Federal Awards/Funds Internal Controls-Mandatory Disclosures (M)
FEDERAL AWARDS/FUNDS INTERNAL CONTROLS – MANDATORY DISCLOSURES (M)
The Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principals, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (UGG), 2 CFR §200.113 – Mandatory disclosures requires a non-Federal entity or applicant (a New Jersey Board of Education) for a Federal award must disclose, in a timely manner, in writing to the Federal awarding agency or to the New Jersey Department of Education all violations of Federal criminal law involving fraud, bribery, or gratuity violations potentially affecting the Federal award.
If the Board of Education receives a Federal award including the terms and conditions outlined below as per 2 CFR §200 – Appendix XII – Award Term and Condition for Recipient Integrity and Performance Matters shall report certain civil, criminal, or administrative proceedings to the System for Award Management (SAM). Failure to make required disclosures can result in any of the remedies described in 2 CFR §200.338 - Remedies for noncompliance, including suspension or debarment. (See also 2 CFR §180, 31 USC 3321, and 41 USC 2313
A. General Reporting Requirement
- If the total value of all Board of Education currently active grants, cooperative agreements, and procurement contracts from all Federal awarding agencies exceeds $10,000,000 for any period of time during the period of performance of this Federal award, then the Superintendent or designee, on behalf of the Board of Education as the recipient during that period of time, must maintain the currency of information reported to the SAM that is made available in the designated integrity and performance system about civil, criminal, or administrative proceedings described in B. below.
- This is a statutory requirement under section 872 of Public Law 110-417, as amended (41 USC 2313).
- As required by section 3010 of Public Law 111-212, all information posted in designated integrity and performance system on or after April 15, 2011, except past performance reviews required for Federal procurement contracts, will be publicly available.
B. Proceedings About Which the Board of Education Must Report
- The Superintendent or designee must disclose to the Federal awarding agency or to the New Jersey Department of Education information required about each proceeding that:
a. Is in connection with the award or performance of a grant, cooperative agreement, or procurement contract from the Federal Government;
b. Reached its final disposition during the most recent five-year period; and
c. Is one of the following:
(1) A criminal proceeding that resulted in a conviction, as defined in E. below;
(2) A civil proceeding that resulted in a finding of fault and liability and payment of a monetary fine, penalty, reimbursement, restitution, or damages of $5,000 or more;
(3) An administrative proceeding, as defined in E. below, that resulted in a finding of fault and liability and the payment of either a monetary fine or penalty of $5,000 or more or reimbursement, restitution, or damages in excess of $100,000; or
(4) Any other criminal, civil, or administrative proceeding if:
(a) It could have led to an outcome described in B.1.c.(1), (2), or (3) above of this award term and condition;
(b) It had a different disposition arrived at by consent or compromise with an acknowledgment of fault on the school district’s part; and
(c) The requirement in this award term and condition to disclose information about the proceeding does not conflict with applicable laws and regulations.
C. Reporting Procedures
- The Superintendent or designee shall enter in the SAM Entity Management area the information that the SAM requires about each proceeding described in B. above.
- The Superintendent or designee does not need to submit the information a second time under assistance awards the Board of Education received if the Superintendent or designee already provided the information through the SAM because the Board of Education was required to do so under Federal procurement contracts the Board of Education was awarded.
D. Reporting Frequency
- During any period of time when the Board of Education is subject to the requirement in A. above, the Superintendent or designee must report proceedings information through the SAM for the most recent five year period, either to report new information about any proceeding(s) the Board of Education has not reported previously or affirm that there is no new information to report.
- If the Board of Education has Federal contract, grant, and cooperative agreement awards with a cumulative total value greater than $10,000,000, the Board of Education must disclose semiannually any information about the criminal, civil, and administrative proceedings.
- For purposes of this Policy:
a. “Administrative proceeding” for the purposes of 2 CFR §200 - Appendix XII and this Policy means a non-judicial process that is adjudicatory in nature in order to make a determination of fault or liability. This includes proceedings at the Federal and State level but only in connection with performance of a Federal contract or grant. It does not include audits, site visits, corrective plans, or inspection of deliverables.
b. “Conviction” for the purposes of 2 CFR §200 - Appendix XII and this Policy, means a judgment or conviction of a criminal offense by any court of competent jurisdiction, whether entered upon a verdict or a plea, and includes a conviction entered upon a plea of nolo contendere.
c. Total value of currently active grants, cooperative agreements, and procurement contracts includes:
(1) Only the Federal share of the funding under any Federal award with a Board of Education cost share or match; and
(2) The value of all expected funding increments under a Federal award and options, even if not yet exercised.
2 CFR §200.113
Adopted: 30 November 2021