Category Archives: Performance Measurement

FHWA Proposal Develops National Performance Measures for Safety

Anyone who has read through the Office of Management and Budget’s grant reform guidance (and I would hope that all grants stakeholders already have) knows that improving performance is a critical goal for the future of grants management. Although not…

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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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50 Ways To Lose a Project

I streamed some vintage television shows last week and watched a couple episodes of an old quiz show called You Bet Your Life. The host was Groucho Marx who was assisted by his straight man George. In pre-Jeopardy days, contestants…

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Sneak Preview: NIH Plans To Strengthen Public Access Policy

(The following was excerpted from an article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) To boost compliance with the National Institutes of Health’s public access policy, NIH next year will not process a grantee’s continuation award if it fails to conform…

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Sneak Preview: GAO Identifies Many Grants Management Challenges

(The following was excerpted from an article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) As the total amount of federal outlays in grants to state and local governments has grown to more than $480 billion as of fiscal year 2011, several…

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Sneak Preview: VA Plans To Revise GPDP Application Procedures

(The following was excerpted from an article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to update its Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program (GPDP) application and oversight procedures within the next year in response…

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Sneak Preview: NSF Working on Merit Review Criteria Guidance

(The following was excerpted from an article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) The National Science Foundation is planning how to implement recommendations to revise its merit review criteria. Handed down by a National Science Board task force, the recommendations…

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Fighting the Mid-Winter Doldrums?

This time of year can be rough for a lot of people. First, there’s the post-holiday slump – the physical and emotional crash from a flurry of activities and interactions that can range from joyous and energizing to uncomfortable and…

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WaPo and HUD in Second Tussle Over HOME Program

News reports charging that the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s HOME Investment Partnerships Program is mismanaged have surfaced again. The Washington Post ran a couple of articles this week asserting that the affordable housing program is not functioning properly.

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Sneak Peek: ETA Refutes Concerns About Green Jobs Initiative

(This post is based on an upcoming article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) Despite statistics showing lagging job placements under the Department of Labor’s Green Jobs initiative, Employment and Training Administration officials stand by it and maintain that grantees will…

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