Grants and contracts awarded by the federal government to UC Berkeley are subject to federal government administrative requirements, cost principles, and audit requirements. In the past, there were three Office of Management and Budget (OMB) circulars that provided this guidance: A-110 (administrative requirements), A-21 (cost principles), and A-133 (audit requirements).

On December 26, 2013, OMB issued new guidelines for federal grants management through one “super” circular entitled, “Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.” This “Uniform Guidance” has been designed to reduce the administrative burden on recipients of federal funds as well as the risk of waste, fraud, and abuse.

What Does This Mean for You?

There are still many unanswered questions about how the federal agencies will interpret and implement the Uniform Guidance. OMB has asked all of the federal agencies to issue regulations or OMB-reviewed guidance in unison by December 26, 2014. Some of the new federal regulations will make grant management noticeably more flexible and efficient for Berkeley PIs and support staff. Other changes in sponsor requirements based on the Uniform Guidance will require adjustments in our business processes. There also will be situations in which no change will be needed in the way Berkeley currently manages grants and contracts.

The following information is presented as a way to help the campus stay informed about the progress being made in the implementation of the Uniform Guidance. Updates will be provided as the implementation of the Uniform Guidance becomes more explicit.


  • December 26, 2013: OMB issues final rule of Uniform Guidance
  • June 26, 2014: Federal agencies submit proposed implementation plans to OMB
  • December 26, 2014: Uniform Guidance goes into effect and will apply to new awards or additional funding to existing awards made on or after this date. We are awaiting guidance on how the Uniform Guidance will impact the terms and conditions of existing federal awards received prior to December 26, 2014.
  • Fiscal Year 2016: Uniform Guidance audit requirements apply to awards

This page will be updated as new guidance and information becomes available from the federal government and from developing UC and Berkeley campus implementation.

UC and UC Berkeley Implementation

UC Office of the President

In preparation for the implementation of Uniform Guidance on December 26, 2014, the University of California, as well as organizations like the Council on Governmental Relations (COGR) and the Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP), have convened working groups of experts across the research administration life cycle to analyze these new rules and develop ways to implement them. UC Berkeley representatives are including in these working groups. As UC develops its implementation plan, information and resources will be posted to the UCOP Research Policy Analysis and Coordination OMB Uniform Guidance page.

UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley Guidance

The University of California, Berkeley has set up a campus-wide work group to coordinate implementation of the Uniform Guidance. Berkeley’s implementation efforts are expected to be aligned with the other UC campuses and the systemwide efforts. While policy direction may be provided by UCOP, the UC Berkeley work group will address its own implementation issues, including policy development, process and system revisions, and training.

As UC Berkeley develops implementation plans, information and resources will be posted on this page and other administration web sites.

Berkeley Uniform Guidance Work Group

Federal Agency Implementation

Agriculture Department

Commerce Department

Defense Department

Education Department

Energy Department

Environmental Protection Agency

Health and Human Services Department

National Institutes of Health

Homeland Security

Housing and Urban Development Department

Institute of Museum and Library Services

Justice Department

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

National Archives and Records Administration

National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Humanities

National Science Foundation

State Department

Transportation Department


Uniform Guidance

Office of Management and Budget

Other Resources