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2021 Virtual Advanced Federal Grants Forum

2021 Virtual Advanced Federal Grants Forum

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. Uniform guidance changes – coupled with understanding coronavirus-related grants considerations – means shifting expectations, priorities and resources.

Our on-demand course 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. 

Join Thompson Grants and get the compliance guidance you need to ensure that you and your entire team are up-to-date on the latest grants rules and regulations that govern federal awards no matter the circumstances so that you can confidently manage your grants and protect your funding.

Session 1: The 2021 Compliance Supplement Update
Session 2: Taking Your Subrecipient Monitoring to the Next Level
Session 3: Fraud Prevention and Detection During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic
Session 4: Boosting Your Cost Recovery Efficiency
Session 5: Procurement Standards- Successfully Balancing Efficiency and Risk
Session 6: Time and Effort Reporting
Session 7: Understanding and Managing Indirect Cost-Related Risks
Session 8: Preparing for Audit- Post-Pandemic or Otherwise

This event was recorded on October 13 - 14, 2021.

Meet Your Instructors:

Paul Calabrese, Principal, Outsourced Accounting & Advisory Services, of GRF CPAs & Advisors, brings a successful track record of working with both nonprofit organizations and government contractors. Mr. Calabrese has hands-on experience with the Uniform Guidance for Federal grants recipients including nonprofits, universities, hospitals, and state/local/tribal units of governments. His background and skill-set includes grant cost accounting, sub-recipient monitoring, preparation of over 100 indirect rates/NICRA for several Federal agencies, development of policies and procedures, medical management systems invoicing to state Medicaid agencies, and development of a toolkit for unit cost rates for Ryan White HIV AIDS HRSA awards. He has also developed grant and financial statement dashboards and performed outsourced CFO duties, annual budgets, cash flow projections, grant draws and budget monitoring. His remarkable career includes positions with the Air Force Audit Agency, Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA), and three government contractors, in addition to 20+ years in public accounting. Mr. Calabrese’s extensive experience with the Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) and CAS disclosure statements, Federal Acquisition Regulation Cost Principals (FAR), and the Uniform Guidance for federal grants, positions him as a sought-after resource and consultant for all facets of federal government contract and grant cost accounting.

Dan Durst is the 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.

Jack Reagan is a Partner at UHY LLP in Columbia Maryland with over thirty years of experience in the audit and evaluation of federal, state and local government and not-for-profit financial statements, internal controls, and accounting and financial management systems and operations. He has overseen numerous projects demonstrating his extensive knowledge of accounting, financial management, auditing and budget to include developing and revising operating policies and procedures for federal and state and local government agencies and designing or evaluating financial reporting internal controls. He has also conducted numerous Single Audits and Uniform Grant Guidance audits, both in the Washington DC area as well as nationally. He is a widely sought-after speaker on governmental accounting, auditing and grants management topics.

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.