The clearinghouse review process provides “One stop” help to applicants for federal and/or state financial or nonfinancial assistance. It is the single point of contact (SPOC) for development projects in Maryland. It provides a forum for citizens to become informed and to comment on projects.
In this section is information about the Electronic Maryland Intergovernmental Review and Coordination (E-MIRC) process, which is coordinated by the clearinghouse. However, if you have specific questions about a program they should be directed to the funding agency. The E-MIRC process helps to ensure projects are consistent with Maryland public policy.
You may find that intergovernmental review requirements may vary from state to state and visitors from other states should contact their own clearinghouse for information. Refer to the SPOC list provided by the U.S. Office of Budget and Management, (OMB) for clearinghouse contact information for other states.
Please note that the State Clearinghouse does not award grants or other financial assistance.
E-MIRC notifies and transmits the views of state, regional, and local officials in Maryland. It provides a sure and simple means for learning about and commenting on specific federal and state applications.
A network of designated review coordinators working in state agencies or departments, county, local or regional government agencies work closely with the clearinghouse staff to provide comments concerning projects submitted to the clearinghouse. E-MIRC Refresher Training for Reviewers
The review process:
For the latest on compliance news for state and local governments receiving Federal Funds including ARRA money, see the federal OMB Website.
Obtaining a DUNS number
An application for a federal grant or contract is not complete unless it has a DUNS number. A DUNS number is a unique nine-digit sequence recognized as the universal standard for identifying and keeping track of entities receiving federal funds. Obtaining a DUNS number is a free, simple, one-time activity; however, obtaining a DUNS number can take some time. Obtain a DUNS number by calling 1-866-705-5711 or by applying online here. (www.dnb.com/us/)
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