Even though the “dry” topic of grants management training and compliance training does not make any of these learning styles easier, good training design does put the individual in a better position to utilize any of and all of the styles to achieve knowledge.
Training is one of those things that everyone agrees is important, but few of us really take the time to invest in. Much like saving money, we all think it is a good idea, but few of us are actually doing it. Let’s look at the importance of make training a strategic advantage for your Organization.
I just read another article about an organization’s executives spending $300,000 on a golf outing. Similar stories of wasteful spending of Federal funds hit the news on a regular basis as well. If you are receiving Federal funds, you need to be aware of recommendations from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) on planned improvements of the Grant management process.
Key grantee employees (such as the people submitting Financial Status Reports) should be required to take annual grant administration training that covers financial and programmatic requirements, and fraud awareness. This could be implemented via an on-line training program that can administer a test to ensure the recipient understands the basic requirements and can track the recipient’s completion of the training.
For Grant professionals, the results of poor Grant management are all too obvious. It seems like every other day there is a news story about funds being diverted (we’re talking Federal funds going to pay personal credit card bills, lavish vacation, big screen TV’s) at some Organization or another.
For those of you Grant professionals tracking the long string of IT issues at Grants.gov, you should be pleased that one of the outcomes for Grantees will be improved security settings. We wanted to share with you some of the upcoming changes at Grants.gov.