In December 2014, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued the OMB 2 CFR 200 “Uniform Guidance” that replaced the administrative and accounting rules and principles previously found in several OMB Circulars (A21). The Uniform Guidance is intended to improve efficiency, effectiveness and transparency of administrative requirements while also reducing waste, abuse, and administrative burden.

Uniform Guidance offers the ability to reduce administrative burden on faculty researchers by transitioning to an acceptable alternative method for faculty effort certification programs. Moreover, the Uniform Guidance allows for institutional autonomy on financial and compliance risks, which aligns with the Chancellor’s vision of empowering UT System institutions, where appropriate.

In August of 2016, UT System gave each UT System Institution the responsibility to establish policies that address the compensation requirements in the above mentioned Uniform Guidance Cost principles. Additionally, each institution should be supported by procedures and monitoring activities to ensure the policy is implemented as intended.

The University of Texas at Dallas fulfills the above change in regulation and responsibility through the use of the Sponsored Project Compensation Confirmation (SPCC) process and system. The SPCC pages utilizes some of the same format and documentation requirements as the already established functions of the PeopleSoft Finance Account Reconciliation and Letter of Representation application pages and processes.

The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) complies with the following two policies:

By reviewing and digitally signing a Sponsored Projects Compensation Confirmation Document (SPCCD), the principal investigator and/or co-principal investigator of a sponsored project certifies on an after the fact annual basis that the salary and wages charged to their sponsored projects, including committed cost share, are accurate and reasonable in relation to the work performed for the Reported Time Period.

The following training presentations show an Overview, “How To”, and a Quick Guide of navigation of the Sponsored Projects Compensation Confirmation process and system:

Sponsored Projects Compensation End User Procedures

Sponsored Projects Compensation Quick Guide