OMB directs agencies to post grants

OMB directs agencies to post grants

Starting Nov. 7, agencies will post all grant opportunity announcements on www.grants.gov, the Office of Management and Budget directed today.

In a memo to agency executives, Linda Springer, OMB comptroller, finalized the policy guidance outlining the data elements that agencies must include in their grant announcements and instructing departments to use only the portal.

The Health and Human Services Department developed grants.gov under the E-Grants project.

The directive is part of OMB's implementation of the Federal Financial Assistance Management Improvement Act of 1999, Springer said.

OMB issued the initial guidance in June and received comments from seven agencies. The final directive requires agencies to provide potential applicants with enough information about any funding opportunity to decide whether to view the full announcement, with multiple ways to obtain the full announcement and with one Web site that is searchable by keyword, date, the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance or agency name.

Agencies must include 27 standard data elements, including federal agency name, agency contact name, phone number and e-mail, type of funding opportunity and expected number of awards, on all announcements, OMB said.

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