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In the Federal Register, on 28 February 2012, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the 26 Federal grant-making agencies issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Guidance (ANPG) seeking public comments. After a year of preparation, it came as a first shot across the bow in reforming Federal policies and procedures for managing grants so that they reflect more closely the priorities and realities of 21st-century grants management.


Scope of Reform:

In the Federal initiative were dozens of proposed reforms pertaining to:


After an extension of the original deadline, the public comment period has ended.


Proposed Reforms:

Among the many proposed reforms are several that promise significant changes:

  • Notifying potential applicants 90 days before proposals are due
  • Using project impact and fiscal agent risk analysis – as well as merit – as review factors
  • Updating regulations to reflect the use of the Internet in grants administration
  • Consolidating and repurposing the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) as the Catalog of Federal Financial Assistance (CFFA)
  • Promulgating a single circular for grants management


Such changes, if enacted, will be significant for all seekers and recipients of Federal grant awards. A later post will discuss their potential significance for writers of proposals for Federal funding.


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