Category Archives: Congress

Heading Out To Find Grants Updates at Local Events

In honor of the old Willie Nelson song, we’re on the road again. We’ll be spending the next couple of days outside the office to cover some interesting events around the D.C. area, which could provide some valuable information for…

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Governors Express Support for Early Childhood Education

While Congress has its hands full determining what to do with health care concerns and other issues making the headlines, the nation’s governors recently stressed that there is another topic that is just as important and desperately needs attention —…

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DOJ Issues Report to Congress on Violence Against Women Act

Earlier this month, the Justice Department (DOJ) submitted its biennial Report to Congress on the Effectiveness of Grant Programs Under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Under the act, which was last reauthorized in 2013, DOJ’s Office of Violence Against…

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Change in Progress at the Office of Management and Budget

With the arrival of Donald Trump as president last week, grant applicants and recipients may have already noticed that the federal government is not running “business as usual.” For example, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) website is typically…

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Sneak Preview: Associations Applaud Micro-Purchase Legislation

(The following was excerpted from a recent article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) A provision in a bill passed by Congress that would raise the current micro-purchase procurement threshold for research programs and entities could help relieve administrative burdens…

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Agencies Urge Congress to Alter Funding Structure for Fighting Fires

The heads of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of the Interior (DOI) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) last week sent a joint letter to Congress requesting action to change how the nation pays for the cost…

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Assessing the Future of the Recovery Operations Center

Years ago, Prudential Insurance was known for its ad jingle, “Get a Piece of the Rock.” That jingle was the first thing that came to my mind back in 2009 when, as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act,…

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Sneak Preview: FAQ Provides Information on WIOA Implementation

(The following was excerpted from an article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) The Department of Labor (DOL), Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has included a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section on its website to provide information and instructions to…

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Sneak Preview: Congress, CMS Urged To Reduce Medicaid Improper Payments

(The following was excerpted from an article in the Single Audit Information Service.) Congress and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) should consider the growing risks affecting Medicaid as they work…

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Making a List of Some Key Leaders for the 114th Congress

When Congress comes into session next year for the 114th Congress, expect to see a whole host of new committee leaders. Thanks to the Republican onslaught across numerous states in the November elections, both House and Senate will be under…

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