Here are a handful of news items related to local governments, grant award notices, and grants management for early September 2015.
DATA Act Standards Finalized
On Monday, the Treasury Department and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced that all 57 data standards have been finalized, providing a foundation to improve the quality and consistency of data available on the USAspending.gov website. This signals a major milestone in providing valuable information on how tax dollars are spent. Read more from the White House.
Vice Taxes Viable, but Short-Term
At a time when increasing income tax is considered politically unviable, increasing the cigarette tax has been an increasingly popular workaround for states to fill budget gaps. But experts point out that such a tax is regressive and not effective for the long term. Read more from Governing.
DoJ Grant Provides 201 Bulletproof Vests for Police
Police departments in Westchester and Rockland counties, New York, are in line to receive new bulletproof vests through an $80,000 grant through the Department of Justice's Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP). According to DoJ, since 1999, the BVP program has awarded more than 13,000 jurisdictions a total of $393 million in federal funds for the purchase of nearly 1.2 million vests. Read more about the New York award here. Read more about the BVP program here.
AFG Grant for 25 Breathing Apparatuses
The City of Riverside, OH, announced that it received a $130,000 grant, awarded through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, that will be used to purchase 25 new self-contained breathing apparatuses. Read more.