provides an audit alert regarding the grant programs funded under American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and a summary report of common audit deficiencies disclosed in the Report on the National Single Audit Sampling Project (published in June 2007). Due to its length, the 2009 Supplement is not included in this Notice. See
Determination of Executive Compensation Benchmark Amount
Document Number: E9-11837
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-05-21
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Federal Procurement Policy Office, Executive Office of the President
The Office of Management and Budget is publishing the attached memorandum to the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies concerning the determination of the maximum benchmark compensation amount that will be allowable under government contracts during contractors' fiscal year 2009$684,181. This determination is required under Section 39 of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) Act (41 U.S.C. 435) as amended. The benchmark compensation amount applies equally to both defense and civilian procurement agencies.
Cost Accounting Standards: Exemption From Cost Accounting Standards for Contracts Executed and Performed Entirely Outside the United States, Its Territories, and Possessions
Document Number: E9-9359
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-04-23
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Federal Procurement Policy Office, Executive Office of the President
The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) Board (CASB), invites public comments and information on a provision that provides an exemption from CAS for contracts and subcontracts that are executed and performed entirely outside the United States, its territories, and possessions (overseas exemption).
Requirements for Implementing Sections 1512, 1605, and 1606 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for Financial Assistance Awards
Document Number: E9-9073
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-04-23
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
The Office of Federal Financial Management (OFFM) is establishing Governmentwide guidance and standard award terms for agencies to include in financial assistance awards (namely, grants, cooperative agreements, and loans) as part of their implementation of sections 1512, and 1605, and 1606 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Pub. L. 111-5). This guidance does not cover all award terms that may be needed on financial assistance awards funded directly or assisted by the Federal Government under the Recovery Act. The focus of this guidance is on implementing Recovery Act provisions that may require greater clarification in order to foster consistent application across the Federal Government. Under the interim final guidance, agencies would use the standard award terms in their financial assistance awards to require recipients and subrecipients (first-tier that are not individuals) to maintain current registrations in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database; to require recipients to report quarterly on project or activity status, subgrant and subcontract information; to notify recipients of the domestic sourcing (``Buy American'') requirements that apply to certain iron, steel and manufactured goods; to notify recipients of the wage rate requirements that apply to certain projects; and to ensure proper accounting and reporting of Recovery Act expenditures in single audits.
Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: E9-7317
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-04-01
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) invites the general public and Federal agencies to comment on the standard data elements that are being reviewed under emergency review procedures for use in complying with reporting requirements under section 1512 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5) (``Recovery Act''). The title of the standard data element set is ``Standard Data Elements for Reports under Section 1512 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law 111-5 (Grants, Cooperative Agreements and Loans).'' Once the standard data elements are approved, each federal agency must require its recipients of grants, cooperative agreements and loans made under the Recovery Act to report the information and data electronically through a central Governmentwide portal or through an agency information collection process. Information on the reporting procedures will be posted to http://www.federalreporting.gov once available. Recipients of Recovery Act funded grants, cooperative agreements and loans may collect the data and information approved under this approved information collection from their subrecipients and subcontractors. A standard information collection for recipients of Recovery Act funded contracts directly awarded by the Federal government is being reviewed under a separate information collection process.
Federal Regulatory Review
Document Number: E9-5763
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-03-17
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
The Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) extends the deadline for public comments on how to improve the process and principles governing Federal regulatory review.