ARRA “Stimulus” Weekly Update, August 10, 2009

In this update:

  • OMB Issues FAQs on ARRA Reporting
  • OMB Releases ARRA Recipient Reporting Data Model 3.0
  •  Grants.gov Site Offers New Feature for Searching ARRA Opportunities
  • NSF Releases FAQs on the Academic Research Infrastructure ARI-R2 Program
  • UNC System Cumulative Report of Proposals and Awards: http://www.northcarolina.edu/recovery/index.php?node_id=2398
  • Weekly Update RSS Feed Subscription Information

Federal Reporting: 

OMB has issued a set of ARRA Frequently Asked Questions, which are posted to the OMB Whitehouse website http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/recovery_faqs/.

The Recovery Board and OMB released Recipient Reporting Data Model 3.0

(http://www.recovery.gov/sites/default/files/FedRptgDataModel.doc). The Data Dictionary describes the data elements that recipients will report October 1 to 10. OMB has stated that there will be no more changes to the reporting model before the October reporting deadline. The XML Schema and Excel Spreadsheet will be based on the version 3 data model and will be released on or about Monday, August 10. The reporting element for “Activity Code” for grants and loans pulls from the National Center for Charitable Statistics - http://nccsdataweb.urban.org/PubApps/nteeSearch.php?gQry=all-core&codeType=NPC.

Other Resources:

A new feature is available on Grants.gov to help users find and apply for ARRA opportunities. From a direct link on the Grants.gov homepage, users will be directed to ARRA opportunities, other ARRA resources, upcoming webinars and links to other federal ARRA-related sites. Look for the ARRA section in the upper right hand corner of the Grants.gov webpage (www.grants.gov).

The National Science Foundation has issued a second set of FAQs for the Academic Research Infrastructure R2 grant program. Go the following URL for more information: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09051_2/nsf09051_2.jsp?govDel=USNSF_25

UNC General Administration has activated an RSS feed capability for the ARRA ‘Stimulus” Weekly Update. Anyone can subscribe to receive notice that the update has been posted to the General Administration ARRA website. The notice will include a summary of the items covered in the update. The subscription instructions are attached. We will continue to provide a direct email message with attachment for those that do not wish to subscribe to the RSS feed. Please contact Sarah Smith at smsmith@northcarolina.edu if you wish to continue to receive a direct email message with attachment for the ARRA “Stimulus” Weekly Update or if you have any questions. Following is the URL for the UNC-GA ARRA website: http://www.northcarolina.edu/recovery/index.php?node_id=2308

The UNC General Administration American Recovery and Reinvestment Act website has added a Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feature. Using this feature, you can subscribe to the UNC ARRA website, and have new weekly reports and other updates come directly into your email client or into a browser-based RSS feed reader. More information about RSS can be found at the RSS Wikipedia website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSS. To subscribe to the ARRA RSS feed, please follow one of the sets of instructions below, depending on your subscription preference and email client:

To Subscribe Using Your Email Client (preferred)

Microsoft Outlook
On the Tools menu, click Account Settings.
On the RSS Feeds tab, click New.
In the New RSS Feed dialog box, cut and paste the URL of the RSS Feed: http://www.northcarolina.edu/content.php/recovery/index.php?pg=rss
Click Add.
Click OK.
More information can be found at http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/help/HA101595391033.aspx


Mozilla Thunderbird
Before you can subscribe to any RSS feeds, you first need to create an RSS account.
Go to the "File" menu and select "New -> Account". Alternatively, you can go to the "Tools" menu and select "Account Settings", and click on the "Add Account" button.
In the dialog box that pops up, select "RSS News & Blogs" and press the "Next" button.
Enter an account name, press the "Next" button, and finally press the "Finish" button. This new account will now appear in the folders pane in the main Thunderbird window.
Now add the ARRA feed subscription
Right-click on the account name in the folders pane and select "Manage Subscriptions".
Click on the account name in the folders pane, and then click on the "Manage Subscriptions" link in the main Thunderbird window.
Go to "Tools -> Account Settings", click on the account name in the left-hand pane, and then click the "Manage Subscriptions" button.
Click the "Add" button
Enter the URL for the feed into the box: (http://www.northcarolina.edu/content.php/recovery/index.php?pg=rss)
Select the option “Show the article summary instead of loading the webpage” and click "OK"
More information and help at http://kb.mozillazine.org/RSS_basics_(Thunderbird)


To Subscribe Using Your Web Browser’s Feed:

Internet Explorer:
Visit the UNC ARRA page at http://www.northcarolina.edu/recovery/index.php
Click on the RSS feed button displayed at the top of the browser window (below the search field). The icon looks like a square with two lines through it, and will turn orange when you hover over it with the mouse.
Clicking on the RSS button will take you to the feed. Click on the link at the top of the page that says “Subscribe to this feed” and then select “Subscribe” in the subsequent pop-out window.
To view updated posts, click on the “favorites” star and select the “feeds” option. The title of the feed will be in bold if you have unread posts.


Visit the UNC ARRA page at http://www.northcarolina.edu/recovery/index.php
Click on the RSS button in the browser’s address field:
In the pop-out box; type “UNC-GA ARRA” in the name, and make sure “Bookmarks Toolbar” is selected for the “Create in” option. Select “Add”
This will add a button at the top of your screen. To view updated posts, click this button and a drop down menu of recent items will appear