Key Memoranda on Grant Policy from the Office of Management and Budget

The following Office of Management and Budget (OMB) memoranda offer a window into how grant policy is implemented through the Executive Office of the President:

M-14-17 Metrics for Uniform Guidance (2 C.F.R. 200) (2014)

The OMB summarizes the major reforms in the Super-Circular known as "Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards" – or simply as "Uniform Guidance" – and outlines metrics that will help the government gauge their effectiveness.
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M-10-16 – Return to Normal Operations (2010)

The OMB instructs Federal grant-making agencies that began using alternative methods to collect applications during the peak Recovery Act period to resume their normal use of's Find and Apply functions.
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M-09-17 Improving (2009)

The OMB asks Federal grant-making agencies to help cover the costs required to improve amid the Recovery Act implementation. Thousands of additional applications for assistance are coming through the system and improvements are needed to "establish a foundation for a more efficient, flexible, and reliable system in the future."
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M-09-14 Recovery Act Implementation – Improving and Other Critical Systems (2009)

The OMB instructs the Department of Health and Human Services and the General Services Administration to develop a plan to improve in light of the expected influx of applications as a part of the Recovery Act. Grant-making agencies are asked to make preparations to accept grant applications via temporary, alternative methods in case goes down during critical periods.
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M-08-19 Authority to Collect DUNS Number to Meet Requirements of the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (2008)

The OMB instructs agencies to collect Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) numbers in applications for all types of financial assistance subject to the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 ("Transparency Act," P.L.109-282). Prior to this, the OMB had previously only required agencies to collect DUNS numbers for grants and cooperative agreements.
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M-04-05 Clarification of Passback Language to Grant-Making Agencies (2004)

The OMB clarifies its directive to Federal grant-making agencies, explaining that they should designate funds to cover the cost of migrating existing grant management systems to The new website is a platform through which agencies are to announce their funding opportunities and collect grant applications.
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M-04-01 OMB Issues FIND Policy (2003)

The OMB directs all Federal grant-making agencies to publish funding opportunity announcements – called "synopses" – on These announcements allow the public to identify funding opportunities for which they can apply. is part of the extended implementation of the Federal Financial Assistance Management Improvement Act of 1999 (Public Law 106-107).
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Effective Date: See Memoranda