The Top 5 Grants Items on My Christmas Wish List

December 21, 2011 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

Because this is my last blog post before Christmas, I thought I’d offer up the top 10 items on my grants management and auditing wish list. However, in this year of government cutbacks, I have been forced to reduce my wish list to only five. So here goes.

5. That the Office of Management and Budget would finally update the grants administrative circulars — Isn’t it about time that it removes all references to the Standard Form 269? And that’s just for starters.

4. That the Government Accountability and Transparency Board and the Federal Accountability and Spending Transparency Board play a game of flag football to decide what the name of this oversight board will ultimately be — OK, so they may have a lot of the same players on both teams, but who cares. I guess my point is that I’d like to see some kind of action, one way or the other, on the DATA Act to get some idea what the future holds for grants reporting.

3. That people who are famous just for being famous (e.g., Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian) would combine their wealth and work with the financially-strapped National Endowment for the Arts to create a grant to provide funding for artists with some real talent.

2. That the OMB raise the Circular A-133 single audit threshold from $500,000 to $2 million — Sure, it’s a bold idea that is under consideration by federal workgroups, but it would have merit. It would ease the burden on many smaller grantees and would still cover the vast majority of federal grant dollars out there. As an added bonus for us, it would require a thorough update of our Single Audit Information Service, making it even more of a “must-have” for the audit community trying to keep up with the changes.

1. That Congress would get a clue — I think this is obvious from reading Adrianne’s blog posts from earlier this week. I’ve heard of dysfunctional families gathering together for the holidays, but the 112th Congress easily tops them all for being the most dysfunctional assembly of misfits.

There is so much more that I could wish for but that would probably be asking too much. Here’s wishing happy holidays to everyone and that you get everything on your own wish lists.

By the way, what would be on your grants-related Christmas wish list?  

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