"The mostly dormant Grants Line of Business initiative will come alive this year when the Office of Management and Budget gives three agencies the authority to become cross-agency shared-services providers.
In the fiscal 2007 budget released today, the administration will name the Education Department, the Health and Human Services Department's Administration for Children and Families, and the National Science Foundation as grants consortia centers of excellence, according to industry and government sources.
Sources also said OMB expects to add up to three more grants management shared-services providers over the next year or so.
OMB will sort the consortia shared-service providers according to business processes. Agencies will move to the SSPs based on how they award grants, sources said.
Jerry Fralick, the Office of Justice Programs CIO and the chairman of the Grants Executive Board, which oversees Grants.gov, the Grants LOB and the ties into the grants policy group, said seven agencies responded to OMB’s request for a declaration of intent to become shared-services providers.
Fralick added that Justice could become another SSP based on their success with DHS."