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Financial Issues in Federal Grant Management for Legal Aid

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Recorded Financial Issues in Federal Grant Management
for Legal Aid

January 24th, 25th, and 26th
Noon to 2:15 pm Eastern Time,
 each day

The recording of this event is no longer available.

Legal aid programs are receiving more federal funding than ever, creating great opportunities, but also new challenges in managing the financial aspects of multiple grants. MIE is pleased to present a training consisting of three live, virtual sessions taught by attorneys with extensive experience in federal grant management.

Day One.  January 24th  
Allowable Costs, Cost Allocation, Time and Effort Documentation, and Indirect Cost Rates
This session will cover key issues of allowable costs and cost allocation within the federal grant system. The materials will build from the fundamental nature of the “deal” that a federal grant recipient enters into with the federal government, to the nature of allowable and unallowable costs under the pertinent federal cost principles (2 C.F.R. Part 200, Subpart E), to concepts and techniques necessary for proper allocation of shared/joint costs across separate federally funded activities. The session will end with a discussion of negotiated indirect cost rate agreements and the potential for adoption of a de minimis rate in certain instances.

Day Two.  January 25th 
Federal interest, “Contracts” vs. “Subawards,” and an Overview of the Federal Procurement Standards
The first half of this session will explain the nature of “federal interest” in certain assets, including the federal interest that can arise from improvements to existing capital assets (such as through a federally funded building renovation) and the purchase of substantial information technology systems, and will address the associated use limitations and disposition requirements. The second half of this session will provide an overview of the distinction between “contracts” and “subawards” within 2 C.F.R. Part 200 (a key distinction when establishing partnerships in project performance), and an overview of “federal procurement standards” (the regulatory standards with which grant recipients must comply in competitively purchasing federally funded property and services).

Day Three.  January 26th
Subawards, Audits and Audit Resolution

The first half of this session will address key requirements and considerations related to establishing and managing subaward relationships, covering risk assessments, key subaward terms, and subrecipient monitoring and management. The second half of this session will consist of a discussion of government rights to access grantee documentation and personnel, an overview of typical audit requirements, and practical guidance regarding how to manage the audit process. The audit material will cover issues of “where audits come from,” what to expect in the course of the audit process, and typical grantee rights that are important in addressing audit findings through the audit resolution process.


Scott S. Sheffler, Partner, advises clients on matters of federal grant law, government contract law, health care, and education law, leveraging experience in each area to provide comprehensive business-oriented solutions in complex federal compliance environments.

In the area of federal grant law, Scott assists clients with the myriad requirements that apply upon acceptance of federal grant funding, including those established in the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circulars that preceded the Uniform Guidance, and program-specific statutory and regulatory funding conditions.  Scott’s representations in this area include:

  • Cost disallowance and grant termination appeals before the HHS Departmental Appeals Board;
  • Guiding clients through federal agency audits and investigations from routine audit responses, to replying to agency subpoenas, to negotiating resolution of alleged compliance failures and threatened cost disallowances;
  • Assisting clients in structuring federally funded research projects and relationships to fit their commercial and non-commercial needs; and
  • Advising clients generally on matters of federal grant and contract related compliance, including the structuring and implementation of organizational policies and procedures.

As the Firm’s Government Contracts Practice Leader, Scott advises clients on matters of both federal and District of Columbia procurement law, including contract claims, subcontract negotiations, bid protest matters, and small business regulations.

Nicole M. Bacon, Partner, Federal Grants, Litigation & Government Investigations, Health Care, and Education practice groups, Ms. Bacon has a diverse practice, representing a variety of community-based organizations, including Head Start programs and Health Centers in a wide range of issues before State and Federal courts as well as administrative bodies.

In addition to litigation services, Nicole offers her clients specialized guidance in compliance with federal grant law, including specific programmatic requirements as well as the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements of Federal Awards. She drafts and negotiates a variety of subrecipient and contractor agreements to assist her clients in complying with the federal requirements so they can better serve their communities.

Prior to joining the firm, Nicole worked as a staff attorney for almost five years with Legal Services of Northern Virginia and Rappahannock Legal Services, representing low-income clients, including Spanish speaking clients, in family law, housing, and consumer matters. Nicole continues her work with these clients pro bono, applying her litigation experience to help individuals with domestic violence matters as well as individuals facing housing issues including eviction or loss of their Section 8 housing vouchers.

Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP is a law firm of approximately 40 attorneys who have, since the firm’s founding, utilized their knowledge, experience, personal commitment and legal experience to improve the individual and collective lives of our society. FTLF is known in the legal community and by its clients for excellence, integrity, and commitment to achieving optimal outcomes for each of its clients.

For over fifty years, FTLF has represented the smallest and largest participants within the federal grant system, easing the burden of the complex compliance landscape so that our clients can focus on their missions.

From compliance advice and strategic planning to transactional counsel to audit defense and disputes with federal and state agencies, FTLF attorneys work hand-in-hand with our clients to develop and execute business-oriented solutions. 

We combine a thorough understanding of the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (“Uniform Guidance”), 2 CFR Part 200, and 45 CFR Part 75, with an appreciation for the differences in approach applied agency to agency, program to program. From community-based programs to major federal-state programs to research programs we aid our clients – large and small – in navigating the grant system as they will experience it.

In addition to legal services, FTLF offers training and education support.  A full list of current federal grant management-related offerings is available through our Learning Center at:

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MIE subscribers, single registrant: $325
Non-subscribers, single registrant: $425

MIE subscribers, 2 or more registrants:$295
Non-subscribers, 2 or more registrants: $395 

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**Registration Deadline: January 19**


Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge
Participants will earn up to 2.0 CPE credits per session

Additional Information:
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this session
Advanced Preparation: None
Program Level: Basic
Deliver Method: Group Internet Based

Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education 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:

For questions please contact Eric Mittelstadt, MIE Director of Programs,

January 24th, 2022 12:00 PM to January 26th, 2022 2:15 PM