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Advanced Grants Compliance Training

A compilation online course comprised of 10 expert led advanced sessions on topics ranging from Audit Defense and Compliance to Fraud Detection, Indirect Cost and Subrecipient Monitoring. This course is perfect for the grants manager or CFO looking to stay up-to-date with financial grants management strategy and best practices. Taught by attorneys, CPAs, and other industry experts, this course will keep you compliant and in-the-know.

Course Overview

Advanced Grants Compliance Training
What You Need to Know to Stay Compliant
Just $549 per Registrant! (Group Pricing Available)
As an experienced grantee, you know that the Uniform Guidance changed everything from the way you apply for grants to how you manage your funding. You’ve adjusted – you’ve been trained on these changes and made the necessary modifications to protect your funding – now it’s time to dig deeper. Perfect your internal controls and hone in on the specific and sometimes complicated aspects of the rules that govern your federal funding.

Take the course to learn from powerhouse sessions delivered by knowledgeable compliance experts in the grants, accounting and legal communities. With this advanced course, you'll come away with a clearer understanding of how to stay in compliance and protect your funding.

Register now for Advanced Grants Compliance Training!

  • Learn from Experts: Taught by recognized authorities, the program covers today’s most important compliance and accounting topics, and focuses specificallyon strategies that work best for federal grant funded organizations.
  • 10 Powerhouse Presentations: On-demand video format lets you zero in on specific sessions in the order that you want, stopping, starting, and replaying as often as you need.
  • Interact with Instructors: Ask presentation speakers your specific questions to make sure you can put your learning into practice at your organization immediately.

This new online learning program provides a convenient and cost-effective way to learn today’s best strategies in 10 key areas of federal grant funding compliance. From audit challenges that can threaten funding, to the financial team’s role in fraud detection, you’ll gain skills and insights you can put to work starting immediately.

Buy now to benefit from your own personal compliance course, including 10 topics that matter most to your organization right now: 

  • The 2019 Compliance Supplement: What You Need to Know 
  • Taking Your Subrecipient Monitoring to the Next Level
  • Fraud Prevention and Detection
  • Boosting Your Cost Recovery Efficiency
  • Strategic Considerations for Audit Defense
  • Understanding and Managing Indirect Cost Related Risks
  • Third Party Risk Management: Mitigating Risk Through Internal Control
  • Post Award Noncompliance Disclosures
  • Bootcamp 1: Procurement System Certification and Best Practices (Part 1)
  • Bootcamp 2: Procurement System Certification and Best Practices (Part 2)
Individually, these sessions sharpen your skills in key areas of risk management and compliance. Together, they provide a fresh, comprehensive approach to securing your grant funding and managing your audit risk!

This on-demand video program will be helpful for mid-upper level state and local agency and nonprofit finance staff, including:

  • Chief Financial Officers
  • Chief Executive Officers and Executive Directors
  • Chief Operating Officers
  • Finance and Operations Vice Presidents and Directors
  • Audit Managers
  • Board Members
  • Risk Management Staff
  • Other mid-upper level finance and operations staff

Hear what attendees had to say about this annual event:
“The training was very informative and well received. The presenters kept us engaged in the topics discussed."

"The training was very helpful to my organization!" 

Compliance Training Topics

Session 1: The Compliance Supplement - What You Need to Know

Carol Barnard and Greg Plotts, Aronson, LLC

The Compliance Supplement is a document released by the OMB annually that provides guidance of the application of Uniform Guidance requirements in federal grant programs. The 2019 Compliance Supplement has many changes incorporated that impact the way the audit is conducted and how you should design your internal control policies and procedures. New this year is detailed internal control guidance in Part 6, and a change to which compliance areas must be tested by your auditor.Because there are so many changes this year, it is critical for auditors and grant program directors to learn and refer to the new 2019 Compliance Supplement. In this session, you will learn how to design your internal controls over your grant program in order to avoid findings in your audit and be in compliance with current regulations.

Session 2: Taking Your Subrecipient Monitoring to the Next Level

Dan Durst, Capital Edge Consulting

To many, monitoring their grant sub-recipients is merely a compliance exercise. To leading grantors, it’s a substantial opportunity to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the grant operations. Together, we will talk about industry leading best practices in monitoring sub-recipients that helps to provide grantors with better insight into grant execution while demonstrating compliance with federal requirements over sub-recipient monitoring.During this session, you will benefit from transforming what is normally a compliance function into a value added process yielding greater insights into grant operations.

Session 3: Fraud Prevention and Detection

Dan Durst, Capital Edge Consulting

Federal and state grantors are increasingly focusing on the prevention and detection of fraud in their grant programs. In the near future, these grantors will likely require grantees to demonstrate how they have established policies and procedures, integrated into the grant operations, to prevent and detect fraud occurring in the grant program. This session will allow attendees to understand better fraud prevention and detection processes and how to integrate them into grant operations.During this session, you will benefit from a focused discussion on fraud and how to integrate prevention and detection controls into their day to day grant operations.

Session 4: Boosting Your Cost Recovery Efficiency

Dan Durst, Capital Edge Consulting

Uniform Guidance introduced sweeping changes to administrative requirements, cost principles, and audit requirements for Federal awards to non-Federal entities. These changes brought new responsibilities and opportunities to non-Federal entities. Unfortunately, most publicly available guidance focuses primarily on helping non-Federal entities cope with the added responsibilities, leaving little consideration to the new opportunities that are now available. The most overlooked of these opportunities is the ability, but more importantly the right, to efficient Indirect Cost Recovery. We live in a time where Federal budgets are shrinking, and indirect rates are under increased scrutiny by awarding agencies. It has never been more important for organizations to ensure they are efficiently recovering their fair share of indirect costs on Federal awards. If “Set-It-And-Forget-It” is your organizations current strategy for indirect cost recovery this session is for you.

Session 5: Strategic Considerations for Audit Defense

Dan Durst, Capital Edge Consulting

The Yellow Book (Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards) provides a comprehensive framework for conducting high quality audits by auditors of entities that receive Federal funds. Gaining an understanding of the auditors playbook is going to help ensure that you and your staff are ‘audit ready’ year-round. In this session, we will discuss the Yellow Book, how auditors use the Compliance Supplement, what your auditors will look for, strategies for successful audits, actual audit findings issued over the past year, and how to spot issues at your organization before your auditors do.

Session 6: Understanding and Managing Indirect Cost-Related Risks

Mark Maraccini, Crowe, LLP

Indirect Costs have and continue to be an area of compliance and financial risk for grants and contract managers alike. The requirements applicable to indirect costs vary based on organization type, and regulatory responsibilities and expectations of those administering and monitoring subawards and contracts are often misunderstood or improperly executed. During this session, participants will review the requirements applicable to indirect costs, discuss identified instances of noncompliance and internal control deficiencies, and identify methods to mitigate risks of noncompliance.In this session, you will obtain an understanding of both the risks to which you are exposed as related to indirect costs and methods to mitigate the aforementioned risks.

Session 7: Third Party Risk Management: Mitigating Risk Through Internal Control

Bert Nuehring, CPA, CGMA

As grants managers, we are responsible for identifying and selecting vendors and subrecipients who provide services and/or implement programs. These individuals periodically have access to systems and sensitive information. In addition, costs are incurred and reimbursed based on documentation received and services provided by third parties. During this session, participants will discuss methods to limit third party risk, understand the types of risks posed by third parties, and identify internal controls that may help to avoid certain financial and compliance risks.

Session 8: Post Award Noncompliance Disclosures 

Dismas Locaria, Venable, LLP

This session will take participants through the life cycle of the discovery of a noncompliant matter, covering grantees’ legal obligations to institute a compliance program, including the elements of an effective program and disclosure obligations should a noncompliance come to light. The speaker will also provide practice tips and guidance on preparing a disclosure, liaising with the agency from the beginning of discovery or assertion of a “finding” to formal and informal resolution.You will walk away from this session with a deep understanding of your obligations as a federal grantee and how to account for those obligations within your operations. The speaker will provide practical and pragmatic solutions to compliance concerns.

9) Grants Compliance Boot Camp: Procurement System Certification and Best Practices (Session 1 and 2)

Dan Durst, Capital Edge Consulting

Uniform Guidance is great at telling organizations ‘what’ they must do when procuring goods or services under grants, however it does not tell organizations ‘how’ to establish a compliant procurement system. With the increased focus on procurement compliance, sparked by the full implementation of the procurement standards (2 CFR 200.317-326) earlier this year, organizations are scrambling to find the best practices of compliant procurement systems. If you’re not comfortable with self-certifying your organization’s current procurement system this is a can’t miss workshop.

Join us for a workshop session that focuses on specific procurement techniques and what organizations must do to remain compliant. 

This session address the following topics:

  • Required Procurement Policies
  • Pre-Procurement Review Process
  • Roles and Responsibilities of Key Individuals
  • Operational Workflow for Each Method of Procurement
  • How to Conduct Adequate Cost or Price Analysis
  • Best Practices for Documenting Procurements
  • Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

Expert Presenters

Carol Barnard

Carol Barnard, CPA, CFE, MBA, is a senior manager in Aronson’s Association Industry Services Group. With more than 15 years of public accounting experience, Carol has focused her career exclusively on nonprofit audit and accounting issues, including federal funding and related Single Audit requirements, compliance issues, and the changes brought about by Uniform Guidance.

As an active thought leader within the nonprofit industry, Carol continuously shares her expertise through nationally broadcasted webinars, internal training sessions, and other speaking opportunities. She has led various webinars on topics such as “The Updated Basics of Federal Grant Compliance,” “Allocating Direct and Indirect Costs for Nonprofits,” and “Nonprofit Compliance: Winning Strategies for a Successful Audit.” Additionally, she has co-presented a breakout session at the Greater Washington Society of CPAs 2018 Annual Nonprofit Symposium entitled “Constructing and Improving Your Federal Grant Compliance Program”

Carol is a CPA licensed in Virginia and Maryland. She earned her MBA in Accounting in 2003 and her Certified Fraud Examiner designation in 2012.

Greg Plotts

Greg Plotts, CPA, serves as a partner in Aronson’s Nonprofit & Association Services Group. He is a proactive and collaborative leader with over 20 years of industry experience.

Greg specializes in financial statement assurance and consulting matters for associations, healthcare entities, and other exempt organizations. He has a wide range of experience with complex issues, including internal controls, revenue recognition, fraud investigations, international audit matters, foreign currency transactions, valuation of intangible assets, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and more.

Greg’s passion lies in building strong, productive relationships with both his clients and team. He invests the time to listen and learn about his clients’ organizations, objectives, and challenges. He then partners with them to implement the right strategic initiatives to achieve their short- and long-term objectives. As an enthusiastic mentor, he is committed to cultivating a positive and healthy team culture, where all members thrive and grow.

Prior to joining Aronson, Greg held steadily increasing leadership roles at both a “Big 4” accounting firm and a regional accounting firm. Active in the community and profession, his involvement builds on his knowledge and understanding of the nonprofit industry and increases the value he brings to his clients.

Dan Durst

Dan Durst is the Co-Leader of the Federal Grants Compliance Practice at Capital Edge Consulting, the leading provider of compliance solutions for Federal award recipients. Dan uses his specialized and extensive knowledge in procurement, cost allocation, audit support, and internal controls to deliver a vast array of solutions to award recipients receiving funds from various Federal awarding agencies. Dan currently serves on the Thompson Grants Editorial Advisory Board, providing technical guidance and expert content on topics related to compliance with Uniform Guidance. He is also frequently featured as a speaker on Federal grants compliance issues for industry-recognized training organizations. Prior to joining Capital Edge, Dan was an audit supervisor and lead consultant for a member firm of the AICPA’s Government Audit Quality Center and has supervised and performed several Single Audits under both OMB A-133 and the new Uniform Guidance, Subpart F. Dan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting with a minor in Information Technology and a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from George Mason University.

Bert Nuehring

Mr. Nuehring is a partner with Crowe LLP and is the firm’s Federal grants consulting leader. He has worked with organizations receiving funding from the federal government in the management of those awards, conducting audits of federal funds, and providing compliance, accounting, and regulatory consulting services. He has worked extensively with organizations to develop, document, and implement internal control procedures pertaining to financial software systems, accounting, procurement, financial and performance reporting, and compliance monitoring efforts applicable to Federally-funded projects.

In addition to direct project and program implementation experience, Mr. Nuehring has also audited costs incurred under Federal programs against requirements specified within 48 CFR Part 31 (FAR cost principles) and the Uniform Guidance.

Dismas Locaria

Dismas (Diz) Locaria is a partner at Venable LLP and a member of the firm’s Government Contracts Group. Mr. Locaria’s practice focuses on assisting government grant recipients and contractors in all aspects of working with the Federal government. Mr. Locaria has extensive experience assisting clients with regulatory and grant/contract term counseling, compliance (including ethics and integrity compliance), responsibility matters, such as suspension, debarment and other grant/contracting exclusions. Mr. Locaria has a wealth of knowledge regarding grant regulations, including the application of these regulations to both prime contractors/grant recipients and subcontractors/subgrantees. This knowledge has enabled Mr. Locaria to assist both for-profit and nonprofit organizations with meeting the requirements for becoming a federal grantee or contractor, interpreting the implication of regulatory, grant and contract and terms to clients’ work and operations, evaluating and advising grantees and contractors on intellectual property issues and agreement modifications, among many other issues.

Mark Maraccini, CPA

Mark Maraccini is a Senior Manager in the Performance Business Unit of Crowe Horwath LLP. He has over 13 years of accounting, auditing, and consulting experience in the public accounting profession. Mark has primarily provided services to government, higher education, and not-for-profits during his career. Mr. Maraccini has also recently presented to the Illinois CPA society on compliance audits in accordance with OMB Circular A-133, the Michigan CPA society on subrecipient monitoring and provided internal Crowe trainings on Performance Audits in accordance with GAS. Most recently, Mark provided a webinar on the proposed changes to the OMB Circulars focusing on the increased requirements over subrecipient monitoring. Mark has conducted numerous compliance audits over procurement and contracts for Federal, State and local governmental entities including currently conducting a procurement compliance examination with the California Public Utility Commission. Mark received a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois

Course Pricing

1 Learner: $549
2-5 Learners; $399 each
6 or More Learners: $299 each