Section 1512 Reporting Under the Recovery Act Comes to a Close

March 12, 2014 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

Recovery-Board-SealAfter focusing so much on the details of the Office of Management and Budget’s grant reform guidance, we failed to notice an important announcement recently posted on the Recovery.gov website. The Section 1512 reporting requirement for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act awards is coming to an end.

Recipients of Recovery Act grants, contracts and loans have been required under Section 1512 to report quarterly on the status of their awards. However, the federal government’s fiscal year 2014 omnibus spending bill, enacted in January, repealed Section 1512 reporting as of Feb. 1, making fourth quarter 2013 the last time recipients will report on the status of their awards.

To help make the final data the best quality, the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board and OMB approved the following timeline. Until March 19 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time, agencies and recipients may review reports on FederalReporting.gov and make changes and corrections as needed. On March 20, the extended quality assurance period ends for recipients and agencies, recipients will no longer be able to log in to FederalReporting.gov and the Help Desk will close for recipients. From March 20-31, federal agencies can review recipients’ data changes and reconcile and closeout awards. The Help Desk will close for agencies on March 31.

On May 1, final recipient data from FederalReporting.gov will be posted on Recovery.gov. The maps, charts and graphs that display the recipient data will not be updated again. In addition, the federal agencies’ last Recovery Act financial and activity reports were posted on Recovery.gov on Jan. 17.

These quarterly reports represented a bold new chapter in grant reporting and served as a sample for similar reporting for all grants. Some may be relieved that the Section 1512 reporting is coming to an end, but overall, grants management likely benefited from the reporting requirement.

Let us know your stories about Section 1512 reporting and if it was easier or harder on your organization or entity. We’d love to hear from you.

 

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