Serving all communities via the Whole of Government. January 2022
INVESTMENT AND JOBS ACT
Communications Commission approves of rules to implement the Affordable
The FCC voted to
formally adopt a Report and Order and Further Notice that gives guidance
regarding the Affordable Connectivity Program. This program provides $14.2
in funding that provides qualifying households discounts on their internet
bill and the opportunity to receive a device from participating providers.
The news release with more information regarding the program can be foundhere.
Foundation for the Arts and Humanities has no projects for infrastructure
as defined by the Infrastructure and Investment Jobs Act
The “Build America,
Buy America Act” requires federal entities to list all Federal financial
assistance programs for infrastructure. The notice of the report can be
Telecommunications and Information Administration and the U.S. Department
of Commerce requests comments on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act
The comments are due
Feb. 4, 2022, and can be made here.
Administration publishes recording of Infrastructure Investment and Jobs
recording can be foundhere and the slides can be found here.
Transportation gives notice that they are submitting an information
collection request to the Office of Management and Budget
Upon receiving the
requested six-month emergency approval, the Office of the Secretary will
follow normal procedures to obtain extended approval for this information
collection, which includes applicants submitting proposals for
discretionary grant funding under the National Infrastructure Project
Assistance Program. Comments should be made as soon as possible and information
about the request can be foundhere.
Administration announces Bridge Replacement, Rehabilitation, Preservation,
Protection and Construction Program made possible by Infrastructure
Invesment and Jobs Act
More than $27
billion will go to state and tribal transportation facilities to fix more
than 15,000 bridges. More information about this new program as well as
program guidance and state-by-state funding can be foundhere.
Carrier Safety Administration establishes apprenticeship program for 18-,
19- and 20-year-olds to operate commercial vehicles in interstate commerce
Investment and Jobs Act required that this program be established. Read
more about the program here.
Agriculture Office of Inspector General releases oversight plan for
Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act funding
Investment and Jobs Act provides the Department of Agriculture with $8.3
billion in funding. The oversight plan with a breakdown of how the funding
will be allocated can be found here.
Energy unveils Building a Better Grid Initiative
focuses on developing new and upgraded high-capacity transmission lines.
More about the goals of this initiative can be foundhere.
Housing and Urban Development evaluates its federal assistance
infrastructure programs to check if they are consistent with the
Infrastructure Investment Jobs Act
Investment and Jobs Act requires each federal agency to file a report with
Congress and the Office of Management and Budget within 60 days of
enactment to identify and evaluate all financial assistance programs for
infrastructure to determine if the program is inconsistent with the Act.
HUD has conducted an initial review and determined that none of the
programs it has reviewed to date fully meet the requirements of the act.
The HUD notice can be found here.
Department of the
Interior releases Interim Final Rule regarding abandoned mine land
To be consistent
with the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the Department of the
Interior will be accepting comments through Feb. 14, and more information
can be foundhere.
Reclamation publishes spending plan for infrastructure act funds
The Bureau of
Reclamation received $8.3 billion under Title IX. The funds will be spent
on water storage, aging infrastructure and more. The plan, including a
breakdown of how they plan to allocate the funds, can be foundhere.
releases report on programs subject to the Build America, Buy America Act
Provisions of Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act
The report is an
initial analysis of financial assistance infrastructure programs. The
report and excel sheet can both be accessed here.
administration announces state funding to address the costs of home energy
The Low-Income Home
Energy Assistance Program will help states, localities and tries address
home energy costs this winter. This builds on utility companies’
commitments to preventing shut offs this winter. More information about the
program can be foundhere.
Education publishes FAQs for ESSER and Governor’s Emergency Education
address how to use both funds to prevent, prepare for and respond to
COVID-19 and can be found here.
Education updates maintenance of equity FAQs
updated answer to question 32 clarifying if any local education agencies
are excepted from the maintenance of equity requirements. The updated FAQs
can be found here.
Stabilization Fund Updates Transparency Portal
The portal now displays award and expenditure data by
state for four major ESF programs: ESSER, GEER, EANS and the Higher
Education Emergency Relief fund.
Office of Elementary
and Secondary Education updates ARP Homeless Children and Youth Grants FAQs
There are two new
questions both of which provide information on subgrants. The FAQs can be
HEALTH AND HUMAN
requires insurance companies and group help plans to cover the cost of
at-home COVID-19 tests
effective Jan. 15, will cover a certain number of tests per month depending
on the size of the family. FAQs can be found here and additional details here. In a press release, the Biden
administration also announced other actions to expand testing such as
providing 50 million free at-home tests to community health centers and
Medicare-certified health clinics. That media release is available here, and more information about the health center initiative can
be found here.
Health and Human
Services Secretary renews COVID-19 public health emergency
The COVID-19 public
health emergency has existed since Jan. 27, 2020. The renewal statement can
be found here.
Children and Families publishes Low Income Household Water Assistance
Program Data Webinar
The data report
webinar slides, intake and eligibility slides and benefits slides can all
be found here.
Children and Families releases Low Income Household Water Assistance
Program Data Webinar quarterly report form and instructions
The first quarter
2022 report is due Jan. 31, and the form and instructions can be found here.
Children and Families publishes update on Head Start litigation after two district
highlight states that do not have to comply with the Interim Final Rule on
vaccine and mask requirements in Head Start programs, pending future
developments in litigation. The update can be found here.
Families announces additional training opportunities for Emergency Rental
Assistance/Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
There will be
additional office hour sessions on Jan. 28 from 1-2 p.m. (ET) and on Feb. 1
from 1-2 p.m. (ET). There will also be another webinar on Jan. 31 from
1:30-3:30 p.m. (ET). Registration information can be found here.
Children and Families updates Low Income Household Water Assistance Program
Community Living starts awarding $150 million to broaden the ageing and
disability networks’ public health workforce
Half of this funding
is being awarded over the next two weeks and the rest over the coming
months. You can find the 11 grantee networks as well as more general
information here. FAQs can be found here. Four networks must still submit letters of
assurance, as explained in the Federal Register notices linked below:
HUD Office of
Inspector General examines slow-spending grantees
The HUD Office of
the Inspector General audited Community Development Block Grant Disaster
Recovery slow-spending grantees to assess oversight of grant expenditures,
determine the status of grants and the impacts of COVID-19 on grantee
spending. The audit can be foundhere.
Management Agency cancels over $870 million in outstanding community
disaster loan balances
The cancellation is
due to congressional legislation in the continuing budget resolution. It
will significantly impact states along the Gulf Coast. More information can
be found here.
FCC commits an
additional $361 million in Emergency Connectivity Fund support to schools
This addition brings
the total program commitments to nearly $4.2 billion. The news release can
Association Office of the Inspector General publishes Oversight of the
Grant Recipient’s Implementation of the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic
The Small Business
Administration was the recipient of $25 million to provide a centralized
hub for COVID-19 information. Their evaluation can be found here.
Food and Nutrition
Services releases annual adjustment to Summer Food Service Program
This Summer Food
Service Program 2022 rate adjustment will increase federal reimbursements
to school food programs by 25 cents per lunch. More information about the
reimbursement rates can be foundhere, and a table estimating total pandemic-related support to
school food programs can be found here.
resources and FAQs for The Emergency Food Assistance Program Reach and
These grants are
available for state agencies in the Emergency Food Assistance Program. The
FAQs and other resources can be foundhere, and the request for applications for the grant is available here. Applications are due Feb. 4.
The Department of
the Treasury publishes list for recipients of State and Local Fiscal
Recovery Funds to identify their reporting tiers
The spreadsheet can
be found here, and the project and expenditure report user guide can be found
publishes practice that may help those in the Emergency Rental Assistance
Households may not
have rental arrears but need assistance in a security deposit or future
rent. The use of commitment letters would allow those applicants to provide
documentation to their landlord that says they are preliminarily qualified
for rental assistance. More information about this practice can be found here.
department publishes periodic report on Municipal Liquidity Facility
This report is
accompanied by a transaction specific spreadsheet. Both can be found here.
The Department of
the Treasury publishes State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Final Rule