Tag Archives: Congress

Change in Progress at the Office of Management and Budget

With the arrival of Donald Trump as president last week, grant applicants and recipients may have already noticed that the federal government is not running “business as usual.” For example, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) website is typically…

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Sneak Preview: Associations Applaud Micro-Purchase Legislation

(The following was excerpted from a recent article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) A provision in a bill passed by Congress that would raise the current micro-purchase procurement threshold for research programs and entities could help relieve administrative burdens…

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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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Sneak Preview: FAQ Provides Information on WIOA Implementation

(The following was excerpted from an article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) The Department of Labor (DOL), Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has included a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section on its website to provide information and instructions to…

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Are Salad Bars in Schools a Fruitful Option?

Some legislative proposals on Capitol Hill make perfect sense, while others are definite head scratchers. And then there are some that, in theory, sound totally reasonable, but in practicality, maybe not so much. For example, let’s turn to a bill…

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Sneak Preview: Congress, CMS Urged To Reduce Medicaid Improper Payments

(The following was excerpted from an article in the Single Audit Information Service.) Congress and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) should consider the growing risks affecting Medicaid as they work…

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Making a List of Some Key Leaders for the 114th Congress

When Congress comes into session next year for the 114th Congress, expect to see a whole host of new committee leaders. Thanks to the Republican onslaught across numerous states in the November elections, both House and Senate will be under…

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Agency Heads Seek Congressional Help to Address Wildfires

If this doesn’t get you “fired up,” nothing will (excuse the pun!). The increasing amount of federal dollars being spent to put out forest fires is threatening the Forest Service’s budget, according to two federal department heads.

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Stakeholder Groups Seek Greater Government Transparency

Back in 2009, it seemed like everything that came across my computer included the word “recovery.” This made perfect since as Congress had just passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  Now, it seems that the key buzzword is “transparency.”…

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Thompson’s Nov. Webinars To Discuss Audit Visits, DATA Act and Sequestration

Now that Congress can turn its eyes toward something other than the federal government shutdown, there are other issues coming up that it will be deliberating that can truly impact federal grants.  Thompson is offering you a way to stay…

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