The Snail Makes His Debut as We Await the 2018 Compliance Supplement

May 15, 2018 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

snails81-300x225After observing the worms and slugs winding their way across the damp pavement following the rain storms that have recently rumbled through the nation’s capital after a mostly dry month, it brought to mind that we’re now entering the latter half of May and it may be time to feature our annual friend, the snail. For those new to this blog, we begin asking this question each year about this time, “When will the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) release this year’s version of the Compliance Supplement?” Auditors for years have urged OMB to release the supplement earlier in the spring to allow them more time to use it in preparing for their audits, and yet, OMB historically has not released it until deep into the summer. Because of these delays, we have featured a series of snail pictures to highlight this deliberateness in the delivery of the annual document.

The release of this year’s Compliance Supplement actually may come earlier this year after what we’ve heard expressed in the recently released President’s Management Agenda. One strategy in the document involves “risk-based performance management,” which seeks to develop a risk management tool that allows federal awarding agencies to determine recipient risk by assessing past performance results, financial risk and the applicant’s capabilities to deliver proposed results. One effort under this strategy is for OMB to issue a “skinny” version of the 2018 Compliance Supplement, which would focus only on the significant changes between 2017 and 2018 with the intent of spending more time and resources on streamlining the 2019 Compliance Supplement to provide an increased focus on compliance requirements that address performance. Even more precisely, it was to be released by third quarter of federal fiscal year 2018, which is April through June. We’re now halfway through the quarter and we’re still waiting.

Surely (we hope!), OMB will be able to improve on its timeliness as compared to 2017, when the supplement was finally released in early August. There were relatively few major changes affecting grants programs and regulations over the last year so updating the document doesn’t expect to be a major overhaul.

When the Compliance Supplement does see the light of day, you will know about it here first, folks, as we will proudly announce its arrival with our customary fireworks picture. Stay tuned. Hopefully, that picture will soon be forthcoming, and this will be our only snail photo for the year.

What do you expect from this year’s Compliance Supplement? We’d love to hear from you.

As a reminder, we have all of our Federal Funding Training Forums scheduled for 2018. Please let me know if you have questions or can make any of these. We hope to see you there!

  • Wednesday July 25 – Friday July 27 in MINNEAPOLIS

http://www.federalgrantsforum.com/minneapolis/index.html?src=AT

  • Wednesday October 17 – Friday October 19 in ATLANTA

http://www.federalgrantsforum.com/atlanta/index.html?src=AT

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