Submitted by rgordon on Wed, 02/05/2020 - 13:52
Background. Several days earlier, the three of us had been invited to share our ideas on how the vice president might proceed with his new mandate from the president to “reinvent the government,” where the vice president had to deliver a plan of action to the president in six months. Gore’s newly-appointed advisor, Elaine Kamarck, received the task of getting this off the ground and she had invited the three of us to talk with her, based on the advice of David Osborne, a co-author of the best-selling book
Submitted by JKamensky on Fri, 01/31/2020 - 14:15
Submitted by JKamensky on Thu, 01/30/2020 - 09:26
Since 1991, the federal government has imposed 110 new requirements on university research grant recipients. But it capped reimbursement for administrative costs in 1991 to be no more than 26 percent of a grant. Partly because of the cap and increased mandates, universities have increased spending on research by $7 billion between 2010 and 2017 from their own resources.
What are some examples of these new requirements?
Submitted by JKamensky on Fri, 01/24/2020 - 15:26
Inventorying Federal Research. Federal Times reports: “The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy . . . wants to decrease burden on researchers by setting data repository standards for federal agencies to provide “optimization and improved consistency” across the federal government’s repositories.”
Submitted by JKamensky on Fri, 01/17/2020 - 10:30
Submitted by JKamensky on Fri, 01/10/2020 - 09:42
Submitted by JKamensky on Tue, 01/07/2020 - 15:41
Background. Last year, more than 35 federal agencies awarded nearly $750 billion in grants to 40,000 grant recipients through 1,800 different programs. But the reporting systems for these grant programs is a diffuse, cumbersome document-based process where recipients fill out a bewildering array of forms across multiple agency reporting systems – a veritable Tower of Babel!
Submitted by JKamensky on Fri, 01/03/2020 - 10:42
Submitted by JKamensky on Fri, 12/20/2019 - 09:49
Snubbing Anti-Deficiency Act Rulings. Federal News Network reports: “Back in September the Government Accountability Office released a 25-page report to House and Senate leaders describing nine new violations of the Antideficiency Act, some dating back to spending in 2000.” But: “Six weeks later, OMB General Couns
Submitted by JKamensky on Tue, 12/17/2019 - 16:51
FITARA Scorecard. Federal Times reports: “ The ninth version the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) scorecard, released Dec. 11, rates agencies in several modernization categories, including data center closure, cybersecurity and CIO support from leadership. Overall, nine agencies improved their scores, with 11 remaining stagnant and four receiving lower grades than FITARA 8.0.”