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Posted by on Nov 12, 2013

This Week in Grants News

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

  • Senate Panel Approves DATA Act The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee approved an amended version of the Digital Accountability and Transparency (DATA) Act last week. The amendment removed a provision related to the Recovery Board’s role in implementing the legislation, deleted a section regarding improper payment review, and extended deadlines for agencies to implement the legislation. Both the House and Senate are expected to consider the legislation next year. Nextgov summarizes the committee’s actions.
  • Feasibility of DATA Act Question Even as Senate Committee OKs It Some agency leaders have questioned the feasibility of the DATA Act and have expressed doubts about their agency’s ability to meet the bill’s requirements.  Federal News Radio examined the problems facing some agencies.
  • Impacts and Cost of the Government Shutdown OMB released a report detailing the effects of the shutdown on government operations.  The report includes grants-related information. The report can be found on OMB’s blog.
  • Single Audit Deadline Extended to January OMB has extended the deadline for submitting FY 2013 Single Audit packages until January 31, 2014. For more information, visit the Federal Audit Clearinghouse.
  • Researchers Use Crowd-Funding for Projects As sequestration reduces the amount of funding for research grants, some scientists are turning to crowd-funding for small-dollar needs. Read More…

New Grant Competitions The following grant programs opened in the last week. For additional information about these and other grant programs, visit

  • National Endowment for the Humanities,  Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations – Close Date: January 8, 2014
  • Department of Transportation, Railroad Safety Technology Grants – Close Date: February 5, 2014
  • National Science Foundation, Improving Undergraduate STEM Education – Close Date: February 4, 2014
  • National Science Foundation, Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program – Close Date: March 5, 2014

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