Lobbying Restrictions

May 26, 2020

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With sweeping governmental responses to the COVID-19 pandemic implemented at the federal, state, and local levels, federally-funded health care providers, community based organizations, and their partners may desire to offer policy input in advance. As federal grantees and nonprofits generally are well aware, there are limitations – both as grantees and as nonprofits benefiting from a tax-exempt status – on the extent to which they can act to influence federal and state legislation and even, in many cases, state and local executive agency policy.

Unfortunately, the scope of these limitations has evolved over time into a relatively arcane mix of rules, with equally complex exceptions. Some actions are simply prohibited, while others are allowed but the cost of engaging in them cannot be charged to federal funds.

On this webinar, we will explain what the rules are – and are not. Knowing where the lines are and understanding practical strategies for documenting and demonstrating compliance over the long term will empower and protect your organization as you and your partners work to support your community.

    Target Audience

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

    Learning Objectives

    After this webinar, you will be better able to:

    • Describe common lobbying restrictions for federal grantees and where they come from
    • Discuss how the restrictions are applied in practice
    • Evaluate strategies to manage these restrictions and maintain compliance
    Course summary
    Available credit: 
    • 1.25 Certificate of Attendance
    Course opens: 
    Course expires: 
    Event starts: 
    05/26/2020 - 1:00pm EDT
    Event ends: 
    05/26/2020 - 2:15pm EDT


    A Partner with the firm, Mike practices in the Federal Grants and Health Law groups, and has over three decades of experience advising community-based organizations on a broad range of legal matters. Specifically, he offers guidance to Federally Qualified Health Centers, other federal grantees, and several professional and trade associations on the 340B drug discount program, tax exemption, grants law, and fraud matters. [Full Bio]


    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]

    Participants can earn up to 1.5 CPE credits in Specialized Knowledge and Applications upon completion of all course requirements.


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    1. Answer at least 5 of the polling questions during the webinar
    2. Complete the evaluation survey after the conclusion of the webinar

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    • Prerequisites: None 
    • Target Audience: CEOs/ Directors; Fiscal Staff; Compliance Directors; Other grants management staff
    • Advanced Preparation: None  
    • Program Level: All
    • Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
    • Attendance Requirements: In order to be awarded the full credits, you must respond to five (5) out of seven (7) polling questions.

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    Available Credit

    • 1.25 Certificate of Attendance


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