This Guide is provided for the use of all recipients and their subrecipients of Federal grant programs administered by the three primary Department of Justice (DOJ) grant-making components. The Guide was developed to serve as a compilation of the various laws and regulations governing DOJ grants financial management and administration. Any individual who works for a recipient or subrecipient should use this Guide as a reference for financial and administrative management of DOJ-funded grant programs or projects. These individuals may include administrators, financial management specialists, grants management specialists, accountants, and auditors. This Guide also may be used as a training resource for new employees.
- A recipient is an entity, usually but not limited to non-Federal entities, that receives a Federal award directly from a Federal awarding agency.
- Recipients are required to adhere to the applicable law of their jurisdiction, and the financial and administrative rules in this Guide. However, other programmatic and technical requirements (for example, as set out in award conditions or contained in program-specific guidelines) may also apply.
- Recipients are required to adhere to all applicable uniform (grants) administrative requirements, cost principles, and audit requirements set forth in 2 C.F.R. Part 200 and other applicable law.
- A subrecipient is an entity, usually but not limited to non-Federal entities, that receives a subaward from a pass-through entity to carry out part of a Federal award; but does not include an individual that is a beneficiary of such award.
- Subrecipients are required to adhere to the applicable law of their jurisdiction and the financial and administrative rules in this Guide. The pass-through entity may also impose additional financial and administrative requirements.
- Subrecipients are also required to adhere to all applicable uniform (grant) administrative requirements, cost principles, and audit requirements set forth in 2 C.F.R. § 200 and other applicable law.
FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT TIP
When determining whether an entity receiving federal award funds from the recipient is a subrecipient or a contractor, the legal document executed between the recipient and the entity receiving federal award funds from the recipient is NOT the driving determinant. See the definitions of contractor and subrecipient in 2 C.F.R. § 200.1. The substance of the activity that has been contracted or subawarded will be the major factor considered. If program activities are delegated to another entity that delegation will generally be considered a subaward. On the other hand, if goods or services are purchased or procured from another entity for the non- Federal entity’s own use, that activity will generally be considered a contract. For additional information on this topic, please refer to 2 C.F.R. § 200.331, subrecipient and contractor determination.
For-Profit (or Commercial) Entities
In accordance with 2 C.F.R. § 200.101(a)(2), OJP/OVW applies 2 C.F.R. Part 200, subparts A through D (excluding 2 C.F.R. § 200.317 through 200.327), to for-profit (or commercial) entities. However, for-profit (or commercial) entities receiving funding through the COPS Office must comply with 2 C.F.R. Part 200, subparts A through E. In addition, in accordance with 2 C.F.R. § 200.400(g), the recipient may not earn or keep a profit as a result of the award unless expressly authorized by the specific terms and conditions of the award.
To the extent allowable and consistent with applicable law, and unless expressed explicitly otherwise herein, this Guide applies to any recipient or subrecipient that is a for-profit (or commercial) entity. As used throughout the Guide, the term “non-federal entity(ies)” includes for-profit entities.
Government-Wide Grants Management Requirements and DOJ Regulatory Adoption
This Guide includes references to the policies and guidance issued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The largest division of the Executive Office of the President, OMB is responsible for implementing and enforcing the President’s policies across the entire Federal Government.
On August 13, 2020, OMB issued revisions to sections of the government-wide framework for grants management (Federal Register, 8/13/2020 and correcting amendments, 2/22/2021), the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (2 C.F.R. Part 200), also known as the Uniform Guidance. This OMB guidance, first promulgated in 2013, has been implemented by DOJ via DOJ regulation at 2 C.F.R. Part 2800.
The 2013 guidance superseded the following OMB requirements:
- OMB Circular A-21, Cost Principles for Educational Institutions;
- OMB Circular A-87, Cost Principles for State, Local, and Indian Tribal Governments;
- OMB Circular A-89, Federal Domestic Assistance Program Information;
- OMB Circular A-102, Grant Awards and Cooperative Agreements with State and Local Governments (Common Rule);
- OMB Circular A-110, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Awards and other Agreements, Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals and other Non-Profit Organizations;
- OMB Circular A-122, Cost Principles for Non-Profit Organizations;
- OMB Circular A-133, Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations; and
- Sections of OMB Circular A-50, Audit Follow-up.
Applicability of the DOJ Grants Financial Guide
Refer to your award conditions for specific applicability of 2 C.F.R. Part 200 and this Financial Guide. In general, you should follow the requirements in effect at the time of award.
This version of the DOJ Grants Financial Guide reflects the government-wide grant rules that went into effect (and were implemented by DOJ) on November 12, 2020. These requirements apply to Federal awards made on or after November 12, 2020.
For Federal awards made before November 12, 2020, absent an agreement otherwise in a Federal award issued after that date (or other notification by DOJ permitting exceptions), the requirements in place at the time of award continue to apply.
Updates to specific provisions between major version updates will be noted in the affected provision, and/or in a Change History available online. Prior versions of the DOJ Grants Financial Guide are available for reference online.
The following requirements remain in place:
- Government-wide Debarment and Suspension (Non-procurement) are codified at 2 C.F.R. Part 180, with DOJ-specific rules at 2 C.F.R. Part 2867.
- Government-wide Requirements for Drug-Free Workplace (Grants) is codified at 28 C.F.R. Part 83.
- Restrictions on lobbying are codified at 28 C.F.R. Part 69.
For additional information on grants management, please visit the website of the United States Chief Financial Officers Council at Financial Assistance (cfo.gov). The most recently updated version of the CFR can be found at the following link: https://www.ecfr.gov/current/title-2/subtitle-A/chapter-II/part-200.
Office of the Inspector General Fraud Hotline
Recipients should report any allegations of fraud, waste, and abuse of grant funds to the appropriate DOJ grant-making component. In addition to reporting allegations to the grant-making component, allegations are preferred to be reported to the DOJ Office of the Inspector General online at https://oig.justice.gov/hotline, by fax (202) 616-9881, or by mail:
U.S. Department of Justice
Office of the Inspector General
ATTN: Fraud Detection Office
950 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.,
Washington, DC 20530
Other Available Resources
- Procurement Procedures for Recipients of DOJ Grants [PDF - 563 Kb]
- OVW Post Award Instructions available at https://www.justice.gov/ovw/after-receiving-ovw-funds.
- JustGrants Training and Technical Assistance can be found at https//justicegrants.usdoj.gov.
- The OJP Support Team is available via email at JustGrants.Support@usdoj.gov or phone at 838-872-5175.
- The OVW JustGrants Helpdesk Support Team is available via email at OVW.JustGrantsSupport@usdoj.gov or phone at 1-866-655-4482.
- The COPS Office Response Center is available at askCopsRC@usdoj.gov or phone at 1-800-421-6770.
- The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) is available at https://www.fsrs.gov.
- Federal grant information is available at http://www.grants.gov.
- Federal Government regulation information is accessible at http://www.regulations.gov.