The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated its flexibilities guidance for recipients and applicants of federal financial assistance in accordance with U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Memorandum M-20-26. The guidance outlines:
- The flexibilities from M-20-11 still in effect through July 26, 2020, for awards supporting research and services necessary to carry out the emergency response related to COVID-19;
- The two flexibilities from M-20-26 which apply to an expanded group of recipients impacted by COVID-19; and
- The expired flexibilities from M-20-17.
Although some of the flexibilities provided through OMB have expired and more could in the coming months, CDC continues to have the ability to issue exceptions on a case-by-case basis in accordance with 45 CFR § 75.102. If a recipient anticipates needing any of the flexibilities, they should contact their assigned grants management specialist/program official.
As OMB or HHS provide any additional flexibilities and/or guidance, CDC will update its guidance accordingly. CDC remains committed to working closely with recipients to reduce administrative burden where needed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.