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Southern Grants Forum 2018 in New Orleans

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July 1 6 – 18, 2018
New Orleans, Louisiana
Get Jazzed About Grants Management

Join fellow grants professionals at the New Orleans Renaissance Arts District Hotel for three days of sessions discussing the latest developments and trends in grants management at this year’s edition of the region’s premier grants management training conference.

For the first time, the Southern Grants Forum will be held in the New Orleans–just in time for the Crescent City’s Tricentennial!  Southern Grants Forum 2018 has planned over twenty informative, entertaining sessions featuring engaging experts who will explore federal grants management, fiscal integrity, information technology, governance and organizational management, human resources, and programmatic issues.  This year’s conference will offer information for all types of grant-funded organizations (from nonprofits and governments to hospitals and educational institutions) regardless of whether the organization is a direct grantee, subrecipient, or pass-through.  Come to Southern Grants Forum 2018 and “Get Jazzed About Grants Management” on July 16 through 18, 2018.

Get answers to your trickiest and most pressing questions about managing grants while staying up-to-date on recent developments affecting grant-funded entities.  The three day conference will offer a mix of break-out and general sessions, including a special double session discussing “The Uniform Grants Guidance at Five.”  Among the other planned sessions for Southern Grants Forum 2018 are:

  • Indirect Costs: The Fundamentals;
  • Conquering the Uniform Cost Principles;
  • A Holistic Approach to Fraud;
  • Understanding Wage and Hour Law Requirements;
  • Recruiting and Retention Strategies;
  • Understanding Fee for Service Models;
  • Cybersecurity in 2018;
  • Understanding Construction Contracts;
  • Head Start Update;
  • Conducting Legally Sound Background Checks;
  • GAAP Update for Nonprofits;
  • GASB Update 2018;
  • Indirect Costs: A Deeper Dive;
  • The New Nonprofit Accounting Rules; and,
  • Procurement Best Practices under the Uniform Grants Guidance.

In addition, Southern Grants Forum 2018 will feature a lively “Hot Topics Panel” with half-a-dozen experts discussing the Uniform Grants Guidance, accounting, legal requirements, governance, technology, human resources, and programmatic issues, as they field audience questions.  Make your plans today to attend Southern Grants Forum 2018 in New Orleans this July.

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Fourth Annual Head Start Fiscal Integrity Institute in New Orleans

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March 1 and 2, 2018
Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton, Convention Center
New Orleans, LA

Help your Head Start or Early Head Start agency implement and maintain sound fiscal management policies that will enhance the program while also preventing costly deficiencies and disallowances by attending this exclusive, two day Head Start Fiscal Integrity Institute in New Orleans, Louisiana, on March 1 and 2, 2018.

A deep commitment to fiscal integrity is more important than ever to the success of every Head Start and Early Head Start agency.  Recent developments, including allegations of fiscal impropriety and implementation of the new Aligned Monitoring System 2.0 with its different approach to fiscal monitoring, mean that agencies must remain vigilant to ensure continued compliance with fiscal integrity requirements in 2018.  Aside from these developments, programs also still face challenges with the new Head Start Program Performance Standards as well as recent amendments to the OMB Uniform Grants Guidance (found in HHS Part 75) and updates to internal control and audit standards.  When you attend the Fourth Annual Head Start Fiscal Integrity Institute in New Orleans on March 1 and 2, 2018, you will not only learn how to effectively implement fiscal management requirements for Head Start and Early Head Start but also stay up-to-date on current developments affecting Head Start fiscal management, including the impact of the new Aligned Monitoring System 2.0.

This annual training features a revised and updated curriculum for 2018 with an emphasis on hot topics and common problem areas to help programs stay ahead of the curve and in compliance with fiscal integrity standards and best practices.  During this special, two-day Institute, you will explore Head Start and Early Head Start fiscal integrity issues in detail, including:

  • Identifying and avoiding common fiscal management problem areas;
  • Navigating fiscal integrity monitoring under the new Aligned Monitoring System 2.0;
  • Implementing fiscal management requirements under the revised Head Start Program Performance Standards and HHS Part 75 (the Uniform Grants Guidance);
  • Maintaining an adequate fiscal management system;
  • Developing a compliant recordkeeping and retention system to support effective fiscal management;
  • Identifying and minimizing fraud, waste, and abuse;
  • Understanding and following rules for direct and indirect costs;
  • Complying with Head Start program income rules and fundraising guidance;
  • Meeting Head Start match requirements (including requirements related to in-kind contributions);
  • Understanding recent fiscal management guidance;
  • Documenting time and effort properly and related personnel cost issues;
  • Ensuring compliance with Head Start procurement standards and avoiding questions costs;
  • Implementing effective and sound internal controls;
  • Preparing for success under the Single Audit Act (Subpart F) and responding to issues; and,
  • Understanding and addressing the consequences of noncompliance with fiscal management requirements.

The Institute will discuss these topics and more to provide you with the critical information about Head Start and Early Head Start fiscal integrity requirements needed to ensure that your program has a sound fiscal management system and avoids problems.   There will also be extensive opportunities throughout both days of the Fourth Annual Head Start Fiscal Integrity Institute in New Orleans on March 1 and 2, 2018, for you to get answers to your individual questions about Head Start and Early Head Start fiscal management.

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Grants Management Update and OMB Super Circular Training in New Orleans

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December 7 and 8, 2017
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton New Orleans Convention Center
New Orleans, LA (Hotel deadline is November 6!)
Exclusive Annual Federal Grants Training Opportunity!

By attending this two-day conference in New Orleans on December 7 and 8, 2017, you will learn about the OMB Super Circular’s major requirements, recent changes to the Uniform Grants Guidance, and other important developments affecting the OMB Super Circular and Federal grants management.

Are you up-to-date with the latest developments affecting Federal grants management and the requirements of the OMB’s Uniform Grants Guidance (a.k.a. the “OMB Super Circular”)? Grants management rules continue to evolve and failure to keep up with these changes can result in serious compliance problems for your organization and even loss of your grant funding.  Attend the annual Federal Grants Management Update and OMB Super Circular Training in New Orleans this December 7-8 to make sure that you understand recent changes and that your grants remain in compliance with current requirements.  In addition to learning about the latest developments in grants management, you will also learn about the OMB Super Circular’s most important requirements and explore hot topics in procurement, time and effort reporting, and audit readiness, that continue to cause problems for grant-funded entities of all types.  Whether your organization is a direct grantee, subrecipient, or pass-through entity, this exclusive, two-day training will help you keep up-to-date on Federal grants requirements under the Super Circular while preparing for the challenges that await the Federal grants community in 2018.

During this exclusive two-day training, which features an updated curriculum for 2017, you will learn about recent developments in grants management and how these changes, including amendments to the OMB Super Circular, affect all grant-funded entities and what your organization should be doing to prepare for 2018.  Topics that you will explore include the following:

  • Recent changes to the OMB Super Circular (Uniform Grants Guidance);
  • Impact of recent legislation as well as court decisions and administrative actions on Federal grants management;
  • Administrative requirements under the Super Circular and challenges in implementation;
  • Procurement standards under the Super Circular, recent changes affecting procurement standards, and common problems in implementing the new standards;
  • Time and effort reporting requirements under the Super Circular;
  • Personnel cost issues and common problems under the Uniform Guidance;
  • Navigating the requirements of the Super Circular’s unified cost principles;
  • Single Audit Act (Subpart F) audits, reporting, and resolution under the Uniform Guidance;
  • Revisions to the Audit Compliance Supplement and how to prepare for your next audit; and,
  • What grant-funded organizations should expect in 2018 and the steps to take now.

This year’s Federal Grants Management Update and OMB Super Circular Training conference will discuss these topics and more to provide you with the understanding of the Super Circular’s major rules and the latest information about Federal grants management that you need to stay in compliance with grants requirements.  You will also have ample opportunities to ask and 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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More Dates Added: OMB Super Circular Training in New Orleans

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Additional Dates!
October 25 and 26, 2016
New Orleans, LA

Our last conference sold out early, so we added more dates.  Don’t miss this chance to learn the key requirements under the OMB Super Circular and stay up-to-date on the latest developments and changes affecting Federal grants management at our 2-day conference in New Orleans.

The requirements for managing grants both under the OMB’s Uniform Guidance (better known as the Super Circular) and in general continue to grow and evolve.  The Super Circular has imposed new requirements and changed numerous pre-existing rules, including administrative requirements, cost principles, and audit standards.  In addition,  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.  To effectively manage Federal grants in today’s environment, you need to know the key requirements of the Super Circular as well as the latest changes to the Guidance and related developments in grants management. By attending the OMB Super Circular Training and Federal Grants Update 2016 in New Orleans, you will not only learn about the major requirements under the Super Circular and the challenges in implementing these rules but will also stay up-to-date with the evolving world of the Uniform Guidance and grants management.

 The training will cover the major requirements of the Super Circular for those new to grants management or wanting a refresher, but the conference goes beyond the fundamentals to explain recent changes and related developments for both new and experienced grants professionals. 

During this special, 2-day event, you will learn about the Super Circular’s requirements, implementation issues, recent changes to the Super Circular, and related developments in grants management, including:

  • Amendments to the Super Circular (Uniform Guidance) taking effect in 2016;
  • Administrative requirements under the Super Circular and challenges in implementation;
  • Procurement and property management standards under the Super Circular, recent changes affecting procurement standards, and common problems in implementing the new standards;
  • Unified cost principles under the Super Circular and issues encountered in navigating the new cost principles related to direct and indirect costs,
  • Requirements of the Federal Awardee Performance Integrity and Information System (FAPIIS);
  • Requirements for risk management in the award and management of grants and subgrants;
  • Time and effort reporting requirements (including the impact of the new FLSA overtime rules) under the Super Circular;
  • Impact of recent court and administrative decisions on Federal grants management;
  • New legislation addressing issues in grants management and closeouts;
  • Consequences (legal and administrative) of fraud, abuse, and other violations of grants management requirements under the Super Circular;
  • Changes under the Super Circular affecting the making, documenting, and managing of subawards (subgrants);
  • New emphasis on internal controls and new certification and fiscal management requirements under the Super Circular;
  • Changes to Single Audit Act (formerly Circular A-133) requirements related to audits, reporting, and resolution under Subpart F of the Uniform Guidance (Super Circular);
  • New revisions to the Annual Audit Compliance Supplement for 2016; and,
  • Answers to frequently asked questions about the Super Circular and its implementation.

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 individual questions about the OMB Super Circular.

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