The Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (IGNET) released a report on the top management and performance challenges facing federal agencies. Continue reading Top Management and Performance Challenges Facing Multiple Federal Agencies
The Department of Defense, General Services Administration, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration issued a final rule on March 7, 2016, that requires offerors to disclose within the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS) information on any parent, subsidiary, or successor entities that held a Federal contract or grant within the last three years. Continue reading Information on Corporate Contractor Performance and Integrity
Two federal appellate courts have upheld awards of damages under the civil False Claims Act (FCA) (31 U.S.C. 3729) equal to three times the total amount of money paid under federal grants (US ex rel Longhi v US); US ex rel Feldman v van Gorp).
Continue reading False Statements in Federal Grant Applications Present a Risk of Significant Financial Exposure to Grant Recipients
By: Bryant Le
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) annually reports to Congress a summary of its bid protest activity. Per the requirements of the Competition in Contracting Act (CICA), the GAO must report each instance where a Government agency did not fully implement a recommendation made by the GAO in connection with a bid protest decision.
In its report for FY 2013 (GAO-14-276SP), the GAO discloses data regarding bid protest filings and, for the first time, the most prevalent grounds for the GAO to sustain protests. Below is a chart of bid protest statistics for the previous two fiscal years and a summary of the FY 2013 report.
Reform of Federal Policies Relating to Grants and Cooperative Agreements; Cost Principles and Administrative Requirements (including Single Audit Act)
By: Mary Karen Wills
The complete text of this proposal and a crosswalk of policy changes from the existing guidance are available on the OMB website under Proposed Policies.
This guidance is applicable to grants and cooperative agreements that involve state, local, and tribal governments, as well as institutions of higher education and nonprofit organizations. The proposal rule seeks to consolidate and streamline the requirements from OMB Circulars A-21, -89, -110 and -122. In addition, Circulars -50, -89, -102, and -133 on audits would be consolidated and streamlined. This guidance seeks to minimize the burden associated with compliance and audits for the grants and cooperative agreements with the aforementioned organizations. The goal would be to replace these eight circulars with one document, resulting in a single set of rules across these entities that currently have varying degrees of requirements.