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Posted by on May 4, 2022

Taking it to the Next Level at the 2022 NGMA Annual Grants Training

Taking it to the Next Level at the 2022 NGMA Annual Grants Training

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Management Concepts was proud to sponsor, exhibit, and present a session at the National Grants Management Association (NGMA) Annual Grants Training (AGT), held on April 19–21, 2022, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia.

The conference was held in person for the first time since 2019, and everyone was excited to reconnect after two years of virtual conferences and events. Over 800 attendees filled the exhibit hall and session rooms, earning CE credits and networking with colleagues.

As in AGT 2020 and 2021, the pandemic and its effects were a dominating topic—this time with a focus on the American Rescue Plan and the challenges of managing that funding. The presentation of the Annual Grants Survey results highlighted the changes COVID-19 has brought into the field, with increased remote work and continued efforts to lessen the administrative burden on grantors and grantees. Attention was also given to new developments in technology and policy, including discussions about the Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements Transparency (GREAT) Act and the Grants Management Quality Service Management Organization presenting the progress made on LogIn.Gov.

Management Concepts was excited to present our session, “Single Audit 101 for Grants Managers—Understanding Audit Terms and How Findings Impact Your Grant Management.” Grants Product Manager Director Sarah Hluchan partnered with Financial Management Product Management Director Tom Devine in a lively presentation about decoding what all those “audit words” mean, what the key elements of the single audit are, and what it all means for grant managers. The session was standing room only, with 50 attendees turned away due to capacity limits. Due to the overwhelming response, Management Concepts is excited to partner again with NGMA to present the session as an NGMA Webinar in June!

Check out photos from the event on our Facebook page.

Management Concepts is proud to be a Corporate Alliance Partnership Program (CAPP) member of NGMA, participating in NGMA events and activities throughout the year. Visit our NGMA partnership page for more information.


Sarah K. Hluchan is the Grants Product Management Director for Management Concepts. She has spent her career facilitating effective grants management through process improvement, policy development, and education. She holds a BA in political science from Drew University and a Master of Public Policy from the McCourt School at Georgetown University.

Tom Devine, MBA, CDFM, is the Product Management Director of Financial Management at Management Concepts and has expertise in appropriation law, internal control, auditing, accounting, DoD planning, programming, budgeting, and execution. Tom provided training and management consulting to government and commercial clients for several years after investing more than 30 years as a public service and commercial business leader.

Tom holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, concentrating on finance from Nichols College. He holds a Certified Defense Financial Manager (CDFM) and is a proud member of the American Society of Military Comptrollers (ASMC).

Vera Medici is Marketing Manager, Events & Strategic Partnerships at Management Concepts. In this role, she communicates and collaborates with clients, organizations, and strategic partners. She prepares for and manages all aspects of participation at trade shows, special events, and webinars and expertly manages all social media activity. Vera holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from George Mason University.

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