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Subject: Grants Management

Prerequisites: None

Recommended Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications

Program Knowledge Level: Basic

Advanced Preparation: None

In today’s federal grants community, cost disallowances can lead to severe enforcement actions, including recovery audits. Unfortunately, thanks to Uniform Grant Guidance, avoiding mistakes with allowability and Selected Items of Cost continues to challenge recipients, auditors and agencies.

For example, costs that once passed muster may no longer qualify as “necessary, reasonable and allocable.” Plus, agencies themselves must now pass muster, meeting their obligation to reduce fraud, waste and abuse by implementing procedures to ensure that all grant costs are allowable.

With such a spotlight on accountability, here’s must-have information for taking the guesswork out of keeping costs compliant—and allowable—under UGG.

Register now for Grants Allowability and Selected Items of Cost Under the Uniform Grant Guidance.

In this 90-minute webinar, Megan Passafaro of Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC explains how the Uniform Grant Guidance has changed allowability requirements—and federal grant recipients’ responsibilities.  You will learn how basic cost requirements differ from the prior Circulars A-87, A-21 and A-122 so you can zero in on the specific changes affecting state and local governments, higher education institutions and nonprofits.

Keep costs allowable. After clearing the confusion on how cost allowability compliance has changed, Ms. Passafaro will offer practical advice on how nonfederal entities can translate this cost-protecting knowledge into day-to-day practices in order to keep costs aligned with what’s allowable and for ensuring that all costs are allowable. Plus, you can ask your specific questions during the Q&A portion of the presentation.

Reserve your space now to troubleshoot the continuing challenges of cost allowability under the Uniform Grant Guidance, including:

  • The structure and format of the Uniform Grant Guidance
  • What’s in the allowability requirements and where major changes have occurred
  • Changes agencies and grant recipients must make to comply
  • Lessons learned from key examples of “Selected Items of Cost” that are especially important under Uniform Grant Guidance
  • Strategies to use locally to protect the allowability of costs
  • And more!

This webinar is of value to all federal granting agencies, federal grant recipients, and everyone who works with federal grants, including government agencies, institutions of higher education and nonprofit organizations. Personnel who will benefit the most include:

  • Grant administrators
  • Grant program managers
  • Accounting and finance staff
  • Internal auditors
  • Independent auditors

Remember, the continuing emphasis on accountability means it takes more know-how to comply with requirements and more effort to ensure that costs are allowable. Don’t miss this chance to get expert advice on how your responsibilities have changed—and how to minimize the risks of mistakes.


YOUR EXPERT(S):

Megan Passafaro

Megan Passafaro joined Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC in August 2016.  Ms. Passafaro assists clients with federal grants management and various education programs, including the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Passafaro worked as a Law Fellow in the Office of the General Counsel at Tulane University.  Ms. Passafaro graduated summa cum laude from Northeastern University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in May 2011 and graduated cum laude from Tulane University Law School in 2014.  Ms. Passafaro is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and Massachusetts.

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