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Administering Your Federal Grants in a Crisis

Webinar • Tuesday, April 21, 2020 • 2:00-4:00 p.m. ET

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

Recommended Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications

Program Knowledge Level: Basic

Advanced Preparation: None

The unprecedented interruptions and disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic are leading federal agencies to provide administrative relief to recipients and subrecipients as they try to keep existing grant-funded programs operating. Policy guidance for managing these awards has been spilling out of the Office of Management and Budget and its federal partners on an almost daily basis. It’s intended to pare down the normal grant requirements and rebuild them for speedy implementation.

While the government is providing “time-limited” relief, however, it is also cautioning that it is doing so without compromising “accountability requirements.” OMB has told the federal agencies what kind of flexibility they are allowed. And some agencies are starting to extend certain flexibilities. But there’s a lot of information out there — most of it presented from a federal government viewpoint. And there are interpretive gaps that need filling.

We’ve organized this special webinar presented from a recipient and subrecipient perspective. We’ll identify the types of relief that will apply automatically, as well as actions that may need to be requested in order to sustain, restart or re-energize your existing grant-funded programs. There will also be ample time for your specific questions.

You’ll get practical advice about:

  • The president’s national emergency declaration and why that’s important
  • OMB’s “administrative relief” directives: what they say and what they don’t say
  • The key role that FEMA and its disaster assistance experience is likely to play
  • Guidance issued about direct federal operations and how it might help recipients
  • How to craft internal policies that align with the time-limited federal guidance
  • Waiver authority for burdensome prior approvals
  • Justifications for sole source procurements involving emergency and exigent circumstances
  • Applying federal cost principles to telework, shut-downs, leave utilization, cancellations and other unique scenarios

Join Bob Lloyd, principal of Federal Fund Management AdvisorÔ and a respected authority on policies and practices affecting the award, administration and oversight of federal grants, contracts and subawards, for this detailed session that will help you manage grant awards during this challenging time.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

  • Sponsored projects administrators
  • Program managers
  • Principal investigators
  • Executives
  • Legal counsels
  • Finance directors
  • Human resources directors
  • Grant managers

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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