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The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act:. SAVING AND CREATING JOBS AND REFORMING EDUCATION U.S. Department of Education Rehabilitation Services Administration April 2009. Guiding Principles. IL ARRA Funds.

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The american recovery and reinvestment act

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act:

SAVING AND CREATING JOBS AND REFORMING EDUCATION

U.S. Department of Education

Rehabilitation Services Administration

April 2009


Guiding principles

Guiding Principles


Il arra funds

IL ARRA Funds

  • Independent Living - $52.5 million (100 percent of IL ARRA formula grant funds) were made available on April 1, 2009:

    • State IL Services (IL Part B) Program - $18.2 million

    • IL Services for Older Individuals Who Are Blind - $34 .3 million

  • Centers for Independent Living Program (CIL): $87.5 million (to follow)


Balance speed and effectiveness

Balance Speed and Effectiveness

  • Balance speed and stimulus with careful planning and effective reforms

  • Maximize short-term investments with lasting results

  • Minimize unsustainable ongoing commitments

  • Integrate coherent improvement strategies that are aligned with the core reform goals


Accountability and transparency

Accountability and Transparency

  • All ARRA funds must be tracked separately

  • Reporting template being developed for use by States to capture required information

  • Transparency allows opportunity to quantify/define goals and mobilize support for improving results


Topics il part b arra funds

Topics: IL Part B ARRA Funds

Similarities with Regular IL Part B

Differences with Regular IL Part B

Reporting

Examples of Uses of IL Part B ARRA Funds

Pending Questions

Common Inquiry Topics

Questions and Answers


Il part b arra similarities

IL Part B ARRA Similarities

States must provide the requisite non-Federal share of 10 percent for all ARRA funds expended under the IL Part B program, in addition to the regular FY 2009 and FY 2010 appropriations. The carryover of ARRA funds until September 30, 2011 is contingent upon meeting the matching requirement by September 30, 2010.


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IL Part B ARRA Similarities

States are eligible to receive ARRA funds under this program based on their approved State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) and the provision of the certification required by section 1607 of the ARRA. The assurances in a state's SPIL, as well as the requirements of the ARRA, will apply to the use of ARRA funds. A state does not need to submit a new SPIL to receive its ARRA IL Part B funds.


Il part b arra similarities2

IL Part B ARRA Similarities

State plan amendments are not required for the receipt and expenditure of the funds under the State IL Grants Program, as long as those expenditures are consistent with the FY 2008-10 SPIL.


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IL Part B ARRA Similarities

However, as required by the IL program regulations at 34 C.F.R. §364.20 and the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) at 34 C.F.R. §76.140 and 76.141, a state must amend its SPIL if there will be a significant and relevant change in the information or assurances in the plan, the administration or operation of the plan, or the organization, policies, or operations of the state agency that received the grant, if the change materially affects the information or assurances in the plan.


Il part b arra similarities cont d

IL Part B ARRA Similarities (cont’d)

All ARRA funds for IL Part B programs under the Rehabilitation Act must be used consistently with the current statutory and regulatory requirements for those programs, as well as applicable requirements in the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA) and EDGAR.


Il part b arra differences

IL Part B ARRA Differences

The ARRA funds received by the State IL Grants program will remain available for obligation by grantees until September 30, 2011, which includes one year of carry over in accordance with section 19 of the Rehabilitation Act.

The Department has assigned a new CFDA number to the IL Part B ARRA funds in order to facilitate separate accounting for the funds.


Il part b arra differences cont d

IL Part B ARRA Differences (cont’d)

Generally, funds should be used for short-term investments that have the potential for long-term benefits, rather than for commitments that the State may not be able to sustain once ARRA funds are expended.


Il part b arra funds reporting

IL Part B ARRA Funds Reporting

ARRA requires that recipients of funds made available under that act separately account for, and report on, how those funds are spent. Recipients will need to maintain accurate documentation of all ARRA expenditures to ensure that the data reported are accurate, complete, and reliable.

States will be expected to monitor sub-recipients to help ensure data quality and the proper expenditure of ARRA funds.


Il part b arra funds reporting cont d

IL Part B ARRA Funds Reporting (cont’d)

IL Part B ARRA expenditures will be reported on the Recovery.gov Web site.

State is required to submit reports containing the information required under section 1512(c) of the ARRA. These reports must be submitted not later than 10 days after the end of each calendar quarter. First one is due in October.


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IL Part B ARRA Funds Reporting (cont’d)

OMB issued draft standard data elements for use in complying with the report requirements under section 1512 of the ARRA on April 1, 2009 in the FR beginning on page 14824.

Further information on reporting instructions will be provided online at www.FederalReporting.gov.


Examples of il part b arra funds uses

Examples of IL Part B ARRA Funds Uses

Improving Performance and Serving More Individuals

Staff Development

State Agency Infrastructure including Technology

Service Provider Infrastructure and Improving Quality of Services

Program Management including Quality Assurance and Improving Use of Data


Il part b improving performance and serving more individuals

IL Part B Improving Performance and Serving More Individuals

Developing and maintaining Web sites to disseminate information and resources to consumers with disabilities

Improving the availability of services to groups of consumers who have been unserved or underserved

Improving the availability of rehabilitation technology to program participants


Il part b improving performance and serving more individuals cont d

IL Part B Improving Performance and Serving More Individuals (cont’d)

Providing services to additional individuals who wish to transition from nursing homes to their communities

Increasing IL services to students with disabilities transitioning from school to employment and independent living


Il part b staff development

IL Part B Staff Development

Training staff in data analysis, evaluation, statistics, and program management

Training staff and SILC members in writing and evaluating SPIL goals, objectives, and work plans

Training Part B CILs on fiscal management


Il part b staff development cont d

IL Part B Staff Development (cont’d)

Training staff to improve the monitoring and oversight of Part B funds

Training staff on effective ways of providing assistive technology to consumers


Il part b state agency infrastructure including technology

IL Part B State Agency Infrastructure including Technology

Designing or re-designing the State's IL website

Purchasing technology to address the challenges of providing services in rural areas e.g., technology that allows staff to have wireless access to case management systems

Purchasing technology to collect, analyze, and enter performance and management data


Service provider infrastructure and improving quality of services

Service Provider Infrastructure and Improving Quality of Services

Increasing the capacities of public or nonprofit agencies and organizations and other entities to develop comprehensive approaches or systems for providing IL services

Pairing CILs with expertise in specific areas (e.g., financial management, nursing home transition services, youth services) to mentor less experienced CILs


Il part b program management including quality assurance and improved use of data

IL Part B Program Management Including Quality Assurance and Improved Use of Data

Developing a strategic plan

Developing written policies and procedures

Conducting program evaluations


Pending questions

Pending Questions

What will the reporting requirements be for IL Part B ARRA funds?

Will agencies have to report on their ARRA funds as they do with their regular funds in addition to the ARRA-specific reporting requirements?

Are there IL Part B sub-recipients for the purpose of ARRAreporting?


Il part b arra common inquiry topics

IL Part B ARRA Common Inquiry Topics

Reallotment


More information

More Information

www.ed.gov and www.recovery.gov

FAQs, Hot Topics, etc

Independent Living and Vocational Rehabilitation Questions: [email protected]


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