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Risk Evaluation Requirements Under the Uniform Grant Guidance

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 • 1:00-2:30pm EST


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$249.00 Risk Evaluation Requirements Under the Uniform Grant Guidance (OnDemand)
Webinar Details

Subject: Grants

Prerequisites: None

Recommended Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications

Program Knowledge Level: Basic

Advanced Preparation: None

Will a High-Risk Rating Cut Your Funding? 

Risk assessment is one of the newest—and most dangerous—areas of OMB’s Uniform Grant Guidance. 

For starters, the requirements are complex. Plus, many grants professionals think risk assessments and the accompanying merit reviews only apply pre-award. Not true! Agencies assess risk in post-award, too. From the proposal through reporting and auditing, even small things can add up to a high-risk rating that cuts you off from new awards and triggers cancellations, recovery of funds and even criminal penalties.

Don’t let old-fashioned grants writing and management put everything at risk.  

In this 90-minute webinar, nationally known grants expert Sandra Swab will explain the risk evaluations requirements and how to demonstrate the performance, accountability and transparency federal agencies now expect to see in grant proposals and grant management. Whether you’re a recipient or pass-through entity, you’ll learn practical ways to achieve a low-risk rating that keeps you competitive—and compliant.

Keep your funding, avoid sanctions and penalties. During this webinar, you will discover ways for pre-award and post-award teams to work together, including how create greater awareness of potential risks and steps for addressing them before an agency assesses your program. You will also get specific insights into risk-raising areas such as improper payments. Plus, you will have the chance to ask your own questions during the Q&A portion of the webinar. 

Reserve your space now for the know-how to achieve positive outcomes with risk assessments, including:

  • The requirements for risk-based assessments and evaluations
  • The tools the government may use in providing additional information on eligibility requirements and the financial integrity of award applicants
  • Criteria agencies may use in conducting risk-based evaluations
  • How federal agencies can use specific award conditions to address grantees’ risk-based issues
  • How to manage specific award conditions associated with risk-based criteria—including how to address when specific conditions are met
  • How to identify pass-through entities’ specific responsibilities for meeting the requirements for using risk-based evaluations for subawards
  • And more!

Remember, failing to take strong steps to reduce risks can knock you out of the running for awards and lead to recovery of funds, cancellation of your grant program and even civil and criminal penalties.  You need to take the risk out of risk evaluations—starting now.

Who Will Benefit:

This webinar is of value to every recipient of federal awards—including state, local and tribal governments; higher education institutions; and nonprofits—and especially those with a history of findings. Attendees who will benefit most include:

  • Grants managers and administrators
  • CFOs/controllers, accounting and finance staff
  • General/In-house Counsel
  • Internal auditors
  • Independent auditors
  • Program managers
  • Compliance officers


Sandra Swab

Sandra Swab is a leading independent consultant focusing on grants, data standards and performance measurement.  She most recently retired from the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board where she served as its Data Manager and Senior Advisor for Grants, Performance and Data Standards.  She has also worked as a senior manager at KPMG and SiloSmashers after having worked at the Office of Management and Budget as a Senior Policy Analyst in the Office of Federal Financial Management. She has over 30 years of government experience in grants, finance and program management.

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