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Grant News for Municipalities: COFAR, SOTU, and Thinking Local

by Pamela Muse on January 28, 2014
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State of the municipality, city, and local governmentWe publish our "grant news grab bag" or "grant news for municipalities" series whenever there are multiple key news items that we feel our readership should know about. The following blog post connects you to the National League of Cities' advocacy for a local government focus in President Obama's State of the Union address today, January 28, 2014, as well as a recap of Monday's thorough COFAR webcast on the OMB's "Supercircular," released last month. The Supercircular has significant implications for grants management.

OMB/COFAR Webcast Recording Coming Soon

How do you cram 3+ hours of a COFAR (Council on Financial Assistance Reform) webinar into a paragraph? You don’t, but you can link and notify. Presentation slides and links to Monday's Uniform Grant Guidance webcast, which comprehensively covered the streamlined sections Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements of the OMB’s Supercircular, will be posted to the COFAR website this week. Attendees are encouraged to submit feedback on the training and all federal financial assistance questions to cofar@omb.eop.gov. All uniform guidance questions will be reviewed for possible inclusion in Q&A documents that will be posted on the COFAR website throughout the year. Look for a more comprehensive eCivis blog post about the webcast soon!

State of the Municipality

What are the top issues that President Obama should address in tonight’s state of the union address? From the local government standpoint, the National League of Cities (NLC) has stated that those issues should be education, immigration, transportation, marketplace fairness, and “resilient communities”—that is, improved disaster preparedness and mitigation efforts through stronger federal support of local initiatives. What’s your take? Read more.

Addressing Inequality at the Local Level

Chris Coleman, mayor of St. Paul and president of the National League of Cities, discusses the issue of inequality in America and how it must be addressed at the local level. “[O]ur nation's cities need the president to acknowledge there is no silver bullet; and that the war on inequality must ultimately be informed and driven by local realties.” Read more.


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