James Ha

James Ha is the CEO of eCivis, Inc.
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Uniform Guidance 2017: What You Need to Know

Posted by James Ha on Jan 18, 2017 4:00:00 AM

There were several important discussions last year  about the Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200) and its impact to federal grant recipients. These discussions took place in trainings across the country. I’ve compiled those trainings for you  in this post  to access and share with others.  Best of all, they're free.  Keep  checking the eCivis blog throughout the year for more training and  resources.

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Topics: OMB, Grants Management Best Practices

It's A Parlour Game...

Posted by James Ha on Jun 20, 2016 4:13:00 AM

According to the National Association of State Budget Officers, as cited in the president’s FY16 annual budget, federal agencies awarded more than $600 billion in grant funding to state and local governments, higher education, and other public sector organizations. Recent grant reform has emphasized improving the performance of each grant program from these federal agencies.

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Topics: Federal Grants, Grants Management Best Practices

OMB Uniform Guidance Training Videos Are Here

Posted by James Ha on Jul 7, 2015 4:00:00 AM

With the new fiscal year starting in July for most state and local governments, many rolling grant programs and re-solicited grant opportunities will fall under the new administrative, cost principle, and reporting guidelines of the Uniform Guidance. Operationalizing the new guidance will require a solid understanding of the changes and their intent. It's critical that collaboration and information sharing improve and that local governments find more ways to share their training resources and best practices.

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Topics: OMB, eCivis Resources, Uniform Guidance

Innovation Needs to Be Sustainable

Posted by James Ha on May 11, 2015 6:00:00 AM

When I talk to public sector leaders, the subject that comes up most often is the need for sustainability.  Transparency, accountability, and more efficient government are important goals, but they are diminished if solutions to achieve them cannot be sustained. So, truly innovative technology solutions must account for sustainability. Local government leaders often ask me what they should look for in technology solutions. Based on my experience in grants management, I share with them three attributes that define what I call sustainable software.

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Topics: Grants Management Best Practices

Grants Management 2015: A New Era of Uniform Guidance

Posted by James Ha on Dec 23, 2014 5:23:00 AM


Grant reform is here for the holidays and beyond. The most sweeping grant reform in decades culminates with the OMB’s Uniform Guidance, which takes effect this Friday and begins a new era in grants management. Last month, I had the pleasure of attending the Maryland Governor’s Grants Office conference with some of the major players in federal grant reform. Appropriately titled “The Times, They Are a Changing,” the conference included presentations by representatives from the Council on Financial Assistance Reform (COFAR), Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Department of Justice, and USASpending.gov, among many others, on the changes that will affect federal grant-making agencies, grantees, and subgrantees.

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Topics: Federal Grants, OMB, Grants Management Best Practices, Uniform Guidance