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Financial Assistance

This page includes financial assistance resources with a focus on grants management, including Result-Oriented Accountability for Grants.

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Federal assistance supports activities that touch every American, including medical research, transportation infrastructure, student aid, public housing, and disaster assistance. The Federal government spends nearly $800 billion in grants annually, accounting for nearly 20 percent of the Federal Budget and approximately 1,800 grant programs. The Federal government also provides other forms of financial assistance such as: loans, loan guarantees, interest subsidies, technical assistance, and insurance. These other forms of financial assistance account for approximately 500 additional assistance programs. In FY 2020, the Federal government issued more than $3 trillion in financial assistance with the passage of the CARES Act and other supplemental appropriations in response to the pandemic.

Federal financial assistance supports the public good and helps Federal agencies execute their programmatic missions. OMB estimates that there are nearly 40,000 Federal financial assistance recipients who expend over $500,000 annually in assistance dollars. This does not include the many thousands who expend less than this amount. For states and universities, Federal financial assistance accounts for approximately a quarter and third of their budgets respectively. Other recipient types include non-profit organizations, tribes, local governments, and small businesses.

The Grants Executive Steering Committee under the CFOC is pursuing work to accomplish the goal of maximizing the value of grant funding by applying a risk-based, data-driven framework that balances compliance requirements with demonstrating successful results for the American taxpayer. To support this goal, the ESC has developed four strategies as outlined on the Initiatives page to achieve the 2030 vision and outcomes articulated below:

2030 vision image: This image describes five elements that lead to the 2030 vision of grants management, which is to maximize the value of grants. The five elements included are: 1) Efficient mission support delivery, 2) Competency-based skilled grants workforce, 3) More time achieving results, 4) Less time on compliance, and 5) Results that are understandable and transparent.

The CFO Council Grants Executive Steering Committee membership includes:

  • Office of Management and Budget
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • National Science Foundation
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of Labor
  • Federal Assistance Committee for E-Government Co-Chairs


Administrative Relief for Grantees Impacted by Hurricanes Fiona & Ian and the Alaska Flood & Landslide

Administrative Relief for Grantees Impacted by Hurricanes Fiona & Ian and the Alaska Flood & Landslide

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Controller Alert: Reducing Burden For Federal Agencies By Rescinding Grants Management Related Requirements

The purpose of this Controller Alert is to provide additional details and updates regarding the grants management related requirements that were rescinded in M-17-26.

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2021 Compliance Supplement Vet Draft

The 2021 Compliance Supplement Vet Draft is available for review and comments.

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Controller Alert : Rescission of 12/2020 Controller Alert (Boilerplate Language for Federal Financial Assistance Notices of Funding Opportunity and General Terms and Conditions)

Controller Alerts are designed to highlight emerging financial management issues that may require agency attention or action. These Alerts are intended to inform the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) community of key issues

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