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CSBG Dear Colleague Letter Sequestration Update May 17, 2013

Published: May 17, 2013
Audience:
Community Services Block Grants (CSBG)
Category:
Guidance, Policies, Procedures, Dear Colleague Notices
Tags:
sequestration


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Community Services
Division of State Assistance
370 L'Enfant Promenade, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20447
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs/programs/csbg

Community Services Block Grant

Dear Colleague Letter

 

Re: CSBG 3rd Quarter Allocations Update Date: May 17, 2013

Dear Colleagues:

The purpose of this message is to provide you with the final fiscal year (2013) funding level and allocation of Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) as well as an update on the timing for releasing additional third quarter resources.
  
CSBG funding for this fiscal year will be $635,283,911 (a reduction of approximately 6.3% from FY2012).   This funding level reflects both the final enacted appropriation and sequestration.  As noted in earlier letters, on March 1, approximately $85 billion in budgetary resources were canceled across the Federal government for the remainder of the Federal fiscal year.  These spending cuts, called sequestration, are required by law, and reduced discretionary spending by approximately 5% and these reductions are applied proportionately across all programs.
 
On March 26, 2013, President Obama signed into law the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 (P.L. 113-6), which provides CSBG funding for the remainder of the 2013 Fiscal Year (through September 30, 2013).   The appropriation included an across the board rescission of .2% and continued the Secretary’s limited authority to transfer funding within HHS’s discretionary accounts.  These are reflected in the funding level displayed above.
   
The reduced funding level will be reflected in grant awards beginning in May and for the remainder of the fiscal year.  States, Tribes and Territories have already received a total of $384,885,382 through April 30 and ACF will be awarding an additional $25,792,972, next week. For planning purposes, the attached chart outlines the amounts released to date, the expected full-year allocation for each state, and the remaining balance for the third quarter after next week’s release of funds.

Thank you for your continued partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, and for your cooperation as we work together to manage these complex and challenging budget circumstances.

Sincerely,

Jeannie L. Chaffin                                                                       Seth Hassett
Director                                                                                        Director, Division of State Assistance
Office of Community Services                                                   Office of Community Services