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NEW VIRTUAL TRAINING!

October 6, 2022 at 1:00 PM EST

New to federal education grants? This workshop will introduce you to your new best friend: EDGAR (the Education Department General Administrative Regulations). We will breakdown the major sections of EDGAR, including the administrative requirements, cost principles and audit requirements within 2 CFR Part 200 (Uniform Grant Guidance), and highlight areas that auditors focus on (e.g., time and effort, procurement, and documentation requirements).

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Recent Audits: Lessons Learned (August 4, 2022)

Billions of dollars have been allocated under various pandemic relief programs. While States, districts, colleges, and other grantees continue to figure out how to spend that money, audits on those programs have already begun. In addition to annual Single Audits required under the Uniform Guidance, the Office of the Inspector General has already issued a number of audit reports on the use of these funds. This session will review the most recent audits and discuss what lessons grantees and subrecipients can learn from these reports.

ESSER: You’ve Got Questions, We’ve Got Answers (August 2, 2022)

In this webinar, we will provide an in-depth discussion of the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Funds, including relevant (and quickly approaching) deadlines, statutory and regulatory requirements, and frequently asked allowability questions. While ESSER funds have provided unprecedented resources for States, districts, and schools, they have also raised challenges that are already being highlighted in audits and monitoring visits. In this session, we will address many of these challenges related to spending funds in a timely manner and what you can and cannot do with ESSER funds under the law. In addition, we will discuss how ESSER funds may be used to support innovative projects and alleviate COVID-19-related challenges, such as staffing shortages. 

Legislative Update (July 28, 2022)

This session will cover updates from Congress, the Administration, and the Courts, including the President's budget request, progress on fiscal year 2023 appropriations, and updates on reauthorization of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. In addition, you will hear about new guidance and initiatives from the U.S. Department of Education and updates on pending court cases impacting education.

Preventing Audit Exposure on Time and Effort (July 26, 2022)

Time distribution records are one of the largest areas of liability in federal program audits. This session will dive into the rules regarding time distribution records for employees paid with federal funds and common audit findings. We will also discuss the conflicting guidance from the US Department of Education on time distribution records under the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund and the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund.

Testing Your Grants Procedures (July 21, 2022)

Under the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) and the Uniform Grant Guidance (UGG), there are a number of federal grants requirements that must be written into your policies and procedures as a grantee. Maintaining current policies and procedures that clearly provide the grants management processes is one of the best ways to demonstrate to auditors and monitors that you are in compliance with local, State, and federal laws and regulations. In this webinar, we will discuss which policies and procedures are required and which are suggested, how to craft policies and procedures that are specific to your non-federal entity's needs, and how to utilize your policies and procedures to comply with the requirements that apply to your federal awards.

Compliance Checklist for Construction Projects (July 19, 2022)

Thinking about (or already started) a new construction project with COVID relief funding? This workshop is for you! We’ll walk through the key federal compliance requirements, including prior approvals, procurement, wage requirements, and monitoring. We’ll also discuss the differences between construction, capital improvements, deferred maintenance and minor remodeling – and why it matters.

Late Liquidation Requests and Linkage (July 13, 2022)

So much money, and so little time! Timely spending is especially important as grantees take on big projects with completion dates that may or may not be within the period of performance. This session will discuss federal policy on requesting late liquidations, as well as allowable accounting strategies to link obligations to award periods in order to meet grant deadlines.

Preventing Fraud in Federal Education Programs (July 12, 2022)

In this session, Steven Spillan and Michael Brustein will discuss steps and strategies that colleges, districts, non-profits, and state agencies should consider to reduce the risk of non-compliance relating to the expenditure of CTE, AEFLA, and WIOA funds. In addition, we will discuss the responsibilities of "pass-through" entities to implement robust monitoring protocols, particularly where there is no single audit review of these programs.

Tracking Time Takes Effort (February 8, 2022)

After a dizzying amount of conflicting information, we will discuss when and how to track effort for employees paid with federal funds, including COVID relief funds. This session will cover the regulatory requirements, available flexibilities, and leave plenty of time for your questions.

Legislative Updates: What to Expect in 2022 (February 3, 2022)

The previous two years have been full of the unexpected. So where does this leave us for 2022? This webinar will cover the very latest in legislation and guidance from Congress and federal agencies, including plans for closing out additional stimulus dollars, getting infrastructure money out the door to States, and federal agency and Congressional oversight. It will also cover plans for spending in federal fiscal year 2022, what this means for future years, and what legislation Congress might try to squeeze in before the midterm elections. Finally, it will cover the interplay – and conflict – between Congress, States, and federal agencies on who has authority to set rules for schools, what rights parents should have to direct a school’s curriculum and activities, and how education should be financed.

It’s about Time: Pre-award Costs, Tydings, Liquidation, Extensions, and More (February 1, 2022)

With unprecedented amounts of new, federal funding in response to the pandemic, grantees are under pressure to spend quickly, but also wisely. This session will discuss issues related to timely spending. What does it mean to obligate the funds? Can we transfer prior costs to federal funding sources? How long can we stretch programs / services past the period end date? When must obligations be liquidated? Can we extend our period of performance?

The Audits Are Coming (January 27, 2022)

An abundance of coronavirus relief funding means new compliance requirements and audit risk for grantees receiving those awards. In addition, many smaller grantees may be required to be audited for the first time. This training will cover the audit requirements in Subpart F of the Uniform Grants Guidance, and the audit requirements of each source of coronavirus funding (CARES, CRRSAA, ARP), and how to properly document flexibilities for audit purposes. In addition, we’ll highlight lessons learned from published audits.

ESSER for Districts: Must, Should, May, or Not – How to Plan and Spend Your Money (January 25, 2022)

The unprecedented amounts of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Funds provides exciting, albeit overwhelming, resources for schools. However, with audits and monitoring visits on the horizon, it is important, now more than ever, to ensure funds are spent in an allowable manner and within the required timeframes. This session will discuss what districts must do under the applicable statutory and regulatory requirements, what district may do when spending funds on new and innovate projects, and what districts may not do under the law! We will provide an FAQ section on top uses of funds and leave enough time to answer questions from attendees!

Programming for Special Populations during the COVID Era (IDEA/ESEA) (January 20, 2022)

With an emphasis on advancing equity in education, U.S. Department of Education guidance highlights the disparate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on underserved populations and prioritizes addressing the needs of special populations of students who may require extra support to be successful in school and beyond. This session will explore hot topics and recent guidance related to programming for special populations under ESEA and IDEA, including the use of recovery funds in serving special populations. With an emphasis on advancing equity in education, U.S. Department of Education guidance highlights the disparate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on underserved populations and prioritizes addressing the needs of special populations of students who may require extra support to be successful in school and beyond. This session will explore hot topics and recent guidance related to programming for special populations under ESEA and IDEA, including the use of recovery funds in serving special populations.

Lessons Learned 3 Years Under Perkins V (January 18, 2022)

After nearly 50 years of the federal investment in CTE, the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) at the U.S. Department of Education has transferred the leadership role for administering Perkins CTE to the States. This shift has resulted in an uneven performance among the States in carrying out the specific “pass-through” responsibilities under EDGAR and the UGG regarding the monitoring of LEAs, colleges, consortia, and charter schools. How effective are the State internal controls and protocols for identifying non-compliance and eliminating fraud, waste, and abuse? With the pull-back at the federal level, we are witnessing an uptick in instances of fraud in the CTE arena.

Advanced Concepts in the Uniform Grants Guidance (September 15, 2021)

Geared toward the more seasoned and experienced administrators who are familiar with the basics of the federal grant administrative rules in the Uniform Grant Guidance (UGG) or those that just completed the Introduction to the UGG training, this virtual training will focus on hot topics and major findings under 2 CFR Part 200 – Uniform Administrative Cost Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (the Uniform Guidance, or UGG).


This advanced level review will focus on the principles behind testing internal controls, charging indirect costs, time and effort documentation flexibility, procurement flexibilities, subrecipient monitoring, and audit pitfalls. This virtual training will also provide a discussion of recent changes to the Uniform Grants Guidance (UGG), effective November 12, 2020, in particular the Office of Management and Budget’s technical revisions, updated FAQs, flexibility memoranda, and other new guidance.

Introduction to the Uniform Grants Guidance (September 8, 2021)

Geared toward those administrators that are new to federal grants management or want a refresher on the basics of the federal rules, this virtual training will review the major sections of 2 CFR Part 200 – Uniform Administrative Cost Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (the Uniform Guidance, or UGG). This training will focus on the allowability of costs, financial management, procurement requirements, inventory management, time and effort, and documentation.


On August 13, 2020, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published revisions to the UGG that amended existing sections and added new requirements. While the revisions became effective on November 12, 2020, OMB has since release technical revisions, updated its FAQs, and issued other guidance interpreting these requirements. This training will prove an overview and discuss all these changes.

OCR Enforcement Under the Biden Administration (July 29, 2021)

With a new administration comes new priorities and one office within ED where we can expect to see some significant changes is the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). This virtual training will review OCR trends, priority areas, and what to expect in terms of enforcement under the Biden Administration. We will review steps ED recipients can take to prepare for and defend themselves in an OCR investigation. Approximately half of the complaints OCR receives and investigate each year regard allegations of discrimination on the basis of disability. Additionally, Title IX is one area in which we saw significant change in OCR’s interpretation and enforcement during the past two administrations. As such, two areas of focus for this session will be what to expect in terms of OCR enforcement of IDEA/Sec. 504 and Title IX under the Biden Administration. 

Successfully Coordinating Federal Program Funds with ESSER Funded Initiatives (July 22, 2021)

The CARES, CRRSAA and ARP Acts provided significant federal funding with broad allowable uses of funds. While there is no supplement not supplant for ESSER funds under any of these Acts, other federal funding, including IDEA, ESEA and Perkins all have supplement not supplant requirements, some of which require that funds be supplemental to other federal funds. So the question remains how do you coordinate funding for ESSER initiatives in a way that allows other federal grant to contribute? This session will discuss the various supplanting requirements, general allowable uses, and eligibility requirements. We will also provide some examples and discuss not only different ways to fund various programs but also review questions that should be asked by the state and district to ensure allowability.

Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds: Making Dreams Come True! (July 20, 2021)

Tired of hearing your friends here at BruMan tell you “no”? Ready to find a funding source that lets you: replace lost state and local revenue; provide premium pay for school staff; invest in fiber optic lines and broadband infrastructure to offer reliable internet throughout your district; and invest in capital projects that extend until December 2026? The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, established by the American Rescue Plan Act and administered by the U.S. Department of Treasury, allows state and government recipients to do all these things, and more. Join us as we discuss the flexible uses of this new funding stream, and the related compliance considerations.

MOE, MEQ . . . Help ME ME ME!! (July 15, 2021)

This virtual training will discuss the maintenance of effort (MOE) requirement under CARES, CRRSA and ARP as well as ARP’s maintenance of equity (MEQ) requirement. For MOE we will review the MOE rules and how they differ between statutes. For MEQ, we will discuss the MEQ requirements, how the standards must be met, how terms are defined, and which districts are exempt from the requirement. We will also discuss any guidance provided up through this date.

Internal Controls in a Virtual World (While Preventing Cyber Attacks and Protecting PII) (July 13, 2021)

In 2020, cyberattacks against schools increased 20% over 2019. Studies show that school staff are five times more likely to engage in risky online behavior at home versus at school. In light of these threats, what can grantees do to strengthen their internal controls and prevent breaches of student data? This session will discuss the Uniform Grants Guidance requirements for internal controls and Federal standards for information security, as well as provide practical tips to implement these controls in the work-from-home environment.

Let’s Be [In]Direct – Allowability and Cost Allocation (June 24, 2021)

This virtual training will discuss the allocation of overhead and central services costs through an indirect cost rate. Topics covered will include how to select a base, calculate the rate, budget indirect costs, and frequently asked questions. In addition, this training will cover potential pitfalls in applying your indirect cost rate to coronavirus funding.

Required Federal Policies and Procedures Updates for Emergencies, Flexibilities and for Future Preparedness (June 17, 2021)

As grantees and subrecipients all over the country are reviewing the recent changes to the Uniform Guidance, which went into effect last November, now is the perfect time to review and revise mandatory written policies and procedures required under the federal rules. Not only are these procedures the best training tool for your staff, they are the first defense against noncompliance and subsequent liabilities that might have to be repaid to the federal government. More importantly, emergency policies and procedures were at the center of the UGG flexibility offered by OMB during the pandemic. This session will cover the best practices for internally reviewing and revising policies and procured governing federal awards and ensuring compliance in light of the available requirements and flexibilities.