“This Week in Grants News” is a resource Management Concepts provides to keep you informed of important federal grants-related news from the week.
- Budget Agreement Reached Senator Patty Murray and Congressman Paul Ryan, the co-chairs of the Congressional budget conference committee, announced a two-year budget agreement. The agreement is designed to prevent another government shutdown. The agreement provides “sequester relief” by increasing domestic spending by $22 billion for FY 2014 and by an additional $9 billion in FY 2015. Politico provides additional information about the budget agreement.
- Treasury Moves on Data Transparency (With or Without DATA Act) The DATA Transparency Coalition hosted a policy briefing on December 5th that featured speakers from the Recovery Board and the Department of the Treasury. The event focused on the DATA Act and how the legislation, if enacted, would affect government operations, including grants reporting. Officials from the Treasury announced, regardless of Congressional action, that they will begin to standardize data elements in the near future. Additional information can be found here.
- Federal Audit Clearinghouse Website Redesign The Federal Audit Clearinghouse has redesigned its homepage to enhance the user’s experience. The content and functions of the webpage remain the same. In a related note, the website has an announcement explaining that the SF-SAC Data Collection form has not been approved, and Single Audits for 2013 will be due on January 31, 2014. Visit the Federal Audit Clearinghouse here.
- Open Data Round Up The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) blogged about how agencies are implementing the administration’s Open Data Policy. The Open Data Policy is designed to increase government transparency and accountability by increasing the accessibility of government data. Read the OMB’s blog here.
- Will the National Action Plan Tackle Spending Transparency Gaps? The Center for Effective Government analyzed the Open Government National Act Plan. The analysis was critical of the Census Bureau’s decision to eliminate the Consolidated Federal Funds Report (CFFR). The CFFR provided an in-depth look at government spending that went beyond the information at USASpending.gov. Read the analysis here.
- County Prepares for the Next Federal Shutdown Salt Lake County is taking steps to prepare for a future government shutdown. The county currently does not have a policy that allows for temporary furloughs of employees funded solely by federal grants, which, in a prolonged shutdown, would force the county to terminate employees. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57191251-90/county-employees-federal-grant.html.csp