Head Start Training from The Private Client Law Group

Training Solutions for Nonprofits and Grant-Funded Entities

Overview

A deep commitment to fiscal integrity is more important than ever to the success of every Head Start and Early Head Start agency.  Recent developments, including allegations of fiscal impropriety and implementation of the new Aligned Monitoring System 2.0 with its different approach to fiscal monitoring, mean that agencies must remain vigilant to ensure continued compliance with fiscal integrity requirements in 2018.  Aside from these developments, programs also still face challenges with the new Head Start Program Performance Standards as well as recent amendments to the OMB Uniform Grants Guidance (found in HHS Part 75) and updates to internal control and audit standards.  When you attend the Fourth Annual Head Start Fiscal Integrity Institute in New Orleans on March 1 and 2, 2018, you will find an updated curriculum focusing on hot topics and common problem areas to help you stay up-to-date and in compliance with Head Start fiscal management requirements while avoiding costly disallowances and deficiencies.

When

March 1, 2018 (Thursday)
8:00 AM CST (On-site Check-in)
8:30 AM CST (Morning Session)
11:45 AM CST (Lunch - On Your Own)
1:15 PM CST (Afternoon Session)
4:30 PM CST (Adjourn for Day)

March 2, 2018 (Friday)
8:00 AM CST (On-Site Check-in)
8:30 AM CST (Morning Session)
11:45 AM CST (Lunch - On Your Own)
1:15 PM CST (Afternoon Session)
4:30 PM CST (Adjourn)
     

Where

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton
1201 Convention Center Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70130
 

 
Driving Directions 

A special conference rate of $109 per night (plus tax) for single or double occupancy is available for February 28 through March 2, 2018. The cut-off date for the group room block is February 7, 2018, or until the room block has been exhausted.  Hotel room reservations can be made online through this special reservations page.

1-800-627-8258

Pricing

The Early Bird gets the discount. The price for this special, two-day Head Start Fiscal Integrity Institute is just $399 per person until February 7, 2018.  After February 7, 2018, the regular rate of $459 per person applies.

Registration "at the door" will not be available for the conference.  You must register in advance.

Contact

R. Brian Tipton, Esq.
The Private Client Law Group
75 Fourteenth Street, Suite 2200
Atlanta, GA 30309

404-974-3484
btipton@tpclg.com

 

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Fourth Annual Head Start Fiscal Integrity Institute 

March 1 - 2, 2018

Exclusive, Two-Day Event

Head Start and Early Head Start Fiscal Training in New Orleans

 

Effective fiscal management remains vital to the success of any Head Start or Early Head Start agency. Recent fiscal integrity issues along with changes such as implementation of the new Aligned Monitoring System 2.0 (which takes a different approach to fiscal monitoring) for 2018, the revised Program Performance Standards, and updates to the Uniform Grants Guidance, highlight the importance of fiscal management for Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Now is the time for programs to renew their commitment to fiscal integrity. By attending the Fourth Annual Head Start Fiscal Integrity Institute in New Orleans on March 1 and 2, 2018, you will not only learn how to effectively implement fiscal management requirements for Head Start and Early Head Start but also stay up-to-date on current developments affecting Head Start fiscal management, including the impact of the new Aligned Monitoring System 2.0.

This annual training features a revised and updated curriculum for 2018 with an emphasis on hot topics and common problem areas to help programs stay ahead of the curve and in compliance with fiscal integrity standards and best practices. When you attend the special two-day Fiscal Integrity Institute, you will help your Head Start or Early Head Start agency implement and maintain sound fiscal management policies that will enhance the program while also preventing costly deficiencies and disallowances. During the Institute in New Orleans, you will learn about Head Start and Early Head Start fiscal integrity issues in detail, including:

  • Identifying and avoiding common fiscal management problem areas;
  • Navigating fiscal integrity monitoring under the new Aligned Monitoring System 2.0;
  • Implementing fiscal management requirements under the revised Head Start Program Performance Standards and HHS Part 75 (the Uniform Grants Guidance);
  • Maintaining an adequate fiscal management system;
  • Developing a compliant recordkeeping system to support effective fiscal management;
  • Identifying and minimizing fraud, waste, and abuse;
  • Understanding and following rules for direct and indirect costs;
  • Complying with Head Start program income rules and fundraising guidance;
  • Meeting Head Start match requirements (including requirements related to in-kind contributions);
  • Understanding recent fiscal management guidance;
  • Documenting time and effort properly and related personnel cost issues;
  • Ensuring compliance with Head Start procurement standards and avoiding questions costs;
  • Implementing effective and sound internal controls;
  • Preparing for success under the Single Audit Act (Subpart F) and responding to issues; and,
  • Understanding and addressing the consequences of noncompliance with fiscal management requirements.

The Institute will discuss these topics and more to provide you with the critical information about Head Start and Early Head Start fiscal integrity requirements needed to ensure that your program has a sound fiscal management system and avoids problems. There will also be extensive opportunities throughout both days for you to get answers to your questions about Head Start and Early Head Start fiscal management.

AGENDA

The Fourth Annual Head Start Fiscal Integrity Institute will be held over two days (March 1 and 2, 2018) in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The planned agenda for each day is as follows:

Day One (Thursday, March 1, 2018)

8:00 A.M. On-site Conference Check-in
8:30 A.M. Session I:  Introduction to Head Start Fiscal Integrity: Key Issues and Problem Areas
10:00 A.M. Morning Break
10:15 A.M. Session II:  Fiscal Monitoring (AMS 2.0)
11:45 A.M. Lunch (On Your Own)
1:15 P.M. Session III-A:  Fiscal Management Requirements
2:45 P.M. Afternoon Break
3:00 P.M. Session III-B:  Fiscal Management Requirements (Continued)
4:30 P.M. Adjourn (Day One)

Day Two (Friday, March 2, 2018)

8:00 A.M. On-site Conference Check-in
8:30 A.M. Session IV:  Personnel Cost Issues
10:00 A.M. Morning Break
10:15 A.M. Session V:  Complying with Procurement Requirements
11:45 A.M. Lunch (On Your Own)
1:15 P.M. Session VI:  Preventing Fraud, Waste, and Abuse
2:45 P.M. Afternoon Break
3:00 P.M. Session VII: Audit Issues
4:30 P.M. Adjourn (Conference)

OUTCOMES AND OBJECTIVES

By participating in this two-day Institute, you will gain the knowledge needed to help your Head Start or Early Head Start program enhance its fiscal management and remain in compliance with fiscal integrity requirements.  After attending you will be able to:

  • Identify at least three common fiscal integrity problem areas for Head Start or Early Head Start and describe how programs can avoid these issues;
  • Distinguish between the fiscal integrity monitoring approach of the new Aligned Monitoring System 2.0 and the approach of the previous monitoring system;
  • Describe the revised Head Start Program Performance Standards and how these standards affect fiscal management;
  • Identify the major fiscal management requirements of HHS Part 75 and how these requirements apply to Head Start and Early Head Start;
  • List the requirements for acceptable match or non-Federal share;
  • Identify the rules for program income, fundraising, and unrestricted funds;
  • Describe current internal control requirements for Head Start and Early Head Start;
  • Identify the major components of an acceptable procurment process;
  • List the requirements for documentation of personnel costs for Head Start and Early Head Start agencies; and,
  • Describe the audit process for Head Start and Head Start programs under the Single Audit Act (Subpart F standards).

AUDIENCE

You will benefit from this exclusive Head Start Fiscal Integrity Institute in New Orleans whether you are 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.

REGISTRATION AND PRICING

Space at this Institute is limited.  Early Bird registration for the Head Start Fiscal Integrity Institute is just $399 per person through February 7, 2018.  Regular registration starting February 8, 2018, is just $459 per person. Cancellations before January 19, 2017, are subject to a $25 administrative fee, and all cancellations on or after January 19, 2018 (but before February 7, 2018), are subject to a $125 administrative fee.  Refunds will not be issued for cancellations on or after February 7, 2018.  In lieu of cancellation, registrants may substitute another participant from his or her organization at no charge.  Please note that the conference registration fee does not include lodging or transportation; conference participants are responsible for making their own hotel and transportation reservations. However, a special room rate has been negotiated for the conference hotel. 

Given the limited number of spaces available, at the door registration will not be available for this Institute.  You must register in advance.

HOTEL

The Institute will take place 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 $109 per night (plus tax). The special rates are available for February 28 through March 2, 2018, and may be offered for additional nights subject to hotel availability. Hotel reservations can be made by calling 1-866-311-1200 or 1-504-566-9990.  Please ask for the special group rate for "Head Start Training" or use code "HST" to receive the discounted rate.  Hotel reservations can also be made on-line by clicking here for the reservations page. The room reservation cut-off date is February 7, 2018 (or until the block is exhausted). Because of the small number of rooms available, we advise making your reservations as soon as possible.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

R. Brian Tipton is a practicing attorney with more than a 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.