Annual Head Start Governance and Management Institute in Las Vegas

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October 26 and 27, 2017
The Tropicana, a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
Las Vegas, Nevada

Make sure that you understand the requirements of the revised Head Start Performance Standards and know how to implement good governance practices and strong management systems by attending the Head Start and Early Head Start Governance and Management Institute in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 26 and 27, 2017.

Governance and management are the twin engines that drive high-performing Head Start and Early Head Start agencies.  Stay on track to achieving sustained program success by attending the annual Head Start and Early Head Start Governance and Management Institute to learn the major requirements of the new Head Start Program Performance standards and the keys to implementing effective governance and management systems.  The last year has brought a new management and governance framework, new Head Start Program Performance Standards, a new monitoring protocol, and new initiatives.  As Head Start requirements and best practices evolve, understanding the rules and having effective governance and management are more important than ever.  When you attend this unique two-day Governance and Management Institute, you will ensure that you and your agency are up-to-date on governance and management requirements, the new Performance Standards, monitoring changes and current focus areas, and the latest best practices.

With all the changes to Head Start and Early Head Start over the last year, the Governance and Management Institute features a revised and updated curriculum for 2017.  Over the course of two days, you will learn about Head Start and Early Head Start governance and management issues in detail, including:

  • Major rules of the revised Head Start Program Performance Standards;
  • Requirements of the revised Head Start and Early Head Start management systems framework;
  • Roles and responsibilities of the Governing Body and Policy Council under the Head Start Act and revised Head Start Program Performance Standards;
  • Management responsibilities under the revised Performance Standards and Head Start Act;
  • Achieving a good working relationship between management and governance in Head Start and Early Head Start agencies;
  • Oversight and program planning obligations and relationship to service delivery;
  • Effective communications systems;
  • Recordkeeping, reporting, and the role of data in Head Start management;
  • Human resources issues (including management staff qualifications);
  • Best practices in Head Start and Early Head Start governance and management;
  • Fiscal management under the new Head Start Program Performance Standards;
  • Application of Part 75 to Head Start and Early Head Start programs;
  • Revised Head Start and Early Head Start monitoring system;
  • Implementing effective internal controls;
  • Common Head Start and Early Head Start governance and management issues (and how to avoid them); and,
  • Answers to frequently asked governance and management questions.

There will also be extensive opportunities for you to get answers to your individual questions about Head Start and Early Head Start governance and management requirements and best practices throughout both days of the Institute.

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Additional Dates Added: Navigating the OMB Super Circular

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September 21 and 22, 2017
Marriott Courtyard San Diego Downtown
San Diego, California (Hotel deadline is August 31!)
Full, Two-Day OMB Uniform Grants Guidance Training

By popular demand, we have added additional dates for our “Navigating the OMB Super Circular” training.  Now you can learn about administrative requirements, cost principles, and audit standards to keep your grants on safe ground and far from problem territory, by attending the two-day conference in San Diego on September 21 and 22, 2017.

Grants management challenges and the requirements of the OMB’s Uniform Grants Guidance (better known as the “Super Circular” or “Omnicircular”) continue to evolve.  The Super Circular touches all phases of grants management, and failure to follow the Super Circular’s requirements can result in serious compliance problems and even loss of your grant funding.  Therefore, to effectively manage your grants and avoid these issues (regardless of whether your organization is a grantee, pass-through entity, or subrecipient), you must understand the Super Circular and how to navigate its requirements.  This special training will not only explain for you the Super Circular’s requirements, but will also go beyond the basics to address common issues and how to avoid them as well as recent legislative, policy, and legal developments to help you stay up-to-date on current grants requirements.

By attending this two-day conference in San Diego on September 21 and 22, you will learn how to navigate the Super Circular to better manage your grants, avoid problem territory, and keep your grants on solid ground.  In addition, you will have multiple opportunities to get answers to your most pressing questions about grants management.

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Head Start Smarts Webinar Series (August 2017)

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August 10, 2017 (Meeting Your Match: Cost-Sharing and Related Issues)
August 17, 2017 (Head Start Human Resources Fundamentals)
2:00 p.m. EDT – 1:00 p.m. CDT – 12:00 p.m. MDT – 11:00 a.m. PDT
Stay up-to-date on key Head Start requirements!

Register for the remaining entries in the “Head Start Smarts: Back to School Webinar Series” on August 10 and 17, 2017, to make sure that your agency starts the new program year in compliance with current Head Start and Early Head Start requirements.

Our “Head Start Smart: Back to School Webinar Series” will continue in August with two, additional 90-minute webinars.  On August 10, 2017, join us for “Meeting Your Match: Cost-Sharing and Related Issues,” to learn about the Head Start match requirement, what does and does not count as match, and common issues faced in trying to meet cost-sharing requirements, in addition to issues concerning program income and fundraising.  The series will conclude on August 17, 2017, with “Head Start Human Resources Fundamentals,” during which you will learn about changes to key components of human resources management from basic staff qualifications and background checks to standards of conduct and required training and staff development.

By registering for these 90-minute webinars, in addition to receiving the latest information about these important Head Start and Early Head Start standards, you will have the opportunity (during each webinar) to ask individual questions about program requirements.

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Navigating the OMB Super Circular

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October 10 and 11, 2017
Francis Marion Hotel
Charleston, SC (Hotel deadline is September 18!)
Full, Two-Day OMB Uniform Grants Guidance Training

Learn to navigate the OMB Super Circular’s administrative requirements, cost principles, and audit standards to keep your grants on safe ground and far from problem territory by attending this intensive training in Charleston, South Carolina, on October 10 and 11, 2017.

Are your grants headed for trouble? Grants management has entered a new territory of increased accountability under the Office of Management and Budget’s Uniform Grants Guidance (more commonly known as the “Super Circular” or Omnicircular”).  With the Super Circular, the OMB has created a different framework for managing Federal grants that continues to evolve, with the most recent amendments occurring just this May.  Navigating this evolving framework can be difficult, but our two-day training in Charleston will help you set the right course.  The training will explain for you the Super Circular’s key requirements, discuss recent developments that could affect you, and identify common compliance issues and explain how you can avoid them.  By attending this exclusive training on October 10 and 11, 2017, you will learn how to navigate the OMB Super Circular’s requirements to better manage your grants and stay away from problem areas.

“Navigating the OMB Super Circular” will explain the Super Circular’s key requirements for all types of pass-through entities, grantees, and subrecipients.  Among the topics that you will learn about are:

  • Recent changes to the OMB Super Circular (Uniform Grants Guidance);
  • Administrative standards under the Super Circular;
  • Procurement and property management standards;
  • Fiscal management requirements;
  • Internal control standards;
  • Records retention requirements;
  • Closeouts and later adjustments;
  • Funding source remedies and enforcement actions;
  • Revised cost principles;
  • Treatment of indirect and direct costs;
  • Special rules for specific items of cost;
  • Time and effort documentation for personnel costs;
  • Prior approval requirements;
  • Single Audit Act (formerly Circular A-133) audit requirements under the OMB Super Circular;
  • Differences between the OMB’s version of the Super Circular and awarding agencies’ implementing regulations for the Uniform Grants Guidance;
  • Consequences of fraud, abuse, and other violations of grants management requirements under the Super Circular;
  • Common problems under the Uniform Grants Guidance and how to avoid them; and,
  • Answers to frequently asked questions about the Super Circular (Omnicircular) and its implementation.

In addition to learning how to navigate the OMB’s Uniform Guidance (a.k.a. the Super Circular) to stay in compliance with grants requirements, you will have multiple opportunities over both days of the “Navigating the OMB Super Circular” training in Charleston to get answers to your individual Super Circular and grants management questions.

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OMB Super Circular Training in Dallas

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July 20 and 21, 2017
Dallas Addison Marriott Quorum by the Galleria
Dallas, TX (Hotel deadline is July 5!)
Intensive, Two-Day OMB Super Circular Training Opportunity

Attend “Managing Grants under the OMB Super Circular” in Dallas, Texas, on July 20 and 21, 2017, to learn about the latest developments affecting grants management and how to manage grants effectively under the Uniform Grants Guidance (a/k/a the Super Circular) while avoiding common compliance issues.

The requirements of the OMB’s Uniform Grants Guidance (more commonly called the “Super Circular”) create challenges throughout the entire grant life cycle, and these challenges continue to evolve along with the Super Circular.  Effectively managing your grants requires not just knowledge of the Super Circular but also an understanding of how the Super Circular’s rules affect each phase of the grant life cycle.  This special, two-day training in Dallas will explain for you the Super Circular’s key requirements at each point in the grant life cycle from beginning to end.  In addition, the training will go beyond the basics to address common problems encountered by grantees and how to avoid them as well as the effects of recent legislative, policy, and legal developments on grants management practices.  Regardless of whether your organization is a direct grantee, pass-through entity, or subrecipient, you must know and follow the latest rules and requirements under the Super Circular to remain in compliance with funding source expectations, avoid enforcement actions (including termination of your grant funding), and enjoy a healthy grant life cycle.  By attending the Super Circular training in Dallas on July 20 and 21, you will learn how to navigate the Uniform Grants Guidance to better manage your grants and avoid costly compliance problems.

This special two-day training will explain the Super Circular’s key requirements throughout the grant life cycle, from the pre-award phase to performance to close outs and audits, plus everything in between.  The topics that you will explore include the following:

  • Major rules that you must follow under the Uniform Grants Guidance (Super Circular);
  • Administrative requirements under the Super Circular, including:
    • Fiscal management requirements;
    • Internal control standards;
    • Payment requirements;
    • Property management standards;
    • Revised record retention requirements; and,
    • Changes to funding source remedies;
  • Procurement requirements and challenges in implementation;
  • Requirements for making and managing subawards;
  • Unified cost principles under the Super Circular, including:
    • Direct costs;
    • Indirect costs;
    • De minimis indirect cost rate; and
    • Specific items of cost;
  • Time and effort reporting requirements;
  • Requirements of the Federal Awardee Performance Integrity and Information System (FAPIIS);
  • Funding source remedies and enforcement actions;
  • Closing out grants and recent developments affecting the close out process;
  • Single Audit Act (Subpart F) audits, reporting, and resolution under the Uniform Guidance; and,
  • Common compliance problems and how to avoid them.

The conference will discuss these topics and more to provide you with the information that you need to stay in compliance with grant requirements.  You will also have ample opportunities during both days to ask and get answers to your Super Circular and grants management questions.

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