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The purpose of this letter is to provide an update for the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Annual Reports, including the CSBG Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Supplemental Annual Report and the CSBG Disaster Supplemental Annual Report.

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.

To inform states and U.S. territories of the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) application requirements for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2021. To qualify for FFY2021 CSBG funding, states and territories must submit their state plan applications to the Office of Community Service (OCS) by December 1, 2020 using the approved online CSBG State Plan format. States and territories shall submit their information electronically through the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) On-Line Data Collection system (OLDC).

This message provides an update on plans for information collection and reporting for both the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) supplemental grants awarded as a result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act of 2019.

CSBG IM-2021-160 Virtual Monitoring FY 2021

Monitoring of CSBG Eligible Entities Amidst the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis
March 10, 2021

The purpose of this guidance is to inform CSBG grantees of the option to conduct remote monitoring during the COVID-19 public health crisis. The guidance also offers recommended minimum standards for remote monitoring of CSBG eligible entities.

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 Plan Application (CSBG State Plan). On April 26, 2021, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published the notice for public comment Visit disclaimer page to the Federal Register.

As part of the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Performance Management Framework, the Office of Community Services (OCS) analyzed the progress on the CSBG federal accountability measures for federal fiscal year (FFY) 2019. The purpose of this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) is to share the results of our efforts and the FFY 2020 goals.

 

The purpose of this message is to notify tribes and tribal organizations of an extension in the due date for submission of the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Annual Report. The new deadline for submitting the annual report is March 1, 2021.

The CSBG State Plan is currently under review for clearance with OMB as described in CSBG-DCL-2021-19 CSBG State Plan: 30 Day Comment Period. During the 30-day comment period, OCS received additional comments. Due to this, OCS decided to continue using the current version of the CSBG State Plan. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause; however, OCS is committed to thoroughly reviewing and responding to the comments we received.  

Each year, the Division of Community Assistance (DCA), within the Office of Community Services (OCS) conducts standard Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) State Assessment reviews as required under Section 678B(c) of the CSBG Act. In December 2020, DCA piloted virtual State Assessments in two states. Given the lessons learned from the virtual State Assessments and the ongoing public health crisis caused by the Coronavirus, this year, all CSBG State Assessments will be conducted virtually. Below is the FY 2021 schedule, which includes the two states monitored during the pilot. The State Assessment Schedule is published for federal and state planning purposes.