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Posted by on Sep 14, 2013

This Week in Grants News

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“This Week in Grants News” is a resource Management Concepts provides to keep you informed of important federal grants-related news from the week.

Congress To-Do List Crowded With Budget Headaches Congress returned to work this week after its five-week summer break and faced multiple budget-related issues that need immediate attention. The end of the fiscal year is September 30th and a continuing resolution must be in place to  avoid a government shutdown. Congress must also pass an increase to the debt ceiling or face a potential default. The Treasury is expected to reach the statutory debt ceiling by the end of October. Congress adjourned on Thursday without voting on either issue. Read more here…

Push for More Federal Data Transparency Gaining Momentum on Capitol Hill The Digital Accountability and Transparency (DATA) Act continues to gain support as the House of Representatives is expected to vote on the legislation in the coming weeks. Additionally, the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee is tentatively scheduled to consider the bill in October. Read more here…

Lawmakers Offer Appropriations Directions, But Don’t Call Them Earmarks Both houses of Congress have banned the use of earmarks, however, Rollcall found a number of appropriators are using their influence to direct agencies to fund specific pet programs. Read the article here…

GAO Released Two Reports on Grants Related Issues The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued two reports this week that may interest the grants community. The first report focused on federal data transparency and summarized recent actions by OMB, the GATB, and Recovery Board to improve transparency of government spending. In a move likely to increase the likelihood of the DATA Act’s passage, GAO recommended Congressional action on the issue. A second report examineed agency compliance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The report called on the Office of Government Information Services to develop and implement a time frame to review agency compliance with FOIA requirements. Read the report on data transparency here and the report on FOIA compliance here.

Tennessee Loses Out on Federal Funds Over Weak Texting Laws Eligibility requirements for federal grants can sometimes be difficult to meet, as the state of Tennessee recently discovered. The state did not qualify for two federal grants designed to combat distracted driving because a state law prohibiting texting while driving was not stringent enough. Find out more here…

 

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