Category Archives: Grants Management

As One Chapter Ends, A New One Begins

After seven-and-a-half years, it’s time to pack up our bags! Thompson’s grants blog is moving!

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Sneak Preview: Staff Training on Policies Is Vital for Compliance

(The following was excerpted from a recent article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) While having updated policies and procedures for federal award funding is critical to ensuring that a nonfederal entity has proper internal controls over the funds, they…

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EAC Provides Details About $380M in Election Security Grants

Looking back many years ago to my days in elementary school, I remember how we used to vote on random options that came up before our classroom. We would all put our heads on our desks, we’d hide our faces,…

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Sneak Preview: ETA Finalizes Senior Employment Rule Revision

(The following was excepted from a recent article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) The Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) recently finalized an interim rule issued in December 2017 revising the performance accountability measures for the Senior…

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Comptroller General Disappointed with DATA Act Compliance

When the U.S. Comptroller General expresses concern about federal compliance with laws affecting grant programs, that can’t be a good sign. Speaking this week to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ 2018 Accounting and Auditing Update Conference, Comptroller General…

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Sneak Preview: FTA Rule Sets New Framework for Transit Safety

(The following was excerpted from a recent article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is requiring states and certain operators of public transportation systems that receive federal financial assistance as a…

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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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Sneak Preview: HUD Office Objects to Poor Oversight Findings

(The following was excerpted from a recent article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) resoundingly objected to a recent HUD Office of Inspector General (OIG)…

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FTA Seeks Comments on How to Define a ‘Federal Project’

Once again, the federal government is asking for your input. Now through Aug. 17, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will be hosting an online dialog to collect public comments on how to best define a “federal project” that is subject…

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Sneak Preview: Federal Reorganization Proposal Would Realign Grant Programs

(The following was excerpted from a recent article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) The Trump Administration has submitted a proposal to Congress to reorganize the federal government, a move that could dramatically impact the current operations of numerous federal…

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