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OMB Memo-M-18-24 Strategies to Reduce Recipient Reporting Burden

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Improving performance, reducing administrative burden and simplifying compliance are common themes among grant recipients. Today, OMB released information on their ongoing efforts to reduce recipient reporting burden. As part of the grant community it is important for your voice to be heard. Read the information from OMB and share your comments below.

From OMB Grants Team

Today, the Federal government does not have a robust, integrated approach to use the multitude of data generated throughout the grants lifecycle. To bring grants management to the digital age and allow recipients to focus more time on performing work that delivers results, there is a need to develop and implement core grants management data standards and modernize grants management information technology solutions. These efforts will contribute to a future state where grants data are interoperable, there are fewer internal and public-facing grants management systems, and Federal awarding agencies and recipients leverage data to successfully implement a risk-based, data-driven approach to managing Federal grants as outlined in the President’s Management Agenda Results-Oriented Accountability for Grants Cross-Agency Priority Goal, as well as OMB’s report on the results of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act) of 2014.

The DATA Act tasked OMB with administering a grants pilot to identify new common data standards, to build efficient reporting tools, and to provide new solutions that reduce administrative burden on awardees and the government workforce.  The DATA Act also required that OMB provide guidance to Federal agencies to implement lessons learned from the pilot. 

Please see attached OMB’s guidance memorandum M-18-24, “Strategies to Reduce Grant Recipient Reporting Burden”. The memorandum is intended to align efforts undertaken as a result of the DATA Act pilot and other agency grant-related reform initiatives, with the President’s Management Agenda.

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