OMB's "Super Circular": Implementation Essentials for Senior NGO Leaders

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OMB's "Super Circular": Implementation Essentials for Senior NGO Leaders

March 28, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:30pm


Language: English

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One registration enrolls you in two live webinars on March 28 and April 11, beginning at 11 a.m. EDT, each running for 90 minutes. You will receive access links and reminders directly from GoToWebinar before each session.

This series is designed to help senior leaders understand how agencies such as USAID, the State Department, and CDC are implementing OMB grant reform (i.e., the Super Circular) and what that means for your major decision making and future planning.

The regulation known as the Super Circular has been in effect since December 26, 2014, but its impact on US government grants and cooperative agreements is just now being felt. When the US Office of Management and Budget (OMB) set out to overhaul the requirements for managing federal assistance awards, it was looking to harmonize and simplify them and apply them to all federal agencies and all types of recipients and subrecipients. While it’s an open question whether they have achieved those objectives, one thing is certain—senior managers of organizations that receive federal funds (like many members of InsideNGO) need to approach the requirements from a position of knowledge and strength.

This webinar series is designed to help senior leaders gain an understanding of key new and revised requirements, with emphasis on implementation by federal agencies such as USAID, the State Department, and the Centers for Disease Control that fund the bulk of US Government-supported international projects. Using a roadmap through the new rules, here’s what is on tap during these sessions:


  • Post-award management—What are the real noncompliance and internal control risks?
  • Cost allowability—What are key changes to what can now be charged to the US Government?
  • Full indirect cost recovery—What’s the way forward under stronger policies?


  • Audit readiness—What will auditors be looking for?
  • Audit survival—How to prepare before the auditors arrive.
  • Dispute resolution—How to address and resolve interpretation disagreements in your favor.

The sessions will be conducted by Bob Lloyd, longtime InsideNGO trainer and advocacy advisor.

Your registration covers participation in both sessions as well as access to recordings from the entire three-part series, including Part 1, “Pre-Award Positioning,” which was held March 7. This covered:

  • Pre-award positioning—What to expect during the application phase and how to be ready.
  • Systems—What policies and procedures need to be in place and working well?
  • What’s negotiable? How to identify opportunities to tailor and streamline your award.