The Office for Grants and Federal Fiscal Compliance is responsible for managing all discretionary and formula grants, ensuring the agency’s compliance with the fiscal requirements of federal grants, and conducting monitoring and grant reviews of federal grant subrecipients. The functions of each of its three divisions are described in more detail below.
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Federal Flexibility Initiative
The department also supports one of Commissioner Williams’ top priorities for Texas education—to close the gaps in student achievement—by implementing an agency initiative that provides increased flexibility for subrecipients of federal education grants. We have developed new policies related to how we administer, manage, and monitor federal grants. These policy changes are designed to help subrecipients close student achievement gaps by operating effective programs that are based upon locally identified needs.
The policy changes focus on
- Allowing more discretion at the local level
- Providing clear guidance with examples and models
- Removing barriers that are unnecessary and burdensome
- Improving performance and program outcomes
- Ensuring that grant funds are spent in accordance with program statute and regulations
- Strengthening accountability for federal dollars; minimizing waste, fraud, and abuse; and providing more transparency
More information about the federal flexibility initiative, including a list of specific policy changes, is available on the federal flexibility initiative web page.
A major part of this initiative is the promotion of Title I, Part A schoolwide programs. TEA encourages school districts and charter schools to take advantage of the flexibility offered by the schoolwide program model, which allows campuses to use Title I, Part A funds to improve the academic achievement of all of their students, not just certain eligible students. The program also eases several statutory and regulatory requirements, and allows campuses to consolidate their funds into a single budget “pool.” The schoolwide programs web page can help campuses adopt the schoolwide program options that work best for them based upon their local needs.
Division of Grants Administration
This division provides centralized administration of all formula and discretionary state-appropriated funds and federal grant funds awarded to TEA. As authorized by state and federal law, the division is responsible for administering all grant funds awarded to subrecipients in support of programs and initiatives to improve student performance and the high school graduation rate.
For more information, please visit the Division of Grants Administration website.
Division of Federal Fiscal Compliance and Reporting
This division ensures that the agency complies with the fiscal requirements of federal grants, such as maintenance of effort, comparability, and various reporting requirements.
For more information, please visit the Division of Federal Fiscal Compliance and Reporting website.
Division of Federal Fiscal Monitoring
This division monitors the expenditures of federal grant subrecipients for compliance with various fiscal requirements. It also conducts reviews of federal grant subrecipients to ensure that federal awards are used for authorized purposes in compliance with laws, regulations, and the provisions of contracts or grant agreements.
For more information, please visit the Division of Federal Fiscal Monitoring website.