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December 1-2
Virtual

Relationship Building for Successful Grants

Grants management is a partnership. To be successful, grantees and grantors must work together and understand each other. Communication between grantees and grantors is a critical—and often overlooked—part of effective stewardship of grant funds. This course will look at how to build relationships, understand other points of view, and communicate effectively. You will develop an understanding of the importance of managing relationships to improve the performance of federal grants.

December 19-20
Virtual

Developing and Leveraging Risk Assessments for Grants Management

Grants management is a partnership. To be successful, grantees and grantors must work together and understand each other. Communication between grantees and grantors is a critical—and often overlooked—part of effective stewardship of grant funds. This course will look at how to build relationships, understand other points of view, and communicate effectively. You will develop an understanding of the importance of managing relationships to improve the performance of federal grants.

December 14-15
Virtual and Remote

Detecting and Preventing Fraud on Federal Grant Projects

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that billions in Federal grant awards are susceptible to waste, fraud, and abuse. Grant recipients and other grants personnel must be vigilant in detecting and preventing fraud in grant administration. You will gain an understanding of potential fraud risks inherent in various programs and entities and learn techniques to mitigate those risks. Case studies will enhance your learning, enabling you to practice identifying and preventing fraudulent activities. This is an elective course in all tracks of the GMCP™.

December 22-23
Virtual and Remote

Monitoring Grants and Cooperative Agreements for Federal Personnel

You will develop working familiarity with a risk-based approach to monitoring, apply techniques for assessing recipients, and gain insight into potential problem areas in grants administration. These insights inform how you can ensure proper spending of Federal funds on approved activities. This is a core course in the Federal Track of the GMCP™ and is frequently scheduled with Introduction to Grants and Cooperative Agreements for Federal Personnel.

November 30-December 1
December 14-15
(Remote: Washington, D.C December 29-30
Virtual, Remote and Classroom

Cost Principles for Federal Grants: 2 CFR Part 200 (Subpart E) and FAR 31.2

Successful grants managers understand how the Federal cost principles affect their awards. Gain a firm grounding and practical experience in the concepts central to cost principles by applying them to different recipient types. Use the cost principles throughout the grants lifecycle: budget development and review, spending decisions, and site visits and desk reviews or audits. This is a core course in all tracks of the GMCP™.

December 19-20
Virtual

Internal Controls for the Federal Grants Community

Internal controls are integral to effective grants management. In order to conduct effective internal controls, grants managers need a foundational knowledge of Government Accountability Office (GAO) standards, risk management and requirements outlined in 2 CFR 200. You will practice applying these concepts by reviewing sample policies for compliance and developing an internal control process to use on the job.

December 12-13
Virtual

Evaluating Financial Capabilities of Grant Recipients

Grant funders, both federal and pass-through, need tools and know-how to assess the financial capabilities of their recipients — before, during and after a federal grant award. The ability to know when and how to evaluate recipients, conduct risk assessments, and monitor activities through financial statements, audit reports, and cost analysis is vital to both a recipient’s success and yours. You will learn to apply effective methods and leverage the tools and resources to take on the responsibility of protecting grant funds.

December 14-15
Virtual

Detecting and Preventing Fraud on Federal Grant Projects

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that billions in federal grant awards are susceptible to waste, fraud and abuse. Grant recipients and other grants personnel must be vigilant in detecting and preventing fraud in grant administration. You will gain an understanding of potential fraud risks inherent in various programs and entities and learn techniques to mitigate those risks. Case studies will enhance your learning, enabling you to practice identifying and preventing fraudulent activities.

 

 

 
     
 

 

 

 


Dec 6 - 8, 2022  |  9:00 AM EST
Course
Introduction to Grants Management (Virtual Instruction) - GRNT7015A001

During this course, you will have the opportunity to gain an overview of Federal grants topics and terminology, roles and responsibilities, and rules and regulations – including the new Uniform Administrative Requirements at 2 CFR 200, commonly called the Super Circular. You will discuss and practice applying administrative requirements and basic cost principles within a team environment for a variety of scenarios and one comprehensive case study. Throughout the course, we will discuss common compliance problem areas with covered regulations, and potential solutions that are applicable to many agencies and private entities. Participants will also learn and apply the general and technical competencies identified by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to help ensure successful grants management outcomes.


Dec 12 - 14, 2022  |  9:00 AM EST
Course
Grants Performance Management and Monitoring (Virtual Instruction) - GRNT7035A001

You will focus on the unique performance management, measurement and monitoring issues for grants and grant-funded programs. You will enhance your awareness of performance issues relating to both achievement of program goals and effective and efficient management of program resources. You will learn a step-by-step, hands-on process to develop and implement a formalized monitoring function for grants that will apply to monitoring of recipients and sub-recipients. This process also includes self-monitoring within your agency or organization, a function mandated by 2 CFR 200, the Uniform Administrative Requirements.

Dec 13 - 14, 2022  |  9:00 AM EST 
Course
Manager's and Auditor's Roles in Assessing Internal Control (Virtual Instruction) - AUDT8003A001

Federal government agency heads must follow the requirements of the Federal Manager's Financial Integrity Act and OMB's Circular A-123 to assess and report on the agency's system of internal control. Learn how the required compliance assessment can be structured and carried out, including basic techniques and approaches for conducting evaluations and documenting their results. Understand the intent and content of OMBs 2016 revision to Circular A-123 and GAO’s 2014 revision to the Internal Control Standards (the Green Book).

Jan 23 - 25, 2023  |  9:00 AM EST
Course
Auditing Grants (Virtual Instruction) - AUDT7407A001

Understand the full grants management process, the current regulatory requirements (OMB Revised 2020 Guidance) governing grants and the role of auditors in developing strategies for assessing compliance and performance. Learn to develop audit objectives and procedures to identify issues and recommendations for constructive feedback, corrective action and accountability. Learn the stages of effective grants management from award, monitoring, audit and close-out. Become skillful at implementing strategies for auditing, application of cost principles performance measurement and reporting through each of the grant stages by applying those strategies in case studies.

Feb 1 - 3, 2023  |  9:00 AM EST 
Course
Effective Grants Manager (Virtual Instruction) - GRNT7025A001

This course explores the critical steps toward increasing economy, efficiency and effectiveness of grants and grant-funded programs. As a participant in this class, you will explore current issues and events in grants management along with how to successfully prepare for a grant audit. You will find this course to be informative in guiding your approach to managing your organization's grant portfolio, whether you are a Federal employee or private sector grant administrator with financial, performance or compliance responsibilities. Participants will also learn and apply the general and technical competencies identified by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to help ensure successful grants management outcomes.

On-Demand Course
Customer Service Excellence (ADMB7003 & ADMB7004)

Become "customer-driven" and learn how to take service to the top, inspiring others to provide quality service. Gain proficiency in identifying your internal and external customers. Discover the latest methods for enhancing customer service and handling problems, including anticipating and responding to customers' needs.

On-Demand Course
Managing Multiple Priorities (ADMB7007)

Regain control over your workload, increase your efficiency, and ease your stress. Learn ways to dig out from beneath the mountain of paperwork, emails, and assignments, and eliminate anxiety over and frustration about your many responsibilities. Discover strategies for goal setting and prioritizing, as well as methods for overcoming procrastination. Learn to handle professional challenges with confidence!

On-Demand Course
Effective Communication with Customers (COMM8000)

Develop superior customer service by learning the basics of effective communication to successfully interact with internal and external customers. Become adept at recognizing and anticipating the needs of others; being flexible when handling requests and complaints; and spotting and responding to important verbal and nonverbal messages.

On-Demand Course
Briefing Techniques (COMM7002)

Develop your ability to give concise briefings that convey your main message quickly and clearly. Learn and practice essential strategies for delivering short structured briefings in this hands-on course. Your briefings are recorded for playback, and your instructor will provide useful coaching and tips.

On-Demand Course
Negotiating Techniques (MGMT9104 & MGMT9105)

Learn to create win-win situations and improve work relationships with colleagues, employees, customers, and others. Focus on issues of negotiation, including using multiple strategies, applying the no-fault formula, interest-based methods, and empathy in the negotiation process.

Online  In-Person On-site Course
Editing for Impact (EDIT7100)

Gain the skills for revising your business documents to improve their clarity and accuracy. The Plain Writing Act of 2010 mandates that government documents be easily understood and well organized. Learn how to revise documents to give your main ideas greater power and emphasis. Become proficient at spotting and correcting common punctuation, capitalization, and abbreviation errors, as well as frequently misused words.

Online  |  In-Person  On-site Course
Writing for Results (WRIT7110)

Create documents that achieve results. Learn to analyze each writing situation-focusing on your purpose, reader, and context. Write effective explanations and instructions, using lists, headings, and graphics to get the job done. Write convincing arguments, clearly stating your position and supporting it effectively. Avoid logical fallacies in your writing and learn to spot them in messages you receive. Use writing to convince your reader and achieve real-world results. Use plain language as mandated by the Federal Plain Writing Act of 2010.

Online  |  In-Person  On-site Course
Clear Writing through Critical Thinking (WRIT7100)

Think more clearly by improving your writing. Write more clearly by improving your thinking. Understand critical thinking and learn strategies for deeper and deeper levels of thinking. Improve your thought process at each stage of the writing process. Create logical and persuasive arguments, and recognize and remove faulty logic. Sharpen your problem-solving skills and enhance group success. Write plainly as mandated by the Federal Plain Writing Act of 2011 and empower your career with critical thinking and clear writing.

Online  |  In-Person  |  On-site Course
Overview of Project Management (PROJ7020)

This course provides a broad overview of project management using a standardized methodology, focusing on how to coordinate the most common (and useful!) project deliverables. In this course, participants will learn how to approach tasks armed with an understanding of project management and its consistent processes.

Online  |  In-Person  |  On-site Course
Project Management Essentials (PGMT7007)

Project Management Essentials introduces the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) and offers a standardized approach to project management. Participants will use the PMI standard to manage a project throughout its lifecycle; from initiation to closing. In doing so, participants will be developing and using the same proven tools and techniques that experienced project managers use to lead teams to successful project completion.

Online  |  In-Person On-site Course
Project Leadership (PGMT8010)

This course focuses on the leadership aspects of project management.

Online  |  In-Person  |  On-site Course
Introduction to Microsoft Project 2016 (PROJ8990)

This introductory course provides core knowledge and practice exercises for participants to directly operate Microsoft Project 2016. Participants use the software to develop a usable project plan, schedule tasks, manage project resources, and more. Participants navigate the Microsoft Project 2016 environment by defining a new project plan, organizing and linking project tasks, optimizing the critical path, setting the project baseline, adding and managing resources to the project plan, setting up resource calendars, resolving resource conflicts, customizing Gantt charts, creating timelines, custom reports and more.

 

 

   
     
 

 

 

1 p.m. ET | December 8

Webinar
Corporate Structure and IRS-Related Considerations for Non-Profit Federal Grantees

The federal grant management requirements take into account, and are even derived in many ways, from related concepts in federal tax regulations and not-for-profit corporate governance structures. The relationship can often be seen when preparing one’s IRS Form 990 or considering the establishment of a subsidiary for-profit or not-for-profit affiliate. In this webinar, FTLF Partners Scott S. Sheffler and Michael B. Glomb will discuss common areas of overlap and the relationship between the two, including areas where similar terminology may have different meanings or where adopting consistent approaches can simplify practices and where transactions with affiliates may have additional implications.

December 13-15
Workshop
Federal Funding Academy

A three-day overview of the federal grants system, covering everything from the legal underpinnings of the system through procurement and subaward requirements, cost issues, and audit resolution.

Federal Grants Practice Group attorneys Ted Waters and Scott Sheffler and independent grants consultant Jerry Bertrand dive deeply into and lead you through in-depth discussions of regulatory language and effective implementation – particularly when the regulations are ambiguous. Impacts of the CARES Act and other COVID-19-related declarations, funding and flexibilities will be examined and explained.

January 26-27, 2023
Workshop
Federal Research Grants Compliance

In an era of heightened federal funding agency scrutiny, research grant administrators must understand the federal research grant framework. Over two days, FTLF attorneys will cover the essential research grant lifecycle, including compliance risks, concerns, and strategies. From pre-award planning through closeout and audits, our attorneys will discuss the current issues research institutions face and the latest developments in grant law.