So Many Storylines to Follow in 2013

January 3, 2013 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

Happy New Year! Glad to see that in the past month we survived both the Mayan’s prediction that the world would end and the dreaded gloom-and-doom scenario stemming from the “fiscal cliff” (which Congress used every second — and more — available to find a way to avoid).

Now aside from looming funding cuts to grant programs and increased taxes, what can we expect to see in 2013 in terms of grants management? I’m sure many grant administrators keeping up with what’s going on in Washington are waiting to see what the Office of Management and Budget finally proposes on grant management reform, which may include combining the provisions in all of OMB’s grants circulars into a “supercircular.” OMB’s original plan after gathering comments on an advanced notice of proposed reforms last spring was to issue a proposal in fall 2012. However, it’s now January and we have yet to hear any word on when we can expect to see this proposal.

I also am interested to see if this is the year that OMB issues the Circular A-133 Compliance Supplement earlier in the year. The Government Accountability Office and the audit community have clamored for OMB to issue it by March or April, yet OMB has consistently released during the summer months. However, something tells me that if OMB is spending its resources working on the grants reform proposal, the compliance supplement may be put on the back burner. I wouldn’t expect it early.

This is also the year that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act sunsets, with all funding required to be expended by Sept. 30, unless the project has been granted an extension. It could be interesting in late summer for Recovery Act programs that still have much to accomplish to see how the grantees and their awarding agencies manage their funds in the waning days.

The year is only a few day’s old and already there’s so much drama unfolding. Stay tuned and we here at Thompson will aim to keep you up-to-date on these and other storylines.

Let us know of other issues that you foresee will be big news in 2013.

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