Federal Grant Summit 2023

  • Start: March 1, 2023 8:00 am
  • End: March 3, 2023 11:45 am

The Federal Grant Summit returns with a special in-person edition for 2023.  Learn how to manage your grant awards and stay in compliance with current requirements while avoiding common grants management pitfalls when you attend the Federal Grant Summit in San Diego on March 1-3, 2023.

The Federal Grant Summit is back with a new and expanded agenda.  This year, the Summit will feature post-award compliance training as well as a special focus on fraud prevention.  You will learn about the major administrative requirements under the OMB’s Uniform Grants Guidance during a special, two-part opening session.  You will also learn about how to detect and prevent potential fraud, implement effective internal controls, and avoid problems under the False Claims Act, during the second day of the conference with its “focus on fraud” theme.  In addition, the Federal Grant Summit will look at issues related to construction and infrastructure projects, preparing for a successful audit, and procurement requirements for grant-funded programs.  This exclusive event will offer three days of lively and memorable grants management training.

When you attend the Federal Grant Summit, you will also have the opportunity to connect with fellow grants management professionals in a collegial and inclusive environment.  Make your plans now to join your colleagues at the Federal Grant Summit in San Diego, California, on March 1-3, 2023.  Save your spot and register for the conference today!




The Federal Grant Summit 2023 has a special focus on fraud prevention, but you will also learn about the fundamental requirements for managing Federal awards and subawards.  Our agenda features sessions discussing the Uniform Grants Guidance, construction and infrastructure projects, internal controls, fraud and embezzlement, the Single Audit Act, and procurement.  During this special training, you will learn about the following:

  • Key grants management requirements under the Uniform Grants Guidance
  • Recent developments and changes to the Uniform Guidance
  • Compliance with the Davis-Bacon Act and other wage and hour laws
  • Common pitfalls with construction and infrastructure projects
  • Avoiding problems and potential liability under the False Claims Act
  • Implementing effective internal controls for your organization
  • Identifying and deterring potential fraud and embezzlement
  • Defining and investigating “Pink Collar Criminals”
  • Preparing for successful Single Audit Act audits
  • Properly purchasing goods and services with Federal funds

The Federal Grant Summit will cover these important topics and more to provide you with the information needed to manage your grants and other Federal awards in 2023.  In addition, you will also have multiple opportunities throughout the Summit to get answers to your individual grants management questions from our expert faculty.


The Federal Grant Summit 2023 is scheduled for March 1-3, 2023, in beautiful San Diego, California.  Enjoy three days of entertaining and informative sessions.  The planned agenda for each day of the conference is as follows:

Day One (Wednesday, March 1, 2023)

for the first day of the Federal Grant Summit.

The basic requirements for managing most Federal awards are found in the Office of Management and Budget's Uniform Grants Guidance.  Make sure that you understand these important rules and that your organization is in compliance with current grants management requirements by attending the conference's opening session.  Attorney Brian Tipton will explain key compliance provisions of the Uniform Guidance along with recent changes.

This session will begin by exploring the background and application of the Uniform Grants Guidance.  Then, you will learn about key definitions and pre-award considerations.  Next, you will learn about rules for administering awards, charging costs to your Federal grants,  and other after-the-award requirements.  Following this session, you will be able to identify and outline the major requirements for managing grants under the Uniform Guidance.

Enjoy a 15-minute coffee break between the morning sessions.

This session will discuss prevention and detection of fraud in Federal grants for Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Projects as well as the role of the Inspector General community.  We will begin with a brief introduction to the Council of Inspectors General for Integrity and Efficiency’s (CIGIE) Working Group for Infrastructure Oversight.  The discussion will include the CIGIE’s outreach efforts to communicate, coordinate, and collaborate with State, local, and tribal governments.

However, we will spend the bulk of our time focused on fraud in Federal Grants.  Attendees will learn about key risk indicators for fraud.  We will also discuss several case studies examining Federal grant fraud.  The discussion will conclude with a look at lessons learned and grant fraud prevention techniques.  After attending this session, you will be able to identify signs of potential grant fraud as well as strategies for preventing fraud.

Enjoy a 75-minute lunch break to explore the San Diego lunch scene between our morning and afternoon sessions.  Attendees will be on their own for lunch.

The Davis-Bacon Act is incorporated into many Federal grant programs through over sixty related acts.  During this session, you will learn about the requirements of the Davis-Bacon Act from a project owner's perspective.  You will also learn about related wage and hour and prevailing wage issues common to facilities projects involving grant-funded organizations.  Following this session, you will be able to list the major requirements of the Davis-Bacon Act.

Enjoy a 15-minute break between the afternoon sessions.

Construction and infrastructure projects can present special challenges, and grant funding often complicates those potential problems while adding new challenges. This session will discuss governmental and grant-funded projects with an emphasis on common areas of dispute and contractual issues. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will also be examined. After attending this session, you will be able to identify potential issues in common construction contract clauses and describe at least two mitigation strategies to avoid project pitfalls.

The first day of the Federal Grant Summit will conclude at 4:15 pm on March 1, 2023.

Day Two (Thursday, March 2, 2023)

for the second day of the Federal Grant Summit.

Fighting fraud, waste, and abuse, is an ongoing effort for Federal funding sources.  One of the oldest and most important weapons that the Federal government has in this fight is the False Claims Act.  During this session, attorneys Joe Dinardo and Steve Reams will explain what grant-funded organizations need to know to avoid problems under the False Claims Act.  You will learn about the Federal False Claims Act and its history, enforcement mechanisms (including qui tam lawsuits), and penalties.  Your will also learns about recent cases and legal developments involving the False Claims Act.  Following this session, attendees will be able to list the elements of a false claim, describe the consequences of violating the False Claims Act, and identify strategies for preventing false claims and minimizing liability.

Enjoy a 15-minute coffee break between the morning sessions.

Recipients and subrecipients of Federal grants and cooperative agreements are required to implement effective internal controls, but how do organizations ensure that they have met this requirement?  Join accountant and auditor Keith Hundley for a detailed discussion of internal controls for Federal financial assistance recipients and subrecipients.  During this session, you will learn about effective internal control structures, areas of internal control posing the greatest risks, and ways to strengthen your organization's controls.  After attending this session, you will be able to describe common internal controls that recipients and subrecipients should consider adopting and identify the most frequently encountered internal control weaknesses to be avoided.

Enjoy a 75-minute break between the morning and afternoon sessions to explore San Diego's lunch scene.  Attendees will be on their own for lunch.

Why do good people make bad decisions? This ethics presentation will change your ideas of how honest people behave.  Using behavioral economics (think Dan Ariely and Richard Thaler), neuroscience, and videos, this interactive presentation will have you rethinking what you thought you knew about people.  Attend "Honestly Dishonest" with Certified Fraud Examiner Kelly Paxton and learn:

  • How important Tone at the Top is for any size organization
  • How inexpensive or free tweaks may deter fraud
  • How people justify their behavior and look at themselves at the end of the day
  • How money can be replaced but trust is much more difficult to regain

Enjoy a 15-minute break between the afternoon sessions.

Embezzlement is the crime that every business, nonprofit, and government agency worries about.  Protecting assets is a top priority.  The loss of money is devastating.  However, what is worse is the loss of time which is unrecoverable and the loss of trust which takes the biggest toll. 

When embezzlement happens it is often committed by a long-term, trusted employee.  They have worked side by side with you for potentially years or even decades.  Often, they are part of the family.  These embezzlers live amongst us.  This crime is the relatable crime because most everyone knows some organization or person that has been affected by embezzlement.

Join renowned Pink Collar Crime expert Kelly Paxton to understand this growing demographic.  Kelly will show you what to look for in your organization to make sure your most trusted employee is not a Pink Collar Criminal.  Attend "Catch Me If You Can" and learn:

  • What is the difference between White Collar Crime and Pink Collar Crime?
  • Why is Pink Collar Crime growing?
  • Who is the “typical” Pink Collar Criminal?
  • How to identify “pink flags”
  • Tips and tricks for investigating and interviewing a Pink Collar Criminal 

The second day of the conference will conclude at 5:00 pm on March 2, 2023.

Day Three (Friday, March 3, 2023)

for the last day of the Federal Grant Summit.

Audits are often stressful events for grant-funded organizations, but they need not be.  Join Certified Public Accountant and auditor Keith Hundley for a discussion of the Single Audit Act and the audit process for Federal grantees and subrecipients.  When you attend this workshop, you will learn how to plan for a successful single audit and work more productively with your auditor.  You will also learn about common audit findings and how to respond to audit reports. Following this session, you will be able to identify the requirements for a compliant single audit and list at least three strategies for a successful audit experience.

Enjoy a 15-minute coffee break between the morning sessions.

Most Federal financial assistance recipients and subrecipients purchase at least some goods and services using their Federal awards.  However, improper procurement transactions represent one of the most common findings for grant-funded organizations.  During this session, attorney Brian Tipton will explain the essential rules for making purchases with grant funds as well as current best practices.  You will learn about the most common procurement problems and how your organization can avoid them.  After attending this session, you will be able to outline the procurement standards for recipients of Federal financial assistance under the OMB's Uniform Grants Guidance.

The Federal Grant Summit 2023 will conclude at 11:45 am on March 3, 2023.


When you attend the Federal Grant Summit, you will learn about complying with the Uniform Grants Guidance as well as preventing fraud, waste, and abuse, in your Federally funded programs.  After attending this year’s Summit, you will be able to:

  • Outline post-award administrative requirements under the Uniform Grants Guidance
  • List at least three recent developments affecting Federal grants management
  • Identify the requirements of the Davis-Bacon Act
  • Identify behavior that may violate the Federal False Claims Act
  • List at least five pitfalls for construction and infrastructure projects
  • List at least five common internal controls for grant-funded entities
  • Identify warning signs of fraud, waste, and abuse
  • Distinguish between “white collar” and “pink collar” crime
  • Identify requirements for an acceptable Single Audit Act audit
  • List the Uniform Guidance’s standards for purchases of goods and services


The Federal Grant Summit 2023 is intended for all members of the grant-funded community.  This includes governing body and advisory council members, officers, executives, managers, fiscal staff, program staff, and other grants management professionals.  The complete course is recommended for a total of 17 hours of CPE in the field of specialized knowledge.  The experience level for this training is overview.  No specific educational background is required.  No prerequisites are required for attendance, and advance preparation is not required.


As the Assistant Inspector General for Special Review and Evaluation, Paul H. Bergstrand provides executive leadership over evaluations of the Environmental Protection Agency’s programs and administrative investigations of senior employee misconduct and whistleblower retaliation. He oversees over 60 staff in Washington, DC, and in the EPA’s regional offices, including a new directorate focused on oversight of the EPA’s use of Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act funds.

Before joining the EPA in August 2021, he served as the director of the Program Evaluations Division at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General. There, he oversaw evaluations of HUD programs, including those focused on properties near contaminated sites, troubled public housing authorities, and conditions at residential care facilities.

Prior to working at HUD OIG, he was a lead inspector at the Department of Homeland Security OIG. There, he led auditors, investigators, and evaluators during several high-profile projects, including evaluations of security breaches at the McNamara Federal Building and the White House, and the U.S. Secret Service’s response to employee misconduct.

Mr. Bergstrand began his public service career in 2005 as an analyst at the Office of Government Ethics, where he led reviews of ethics programs, trained ethics officials, and briefed international delegations on the United States’ anti-corruption efforts. Ethics programs he reviewed included those from the Departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture.

Mr. Bergstrand has received recognition throughout his federal career. In 2019, 2020, and 2021, evaluations he oversaw received awards for excellence from the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency. In 2021, he was also recognized with an award for excellence from CIGIE as part of a cross-agency working group that revised the quality standards for inspection and evaluation. At the DHS OIG, his team received an award for excellence for their evaluation of the Secret Service’s efforts to identify, mitigate, and address instances of misconduct and inappropriate behavior. Finally, he received the Bayless Manning Award in recognition of innovation and independent creativity from the OGE.

Mr. Bergstrand is a native of Illinois and graduated cum laude from Western Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in political science.

Ken Dieffenbach has served as the Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Investigations at the Department of Energy OIG since July 2021. Ken began his federal law enforcement career in 1996 when he was credentialed as a special agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI). During his over six years with AFOSI, he conducted numerous general crime, major procurement fraud, and counterintelligence investigations and protective services operations related to U.S. Air Force personnel and resources.

In 2003, Ken joined the U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General’s Fraud Detection Office where he served as a special agent, senior special agent, assistant special agent in charge, and special agent in charge as well as the deputy director of the OIG’s Office of Data Analytics. While with the Department of Justice, Ken led and oversaw hundreds of complex and sensitive investigations including procurement and grant fraud, ethics violations by senior DOJ employees, classified programs, and public corruption related to the Department of Justice’s over 115,000 employees and worldwide operations. For approximately ten years he has served as an adjunct instructor at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center's Grant Fraud Investigations Training Program and is a sought after public speaker. For almost ten years Ken coordinated DOJ's Grant Fraud Working Group where he grew participation from a dozen individuals to over 500 from dozens of federal agencies. In 2017, his work related to the racketeering conspiracy trial convictions of U.S. Representative Chaka Fattah and others was recognized with the Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award.

Ken has been a Certified Fraud Examiner since 1999 and in 2019, he was elected as a Regent for the 85,000+ member Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. In 2020 he was elected as Regent Chair.

Ken is a graduate of the Citadel in Charleston South Carolina and holds a graduate degree in criminal justice from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Joseph J. Dinardo is a partner based in Smith, Currie & Hancock’s Atlanta office.  Joe’s practice focuses mainly on construction disputes, lien prosecution and defense, contracts, commercial litigation, labor law, and collections. 

Joe graduated from Emory University School of Law (LL.M. Degree in International Business Transactions, 2000); Central European University (Semester Abroad Program in Budapest, Hungary through Emory University School of Law, LL.M. Program, 1999); Cumberland School of Law (J.D., 1999), where he was Casenote Editor of the Cumberland Law Review; and Palm Beach Atlantic University (B.S. Biology and Chemistry, Summa Cum Laude, 1995).  Joe is a member of the Georgia State Bar (2000) and admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Georgia (2002).  In addition, he is licensed to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office (Patent Bar 2001).

Joe currently serves on the Associated Builders and Contractors of Georgia’s (ABC) Management Education Committee and is involved with the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA).  He also takes part in missions work in Central America, North Africa, and Europe.

Keith Hundley is a CPA and partner with Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC (CRI), and has over twenty years of experience in private industry and public accounting.  Keith is a part of the firm’s governmental services and nonprofit practice recognized throughout the South for its knowledge of auditing standards and business practices.  Keith specializes in providing audit, tax and consulting services to nonprofits, as well as federal, state and local governments.  Keith regularly serves as a continuing education leader for CRI as well as a certified facilitator in the CRI Leadership Academy.  Keith is an active member in the American Institute of Certified Accountants (AICPA) and the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants (ASCPA), and is a 2011 inductee to the Troy University Accounting Hall of Honor.

Kelly Paxton has more than 20 years of investigative experience. Kelly is a Certified Fraud Examiner, Private Investigator, author, and podcast host-founder of Great Women in Fraud.

Ms. Paxton started her career in law enforcement as a Special Agent for US Customs Office of Investigations in 1993. Ms. Paxton was recruited by US Customs for her expertise in finance. She worked white collar fraud, money laundering and narcotics cases. She also was responsible for the district’s undercover operations and financial reporting of these operations. Kelly worked as a contract investigator doing over 1000 security background investigations for the Office of Personnel Management and Department of Homeland Security.

Kelly has worked in the public and private sector. Most recently she worked as an investigator for Nike. Her investigations include embezzlement, conflict of interest, intellectual property, Open Source Intelligence and fraud. Kelly is also the proud owner of pinkcollarcrime.com, a passion of hers about embezzlers in the workplace. She founded Great Women in Fraud in August 2020. Her book, Embezzlement: How to Prevent, Detect and Investigate Pink-Collar Crime, was published in December 2020.

Stephen M. Reams is a Partner in the Atlanta office of Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP.  Steve concentrates his practice on construction law and commercial litigation.  He represents owners, developers, general contractors, and subcontractors in state and federal court and in alternative dispute resolution processes throughout the United States.  His practice also includes drafting and negotiating construction and design contracts and advising parties during projects.  Steve has counseled clients on numerous projects involving retail malls, professional sports stadiums, public housing, hotels, condominiums, medical facilities, government contracts, schools and Native American tribal lands.  He also has extensive knowledge of alternative project delivery methods such as design-build, P-3, and multi-party agreements.

Steve received his law degree from the University of Notre Dame, where he participated in the year-long Concannon Programme of International Law in London England.  He earned his undergraduate degree from Centre College in Kentucky.  Steve played four years of NCAA football while studying at Centre College.

R. Brian Tipton is a practicing attorney with more than two decades' worth of experience working with nonprofits, governmental units, and other grant-funded organizations across the United States.  Currently, Brian is Managing Director with Tipton KPCL Law, in Atlanta, Georgia, where he heads the firm's tax-exempt and grant-funded solutions practice.  He is a summa cum laude graduate of the Louisiana State University and the Cumberland School of Law of Samford University.  Brian regularly represents grant-funded entities of all types in the areas of regulatory compliance, audits, funding source disputes, administrative appeals, and litigation.  Brian also consults with organizations on governance, human resources, programmatic, and corporate matters, and develops and presents training programs for nonprofits and grant-funded organizations.


The conference will will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton San Diego Bay Downtown.  In addition to its convenient location near the City Center, Gaslamp Quarter, and Balboa Park, the Embassy Suites features a free made-to-order breakfast for all hotel guests.  Rooms are available for special conference rates starting at just $181 per night (plus applicable tax and a $25 daily destination charge that is offset with a $25 daily food and beverage credit).  These special rates are available for February 28 through March 3, 2023, and may be offered for additional nights subject to hotel availability.  Rooms can be booked by calling the hotel’s reservations line at 1-800-EMBASSY.  Please ask the agent for the specialFederal Grant Summit group rate to receive the discount.  In addition, you can book your room online by clicking on this hotel reservations link.  The room reservation cut-off date is January 28, 2023 (or until the block is exhausted).  Because of the limited number of rooms available, we advise making your reservations as soon as possible.

Registration Details


$549 / Early Bird
(By December 31)


$599 / Regular
(After December 31)



Just click the “REGISTER” button to register for the Summit.  Please note that the cancellation deadline for the conference is 5:00 pm EST on January 27, 2023.