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LIHEAP AT 2010-11 Estimates of Quarterly Obligations for FY 2011

Published: July 29, 2010
Audience:
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Category:
Guidance, Policies, Procedures, Action Transmittal

THIS CONTAINS INFORMATION ISSUED BY THE U.S. ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN LIHEAP ACTION TRANSMITTALNO. LIHEAP-AT-2010-11, DATED 7/29/10

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) 2011 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
           
RELATED        
REFERENCES:    The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Act, Title XXVI of the 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 7/31/2011)

PURPOSE:       To collect from LIHEAP State grantees estimates of their quarterly obligations under the FY 2011 LIHEAP Program.

                        DUE DATE - September 1, 2010

CONTENT:       The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the collection of certain data to be used by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for the LIHEAP Program.  The data to be collected are grantees' estimates of obligations they will make each quarter under the FY 2011 program.  Your participation in the data collection is voluntary.

Grantees must respond by September 1, 2010.  If you wish to receive more than 25% of your grant in each quarter, you 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 2011.

We recommend that grantees request as much funding as the state anticipates it will need during the first quarter of FY 2011 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, as you know, 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.

We are providing a form (see attached) that you may use to provide us with the estimates of your quarterly obligations.  This form will enable the Administration for Children and Families to target your needs for FY 2011 funding authority.

If you plan to carry over funds from your FY 2010 program to begin your program in October, please make sure that your quarterly estimates take this into account.

This form is due September 1, 2010.  Please note that your submission should be sent to Lydia Peele in the ACF grants office at the address listed below.

ATTACHMENT:    Form ACF-535, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Quarterly Obligation Estimates

SUBMISSIONS TO:   Administration for Children and Families
                                  Office of Administration
                                  Office of Grants Management
                                  Division of Mandatory Grants
                                  370 L'Enfant Promenade, S.W.
                                  Washington, D.C. 20447

                                  Attention:  Lydia Peele,
                                  Mail Stop:  OA/OGM/OMG

                                  Fax: (202) 401-5519
                                  E-mail: lydia.peele@acf.hhs.gov


INQUIRIES TO:  Nick St. Angelo, Director
                         Division of Energy Assistance
                         E-mail: nick.stangelo@acf.hhs.gov





                                   ________________/s_______________
                                   Nick St. Angelo
                                   Director
                                   Division of Energy Assistance
                                   Office of Community Services