Tag Archives: post-award

Spotlight on Policy: Pre-Award Costs

By: Maggie Gallagher-Mondak Let’s take a quick quiz and then learn about Pre-Award Costs and what the Uniform Guidance has to say about them. Which definition below fits what a Pre-Award Cost is? A.   Pre-Award costs are expenses incurred before an award is received (but still within the project period). Because let’s face it, […]

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Spotlight on Policy: CFDA’s and the SEFA

By: Maggie Gallagher-Mondak Today’s post is meant to share a little bit of information about the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance and a reporting requirement for the University called the Schedule of Expenditures of Federal Awards (SEFA).  These are two things you may not deal with directly in your position but rest assured your actions […]

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Spotlight on Policy – Conflicts of Interest

By: Maggie Gallagher-Mondak What is a Conflict of Interest (COI)? A COI exists when individual interests outside of their position might influence official responsibilities.  A bias may exist that harms the University when Universities have an obligation to protect the reputation of their school and to not weaken public trust. Examples of COI: Financial – […]

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The Importance of MER Certification: Keep Your Eye On the Money, Honey!

In July 2015, the College of Humanities and Sciences followed the trail blazed by the School of Medicine and implemented the online Monthly Expenditure Report (MER) Certification process in PI Dashboard. Things went pretty well in the first months, but those were summer months, and over this fall semester, we have noticed that some of our […]

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Spotlight on Policy: Internal Audits

BY: Maggie Gallagher-Mondak Interested in some CYA should VCU internal auditors come knocking on your door?  I could not find any VCU policies that directly regarded internal audits but I did find some helpful information to be aware of on our Assurance Services website.  Let’s make an attempt to take bite out of the mystery […]

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Spotlight on Policy: Research Subject Payments

By: Maggie Gallagher-Mondak PROCUREMENT POLICY AT VCU: Payment options for research or survey participants: Direct pay – requires vendor setup in Banner, and the Direct Pay / General Encumbrance Form Petty cash Gift/Bank cards Payment for gift cards cannot be done with a p-card; purchase orders or petty cash only Departments can also purchase gift […]

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Spotlight on Policy: Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA)

By: Maggie Gallagher-Mondak What is the FFATA (Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act)? FFATA requires the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to maintain a single, searchable website that contains information on all Federal spending awards. That site is at http://www.USAspending.gov. The purpose of this information is to “empower every American with the ability to […]

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News Roundup: NIH Special!

We have a special News Roundup for you this week, and it’s all about NIH. NIH has raised the salary cap. NOT-OD-16-045 raises the maximum salary on NIH support from $183,300 to $185,100  effective January 10, 2016. We’ve updated our salary cap cost share calculator spreadsheet to assist you with calculations. CHS CSA for Sal Cap (MS Excel, 87 […]

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Spotlight on Policy: Cost Share

By: Maggie Gallagher-Mondak Today’s spotlight is a light refresher on Cost Share.  Once the cat is out of the bag (or the cost share is proposed), we can’t just forget about it.  There is an important amount of follow up to do post-award, and today’s post will provide some general background, remind us what follow […]

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Spotlight on Policy: Sub-Receipient Monitoring

By: Maggie Gallagher-Mondak This week’s Spotlight post was inspired by our News Roundup post from December 2nd.  In that post, a link to an NSF Office of Inspector General presentation was provided.  The presentation includes a short list of common audit findings.  Included on that short list is “Inadequate sub-award monitoring.”  The Uniform Guidance has […]

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