Thompson’s Nov. Webinars To Discuss Audit Visits, DATA Act and Sequestration

November 4, 2013 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

washington-dc-1104221-mNow that Congress can turn its eyes toward something other than the federal government shutdown, there are other issues coming up that it will be deliberating that can truly impact federal grants.  Thompson is offering you a way to stay abreast of these issues with a full slate of upcoming webinars in November.

Although the month’s first webinar does not directly relate to Congress, it’s still very important. Tomorrow, Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. Eastern time, we will host a webinar entitled, “When the Auditor Comes Knocking: How to Prepare for a Grant Audit or Performance Review.” In this 90-minute webinar, Brustein and Manasevit, PLLC Founding Partner Leigh Manasevit will provide step-by-step guidance on the critical actions a grant recipient should take before, during and after a visit from an auditor or program monitor. The webinar will include a discussion of the major reference documents that are integral to the process, including some potential changes that could be implemented by soon-to-be released guidance from the Office of Management and Budget.

 Next, on Nov. 19 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time, Karen Norris, managing editor for Thompson Information Services/Thompson Publishing in Bethesda, Md., will lead a webinar on the proposed Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act), which reflects a bipartisan effort to improve and expand federal fiscal accountability through improved data management. The act would impact all grants and all federal funding. Among its priorities, the DATA Act would standardize data elements across all federal agencies, tie recipient reporting to spending and assign responsibility of the data management system to the Treasury Department. Find out if the DATA Act will move grants in the right direction.

But wait, that’s not all. On Nov. 21 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time, Julia Martin, legislative director at Brustein & Manasevit will present during a session entitled “Sequestration and Budget Gridlock: Impact on Federal Funding in 2014.” We’re almost two months into federal fiscal year 2014 without an approved federal budget nor any reconciliation on the federal appropriations debate between the House and Senate. What we do have are three new checkpoints — Dec. 13 for the Budget Conference Committee report; Jan. 15, 2014, for the next round of budget reductions under sequestration if Congress fails to approve a budget; and Feb. 7, 2014, for the debt ceiling expiration. Martin will explain the likely scenarios and map out the best way to prepare for what’s coming.

All three webinars should be truly informative, especially timely and a great way to keep up your continuing education credits. Go to Thompson Interactive to find out more about registering for any or all of these webinars.

What other webinar topics would you like for Thompson to host. We’re all ears and want to be available to your needs.



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