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Grants Training Overview

The Office of Management and Budget's (OMB's) uniform guidance has ushered in the most expansive grant reform since the Single Audit Act of 1984 - altering procedures and expectations for anyone who works with or monitors grants. This transition from a focus on compliance to a new emphasis on performance has changed the entire landscape.

Grants administrators around the country are working hard to ensure that they meet the requirements of solicitations and the terms and conditions of their award agreements under these significant requirements that go beyond traditional grants guidance and include this year's compliance supplement, the DATA Act and the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS) requirements. Plus, pass-through agencies have dual roles as recipients and grantors, complicating matters.

Now is the best time to turn to Thompson for guidance navigating this "perfect storm" of changes with relevant and comprehensive on-site training that spans the entire grant lifecycle.

Our training covers the shifting requirements for federal agencies, pass-throughs, recipients and subrecipients and addresses the most vexing challenges in grants development, management and single audits. We break down the most complex and potentially confusing guidance and regulations issued by OMB, the Council on Financial Assistance Reform (COFAR), the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Treasury and all federal grant-making agencies, so you can take the steps needed to stay in compliance with the shifting sands of complicated, detailed rules that govern federal funding.

You may be able to charge the cost of your Thompson Training to your federal grant(s).

For state agencies and other nonfederal entities, under the cost principles of the uniform guidance, there are allowable items of cost for subscriptions (§200.454.(b) and professional development (§200.472). Please check with your program director, finance officer or granting agency to ensure there is no restriction in the approved grant budget or the award documents. For federal agencies, there may be a special spending authority for the 1102 or 1109 position series that may apply, or an appropriation that would cover the costs of the onsite training. No travel would be required for federal agency personnel.

Thompson Information Services 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 addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417. Web site:

*Photo Courtesy of Puerto Rico Office of Management & Budget


Simply put, we'll help your program, compliance, finance and/or audit offices better understand the ins and outs of the full lifecycle of federal grants, including development, management and audit.


Upon completion, all participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the challenges that arise and how to address risk and integrity
  • Follow key federal guidelines, compliance regulations and legislative authorities to address echnical and program performance
  • Better prepare for upcoming federal reforms, resulting in more effective grants processes and increased accountability

What's Included?

Our standard training program includes:

Interested in training for more than 30 attendees?

Contact Sharon Pare, Account Manager, at (240) 235-0272 or