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Federal Grant and Contract News for Nonprofits - August 2014

As is an annual tradition in Washington, the month of August is relatively quiet. However, the Court of Federal Claims (COFC) did issue a recent decision that provided guidance on how to distinguish a grant or cooperative...more

USDA Announces Value-Added Producer Grants To Support The Bioeconomy

On August 19, 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that the Agency is investing $25 million to support 247 businesses throughout the country under the Value-Added Producer Grant program (the program). The...more

Scientific Fraud: an acute malady - don't be blinded by it

It seems lately that the healthcare industry has had some horrible and ghastly press time in the media. It's unfortunate that there a number of people who seem to partake in questionable activities that flood the industry...more

Center for Automotive Research Event - Traverse City

Automotive executives and other industry participants gathered in Traverse City this week for the annual Center for Automotive Research (CAR) Management Briefing Seminars. And, as usual, CAR put on another great show! Several...more

Federal Grant and Contract News for Nonprofits - July 2014

This month's newsletter focuses on one of the more important and scrutinized aspects of being a federal grant recipient: monitoring project performance efforts, and the project performance efforts of subrecipients.1 While the...more

Department of Energy Invests $20 Million in Hydrogen Production

Early this week, the Department of Energy awarded $20 million in funding to ten new projects aimed to advance hydrogen production and delivery technologies. The selected projects will in some way aid the widespread...more

Chicago Innovation Hub Gets First Grant - Adaptive Vehicles

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation (DMDI) Institute has its first grant. That grant, $10 million, is from the Defense Advanced Research Agnecy (DARPA). DARPA develops new technologies for the United States...more

Federal Grant & Contract News for Nonprofits

As the end of fiscal year 2014 approaches and the beginning of fiscal year 2015 draws near, nonprofit organizations must begin to prepare for the implementation of the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and...more

Applications Now Being Accepted for USDA Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Grant and Loan Program

On Monday, May 5, 2014, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it will begin accepting new applications for grants and loans under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for fiscal year 2014....more

False Statements in Federal Grant Applications Present a Risk of Significant Financial Exposure to Grant Recipients

Two federal appellate courts have upheld awards of damages under the civil False Claims Act (FCA) (31 U.S.C. 3729) equal to three times the total amount of money paid under federal grants (US ex rel Longhi v US); US ex rel...more

Senate EPW Committee Unveils Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill

The bipartisan leadership of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee unveiled a six-year surface transportation bill last night that would maintain current funding under MAP-21 legislation expiring in September,...more

Will the Star Quarterback Be Sacked by the Taxman?

On March 26, 2014, a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decided scholarship football players at Northwestern University are employees because they “perform services for the benefit of the employer...more

Federal Grant & Contract News for Nonprofits

In April, the Obama Administration took a decisive step toward closing the gap in pay equality for women and minorities employed by Federal contractors, including nonprofits. Additionally, the U.S. House of Representatives...more

Examples of 2014 DOE Grants, Loan and Financing Programs – Part 3 of 3

In our last two posts (Part 1 and Part 2), we highlighted a number of available DOE grants. Today, we will highlight a one recently announced grant as well as an available loan program....more

Examples of 2014 DOE Grants, Loan and Financing Programs – Part 2 of 3

In last week’s post, we highlighted a number of available DOE grants for incubators. Today, we will be highlighting grants for research on geothermal systems and building technologies....more

Examples of 2014 DOE Grants, Loan and Financing Programs – Part 1 of 3

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) supports a wide range of grants, loan and financing programs and also funds transformational and up-and-coming technologies that create innovative ways to source, distribute, and use energy...more

Project Perspectives - Winter 2014 Edition

In this edition: - Oil and Gas Industry Discussion - The False Claims Act: The Government’s Sword in Cash Grant Audits - Is a 50 Percent Renewables Portfolio Standard in California’s Future? -...more

Office of Management and Budget Releases New “Omni-Circular” Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit...

On December 26, 2013, the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) released a comprehensive guidance that makes changes to the fragmented existing guidance on Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit...more

NASA Proposed Rule: Clarification of Profit and Fee on Federal Financial Assistance Awards (RIN 2700-AD79)

NASA is proposing to revise the NASA Grant & Cooperative Agreement Handbook to clarify that the agency does not pay profit or fee on Federal Financial Assistance awards (i.e., grants and cooperative agreements) to non-profit...more

White House Backs the $2.2 Billion Purple Line

On Tuesday, March 4th federal officials recommended the Maryland Transit Administration’s Purple Line Public-Private Partnership Project ("Purple Line") to receive $100 million in federal construction money as part of the...more

Have You Noticed? Pilot Program Protects Federal Grant Workers from Whistleblower Retaliation

A pilot program enacted by Congress went into effect last spring to protect whistleblowers who are working on federal grants. While it remains under the radar, this program is worth your review, as it not only imposes new...more

Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards

On December 26, 2013, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released its final “Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.” This guidance is applicable to...more

OMB Publishes Final Uniform Guidance Governing Grants, Cooperative and Other Funding Agreements With Federal Agencies

As part of a larger Federal effort to increase efficiency and reduce waste, on December 26, 2013, the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) published a series of significant reforms to the Government’s policies relating to...more

Federal Grant & Contract News for Nonprofits - January 2014

As 2013 came to a close, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued the long-awaited final rule to the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, more commonly known...more

OMB Revises and Consolidates Rules Governing Most Federal Grants

In the final days of 2013, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released for publication long-awaited final guidance on administrative requirements, cost principles and audit requirements pertaining to...more

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