Federal Agency Implementations of OMB Memos M-20-17, M-20-20, and M-20-26

Page Updated: Friday, June 18, 2021 11:24:24 AM CDT

OMB Memos M-20-17 and M-20-20 were rescinded on June 18, 2020. OMB M-20-17 was in effect from March 19, 2020 to June 17, 2020. OMB M-20-20 was in effect from April 9, 2020 to June 17, 2020.

OMB Memo M-20-26 was released on June 18, 2020. Note that this memo grants authority to agencies to allow flexibilities, but it does not require them to provide flexibilities. See RSP communication related to guidance on implementation of this memo.

OMB has released several memos related to award management during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click on the reference title below to read each memo in its entirety:

OMB Memo M-20-17 OMB Memo M-20-20 OMB Memo M-20-26

The purpose of this tool is to provide guidance as to how Federal Sponsors have implemented flexibilities from specific administrative, financial management, and audit requirements contained in 2 CFR Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards as authorized by Office of Management and Budget (OMB) though Memos M-20-17 and M-20-20.

Select the agency on the left to view its flexibilities. If the sponsor has released information related to OMB M-20-20, there will be information included below. Contact rspinfo@rsp.wisc.edu with general questions about this guidance. Contact your post award accountant if you have questions about how this guidance impacts a particular award.

Please be advised that each federal agency has different authorities. There may not be complete uniformity between departments and agencies, components of agencies, and even between programs of an agency. The safest course of action is to contact your Grant Officer or Program Officer if you have specific questions concerning your award. Please ensure that you keep appropriate UW parties in the loop, including research administrators in your Deans Office/Center and RSP.


Department of Health and Human Services -
Administration for Children and Families (DHHS – ACF)
Department of Health and Human Services -
Agency For Healthcare Research and Quality (DHHS – AHRQ)
Department of Health and Human Services - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (DHHS - CDC) Department of Health and Human Services -
Health Resources and Services Administration (DHHS – HRSA)
Department of Commerce - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (DOC - NOAA) Department of Commerce - National Institute of Standards and Technology (DOC - NIST) Department of Defense (DOD) Department of Defense (DOD) - Army Department of Defense (DOD) - DARPA Department of Defense (DOD) - ONR Department of Energy (DOE) Deprtment of Energy - Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy
(DOE - ARPA-E)
Department of Energy - Nuclear Energy University Program
(DOE - NEUP)
Department of Energy - National Nuclear Security Administration
(DOE – NNSA)
Department of Interior (DOI) Department of Interior - National Park Service (DOI - NPS) Department of Interior - U.S. Geological Survey (DOI - USGS) Department of Justice (DOJ) - Office of Justice Programs Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) National Institute of Health (NIH) National Science Foundation (NSF) United States Agency for International Development (USAID) United States Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Marketing Service
(USDA - AMS)
United States Department of Agriculture - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA - NIFA)