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Federal Grants: Post-Award Compliance Requirements to Consider When Drafting the Grant Application

This presentation will offer an overview of key federal grant management compliance requirements that must be taken into consideration when preparing a federal grant proposal, from the narrative to the budget.  Attorney Scott Sheffler, a partner with Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP ("FTLF"), will provide a combination of lecture and interactive discussion on critical post-award requirements that impact proposal writing strategies for federal grant opportunities.  Issues addressed will include: (i) government-wide standards on required policies and procedures for federal grant recipients; (ii) budget flexibility (and potential inflexibility) during performance, (iii) key prior approval requirements; (iv) procurement requirements (and associated impact on project timelines), and (v) federal interest and property management requirements impacting federally funded property.  When grant writers know these rules, they can begin the process of mitigating performance risk on a federal award before the proposal is even submitted.

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand key post-award requirements that impact budgeting and "scope of project" strategies in the grant writing process;
2. Discuss strategies for avoiding key risks and leveraging key flexibilities in the federal award compliance framework; and
3. Compare and consider common risk areas in various types of federal grant projects: research, service delivery, and construction/renovation.

GPC Competencies Addressed:
How to craft, construct, and submit an effective grant application 
Strategies for effective program and project design and development 
Post-award grant management practices sufficient to inform effective grant design and development 

A Partner with FTLF in the Federal Grants and Health Law practice groups, Scott advises clients on matters of federal grant law, government contract law, and health care law.  Scott assists clients with the myriad requirements that apply upon acceptance of federal grant funding, including, but not limited to, the administrative requirements and cost principles established in the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance).