To provide guidance on submission of program, financial, and audit reports covering the NEW program, and to transmit the revised NEW program report form and instructions and the financial status report form and instructions.
To provide guidance on submission of program, financial, and audit reports covering the NEW program, and to inform grantees about the new requirement to use Standard Form 425 (Federal Financial Report), rather than Standard Form 269A (Financial Status Report – Short Form), starting with their NEW financial reports for 7/1/2010 – 6/30/2011, which are due by 9/30/2011.
To provide revised instructions to NEW program grantees on implementing section 404(e) of the Social Security Act, regarding effective date of carryover authority, uses of carryover funds, and submission of reports. As amended, section 404(e) permits NEW grantees to reserve and carry forward unobligated NEW fund balances without fiscal year limitation, for the purpose of providing assistance.
Until now the Office of Family Assistance (TANF Bureau) has made PIs, PAs, IMs, and other documents available in both hard copy and on the Internet. In an effort to effectively utilize the technology available to us, reduce printing costs, and improve our distribution network, we are with this IM announcing a significant change in our procedures.
This Program Instruction addresses whether TANF funds can be used for pre-award costs for potential Tribal TANF grantees.
2 CFR Part 225, defines pre-award costs as those incurred prior to the effective date of the award directly pursuant to the negotiation and in anticipation of the award where such costs are necessary to comply with the proposed delivery schedule or period of performance. Such costs are allowable only to the extent that they would have been allowable if incurred after the date of the award and only with the written approval of the awarding agency. We have been asked whether or not expenses associated with planning to operate a TANF program prior to the approval of the plan qualify as pre-award costs and thus can be paid retroactively with TANF funds once the plan is approved. This Program Instruction responds to this question.
This program instruction (PI) explains the application of the regulations at 45 CFR Part 286 for determining the service area(s) and population that may be included in a Tribe's TANF plan. Additionally, it clarifies policy relative to Letters of Intent (LI) from Tribal applicants and explains State, Tribal and Federal roles in the resolution of Tribal competition over the same service area.