Roundup Reel: Early December Edition

December 6, 2011 | By Adrianne Fielding | Post a Comment

Here are a handful of the notable funding-related developments from the last week or so that you may have missed.

President Obama officially declared December to be Critical Infrastructure Protection month. The designation is intended to emphasize the importance of safety and security for infrastructure that ranges from the physical infrastructure of transportation and other core systems to the increasingly important virtual infrastructure of cyber networks. Through the Department of Homeland Security and many other agencies, a significant amount of federal funding is committed to protecting the range of resources and systems that comprise the nation’s infrastructure.

Late last week, Earl Devaney, the esteemed chair of the Recovery and Transparency Board announced that he’ll be retiring at the end of the year. The RATB efforts overseen by Devaney have widely been considered a resounding success by those in the grantmaking world, by providing the public with unprecedented visibility into the award and administration of federal funding, and boosting the accountability of both funding agencies and their award recipients. Winning rave reviews at a congressional subcommittee panel hearing this fall (which we covered in our Local/State Funding Report), Devaney’s work with the RATB has ushered in a new era of federal award oversight that leverages technology and data analysis in new ways to improve efficiency and effectiveness.  I think we’ve only begun to scratch the surface – and realize the impact (read: savings) – of such efforts to prevent and minimize waste, fraud and abuse in the distribution of federal dollars. Fingers crossed that the government identifies someone with the type of intellect, vision and savvy needed to take Devaney’s game-changing work forward.

And speaking of job openings, while the electeds here in Washington continue to bicker over the best means for creating more jobs, a number of interesting funding-related opportunities have come across our radar, including:

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