Head Start Fiscal Fitness Institute

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March 19 and 20, 2015
Residence Inn Arlington Capital View
Arlington, VA (Metro Washington, DC)
Exclusive, Two-Day Head Fiscal Management Training in the Washington, DC Area

Start the New Year with a resolution to ensure that your Head Start or Early Head Start program is fiscally fit.  The Office of Head Start has long been concerned with fiscal management, and, as part of the transition to five-year grant cycles, OHS has placed special emphasis on sound fiscal management.  Because of recent concerns over audit quality, OHS has been paying extra attention to fiscal management, and fiscal monitoring is still a key component of the new aligned monitoring system.  The recent implementation of the OMB Super Circular for Head Start and Early Head Start programs has also brought additional attention to fiscal management.  In short, strong fiscal management is more critical than ever for Head Start and Early Head Start.  Programs that want to avoid findings, possible recompetition, and costly disallowances must ensure that they are and remain fiscally fit.

This special conference is dedicated to ensuring that Head Start and Early Head Start programs achieve and maintain fiscal fitness.  Over the course of two days, the conference will explore Head Start and Early Head Start fiscal management issues in detail, including:

  • Common Head Start and Early Head Start fiscal management findings;
  • Fiscal monitoring under the new Head Start aligned monitoring system;
  • Procurement and inventory management;
  • Issues with match and program income;
  • Changes to required internal control standards under COSO and the Green Book;
  • Prevention of fraud, waste, and abuse, in Head Start and Early Head Start programs;
  • Implementation of the new OMB Super Circular and the impact of the Super Circular on Head Start and Early Head Start;
  • Audit oversight issues and Single Audit Act audits under the OMB Super Circular; and,
  • Recent real-world examples of fiscal management issues and how they were (and should have been) addressed.

The institute will discuss these topics and more to provide attendees with the critical information about Head Start and Early Head Start fiscal management needed to get and stay fiscally fit.  There will also be extensive opportunities for attendees to ask questions about Head Start and Early Head Start fiscal management issues.

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Head Start Health, Safety, and Facilities Institute

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December 4 and 5, 2014
Rosen Plaza Hotel
Orlando, FL
Exclusive, Two-Day Head Start Health and Safety Training Institute

Not only have health and safety issues been the leading causes of deficiencies for Head Start and Early Head Start programs over the last several years, the emphasis by the Office of Head Start on these health, safety, and facilities issues seems to be growing with the transition to five-year grants and the introduction of the new, aligned monitoring system.  This special, two-day institute looks at the areas most likely to give rise to problems and explains what Head Start and Early Head Start agencies can do to avoid health and safety issues.  Because non-safety facilities-related issues have been another frequent source of findings and questioned costs, the institute will also tackle the toughest facilities issues faced by programs.  The Head Start Health, Safety, and Facilities Institute will help your Head Start or Early Head Start program stay safe and out of the recompetition pool.

Over the course of two days, the conference will explore Head Start and Early Head Start health, safety, and facilities issues in detail, including:

  • Critical health and safety issues resulting in deficiencies and recompetition;
  • Discussions of real world examples, the consequences, and how issues could have been handled;
  • Providing safe environments for classroom based Head Start and Early Head Start programs;
  • Ensuring playground safety;
  • Health and safety issues for other program options;
  • Health and safety monitoring under the new aligned monitoring framework;
  • The relationship between health and safety and CLASS;
  • Health and safety issues outside the facilities context (including child supervision and appropriate discipline);
  • Fulfilling safe transportation requirements;
  • Important non-safety facilities issues (including leases with related parties and payment of acquisition costs using Head Start funds);
  • Application of the Davis-Bacon Act to Head Start and Early Head Start facilities; and,
  • Responding to health, safety, and facilities issues.

The institute will discuss these topics and more to provide attendees with the critical information needed to ensure the health and safety of their Head Start and Early Head Start children, families, and staff, as well as to ensure compliance with other facilities-related requirements.  There will also be extensive opportunities for attendees to ask questions about Head Start and Early Head Start health, safety, and facilities issues.

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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.

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OMB Super Circular Fundamentals in Atlanta

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November 10, 2014 (Monday)
Georgia State Bar Conference Center
104 Marietta Street, NW (Third Floor)
Atlanta, GA 30303
Full-Day Conference

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.

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Fundamentals of Federal Grants Management

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October 14 and 15, 2014
DoubleTree Hotel Orlando (Downtown Disney)
Orlando, FL  (Walt Disney World Resort)
Exclusive Two-Day, Small-Group Conference

Effective leadership of a grant-funded entity involves both the governing body and the management team and is essential for any grant-funded entity’s success.  Effective leadership of a grant-funded entity, in turn, is rooted in a solid foundation in Federal grants management.  That foundation is shifting, though, with the Office of Management and Budget’s issuance of new uniform guidance for administrative standards, cost principles, and audit requirements for Federal grants.  The OMB’s  uniform guidance (which is commonly called the “Super Circular” or the “Omnicircular”) provides a new framework for managing Federal grants and affects both grantees and subgrantees.  Leaders of grant-funded entities (whether recipients or subrecipients) need to know the requirements of the new Super Circular, but knowledge of the Super Circular (or Omnicircular) is just part of Federal grants management and of the knowledge needed to lead a grant-funded entity.  Leaders of grant-funded entities also need to know about the legal basis and underpinnings of Federal grant programs, effective legal and financial controls and compliance programs for grant-funded organizations, and the major policies and procedures that a successful grant-funded entity should have in place. Fundamentals of Federal Grants Management will provide leaders of grant-funded entities with the information and the foundation that they need to succeed.

The Fundamentals of Federal Grants Management conference will provide the essential information that members of the governing body and management team must know to lead their organizations and efficiently manage their Federal grant awards and subawards, but with an important difference.  The two-day Fundamentals of Federal Grants Management Conference is unique in that it presents this essential information about Federal grants management in a small-group setting at a human-scale hotel in Orlando.  Conference registrations are strictly limited to better ensure a learning environment that allows for personal interaction and access to the speaker as well as better networking opportunities for attendees.

Over the course of two days, the conference will explore the fundamentals of Federal grants management in detail, including:

  • The legal and regulatory underpinnings of Federal grants and the distinctions between grants and other forms of financial assistance;
  • Changes to the structure of the OMB grants management guidance and the reasons behind the changes under the new OMB Super Circular;
  • Differences between the existing and new administrative standards in the OMB 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 OMB’s cost principles under the Super Circular (including changes to the general cost principles and the specific items of cost);
  • Changes to the audit requirements under the OMB’s new Super Circular;
  • The importance of establishing a culture of compliance and ethics;
  • The on-going shift from simple compliance to performance and the effect on grants management;
  • The role of appropriate legal and fiscal controls within a grant-funded entity in the prevention of fraud, waste, and abuse, and the consequences of fraud, abuse, and mismanagement to the organization and individuals involved;
  • Essential policies (including conflict of interest and record-keeping policies) and compliance obligations; and,
  • The roles and responsibilities of governance and management and how those within the governance structure and on the management team can fulfill those roles and responsibilities.

The conference will discuss these topics and more to provide attendees with the essential information needed to effectively lead grant-funded entities while meeting their funding sources’ compliance and performance expectations.  There will also be extensive opportunities for attendees to ask questions about Federal grants management.

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