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.
CED Grantees must adhere to ACF guidance regarding property — real property, tangible personal property, and intangible personal property — as summarized on the ACF Property Guidance page.
This resource addresses ACF’s Real Property Guidanceand its application to Community Economic Development (CED) grants. Note that this resource summarized key information relevant to CED grants, but it does not replace official guidance provided by ACF, as referenced in the links below and elsewhere.
Draft recommendations for Federal performance measures were developed by the Urban Institute and the DSA after several meetings with the CSBG Performance Management Task Force, and feedback from the field. The draft recommended performance measures reflect the primary responsibilities of DSA and include approximately 15 measures. Eight of the performance measures have been identified as “critical key measures” and, therefore, to be implemented first.
OCS requests further input from the States to refine and identify priority measures for the States. We request that the States provide feedback about what State measures should be designated as “critical key measures” to be implemented in the short-term. Feedback should be provided to the Urban Institute at CSBG-Feedback@Urban.org.