CSBG DCL Webinars on CSBG State Plan Updates

Publication Date: December 28, 2017

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Community Services
Division of Community Assistance
330 C Street, SW, 5th Floor
Mail Room 5425
Washington, D.C. 20201

www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs/programs/csbg

Community Services Block Grant
Dear Colleague Letter

Re: Webinars on CSBG State Plan Updates

Date: December 28, 2017

Dear Colleagues:

We, at the Office of Community Services (OCS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) would like to invite CSBG grantees to a series of web meetings to provide updates on the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) State Plan Application (State Plan). On November 17, 2017, a Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) notice for public comment Visit disclaimer page was posted to the Federal Register in volume 82, number 221, and page 54348.

Process

The PRA allows the public to comment on proposed changes to CSBG State Plan through two open comment periods. The first comment period is scheduled to close January 16, 2018. OCS will review all comments received, and update the CSBG State Plan based on the comments received. Afterwards, a second public comment period will open for 30 days. The second comment period is anticipated for February — March 2018. OCS invites you to review the proposed revised State Plan and submit your comments as detailed in the Federal Register.

Important Dates

November 17, 2017 — January 16, 2018: Public Open Comment Period #1
February 2018 — March 2018: Public Open Comment Period #2
July 1, 2018: Anticipated date that the On-Line Data Collection (OLDC) will open for state submissions for the FY 2019 CSBG State Plan

Web Meetings

During the comment periods and leading to the submission of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, OCS, in coordination with the National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP), will host a series of webinars. The webinars will provide CSBG grantees with important information in regards to the federal register notices, revisions to the CSBG State Plan, and other important updates, as well as training during this timeframe.

Web Meeting

Description

Date and Time

Suggested Audience

Changes to CSP

To discuss the proposed revisions to the CSBG State Plan.

January 9, 2018

3:00PM ET

All states

State Plan Prep!

Things that need to be in place in order to be able to submit the CSBG State Plan, including CSBG Hearing Requirements, Attachments, and SF-424M.

This will be repeated on an annual basis.

March 15, 2018

3:00PM ET

States submitting new plans in FY 2019

Button Down: Designation Letter(s), Authorizing Officials, Certifications

Requirements in regards to the designation letter, authorized officials and certifications.

This will be repeated on an annual basis.

April 17, 2018*

3:00PM ET

States submitting new plan

Great! We Made It!

A webinar to take place after the public comment periods close, and the CSBG State Plan is finalized to discuss the final revisions.

May 15, 2018*

3:00PM ET

All states

Submitting the Plan!

A refresher training course on entering your data into the CSBG State Plan to include any differences from last year’s submission.

This will be repeated on an annual basis.

June 20, 2018*

3:00PM ET

States submitting new plans

Submitting the SF424M!

A refresher training course on submitting the SF-424M.

This will be repeated on an annual basis.

June 21, 2018*

3:00PM ET

States entering a second year

 

*Note: Please reserve these dates on your calendar, but note that these dates are subject to change.

The official invitations for each meeting, which will include the call-in information, will be sent shortly. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your Program Specialist. For technical questions during the webinar, please contact Niki Frazier. We look forward to meeting with you.

Sincerely,

Seth Hassett
Director, Division of Community Assistance
Office of Community Services

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