Grants Management, Accountability, and Oversight

A Strategy for Successful Management and Oversight of Federal Grants to Governmental and Private Sector Organizations

Each year, the Federal government awards billions of dollars in grants to state and local governments, educational institutions, and a broad range of other public and private institutions. These grants may be awarded to state and local governments, who in turn, award grants and contracts to various charitable organizations. The grants management process comprises Planning, Application Processing, the Award Process, and Post-Award Oversight. Each of these business processes encompass numerous sub-functions that are critical to ensuring the proper stewardship of Federal funds. Across the Federal grant-making process, OMB mandates have increased the need for oversight. This oversight is particularly critical in the areas of : Accountability, Performance, Efficiency, and Compliance.

How we Can Assist Agency Program Managers with Management and Oversight of the Grant Administration Process

  • Administrative support throughout the grants management life cycle
  • Grant Closeout services
  • OMB Circular A-133 audits
  • Development and implementation of key grant performance indicators
  • Management of web-based grants management applications
  • Pre-Award surveys of grantees and financial capacity assessments
  • Development of risk-based monitoring programs and ranking systems of grant recipients
  • Development of automated rules-based engines for program oversight
  • Performance Auditing - (efficiency and effectiveness analyses)
  • Indirect cost rate reviews and incurred cost audits
  • Assistance with reporting to GAO, Congress, upper management, and Accountability and Transparency Board
  • Audit findings resolution and preparation assistanc
  • Training on program monitoring
  • Procurement systems reviews

Some of our Relevant Experience

  • Audits of numerous large emergency preparedness grants awarded by the Department of Homeland Security to State Agencies throughout the US
  • Audit of a major university's financial management practices relative to National Science Foundation grants
  • Grant and contract close-outs for the DHHS
  • Audits of numerous grants to not for profit organizations under the AmeriCorps Program and other programs for the Corporation for National and Community Services.
  • Grants management support to HRSA
  • Numerous grant reviews for the Department of State, HUD, and other agencies