Author Archives: Jerry Ashworth

Sneak Preview: ETA Finalizes Senior Employment Rule Revision

(The following was excepted from a recent article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) The Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) recently finalized an interim rule issued in December 2017 revising the performance accountability measures for the Senior…

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Comptroller General Disappointed with DATA Act Compliance

When the U.S. Comptroller General expresses concern about federal compliance with laws affecting grant programs, that can’t be a good sign. Speaking this week to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ 2018 Accounting and Auditing Update Conference, Comptroller General…

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Sneak Preview: ACF Is Working To Improve Its Responses to Audits

(The following was excerpted from a recent article in the Single Audit Information Service.) The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF), responding to recommendations in a recent HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG)…

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State Educational Agencies Encouraged To Apply for GSEM Program

With the almost never-ending stories in the news about school shootings and other school-related violence, the importance of having a school emergency management plan is becoming a must. States can play an important role in ensuring that developing such plans…

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Sneak Preview: FTA Rule Sets New Framework for Transit Safety

(The following was excerpted from a recent article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is requiring states and certain operators of public transportation systems that receive federal financial assistance as a…

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The GREAT Act Continues to Languish in Congress

Color us surprised! Who would have thought a piece of legislation known as the GREAT Act would take so long to work its way through Congress, especially since the bill has bipartisan support. Yet, here we still sit. Waiting.

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Sneak Preview: CMS To Conduct Medicaid Audits To Boost Integrity

(The following was excerpted from a recent article in the Single Audit Information Service.) To ensure that states are establishing appropriate reimbursement rates and claiming accurate federal matching funds under the Medicaid program, the Department of Health and Human Services…

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Sneak Preview: HUD Office Objects to Poor Oversight Findings

(The following was excerpted from a recent article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) resoundingly objected to a recent HUD Office of Inspector General (OIG)…

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GAO Issues 2018 Revision of the Government Auditing Standards

After seven years, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) yesterday issued a new revision of the Government Auditing Standards, also known as the “Yellow Book,” which assists government auditors at the federal, state and local levels produce high-quality audits that reflect…

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FTA Seeks Comments on How to Define a ‘Federal Project’

Once again, the federal government is asking for your input. Now through Aug. 17, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will be hosting an online dialog to collect public comments on how to best define a “federal project” that is subject…

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