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Native American Cultural Preservation Programs and More

There are two grants related to cultural preservation with upcoming deadlines that may be of interest to Native American tribes. The first one, provided by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, is a multipurpose private grant that supports a variety of projects from historical preservation to social service programs. The second one, a federal grant from the National Park Service, is

What the President's Management Agenda Means for Grant Administration

Recently in Kansas City, the White House released the President's Management Agenda (PMA), whose stated objective is to modernize federal services for government "customers" so they can take advantage of the same technology used in private enterprise. The PMA revolves around three key initiatives: IT modernization, data accountability and transparency, and federal workforce transformation.  While there are fourteen performance objectives in total known as the Cross-Agency Priority (CAP) Goals, CAP Number 8 Results-Oriented Accountability for Grants is directly relevant to those who receive funding from nations federal-grant making agencies. 

A New Fraud Alert Involving SAM

We are passing along some important news about the General Services Administration (GSA) and its System for Award Management (SAM), the place where all grant applicants must be registered to apply for and receive federal funding.  Apparently, someone has redirected federal payments away from legitimate recipients by going into the system and changing the victims' bank account information to their own.  Although the GSA has not disclosed how many accounts were involved, they do state that only a small number of them have been affected. According to Federal News Radio, this is the third time there have been security issues involving SAM. The first happened in 2013 when a cybersecurity vulnerability accidentally exposed some registrants social security and bank account numbers. Then, in 2016 the Justice Department revealed that Dwayne C. Hans was charged with fraud including hacking into SAM.gov. Hans allegedly diverted $1.5 million from the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation into his own accounts.

Alternative Funding and More for March 29, 2018

 

Alternative Funding is an eclectic mix of mini-grants, special opportunities, and unique programs that has something for everyone. You never know when you will find a resource just perfect for that niche you have been trying to fill. That's what makes treasure hunting in this grants grab bag so rewarding!

Is Your Grant Management System Encouraging Hidden Culture?

Those who analyze how work gets done in an organization know that looking in company manuals to find out how employees should dot their “i's" and cross their “t’s” is rarely enough. We all know that no one follows the official rules 100% of the time. Sociologists call this the difference between “ideal” culture and “real” culture, sometimes also known as "hidden" culture. Ideal

The Arizona Brownfields Assistance Program

For the second year in a row, a number of Arizona cities have been ranked as some of the happiest places to live in the country. Certainly, the state has been attracting residents as Maricopa County took the lead as the fastest growing county in the country. It is an exciting time for the Grand Canyon state. However, as more people move in, demands on the environment

From Bankruptcy to Best Practice - Detroit

Detroit's resilience, spirit and people have helped the City achieve remarkable results in the years following its bankruptcy. Once the poster child for ineffective grants management, Detroit is now a model for other communities. Watch as City leadership come together to share their journey and the important role that grants have played in Detroit's comeback.

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