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ARP Office Hours

Here are the next several sessions, including one tomorrow:

Counties and municipalities receiving $0 – $10 million in total ARP/CSLFRF funding

  • Thursday, March 3, at 12:00pm
  • Wednesday, March 9, at 8:30am
  • Friday, March 18, at 8:30am
  • Friday, March 25, at 12:00pm
  • Wednesday, April 6, at 8:30am
  • Monday, April 18, at 12:00pm
  • Thursday, April 28, at 8:30am

Counties and municipalities receiving over $10 million in total ARP/CSLFRF funding

  • Monday, March 7, at 12:00pm
  • Thursday, March 24, at 8:30am (focus on affordable housing)
  • Monday, April 4, at 12:00pm
  • Wednesday, April 13, at 8:30am
  • Wednesday, April 20, at 8:30am
  • Friday, April 29, at 12:00pm
  • Wednesday, May 4, at 8:30am

The Zoom link for all Office Hours is: https://unc.zoom.us/j/94011361206?pwd=MjIzWnlzOWxtNGtoUlNjaEV3ZWNPdz09

Meeting ID: 940 1136 1206

Passcode: 522329

 

Other ARP/UG Training

We have some courses lined up for this Spring. 

April 4, 2022: Basics of ARP/CSLFRF and UG for Local Government Attorneys and Grant Managers. This ½ day (Zoom) course provides an overview of the legal requirements in managing the ARP/CSLFRF award. It will include a detailed look at the various UG provisions and sample policies. It also will identify grey areas that may require further legal scrutiny before finalizing expenditure decisions.

April 11, 2022: Basics of Implementing the Standard Allowance. This course is targeted to finance and management staff of smaller and mid-sized units that are taking the standard allowance and spending most, if not all, of their ARP/CSLFRF as revenue replacement. The course has three parts, including brief overview videos, a 1-day live (Zoom) workshop, and extended daily Zoom Help Desk Office Hours the last two weeks of April (to help with implementation issues and completion of the Project & Expenditure report – due by April 30). The focus of the course is on the actual mechanics of adopting and managing the budget and budget amendments, making and tracking expenditures, adopting and implementing required policies, and minimizing administrative burden. We’ll have lots of examples to share.

Registration information for both coming soon.

 

Sample UG Policies

We finally have sample UG policies and other implementation tools ready to share. (Special thanks to my colleague, Rebecca Badgett, and our two great research assistants, Tiffany Oliva and Abby Gostling!) Here is a blog post with links to, and brief explanations of, the different policies and tools. Note that we are still working on a few and they may be further delayed because US Treasury has indicated it is going to put out more guidance on certain UG requirements “soon.” 

We are also working on “roadmaps” to help local governments understand what UG policies to adopt and how to implement them based on the various potential expenditure scenarios. (eg. A roadmap for local governments expending all their funds on salaries/benefits under revenue replacement.) Look for those “soon.” They will be posted to the SOG’s new website for all things ARP/CSLFRF. The site is a work in progress, so check back for periodic updates. And let us know what resources would be most helpful to you. 

 

New Compliance and Reporting Guidance

US Treasury did issue an updated Compliance and Reporting Guidance on February 28. The main changes align reporting elements and Expenditure Categories with the Final Rule. It is worth a read, though, as a reminder of many of your award terms and compliance and reporting requirements. (Note that you may have to update your project records to reflect new EC codes. More on that during Office Hours.) 

 

The School of Government offered a training on the Basics of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

This FREE six-day course was held over 3 weeks in October 2021 via Zoom. The course content was recorded and can be accessed on demand. 

The course topics include: 

  • Wednesday, October 13: Understanding ARP/CLFRF: Laying the Foundation*
  • Friday, October 15: Compliance Requirements I: Auditing, Subawards, and Reports
  • Wednesday, October 20: Compliance Requirements II: Procurement, Conflicts of Interest, and Other Uniform Guidance Provisions
  • Friday, October 22: Eligible Uses Under CLFRF and State Law
  • Tuesday, October 26: Best Practices for Effective Community Engagement
  • Thursday, October 28: Strategic Planning and Performance Management