Federal Grant Management

Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Affairs
Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Affairs
Hearing Date: July 25, 2018 2:00 pm 2247 Rayburn HOB

PURPOSE:
  • To examine opportunities to modernize the federal grantmaking process.
BACKGROUND:
  • The federal government awards more than $700 billion in grants each year, of which nearly $600 billion is distributed to state and local governments.
  • A complex grant management structure detracts from the purpose of the underlying grants by imposing burdensome and duplicative reporting requirements on grant recipients and federal grant managers. Federal grant managers reportedly spend 40 percent of their time using outdated processes to monitor compliance, rather than monitoring results.
  • Efforts to modernize grant management are underway. Two recent initiatives include:
    • H.R. 4887, the Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements Transparency (GREAT) Act, sponsored by Representatives Virginia Foxx (NC-R) and Jimmy Gomez (CA-D), which will transform federal grant reporting from disconnected documents to usable, machine-readable, standardized data;
    • The President’s Management Agenda (PMA), which calls for an integrated, data-centric strategy to standardize grant reporting and alleviate compliance burdens.

Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
Mr. Hudson Hollister Executive Director Data Coalition Document
Ms. Michelle Sager Director, Strategic Issues Government Accountability Office Document
Ms. Andrea L. Brandon, MPA Deputy Assistant Secretary Office of Grants and Acquisition Policy and Accountability OS/ASFR/OGAPA U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Document
Mr. Peter Tyler Senior Policy Advisor Project on Government Oversight Document
Ms. Natalie Keegan Analyst American Federalism and Emergency Management Congressional Research Service Document