Introducing Slinky, Snail of the Month for July

July 1, 2013 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

snailsandshell2Hey, if it made Hugh Hefner a millionaire to feature a different “bunny” each month, I thought surely it was worth a try if I did the same with our favorite animal. Of course, our lovely snail here may not be quite as, well, exciting as Hefner’s beauties, but the idea is to get your attention. Perhaps not your attention exactly, but the attention of the folks at the Office of Management and Budget.

Frequent followers of this blog know that we have run a snail picture with numerous posts over the years to signify the slowness with which OMB is releasing the Circular A-133 Compliance Supplement. A couple of years ago, we ran a series of different snail pictures over a string of days to make a point that OMB had missed its stated deadline for issuing it. I thought then that the daily snail was overkill and promised myself not to do again, but the temptation is too great.

Way back in March, I attended a National Grants Management Association training session with OMB’s Gil Tran as the speaker. He said then, and I quote, that OMB was “in the process of getting it out now.” It, in this case, is the 2013 compliance supplement. That was about four months ago, and yet, still no sign of the supplement. We featured another snail in a blog post at the beginning of June in Funding Attractions, and at the time, I really hoped I wouldn’t have to use another one this year. Alas, get an eyeful of Slinky.

When the supplement is released, you’ll know immediately because our picture will show beautiful fireworks. Perhaps OMB would like to issue it this week. What better time to run a fireworks picture than the Fourth of July. So keep watching this space regularly, and we’ll let you know as soon as it is final. I certainly hope it comes out before next month because I’m having a hard time coming up with seductive names for snails!

Are the delays in the compliance supplement causing you problems? Let us know.



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