7 CFR 1291.10 - Reporting and oversight requirements.

§ 1291.10 Reporting and oversight requirements.

(a) An annual performance report will be required of all State departments' of agriculture within 90 days after the completion of the first year of the project(s), until the expiration date of the grant agreement. If the grant period is one year or less, then only a final performance report is required (See paragraph (b) of this section). The annual performance report shall include the following:

(1)Activities Performed. Briefly summarize activities performed, targets, and/or performance goals achieved during the reporting period to meet measurable outcomes for each project.

(2)Problems and Delays. Note unexpected delays or impediments for each project.

(3)Future Project Plans. Outline work to be performed during the next reporting period for each project.

(4)Funding Expended To Date. Comment on the level of grant funds expended to date for each project.

(b) A final performance report will be required of all State departments of agriculture within 90 days following the expiration date of the grant period. The final progress report shall include the following:

(1)Project Summary. An outline of the issue, problem, interest, or need for each project.

(2)Project Approach. How the issue or problem was approached via each project.

(3)Goals and Outcomes Achieved. How the performance goals and measurable outcomes were achieved for each project(s). If outcome measures were long term, summarize the progress that has been made towards achievement.

(4)Beneficiaries. Description and quantitative data for the number of people or operations that have benefited from the project's accomplishments, and/or the potential economic impact of each project.

(5)Lessons Learned. Lessons learned, results, conclusions, for each project. If outcome measures were not achieved, identify and share the lessons learned to help expedite problem-solving.

(6)Contact Person. List the contact person for each project with telephone number and email address.

(7)Additional Information. Include other relevant project information available (e.g. publications, Web sites, photographs).

(c) A final SF-269A “Financial Status Report (Short Form)” or SF-269 “Financial Status Report (Long Form)” if the project(s) had program income, is required within 90 days following the expiration date of the grant period.

(d) AMS will monitor States, as it determines necessary, to assure that projects are completed in accordance with the approved State plan. If AMS, after reasonable notice to a State, and opportunity to be heard, finds that there has been a failure by the State to comply substantially with any provision or requirement of the State plan, AMS may disqualify, for one or more years, the State from receipt of future grants under the SCBGP or SCBGP-FB.

(e) States shall diligently monitor performance to ensure that time schedules are being met, project work within designated time periods is being accomplished, and other performance measures are being achieved.

[ 73 FR 51589, Sept. 4, 2008, as amended at 74 FR 13318, Mar. 27, 2009]

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