232 FW 1
Mandatory Financial Assistance Training

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 Date:  October 17, 2014, as amended July 31, 2017

Series: Employee Development and Training

Part 232: Training Operations

Originating Office: Division of Financial Assistance Support and Oversight

 

 

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1.1 What is the purpose of this chapter? The purpose of this chapter is to promote effective and consistent administration of financial assistance awards through the delivery of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service)-specific financial assistance training. 

1.2 What are the objective and scope of this chapter?

 

A. Objective: This chapter establishes the minimum training requirement and standards for Service employees who work with grant and cooperative agreement (financial assistance) awards.

 

B. Scope: This chapter covers all Service employees who work with financial assistance awards throughout the award life cycle, i.e., pre-award, award (project period), closeout, and post-closeout (see section 1.8 and Exhibit 1, Financial Assistance Tasks List).

 

1.3 What are the authorities for this chapter?

 

A. 370 DM 312.3, Departmental Personnel Program, Competencies.

 

B.370 DM 410, Departmental Personnel Program, Human Capital Training and Development.

 

1.4 Who is responsible for the Service’s financial assistance training? SeeTable 1-1.

 

Table 1-1: Responsibilities for Financial Assistance Training

These employees . . .

Are responsible for . . .

 A. The Director

(1) Ensuring that thetraining policy and standards in this chapter are implemented, and

 

(2) Ensuring there is a viable training program for employees who work with financial assistance awards, i.e., grants and cooperative agreements.

B. The Assistant Director – Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) Program through the Division of Financial Assistance Support and Oversight (FASO)

(1) Developing training topics, strategies, approaches, and materials customized to meet the training needs of employees working with financial assistance awards; and

 

(2) Overseeing Servicewide implementation of this policy consistent with procedures established for the management, development, and approval of required training (see 231 FW 6).

C. Directorate members in Headquarters and the Regions

Ensuring employees who work with financial assistance awards throughout the award life cycle—i.e., pre-award, award (project period), closeout, and post-closeout—are aware of and follow the requirements in this policy.

D. Supervisors and Managers

 

 

 

(1) Ensuring that employees are properly trained to perform their financial assistance work, and

 

(2) Implementing the continuous learning policy (see 231 FW 1).

 

1.5 What is the training requirement for Service employees who work with financial assistance awards, and what is the timing for fulfilling it?

 

A. Training requirement:

 

(1) Based on their work assignment, employees who work with financial assistance awards must complete one of two Service training courses that meet the minimum training requirement and the standards:

 

(a)   WSFR employees must take the Basic Grants Management Course (WSFR-BGM).

 

      (b) All other Service employees who work with grants and cooperative agreements (see section 1.8) must take the Servicewide Basic Financial Assistance Course (FASO-BFA).

 

(2) Employees who completed either course before the date of this policy have fulfilled this requirement unless one or more of the circumstances in section 1.11 occur.

 

B. Timing: Employees who have not already taken one of the courses before the date of this policy and are currently assigned one or more tasks related to working with financial assistance awards (see Exhibit 1, Financial Assistance Tasks List) must complete the training requirement by the end of Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. After FY 2018, employees must complete the training requirement within 6 months of being assigned a task(s) related to working with financial assistance awards.

 

1.6 How much of the employee’s time does this requirement take? The FASO-BFA training course is 3 days (i.e., 24 hours of an employee’s time), and the WSFR-BGM training course is 4 days (i.e., 32 hours of an employee’s time).

 

1.7 Are there any other training courses besides those described in section 1.5A that will meet the training requirement? No. Training offered by other entities is not specific to Service policies and procedures.

 

1.8 To which employees does this policy apply?

 

A. This policy applies to all employees who perform one or more of the tasks in Exhibit 1, Financial Assistance Tasks List, including those authorized to sign awards (see 516 FW 3).

 

B. This policy does not apply to employees whose only role in the financial assistance process is creating, approving, or certifying purchase requisitions and committing funds in the financial system (i.e., has a Requisitioner, Acquisition Supervisor, or Certifying Funds Approval role only).

 

1.9 How do employees register for the Service financial assistance training courses? Registration is available through DOI Learn.

 

1.10 What are the basic Service standards these courses must cover? See Table 1-2.

 

Table 1-2: Service Standards for WSFR-BGM and FASO-BFA Courses

Course Topics

Basic Standard

Fundamentals

Understanding Grants and Cooperative Agreements

Award Management Process

Compliance

Phases of Award Life Cycle

Pre-Award

Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), Grants.gov Announcement, Application Review and Selection, Risk Assessment, Notice of Award

Award (Project Period)

Award – Notice of Award

Managing and Monitoring

Reporting Requirements

Closeout

Closeout Process

Post-Closeout

Ongoing Responsibilities

 

1.11 When might an employee who works with financial assistance awards be required to take some other training in addition to the training required in this policy? Additional training may become necessary to address new or changing circumstances, such as:

 

A. Governmentwide or Departmentwide financial assistance requirements;

 

B. Findings from an investigation, review (e.g., an Office of Management and Budget (OMB) A-123 Appendix A review), or an audit; or

 

C. If the Director requires it.

 

 

For more information about this policy, contact the Division of Financial Assistance Support and Oversight. For more information about this website, contact Krista Bibb in the Division of Policy, Performance, and Management Programs.

 

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