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What to Watch For: Key Risk Areas and Pitfalls for Federal Grantees

Webinar • Tuesday, September 12, 2017 • 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET

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Subject: Grants Management

Prerequisites: None

Recommended Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications

Program Knowledge Level: Update

Advanced Preparation: None

Federal grants have always been highly regulated and subject to oversight. But now, Uniform Grant Guidance makes compliance even more complicated. In fact, the consolidation of so many OMB circulars combined with the emphasis on performance is creating new challenges, confusion and risks for new and seasoned grants professionals alike. 

Unless you understand the new risk areas associated with federal grants, you could make mistakes that lead to long and costly government audits, investigations and litigation. That is why it is critical to know—now—where these key risk areas are, how the government investigates fraud and misconduct and, if problems are found, what remedies the government can apply.

Here is where to get this vital perspective—in time to steer clear of these new grant-performance danger zones.

Register now for What to Watch For: Key Risk Areas and Pitfalls Federal Grantees Must Avoid.

In this 90-minute webinar, Wiley Rein attorneys John Prairie and Brian Walsh draw on their expertise representing federal grantees in litigation to explain new compliance and enforcement pitfalls and how to avoid them. From the key players overseeing federal grant performance, to case studies highlighting how mistakes are made, you will get vital insights for “risk-proofing” your own programs.

Trouble-shooting perspective on remedies, too.  You will discover where new risk areas exist. You will learn how the government investigates fraud and what remedies can be against grantees found to have committed fraud or misconduct. You will also have the chance to ask your own questions during the Q&A portion of the webinar.

Reserve your space now for expert guidance on how to avoid new grant-performance pitfalls, including:

  • A sharp and current understanding of the federal-grant compliance and enforcement environment
  • The primary remedies government uses against grantees for grant fraud and misconduct
  • Key grant-performance areas of risk
  • How to recognize and avoid scenarios leading to grants-related fraud
  • Case studies offering lessons learned about how mistakes are made and fraud is committed

Everyone involved with federal grants will benefit from understanding where new risks are emerging.  Plus, if your organization has already been the subject of an audit, review or investigation, this webinar provides vital early-warning intelligence on the potential liability you could face.  Don’t miss your chance to let these two experts help you protect your program—and prepare.

Register now for What to Watch For: Key Risk Areas and Pitfalls Federal Grantees Must Avoid.

This webinar is of value to any organization involved in federal grants, including for-profit companies, non-profit organizations, universities, and government contractors. Attendees who will benefit most include:

  • Grants management professionals and administrators 
  • Grant legal, accounting and finance professionals
  • Grant program staff
  • Organizational leaders

YOUR EXPERT(S):

John Prairie

John Prairie is a Partner at Wiley Rein. His practice includes a broad range of litigation, counseling, and transactional matters for entities that work with federal, state, and local governments. John represents both traditional and “non-traditional” government contractors, as well as grant recipients, throughout all phases of the procurement and grant lifecycles. John represents some of the largest contractors in the world in high-stakes bid protest and claims litigation. He also regularly assists small and emerging firms, as well as non-profit organizations, with navigating the complex requirements of performing federal contracts and grants. John has particular expertise with the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) small business programs, and counsels both large and small businesses on small business contracting requirements. John also assists venture capital and private equity firms with the acquisition and oversight of small business government contractors, as well as compliance with Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program requirements.

Brian Walsh

Brian Walsh is an Partner at Wiley Rein. He counsels and represents government contractors and subcontractors, as well as federal and state grant recipients, on a broad range of government contracts matters, including contract claims and disputes, teaming and subcontracting issues, data rights and intellectual property issues, government investigations and audits, and compliance with ethics and procurement integrity laws. He further represents clients in bid protests before the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC) and has litigated hundreds of protests at these forums. Brian also actively participates in Wiley Rein’s pro bono program and has assisted clients in achieving successful results in a variety of different areas, including parole hearings, divorce and custody matters, and landlord-tenant disputes. Further, Brian is an active member of the firm’s Diversity Committee.

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