MEMORANDUM FOR GRANTMAKING
E. Daniels, Jr.
from Public Law 106-107
On November 20, 1999,
the President signed Public Law 106-107, the Federal Financial Assistance
Management Improvement Act. The purposes of this law are to: improve
the effectiveness and performance of Federal grant programs; simplify
grant application and reporting requirements; improve the delivery
of services to the public; and facilitate greater coordination among
those responsible for delivering such services.
Section 5(a) of the
Act requires agencies that administer grant programs to develop
plans to simplify the application and reporting procedures used
by their grantees. The plans should cut across agencies, discussing
how differences between programs of similar purpose will be reduced.
They should also address how agencies will provide a common electronic
face, as an option, for grantees to use in administering awards.
On January 17, 2001, 25 agencies published a joint notice in the
Federal Register seeking comment on their draft implementation
66 FR 4584). Once these comments have been reviewed, the agencies
will finalize their plans and submit them to Congress prior to the
deadline required by the Act: May 20, 2001.
Section 6(d) of the
Act provides authority for the Director of OMB to exempt any Federal
agency if the agency does not have a significant number of financial
assistance programs. OMB has determined that the following five
agencies should be exempted under this authority, noting that their
participation will not reduce administrative burden across grant
- African Development
- Federal Mediation
and Conciliation Service
- Inter-American Foundation
- Office of National
Drug Control Policy
- Peace Corps
As required by the Act,
we have posted an electronic copy of this determination on the OMB
home page (www.whitehouse.gov/omb)
under the heading "Grants Management." If you have questions about
this memo, please contact F. James Charney, in the Office of Federal
Financial Management, at (202) 395-7582.