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Improper Payments Under the Uniform Grants Guidance

Thursday, June 22, 2017 • 1:00 pm ET/12:00 pm CT/11:00 am MT/10:00 am PT


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Subject: Grants Management

Prerequisites: None

Recommended Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications

Program Knowledge Level: Basic

Advanced Preparation: None

Of the $600 billion in federal grants awarded annually, more than $ 136 billion is improperly paid according to the GAO. This amount consistently increases year to year.  In addition, recent reports and audits demonstrating the extent of improper payments and noncompliance with the improper payment prevention requirements has urged Congress to seek change—starting immediately. In fact, during this year federal agencies are tasked with recovering $50 billion from grant recipients, subrecipients and pass-through entities.

To avoid losing awards, grantees must act now to update use-of-funds policies and procedures. Federal agencies must also act now to start carrying out the mandate to find and recover improper payments.

Here’s how to know what the new Uniform Grants Guidance requires so you can create the right strategies for demonstrating both accountability and performance.

Register now for Improper Payments Under the Uniform Grants Guidance.

In this webinar, Leigh Manasevit of Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC will help federal agencies and grant recipients review the legal and regulatory background of improper payments requirements. You’ll learn exactly how the Uniform Grants Guidance defines—and treats—improper payments, and what’s required to achieve new requirements for both accountability and performance

Don’t let errors put awards at risk. Through real-world examples of improper payments you’ll learn how to spot problems that may exist with your own grants. You’ll also benefit from expert advice on strategies that can help federal agencies and nonfederal entities meet their responsibilities as good stewards of federal funds.  Plus, you can ask your specific questions during the Q&A portion of the presentation.

Reserve your space now to understand and how to address improper payments, including:

  • The background of improper payments, including an overview of the amount of funds at risk
  • Examples of improper payments and how they could have been avoided
  • Proactive strategies for preventing improper payments
  • Examples of how federal agencies can use monitoring to avoid improper payments
  • How federal agencies can apply sanctions or remedies as consequences for non-accountable grant recipients or subrecipients
  • And more!

Great value!

Register by phone line rather than by the number of attendees so you can bring your entire team.

Register now for Improper Payments Under the Uniform Grants Guidance.

Who Will Benefit

This webinar is of value to all federal and nonfederal entities that are recipients of federal grant awards. Organizations that will benefit most include: 

  • State, local, and tribal governments
  • Institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Grant program staff
  • Grant accounting and finance staff
  • Internal and external auditors
  • Organizational leaders responsible for implementation

Remember, improper payments are under scrutiny as never before.  Don’t miss this opportunity to let an expert show you strategies for getting your policies, procedures and performance in compliance.


Leigh Manasevit

Leigh Manasevit has practiced education law since 1974. He is a founding partner of Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC, a law practice that addresses legal issues involving educational institutions at all levels. Mr. Manasevit carefully followed the development of the Uniform Grants Guidance (UGG) from OMB and has presented nationally on the implementation challenges of these regulations. He has also worked extensively on the Every Child Succeeds Act (ESSA) and its predecessor, No Child Left Behind (NCLB). He has advised and trained schools, districts, states, and private providers on ESSA and NCLB and frequently served as a keynote speaker at organizations of Title I professionals. Mr. Manasevit successfully represented New Mexico in Zuni Public School District 89 v. Department of Education, before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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