Navigating the OMB Super Circular in St. Louis

  • Start: April 23, 2020 8:00 am
  • End: April 24, 2020 4:30 pm


Learn about the latest developments in grants management rules that you need to know to safely navigate the OMB Super Circular when you attend this two-day conference in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 23-24, 2020.

Are you up-to-date with grants management requirements? Regardless of whether your organization is a grantee, pass-through entity, or subrecipient, you need to understand and follow the requirements of the OMB’s Uniform Grants Guidance (better known as the “OMB Super Circular”) and funding source implementing regulations.  However, navigating these requirements can be a challenge as the Super Circular continues to change.  In fact, the Office of Management and Budget recently proposed the first comprehensive revision to the Super Circular since the Uniform Guidance took effect over five years ago.  Stay current with the Super Circular’s requirements by attending this special, two-day conference from April 23 to 24, 2020, in St. Louis.  Our most popular course, “Navigating the OMB Super Circular” will explain the Uniform Guidance in detail, including the administrative requirements, cost principles, and audit standards.  When you attend, you will also learn about recent developments and pending changes to the Super Circular.  This special training conference on April 23-24, 2020, in St. Louis, Missouri, is your opportunity to learn how to better manage your grants and subawards under the Super Circular while avoiding common problem areas.



The conference curriculum for “Navigating the OMB Super Circular” has been updated for 2020 to address recent developments and proposed changes to the Uniform Grants Guidance.  During this intensive two-day conference, you will learn about the Uniform Grants Guidance and Federal implementing regulations in detail.  The topics that you will explore during the course include:

  • Changes to the OMB Super Circular (Uniform Grants Guidance);
  • Other recent developments affecting Federal grants and subawards;
  • Administrative standards under the Super Circular;
  • Procurement and property management standards;
  • Fiscal management requirements;
  • Records retention requirements;
  • Closeouts and later adjustments;
  • Funding source remedies and enforcement actions;
  • Revised cost principles;
  • Treatment of indirect and direct costs;
  • Special rules for specific items of cost;
  • Time and effort documentation for personnel costs; 
  • Prior approval requirements;
  • Internal controls for grantees and subrecipients;
  • Audit requirements under the Single Audit Act and the OMB Super Circular;
  • Differences between the Super Circular and awarding agencies’ Uniform Guidance implementing regulations;
  • Identifying and fighting fraud, waster, and abuse, in grant programs;
  • Common problems under the Uniform Grants Guidance and how to avoid them; and,
  • Answers to frequently asked questions about the OMB Super Circular.

The conference will discuss these topics and more to provide you with the information necessary to navigate the Super Circular’s major requirements as well as to update internal policies to comply with current grants management requirements.  You will also have ample opportunities over both days to ask and get answers to your individual questions about the Super Circular and Federal grants.


This St. Louis edition of the “Navigating the OMB Super Circular” training is scheduled for two days.  The planned agenda for each day is as follows:

Day One (Thursday, April 23, 20202)

Help yourself to a light breakfast while you check-in for the conference.

The first session of the conference will introduce attendees to the Uniform Grants Guidance, which is popularly called the OMB Super Circular.  Attendees will learn about the legal background underpinning Federal grants and the grants management framework established by the Super Circular.  This session will also discuss changes to the Super Circular and other recent developments affecting grants management.

Enjoy a beverage break between the morning sessions.

This session will discuss pre-award requirements as well as general requirements under the OMB Super Circular (Uniform Grants Guidance).  Attendees will learn about the process that funding sources must follow and the considerations in making an award.  This session will also examine requirements and considerations under the Super Circular in making subawards.

Have lunch during this extended, ninety minute break.  Please note that as an attendee, you will be "on your own" for lunch.

This two-part session will discuss the administrative standards under the OMB Super Circular.  These include rules for financial management, payments, budget revisions and prior approvals, property management, recordkeeping, remedies, and closeouts.  This first part of the discussion of the Super Circular's administrative standards will focus on fiscal requirements.

Enjoy a refreshments break between the afternoon sessions.

The discussion of the Super Circular's administrative standards continues.  The second part of this two-part session will focus on the non-fiscal requirements, including property management, recordkeeping, remedies, and closeouts.  The session will conclude with a question and answer period.

The conference will adjourn for the day at 4:30 p.m.

Day Two (Friday, April 24, 2020)

Check-in for the day and enjoy a light breakfast.

Specific rules govern the purchasing of goods and services with grant funds. However, failure to follow these rules can be costly for grant-funded organizations. This session explains the procurement requirements that grant-funded organizations must follow to comply with the Super Circular (Uniform Grants Guidance). Attendees will learn the right way to enter into procurement transactions using grant funds.

Enjoy a beverage break between the morning sessions.

This two-part session will explain the general cost principles as well as the cost principles governing selected items of cost under the Super Circular. The first part of the session will focus on the general cost principles. The distinction between direct and indirect costs and methods for recovering indirect costs (including indirect cost rates) will also be discussed.

Have lunch during this extended, ninety minute break. Please note that as an attendee, you will be "on your own" for lunch.

The discussion of the Super Circular's cost principles continues. The second part of this two-part session will focus on the specific items of cost. Special emphasis will be placed on those items of cost that frequently result in questioned costs and other findings.

Enjoy a refreshments break between the afternoon sessions.

The final session of the conference will examine the audit standards under the Super Circular (Uniform Grants Guidance), which implement the Single Audit Act. The role of internal controls in grant-funded organizations will also be discussed. The session will conclude with a question and answer session for attendees.

The "Navigating the OMB Super Circular" conference will adjourn at 4:30 p.m.


When you attend this two-day training conference in St. Louis, Missouri, you will learn about the grants management requirements of the OMB Super Circular and the major Federal grant awarding agencies’ implementing regulations.  After attending the conference on April 23-24, 2020, you will be able to:

  • Explain the grants management framework put in place by the OMB Super Circular (a.k.a. the Uniform Guidance or Omnicircular);
  • List recent changes to the Uniform Grants Guidance and relevant developments in grants management;
  • Outline the major administrative requirements under the Super Circular;
  • Distinguish between contractor and subrecipient relationships and identify the rules that apply to each type of relationship;
  • Outline the requirements for procurement of goods and services using grant funds;
  • List the key features of FAPIIS and related risk management requirements relative to the award and management of grants and subawards;
  • Distinguish the differences between the prior time and effort reporting requirements and the standards under the OMB Super Circular;
  • Identify the unified cost principles and explain the key differences between the current and previous cost principles; and,
  • Identify changes to Single Audit Act audits and the audit reporting and resolution process.


Both new and seasoned grants management professionals of varying specialties will benefit from attending “Navigating the OMB Super Circular” in St. Louis on April 23-24, 2020.  The instructional level for this training is overview/update.  There are no prerequisites for attendance.


R. Brian Tipton is a practicing attorney with more than two decades of experience working with nonprofits, governmental units, and other grant-funded organizations across the United States.  Currently, Brian is Managing Director with The Private Client Law Group, P.C., in Atlanta, 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 “Navigating the OMB Super Circular” training conference will be held at the Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis at the Arch in downtown St. Louis, Missouri.  Rooms are available starting at special, discounted rates of just $135 per night (plus tax), single or double occupancy.  These rates are available for April 22 through 25, 2020, and may be offered for additional nights, subject to availability.  Reservations can be made by calling the conference hotel toll free at 1-800-325-0720 and asking for the special rate for Group Number 2395836Reservations can also be made online by clicking here for the reservations page.  The hotel room reservation cut-off date is March 20, 2020 (or until the block is exhausted).  However, because of the small number of rooms available, we advise making your reservations as soon as possible.


Registration Details


$499 / Early Bird
(By March 13)


$549 / Regular
(After March 13)



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