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NCHRP 20-44(34) [Final]

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
Research Agency: ARA, Inc.
Principal Investigator: Jason Bittner
Effective Date: 4/26/2021
Completion Date: 2/10/2023
Comments: Research is complete. A Contractor's Report is available on the project web page.

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 the 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. 

The objective of this research was 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. This project required a review of state DOT research manuals, policies, and procedures, and provide general research management practices for state DOTs. The final contractor's report for NCHRP 20-44(34) is flexible enough for use by state DOT research managers with varying levels of research program management experience and will be of immediate use.

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