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The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. “Creating Jobs, Supporting the States and Investing in Our Country’s Future”. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY

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    1. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 “Creating Jobs, Supporting the States and Investing in Our Country’s Future” Workforce Institute, Inc. 571-214-5239

    2. The American Recovery andReinvestment Act of 2009 • ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY "We cannot overstate the importance of this effort. We are asking the American people to trust their government with an unprecedented level of funding to address the economic emergency. In return, we must prove to them that their dollars are being invested in initiatives and strategies that make a difference in their communities and across the country. Following through on our commitments for accountability and openness will create a foundation upon which we can build as we continue to tackle the economic crisis and the many other challenges facing our nation." Memorandum to Head of Departments and Agencies, February 9, 2009 Workforce Institute, Inc. 571-214-5239

    3. The American Recovery andReinvestment Act of 2009 The President has made it clear that every taxpayer dollar spent on our economic recovery must be subject to unprecedented levels of transparency and accountability.  He has identified five crucial objectives for Federal agencies, to ensure that: • Recovery funds are awarded and distributed in a prompt, fair and reasonable manner; • The recipients and uses of all recovery funds are transparent to the public, and that the public benefits of these funds are reported clearly, accurately, and in a timely manner; • Recovery funds are used for authorized purposes and every step is taken to prevent instances of fraud, waste, error, and abuse; • Projects funded under the recovery legislation avoid unnecessary delays and cost overruns; and, • Programs meet specific goals and targets, and contribute to improved performance on broad economic indicators. Workforce Institute, Inc. 571-214-5239

    4. The American Recovery andReinvestment Act of 2009 • The Final Copy of H.R. 1 can be found at: www.recovery.gov • This is the official web site for the Act and is tied to the White House web site. • The site will allow you to track initiatives including by state. • The site also provides information on accountability and transparency. Workforce Institute, Inc. 571-214-5239

    5. H.R. 1 Timelines 2/13/09 – Passed by Senate and House 2/17/09 – Signed into law and www.recovery.gov goes live 2/19/09 - Federal Agencies begin reporting formula block grant awards 3/3/09 - Federal Agencies begin reporting use of funds 5/3/09 – Federal Agencies make Performance Plans publicly available 5/3/09 – Federal Agencies begin reporting on their allocations for entitlement programs 5/15/09 – Detailed Agency financial reports to be made available 5/20/09 – Federal Agencies to begin reporting their competitive grants and contracts 7/15/09 – Recipients of Federal funding to begin reporting on their use of funds The American Recovery andReinvestment Act of 2009 Workforce Institute, Inc. 571-214-5239

    6. The American Recovery andReinvestment Act of 2009 • Provides $311 billion in appropriations including investments in: • Infrastructure and Science - $120 billion • Health - $14.2 billion • Education and Training - $105.9 billion • Energy - $ 37.5 billion (includes $30 billion in infrastructure) • Helping Americans hit hardest by the economic crisis - $ 24.3 billion • Law Enforcement, Oversight, and Other Programs - $ 7.8 billion Workforce Institute, Inc. 571-214-5239

    7. The American Recovery andReinvestment Act of 2009 • Infrastructure Improvements • $4.7 billion for Broadband to increase broadband access and usage in unserved and underserved areas of the Nation. The FCC is required to develop a national broadband plan within one year. Creates a new Broadband Technology Opportunities Program within the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Not less than $200 million for competitive grants for expanding public computer center capacity including at community colleges and public libraries. Not less than $250 million for competitive grants for innovative programs to encourage sustainable adoption of broadband service. • $2.75 billion for the Department of Homeland Security including $1 billion for airport baggage and checkpoint security. $430 billion for construction of border points of entry, $210 million for construction of fire stations, $300 million for port, transit and rail security, $280 billion for border security technology and communication, and $240 million for the Coast Guard. Workforce Institute, Inc. 571-214-5239

    8. The American Recovery andReinvestment Act of 2009 • Infrastructure Improvements (cont.) • $4.6 billion for the Corps of Engineers • $1.2 billion for VA hospital and medical facility construction and improvements (long-term care facilities and VA National Cemeteries) • $3.1 billion for repair, restoration and improvement of public facilities on public and tribal lands • $4.2 billion for facilities sustainment, restoration and modernization (used to invest in energy efficiency projects and to improve the repair and modernization of Department of Defense facilities including Defense Health facilities) Workforce Institute, Inc. 571-214-5239

    9. The American Recovery andReinvestment Act of 2009 • Infrastructure Improvements (cont.) • $2.33 billion for Department of Defense facilities including quality of life and family friendly military improvement projects such as family housing, hospitals and child care facilities. • $2.25 billion through HOME and the Low Income Tax Credit program to fill financing gaps caused by the credit freeze and to get stalled housing development projects moving. • $1 billion for the Community Development Block Grant Program for community and economic development projects including housing and services. • $1 billion for the Bureau of Reclamation to provide clean, reliable drinking water to rural areas Workforce Institute, Inc. 571-214-5239

    10. The American Recovery andReinvestment Act of 2009 • Transportation • $27.5 billion for highway investments • $8.4 billion for investments in public transportation • $1.5 billion for competitive grants to states and local governments for transportation investments • $1.3 billion for investments in the air transportation system • $9.3 billion for investments in rail transportation including Amtrak, High Speed and Intercity Rail Workforce Institute, Inc. 571-214-5239

    11. The American Recovery andReinvestment Act of 2009 • Public Housing • $4 billion to the public housing capital fund to enable local public housing to address a $32 billion backlog in capital needs especially improving energy efficiency in aging buildings. • $2 billion for full-year payments to owners receiving Section 8 project-based rental assistance • $2 billion for the redevelopment of abandoned and foreclosed homes • $1.5 billion for homeless prevention activities to be sent to states, cities and local government through the Emergency Shelter Grant Program • $250 million is included for energy retrofitting and green investments in HUD assisted housing projects Workforce Institute, Inc. 571-214-5239

    12. The American Recovery andReinvestment Act of 2009 • Environmental Clean-up/Clean Water • $6 billion is directed towards environmental clean-up of former weapon production and energy research sites • $6 billion for local clean and drinking water infrastructure improvements • $1.2 billion for EPA’s nationwide environmental cleanup programs including Superfund • $1.38 billion to support $3.8 billion in loans and grants for needed water and waste disposal facilities in rural areas Workforce Institute, Inc. 571-214-5239

    13. The American Recovery andReinvestment Act of 2009 • Science • $1 billion for NASA (see next slide) • $3 billion total for the National Science Foundation (NSF) (see additional slide) • $2 billion total for Science at the Department of Energy including $400 million for the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) to support high-risk, high-payoff research into energy sources and energy efficiency in collaboration with industry • $1.6 billion for the Department of Energy – Office of Science to fund research in such areas as climate, science, biofuels, high-energy physics, nuclear physics, and fusion energy sciences • $600 million overall for the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) (see additional slide) • $830 million total for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) Workforce Institute, Inc. 571-214-5239

    14. The American Recovery andReinvestment Act of 2009 • Science – NASA • $1.0 billion overall • $50 million to restore NASA-owned facilities damages from hurricanes and other natural disasters occurring in 2008 • $400 million related to speeding up the development of the next U.S. space launch vehicle Workforce Institute, Inc. 571-214-5239

    15. The American Recovery andReinvestment Act of 2009 • Science – NSF • $3 billion overall • $2.5 billion for Research and Related activities • $300 million for Major Research Instrumentation • $200 million for academic research facilities modernization • $100 million for Education and Human Resources • $60 million for Robert Noyce Scholarships • $25 million for Math and Science Partnerships • $15 million for Professional Science Master’s Program • $400 million for Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction Workforce Institute, Inc. 571-214-5239

    16. The American Recovery andReinvestment Act of 2009 • Science – NIST • $600 million overall • $220 million for Scientific and Technical Research and Services • $360 million for construction of research buildings of which $180 million is for a competitive construction grant program for research science buildings Workforce Institute, Inc. 571-214-5239

    17. The American Recovery andReinvestment Act of 2009 • Investments in Education & Training • $53.6 billion for the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund including: • $39.5 billion to local school districts by existing funding formulas which can be used for preventing cutbacks, preventing layoffs, school modernization or other purposes; • $5 billion to states as bonus grants for meeting key performance measures in education; • $8.8 billion to states for high priority needs such as public safety and other critical services, which may include education and for modernization, renovation and repairs of school facilities and institutions of higher education facilities. Workforce Institute, Inc. 571-214-5239

    18. The American Recovery andReinvestment Act of 2009 • Investments in Education & Training • $13 billion for Title I for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to help close the achievement gap and enable disadvantaged students to reach their potential. $5 billion education finance incentive grants and $3 billion for school improvement grants • $12.2 billion for Special Education/IDEA to improve educational outcomes for disabled children (highest SE $ ever) • $15.6 billion to increase the maximum PELL Grant by $500 from $4,731 (FY’08) to $5,350 in FY’09 and FY’10 (The FY’08 number includes a $490 increase in mandatory spending; the FY’09 number assumes an increase of $119 in the FY’09 omnibus appropriations bill) • $200 million in additional funding for the Federal Work Study Program, focused on community service • $89 million to make additional awards (or adjustments) to existing grantees for the AmeriCorps Program Workforce Institute, Inc. 571-214-5239

    19. The American Recovery andReinvestment Act of 2009 • Investments in Education & Training • $60 million for Student Aid Administration • $250 million for the Institute of Education Services with up to $5 million to be used for state data coordination and for awards to public and private organizations to improve data coordination • Higher Education Modernization, Renovation and Repair Grants – combines the grant program for modernization, renovation and repair of academic facilities into the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund. Funds may be used for instruction, research or student housing. While there is no specific funding allocation for the grant program, $8.8 billion (18.2% of the $53.6 billion stabilization fund) is available for high-priority needs including public safety and other government services which MAY include modernization grants that are consistent with a green building rating system Workforce Institute, Inc. 571-214-5239

    20. The American Recovery andReinvestment Act of 2009 • Investments in Education & Training – HEMRRG continued • Program funding is allocated to the Governors of each state based on the following formula: 61% on the basis of their relative population between 5 and 24; and 39% on the basis of their relative total population • Program funding is available to all institutions of higher education as defined in the Higher Education Act of 1965 • Requires public institutions to use stabilization funds to mitigate the need to raise tuition and fees for in-state students OR for the modernization grants • Prohibits use of funds for endowments; the maintenance of systems, equipment, or facilities; athletic contests or events for which admission is charged; or, for facilities used for religious worship • Requires the Governor to return any funds not used within two years to the Secretary of Education • No preference is given to minority serving institutions or institutions affected by natural disasters Workforce Institute, Inc. 571-214-5239

    21. The American Recovery andReinvestment Act of 2009 • Department of Labor - $3.95 billion for Job Training (WIA) State formula grants for adults, dislocated workers, and youth programs • $500 million for grants to States for adult employment and training activities • $1.2 billion for grants to the States for youth activities, including summer employment for approximately 1 million youth (can now serve youth up to age 24). Work readiness is the only performance indicator for the program used to assist summer program effectiveness • $1.25 billion for grants to the States for dislocated worker employment and training activities • $200 million for the dislocated worker assistance national reserve • $400 million for Wagner-Peyser activities with $250 million of those funds are to support reemployment services for unemployment insurance claimants Workforce Institute, Inc. 571-214-5239

    22. The American Recovery andReinvestment Act of 2009 • Department of Labor – continued • $50 million for YouthBuild activities • $750 million for a program of competitive grants for worker training and placement in high growth and emerging sectors with $500 million of those funds for research, labor exchange and job training projects that prepare workers for careers in energy efficiency and renewable energy as described in section 171(e)(1)(B) of WIA • $120 million for the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) under Title V of the Older Americans act of 1965. • Funding for Unemployment Insurance (UI) • Funding for two new targeted populations for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program • Expands and reauthorizes the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program (includes farm related employment) • $250 million for the Office of Job Corps for construction, rehabilitation and acquisition of Job Corps Centers Workforce Institute, Inc. 571-214-5239

    23. The American Recovery andReinvestment Act of 2009 • Investments in Energy • $4.5 billion for repair of Federal Buildings to increase energy efficiency using green technology • $3.4 billion for Fossil Energy research and development • $4.5 billion for smart-grid related activities including work to modernize the grid (see slide) • $6.3 billion for Energy Efficiency and Conservation Grants • $5 billion for the Weatherization Assistance Program (see slide) • $2.5 billion for energy efficiency and renewable energy research • $3.1 billion for state energy program funds Workforce Institute, Inc. 571-214-5239

    24. The American Recovery andReinvestment Act of 2009 • Investments in Energy – Smart Grid and Weatherization • $4.5 billion for smart-grid. The Act jumpstarts smart grid demonstration projects in geographically diverse urban, suburban, tribal and rural areas. Federal matching grants for smart grid technology will increase from 20% to 50%. $100 million of these funds will be for training. • $5.0 billion for Home Weatherization which increases the threshold for household eligibility from 150% to 200% of the federal poverty income levels and increases the per home maximum assistance from $2,500 to $6,500. Allows the Secretary to encourage states to pursue separate elements of weatherizing eligible homes, such as attic insulation. $3.1 billion of these funds will be for the State Energy Program. Workforce Institute, Inc. 571-214-5239

    25. The American Recovery andReinvestment Act of 2009 • Investments in Energy (continued) • $2 billion in grant funding for the manufacturing of advanced battery systems and components and vehicle batteries produced in the U.S. • $6 billion for new loan guarantees aimed at standard renewable projects such as wind or solar projects and for electricity transmission projects, note this covers loan guarantees for renewable energy systems and and electrical power transmission that begin construction by September 30, 2011. Up to $500 million for the development of leading edge biofuels that have been demonstrated and have commercial promise to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions. • $1 billion for other energy efficiency programs including alternative fuel trucks and buses, transportation charging infrastructure, and smart and energy efficient appliances • $1.6 billion for Department of Energy Science Programs • $400 million for Advanced Research Projects Agency Workforce Institute, Inc. 571-214-5239

    26. The American Recovery andReinvestment Act of 2009 • Help for Workers Hardest Hit • $19.9 billion for additional Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) formerly food stamps to increase the budget by 13.6% • $2 billion for the Child Care Development Block Grant to provide quality child care services for an additional 300,000 children in low income families • $2.1 billion in Head Start and Early Head Start to allow an additional 124,000 children to participate • $4 billion to State and Local Law Enforcement • $555 million to expand the Department of Defense Homeowners Assistance Program (HAP) Workforce Institute, Inc. 571-214-5239

    27. The American Recovery andReinvestment Act of 2009 • Department of Health and Human Services • $500 million for grants to health centers authorized under the Public Health Services Grant • $1.5 billion for grants for construction, renovation and equipment, and for the acquisition of health information systems for health centers including health center controlled networks • $500 million to address health professions workforce shortages, of which $75 million will be available for the National Health Services Corps. Funds maybe used to provide scholarships, loan repayment and grants to training programs for equipment as authorized in the PHS Act. Workforce Institute, Inc. 571-214-5239

    28. The American Recovery andReinvestment Act of 2009 • Health Information Technology • To develop standards by 2010 that allow for the nationwide electronic exchange and use of health information to improve the quality and coordination of care (create health IT). • Investing $19 Billion in funds for health information technology infrastructure and Medicare and Medicaid incentives to encourage doctors, hospitals and health care providers to use health IT to electronically exchange patients’ health information. • To strengthen federal privacy and security law to protect identifiable health information from misuse and abuse as the health care sector increases its use of health IT. Workforce Institute, Inc. 571-214-5239

    29. The American Recovery andReinvestment Act of 2009 • Department of Justice • $225 million for grants to combat violence against women • $50 million for transitional housing assistance grants for victims of domestic violence, stalking or sexual crimes • $2 billion for State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Program • $225 million for competitive grants to improve the functioning of the criminal justice system, to assist victims of crime (other than compensation) and youth mentoring grants • $225 million for State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance to Indian Tribes • $125 million for assistance to law enforcement in rural States and areas to prevent and combat crime, especially drug-related • $50 million for State and Local Enforcement Assistance for Internet Crimes Against Children • $1billion for Community Oriented Policing Services Workforce Institute, Inc. 571-214-5239

    30. The American Recovery andReinvestment Act of 2009 • Examples of Tax Credits for Individuals and Families under the Act • “Making Work Pay” Tax Credit cuts taxes for 95% of working families, with a refundable tax credit of $400 for individuals and $800 for working families for 2009 and 2010 • “Economic Recovery Payment to recipients of Social Security, SSI, Railroad Retirement and Veterans Disability Compensation Benefits” provides a one-time payment of $250 to these individuals (this impacts their Making Work Pay credit) • “Refundable Credit for Certain Federal and State Pensioners” provides a one-time payment of $250 for individuals (this impacts their Making Work Pay credit) • “Increase in Earned Income Tax Credit” temporarily increases the earned income tax credit for working families with three or more children. Increases the credit to 45% of the family’s first $12,570 of earned income. Workforce Institute, Inc. 571-214-5239

    31. The American Recovery andReinvestment Act of 2009 • Examples of Tax Credits for Individuals and Families under the Act - continued • “Increase Eligibility for the Refundable Portion of Child Credit” for up to 15% of the taxpayer’s earned income in excess of $8,500, with the bill reducing the floor for 2009 and 2010 to $3,000. • “American Opportunity” Education Tax Credit for 2009 and 2010 a tax credit of up to $2,500 of the cost of tuition and related expenses paid during the taxable year. • “Computers as Qualified Education Expenses in 529 Education Plans” the bill provides that computers and computer technology qualify as qualified education expenses. • Check the Recovery Act for Refundable First-time Home Buyer Credit changes • Sales Tax Deduction for Vehicle Purchases • Temporary Suspension of Taxation of Unemployment Benefits Workforce Institute, Inc. 571-214-5239

    32. The American Recovery andReinvestment Act of 2009 • What does all of this mean to me? • Jobs for millions of workers across the U.S. and hundreds of thousands in California • Opportunities for my college to train new employees and/or retrain laid-off and existing workers • Opportunities to develop new programs and services in emerging occupational areas • Opportunities to work with the local WIB in addressing the needs of participating businesses, industries and government agencies Workforce Institute, Inc. 571-214-5239

    33. The American Recovery andReinvestment Act of 2009 • What action steps should we take? • Assess what all units within the college are doing related to the Recovery Act? • Which departments are tracking the implementation of the Act? What have they already done? • Who is working with the local WIB to determine what industries will be hiring in your location based on Recovery Act funding? What positions will they need to fill? • Can you determine the most viable dislocated worker candidates in your area to fill those vacancies? Workforce Institute, Inc. 571-214-5239

    34. The American Recovery andReinvestment Act of 2009 • What action steps should we take? - continued • Do you have the needed training programs and services already in place? • Do you have the capacity to generate enough graduates to address the needs of participating industries? • Depending on your location, develop strategies for broadband, HealthIT, Green Construction, Public Safety, Alternative Energy and Energy Grid related programs. • Be a strong partner within your community to implement the Act and ensure its success in meeting the implementation timelines. Workforce Institute, Inc. 571-214-5239

    35. The American Recovery andReinvestment Act of 2009 • Thank you for your time and participation in today’s workshop. • For more information on the Act follow its progress at www.recovery.gov • For more information related to this presentation, contact: • Bob Visdos, President Workforce Institute, Inc. 10919 N. Williams Avenue Portland, OR 97217 571-214-5239 rvisdos@workforceinstitute.com Workforce Institute, Inc. 571-214-5239