Category Archives: Compliance/Reporting

How Is OMB Like Oprah Winfrey? The Sequel

You know you’ve made the big time as a journalist when a federal official addresses a conference and the first thing he or she mentions is something you wrote. Consider me as hitting the big time!

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COFAR Gets A Couple of Pokes from GAO

You know that scene where the kid (or sometimes an adult) is falling asleep in church, and the person next to them gives them a forceful nudge with their elbow to get them to wake up and pay attention. In…

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Sneak Preview: Addressing Compliance Now Reduces Headaches

(The following was excerpted from an article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) Taking a soft approach to grants compliance thinking that it will “just happen,” can land recipients in hot water down the line. Proactively implementing systems and procedures,…

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Moving On from the Horrors of Hurricane Katrina

While it’s still fresh on my mind, I figured I’d spend one more blog post on certain changes contained in the 2013 Office of Management and Budget Circular A-133 Compliance Supplement. After last week’s memorial to the deleted programs in this…

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Sneak Preview: OIG Seeks Action on HOME Program Improvements

(The following was excerpted from an article in the Single Audit Information Service.) Faced with numerous oversight challenges in the HOME Investment Partnership Program that have resulted in more than 400 audit findings since 2006, the Department of Housing and…

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A Memorial for Those Passing on from the O.C. Club

Dearly beloved, we gather here today to pay our last respects to several members of the O.C. club. What is the O.C. club, you may ask? If you turn in your hymnals, otherwise known as the 2013 Office of Management…

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Make Sure Someone’s In When You're Out

We hope everyone enjoyed their July 4th holiday. Personally, I spent much of the extended weekend painting my daughter’s bedroom (long-time followers of Funding Attractions may notice a trend here).  I also used the opportunity to prune and plant some…

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Start the Fireworks! The 2013 Compliance Supplement Is Out!

And here it is, just in time for July 4, the fireworks I promised earlier this week. The Office of Management and Budget yesterday released the 2013 Circular A-133 Compliance Supplement. It was almost as if they were inspired by…

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Another Month, Another Year, Another Snail

Another month has passed and here we are in a familiar position — waiting for the Office of Management and Budget to release the 2013 Circular A-133 Compliance Supplement. Oh yeah, remember that? All the talk lately has been about…

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Could The DATA Act’s Flame Flicker Again?

Oh, the DATA Act. Where have you been for so long? You made big news about a year ago when you passed the House and then, well, you languished. You lost your energy, your fire, and you eventually got shoved…

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