Spring Forum 2018

Brustein & Manasevit Spring Forum 2018

“The Yin and Yang of Federal Grants Management: How to Handle
More (Responsibilities) with Less (Dollars)”

May 9 – 11, 2018
The Washington Hilton, Washington, DC

As our attendees have stated over and over for the past 25 years, if you can attend only one professional development conference this year, then this is the one NOT to miss.  It is the opportunity to get your questions answered and network with your colleagues from all 50 states and outlying territories.

This year’s Spring Forum will include a host of federal officials from the Office of Management and Budget, the Justice Department Office of Inspector General, the USED Office of the Secretary, and the USDE Office of the Inspector General.  In addition, our Firm’s attorneys will update you on legislative, regulatory, and funding issues, as well as the myriad of programmatic issues on IDEA, ESSA, Perkins, AEFLA, and the new Higher Education Act.  There will be pre-sessions on how recent audit resolution has impacted EDGAR and the OMB Uniform Grants Guidance, and a separate pre-session on updates to ESSA.  We will have a panel of SEA, LEA, and postsecondary officials discuss their policies and procedures on audit/monitoring resolution and corrective action plans.  This is truly a conference that your agency can not afford to miss.

Please click HERE to review the Draft Agenda.  As always, please remember that the Forum agenda and speakers are subject to change.  Our Forums usually sell out so do not wait to register and reserve your room at the hotel.

To Register, please click HERE.

Forum Registration Pricing:

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT (MUST Register Before February 19, 2018):

  • Individual: $900/registrant
  • Discounted Group Rate (10+ Registrants)*: $850/registrant

REGULAR Registration (Registration After February 19, 2018):

  • Individual: $945/registrant
  • Discounted Group Rate (10+ Registrants)*: $900/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’bout Ensuring Costs are Allowable
  • Happy Hour(s) at the EDGAR Bar & Grill

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, May 9, 2018

8:30 – 11:00 AM

  • WITH Forum registration: $200/registrant
  • WITHOUT Forum registration: $395/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 April 2, 2018.  If you are canceling 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 Washington Hilton rate for our Spring Forum is $319/night.  Each guest room includes compliemntary internet access.  To make your reservation, click HERE.  It is important to note that The Washington HIlton 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 2018 Spring 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.

Brustein & Manasevit is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education (CPE) on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org