July 14, 2005

NGP White Paper #1 — phew!

So after a flurry of activity, I think the NGP’s first white paper, Accelerating Grants Streamlining, is pretty much done! I wrote about it before on the blog, and will post the final paper here too once I have permission to do so. We’ve had some great input from across the grants enterprise, from organizations such as:

  • State of New York
  • State of Texas
  • OMB Watch
  • Department of Health & Human Services
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Transportation
  • Census Bureau

In all, we received and responded to over 90 comments from NGP members on the draft that was sent out. The strong feeling is that we’ll receive a lot more for the next paper, when we hope we’ll be able to provide a more lengthy review period.

What we’ve ended up with is a really in‐depth and provocative look at grants management, in the Federal and non‐Federal spaces, and some recommendations that make a great deal of sense. Our hope is that the paper will open up the channels of communication between the Federal and non‐Federal stakeholders, as those channels have been either closed or sporadic, at best.