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Douglas Webster,Chief Financial Officer, Department of Education
Sheila Conley,Deputy Chief Financial Officer, Department of Health and Human Services
Fred Nutt,Senior Advisor, Office of Management and Budget
This goal will:   rebalance compliance efforts with a focus on results for the American taxpayer; standardize grant reporting data and improve data collection in ways that will increase efficiency, promote evaluation, reduce reporting burden, and benefit the American taxpayer; measure progress and share lessons learned and best practices to inform future efforts, and support innovation to achieve results.
Approximately $700 billion is invested annually
through more than 1,800 diverse Federal grant programs listed on CFDA.gov.1 These funds support activities that touch every American, such as medical research, education, transportation infrastructure, workforce initiatives, economic development, and services for veterans.
However, grant managers—including those that administer funds from inside the Federal Government and those from external organizations that receive Federal funds—report spending 40% of their time using antiquated processes to monitor compliance instead of data and analytics to monitor results.2 The organizations that receive Federal grant funds—from states, localities, and tribes to schools to non-profits—report that this current management framework is overly burdensome and takes away from the missions they are working to deliver. For instance principal investigators of research grants estimate that they spend, on average, 42% of their time meeting requirements 3 —including those associated
with pre-and post-award administration and preparation of proposals and reports—rather
than conducting active research.
Agencies will be able to articulate clearly the
goals of grant programs and the results of Federal investments. Recipients and agencies spend less time on administrative compliance and more effort is put into achieving and reporting program results.
Download the FY2018 Q2 Action Plan
Download the FY2018 Q1 Action Plan
1Analytical Perspectives, Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2019, ch. 14. Available at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BUDGET-2019-PER/pdf/BUDGET-2019-PER.pdf.
2The George Washington University, the National Grants Management Association and REI Systems. 2017 Annual Grants Management
3GAO report, GAO-16-573, Federal Research Grants, Opportunities Remain for Agencies to Streamline Administrative Requirements: