Management systems and procedures

8.3 Management Systems and Procedures

Recipient organizations are expected to have systems, policies, and procedures in place by which they manage funds and activities. Recipients may use their existing systems to manage NIH grant funds and activities as long as they are consistently applied regardless of the source of funds and meet the standards and requirements set forth in 2 CFR Part 200 and 45 CFR Part 75 and the NIHGPS. NIH may review the adequacy of those systems and may take appropriate action, as necessary, to protect the Federal government's interests, including, but not limited to, the use of specific terms and conditions. NIH also will oversee the recipient's systems as part of its routine post-award monitoring. The recipient's systems also are subject to audit (see Administrative Requirements-Monitoring-Audit).

NIH seeks to foster within recipient organizations an organizational culture that is committed to compliance, leading to both exemplary research and exemplary supporting systems and use of resources to underpin that research. Actions to achieve this result should include a clear delineation of the roles and responsibilities of the organization's staff, both programmatic and administrative; written policies and procedures; training; performance assessment; administrative simplifications; information sharing; management controls and other internal controls.

Recipient organizations must establish and maintain effective internal controls to provide reasonable assurance that they are in compliance with Federal statutes, regulations, and terms and conditions of award (45 CFR 75.303(a) and (b)). They must evaluate and monitor their compliance with statutes, regulations, and terms and conditions (45 CFR 75.303(c)), and they must take prompt action when instances of noncompliance are identified (45 CFR 75.303(d)).

Recipient organizations' internal controls should be in compliance with guidance in "Standards for Control in the Federal Government." (45 CFR 75.303(a)). Thus, recipient organizations are expected to establish codes of conduct which define expectations of integrity and ethical values and criteria of competence of personnel involved in the work supported by NIH grant funds. Codes of conduct should articulate expectations to assure compliance with terms and conditions of award, including but not limited to, providing true, complete, and accurate information on application documents (; assuring work environments are free of discriminatory harassment and are safe and conducive to high-quality work (4); and meeting applicable public policy requirements (4.1).