Costing at a National Level
The Office of Government Costing is the University of Illinois Administrative Representative at the Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) and participates in working groups. Staff also participate in Council of Governmental Relations (COGR) meetings and activities. Both of these organizations meet regularly in Washington, D.C. Additionally, Government Costing's staff present regularly at national conferences such as the National Conference on College Cost Accounting (NACCA) and the National Council of University Research Administrators - Financial Research Administration (NCURA FRA).
The importance of these organizations/conferences is outlined below
The National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) serves its members and advances the field of research administration through education and professional development programs, the sharing of knowledge and experience, and by fostering a professional, collegial, and respected community.
The Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) is a cooperative initiative among 10 federal agencies and 119 institutional recipients of federal funds. The FDP is a program sponsored by the Government, University, and Industry Research Roundtable of the National Academies. Its purpose is to reduce the administrative burdens associated with research grants and contracts. The interaction between FDP's 300 or so university and federal representatives takes place in FDP's 3 annual meetings and, more extensively, in the many collaborative working groups and task forces that meet often by conference calls in order to develop specific work products. The FDP is a unique forum for individuals from universities and nonprofits to work collaboratively with federal agency officials to improve the national research enterprise.
The Council on Governmental Relations (COGR) is an association of research universities located in the District of Columbia. COGR has been continuously involved in the development of all major financial and administrative aspects of federally-funded research. Today, COGR's primary function is to provide advice and information to its membership and to make certain that federal agencies understand academic operations and the impact of proposed regulations on colleges and universities. COGR helps to develop policies and practices that fairly reflect the mutual interests and separate obligations of federal agencies and universities in research and graduate education.
The National Conference on College Cost Accounting (NACCA) is an annual conference which provides pertinent information and allows for better communication between the institutions of higher education in the United States. Specifically, the Conference seeks to develop consistency in interpreting various government policies.
Last Updated: May 17, 2016