- Pub Code: WG328-11WEB
- Originally held on Dec. 10, 2013
Practical Strategies for Resolving Disagreements With Your Grantor Agency
December 10, 2013 Webinar - Listen On-Demand or Get a CD!
Deciding whether — and how — to respond to an objectionable approach taken by a federal grantor involves applying balanced judgment and, perhaps, polite diplomacy. This webinar discusses the gentle art of “pushing back” on your federal grant and offers strategies that can empower you to make sensible decisions on these sensitive matters.
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.
When and how to “push back” on your federal grant—what you need to know
The relationship between federal grantor agencies and grant recipients and between “pass-through entities” and subrecipients is supposed to be one in which “assistance” is being provided. After all, federal law and regulation provide that when the purpose of a federal financial award is to “assist, stimulate, or support” a non-federal party in the conduct of a public program, a grant or cooperative agreement is the required instrument.
Unfortunately, experience has shown that it doesn’t always work out that way. Some awarding agencies, whether from the federal level or an intermediate place, introduce into these relationships behavior that their recipients or subrecipients find is anything but helpful. But what are recipients or subrecipients to do about it?
“Biting the hand that feeds you” is usually viewed as counterproductive or worse. Governing bodies and senior management properly don’t want to jeopardize important sources of funding. But often, the approach taken by the grantor is objectionable because it creates burden, it intrudes on legitimate organizational prerogatives, or it’s just plain wrong based on the applicable policy.
Deciding whether — and how — to respond involves applying balanced judgment and, perhaps, polite diplomacy. This webinar is intended to help you build those skills in case you need them now or in the future.
We discuss the gentle art of “pushing back” on your federal grant and how you can:
- Get clarity on the awarding agency’s positions
- Conduct a civil informal discourse
- Best deal with ambiguity or differing interpretations of federal requirements
- Acquaint yourself with the federal policy structure and use it to your organization’s advantage
- Constructively formulate written objections
- Decide when and how to use available formal dispute procedures
- Seek long-term changes to objectionable policies
Bob Lloyd, principal of Federal Fund Management Advisor, leads this practical look at addressing a dilemma that grant recipients and subrecipients confront all too frequently. Relying on his years of experience in scores of cases where he has helped organizations successfully address and resolve these kinds of issues, Bob offers strategies that have worked and that can empower you to make sensible decisions on these sensitive matters.
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, published by Atlantic Information Services. 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?
- Sponsored programs administrators
- Executive managers
- Principal investigators
- Legal counsels
- Finance directors
- Project directors
- Grant and contract managers
- Governing body members
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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