Budget and Contracting Issues

The New OMB Uniform Guidance is Here!

The federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has officially released the interim final regulations on the Uniform Guidance (effective December 24, 2014). Included are important changes to: reimbursement for indirect costs, cost allocation, audit threshold and procurement. For more information, check out the National Council of Nonprofits’ special OMB edition of Nonprofit Advocacy Matters and helpful toolkit: Know Your Rights . . . And How to Protect Them.

Listen to the Recording from Our November 5 OMB Uniform Guidance Webinar (1 hour)
A special thank-you to our presenters from the National Council of Nonprofits: David L. Thompson, Vice President of Public Policy and Beth Bowsky, Policy Specialist for Government-Nonprofit Contracting.

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Toward Common Sense Contracting: What Taxpayers Deserve

This special report, from the National Council of Nonprofits, explores five categories of government contracting problems in detail, identifying various causes and report is dedicated to the many selfless government employees and officials who share the commitment of their nonprofit partners to improving the lives of their fellow residents. Download the Report

Partnering for Impact: Government-Nonprofit Contracting Task Forces Produce Results for Taxpayers

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Nonprofits and governments can reduce their own costs, improve services provided to constituents, and return greater value to taxpayers by creating government-nonprofit task forces to develop and implement recommendations to reform contracting practices and procedures. That is the key finding of a new report of the National Council of Nonprofits, which conducted an extensive analysis of joint task forces in nine states charged with rooting out waste while maintaining and even enhancing accountability.

The report provides a how-to guide for nonprofits, working with their State Associations, who want to streamline the government-nonprofit contracting process. It also provides practical guides for building collaborative relationships with government officials.

National Study of State Contracts and Grants - 2013

This compilation of state profiles from the Urban Institute's 2013 National Survey of Nonprofit-Government Contracting and Grants, provides national and state-by-state snapshots of most types of nonprofit organizations that have contracts and grants with local, state, and federal governments. The individual state profiles are designed to document the extent of nonprofit-government contracting, processes and problems.

Full Report (PA stats start on page 89)

Government Contracting with the State

Pennsylvania, like many other states, partners with community benefit organizations to provide essential services to the community. In many cases, Pennsylvania contracts with nonprofits do not cover indirect cost or incorporate cost of living adjustments. The lack of modification to the contracts can make it difficult for nonprofits to operate. PANO will be working in collaboration with the state government to address the contract issues.