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.
- Obama Signs Executive Order Barring Anti-LGBT Job Bias
The president signed an executive order amending Executive Orders 11246 and 11478 to require Federal contractors not to discriminate against gay, lesbian, and transgendered employees. The executive order does not directly affect Federal grants; however, any grant recipient awarding contracts under a Federal grant will need to ensure the contractor abides by the new mandate. Read more here.
- House Will Vote in September to Avoid Shutdown
House Speaker John Boehner announced Thursday that the House of Representatives will consider a continuing resolution (CR) when members return from their month-long August recess. The CR will likely fund government operations through mid-December, though the House leadership has not released specific details yet. Congress has not yet passed any of the twelve appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2015, which begins on October 1. Read more here.
- FEMA: Opportunities to Achieve Efficiencies and Strengthen Operations
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) examined the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) administration of disaster assistance programs. This report summarizes previous GAO studies on FEMA’s administrative capabilities. The report does not make any new recommendations. Read the report here.
- Managing for Results: Enhanced Goal Leader Accountability and Collaboration Could Further Improve Agency Performance
The GAO examined how agency priority goal leaders administer their responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act Modernization Act (GPRAMA). Multiple officials discussed the role grant programs have in meeting agency priority goals. Read the report here.
- 3 Ways to Get More Out of the DATA Act
Steve Goodrich, President of the Center for Organizational Excellence, examines how Federal agencies should implement the Digital Accountability and Transparency (DATA) Act to maximize benefits of the law. Read Goodrich’s suggestions here.