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Panoptic Enterprises' FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH

DATE: June 23, 2003

SUBJECT: Office of Management and Budget; Announcements of Grants and Cooperative Agreements

SOURCE: Federal Register, June 23, 2003, Vol. 68, No. 120, pages 37369, 37379, and 37385

AGENCIES: Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

ACTION: Final Policy Directive, Notice, and Proposed Policy Directive

SYNOPSIS: OMB is taking two actions, and proposing a third, regarding the announcement of federal discretionary grant and cooperative agreement funding opportunities.

EDITOR'S NOTE: For more on the actions proposed by OMB to implement the Federal Financial Assistance Management Improvement Act of 1999 (Public Law 106-107), see the August 12, 2002, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Office of Management and Budget; Grants Streamlining Activities Under the Federal Financial Assistance Management Improvement Act of 1999 (Public Law 106-107)."

DATES: Comments on the proposed policy directive must be submitted by July 23, 2003.

ADDRESSES: Comments on the proposed policy directive may be mailed to Sandra Swab, Office of Federal Financial Management, Office of Management and Budget, Room 6025, New Executive Office Building, 725 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20503; or faxed to 202-395-3952; or e-mailed to sswab@omb.eop.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For the final policy directive and the notice, contact Elizabeth C. Phillips, Office of Federal Financial Management, Office of Management and Budget, 202-395-3053, or by fax: 202-395-3952, or by e-mail: ephillip@omb.eop.gov.

For the proposed policy directive, contact Sandra Swab, Office of Federal Financial Management, Office of Management and Budget, 202-395-5642 (direct) or 202-395-3993 (main office), or by e-mail: sswab@omb.eop.gov.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: The Federal Financial Assistance Management Improvement Act of 1999 (Public Law 106-107) was enacted 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.

On August 12, 2002, OMB announced five proposed actions that relate to the streamlining efforts of the OMB staff and the interagency works groups dedicated to implementing Public Law 106-107, and requested comments. Two of the proposed actions pertained to the public announcements of grants and cooperative agreements. OMB received comments from 22 organizations on these two interrelated actions: two state governments; one local government; five universities; one association of academic institutions; a group of universities that participate with federal agencies in a demonstration program on research administration; a non-profit organization; two organizations representing non-profit entities; an association of auditors; and eight federal agencies. As a result of these comments, OMB is putting into effect the two public announcement actions with minor revisions. In addition, OMB is issuing a proposed directive to implement the public announcements policy.

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

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