Category Archives: State and Local Governments

Funds Under Energy Award Used for Alcohol, Spa Services

Here we go again! If I had a nickel for all the articles I’ve written and read about the improper use of federal grant dollars, I’d be a rich man by now. Even with all the efforts now to ensure…

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Sneak Preview: N.Y. Urged To Better Assess Medicaid Eligibility

(The following was excerpted from a recent article in the Single Audit Information Service.) New York health officials are providing extra training for staff and making system modifications to ensure that Medicaid beneficiaries in a specific “newly eligible” category actually…

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CDC Clarifies Single Audit Requirement Under Block Grant Program

Overseeing grant programs has never been the easiest task, and confusing regulations and requirements tend to make that process even harder. That’s why it was heartening to see that the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control…

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$5 Billion in CDBG-DR Funds Headed to Texas for Harvey Recovery

Federal funds continue to go out to those hit by natural disasters this summer, and in especially large amounts. Just last Friday, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it had awarded $5.024 billion to help those…

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Taking Proactive Steps To Prepare for Tsunami Hazards in Oregon

We are all probably growing weary of the news about all the natural disasters in the last few months, from hurricanes in the Southern states and Puerto Rico, to wildfires in California, and let’s not forget to mention the devastating…

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Sneak Preview: Policy Updates Should Get Organization-wide Review

(The following was excerpted from a recent article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) Grant recipients, when updating their internal grant policies and procedures, should ensure that these updates are reviewed by staff so that the entire organization is aware…

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How Will Grant Administrators Respond to DOJ Threats to Withhold Funding?

You may have seen reports in the news lately about efforts by the Trump administration to crack down on so-called “sanctuary cities,” which are jurisdictions that have essentially declined to assist federal attempts to identify and potentially deport people living…

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$6.4M in Medicaid Dental Payment Violations Found in Louisiana

Now here’s a blog post you can really sink your teeth into, or you may be gnashing them together after reading this. An audit released last week by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor found about $6.4 million in payments from July…

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Sneak Preview: FEMA Instructed To Guide NY Grant Closeout

(The following was excerpted from a recent article in the Single Audit Information Service.) The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) plans to ensure that the state of New York and New York City properly close out an award for repairs…

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‘Sanctuary City’ Order Creating Widespread Sense of Worry

One of my kids favorite books when they were toddlers was one called “Wemberly Worried,” about a little girl mouse who constantly worried about everything. Apparently, there seems to be just as much worrying about some of President Trump’s executive…

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