HHS Looking for DATA Act Pilot Survey Participation

May 3, 2016 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

1378633_man_with_a_megaphone_1Attention! This is an important week for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act) (Pub. L. 113-101) – and you can play an important role in making it even more special.

HHS is seeking recipients of federal awards to participate in the Section 5 grants pilot program under the DATA Act. Interested parties have until tomorrow (Wednesday) to complete a participation survey at  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6YYSMNX.

Section 5 of the DATA Act requires the federal government to establish a pilot program with the participation of appropriate federal agencies to facilitate the development of recommendations for:

  • standardizing reporting elements across the federal government;
  • eliminating of unnecessary duplication in financial reporting; and
  • reducing compliance costs for recipients of federal awards.

HHS is the executing agent of the grants portion of the Section 5 grants pilot, and HHS has developed five test models requiring participation from recipients of federal awards.

In recent weeks, HHS has been contacting recent recipients of federal awards seeking help in identifying improvements to federal financial assistance, adding that this feedback is “an essential component” of the Section 5 grants pilot. Participation is strictly voluntary, and the results of the survey will be analyzed and compiled to provide recommendations to Congress. Questions on the pilot can be sent to DATAActPMO@hhs.gov.

Hurry! Time is running out! Use this critical opportunity for your chance to be heard. Also, subscribers to the Federal Grants Management Handbook should be aware that we are covering numerous recent events related to the DATA Act and will have extensive coverage in upcoming days.

Let us know what you think about the DATA Act pilot and how this can help grant programs.

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