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Annual Grants Training | Tuesday, April 3 – Thursday, April 5th

GMBoK Training  |  Friday, April 6 – Saturday, April 7th (SOLD OUT)

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NGMA is turning 40! Come celebrate 40 years of Education and Excellence at our Annual Grants Training. Our Education Committee is hard at work preparing a program you won’t want to miss!

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Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA 22202

Our special block rate is available through March 19, 2018

Reserve Today!Earn up to 22 CPE's!

Keynote presentations not to miss!

Rhea Hubbard

2018 Annual Grants Training Opening Invited Keynote:

Rhea Hubbard

Tuesday, April 3rd

Rhea Hubbard is a Policy Analyst with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Office of Federal Financial Management (OFFM). She contributes to government-wide initiatives to improve federal financial assistance policies, processes, and systems. In this role, she engages with relevant government and non-federal stakeholders on key issues to foster more efficient and effective federal management.  Rhea joined the Federal Government as a Grants Management Specialist for the National Institutes of Health, Fogarty International Center, where she has the opportunity to work directly with U.S. and international institutions of higher education recipients. She later joined the Environmental Protection Agency as a Grants Policy Specialist, where she was responsible for writing, reviewing, and leading EPA assistance agreement related policies, projects, and initiatives. Rhea has a Master of Public Policy Degree from American University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

John Quinones

2018 Annual Grants Training Keynote:

John Quiñones

Wednesday, April 4th

What Would You Do?: Business Edition

The chances of getting caught on hidden camera by What Would You Do? are tiny compared to the everyday dangers of the digital age – especially in the business world. Every year, billions of federal dollars are disbursed to state/local governments, institutions of higher education, nonprofits, organizations, and individuals in the form of grants. While the most these funds are given and spent as intended, fraudulent behavior does happen. We live in a time when the boundaries between our personal and professional selves are blurred, reputations can be lost in an instant, and mistakes live on forever. In this highly topical keynote, John Quiñones explores the dilemmas that leaders, employees and organizations face in this brave new world of transparency. Sharing scenarios from What Would You Do? and years of observing the best and worst of human nature, Mr. Quiñones will address some of our grant fraud issues. During this inspiring and thought-provoking presentation, he will leave you with a timeless takeaway: No matter how advanced we become, it all still comes down to doing the right thing.

Closing Session: Grants Management: nVision

As we gather to close NGMA’s 2018 Annual Grants Training Program, we are pleased to present a panel of professionals from key areas in the federal grants sector to discuss the past three years and the next three years. Our panelists will share their perspectives from various vantage points on how implementation of the Uniform Guidance has proceeded, and will offer their views on what we can expect in the next three years. From transparency and accountability efforts, to enhanced focus on subawards, to continued challenges with the thorniest “routine” grant management issues, our panelists will discuss the state of our shared federal grants system. Offering important federal, state, and private perspectives, we are proud to present:

Michael S. PeckhamMichael S. Peckham
ReInvent Grants Management Lead, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources, Department of Health and Human Services

Kenneth R. DieffenbachKenneth R. Dieffenbach
Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Fraud Detection Office, Department of Justice Office of Inspector General

Carol KrausCarol Kraus
Director, Grant Accountability and Transparency Unit, Governor’s Office of Management and Budget, Illinois

Scott S. ShefflerScott S. Sheffler, Esq.
Partner, Federal Grant Practice Group, Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP

Join us to “nVision” the opportunities and challenges around the corner. After hear from our panelists, we will open the floor to discussion, comments, and/or Q&A from any of the panelists. A session not to be missed!

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Performance Measurement Workshop

April 4, 2018 | 5pm – 6:30pm | Skyview Room

Plan to attend the Performance Management Workshop, attendance is included with your conference fee. The workshop will be held in the SkyView room in the hotel. Light hors d’oeuvre’s will be served, and there will be a cash bar.

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At the workshop you will get expert advice and counsel on how to develop, implement and monitor grants performance measures, the ability to get your individual questions answered, and a chance to make a professional contribution to the field of grants management. Earn 2 CPEs for attendance!

More details can be found on the Performance Measurement Workshop event page. Pre-registration is required and is limited to the first 100 registrants.

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 Did You Know?

You may now be able to charge the fees for your NGMA trainings to your Federal grant(s). For state agencies and other non-Federal entities, under the cost principles of the Uniform Guidance (§ 200.472), there are allowable items for costs of training and education provided for employee development. Please check first to ensure there is no restriction in your approved grant budget or award documents.

The Annual Grants Training Program registration fees include:

  • Breakout sessions, general sessions, and keynote presentations
  • Light breakfast, morning coffee break, lunch and afternoon light snack break
  • Industry exhibitors
  • Networking


(Registration received on or after February 1, 2018)

Annual Grants Training Fee Only GMBoK Training Fee Only Annual Grants Training Fee + GMBoK Training Fee
Member Rate $895 $759 $1,459
Non-Member Rate $1,009 $889 $1,609
Including 1 year Membership $1,044 $908 $1,608
Group Rate (for 5 or more) $799pp $735pp $1,359pp
Including 1 year Membership $923pp $859pp $1,459pp
Cancellation by October 31, 2017 Annual Grants Training registration fees will be refunded, less a $75/pp cancellation fee.
Cancellation between November 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017 50% of paid registration fees will be refunded.
Cancellation on or after January 1, 2018 Will not be refunded under any circumstance.

Refunds will NOT be given for Annual Grants Training and/or GMBoK no-shows.

Substitutions provided in advance are acceptable. Should a non-member substitute for a member, the difference between the member and non-member rate will be charged.

(Registration must be received by August 31, 2017 and payment must be received by December 31, 2017. In order for NGMA to close out our books without outstanding invoices, all early bird registrations not paid in full by December 31st will be cancelled; there will be no exceptions.)

“NGMA conference was hands down the best conference I’ve ever been to. It was well-organized, the speakers were great, the topics were perfect, the information was useful, and I was so happy to walk away with (honest to goodness) 41 pages of notes. My pen ran out during the closing ceremony/ask the experts panel!”
Jessica Parks, Trial Court Services Deputy Director, Michigan Supreme Court


Varies by Session
Grant Professionals, including Grant Specialists, Grant Administrators, Grant Managers, Program Officers, Grant Officers, Auditors
Varies by Session
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NGMA accepts substitutions. Please forward substitution information to Bo Inscho at If a non-member substitutes for a member, the difference between the two rates will be charged. The cancellation policy is outlined in the table below the pricing chart above. For information regarding refunds, cancellations, program concerns, or administrative policies such as complaints, please contact Bo Inscho at or (202) 308-9443. For more information regarding administrative policies such as complaints, please contact Shelly Slebrch at

Annual Grants Training Learning Objectives:

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Identify new requirements outlined in legislation impacting the field of grants management.
  • Apply best practices in grants management.
  • Analyze new concepts and strategies for improving organizational efficiencies in the field of grants management.


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