Let’s All Meet Next Week in Alexandria

April 17, 2012 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

Planning to be in the D.C./Alexandria, Va. area next week? If so, drop by the National Grants Management Association’s annual training conference April 22-25 in Alexandria. The NGMA will be welcoming walk-in registrations, so if you didn’t register ahead of time, no need to worry.

With the theme “Trends in Grants Management,” this year’s conference bodes to be truly important as speakers from the Office of Management and Budget will provide an update on OMB’s recent notice of proposed guidance suggesting reforms to grants management and single audits. Among the speakers in various general sessions will be Comptroller Danny Werfel, as well as Gil Tran and Victoria Collin from the OMB. Other general sessions include a discussion on the importance of credentialing for grants management professionals, updates from the Government Accountability Office and Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, and the popular “Ask a Grants Lawyer” session.

Breakout sessions during the conference are:

  • New age of accountability: activity-based budgets — why and how
  • Exploring state level grant portals and coordination
  • Identifying high-risk grantees
  • Common A-133 audit findings and how to prevent them
  • Emerging trends in applied technology in grant management systems
  • Legal issues and appropriations law
  • ARRA recipient final reconciliation report/ARRA closeout
  • Subrecipient monitoring: identifying and managing compliance risk techniques
  • Ethics in the grant environment
  • Understanding cost issues and calculation costs
  • Federal funding outlook
  • The new age of accountability: linking activities to outcomes and cost
  • Administration’s internal controls
  • Developing award winning budgets for grants
  • Addressing improper payments
  • Essential contact language requirements
  • Preparing for and audit — documenting expenditures
  • Reporting agency close-out/recipient final reconciliation
  • Budgeting and reporting — marching to the drum beat of reporting deadlines
  • Matching and cost sharing
  • Considering the establishment of governmentwide uniform award identification number

For more details on the conference, check out the NGMA website here. And don’t forget to look for articles from the conference in upcoming issues of the Federal Grants Management Handbook and Single Audit Information Service. Hope to see you there!

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