House Passes Rep. Axne's Bipartisan Bill to Help Iowans Access Federal Grants

January 17, 2019
Press Release
Legislation would streamline and modernize the outdated and cumbersome federal grant reporting process

WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Rep. Cindy Axne’s (IA-03) Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements Transparency (GREAT) Act of 2019, bipartisan legislation that would help Iowa communities, small businesses and farmers access funds for programs and projects to create jobs and spur economic development across the state. The GREAT Act would streamline the outdated and burdensome federal grant process, making it easier and cheaper for Iowans to apply for grants and allowing taxpayers to better track government spending.

Twenty-six federal grant-making agencies offer over $600 billion annually in economic aid to state, local and tribal governments, non-profits, universities and other organizations to carry out a public purpose. Each agency has unique and cumbersome reporting standards that grant recipients are required to submit.

In order to remove red-tape and modernize the process, the GREAT Act would establish uniform reporting requirements and a single public website to publish grant data. By standardizing the process, the bill will make it easier and cheaper for Iowans to receive grants and increase transparency and accountability to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse in federal grant spending. 

“Whether its improving access to affordable housing in Des Moines, fostering economic development in our rural towns, or strengthening skills training programs in Council Bluffs, federal grants are meant to help our local communities. But our current system is so outdated and cumbersome, we’re leaving money on the table. Iowans shouldn’t have to jump through hoops to receive these funds,” said Rep. Axne. “Iowans also deserve to know that our taxpayer dollars are being used wisely. This bill will not only make it easier for Iowans to navigate the application process, reduce compliance costs for recipients, but it will also increase transparency and oversight in government-spending.”

From 2005 to 2014, Representative Axne worked for the State of Iowa, helping over twenty different state agencies deliver government services more effectively and efficiently for taxpayers. Representative Axne directed initiatives to root out waste, fraud and abuse in order to save Iowa taxpayers $200 million dollars, without cutting services.

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