A Memorial for Those Passing on from the O.C. Club

July 10, 2013 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

1239425_old_cemeteryDearly beloved, we gather here today to pay our last respects to several members of the O.C. club. What is the O.C. club, you may ask? If you turn in your hymnals, otherwise known as the 2013 Office of Management and Budget Circular A-133 Compliance Supplement, to Part 5, Section 4, we come to the section known as “Other Clusters,” which along with the Research and Development Cluster and the Student Financial Assistance Cluster, comprise the program clusters in the supplement.

Alas, with the pending sunset of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in September, many grant programs previously contained among these other clusters have passed on. Twenty-three programs in total were deleted from this year’s compliance supplement. In previous years, some of these programs were added to an existing grant program to create a program cluster. Without the Recovery Act program, the cluster, as Monty Python would say, “ceases to be.”

Therefore, we now pay our last respects to the following O.C. members that existed in the 2012 compliance supplement but not this year. Some of these also were previously listed in the section entitled “Programs Not Included in the Compliance Supplement Deemed to be Other Clusters.”

Please bow your heads as I read off the names (insert the “Taps” bugle solo here):

Lead Hazard Control Cluster

Vocational Rehabilitation Cluster

Early Intervention Services (IDEA) Cluster

State Fiscal Stabilization Fund Cluster

Immunization Cluster

CSBG Cluster

Head Start Cluster

Emergency Food and Shelter Program Cluster

Independent Living State Grants Cluster

Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who Are Blind Cluster

Education of Homeless Children and Youth Cluster

There is one bright spot to the O.C. membership, however. It added a new member, the HOPE VI Cluster, with two Department of Housing and Urban Development programs. And those looking for the Emergency Food Assistance Cluster should be aware that it added another program and now has a new name, the Food Distribution Cluster.

The 11 former members of the O.C. club are now gone, and we shall all remember these clusters for what they meant to those they touched. Farewell!

Let us know what you think about the 2013 Circular A-133 Compliance Supplement and the new makeup of the program clusters. 

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