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Fund Accounting Clinic Who Are We? Presented by Training and Development Associates, Inc. Edward Hammond Rocky Wade Sponsored by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Who Are You? What type of organization do you represent? Lead agency Sponsor Service provider

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Who Are We?

  • Presented by Training and Development Associates, Inc.

    • Edward Hammond

    • Rocky Wade

  • Sponsored by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development


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Who Are You?

  • What type of organization do you represent?

    • Lead agency

    • Sponsor

    • Service provider

  • What is your role at the organization?

    • Executive Director

    • Financial staff

    • Case Manager

    • Another position


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What Do You Expect?

  • What are your expectations?

    • Why are you here?

    • What do you expect to gain from today’s training session?

    • What will be the outcome of your participation in this training session?


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Why Are We Here?

  • Participants should be able:

    • To understand what fund accounting is and how it applies to SNAPS grants;

    • To prepare a budget that uses fund accounting; and

    • To prepare an employee time and activity report that reflects fund accounting.


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Why Are We Here?

  • To strengthen the capacity of SNAPS grantees to:

    • Make sure that funded activities are eligible

    • Make sure eligible costs are charged to the appropriate grant

    • Prepare accurate reports to be used as management tools

    • Avoid recapture of SNAPS funds by HUD


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Workshop Goals

  • Participants will leave with tools and techniques to incorporate fund accounting into the grantee’s procedures for:

    • Budgets

    • Time and activity reports

    • Reporting


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Logistics

  • Resource materials

    • Manual

    • Presentation

    • Handouts

  • Activities

  • Questions (the “Bin”)

  • Restrooms and telephones

    • Please silence or turn off cell phones



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What is Fund Accounting?

  • Simply stated:

    • Fund accounting is a method of recording financial information that groups resources into funds based on the sources and the uses of those resources


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What is Fund Accounting?

  • Not-for-profit accounting systems should operate on a fund basis

    • Fiscal and accounting entity

      • With self-balancing accounts

      • Matches revenues with expenses

    • Funds are segregated for the purpose of carrying out specific activities

      • Such as eligible activities cited in a grant agreement


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Benefits of Fund Accounting

  • Fund accounting tracks sources and uses of funds for each funding source

    • Without fund accounting, one cannot truly analyze the revenues and expenses of a specific funding sourceHUD revenues = HUD expensesHHS revenues = HHS expenses


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Benefits of Fund Accounting

  • Allows one to evaluate each project and/or activity individually

  • Results in proper information for the drawdown of funds in LOCCS


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Common Misconceptions of Fund Accounting

  • Taking a straight percentage of costs and applying it against a grant

    • Fund accounting creates a link between eligible expenditures and the actual grant funds drawn for those expenditures


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Common Misconceptions of Fund Accounting

  • Drawing budgeted amounts regardless of actual costs (including salary)

    • Time must be actual and documented

  • Drawing funds against multiple SHP sites instead of the specific site in an approved grant award


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Common Misconceptions of Fund Accounting

  • Thinking that one SNAPS grant is the same as another SNAPS grant

    • Each grant has a separate approved budget


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Common Misconceptions of Fund Accounting

  • Thinking that one can spend on anything as long as it is SNAPS related

    • Expenses must be allocable to a specific grant, not just eligible within the SNAPS program


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Common Misconceptions of Fund Accounting

  • Drawing funds from a prior SNAPS grant to pay for a present grants’ expenditure

    • Each grant has a specific funding period

    • Excess funds are subject to recapture by HUD


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Start with a Chart of Accounts

  • Fund accounting starts from a basic building block—chart of accounts

    • Outlines all revenue sources

    • Outlines all expenditures by eligible activities


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Model Chart of Accounts

  • Start with chart of revenues

    • Broken down by specific funding sources

  • Expenditures for each possible activity and sub-activity

  • Specific expenditure charts for each individual project

  • Chart of accounts grows with each new project undertaken


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Developing a Sources and Uses Statement

  • Develop chart of accounts for grant, then

    • Develop sources and uses statement outlined in general ledger

    • Customized to particular SHP activity

  • We will use the “chart of accounts” as a basic building block through the rest of the presentation.


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Examples of Fund Accounting

  • Budget models

    • Housing operations with supportive services

    • Leasing with supportive services

    • Development with supportive services

    • Supportive services only

    • HMIS only

    • Development only

    • Grantee with sponsors


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One Model

  • Housing operations with supportive services

    • Accounts for all revenues

      • From HUD and others

    • Accounts for all expenses

      • HUD-eligible and not eligible

    • HUD-eligible costs classified

      • Direct

      • Allocated


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Who Uses Fund Accounting

  • Board of Directors

    • Financially responsible for viability of organization

    • Owns program as they understand their liability and responsibility

  • External funders (including HUD)

    • Gain confidence in organization as it complies with business norms

  • Staff and management

    • Tracks operations and reporting


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Exercise

  • Family Services, Inc.

    • Review the case description

    • Complete the worksheet

    • Answer the related questions



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Financial Management

  • OMB establishes guidelines for financial management

    • Addresses many areas of financial systems including requirement for fund accounting

    • Applies to all awards of federal assistance

    • May apply differently to specific grants based on role of recipient



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OMB Accounting Standards

  • Fund Accounting helps an organization comply with OMB’s federal standards

    • Control and account for funds, property and other assets

    • Identify source and use of all federal funds

    • Allow accurate, timely and complete financial reporting

    • Minimize time in transfer of funds between federal government and grantee


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Accounting Records

  • Tracks the sources and uses of funds

  • Ensures that program costs are

    • Incurred for the proper period

    • Actually paid

    • Expended on eligible items

    • Expended from the appropriate grant

    • Approved by appropriate officials


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Sources and Uses of Funds

  • Up-to-date information on sources and uses of funds

    • Amount of federal funds received and authorization of funds

    • Obligations of funds and un-obligated balances

    • Assets and liabilities

    • Program income

    • Expenses by grant year and program


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Determining Costs

  • Costs are only eligible if they

    • Are associated with an eligible client

    • Pay for eligible activities

    • Are delineated in your application (budget)

    • Have adequate source documentation

    • Meet OMB standards for being reasonable, allowable and allocable


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Cost Reasonableness

  • Costs charged to federal award must be necessary, reasonable and directly related to the grant

  • Look at the following

    • Whether cost is ordinary and necessary

    • Market prices for comparable goods and services

    • Benefit to the individuals involved


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Cost Allowability

  • In general, cost must be

    • Necessary and reasonable

    • Allocable to the program

    • Authorized or not prohibited

    • Conform to and be consistent with rules and requirements

    • Not charged to any other program

  • Refer to list of allowed costs in OMB Circular


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Cost Allocation

  • A cost is allocable to a HUD program if it is

    • Treated consistently with other similar costs

    • Incurred specifically for the program

    • Benefits program or can be distributed based on a reasonable proportion

    • Necessary to operations


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Determining Eligibility

  • If properly procured, cost is reasonable

  • If on approved budget, cost is allowable

  • If directly linked to grant, cost is allocable

  • Therefore, if costs are reasonable, allowable and allocable…

  • They are eligible for federal reimbursement!


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Grant Agreement

  • Establishes compliance standards for federal requirements

    • SuperNOFA

    • Application

    • Technical Submission

    • OMB Circulars


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Importance of Fund Accounting toFinancial Management

  • HUD grant may be of many funding sources

    • Multiple grants lead to fund accounting

    • Multiple HUD grants lead to fund accounting

    • Financial management system must account for requirements

      • All funding streams

      • Each project and/or activity


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Developing Budgets

  • Budgets are projections of expenses drawn from actual experience

    • Defines goals for a given period

    • Provides ability to monitor progress

    • Identifies significant variances between financial goals and how resources are actually used

  • Budgets should never be submitted to decision-makers and funding sources without including assumptions


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Budget Requirements

  • OMB requires organizations put budget controls into place

    • Starting with the application

    • Confirmed in the technical submission

    • Established with an approved budget

    • Analyzed throughout agency operations

    • Reconciled in any required reports


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Budget Requirements

  • OMB requires organizations to compare and control expenditures

    • Keep records on budgeted amounts

    • Compare obligations and expenditures to planned budgets and accomplishments

    • Report deviations from budgets and plan

    • Be prepared to request grant amendments when the budget deviations trigger such actions


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Developing a SNAPS Budget

  • Study SNAPS budget requirements

    • Ask questions of the lead agency and/or HUD before developing the SNAPS budget

  • Budget should include

    • Description of particular SNAPS project

    • All HUD-eligible activities to be funded by the SHP grant


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Developing a SNAPS Budget

  • If necessary, include previous financial statements and budgets

    • Justifies historical assumptions used in your budget

  • Contrast any budget changes from recent history

    • Such as increases in utilities


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Developing a SNAPS Budget

  • Include all budget assumptions

    • Especially those which might require greater explanation

    • Such as substantial difference in cost from historical assumptions


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Developing a SNAPS Budget

  • Include allocation of all positions funded by the SNAPS grant

    • Include assumptions about projected hours to be budgeted for each position by various funding sources

  • Include for all funded positions

    • Descriptions

    • “Fully loaded” rates (wages and fringe benefits)

    • Breakdown of costs funded by SHP grant


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Developing a SNAPS Budget

  • Include all sources of funds

    • Match allocated to a specific SNAPS eligible activity

    • Budget must fully account for all costs associated with grant


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Developing a SNAPS Budget

  • Funding non-HUD eligible activities

    • Identify source of funds

    • Comprehensive budget for the agency that accounts for all HUD, cash match, and non-HUD funded activities

  • Analyzing the budget

    • One other staff member

    • One Board member

    • Analyze and ask questions



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Impact on Program Operations

  • Documenting time and activities

  • Pro-rating costs

    • Personnel

    • Non-personnel

  • Tracking other funds


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Documenting Time

  • Most employees work on more than one activity and/or project

  • OMB standards require that

    • Work be supported with employee time and activity tracking system

      • Actual time was spent on an activity

      • What activity took place ( eligible client, eligible activity)

      • Must be documented with activity records


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Time and Activity Reports

  • OMB requirements

    • After-the-fact determination of actual activity

    • Signed by individual employee, certified by supervisor

    • Prepared at least monthly


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Time and Activity Reports

  • Used to determine actual salary expenses

    • Ties activities back to budget

    • Applies to HUD grantees, sponsors and service providers


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Model Time and Activity Report

  • HUD-eligible and ineligible time allocations possible

  • Time accounted for within specific HUD grants

  • Signed by employee and certified by supervisor

  • Recorded after-the-fact


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Allowable vs. Allocable

  • The real issue with time and activity reports is not whether the activity is allowable or not…

  • BUT whether the time is allocable to the specific SNAPS grant


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Activity Records

  • Documentation that supports time and activity reports

    • Clients’ case notes

    • Calendars, logs and sign-in sheets

    • Daily, weekly and quarterly reports

    • Products and deliverables


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Top 10 Timekeeping Mistakes

  • Charging straight 8 hours per day or straight percentage of time to a grant

  • Not using information from the time and activity report to charge the grant

  • Having discrepancies between payroll and budget

  • Not including sick time and vacation

  • Not linking time to an eligible activity


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Top 10 Timekeeping Mistakes

  • Not linking time to an eligible grant (or multiple grants)

  • Not identifying a project or client

  • Not showing time spent on ineligible activities

  • Not having documentation (activity records) to support the time and activity report

  • Not getting the time and activity report signed


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Pro-Rating Costs

  • Required by HUD where full cost is not the actual cost for HUD’s piece

  • Must always have source documentation to substantiate


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Pro-Rating Costs

  • Personnel costs for supportive services, operations and administration

    • Salaries pro-rated based on actual, not budgeted time

    • Personnel costs should include benefits

    • Document with time and activity records


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Important Eligibility Consideration

  • If the client is not eligible

    • All costs associated with that client are ineligible for federal reimbursement

    • All match associated with that client is ineligible


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Pro-Rating Costs

  • Non-personnel costs for buildings and equipment

    • Pro-rate based on an established base

      • Square footage of space

      • Time used

      • Actual mileage

    • Document with logs, plans, etc.


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Space

Square footage

Usage (logs)

Motor pool

Miles driven

Days used (logs)

Computers

Separate by function

System usage

Printing and reproduction

Number of copies

Separate by function

Key/code access

Telephone

Number of instruments

Separate by function

Usage (logs)

Allocating Non-Personnel Costs


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Tracking Other Funds

  • Fees for services

  • Rents collected from residents

  • Mandatory savings accounts

  • Also, application of receipts that reduce expenses

    • Management fees

    • Rebates

    • Discounts


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Exercise

  • Haven House

    • Review each scenario

    • Select one answer for each



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100% Equals 100%

  • To serve 100% of the clients

  • With 100% of the activities

  • You must raise 100% of the total project costs

    • HUD grant plus match

  • If not, you are either

    • Not serving 100% of the clients

    • Not providing 100% of the activities


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Meeting Match Obligation

  • Calculating match

    • Expenditures

    • Less SNAPS reimbursement

    • Equals Cash Match

  • For example, an agency has incurred $100,000 of eligible operations costs

    $100,000 Total expenditures

    –$75,000 SHP reimbursement

    =$25,000 Cash match


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Acquisition

Rehabilitation

New Construction

Supportive Services

Leasing

Operations

Administration

HMIS

50/50

50/50

50/50

80/20

None

75/25

None

80/20

SHP Match Requirements


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SHP Match Sources

  • Match must be CASH!

  • Must document match as part of the management of your financial system

  • Must show that match is not being counted as match for another federal program

  • Must keep source documentation on file for review when needed


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SHP Match Sources

  • Rent collected from clients may be counted towards your match requirement

    • If the rent is calculated properly and used for HUD eligible activities

      Remember, rent is rent, fees are fees

      and savings are savings!


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SNAPS Match Sources

  • Match can be from another HUD source

    • CDBG Program

    • HOME Program

      • for acquisition, rehabilitation or new construction

    • Make sure match is eligible and authorized by the federal funding source


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What Is Not Match?

  • Rent is not always match

  • Fees are not match

    • Fees are charged for a specific non -SNAPS use

  • Savings are not match

    • Savings belong to the client, not the agency

  • Non-cash donations are not match

  • Cash pledged to another grant is not match



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Reporting Your Finances

  • APR shows how grantee has performed financially during an operating year

  • Financial statements show financial condition of organization at a point in time

  • Audit verifies all financial accounts over a specific period of time, usually a fiscal year



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Annual Progress Report

  • APR used to track project progress

    • Information on clients and services

    • Information on expenditures and match

  • Each grantee must submit an APR

    • Supported with source documentation on file

  • Separate APRs submitted for each grant received

    • Budget→Systems→Match→APR


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Components of APR

  • Part I includes information on clients and activities

  • Part II provides financial information

    • Expenditures and match for leasing, supportive services, operations, HMIS, administration, acquisition, rehabilitation and new construction


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Completing the APR

  • Ensure you are using the most recent APR

  • Have program and finance staff complete APR together

    • Parts I and II must be consistent


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Financial Statements

  • Shows financial information at a point in time

    • Balance sheet (assets and liabilities)

    • Revenue and expenses

  • Shows a positive or negative fund balance over time

  • Shows whether revenues are greater than expenses


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Audit Requirement

  • Federal programs subject to audit

    • Spending $500,000 or more in federal awards per year

    • OMB Circular A-133 standards apply

  • In addition to OMB’s requirement, audits

    • Are a universally accepted analytical tool

    • Demonstrates accountability of the Board

    • Demonstrates proper stewardship of funds


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OMB Standards

  • A-133 single audit

    • Funds come from more than one source

    • Involves looking at all programs individually and organization as a whole

  • Select auditor who knows requirements

    • More than a “clean bill of health”

    • Auditor must understand program compliance

      • Not all auditors check for compliance with federal regulations, including fund accounting


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Auditing Standards

  • Audits look at

    • Correct presentation of financial information

    • Financial management systems

    • Activities generally in compliance with program requirements

  • Audit report must address each area

  • Audit does not assure there will be no monitoring findings

    • Narrower scope of work than monitoring

    • Auditors may not determine compliance with all HUD requirements



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What Have You Learned?

  • Post-assessment

  • Complete each true or false question


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Fund Accounting Action Plan

  • Read NOFA, application, desk guide, technical submission, budget and OMB circulars

  • Create a chart of accounts

  • Create budgets based on specific SHP grant activities

  • Develop financial management system including policies and procedures

  • Develop a time and activity reporting system


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Fund Accounting Action Plan

  • Develop allocation system for non-personnel costs

  • Train staff on financial management

  • Use both program and finance staff to complete APR

  • Hire an auditor who knows A-133 requirements

  • Implement checks and balances


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Wrap Up

  • Cleaning out “the BIN”

  • Evaluations

  • Who you gonna’ call?

    • Lead Agency

    • HUD

    • TDA

  • Have a safe journey!


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For Future Reference

Training & Development Associates, Inc.

131 Atkinson Street, Suite B

Laurinburg, NC 28352

910/277-1275 (O)

910/277-2816 (F)

www.tdainc.org


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