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Section 5 Grants Pilot


Section 5 of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act) of 2014, Public Law Number 113-101, required the Federal government to “establish a pilot program with the participation of appropriate Federal agencies to facilitate the development of recommendations for:

  1. Standardized reporting elements across the Federal government (§5(b)(1)(A));
  2. The elimination of unnecessary duplication in financial reporting (§5(b)(1)(B)); and
  3. The reduction of compliance costs for recipients of Federal awards (§5(b)(1)(C))."

HHS served as the executing agent of the Section 5 Grants Pilot (Pilot) for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and participation was open to Federal grant recipients.

Through engagements with stakeholders, HHS gathered information on aspects of the grant reporting process that were identified as potentially burdensome. Using feedback received from these stakeholders and considering the phases of the Federal grants lifecycle, HHS developed six Pilot Test Models to meet the statutory requirements.

HHS developed recommendations for OMB to include in the Report for Congress based on Test Model survey results.

Section 5 Grants Pilot Milestones

  • November 2014 – HHS initiates Pilot activities.
  • May 2015 – HHS launches CDER Library and Learn Grants for Pilot activities.
  • September 2015 – OMB concurs on Pilot Framework.
  • March 2016 – HHS starts collection of Pilot data.
  • April 2016 – HHS testifies before Congress.
  • May 2017 – HHS completes collection of Pilot data.
  • June 2017 – HHS submits a draft Report to OMB.
  • August 2017 – OMB submits a comprehensive Report to Congress.

Section 5 Grants Pilot Test Models

The intent of the Section 5 Grants Pilot was to test tools that met the Section 5 Pilot requirements. Participants were asked to partake in the following Section 5 Grants Pilot Test Models:

Common Data Element Repository (CDER) Library – Test 1

  • Tested the effectiveness of the CDER Library as a tool to improve the accuracy and speed of grant lifecycle forms completion to help reduce grant recipient reporting burden.

CDER Library – Test 2

  • Identified duplication across forms using the CDER Library so that agencies could update/reduce forms to reduce grant recipient reporting burden.

Consolidated Federal Financial Report (FFR)

  • Tested the efficiencies gained using a single grants reporting entry point.

Single Audit

  • Tested the effectiveness of a more streamlined approach for SF-SAC/SEFA reporting for the Single Audit Report package.

Notice of Award – Proof of Concept (NOA – POC)

  • Tested the effectiveness of how identifying how standardizing the NOA could result in efficiencies for grant recipients.

Learn Grants

  • Tested the effectiveness of a tab on the Grants.gov website that promotes knowledge sharing among the grants community.

Learn More

Inquiries and Feedback

Please contact OMB (spendingtransparency@omb.eop.gov) with all Section 5 Grants Pilot inquiries and feedback.

Common Data Element Repository (CDER) Library

Visit the CDER Library at https://repository.usaspending.gov/poc-tool/.

Learn Grants

Access Learn Grants at http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/learn-grants.html.

Content created by DATA Act Program Management Office (DAP)
Content last reviewed on June 15, 2017