Compliance and Best Practices Blog for USAID Grantees and Contractors.
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you ever wanted to talk to your Agreement Officer like...you were not scared a
little.... and have them answer any question that you like…. fast?
you ever wanted to have them on speed dial to clarify regulations, explain
policies and interpret clauses?
is your chance.
old friend, Jeffrey Bell, a (young) veteran of USAID Acquisition and Assistance
office has assembled a Dream Team of former USAID Contracting and Agreement
Officers, Policy Advisors and regulation writers to conduct Assistance and
Acquisition courses for us mere mortal contractors and recipients. The first one
in DC is a Basic Assistance Course on July 8-12, 2013, which will surely leave
you wanting for more and asking "what other USAID training?” The price of
the course comes with a 60 day (!!!!) all you can ask Assistance Help Desk
not miss the opportunity to attend this course, which combines the knowledge
and insight from both sides of an USAID agreement!" Sign up here: Assistance Essentials
A preview of the program below:
Organization of USAID
Assistance Instruments Types
USAID Forward Overview
New or Revamped Toolbox
Fixed Obligation Grants (FOGs)
Post Award Orientation and
Program and Financial Management
Procurement of Goods and Services
Reporting and Recordkeeping
Suspension, Termination, USAID
Enforcement, Dispute and Appeals
Branding and Marking
Close-outs and Audits
USAID Standard and Required As
Certain costs, although many are
legitimate business expenses (and deductible as expenses by the IRS), cannot be
included in pricing for federal government contracts, grants and cooperative
agreements. This does not mean that a company is not allowed to incur
these costs; it simply means the government is not willing to pay for them,
either directly or indirectly.
NGOs are required to follow the
directives of OMB
A-122 in charging project costs to federally-funded grants and contracts
(federally-sponsored agreements).OMB A-122 requires
NGOs to identify unallowable costs and exclude them from any application,
proposal, billing, or claim related to a federally-sponsored agreement.