OMB maintains a chart which includes the locations of Federal agency codifications of the grants management common rule. It is important for a grantee to review the regulations of their Federal awarding agency. Therefore, the generic text of the common rule is not provided on this site. Please refer to the chart above to locate the codified common rule for a particular Federal agency.
If you as a applicant or grantee are asked to comply with attachments to Circular A-102, please consult with the grantmaking agency regarding the requirements and inform them that their documentation needs to be updated.
If you as a applicant or grantee are asked to comply with attachments to Circular A-110, please consult with the grantmaking agency regarding the requirements and inform them that their documentation needs to be updated.
To simplify relations between Federal grantees and awarding agencies, OMB established the cognizant agency concept, under which a single agency represents all others in dealing with grantees in common areas. In this case, the cognizant agency reviews and approves grantees’ indirect cost rates. Approved rates must be accepted by other agencies, unless specific program regulations restrict the recovery of indirect costs.
OMB published a list of cognizant agency assignments for some State agencies, cities and counties on January 6, 1986 (51 FR 552). The cognizant agency for governmental units not on that list is the one that provides the most grant funds to the entity. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the cognizant agency for all States and most cities.
The cognizant agency for non-profit organizations is determined by calculating which Federal agency provides the most grant funding. The Department of the Interior is the cognizant agency for all Indian tribal governments. For hospitals, HHS serves as the main cognizant agency.
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