Author Archives: Jerry Ashworth

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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Sneak Preview: 2018 Yellow Book Will Not Require Review on Waste

(The following was excerpted from a recent article in the Single Audit Information Service.) A partner with KPMG LLP and member of the Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS) advisory council recently explained why a requirement for auditors to assess waste and…

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DOJ Issues Grant Condition Related to Information Sharing on Immigrants

The heated debate over sanctuary cities continues, and now it is finding its way into grant terms and conditions. The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently posted notices of funding opportunities under four public safety grant programs for federal fiscal year…

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Sneak Preview: Federal Reorganization Proposal Would Realign Grant Programs

(The following was excerpted from a recent article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) The Trump Administration has submitted a proposal to Congress to reorganize the federal government, a move that could dramatically impact the current operations of numerous federal…

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OMB Announces Results-Oriented Community, Change to 2 C.F.R. 180

The past couple of months, the grants team at the Office of Management and Budget have been busy as a bee. On the heels of releasing the 2018 OMB Compliance Supplement in May, OMB issued Memorandum M-18-18 last month, which…

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Sneak Preview: FEMA To Update Public Assistance Pilot Guidance

(The following was excerpted from a recent article in the Single Audit Information Service.) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials plan to update their internal guidance used to validate subrecipient cost estimates for work projects under FEMA’s Public Assistance alternative…

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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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