- Pub Code: WG224-11WEB
- Originally held on Oct. 18, 2012
- 2:00 - 3:30 Eastern time
- 1:00 - 2:30 Central time
- 12:00 - 1:30 Mountain time
- 11:00 - 12:30 Pacific time
How to Get Your Federal Grant Agreement “Tailor Made” — Negotiating Flexible Award Terms and Conditions From a Position of Strength
October 18, 2012 Webinar - Listen On-Demand or Get a CD!
The job of managing your grants and subgrants can be made a lot simpler and less burdensome if you can cut some unnecessary red tape. Despite a popular belief that everything in these agreements is “required,” it is possible for an awarding agency to agree with a recipient or subrecipient to tailor an award to waive certain requirements and permit certain actions without asking federal permission. This webinar will help you get a firm grasp on what the rules really do allow, and will deliver the details and citations that you can use in asking for a more tailored fit.
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Learn How to Negotiate Flexible Federal Grant Terms and Conditions From a Position of Strength
You don’t have to work with federal grants very long before you run into somebody who tells you that everything that’s in your grant or subgrant agreement is “required.” They’ll confidently say that it all has to be there, and there’s no special treatment available for your organization. Well, it may be that “somebody” hasn’t read all the federal grant administrative and cost allowability rules.
That’s because, over the years, the federal government has built some important flexibility concepts into those rules including “differential accountability,” “expanded authorities” and “low risk.” What these add up to is the possibility that an awarding agency can agree with a recipient or subrecipient to tailor an award to waive certain requirements that may be burdensome or unnecessary, and to permit certain actions that a well-managed organization should be able to handle on its own without asking federal permission. Before your skepticism about this possibility kicks in, though, it’s critical to say that it isn’t going to happen without your having a firm grasp on what the rules really do allow — and your willingness to present the case that flexibility is warranted. And that’s where this webinar will help.
This authoritative session will capture the requirements where agreement options exist and deliver the details and citations that you can use in asking for a more tailored fit. And it will highlight the practicalities of how to do it — timing, tone and rationale. You’ll learn about:
- The “lingo” of flexibility — prior approvals, waivers and extensions
- Options for meeting matching and cost sharing
- Alternative uses of program income
- Programmatic changes
- Budgetary modifications
- Funds carry-over and “no cost” extensions
- Cost allowability approvals
- Reporting flexibility
- When and how to make requests
The job of managing your grants and subgrants can be made a lot simpler and less burdensome if you can cut some unnecessary red tape. And with the tools you’ll acquire from this session, you should be on your way to doing just that.
Prerequisites: Some knowledge of federal grant management is helpful
Advanced preparation: None
Attendees will receive presentation slides as well as access to background documents.
BOB LLOYD is a respected authority on policies and practices affecting the award, administration and oversight of federal grants, contracts and subawards. Mr. Lloyd 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 several reference works on federal grants management and audits, and currently serves as contributing editor to Federal Grants News and Federal Auditing News, published jointly by Atlantic Information Services, NACUBO and NCURA. He also is a Charter Life Member of the National Grants Management Association and served on its Board of Directors for five years.
Who Should Attend?
- Grant proposal managers
- Sponsored programs administrators
- Grants managers
- Finance directors
- Program directors
- Legal counsels
The costs of webinars sponsored by Federal Fund Management Advisor are allowable charges to your federal grants and subgrants. Each of the sets of federal cost principles issued by OMB for federal awards administered by state, local, and tribal governments, colleges and universities, and nonprofit organizations explicitly states that the costs of training for employee development and vocational effectiveness are allowable. For your records, the specific citations are:
- OMB Circular A-21 (2 CFR 220), Appendix A, Paragraph J.51—Colleges and Universities
- OMB Circular A-87 (2 CFR 225), Appendix B, Paragraph 42—State, Local and Tribal Governments
- OMB Circular A-122 (2 CFR 230), Appendix C, Paragraph 49(a)—Nonprofit Organizations
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