Procurement Boot Camp 2021

  • Start: May 25, 2021 2:00 pm
  • End: May 27, 2021 4:00 pm

You asked for more procurement training, and we answered! Learn how to purchase goods and services under the revised Uniform Grants Guidance and avoid costly procurement mistakes by attending this intensive online training with an updated, focused curriculum for 2021.

When you join us for this special “Procurement Boot Camp,” you will learn about the detailed procurement standards for grant-funded organizations in the Office of Management and Budget’s Uniform Grants Guidance (also known as the “OMB Super Circular”).  The OMB recently revised the Uniform Guidance, and some of the biggest changes were to the procurement standards.  Having outdated or noncompliant procurement policies and procedures can lead to costly problems and even loss of grant funding.  Now is the time to review and update your policies, and the “Procurement Boot Camp” will explain the complexities of the OMB’s updated procurement requirements and their interactions with other key rules, such as the cost principles.  You will gain a better understanding of the procurement standards and learn how to implement a compliant procurement system as well as avoid common problems.   Register today to attend the two-part Procurement Boot Camp on May 25 & 27, 2021, and make sure you know the right way to purchase goods and services with grant funding.




Learn about the Uniform Guidance’s procurement standards in detail.  The “Procurement Boot Camp” will explain required policies, methods of procurement, contract terms, and more.  The course will also cover the OMB’s recent updates to the procurement requirements in the Uniform Guidance.  During this exclusive course, you will learn about the following topics:

  • Updated Uniform Guidance procurement standards
  • Basic procurement requirements under the Uniform Grants Guidance
  • Standards of conduct for individuals involved in procurement
  • Signs of sufficient (and insufficient) competition
  • Requirements for providing opportunities to disadvantaged businesses
  • Approved methods of procurement under the Uniform Guidance and when to use each
  • Acceptable and unacceptable types of contracts
  • Required and optional terms and conditions for procurement contracts
  • Avoiding common procurement problems under the Uniform Guidance
  • Mandatory and suggested policies and procedures under the Super Circular

You will explore these key requirements of the Uniform Guidance for purchasing goods and services with Federal grant funds over the course of the two-part training.  Each session of the online boot camp will also feature a live question and answer period.  Attendees will be able to ask their individual procurement questions.


Join your fellow grants management professionals for the “Procurement Boot Camp” this May.  For our attendees’ convenience, the Procurement Boot Camp will be presented in two parts.  The live training will be held from 2:00 until 4:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (11:00 am to 1:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time) on Tuesday, May 25, and Thursday, May 27, 2021.  In addition to the live training, paid registrants will receive free access to an on-demand recording for 30 days following each installment in the series.

This session will begin with relevant background information before discussing the basic standards for procurement found in the revised Uniform Grants Guidance (or "OMB Super Circular").  Participants will learn about required policies and procedures as well as standards for adequate competition under the Uniform Guidance.  Examples of adequate and inadequate competition will be discussed.  In addition, attendees will learn about the acceptable methods of procurement under the Uniform Guidance.

This session will build upon the basic procurement requirements discussed in the first installment of the "Procurement Boot Camp."  Attendees will learn about the required terms and conditions in grant-funded contracts as well as contracting best practices and recommended contract terms.  This session will also discuss common procurement problem areas and the steps that grant-funded organizations can take to avoid them.  Participants will learn how to identify potential issues and implement strategies to minimize the risk of noncompliance.


After completing the online boot camp, you will be able to:

  • Describe the revisions to the Uniform Guidance procurement standards
  • Outline the requirements for procurement using Federal grant funds
  • Identify required procurement policies and procedures (as well as best practices) under the Super Circular
  • List the Uniform Guidance’s five acceptable methods of procurement
  • Describe the major advantages and disadvantages of common procurement contracts
  • List the terms required under the Uniform Grants Guidance for procurement contracts
  • Describe at least three problems in procurement using grant funds and at least one strategy for overcoming each


This two-part series is recommended for all grants management professionals wanting to know more about procurement requirements under the revised OMB Uniform Guidance.  The experience level for this program is overview.  No advance preparation and no prerequisites are required to attend.


Each installment in the “Procurement Boot Camp” series is recommended for two (2) hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit in the field of specialized knowledge.  Credit is available only for the live training, and attendees will need to answer at least 8 of 10 questions asked during each live session to receive credit for that installment.  The experience level for each installment in this series is overview.  No prerequisites for attendance exist, and no advance preparation is required.


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 Kirk Private Client Law, LLC, 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.



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BONUS:  All paid registrants will receive free access for 30 days to on-demand recordings of each live session.