Tuesday, May 28, 2013

What if you had access to an all-you-can-ask USAID CO Hotline?

Have 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?

Have you ever wanted to have them on speed dial to clarify regulations, explain policies and interpret clauses?

This is your chance.

My 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 subscription.

Do 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:

Day 1

            Legal Arrangements

            USAID Decision Makers

            Organization of USAID

            Assistance Instruments Types

            USAID Forward Overview

            New or Revamped Toolbox

            Fixed Obligation Grants (FOGs)

 Day 2

            Award Execution

            Post Award Orientation and Conference

            Program and Financial Management Responsibilities

 Day 3

            Procurement of Goods and Services

            Property Management

            Personnel Issues

 Day 4

            Reporting and Recordkeeping

            Suspension, Termination, USAID Enforcement, Dispute and Appeals

            Branding and Marking

            Close-outs and Audits

Day 5

            USAID Standard and Required As Applicable Provisions

            Subaward Responsibilities

            Wrap Up

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Allowable and Unallowable Costs for Non-Profits

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.