Jonathan Mallahan, Community & Neighborhood Services Director, No Phone Number Available
Monday, October 13, 2014 at 11:42 a.m.
The City is taking steps to make sure federal aid gets to local families in need as efficiently as possible.
The Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is releasing a set of updated regulations guiding the administration of federal awards. These changes bring together many circulars and guidance documents into a single “Omni Circular”. The objectives of the Omni Circular are to reduce administrative burden in managing federal awards, increase a focus on funding meaningful outcomes and to lower the risk of fraud, misuse or waste of public funds. The Omni Circular becomes effective on December 26, 2014.
The City of Spokane has adopted a proactive approach in adapting to these new requirements through investing in a centralized office of Grants Management and Financial Assistance. In early 2014, we adopted new policies and procedures outlining the City's approach to ensure grant compliance with the Omni Circular while maintaining a focus on achieving meaningful outcomes for Spokane low and moderate income families who are in need.
This approach will ensure that Spokane remains competitive in bringing grant funding to our community to pay for needed services and housing. Here a few of the changes that agencies receiving grant funding through the City of Spokane can expect:
The list above includes a sampling of how the Omni Circular supports excellent grant management and there are many other changes that impact any organization that utilizes federal and state funding. Below is a list of training resources and opportunities that you can take advantage of in learning more about the Omni Circular:
In addition to the resources listed above, City of Spokane staff are available to you in answering questions or providing direct technical assistance in planning for these changes. Please contact Jennifer Stapleton at Jstapleton@spokanecity.org to schedule technical assistance related to the Omni Circular.
At the City of Spokane we are committed to supporting a strong, effective safety-net for individuals and families who are in need in our community. Effectively implementing systems that support compliance with these changing federal regulations is a key strategy in achieving this goal. Similarly, we want to hear from our nonprofit partners about these changes and how we can better support their success. If you would like to contact the City of Spokane and provide feedback about how well we are accomplishing this goal, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding in working with the City of Spokane as we work towards becoming a best-practice grant management organization and continue to deliver excellent service and housing outcomes for our community.