Author Archives: Jerry Ashworth

OMB Issues Guidance Raising the Micro-Purchase, Simplified Acquisition Thresholds

TGIF! That seems to be the mantra at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). OMB has again made a big announcement late in the day on a Friday. Last August, OMB sent out word after 4:30 p.m. Eastern time…

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Sneak Preview: CMS Urged To Better Identify Improper Payments

(The following was excerpted from a recent article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to review its regulatory authority and audit resources to determine…

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Can the 2019 Compliance Supplement Really Come Out in January?

Now that 2018 is almost half over, why not turn our attention to 2019? Perhaps one of the most eye-opening statements we heard at this week’s American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ annual Not-for-Profit Conference at National Harbor, Md., occurred…

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Sneak Preview: Colo. Agency Develops New Cost Allocation Method

(The following was excerpted from a recent article in the Single Audit Information Service.) Officials with Connect for Health Colorado (CHC) recently stated they now have developed a cost allocation methodology for its health insurance eligibility determination system that is…

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Time Again for the AICPA Not-for-Profit Conference

As we approach the beginning of summer, we look forward not only to the warming temperatures, but also to getting out and meeting folks in the grants and audit community at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ annual Not-for-Profit…

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Sneak Preview: HUD Withdraws Local Government Assessment Tool

(The following was excerpted from a recent article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) After determining that communities using the Local Government Assessment Tool deemed it confusing and difficult to use when developing their required assessment of fair housing, the…

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NLC Report Shows Economic Development Is Still Top City Concern

Talk about consistency! Mayors nationwide deliver seminal addresses in which they detail their vision for the city’s future. The National League of Cities (NLC) recently released its “State of the Cities 2018” report, an annual report accessing top issues that…

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Sneak Preview: RUS Updates Audit Rules for Borrowers, Grantees

(The following was excerpted from a recent article in the Single Audit Information Service.) The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service (RUS) is amending its audit regulations so that they apply to both grantees and borrowers participating in its…

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DOL OIG Report Shows Need To Address Performance, Improper Payments

Improving performance and reducing improper payments always seem to be a major theme in semiannual reports to Congress issued by federal agency Offices of Inspector General (OIG). A recent semiannual report by the Department of Labor (DOL) OIG is no…

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Sneak Preview: FDP Repository Pilot Improved IHE Data Sharing

(The following was excerpted from a recent article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) The Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) recently touted the benefits of an 18-month pilot program using an online repository of institutional data to enable institutions of higher…

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