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          Date of Hearing:  January 21, 2016


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                                 Jimmy Gomez, Chair


          AB  
          1348 (Irwin) - As Amended January 14, 2016


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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  NoReimbursable:  No


          SUMMARY:


          This bill creates the "federal grant administrator" within the  
          State Clearinghouse, under the Governor's Office of Planning and  
          Research (OPR), to serve as the state's primary point of contact  
          for information on federal grants related to community, economic  
          and local development. Specifically, this bill: 


          1)Authorizes the grant administrator to do the following: 


             a)   Work with state and local governments, nonprofits,  
               foundations, institutions of higher education, and other  








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               interested parties on applying for and managing federal  
               grants.


             b)   Support the establishment of a statewide network of  
               individuals who serve as point-of-contact for federal grant  
               opportunities.


             c)   Provide, or facilitate the provision of, in-person and  
               online training to encourage and improve their ability to  
               pursue and manage federal grants.


             d)   Develop and maintain information on OPR's Internet Web  
               site related to new federal grant opportunities, grant  
               management best practices, and other resources to support  
               the state and local governments and nonprofit entities to  
               apply and manage federal grants.


          2)Requires the grant administrator, starting on or before  
            January 1, 2018, to annually prepare a summary of federal  
            grant funding that tracks the following: grants awarded to the  
            state in prior and current years, as specified; the number of  
            applications submitted for grant funding; total federal  
            dollars received by the state, school districts and local  
            governments each year; and training event information.  


          FISCAL EFFECT:


          General Fund (GF) administrative costs of approximately $200,000  
          for FY 2017-18, and ongoing GF costs of approximately $180,000,  
          to support the federal grant administrator position and  
          associated duties.  Higher costs in the first year are  
          attributed to necessary website updates.









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          COMMENTS:


          1)Purpose.  According to the author, this bill provides the  
            coordinating functions necessary to manage and maximize  
            federal grants opportunities for the state and local  
            governments in California. Several states, such as Arizona,  
            Massachusetts, Maryland, Nevada, and Rhode Island have created  
            a Federal Grant Office to maximize their state's federal grant  
            opportunities.  According to the author, even small  
            improvements in the cumbersome process of identifying,  
            tracking, applying and competing, and spending federal grant  
            dollars can mean large returns for Californians. 


          2)Background. The Office of Planning and Research (OPR) assists  
            the Governor and the Administration in planning, research,  
            policy development, and legislative analysis. OPR formulates  
            long-range state goals and policies to address land use,  
            climate change, population growth and distribution, urban  
            expansion, infrastructure development, groundwater  
            sustainability and drought response, and resource protection. 


            With regard to federal grant funding, OPR serves as the "State  
            Single Point of Contact" for coordinating state and local  
            review of applications for federal grants or loans under  
            select state programs. In this capacity, OPR coordinates  
            reviews of federal financial assistance applications,  
            federally required state plans, direct federal development  
            activities, and federal environmental documents. 


          Analysis Prepared by:Misty Feusahrens / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081











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