Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Grants management/nonprofit capacity building by DC gov in FY 2011

The FY 2011 budget proposed by Mayor Fenty and approved by the City Council eliminates the Office of Partnerships and Grant Services (OPGS) as an independent executive branch agency and moves its functions to two other executive branch agencies, the Office of the City Administrator and the Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD).

In FY 2011 when the integration of OPGS into OCA is complete, the Office of the City Administrator will adopt the following functions performed by the Office of Partnerships and Grant Services for the past 10 years (give or take):   grant and resource development support, grant-making oversight, and donation management.   To perform the work, three FTEs will be transferred from OPGS to OCA.   This will expand OCA’s current oversight of federal ARRA funds to all funding.   Further, the city's grant management vis a vis agency performance, data collection, and reporting will be dramatically improved with this move, so the thinking goes.   Starting October 1, grants management staff will be working side-by-side with OCA's program analysts who work closely with agencies.   This combination of expertise is expected to improve efficiency and effectiveness.

As for the nonprofit development work that has been performed by the Office of Partnerships and Grant Services, they along with OPGS director Lafayette Barnes are moving to the Department of Small and Local Business Development.   The new division run by Barnes is expected to join the DSLBD e-BIC (Enhanced Business Information Center) at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (901 G St NW) (pending final approval of plans, etc.).   Because both offer support, resources, and technical assistance including free trainings and workshops, Mayor Fenty's team expects the merger of the e-BIC and training and development offered by OPGS will achieve unprecedented internal efficiencies and external operational improvements.

Final details about both moves will be available closer to the beginning of FY 2011 on October 1, 2010.

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