Category Archives: Recovery Act/ARRA/Stimulus

Could The DATA Act’s Flame Flicker Again?

Oh, the DATA Act. Where have you been for so long? You made big news about a year ago when you passed the House and then, well, you languished. You lost your energy, your fire, and you eventually got shoved…

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Sneak Preview: Detailed High-Speed Rail Grants Guidance Sought

(The following was excerpted from an article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) The Federal Railroad Administration must establish grants management guidance with clear goals and performance measures to ensure that its High Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Program is implemented…

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So Many Storylines to Follow in 2013

Happy New Year! Glad to see that in the past month we survived both the Mayan’s prediction that the world would end and the dreaded gloom-and-doom scenario stemming from the “fiscal cliff” (which Congress used every second — and more…

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Are You Sure You Know How To Manage Subrecipients?

So, just how well do you understand the grantee-subgrantee relationship? One of the most common audit findings occurs when a prime grant recipient has failed to correctly identify a subrecipient as such and has instead executed a contract. Such a…

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Sneak Preview: Clearer Roles Sought for Highway Project Oversight

(The following was excerpted from an article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) As the Federal Highway Administration and states develop agreements for overseeing highway infrastructure project awards, FHWA must do more to clarify each party’s roles and responsibilities to…

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Grants Management Makes HHS OIG’s List — Again

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General recently issued the “2012 Top Management and Performance Challenges” for the year, summarizing the 10 key management priorities facing the agency. Each year, grants management always seems to be…

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Sneak Preview: NSF OIG To Sustain Use of Data Analytics Post-ARRA

The following was excerpted from an article in the Single Audit Information Service.) Because the enhanced data mining and data analytics capabilities under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has enabled it to conduct audits more efficiently and effectively, the…

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A Two-Month Reprieve, Then a Tense Wait

This past weekend originally was supposed to be the deadline for federal agencies to submit waiver requests to the Office of Management and Budget for extended American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding after September 2013. In case you missed an…

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Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You

Although the headline to this blog post may sound somewhat flippant, I have to applaud the National Science Foundation for trying to keep its constituents informed about the latest on their Recovery Act programs at an increasingly stressful time.

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Sneak Preview: FNS To Issue TEFAP Documentation Guidance

(The following was excerpted from an article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) The Food and Nutrition Service plans to issue guidance this fall requiring states to review documentation periodically under the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) to ensure expenses…

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