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Webinar: Top Lessons Learned from the First Year of the Uniform Grant Guidance Implementation

Recently, many not-for-profits faced a challenging task: implementing the Cost Principles and Administrative Requirements of the Uniform Grant Guidance (Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards or UGG). Many struggled with best practice solutions for how to adapt their existing protocol for the guidance the UGG replaced, which included cost circulars such as the OMB Circular A-21, A-122, A-133 and others.

In this session, we will review the more significant changes in UGG, and Brown University will present its experiences and several lessons learned as it went through a rigorous implementation of these changes. Hear how the university planned, executed and evaluated its implementation to ensure it met its new requirements.

Whether you are a large or small organization, you will walk away from this session with best practice ideas and lessons learned to implement in your organization.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Ascertain the more significant changes in UGG.
  • Name some real world lessons from a prominent university related to its experiences with the implementation of UGG.
  • Identify the best practices for planning, execution and evaluation of UGG changes.
Michelle Spriggs

Michelle SpriggsMichelle Spriggs, CPA, MBA
Michelle is a member of MHM's Professional Standards Group providing specialty expertise with respect to not-for-profit matters, in addition to her client service responsibilities in our New England offices. Michelle concentrates her efforts on matters impacting not-for-profit organizations and OMB Circular A-133 audits. She works with numerous not-for-profit and higher education organizations providing a broad array of financial statement and compliance audit services. Prior to joining the firm, she worked for a top ten accounting firm specializing in serving not-for-profit organizations.

Marisa Schasel

Marisa SchaselMarisa Schasel, CPA
Marisa is a Managing Director in the Office of Sponsored Projects at Brown University and a 20+ year veteran in the field of sponsored projects administration with extensive experience in award management, policy and procedure review, business process analysis, system implementations and training. Marisa is also a subject matter expert on federal award compliance, including compliance with the Uniform Guidance. At Brown University, Marisa is responsible for the sponsored project post-award management and research administration systems. Key areas of her responsibility include the assessment, design and implementation of system support for institutional compliance and process efficiencies, business process redesign, and post award financial management. Development and delivery of online and in-person training in award management for department managers and support staff is an additional responsibility. Prior to joining Brown University Marisa worked in Harvard University's Office of Sponsored Projects and was responsible for sponsored system operations and cash management.


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Additional Details

Cost: No fee required.

CPE: Eligible for 1 CPE credit* in Auditing

Prerequisites: None

Who Should Attend? Executives and financial managers of not-for-profit and educational organizations

Advanced Preparation: None

Program Level: Basic

Delivery Method: Group Internet-based

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