Tag Archives: NGMA

Communication is Key As OMB Nears Final Rule on Grants Reforms

A quick look at the calendar shows that there are only about seven weeks left until the new year (Eeek! Christmas shopping awaits!). Since it issued its grants reform proposal in February, the Office of Management and Budget has stuck…

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Three Reasons Why Next Week Will Be Very Interesting

Some weeks are relatively humdrum. There’s not much going on, and I’ll spend several days in a row sitting in front of my computer, writing and editing articles. And then there are weeks like next week. Prepare to have the…

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Sneak Preview: Address Potential Risks Early To Enhance Grants

(The following was excerpted from an article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) All parties involved in a grant project should consider potential risks when developing and managing the grant and should proactively address those risks early in the grant…

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Sneak Preview: Having Proactive Internal Controls Can Help Address Weaknesses

(The following was excerpted from an article in the Single Audit Information Service.) Recipients of federal awards should be aware of certain organizational weaknesses that could increase their risks and, therefore, should develop internal control processes to safeguard the integrity…

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Sneak Preview: Addressing Compliance Now Reduces Headaches

(The following was excerpted from an article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) Taking a soft approach to grants compliance thinking that it will “just happen,” can land recipients in hot water down the line. Proactively implementing systems and procedures,…

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Sneak Preview: Budget Cuts Force OJP To Adopt Remote Monitoring

(The following was excerpted from an article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) In these days of shrinking resources for traditional oversight tasks, federal agencies are finding it increasingly difficult to visit recipients to conduct onsite monitoring. As an alternative,…

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Introducing Slinky, Snail of the Month for July

Hey, if it made Hugh Hefner a millionaire to feature a different “bunny” each month, I thought surely it was worth a try if I did the same with our favorite animal. Of course, our lovely snail here may not…

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Suffering Through So Many Pauses

Lately it seems that I’ve been surrounded by computers that have, well, not been running at 100 percent. They seem to be running v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y. You go to the Internet, type in a Web address and wait, wait, wait for…

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Maryland Toots its Own Horn — With Good Reason

In a previous post, we mentioned how several grants officials attending the National Grants Management Association’s recent annual training conference were concerned about reduced funding for training, especially in light of potential major changes to grants management and single audits…

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Don't Miss the Train(ing)!

One of the main topics of discussion at today’s opening session of the National Grants Management Association’s annual conference was the need to provide adequate training. Attendees responding to comments from Office of Management and Budget Deputy Controller Norman Dong…

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