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Posted by on Jan 15, 2016

Federal Grants Update 2016 – Learning from Experience

Federal Grants Update 2016 – Learning from Experience

Federal Grants Update 2016Because 3,500+ of you completed Federal Grants Update in 2014 and 2015, we realized that we had the opportunity to go a bit deeper into the key issues surrounding Uniform Guidance implementation. And there have been enough changes to 2 CFR 200 that we want you to come back to make sure you’re up-to-date (thank you, OMB, for FAPIIS).

So what’s new for FGU in 2016?

First, we centered on these core themes of grants management to help you delve into difficulties your organization may have had in implementing 2 CFR 200:

  • Transparency
  • Risk Mitigation
  • Accountability
  • Monitoring

Next, we designed Federal Grants Update 2016 to include more interaction. This will allow instructors and students to share their experiences and challenges that have begun to stand out as Federal agencies, pass-through entities, and recipients implement the Uniform Guidance – such as evaluation and internal controls. Our goal is to help you focus on the important things that you and your organization still need to do to be compliant as well as share your successes.

Finally, we wanted to make sure that you have the opportunity to participate according to your schedule and ability to travel. So we added a few opportunities for you to participate via the Remote Student Experience, in addition to our Classroom and Virtual Live Classroom modalities.

That said, we want to assure you that there are certain things that we hold dear with Federal Grants Update:

  • You will receive a refresher on the Uniform Guidance as well as FAPIIS, the DATA Act, Inspector General Reports, and potential Congressional actions
  • We track all of the content for changes – coming and unforeseen – so we can make sure the information you receive is as fresh as possible

The bottom line is that we truly care about Federal Grants Update being your go-to annual refresher course as a grants professional whether it’s your first class with us or your tenth.

We look forward to seeing you – whether in-person and online.


  1. What is the cost of the remote student access? Is there a discounted rate if more than one person from the same organization attends remotely from the same location?

    What is the date?

    • Hi Arlene!

      Thanks for your interest in Federal Grants Update 2016. For your sales questions, please call 888.545.8571 – it will be best to can talk through with you the best delivery modality for you and your group. We can also come onsite to you and train your team with our Private Group Training option.

      Check the website for dates across the country:

  2. Will the focus be of value to Federal employees who administer grants for a Federal agency?

    • Arlene,

      Yes – this course will be of value to all members of the grants community, including Federal employees. For instance, we have a section that will cover Highlights from Pre-Award Requirements. We’ve included a portion on evaluation requirements that will be a refresher on the ‘musts’ and ‘shoulds.’ Since the class is open to all, if you’re a Federal employee, you might hear some feedback from a recipient on what’s working….and what’s not.

      Thank you for your interest!


  3. The internal controls section of the UG 200.303 around Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and Public Personally Identifiable Information (PPII) states that “the non-Federal entity must take “reasonable measures” to safeguard PPII and other information the federal awarding agency or pass through entity designates as sensitive or the non-federal entity considers sensitive consistent with applicable Federal, state, local and tribal laws regarding privacy and obligations of confidentiality.”

    Can you clarify what constitutes “reasonable measures” and some industry best practices around this please?

    In partnership,
    Lynn McKiernan Ngari

    Grants Financial Officer
    Finance and Business Operation Division
    Financial Management Section, Projects and Grants Unit

  4. This is a great question, Lynn.

    First – and this is frustrating – I like that the CFR refers to “reasonable measures” because what is reasonable is going to vary by agency and over time.

    Second – start with some basic resources. In a post last year, I highlighted some DHS resources ( Note that the TEEX website is now just

    Third – check with your awarding agencies and agreements. Frankly you may be subject to different terms, conditions, and statutes. A medical grant may have to deal with HIPAA, education with student privacy.

    I hope that this helps you get started. It is an issue that is hard to wrap your head around.


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