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Financial Management What you need to know…. Agenda –Introductions –Webinar logistics –Financial management systems OMB circulars – ‘Super Circular’ Accounting.

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1 Financial Management What you need to know…

2 Agenda –Introductions –Webinar logistics –Financial management systems OMB circulars – ‘Super Circular’ Accounting system Policies and procedures –Fiscal Reporting –Requirements for cash reimbursement requests –Preparing for fiscal site visits Common IG audit findings –Member support costs and grant drawdown –Administrative Costs –Close Outs –Program Income

3 Your Fiscal Team July Afable, Manager of Accounting & Finance –617-542-2544, x225 – Dan Glidden, CFO –617-542-2544, x227 –

4 Financial Mgmt. Systems –OMB Circulars – Super Circular –Key characteristics –Required policies and procedures –Suggested policies and procedures –Policies and Procedures and Form 990 –Electronic storage

5 OMB Super Circular This final guidance supersedes and streamlines requirements from OMB Circulars A-21, A-87, A- 110, and A-122 (which have been placed in OMB guidances); Circulars A-89, A-102, and A-133; and the guidance in Circular A-50 on Single Audit Act follow-up. Effective date 12-26-2014 – all federal awards made on or after this date Raises Single Audit threshold to $750,000 from $500,000 26/pdf/2013-30465.pdf

6 Accounting System In order to meet the CNCS reporting standards … Your Accounting System must be capable of: –Distinguishing grant versus non-grant related expenditures –Identifying costs by program year –Identifying costs by budget category (chart of accounts) –Differentiating between direct and indirect costs (administrative costs)

7 Accounting System (cont.) – Accounts for each award/grant separately – Maintains Federal/non-Federal matching funds separately from grant funds – Records in-kind contribution as both revenues and expenses – Directly correlates to financial reports submitted to MSA (PERs)

8 Policies and Procedures


10 Policies and Procedures and Form 990

11 Electronic Storage



14 Fiscal Reporting Quarterly Due Dates –October 15, 2014 (13-14 AND 14-15 through Sept. 30) –January 15 (through December 31) –April 15 (through March 31) –July 15 (through June 30) –October 15, 2015 (14-15 AND 15-16 through Sept. 30) Email PER Excel document with individual worksheets updated through the required date

15 Reimbursement and Reporting Key Definitions “Cover Sheet”/Request for Cash Reimbursement Cover Page Budget Summary Worksheet PER/Periodic Expense Report Backup/Supporting Documentation FFR/Federal Financial Report –MSA submits this report, aggregating information from the PERS

16 Cover Sheet

17 Budget Summary Worksheet

18 PER

19 Supporting Documentation

20 Reimbursement Request Process At least quarterly –At minimum, request funds 30 days after submission of PER (except for July 15) –Encouraged to request more frequently Payments made via check or electronic fund transfer (EFT) –EFT requires small transaction fee deducted from reimbursement –Contact July to discuss/choose EFT

21 Reimbursement Request Process Accurate reimbursement received by 15 th processed by 30 th ; received by 30 th processed by 15 th –Inaccurate reimbursements returned for revision and will be resubmitted for processing in the next reimbursement cycle –MSA adheres to 15 day processing timeline to account for staff capacity, time off, etc. MSA does not advance funds

22 Reimbursement Request Documents Reimbursement Request Cover Page Budget Summary Worksheet PER Supporting Documentation

23 Reimbursement Request Documents Complete reimbursement request includes: –Cover sheet with original signature (fax, scan or mail) –Budget summary worksheet printout –PER printout for current request Also email PER to your Program Officer at MSA –General ledger, reconciliation report, other backup documentation –Individual member hours to date/accountability log Your PO person likely will send the log Reimbursements will not be processed until all components are received


25 Budget Summary

26 PER

27 Fiscal Site Visits –Purpose MSA is responsible for ensuring the fiscal integrity of organizations funded Ensure proper systems and safeguards exist around the financial operations of an AmeriCorps program

28 Fiscal Site Visits (cont.) –Includes, but not limited to: Review of organization's internal control structure Review of prior audit reports and management letters Review of progress made from any prior audit and management letter finding(s) Review of recent request for reimbursement including all support documentation –Grant and match

29 Fiscal Site Visits (cont.) –Likely areas for review Member benefits Living allowance stipends Cash match In kind contributions Insurance Human resources/payroll documentation

30 Fiscal Site Visits (cont.) –Likely areas for review (cont.) Financial policies and procedures Cost allocations Program analysis –Actual vs. Budget reports Program documentation – signed contract and provisions Staff charged to grant –I-9 –W-4 –Timesheets –Current wage authorization –Job description –Current personnel evaluation

31 Fiscal Site Visits (cont.) –Recurring Fiscal Findings Staff Files missing I-9s Incomplete I-9s Staff Files missing Job Descriptions or contracts Staff Files missing properly completed payroll authorization forms No Staff timesheets Staff and member timesheets missing supervisory signoff Electronic timesheet systems that were not complaint

32 Member Support Costs According to the AC Provisions –Regardless of member type: Stipends are not determined by the number of hours served, it’s a flat rate Stipends can only be paid while a member is serving Timesheets properly completed –Signed by supervisor and member –Service, training and fundraising hours segregated

33 Member Support Costs (cont.) –Guidance from CNCS A member stipend stays the same for the duration of their service All members with the same position description must be paid identical stipends and receive the same benefits Member stipends can not be pro-rated Member stipends can not be paid in lump sums If members are suspended through a whole pay period they are not eligible for that stipend

34 Grant Drawdown –Commissions and AmeriCorps Programs do not spend all of their Federal money each year. –Most of the unexpended funds are from Section II Member Support Costs and other costs associated with members (Trainings, Travel).

35 Grant Drawdown (cont.) Section I –Reconcile budgeted amount with year to date expenses –Forecast projected expenditures –File amendment with Program Officer Section II –Start program year with full enrollment –Fill slots vacated by members who served less than 30% of their hours –Convert Member Slots

36 Grant Drawdown (cont.) –Budget Amendments Contact your AmeriCorps Program officer before initiating a budget amendment All provisions still apply to budget amendments Include justification with budget amendment Budget amendments are subject to review Budget amendments can be rejected

37 Section III: Admin. Costs –A fixed percentage of Section I + Section II designed for administrative costs –Composed of Corporation Fixed Amount (this is yours) Commission Fixed Amount (this is MSA’s) –Starting with the 14-15 program year, this is now 1.5% –The only way to draw down all of Section III is to draw down all of Section I and Section II

38 Section III - Calculations

39 Grant Close Out A grant is closed out when it is over This process at CNCS documents: –Total Funds drawn down –Sub-grantee certification –Residual equipment & supply inventory –Refunds as necessary Process –MSA checks total funds drawn down for program and compares to final program FFR/PER –MSA sends close out letter/instructions with forms to programs and amounts drawn down –Program completes forms and reconciles its total draw down with MSA amount provided –Program submits documentation to MSA within 30 days –MSA aggregates all programs and submits one package to CNCS

40 Program Income –Definition Revenue earned as a direct result of activities funded under the grant –Program income must be used for the purposes of the grant incurred during the project period –Program income on hand must be used to defray eligible program costs before requesting funds

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