NGP Reorganizes, NGMA Recruits and (GPA) NCA Rallies

June 20, 2011 | By Adrianne Fielding | Post a Comment

Happy Monday, readers!  Today’s post with news from around the grants world is brought to you by the letter “N.”  First and foremost, the National Grants Partnership has restructured under new leadership.  Established in 2004, NGP “is a cooperative initiative among Federal officials, representatives of state, local and tribal governments; their executive branch grants offices; and nonprofit organizations.” The group’s longtime co-chairs stepped down recently when Tony Cavataio retired from the Department of Education and Cornelia Chebinou refocused on her role as the Washington Director of the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers.

In its three new co-chairs, NGP has clearly prioritized dialogue and leadership across various segments of the grants community:

The NGP’s next meeting will be held via webinar from 1:30-3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13. The first 100 registrants can participate live; others can view the recorded version after July 15. The meeting’s agenda and topics include ones that we regularly address here: the OMB’s new Circular A-133 Compliance Supplement, the president’s Executive Order on “Delivering an Efficient, Effective, and Accountable Government” and Rep. Darryl Issa’s “Digital Accountability and Transparency Act” legislation.

If you’re in the D.C. area, make time in your calendar this Wednesday (June 22) for the National Grants Management Association’s monthly training luncheon on “Using a Risk Assessment to Focus Post-Award Monitoring Efforts.” The co-presenters are Rosalind Jackson Lewis, a Project Director for the National Science Foundation, and Michael Austin, a Lead Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton.  Having moderated a session they spoke at during NGMA’s 2010 annual conference, I can vouch for the value of their experience and insights on this important topic.

Also, through August 19, NGMA is offering new and renewing members 20 percent off the annual membership fee by using discount code 063011-063011.  Information about membership is available at NGMA’s website; questions and inquiries about group discounts can be directed to NGMA’s business office at

Last week’s meeting of the National Capital Area chapter of the Grant Professional Association was abuzz with activity.  In addition to supporting GPA’s preparation for the national annual conference (October 5-8), the NCA chapter is holding local mixers and events this summer for prospective members (you should join us at one!) and planning its regional conference on November 3 at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. For info on the NCA chapter and upcoming events in D.C., Maryland and Virginia, contact Jesse Buggs at


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