NADO to Offer Two Webinars about OMB Procurement Guidelines

Posted on: August 2nd, 2017 by Brett Schwartz

NADO and the NADO Research Foundation are pleased to announce that Bob Lloyd, a leading expert on OMB Grant Guidelines, will discuss OMB’s procurement requirements during two webinars in August. “Purchasing with Federal Grant Funds under OMB’s Super Circular, Parts 1 and 2” will be offered on August 9 and August 16 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. ET.

There probably isn’t any feature of the “Super Circular” issued by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) that has caused more angst than the rules on procurement of goods and services using federal grant funds. For starters, some of the policies appear modeled on those that apply to the federal government itself. Frankly, they don’t fit development organizations, whether they are governmental or nonprofit. Beyond that, there are other subtle and not-so-subtle departures from familiar requirements that will introduce new audit vulnerabilities. Some of the key changes include:

  • New guidance on determining whether a relationship is with a subrecipient or a contractor;
  • Expanded discussion of the acceptable methods of purchasing;
  • Tighter requirements about whether a sole source purchase is allowed;
  • Revised principles that must be used to assess allowability of costs that go into contract prices; and
  • Special rules for the procurement of your annual single audit.

The new rules are not just about how to buy office supplies, laptop computers, or furniture, where there are lots of suppliers. They must also be used when you engage service providers under programs like the Older Americans Act (OAA) and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), where the marketplaces can be very different.

OMB Procurement Guidelines, Part 1

Wednesday, August 9, 2017; 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (Eastern)
Click here to register (http://r20 NULL.rs6 NULL.net/tn NULL.jsp?t=qdwwna8ab NULL.0 NULL.0 NULL.5k9ogxn6 NULL.0&id=preview&r=3&p=https%3A%2F%2Fnadowp NULL.memberpoint NULL.com%2FWebPortal%2FConference%2FRegistrationProcessOverview NULL.aspx%3Fid%3D76)

The first webinar will cover transitioning to the new policies, the difference between sub awards and contracts, required elements of your purchasing policies, acceptable methods of procurement, potential grantor agency involvement, reliance on organizational procedures, and agreement privacy.

OMB Procurement Guidelines, Part 2

Wednesday, August 16, 2017; 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (Eastern)
Click here to register (http://r20 NULL.rs6 NULL.net/tn NULL.jsp?t=qdwwna8ab NULL.0 NULL.0 NULL.5k9ogxn6 NULL.0&id=preview&r=3&p=https%3A%2F%2Fnadowp NULL.memberpoint NULL.com%2FWebPortal%2FConference%2FRegistrationProcessOverview NULL.aspx%3Fid%3D77)

The second webinar will address acquisition planning, competition, developing solicitations, offer evaluations, contractor selection, contract administration and required provisions, procurement records, special requirements (such as audit services, architect and engineering services), and practical considerations for procurement of social services (pertains to OAA and WIOA funds).

The webinars will be offered to NADO members at a special rate of $79 per webinar; the rate for non-NADO members will be $99 per webinar.  You must register for each webinar separately.  Logistical and access information will be emailed to you prior to the webinar to which you register.  Questions?  E-mail Laurie Thompson at [email protected] (lthompson null@null nado NULL.org).  

About the Speaker
Bob Lloyd is 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 A Guide to OMB Grant Reform and several other reference works on federal grants management and audits, and currently serves as contributing editor to Federal Grants News, published by Atlantic Information Services.  He also is a Charter Life Member of the National Grants Management Association and served on its Board of Directors for five years.

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