How Will Federal Grant Reform Impact the Grant Professional - DATA Act


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US Federal Grant and Government reform is changing the way grant professionals and organizations seeking and securing federal funding are working. Jo shares the various federal laws and initiatives which are focused on increasing productivity and transparency while enabling a digital government to spur innovation and quality of services. Digital government is cutting, consolidating or saving money on programs that are inefficient, duplicative of simply no longer needed. These efforts are fueling change, collaboration and an 'App Economy'.

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How Will Federal Grant Reform Impact the Grant Professional - DATA Act

  1. 1. Reform of Federal Policies Related to Grants & Cooperative Agreements June 14, 2013 Presented to: Minnesota Northstar Grant Professionals Association By Jo Miller, GPC J. Miller & Associates, Inc. Jo Miller, GPC 1
  2. 2. 1999 - Public Law 106 – 107 Federal Financial Assistance Management Improvement Act • Effectiveness & Performance • Simplify applications & reporting • Improve delivery of services • Facilitate greater coordination Jo Miller, GPC 2
  3. 3. 2009 - Executive Order 13520 • Transparency & Public Participation • Accountability & Coordination • Focus on Contractors & working with State and Local Stakeholders • Policy Proposals Jo Miller, GPC 3
  4. 4. 2010- Government Accountability & Transparency Board Jo Miller, GPC 4
  5. 5. 2011 Digital Government • Enable access to high-quality digital government information and services any time anywhere on any device. • Government adjusts to digital world • Unlock the power of government data to spur innovation and improve quality of services Jo Miller, GPC 5
  6. 6. Technology Makes a Difference • Speed of Digital Information Jo Miller, GPC 6
  7. 7. 2012 - 21st - Century Government • Efficient • Transparent • Creative Jo Miller, GPC 7
  8. 8. System for Award Management Jo Miller, GPC 8
  9. 9. 2012 Advance Notice of Proposed Guidance $600 Billion in Grants & Cooperative Agreements Annually Jo Miller, GPC 9
  10. 10. 2013 - Proposed Rule Jo Miller, GPC 10
  11. 11. Federal Reform for Grants Reform of Federal Policies Relating to Grants and Cooperative Agreements; Cost Principles and Administrative Requirements (Including Single Audit Act) Jo Miller, GPC 11
  12. 12. Strong Controls, Better Outcomes Jo Miller, GPC 12
  13. 13. Guidance Targets Risk & Minimizes Burden Revised Guidance in OMB Circulars • Overlapping Complex Guidance • Inefficient Use of Oversight Resources Jo Miller, GPC 13
  14. 14. Combine 8 into 1 • Administrative Requirements – A-102, Grants and Cooperative Agreements with State and Local Governments – A-110, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Other Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals and Other Non-Profit Organizations – A-89, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance • Cost Principles – A-21, Cost Principles for Educational Institutions – A-87, Cost Principles for State, Local and Indian Tribal Governments – A-122, Cost Principles for Non-Profit Organizations • Audit Requirements – A-133, Audits of States, Local Governments and Non-Profit Organizations – A-50, Audit Follow-up Jo Miller, GPC 14
  15. 15. Revised Guidance on OMB Circulars Return on Investment • Reduced burden through clear guidance • Reallocated Audit Resources • Robust comprehensive guidance for grants community Jo Miller, GPC 15
  16. 16. Universally Standardized Grants Business Process Data Collections Streamlined Jo Miller, GPC 16
  17. 17. Universally Standardized Grants Business Process Data Collections Streamlined Timeline • June 2013 ~ standardized award notice, closeout data and certifications • December 2013~ revised standardized post award data • June 2014~ standardized pre award data • December 2015 ~ any non-standard form approvals will expire Jo Miller, GPC 17
  18. 18. Validated Public Financial Data Public Spending Data Aligned to Core Financial Data • Lack of control totals to verify accuracy of spending data and financial data and accountability to stakeholders • Lack of high quality information on which to base program management decisions • Inability to adequately satisfy requests for information Jo Miller, GPC 18
  19. 19. Highly Qualified Personnel Grants Professionals Are Trained and Certified • Lack of consistent standards for qualifying people to perform the grants management function • No government-wide core training required of people performing the grants management function Jo Miller, GPC 19
  20. 20. Highly Qualified Personnel Grants Professionals Are Trained & Certified ROI • Reduce financial risk of grants through staff competency • Consistency across government • Leverages work done by Leading EDGE group • Standard set of competencies and core training for grants managers Jo Miller, GPC 20
  21. 21. Strong Program Oversight Reduce Unclean Audit Opinions • Many major Federal programs receive repeated “unclean” audit opinions from the same grantees • Lack of prompt follow-up actions lead to unresolved audit findings • Unresolved audit findings increase the risks to program integrity Jo Miller, GPC 21
  22. 22. Strong Program Oversight Reduce Unclean Audit Opinions ROI • Stronger Oversight & Reduced Risks • Reduce potential for Improper Payments Jo Miller, GPC 22
  23. 23. Indicators of Successful Management of Grant Dollars Fewer Unclean Audit Options Fully Certified Professional Workforce Timely Grant Closeout Jo Miller, GPC Recipients Report Reduced Burden Validated Public Financial Data Measurably Improved Outcomes 23
  24. 24. Resources • • • • • • • • Executive Order 13576 Executive Order 13520 GATB US CFO Council – Reform of Federal Grants Policy Advanced Notice of Proposed Guidance in Federal Grants Digital Government SAM Grants Management Training Jo Miller, GPC 24
  25. 25. Questions Jo Miller, GPC @JM_Grants Jo Miller, GPC 25