Procuring Professional Services With Grant Funds: The Essentials

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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

Many of the activities that are supported by federal grants necessitate engagement of firms and individuals that provide professional services. Because those services are often critical to program performance and accountability ,and many recipients and subrecipients have limited experience in procuring them, the federal government has taken a special interest in how those procurements are accomplished.

That interest shows up in various places in the Office of Management and Budget’s uniform guidance at 2 CFR 200. By treating topics like conflict of interest, independence, qualifications and cost allowability, the rules try to assure that engagements for professional services are carried out effectively and economically, and that recipients and subrecipients actually get what they pay for.

The rules affect specific engagements of:

  • Attorneys
  • Auditors
  • Accountants
  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Consultants
  • Trainers

This webinar addresses the overarching policies that affect all of those professional service providers and drills down on the unique requirements that affect specific engagements. You’ll learn about:

  • Limiting competition by contractors who develop specifications or statements of work.
  • Conducting procurement of auditors who conduct your required single audit.
  • Managing “qualifications-based” procurement under the so-called “Brooks Bill.”
  • Dealing with retainer agreements for available services.


  • Grants managers
  • Sponsored projects administrators
  • Project directors
  • Executives
  • Legal counsels
  • Finance directors
  • Purchasing agents
  • Internal 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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