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ERIC Number: ED505914
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 47
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Grants Management: Grants.gov Has Systemic Weaknesses That Require Attention. Report to Congressional Requesters. GAO-09-589
Czerwinski, Stanley J.
US Government Accountability Office
In response to the Federal Financial Assistance Management Improvement Act of 1999, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), among other things, developed Grants.gov as the central grant identification and application portal for federal grant programs. OMB oversees the initiative and named the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) its managing partner. Grants.gov officials have acknowledged noticeably degraded system performance, and grantees have reported difficulties submitting applications that have in some cases led to late or incomplete submissions and lost opportunities for both grantees and populations served. Through analysis of agency documents, a Web-based survey of federal grant-making officials, and interviews with agency officials and grantee associations, this requested report examines: (1) the benefits of Grants.gov and applicant experiences with submitting applications; (2) the governance structure of Grants.gov; and (3) the range of agency policies for processing Grants.gov applications. GAO is making four recommendations to OMB to develop Grants.gov system performance measures, guidance clarifying the governance structure, a structured means for applicant input, and uniform policies for processing grant applications. OMB and HHS generally agreed with GAO's findings and recommendations. The following are appended: (1) Detailed Survey Description; (2) Comments from the Department of Health and Human Services; and (3) GAO Contact and Staff Acknowledgments. (Contains 3 tables, 2 figures, and 67 footnotes.)
US Government Accountability Office. 441 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20548. Tel: 202-512-6000; Web site: http://www.gao.gov
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: US Government Accountability Office