Category Archives: Compliance/Reporting

Indiana Auditor Finds Fault with County Auditor’s Internal Controls

It’s one thing for an auditor to come down hard on a grant recipient for lacking internal controls — that we’ve seen before. But it’s another when an auditor takes another auditor to task for that same offense. When I…

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Let Funding Attractions Be Your Vehicle for Grants Discussion

Today we want to piggyback on the Office of Management and Budget’s recently released Frequently Asked Questions on the new grants reform guidance. Rather than letting you know our thoughts on a particular topic, we want to solicit your feedback…

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Grantee Certifications Could Create a Level of High Anxiety

If you’ve ever purchased a home, you may have gotten this nervous feeling in your gut during the closing. Remember how you were presented with a stack of documents to sign with tons of legal language. Then you were asked…

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OMB’s New Guidance Offers Grantees Time To Prepare for Changes

Remember the key words of the Boy Scout motto? Be prepared! Thinking back on a webinar hosted by Thompson last Thursday featuring Tiffany Winters, partner at Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC, that motto seems to ring true for grantees now that…

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COFAR, OMB Webinar on New Guidance Informative, But Somewhat Overwhelming

Did you get a chance to attend the webinar on the new grants reform guidance hosted on Monday by the Council on Financial Assistance Reform and the Office of Management and Budget? If so, were you among those of us…

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COFAR Webcast Offers Quick Overview of Upcoming Grants Reform Guidance

This is your captain, speaking! There’s an expression often heard in meetings here in Washington where, rather than going into specific details about an issue, they will look at things from “a 30,000-foot level.” They will provide a quick overview…

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OMB’s Final Grants Reform Guidance Could Be Near — If…

Not that I often get a chance to see many Broadway shows, but there currently is a somewhat popular musical on stage these days called “If/Then,” which wonders aloud “what if” life could be different and follows diverging paths based…

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Thompson’s Nov. Webinars To Discuss Audit Visits, DATA Act and Sequestration

Now that Congress can turn its eyes toward something other than the federal government shutdown, there are other issues coming up that it will be deliberating that can truly impact federal grants.  Thompson is offering you a way to stay…

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It’s as Clear as Mud

Let me say this right up front — can someone from the Department of Agriculture please contact me and explain your notice today in the Federal Register in layman’s terms?  Because, frankly, I’m lost. And I’m not the only one….

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Moving Forward, A Step at a Time

The Research Performance Progress Report, which three federal agencies began using this year, is now ready to take the next step. Wait, let me clarify that — TEST the next step.

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