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H.R. 3089 (114th): GONE Act

The text of the bill below is as of Sep 28, 2015 (Passed the House).


I

114th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3089

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

AN ACT

To close out expired grants, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Grants Oversight and New Efficiency Act or the GONE Act.

2.

Identifying and closing out expired grants

(a)

Expired grant report

(1)

In general

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget shall instruct the head of each agency, in coordination with the Secretary, to submit to Congress and the Secretary a report, not later than December 31 of the first calendar year beginning after the date of the enactment of this Act, that—

(A)

lists each covered grant held by such agency;

(B)

provides the total number of covered grants, including the number of grants—

(i)

by time period of expiration;

(ii)

with zero dollar balances; and

(iii)

with undisbursed balances;

(C)

for an agency with covered grants, describes the challenges leading to delays in grant closeout; and

(D)

for the 30 oldest covered grants of an agency, explains why each covered grant has not been closed out.

(2)

Use of data systems

An agency may use existing multiagency data systems in order to submit the report required under paragraph (1).

(3)

Explanation of missing information

If the head of an agency is unable to submit all of the information required to be included in the report under paragraph (1), the report shall include an explanation of why the information was not available, including any shortcomings with and plans to improve existing grant systems, including data systems.

(b)

Notice from agencies

(1)

In general

Not later than 1 year after the date on which the head of an agency submits the report required under subsection (a), the head of the agency shall provide notice to the Secretary specifying whether the head of the agency has closed out grant awards associated with all of the covered grants in the report and which covered grants in the report have not been closed out.

(2)

Notice to congress

Not later than 90 days after the date on which all of the notices required pursuant to paragraph (1) have been provided or March 31 of the calendar year following the calendar year described in subsection (a)(1), whichever is sooner, the Secretary shall compile the notices submitted pursuant to paragraph (1) and submit to Congress a report on such notices.

(c)

Inspector General Review

Not later than 1 year after the date on which the head of an agency provides notice to Congress under subsection (b)(2), the Inspector General of such agency with more than $500 million in grant funding shall conduct a risk assessment to determine if an audit or review of the agency’s grant closeout process is warranted.

(d)

Report on accountability and oversight

Not later than 6 months after the date on which the second report is submitted pursuant to subsection (b)(2), the Director of Office of Management and Budget, in consultation with the Secretary of Health and Human Services, shall submit to Congress a report on recommendations for legislation to improve accountability and oversight in grants management, including the timely closeout of a covered grant.

(e)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Agency

The term agency has the meaning given that term in section 551 of title 5, United States Code.

(2)

Closeout

The term closeout means a closeout of a grant account conducted in accordance with part 200 of title 2, Code of Federal Regulations, including sections 200.16 and 200.343 of such title, or any successor thereto.

(3)

Covered grant

The term covered grant means a grant in an agency cash payment management system held by the United States Government for which—

(A)

the grant award period of performance, including any extensions, has been expired for not less than 2 years; and

(B)

closeout has not yet occurred in accordance with section 200.343 of title 2, Code of Federal Regulations, or any successor thereto.

(4)

Secretary

The term Secretary means the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Passed the House of Representatives September 28, 2015.

Karen L. Haas,

Clerk.