A data call went out yesterday (Oct 23) requesting that all active financial assistance (FA) awards in FBMS include both the assigned project officer/biologist and grants officer/manager/specialist. This information will help the Training Team continue to work towards more specific training opportunities for FWS staff engaged in FA duties. It will also help the Financial Assistance Oversight and Support (FASO) Division as we work with DOI on new initiatives related to Department-wide financial assistance management. If you are assigned to one or more active FA awards as either a technical (programmatic) lead or grants officer, please contact your Servicing Office to provide that information if it is not already in FBMS. You can also contact Chris Matthiesen, the Servicewide FA Training Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
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A new video tutorial titled, "Completing the Federal Financial Report (SF-425)" is now available for viewing. Developed by the FASO Training Branch, this short (30 minute) video explains how recipients of U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service awards should complete the SF-425 when reporting on the financial status of Federal and matching funds under financial assistance grants and cooperative agreements. Both recipients and FWS staff involved with FA will benefit from this video tutorial.
You can view this new video tutorial at the link below.
From the USFWS Financial Assistance Support and Oversight Division-Branch of Policy (FASO-Policy) Office: