Sixth Annual Head Start Fiscal Integrity Institute


  • Start: March 24, 2020 8:00 am
  • End: March 25, 2020 4:30 pm

NOTICE:  THIS EVENT HAS TRANSITIONED TO AN ONLINE ONLY EVENT BUT WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED DATES.  REGISTRANTS, PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL FOR MORE DETAILS AND ACCESS INFORMATION.

Learn the keys to financial management for Head Start and Early Head Start programs when you attend the Sixth Annual Head Start Fiscal Integrity Institute in historic New Orleans, Louisiana, on March 24-25, 2020.

Sound fiscal management remains a fundamental requirement for every successful Head Start or Early Head Start agency.  However, the rules for fiscal management and the expectations of the Office of Head Start continue to change.  These include new laws and guidance, regular updates to the Head Start monitoring protocols, and impending revisions to the Uniform Grants Guidance (also known as the OMB Super Circular), which HHS has adopted as 45 C.F.R pt. 75 (Part 75).  Stay ahead of the curve and make sure that you understand current financial management rules by attending the Sixth Annual Head Start Fiscal Integrity Institute.  When you attend this special two-day conference, you will learn about the major fiscal management requirements under the Head Start Act, Program Performance Standards, and HHS Part 75, as well as recent developments and upcoming changes affecting Head Start fiscal integrity.  The 2020 edition of the Fiscal Integrity Institute will also feature two deep-dive sessions, with one exploring internal controls and fraud prevention while the other explains procurement and property management best practices.  Register today for the Fiscal Integrity Institute in New Orleans, Louisiana, on March 24-25, 2020.

 

 

TOPICS

The Sixth Annual Fiscal Integrity Institute features an updated curriculum covering the key fiscal management issues faced by Head Start and Early Head Start agencies in 2020.  During the two-day training, you will learn about the Office of Head Start’s fiscal integrity requirements and expectations.  The topics to be discussed include:

  • Common fiscal management “red flags” and how to avoid them;
  • Changes to the Head Start fiscal monitoring protocol;
  • Recent administrative developments affecting Head Start and Early Head Start fiscal integrity;
  • Fiscal management requirements under the Head Start Act;
  • Financial management rules in the Head Start Program Performance Standards;
  • Application of the Uniform Grants Guidance (HHS Part 75) to Head Start and Early Head Start;
  • Head Start requirements for compliant fiscal management systems;
  • Allowable costs (direct and indirect) for Head Start programs;
  • Rules for procuring goods and services with Head Start funds;
  • Managing property acquired with Head Start or Early Head Start funds;
  • Establishing effective internal controls for Head Start;
  • Preventing and detecting fraud, waste, and abuse, in Head Start;
  • Audit requirements for Head Start and Early Head Start programs; and,
  • Answers to frequently asked questions about Head Start fiscal integrity.

The Fiscal Integrity Institute will address these topics and more to provide you with the information and insights needed to keep your program fiscally fit and in compliance with current requirements.  You will also have opportunities throughout the conference to get answers to your individual questions about Head Start and Early Head Start fiscal management.

AGENDA

This year’s Head Start Fiscal Integrity Institute is scheduled for March 24-25, 2020, in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The planned agenda for each day is as follows:

Day One (Tuesday, March 24, 2020)

Complete your onsite conference check-in while you enjoy a continental breakfast.

The opening session will present an overview of common fiscal management issues encountered by Head Start and Early Head Start programs.  The session will also discuss the organizational and individual consequences of failing to address these common issues.  Learn how to spot and avoid key problem areas.

Enjoy a fifteen-minute morning coffee break between sessions.

Learn about recent developments affecting Head Start and Early Head Start fiscal management.  During this session, you will explore new program guidance and initiatives from the Office of Head Start and their impact on fiscal integrity.  This session will also discuss changes to fiscal monitoring.  By attending this session, you will learn how to satisfy current Head Start requirements and expectations.

Explore the lunch scene in New Orleans during this extended ninety-minute break.  Note: You will be "on your own" for lunch.

This session will discuss the fiscal management rules and requirements that apply to Head Start and Early Head Start agencies.  The first part of this two-part session will explain requirements found in the Head Start Act and Head Start Program Performance Standards.  The discussion will then transition to an explanation of the Uniform Grants Guidance (HHS Part 75).

Enjoy a fifteen-minute refreshments break between the afternoon sessions.

The discussion of fiscal management requirements continues during the second part of this two-part session.  This session will focus on the Uniform Grants Guidance (Part 75) as applicable to Head Start and Early Head Start programs.  Topics will include fiscal management rules, budget revisions, prior approval, allowable costs, and key administrative requirements.

The Sixth Annual Head Start Fiscal Integrity Institute will adjourn for the day at 4:30 p.m.

Day Two (Wednesday, March 25, 2020)

Check into the conference for the day and then enjoy a continental breakfast.

Explore the potential for fraud, waste, and abuse, in Head Start and Early Head Start programs and the role of internal control.  This session will discuss how agencies can establish effective internal controls to identify fraud and to deter future abuse.  Real world examples will be presented to illustrate common shortcomings and schemes.

Enjoy a fifteen-minute morning coffee break between sessions.

The discussion of internal controls in preventing fraud, waste, and abuse, continues in the second half of this two-part session.  The session will explore more real world examples of fraud and abuse within Head Start and Early Head Start agencies along with how these issues could have been prevented.  Recent changes to audits will also be discussed.

Explore the lunch scene in New Orleans during this extended ninety-minute break.  Note: You will be "on your own" for lunch.

This two-part session will discuss the related topics of procurement and property management.  The first part will focus on procurement requirements for Head Start programs.  Attendees will learn the ten rules for a compliant procurement system.  Common mistakes in procuring goods and services will also be discussed.

Enjoy a fifteen-minute refreshments break between the afternoon sessions.

The explanation of procurement rules begun during the first part of this two-part session will continue.  The discussion will then transition from procurement to management of property purchased using Head Start or Early Head Start funds.  During this session, you will learn about the five key rules of property management.  You will also learn about proper disposition of grant-funded property.

The Sixth Annual Head Start Fiscal Integrity Institute will adjourn at 4:30 p.m.

OUTCOMES AND OBJECTIVES

At the Head Start Fiscal Integrity Institute, you will learn the key requirements for sound financial management of Head Start and Early Head Start agencies.  You will gain the knowledge needed to keep your program in compliance with Head Start and Early Head Start fiscal integrity rules.  By attending the Institute, you will be able to:

  • List the most common fiscal integrity issues encountered by Head Start and Early Head Start programs;
  • Outline the current Head Start monitoring protocol and its application to fiscal monitoring;
  • List the features of an acceptable fiscal management system;
  • Describe the financial management provisions in the Head Start Act and Program Performance Standards;
  • Describe the major administrative requirements under the Uniform Grants Guidance (HHS Part 75);
  • Identify the components of a compliant procurement system;
  • List the requirements for property management as they apply to Head Start and Early Head Start;
  • Describe Head Start’s requirements for effective internal controls;
  • List audit requirements specifically required for Head Start in the Single Audit Annual Compliance Supplement; and,
  • Identify common areas of fraud, waste, and abuse, and outline effective strategies to prevent these problems.

AUDIENCE

You will benefit from attending the Sixth Annual Head Start Fiscal Integrity Institute in New Orleans as an Executive Director, Fiscal Officer, Head Start or Early Head Start Director, Governing Board or Policy Council member, Procurement or Contracting Officer, or Fiscal or Head Start/Early Head Start program staff.  The experience level for this training is overview/update.  There are no prerequisites for attendance.

SPEAKER

R. Brian Tipton is a practicing attorney with more than two decade’s experience working with nonprofits and 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 charitable solutions and grant-funded organizations 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 Head Start and Early Head Start programs (as well as other grant-funded entities) 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 entities.

CONFERENCE HOTEL

The 2020 Head Start Fiscal Integrity Institute will be held at the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton New Orleans Convention Center, which is conveniently located in the heart of New Orleans. The Hampton Inn is just a block from the Riverfront and a short walk to the park, Canal Place, and the French Quarter. Rooms are available for special conference rates starting at the government per diem of $157 per night (plus tax). These special rates are available for March 23 through 26, 2020, and may be offered for additional nights subject to hotel availability. Hotel reservations can be made by calling 1-800-292-0653 or 1-504-566-9990. Please ask for the special group rate for “Head Start Training” or use the code “HST” to receive the discounted rate.  Reservations can also be made on-line by clicking here for the reservations page.  The room reservation cut-off date is February 23, 2020 (or until the block is exhausted). Because of the limited number of rooms available, please make your reservations as early as possible.

 

Registration Details

 

$399 / Early Bird
(By February 21)

 

$449 / Regular
(After February 21)