OMB Super Circular Training in Philadelphia

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July 21 and 22, 2016
DoubleTree by Hilton Center City
Philadelphia, PA
Exclusive, Two-Day OMB Super Circular Training

Learn the new grants administrative requirements, cost principles, and audit standards under the Office of Management and Budget’s Super Circular at our in-depth, exclusive two-day conference in Philadelphia.

The OMB’s new Uniform Guidance (commonly called the Super Circular or the Omnicircular) has brought increased accountability and scrutiny to grant-funded entities. The Super Circular has imposed new requirements and has changed numerous pre-existing rules, including administrative requirements, cost principles, and audit standards. In addition, federal funding sources have enacted their own regulations to implement the Super Circular, but the implementing regulations are not uniform, and the OMB continues to amend the Super Circular, including new changes taking effect for 2016. Attend our two-day conference in Philadelphia to learn how to manage grants in 2016 and to spot, prevent, and respond to potential problems after the Super Circular.

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In-Depth: Mastering the OMB Super Circular 2016 in Seattle

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April 14 – 15, 2016
Mayflower Park Hotel
Seattle, WA
Detailed, Two-Day OMB Super Circular Training

Learn the new grants administrative requirements, cost principles, and audit standards under the OMB’s Super Circular at our in-depth, two-day conference in Seattle.  The Office of Management and Budget’s new uniform guidance for administrative requirements, cost principles, and audits for Federal grants (commonly called the Super Circular or the Omnicircular) has brought increased accountability and scrutiny to grant-funded entities.  The major Federal grant awarding agencies have issued regulations to implement the Super Circular, including amendments made by the OMB for 2016.  Despite the goal of uniformity, the OMB’s final guidance contained differences from earlier versions, and Federal grant awarding agencies included deviations from the OMB’s version of the Super Circular in their implementing regulations.  In addition, since issuing the so-called “final” guidance, the OMB has made amendments to the Super Circular for 2016.  All non-Federal entities (pass-throughs, grantees and subrecipients) need to understand this new framework and conform their own policies and procedures to the current versions of the Super Circular and awarding agency implementing regulations to remain in compliance with Federal requirements.  By attending this conference, you will receive in-depth explanations of what the Super Circular and the awarding agency implementing regulations mean for Federal grantees and subgrantees so that your organization can remain in compliance with grant requirements.

Over the course of two days in Seattle, you will learn about the Super Circular (Omnicircular) and implementing regulations in detail, including: 

  • Changes from the proposed OMB guidance to the final guidance and amendments for 2016;
  • 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 you not only with the detailed information necessary to understand the requirements of the OMB’s uniform guidance (the Super Circular) and the Federal awarding agencies’ implementing regulations but also the information necessary to update internal policies and procedures to comply with the current grant requirements.  In addition to receiving the detailed information needed to understand the Super Circular and make sure that your organization is in compliance with grant rules in 2016, you will also have ample opportunities over both days to ask and get answers to your questions about the OMB Super Circular.

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In-Depth: Mastering the OMB Super Circular 2016

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March 31 and April 1, 2016
Residence Inn San Antonio – Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, TX
Detailed, Two-Day OMB Super Circular Training

You are probably aware that the major Federal grant awarding agencies have issued regulations to implement the Office of Management and Budget’s uniform guidance for administrative requirements, cost principles, and audits for Federal grants, which includes amendments made by the OMB for 2016.  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 contained differences from earlier versions, and Federal grant awarding agencies included deviations from the OMB’s version of the Super Circular in their implementing regulations.  In addition, since issuing the so-called “final” guidance, the OMB has made amendments to the Super Circular for 2016.  All non-Federal entities (pass-throughs, grantees and subrecipients) need to understand this new framework and conform their own policies and procedures to the current versions of the Super Circular and awarding agency implementing regulations to remain in compliance with Federal requirements.  By attending this conference, you will receive in-depth explanations of what the Super Circular and the awarding agency implementing regulations mean for Federal grantees and subgrantees so that your organization can remain in compliance with grant requirements.

Over the course of two days in San Antonio, you will learn about the Super Circular (Omnicircular) and implementing regulations in detail, including: 

  • Changes from the proposed OMB guidance to the final guidance and amendments for 2016;
  • 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 you not only with the detailed information necessary to understand the requirements of the OMB’s uniform guidance (the Super Circular) and the Federal awarding agencies’ implementing regulations but also the information necessary to update internal policies and procedures to comply with the current grant requirements in 2016.

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Head Start Environmental Health and Safety Institute

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February 23 and 24, 2016
SpringHill Suites by Marriott
Las Vegas, Nevada
Exclusive, Two-Day Head Start and Early Head Start Training Institute

Not only have health and safety issues been 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 environmental health and safety shows no sign of weakening.  The transition to five-year grants has brought additional terms and conditions focused on health and safety and the new aligned monitoring system retains a keen focus on environmental health and safety (including facilities) issues.  Meanwhile, best practices continue to evolve, and the Office of Head Start has proposed new health and safety Performance Standards that would give greater weight to those best practices.  Our exclusive, two-day Institute in Las Vegas looks at the areas most likely to give rise to findings, deficiencies, and other issues, and explains what your Head Start or Early Head Start agency can do to avoid environmental health and safety problems.  The curriculum for the Head Start Environmental Health and Safety Institute has been completely updated and revised for 2016 to help your program play it safe and stay out of the recompetition pool.

During the two full days of the Institute, you will explore important Head Start and Early Head Start environmental health and safety topics (including facilities-related issues) in detail, including:

  • Common, critical environmental health and safety problems resulting in deficiencies and recompetition that your program must avoid;
  • How your program can provide safe environments for classrooms and centers applying the Head Start and Early Head Start Performance Standards and best practices;
  • Ensuring that your playgrounds are safe;
  • Implementing and integrating Caring for Our Children into your program;
  • Having a successful environmental health and safety review under the new, aligned monitoring framework;
  • Understanding the Life Safety Code and its relationship to your program;
  • Health and safety issues outside the facilities context (including child supervision and appropriate discipline);
  • Environmental health and safety issues for non-center-based program options;
  • Fulfilling safe transportation requirements;
  • Understanding and preparing for the proposed changes to health and safety requirements under the new Performance Standards;
  • Important non-safety-related facilities issues that your program cannot afford to ignore; and,
  • Effectively addressing environmental health and safety issues.

The Institute will discuss these areas and more to arm you with the critical knowledge about environmental health and safety requirements and best practices needed 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 environmental health and safety.

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Southern Grants Forum

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April 29 – May 1, 2015
Sheraton Atlanta Hotel
Atlanta, Georgia

Get the answers to your questions about grants management at the Spring 2015 Southern Grants Forum.  The Southern Grants Forum will be held from April 29 through May 1, 2015, in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel.  The theme is “The Super Reset,” and the Southern Grants Forum will feature sessions discussing the impact of the Office of Management and Budget’s uniform administrative requirements, cost principles, and audit standards for grant-funded organizations, better known as the “Super Circular.”  In addition, the Spring 2015 Forum will address the effects of fundamental social and economic changes also underlying “The Super Reset.”

Join a dozen speakers presenting two dozen sessions discussing the future facing grant-funded organizations. The Forum will feature tracks for grants management, fiscal operations, governance and general management, and Head Start.  Individual sessions will discuss:

  • The Super Circular (Uniform Guidance),
  • Cost Principles and Allowability,
  • Procurement and Property Management,
  • Audits,
  • Understanding Financial Statements,
  • IRS Compliance,
  • Social Enterprise,
  • Raising Unrestricted Funds,
  • Strategic Planning,
  • The Davis-Bacon Act,
  • Head Start Aligned Monitoring, and
  • More!

The Spring 2015 Southern Grants Forum will have vital answers to grants management questions for all types of grant-funded entities, from nonprofits and units of governments to tribal organizations, higher education, and hospitals.

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