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Thursday, October 12, 2006

Stacie Boyd: The portfolio manager

When Stacie Boyd applied for a job at the Office of Management and Budget, agencies’ efforts to initiate the Grants Management Line of Business had stalled. Participants had agreed on a vision for managing grants, but they struggled to decide on an operating model. Each agency had its own way of issuing grants.

The grants management initiative strives to streamline federal grant-making programs. Rather than operate independent systems, the theory is that the 26 agencies that issue grants could use a shared service that would reduce costs and improve service.

Boyd was hired two years ago and quickly took charge of the situation. As a new manager, she reinvigorated the Grants Management Line of Business.

Tim Young, associate administrator for e-government and IT at OMB, said Boyd helped construct a framework for the grants initiative by clarifying its goals. She built mutual trust among agency task force members and focused on improving federal grants management through IT.

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