Webinar • Thursday, July 13, 2023 • 2:00-3:30 p.m. EDT

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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 federal government has been telling grant recipients and subrecipients for years that, when they buy goods and services with grant money, they must engage in free and open competition. Fair enough—it is pretty correctly assumed that a competitive marketplace is one feature that increases the likelihood that awardees will get the best deal at the fairest price. But when you look a little closer, however, the federal rules for grantee procurement have a number of nuanced requirements that grant or withhold preferences related to specific types of goods or geographic sources. Meanwhile, they expect strong outreach efforts to assure that small and disadvantaged businesses are solicited as sources of supply. Some of the preference requirements spring from federal statute, making them policies that are often checked for compliance. So getting a good handle on what your organization is (1) required to do; (2) restricted from doing; or (3) encouraged to do and then building those features into your procurement policies are smart moves. That’s what this webinar will help you to do. You’ll get answers to questions like:

  • What does the Buy America Act apply to?
  • How did Trump and Biden end up “agreeing” on domestic preference requirements?
  • What types of geographic preferences are prohibited?
  • Which types of grantees are required to give preference to recycled materials?
  • How do the rules define minority-owned and women owned businesses?
  • What is a “labor surplus area?”
  • What’s the difference between a “preference” and a “set-aside”?
  • What affirmative solicitation steps must recipients and subrecipients take?
  • Which federal programs have their own unique preference requirements?
  • How should you craft procurement policy features to navigate these preferences?

Find the pathways related to preferential procurement by joining us for this practical and timely session.


  • Finance directors
  • Purchasing agents
  • Legal counsels
  • Grant and contract managers
  • Sponsored projects administrators
  • Grant project directors

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Attendees will receive presentation slides as well as access to background materials.

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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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