Omnicircular

Western Grants Forum 2019 in Anaheim, California

Posted on Updated on

April 2 and 3, 2019
DoubleTree by Hilton Anaheim Convention Center Hotel
Anaheim, CA

Master the OMB’s Super Circular! Make sure that you are staying up-to-date with the latest grants management requirements, including the Uniform Grants Guidance (a/k/a the “OMB Super Circular”), by attending the Western Grants Forum 2019 in Anaheim, in the heart of sunny Southern California, on April 2 – 3, 2019.

This last year has been challenging for many Federal grantees and subrecipients.  Among the biggest challenges was avoiding distractions (including the government shutdown) while remaining in compliance with the requirements of the Uniform Grants Guidance (better known as the “OMB Super Circular”).  To help grant-funded organizations like yours meet these challenges, the special theme of the Western Grants Forum 2019 is “Mastering the OMB Super Circular.”  When you attend Western Grants Forum 2019 in Anaheim, you will learn about the Super Circular’s key rules and how to ensure compliance with the Uniform Grants Guidance.  This year’s agenda includes a deep dive into the procurement standards, one of the most confusing areas for grant-funded entities, and the conference will also examine the lessons learned from the government shutdown and how your organization can become “shutdown proof.”  Make plans to join us in Southern California on April 2 – 3, 2019, to learn how to master the OMB Super Circular.

Western Grants Forum 2019 will discuss the key grants management rules under the Uniform Grants Guidance (a/k/a “Super Circular”) as well as looking at recent developments and the steps that grantees can take to “shutdown proof” their programs.  By attending the conference, you can ensure that you are up-to-date with current grants requirements.  During this special two-day training on April 2 – 3, 2019, you will explore the following topics and more:

  • Effects of the recent government shutdown and the lessons to be learned;
  • Recent and possible changes under the Uniform Grants Guidance (Super Circular) and other grants management developments;
  • Top compliance challenges for grantees and subrecipients under the Uniform Grants Guidance (Super Circular);
  • Administrative requirements under the Uniform Grants Guidance;
  • Fiscal management and internal control requirements;
  • Cost principles under the Uniform Grants Guidance (Super Circular);
  • Limitations on allowability of specific items of cost;
  • Managing grant-acquired and improved property;
  • Relationship between the procurement rules and the cost principles;
  • Time and effort reporting requirements;
  • Involving board members and officers in effective fundraising;
  • How to make your organization “shutdown proof”;
  • Audit standards under the Uniform Grants Guidance;
  • Procurement standards and best practices under the Uniform Grants Guidance (Super Circular); and,
  • Answers to frequently asked grants management questions.

Not only will you receive detailed information about Federal grants management requirements and current developments when you attend Western Grants Forum 2019, you will also have multiple opportunitiesto ask and get answers to your individual questions.  Join us in Anaheim, California, on April 2 and 3, 2019, to learn how to better manage grants under the Uniform Grants Guidance (a.k.a. the “OMB Super Circular”).

LEARN MORE OR REGISTER NOW!  >

Managing Grants under the Uniform Grants Guidance in Charleston, SC

Posted on Updated on

February 26 and 27, 2019
Francis Marion Hotel
Charleston, SC

Are you putting your grant funding at risk? Learn how to manage your Federal grants in compliance with the administrative requirements, cost principles, and audit standards of the OMB’s Uniform Grants Guidance (a/k/a the “Super Circular”) during our two-day training in Charleston, South Carolina, on February 26-27, 2019.

The Office of Management and Budget’s Uniform Grants Guidance (popularly known as the “OMB Super Circular,” the “Omnicircular,” or simply the “UGG”) touches all aspects of grants management, and failure to follow its requirements can result in serious compliance problems and even loss of your grant funding.  Regardless of whether your organization is a pass-through entity, grantee, or subrecipient, you need to understand the Super Circular’s requirements and conform your organization’s practices to the Uniform Grants Guidance and funding source regulations.  This special, two-day conference will not only explain for you the grants management requirements under the Uniform Grants Guidance, but will also go beyond the basics to address recent legislative, policy, and legal developments, to help you stay up-to-date on current grants requirements.  By attending the “Managing Grants under the Uniform Grants Guidance” training in Charleston on February 26 and 27, 2019, you will learn how to comply with the Uniform Grants Guidance, better manage your grants, and avoid common problems.

During this intensive training, you will learn about the Uniform Grants Guidance’s key requirements across the entire grant life cycle, from the pre-award phase to performance to close-outs and audits, plus everything in between.  Over the course of two days, you will learn how to safely navigate the OMB Super Circular.  Just some of the topics that you will explore are:

  • Recent changes to the Uniform Grants Guidance (OMB Super Circular);
  • Major rules that you must follow under the Uniform Grants Guidance;
  • Administrative standards under the Super Circular;
  • Procurement and property management standards;
  • Fiscal management requirements;
  • Internal control standards;
  • Records retention requirements;
  • Close-outs and later adjustments;
  • Funding source remedies and enforcement actions;
  • Revised, unified cost principles under the Uniform Grants Guidance;
  • Treatment of direct and indirect costs (including the de minimis indirect cost rate);
  • Special rules applicable to specific items of cost;
  • Time and effort reporting requirements for personnel charges;
  • Prior approval requirements;
  • Single Audit Act (Subpart F) audit standards;
  • Consequences of fraud, abuse, and other violations of the Uniform Grants Guidance’s requirements;
  • Common problems under the Uniform Grants Guidance and how to avoid them; and,
  • Answers to frequently asked questions about the Uniform Grants Guidance (Super Circular) and its implementation.

The conference will discuss these topics and more to provide you with the information necessary to remain in compliance with current grants requirements.  In addition to learning how to navigate the Uniform Grants Guidance to stay in compliance with grants requirements, you will also have ample opportunities over both days of the conference to ask and get answers to your questions about the OMB Super Circular and grants management when you attend the “Managing Grants under the Uniform Grants Guidance” training in Charleston South Carolina, on February 26 and 27, 2019.

LEARN MORE OR REGISTER NOW!  >

More Dates: Navigating the OMB Super Circular in Denver

Posted on Updated on

October 11 and 12, 2018
Denver, CO
Two-Day Uniform Grants Guidance Training

By popular demand, we have added more dates for our “Navigating the OMB Super Circular” training! Learn how to safely navigate the key administrative requirements, cost principles, and audit standards, under the Office of Management and Budget’s Uniform Grants Guidance (a.k.a. the “Super Circular”) in Denver, Colorado, on October 11-12, 2018.

Make sure that your organization is in compliance with current grants management rules by attending this special edition of “Navigating the OMB Super Circular.”  The OMB’s Uniform Grants Guidance (more commonly called the “Super Circular” or the “Omnicircular”) created a new framework for managing Federal grants and subawards.  However, the Super Circular was never intended to be static, and the Uniform Grants Guidance has undergone revisions and additions since its initial publication and continues to change.  Navigating these evolving requirements is difficult, but failure to meet the Super Circular’s standards (even unintentionally) can have serious consequences for you and your organization.  Noncompliance can result in repayment of grant funds, loss of grant funding, ineligibility for future awards, and criminal prosecution.  However, our two-day training in Denver on October 11 and 12, 2018, will help you and your organization stay on the right path and avoid the major pitfalls in managing grants and subgrants under the Uniform Grants Guidance.  During “Navigating the OMB Super Circular,” we will explore the Super Circular’s grants management requirements, discuss recent grants management developments and how they affect you, and identify potential problems and explain how you can prevent them.

By attending this special, two-day training opportunity in Denver, you will learn how to better navigate the OMB Super Circular’s complex requirements and avoid common compliance issues.  This updated training will provide detailed explanations of the Uniform Grants Guidance’s key rules for all types of grant-funded organizations, including nonprofits, colleges and universities, hospitals, tribal entities, and state and local government.  At the “Navigating the OMB Super Circular” training conference in Denver, you will learn about the following topics:

  • Changes to the OMB Super Circular and what grantees need to do to stay in compliance;
  • Recent developments in the field of grants management;
  • Administrative standards under the Uniform Grants Guidance;
  • Unified cost principles under the Super Circular and rules for charging costs to Federal grants;
  • Financial management system standards;
  • Internal control requirements;
  • Procurement and property management standards, including changes to the micro-purchase and small purchase limits;
  • Records retention and access rules;
  • Grant closeouts and later adjustments;
  • Funding source remedies and enforcement actions;
  • Differences between indirect and direct costs;
  • Special rules for allowability of certain items of cost under the revised cost principles;
  • Time and effort documentation standards;
  • Prior “written” approval requirements;
  • Single Audit Act audit requirements under Subpart F (formerly OMB Circular A-133) of the OMB Super Circular;
  • Key differences between the OMB’s Super Circular (Omnicircular) 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;
  • Answers to frequently asked questions about the Uniform Grants Guidance; and,
  • Common compliance issues under the Uniform Grants Guidance and how to avoid them.

The “Navigating the OMB Super Circular” training will look at these issues and more to give you the up-to-date information about grants requirements that you need to manage your Federal grants and subawards more effectively, whether your organization is a direct grantee, subrecipient, or pass-through entity.  You will also have multiple opportunities during both days (October 11 and 12, 2018) of the Denver training to ask and get answers to your individual questions about the OMB’s Uniform Grants Guidance and grants management, generally.

LEARN MORE OR REGISTER NOW!  >

Eastern Grants Forum in Philadelphia

Posted on Updated on

August 16 and 17, 2018
Philadelphia, PA
Special OMB Uniform Grants Guidance and Cost Principles Training

Attend the Eastern Grants Forum 2018 in Philadelphia on August 16-17, 2018, to learn how to comply with the Uniform Grants Guidance (a.k.a. the “Super Circular”) and how to charge costs to your Federal grants and subawards the right way.

Avoid costly mistakes with your federal grants and subawards by registering today and attending the Eastern Grants Forum 2018 in Philadelphia from August 16 through 17, 2018.  The Office of Management and Budget’s Uniform Grants Guidance (better known as the “Omnicircular” or the “Super Circular”) contains complex rules that dictate how grants are managed and how grant funds can be spent.  These include administrative requirements, procurement standards, cost principles, and audit standards.  Failure to follow these key grants management rules can result in enforcement actions ranging from disallowances to termination of your grant funding and can even lead to criminal prosecution.  However, not only can the Super Circular’s requirements be difficult to understand and to implement, but the requirements also regularly change with amendments to the Uniform Grants Guidance and the passage of new legislation.  When you attend the Eastern Grants Forum 2018, though, you will learn what you need to know about the Uniform Grants Guidance’s requirements (including an expanded “Cost Principles Deep Dive”) to satisfy current grants rules and prevent problems with your grant funding.

The Eastern Grants Forum 2018 will explain in detail the Super Circular’s key provisions, including the administrative requirements and the single audit standards, to help you better manage your grant awards and subawards.  This year’s edition of the Eastern Grants Forum will also take a special, deeper look at the cost principles and procurement standards under the Uniform Grants Guidance.  Topics to be covered during the two-day grants training include:

  • Administrative requirements under the Uniform Grants Guidance;
  • Unified cost principles under the Super Circular;
  • General rules for cost allowability;
  • Meaning of reasonableness, necessity, and allocability, in relation to costs;
  • Direct and indirect cost fundamentals and negotiation of indirect cost rates;
  • Changes affecting indirect costs (including the de minimis indirect cost rate, requirements for subawards, and extension of current rates);
  • Procurement rules and the relationship to the cost principles;
  • Special rules for allowability of specific items of cost (including facilities, equipment, and capital expenditures);
  • Time and effort reporting requirements;
  • Employee welfare costs (including the transformation of “employee morale”);
  • Treatment of travel-related costs and best practices for travel policies ;
  • Allowability of training, conferences, and similar costs;
  • Prior written approval requirements;
  • Major exceptions to the cost principles;
  • Effects of recent developments in grants management;
  • Audit standards under the Uniform Grants Guidance and the Single Audit Act;
  • Combatting fraud, waste, and abuse in grant-funded programs; and,
  • Answers to frequently asked questions about grants management.

In addition to learning about these topics and more, you will also enjoy multiple question and answer sessions across both days of the conference to ask and get answers to your individual questions about the Super Circular, direct and indirect costs, and grants management generally.  Register today and make your plans to join us in Philadelphia on August 16 and 17, 2018, for this special edition of the Eastern Grants Forum, featuring a detailed “Cost Principles Deep Dive,” as well as discussions of administrative requirements, procurement rules, and audit standards.

LEARN MORE OR REGISTER NOW!  >

New Dates: Navigating the OMB Super Circular in Milwaukee

Posted on Updated on

May 1 and 2, 2018
Milwaukee, WI
Two-Day OMB Super Circular Training Conference

Join us in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on May 1 and 2, 2018, to learn how to safely navigate the key administrative requirements, cost principles, and audit standards, under the Office of Management and Budget’s Uniform Grants Guidance (a.k.a. the “Super Circular”) and stay in compliance with grants management rules.

Making mistakes with your Federal grants can have serious consequences, ranging from suspensions and costly disallowances to lose of funding and even jail time.  Properly managing Federal grants (whether direct grants or subawards from a state or other pass-through entity) requires a deep understanding of the OMB’s Uniform Grants Guidance (better known as the “Super Circular” or “Omnicircular”).  The Uniform Grants Guidance touches all aspects of Federal grants management, but the Super Circular’s requirements continue to change with periodic amendments to the supposedly “final” rules.  Navigating this evolving framework can be a challenge, but our two-day training in Milwaukee on May 1 and 2, 2018, will help you steer the right course.  “Navigating the OMB Super Circular” will cover the Super Circular’s key requirements, discuss recent grants management developments that could affect you, and identify common compliance issues and describe how you can avoid them.

When you attend this special training, you will learn how to navigate the OMB Super Circular’s requirements, which, in turn, will allow you to better manage your grants and avoid problem areas.  The intensive “Navigating the OMB Super Circular” training, which has been updated and expanded for 2018, will explain the Uniform Grants Guidance and Federal implementing regulations in detail.  During the two-day conference in Milwaukee, you will learn about the following topics:

  • Recent changes to the OMB Uniform Grants Guidance (Super Circular);
  • Current developments affecting Federal grants management;
  • 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 and general rules for charging costs to your Federal grants;
  • Treatment of indirect and direct costs;
  • Special rules for allowability of specific items of cost;
  • Time and effort documentation requirements for personnel costs;
  • Prior “written” approval requirements;
  • Single Audit Act (Subpart F) audit requirements under the OMB Super Circular;
  • Differences between the OMB’s version of the Super Circular (Omnicircular) and awarding agencies’ implementing regulations for the Uniform 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 (Uniform Grants Guidance) and its implementation.

These issues and more will be explored to provide you with the necessary information to successfully navigate the Super Circular’s major requirements and to update internal policies to remain compliant with current grants standards.  In addition, you will have multiple opportunities during the training in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on May 1 and 2, 2018, to get your individual Super Circular and grants management questions answered.

LEARN MORE OR REGISTER NOW!  >