Sending Office: Honorable Mark Pocan
Urge OMB to Provide Mandatory Administrative Relief to Research Grant Recipients During Coronavirus Outbreak
Deadline: COB Thursday March 26th
Last week, OMB issued Memorandum M-20-17 “Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Due to Loss of Operations”. The Memo permits short-term relief for
administrative, financial management, and audit requirements for federal agency grant recipients impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. While, this was a positive step, the memorandum does not mandate agencies implement these policy changes.
This letter urges OMB to mandate implementation of the memo to ensure impacted colleges, universities, and non-profit research institutions get the relief they need from federal grant reporting and administrative requirements during this unprecedented time.
It also requests that institutions may apply for administrative relief at the institution wide-basis instead of grant-by-grant to eliminate any regulatory burden during this time of rapid transition.
Text of the letter is below. Deadline to sign on is COB Thursday March 26th. Please e-mail Leslie Zelenko,
Leslie.Zelenko@mail.house.gov, to sign on to this letter.
Member of Congress
March 24, 2020
The Honorable Mick Mulvaney
The Office of Management and Budget
725 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20503
Dear Director Mulvaney:
We write to request that the relief proposed in Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Memorandum M-20-17 be made mandatory immediately with respect to the American university research community.
Last week, OMB issued Memorandum M-20-17 “Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Due to Loss of Operations” which permits short-term relief for administrative,
financial management, and audit requirements for federal agency grant recipients impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. This was a positive step forward for impacted colleges, universities, and non-profit research institutions, but it falls short of certain
help for our nation’s universities and research enterprises.
Requiring federal agencies to provide temporary relief to the American research community with respect to proposal deadlines, no-cost extensions, allowability of salaries, non-competing continuation requests, extensions of closeout deadlines, and prior approval
requirements would significantly help institutions maintain regular operations. Additionally, if agencies were instructed to implement such relief on institution-wide bases instead of grant-by-grant, administrative burdens during this time of difficult transitions
would be greatly reduced.
Thank you for your consideration of these requests. We look forward to continuing to work with you to support all of America through this difficult time, including our world-class research community.
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