The Fringe Benefit rates negotiated with the Office of Naval Research on behalf of all U.S. Federal Agencies and for use on grants, contracts and/or other agreements issued or awarded to the Georgia Institute of Technology / Georgia Tech Research Corporation have been posted for FY21. https://osp.gatech.edu/rates
On June 18, 2020, the Office of Management and Budget issued OMB M-20-26, giving federal sponsoring agencies the authority to “allow recipients to continue to charge salaries and benefits to active Federal awards consistent with the recipients' policy of paying salaries (under unexpected or extraordinary circumstances) from all funding sources, Federal and non-Federal.”
The Office of Sponsored Programs is maintaining a webpage where you can find useful updates, agency guidance, and other resources related to COVID-19. This page can be found at http://osp.gatech.edu/coronavirus.
So, you have controlled unclassified information (CUI) or are assessing your project for CUI compliance. We've put together some frequently asked questions to help our research community navigate this compliance initiative that centers on the protection of data.
Does your research project involve controlled unclassified information (CUI)? Compliance requirements in accordance with DFARS/NIST 800-171 include training requirements. (See our previous article on "What is Controlled Unclassified Information?")
The U.S. National Archives website includes a section with CUI Training Tools, including links to training modules by topic, videos, powerpoints and more.
In asking for identification of “other support” in a grant application, a funding agency’s interests include, but are not limited to, identifying and eliminating duplication of funding for specific budgetary items, understanding the investigator’s capacity to complete projects (e.g., effort available), protect national security or economic interests, and assess potential conflicts of interest.
On January 28, 2016, President Obama signed the Grants Oversight and New Efficiency Act, or GONE Act. The goal of the GONE act is to review grant closeout procedures and identify why so many grants are not closed out by the end of the 90 day period provided in 2 CFR 200.
December 31: DFARS/NIST 800-171 and New Mandatory Standards for Federal Research
The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Special Publication 800-171 aims to consolidate the Federal government’s procedures for handling Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), including CUI found in systems operated by federal contractors such as Georgia Tech. In the spirit of open government, these regulations aim to share government data with appropriate entities such as research universities, while keeping it out of the hands of prohibited audiences.