Category Archives: Congress

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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DOL OIG Report Shows Need To Address Performance, Improper Payments

Improving performance and reducing improper payments always seem to be a major theme in semiannual reports to Congress issued by federal agency Offices of Inspector General (OIG). A recent semiannual report by the Department of Labor (DOL) OIG is no…

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Sneak Preview: GREAT Act Has Potential To Assist Small Grantees

(The following was excerpted from a recent article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) Legislative officials working with the sponsors of the Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements Transparency (GREAT) Act of 2017 (H.R. 4887) recently told attendees at a forum…

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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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Sneak Preview: House Panel Hears Concerns About Award Monitoring

(The following was excerpted from a recent article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) Federal agencies providing grants and cooperative agreements to inter-American organizations are not fully documenting their monitoring activities, which could hinder the agencies’ efforts to ensure the…

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Grant Program Cuts Proposed in President’s FY 2019 Budget

On the heels of Congress and the White House reaching a spending deal for federal fiscal year (FY) 2018, President Trump has issued his FY 2019 budget proposal. The proposal, like the 2018 White House budget proposal, includes numerous substantial…

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Sneak Preview: OIG Calls for EPA To Submit BEACH Act Reports

(The following was excerpted from a recent article in the Single Audit Information Service.) The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) and agency officials are seeking a resolution to recent OIG audit recommendations requesting the agency to…

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GREAT Act Works Its Way Through Congress

When something is great, you give it a thumbs up, right? Therefore, we felt this would be the appropriate picture to run with a blog post about the GREAT Act, which is currently working its way through Congress. If you…

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Sneak Preview: Q&A Memos Address Grantee, Agency Shutdown Questions

(The following was excerpted from a recent article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) As Congress and the White House continue to struggle to reach a long-term budget agreement, which has already resulted in one three-day government shutdown in January,…

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A State of the Union Timeline as It Affects Grants

Norman Chad has a weekly, often humorous, sports column that runs in the Washington Post. Following major sporting events, he’ll often write a column giving a tongue-in-cheek rundown of the events as they happened during the game. We’d thought we…

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