Workshops

Navigating the OMB Super Circular in Columbus, Ohio

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March 27 and 28, 2018
Columbus, OH
Full, Two-Day OMB Uniform Grants Guidance Training

Learn how to safely navigate the OMB Super Circular’s key administrative requirements, cost principles, and audit standards, in Columbus, Ohio, on March 27 and 28, during this exclusive, two-day training, featuring an updated curriculum for 2018.

Are you putting your grants at risk? The OMB’s Uniform Grants Guidance (better known as the “Super Circular” or “Omnicircular”) touches all aspects of Federal grants management, and failure to follow the Uniform Grants Guidance can result in serious compliance issues, including disallowances, suspensions, and even loss of your grant funding.  The Uniform Grants Guidance and agency implementing regulations have imposed new requirements for grant-funded organizations and changed numerous pre-existing rules, including administrative requirements, cost principles, and audit standards; adding to the complications, these requirements continue to change.  Navigating this evolving framework can be difficult, but our two-day training in Columbus, Ohio, on March 27 and 28, 2018, 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 in 2018, and identify common compliance issues and describe how you can avoid them.

By attending this special conference, you will learn how to navigate the OMB Super Circular’s requirements to better manage your grants and stay away from problem territory.  During the intensive “Navigating the OMB Super Circular” training, which has been updated and expanded for 2018, you will learn about the Uniform Grants Guidance and Federal implementing regulations in detail.  Among the topics that you will explore 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 (Subpart F) 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.

The conference will discuss these topics and more to provide you with the information necessary to successfully navigate the Super Circular’s major requirements as well as to update internal policies to comply with current grants requirements.  You will also have ample opportunities during both days of the Columbus, Ohio, training on March 27 and 28, 2018, to ask and get answers to your questions about the Super Circular and grants management.

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Fourth Annual Head Start Health & Safety Institute in Dallas

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March 8 and 9, 2018
DoubleTree by Hilton Dallas Campbell Centre
Dallas, TX

Learn about recent changes affecting Head Start and Early Head Start health and safety requirements and how to avoid common compliance problems and implement a high-quality program that meets health, safety, facilities, and transportation standards during this special, two-day Institute in Dallas, Texas, on March 8 and 9, 2018.

Are health and safety top priorities for your Head Start or Early Head Start agency? For years, health, safety, transportation, and facilities-related issues have been among the most common reasons for deficiencies and serious findings for Head Start and Early Head Start programs, and the Office of Head Start has placed a special emphasis on these common, problem areas.  That focus has not changed under the revised Head Start Program Performance Standards or the new Aligned Monitoring System 2.0 (which has been introduced for the 2018 Fiscal Year).  When you attend the Fourth Annual Head Start Health & Safety Institute in Dallas on March 8 and 9, 2018, you will learn not just about the rules that programs must follow under the revised Performance Standards and the Head Start Act, but also how to implement best practices and respond to recent developments affecting health, safety, facilities, and transportation requirements, all while avoiding common deficiencies and other compliance problems.

The curriculum for the Fourth Annual Health & Safety Institute has been updated and revised for 2018 to incorporate recent changes ranging from the new Aligned Monitoring System 2.0 to updated facilities guidance.  During the Institute’s two full days, you will learn about Head Start and Early Head Start health and safety issues in detail, including:

  • Meeting health and safety requirements under the Head Start Program Performance Standards and Head Start Act;
  • Preparing for the impact of the revised, Aligned Monitoring System 2.0 framework;
  • Avoiding common but critical environmental health and safety issues;
  • Implementing health services (including health status, nutrition, and mental health);
  • Applying health and safety requirements to different program options (including center-based, home-based, and family child care);
  • Responding to facilities-related issues and satisfying facilities rules under the revised Head Start Program Performance Standards;
  • Integrating Caring for Our Children Basic and related best practices;
  • Implementing active supervision;
  • Complying with Life Safety Code requirements;
  • Meeting requirements for child supervision and appropriate discipline;
  • Understanding environmental health and safety issues for non-center-based program options;
  • Implementing the revised transportation standards under the Performance Standards and best practices for safely transporting Head Start and Early Head Start children;
  • Identifying and mitigating risks related to health, safety, and transportation;
  • Implementing an effective ongoing monitoring system; and,
  • Addressing consequences of noncompliance and successfully responding to health and safety issues.

In addition to discussing these key health and safety topics and more, you will also have multiple opportunities over both days of the Institute to ask and get answers to your individual questions about Head Start and Early Head Start health, safety, transportation, and facilities requirements.  Help your Head Start or Early Head Start program comply with critical health, safety, transportation, and facilities-related requirements, by attending this unique Institute in Dallas on March 8 and 9, 2018.

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Fourth Annual Head Start Fiscal Integrity Institute in New Orleans

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March 1 and 2, 2018
Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton, Convention Center
New Orleans, LA

Help your Head Start or Early Head Start agency implement and maintain sound fiscal management policies that will enhance the program while also preventing costly deficiencies and disallowances by attending this exclusive, two day Head Start Fiscal Integrity Institute in New Orleans, Louisiana, on March 1 and 2, 2018.

A deep commitment to fiscal integrity is more important than ever to the success of every Head Start and Early Head Start agency.  Recent developments, including allegations of fiscal impropriety and implementation of the new Aligned Monitoring System 2.0 with its different approach to fiscal monitoring, mean that agencies must remain vigilant to ensure continued compliance with fiscal integrity requirements in 2018.  Aside from these developments, programs also still face challenges with the new Head Start Program Performance Standards as well as recent amendments to the OMB Uniform Grants Guidance (found in HHS Part 75) and updates to internal control and audit standards.  When you attend the Fourth Annual Head Start Fiscal Integrity Institute in New Orleans on March 1 and 2, 2018, you will not only learn how to effectively implement fiscal management requirements for Head Start and Early Head Start but also stay up-to-date on current developments affecting Head Start fiscal management, including the impact of the new Aligned Monitoring System 2.0.

This annual training features a revised and updated curriculum for 2018 with an emphasis on hot topics and common problem areas to help programs stay ahead of the curve and in compliance with fiscal integrity standards and best practices.  During this special, two-day Institute, you will explore Head Start and Early Head Start fiscal integrity issues in detail, including:

  • Identifying and avoiding common fiscal management problem areas;
  • Navigating fiscal integrity monitoring under the new Aligned Monitoring System 2.0;
  • Implementing fiscal management requirements under the revised Head Start Program Performance Standards and HHS Part 75 (the Uniform Grants Guidance);
  • Maintaining an adequate fiscal management system;
  • Developing a compliant recordkeeping and retention system to support effective fiscal management;
  • Identifying and minimizing fraud, waste, and abuse;
  • Understanding and following rules for direct and indirect costs;
  • Complying with Head Start program income rules and fundraising guidance;
  • Meeting Head Start match requirements (including requirements related to in-kind contributions);
  • Understanding recent fiscal management guidance;
  • Documenting time and effort properly and related personnel cost issues;
  • Ensuring compliance with Head Start procurement standards and avoiding questions costs;
  • Implementing effective and sound internal controls;
  • Preparing for success under the Single Audit Act (Subpart F) and responding to issues; and,
  • Understanding and addressing the consequences of noncompliance with fiscal management requirements.

The Institute will discuss these topics and more to provide you with the critical information about Head Start and Early Head Start fiscal integrity requirements needed to ensure that your program has a sound fiscal management system and avoids problems.   There will also be extensive opportunities throughout both days of the Fourth Annual Head Start Fiscal Integrity Institute in New Orleans on March 1 and 2, 2018, for you to get answers to your individual questions about Head Start and Early Head Start fiscal management.

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Last Chance: Navigating the OMB Super Circular in Phoenix

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December 12 and 13, 2017
Embassy Suites by Hilton Phoenix-Scottsdale
Phoenix, Arizona (Hotel deadline is November 13!)
Two-Day OMB Uniform Grants Guidance Training

Don’t miss your last chance in 2017 to attend the “Navigating the OMB Super Circular” training!  During the two full days of training in Phoenix on December 12 and 13, 2017, you will undertake an in-depth exploration of the administrative requirements, cost principles, and audit standards under the OMB’s Uniform Grants Guidance.

Are your grants at risk? Grants management challenges and the requirements of the OMB’s Uniform Grants Guidance (a.k.a. the “Super Circular” or the “Omnicircular”) continue to evolve.  The Super Circular touches every facet of Federal grants management, and not following the Uniform Grants Guidance can result in serious compliance issues, including disallowances, suspensions, and even termination of your grant funding.  By attending the two-day “Navigating the OMB Super Circular” training conference in sunny Phoenix, Arizona, you will learn about the key grants administrative requirements, cost principles, and audit standards under the Super Circular in detail, including recent changes to the Uniform Guidance.  You will also explore common grants compliance problems and how to avoid them while staying up-to-date on legislative, legal, and administrative developments affecting grants management.  

After attending this intensive training in Phoenix on December 12 and 13, 2017, you will know how to navigate the Super Circular to better manage your grants, avoid issues, and stay in compliance with current requirements.  In addition, you will have multiple opportunities to get answers to your most pressing questions about grants management over the course of both days.  Space is limited, s0 register today to avoid missing your last opportunity of the year to attend “Navigating the OMB Super Circular.”

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Grants Management Update and OMB Super Circular Training in New Orleans

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December 7 and 8, 2017
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton New Orleans Convention Center
New Orleans, LA (Hotel deadline is November 6!)
Exclusive Annual Federal Grants Training Opportunity!

By attending this two-day conference in New Orleans on December 7 and 8, 2017, you will learn about the OMB Super Circular’s major requirements, recent changes to the Uniform Grants Guidance, and other important developments affecting the OMB Super Circular and Federal grants management.

Are you up-to-date with the latest developments affecting Federal grants management and the requirements of the OMB’s Uniform Grants Guidance (a.k.a. the “OMB Super Circular”)? Grants management rules continue to evolve and failure to keep up with these changes can result in serious compliance problems for your organization and even loss of your grant funding.  Attend the annual Federal Grants Management Update and OMB Super Circular Training in New Orleans this December 7-8 to make sure that you understand recent changes and that your grants remain in compliance with current requirements.  In addition to learning about the latest developments in grants management, you will also learn about the OMB Super Circular’s most important requirements and explore hot topics in procurement, time and effort reporting, and audit readiness, that continue to cause problems for grant-funded entities of all types.  Whether your organization is a direct grantee, subrecipient, or pass-through entity, this exclusive, two-day training will help you keep up-to-date on Federal grants requirements under the Super Circular while preparing for the challenges that await the Federal grants community in 2018.

During this exclusive two-day training, which features an updated curriculum for 2017, you will learn about recent developments in grants management and how these changes, including amendments to the OMB Super Circular, affect all grant-funded entities and what your organization should be doing to prepare for 2018.  Topics that you will explore include the following:

  • Recent changes to the OMB Super Circular (Uniform Grants Guidance);
  • Impact of recent legislation as well as court decisions and administrative actions on Federal grants management;
  • Administrative requirements under the Super Circular and challenges in implementation;
  • Procurement standards under the Super Circular, recent changes affecting procurement standards, and common problems in implementing the new standards;
  • Time and effort reporting requirements under the Super Circular;
  • Personnel cost issues and common problems under the Uniform Guidance;
  • Navigating the requirements of the Super Circular’s unified cost principles;
  • Single Audit Act (Subpart F) audits, reporting, and resolution under the Uniform Guidance;
  • Revisions to the Audit Compliance Supplement and how to prepare for your next audit; and,
  • What grant-funded organizations should expect in 2018 and the steps to take now.

This year’s Federal Grants Management Update and OMB Super Circular Training conference will discuss these topics and more to provide you with the understanding of the Super Circular’s major rules and the latest information about Federal grants management that you need to stay in compliance with grants requirements.  You will also have ample opportunities to ask and get answers to your Super Circular and grants management questions.

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