GREAT Act proponents hope for 'organic' grants transformation

FedScoop: The legislative directors for Reps. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., and Jimmy Gomez, D-Calif., took the stage Thursday to explain how the government’s $600 billion in annual spending on grants could be more efficient if all those programs had the same data standards. It was clear from the reaction by agency officials, though, that there are still a lot of details to sort through.

Foxx is the primary sponsor and Gomez is a co-sponsor of the Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements Transparency (GREAT) Act, which aims to lower the compliance costs related to how the government hands out grants each year. Foxx aide Carson Middleton and Gomez aide Andrew Noh came Thursday to the Grants Management Breakfast Forum at George Washington University to push for the bill.

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