Brustein & Manasevit Spring Forum 2020

April 29-May 1, 2020

Marriott Marquis, Washington, DC

Now that it is 2020, we mark a couple of anniversaries. It was 40 years ago that the U.S. Education Department opened its doors for business (May 4, 1980). Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC was established a few weeks later to assist grantees/subgrantees on matters related to federal education grants management. Over the ensuing 40 years, we closely tracked the explosive growth of the federal investment in education grants, as well as a laser focus on accountability. We have witnessed the growing tension between compliance and performance, and the reluctance of grantees to fully embrace all the avenues of flexibility afforded by Congress and the U.S. Education Department (e.g. consolidation, waivers, blending, braiding, etc.). We have also observed the shifting sands of the successive Administrations move from aggressive enforcement/audit/monitoring to the current deregulatory climate of the DeVos Administration. 

This year’s spring forum in Washington, D.C. once again takes place at the beautiful Marriott Marquis from April 29 to May 1. The focus of the forum sessions will be on the challenges ahead for federal education grantees in light of the lessons learned over the past 40 years. Yes, compliance still matters when it comes to internal controls, written policies and procedures, procurement, indirect cost allocation, time and effort certifications, and allowability of costs, and we will explore these subjects in depth. We will focus on the recent changes to the “Green Book” (Cost Allocation Guide for State and Local Governments) relating to written policies and procedures for time and effort systems, which now must track from the time worked on a cost objective to the time it is recorded in the accounting records and charged to the federal award. In addition, we will conduct substantive break-out sessions on the latest developments on ESSA, IDEA, Perkins CTE, AEFLA, WIOA, and the impact on the postsecondary community of the soon to be enacted Higher Education Act Amendments. 

Officials from the U.S. Education Department’s Office of Inspector General, the Risk Management Service, and the U.S. Department of Justice will update attendees on recent enforcement actions, current work plans, new priorities, as well as profiling recent findings of fraud, false claims, and grantee higher risk designations. Officials from OMB will identify recent changes to the Uniform Grant Guidance, as well as recent Congressional and White House directives on data collection and FERPA privacy rights. Officials from the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education will discuss initiatives to monitor the new Perkins V and the provision of technical assistance to the field.

In response to continued demand, we will offer two EDGAR pre-sessions on the morning of April 29. One will be tailored to administrators from State Agencies and other pass-through entities, and will focus on the numerous provisions in the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA) as well as EDGAR on the full array of new responsibilities imposed on the pass-through as grant award notices are issued to sub grantees. These responsibilities include monitoring, technical assistance, and audit resolution. The second pre-session will discuss the obligations and challenges on sub grantees, including LEAs, postsecondary institutions, charters, and more non-traditional providers under AEFLA and the 21st Century Program. 

The BRUMAN team recognizes that you have a variety of professional development opportunities to consider, but with very limited resources. So why attend our spring forum in Washington D.C.? On the basis of attendee evaluations over the past 25 years, the answer is that our grants management forum is simply the best learning opportunity for administrators of federal funds. We provide cutting edge information, comprehensive updates on legislative, regulatory and funding developments, the latest on audit and monitoring initiatives, and most important, answers to all of your questions. Our forum provides the opportunity for networking with your colleagues at the federal, state, local and postsecondary level from all 50 states and the Territories. 

This forum will help you navigate the challenges ahead. We urge you to reserve your place soon because seating is limited.


As always, please remember that the Forum agenda and speakers are subject to change. Our Forums typically sell out quickly and space at the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC is limited so we urge you to register and make your room reservation at the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC as soon as possible.


Please remember that registration and payment are separate processes.  In addition, payment or submission of a purchase order is REQUIRED before you will be allowed to attend the Forum.


Payment or submission of a purchase order is REQUIRED before you will be allowed to attend the Forum.  Payment and registration are separate processes.  You must also register for the Forum.

Forum Registration Pricing


Must Register BEFORE February 16, 2020

Individual Registration Cost: $945

Discounted Group Rate (10+ Registrants)*: $900


Register AFTER February 16, 2020

Individual Registration Cost: $995

Discounted Group Rate (10+ Registrants)*: $950

*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 preexisting group at the initial group rate; however, the addition of new registrants to a preexisting group will not make the group eligible for further reduced rate, since the rate is set at the time of the initial registration.


Wednesday, April 29, 2020

8:30 AM – 11:00 AM

With Forum Registration: $225/registrant

Without Forum Registration: $425/registrant


Attendees are responsible for providing Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC with written notice of cancellation either via email, fax, or letter no later than April 3, 2020. Please note that should you cancel after the date stated in the Cancellation Policy, you must pay for any expenses we incur on your behalf. If you wish to receive a refund, and also prevent being invoiced for expenses that our firm incurred on the attendee(s) behalf, please ensure that the cancellation policy guidelines are adhered to. If you are cancelling your Forum attendance, you must also cancel your hotel reservations and any other arrangements you made in order to attend the Spring Forum 2020.

Hotel Accommodations

To be guaranteed a spot in the hotel you MUST book early because the hotel has limited space capacity. The Marriott Marquis rate for our Spring Forum is $354 plus tax and service charges per night. Each guest room includes complimentary internet access. To make your reservation, please click the button below or call The Marriott Marquis at (202) 824-9200. It is important to note that The Marriott Marquis requires one night’s deposit when making your reservation.

Marriott Marquis Washington DC

901 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001

PowerPoint Presentations

All attendees will have access to electronic versions of all PowerPoint presentations, appendices, and resources through a secure website and app prior to and during the Forum.


EDGAR Handbook

This forum, if you are interested in receiving a copy of our Administrator’s Handbook on EDGAR – 4th Edition, you may pre-order your copy while completing your registration.

*If you choose not to pre-order a copy, a limited amount will be available on-site for purchase at the cost of $35

Continuing Professional Education Credits

Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC is an approved Continuing Professional Education (CPE) sponsor by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). All professionals wishing to obtain CPE credit can obtain up to fourteen (17) Specialized Knowledge-Technical CPE credits for attending our Group-Live 2020 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 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, PLLC 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: