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  • LIHEAP DCL Second Funding Release FY 2015

    Published: January 21, 2015
    FY 2015 Second LIHEAP Funding Release.
  • LIHEAP DCL Initial CR Release of LIHEAP Block Grant Funds FY 2014

    Published: November 4, 2013
    2014 Block Grant Allocations
  • LIHEAP DCL of 3rd Quarter Allocation Update

    Published: June 5, 2013
    To provide the final FY 2013 funding level and allocation funds, as well as an update on the timing for releasing remaining resources.
  • LIHEAP Fact Sheet for FY 2014

    Published: November 4, 2013
    The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federal program established in 1981 and funded annually by Congress. These federal dollars are released directly to states, territories, tribes and the District of Columbia who use the funds to provide energy assistance to low-income households. LIHEAP offers financial assistance to qualifying low-income households to help them pay their home heating or cooling bills.
  • CSBG DCL Organizational Standards and Performance Management Development Update FY 2013

    Published: October 31, 2012
    This message describes new developments for CSBG in the upcoming Fiscal Year (FY 2013), the organizational partners selected for a national partnership focused on organizational standards and performance management, some major expected milestones for the development of standards in the upcoming year, and answers to some anticipated questions.
  • CSBG DCL Sequestration Update May 17, 2013

    Published: May 17, 2013
    The purpose of this message is to provide you with an update on the allocation of Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funds for the remainder of fiscal year (FY) 2013.
  • LIHEAP DCL Second Funding Release FY 2014

    Published: January 30, 2014
    Second FY 2014 LIHEAP Funding Release.
  • Summer 2016 Heat Wave and LIHEAP Assistance

    Published: July 21, 2016
    Summer 2016 Heat Wave and LIHEAP Assistance Dear Colleague Letter
  • CSBG DCL Organizational Standards IM Draft

    Published: March 24, 2014
    The development of organizational standards has been a collaborative process across the CSBG Network, and in that spirit, OCS is first providing the attached guidance in draft form to solicit feedback. Over the next month, OCS welcomes State CSBG Lead Agencies, eligible entities, State Community Action Associations, national partners, and any other interested parties to submit questions and comments in response to this draft Information Memorandum (IM). Your feedback will allow OCS an opportunity to strengthen and clarify the guidance on this important subject before releasing a final IM. We appreciate the CSBG Network’s collaborative efforts to date and look forward to ongoing progress in this important effort.
  • CSBG DCL Organizational Standards & Performance Management Update FY 2013

    Published: August 23, 2013
    The purpose of this message is to provide you with an update and solicit your feedback on the development of new organizational standards and performance management tools for the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Network.  In addition, as outlined later in this message, the Office of Community Services (OCS) is seeking feedback about what state measures should be designated as “critical key measures” to be implemented in the short-term as part of an enhanced performance management system.
  • LIHEAP DCL Initial Funding Release FY 2014

    Published: November 4, 2013
    This notice is to announce the release of approximately $2.9 billion of Federal Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 regular block grant funding.
  • SSBG Dear Colleague Letters

    Published: February 7, 2017
    List of SSBG DCLs
  • CSBG DCL State and Federal Accountability Measures

    Published: February 28, 2014
    The purpose of this letter is to give you an update on the new State and Federal accountability measures for the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Network.  These proposed measures are intended to ensure that both State and Federal administrators of CSBG are accountable to high standards of performance management.   It is our expectation that these State and Federal accountability measures will be implemented alongside the new organizational standards for Community Action Agencies.  In addition, as new Results Oriented Management and Accountability (ROMA) next generation tools and protocols are completed in the next several months, the new State and Federal accountability measures we are proposing will help assure accountability and high quality at all levels. 
  • SSBG DCL 3rd and 4th Quarter Allocations Update FY 2013

    Published: April 12, 2013
    The purpose of this message is to provide you with an update on the third and fourth quarter allocations of Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) funds for the remainder of fiscal year (FY) 2013.
  • SSBG DCL 1st Quarter CR Allocations FY 2014

    Published: November 13, 2013
    The purpose of this message is to provide you with an update on the first quarter allocations of Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) funds for fiscal year (FY) 2014.
  • LIHEAP DCL Allocations under the Current Continuing Resolution FY 2013

    Published: November 8, 2012
    Release of $3.068 billion of FY 2013 regular block grant funding to LIHEAP grantees.
  • LIHEAP DCL Revisions to the Proposed New LIHEAP Performance Measures

    Published: December 17, 2013
    Revisions to the Proposed New LIHEAP Performance Measures.
  • CSBG DCL FY 2014 Allocations Update

    Published: November 1, 2013
    The purpose of this message is to provide you with an update on allocations of Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funds during the first quarter of Fiscal Year (FY) 2014. Based on the Continuing Resolution (CR) passed by Congress and signed by the President on October 17, 2013, CSBG funds will be allocated through January 15, 2014 based on the previous year's CSBG State allocations. CSBG allocations under the CR are based on the total CSBG funding in the prior year at the enacted budget level after sequestration. A chart outlining the amounts allocated to all States, Territories, and Tribes through January 15, 2014 is attached. Final FY 2014 award amounts will be determined after passage of a full year appropriation.
  • CSBG DCL Model State Plan Revision: Open Comment Period

    Published: January 29, 2015
    The Office of Community Services (OCS) is requesting feedback from the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Network on the proposed revision of the CSBG State Model Plan Application (Model State Plan).
  • LIHEAP DCL Disaster Relief and Outreach in the Wake of Recent Storms and Power Outages

    Published: July 3, 2012
    LIHEAP Disaster Relief and Outreach in the Wake of Recent Storms and Power Outages.
  • CSBG DCL Information About the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

    Published: April 20, 2015
    The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which was signed into law on July 22, 2014, supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) and is the first legislative reform of the public workforce system in 15 years.
  • CSBG DCL Open Comment Period for CSBG Annual Report

    Published: June 19, 2016
    In compliance with the requirements of Section 506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, the Office of Community Services (OCS) is requesting feedback from the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Network on a proposed CSBG Annual Report.
  • CSBG DCL Model State Plan Revision: OMB Clearance and 30-Day Comment Period

    Published: May 20, 2015
    Over the last several months, the Office of Community Services (OCS), in collaboration with the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Network, has made significant progress in developing a new CSBG Model State Plan that is streamlined and automated, and incorporates new performance management tools, including eligible entity organizational standards and state accountability measures.  Below is an update on our progress developing and moving the Model State Plan through the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) clearance process.  This two-stage process includes a 60-day and a 30-day public comment period.
  • CSBG DCL Updates on Accountability and Performance Management and the OMB Omni Circular

    Published: April 11, 2014
    The CSBG Network and OCS have made tremendous progress since 2012 to develop and embrace new approaches to accountability and performance management. These new strategies for accountability and performance management will enable us to demonstrate the efficiency and effectiveness of our work to fulfill the purposes of the CSBG program: to fight poverty, to revitalize low-income communities, and to help poor families achieve self-sufficiency.

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