What the Heck Is FAPIIS Anyway?

January 11, 2012 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

At last month’s National Grants Management Association’s training session, a panel of grants attorneys answered various grants law questions, which will be featured in an article in the February issue of the Federal Grants Management Handbook newsletter. One topic that came up on a couple of occasions was something called FAPIIS. Although it’s designed to prevent bad actors from receiving federal funds, FAPIIS – the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System – could make awarding grants and contracts a more tedious process.

So what is FAPIIS? The Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act of 2009 (Pub. L. 110-417) required the federal government to develop and maintain an information system that contains specific information on the integrity and performance of covered federal agency contractors and grantees. FAPIIS was developed to address these requirements, providing users access to integrity and performance information from the FAPIIS reporting module in the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System, proceedings information from the Central Contractor Registration database, and suspension and debarment information from the Excluded Parties List System. A tutorial on FAPIIS is provided at http://www.fai.gov/FAPIIS/trailer/module.htm.

During the training session, grants management legal consultant Ed Levin said that the Office of Management and Budget has yet to establish rules for FAPIIS, but noted that “eventually it should shake up this whole question of what kind of oversight is required before anyone gets an award.” It no doubt will require awarding agencies to spend more time evaluating potential grant applicants, and the same likely may hold true for grantees passing through awards to subrecipients.

The FAPIIS public website has left some things to be desired and has garnered its fair share of criticism, but it will be interesting to see how it all develops and if it actually does any good. Only time will tell.

Let us know your thoughts on FAPIIS and the usability of its website. What impact do you think it will have?

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