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Techniques for Monitoring Federal Subawards, 4th Edition

A no-nonsense reference for pass-through entities, subrecipients and contractors alike who need to understand their increased responsibilities under the uniform guidance.

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OMB's uniform guidance works to reduce both administrative burden and waste, fraud and abuse while requiring performance and results. What does this mean if you are a pass-through entity and have subrecipients and contracts to monitor? It has always been your responsibility to assure federal awarding agencies that the funds you receive and pass on are spent according to the prescribed federal requirements, but now there are new expectations for pass-through entities. There's more reporting and increased monitoring, particularly for specific conditions, there’s an obligation to assess subrecipient and contractor risk, more responsibility to manage and correct findings and deficiencies for subrecipients and contractors, and, simply put, more accountability for the performance of subrecipients and contracts that will affect your own single audit. Here at Thompson, we know the ins and outs of the uniform guidance. We've updated our popular Techniques for Monitoring Federal Subawards book to offer a no-nonsense reference for the entire process, including several useful templates such as risk assessments, audit checklists, budget templates, monitoring visit form letters, sample subaward and contract agreements and so much more.

A must-have book for pass-through entities,subrecipients and contractors alike, Techniques for Monitoring Federal Subawards:

  • Clears up confusion by describing the new roles and responsibilities of both the pass-through entity and the subrecipient as well as the differences between a subrecipient and a contractor.
  • Guides subaward creation by outlining the key components, including the data elements required for a subaward agreement, regulatory and program requirements, the scope of work and budget, and administrative requirements, cost principles and audit requirements, all aligned with the provisions of the uniform guidance.
  • Presents a variety of monitoring options, including: strategies pass-through entities should consider before selecting a monitoring activity; the various tools available, including single audits or program-specific audits where applicable, agreed-upon procedures engagements, onsite visits and desk reviews; and tips about choosing the most effective strategies.
  • Keeps pass-throughs one step ahead of auditors by reviewing the aspects of monitoring procedures that auditors will test, identifying the types of findings auditors might report and offering descriptions of best practices to avoid findings.
  • Offers templates that pass-throughs need to properly monitor subrecipients that can serve as a toolkit for pre-award, post-award and audit requirements as well as revised boilerplate subaward and contract agreements, including new fixed-amount awards.
  • Prepares grant managers for future changes on the horizon, including the DATA Act.

Major Topics Covered

  • Roles and Responsibilities of Key Participants
  • The Subaward Agreement, Contract Agreement and Fixed Amount Subaward Agreement
  • Differences Between Subawards and Contracts
  • Risk Assessments — Specific Conditions and Remedies
  • Effective Monitoring Procedures
  • Communication Between Pass-Through Entities and Subrecipients
  • Monitoring Activities and Auditor Follow-up
  • How to Write Subaward Agreements
  • Troubleshooting Subrecipient Monitoring
  • Federal Cash Management — What You Should Know
  • Issues of Accountability and Transparency: What's On the Horizon – The DATA Act

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This comprehensive resource blends age-old conventional wisdom with the historic changes in OMB’s uniform guidance. You'll benefit from the advice of experts on time and effort reporting, procurement under grants, direct charging certain costs, single audit preparations, subrecipient monitoring and much more. The 500+ page softbound book is a valuable management guide, compliance document and training tool for busy grants managers, program directors, financial officers and auditors at nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and state and local governments.

This valuable resource will help you and your grants management team:

  • Understand the differences between direct and indirect costs
  • Make the subrecipient vs. contractor determination
  • Realize the full impact of OMB’s emphasis on internal controls
  • Understand which familiar elements of time and effort reporting have been retained in the uniform guidance ... and which are new
  • Know the nuances of requirements for subrecipient assessment and monitoring
  • Understand contract clauses in agreements for procurement under grants
  • Apply the general tests of allowability
  • Understand special issues confronting pass-through entities contracting with foreign organizations
  • Know which clauses flow down when crafting a subaward
  • Understand what is meant by a 10% de minimis indirect cost rate
  • Audit the vulnerabilities in your grants management operation
  • Understand what is meant by audit "resolution"
    ...and much more