Grants Policies & Regulations
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Memoranda authorize federal awarding agencies the flexibility to aid HHS’ grantee community in several key areas of our grants administration policies and requirements to support the continued research and services necessary to carry out the emergency response related to COVID-19.
- M-20-26 Extension of Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) due to Loss of Operations (June 18, 2020)
- M-20-21 Implementation Guidance for Supplemental Funding Provided in Response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (April 10, 2020)
- M-20-20 Repurposing Existing Federal Financial Assistance Programs and Awards to Support the Emergency Response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) (April 9, 2020)
- M-20-17 Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) due to Loss of Operations (March 19, 2020)
- M-20-11 Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) (March 9, 2020)
Grants Policy Topics
- Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirement for HHS Awards (45 CFR Part 75) - Part 75—Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for HHS Awards
- Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (2 CFR Part 200) – Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards
HHS Policy Requirements
Policy Topic: Lobbying
HHS Policy Guidance
- Federal Restrictions on Lobbying for HHS Financial Assistance Recipients
Recipients of federal funds are not allowed to use federal funding to lobby federal, state, or local officials or their staff to receive additional funding or influence legislation.
- OMB Circular A-133 Compliance Supplement 2016
Policy Topic: Federal Funding Transparency Act (FFATA) / Sub-Award Reporting
- Public Law 109-282 - Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act
- Guidelines to follow for FFATA Sub-Award and Executive Compensation Reporting Requirements and Discretionary Awards –
Resources, Tools and Systems
- FFATA Sub-Award Reporting System (FSRS)
- IHS’s Implementation of FSR Sub-Awards Reporting Requirements
- HRSA’s FFATA Frequently Asked Questions
Policy Topic: HHS Efficient Spending Policy
- HHS Policy on Promoting Efficient Spending (January 23, 2015): Use of Appropriated Funds for Conferences and Meetings, Food, Promotional Items, and Printing and Publications
- Attachment 1: HHS Policy on Use of Appropriated Funds for Conferences and Meeting Space (January 23, 2015)
- Attachment 2: HHS Policy on Use of Appropriated Funds for Food
- Attachment 3: HHS Policy on Use of Appropriated Funds for Promotional Items
- Attachment 4: HHS Policy on Printing and Publications
- Conference Spending Reports
These reports include information about conferences held by HHS where costs exceed $100,000.
- FY 2015 Report on Conferences Sponsored by HHS Staff Divisions
- FY 2015 Reports on Conference Spending by HHS Operating Divisions:
- Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
- Administration for Community Living (ACL)
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
- Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
- Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
- Indian Health Services (IHS)
- National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (Not yet available)
Policy Topic: Objective Grant Review
HHS Policy Guidance
- HHS Grants Policy Statement (Page I 29) – Applications under discretionary grant programs, whether received in response to a funding opportunity announcement, solicited from a single source, or received as unsolicited requests for funding, are subject to objective review. Objective review is an advisory review of discretionary grant applications conducted by a minimum of three unbiased reviewers with expertise in the programmatic area for which applications are submitted (I-30, PG. 44).
Grants Policy Resources
- Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (2 CFR – 200) – Final revised rule streamlining grant management requirements. This guidance supersedes requirements from OMB Circulars A-21, A-87, A-110, and A-122 (which have been placed in OMB guidances); Circulars A-89, A-102, and A-133; and the guidance in Circular A-50 on Single Audit Act follow-up. (12/26/2013)
- OMB Home Page – The Office of Management and Budget provides Bulletins, Circulars, Memoranda, Privacy Guidance, Reports and other important guidance information.
- OMB's Grants Management Home Page – Government-wide grants management policies and guidelines through circulars and common rules.
- Council on Financial Assistance Reform (COFAR)
- 45 CFR Part 75 - Part 75—Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for HHS Awards
- Grants Oversight and New Efficiency Act (PL114-117)
- Grants Fraud Alert
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is alerting the public to the latest scheme to defraud the government and steal money from the American people.