Quickly Coming Down to the Wire

May 28, 2013 | By Jerry Ashworth | 1 comment

horse racingAnd down the stretch they come!

In case you haven’t glanced at your calendar lately, today is May 28. That means this is the last week for stakeholders to submit comments on the Office of Management and Budget’s proposed grants reform guidance. The deadline is June 2; after today, there is only five more days to send in your comments and concerns.

I’m still amazed at this juncture how few comments OMB has received. At last count, there were 64 comments submitted on the proposal at the Regulations.gov website. In comparison, there were more than 300 submitted when OMB published its advanced notice of proposed guidance last year.

I truly expected to see most of the comments submitted near the deadline — which is the usual trend when the federal government asks for public comments on proposals. However, with only five full days left, I expected to see more than only 64.

Now, truth be told, a further inspection on the Regulations.gov website shows that the most recent date that a batch of comments were posted was May 9. It could be that Regulations.gov is slow to process comment submissions. In addition, we do know that the National Grants Management Association has been collecting comments from its many of its members for submission, which has yet to be processed.

It will be interesting tracking Regulations.gov over the course of the next week. If you haven’t done so, now is your final opportunity to send in your comments and concerns on this proposal that could have a huge impact on the way you manage your grants and conduct single audits. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by. Just like those fast moving horses!

Continue to keep an eye on the Federal Grants Management Handbook and Single Audit Information Service for continuing coverage on the latest on OMB’s proposed guidance and a roundup of some of the submitted comments.

Let us know your feelings about the proposal and if you think the comments will be heeded.

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  1. [...] Keep in mind, some of these comments are additional government documents. But with the submission deadline approaching fast – the comment period closes June 2 – we’re starting to get a clearer picture of what the grants community thinks of the proposed changes to grant circulars. In a nutshell, the super-circular raises the single audit threshold from the current $500,000 to $750,000. Our Funding Attractions blog has done a great job of covering this. [...]

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