Reporting Requirements for Recovery Act Funds
Every taxpayer dollar spent on our Nation's economic recovery must be subject to unprecedented levels of transparency and accountability. To ensure that the public receives as much information as possible on the implementation of the Recovery Act, Federal agencies and recipients of Recovery Act funding are required to report dozens of data elements. There are very specific reporting requirements for all recipients of funds provided through the Recovery Act.
Reporting for recipients of Recovery Act fund from AHRQ will occur on the Web site http://www.FederalReporting.gov. In addition, all AHRQ grantees are required to submit reports using AHRQ Research Reporting System, or ARRS, as specified in the terms of the award.
Reporting on FederalReporting.gov
Recipients and sub-recipients must post quarterly data in January, April, July, and October on http://www.FederalReporting.gov. During these reporting months, recipients submit their reports from the 1st to the 10th. AHRQ then checks them for completeness and accuracy from the 11th to the 21st and provides guidance to recipients. Federal funding agencies then review them and make any necessary corrections from the 22nd to 29th. Data goes live on the 30th, and recipient reports are available for public viewing at http://www.recovery.gov.
Resources that may be helpful in understanding and completing reporting requirements are below.
- HHS Recovery Act Recipient Reporting Readiness Tool (http://taggs.hhs.gov/ReadinessTool/) provides grant-specific information to assist recipients in the preparation of their data for reporting to the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB's) Federal Reporting.gov.
- Registration instructions for FederalRecovery.gov for AHRQ recipients of Recovery Act funds are at http://www.ahrq.gov/fund/arrareg.htm. Please note: Recipients should register at this site at least 35 days before the beginning of the reporting period.
- Questions and Answers on Reporting via Federal Reporting.gov may assist recipients of Recovery Act funds with their reporting duties. To read Frequently Asked Questions for Federal Contractors on Reporting, please go to http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/recovery_faqs_contractors.
- Updated information from the Office of Management and Budget for reporting job estimates appears at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/assets/memoranda_2010/m10-08.pdf.
- Updated guidance, dated March 22, 2010, from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for recipients on the definition of a final report and information about the importance of using the copy-forward feature. It also provides guidance to Federal agencies on new deadlines for submitting the final master file and information about identifying administrative errors and reviewing reports after the continuous corrections period: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/assets/memoranda_2010/m10-14.pdf.
- Updated Guidance, dated May 4, 2010, from OMB on Holding Recipients Accountable for Reporting Compliance under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act highlights additional steps beyond existing policies and procedures that OMB has determined necessary to carry out the President's directive for more aggressive action in addressing recipient non-compliance. http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/assets/memoranda_2010/m-10-17.pdf.
- White House Webinars on the Recovery Act's reporting requirements feature an overview and basic reporting principles. Audio and presentation files are available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/Recovery/WebinarTrainingMaterials/.
- The Office of Management and Budget FAQs on the Recovery Act, including reporting requirements for Federal agencies and recipients, are at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/recovery_faqs/.
- The National Institutes of Health FAQs on the Recovery Act offers a wealth of information on awards, reporting requirements, extensions, and more at http://grants.nih.gov/recovery/faqs_recovery.html#I.