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Subrecipient Monitoring: Federal Policies and Sensible Practices . Audio Conference, November 28, 2006 Presented by: Robert M. Lloyd Consultant on Public Management and Government Relations Telephone: (202) 775-0066 (864) 235-8680 email: Do You Have Monitoring “Angst”.

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subrecipient monitoring federal policies and sensible practices

Subrecipient Monitoring: Federal Policies and Sensible Practices

Audio Conference, November 28, 2006

Presented by:Robert M. LloydConsultant on Public Management and Government RelationsTelephone: (202) 775-0066(864) 235-8680 email:

do you have monitoring angst
Do You Have Monitoring “Angst”
  • To avoid it, let’s review the actual federal requirements
a working definition of subrecipient monitoring
A Working Definition of Subrecipient Monitoring
  • Continuous collection of relevant information about a subrecipient organization and its performance
omb s compliance supplement for a 133 audits
OMB’s Compliance Supplement For A-133 Audits
  • Subrecipient Monitoring - 1 of 14 areas for compliance testing
    • What the supplement says about the real requirements
    • What it doesn’t say
    • Part 6 - On internal control
    • How do you get into trouble here?
start fresh and organize the process
Start Fresh and Organize the Process
  • “Step Back” Phase
  • Pre-Award Phase
  • Post-Award Phase
  • After-The-Subgrant Phase
step back phase
“Step-Back” Phase
  • Agreement Review
    • Subrecipient v. Vendor?
    • Federal fund identification
    • Federal requirement identification
    • Shed excess weight
    • Organize the document
    • Provide citations
step back phase cont
“Step-Back” Phase (cont.)
  • Submission Requirements for Applications
    • Create a useful file
    • Ask relevant questions
  • Checklist Review
    • Build in flexibility for the awarding agency?
    • Are there other ways to gather information?
    • Connect to the subgrant agreement
pre award techniques
Pre-Award Techniques
  • Assess the Applicant Organization
    • Responsibility
    • Financial stability
    • Systems
    • Prior award activity
  • Assess the Program or Project
    • What’s “monitorable”
    • Performance indicators
pre award techniques cont
Pre-Award Techniques (cont.)
  • Tailor the Agreement
    • Special “high risk” conditions
    • One size need not fit all
  • Organize Your Subgrant “Universe”
    • Size of your award
    • Size of the federal award portfolio
    • Extent of your past experience
post award techniques
Post-Award Techniques
  • “Kick-Off” so they can catch the ball
  • Use A-133 audits (obtain, review, follow-up)
  • Use limited scope audits (A-133, ___.230(b))
  • Review financial and performance reports
  • Document routine contacts
post award techniques cont
Post-Award Techniques (cont.)
  • Obtain and use third party information
  • Follow-up on significant developments
  • Conduct meaningful site visits
  • Provide feedback and technical assistance
  • Document, document, document
dealing with your auditors
Dealing With Your Auditors
  • Look at their audit program
  • Understand their field work on subrecipient monitoring
  • What if there are findings?

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