- Pub Code: WG307-11WEB
- Originally held on March 27, 2013
'Audit' Your Federal Grant Policy Manual for Right-Sized Controls and Better Productivity
March 27, 2013 Webinar - Listen On-Demand or Get a CD!
This webinar has been crafted to help you conduct a structured review of your federal grants management policies by laying out what topics the federal government expects you to cover and how it makes sense for you to do so. It also will highlight ways that your organization can respond to assure proper design and operation while maintaining needed flexibility.
The On-Demand recording will be available immediately upon purchase* as a link within a PDF file of the accompanying written materials. CDs and printed materials are shipped via USPS.
Ensure Your Federal Grant Policy Manual Provides Balanced Accountability and Avoids Red Tape
A lot of attention these days gets devoted to the annual financial audit that federal grant recipients and subrecipients must undergo under Office of Management and Budget Circular A-133 if they expend more than $500,000 annually in federal awards. After all, that examination of financial accuracy, internal control and compliance is mandated by the federal government as a key accountability measure. And the fact that an increase in the expenditure threshold that triggers it is currently being considered just reinforces its visibility.
Unfortunately, though, there is another kind of “audit” that most grantee organizations do not regularly undergo that can offer benefits like getting rid of overly bureaucratic procedures that contribute nothing to compliance, control or productivity and instituting ones that actually do. This “audit” involves a regular, clear-eyed review of your policy and procedure manual that covers federal grant management.
When this “audit” happens, reasons given for why a particular procedure is in place might very well be something like, “That’s the way we’ve always done it” or “It was that way when I got here.” And, all too frequently, the response involves the seldom-challenged assertion that, “The federal government requires that.” Well, going back and determining whether that one is true should be a regular occurrence just like examining those old “sacred cows.”
This webinar has been crafted to help you conduct a structured review of your federal grants management policies by laying out what topics the federal government expects you to cover and how it makes sense for you to do so. It will examine federal standards for policies on:
- Financial management
- Property management
- Records access and retention
- Cost allowability
- Human resource management
Further, the webinar will highlight ways that your organization can respond to assure proper design and operation while maintaining needed flexibility.
Prerequisites: Some knowledge of federal grants management is helpful but not necessary
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 more than 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 16 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 and NACUBO. 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?
- Grants managers
- Sponsored programs administrators
- Finance directors
- Accounting staff
- Human resource managers
- Project directors
- Legal counsels
- Internal auditors
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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