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Western Grants Forum: Super Circular Training and Grants Management Update in Seattle

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April 11 and 12, 2017
Sheraton Seattle Hotel
Seattle, WA

Are you prepared for the latest challenges in Federal grants management as we enter a new year with a new administration?  Attend the Western Grants Forum: Super Circular Training and Federal Grants Management Update in Seattle, on April 11 and 12, 2017, to make sure that you are not only up-to-date on the OMB Uniform Grants Guidance (better known as the Super Circular) and grants requirements but also well-prepared for likely changes in 2017 and beyond.

Are you prepared for the challenges facing Federal grant recipients, subrecipients, and pass-through entities, as we enter 2017 and a new administration? Grants management requirements and the OMB Super Circular continue to evolve, and more changes are expected this year with a new administration taking office.  In this environment, staying in compliance with grants requirements means staying abreast of recent Super Circular and other grants management developments as well as the latest legal, accounting, legislative, and Federal policy developments.  By attending the Western Grants Forum: Super Circular Training and Federal Grants Management Update, you will receive the most up-to-date information about the Super Circular and Federal grants management standards, including recent and proposed changes to grants requirements and initiates from the new administration affecting Federal grants and grantees.

At the Western Grants Forum in Seattle, you will learn about grants management challenges related to the change in administrations and about the Super Circular’s major requirements, amendments to the Uniform Guidance, and other important developments affecting Federal grants management.  This training has been designed to benefit both new and experienced members of the Federal grants community.  During the conference, you will explore the following topics and more:

  • Impact of the new administration on Federal grants policies and practices;
  • Major administrative requirements under the Super Circular;
  • The unified cost principles and the challenges in implementing them;
  • Key areas of emphasis for awarding agencies in implementing the OMB Super Circular and how these affect grantee and subgrantee compliance;
  • Recent court and administrative decisions as well as legislative developments and how these will affect grants management in 2017;
  • Procurement standards and property management requirements under the Super Circular;
  • FAPIIS and related risk management efforts under the Super Circular relative to the award and management of grants and subgrants;
  • Differences between the prior time and effort reporting requirements and the standards under the OMB Super Circular;
  • Changes to Single Audit Act audits and the audit reporting and resolution process under Subpart F of the Super Circular;
  • Revisions to the most recent Single Audit Act Compliance Supplement; and,
  • When the government can terminate a grant or take other enforcement action and what recipients can do to keep their funding.

In addition to receiving this detailed information about Federal grants management requirements to help ensure that your organization is in compliance with the current rules, you will also have ample opportunities over both days of the Western Grants Forum: Super Circular Training and Federal Grants Management Update to ask and get answers to your individual questions.  Join us in Seattle on April 11 and 12, 2017, for this timely training opportunity.

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In-Depth: Mastering the OMB Super Circular 2016 in Seattle

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April 14 – 15, 2016
Mayflower Park Hotel
Seattle, WA
Detailed, Two-Day OMB Super Circular Training

Learn the new grants administrative requirements, cost principles, and audit standards under the OMB’s Super Circular at our in-depth, two-day conference in Seattle.  The Office of Management and Budget’s new uniform guidance for administrative requirements, cost principles, and audits for Federal grants (commonly called the Super Circular or the Omnicircular) has brought increased accountability and scrutiny to grant-funded entities.  The major Federal grant awarding agencies have issued regulations to implement the Super Circular, including amendments made by the OMB for 2016.  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 Seattle, 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 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 questions about the OMB Super Circular.

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Head Start Fiscal Fitness Institute

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March 19 and 20, 2015
Residence Inn Arlington Capital View
Arlington, VA (Metro Washington, DC)
Exclusive, Two-Day Head Fiscal Management Training in the Washington, DC Area

Start the New Year with a resolution to ensure that your Head Start or Early Head Start program is fiscally fit.  The Office of Head Start has long been concerned with fiscal management, and, as part of the transition to five-year grant cycles, OHS has placed special emphasis on sound fiscal management.  Because of recent concerns over audit quality, OHS has been paying extra attention to fiscal management, and fiscal monitoring is still a key component of the new aligned monitoring system.  The recent implementation of the OMB Super Circular for Head Start and Early Head Start programs has also brought additional attention to fiscal management.  In short, strong fiscal management is more critical than ever for Head Start and Early Head Start.  Programs that want to avoid findings, possible recompetition, and costly disallowances must ensure that they are and remain fiscally fit.

This special conference is dedicated to ensuring that Head Start and Early Head Start programs achieve and maintain fiscal fitness.  Over the course of two days, the conference will explore Head Start and Early Head Start fiscal management issues in detail, including:

  • Common Head Start and Early Head Start fiscal management findings;
  • Fiscal monitoring under the new Head Start aligned monitoring system;
  • Procurement and inventory management;
  • Issues with match and program income;
  • Changes to required internal control standards under COSO and the Green Book;
  • Prevention of fraud, waste, and abuse, in Head Start and Early Head Start programs;
  • Implementation of the new OMB Super Circular and the impact of the Super Circular on Head Start and Early Head Start;
  • Audit oversight issues and Single Audit Act audits under the OMB Super Circular; and,
  • Recent real-world examples of fiscal management issues and how they were (and should have been) addressed.

The institute will discuss these topics and more to provide attendees with the critical information about Head Start and Early Head Start fiscal management needed to get and stay fiscally fit.  There will also be extensive opportunities for attendees to ask questions about Head Start and Early Head Start fiscal management issues.

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