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.
September 9, 2014 (Tuesday)
Beau Rivage Hotel
Full-Day Live Workshop
The Office of Management and Budget recently released its new uniform guidance for administrative requirements, cost principles, and audits for Federal grants, and the Federal grantor 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. Grantees and subgrantees need to understand the Super Circular’s framework and will need to make conforming changes to their own policies and procedures. This full-day workshop will explain what the Super Circular means for Federal grantees and subrecipients. 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 Super Circular 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 (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; and,
- The compliance deadlines and other key dates under 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.
Region IV Head Start Association
2014 Leadership Summit Preconference Workshops
One-Day Live Institute
June 16, 2014 (Monday)
8:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. EDT (On-site Check-in: 7:15 A.M.)
Atlanta, GA (Sheraton Atlanta Hotel)
Take your Head Start or Early Head Start program’s governance to the next level of effectiveness. The Office of Head Start considers governance a key indicator of a successful Head Start or Early Head Start program, in part, because governance is the one component that touches all other aspects of the program. Governance is emphasized in the new terms and conditions for five-year grant awards and will continue to be an area of focus for the Office of Head Start in its oversight of the five-year grants. This greater focus on governance is not surprising. Governance has been a key area for Head Start findings in recent years, and the Office of Head Start has concluded that poor or ineffective program governance is often a warning sign of an agency likely to have other problems. These factors, combined with a shift toward more consideration of performance and effectiveness rather than just compliance with minimum standards, mean that governance has taken on an even larger significance for Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Effective governance, however, takes more than knowing the basics. This full-day workshop will not only explain the fundamental rules for Head Start governance but provide insights and best practices needed to take your Head Start or Early Head Start program’s governance to that next level.
April 24, 2014 (Thursday)
2:00 P.M. EDT / 1:00 P.M. CDT / 12:00 P.M. MDT / 11:00 A.M. PDT
2-Hour Live Webinar
Understanding and knowing how to apply the rules for eligibility are essential for every Head Start and Early Head Start program. Ever since the Government Accountability Office reported the findings of its undercover investigation of Head Start eligibility and enrollment practices, compliance with ERSEA standards has taken on increased importance. With the start of recompetition, compliance with eligibility standards has become even more important.
The Office of Head Start has increased monitoring of eligibility determinations and has released proposed revisions to the Head Start regulations to codify Head Start and Early Head Start eligibility requirements and to provide new rules for determining, verifying, and documenting eligibility for Head Start and Early Head Start. These proposed new rules build on Program Instruction ACF-PI-HS-10-02, which addresses income eligibility for enrollment and reminds Head Start and Early Head Start programs that they “should provide annual training to employees responsible for determining and verifying income eligibility.” This updated 2-hour webinar will explain the essential eligibility rules that all Head Start and Early Head Start agencies must know to ensure compliance with the program’s complex eligibility requirements and to avoid the consequences of violating the eligibility standards.
Participants will not only learn the rules for Head Start and Early Head Start eligibility but will have the opportunity to ask questions about eligibility requirements during the webinar.
March 27, April 3, and April 17, 2014
2:00 P.M. EDT / 1:00 P.M. CDT / 12:00 P.M. MDT / 11:00 A.M. PDT
3-Part Live Webinar Series (2-Hours Each)
Head Start and Early Head Start programs face the challenge of complying with complex requirements from the Head Start Act, the Head Start Performance Standards, and overarching grant management rules, while under increased scrutiny and heightened expectations from the Office of Head Start. The 3-part webinar series “Avoiding Head Start Red Flags” will help Head Start and Early Head Start agencies spot key compliance issues or “red flags,” stay compliant with program requirements, meet the expectations of the Office of Head Start, and avoid findings and recompetition. Each 2-hour webinar covers a different set of important “red flag” issues. Register for individual webinars or receive a discount when registering for the entire 3-part series.
Avoiding Head Start Recompetition
March 27, 2014
Avoiding Head Start Fiscal Red Flags
April 3, 2014
Avoiding Head Start Human Resources Red Flags
April 17, 2014
Registration is available for the entire series at a discounted price as well as for the individual webinars.