Webinar Details

  • Pub Code: WG420-11WEB
  • Originally held on June 23, 2014

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OMB Grant Reform: Navigating the New Pre-Award Landscape

June 23, 2014 Webinar - Listen on CD

Under OMB’s federal grant reform initiative, the processes surrounding a grant application, federal awarding agency review, and grant agreement issuance have been altered in fundamental ways. This webinar will help organizations understand the new pre-award landscape and fashion strategies for proper positioning.

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Prepare Now for New OMB Pre-Award Requirements

A lot of the focus on the Office of Management and Budget’s comprehensive federal grant reform initiative is on changes that will affect post-award events. Topics like procurement of goods and services, management and monitoring of subrecipients, decisions about cost allowability, and standards for documentation — to name a few — have rightly received a lot of attention.

The processes surrounding a grant application, federal awarding agency review, and grant agreement issuance have also been altered in fundamental ways. And the changes promise greater scrutiny of organizations that are asking for federal assistance and grant documents that are likely to be more tailored to the differential risk that may be posed by applicants.

Organizations that want to stay competitive in the highly charged federal discretionary grant environment need to understand the new pre-award landscape and to fashion strategies for proper positioning. This webinar will help organizations do that. The session will address:

  • Federal agency decisions about choosing alternative assistance awards (grants, cooperative agreements, fixed amount awards)
  • Enhanced rules about the content of federal agency notices of funding opportunities
  • Federal agency responses to requirements for merit review of applications
  • Required pre-award certifications, representations, and disclosures
  • Data-based hurdles that your grant application must clear
  • New standards for federal agency pre-award review of organizational responsibility
  • Special terms and conditions for “high risk” grantees
  • OMB’s instructions about standard grant agreement features

There’s little doubt that OMB and its grant reform collaborators from the federal awarding agencies have concluded that “an ounce of pre-award prevention” is at least equal to a “pound of audit cure.” This webinar will help you understand how they plan to employ that remedy.

Level: Basic
Prerequisites: Some knowledge of federal grants management is helpful but not necessary
Advanced preparation: None

Hand-out Materials

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

Course Instructor

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?

  • Project directors
  • Program managers
  • Principal research investigators
  • Grant and contract managers
  • Sponsored projects administrators
  • Resource development specialists
  • Grant proposal writers
  • Compliance managers
  • Finance directors

Allowable Charges

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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OMB Grant Reform: Navigating the New Pre-Award Landscape

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