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2022 Virtual Federal Grants Forum for State & Local Governments

2022 Virtual Federal Grants Forum for State & Local Governments

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 couple years, 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.

Join Thompson Grants for this Federal Grants Forum On-Demand and learn about coronavirus-related grants considerations, the 2021 Compliance Supplement and its subsequent addenda, and how grants have been impacted by the uniform guidance changes that went into effect on November 12, 2020. Federal agencies have issued numerous COVID-19-related guidance that specifically targets the responsibilities of state and local governments. This is the compliance information you need to confidently manage your grants and protect your funding.

This 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 and the new audit testing requirements have changed the game.

Session 1: Overview of the Uniform Guidance Updates
Session 2: The GREAT ACT: What Is It and What’s Next?
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 Operational Intersection of Existing Federal Funding & ARPA Funding
Session 7: Surviving the Single Audit
Session 8: Intro to Indirect Cost Recovery

This event was recorded on March 2 - 3, 2022.

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.

Carol Kraus is a licensed CPA and Certified Grant Management Specialist. She started her career in public accounting specializing in state, local government and nonprofit auditing and consulting in the early nineties. After leaving public accounting she has served in many capacities in state government, including Director of Internal Auditor for the Illinois Office of the Comptroller, Associate Director of the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget, State Chief Internal Auditor, State Chief Accountability Officer, and the Chief Financial Officer for the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS). During her tenure at DHS, she served as the Co-Chair of the Management Improvement Initiative Committee, responsible for streamlining the administration of Federal and State grants for the State’s 5 Human Service agencies.

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.

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.

As Head of Product, Jason Yu currently leads the enhancement and delivery of the AmpliFund product functionally. Jason brings his comprehensive understanding of our customers’ needs, market trends, and regulatory drivers to drive the product roadmap to deliver a best-in-class user experience that meets our customer’s complex and ever-evolving needs. Jason started his career in sales and initially joined AmpliFund in a sales role. After bringing several enterprise customers onboard and working alongside the delivery team to see them through a successful implementation, he learned the unique requirements that come along with grant management processes.