Author Archives: Jerry Ashworth

DOT Urges States To Meet April 2019 State Safety Oversight Deadline

In football, there’s the two-minute warning. For the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), we now have the one-year warning.

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Sneak Preview: FNS Urged To Improve Monitoring Documentation

(The following was excerpted from a recent article in the Single Audit Information Service.) The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) plans by March 2019 to fully update its Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) guidance to…

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Uniform Guidance “Musts” and “Shoulds” Still Cause Confusion

In an odd way, I found myself thinking about the anti-drug public service announcement campaign from the late 1980s while attending a Grants Training Forum yesterday hosted by Thompson Information Services and the Public Contracting Institute here in Washington, D.C….

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Sneak Preview: Memo Addresses Disaster Fund Oversight, Waivers

(The following was excerpted from a recent article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently issued guidance to federal agencies overseeing disaster relief funds available under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (Pub….

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GAO Plans To Issue Revised Yellow Book This Summer

For all those auditors and auditees out there who have waited seven years for the next revision of the Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS), also known as the Yellow Book, the wait may be over in the next couple of months….

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Sneak Preview: OIG Recommends DOJ Components Take Actions To Improve Closeout

(The following has been excerpted from a recent article in the Single Audit Information Service.) Citing “multiple deficiencies” in the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) award closeout processes and practices, a recent DOJ Office of Inspector General (OIG) audit contained 61…

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OMB: PMA Overlaps, Yet Separate, from §200.109 Requirement

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Sneak Preview: FEMA Provides Guidance on Hardship Waivers

(The following was excerpted from a recent article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently issued guidance outlining the minimum requirements for requesting economic hardship waivers for applicants and recipients of Assistance to Firefighters…

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Sneak Preview: Bill Seeks To Prevent Improper Payments to Deceased People

(The following was excerpted from a recent article in the Single Audit Information Service.) Congressional legislation has been proposed that would aim to limit the amount of improper payments made to deceased individuals, a concern that has long received Government…

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FEMA’s New Strategic Plan Aims To Improve Grants Management

Perhaps it was the fact that we here in D.C. are preparing to be covered in snow due to an ill-timed spring snowstorm that made us think of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its future plans. In doing…

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