National Endowment for the Arts Chief Information Officer Elected Chair of Grants Executive Board
Burke to lead board that uses technology to transform the way government works
September 27, 2006
Washington, D.C. -- The National Endowment for the Arts Chief Information Officer Michael R. Burke was recently elected as chairman of the Grants Executive Board. Instituted by the Office of Management and Budget to support both the President's Management Agenda and Public Law 106-107: the Federal Financial Assistance Management Improvement Act, the Grants Executive Board provides governance and oversight of two E-Government initiatives: Grants.gov and Grants Management Line of Business. Burke will hold the chairmanship for one year.
Nearly 20 percent of the federal budget, or more than $526 billion, is expended annually through grants. Comprised of representatives from each of the 26 federal grantmaking agencies, the Grants Executive Board oversees efforts to increase effectiveness in government-wide federal grant management processes. Grants.gov allows organizations to find and apply electronically for more than $400 billion in federal grants and is the single access point for more than 1,000 discretionary grant programs offered by all 26 federal grantmaking agencies.
The Grants Executive Board also oversees efforts to consolidate back office grant management systems across federal agencies. This initiative, called the Grants Management Line of Business (GMLOB) encourages agencies to streamline back end operations by using common business processes and shared technical support services. Both Grants.gov and GMLOB seek to lower costs and improve efficiency and data quality in the application process.
"The chairmanship is a great challenge," said Mr. Burke. "I'm in a position to facilitate improvements that serve both small and large agency grant management systems and their respective applicant communities."
The National Endowment for the Arts received the Grants.gov Gold Star award for exceeding FY 2005 goals set by Grants.gov and the Office of Management and Budget.
About the National Endowment for the Arts
This year, the National Endowment for the Arts marks its 40th anniversary of leadership in the arts. The NEA is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts -- both new and established -- bringing the arts to all Americans, and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Arts Endowment is the largest national funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases.
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