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NCHRP 20-44(34) [Active]

Successful Practices for State Transportation Research Office's Complying with 2 CFR 200 (NCHRP 20-111J)
[ NCHRP 20-44 (NCHRP Implementation Support Program) ]

  Project Data
Funds: $190,000
Staff Responsibility: Camille Crichton-Sumners
Research Agency: ARA, Inc.
Principal Investigator: Jason Bittner
Effective Date: 4/26/2021
Completion Date: 10/26/2022
Comments: Underway

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) streamlined the federal government’s guidance on administrative requirements, cost principles, and audit requirements for federal awards by creating 2 CFR 200. This regulation is intended to ease administrative burden, strengthen oversight over federal funds and reduce the risk of waste, fraud, and abuse. NCHRP Project 20-111J ”Successful Practices for State Transportation Research Office's Complying with 2 CFR 200” provided a guide for successful practices related to implementing the guidance. The resulting guide has been reviewed by many state departments of transportation (DOTs), but they need assistance in applying the 2 CFR 200 regulation. Additional effort is needed to assist state agencies with deployment. This project will collect and review state DOT research manuals, policies and procedures, develop templates, and provide general research management practices for state DOTs.

The objective of this research is to implement the findings of NCHRP 20-111J for five selected DOTs and to produce a comprehensive document on best practices for complying with 2 CFR 200 for state DOT research programs. These best practices should describe how to deal with the areas identified by state DOT staff for compliance with 2 CFR 200. The best practices will be based on information gathered from document reviews and interviews. The document will be flexible enough for use by state DOT research managers with varying levels of research program management experience.

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