This Week in Grants News
“This Week in Grants News” is a resource Management Concepts provides to keep you informed of important Federal grants-related news.
- The DATA Act is Law President Obama signed the Digital Accountability and Transparency (DATA) Act into law on May 9th. The DATA Act will require all federal spending to be identified on www.USASpending.gov. Financial reporting forms for grant recipients will likely have to be modified to meet the DATA Act’s requirements. Additional information about the DATA Act can be found here.
- Radio Interview With the Data Transparency Coalition
Federal News Radio interviewed Hudson Hollister, the executive director of the Data Transparency Coalition, about how the DATA Act will affect Federal agencies. Listen to the interview here.
- President Nominates New OMB Controller
President Obama nominated David Mader to be the Controller of the Office of Management and Budget. The position has been vacant since Interim Controller Norman Dong left OMB in March. Mader, who is currently in the private sector, previously worked for the Federal government for over thirty years. Read more about Mader’s appointment here.
- OMB Prepares for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Budget
The Office of Management and Budget released a memorandum to Federal agencies regarding budget requests for FY 2016. Agencies were instructed to reduce their budgets by 2% to comply with sequestration requirements. Read the memo here.
- OPM Issues Final Rules Implementing the Hatch Act Modernization Act
The Office of Personnel Management issued a final rule that will implement provisions in the Hatch Act Modernization Act. The law allows local and state employees, whose salaries are paid in part by Federal grants, to run for a partisan political office. This provision does not extend to those employees whose entire salary is derived from Federal grants. Additionally, the law requires District of Columbia government employees to be classified as city employees. The rule goes into effect on June 4. Read the rule here.