Charlene Taylor 
Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC 


Wednesday May 10, 2017 at 8:30 AM EDT
Friday May 12, 2017 at 12:00 PM EDT

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The Washington Hilton 
1919 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20009

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Registration Fees:

Registration Payment Categories (AFTER February 10, 2017)

Individual Registration Fee WITHOUT Pre-Session -$920

Individual Registration Fee WITH Pre-Session - $1,105

Group Registration Fee WITHOUT Pre-Session* - $875

Group Registration Fee WITH Pre-Session* - $1,060

*In order to qualify for the group rate, there must be 10 + individuals registered from the same organization AND must register on the same day. 

Hotel Information

The room rate at the Washington Hilton is $309 per night plus tax and service charges. Each guestroom includes complimentary internet access. One night's deposit and tax is required to reserve a room. To make your reservation please click the icon above or click here .

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Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC Spring 2017 Forum 

Education: The New Federalism

Washington Hilton Hotel, Washington, DC

May 10-12, 2017

On January 20th, a new President was sworn into office.  President Trump and his administration bring with them new staff and new perspectives on policy – especially regarding the place of the federal government in driving, monitoring, and enforcing accountability for federal law.  Among his first actions in office was the banning of new regulations and a 60-day hold on the implementation of any recent final regulations that had not yet gone into effect.  Agencies have also been encouraged to delay implementation of regulations and guidance further in order to evaluate their core basis in policy and law.  Furthermore, Congress is working to make it easier for the legislative branch to undo or nullify existing regulations wholesale. 

What does this mean?  Some of the regulations and guidance issued by the Obama administration – on which grantees have modeled their programs – will be eliminated, but other policy documents may remain or be modified by the incoming administration.  Are you ready for these changes?  You don’t want to go into this upcoming school year without the most up-to-date information!  Prominent policymakers have indicated that they expect to see States and districts – rather than the U.S. Department of Education – taking on a larger role in ensuring that federal programs are carried out properly.  Agency staff must be ready for these potential changes!

Further adding to the uncertainty is the fact that appropriations have not yet been finalized for the current fiscal year – and may not be settled until late this spring.  This will come at the same time that Congress is discussing whether to shift the burden of sequestration cuts in the coming years from Defense spending to non-Defense sectors like education. 

Brustein & Manasevit’s Spring Forum is the place to be for the most updated information and for answers on how to move forward!  We can help States, districts, and institutions of higher education navigate these changes as they happen and determine how best to model their own programs of enforcement and compliance as the new administration ramps up.

Please click HERE to review the Draft Agenda.  As always, please remember that the Forum agenda and speakers are subject to change.  Our Forums typically sell out in just over one month.  We urge you to register as soon as possible and reserve your room at the hotel.

To Register, please click the link below:

Forum Registration Pricing:

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT (MUST Register Before February 10, 2017): - EXPIRED

  • Individual: $880/registrant
  • Discounted Group Rate (10+ Registrants)*: $825/registrant

REGULAR REGISTRATION (Registration after February 10, 2017):

  • Individual: $920/registrant
  • Discounted Group Rate (10+ Registrants)*: $875/registrant

*In order to obtain the group rate, attendees must be from the same organization and REGISTER TOGETHER to qualify.  Additional registrants may join a pre-existing group at the initial group rate; however, the addition of new registrants to a pre-existing group will not make the group eligible for a further reduced rate, since the rate is set at the time of the initial registration.

Pre-Session Registration:

This year we are offering optional concurrent pre-sessions:  “Preparing for the Future Under ESSA” and “Breakfast with EDGAR”.  All pre-session attendees will receive a copy of Brustein & Manasevit’s “The Administrator’s Handbook on EDGAR, 3rd Edition.”  Therefore, on-site registration is limited.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017          8:30 – 11:00 AM

  • WITH Forum registration: $185/registrant
  • WITHOUT Forum registration: $375/registrant

***If you wish to cancel your registration, it must be done IN WRITING prior to April 1, 2017 to obtain a full refund.  To cancel your conference registrations, please email us.

Hotel Accommodations

To be guaranteed a spot in the hotel, you MUST book early because the hotel has limited capacity.  The Washington Hilton rate for our Spring Forum is $309/night plus tax and service charges.  Each guestroom includes complimentary internet access.  The Washington Hilton requires one night's deposit and tax to reserve a room. To make a reservation, please click here or call The Washington Hilton directly at (202) 483-3000.

PowerPoint Presentations

All attendees will have access to electronic versions of the majority of PowerPoint presentations, appendices, and resources through a secure website prior to and during the Forum.  If you want to obtain a booklet including paper copies of available PowerPoint presentations, you MUST select that option when registering.  We will NOT provide hard copies of the booklet UNLESS it is specifically requested on the registration form.

CPE Credits

Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC is an approved Continuing Professional Education (CPE) sponsor by the National Association of State Board of Accountancy (NASBA).  All professionals wishing to obtain CPE credit can obtain up to fourteen (14) Specialized Knowledge-Technical CPE credits for attending our Group-Live 2017 Spring Forum.  All attendees who attend either of the optional pre-sessions will have an opportunity to receive up to three (3) additional Specialized Knowledge-Technical CPE credits.  There is no additional charge to receive CPE credits, however, all attendees must complete all of the requirements that are listed on the NASBA letter which will be available upon registration check-in.

This Forum is for those of all levels and experience within your organization; therefore, the Program Level is ‘Overview.’  There are no pre-requisites or advanced preparation required to attend and the material presented is provided on-site.

Learning Objectives:

  • Become familiar with federal requirements/grants management systems (procurement, inventory, and financial management.
  • Understand federal education program rules as well as programmatic fiscal issues including maintenance of effort, supplement not supplant, and comparability.
  • Understand the potential consequences of audit findings and federal education program reviews.
  • Understand the internal controls that are required for federal grant eligibility.


Brustein & Manasevit is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education (CPE) on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: