Last Thursday, the Governor’s Grants Office (GGO) of Maryland hosted a SAM.gov webinar led by a System for Award Management expert to guide new registrants through the SAM registration process (and importantly, some of its quirks). Topics included How to Create a SAM User Account, Migrating Legacy Account Roles/Permissions, and Updating Entity Records. The webinar was attended by more than 200 people.
Grants Grab Bag blog posts address a variety of grant-related topics, from grants management and writing webinars to legislation affecting federal, state, and local funding.
Relevant grant news you can use: a state-by-state comparison of single audit findings, an upcoming SAM webinar, a look at CDBG funding cuts, and how "pay for success" financing could help social service programs.
April Conferences for eCivis
We’re springing into spring with a packed schedule for April, attending three conferences next month: the Michigan Municipal League Conference, April 9-10, in Lansing; Transforming Local Government Annual Conference, April 10-12, in Atlanta (visit us at booth # 425); and the National Forum for Black Public Administrators Conference, April 20-23, also Atlanta.
The federal government and red tape go together like peaches and bourbon caramel sauce like Brussels sprouts and protesting eaters. In the spirit of the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), today the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced that it would be making efforts to help federal agencies test whether forms are sufficiently clear and comprehensible. The reasoning for these efforts is clear for anyone dealing with forms ranging from licenses to grant applications; from a larger perspective, “unnecessarily burdensome paperwork requirements can undermine economic and other goals.”
More on the OMB: Though the OMB has not yet given an official expected release date for the OMB Circular A-133 Compliance Supplement, AICPA informed me that the final draft of the document is available and that the OMB does not expect any significant changes. I wrote previously about the Compliance Supplement here.