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Uniform Guidance

What is Uniform Guidance?

Part 200 of the Code of Federal Regulations is “Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirement Awards.” This section of the Code of Federal Regulations is commonly referred to as Uniform Guidance (UG).

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is the federal agency that is responsible for leading the development of government-wide policy to assure that grants are managed properly and that Federal dollars are spent in accordance with applicable rules and regulations.

In order to streamline administrative efforts, OMB led the effort of combining eight circulars into one document—Uniform Guidance (UG). In addition to consolidating the eight documents into one, other stated goals were to update requirements in the previous circulars and reduce some of the administrative burdens created by the outdated information. The final UG was issued on December 26, 2013 with an implementation date of December 26, 2014.

Who needs to know about Uniform Guidance?

Everyone who is involved in federal research and the administration of those activities is responsible to know and understand Uniform Guidance.

Whom may I contact if I have questions about the UG?

For any questions about Uniform Guidance, you may contact the Office of Sponsored Programs at

Related Links

Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200)

Chief Financial Officers Council – Uniform Guidance Resources