State Grant Workplans and Performance Measures
EPA is currently working with States to promote more transparent and consistent reporting of State grants and the results from these grants, through the following two efforts:
State Grant Workplans: The Agency's long-term goal is for EPA and the States to achieve greater consistency in workplan formats. To achieve that goal, the Agency will convene a State/EPA workgroup of grant practitioners to develop a menu of formats for EPA and States to use when negotiating workplans for the 14 identified categorical grant programs. The formats will be available for use beginning with the FY 2011 grants cycle with a goal of phasing in all States using one of the standard formats by FY 2013 grant cycle.
State Grant Performance Measures (formally known as State Grant Template Measures): In FY 2011, the Agency, in consultation with ECOS, will evaluate the workplan initiative discussed above and determine whether it sufficiently enhances transparency and accountability such that developing a common set of measures is unnecessary. As this evaluation proceeds, the current set of measures flagged as State Grant Template Measures will be retained for FY 2011 reporting, although the use of the template to capture results for these measures is not required.
Guidance on FY 2010 State Grant Performance Measures and Workplans (PDF) (August 28, 2009) (2pp, 261K). In addition, EPA's individual guidance for national programs (including air, water, waste, pesticides, etc.) also provides specific guidance for State grants as it relates to a particular program's work.
In EPA's FY 2007 budget, OMB instructed EPA to "…develop a standardized template for States to use in reporting results achieved under grant agreements with EPA". From FY 2007 through FY 2009 EPA used a standardized State Grant Performance Measures Template designed to demonstrate results from continuing environmental program grants. The use of the standardized template for State grant performance measures was discontinued in FY 2010 based on the 2007 Lessons Learned Summary Final Report (PDF). (18pp, 146K)