Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 150, the Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements Transparency (GREAT) Act, with 422 aye votes. Sponsored by Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D – Los Angeles) and Rep. Virginia Foxx (R – N.C.), the GREAT Act will streamline the federal grant reporting process by mandating the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to develop a standardized, government-wide reporting system for federal grant recipients. By replacing outdated, disconnected grant documents with searchable open data, the GREAT Act will increase transparency from grantmaking agencies, reduce compliance costs for grant recipients, and improve congressional oversight of grants awarded by the executive branch.
“The federal government spends an enormous part of its yearly budget — over $600 billion — on grants issued to state and local governments, agencies, small-businesses, and non-profit organizations,” said Rep. Jimmy Gomez. “These federal dollars touch almost every aspect of American society, highlighting the need to streamline the grant reporting process and make it as transparent as possible to the public. By leveraging technology, the GREAT Act will make the grant reporting process more equitable, efficient, and accessible. I’m proud to have worked across the aisle with Rep. Virginia Foxx to make government work better for the people.”
“As a former researcher, librarian and college president, I have been grant-writing for all of my professional life,” said Rep. Virginia Foxx. “It’s hard to believe that the same challenges I faced at the beginning of my career are the same ones faced by federal grant recipients today. The grant reporting process is riddled with antiquated reporting methods that hinder efficiency for grant recipients and transparency for taxpayers. The GREAT Act will bring federal grant reporting into the 21st century with searchable documents and open data.”
Originally introduced in the previous Congress as H.R. 4887, the GREAT Act passed by voice in the House of Representatives on September 27, 2018 but was not passed in the Senate before the end of the 115th Congress.
Supporters of the GREAT Act include:
Bipartisan Policy Center Action (BPC Action)
American Association of Law Libraries (AALL)
American Library Association (ALA)
Association of Government Accountants (AGA)
Association of Research Libraries (ARL)
Government Accountability Project (GAP)
Government Information Watch
Grant Professionals Association (GPA)
National Grants Management Association (NGMA)
National Taxpayers Union (NTU)
Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA)
Project On Government Oversight (POGO)
R Street Institute, Senior Executives Association (SEA)
Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
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