Category Archives: Monitoring/Subrecipients/Subawards

An Opportunity for Clarity Wasted

In a blog post a year ago today, I complained about the confusing language in a change made in the 2011 OMB Circular A-133 Compliance Supplement. I even offered a much clearer alternative. I mentioned my suggestion to others in…

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Funding Attractions Presents ‘The Return of the Snail’

OK, although I promised myself I wouldn’t go overboard, I had to do this at least once. We present the return of the snail. If you were a follower of our blog posts last spring, you’ll probably remember that we…

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Sneak Preview: Even Minor Subgrantee Risks Can Pose Hazards

(The following was excerpted from an article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) Prime recipients monitoring their subrecipients’ internal control risks should treat even minor concerns seriously because they could eventually become more significant if not addressed early.

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Don’t Forget About SAM!

I had been so focused in my blog post Tuesday on the upcoming release of the OMB Circular A-133 Compliance Supplement and the deadline for NIH grantee waivers for Recovery Act funding extensions that I forgot about another key event…

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Is the DATA Act Considering the Numbers?

Call me stubborn but I’m still not convinced that the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (H.R. 2146), more famously known as the DATA Act, is exactly a good thing — or at least in its current form. Like most others…

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A Truly Difficult Balancing Act

On Monday, the National Grants Management Association kicked off its annual training conference in Alexandria, Va., with a hefty discussion on the Office of Management and Budget’s notice of proposed guidance. The importance of this notice and the potentially dramatic…

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Get Set, OMB, You’ve Got Some Reading To Do!

Keep ‘em coming, folks, keep ‘em coming! I’ve had a chance to look over many of the comments already submitted to the Office of Management and Budget on the notice of proposed guidance related to grants management and single audit…

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Sneak Preview: DOJ To Boost Oversight of Body Armor Programs

(The following was excerpted from the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) The Department of Justice intends to reclaim unused funds and increase monitoring activities this year for grant programs that provide body armor to state and local law enforcement agencies, according…

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We’re Back in Full Bloom!

Like the flowers returning in the spring after being dormant all winter, Funding Attractions is back up again after a lengthy break while we updated the program’s software. And what an exciting time it is to return!

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The Long and Winding Road…To the New York ‘Reading First’ Decision

(This post originally appeared on Title I-Derland, Thompson’s blog on federal K-12 education, and was written by Chuck Edwards, senior executive director for Thompson’s education products.) One of the things that immediately jumps out on reading the recent Reading First…

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