Looking Forward To Hearing Updates, Meeting Attendees at GPA Conference

Jerry Ashworth
November 5, 2019 at 14:21:48 ET
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We’ll be on the road again later this week in hopes of gathering some juicy information on the latest developments in grants from federal officials.

We will be sitting on the front row eager to hear from Rhea Hubbard of the Office of Management and Budget during a Friday morning session at the Grants Professionals Association’s 2019 Annual Conference this Thursday and Friday at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. We hope to hear some new word on what's happening with OMB’s five-year review of the uniform guidance. We had been expecting a proposed rule in recent weeks identifying the potential updates to the guidance, but none has so far come forward. Hopefully, this session will provide some clarity on that front, as well as other federal developments such as the issuance of Version 1.0 of the Grants Management Standard Data Elements.

We also will be attending other key sessions both days and reporting back to our subscribers to provide information that can help in both their pre-award preparation of grant applications and their post-award administration of grants.

Thompson Grants will be one of the many exhibitors at the conference. With the theme, “Is Your Grant Search Stuck in the 80s?”, our 1980s-themed booth will feature sunglasses and glowsticks, and include an interactive poll to help attendees identify what pre-award focus areas they struggle with the most. If you are attending the conference, make sure you stop by and participate in the poll to win a copy of “A Practical Guide To Federal Grants Management.” Even if you are not attending, you can complete the one-question poll here to automatically enter into our drawing for a free four-month subscription to the Thompson Grants Compliance Expert Lite.

In addition, one of our colleagues, Duncan Bell, vice president of data services at Thompson Grants, will lead a session Friday at 1:30 p.m. entitled “2019 Grants: Year in Review,” which follows our popular year-in-review session from last year's conference. The session will use data to analyze spending trends, give attendees a snapshot of key federal agencies and their spending habits and forecast potential spending trends. The goal of the session is for attendees to both understand the broad scope of federal spending, and to give specific examples to them that will allow them to have actionable insights to take back to their company, county, state agency or organization, and better understand the world of grants as they reach out for funding.

We look forward to meeting everyone there. Feel free to hand me your business card and share your concerns and comments about federal grants. We’d love to hear from all of you!

Join us for our following Federal Grants Forums:
Federal Grants Forum: Charleston, SC | February 5 – 7, 2020
Federal Grants Forum: Portland, OR | May 13 – 15, 2020
Federal Grants Forum: Chicago, IL | August 12 – 14, 2020
Federal Grants Forum: Denver, CO | October 7 – 9, 2020

Learn more at http://grants.thompson.com/conferences.aspx.