On April 1, 2009, OMB took the significant step of issuing standard data elements that would be used for reporting under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). The public has until May 1, 2009 to comment on the data elements, which will be used in the reporting of grants, loans and cooperative agreement spending under Section 1512 of the Recovery Act. The proposed data elements may be accessed online. Comments may be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. AGA asks that its members also submit their comments on the data elements to us at email@example.com, so that AGA can stay apprised of our members' views on the Recovery Act and implementing guidance. Once the standard data elements are approved, each federal agency must require its recipients of grants, cooperative agreements and loans made under the Recovery Act to report the information and data electronically through a central Government wide portal or through an agency information collection process.
AGA is working to help its members stay abreast of the latest Recovery Act developments. Visit AGA's home page and click on the "Keeping Track of the Recovery Act" button at the top of the page, or click here to access up-to-minute information on the Recovery Act.