NCURA 2017 Annual Meeting

Event Info

Washington Hilton
1919 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C.
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Baker Tilly Session – Aug. 7 at 1:30 p.m.:

Best Practices for Working with High Risk Subrecipients
Ashley Deihr, Baker Tilly

Expectations for oversight of subrecipients have increased under the Uniform Guidance, and institutions continue to develop and refine their processes. However, many institutions still struggle with appropriate evaluation and management of high risk subrecipients. This session will focus on discussing challenges faced in working with high risk subrecipients and best practices learned from these experiences.


Baker Tilly Session – Aug. 8 at 1:00 p.m.:

Policy Development: Federal Regulations and Campus Policy
Elizabeth Peloso, University of Pennsylvania and Adrienne Larmett, Baker Tilly

The ever changing regulatory environment presents challenges for the development and maintenance of institutional policies for research related activities. From the Uniform Guidance and single audit to the operation of drones on campus and export controls, how does Research Administration assist in identifying potential gaps and finding solutions that meet regulatory and contractual requirements within the bounds of the institutional culture? This session will provide a discussion of challenges, pitfalls and tips for developing research related policies.

Learning objectives

  • Participants will be able to identify policy gaps at an institution.
  • Participants will be able to identify key institutional stakeholders for policy development.
  • Participants will understand and mitigate risks associated with policy development and change management.
  • Presenters will suggest approaches for policy development.

Baker Tilly Session – Aug. 8 at 2:15 p.m.:

Uniform Guidance Section 200.303: Right Sizing an Internal Controls Framework for Your Organization
Ashley Deihr, Baker Tilly

Uniform Guidance Section 200.303 requires institutions to "establish and maintain effective internal control over the Federal award[s]." Much has been made of how this can translate into a real world controls framework. Join us to discuss with a series of institutions of varying portfolio sizes and other characteristics (e.g., public, private, PUI) what has worked for them in implementing internal controls over sponsored programs.

Learning objectives

  • Participants will understand the requirements outlined in Uniform Guidance Section 200.303.
  • Participants will learn how peer institutions have interpreted this guidance and implemented internal controls frameworks.
  • Participants will share best practices for establishing internal controls that fit your institution's portfolio and culture.

Baker Tilly Session – Aug. 9 at 8:30 a.m.:

Conflicting Guidance and Competing Priorities: Achieving Sponsored Research Compliance in a World of Limited Resources – Case Study by Montclair State University
Adrienne Larmett, Baker Tilly; Hila Berger, Montclair State University; Fredric Ted Russo, Montclair State University; and Catherine Bruno, Montclair State University

Have limited resources at your institution? Join us for this real-life dive into achieving compliance as experienced by Montclair State University! We as Research Administrators exist in a world of competing guidance and resources. Federal regulations, confusing in their own right, mandate one set of rules, while supporting organizations' interpretations of those rules may differ. Sponsor policy statements provide guidelines for their awardees, yet their FAQs to those guidelines may provide contradicting information. And while regulations seem endless, our resources to interpret and implement them are not. So what do you do? How do you make sense of it all while providing customer service to the research community and monitoring for compliance when you (maybe alone) may be left to make the decisions and/or interpretations? This session will highlight some of the trending issues that pose common compliance challenges for institutions, offer solutions, share stories, and provide critical success factors for achieving compliance by effectively using existing resources, while continuing to provide good customer service.

Learning objectives

  • Participants will be able to identify areas that commonly cause compliance issues.
  • Participants will understand solutions for common compliance issues that will be illustrated with real life examples.
  • Participants will understand critical success factors for achieving compliance while maintaining good customer service across the research enterprise.

Baker Tilly Reception – Aug. 7 at 5:00 p.m.:

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
1801 Connecticut Ave N.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20009

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Visit us at our Booth #302!

Sunday, Aug. 6 - 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. ("Ohana Night")
Monday, Aug. 7 - 7:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 8 - 7:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

In addition to contributing to this year’s educational program, Baker Tilly is also an Annual Strategic Partner and proud sponsor of NCURA Annual Meeting and NCURA FRA/PRA Conferences.