Education: The New Federalism


Brustein & Manasevit 2017 Spring Forum

May 10, 2017 – May 12, 2017

The Washington Hilton
Washington, DC

The new Congress, in conjunction with the Trump Administration, the new Betsy DeVos team at the U.S. Education Department, and the budget cutters under Mike Mulvaney at OMB, will be the architects of a substantially changed federal education grants management universe.  As this “New Federalism” unfolds over the next several months, will you be ready?  We expect to see meaningful change by the time you receive the next round of federal dollars on July 1, 2017.  Which sets of rules and guidance promulgated over the past six months will be rescinded?  What will take its place?  How will the authority from Washington devolve to the state, local, and postsecondary level?  Which funding streams will be consolidated into block grants?  What strings will be attached to these more “flexible” dollars?  What is your comfort level with the Uniform Grant Guidance (UGG) and the more recently updated policies on the UGG by the U.S. Education Department, such as time and effort certifications and indirect cost methodologies?  And are you ready for all of the substantive changes to ESSA, AEFLA, and WIOA effective July 1, 2017?  And with the likely adoption of Perkins V this spring, are you prepared for the new alignment of Perkins V with ESSA and WIOA?

The Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC’s Spring 2017 Forum at The Washington Hilton from May 10 to 12, 2017 will be the premier opportunity to equip you for what you need to know now, and going forward, under the “New Federalism.”  We will feature two concurrent Pre-Session workshops on May 10; one will cover the changes under ESSA, and the other will be a thorough walk through of the administrative and cost requirements under the UGG.  The agenda sets forth a wide array of forum sessions on legislative and funding activity, regulatory changes, and expected new initiatives.  We will be hearing from officials at OMB, Department of Justice, the U.S. Education Department, and the Office of Inspector General.

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 February 1, 2017):

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

REGULAR REGISTRATION (Registration after February 1, 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.  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 a 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:  “Preparing for the Future Under ESSA” and “Breakfast with EDGAR”.  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 10, 2017

8:30 – 11:00 AM

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


***If you wish to cancel your registration, it must be done IN WRITING prior to April 1, 2017 to obtain a full refund.  To cancel your conference registrations, please email us.

Hotel Accommodations

To be guaranteed a spot in the hotel, you MUST book early because the hotel has limited capacity.  The Washington Hilton rate for our Spring Forum is $309/night plus tax and service charges.  Each guestroom includes complimentary internet access.  To make a reservation, please click HERE or call The Washington Hilton directly at (202) 483-3000 and reference Brustein & Manasevit Spring Forum.

PowerPoint Presentations

All attendees will have access to electronic versions of the majority of 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 available PowerPoint presentations, you MUST select that option when registering.  We will NOT be providing hard copies of the booklet UNLESS it is specifically requested on the registration form.

CPE 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 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.