Understand and Practice Federal Grants Ethics

Webinar • Tuesday, April 17, 2018 • 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET

Webinar Details

Subject: Post-award

Prerequisites: Some knowledge of federal grant management and audit requirements is helpful

Recommended Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications, Auditing (including Government Auditing)

Program Knowledge Level: Basic

Advanced Preparation: None

The 24/7 media thrives on stories about breaches of ethical conduct in “the public square.” Unfortunately, more than a few of those stories involve organizations that receive and expend federal grants. They feed citizen suspicion that those who administer federal awards are often “ethically challenged.”

Throughout the administrative requirements, cost principles and audit requirements that apply to grants, cooperative agreements and subawards are numerous provisions that mandate ethical conduct in a wide variety of scenarios that are likely to arise in the course of applying for and managing federal funds. The federal rules provide a recognizable skeleton of required features that a recipient or subrecipient must use in fashioning its ethics policies. It is also clear that putting “flesh” on those bones involves employing best practices that will create an atmosphere to prevent and detect ethical breaches.

This webinar has been designed to provide accurate information about what the federal government actually requires in this high-profile area and to suggest actionable ways to meet those requirements. You’ll learn about the following:

  • How to organize for ethical behavior
  • Required elements of a written code of conduct
  • Specific federal criminal statutes that are possible bases for ethical breaches
  • Mandating employee disclosures and certifications
  • What constitutes financial conflict of interest
  • What is meant by familial conflict of interest
  • What is meant by a “prohibited gratuity” or a “kickback”
  • Federal concerns about promises of future employment
  • Required protection of personally identifiable information and other sensitive data
  • Prohibited behavior by supervisors
  • Assuring awareness of ethics policies by affected staff
  • Actions that should be considered if ethical violations are detected

Join Bob Lloyd, principal of Federal Fund Management Advisor™, for this detailed and practical discussion.

Who Should Attend?:

  • Grant and contract managers
  • Sponsored projects administrators
  • Governing board members
  • Executives
  • Legal counsels
  • Finance directors
  • Human resources managers
  • Internal auditors
  • External auditors

Hand-out Materials:

Attendees will receive presentation slides as well as access to background materials.

Allowable Charges

The costs of webinars sponsored by Federal Fund Management Advisor™ are allowable charges to your federal grants and subgrants. The cost principles issued by OMB under its uniform guidance (and applicable to all types of awardees) state, “The cost of training and education for employee development is allowable” (2 CFR 200.472).

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