May 16 Webinar to Review Tips, Techniques on How to Remain Competitive in a Sequestered Federal Grant Environment

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The latest webinar from Federal Fund Management Advisor will detail what federal agencies will be looking for in grant applications and provide practical tips for how organizations can present the best grants management face during the application review process.

As a result of the federal budget sequester, federal agencies will have fewer dollars for future awards, translating into a much more competitive grant application process going forward. “Good Grants Management Is Good Grantsmanship — How to Stand Out (in the Right Way) During Pre-Award Review of Your Federal Grant Application,” an upcoming May 16 webinar from Federal Fund Management Advisor, will detail what federal agencies will be looking for in applications — both in the near-term and long-range — and provide practical tips for how organizations can present the best grants management face during the application review process.

The federal budget sequester has been underway for a few weeks now, and the effects are beginning to be noticed. Federal employees are getting furlough notices and federal contractors are being told that their contracts have been “terminated for the convenience of the government.” In the federal grant community, the impact is a little different. An existing grant can’t be terminated unless an organization doesn’t comply with the terms and conditions of the award, runs out of time for performance, or no longer wants the money. Federal grant cuts, therefore, will occur as the result of federal agencies having fewer dollars for future awards.

Plus, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has just floated a proposal to intensify and unify the federal agencies’ procedures for reviewing the merit of proposals and assessing the risk posed by applicants. The steps they would mandate involve ones that some federal agencies have been taking all along, but OMB has taken the combination of legal requirements and best practices, and crafted a more robust approach that all agencies would have to follow.

The May 16 webinar will review:

  • The management areas that will get pre-award scrutiny
  • The databases will federal agencies be using and how organizations can preview them
  • If criteria like timely reporting and rapid “burn rates” will be used to judge risk
  • How programmatic performance and results will be assessed
  • The role will audit findings have in the process
  • How organizations can put the best “spin” on the situation when things haven’t gone as planned
  • How special conditions might be attached to awards

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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 more than 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 16 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 and NACUBO. 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
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Federal Fund Management Advisor is an organization that sponsors Federal Funding webinars and delivers free Federal Funding E-Strategies. Go to to read the latest E-Strategy, “‘Man Bites Dog’: An Internal Control Lesson for Grantees.”

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