Getting Back into the Swing of Things

September 6, 2013 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

boy-on-swing-1158471-mRemember back when you were in school and you took the summer off. The first couple of weeks back in class in September were filled with refresher assignments to help you remember all those things you may have forgotten over the summer months. Sometimes we as adults need the same thing following the summer season filled (sometimes) with lighter workloads and vacations to the beach. That’s where we come in.

Subscribers to Thompson’s Federal Grants Management Handbook will be especially interested in the October issue as we are presenting a special report on the Office of Management and Budget’s proposed grants reform. Although we have covered it in various articles during the year, this special report addresses the key changes in the proposal in one comprehensive report. It also includes a handy crosswalk chart to help readers understand how certain sections in current regulations would be changed under the proposal, as well as several comment quotes to enable readers to see the concerns other stakeholders have about the proposal.

This special report is especially useful to those new to the Federal Grants Management Handbook, or those new to federal grants in general, to help them get up-to-speed on this extremely important proposal, which would have the most dramatic impact on grant administration in years.

We still can’t determine whether OMB will achieve its goal to finalize the proposal by the end of the year, or if the proposed changes will be altered in any way in the final version, but I certainly agree with the pleas from some commenters regarding the effective date. The proposal states that federal agencies must adopt the final version or final amendments within 12 months. Many commenters urged OMB to change this provision so that all agencies will adopt the final version on a certain date for the sake of uniformity. I have to agree. If the final version is adopted on a staggered basis by different agencies, it becomes a nightmare for grantees aiming to comply, especially if they have grants from multiple agencies. I certainly hope this is one comment that is incorporated in the final version.

Make sure you stay abreast with all developments related to this proposal. Thompson is keeping tabs on it and will let you know if there are any updates. We want to be your go-to source for news, analysis and information involving federal grants.

Let us know where you thing the grants reform proposal is headed. We’d love to hear from you.

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