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Posted by on Nov 19, 2013

“This Week in Grants News” – House Passes DATA Act, Considers FIRST Act


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

  • House Passes the DATA Act The House of Representatives approved the DATA Act on November 18 by a 388-1 vote. The House’s actions followed the release of the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) score for the bill. The CBO estimates the DATA Act will cost $395 million over the first five years. The Senate is expected to vote on the bill in the coming months. The House and Senate differ on the role of the Recovery Board in implementing the legislation and the two chambers will need to reconcile their differences after the Senate acts. The Digital Transparency Coalition provides additional information about the DATA Act.
  • House Bill Calls for Science Research “In the National Interest” The House Science Committee released a draft bill that proposes to alter how the National Science Foundation (NSF) awards grants. The Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology (FIRST) Act would require the agency to prioritize projects that serve the national interest by addressing one of six identified priority research areas. The legislation would also require the NSF to publicly justify their award decisions.  A subcommittee hearing on October 13th heard testimony regarding the draft bill. Additional information about the FIRST Act can be found on the Science Committee’s website.
  • A Hundred Ways to Cut the Deficit The CBO released a report last week that provided Congress with 103 options to reduce the federal deficit.  The report identified a number of programs that could be eliminated or consolidated, including a number of grant programs such as the Community Development Block Grant and the Airport Improvement Program.  It is unlikely Congress will act on the recommendations. The CBO report can be found here.
  • Special Designation Could Help Region Win Federal Grants The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a competition for communities to be designated as Promise Zones. The initiative is designed to assist economically disadvantaged communities obtain federal resources to combat poverty. To assist communities, grant applications from Promise Zone communities would automatically receive a competitive advantage for federal grants. The Ogemaw County Herald examines how six counties in Michigan are collaborating on the Promise Zone application.


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

  • NSF, Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (47.076) – Close Date: February 11, 2014
  • HRSA, Rural Health Network Development Planning Program (93.912) – Close Date: January 14, 2014
  • IMLS, Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries (45.312) – Close Date: February 3, 2014


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