We’ve been taking a trip around the bases of the Crystal City Marriott this week attending sessions at the National Grants Management Association’s annual training conference, which has been focusing around its baseball theme, “Grants Management: In Full Swing.” Following NGMA’s suggestion before the conference, many attendees wore jerseys of their favorite baseball (or other sports) teams to make it a bit more fun and exciting.
The conference sessions have been very interesting. Gil Tran of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) gave attendees an update pertaining to the new administration in the White House and how it is affecting grants. He said that the Trump administration is seeking comments from the public on ways to make federal agency operations more efficient, including the possibility of eliminating or restructuring some agency functions. This may potentially affecting federal grant programs.
Under a reform plan called the “Comprehensive Plan for Reforming the Federal Government and Reducing the Federal Civilian Workforce,” the White House aims to make the federal government more effective and accountable through streamlining the performance of government workers. Federal agencies are to submit a draft strategic plan to OMB by June 30 and a final plan by Sept. 30 to modernize and streamline their operation and identify areas that should be eliminated, restructured or consolidated across departments.
OMB will accept public input on their suggestions for government streamlining and will incorporate each agency’s strategic plan into a comprehensive reorganization effort that will be reflected in the president’s federal fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget.
We have also attended very interesting, if not very detailed, sessions on indirect costs, risk assessments and time and effort, to name a few. Tomorrow we will attend sessions on key audit findings and the well-attended Ask-a-Grants-Lawyer session. Subscribers to Thompson’s grants publications should stay tuned to future issues for articles and helpful hints developed from these sessions.
Now is an exciting time in grants as the federal government evaluates all its regulations. Stay with Thompson to make sure you are keeping up with the changes. And if you are at the conference, stop by and say hello. I’d love to meet you. Play ball!
Let us know what you think about the conference if you attended.