Time and Effort Reporting for Health Centers (April 2017)
Employee salaries or labor is often the highest cost grantee organizations charge to their Federal grants and cooperative agreements and a common audit disallowance when it is done incorrectly. Grantees need to know what the requirements are for time and effort reporting and how the Uniform Guidance (UG or Supercircular) has changed these requirements. Time & effort rules no longer require rigid requirements for six-month certifications and monthly personnel activity reports, but at the same time, the rules require that grant and non-grant time does not exceed 100 percent — difficult when there are not enough hours in the day.
Consequently, time and effort is often misused and misreported. This leads to the need for strong internal controls for the reporting of salaries and wages to ensure that the payroll charged to various grants AND non-grants meet the required thresholds. While the previous standards were more prescriptive in the documentation requirements, the new standards provide more flexibility requiring that nonfederal entities update their internal policies and procedures to define the process. Failure to keep accurate time & effort records can lead to questioned and disallowed costs.
This comprehensive webinar will provide best practices for health centers on time and effort reporting and templates that you can implement immediately!
Edward T. Waters
Serving as Managing Partner of the firm since 2003, and a member of the Health Law and Federal Grants practices since 1992, Ted focuses his practice on helping organizations to solve problems, often in crisis situations. A national authority in the area of federal grants, particularly in the health and community service spheres, he advises clients on all aspects of program requirements, including issues such as cost-based reimbursement, governance and the never-ending list of grant administration matters. Ted’s expertise in financial, cost reporting, reimbursement, and administrative issues is widely recognized, and illustrated by his selection as a 2014 and 2015 Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer in health care. Ted routinely handles challenging issues for clients such as government audits, internal investigations, and litigation, deftly guiding them to a resolution. His priority is to help each organization carry out its mission and ensure that legal challenges do not distract from that focus. From his more than a decade of experience running the firm, Ted understands acutely the challenges of keeping an organization running, and offers practical, down-to-earth counsel to support organizational leaders in doing just that. [Full Bio]
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