March 18, 2021
On Thursday, March 18, 2021, the National Academy of Public Administration and Grant Thornton hosted the first Symposium of 2021.
Attendees heard from the newly designated Grants Quality Service Management Office (QSMO) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Chad Clifford (Executive Director) spoke about the Grants QSMO’s goals of managing a marketplace of solutions, procuring interoperable solutions and services, and promoting the user experience, while also explaining the roles Grants QSMO will take on in the grants management arena. Andrea Sampanis (Solutions & Services Lead) discussed the Grants QSMO’s desire to create a seamless user experience for grant recipients while reducing time and saving money on both the grant recipient and grantor sides. Mary Beth Foley (Customer Engagement Lead) presented opportunities for applicants/recipients, federal awarding agencies, and the public to connect with the Grants QSMO. The Grants QSMO staff also shared details of their current and future initiatives with attendees.
Following the Grants QSMO presentation, attendees had the opportunity to discuss the topics that matter to the grants management community. Attendees posted and voted on the topics on an online idea board (note: voting and comments are closed). The input provided by attendees will allow the Grants Management Symposium to continue to provide relevant and timely information to the community.