The New Era of Effort Reporting
Workshop Time: 1:30 - 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Whether an institution charges and documents personnel costs using a traditional effort reporting methodology, or uses an alternative approach, this requirement has not gone away. Though conceptually simple, people with experience know there are a number of factors that can quickly reduce this administrative exercise to a bureaucratic nightmare. In addition, there aren't many financial compliance issues that can draw the wrath from PIs as fast as this one. Just try explaining why a faculty member can't exclude proposal writing from their University activities when they wrote their proposals on the weekend. While the Uniform Guidance leaves each Institution with flexibility to devise a compliant "system" that works for them, there is a stronger emphasis on internal controls.
This workshop will focus on some key principles for good management of the requirements for charging and documenting personnel costs: policies and procedures; training programs; documentation; and oversight. In addition, given the continuing federal audits of this area, the workshop will focus on some common issues that have arisen in a number of OIG audits. The workshop will examine both the traditional effort reporting methodology, in addition to discussing the latest alternative methodologies, with an overarching focus on internal controls. Workshop faculty will also focus on creating a streamlined process that emphasizes administrative burden reduction for faculty and institutions, which is a growing and important trend in research administration. Questions will be welcomed by the faculty.
Prerequisite: Participants will need a basic understanding of the principles of compensation reporting.
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- Participants will gain an understanding of the principal requirements of institutional systems for charging and documenting personnel costs, including policies and procedures.
- Participants will gain knowledge of recent audits and findings in this area.
- Participants will gain knowledge about key issues that need attention in university practices in this area.
Nova Southeastern University
Assistant Director, Financial Services, Revenue and Financial Management
University of Kansas Medical Center
Director, Research Policy & Indirect Cost
Columbia University in the City of New York
Participants receive 3.25 hours of continuing education credits = .3 CEU's.
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