Effort Management and Reporting Training
Background and Regulatory Basics
The Federal government has stepped up their compliance enforcement and is requiring greater accountability from institutions regarding their effort management and reporting practices. Expectations include clear policies and processes regarding effort reporting systems as well as adequate training for all employees involved in the process.
While the Federal government has required effort reporting under OMB Circular A-21 Cost Principles for Higher Education Institutions for decades, the last few years has seen increased Federal scrutiny and audits resulting in significant fines for a number of research institutions.
- Northwestern University - $5.5 million, plus costs, attorneys’ fees and disallowances.
- Thomas Jefferson University - $2.6 million
- University of Chicago – paid a combined $650K to settle charges; University is reported to have paid $250K, while the PI accused of the impropriety reportedly paid $400K.
- University of South Florida returned $4.4 million to settle a number of charging issues including effort reporting.
- Yale - 7.6 million settlement with multiple federal agencies
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