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OMB A-21 changes Tony Boccanfuso 16 Jun 1998 12:48 EST

OMB A-21 changes Tony Boccanfuso 16 Jun 1998 12:48 EST

 Dear Colleagues:

Some F&A information that you may find useful.

>The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has dropped a proposal that
>would have required research institutions to justify costs for buildings
>supported with federal funds that exceeded certain benchmarks. In a June
>1 revision of Circular A-21, "Cost Principles for Educational
>Institutions," OMB instead establishes a review and documentation
>process to ensure that facility costs included in an institution's
>facilities and administrative cost rate are reasonable.
>The revision also implements an alternative approach for payment of
>utility costs, provides additional guidelines on depreciation and use
>allowances, and allows trustee travel expenses. Smaller institutions
>that use the simplified allocation method are now encouraged to use
>modified total direct costs rather than a salaries and wages basis.
>FOR MORE ON THIS STORY, visit the Federal Register Update at
>A COMPLETE COPY OF CIRCULAR A-21, incorporating the most recent
>revisions, is available electronically on the OMB home page at

Anthony M. Boccanfuso, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Research and Federal Relations
Bowling Green State University
106 University Hall
Bowling Green, Ohio 43403
419-372-2481; 419-372-0304 (fax)