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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Head Start ERSEA Institute in Charleston

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May 23 and 24, 2017
Francis Marion Hotel
Charleston, South Carolina

Effective strategies for Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance have long been at the heart of any successful Head Start or Early Head Start program.  Staff, management, the governing body, and the Policy Council should all understand key ERSEA requirements under the new Head Start Program Performance Standards.  By attending our exclusive, two-day training institute in Charleston on May 23 and 24, you will learn the keys to ERSEA success.

Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance (commonly called “ERSEA”) are among the keys to a successful Head Start or Early Head Start program.  However, ERSEA requirements have been undergoing changes, starting even before the recent implementation of the most significant revisions to the Head Start Program Performance Standards in over 20 years.  Under the new Head Start Program Performance Standards, the ERSEA standards are at the heart of program operations.  Furthermore, the Office of Head Start continues to require full enrollment while, under the revised Performance Standards, encouraging agencies to provide more enrollment opportunities and services to vulnerable populations.  Additional changes have been made to all areas of ERSEA.  By attending the Head Start ERSEA Institute in Charleston, South Carolina, on May 23 and 24, 2017, you will learn the new ERSEA rules and ensure that you possess the keys to success for your Head Start or Early Head Start program.

During the two full days of this special Institute, you will explore Head Start and Early Head Start Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance topics in detail, including:

  • Eligibility rules for Head Start and Early Head Start (including Migrant and Seasonal programs) under the Head Start Act and the new Head Start Program Performance Standards;
  • Services to homeless children and other vulnerable populations;
  • Enhanced eligibility verification requirements under the new Performance Standards;
  • Relationship between ERSEA and planning;
  • Recordkeeping and privacy rules under the revised Head Start Performance Standards;
  • Transitions between Early Head Start and Head Start as well as school;
  • Services to pregnant women;
  • Effective recruitment strategies for Head Start and Early Head Start;
  • Reserving enrollment opportunities;
  • Attendance requirements under the revised Performance Standards;
  • Suspension and expulsion rules for Head Start and Early Head Start programs;
  • Changes to requirements for filling vacancies under the new Performance Standards;
  • General approach to ERSEA under the new Head Start Program Performance Standards; and,
  • Common ERSEA issues and how to avoid problems related to ERSEA.

The Head Start ERSEA Institute in Charleston will discuss these topics and other critical information about Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance requirements and best practices to help ensure the success of your Head Start or Early Head Start program operations.  You will also have multiple opportunities to ask and get answers to your individual questions about ERSEA throughout both days of the Institute.

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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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