While federal grants often enable local entities to accomplish far more than they could with solely their own resources, the path to obtaining such funds is far from smooth. It is important for local entities to thoroughly understand the procurement process and their role in it before accepting federal grants that entail procurement activities. All entities must closely review grants and understand their requirements to make fully informed decisions. To that end, all parties should fully comprehend: 1) the requirements of the Uniform Guidance; 2) the special requirements imposed by the granting agency; and 3) local procurement policies that may or may not comply with federal requirements. Procurement should be involved throughout the grant lifecycle to ensure compliance with all applicable laws and grant requirements to ensure the timely and equitable expenditure of grant funds.
What You'll Learn
completing this online training session, learners will be able to:
1. Identify the parts of a grant relevant to procurement and know how to incorporate them into a procurement plan.
2. Know how to source the goods or services required by a solicitation in compliance with the Uniform Guidance.
3. Know the additional actions required once an award is made to a supplier to ensure compliance and reporting.
4. Know how to bring an entity's procurement policies, procedures, and regulations into compliance with federal grant requirements.
5. Know how to use your professional skills and judgement to gain necessary information when using federal funds.
Terry McKee is an experienced leader with 34 years in the
procurement profession including leading procurement at the County, K12 and
Public Housing Authority levels where he has gained significant experience with
federal procurement rules. Terry joined NIGP Consulting Services in 1995 and
has served numerous clients across the United States and Canada in improving
their procurement operations.
As a passionate advocate for the procurement profession, Terry possesses a broad and deep range of expertise in numerous areas of public procurement best practices, professional development and leadership, and overall procurement transformation. Terry received several recognitions from NIGP including the “Spirit of NIGP,” Purchasing Manager of the Year and in 2022 the Distinguished Service Award.
Terry has served in dozens of task forces and committees in his 34 years of volunteer leadership to the profession, including local, state and national roles. Terry has been a panelist on many NIGP webinars and presentations including the inaugural Headliner Series on “Federal Grants Best Practices.”
Terry assisted with writing NIGP’s course “Using Federal Grant Funds.” Terry is a member of two NIGP Chapter: ETPA and TAPP. He has served ETPA as president and on various committees. Terry has served TAPP on various committees and by conducting the biennial statewide procurement practices survey.
Terry holds a bachelors’ degree from Alderson Broaddus College (Education and Political Science) and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Tennessee.
Penny Owens has over 30 years’ experience in public procurement, both local and federal government, covering nearly all aspects of procurement. She spent 16 years at the Oak Ridge National Lab in procurement and the past 14 years at the City of Knoxville, where she currently serves as the Purchasing Agent. Penny holds a bachelors’ degree in Business, an NIGP-CPP certification, and a CPPO certification. Penny is a past president of both the East Tennessee Purchasing Association (ETPA) and the Tennessee Association of Public Purchasing (TAPP). ETPA recognized Penny in 2017, awarding her with both the Buyer of the Year award and Volunteer of the Year. She stays engaged in both chapters, chairing committees, and is an NIGP Chapter Ambassador for Area 3. Penny serves on NIGP’s Test Development Committee and also on NIGP’s Consulting team.
Zachary Christensen is currently the Director of Purchasing and Contracts with the Utah State Board of Education, supervising the distribution and expenditure of education funds at the state level. He is passionate about furthering public procurement as a profession and providing professional development to help ensure that those practitioners can move forward in this exciting profession. Zac also teaches procurement courses for NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement, and has served on local and national professional organizations. Prior to working at USBE, Zac served as a contract analyst for state purchasing, was a practicing lawyer, and worked for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company in legal and subcontract management.
Amber Yates is the Procurement Administrator at Little Rock Water Reclamation Authority (LRWRA) where she manages a dynamic group of procurement professionals. She has worked in procurement in both the public and private sector for fifteen (15) years. Amber began her career working in the private sector for companies such as Snyder-Lance, Inc. where she was involved in manufacturing, production, warehousing, shipping, and supply, and PPG Industries where she managed warehouse and stock logistics across various international locations on 5 continents. She then transitioned to government procurement first at the Arkansas Office of State Procurement and then to her current role. Amber currently serves as President-Elect of the Arkansas Chapter of NIGP and is a member of the Content Management Committee for NIGP National. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Centenary College of Louisiana and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where she received the MBA Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year Award.
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