STAND. COM. REP. NO.2204

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2002

RE: S.B. No. 3009

 

 

Honorable Robert Bunda

President of the Senate

Twenty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2002

State of Hawaii

Sir:

Your Committee on Transportation, Military Affairs and Government Operations, to which was referred S.B. No. 3009 entitled:

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE OFFICE OF GRANT WRITING,"

begs leave to report as follows:

The purpose of this measure is to establish an office of grant writing (office) within the Department of Budget and Finance (B&F).

Testimony in support of this measure was received from the Parents and Children Together, Aloha United Way, Hawaii Youth Services Network, National Association of Social Workers, and Hawaii Primary Care Association. Testimony in opposition was received from B&F.

The purpose of the office would be to secure federal grant moneys that may be available under federal programs. The office would be responsible for writing applications for federal grant moneys on behalf of state agencies, and would advise state agencies on administering those grants. There would be an advisory council consisting of certain designated nonprofit entities to assist the Governor in appointing an administrator of the office.

Your Committee heard testimony that over the years, particularly in the area of health and human services, available federal grant moneys slip by the State due to a lack of an organized, vigilant, and capable agency to pursue federal moneys. Researching the availability of federal grants and writing applications for those grants require specialized knowledge and experience. The loss of federal grant moneys through neglect cannot be tolerated by the State which is struggling under budget deficits.

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Transportation, Military Affairs and Government Operations that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 3009 and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Transportation, Military Affairs and Government Operations,

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CAL KAWAMOTO, Chair