Author Archives: Jerry Ashworth

As One Chapter Ends, A New One Begins

After seven-and-a-half years, it’s time to pack up our bags! Thompson’s grants blog is moving!

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Sneak Preview: Staff Training on Policies Is Vital for Compliance

(The following was excerpted from a recent article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) While having updated policies and procedures for federal award funding is critical to ensuring that a nonfederal entity has proper internal controls over the funds, they…

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Sneak Preview: OIG Calls for Codified Rules for Recovery Program

(The following was excerpted from a recent article in the Single Audit Information Service.) The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Inspector General (OIG) maintained that HUD has the authority to codify regulations for the Community Development…

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EAC Provides Details About $380M in Election Security Grants

Looking back many years ago to my days in elementary school, I remember how we used to vote on random options that came up before our classroom. We would all put our heads on our desks, we’d hide our faces,…

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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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