The CFO Council is dedicated to coordinating financial assistance to effectively deliver, oversee, and report on grants and cooperative agreements, as well as sharing with executive departments and agencies best practices and innovative ideas for transforming the delivery of grant assistance.

Uniform Guidance

Uniform Guidance In December 2014, OMB together with Federal awarding agencies issued an interim final rule to implement the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance). This guidance and implementing regulations delivers on President Obama’s second term management agenda and his first term directives under Executive Order 13520, the … Continued


Grants Training As a part of the CFO Council's mission to foster more efficient and effective Federal grants management system, the Council coordinates training on key issues related to that mission. Please Note: To properly view all Grants 101 Training Modules, please use either Google Chrome or Microsoft Internet Explorer. Please also make sure that Flash is enabled … Continued

Grants Resources

Grants Resources What was the Council on Financial Assistance Reform?  OMB M-17-26, Reducing Burden for Federal Agencies by Rescinding and Modifying, rescinded the COFAR. The group’s policy priorities will now be considered part of the President’s Management Agenda and in the CFO Council. A sub-group may be formed on an as-needed basis to address specific … Continued

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Administrative Relief for Grantees Impacted by Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria

Please see the below letter from OMB regarding Administrative Relief for Grantees Impacted by Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria. [pdf-embedder url=””]


Agencies and individuals can now access the CFOC’s Financial Assistance Management Career Roadmap Builder.  The Career Roadmap Builder is an interactive career tool that allows agencies to build their own customized Financial Assistance Management Career Roadmap based on the agency’s specific mission and workforce needs. It is suggested that individuals refer to their agency for … Continued

OMB Submits Report to Congress on the DATA ACT Pilot Program

On August 10th, OMB submitted its Report to Congress on the Data Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA ACT) Pilot Program, and the report is now available on the OMB website.

Financial Assistance Management Roadmap Published, Interactive Tool Coming Soon

Developing a quality financial assistance workforce continues to be a major management challenge in most agencies. There is a need to better define competencies and provide training for grants specialists, program and project managers, policy advisors, financial analysts, and other job series with grants management responsibilities. This comprehensive Financial Assistance Career Roadmap is intended to … Continued

GSA Issues Request for Information for Entity Identification and Validation Services

The General Services Administration (GSA) has released a Request for Information for government-wide entity identification and validation services. For more information visit: Both industry partners and other stakeholders are invited to respond to this RFI. Currently, these services are provided by Dun and Bradstreet (D&B), whose contract with GSA expires in 2018. The government … Continued

July 2016: Uniform Guidance: Promising Practices in Implementation

Opening Remarks Dave Mader, Controller, OMB Rhea Hubbard, Policy Analyst, OMB Gil Tran, Policy Analyst, OMB Promising Practices in Implementation: Risk Assessment (Panel 1) Andrea Brandon, Director, Financial Assistance Policy and Oversight, Department of Homeland Security and COFAR Co-Chair Phil Maestri, Director, Risk Management Service, U.S. Department of Education Moderator: Rhea Hubbard, Policy Analyst, OMB … Continued

Single Audit Contacts

The attached list of agency point of contacts is available to address questions from the grantee and audit communities related to the implementation of the Uniform Guidance. Contact the National Single Audit Coordinators when you have a technical audit question regarding your single audit such as the determination of your Federal cognizant or oversight audit agency, the due date … Continued

July 2015: OMB Uniform Guidance Training Series hosted by eCIVIS

In 2015, OMB participated in a Uniform Guidance Training Series featuring Victoria Collin, Senior Policy Analyst at the Office of Management and Budget. The training was hosted by the City of Los Angeles and eCIVIS. You can see all 10 training sessions here.

National Dialogue on Improving Federal Procurement and Grants Processes

Now Open – The National Dialogue and Pilot to Reduce Reporting Compliance Costs for Federal Contractors and Grantees is NOW OPEN. One goal of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act) is to make information on federal expenditures more easily accessible and transparent. One way to achieve this is to simplify reporting for entities … Continued