DATE: August 12, 2002

SUBJECT: Office of Management and Budget; Grants Streamlining Activities Under the Federal Financial Assistance Management Improvement Act of 1999 (Public Law 106-107)

SOURCE: Federal Register, August 12, 2002, Vol. 67, No. 155, page 52543

AGENCIES: Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

ACTION: Notices and Proposed Rules

SYNOPSIS: This notice announces five actions that relate to the streamlining efforts of the OMB staff and the interagency works groups dedicated to implementing Public Law 106-107. The five actions are: (1) proposed revisions to OMB Circular A-133, Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations; (2) an explanation of the OMB decision not revise OMB Circular A-110, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Non-Profit Organizations; (3) a proposed standard format for the announcement of federal discretionary grant and cooperative agreement funding opportunities; (4) proposed standard data elements for use in grant funding opportunity announcements, which are to be published in FedBizOpps; and (5) proposed revisions to OMB Circular A-21, Cost Principles for Educational Institutions, OMB Circular A-87, Cost Principles for State, Local and Indian Tribal Governments, and OMB Circular A-122, Cost Principles for Non-Profit Organizations, to clarify ambiguous language.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The OMB circulars involved in these actions are available at http://www.omb.gov, then click on "Grants Management."

DATES: Comments on the various proposals must be received at the appropriate address by October 11, 2002.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elizabeth C. Phillips, Office of Federal Financial Management, Office of Management and Budget, 202-395-3053 (direct) or 202-395-3993 (main office), or by e-mail: ephillip@omb.eop.gov.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: The purposes of Public Law 106-107 are to (1) improve the effectiveness and performance of federal grants programs, (2) simplify federal grant application and reporting requirements, (3) improve the delivery of services to the public, and (4) facilitate greater coordination among those responsible for delivering the services.

Public Law 106-107 requires the director of OMB to direct, coordinate, and assist federal agencies in establishing a common application and reporting system, including electronic processes, and uniform administrative rules for federal grants programs across different federal agencies.

Under the joint leadership of OMB and the Department of Health and Human Services, interagency work groups are working to make it easier for state, local, and tribal governments, universities, and non-profit organizations to administer federal grants by developing and recommending streamlining and simplification proposals.

The following are the five actions OMB and the interagency work groups are proposing/announcing:

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Panoptic Enterprises at 703-451-5953 or by e-mail to Panoptic@FedGovContracts.com.

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