From the National Council of Nonprofits

Observing that the federal government’s partnership with the grants community is “perhaps not as efficient as it could be,” the Office of Management and Budget is inviting organizations to share ideas and suggestions on how to reduce costs and burdens associated with Federal awards.

The announcement of the invitation for input recognizes that “the management of federal contracts, grants, and other awards requires multiple layers of reporting across multiple agencies, contributing to costs and duplication within and across the communities.”

OMB is asking organizations to share ideas on how to clarify standards, identify and eliminate legacy requirements or processes, all with the purpose of freeing “entities to focus their resources on outcomes.”

While the invitation comes out of OMB’s biannual “lookback” process, it has greater significance in light of the significant grants reforms implemented through the OMB Uniform Guidance, as well as the DATA Act.

Interested parties are encouraged to participate in the “National Dialogue: Improving Federal Procurement and Grants Processes” by answering questions that have already been presented and raising new ones for the regulated community to consider.

 

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