We’re Back in Full Bloom!

March 29, 2012 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

Like the flowers returning in the spring after being dormant all winter, Funding Attractions is back up again after a lengthy break while we updated the program’s software. And what an exciting time it is to return!

In case you haven’t heard yet, the Office of Management and Budget has extended the comment period for the notice of proposed guidance involving the grants management circulars. I, for one, am thrilled to see that OMB took this step because the initial 30-day comment period simply was not long enough for a proposal as broad-reaching as this one. Had it not been extended, the comment deadline would’ve been today.

For those interested in seeing what other stakeholders are already saying about the proposed guidance, the OMB yesterday posted the comments it has received so far. There are more than 60 comments already, so this looks to be something with widespread interest. If you have any comments, complaints or suggestions about the proposed guidance, make sure to send in your comments to Regulations.gov by April 30.

We here at Thompson will be offering some excellent grants-related webinars in April. On April 12, we will host a webinar on “Federal Reporting Requirements for Education Grants – “Cloud” Accountability Has Arrived!” In this webinar, Bonnie Little of Brustein & Manasevit will help you untangle the complexities surrounding reporting requirements for education grants. On April 30, we offer a webinar entitled “Subrecipient or Vendor: Are You Sure You Know the Difference?” In this webinar, grants law specialist Stacia Le Blanc will provide you with the information to correctly identify subrecipients from vendors, and discuss what difference that makes in the administration of those agreements.

And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the big NGMA conference April 22-25 in Alexandria, Va. I’ve looked at the agenda and it is chock full of interesting topics and speakers. There will be much to learn from this year’s conference, and I definitely look forward to attending. Upcoming issues of the Federal Grants Management Handbook will feature articles from the conference sessions.

Spring has definitely sprung in the grants management world!

Let us know if there are other grants management events happening that we should be promoting.

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