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(ANN-05-02) This letter announces a series of one-day workshops on Managing Audits and Program Reviews: Paths for Success, which will also cover self-assessment tools for post secondary institutions to use. It also provides a link to FSA's new registrat

Publication Date: January 2005

DCL ID: ANN-05-02

This letter announces a series of one-day workshops on Managing Audits and Program Reviews: Paths for Success, which will also cover self-assessment tools for post secondary institutions to use. It also provides a link to FSA's new registration system, where all workshops and locations are listed.


Posted on 01-28-2005

Dear Partner:

We are pleased to announce FSA's spring training series, entitled Managing Audits and Program Reviews: Paths for Success. The one-day workshops will use a combination of interactive case studies, group exercises and lecture to cover these topics.

Who should attend the training?

The workshops are primarily designed for financial aid administrators and business officers of post secondary institutions that participate in the Federal student aid programs. Presidents of proprietary institutions as well as representatives from third-party servicers are also encouraged to attend these workshops.

The workshop content is directed toward those who are thoroughly familiar with the Title IV aid programs. As such, these workshops will give you the opportunity to practice your strategic management skills.

What will the workshops cover?

The workshops will use case studies, group activity, and lecture to train participants to:

  • Compare and understand the independent audit, program review, and OIG audit processes;
  • Describe the impact and value of the external review process;
  • Use preventative measures to evaluate and enhance Title IV Federal Student Aid program administration; and
  • Develop corrective action plans: to respond to audit and review findings and enhance institutional policies and procedures.

When, where and how long are the workshops?

The workshops will run from March 23 to May 26, 2005. Twenty-four workshops will be held at the ED Regional Training Facilities (RTFs). Most of the others will be held at training facilities of post-secondary institutions, but a few will occur at hotels. All workshops will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude no later than 5:00 p.m. the same day. An overview listing of the workshop dates and locations is attached to this letter.

Do I need to bring anything to the workshop?

We will provide you with a Participant's Guide, a handout on the FSA Assessments and seven case studies and their solutions. You will need to bring with you one two-inch binder to hold these materials.

How do I register for a workshop? Can I get directions and travel information to my workshop site?

Each RTF workshop will be limited to 45 to 50 persons and each post secondary institution workshop will be generally limited to 50 persons. Registration for these workshops is on a first-come, first-served basis. If you register, but later find you are unable to attend, please cancel your space so that someone else may attend in your place. If FSA changes the dates and/or location of a workshop or cancels a workshop, we will notify you by e-mail.

To view the schedule of workshops, and to register for a workshop, go to //www.ed.gov/offices/OSFAP/training/index.html The same website includes directions and other travel information pertaining to each workshop location.

If you have not recently attended one of our other training workshops, we believe you will find our new registration system more user-friendly than its predecessor. We hope you will find Managing Audits and Program Reviews: Paths for Success a useful learning experience.

Sincerely,

Kay Jacks,
General Manager
FSA Application, School Eligibility and Delivery Services

Last Modified: 01/27/2005