OMB Uniform Guidance

Page created: 2/27/14
Last updated: 3/27/15

The Office of Management and Budget “Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards; Final Rule” was released in the Federal Register on December 26, 2013 (2 CFR Chapter I, Chapter II, Part 200, et al.).  Per the OMB webpage this guidance “will supersede requirements from OMB Circulars A-21, A-87, A-110, and A-122 (which have been placed in 2 C.F.R. Parts 220, 225, 215, and 230); Circulars A-89, A-102, and A-133; and the guidance in Circular A-50 on Single Audit Act follow-up.”

Read the full Uniform Guidance: 2 CFR 200, Uniform Guidance (Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards)

The effective date is December 26th, 2014.


Harvard's Implementation of the OMB Uniform Guidance

Harvard created working groups based on each of the subparts and the appendices. Each working group had a chair, as well as representation from schools and central administration (including staff from outside of the research community for some parts). The groups were responsible for determining the impact of the new regulations to existing policy and process, creating new training materials and revising policies where needed, and ensuring broad and effective communication strategies. Work plans and other materials have been posted. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Axelrod (

Agency Implementation

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Resources

Other Federal Resources

Council on Governmental Relations (COGR)

Videos from NCURA

Harvard OMB Uniform Guidance Working Groups Wiki (Internal Only)