Berkeley Research Group provides advisory services to non-profit NGOs and for-profit global development organizations that provide mission-driven services under federally funded and private donor awards. The unique challenge for NGOs and NFPs is the tension that exists between balancing the need for compliant practices with limited budgets and resources. Our clients have a broad geographic footprint and are faced with the additional complexities and risks associated with decentralized field office operations.

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We provide a wide range of advisory services responsive to the diverse issues and risks present in the Global Development industry including the following:

Regulatory Compliance

  • Department of State (DSAR), Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), USAID Acquisition Regulations (USAIDAR) and OMB Circulars/Supercircular)
  • Agency-Specific Regulatory Compliance (e.g., DSSR, JTR, FAM, ADS)
  • Audit Support and Audit Readiness (DCAA, OIG, SIGAR, Agency Specific)
  • Compliance Assessments and Compliance Programs

Strategic Consultation

  • Strategic Planning
  • Enterprise Risk and Governance
  • Indirect Rate Restructuring
  • Donor / Sponsor Assessments
  • Cost Recovery Analysis
  • Positioning for Prime Contract Awards

Legal Support Services

  • Voluntary and Mandatory Disclosures Support
  • Qui Tam /Whistleblower Investigations
  • OIG Investigation Support
  • Suspension and Debarment Support
  • Bid Protests
  • Claims Preparation
  • Expert Testimony

Finance and Accounting for Contracts and Grants

  • Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement (NICRA) Development
  • Accounting System Selection and Design
  • Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) Compliance, Disclosure Statements and Cost Impacts
  • Incurred Cost Submissions
  • Financial Management and Program Control
  • Revenue Recognition
  • Financial close processes
  • Field Operations Process and Controls
  • Internal Control Assessments
  • Field Office and Project Audits
  • Cash and Treasury Management
  • Mangement Reporting/Dashboards

Award and Contract Administration

  • Contract and Grant Life-Cycle Administration and Process Improvement
  • Pre-Award Responsibility Determinations
  • Grant and Contract Management Systems and Processes
  • Sub-Award Management and Monitoring
  • Grant/Contract Database Implementation
  • Outsourced Administration of Grants and Contracts
  • Contract/Project Budgeting and Pipelines
  • Contract Audit and Closeout


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