Category Archives: Education

A Worthwhile Proposal for Higher Education from AASCU

Let me know if I’m not the only one who has experienced this: Sitting at the supper table not to long ago, the topic of colleges came up. Going to college is expensive, which eventually segued in to a discussion…

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Sneak Preview: GAO Advises NIH To Evaluate Indirect Cost Growth

(The following was excerpted from an article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) As the amount of federal reimbursement sought by research colleges and universities for indirect costs continues to rise, the Government Accountability Office is calling for the National…

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Not All Training Has Gone With the Wind

In one of the more memorable scenes in the classic movie “Gone With The Wind,” a determined Scarlett O’Hara dramatically holds her fist in the air and declares “As God is my witness, I shall never be hungry again.” Such determination…

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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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Three Reasons Why Next Week Will Be Very Interesting

Some weeks are relatively humdrum. There’s not much going on, and I’ll spend several days in a row sitting in front of my computer, writing and editing articles. And then there are weeks like next week. Prepare to have the…

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Sneak Preview: Problems Cited with MOE Flexibility Oversight

(The following was excerpted from an article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) Several state educational agencies (SEAs) and local educational agencies (LEAs) recently reviewed by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General did not always comply with laws…

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Simplicity Concerning Supplies is Short in Demand

While today is the first day of a new school year for my daughters, my wife and I are still reeling from the back-to-school shopping and preparation. Just when we finished purchasing everything on the first school shopping list, we…

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The Perils of Cut and Paste

Speaking Wednesday at the annual Brustein & Manasevit spring grants forum in D.C., OMB official Gil Tran illustrated the perils of developing guidance by merging documents.

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OMB vs. The Auditors

In the world of grants management, the Office of Management and Budget is an undoubted heavyweight, but the renowned “tag team” of federal auditors is no pushover.

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Sneak Preview: Oversight Needed for New York Special Education

(The following was excerpted from an article in the Single Audit Information Service.) New York education officials have proposed reforms to improve the state’s oversight of special education programs in response to a New York Office of State Comptroller audit…

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