FERPA – Are You Doing Enough?
New Title IX Guidance: What Do You Need to Know?
Allowability Under ESSA – Consolidation & Transferability
Federal Funding and Policy Updates
Equitable Services – Leveraging Funds for Maximum Impact
DATA Act – Agency Plans for Implementation
What is Allowable Under Perkins V Starting on July 1, 2019 & What Constitutes Unlawful Supplanting?
Time & Effort – Compliance vs. Flexibility
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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.
- Updates to the Fiscal Rules Affecting ESSA Programs (September 28, 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 I fiscal guidance in November 2016. This webinar will cover the changes to ranking and serving requirements, state and LEA-level set-asides, maintenance of effort (MOE), supplement not supplant (SNS), equitable services and per-pupil expenditure reporting. Attendees will also receive updates on how the U.S. Department of Education is interpreting and enforcing these changes, and will be provided practical advice on how to implement the revised requirements.
- Are You Prepared for Your Single Audit? (October 11, 2017)
- This webinar will focus on how to make sure you are prepared for your annual Single Audit, going over key requirements from the Uniform Grant Guidance, the Office of Management and Budget Compliance Supplement, and various other tools at your disposal to prepare for your Single Audit. This webinar will also discuss common audit findings and the various audit defenses that are available.
- How to Avoid Top Perkins Monitoring Findings (October 25, 2017)
- Every year the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) selects a number of states to monitor their administration of Perkins funds. And, each year Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC helps states prepare for OCTAE’s monitors. During this training, we will provide participants with the most common monitoring findings cited by OCTAE in recent years. Participants will also learn how to prepare for a monitoring visit and how to correct to any potential non-compliance in advance of the visit to avoid findings.
- How to Monitor Your Own System for Compliance (and Ensure Compliant Policies and Procedures) (November 15, 2017)
- This webinar will cover self-monitoring procedures and strong internal controls that federal recipients and subrecipients should have in place to avoid noncompliance with federal programs. This will include a discussion of required written policies and procedures, as well as review of federal standards for internal controls, and how grantees can use them to monitor their own programs.
- Federal Funding and Policy Implementation (February 14, 2018)
- This webinar offers a comprehensive update on federal funding and policy implementation to inform your current actions and future planning. We will discuss the federal funding process and projections for future federal funding, provide an update on Congress’ progress on the reauthorization of education laws, and offer insight into the Department of Education’s rulemaking process and policy implementation methods.
- Indirect Costs and ED’s New Cost Allocation Guide (February 21, 2018)
- 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 allocation changed. ED recently updated its Cost Allocation Guide with these changes and introduced new processes for obtaining indirect cost rates. This webinar will cover these updates, and address frequently asked questions on indirect cost rate development and application for state and local educational agencies, nonprofits, and institutions of higher education.
- Ensuring Allowability While Using Time and Effort Flexibility (March 14, 2018)
- Time and effort reporting often causes frustration for federal grants recipients. The changes to time and effort requirements in the Uniform Grants Guidance (2 CFR 200) provide significant flexibilities and mark a departure from six-month certifications and monthly personnel activity reports. This webinar will walk through the new changes to the time and effort requirements. 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.
- Ensuring ESSA’llowable (April 12, 2018)
- The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) significantly altered many of the Title I, A fiscal rules. Since its passage, the ESSA guidance interpreting the law keeps changing as well. So how do States and districts ensure their costs are allowable? This webinar will focus on ensuring costs are allowable while covering the major fiscal requirements including ranking and serving requirements, state and LEA-level set-asides, maintenance of effort (MOE), supplement not supplant (SNS), equitable services and per-pupil expenditure reporting.
- Test Your Knowledge on Grants Management (May 24, 2018)
- In this interactive session, you’ll have the chance to test your knowledge of federal grants management rules. We’ll cover a wide range of topics, from procurement to time and effort (and many more). Join us to show off what you know and learn new things!
- The Ombudsman: Equitable Services Under ESSA (June 7, 2018)
- This webinar will review the role of the newly created ombudsman position under ESSA Title I and Title VIII. The experiences of four state ombudsmen occupying this position will be addressed. The discussion will include: best practices, formation of cooperative relationships, timelines and documentation for consultation, complaint procedures, and monitoring.
- School Safety: Using Federal Funds in the Aftermath of Parkland and Santa Fe (June 21, 2018)
- Recently, the White House announced various initiatives focused on school safety. Unfortunately, these announcements and subsequent press releases have caused confusion regarding what funding is available and what such funds can be used for. Tune in to our new school safety webinar and you’ll hear what federal resources are available from existing Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) funding streams, as well as new federal dollars appropriated in response to the school shootings in Parkland, Florida and other cities across the United States. The webinar will also cover the recent activities of the Federal Commission on School Safety and discuss what to expect from that Commission – and the administration – in the coming months. Finally, attendees will hear about areas of caution when discussing school safety initiatives, plans, and options. The information will focus primarily on K-12 schools and funding streams, but information on the Commission and federal debate more broadly will be applicable to institutions of higher education as well.
- Serving English Learners (July 18, 2018)
- When it comes to serving English Learners, there are various federal programs that can provide funding, but that also means there are various programs that have specific requirements. This webinar will review the civil rights requirements related to serving English Learners that are prerequisites to the receipt of federal funds as well as allowable uses of ESEA Title I, Title III, IDEA, Perkins, and Adult Education funds for serving this student population.
- Blending & Braiding: How to Consolidate and Coordinate (July 25, 2018)
- As available resources become increasingly sparse, maximizing the use of available funding is key to implementing successful programs. Certain federal programs allow for consolidation of various funding streams. Even without authority to consolidate, grantees and subrecipients should also consider ways to use available funds in conjunction with other funding streams to avoid redundancy and unnecessary duplication. This webinar explains the blending and branding of federal funds, focusing on the processes required to blend and/or braid the funds. Finally, it will explore the benefits available by taking advantage of these flexibilities.
- ESSA Title IV – Chopping the Block Grant & After School Programs (August 8, 2018)
- When the Every Student Succeeds Act was approved in December of 2015, there has been a great deal of focus on the changes to Title I. However, the newest program with the greatest flexibility was created under Part A of Title IV. This new block grant provides grantees and subgrantees with the flexibility to use federal funds for activities leading to a well-rounded education, safe and healthy schools, and technological activities. Since 2015, the U.S. Department of Education has changed directions on the percentages of the grant that must be spent on different activities, giving states free reign to design programs as needed. Unfortunately, Congress has yet to fund the block grant at it full levels, and are even considering cutting funding for other Title IV programs, such as the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program. This session will discuss the latest updated on the major Title IV programs, including how future grants will be implemented.
- Closing Out Your Federal Program (August 21, 2018)
- While there are many rules and requirements related to implementation of federal programs, most grantees and subrecipients focus on what is required to receive and expend funds rather than worry about what is necessary to close a federal award. This webinar will focus on issues such as document retention, final reporting requirements, disposition of equipment and supplies, and other concerns when programs end. While such concerns will focus on multi-year discretionary programs like 21st Century, many of these issues also impact annual formula awards like Title I, Perkins, IDEA, and Adult Education.
- Perkins V: Where We Are & Where We’re Going (September 12, 2018)
- On July 25, 2018, in a surprise move, the House approved the entire Senate bill without change. Unfortunately, the Senate bill provided less flexibility than the House version adopted last year. Our webinar on Perkins V will track all of the substantive changes from the current law to the new law. Transition Plans will take effect on July 1, 2019. So much needs to be done between now and the time the State submits its Plan to OCTAE, and the locals submit their plans and local needs assessment to the State (as to how federal funds will be used to reduce the gaps in the state determined levels of performance). The accountability provisions have changed, as well as the definition of CTE, programs of study, and special populations. Where will the resources come from to support the new stakeholder input on accountability? Will LEAs and colleges receive less funding due to the reserve increase to 15%? What are the new mandates on reserve funds? Is there more flexibility on the use of CTE funds for CTSO activities? How will the new foundation formula impact states with reduced population counts? You’ll get the answers to these and other questions in this webinar.
- Federal Reporting: What Happened to the Data Act? (September 26, 2018)
- During the final years of the Bush Administration, and throughout the 8 years under the Obama White House, federal reporting requirements became of the utmost importance. Between the Sec. 1512 reporting under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Federal Founding Accountability & Transparency Act, and the performance reporting requirements under the Uniform Grant Guidance, grantees and subrecipients have been inundated with data and reporting concerns for the better part of the last decade. Congress expanded this process with passage of the DATA Act, which called on federal agencies to create expanded, uniform reporting for federal grant funds. Up to now, the focus has been on federal reporting by the agencies themselves, but the legislation called for expansion out to those expending federal funds under various programs. Over the course of the next two years, non-federal entities are likely to find themselves with new reporting requirements on all funds spent under a federal program. This webinar will discuss the requirements of the DATA Act, the actions the federal agencies have taken over the last few year, and what grantees should expect in the coming year.
- Preparing for Audits & Monitoring Visits (October 11, 2018)
- Every year, any non-federal entity that expends $750,000 or more in federal funds must have a Single Audit. Additional, federal program offices will visit States and subrecipients to monitor their implementation federal programs. While monitoring and audits are governed by different sets of rules, they follow similar processes. Know hoe your programs will be audited and monitored can help your non-federal entity prepare for such visits and have corrective actions in place before these reviews even begin. This webinar will discuss techniques for preparing for, participating in, and following up on audits and monitoring visits.
- Crafting Compliant Policies & Procedures (October 24, 2018)
- The single strongest internal control a non-federal entity can have is compliant policies and procedures that clearly lay out the processes that a grantee will follow in expending federal funds. While the Uniform Grant Guidance has specific requirements for written procedures, and manual drafted by a non-federal entity will be specific to how that entity carries out its federal awards. This session will focus on key areas where procedures are required, the types of issues these procedures should cover, and how grantees can use these procedures to avoid unnecessary risks of noncompliance with a federal award.
- Subrecipient Monitoring: What & How (November 7, 2018)
- When Pass-Through entities receive funds from the federal government, they have very specific responsibilities for subawarding those funds to eligible subrecipients. Once those funds are awarded, pass-though entities are required to monitor how their subrecipients implement the federal award. The Uniform Grant Guidance mandates what information pass-through agencies must provide to subrecipients, and offers guidance for how those pass-through entities should monitoring subrecipients progress, assess subrecipient risk of noncompliance and suggests specific conditions that can be placed on subawards. This webinar will discuss those requirements and offer tips for meeting those requirements.
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