Thompson Grants Whitepaper Receives First Place at the SIPAwards

Jerry Ashworth
June 5, 2019 at 09:49:54 ET
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Tuesday was a big day for all of us here at Thompson Grants as we received a tremendous honor — first place in the category of Best Single-Topic Special Publication at the Specialized Information Publishers Association’s SIPAwards for our “OMB’s Higher Procurement Thresholds — Simplified” whitepaper.

The editorial award recognizes excellence in single-topic publications such as directories, white papers, webinar reviews and special reports, as the judges evaluated timeliness, clarity and usefulness to readers, and whether the publication achieved its goals.

We developed the white paper as a free download on our Grants Compliance Expert website last August to help the grants community better understand the implications of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) memorandum M-18-18, which updated the procurement threshold levels for purchases made under federal financial assistance awards. In perhaps the most noteworthy development pertaining to grants in 2018, the memorandum issued guidance to federal awarding agencies that raised the threshold for micro-purchases for grants and cooperative agreements from $3,500 to $10,000, and increased the threshold for simplified acquisitions to $250,000 for all recipients. M-18-18, “Implementing Statutory Changes to the Micro-Purchase and the Simplified Acquisition Thresholds for Financial Assistance,” implemented statutory changes under the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2017 (Pub. L. 114-328) and the NDAA of 2018 (Pub. L. 115-91).

Because of the many facets involved in this guidance, we aimed to simplify it within a four-page document to allow organizations to better understand what a “micro-purchase” is, to explain how the changes would affect their grant programs and how to implement the changes, and to offer practical advice on developing policies and procedures addressing the changes.

Since we made the whitepaper available, almost 500 grants professionals – and counting – from around the country have downloaded it and benefited from a clearer understanding of these requirements. We here at Thompson Grants are fully aware that if grant managers do not understand the implications of changes to federal requirements and effectively respond to them in their own policies and procedures, they are at risk of losing their grant funding or being marked as a high-risk grant recipients.

As editor of Thompson Grants, I’d like to thank my marketing coordinator Gary Higginbothem and my Director of Marketing Julie Rachlin. Our editorial and marketing teams here at Thompson Grants collaborate on issuing these free whitepapers and other special publications to provide practical and timely information to the grants community, and to generate interest in our comprehensive grant publications and training opportunities. This particular whitepaper was a terrific success for Thompson Grants, and we are honored to receive the first-place SIPAward for the document. We aim to meet the needs of our current and potential customers and such a recognition lets us know we’re successful in achieving those goals.