In the spotlight
February 22, 2016
On March 1st, the University will begin the effort certification period for FY15 and for the first half of FY16. Currently, we are in the pre-review period, and on March 1st, we will ask you log into ecrt, review the labor allocations, and certify that the labor distributions reasonably reflect the activities for which you were compensated during the reporting period (or make corrections as needed). Training materials, including a short PowerPoint presentation, quick reference guides, and a YouTube video, are available for your reference on the OSR Website. Effort certification is a requirement under the terms and conditions of the University's federal awards, and the University is committed to compliance with this requirement. Recognizing that the University is asking you to certify two reporting cycles at the same time, the University will be offering three drawings for prizes during the 30-day effort certification period. All of those who have completed their effort certifications by the date of a drawing will be entered in that drawing and in all subsequent drawings. The drawings for the prizes listed below will be held on the following dates:
- March 8th - iPad, 5 drawings
- March 15th - Silverspot Cinema gift cards, 10 drawings for $100 each
- March 22nd - Bulls Head Bookshop gift certificates, 20 drawings for $50 each
January 19, 2016
In order to encourage employees to report fraud, waste, and abuse in federally funded programs, the National Defense Authorization Act of FY 2013 (41 U.S.C. § 4712), established the “Pilot Program for Enhancement of Employee Whistleblower Protections” (the “Program”). The purpose of the Program is to provide protections for employees against reprisal for certain whistleblowing activities in relation to federal grants and contracts. The Program provides that employers may not discharge, demote, or otherwise discriminate against an employee as reprisal for whistleblowing. These protections cannot be waived by agreement, policy, form, or condition of employment. Whistleblowing is defined in the Program as disclosing information that an individual reasonably believes is evident of any of the following:
- Gross mismanagement of a federal contract or grant;
- Gross waste of federal funds;
- Abuse of authority relating to a federal contract or grant;
- A substantial and specific danger to public health or safety; or
- A violation of law, rule, or regulation related to a federal contract or grant (including the competition for, or negotiation of, a contract or grant).
- A member of Congress or representative of a committee of Congress;
- An inspector general;
- The government accountability office;
- A federal employee responsible for contract or grant oversight or management at the relevant agency;
- An authorized official of the Department of Justice or other law enforcement agency;
- A court or grand jury; or
- A management official or other employee of the contractor, subcontractor, or grantee who has the responsibility to investigate, discover, or address misconduct.
October 6, 2015
Please refer to the DDD memo for Fiscal Year 2016 fringe benefit rates for budgeting on sponsored agreements.
October 5, 2015
Please read the email from Vanessa Peoples regarding changes to OSR budget controls effective October 5, 2015.