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OMM/OCFS/OTDA Materials: LCMs Issued by OCFS

10-OCFS-LCM-14 (Revised): Revised New York State Child Care Block Grant Supplemental American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Allocations for the Period October 1, 2009 through March 31, 2011
The purpose of this Local Commissioners Memorandum (LCM) is to inform social services districts (districts) of additional funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), Public Law 111-5 for the period October 1, 2009 through March 31, 2011, that has been added to the second ARRA allocations issued in 10-OCFS-LCM-03 dated July 1, 2010. This LCM also extends the expenditure and claiming period for the first round of ARRA allocations that were issued in 09-OCFS-LCM-14 dated November 6, 2009. Finally, this LCM clarifies that jobs creation must be reported for vendors that receive less than $25,000 in a quarter.

Since the issuance of 10-OCFS-LCM-03, a few local social services districts have declined their ARRA allocations. The amount of the declined ARRA allocations totals $446,738. These funds are being re-distributed to those remaining districts that qualified for the second issuance of ARRA allocations proportionally based on the allocation amounts that were issued in 10-OCFS-LCM-03. The revised allocations are included in Attachment A.

The ARRA funds are a one-time award made to New York State by the federal government. The State must obligate ARRA funds by September 30, 2010 and expend these funds by September 30, 2011. There is no provision to roll over unspent ARRA funds past this time frame. Therefore, in order for the State to meet federal time-frame requirements for expenditures, districts must expend all ARRA funds by March 31, 2011 and submit final claims for expenditures by June 30, 2011, regardless of when the ARRA allocation was issued. Previously, those districts that received the first issuance of ARRA allocations were notified that, to receive reimbursement, expenditures of those ARRA funds had to have been made by September 30, 2009 and the claims for those expenditures had to have been submitted by the district by March 31, 2010. This LCM is revising those instructions to make the rules consistent for both the first and second round of ARRA allocations. Expenditures from both rounds will be subject to reimbursement provided the expenditures are made by March 31, 2011 and the final claims are submitted by June 30, 2011. All other claiming requirements set forth in 10-OCFS-LCM-03 remain the same.

The Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) recently received clarification from the U.S. Office of Management and Budget regarding jobs reporting for ARRA projects. This clarification affects how OCFS collects and reports jobs data to the federal government. While the calculation for full-time equivalents (FTEs) remains the same, subrecipients must now report job estimate totals for vendors who received any payments from ARRA funds, including payments of under $25,000. Attachment C, Subrecipient Section 1512 Report Form, has been revised to reflect the change in the job reporting requirement. All other reporting requirements set forth in 10-OCFS-LCM-03 remain the same.


Created: 11/11/2010