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Useful resources, references, and referrals in various operational areas and those requested frequently by InsideNGO members. 

USG Rules & Compliance

Global Operations

Compensation & Benefits

Safety & Security


USG Rules & Compliance

USAID Rules and Regulations

For Grants and Cooperative Agreements

Title 22 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 226 (22CFR226)

Administration of Assistance Awards to U.S. Non-governmental Organizations. USAID's interpretation of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget's administrative rules for grants and cooperative agreements.

Title 2 of the Code of Federal Regulations - Grants and Agreements

2 CFR 215/OMB A-110

Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Non-Profit Organizations

Standard Provisions for U.S. and Non-U.S., Nongovernmental Recipients

Mandatory and Required as Applicable Standard Provisions for Nongovernmental Grantees (there are separate provisions applicable to U.S. and non-U.S. recipients)

U.S. Nongovernmental Recipients

Non-U.S. Nongovernmental Recipients

Cross Reference Index - Administration of Grants and Cooperative Agreements

A supplementary reference prepared by USAID which cross-references various grants and contracts administration topics to Automated Directives System (ADS) chapters and other external policies.

Profit Under USAID Assistance

FY 2010 Statutory Checklists

Internal checklists prepared by USAID as a reference for planning and implementing assistance programs and cover country-specific or activity-specific prohibitions and "notwithstanding" authorities. The checklists do not have every country prohibition or restriction.

Regulatory Documents and Comments

Find, read, and comment on regulatory issues.

For Food Aid

For Contracts

Acquisition Central

An E-Gov Initiative with information on regulations, systems, resources, opportunities, and training.

Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and Federal Acquisition Circulars (FAC)

Government-wide acquisition regulations updated through Federal Acquisition Circulars (FAC). (When looking up a clause from your contract, check the date on the clause and go to older versions if necessary in the Archived Regulations of either of the following sites).

USAID Acquisition Regulations (AIDAR)

USAID-specific supplement to the FAR. Revisions are published in the Federal Register, often as AIDAR Notices, and are also often transmitted through Acquisition and Assistance Policy Directives (AAPD).

Grants Under Contracts (ADS 302.3.4.8)

For All USAID Funded Instruments

USAID's Automated Directives System (ADS)

The 300 Series on Acquisition and Assistance contains USAID-specific policies, essential procedures, and supplementary guidance. You can also order the ADS CD-ROM through this site.

USAID's Acquisition and Assistance Policy Directives (AAPD)

Addresses a variety of contractual and financial topics.

(Previously known as Contract Information Bulletins (CIBs)

22CFR228 - Procurement of Commodities and Services Financed by USAID Federal Program Funds

PDF of January 2012 Version

Commodity Eligibility Listing

Geographic Codes

Guidance on Closeout Procedures for A&A Awards

This guide summarizes the basic steps needed for the administrative closeout of physically completed acquisition and assistance instruments.


Cost Principles

Government-wide cost principles for different types of organizations

For Commercial Organizations (for-profits)

FAR Subpart 31.2 -- Contracts with Commercial Organizations 

Cost Principles for Educational Institutions

2CFR220/OMB A-21

Cost Principles for Non-Profit Organizations

2CFR230/OMB A-122


USG Forms

GSA Library of Forms


Includes Contractor Employee Biographical Data Sheet

Federal Forms Catalog


Audits and Financial Matters

HHS Division of Payment Management

Includes SmartLink and the Electronic 272 Form

OMB Circular A-133 and Compliance Supplements

Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations #OMB Circular A-133

Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA)

Information for contractors:

GAO Government Auditing Standards

The Yellow Book

Resolution of Costs Questioned in Audit Reports

ADS Supplementary Reference 303

USAID OIG Guidelines for Financial Audits Contracted by Foreign Recipients

Contractor Business Ethics Compliance Program and Disclosure Requirements 

Contractor Disclosure Form to OIG of fraud, conflict of interest, bribery, or gratuity

USAID OIG Fraud Indicators Handbook

USAID OIG Annual Plans, Audit Reports and Semi-Annual Reports to Congress

Prompt Payment Act Interest Rate

Cost Accounting Disclosure Statement

Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB)

Model Incurred Cost Proposal (Manual and Electronic Version)


Incurred Cost Electronically (ICE) Model

Bilateral Agreements

Assistance and Acquisition

System for Award Management (SAM) 

Includes the U.S. Government Excluded Parties List System (suspended or debarred), Central Contractor Registration, Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA)

Millennium Challenge Account

The Advisory Committee On Voluntary Foreign Aid (ACVFA)

Serves as a link between the U.S. Government and private voluntary organizations (PVOs) active in humanitarian assistance and development work overseas. Notice of public meetings and proceedings can be found at their site.

Bid Protest Decisions

Comptroller General's Recent Bid Protest Decisions

Pre-Solicitation Notices, RFP, IFB, PSC, and Award Notices

USAID announcements posted in FedBizOpps


USAID Request for Applications

Federal Government Grants

Guide to USAID's Assistance Application Process and to Submitting Unsolicited Assistance Applications

Unsolicited Proposals and Grant Applications

Self-Certification of System Compliance for Nonprofit Recipients

NAICS (formerly SIC) Codes

The North American Industry Classification System

Look up codes

GSA Federal Supply Schedules/Multiple Award Schedules

Anti-Terrorist Financing - Lists of Identified Individuals and Groups (both lists need to be consulted)

Master list of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons maintained by the U.S. Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)

United Nations Security Council (UNSC) sanctions committee established under UNSC Resolution 1267 (1999) (the "1267 Committee")

Red Alert

List of individuals and entities suspended or debarred by USAID:

Employment Verification


FFATA - The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA)


D&B DUNS Numbers for US Government Contractors & Grantees

Where in Federal Contracting

Links to all government regulations available on the Internet and a daily update on proposed revisions published in the Federal Register. Also provides guidance, courts and boards of contract appeals, bid protest decisions, agency contracting newsletters, and selected analysis of federal acquisition issues.



Accounting and Government Contracting Links

Federal Acquisition Institute

Financial Management Health Check and Manual

Free downloads from Mango



Global Operations

Electronic Subscriptions and Blogs

FAR News

Receive notification of updates to the FAR and FAC

USAID-funded Reports

The Development Experience Clearinghouse (DEC) provides a biweekly bulletin providing online access to the latest USAID reports.

Bid Protest Decisions (select ‘Comptroller General Decisions’)

Government Executive Magazine

National Contract Management Association (NCMA)

Impact Alliance

A network to exchange ideas, tools, training curricula, and publications on capacity building. Covers a wide range of financial management topics.

NGO Connect/Capable Partners Program

The Essential NGO Guide to Managing Your USAID Award;jsessionid=033A0E11A0FF80A4324F3EDC4EB2592F

Vern Edwards Blog

International Journal of Not-for-Profit Law

Sheppard Mullins Government Contracts Law Blog

Lost in Regulation Blog



Travel Allowance

Foreign Per Diem Rates 

Maximum per diem rates for travel in foreign areas which apply to all U.S. Government contractors. Includes danger pay rates in the footnotes section.

By Location:

Allocation of M&IE Rates to Be Used in Making Deductions from the M&IE Allowance

U.S. Domestic Per Diem Rates 

Maximum per diem rates for travel in the Continental United States. Includes rates for previous years, a chart showing hotel tax rates for each state, and the Privately Owned Vehicle (POV) mileage reimbursement rate.

Standardized Regulations 

Department of State Standardized Regulations (DSSR)

Allowance and Differential Rates

Changes in rates are published through biweekly memos.

IRS High Cost Housing Exclusion or Deduction List 2013

Mileage Rates 



Rotary Club (FY12012-201)


Department of State Foreign Affairs Manual and Foreign Affairs Handbook (note: these apply to federal employees)

Federal Travel Regulations

Fly America Act and the Open Skies Agreements



Travel General

Visas, Passports and Embassies

U.S. Department of State visa site 
U.S. Department of State passport site
Embassies and Consulates 

Travel Warnings and Health Advisories

World Holidays

IATA Travel Centre



Labor Laws - International

Local Labor Laws Source:

ILO’s database of national labor, social security, and human rights legislation maintained by ILO’s International Labour Standards Department.  It Covers over 190 countries and 160 territories and subdivisions.


Compensation & Benefits

InsideNGO HQ Salary and Benefits Surveys

InsideNGO Expat/TCN Salary & Allowance Survey

NGO Local Pay

Safety & Security

Overseas Security Advisory Council

Provides information and resource library concerning developments in the overseas security environment.

International NGO Safety & Security Association (INSSA)

InterAction’s Minimum Operating Security Standards (MOSS)

Guidance for Implementing InterAction’s MOSS

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