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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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Additional Dates Added: Navigating the OMB Super Circular

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September 21 and 22, 2017
Marriott Courtyard San Diego Downtown
San Diego, California (Hotel deadline is August 31!)
Full, Two-Day OMB Uniform Grants Guidance Training

By popular demand, we have added additional dates for our “Navigating the OMB Super Circular” training.  Now you can learn about administrative requirements, cost principles, and audit standards to keep your grants on safe ground and far from problem territory, by attending the two-day conference in San Diego on September 21 and 22, 2017.

Grants management challenges and the requirements of the OMB’s Uniform Grants Guidance (better known as the “Super Circular” or “Omnicircular”) continue to evolve.  The Super Circular touches all phases of grants management, and failure to follow the Super Circular’s requirements can result in serious compliance problems and even loss of your grant funding.  Therefore, to effectively manage your grants and avoid these issues (regardless of whether your organization is a grantee, pass-through entity, or subrecipient), you must understand the Super Circular and how to navigate its requirements.  This special training will not only explain for you the Super Circular’s requirements, but will also go beyond the basics to address common issues and how to avoid them as well as recent legislative, policy, and legal developments to help you stay up-to-date on current grants requirements.

By attending this two-day conference in San Diego on September 21 and 22, you will learn how to navigate the Super Circular to better manage your grants, avoid problem territory, and keep your grants on solid ground.  In addition, you will have multiple opportunities to get answers to your most pressing questions about grants management.

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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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