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Federal Funds Information for States releases Summary on House and Senate Bills Overhaul Federal Reporting, Repeal FFATA
Issue Brief 11-27
July 1, 2011

The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA, P.L. 109-282), which included new reporting requirements for recipients of federal grants and contracts, was fully implemented on October 1, 2010 (see Issue Brief 10-40). Since then, bills have been introduced in both the House and Senate that would repeal FFATA and overhaul recipient reporting requirements.

 The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2011 (H.R. 2146, DATA Act) was introduced in the House on June 13, 2011, and it passed the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform a week later. It would mandate full multi-tier recipient reporting and require recipients to report on the use of funds. The bill also establishes the Federal Accountability and Spending Transparency Board (FAST Board), mirrored after the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, to coordinate and oversee grant and contracts reporting; create common data elements and data standards for use across all federal spending information systems; and focus on reducing fraud, waste, and abuse. The FAST Board would create at least one new website for federal spending data. In addition, the bill would eliminate USAspending.gov and the Census Bureau’s Consolidated Federal Funds Report, and require that the new website(s) contain the information reported by these systems. The House bill would sunset on September 30, 2018.

On the same day that the House bill was introduced, the administration issued an executive order that establishes a new oversight board to monitor all government spending, focusing on transparency of federal spending and efforts to reduce fraud, waste, and abuse. In addition, on June 16, 2011, a companion bill to House bill was introduced in the Senate, although no further action on that bill has been taken. This Issue Brief focuses on the House committee-passed bill.

 

New resources now available:

S. 3077 Strengthening Transparency and Accountability in Federal Spending Act of 2008 [PDF]

Federal Register Notice: Use of DUNs Numbers [PDF]

Federal Register Notice: Guidance in the Federal Financial Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) Implementation [PDF]
 

White Paper Published:

The National Grants Partnership White Paper Committee is pleased to present the 3rd in a series of white papers: The Need For Federal Grants Management Standards. This paper synthesizes the results of a recent survey and series of interviews to examine the background and history on standardization and address the need for grants management standards, as well as highlight recent developments in the areas of grants streamlining and standardization.

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eRulemaking

In an effort to support eRulemaking, one of the President's e-government initiatives, all public regulatory documents and comments will be posted to the website at http://www.regulations.gov

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CCR / DUNS survey results:

  • Grantees have started establishing policies to assist with DUNS number management.

  • Problems exist with the current DUNS/CCR registration process

  • A central data warehouse for all grant applicant data would be beneficial

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The GAO has released its second grants streamlining report.

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Improving Performance in Grants Management and Streamlining: Applying the Five Principles - Frank Ostroff

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White Paper Published

The National Grants Partnership (NGP) is pleased to publish Accelerating Grants Streamlining: Furthering the Recommendations of the GAO Grants Streamlining Report. This white paper is in response to the Government Accountability Office’s review of the Federal Financial Assistance Management Improvement Act of 1999 (Public Law 106-107). It is also the first in a series of documents aimed at suggesting improvements in the grants management arena.

Developed by NGP White Paper Series Committee, this document provides the Federal government with important steps that stakeholders in grants management environment view as necessary to continue building on the Federal government’s existing successes. The document also provides additional ideas and suggestions to improve the future direction of activities undertaken under by the P.L. 106-107 mandate.

Read the White Paper

Past Meetings

July 13, 2011 1:30 - 3:15 p.m.
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February 1, 2011 1:30 - 3:15 p.m.
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October 19, 2010 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
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May 11, 2010 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
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February 2, 2010
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October 20, 2009 1:30 - 3:30p.m.
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June 9, 2009 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
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March 31, 2009 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
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June 11, 2008 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Transparency Act Subaward Pilot Conference Call [No minutes or webcast available from this meeting]

June 10, 2008 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
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June 10, 2008 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
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March 11, 2008 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.
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December 3, 2007 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.
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October 22, 2007 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
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May 22, 2007 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
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March 27, 2007 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
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January, 23, 2007 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
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November 14, 2006 1:30 - 3:30 pm
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October 25, 2006 11:00 a.m - 1:30 p.m.
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September 12, 2006 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
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June 6, 2006 1:30-3:45 p.m.
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