Uniform Guidance- What is CSM
Effective 12/26/14 – one award received
New procurement guidelines – grace period to
Policy review and development underway at CSM
CSM Cost Accounting Standards Disclosure
F&A rate proposal
Uniform Guidance – What do faculty
need to know?
Direct charging of administrative and clerical salaries
Direct charging of computing devices
Sub awards and subrecipient monitoring responsibilities
Performance and financial reporting
Under research proposals, voluntary committed cost sharing is not
expected and cannot be used as a factor during merit review, but
may be considered if it is both in accordance with agency
regulations and specified in the notice of funding opportunity.
Administrative and Clerical Salaries
The salaries of administrative and clerical staff should normally be
treated as indirect (F&A) costs. Direct charging of these costs may
be appropriate only if all of the following conditions are met:
Administrative or clerical services are integral to a project or
Individuals involved can be specifically identified with the project
Such costs are explicitly included in the budget or have the prior
written approval of the Federal awarding agency; and
The requirement that the cost is “integral” means the services are
essential, vital, or fundamental to the project or activity. Stanford
Computing devices with a value < $5000 have been redefined from
non-capital equipment to supplies. Charging computing devices as
a direct cost is allowable for devices that are essential and allocable,
but not solely dedicated, to the performance of a specific award.
The award may be charged after the end of the period of
performance, but before closeout, for the costs of publication or
sharing research results.
Sub awards and Subrecipient
Minimum monitoring responsibilities to ensure that the subaward is
used for authorized purposes; in compliance with statutes,
regulations, and terms and conditions, and that the performance goals
Review financial and programmatic reports;
Ensure that the subrecipient takes appropriate action on all
Issue a management decision for audit findings pertaining to the
subaward provided to the subrecipient.
The acceptable methods of procurement are micro-purchases; small
purchase procedures; sealed bids; competitive proposals;
noncompetitive proposals (sole source).
Micro-purchases (</= $3K) require documentation only.
Purchases between $3K and $150K (Simplified Acquisition
Threshold) require price or rate quotations.
Purchases over the SAT require a cost or price analysis.
Sole sourcing requires increased documentation and, possibly,
Prior approvals required for one or more of the following program
or budget changes:
Change in the scope or the objective of the project or
program(even if there is no associated budget revision requiring
Change in a key person specified in the application or the Federal
The disengagement from the project for more than three months, or
a 25% reduction in time devoted to the project, by the approved
project director or principal investigator.
Performance and Financial Reporting
The reports must compare accomplishments to objectives; give
reasons why goals were not accomplished, if appropriate; and
explain cost overruns or high unit costs.
Within 90 calendar days of the end of the period of performance,
the non-federal entity must submit all reports and liquidate all
obligations as required by the terms of the award. Extensions may
be requested and approved. All closeout actions should be
completed no later than 1 year after receipt and acceptance of all
required final reports.
Note: This puts an emphasis on the 90 day requirement and focuses on
efficiency, rather than accuracy.