The OMB Super Circular In-Depth in San Francisco

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April 9 and 10, 2015
Hilton Union Square Hotel
San Francisco, CA
Exclusive, Two-Day OMB Super Circular Training

The major Federal grant awarding agencies have finally issued regulations to implement the Office of Management and Budget’s new uniform guidance for administrative requirements, cost principles, and audits for Federal grants.  The guidance (commonly called the “Super Circular” or “Omnicircular”), and the Federal agency implementing regulations, provide a new framework for managing Federal grants and subgrants.  Despite the goal of uniformity, the OMB’s final guidance contains differences from earlier versions, and major Federal grant awarding agencies have included deviations from the OMB’s version of the Super Circular in their implementing regulations.  All non-Federal entities (pass-throughs, grantees and subrecipients) need to understand this new framework and conform their own policies and procedures to the Super Circular and awarding agency implementing regulations to remain in compliance with Federal requirements.  This conference will provide in-depth explanations of what the Super Circular and the awarding agency implementing regulations mean for Federal grantees and subgrantees.

Over the course of two days in San Francisco, the conference will explore the Super Circular (Omnicircular) and implementing regulations in detail, including:

  • Changes from the proposed OMB guidance to the final guidance;
  • Differences between the previous administrative standards and new standards under the Super Circular, including:
    • New procurement and property management standards,
    • Changes to fiscal management requirements,
    • New internal control standards,
    • Revised records retention requirements,
    • Changes to closeouts and later adjustments, and
    • Changes to funding source remedies;
  • Revisions to the cost principles, including:
    • Changes to treatment of indirect costs,
    • Changes to specific items of cost,
    • New requirements for personnel costs, and
    • Prior approval requirements;
  • Changes to Single Audit Act (formerly Circular A-133) audit requirements under the OMB Super Circular (Omnicircular);
  • Differences between the OMB’s version of the Super Circular and awarding agencies’ implementing regulations for the Super Circular (Omnicircular); and,
  • Answers to frequently asked questions about the Super Circular (Omnicircular) and its implementation.

The conference will discuss these topics and more to provide attendees not only with the detailed information necessary to understand the requirements of the OMB Super Circular and the Federal awarding agencies’ implementing regulations but also the information necessary to update internal policies and procedures to comply with the new grant requirements.



The OMB Super Circular conference will be held in San Francisco over two days, April 9 and 10, 2015.  The planned agenda for each day is as follows:

Day One (Thursday, April 9, 2015)

8:30 A.M. On-site Conference Check-in
9:00 A.M. Session I:  Introduction to the OMB Super Circular
10:00 A.M. Morning Break
10:15 A.M. Session II-A:  Administrative Standards
12:00 P.M. Lunch (On Your Own)
1:30 P.M. Session II-B:  Administrative Standards (Continued)
3:00 P.M. Afternoon Break
3:15 P.M. Session II-C:  Administrative Standards (Continued)
4:45 P.M. Adjourn (Day One)

Day Two (Friday, April 10, 2015)

8:30 A.M. On-site Conference Check-in
8:45 A.M. Session III-A:  Cost Principles
10:15 A.M. Morning Break
10:30 A.M. Session III-B:  Cost Principles (Continued)
12:00 P.M. Lunch (On Your Own)
1:30 P.M. Session IV-A:  Audits and Internal Controls
3:00 P.M. Afternoon Break
3:15 P.M. Session IV-B:  Audits and Internal Controls
4:45 P.M. Adjourn (Conference)


Attendees at this two-day conference in San Francisco will learn about the grants management requirements of the OMB Super Circular and the major Federal grant awarding agencies’ implementing regulations.  Conference participants will:

  • Gain a better understanding of the grants management framework put in place by the OMB Super Circular (Omnicircular) and the Federal awarding agencies’ new implementing regulations;
  • Understand the key concepts and policies behind the new Super Circular and the Federal awarding agencies’ implementing regulations;
  • Learn in detail about the key changes in the Super Circular affecting administrative standards;
  • Undertake an in-depth examination of the changes to the cost principles (including both general requirements and specific items of cost);
  • Learn about changes to Single Audit Act audits under the Super Circular and implementing regulations;
  • Understand the treatment of subrecipients and the new requirements placed on pass-through entities under the Super Circular and implementing regulations;
  • Develop their knowledge about the differences between the general guidance in the OMB Super Circular and specific, non-uniform implementing regulations from the major Federal grant awarding agencies; and,
  • Learn the answers to frequently asked questions about the Super Circular (Omnicircular) and its implementation.


Emerging and seasoned administrators and professionals of varying specialties within the grant-funded community 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.


Early birds get the discount! Registration for The OMB Super Circular In-Depth conference is just $499 per person through March 9, 2015, and just $549 per person after the Early Bird period.  Cancellations through March 9, 2015, are subject to a $25 administrative fee, and all cancellations after March 9, 2015 (but before March 21, 2015) are subject to a $125 administrative fee.  Refunds will not be issued for cancellations on or after March 21, 2015.  In lieu of cancellations, registrants may substitute another participant from his or her organization at no charge.  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.

Given the limited number of spaces available, at the door registration will not be available for this conference.  You must register in advance.  Please bring your event “ticket” or registration confirmation with you to speed your on-site conference check-in on the morning of April 9, 2015.  Conference check-in will begin at 8:30 A.M.  The morning session will start promptly at 9:00 A.M.


The OMB Super Circular In-Depth conference will take place at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, which is centrally located in downtown San Francisco with easy access to Nob Hill, China Town, and the city’s famous cable cars (as well as other public transportation).  Rooms are available for a special conference rate at the government per diem rate (plus tax) for single or double occupancy. Subject to room availability, this special conference rate will also be honored for the 3 days prior to and following the nights of April 8 and 9, 2015.  Participants are responsible for making their own hotel reservations directly with the hotel.  Hotel reservations can be made by calling 1-800-445-8667.  Please ask for the special group rate for the “Private Client Law Group” or mention group code “PCT” to receive the discounted conference rate.  Reservations can also be made on-line by clicking here for the reservations page.  The room reservation cut-off date is March 9, 2015 (or until the block is exhausted, whichever occurs first).


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, Brian is Managing Director with The Private Client Law Group, P.C., in Atlanta, where he heads the firm’s charitable solutions practice.  He is a summa cum laude graduate of the Louisiana State University and the Cumberland School of Law of Samford University.  Brian regularly represents grant-funded entities of all types 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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