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Webinars and Training

Procurement Webinar: Identifying FTA-Funded Procurements and Their Impact on Other Oversight Programs

FTA hosted a procurement webinar for recipients and regional staff to learn how to identify FTA-funded procurements and its impact on the agency's oversight programs. Webinar participants were taught the tools and techniques to determine which grants have FTA procurement contracting opportunities. In addition, FTA discussed why tracking procurements is important for Triennial, State Management, and Civil Rights reviews. FTA also provided an update on the top ten procurement findings and the best methods to address those deficiencies.

New Recipient Webinar Module 1: FTA Programs, Processes, and Resources

FTA hosted an introductory training module for new FTA Recipients that provided a high-level understanding of FTA Oversight programs and processes. During the session, FTA discussed the purpose of FTA oversight, highlighted the oversight process, provided an overview of the Contractors Manual, discussed how to prepare for a review and available resources.  

This was the first module in a series of webinars that will be held to assist new recipients in understanding FTA requirements in order to have a successful first review. 

New Recipient Webinar Module 2: Legal, Financial Management & Capacity and Technical Capacity 

FTA hosted an introductory training module for new FTA Recipients that provided a high-level understanding of FTA Oversight program requirements in the areas of Legal, Financial Management & Capacity and Technical Capacity. During the session, FTA discussed the basic requirements, required documentation, common issues and available resources for these areas.  

This was the second module in a series of webinars that will be held to assist new recipients in understanding FTA requirements in order to have a successful first review. 

FTA Recipient Information Request Webinars

FTA hosted a webinar series to help agencies understand how to complete the Recipient Information Request (RIR) for submission. For each webinar, presenters introduced the audience to the Triennial Review/State Management Review process, presented on the RIR document sections with sample submissions, and ended with questions and answers.

FTA Key Procurement Deficiencies Webinars

FTA hosted four webinars to highlight key areas of procurement deficiencies in FTA’s oversight review programs. During the webinars, FTA discussed five key procurement deficiencies, explained the requirements related to key procurement deficiency areas, discussed common drivers of deficiencies, explored methods for preventing these deficiencies, and discussed procurement aspects of FTA’s COVID-19 supplemental funds.

Calculating, Documenting, and Charging Operating Expenses Webinars

FTA hosted a webinar series to provide technical assistance to FTA recipients on how to calculate, document, and charge operating expenses. The webinars will discuss eligible operating expenses, explain how to calculate FTA operating assistance, examine appropriate documentation of operating expenses and Electronic Clearing House draws, and describe recommended actions if an error is made in calculating operating assistance. 

Procurement System Review Program Training Module: Cost and Price Analysis

This e-learning course will provide recipients with an understanding of the fundamentals and best practices for procurement cost and price analysis as required by 2 CFR 200, the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), and other federal third-party contracting requirements. After taking this e-Learning course, recipients will be able to define price and cost analysis; discuss key regulations and guidance pertaining to cost and price analysis; describe the importance of conducting an independent cost estimate; outline the process of completing an independent cost estimate; describe the steps of a price analysis versus a cost analysis; describe how to document cost analysis and negotiations; and finally, compare types of contracts. This e-Learning course should be helpful in mitigating procurement findings during State Management and Triennial Reviews.