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Federal Grants Update and OMB Super Circular Training in San Antonio

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December 13 and 14, 2018
Hilton Palacio del Rio (on the River Walk)
San Antonio, Texas
Once-a-Year Federal Grants Training Opportunity!

Stay up-to-date with critical developments affecting Federal grants management, including changes related to the Uniform Grants Guidance (a.k.a. the “OMB Super Circular”), by attending the annual Federal Grants Management Update and Super Circular Training in San Antonio, Texas, on December 13-14, 2018.

When you attend this year’s Federal Grants Management Update and Super Circular Training, you will learn how to better manage your grants under the Office of Management and Budget’s Uniform Grants Guidance (more commonly known as the “OMB Super Circular”), while staying up-to-date on the latest regulatory, legal, accounting, and policy developments affecting grants management.  Held since 2015, the annual Federal Grants Update provides up-to-date information about Federal grants management requirements for all types of grant recipients and subrecipients (whether nonprofits, institutions of higher education, hospitals, tribal entities, or unites of government) throughout the United States.  This year’s update will feature a procurement deep dive in addition to explanations of the latest legal, fiscal, and policy developments, including recent changes to the Super Circular’s requirements.  Help ensure that your organization stays up-to-date and in compliance with Federal grants rules by making your plans today to join your fellow grants management professionals for the Federal Grants Update 2018 in San Antonio on December 13 and 14. 

The Federal Grants Management Training and Super Circular Update will discuss recent developments for both new and experienced grants professionals as well as explaining major requirements under the Super Circular for those new to grants management and for those simply wanting a refresher.  The special procurement standards deep dive that will conclude this year’s update is just one of the many topics that will be covered over the conference’s two full days.  During the Federal Grants Update 2018, you will learn about important grants management issues and changes, including the following:

  • Current developments in grants management under the Uniform Grants Guidance (a.k.a. the Super Circular);
  • Major requirements under the OMB Super Circular’s administrative rules, cost principles, and audit standards;
  • Procurement standards and best practices under the Uniform Grants Guidance, including recent changes to the procurement rules;
  • Methods of procurement under the Uniform Grants Guidance, their significant features (and differences), and when to use them;
  • Fiscal management standards and related financial management issues for grant recipients and subrecipients;
  • Common allowability issues under the cost principles;
  • Management and disposition of property acquired or improved with grant funds;
  • Employee welfare costs (including the elimination of “employee morale”);
  • Effects of tax reform on grant-funded organizations;
  • Fiscal management issues for non-financial personnel;
  • Strategies to diversify funding streams;
  • Engaging the governing body in financially successful fundraising activities;
  • Impact of recent legislation, court cases, and administrative decisions, on Federal grantees and grants management;
  • Internal control requirements for grant-funded entities;
  • Recent accounting and auditing changes affecting grantees; and,
  • Answers to frequently asked questions about the OMB’s Super Circular.

In addition to learning about these critical grants management topics and more, you will also have multiple opportunities to ask our speakers your individual Super Circular and grants management questions.  Register today for this year’s edition of the Federal Grants Management Update and Super Circular Training in San Antonio, Texas, on December 13-14, 2018, to learn how to comply with current grants requirements under the Super Circular and avoid costly compliance issue.

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Head Start Smarts: The New Performance Standards in San Antonio

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December 13 and 14, 2016
Hilton Palacio del Rio (on the River Walk)
San Antonio, TX

Take a deep dive into the requirements that Head Start and Early Head Start programs must now meet under the new Head Start Program Performance Standards during our two-day Institute in San Antonio on December 13 and 14, 2016.

Are you prepared for the new Performance Standards? The federal Office of Head Start recently announced the much-anticipated new Head Start Program Performance Standards.  The new Performance Standards represent the biggest changes to the rules for Head Start and Early Head Start programs in over twenty years.  These new rules are effective November 7, 2016, with some provisions phased-in over the next five years.  Our all-new, two-day Head Start Smarts: The New Performance Standards Institute will take an in-depth look at the revised Head Start Performance Standards, what they mean for Head Start and Early Head Start agencies, and what programs must do to remain in compliance with Head Start and Early Head Start requirements.  By attending this exclusive training, you will learn about the new Performance Standards in detail and will gain practical information that can be applied to help your agency in meeting the new Performance Standards.

The training will explain the requirements for Head Start and Early Head Start agencies not only under the new Performance Standards but also under relevant provisions of the Head Start Act and grants management rules.  The Head Start Smarts: The New Performance Standards Institute will be an intensive “boot camp” for both experienced management, staff, and governing body and Policy Council members, as well as those new to Head Start and Early Head Start, to prepare them for the new world of Head Start.

This special, two-day  Institute in San Antonio is designed to provide you with a deep understanding of the new Head Start Program Performance Standards to ensure that your agency remains in compliance with program requirements.  During the Institute, you will explore the Head Start and Early Head Start Performance Standards and related requirements, including:

  • Key differences between the old and new Head Start Performance Standards;
  • Structure of the new Head Start Performance Standards;
  • Implementation timeline of the Head Start Performance Standards over the next five years (2016 through 2021);
  • Governance requirements under the new Head Start Performance Standards (including impasse policies);
  • Requirements for management systems and program administration (including fiscal integrity, human resources, privacy and recordkeeping, and quality improvement);
  • Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance (ERSEA) requirements;
  • Program operations and educational services under the new Head Start Performance Standards;
  • Requirements for parent, family, and community engagement;
  • Services to children with disabilities under the new Performance Standards;
  • Health and safety requirements;
  • Facilities rules (including construction, renovation, and purchase) under the new Head Start Performance Standards;
  • Requirements related to transportation services;
  • Monitoring and recompetition requirements under the new Head Start Performance Standards;
  • Enforcement actions and appeals under the new Performance Standards; and,
  • Relationship between the Head Start Performance Standards and the Head Start Act and other grants management rules.

In addition to discussing these key topics and more as part of an in-depth exploration (and explanation) of the new Head Start Performance Standards, you will also have ample opportunities over both days of the Head Start Smarts: The New Performance Standards Institute to ask and get answers to your individual questions about the new Performance Standards and how they affect your agency.

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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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