20, 1999, the President signed Public
Law 106-107 (6 pages, 110 kb), the Federal Financial Assistance
Management Improvement Act. The purposes of this law are to:
the effectiveness and performance of Federal grant programs,
grant application and reporting requirements,
the delivery of services to the public, and
greater coordination among those responsible for delivering such services.
shares the goal of simplifying Federal grants management and is committed
to working to make it easier for State, Tribal and local governments,
as well as nonprofit organizations, to apply for and report progress on
On May 18,
2001, 26 Federal grantmaking agencies presented a plan
to Congress to simplify the application and reporting procedures used
in their grant programs. The plan cuts across agencies, and is designed
to reduce the differences that exist between programs of similar purpose.
Each year the agencies report to OMB and the Congress on progress made
to implement this plan.
have worked together to provide a common electronic portal at Grants.gov
for organizations to find and apply for grant programs. Grants.gov is now the Federal Government's single site for grant-making agencies and organizations to publish grant funding opportunities and application packages online. Grants.gov enables the grant community, which includes over 1 million organizations, to search for grant opportunities, and download, complete and electronically submit applications for the over $400 billion worth of awards distributed annually.
Financial Officers Council, which represents the 24 largest agencies in
the government, has established a Grants Policy Committee to lead
implementation of Public
Law 106-107. OMB provides oversight and technical assistance, as necessary.
The Committee has formed workgroups of agency staff that work to accomplish
the grants streamlining required by the legislation.
more about this process, please visit the Committee's website under the
Chief Financial Officers' Council (CFOC) home page. Use the "Committees"
option under "CFO Council" in the home
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