Memorandum Authorizing Disaster Relief Flexibilities to Reduce the Burden for Financial Assistance Pursuant to OMB Memorandum M-21-20

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Date: May 4, 2021 

From: Mark Walther, Director, Office of Acquisition and Assistance, Bureau for Management (M/OAA) 

Subject: Disaster Relief Flexibilities to Reduce Burden for Financial Assistance 

OMB memorandum M-21-20, Promoting Public Trust in the Federal Government through Effective Implementation of the American Rescue Plan Act and Stewardship of the Taxpayer Resources, issued on March 19, 2021, provides the Agency the authority to grant exceptions and provide administrative relief to recipients affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. These exceptions apply not only to recipients with COVID-19 related Federal financial assistance, awards, but also to recipients with assistance awards not related to COVID-19. 

The OMB memorandum M-21-20 grants agencies the authority to provide temporary relief for administrative, financial management, and audit requirements under 2 CFR Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, without compromising Federal financial assistance accountability requirements. 

Pursuant to Memorandum M-21-20, USAID authorizes the exceptions below listed in Appendix 3. The exceptions that do not have an explicitly stated expiration date are aligned with the public health emergency period (PHEP) as a result of the continued consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The PHEP is designated by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is reevaluated every 90 days. 

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 - 3:45pm

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