OMB Offers Funds for Program Innovation
The Office of Management and Budget is planning to distribute $37.5 million to help federal agencies support innovative projects that improve federal assistance programs delivered through state and local governments.
The Partnership Fund for Program Integrity Innovation will support initiatives that improve payment accuracy, improve administrative efficiency, improve service delivery, and remove access barriers for eligible beneficiaries.
The first step is for entities to submit pilot ideas. OMB will evaluate those ideas, solicit more detailed project and evaluation plans from the most promising suggestions, and then transfer funds to federal agencies to begin selected projects. The federal agencies will choose the state, local, or other relevant agencies for participation and possible funding.
Detailed information about the initiative is spelled out in a new OMB memo, including directions on how federal agencies can submit ideas. The memo, 11-01 is available here. Other stakeholders are invited to submit ideas via the website http://www.partnersforsolutions.gov. The deadline is 30 October 2010.