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Section 5 Grants Pilot

The goal of the Pilot is to develop Section 5 of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act) of 2014, Public Law Number 113-101, which requires 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));
  3. The reduction of compliance costs for recipients of Federal awards (§5(b)(1)(C))."

HHS DATA Act Program Management Office (DAP) is the executing agent of the Section 5 Grants Pilot (Pilot) for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Participation is open to Federal grant recipients.

Section 5 Grants Pilot Summary and Timeline

Through engagements with stakeholders, HHS gathered information on aspects of the grant reporting process that have been identified as potentially burdensome. Using feedback received from these stakeholders, DAP developed a Pilot framework which included six Pilot Test Models focused on ways in which the statutory requirements of the Pilot could be met.

Currently, DAP is developing recommendations for OMB to include in the report for Congress based on Test Model survey results.

Section 5 Grants Pilot Major Activities Timeline

Section 5 Grants Pilot Test Models

The intent of the Section 5 Grants Pilot is to test tools that meet the Section 5 Pilot requirements. The following tables outline the 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.

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Inquiries and Feedback

Through June 2017, send all inquiries and feedback to DATAActPMO@hhs.gov.


For all Section 5 Grants Pilot inquires after June 2017, please contact the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

DAP Twitter

Follow DAP on Twitter (@HHS_DAP) to stay up to date on DAP’s announcements.

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.

National Dialogue: Improving Federal Procurement and Grants Processes

Join the National Dialogue at https://cxo.dialogue2.cao.gov.

Learn more about the program by reviewing this information:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Section 5 Grants Pilot
Get Involved in the Section 5 Grants Pilot

Content created by DATA Act Program Management Office (DAP)
Content last reviewed on April 26, 2017