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Posted by on Jun 2, 2014

This Week in Grants News


Shaun Donovan

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

    • OMB Circular A-133 Compliance Supplement 2014 The Office of Management and Budget released the A-133 Compliance Supplement. In the Compliance Supplement, OMB announced plans to:
      • continue to examine ways to reduce the number of compliance requirements, though no decisions have been made;
      • maintain the basic structure of the compliance requirements, found in Part 3, regardless of the number of compliance requirements;
      • consider updating  Part 3 to align with the Uniform Guidance (“Supercircular”);
      • release a revised Part 3 draft by August 30, 2014 that reflects any proposed changes; and
      • update Part 6 to reflect the Uniform Guidance’s reference to the COSO Internal Control-Integrated Framework and to the Greenbook.

                The A-133 Compliance Supplement 2014 can be found here.

  • HUD Secretary Nominated to Lead OMB The president nominated Secretary Shaun Donovan as the next OMB Director. Once confirmed by the Senate, he will replace Sylvia Mathews Burwell. The Wall Street Journal looks at five challenges that await Donovan at OMB.
  • Agencies Have Taken Steps to Improve Suspension and Debarment Programs The GAO issued a report that examined the suspension and debarment programs at six Federal agencies. The GAO found that the number of contractors and grant recipients suspended or debarred has more than doubled in the past year. Read the report here.
  • Whistleblower Hotlines Changing the Way IGs Respond to Waste, Fraud, and Abuse Federal News Radio looks at how many OIGs have been able to significantly reduce the time to process hotline complaints. For example, some OIGs have begun to use social media to make it easier for individuals to report waste, fraud, and abuse.
  • NIH Seeks to Maximize Fairness in Peer Review The NIH announced new procedures to ensure all applicants are fairly evaluated during the peer review process. Read about the initiatives here.
  • Beating the Odds: Why One Bill Made It Through a Gridlocked Congress In a modern version of Schoolhouse Rock’s “I’m Just a Bill,” Vox explains the behind-the-scenes maneuvering of DATA Act supporters to ensure it became law.

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