Category Archives: Technology/Systems

Sneak Preview: Comments Sought on Draft Data Collection Form

(The following was excerpted from a recent article in the Single Audit Information Service.) The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is seeking comments on a draft Data Collection Form for Reporting on Audits of States, Local Governments and Nonprofit…

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HHS Designates Special Office for DATA Act Management

In case you haven’t heard by now, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is leading a grants pilot under Section 5 of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act). Even better, however, is that the agency is…

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DATA Act May Not Require Widespread Information System Changes

By now we’ve all seen the U.K.-based T-shirts with the words “Keep Calm and Carry On.” Over time, the slogan has been altered in countless ways, but it always seems to start with two words, “Keep Calm.” That was my…

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Say Goodbye to 2015 and Hello to 2016!

We are counting down the final hours of 2015 and preparing for a bright new 2016! It will be interesting to see what changes are in store for grant applicants and recipients next year. Maybe next year won’t be quite…

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Sneak Preview: Audit Finds Security Issues With FEMA’s eGrants

(The following was excerpted from a recent article in the Single Audit Information Service.) A recent Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General audit found that the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) eGrants system lacked adequate security because…

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Open Beta Site Unveiled for Comments To Improve USASpending.gov

The federal government is looking for your feedback once again; this time it’s the U.S. Treasury Department. This month, the Department of the Treasury unveiled a new website to collect recommendations and suggestions on the final version of USASpending.gov, which…

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Assessing the Future of the Recovery Operations Center

Years ago, Prudential Insurance was known for its ad jingle, “Get a Piece of the Rock.” That jingle was the first thing that came to my mind back in 2009 when, as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act,…

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Section 872 Changes Affect Uniform Guidance; Call for Nonfederal Entity Integrity Review

After returning to the office this week after a week-long beach vacation, I had to hit the ground running to report on a July 22 Federal Register final guidance issued by the Office of Management and Budget about Section 872…

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USASpending.gov Makes Numerous Website Updates

In case you haven’t checked out USAspending.gov in some time, you may notice some new features that have enhanced the functionality of the site. Operators of USAspending.gov said the changes were made to meet user request for better usability, presentation…

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Initiative To Address Reporting Compliance Burdens

Stakeholders in the grant and contract communities are encouraged to participate in a two-year online initiative to share their ideas and reactions to proposals to reduce the costs associated with reporting compliance under federal awards.

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