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Procuring Professional Services on Your Federal Grants: A Pandemic Challenge

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$249.00 Procuring Professional Services on Your Federal Grants: A Pandemic Challenge (11.09.21) (On-Demand Recording)
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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

Among the most important transactions associated with your federal grants are those where you engage firms or individuals for professional services. The types of specialists you may need run the gamut — medical personnel, architects, engineers, accountants, auditors, lawyers, general construction contractors, and the like. That’s particularly true now that you may be implementing programs authorized under the American Rescue Plan Act and other COVID-19-related legislation.

You’re having to ramp up capacity in a tough competitive environment and you need to get the right fit, balancing factors like experience, availability and price. And the federal government has taken a special interest in professional services procurements in its grants management rules. In part, that’s because federal auditors have uncovered enough “sweetheart deals” and other shenanigans to think that bad behavior is legion.

So, you can expect that transactions involving the procurement of professional services will garner plenty of attention going forward. This webinar will help you deal effectively with this scrutiny and get what you pay for. You’ll get answers to these, and many other, questions:

  • What types of procurement methods does the federal government expect you to use?
  • How does the government define conflict of interest and gratuity violations?
  • What factors other than price should be included in solicitations for professional services?
  • What are the requirements for retainers?
  • What special rules address procurement of your single audit?
  • What is the “Brooks Bill” and how does it affect procurement of architectal and engineering services?
  • Which types of legal services costs are considered allowable — and which ones aren’t?
  • What has the federal government said about services involving scientific research?
  • How can you legitimately justify and document sole source procurements?
  • What enumerated factors are used to determine cost allowability of professional services?

This timely session will be presented by Bob Lloyd, principal of Federal Fund Management AdvisorTM and a respected authority on federal grants management. He has directly engaged in hundreds of professional services contracts with federal agencies, grant recipients and subrecipients.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

  • Purchasing agents
  • Grant and contract managers
  • Sponsored projects administrators
  • Principal investigators
  • Federal program managers
  • Executives
  • Finance directors
  • Internal auditors
  • External auditors
  • Other professional service providers

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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