OMB Memo Aims To Boost Grant Flexibility

May 11, 2011 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

It may not have been the bone (namely the 2011 Office of Management and Budget Circular A-133 Compliance Supplement) that the grants community had hoped the OMB would toss their way, but the office has provided another treat that could prove quite tasty — eventually. (I just had to lead my story like this so that I could use this cute puppy picture.)

The OMB issued a memorandum recently to federal agencies to implement President Obama’s memorandum on administrative flexibility, lower costs and better results for state, local and tribal governments. Under the memorandum, the OMB will lead an interagency working group to review OMB circulars including auditing and cost allocation requirements to help state and local grantees better use resource and improve performance and efficiency. The group will gather input from state, local and tribal governments in developing its recommendations.

The memorandum also calls on federal agencies and state, local and tribal governments to evaluate ways to increase transparency, eliminate duplicative and unnecessary reporting, identify barriers to cost-effectiveness and enable more flexibility in grant programs. Agencies are expected to report their actions and recommendations to the OMB by Aug. 29.

More information on the memorandum will be included in the July issue of the Federal Grants Management Handbook.

What ideas do you have to improve grant flexibility and reduce reporting burdens under grant programs?

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  1. zell
    Posted October 29, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    Let HHS, DOT, and set the standards for federal government like NASA, DOD, and GSA did for contracts.

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