Faculty should be aware of the following compliance topics when administering their awards.
How to determinine whether costs are allowable and should be charged to a federal grant or contract.
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) is a government-wide compendium of Federal programs, projects, services, and activities that provide assistance or benefits to the American public. It contains financial and non-financial assistance programs administered by departments and establishments of the Federal government.
Faculty who have received federal assistance or are interested in applying for federal assistance should review the applicable CFDA for specific requirements of the program and related audit information. See Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance page for more information.
Maintaining an inventory of equipment costing $5,000 or more that is purchased with federal funds is required.
The United States established export controls to protect the national security and foreign policy interests. Export controls govern the shipment, transmission, or transfer of certain regulated items, information, or software to foreign persons or entities.
When export control regulations apply, the approval from the U.S. Government may be necessary. In these situations, such as when fundamental research safe harbor is unavailable, an export license must be obtained to ship or share of regulated/controlled items, information or software. See Export Controls for more information.
Federal Travel Regulation/Fly American Act
The Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) implements statutory requirements and Executive branch policies for travel by individuals authorized to travel at government expense. See Fly American Act for more information.
Financial Conflict of Interest
- Conflict of Interest
- Harvey Mudd College and most funders require a disclosure of financial interest in research or other activities supported by College-sponsored or external grant sources.
- Institutional Review Board (IRB) Guidance
- Harvey Mudd College partners with Claremont Graduate University (CGU) to set guidelines pertaining to IRB processes and approval. The CGU Institutional Review Board ensures compliance with federal and state regulations concerning the use of humans as research subjects. Their focus is to facilitate faculty investigators and help train student investigators to understand and carry out the fundamental purpose of all IRBs, which is to assure the Investigator’s Respectful Behavior toward every person who participates in research as a “human subject.”
When purchasing goods or services using federal funds, it is necessary to verify that the vendor is not suspended or debarred from receiving federal funds.
Responsible Code of Research
Salaries on federal grants typically make up the majority of expenditures and special certifications must be completed to satisfy federal regulations.
Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, (Uniform Guidance or 2 CFR 200) provides guidelines for the administration of federal awards.