OMB Super Circular Fundamentals in Orlando

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Sponsored by the Florida Association for Community Action
Full-Day Conference


December 2, 2014
Rosen Plaza Hotel
Orlando, FL

The Office of Management and Budget has released the new uniform guidance for administrative requirements, cost principles, and audits for Federal grants, and the various Federal grant awarding agencies currently are working to implement the new guidance by the December deadline.  The guidance, commonly called the “Super Circular” or “Omnicircular,” provides a new framework for managing Federal grants and subgrants. All non-Federal entities (pass-throughs, grantees and subrecipients) need to understand the Super Circular’s framework and will need to make conforming changes to their own policies and procedures to remain in compliance with Federal requirements.  This one-day workshop will explain in detail what the Super Circular means for Federal grantees and subgrantees. The workshop will discuss the major changes to administrative requirements, cost principles, and audit requirements, as well as major deadlines and what grantees and subgrantees need to do in response to these changes.

Over the course of the day, the workshop will explore the new Super Circular (Omnicircular) in detail, including:

  • Changes to the structure of the OMB grants management guidance and the reasons behind the changes;
  • Differences between the existing and new administrative standards under the Super Circular (including the new procurement and property management standards and changes to records retention requirements, closeouts and later adjustments, and funding source remedies);
  • Revisions to the cost principles (including changes to indirect costs and personnel costs);
  • Changes to the audit requirements under the OMB’s new Super Circular (Omnicircular);
  • The compliance deadlines and other key dates under the Super Circular (Omnicircular);
  • Answers to frequently asked questions about the Super Circular (Omnicircular).

This workshop will discuss these topics and more to provide attendees with the information needed not only to understand the new OMB Super Circular’s requirements but also the information necessary to make changes to their internal policies and procedures to remain in compliance with grant requirements.



Participants in this full-day conference will learn about the requirements under the new OMB Super Circular (also called the Omnicircular).  Conference participants will:

  • Gain a better understanding of the reasons for the reforms and structural changes resulting in the OMB’s new uniform guidance;
  • Understand the new vocabulary of federal grants under the Super Circular;
  • Learn about the key changes in the Super Circular affecting administrative standards;
  • Learn about the changes to the cost principles (including both general requirements and specific items of cost);
  • Learn about changes to audits under the new Super Circular;
  • Know which changes may be good and which changes may be bad for Federal grant recipients and subrecipients;
  • Understand the key dates and deadlines for implementing the Super Circular’s requirements; and,
  • Learn the answers to frequently asked questions about the Super Circular (Omnicircular) and its implementation.


Although this one-day workshop is sponsored by the Florida Association for Community Action, you do not need to be a member of FACA to attend.  This workshop is open to all grant-funded organizations, including pass-troughs, direct grantees, and subrecipients.  Registration for the OMB Super Circular Fundamentals conference is just $250 per person for FACA members and $275 per person for non-members.  Registration does not include lodging or transportation; you are responsible for making your own hotel and transportation reservations.  Space is extremely limited, and registrations will be processed on a first-come-first-served basis.

At the door registration will not be available for this conference.  You must register in advance.  Check-in will begin at 8:00 A.M.  The morning session will start promptly at 8:30 A.M.


December 2, 2014
8:00 AM EST (Onsite Check-in for Conference)
8:30 AM EST (Morning Session)
12:00 PM EST (Lunch — On Your Own)
1:30 PM EST (Afternoon Session)
 5:00 PM EST (Adjourn)


Courses on the OMB Super Circular Fundamentals qualify for Technical Business (Specialized Industries:  Nonprofit and Grant-Funded Organizations) CPE credit for Florida CPA’s.  Written proof of attendance will be supplied.  Up to 7 hours of credit (50 minute hours) may be earned.


Grants management professionals and other administrators and stakeholders affiliated with grant-funded organizations will benefit from this unique learning experience: Board members and officers, Chief Executive Officers, Chief Operating Officers, Chief Administrative Officers, Executive Directors, Program Directors, Fiscal Officers and fiscal staff, Grants Managers, Procurement Specialists, Policy Council members, and any other key staff members in positions of responsibility and accountability for Federal grants or Federal grant-funded programs.


The conference will be held at the Rosen Plaza Hotel, which is located at 9700 International Drive in the heart of Orlando, Florida (32819).  The Rosen Plaza Hotel’s central location in Orlando means that the hotel is just minutes to all major Orlando area attractions from Universal Studios and SeaWorld to Walt Disney World.  A special room rate of $109 per night (plus tax) is available for the OMB Super Circular Fundamentals conference.  To make a room reservation, please call the Rosen Plaza Hotel directly at 1-800-627-8258 and ask for the “Special FACA Training rate” to receive the discounted conference rate of $109 per night.  Please make your room reservation as soon as possible because the hotel cut-off date is November 3, 2014!


R. Brian Tipton is a practicing attorney with more than a decade’s experience working with nonprofits and grant-funded organizations across the United States.  Currently, he is Managing Director with The Graham Private Client Law Group, P.C., in Atlanta, where he heads the firm’s charitable solutions practice.  Brian is a summa cum laude graduate of the Louisiana State University and the Cumberland School of Law of Samford University.  He regularly represents grant-funded entities in the areas of regulatory compliance, audits, funding source disputes, administrative appeals, and litigation.  Brian also consults with organizations on governance, human resources, programmatic, and corporate matters, and develops and presents training programs for nonprofits.

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