What is an allowable cost? What procedures do I need to follow when purchasing equipment with USAID money? How much can I revise my budget without having to go to USAID for approval? How long should I retain records? What are the most common audit findings and how can I avoid being written up by my auditors?
The plethora of rules and regulations associated with the management of government grants and cooperative agreements by US NGOs is a source of regular and continuing frustration to those on the receiving end. Sorting out what is required, by whom, and when, is made even more complicated by the fact that the rules seem to be constantly changing and/or subject to differing interpretation. The situation usually means that authoritative answers are hard to find.
The workshop will give US NGO participants a good sense of the issues they confront when dealing with USAID. Our emphasis will be on USAID funding under assistance instruments - grants and cooperative agreements, but the workshop should be worthwhile for organizations receiving funding from other federal agencies as well. This workshop will provide an excellent opportunity to update agencies on what is happening with the key OMB Circulars affecting US NGOs. Participants will be encouraged to raise problems they are having and to ask questions that will help them clarify their thinking.
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