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Project Administration - Audits

Effective December 26th, 2014, OMB Circulars A-21, A-110 and A-133 will be replaced by regulations under the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (also known as the Uniform Guidance). Please refer to the University’s Uniform Guidance website http://spa.columbia.edu/uniform-guidance for further details that may supersede information outlined in this policy. Revised policies will be posted once they are available.

Sponsored Projects Finance is responsible for the coordination of all grant or contract audits. If a department or Principal Investigator is contacted directly by an auditor (Federal or other), the auditor should be referred to Sponsored Projects Finance.

The Controller's Office is responsible for maintaining and providing to auditors the source documentation supporting payroll, projects payable and other transactions. However, departments may be called upon by the Controller's Office to provide additional documentation or explanation as required by auditors.

Charges to grants and contracts that are disallowed as a result of such audits must be removed from the grant or contract onto a non-sponsored project supplied by the department.

All final audit reports on individual grants or contracts will be disseminated by Sponsored Projects Finance to the appropriate departments and individuals.

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