Things Get Curiouser and Curiouser

November 2, 2012 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

For those Alice in Wonderland fans, this title will make sense (although it’s driving my spell-check crazy). However, what doesn’t make sense is the lack of information coming from the Office of Management and Budget. Here we go again – another case of will they or won’t they?

In a recent blog post, we alluded to a National Grants Management Association email stating not to expect anything soon from the OMB on a proposed rule on grant management reforms. With the elections coming (which may or may not involve a new presidential administration with different priorities), and with all the complexities of this proposal, I myself have to agree that this will be a long process.

However, the National Grants Partnership has put out an email postponing its scheduled Nov. 13 webinar. It goes on to state that “OMB is close to providing final information on its proposed changes to the circulars. We will wait until this takes place and work with OMB on a date and method of sharing information once this announcement takes place.” NGMA today sent out another email referring to NGP’s email to say the proposal will come out soon.

Wait, what!?!

Upon hearing this, I contacted Victoria Collin at OMB for an explanation. This is her response:

“At this point, I don’t know exactly when the proposal will come out. It could be soon, but it could also be longer – it is still under review and moving forward, but unfortunately just at a point that’s hard to predict right now.”

Well, that was certainly helpful, or not. Maybe, who knows.

Needless to say, we here at Thompson will continue to try to stay on top of this to let you know if there is any formal action on these major reforms and how they could affect the management of your grants. Sorry if this post is like jabberwocky but try not to let it drive you mad as a hatter.

If you’ve heard anything new on the proposed reforms, feel free to share it with us. We’d like to know.


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