Fall Forum 2017

Brustein & Manasevit Fall Forum 2017

“The Fork in the Road: Aligning ‘New Flexibility’ with Federal Grants Requirements’

November 29-December 1, 2017
The Cosmopolitan Hotel
Clark County, NV

The world of federal grants is now witnessing significant change.  The Trump Administration has adopted new priorities, moving in the direction of a reduced federal oversight role, greater flexibility in the use of fewer federal dollars, consolidation of titles, programs and plans, and a more streamlined “blending” of federal grant funds.  Some key regulations under ESSA and the Higher Education Act have been rescinded; 4000 page of new regulations under AEFLA and WIOA have just gone into effect; the Perkins Act is about to be reauthorized; federal civil rights oversight is being revisited; and OMB is already making changes to the procurement rules in the UGG/EDGAR.  With relatively little guidance being formally issued at the federal level on these sweeping changes, where can state/local and postsecondary administrators turn to get answers?

Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC is closely tracking all of these issues, and will provide states, districts, institutions of higher education and other agencies the most up to date information on all of these topics.  Want to make sure your whole staff is ready?  Eager to get beyond the basics when it comes to compliance?  Want to ensure you are on top of pass-through monitoring, audit preparation, and time and effort documentation flexibilities?  Then come to the Brustein & Manasevit Fall Forum in Clark County November 29 to December 1.

This Forum will include presentations by our knowledgeable attorneys on topics such as the new flexibilities afforded under federal law, supplement not supplant, cash management, time and effort, subrecipient monitoring, handling due process complaints, and property management.  In addition, the nation’s leading expert on education indirect costs and cost allocation plans, Ted Mueller, will speak on the impact of the UGG on indirect costs.  The forum will also include a panel of state and local representatives to discuss single audits, findings and corrective actions as well as a panel of State Ombudsmen discussing their roles over the provision of equitable services.

Please click HERE to review the Draft Agenda.  As always, please remember that the Forum agenda and speakers are subject to change.  Our Forums typically sell out in just over one month.  We urge you to register as soon as possible and reserve your room at the hotel.

To Register, please click HERE.

Forum Registration Pricing:

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT (MUST Register Before August 7, 2017):

  • Individual: $880/registrant
  • Discounted Group Rate (10+ Registrants)*: $825/registrant

REGULAR REGISTRATION (Registration After August 7, 2017:

  • Individual: $920/registrant
  • Discounted Group Rate (10+ Registrants)*: $875/registrant

*In order to obtain the group rate, attendees must be from the same organization and REGISTER TOGETHER to qualify for any Group Rate.  Additional registrants may join a pre-existing group at the initial group rate; however, the addition of new registrants to a pre-existing group will not make the group eligible for further reduced rate, since the rate is set at the time of the initial registration.

Pre-Session Registration:

This year we are offering optional concurrent pre-sessions:  “ESSA Implementation – Now What?” and “EDGAR – A Tutorial on Navigating 245 Pages of Federal Administrative Rules.”  All pre-session attendees will receive a copy of Brustein & Manasevit’s “The Administrator’s Handbook on EDGAR, 3rd Edition.”  Therefore, on-site registration is limited.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

8:30 – 11:00 AM

  • WITH Forum registration: $185/registrant
  • WITHOUT Forum registration: $375/registrant

Cancellation Policy & Refunds

Attendees are responsible for payment of the registration fee even if they do not attend the Forum, unless they cancel their registration, IN WRITING, prior to October 16, 2017.  If you are cancelling your Forum attendance you must also cancel your hotel reservation (if applicable).

Hotel Accommodations

To be guaranteed a spot in the hotel you MUST book early because the hotel has limited space capacity.  The Cosmopolitan Hotel rate for our Fall Forum is $179 per night plus a resort fee of $25.  Each guest room includes complimentary internet access.  To make your reservation, click HERE or call The Cosmopolitan Hotel at (855) 435-0005 and use reference code SMANB7.  It is important to note that The Cosmopolitan Hotel requires one night’s deposit when making your reservation.

PowerPoint Presentations

All attendees will have access to electronic versions of all available PowerPoint presentations, appendices, and resources through a secure website prior to and during the Forum.  If you want to obtain a booklet including paper copies of all available presentations you MUST select that option when registering.  We will NOT provide hard copies of the booklets unless it is specifically requested on the registration form.

Continuing Professional Education Credits

Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC is an approved Continuing Professional Education (CPE) sponsor by the National Association of State Board of Accountancy (NASBA).  All professionals wishing to obtain CPE credit can obtain up to fourteen (14) Specialized Knowledge-Technical CPE credits for attending our Group-Live 2017 Fall Forum.  All attendees who attend either of the optional pre-sessions will have an opportunity to receive up to three (3) additional Specialized Knowledge-Technical CPE credits.

There is no additional charge to receive CPE credits, however, all attendees must complete all of the requirements that are listed on the NASBA letter which will be available upon registration check-in.

This Forum is for those of all levels and experience within your organization; therefore, the Program Level is ‘Overview.’  There are no pre-requisites or advanced preparation required to attend and the material presented is provided on-site.

Learning Objectives:

  • Become familiar with federal requirements/grants management systems (procurement, inventory, and financial management).
  • Understand federal education program rules as well as programmatic fiscal issues including maintenance of effort, supplement not supplant, and comparability.
  • Understand the potential consequences of audit findings and federal education program reviews.
  • Understand the internal controls that are required for federal grant eligibility.