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Procuring Social Services with Federal Grant Funds

Webinar • Tuesday, December 19, 2017 • 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET

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Subject: Grants Management

Prerequisites: Some knowledge of federal grant management and audit requirements is helpful

Recommended Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications, Accounting (including Government Accounting)

Program Knowledge Level: Basic

Advanced Preparation: None

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The new rules for purchasing with federal grant funds have caused more than their share of angst. When the Office of Management and Budget drafted the policies, it apparently thought that the hefty rules governing the federal government’s own purchases are the way to guide grant recipients and subrecipients. Confusion and implementation delays have ensued, and Congress even got into the act late last year by carving out some unique procurement requirements for research grantees.

One of the fundamental problems is that the rules largely assume that nonfederal entities are purchasing routine kinds of stuff — supplies, equipment and professional services. But a very real purchasing challenge arises when a recipient or subrecipient is required to employ the rules to purchase social services for intended beneficiaries — like senior citizens, unemployed or underemployed workers, or disabled children.

When it comes to putting together a solicitation for this kind of purchase, going out to the marketplace to get potential contractors willing to compete, evaluating their offers and selecting the best one, and getting the quantity and quality of services ordered, the policy gaps are glaring.

This webinar will help you fill those gaps. It will outline what you have to do and what it makes sense to do in meeting the social services procurement challenge.

You will learn about the:

  • critical differences between subawards of federal financial assistance and procurement contracts under grants;
  • connection between federal social service planning requirements and procurement planning;
  • considerations in selecting cost-based versus fixed-price contract types; and
  • importance of drafting a sound statement of work.

We will also cover how to:

  • identify deliverables;
  • formulate evaluation criteria for source selection;
  • direct comparable submissions through effective technical proposal instructions;
  • manage the proposal review process;
  • award sound and complete contracts to successful offerors; and
  • get what you’re paying for — and document that you did.

Instructor Bob Lloyd, principal of Federal Fund Management Advisor™, is a respected authority on the policies and practices affecting the award, administration and oversight of federal grants, contracts and subawards. He has served under contract to federal agencies, including the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Labor, where large grant programs involve procurement of social services.

He has also advised the recipients and subrecipients that administer those programs. His knowledge of both the policies and the realities of the social service program environment help assure a timely and practical session.

Who Should Attend?

  • Social service program managers from governments and nonprofits
  • Aging program managers
  • Workforce program managers
  • Grant and contract managers
  • Sponsored projects administrators
  • Purchasing directors
  • Finance directors
  • Accounting staff
  • Grant project directors
  • Internal auditors

Hand-out Materials:

Attendees will receive presentation slides as well as access to background materials.

Allowable Charges

The costs of webinars sponsored by Federal Fund Management Advisor™ are allowable charges to your federal grants and subgrants. The cost principles issued by OMB under its uniform guidance (and applicable to all types of awardees) state, “The cost of training and education for employee development is allowable” (2 CFR 200.472).

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