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.
When Georgia Tech answers a call for proposals to solve a public problem, such as a national security initiative, development of transportation or its infrastructure, medical research or an industry-specific challenge, certain direct costs associated with the project at hand are easily identified and assigned to a project budget submitted with the proposal. However, other expenses support the aggregate of research and development at Georgia Tech and therefore are not as easily tracked in the budget of a single project.
Tips from Roberta Burke, Associate Director for Contracts, OSP
Scenario: You are highly interested in responding to a solicitation from the Department of Defense (DoD) seeking research proposals in your field of study. Per the solicitation, the award may be a Grant, Cooperative Agreement, or Contract. “What is the difference?” you ask. Well, there are significant differences of which you should be well aware.