New Grants Process Adopted by DOI

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New Grants Process Adopted by DOI

On December 28, 2017, the Department of the Interior (DOI) issued a directive to staff, outlining a new screening process for the issuance of discretionary grants to outside groups. The directive, issued by DOI’s Principal Deputy Assistant Director for Policy, Management and Budget Scott J. Cameron, requires staff to ensure that grants “promote the priorities” of the Trump Administration. Staff are also required to have certain grants reviewed and approved by a Senior Adviser to the Assistant Director for Policy, Management and Budget. These include any award of at least $50,000 “to a non-profit organization that can legally engage in advocacy” or “to an institution of higher education.”

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