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Posted by on Sep 14, 2009

Agencies To Help Grantees Report on Recovery Act

Registration on the new FederalReporting.gov website – where grantees must post information about their work under the Recovery Act – is lagging and OMB wants federal agencies to help.

In a just-released memo to federal agencies, OMB outlined three steps that federal agencies must “take immediately” to help recipients and subrecipients register with and submit information to FederalReporting.gov.

First, agencies are to begin targeted outreach to remind recipients of their reporting and registration obligations. OMB noted in the memo that current registration numbers on FederalReporting.gov are below expectations and that this could lead to underreporting as the October 10 reporting deadline approaches.

Second, OMB has told agencies to provide in-kind resources for a new government-to-government initiative set up by OMB and the Recovery Act Accountaiblity Board. This effort will  supplement existing technical assistance resources to specifically help state and local governments meet their reporting responsibilities.

Finally, agencies must label recipient registration and reporting delays as a potential agency risk and idenitify steps to mitigate that risk.

To read the full OMB memo to federal agencies, click here.

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