ESSA Hot Topics: The Updates You Need to Know!

Thursday February 6, 2020
3:30 - 4:30 PM
Sidney Marcus Auditorium


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This presentation will provide the most up-to-date information regarding compliance under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR). ED releases new guidance documents, regulations, monitoring reports and findings while the Office of Inspector General (OIG) often releases audits regarding ED program and fiscal compliance. These updates are critical to the success of your programs. Accordingly, this session will review the most recent ED and OIG updates as well as provide advice regarding compliance with the requirements under the law. Topics may include allowability, equitable services, report card expenditure reporting, time and effort documentation, supplement not supplant, comparability, maintenance of effort, procurement and more!

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Tiffany Kesslar

Tiffany Winters Kesslar joined Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC in July 2006. Ms. Kesslar represents clients regarding Federal grants management compliance and assists her clients with both fiscal and programmatic aspects of federal education programs, including the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), amending the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Ms. Kesslar also actively represents clients in the resolution of adverse audit findings and compliance under the Office of Management and Budget’s Uniform Grants Guidance (UGG) and other federal administrative regulations, such as the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA) and the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR). Ms. Kesslar regularly serves as a keynote speaker on federal education grants compliance. Ms. Kesslar has developed and conducted trainings, webinars, and audio conferences on federal grants management and the fiscal and programmatic requirements of various federal programs. Ms. Kesslar also conducts mock monitoring and internal control reviews of State agencies, local educational agencies, institutions of higher education and nonprofits for fiscal and programmatic compliance with federal administrative requirements. Additionally, Ms. Kesslar serves on the Board of Directors for the National Grants Management Association. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Kesslar served as a law clerk at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Ms. Kesslar graduated cum laude from Clemson University and received her Juris Doctorate from the Catholic University Columbus School of Law. Ms. Kesslar is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court bar and the District of Columbia bar.

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