AGENCY: Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and
ACTION: Proposed Guidance.
SUMMARY: To deliver on President Obama's promise of a 21st-Century
government that is more efficient, transparent, and creative, the
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is seeking to adjust the Federal
government's partnership with non-Federal stakeholders to best achieve
program outcomes while we ensure the financial integrity of the dollars
we spend. The goal of this effort is to transform our Federal financial
assistance framework so that it meets a higher standard of performance
on behalf of the American people.
OMB proposes these reforms to the guidance for Federal policies
relating to grants in order to ensure that Federal grants meet the high
standards of a 21st-Century government. Federal grant-making must be
streamlined to make the most of taxpayer dollars and ensure financial
integrity while delivering the right program outcomes. This proposal
provides this opportunity for the Federal government and its partners:
state, local, tribal governments, institutions of higher education, and
nonprofit organizations, to rethink and reform the rules that govern
our stewardship of Federal dollars.
DATES: To be assured of consideration, comments must be received by OMB
electronically through www.regulations.gov no later than midnight
Eastern Standard Time (E.S.T.) on May 2, 2013.
ADDRESSES: Comments on this proposal must be submitted electronically
at www.regulations.gov. In submitting comments, please search for
recent submissions by OMB to find docket OMB-2013-0001, which includes
the full text of this proposal, and submit comments there.
Comments will be most useful if they are presented in the same
sequence and with the same section number as the section of this
guidance to which they apply. Please also provide any information
regarding the cost implications of any particular proposal. If you are
submitting comments on behalf of an organization, please identify the
organization, and if that organization represents a number of entities,
please note the number of entities who endorse the organization's
comments. Finally, the public comments received by OMB will be posted
at http://www.regulations.gov (follow the search instructions on that
Web site to view public comments). Accordingly, please do not include
in your comments any confidential business information or information
of a personal-privacy nature.
To View This Proposal: The complete text of this proposal and a
crosswalk of policy changes from the existing guidance are available on
the OMB Web site at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants_docs/ under
"Proposed Policies'' and will also be available on www.regulations.gov
by searching for docket number OMB-2013-0001, or, in hard copy, by
contacting Victoria Collin of OMB at (202) 395-7791. Copies of the OMB
Circulars that are discussed in this notice are available on OMB's Web
site at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/circulars_default/.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general information, please
contact Victoria Collin at (202) 395-7791. OMB will host an
informational Web cast with the Council on Financial Assistance Reform
and key stakeholders on Friday February 8th, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. EST
available at www.cfo.gov. More information on the Council on Financial
Assistance Reform is available at www.cfo.gov/cofar.