OMB initiates funding model for Grants.gov

Grants.gov will become the first Quicksilver project to move from a development to a fee-for-service model in support of the operation and maintenance phase of the initiative, the Office of Management and Budget announced this month.

In a memo to CIOs and chief financial officers, OMB administrator for e-government and IT Karen Evans and controller Linda Springer told agencies to identify fiscal 2004 development, modernization and enhancement funds that should be used for Grants.gov.

OMB also provided agencies with the funding algorithm to support the initiative in 2005 and 2006. Agencies were charged based on whether they were considered small, medium or large grants-making agencies.

'Federal agencies are encouraged to begin planning now to ensure a smooth transition to the fee-for-service model,' the memo said. 'Agencies should plan to transfer their 2005 funding within a month after the enactment of their 2005 appropriations.'

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