Format: Adobe PDF
Product Type: PD&R; Research, Reports to Congress, Research Materials
Date Completed: May 2010
This report examines (1) grant announcements and application requirements, (2) technical assistance for grant applicants, (3) how grant award decisions are made, and (4) notification of grant award decisions. GAO reviewed requirements, documents, and records associated with this process for fiscal years 2007 and 2008, observed the grant evaluation portion of this process, and interviewed applicants, peer reviewers, and agency officials.
GAO recommends that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) should take steps to ensure a fair and transparent award process, including clarifying evaluation criteria; selecting better qualified reviewers; better documenting agency guidance to reviewers and its rationale for grant decisions; and providing this rationale to applicants in a timely manner. HHS agreed to improve its process in response to all of GAO�s recommendations except the ones related to clarifying evaluation criteria and better documenting agency guidance to reviewers.