LIHEAP DCL State Grantee Needs Assessment on Third-Party Verification and Data Collection Capacity

Publication Date: January 8, 2014



Dear Colleague Letter


     U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    Administration for Children and Families
        Office of Community Services
        Division of Energy Assistance
        370 L'Enfant Promenade, S.W.
        Washington, D.C.  20447

  Date:  January 7, 2014


SUBJECT:    State Grantee Needs Assessment Survey on Third-Party Verification and Data Collection Capacity

Dear State LIHEAP Grantees:

The Office of Community Services (OCS) will soon be distributing a web-based survey to all state LIHEAP grantees regarding your capacity to conduct third-party verification of applicant data and to collect and report data needed for the proposed LIHEAP performance measures.  Two contractors—Apprise Incorporated and NEADA—developed this survey to enable our office to gain as a complete and accurate an understanding of the ability of states to perform these activities and, where barriers exist, identify what is needed to ensure that all states will be able to comply with future requirements in these areas.  Your responses to this survey will also be critical to our office in refining its training and technical assistance strategy and targeting our resources to states where assistance will be most useful.

The survey will be available online and Apprise will email a link to the survey to all state LIHEAP coordinators by tomorrow.  You may ask other staff in your office to complete different sections of the survey, as needed.  We ask that you complete the survey by Friday, February 7, 2014.

If you have any questions, please contact Leon Litow at or 202-401-5304.

We greatly appreciate your time in submitting this information to us so that we can better support you over the next year ahead.  This letter will also soon be posted to our web site at:  /programs/ocs/resource/dear-colleagues.


Jeannie L. Chaffin                                Lauren Christopher
Director                                                Energy Program Operations Branch Chief
Office of Community Services             Division of Energy Assistance

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