Updates to the Fiscal Rules Affecting ESSA Programs
- September 28, 2017 at 1:00 pm by Leigh Manasevit, Esq.
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Are You Prepared for Your Single Audit?
- October 11, 2017 at 1:00 pm by Leigh Manasevit, Esq.
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How to Avoid Top Perkins Monitoring Findings
How to Avoid Common Programmatic Pitfalls Under IDEA
How to Monitor Your Own System for Compliance (and Ensure Compliant Policies and Procedures)
- November 15, 2017 at 1:00 pm by Jennifer Castillo, Esq.
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- ESSA Title II Allowability (May 26, 2016)
- The new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) broadens out the allowability rules of Title II, A funds, which is now for Preparing, Training, and Recruiting High-Quality Teachers, Principals, or Other School Leaders. This webinar provides a thorough review of the changes under ESSA from its predecessor, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The webinar discusses changes to the Title II, Part A formula as well as the State leadership set-aside and state and LEA-level administrative set-aside caps. It also reviews general allowability rules at both the state and LEA-level. The webinar provides information related to the Teacher and School Leader incentive program (formerly the teacher incentive fund) under Title II, B. Finally, the webinar provides advice on how to address any transition issues related to his area of the law.
- Procurement Through Property Management: The A-Zs of Purchasing and Managing Federally Funded Property (June 9, 2016)
- This webinar covers the federal requirements for purchasing and managing equipment funded with federal grants, including conflicts of interest requirements, methods of procurement, sole sourcing limitations, changes regarding computing devices, and disposition under the updated Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR). In addition to learning the federal rules, participants will receive practical information on implementation and best practices. The webinar also covers major implementation changes that have occurred since ED’s adoption of the Uniform Grants Guidance (2 CFR Part 200) into EDGAR, including how to navigate the procurement grace period and taking advantages of the new usage flexibilities.
- Transgender and Title IX (June 10, 2016)
- News of lawsuits, enforcement notices, and the issuance of the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice’s Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students have pushed practices and policies concerning transgender students and Title IX requirements into the limelight. This webinar provides an overview of federal fund recipient’s Title IX obligations, the relationship between transgender students and Title IX and possible enforcement actions and procedural rights.
- Equitable Services Requirements Under ESSA (June 23, 2016)
- The new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) strengthens the equitable services provisions placing many new obligations on states and school districts. There are important changes with respect to how the proportional share of funds for equitable service must be calculated and spent, which topics must be discussed as part of the consultation process with private schools, what documentation must be maintained and how these requirements must be monitored and enforced. This webinar provides an overview of the equitable services changes under Title I and Title VIII. Attendees will also learn about the status of the U.S. Department of Education regulations on any of these topics and will be provided advice on how to address transition.
- How to Draft and Update Compliant Policies and Procedures (July 12, 2016)
- On December 26, 2014 the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) were updated to incorporate the requirements of the Uniform Grants Guidance (2 CFR Part 200) which included new requirements for policies and procedures. EDGAR went into effect for all federal education programs on July 1, 2015 – are you in full compliance? This webinar reviews the current requirements under Part 200 of EDGAR (Part 200 is also referred to as the Uniform Grants Guidance) that mandate policies and/or procedures. This webinar also walks through how an agency can go about updating and/or drafting their policies and procedures to ensure compliance.
- EDGAR: Part 200 Allowability Rules (including Time and Effort) (August 10, 2016)
- The allowability of federal expenditures is one of the more common, but complex, issues that grant personnel face. On December 26, 2014 the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) were updated to incorporate the requirements of the Uniform Grants Guidance (2 CFR 200). This webinar provides participants with the knowledge they need to avoid disallowances by ensuring that all federal grant expenditures are consistent with Part 200’s cost principles and selected items of cost. The course also includes a detailed discussion and practical advice on how to implement time and effort policies and procedures under Part 200’s rules.
- The New ESSA Title IV Programs (and 21st CCLC Changes) (August 25, 2016)
- The new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) makes many changes to Title IV programs, including changes to the priorities for 21st Century Community Learning Center grants and the creation of the new Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants. This webinar provides an overview of the changes to existing grants as well as the details of new programs. Attendees will also learn about the status of the U.S. Department of Education regulations and guidance on these programs and the transition process from NCLB to ESSA.
- Indirect Cost Requirements Under EDGAR (September 13, 2016)
- Whether you are a state or local educational agency, non-profit, or institution of higher education, specific requirements must be met with respect to having an indirect cost rate. When the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) were updated to incorporate the requirements of the Uniform Grants Guidance (2 CFR Part 200) the requirements for indirect cost rates changed. Do you have an unrestricted rate? A restricted rate? Both? Do you understand the difference? Are you eligible for a di minimus rate? Get the answers to what is required, what is expected when rates must be negotiated and any limitations to using an indirect cost rate.
- ESSA: An Overview of Top Changes from ESEA (September 28, 2016)
- This webinar covers the major shifts accomplished by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in contrast to the current iteration of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Top-line changes will include major programmatic shifts (for example, major changes to the format of various Title IV funding streams) as well as policy shifts (including changes to English Learner provisions). Attendees will understand the Congressional intent behind these changes, as well as how they are being carried out in regulations and policy by the U.S. Department of Education.
- How to Prepare For and Defend an Audit (October 12, 2016)
- Grant personnel are certainly busy enough without having the extra burden of getting ready for an audit or a monitoring visit. However, while an audit or monitoring is no one’s idea of a good time, knowing how to prepare for and defend against an audit or monitoring visit is one of the more important responsibilities of federal grants management. This presentation gives attendees the tools to effectively do so by walking through the audit rules under the new Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), providing practical advice on how to ensure your entity is ready for a visit, and updating participants on recent audit resolution trends learned from Brustein & Manasevit’s audit defense experience.
- OMB Compliance Supplement: How to Prepare for Single Audit of your Education Program (November 3, 2016)
- Each year the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) releases the Compliance Supplement as a guidebook for sign auditors. It includes cross-cutting compliance requirements as well as program-specific guidelines for auditors. For education programs, the Supplement covers the various fiscal requirements, including presumptions of supplanting, and program-specific requirements all grantees must follow. This is the single most useful tool in preparing for your annual single audit. This session will review the 2016 Compliance Supplement and focus major changes and issues of concern for federal education programs.
- The Intersection of Perkins, AEFLA and the WIOA: Which Costs can be Charged to Which Workforce Programs? (November 17, 2016)
- The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), and Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins) provide federal funding to help State and local areas develop programs aimed at providing career, technical and job-readiness skills necessary to compete and succeed in a global economy As a condition of federal funding, recipients must meet numerous requirements and accountability standards. There is often confusion regarding what program funds may be used for which workforce programs, particularly in light of the WIOA’s focus on providing flexibility to State and local areas to collaborate across systems and programs. This webinar will respond to timely issues on how career and technical education (CTE) providers, AEFLA recipients, and One Stop Centers can effectively use federal funds to meet program, administrative, and local infrastructure costs.
- Assessment, Accountability and Updated ESSA Regulations (January 25, 2017)
- The U.S. Department of Education has now published final regulations for assessments and accountability systems under the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This webinar will walk attendees through the requirements for accountability systems under ESSA, including how State accountability systems must be designed and when States and districts must intervene in schools. It will also cover requirements for assessments, limitations on alternate assessments, integrating assessment participation requirements into State accountability systems. Attendees will also hear thoughts from Brustein experts on what these regulations – and federal education policy – will look like under the new administration.
- Preparing for ESSA Title III (February 22, 2017)
- The new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) makes several changes to the Title III program, changes that the United States Department of Education recently aimed to clarify by recently issuing non-regulatory guidance. School districts must understand these changes in order to prepare for and implement the new law in a compliant manner. This webinar will analyze the changes to the Title III program, including changes related to fiscal issues, reporting, and accountability. Close attention will be paid to the recently issued guidance, its authority, and its impact on the Title III program. Attendees will be provided advice on how to address transition to the new law.
- Updates to Changes in ESSA Fiscal Rules (March 9, 2017)
- The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) significantly changes many of the Title I, A fiscal rules, which have been further clarified since the release of the ESSA Title 1 fiscal guidance in November 2016. Therefore, States and school districts must be prepared on how these changes will be implemented. This webinar will provide updates and an overview of the changes to ranking and serving requirements, state and LEA-level set-asides, maintenance of effort (MOE), supplement not supplant (SNS), equitable services and will review the comparability requirements. Attendees will also learn about the status of the U.S. Department of Education regulations on any of these topics and will be provided advice on how to address transition.
- ESSA State Plan Check-In: The Final Stretch (March 23, 2017)
- As the deadline approaches for States to submit their consolidated State plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), this webinar will provide a checklist to help States ensure that they are meeting all the requirements of the law in order to gain approve. In addition, the webinar will cover any guidance or preliminary feedback the U.S. Department of Education (ED) has given to States in the first few months of the new administration and any changes to regulations. Finally, the webinar will remind attendees of the standard for approval of State plans, as well as what may and may not require of States.
- Equitable Services Requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act (April 6, 2017)
- The new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) strengthens the equitable services provisions under Title I, A, placing many new obligations on states and school districts. There are important changes with respect to how the proportional share of funds for equitable service must be calculated and spent, which topics must be discussed as part of the consultation process with private schools, the duties and responsibilities of the newly created ombudsman position, what documentation must be maintained and how these requirements must be monitored and enforced. This webinar will provide an overview of these changes.
- The Buck Stops Here: Tips for Improving Your Subrecipient Monitoring (June 8, 2017)
- The vast majority of federal funds awarded to a pass-through entity are actually expended by its subrecipients. Consequently, a strong subrecipient monitoring system is necessary to minimize the pass-through entity’s exposure to liability. This presentation will provide participants with a greater understanding of the subrecipient requirements within the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements. The course will also provide participants with practical tips on to how to strengthen their subrecipient monitoring systems.
- The Confusion Caused by ED/DOL on Using Perkins, AEFLA, VR and WIOA Funds for One-Stop Infrastructure Costs (August 3, 2017)
- This webinar will discuss the various issues and controversies regarding infrastructure funding for On-Stop Centers under the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act. Unfortunately, constant flip-flopping from the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor have left this issue with some unresolved questions. This webinar will include a discussion of the statutory and regulatory requirements regarding which funds One-Stop partner programs must use to support One-Stop infrastructure, as well as a review of the different mechanisms under the law for deciding how much funding each partner program must provide.
- Overview of ESSA Updates and Recent Changes Under the Trump Administration (August 24, 2017)
- This webinar will help attendees understand the ongoing changes to Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) implementation at the U.S. Department of Education. It will also cover the changes the agency is undergoing in the Trump administration and how those changes could impact the approval of consolidated State plans, the implementation of federal policy at the State level, and federal monitoring and enforcement practices. In addition, attendees will learn about new education policy or funding initiatives that would impact ESSA programs and their likelihood of success in Congress.
- Ensuring Costs are Allowable and Utilizing Time and Effort Flexibility (September 14, 2017)
- The allowability of federal expenditures is one of the more common, but complex issues that grant personnel face. This presentation will provide participants with the knowledge to avoid disallowances by ensuring that all federal grant expenditures are consistent with the UGG’s Part 200 cost principles and selected items of cost. The course also includes a detailed discussion and practical advice on how to implement time and effort policies and procedures under Part 200 including proposed time and effort flexibilities.
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