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OMB: Guidance for Drug-Free Workplace Requirements

Federal Register, June 15, 2009, Page 28149-28154


Office of Federal Financial Management, Office of Management and Budget


Final guidance


The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is issuing guidance on drug-free workplace requirements for financial assistance. The guidance conforms with the common rule that 31 Federal agencies published on November 26, 2003 and therefore makes no substantive change to Federal policies and procedures in this area. The agencies issued the common rule after resolving public comments received in response to a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

OMB is issuing this guidance as an administrative simplification that will streamline the policy framework for drug-free workplace requirements in two ways. First, the guidance is in a form suitable for Federal agency adoption, which will reduce the volume of Federal regulations on drug-free workplace requirements, make it easier for the affected public to use them, and make it easier and less expensive for the Federal Government to maintain them. Second, the guidance is
located in the recently established title 2 of the Code of Federal Regulations (2 CFR). Locating the OMB guidance in 2 CFR will make it easier to find. As a further simplification for the public, the OMB guidance then will be in the same CFR title as the agencies' regulations that implement the guidance.

This notice also makes a minor change to the previously issued 2 CFR part 1, to conform that part with the guidance published today.


The effective date for this final guidance is July 15, 2009

Further Information

Marguerite Pridgen, Office of Federal Financial Management, Office of Management and Budget, telephone (202) 395-7844 (direct) or (202) 395-3993 (main office) and e-mail: