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While Washington Battles, What’s Happening to Your Federal Grants?

Webinar • Thursday, May 4, 2017 • 2:00-3:30 Eastern time

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Subject: Grants Management

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

Recommended Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications

Program Knowledge Level: Basic

Advanced Preparation: None

The drama in Washington shows no signs of abating. The “skinny” budget” for FY 2018 crafted by the Trump Administration proposed substantial cuts in domestic programs — read that “grants.” It’s been generally declared “dead on arrival” by members of Congress on both sides of the aisle but the devil will be in the details, to be released shortly. Meanwhile, a deadline for continued funding for FY 2017 looms at the end of April.

Some seem willing to flirt with a government shutdown. A string of presidential executive orders has left a trail of questions about government actions. A threat to cut off funding to “sanctuary jurisdictions” has been uttered by the U.S. Attorney General, and the Secretary of Health and Human Services has hinted at cuts to indirect costs that support research grants. Finally, many of the federal agencies that award grants and cooperative agreements have empty offices at the top of their management structures with appointees neither confirmed nor even nominated.

The electronic and print media are abuzz with coverage that is unfortunately a mile wide and an inch deep. Organizations with existing grants, cooperative agreements and/or subawards have good reason to be concerned about what actually has been done to their awards and what can be done to them in the future. And those with grant applications pending are just as worried about when, if ever, new awards will be made.

This webinar will get to the bottom of the federal funding situation with authoritative, responsible analysis of the policy details that may affect your federal grants portfolio now and going forward. You’ll learn answers to questions like:

  • What are the budgetary procedures (like sequestration) that could impact existing awards and how do they work?
  • What budgetary deadlines are looming and how consequential are they likely to be for grant funding?
  • How are high level appointments and the employee hiring freeze really affecting routine agency decision-making?
  • What authority exists for cutting off or curtailing active grants?
  • How has the change in administration affected OMB’s “Super Circular”?
  • What grant-related regulations are being targeted for deletion or overhaul?
  • How will federal grant monitoring and auditing change?

Presenting this webinar are two federal grant experts with decades of Washington experience:

Bob Lloyd is a respected authority on policies and practices affecting the award, administration and oversight of federal grants, contracts and subawards. Bob has nearly 40 years of experience in federal award implementation. Prior to starting his management consulting practice in Washington, D.C., in 1982, he served as the executive director of the Grants Management Advisory Service and held staff positions in two large federally funded organizations. Since then, he has been a consultant, trainer or advisor to award and audit units in sixteen federal award-making departments and agencies, and to recipient and subrecipient organizations and their professional advisors located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, several U.S. territories and 18 foreign countries. He is the principal author of A Guide to OMB Grant Reform and several other reference works on federal grants management and audits, and currently serves as contributing editor to Federal Grants News, published by Thompson Grants. He also is a Charter Life Member of the National Grants Management Association and served on its Board of Directors for five years.

Jonathan Breul retired from the federal government after serving as a senior executive at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. There he led the implementation of the Government Performance and Results Act and the codification of OMB Circulars A-102, A-87 and A-133, which became the basis for OMB’s uniform guidance. Prior to his lengthy tenure at OMB, he was grants policy specialist at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the largest grantor agency in the federal government. After leaving federal service, Jonathan joined the private sector as executive director of the IBM Center for the Business of Government, which helps government managers improve effectiveness of government through practical ideas and original thinking. For many years, he has also taught at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Grant and contract managers
  • Sponsored projects administrators
  • Executives
  • Finance directors
  • Legal counsels
  • 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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