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Agencies Urge Congress to Alter Funding Structure for Fighting Fires

The heads of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of the Interior (DOI) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) last week sent a joint letter to Congress requesting action to change how the nation pays for the cost…

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Sneak Preview: Proposal Would Include Food Delivery Under SNAP

(The following was excerpted from a recent article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has proposed to allow governmental and nonprofit food purchasing and delivery service providers, for the…

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Federal Agencies Encouraged To Work Together on Elderly Services

Teamwork – it never gets old. If only we could say the same thing about our own lives. Promoting such teamwork is the major recommendation from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) in a recent report evaluating federal agency programs for…

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Sneak Preview: Better Monitoring Needed for Section 2501 Awards

(The following was excerpted from an article in the Single Audit Information Service.) The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Office of Advocacy and Outreach (OAO) plans, by October, to implement enhanced monitoring measures  that comply with its standard operating procedures…

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Improper Payments Down for School Meal Programs

This is a step in the right direction. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) recently announced that improper payments in the nation’s school meals programs are down.

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Sneak Preview: USDA Details Exceptions to Award Competition

(The following was excerpted from a recent article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) While the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) generally promotes competition when it awards discretionary grants and cooperative agreements, the agency may allow noncompetitive awards in certain…

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USDA, Labor Provide $200M for SNAP Pilot Projects

Now this should be interesting. The departments of Agriculture and Labor have awarded some $200 million in competitive awards to 10 states to fund pilot projects designed to help Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program (SNAP) participants find jobs and work…

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USDA Provides Grants To Promote Cleaner Water

It appears that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is placing a greater emphasis this year on cleaning up the nation’s watersheds. A recent USDA blog post touted that 70 percent of the 100-plus projects under in the first wave of funding…

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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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Sending Out Heavy Artillery and Grant Funds To Save the Grapes

Federal grant funds go to both large programs and small, but I recently came across an interesting article out of Kennewick, Wash., about how grant funds are being used to eradicate pasts from grapes. But what really made the story…

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