Solving Today’s Grant Procurement Challenges

Webinar • Tuesday, July 21, 2020 • 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

Not too long ago, federal grants recipients and subrecipients could just “drop their fishing lines in the procurement waters.” Competitive businesses, attracted by federally funded opportunities to provide goods and services, were more than eager to “bite” and respond to invitations to bid and requests for proposals. Then along came COVID-19, and the marketplace changed.

Federal grant funding is still flowing, but businesses that were once competitive and fully capable of delivering have been sidelined by shutdowns and curtailments — and some previously reliable sources of supply have dried up altogether. Nevertheless, grant recipients and subrecipients are still expected to follow procurement standards that were crafted during calmer times to assure that purchasing is conducted fairly and that it results in the best deal for the public. However, balancing those requirements with current marketplace conditions can be a real challenge.

This webinar is intended to help you meet the procurement challenges facing you today. You’ll get advice about how to:

  • Sensibly re-examine your existing procurement procedures, and re-focus your efforts if necessary
  • Adopt and document federally permitted increased thresholds for micro- and small purchases
  • Reinforce codes of conduct and required disclosures affecting purchasing decisionmakers
  • Conduct market research and assemble available sources of supply
  • Craft solicitation documents that encourage responses
  • Cast a wide net” and employ best practices to competitively procure
  • Realistically determine when competition is truly inadequate
  • Develop reasonable justifications for necessary sole source procurements
  • Introduce performance-based criteria into contract administration
  • Document the “significant history of the procurement”

Large portions of the grant budgets you’re administering involve procurements. Later on, someone will likely be looking to see that you handled those “material” transactions correctly. Join Bob Lloyd, principal of Federal Fund Management Advisor,™ for this timely session on how to protect yourself and ensure your practices pass muster.


  • Purchasing agents
  • Grant and contract managers
  • Sponsored projects administrators
  • Grant project directors
  • Executives
  • Finance directors
  • Principal research investigators
  • Internal auditors
  • 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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