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Grants Streamlining Initiative Organizations

Pre-Award Work Group
The Pre-Award Work Group is responsible for identifying streamlining and simplification opportunities in the phase of the grants life cycle during which potential applicants for discretionary grants identify funding opportunities, prepare and submit applications, and applicants are notified if their applications were unsuccessful or, if their applications were successful, receive awards. The objectives of this Work Group are to streamline, simplify, and improve the grants administration policy framework, announcements of funding opportunities and related business processes, the process for obtaining certifications and assurances, and award documents, including terms and conditions. The Interagency Committee on Suspension and Debarment, authorized under Executive Order 12549 and whose activity extends to both Federal procurement and nonprocurement activities, has collaborated with the Pre-Award Work Group in making changes to government-wide nonprocurement suspension and debarment requirements.

Post-Award Work Group
The Post-Award Work Group is responsible for identifying streamlining and simplification opportunities in the phase of the grants life cycle during which recipients perform their awards and submit required progress, financial, and other required reports (other than audit reports) and request and receive payment, and Federal agencies monitor awards for compliance, oversee progress, and provide technical assistance. The objectives of this Work Group to streamline and simplify reporting requirements and the payment process; achieve greater uniformity in business processes related to reporting while improving the quality of information reported by recipients, and to make the Federal cost principles more consistent, where appropriate. This work is carried out by several subgroups responsible for review of the cost principles, developing a common front-end for payment systems, and the following types of reports: financial, performance or progress, real property, personal property and invention reports.

Training and Certification
The Training and Certification Work Group is responsible for addressing government-wide issues concerning the grants management workforce. This Work Group's objectives include developing the grants management series as a professional series under Office of Personnel Management guidelines and developing standards for a grants management training programs.

Mandatory Grants Work Group
The Mandatory Grants Work Group is responsible for identifying streamlining and simplification opportunities for mandatory grants, which include block grants, some formula-based grants, and entitlement grants. These grants are distinct in many respects from discretionary grants, while being similar in others. The objective of this Work Group is to streamline the administrative process for mandatory grants, including electronic submission of applications and plans. This Work Group is working closely with the Pre-Award and Post-Award Work Groups to develop or evaluate proposals in areas intended to apply equally to discretionary and mandatory grants.

Audit Oversight Work Group
The Audit Oversight work group is responsible for improving the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) A-133 single audit process to ensure that audits provide useful and reliable information to Federal agencies and pass-through entities and that recipient audits are in compliance with Federal audit requirements. The Work Group's objectives include maintaining the OMB A-133 Compliance Supplement that has up-to-date information on Federal requirements; verifying that single audits are conducted and submitted as required; ensuring that audit quality is adequate, and improving the services provided by the Federal Audit Clearinghouse. The activities of this Work Group are being carried out by several subgroups addressing the A-133 Compliance Supplement, audit quality, subrecipient monitoring, and auditing of indirect costs.

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P.L. 106-107 Planning And Oversight Committee
The P.L. 106-107 Planning and Oversight Committee oversees and coordinates the work of the P.L. 106-107 Work Groups and advises the Grants Executive Board and OMB of P.L. 106-107 initiatives/projects that should be implemented. It serves as a forum for sharing best practices and determining the means of implementing streamlining initiatives. This committee is co-chaired by OMB and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its membership includes the chairperson of the four P.L. 106-107 Workgroups — Pre-Award, Post-Award, Mandatory Grants, and Audit Oversight.

Grants Executive Board
The Grants Executive Board is comprised of senior officials from 11 Executive agencies, known as Partner Agencies, and two rotating agency members with 6-month terms of participation. The Board provides strategic direction to and executive-level oversight of the Grants.gov initiative and implementation of the grants streamlining mandates under P. L. 106-107 and ensures Partner Agency consensus on projects and funding.

P.L. 106-107 Program Management Office
This office, established within HHS as the OMB-designated lead agency for implementation of P.L. 106-107, coordinates and provides program management support to the Work Groups and other interagency groups implementing P.L. 106-107. The P.L. 106-107 PMO is under the oversight of the Grants Executive Board.

Grants.Gov Program Management Office
This office, established within HHS as the OMB-designated managing partner for the Grants.gov initiative, one of the 24 E-Gov initiatives under the President's Management Agenda, is responsible for leading those activities resulting in the development of a one-stop electronic grant portal where potential grant recipients will receive full service to find and apply for all federal grants. The Grants.gov PMO is under the oversight of the Grants Executive Board.

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