Three Reasons Why Next Week Will Be Very Interesting

September 13, 2013 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

note-and-pen-1429039-mSome weeks are relatively humdrum. There’s not much going on, and I’ll spend several days in a row sitting in front of my computer, writing and editing articles. And then there are weeks like next week. Prepare to have the pen and notebook at the ready – it’s gonna get busy.

I will be covering not one, not two, but three conferences/meetings in the D.C. area early next week. (Oh, if they had only spread these out over the course of three weeks, but, alas, I wasn’t consulted.) There is much to learn at these events so I’ll definitely look forward to attending.

On Monday, the Federal Demonstration Partnership holds its semi-annual meeting. Hundreds of attendees from research universities and other related partners will meet to discuss various grants-related topics of concern to them. I especially plan to attend two sessions – one session in which two key Office of Management and Budget officials are to discuss the latest on the Council on Financial Assistance Reform (perhaps including an update on the grants reform proposal) and the new federal award ID number, and another session in which federal agency officials provide an update on their latest rules, regulations and policies. This meeting always makes for some great articles.

The next day, I’ll go to the Association of Government Accountants’ Internal Control and Fraud Prevention Training Event at the Ronald Reagan Building. Reducing fraud and improper payments is a growing concern among all parties in the federal government. One session I’m looking forward to is entitled, “Grants Management: Making Impact and Monitoring Risk — How to Continuously Improve Internal Controls Efforts.”

Then, its back on the road on Wednesday to attend the National Grants Management Association’s monthly training meeting. This month’s speaker is James H. Burch II, deputy assistant attorney general, who will speak on “The Future of Grants Management: A Land of Challenges and Opportunities.” Any time someone speaks on “The Future of Grants Management,” I’ll definitely want to be there.

If you have a hard time getting in touch with me at my usual spot behind my computer next week, you now understand why. Look for articles on these events in future issues of the Federal Grants Management Handbook and Single Audit Information Service. And as always, if you’re in the D.C. area, you may want to register to attend these events in person.

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