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Posted by on Mar 23, 2016

NGMA 2016 – Agenda Reflects Grants Community Challenges, Concerns

NGMA 2016 – Agenda Reflects Grants Community Challenges, Concerns

NGMAWhen NGMA released its final conference agenda last week, my gut reaction was, “Yep. These topics are spot on. This is where many of my colleagues in the Federal community.”

Several themes standout:

  • Risk Assessment. Implementation of the Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200) has brought this issue to the forefront for many organizations with its new requirements, and incorporation of the final rule for FAPIIS. As a community, we’ve known for a long time that we need to assess and manage risk better. It’s just really hard.
  • Indirect Costs. Having supported grants from the Federal agency point of view, it has been eye opening for me to realize how complex this can be for large institutions. And how challenging it is to wrap your head around when you don’t have a negotiated rate.
  • Performance Measurement. Or the thing we all need to do better and only gets harder as we learn how to do it. Who knew when we got into this field that defining and measuring outcomes can be as demanding as rocket science?
  • Project Management. Several presenters will share their best practices for applying project management principles to grants management. Remember, if you are a grants manager, you are a project manager by default.

Now I know that most attendees won’t want to miss Mr. Grants himself, Gil Tran, from the Office of Management and Budget, talk about the sophomore year of Uniform Guidance implementation. However, I’ve got my eye on the closing session – ‘Ask a Grants Expert.’ Participants can ask questions of a panel that includes Federal executives from OMB, DHS, and GAO. If you’re attending the conference, I recommend staying for this closing if you can. If you have a burning question, but can’t be there, post it to our comment section below. I’ll bring it with me and report back in early April.

I hope to see you there. We’ll be at booth 14 with information on our grants management courses, raffles, giveaways, and resources to help you in your grants career. Be sure to stop by and introduce yourself.

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