(Recorded Webinar) Allowable Costs, Cost Allocation, and Indirect Cost Rates

Enrollments for this webinar is closed. If you are interested in this topic we have reprised this webinar as a two-part series which is available for purchase here. Part I of the webinar series took place on September 5, 2019, and Part II is scheduled to occur on October 10, 2019.

This webinar is part of FTLF's Federal Funding Academy series and discusses cost fundamentals as they pertain to the expenditure of funds by federal grant recipients.

The federal rules relating to allowable costs, cost allocation, and indirect cost rates are conceptually straightforward, but sometimes hard to apply to real-world business structures and scenarios. 

This session will start with the foundation of cost allowability, including both the basic threshold requirements for all allowable costs, and the concepts behind the more specific restriction applied to certain expenditures under the federal cost principles “selected items of cost.” Then, we will move on to the importance of allowability for expenditures made with program income, as well as the extent to which the government may have an interest in certain amounts obtained through refunds, rebates, and other returns as “applicable credits.” 

Other key topics will include:

  • The “allowable cost” framework applicable to grant-funded expenditures;
  • “New” requirements and flexibilities set forth in the Uniform Guidance;
  • The de minimis rate and requirements for passthrough-entities related to subrecipient rates; and
  • The role of federally approved indirect cost rate agreements.
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Target Audience

  • CEOs/ Directors
  • Fiscal Staff
  • Compliance Directors
  • Other grants management staff

Learning Objectives

After this webinar participants will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of cost principles as they pertain to the expenditure of funds by federal grant recipients;
  • Describe how indirect cost rates work and how rate agreements are negotiated; and
  • Identify what is and is not an allowable cost. 
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.25 Certificate of Attendance
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Scott Sheffler

A Partner with the firm in the Federal Grants and Health Law practice groups, Scott advises clients on matters of federal grant law, government contract law, and health care law.  Scott assists clients with the myriad requirements that apply upon acceptance of federal grant funding, including the administrative requirements and cost principles established in the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circulars that preceded the Uniform Guidance, and program-specific statutory and regulatory funding conditions. [Full Bio]
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Available Credit

  • 1.25 Certificate of Attendance


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