Federal Grant Management During the COVID-19 National Emergency

April 8, 2020

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On January 31, 2020, the Secretary of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 6, Congress enacted into law a robust supplemental appropriation to facilitate the response to the outbreak. Then, on March 13, the President issued two separate emergency declarations, one under the National Emergencies Act and one under the Stafford Act. Three separate supplemental appropriations bills have been passed that impact grantees. In the midst of all of this, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued Memoranda 20-17 and 20-16, suggesting grant management-specific flexibilities available to federal grant-making agencies. 

Against this backdrop, many agencies have issued guidance, with varying degrees of specificity and helpfulness. Recognizing that managing federal funding can be complicated in “normal” times, and that the various interrelated federal actions create additional complexity, our attorneys are preparing a white paper addressing key issues and will host a related webinar designed to help our clients and industry partners understand the various initiatives. 

In particular, we will:

  1. Explain the recent federal actions and declarations;
  2. Address what grant management flexibilities those initiatives do and do not appear to provide; and
  3. Offer a recap of key grant management considerations that may impact successful project performance over the mid- to long-term. 

Target Audience

  • CEOs / Program Directors
  • CFOs and Fiscal Staff
  • Compliance Officers and Staff
  • Project Managers and other Grants Management Staff

Learning Objectives

After this webinar, you will be better able to:

  • Understand the various emergency declarations issued by the President and Secretary of HHS as well as the scope of Congress’ recent supplemental appropriation;
  • Evaluate the flexibilities proposed in OMB Memoranda 20-17 and 20-11, and recent agency guidance; and
  • Review key grant management obligations relevant to the COVID-19 environment, including issues such as telework and extended sick leave.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.25 Certificate of Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
04/08/2020 - 1:00pm EDT
Event ends: 
04/08/2020 - 2:15pm EDT


Phillip is Of Counsel in the firm’s Federal Grants and Health Law practice groups. A native of Puerto Rico, Phillip’s bilingual, nationwide practice serves non-profit organizations, municipalities, local government agencies, and other federal grantees. Prior to joining Feldesman Tucker, Phillip ran a practice from San Juan which spanned corporate, business, public policy, government and contract law, and included contested matters and appeals before state and federal courts. [Full Bio]


A Partner with the firm in the Federal Grants and Health Law practice groups, Scott advises clients on matters of federal grant law, government contract law, and health care law.  Scott assists clients with the myriad requirements that apply upon acceptance of federal grant funding, including the administrative requirements and cost principles established in the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circulars that preceded the Uniform Guidance, and program-specific statutory and regulatory funding conditions. [Full Bio]


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.  Ted’s expertise in financial, cost reporting, reimbursement, and administrative issues is widely recognized, and illustrated by his selection as a 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018 Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer in health care. Ted routinely handles challenging issues for clients such as government audits, internal investigations, and litigation. [Full Bio]


Participants can earn up to 1.5 CPE credits in Specialized Knowledge and Applications upon completion of all course requirements.


  • Prerequisites: None 
  • Target Audience: CEOs / Program Directors; CFOs and Fiscal Staff; Compliance Officers and Staff; and Project Managers and other Grants Management Staff
  • Advanced Preparation: None  
  • Program Level: All
  • Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
  • Attendance Requirements: In order to be awarded the full credits, you must respond to five (5) out of seven (7) polling questions.

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Available Credit

  • 1.25 Certificate of Attendance


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