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Posted by on Mar 4, 2011

Does Flexibility Equal Change?

President Obama recently issued a memo to federal agencies that, in my opinion, could have a significant impact on grants management practices and policies.

In the memo, entitled Administrative Flexibility , Obama focused on two areas: coordination and collaboration efforts lead by OMB, and agency streamlining.

Two of the directives to OMB could be especially significant for entities involved in grants management. Obama directs the office to “review and where appropriate revise guidance concerning cost principles, burden minimizations, and audits for state, local, and tribal governments” in order to eliminate unnecessary, unduly burdensome, duplicative, or low-priority recordkeeping requirements.

OMB is also directed to work with agencies that administer overlapping programs and collaborate with state, local, and tribal governments to standardize, streamline, and reduce reporting and planning requirements.

Agencies’ efforts must focus on identifying regulatory and administrative requirements that can be streamlined, reduced, or eliminated, and specifying where and how increased flexibility could be provided to produce the same or better program outcomes at lower cost.

There are no timeframes established in the memo, so we don’t know when agencies or OMB will undertake these efforts.

But I think it will be interesting to see the final results.

What do you think?

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