Government Agencies

Telework, its the LAW!

Telework, its the LAW!

First, what is “Telework”? You may be familiar with the terms “telecommuting” and “flexible workplace” and both are used to describe what the government now generally refers to as “telework”. In practice, “telework” is a work arrangement that allows an employee to perform work, during any part of regular, paid hours, at an approved alternative worksite (e.g. home, telework center).   Does Your Organization Promote / Support Telework? Technology has allowed us to be more mobile, but many people aren’t keeping pace with this transformation.  Is your organization managing their workforce with models that are decades old? Do you or does your…read more →

Giving the Gratitude for Grants

Giving the Gratitude for Grants

Grab an Attitude of Gratitude! We are deep into the “Month of Gratitude” and Thanksgiving is upon us. I am taking time to reflect upon the things I am thankful for, like: my amazing son, my loving rescued miniature schnauzer, the quick return of my working  laptop (tear), my mom and her supportive community,  and the blessing of being able to help others do good in their jobs and in their organizations! I could go on and on…I have a lot for which I am thankful.  When I think of times of gratitude during my career with grants, snapshot memories flash…read more →

Playing “Budget Hero”, the Video Game!

Playing “Budget Hero”, the Video Game!

Are you and your staff  'Budget Heros' when it comes to grants?  I work with people who love to DO their work. These are passionate, take-charge, capable leaders who become wide eyed and immobile we start to discuss the impact of the federal budget on their organization.   It can be overwhelming when we try to consider how changes to a budget of  $3.8 trillion, with nearly a $1 trillion gap in debt, could impact a single organization?   Relatively minute changes in spending can drastically alter your government agency or nonprofit either through the impact on their clients or through…read more →

What is eRA Commons?

What is eRA Commons?

What is eRA Commons?  The eRA Commons is a web interface where National Institute of Health, certain other Department of Health and Human Services agencies,  applicants and institutions are able to to participate in the electronic grant application and administration process.  Principle Investigators and postdoctoral personnel funded by the NIH are required to be registered with the Commons, and to include their Commons user name in their proposals. The best place to start is with the following presentations geared to provide you with an overview of the electronic grant application process: Interacting Electronically With NIH (PowerPoint – 4 MB) – Updated June…read more →

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