On the Road Once Again to the NGMA Annual Training Conference

April 19, 2015 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

824405_on_the_moveThis week is one of the biggest of the whole year for those of us covering grants at Thompson Information Services. The National Grants Management Association’s annual training conference begins on Wednesday in Crystal City, Va., and it will be one of the most anticipated events we’ve had around here in a while. This will be the first NGMA annual conference since 28 federal agencies and offices integrated the Office of Management and Budget’s uniform grant guidance into their regulations on Dec. 26, 2014. There is so much to learn about how the uniform guidance will affect grant programs so attendees will most assuredly be listening closely.

Not only is the uniform guidance a major topic, but discussion on another item of key importance, the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, otherwise known as the DATA Act, will be the topic of choice during Wednesday morning’s general session as the guest speaker is Hudson Hollister, founder and executive director of the Data Transparency Coalition. Other sessions on Wednesday will include critical discussions on grant performance and risk, two key areas of interest under the uniform guidance.

On Thursday, there will be not one, but two sessions on indirect costs, a vitally important topic for all grant recipients. Also, one of the most interesting sessions each year is the “Ask a Grants Lawyer” session. Due to this interest, there will be two such sessions this year instead of just one, with the first on Thursday afternoon and the second on Friday morning.

Don’t worry, we’ll be attending the conference and will be following all the news and helpful hints that come out of the sessions. We also will have a booth at the conference so stop on by and talk to our marketers to find out more about the services we have to offer. Leave us a business card and we can contact you directly to find out more about your specific needs. Also, for those of you connected to Twitter, we’ll be tweeting from the conference. Follow the hashtag #NGMA2015 to find out what speakers and attendees are saying at the conference. And please, look for me, Jerry Ashworth, while you are there. I’d love to meet you in person and find out your interests and concerns about the future of grants.

Let us know if you’ll be attending the NGMA conference.

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