Rules and Regulations: Where Does It Say We Have To Do That?

Workshop Time: 3.5 hours.

Federal regulations often drive our institutional policies, particularly when it comes to the management of federal awards. But to what extent are our institution’s policies/ procedures required by federal regulation versus the institution choosing to go beyond what regulation may require? Are these choices deliberate, the result of a corrective action plan, a best practice of peer institutions, or simply institutional culture? Can you respond confidently when one of your researchers asks the question “where does it say we have to do that?”

This workshop will examine a variety of regulations that impact the day-to-day management of federal awards with the goal of helping participants answer these questions, and to better understand where regulations end and institutional policies begin. The workshop will cover essential federal award requirements, primarily drawing upon the Uniform Guidance, but with some references to the Federal Acquisition Regulation to demonstrate how federal requirements can impact an award differently based on whether it’s a grant or a contract.

David Mayo, Director, Office of Sponsored Research, NCURA Distinguished Educator, California Institute of Technology
John Hanold, Associate Vice President for Research and  Director, Office of Sponsored Programs, Pennsylvania State University

Program Level: Intermediate
rerequisite: Participants will need a general familiarity and experience working under federal regulations as they apply to federal award management.

The On-Demand recording will be available 10 business days after the live presentation.

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  • Participants will be better able to determine the source (and interpretation) of federal regulation driving the policy.
  • Participants will be able to identify the “go to” resources used by Research Administrators to benchmark their University alongside other institutional “best” practices.
  • Participants will be able to articulate an answer and the rationale in language faculty members can understand when they ask the question “where does it say we have to do that and what does it mean?”
  • Participants will engage and share among colleagues the various ways to implement requirements and best practices with continued focus on reducing administrative burden.

David Mayo

Senior Director for Research Administration

California Institute of Technology

NCURA Distinguished Educator

John Hanold

Director, Sponsored Programs, Vice President for Research

Pennsylvania State University

Participants receive 3.25 hours of continuing education credits = .3 CEU's.

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