Confirmed Agenda

Day 1

8:00 am – 9:00 am
REGISTRATION & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

9:00 am – 9:15 am
WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS
Overview of training, introduction of speakers, CPE & GPCI CEU Credit procedure

9:15 am – 10:45 am
FROM COMPLIANCE TO PERFORMANCE
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) seeks to reduce the risk of waste, fraud and abuse through better performance and accountability. The uniform guidance, 2 C.F.R. 200, provides a framework to strengthen program and financial outcomes through performance metrics and evaluation from pre-award through closeout. While compliance is still important, all federal agencies and nonfederal entities need to prepare for the shift to performance and how it affects grants processes. This may appear to be a simple development, but it is a significant change. The move to performance means heightened scrutiny and tougher consequences for noncompliance — including recovery audits, federal determinations of “not qualified” for nonfederal entities, possible personal liability for certifying officials and other corrective actions – all of which are serious sanctions that are now called “remedies” under 2 C.F.R. 200. The shift from compliance to performance is a primary objective of the uniform guidance.

10:45 am – 11:00 am
BREAK

11:00 am – 12:30 pm
FRAMEWORK OF FEDERAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
In this session will include a thorough discussion of the statutory and regulatory framework, including an overview of regulations such as the Uniform Guidance and other government-wide requirements, examples of agency-specific requirements, and a discussion of the key terms in a grant or cooperative agreement notice of award. This session will address the common legal concepts across various forms of financial assistance.

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
LUNCH

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
UPDATING YOUR POLICIES AND PROCEDURES – HAVE YOU MADE THE NECESSARY CHANGES?
OMB’s uniform guidance, 2 C.F.R. 200, requires nonfederal entities to have written policies and procedures. This session will raise your awareness about why written policies and procedures are needed and where to begin the process. There will also be a discussion about identifying provisions in the Uniform Guidance that may require your organization to update its policies and procedures. In addition, the area of policy vs procedure will be discussed and the relationship and dependencies of each within the organization will be covered. Written policies and procedures can be of the better ways of the best ways to improve your organization’s internal controls, minimizing the likelihood of fraud, waste and abuse as well as audit findings.

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm
BREAK

3:15 pm - 4:45 pm
SUBRECIPIENT RELATIONSHIPS: FROM FIRST RISK ASSESSMENT THROUGH CLOSE OUT
In addition to monitoring subrecipients and issuing management decisions for audit findings, the uniform guidance creates new responsibilities for pass-through entities—and new questions. In this session, we’ll clear the confusion on what pass-through entities can be doing now to prepare for all the changes, and all the new oversight. Know what it will take to avoid recovery audits, loss of funds and other sanctions. From the new risk assessments to tougher performance monitoring requirements, you’ll know what procedures have to change and what new practices must be put in place. We will address all aspects of the pass-through entity and Subrecipient relationship, from risk assessments conducted prior to award, structuring the subaward agreement, monitoring and evaluating the subrecipient activities under the agreement, and close out of the subaward relationship.

4:45 pm – 5:00 pm
Q & A and DAY 1 WRAP UP

Day 2

8:30 am – 9:00 am
REGISTRATION & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

9:00 am – 10:30 am
COST ISSUES BASICS
This session will provide an overview of cost accounting for Federal assistance awards and explains basic financial management principles, guidelines for allowability, the necessary and reasonable test, adequate documentation, and the credit principle. In addition to the selected items of cost, this session will include an overview of personnel costs and time and effort reporting requirements documentation.

10:30 am - 10:45 am
BREAK

10:45 am – 12:15 pm
INDIRECT COST RATES & COST ALLOCATION PLANS
This session will provide a detailed, step by step guide to the preparation and development of an indirect cost rate. It will build on the accounting requirements and rules for allowability and allocability (as discussed in Cost Issues Basics session) required to design a compliant rate structure. The session also analyzes the different types of indirect rate structures used by nonfederal entities and delineates how organizations should develop and present indirect rate structures and claimed costs. Through the use of a brief case study and exercise, workshop attendees will prepare and develop an indirect cost rate. Participants will learn critical data points, supporting documentation, and how to reduce audit risks when indirect rates are reviewed by their cognizant federal agency.

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
LUNCH

1:15 pm - 2:45 pm
PROCUREMENT STANDARDS
In this session, we will discuss the key terms and requirements regarding the “procurement standards”. We will also discuss in-depth selected “procurement standards” such as: competition; methods of procurement to be followed; contract cost and price; and contract provisions. In addition there will be a discussion about the basic concepts of procurements and how the Uniform Guidance may affect an entities practices. The session will wrap up with discussion about planning for the impact of the new “procurement standards” for your organization.

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm
BREAK

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
POST-AWARD NONCOMPLIANCE & AUDIT RESOLUTIONS
In this session, we will discuss compliance programs and the discovery of noncompliance matters after the fact. This session will address your legal obligations regarding disclosure and correction when a matter of noncompliance is discovered by your own staff, when asserted by a whistleblower, or when identified by an outside auditor or agency inspection. We will address the audit resolution process, from first assertion of a “finding” to formal and informal dispute processes, and new reporting requirements such as FAPIIS.

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Q & A and COURSE WRAP UP
This is your occasion to ask any final questions or share thoughts that may be lingering from the eight previous sessions. Thanks for a great Symposium and safe travels!

 

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FORUM DETAILS
When:
Conference: April 16 and 17
Post-Conference Workshop: April 18
Where:
The Public Contracting Institute
1725 I (Eye) Street NW
Suite 100
Washington, District of Columbia 20006
CPE Credits:
Up to 15 NASBA CPEs & 15 GPCI CEUs
Who Should Attend:
Executive Directors CFOs Finance VPs Accountants Controllers Auditors Procurement Managers Grants Directors
Contracts Representatives Grants Specialists Grants Managers Grants Coordinators Grant Writers Strategic Planners Program Managers Title I Coordinators
What's Included:
  • Two days of expert-led grants training
  • Networking opportunities during provided breakfasts and lunches
  • Optional half-day post-conference "deep dive" workshop the day after the Forum
  • BONUS! A print copy of the Uniform Guidance - a $49 value!
  • BONUS! Thompson's Grants Quick Start Toolkit to help you through the entire grants lifecycle - a $249 value!
  • BONUS! Four months of digital access to Thompson's Grants Compliance Expert Suite - a $596 value! (New subscribers only.)
Registration:
Early Bird Rate through March16:
$795 Forum
$1095 Forum + Post-Conference Workshop

Standard Rate after March16:
$895 Forum
$1195 Forum + Post-Conference Workshop

Post-Conference Workshop Only:
$395
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