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

Enrollment for this course has closed. If you are interested in this topic you can register for our August 2021 webinar, The Allowable Cost System.

If you have a federal grant or cooperative agreement, the federal cost reimbursement system applies to your program.

This two-part webinar series will first provide an overview of the entire system, then highlight specific issues related to key cost categories and major cost allocation concepts and strategies. Though conceptually straight forward, these issues can present practical and strategic challenges. 

Join FTLF to examine this key system in grants management, and to identify strategies to prepare yourself and your organization for the successful performance of your awards. 

Key topics will include:

  • The “allowable cost” framework and how it applies to grant-funded expenditures
  • Cost allocation and related rules 
  • “New” requirements and flexibilities set forth in the Uniform Guidance
  • The de minimis rate and when it is available
  • Federally-approved indirect cost rate agreements
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Learning Objectives

After these webinars, you will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of cost principles as they pertain to the expenditure of funds by federal grant recipients
  • Discuss major concepts of cost allocation like direct allocation methodologies and indirect cost agreements
  • Identify key “allowable cost” and cost allocation risk areas and describe strategies for addressing them

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.25 Certificate of Attendance
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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]


As of October 2019, Christopher is no longer with the firm. 

Christopher (“CJ”) Frisina is an Associate with the Firm in the Federal Grants and Health Law practice groups.  In this role, CJ routinely advises clients on the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (the “Uniform Guidance”) and assists clients facing cost disallowances, deficiency findings, and grant terminations, resolving many through negotiations with agency officials prior to the need for any administrative appeal or federal litigation.

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Available Credit

  • 1.25 Certificate of Attendance
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Enrollment for this course has closed. If you are interested in this topic you can register for our August 2021 webinar, The Allowable Cost System.


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