The National Grants Management Association (NGMA), Crowe Horwath, and eCivis are excited to offer FREE grant management training, titled Grant Management in 2015, in Los Angeles on the afternoon of Monday, November 9, 2015, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (registration begins at noon and training begins promptly at 1:00 p.m.). Interested in attending and learning a bit more about the sessions and speakers? Read on.
Who Can Come?
Everyone. This free training is for both NGMA members and non-members. We encourage you to share this invite with other grant professionals in your community! Seating is limited, so click here or the button below to register today! (If you're not an NGMA member, click on the New Visitor Registration link on that page.)
About the Sessions
Grant Management in 2015, hosted by the City of Los Angeles, will take place at the Ronald F. Deaton Civic Auditorium. During this training, keynote speakers Susan Duenas, Eric Russell, and Bert Neuhring will cover the following grant management ground:
1. Bridging the Gap: A Roadmap for Implementing the OMB Uniform Guidance (1:30 – 2:30; Kathy Lai, Partner, MGO)
Implementation of the OMB Uniform Guidance poses a variety of potential risks and challenges for federal grant recipients and sub-recipients. This interactive session will help participants better understand the key provisions of the Uniform Guidance, while providing an implementation framework based on proven processes and best practices.
2. Subrecipient Monitoring in 2015: Identifying and Managing Compliance Risks (3:00 – 4:00; Eric Russell)
Subrecipient monitoring is both a compliance requirement and a risk management technique that may benefit the grantor, pass-through entity, and subrecipient simultaneously. The Uniform Grants Guidance has presented new risks for consideration, which necessitate additional risk considerations. This session will be an interactive session including a case study addressing methods to approach the risk assessment process, including the identification and assessment of risks, risk ranking, and ways to involve the recipient, subawardee, and contractors, if applicable, in the process.
3. FMS Expectations: What It Means to Monitor Internal Controls over Compliance and Fraud (4:00 – 5:00; Bert Nuehring)
While consolidating previous guidance documents, the Uniform Grants Guidance established some new requirements as well, including presenting an express requirement that recipients evaluate and monitor compliance as a component of the internal control structure. Similarly, the Federal government has established a firm focus on mitigating risks of improper payments, fraud, waste, and abuse. During this session, we will discuss methods for revamping internal control programs to establish monitoring techniques that address these matters in an efficient, effective way while adding value for the organization as a whole.
The National Grants Management Association (NGMA) is recognized throughout the grant management industry as the membership association leader providing tools and resources for grant professionals to support and maintain high levels of grant management competency and to establish standards of excellence for grant managers.
NGMA provides comprehensive full life cycle grant management training, professional certification, continuing professional education, tools and resources, and a forum for networking with grants industry professionals. NGMA serves all levels of government (federal, state, local, tribal), nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, and affiliated private sector organizations.
About the Speakers
Eric Russell, CIA, CGMS, MPA
Eric is a manager in Crowe Horwath’s Performance Services – Government Division. Eric’s work focuses on the management and audit of federal awards and contracts on behalf of the federal agencies and various nonprofit and commercial recipients and subrecipients. His efforts have included the planning and execution of audits in accordance with government auditing standards, conduct of organizational risk assessments, A-133 audit preparation activities, and design and implementation of subrecipient monitoring activities. In addition, Eric has worked with clients to assess and enhance their internal controls and to plan for the procurement and implementation of financial management systems.
Bert Neuhring, CPA
Bert is a Partner at Crowe Horwath with over 29 years of experience in public accounting. Bert’s responsibilities have included planning, administering and supervising audit, accounting and consulting service engagements for governmental and nonprofit entities. His experience includes projects related to performance auditing, internal auditing, accounting outsourcing, rate and cost analysis, cash flow forecasting, compliance analysis, debt restructuring, budgeting, federal program administration, grant monitoring, standards implementation, strategic planning, project management oversight, and tax increment financing. Bert has presented seminars to the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO), and NGMA. Bert has also been a guest lecturer at the University of Illinois at Chicago on governmental and nonprofit accounting and accounting information systems. Bert is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), GFOA, and the Association of School Business Officials. Bert holds a B.A. in Accounting and Business Administration from Wartburg College, and is a certified public accountant.
Kathy Lai, Partner, CPA, CGMA
Katherine is a partner at MGO, one of California’s leading providers of audit and advisory services to government agencies and not-for-profit organizations. Her areas of expertise include large, complex governmental entities; higher education institutions; utilities; and nonprofit organizations. She also specializes in providing assurance services in compliance with the Single Audit Act and the Uniform Guidance. Katherine serves as MGO’s Assurance Services Leader and is currently the Quality Control Partner for the State of California Single Audit, with annual expenditures greater than $70 billion. Katherine was recently appointed to a select 15 member State and Local Government Expert Panel of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). She currently enjoys assisting in shaping the AICPA's Audit and Accounting Guides for State and Local Governments.