OMB Again Tells Agencies to Focus on Recovery Act Reporting
Once again, the Office of Management and Budget is directing federal awarding agencies to step up their efforts to ensure recipients meet their reporting responsibilities under the Recovery Act. And for those recipients who don’t comply, federal agencies will be taking action.
In a new memo, OMB Director Peter Orzag says that while a large number of recipients did report on Recovery Act projects in the first reporting period, a significant number failed to do so. He reminded federal agencies that failure to report constitutes noncompliance with grant award terms and conditions, and may have serious consequences.
To address the issue, federal agencies must take further steps to ensure Recovery Act recipients understand their reporting responsibilities as well as the consequences of noncompliance. Agencies must not only identify each recipient that has not submitted timely reports, but must also contact these organizations, assess the severity of the noncompliance and determine what corrective actions are to be taken – up to and including termination of funding.
To read the OMB memo, click here.