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Procurement Under the Uniform Guidance Beware – The Two Year
Fiscal Grace Period Ends In 2017

Thursday, March 09, 2017 • 1:00 pm ET/12:00 pm CT/11:00 am MT/10:00 am PT

Webinar Details

Subject: Grants Management

Recommended Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications

Advanced Preparation: None

Do you know how OMB expects non-federal entities to implement procurement and property management requirements under the Uniform Grant Guidance?  Fact is, things have changed so much that you might not know—and that could put performance, compliance and costs at risks. Here’s why:

Over the past year, as non-federal entities grappled with implementing the uniform guidance. Procurement is complicated by the need to decide upon an appropriate award instrument. The recipient must be able to discern if it should provide a subaward or a contract award, which is critical for the appropriate applicability guidelines.

All recipients, and particularly recipients previously covered under the prior OMB Circular A-110, need to revise the procurement provisions and understand best practices for implementing the requirements.

Register now for Procurement Under the Uniform Guidance: Beware – The Two Year Fiscal Grace Period Ends In 2017.

In this 90-minute webinar, grant expert Karen Norris helps you implement the right procurement and property management practices. From new requirements for conflict of interest and methods of procurement, to special situations (such as sole-source procurements or property defined as a computing device), you’ll learn how to troubleshoot audits to keep costs “allowable.”

Practical examples of how to prepare.  Federal granting agencies, grantees, and auditors will all benefit from sharp and current perspective on where rigorous new procurement requirements apply—and where new flexibilities exist.   Plus, you’ll have the chance to ask your own questions during the Q&A portion of the webinar.

Reserve your space now to implement procurement and inventory practices that align with new requirements under the UGG, including:

  • How property management requirements and making procurements with federal funds have changed and what OMB’s current implementation guidance covers
  • Disposal requirements for property
  • How to take advantage of the two-year grace period for the Uniform Grants Guidance procurement requirements
  • Best practices for implementing compliant procurement and property management requirements
  • Administrative requirements for conflict of interest, methods of procurement, and contract administration

Remember, as OMB’s emphasis shifts from compliance to performance, maintaining the allowability of costs means mastering new procurement and property management requirements.  What you learn in this webinar could make all the difference in avoiding recovery audits, loss of grant funds and other enforcement actions.

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Who Will Benefit

This webinar is of value to all federal granting agencies, non-federal entities receiving federal grant funds, and everyone who works with federal grants. Attendees who will benefit most include:

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

Karen Norris

Karen Norris is nationally recognized in the grants community as a consultant and Subject Matter Expert (SME) for k4rnoco - a K4ren Norris Company in Gaithersburg, MD. She has experience in grants and contracts for more than 20 years, previously as a grants administrator for educational institutions in the State of Maryland and as an author and managing editor for national grants publications. Norris has served on the Board of Directors of professional associations and editorial advisory boards. She is an invited annual presenter at national conferences and training events, including the Grant Professionals Association, National Grants Management Association, the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), Management Concepts, Maryland Governor's Grants Office, Thompson Information Services/Columbia Books, and the former Council for Resource Development (now CASE), among others.

Norris conducts webinars, virtual classes, eLearning, and onsite grants training at national grants forums and for federal, state, local and territorial governments and other nonfederal entities. The White House Conference on Aging published her white paper about health grants. Norris has advised and responded to information requests about the grants process for the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management. Norris has served as a federal reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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