The U.S. Department of Energy sent the following notification to the Sponsored Projects Office, including COVID-19 DOE-NNSA Financial Assistance Guidance to Contracting Officers (Including for Cooperative Agreements) and COVID-19 Attachment 2: DOE-NNSA Implementation of OMB Memorandum M-20-17, also available on the DOE PF 2020-20 COVID-19 Guidance for Financial Assistance Actions page.


From: Leatherwood, Kendra A
Date: Tue, Mar 31, 2020
Subject: OMB

Department of Energy (DOE) Financial Assistance Recipients:

Office of Management & Budget (OMB) recently issued OMB Memorandum M-20-17, titled, “Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) due to Loss of Operations” dated March 19, 2020.

The intent and purpose of this guidance is to implement flexibilities authorized by Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Memorandum M-20-17 from specific administrative, financial management, and audit requirements contained in 2 CFR Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, without compromising accountability requirements. Please note that, pursuant to OMB guidance, these administrative relief flexibilities are intended to be time limited. OMB plans to reassess their applicability within 90 days and DOE will update our guidance, as needed, at that time.

Effective immediately DOE, Contracting Officers (CO) have been issued guidance to implement these flexibilities as well as information is being distributed via this email to Financial Assistance awardees to provide information on flexibilities that may be available due to any loss in operations as a result of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). DOE, COs and recipients are reminded of the requirement to maintain appropriate records and documentation necessary to support any relief or charges to DOE awards. The following attachments outline this guidance and direction.


  1. COVID-19 DOE/NNSA FA Guidance to COs
  2. COVID-19 DOE/NNSA Implementation of OMB Memorandum M-20-17

If you have any questions please contact the respective Contracting Officer, Contract Specialist, or Contracting Officer Representative for your award. We greatly appreciate your flexibility and continued support of the Department of Energy’s mission and efforts.

Please do not respond to this email as it is not an inbox that is regularly monitored!

Very Respectfully,

Kendra Leatherwood –Contract Specialist
U.S. Department of Energy
1955 Fremont Ave.
Idaho Falls, ID 83415
Ph: (208) 526-3816
Fax: (208) 526-5548

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