Federal Manager's Daily Report

OMB has proposed a variety of changes to regulations under 2 CFR governing grants issued by federal agencies, which it said will further the President’s Management Agenda goal of “developing a risk-based, data-driven framework that balances compliance requirements with demonstrating successful results,” in the words of the notice.

Grants managers “report spending a disproportionate amount of time using antiquated processes to monitor compliance.

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Efficiencies could be gained from modernization and grants managers could instead shift their time to analyze data to improve results,” it says.

The changes would: standardize terminology and data standard elements; encourage agencies to measure the recipient’s performance in a way that will help improve program goals and objectives, share lessons learned and spread the adoption of promising practices; and implement provisions of several recent changes in law, including raising the threshold for “ micro-purchase” simplified acquisitions from $3,500 to $10,000 in some cases.

The notice was published in the January 22 Federal Register for a 60-day comment period.

See also, OMB Issues Guidance on Religion in Awarding Federal Grants