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1 Updates for the U.S. Department of Education and some others

2 Fred Winter fawinterassociates@gmail.com 703-350-3267 www.fawinterassociates.com

3 3 Today’s agenda: 1. OMB Uniform Guidance 2. DoE HE program foci 3. Grant writing tips

4 4 OMB Uniform Guidance 26 December 2013 for implementation 26 December 2014 https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2013/12/26/2013- 30465/uniform-administrative-requirements-cost- principles-and-audit-requirements-for-federal-awards 2 C.F.R. 200 Supersedes requirements from OMB Circulars A- 21, A-87, A-110, and A-122; Circulars A-89, A-102, and A-133; and the guidance in Circular A-50 on Single Audit Act follow-up.

5 5 Uniform Guidance Key Takeaways -10% de minimus IDC (unless alternative published and approved by agency head) -negotiated rate accepted, and can be extended up to four years -administrative costs can be reckoned as direct costs -voluntary cost sharing “may never be considered during the merit review”

6 6 Uniform Guidance Key Takeaways -required risk assessment, including financial stability and past performance -single audit threshold now $750K, up from $500K -provisions for child care -computers reckoned as “supplies,” not equipment

7 7 Uniform Guidance Key Takeaways -grantees required to protect PII -standardized vocabulary in Notices of Funding Opportunities

8 8 Prognosis for the Future: It’s all about the election and who gets the Senate

9 9 ED Leadership Transitions: new leaders Ted Mitchell Undersecretary of Education (New Schools Venture Fund) Erika Miller Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education (Education Trust)

10 10 ED’s Higher Ed Programmatic Foci The 3 Cs: Cost Containment College Completion Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement

11 11 ED’s Higher Ed Programmatic Foci The 2 Cs: Cost Containment College Completion Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement

12 12 ED’s Higher Ed Programmatic Foci Coming this fall: Ratings – -completion -post bac. salary levels -enrollment of underserved constituencies Recruitment and Undermatching – getting underserved constituencies into college to stay

13 Programmatic Foci STEM …………………………………………………………………………………………. HEA Renewal

14 Programmatic Foci Earmarks and Quasi-Earmarks -Training for Realtime Writers -Centers for the Study of Distance Education and Technological Advancements -Center for Best Practices to Support Single Parent Students

15 Programmatic Foci Non-agenda items: the three As Adjuncts Alcohol Athletics

16 Programmatic Foci Not yet an agenda item: A new one Sexual Abuse on Campus

17 17 Department of Education Grant Writing Tips ……………………………………………… “If you know one funding agency…” ……………………………………………… The Key Role of Peer Review

18 Want to really unpack the secret of successful Department of Education grant-writing? Become a reviewer! ******* Department of Education Review System https://www.g5.gov/ext/wps/portal

19 Formulating an ED Application It’s all in the Published Selection Criteria ………………………………………………………….. And take evaluation very, very seriously What Works Clearinghouse’s (WWC’s) Procedures and Standards Handbook http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/ 19

20 ED Competitions May Include *Preference Priorities* ---------------------- Three types of preference priorities: Absolute Competitive Invitational (different from NEH’s Standing Together “initiative”) 20

21 21 Funding Schemes: Continuation/Incremental Funding Full Forward Funding

22 Formulating an ED Application And don’t forget grants.gov and SAM issues 22

23 23 First in the World

24 24 FY 2015 FitW request “$100 million for First in the World for innovative strategies and practices that improve affordability and outcomes for low-income students “$75 million for new College Success Grants competitive grant program to HBCUs and MSIs to support innovations that reduce costs and improve outcomes for students”

25 Fred Winter fawinterassociates@gmail.com 703-350-3267 www.fawinterassociates.com


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