Properly Managing Federal Disaster Assistance Funds

Webinar • Thursday, December 14, 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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Administering federal grant funds can be complicated enough when the sun has been shining and the winds have been calm. Actually, the federal government’s complex grants management requirements were written as if those conditions are always present. But, after a presidential disaster declaration, you can expect vastly different scenarios.

In the immediate aftermath of a disaster, response efforts to stabilize the situation facing public agencies, nonprofit organizations and individuals often involve significant departures from the normal ways of doing business. And, once recovery begins, the capacity to handle the magnitude of repair projects demands both an understanding of the unique programmatic requirements imposed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in 44 CFR 206 as well as the ability to use the policies of the governmentwide “Super Circular” (2 CFR 200).

Much later, federal auditors are likely to show up and look for evidence that somebody cut administrative corners. That’s when documentation based on the information presented in this webinar will prove particularly valuable. We’ll highlight what you need to know to avoid misery when you must manage this special form of federal assistance under duress.

You’ll learn about:

  • How the disaster declaration process works, and how it sets the parameters of grant awards
  • Special statutory provisions of the Stafford Act concerning cost sharing and payment
  • Requirements for coordination with insurance settlements and other payments
  • Eligibility criteria for emergency work, debris removal and damage repair
  • Use of “force account” labor on project activities
  • Limitations on expenditures — linking the cost principles to eligible activities
  • Applicable administrative and audit requirements
  • Experience gained from prior disasters
  • FEMA-issued alerts and guidance materials
  • Coordinating with federal disaster grant personnel

Your Experienced Instructors

BOB CATES took on his first disaster assistance management responsibility in September 1989 when he worked in the South Carolina Governor’s Office after Hurricane Hugo devastated coastal communities before pushing inland. Bob administered the state’s public assistance and hazard mitigation programs involving over $247 million and 500 subrecipients. After leaving state government, he has continued to apply his hands-on experience with FEMA funds to recipients facing disaster assistance challenges in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

BOB LLOYD is a recognized authority on the policies and practices affecting the award, administration and audit of federal grants, contracts and subawards. During his more than 40 years in the field, he has advised 16 different federal award-making departments and agencies, and recipients and subrecipients in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 18 foreign countries. He has served as an instructor on grants management and audit at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute and at the Government Audit Training Institute of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Bob is the principal of Federal Fund Management Advisor™.

Who Should Attend:

  • Grant and contract managers
  • Sponsored projects administrators
  • Chief executives
  • Emergency management directors, managers, supervisors and staff
  • Finance directors
  • Accounting staff
  • Internal auditors
  • Purchasing agents
  • Public works directors
  • Facility managers
  • Transportation directors
  • Natural resource directors
  • External 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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