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Techniques for Monitoring Federal Subawards, 4th Edition

OMB's uniform guidance works to reduce both administrative burden and waste, fraud and abuse while requiring performance and results. What does this mean if you are a pass-through entity and have subrecipients and contracts to monitor? It has always been your responsibility to assure federal awarding agencies that the funds you receive and pass on are spent according to the prescribed federal requirements, but now there are new expectations for pass-through entities. There's more reporting and increased monitoring, particularly for specific conditions, there’s an obligation to assess subrecipient and contractor risk, more responsibility to manage and correct findings and deficiencies for subrecipients and contractors, and, simply put, more accountability for the performance of subrecipients and contracts that will affect your own single audit. Here at Thompson, we know the ins and outs of the uniform guidance. We've updated our popular Techniques for Monitoring Federal Subawards book to offer a no-nonsense reference for the entire process, including several useful templates such as risk assessments, audit checklists, budget templates, monitoring visit form letters, sample subaward and contract agreements and so much more.

A must-have book for pass-through entities,subrecipients and contractors alike, Techniques for Monitoring Federal Subawards:

  • Clears up confusion by describing the new roles and responsibilities of both the pass-through entity and the subrecipient as well as the differences between a subrecipient and a contractor.
  • Guides subaward creation by outlining the key components, including the data elements required for a subaward agreement, regulatory and program requirements, the scope of work and budget, and administrative requirements, cost principles and audit requirements, all aligned with the provisions of the uniform guidance.
  • Presents a variety of monitoring options, including: strategies pass-through entities should consider before selecting a monitoring activity; the various tools available, including single audits or program-specific audits where applicable, agreed-upon procedures engagements, onsite visits and desk reviews; and tips about choosing the most effective strategies.
  • Keeps pass-throughs one step ahead of auditors by reviewing the aspects of monitoring procedures that auditors will test, identifying the types of findings auditors might report and offering descriptions of best practices to avoid findings.
  • Offers templates that pass-throughs need to properly monitor subrecipients that can serve as a toolkit for pre-award, post-award and audit requirements as well as revised boilerplate subaward and contract agreements, including new fixed-amount awards.
  • Prepares grant managers for future changes on the horizon, including the DATA Act.

Thompson's Grants Compliance Expert | Federal Grants Management Handbook

With the Office of Management and Budget’s ushering in the most expansive grant reform since the Single Audit Act of 1984, grant recipients must plan for a whole new set of rules. OMB’s new grants guidance alters the procedures and expectations for anyone who works with or monitors grants, but, more importantly, it shifts the focus from compliance to a new emphasis on performance. How will you stay on top of those changes so you not only adapt, but thrive?

Thompson’s Grants Compliance Expert | Federal Grants Management Handbook, the leading guide for the federal grants community since 1978, can help guide you through the process. The most comprehensive and trusted source for anyone administering federal program funds, the Handbook can show you how the new guidance impacts:

Thompson's Grants Compliance Expert | Grants Management Solutions

Thompson's Grants Compliance Expert | Grants Management Solutions breaks down the most complex and potentially confusing guidance and regulations issued by the Office of Management and Budget, the Government Accountability Office and the individual agencies, so you can take the steps needed to stay in compliance with the complicated, detailed rules that govern federal funding. Only Grants Management Solutions offers you insightful news, lessons from the field, access to our comprehensive archives of federal and state laws, and instant access to our in-house experts. Most importantly, you'll learn the ins and outs of OMB’s new grants reform guidance and stay current on enforcement practices and risk-prevention procedures — issues of particular importance as you work to understand the implications of the new requirements, including those related to:

  • financial management systems
  • procurement and property standards,
  • audit resolutions
  • time-and-effort documentation,
  • allowability, and
  • now, performance requirements for both program and finance.

With Thompson’s Grants Compliance Expert | Grants Management Solutions, you get dependable information from multiple publications so you can be confident that you comply with today’s rapidly changing grants management expectations.

Thompson's Grants Compliance Expert | Grants Management Solutions includes the following resources:

Thompson's Grants Compliance Expert | Single Audit Information Service

Thompson’s Grants Compliance Expert | Single Audit Information Service breaks down the most complex and potentially confusing single audit requirements so you can take the steps needed to stay in compliance with the complicated, detailed rules governing this federal requirement for grant recipients that expend more than $750,000 in agency funding — a threshold that has just been raised from $500,000 under new uniform grant reform guidance. But what if your organization doesn't make the audit threshold? Should you still do audits, and what would you include? Find out about the audit process, different types of audits, the most recurring audit findings that persistently cause trouble and how to avoid them.

Keep up with the changes that impact audits under OMB's new uniform grant guidance: Thompson’s Grants Compliance Expert | Single Audit Information Service — the most extensive and easy-to-use resource of its kind — keeps you abreast of the grant reform’s impact on single audit requirements by tracking every step of the process from the guidance’s roll out to agency implementation.