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Posted by on Aug 2, 2013

This Week in Grants News…

“This Week in Grants News” is a resource Management Concepts provides to keep you informed of important grants-related news from the week.

Grants.gov Debuts a Redesigned Site

On August 2nd, the grants community awoke to find a brand new look for Grants.gov. The website redesign is meant to provide a more user-friendly interface to find grant opportunities. The function and content of the website remains the same. Take a look for yourself.

SAM.gov Anticipates Delays

The homepage of SAM.gov provides unexpected and unfortunate news. Users are warned that processing registrations through the website may take up to 10 days. Before an entity can submit a grant application through Grants.gov, they must be registered with SAM.gov. Be sure to plan ahead! Additional information can be found on the SAM.gov homepage.

Is SAM.gov Prone to Technological Glitches?

Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) expressed his concerns to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan that a “technological glitch” with SAM.gov prevented his constituents from successfully submitting an application. He is demanding the department take action to rectify the problems.  Read More…

University Settles Grant Fraud Case

The Department of Justice announced a settlement in a False Claims Act case.  The university received funding from NIH for drug research. It was discovered a researcher involved with the project charged his personal travel and food to the grant award. The university will repay nearly $3 million. Read More…

Senate Committee Approves Bill to Stop Payments to Dead People

The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee unanimously approved the Improper Payments Agency Cooperation Enhancement Act. This legislation would provide federal agencies access to the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently found that the Department of Agriculture had made payments of more than $30 million to deceased recipients over a four year period. Read More…

GAO Recommends Improved Training for Grants Officials

In a report issued on July 29th, the GAO stressed the importance of a well-trained grants workforce for the federal government. The report recommended OMB and COFAR make a clear distinction between grants management specialists and program specialists when implementing competency plans for federal grant employees. Read More…

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