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AWIS in Action! April 2013 - OMB
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AWIS In Action!

 Advocacy & Public Policy Newsletter   ~   April 2013
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Grant Allocations for Dependent Care Costs

Although the distribution of caretaking is more equitable in many households these days, the burden often still falls more heavily upon women. When it comes to advancing one’s career, attending conferences is crucial for sharing ideas, networking, building collaborations, and seeking out new opportunities. This results in one of the many small factors that wind up having a large, cumulative impact on one’s career progression and thus one’s likelihood of remaining in or leaving the academic pipeline. To this end, as a part of clarifying and updating the rules about the use of federal grants, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has released a new report, "Proposed OMB Uniform Guidance: Cost Principles, Audit, and Administrative Requirements for Federal Awards.”
The document is currently available for public comment and there are three points that are likely to be of interest to anyone with dependent care. The three points are:
• Family-related leave is an allowable Fringe Benefit.
• Temporary dependent-care costs directly resulting from travel to conferences is an allowable cost.
• The identification of locally available dependent-care resources for conference planning is an allowable cost.
While the OMB states that these policies have been the case for some time, they are contingent upon an institution-wide acceptance of this policy and not implementable on a lab by lab basis. However, clarification of these points does increase the opportunity to encourage universities to adopt better family friendly policies for all their employees.

AWIS is currently drafting a letter to submit our comments about why we support these measures. However, as part of the way to raise awareness about the importance of making dependent care and family-related leave an accessible option for families in order for individuals to advance their careers, we are encouraging anyone who is interested to provide your own comments here on how institution-wide policies regarding the use of grant money for family-related leave and temporary dependent-care costs for travel to conferences would help you, your colleagues, or your lab members or how they are already working at your institution. If you need suggestions on what to enter or more information on the details, please visit our Dependent-Care OMB Guidance Toolkit.
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