May: A Time for Gardenias, Grounders and Grants

April 29, 2013 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

433064_baseball_gameAh, May. The weather’s getting warmer, flowers are blooming, the school year’s entering the home stretch and the baseball season starts shaping up. As we prepare to enter this wonderful month, now’s the time to check the calendar for some great opportunities to advance your knowledge of grants.

Next week, the National Grants Management Association will host its annual training conference in Arlington, Va. The NGMA will be welcoming walk-in registrations, so if you didn’t register ahead of time, no need to worry.

With the theme “NGMA at 35: Embracing the Future of Professional Grants Management,” this year’s conference could be one of the most important in some time as we await action from the Office of Management and Budget on its proposed grants reform guidance. Among the general sessions speakers will be Deputy Comptroller Norman Dong, as well as Gil Tran and Victoria Collin from the OMB. Other general sessions include a discussion on speaking the language of grants professionals and the popular “Ask a Grants Lawyer” session. Qualified participants also can register to take the Certified Grants Management Specialist exam, and attendees also can sign up to go to a Washington Nationals baseball game!

Breakout sessions during the conference are:

  • The CGMS Specialist and Professional Conduct
  • The Transformation of Reporting in Federal Awards
  • Indirect Costs: What They Are and What to Do With Them
  • Key Issues Related to Control Deficiencies and Opportunities to Improve Grants Management
  • The CGMS Credential: Who, What, Where and Why
  • Introduction to Grants Management
  • Improper Payment Update
  • Managing a Cost-Effective Grant Program – It is Possible!
  • Yours, Mine and Ours: The Essentials of Matching Dollars in Grants
  • Interactive Round Table Discussions: Working out the Smaller Details
  • Financial Management Round Robin
  • Grant Program Assessment: A Vehicle for Determining the Effectiveness of Your Grant Dollar
  • AGA and NGMA Break Ground: The Candidate Assessment Toolkit for Grants Managers
  • Monitoring Risk Assessment and Interactive Case Study
  • OMB A-133 Audit Preparedness
  • Virtual Site Visits — Oversight in the Age of Collaborative Technologies
  • Internal Controls: What They Are and Why We Need Them!
  • Grants Compliance as a Team Effort
  • CDC Project Demonstration: Grantee Performance Monitoring Improvements
  • Pounding Nails with a Shoe: Why Grant Management Requires the Right Tools

For more details on the conference, check out the NGMA website. And don’t forget to look for articles from the conference at Thompson’s Grants Compliance Expert and in upcoming issues of the Federal Grants Management Handbook and Single Audit Information Service.

For the research university sector, the Federal Demonstration Partnership will host its quarterly meeting May 13 in Washington. Along with getting updates on recent activity affecting grants from federal agency officials, attendees will also hear an overview of the National Science Board’s Task Force on Administrative Burden. We also will attend this meeting and provide subscribers with important development from it.

Look for me on the front row at these events and let me know what your thoughts and concerns are about the current grants environment!

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