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Posted by on Nov 16, 2018

No Rest After #GPAConf18

No Rest After #GPAConf18

This was going to be a post about how wonderful the 2018 Grant Professionals Association (GPA) Annual Conference in Chicago was – meeting up with friends, finding Url the Squirrel, introducing my colleagues Vera and Lahaja to the grants community, Hamilton… but instead it’s back to regular order. Tuesday, I attended the National Grants Management […]

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Posted by on Oct 2, 2018

Is a push for more Federal Grants certifications sustainable?

Is a push for more Federal Grants certifications sustainable?

The GAO released its report on the Grants Workforce last week and for me there were no surprises. Agencies are still struggling to identify who comprises the grants workforce Some agencies adopted the 1109 job series There’s a drive to a certification…but no consensus on what that should be Adoption of the Financial Assistance Career […]

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Posted by on Jul 16, 2018

The Reform Proposal’s Potential Impact on Federal Grant Making

The Reform Proposal’s Potential Impact on Federal Grant Making

Any significant adjustments to an organization, be it mergers or eliminations, have a significant impact on the people affected. Sitting on a client site in 2004 during years one and two of the Department of Homeland Security taught me that change management and culture considerations are as important, if not more, to the success of the change as the gained efficiencies.

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Posted by on May 30, 2018

Time to Skim the 2018 Single Audit Compliance Supplement

Time to Skim the 2018 Single Audit Compliance Supplement

Not every agency included changes in this supplement. This makes sense as we anticipate release of the 2019 Compliance Supplement in early 2019, and many policies, regulations, and authorizing statutes have been stable during the past two years. That said, the number of programs included in the Department of Education (ED) section is striking – and reflective of the many policy changes that have been implemented since Secretary DeVos took over.

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Posted by on May 15, 2018

What makes audit findings so Special?

What makes audit findings so Special?

“The specific requirements for Special Tests and Provisions are unique to each Federal program and are found in the laws, regulations, and the provisions of contract or grant agreements pertaining to the program. For programs listed in this Supplement, the compliance requirements, audit objectives, and suggested audit procedures for Special Tests and Provisions are in Part 4 – Agency Program Requirements or Part 5 – Clusters of Programs.”

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