Learn How to Properly Charge Conference and Meetings Expenses in September 18 Webinar

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Federal grants expert Bob Lloyd will explain how to properly charge expenses for meetings and conferences, and how to differentiate these costs from unallowable charges for entertainment, and for goods and services for personal use, in a Sept. 18 webinar presented by Federal Fund Management Advisor.

Federal Fund Management Advisor is pleased to announce its Sept. 18 webinar, “Getting Together at Federal Expense’ — A Guide for Grantees and Subgrantees on Careful Charging of Travel, Meeting, Conferences, Training and Participant Support Expenses,” a timely look at cost-charging problems under federal grants.

Since news about wasteful spending by the U.S. General Services Administration on a conference in Las Vegas went viral a couple of months ago, Congressional watchdogs, federal auditors and the media have been drilling down hard on those types of expenses — and that kind of scrutiny is not being limited to the federal government itself.

The federal cost principles imposed on the varied sectors of the grant recipient community allow a number of expenses involving legitimate justified gatherings of staff, beneficiaries, and other grant and subgrant stakeholders. But the problem is that expenses that are charged to these cost categories have more than occasionally been ones that are wasteful, abusive and unreasonable. And, with fresh “horror stories,” like the one at GSA, there’s little question that these types of expenses are going to be on the audit radar screen for grantees and subgrantees.
In this webinar, participants will learn about properly charging:

  • Travel costs
  • Meeting expenses, including meals and incidentals
  • Professional activity costs
  • Training and education charges
  • Membership fees
  • Employee morale, health and welfare costs
  • Participant support stipends and subsistence

And, webinar attendees will also learn about differentiating these costs from unallowable charges for entertainment, and for goods and services for personal use.

The webinar will be presented by Bob Lloyd, a respected authority on policies and practices affecting the award, administration and oversight of federal grants, contracts and subawards. Mr. Lloyd has nearly 40 years of experience in federal award implementation. Prior to starting his management consulting practice in Washington, D.C., in 1982, he served as the executive director of the Grants Management Advisory Service and held staff positions in two large federally funded organizations. Since then, he has been a consultant, trainer or advisor to award and audit units in sixteen federal award-making departments and agencies, and to recipient and subrecipient organizations and their professional advisors located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, several U.S territories and 18 foreign countries. He is the principal author of several reference works on federal grants management and audits, and currently serves as contributing editor to Federal Grants News and Federal Auditing News, published jointly by Atlantic Information Services, NACUBO and NCURA. He also is a Charter Life Member of the National Grants Management Association and served on its Board of Directors for five years.

Attendees of the Live Webinar Can Earn Up To 1.5 CPE Credits

Federal Fund Management Advisor is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: http://www.learningmarket.org.

Visit http://federalfundmanagement.com/webinars/wg222_091812 for more details and registration information. Federal Fund Management Advisor is an organization that sponsors Federal Funding webinars and delivers free Federal Funding E-Strategies. Go to http://www.FederalFundManagement.com to read the latest E-Strategy, “OMB to Issue Proposed Rulemaking Soon on Grant Reform Initiative: Get Ready to Comment.”

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