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Traveling on Your Federal Grant: Your Guide to Careful Charging

Webinar • Tuesday, November 19, 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

Have you noticed that traveling at federal expense can get a lot of media attention? Reporters smelled blood recently when they uncovered lavish travel by cabinet secretaries and other senior federal officials. And stories about waste and abuse prompted the Office of Management and Budget to issue terse instructions to federal employees about adherence to Federal Travel Regulations for air travel, lodging, meals and incidental expenses.

So, what’s that got to do with you and your federal grants? Plenty! Unfortunately, it’s a very short policy leap from the rules that govern travel by federal officials and those that govern your grant-funded travel. Plus, many grant auditors already believe that travel expenses are fertile territory for findings about necessity and reasonableness.

In light of recent high-profile scandals, scrutiny of your grant-funded travel now looks like a “flavor of the month.” This webinar will help you sort out where the latest vulnerabilities are. In this detailed session, you’ll learn answers to questions like:

  • What role do the Federal Travel Regulations play in grant-funded travel?
  • What classes of airfare are authorized, and how are exceptions made?
  • How and when is the Fly America Act applicable?
  • What are the options for policies for lodging, meals and incidental expenses?
  • How should you handle travel premiums like frequent flyer miles?
  • What steps make sense to fill in big policy gaps on ground travel and ancillary charges?
  • How can you best implement the new federal rules on dependent care while employees are on travel status?
  • What practices are likely to be viewed as questionable by those looking over your shoulder?
  • What types of documentation will the auditors be looking for?

Join Bob Lloyd, principal of Federal Fund Management Advisor,for this timely and authoritative presentation.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

  • Grant and contract managers
  • Sponsored projects administrators
  • Finance directors
  • Accounting staff
  • Purchasing agents
  • Human resource managers
  • Travel coordinators
  • Internal 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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