Getting Together at Federal Expense

How to Charge Federal Grants for Travel, Meetings, Conferences, Training,
Participant Support and Employee Health, Morale and Welfare

Webinar • Tuesday, June 11, 2019 • 2:00-3:30 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 24/7 news cycle just loves stories about anyone apparently having a lark at federal expense. That’s why when an incident surfaces, the story can take on a life of its own. Often it involves someone who is traveling far from home and attending some sort of gathering. Unreasonable behavior and expenses in that scenario can become the targets of auditors and congressional watchdogs.

A few years ago, when news went viral about a wasteful conference sponsored by the General Services Administration in Las Vegas, the Office of Management and Budget immediately responded by placing restrictions on federal agencies’ travel and meeting expenses. In the recently revised cost principles for federal awards (2 CFR 200, Subpart E), OMB has devised some similar restrictions for federal grant recipients and subrecipients.

OMB’s numerous revised policies address:

  • Travel
  • Meeting expenses, including meals and incidentals
  • Professional activity costs
  • Training and education charges
  • Membership fees
  • Employee health, morale and welfare costs
  • Participant support stipends and subsistence and
  • Entertainment

There’s little question that these types of expenses, even if they don’t involve big dollars, are going to be on the radar screens of your independent auditors as well as those of federal auditors who might arrive at your door. So, it makes sense to take a careful look at the various cost categories involved, examine the nuances, and then fashion a solid strategy about whether and how to charge these costs. This webinar will help you do all that.

Join Bob Lloyd, principal of Federal Fund Management Advisor and a respected authority on policies and practices affecting the award, administration, and oversight of federal awards, for this timely analysis and practical guidance. 


  • Grant and contract managers
  • Sponsored projects administrators
  • Human resources professionals
  • Finance directors
  • Program managers
  • Principal investigators
  • Internal auditors
  • External auditors

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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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