Western Grants Forum: Super Circular Training and Grants Management Update in Seattle

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April 11 and 12, 2017
Sheraton Seattle Hotel
Seattle, WA

Are you prepared for the latest challenges in Federal grants management as we enter a new year with a new administration?  Attend the Western Grants Forum: Super Circular Training and Federal Grants Management Update in Seattle, on April 11 and 12, 2017, to make sure that you are not only up-to-date on the OMB Uniform Grants Guidance (better known as the Super Circular) and grants requirements but also well-prepared for likely changes in 2017 and beyond.

Are you prepared for the challenges facing Federal grant recipients, subrecipients, and pass-through entities, as we enter 2017 and a new administration? Grants management requirements and the OMB Super Circular continue to evolve, and more changes are expected this year with a new administration taking office.  In this environment, staying in compliance with grants requirements means staying abreast of recent Super Circular and other grants management developments as well as the latest legal, accounting, legislative, and Federal policy developments.  By attending the Western Grants Forum: Super Circular Training and Federal Grants Management Update, you will receive the most up-to-date information about the Super Circular and Federal grants management standards, including recent and proposed changes to grants requirements and initiates from the new administration affecting Federal grants and grantees.

At the Western Grants Forum in Seattle, you will learn about grants management challenges related to the change in administrations and about the Super Circular’s major requirements, amendments to the Uniform Guidance, and other important developments affecting Federal grants management.  This training has been designed to benefit both new and experienced members of the Federal grants community.  During the conference, you will explore the following topics and more:

  • Impact of the new administration on Federal grants policies and practices;
  • Major administrative requirements under the Super Circular;
  • The unified cost principles and the challenges in implementing them;
  • Key areas of emphasis for awarding agencies in implementing the OMB Super Circular and how these affect grantee and subgrantee compliance;
  • Recent court and administrative decisions as well as legislative developments and how these will affect grants management in 2017;
  • Procurement standards and property management requirements under the Super Circular;
  • FAPIIS and related risk management efforts under the Super Circular relative to the award and management of grants and subgrants;
  • Differences between the prior time and effort reporting requirements and the standards under the OMB Super Circular;
  • Changes to Single Audit Act audits and the audit reporting and resolution process under Subpart F of the Super Circular;
  • Revisions to the most recent Single Audit Act Compliance Supplement; and,
  • When the government can terminate a grant or take other enforcement action and what recipients can do to keep their funding.

In addition to receiving this detailed information about Federal grants management requirements to help ensure that your organization is in compliance with the current rules, you will also have ample opportunities over both days of the Western Grants Forum: Super Circular Training and Federal Grants Management Update to ask and get answers to your individual questions.  Join us in Seattle on April 11 and 12, 2017, for this timely training opportunity.

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OMB Super Circular Training in Boston Area

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March 28 and 29, 2017
Boston Marriott Quincy
Quincy, MA (Boston Area)

A new year and a new administration mean changes for Federal grants management.  Attend the OMB Super Circular Training and Federal Grants Management Update in the Boston area, on March 28 and 29, 2017, to ensure that you not only understand the fundamentals but are also up-to-date on the latest developments affecting grants management.

Grants management and the requirements of the Office of Management and Budget’s Uniform Grants Guidance (better known as the OMB Super Circular) continue to evolve.  More changes are expected in 2017 as a new administration takes office.  This updated, two-day training covers both the fundamentals as well as recent developments that you need to know to stay in compliance with grants requirements.  The training will cover the major requirements of the Super Circular for those new to grants management or wanting a refresher but goes beyond the fundamentals to explain recent changes and related legislative, legal, accounting, and policy developments for both new and experienced grants professionals.  By attending the OMB Super Circular Training and Federal Grants Management Update 2017, you will learn not just about the major requirements and recent changes in the Super Circular but also about current developments in grants management and how these developments will affect grant-funded organizations in 2017.

During this special two-day Boston-area conference, you will learn about the Super Circular’s key requirements and recent changes, challenges in implementing the Uniform Guidance, and related developments in Federal grants management for 2017 and beyond.  The topics that you will explore include the following:

  • Key requirements under the Super Circular (Uniform Grants Guidance) and amendments;
  • Impact of recent court and administrative decisions on Federal grants management;
  • Recent legislation addressing issues in grants management;
  • Administrative requirements under the Super Circular and challenges in implementation;
  • Procurement and property management standards under the Super Circular, changes affecting procurement standards, and common problems in implementing the new standards;
  • Requirements of the Federal Awardee Performance Integrity and Information System (FAPIIS);
  • Requirements for risk management in the award and management of grants and subgrants;
  • Unified cost principles under the Super Circular and issues encountered in navigating the new cost principles;
  • Time and effort documentation;
  • Single Audit Act (Subpart F) audits, reporting, and resolution under the Uniform Guidance; and,
  • Revisions to the Annual Audit Compliance Supplement.

In addition to discussing these and other important grants management topics, the OMB Super Circular Training and Grants Management Update 2017 will discuss the future of the Uniform Grants Guidance and the direction of grants management under the new administration.  Throughout both days of the conference, you will also have multiple opportunities get answers to your Super Circular and grants management questions.

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Third Annual Head Start Health & Safety Institute in New Orleans

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March 9 and 10, 2017
Hampton Inn and Suites Convention Center
New Orleans, LA

Learn how to avoid common Head Start and Early Head Start health, safety, facilities, and transportation compliance problems and make sure that your program is meeting the requirements of the new Head Start Program Performance Standards by attending the Third Annual Head Start Health & Safety Institute in New Orleans on March 9 and 10, 2017.

Is your program playing it safe? Health and safety have been the most important compliance areas for Head Start and Early Head Start agencies in recent years, and that will not change with the implementation of the new Head Start Program Performance Standards.  The new Performance Standards continue the Office of Head Start’s focus on all areas of health and safety (including health services, environmental health and safety, child supervision and discipline, facilities, and transportation).  By attending the Third Annual Head Start Health & Safety Institute in New Orleans on March 9 and 10, 2017, you will not only enhance your understanding of health and safety rules (including new rules under the revised Performance Standards) but also get up-to-date on related requirements and best practices to ensure that your Head Start or Early Head Start program is still playing it safe when it comes to health and safety standards.

The curriculum for the Third Annual Head Start Health & Safety Institute has been completely updated for 2017 to incorporate the requirements in the revised Performance Standards to help your program stay in compliance with these new health, safety, transportation, and facilities-related rules.  During this exclusive, two-day Institute, you will explore the Head Start and Early Head Start health and safety standards in detail, including:

  • Health and safety rules under the new Head Start Program Performance Standards;
  • Critical but common environmental health and safety red flags and how to avoid them;
  • Health services requirements (including health status, nutrition, and mental health);
  • Role of parents and parental consent requirements;
  • Application of health and safety requirements to different program options (including center-based, home-based, and family child care);
  • Integrating Caring for Our Children Basic and related best practices;
  • Implementing active supervision;
  • Facilities rules and requirements under the new Head Start Program Performance Standards as well as facilities issues and what to do in response;
  • Requirements and issues related to child supervision and appropriate discipline;
  • New background check requirements as well as the intersection between health and safety and human resources;
  • Environmental health and safety issues for non-center-based program options;
  • Transportation standards under the new Head Start Program Performance Standards;
  • Application of risk management principles in designing health and safety practices;
  • Implementing a successful ongoing monitoring system; and,
  • Addressing health and safety issues and mitigating consequences of health and safety problems.

The Third Annual Head Start Health & Safety Institute will discuss these topics and other critical information about health and safety requirements and best practices to prepare you to operate a high-quality Head Start or Early Head Start program.  You will also have multiple opportunities to ask and get answers to your individual questions about Head Start and Early Head Start health, safety, transportation, and facilities throughout both days of the Institute.

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Third Annual Head Start Fiscal Integrity Institute in Las Vegas

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February 23 and 24, 2017
The Tropicana, a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
Las Vegas, Nevada

Ensure that your Head Start or Early Head Start program is fiscally fit.  Attend the Third Annual Head Start Fiscal Integrity Institute in Las Vegas, Nevada, on February 23 and 24, 2017, to make certain that your agency stays up-to-date on fiscal integrity requirements and remains in compliance with the revised fiscal management rules under the new Head Start Program Performance Standards to common fiscal integrity problems.

Sound fiscal management has always been critical to the success of every Head Start and Early Head Start program, but fiscal integrity has become even more important following the federal Office of Head Start’s recent implementation of the first new Head Start Program Performance Standards in over two decades.  By attending this special, two-day Head Start Fiscal Integrity Institute, you will not only learn about the new Performance Standards and how they affect fiscal management (including what has and has not changed), but you will also stay up-to-date on recent developments in grants management, law, policy, and accounting and auditing, that impact Head Start fiscal integrity.  This yearly training event features a new curriculum for 2017 with an emphasis on current developments and how you and your Head Start or Early Head Start agency should respond to remain in compliance with the new program rules and other requirements.  The Third Annual Head Start Fiscal Integrity Institute will also examine common fiscal management issues and how to address these problem areas.

The two-day conference in Las Vegas will help your Head Start or Early Head Start program maintain sound fiscal management practices under the revised Head Start Performance Standards.  During this unique Institute, you will explore Head Start and Early Head Start fiscal integrity issues in detail, including:

  • The impact of the new Head Start Program Performance Standards on fiscal integrity;
  • Fiscal management red flags and how your program can avoid these common problem areas;
  • Recent changes to the OMB’s Uniform Grants Guidance and the HHS implementing regulations in Part 75;
  • Ensuring cost allowability and avoiding disallowances;
  • Meeting matching requirements and generating in-kind contributions;
  • Proper management of program income and unrestricted funds (including fundraising issues);
  • Fiscal integrity issues related to facilities and property management;
  • The role of internal controls and risk management under the new Performance Standards and how to strengthen your agency’s internal controls;
  • Transition from A-133 audits to the new Subpart F standards (including revisions to the latest version of the Audit Compliance Supplement); and,
  • Effectively addressing fiscal integrity issues.

In addition to discussing these topics and more to provide you with critical information about fiscal integrity requirements to ensure that your program has a sound fiscal management system, there will be ample opportunities during both days of the Third Annual Head Start Fiscal Fitness Institute for you to get answers to your questions about Head Start and Early Head Start fiscal management.

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OMB Super Circular Training in Phoenix Area

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December 6 and 7, 2016
Embassy Suites Phoenix Scottsdale
Scottsdale, AZ (Phoenix Area)

The OMB Uniform Grants Guidance (better known as the Super Circular) will soon turn two and, like most two-year-olds, continues to grow and change.  Make sure that you know the key requirements under the OMB Super Circular and stay up-to-date on the latest developments and changes affecting Federal grants management by attending our 2-day Federal Grants Symposium: OMB Super Circular Training and Grants Management Update in Scottsdale (the greater Phoenix area).

Effectively managing grants requires having the right knowledge.  Grants management rules continue to evolve both under the Office of Management and Budget’s Uniform Grants Guidance (more commonly referred to as the Super Circular) and in general.  Since the Super Circular was issued in 2014, the OMB has made amendments (with the latest taking effect earlier this year); significant challenges in implementing the Uniform Grants Guidance have been found; new audit requirements have taken effect (with accompanying changes to the guidance in the Audit Compliance Supplement); and legal and legislative actions have continued to affect grants management.  Staying in compliance with grants requirements means having a solid understanding of the fundamentals under the Super Circular and keeping up-to-date with these and other recent developments. 

Attending this special, two-day event in Scottsdale will help you stay current and compliant while learning about the Super Circular’s key requirements as well as recent changes and related grants management developments.  The conference will cover not just recent developments but will also review the key rules governing grants management under the Super Circular, including administrative requirements, cost principles, procurement and property management, and audit standards.  The Federal Grants Symposium: OMB Super Circular Training and Grants Management Update will benefit both experienced grants professionals and those new to the world of Federal grants and will offer important information for all types of grant-funded organizations (grantees, subrecipients, and pass-throughs).

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