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Prior Approval for Grant Activities and Expenditures for RSA Formula Grant Awards - 5/24/2018

The U.S. Department of Education, at 2 CFR §3474.1, adopted – effective as of December 26, 2014 –  the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB’s) Uniform Administrative Requirement, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance) codified at 2 CFR part 200 (79 FR 76091 (Dec. 19, 2014)). The Uniform Guidance requires prior written approval (prior approval) from the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) before State VR agencies take actions, or incur expenditures or obligations in capital expenditures, equipment, and real property; participant support costs; and certain other costs and expenditures.


RSA On Demand Technical Assistance Sessions on Prior Approval for Grant Activities and Expenditures for RSA Formula Grant Awards explains requirements and responds to questions from the field to clarify the prior approval requirements in the following sessions:

- Prior Approval: Overview

- Prior Approval: When is it Required?

- Prior Approval: Administrative and Clerical Staff

- Prior Approval: Participant Support Costs

The first three sessions are applicable to all RSA formula grant awards. The session ‘Participant Support Costs’ is specific to the VR program and the flexibilities in RSA-TAC 18-02.

The technical assistance circular (TAC 18-02), uniform guidance, the Prior Approval Request Spreadsheet example, the presentations and transcripts are available in the NCRTM. If you have questions regarding the content after reviewing the webinars, please send your questions to

You can view the presentations by selecting the link below:

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