New Uniform Guidance regulations.

New Federal Uniform Guidance Procurement Regulations Implemented

The University of Michigan (U-M) implemented new federal Uniform Guidance (UG) regulations for procurement on July 1, 2018.

When the UG went into effect in 2015, it combined a number of individual circulars from the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) into a single regulation aimed at increasing financial accountability and transparency. However, the procurement changes were delayed until July 1, 2018.

Fortunately, U-M's procurement policies have historically been closely aligned to federal requirements, so the impact of the new regulations is fairly minimal.

Key Takeaways

There are a few areas in procurement that deserve emphasis given the recent implementation of the new regulations. 
  • Micropurchase Threshold—The micropurchase threshold is $10,000, again, the same as U-M's current bid limit.
  • Public Bidding—The UG requires public bidding for all purchases over $250,000, beginning October 1, 2018, because the UG's Simple Acquisition Threshold was raised to that amount.
  • Sole-Source Purchases—The UG now specifies when a sole source is allowed. See slide 4 of Procurement presentation regarding federal UG.  
  • Conflict of Interest—For federal projects, conflict of interest includes the university employee and the employee’s immediate family. U-M's Standard Practice Guide (SPG) section 507.01 does adhere to the UG.
If you have any questions, please contact the Procurement Solutions Team at (734) 764-8212, option 2, or,  or visit Procurements Using Sponsored Funds web page. 

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