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LIHEAP AT 2013-6 Estimates of Quarterly Obligations for FY 2013

Published: August 26, 2013
Audience:
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Category:
Guidance, Policies, Procedures, Action Transmittal

Transmittal No. LIHEAP-AT-2013-06                                Date: August 23, 2013

TO: LOW INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (LIHEAP) GRANTEES

GUIDANCE             _X__STATES
INTENDED FOR:  _____TRIBES/TRIBAL ORGANIZATIONS
                            _____TERRITORIES

SUBJECT: Estimates of Quarterly Obligations for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

RELATED         The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Act, Title XXVI of the
REFERENCES: Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981, (Public Law 97-35), as amended; P.L. 90-577 (Intergovernmental Cooperation Act of 1968); Form ACF-535 (OMB Clearance Number 0970-0037, approved for LIHEAP use through 9/30/2014.

PURPOSE: To collect from LIHEAP State grantees estimates of their quarterly obligations under the FY 2014 LIHEAP Program.
DUE DATE – September 1, 2013

CONTENT: The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the collection of certain data to be used by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the LIHEAP Program. The data to be collected are grantees’ estimates of obligations they will make each quarter under the FY 2014 program. Grantees’ participation in the data collection is voluntary.

Grantees must respond by September 1, 2013. If grantees wish to receive more than 25 percent of their grant in each quarter, they must submit this information. If the information is not received, grant awards will be made in the amount of 25 percent of the grantee’s allocation in four quarterly grant awards for FY 2014.

We recommend that grantees request as much funding as the state anticipates it will need during the first quarter of FY 2014 in the event of an extended Continuing Resolution. Once the quarterly allocations are set, our ability to change them is constrained by our OMB apportionment. The data must be received by September 1 in order to be used in our apportionment request to OMB.

The information collected is used to substantiate budget requests for low-income energy assistance payments and to make awards based on each State’s needs. However, the availability of funding is dependent on Congressional action to provide funding via an appropriation or continuing resolution and the apportionment of funds by OMB.

The data must be submitted in ACF’s On-Line Data Collection system (OLDC) at https://extranet.acf.hhs.gov/ssi. In OLDC, the report is titled “Allocation Estimate (ACF-535). This form will enable the Administration for Children and Families to target grantees’ needs for FY 2014 funding authority.

If funds will be carried over from the FY 2013 program to begin the FY 2014 program in October, please make sure that the quarterly estimates take this into account.

This form is due September 1, 2013. Please note that the submission must be entered in OLDC. No paper copies will be accepted.

SUBMISSIONS: On-Line Data Collection system (OLDC)
TO:
https://extranet.acf.hhs.gov/ssi

INQUIRIES TO:
Lauren Christopher, Energy Program Operations Branch Chief
Division of Energy Assistance
E-mail: lauren.christopher@acf.hhs.gov
 

/s_____________________________
Lauren Christopher
Energy Program Operations Branch Chief
Division of Energy Assistance
Office of Community Services