Procurement Boot Camp: Virtual Edition

  • Start: June 24, 2020 9:30 am
  • End: June 24, 2020 4:45 pm

Learn the rules for purchasing goods and services with Federal grant funds and avoid common procurement problems when you attend this one-day, online “boot camp” style training on June 24, 2020, from 9:30 am to 4:45 pm Eastern Daylight Time.

The Office of Management and Budget’s Uniform Grants Guidance (also known as the “OMB Super Circular” or simply the “Uniform Guidance”) contains detailed standards for procurement by grant-funded organizations.  These standards also interact with the Super Circular’s other rules, in particular the cost principles.  Having procurement policies and procedures that are not consistent with the standards in the Uniform Guidance or simply failing to follow the Uniform Guidance can cause serious (and costly) problems for grant-funded organizations.  Unfortunately, the complexity of the procurement standards themselves and the interactions with other requirements increase the risks that a problem will occur.  However these issues can be avoided with a thorough knowledge of the procurement standards and how they apply in frequently encountered situations.  This one-day, online course will help you better understand the Super Circular’s procurement requirements, spot common issues, and implement a compliant procurement program for your organization.  Learn the right way to purchase goods and services with grant funds.  Make plans now to attend the Procurement Boot Camp: Virtual Edition on Wednesday, June 24, 2020.




The Procurement Boot Camp: Virtual Edition will explain the Uniform Guidance’s procurement standards in detail.  Learn about required policies, methods of procurement, contract terms, and more.  When you attend this special course, you will learn about the following topics:

  • Basic procurement requirements under the Uniform Grants Guidance
  • Indicators of adequate or inadequate competition
  • Standards for use of disadvantaged businesses under the OMB Super Circular
  • Approved methods of procurement under the Uniform Guidance and key differences
  • Acceptable and unacceptable types of contracts
  • Mandatory procurement contract terms and conditions
  • Avoiding common issues encountered in procurement under the Uniform Guidance
  • Required and recommended procurement policies and procedures under the Super Circular
  • Proposed changes to the procurement standards

The online boot camp will explore these key requirements of the Super Circular for purchasing goods and services with Federal grant funds.  This program will also include two dedicated questions and answer sessions.  You will have the opportunity to ask your individual questions about procurement under the Uniform Guidance.


Join us for the Procurement Boot Camp: Virtual Edition on June 24, 2020.  The program will start at 9:30 am Eastern Daylight Time (8:30 am Central Daylight Time) and will conclude at 4:45 pm Eastern Daylight Time (3:45 pm Central Daylight Time).  The Procurement Boot Camp will be presented in two parts, with a one-and-a-quarter-hour mid-day break between each part and several shorter breaks between the individual educational sessions.  Registrants will also receive complimentary access to an on-demand recording following the live webinar.

This session will discuss the basic standards for procurement found in the 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, the session will explain the Super Circular's requirements for contractor selection and management by recipients and subrecipients.

Enjoy a 15-minute break between sessions.

During this session, attendees will learn about the acceptable methods of procurement under the Uniform Guidance.  Micro-purchase and small purchase procedures and the differences between the two will be explained.  In addition, procedures for formal advertising (sealed bids), competitive proposals (requests for proposal or RFP), and noncompetitive proposals will be covered.  The session will discuss advantages and disadvantages of each method as well.  Attendees will also learn about proposed changes to the Uniform Guidance that would affect the allowable methods of procurement.

Enjoy an extended break between the morning and afternoon sessions of the Procurement Boot Camp: Virtual Edition.

In addition to including standards for how to procure goods and services, the Uniform Grants Guidance also contains requirements for the award instruments (contracts).  This session will explain the required terms and conditions in grant-funded contracts.  This session will also look at contracting best practices and recommended contract terms.  Finally, participants will learn about acceptable and unacceptable forms of contracts and the advantages and disadvantages of different types of contracts as well.

Enjoy a 15-minute break between sessions.

Many of the procurement-related issues that grant-funded issues face fall within a few broad categories.  This session will look at these common problem areas and the steps that grant-funded organizations can take to avoid them.  Participants will learn how to identify potential problems areas and how to implement strategies to minimize the risk of noncompliance with the Uniform Guidance's procurement standards.

The Procurement Boot Camp: Virtual Edition will conclude at 4:45 pm Eastern Daylight Time (3:45 pm Central Daylight Time).


After participating in the program, you will be able to:

  • Outline the standards for procurement using grant funds under the OMB Uniform Grants Guidance
  • Identify required procurement policies and procedures (as well as best practices) under the Super Circular
  • List the five acceptable methods of procurement under the Uniform Guidance
  • Describe the advantages and disadvantages of common types of procurement contracts
  • Outline the required terms for procurement contracts under the Uniform Guidance
  • Describe at least three common problems encountered in procurement using grant funds and strategies for avoiding them


The Procurement Boot Camp: Virtual Edition is recommended for all grants management professionals who want to learn more about procurement under the Uniform Guidance.  The experience level for this program is overview.  There are no prerequisites for attending, 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 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.


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Just $299



BONUS:  Each registration includes free access to an on-demand recording for 30 days following the live event.