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Virtual Federal Grants Forum for State & Local Governments

Virtual Federal Grants Forum for State & Local Governments


New uniform guidance changes – coupled with learning how to navigate a world trying to mitigate a pandemic crisis – means shifting expectations, priorities and resources. Over the past year, state and local governments have been among the most heavily impacted entities. Because more than 75% of all federal funding is awarded to pass-through entities such as state and local governments, which in turn offer subawards to other applicants, it is vital that protecting your federal funding is more important than ever before in these uncertain times.

Join Thompson Grants for the Federal Grants Forum and learn about coronavirus-related grants considerations, the 2020 compliance supplement and its subsequent addendum, and how new grants will be affected by the uniform guidance changes that went into effect on November 12, 2020. State and local governments have provisions in the uniform guidance that specifically target their responsibilities. This is the compliance information you need to confidently manage your grants and protect your funding.

Our two-day agenda includes powerhouse sessions that cover everything you need to know – start to finish – about how to tackle the toughest grants management challenges while addressing how COVID-19 has changed the game.

Session 1: Overview of the Uniform Guidance Updates
Session 2: Optimizing the Tools in Your Software Suite for Compliance with Data-Focused Regulations
Session 3: Successful Subaward Administration
Session 4: Time and Effort Reporting: Compliance For Your Largest Expense Category
Session 5: Property Management: A Growing Risk Area for Grantees
Session 6: The American Rescue Plan Act: Preparing for Recovery Success with Grant Funding
Session 7: Surviving the Single Audit
Session 8: Intro to Indirect Cost Recovery

This event was recorded on May 11 - 12, 2021.


Meet Your Instructors

Dan Durst is a Manager at Capital Edge Consulting, with extensive experience in various accounting and compliance issues related to Federal government contracts and grants. Dan’s areas of expertise include Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal awards to non-Federal entities (Uniform Guidance), Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS). Dan is also well-versed in various levels of audit support including DCAA, Single Audit, and Inspector General audits. Dan’s industry experience includes defense, nonprofit, and public sector. Dan has assisted clients with Indirect Cost Rate Proposal Development, Indirect Rate Structure Assessment, Subrecipient Monitoring Support, Audit Support and Risk Assessment, Audit Findings Remediation, Procurement System Certification, Internal Controls Assessment, Forensic Investigations, Grants Closeout Support, and other regulatory compliance matters. Prior to joining Capital Edge, Dan was an audit supervisor and lead consultant for Clarke Leiper PLLC, a member of the AICPA’s Government Audit Quality Center. Dan has previously held security clearances with the U.S. Department of Defense, including Secret Clearance. While contracted by the U.S. Department of State Dan conducted audits and analysis at the U.S. Embassies in 19 foreign countries. Dan has supervised and performed several Single Audits under both OMB A-133 and the new Uniform Guidance. 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.

Jillian Neimeister is the Head of Delivery for AmpliFund, the leading enterprise grant management software platform. She oversees the team responsible for intricately understanding customer needs and configuring AmpliFund to meet them post-purchase. Jillian has managed over a hundred implementations for AmpliFund, including leading the state-wide implementation for the State of Illinois and a roll out to five territory-wide agencies within the government of Puerto Rico in a single year. Her tenacious spirit and unmatched planning capabilities allow her to lead the team to deliver a best-in-class level of service to clients. Prior to joining AmpliFund, Jillian served as a grant writer, manager, and fundraiser in nearly a decade of work in the nonprofit industry. Jillian holds a Masters in Nonprofit Administration and Leadership degree from the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University and Bachelor of Arts

Adam Roth is the Founder and President of AmpliFund, the leading enterprise grant management software platform. Adam is one of nine grant reporting executives to sit on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) DATA Act pilot program board. Adam works closely with industry and government officials to facilitate the development of improved regulatory guidelines for managing grant funding using standardized data structures, speaking frequently on the topic to audiences around the country. As a result of his work, he was honored with the NGMA Impact Award/Private Sector for exceptional contributions to advancing the field of grant management.



Benjamin Sedelmeier has over five years of experience in supporting government contractors and Federal award recipients to address various accounting and compliance issues related to Federal government contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements. Ben’s expertise includes but is not limited to Cost Proposal Support, Financial Modeling, Contract Administration, Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), and Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal awards to nonFederal entities (Uniform Guidance). Ben is well experienced in working with both government contractors and Federal award recipients of varying size and industry focus. Ben has complied numerous hours supporting clients with the development of indirect rate structures and forensic investigative analyses. Ben has assisted clients with Business Systems Compliance, Policy and Procedure Development, Indirect Cost Rate Proposal Development, Indirect Rate Structure Assessment, Subrecipient Monitoring Support, Audit Support, and Risk Assessment, Audit Findings Remediation, Procurement System Compliance, Internal Controls Assessment, and other regulatory compliance matters.