Federal Procurement Institute
The Federal Procurement Institute provides specific information concerning Federal Government policies related to procurement for grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements. It is designed to be a resource for procurement professionals who purchase goods and services in support of federally sponsored programs or research.
The Federal Procurement Institute provides specific information concerning Federal Government policies related to procurements for grants, contracts and cooperative agreements. It is designed to be a resource for procurement professionals who purchases goods and services in support of federally sponsored programs or research. The Institute will focus on the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards which introduces new requirements in the procurement process for grants and cooperative agreements. The new policies were originally scheduled for implementation on December 26, 2014, universities now have additional time to comply.
As a result of this training, participants will be able to:
- Know the difference between Federal grants, contracts and cooperative agreements
- Understand and apply the Federal requirements for competition which include Micro-Purchase, Small Purchase, Sealed Bidding and Competitive Proposals
- Develop bid documents which promote competition and include required Federal terms and conditions
- Understand the basic structure of the Federal Acquisition Regulations
- Identify and mitigate conflicts of interests as defined by the Federal Government
- Recognize items that are unallowable for purchase with Federal funds
- Understand the Federal concept of reasonableness when conducting transactions
- Gain an understanding of the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards which are the applicable policies that provide guidance to Colleges and Universities receiving federal funds.
- Understand how Federal Government views “compliance”, through review of procurement related audit findings
- Apply the correct federal procurement process to any order
Review the Agenda
Attendees at this event will earn 10.5 hours of continuing education. These hours may be applied toward ISM's C.P.M. / CPSM / CPSD recertification and/or A.P.P. re-accreditation, or UPPCC's CPPO/CPPB certification or recertification program requirements.
Al Brooks, Director of Research & Major Contracts
Iowa State University (Retired)
Al Brooks, recently retired, was Procurement Contract Manager at Iowa State University (ISU). He has been with ISU since 1976 and with Purchasing since 1986. Primary responsibilities include major scientific equipment, telecommunications, research related professional services and collaborations, international contracts and agreements. Al handles most of the higher-level federal procurements at the University. While at ISU, he has developed several unique, nationally accepted, contracting processes and assisted with the creation of the Iowa Biotechnology Association’s Purchasing Cooperative. Has written several articles for NAEP as well as presented workshops at national meetings.
“FEDERAL POLICY, RESEARCH REGULATION, AND THE BEST IN THE WORLD”
David Kennedy, Vice President and Director of Costing Policy at the Council on Governmental Relations, will open the Institute with a discussion on how federal policies and regulations intersect and impact the research being conducted at colleges, universities, and nonprofit research institutions across the country. Implementation of the Procurement Standards contained in 2 CFR 200.317-326 (i.e., the Uniform Guidance) is a great example of how a new administrative requirement can have ripple affects all the way down to the laboratories in which research is being performed. Unfortunately, examples such as the Procurement Standards may be the norm, rather than the exception. Other examples will be shared during the discussion and we will conclude by pondering the bigger question: Will the U.S. research model, which has made us the world leader for the past 75 years, continue to be the model other countries aspire to?
David Kennedy, Director of Costing Policy and Studies
Council on Governmental Relations - COGR
David Kennedy is the Vice President and Director of Costing Policy at the Council on Governmental Relations. He monitors all federal financial and costing policies that affect the management of federal research programs. In his 13 years at COGR, his areas of focus have included Facilities and Administrative (F&A) cost reimbursement, implementation of the Uniform Guidance (2 CFR Part 200), Effort Reporting, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) compliance, Single Audit and Federal audit initiatives, and other related issues. Prior to joining COGR in January 2006, David worked as a consultant for 16 years, specializing in F&A reimbursement, F&A rate negotiations, and other areas of financial compliance at colleges and universities. David earned his BS in Economics from Lehigh University and his MS in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago.