Administrative Cost Working Group

The Administrative Cost Working Group is focused on identifying ways to reduce administrative burden to address faculty concern that too much time is spent on administrative tasks rather than research. In addition, the Working Group continues to play a central role in the interpretation and implementation of OMB’s Uniform Guidance.


  • Identify federal policies that are burdensome; consider methods to mitigate administrative burden
  • Provide best practices regarding the implementation of the Uniform Guidance
  • Work with NIH representatives regarding the implementation of Single Institutional Research Board (sIRB) costing practices
  • Working with agency representatives regarding the implementation the 2013 Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) memo on public data access requirements and associated costing implications
  • Identify administrative costs that can be appropriately direct charged to sponsored projects


Committee Members

Member Organization
Jim Luther (co-chair) Duke University
John Wiest University of Alabama
Marv Paule Colorado State University
Gerri Bussell University of Tennessee, HSC
David Schmidt University of North Dakota
Johnna Kincaid University of Texas, HSC Houston
Jeanne Hermann University of Tennessee, HSC
Ren Ostrom University of Tennessee, HSC
Debbie Smith University of Tennessee, HSC
Tim Reuter Stanford University
Jerry Cohen University of Minnesota
Jeff Silber Cornell University
Debbie Rafi Office of Naval Research
Joe Ginhart Washington University
Jennifer Shambrook St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Julie Jarvis University of Illinois
Justo Torres University of Central Florida
Bruce Elliott Nortwestern University
Lisa Mosley Arizona State University
Panda Powell University of North Carolina, Wilmington
Marietta Harrison Purdue University
Jennifer Duncan University of Missouri
Tim Barbari Georgetown University
Joseph Eichberg University of Houston
Lawrence Sutter Michigan Technological University
Cindy Hope University of Alabama
Kelley O’Donoghue University of Rochester
Dan Evon Michigan State University