Agenda Information

DAY 1:

8:00 am – 9:00 am

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

9:15 am – 10:30 am
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. Federal agencies aren’t off the hook either. Federal agencies may be held accountable for their own performance — funding decisions, the number of high-risk grantees, how long they allow nonperformance to continue before applying remedies and annual targets for each federal agency to recover funds ( Federal agencies may even face corrective actions for their own oversight, and must report to their own Office of Inspector General and to Congress annually about their recipients. The shift from compliance to performance is a primary objective of the uniform guidance.

10:30 am – 10:45 am

10:45 am – 12:00 pm
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.

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

12:45 pm – 1:00 pm
Learn how to access your conference slides and Grants Toolkit. Plus, get an overview of subscribers’ favorite features!

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm
The election of President Trump has ushered in a new era for federal grants. If you have tried to access the Office of Management and Budget’s website, you are all too familiar with the fact that things have changed. On Feb. 16, 2017 Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) was confirmed on a 51-49 vote, ushering in change at the OMB, which oversees federal grants. This session will focus on the recent developments and enforcement actions in the in the federal grants community and will discuss the impact the Trump Administrative may have on federal grants.

2:15 pm – 2:30 pm

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
The Uniform Grants Guidance (UGG), which went into effect on December 24, 2014 made clear that internal controls are critical to minimize the risk of fraud, waste and abuse in federal programs. Inadequate or nonexistent internal controls are regularly cited in audit and monitoring reports as reasons why grantees and sub-grantees are out of compliance with grant administration requirements. But what exactly are internal controls and how they can improve your current processes? Simply put: internal controls are the safeguards that agencies must have in place to protect the integrity of federal programs. This session will explain what internal controls are, discuss the new requirements under the UGG, identify ways to detect weaknesses in internal controls and provide attendees with practical examples of internal controls.

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm
Join us as we review and absorb the information presented today. Ask questions, share thoughts and unwind. It’s been a great day and we have another one planned for you tomorrow.

DAY 2:

8:00 am – 9:00 am

9:00 am – 9:45 am
OMB’s uniform guidance, 2 C.F.R. 200, requires nonfederal entities to have written policies and procedures. Written policies and procedures provide program managers with guidance about implementing their grants within their own organizations, and also would support a viable defense in case of an audit investigation, providing “reasonable assurance” that the recipient organization is making a good faith attempt to comply with requirements. But ensuring that your policies measure up isn’t just about compliance, it’s also about performance. The uniform guidance promotes flexibility. It defines what must be done, but not how. The burden, therefore, is now on nonfederal entities to define how they will demonstrate compliance, performance and effective stewardship of federal funds. Written policies and procedures are the gateway to that end, and are one of the best ways to improve your organization’s internal controls, minimizing the likelihood of fraud, waste and abuse as well as audit findings. Templates for creating or updating written policies and procedures are provided for all attendees.

9:45 am - 11:00 am
In this session, we will discuss the requirements of the “procurement standards” under the uniform guidance, including competition requirements and procurement procedures triggered by various contract dollar-value thresholds, requirements applicable to sole source procurement decisions, and enhanced documentation requirements. We will also address conflicts of interest, and contracting vehicles that meet regulatory requirements while also providing purchasers with needed flexibility and predictability.

11:00 am – 11:15 am

11:15 am – 12:30 pm
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.

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
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 case study and exercise, workshop attendees will prepare and develop an indirect cost rate. Students will learn critical data points, supporting documentation, and how to reduce audit risks when indirect rates are reviewed by their cognizant federal agency.

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm

3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
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.

4:15 pm – 4:30 pm
This is your opportunity to ask any final questions or share thoughts that have come to mind over the course of the last two days. Thanks for a great Forum and travel safely home!


9:00am - 12:00pm
This half-day session will be a deep dive into subrecipient monitoring. In general, the OMB’s uniform grant reform guidance contains hundreds of pages of changes to almost every facet of grants administration. Subrecipient monitoring represents one of the most challenging and complex areas affected by the reform. New changes include, but are not limited to: Pass-through entities must continue to monitor their subrecipients and issue management decisions for audit findings, but they are now required to increase accountability over their current and future subrecipients. This session will focus on subrecipient administration including fiduciary responsibilities of the pass through entity and its legal requirements.


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You may be able to charge the cost of your Thompson Training to your federal grant(s). For state agencies and other nonfederal entities, under the cost principles of the uniform guidance, there are allowable items of cost for subscriptions (§200.454.(b)) and professional development (§200.472). Please check with your program director, finance officer or granting agency to ensure there is no restriction in the approved grant budget or the award documents.

Conference: April 5 & 6, 2017
Post-Conference Workshop: April 7, 2017
Savannah Hyatt Regency
2 West Bay St, Savannah, GA 31401
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
  • Specialized attendee breakout sessions
  • Networking events, breakfasts, and lunches
  • The Grants Quick Start Toolkit
  • 6 months of digital access to Thompson's Grants Management Handbook (New subscribers only.)
Early Bird Rate through 03/06/2017:
$795 Forum
$1095 Forum + Subrecipient Workshop
Standard Rate after 03/06/2017:
$895 Forum
$1195 Forum + Subrecipient Workshop
Subrecipient Workshop Only:
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