Resource Library

Please apply a keyword search or select a search facet on the left to narrow search results.

Displaying 1 - 9 of 9

Today, President Biden announced a six-pronged strategy to combat the variants of the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan includes a requirement that Head Start staff, across the country, take necessary steps to protect our youngest population by receiving their COVID-19 vaccination.

The purpose of this message is to provide you with an update on apportionment of Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020. These awards represent the full allocation of funding for FY 2020.

CSBG DCL-2020-21 State Lead Agencies and Eligible Entities CARES Act Roles

Roles of State CSBG Lead Agencies and CSBG Eligible Entities in Planning and Implementing CSBG CARES Act Grants
July 10, 2020

The Office of Community Services (OCS) has received a number of questions from State Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Lead Agencies and from CSBG eligible entities regarding state direction in the implementation of supplemental funds distributed under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, P.L. 116-36 (CARES Act).

To help address these questions, this letter discusses the role of states in (1) ensuring flexibility to meet urgent community needs, (2) creating procedures to amend plans and address new needs, (3) supporting locally identified services and strategies, (4) facilitating communication, performance management, and technical assistance, and (5) monitoring and accountability.

The purpose of this message to provide information to Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) state, territory and tribal grantees on findings from the 2020 American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) survey of CSBG Grantees implemented on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, through Monday, January 27, 2020.

On February 28, 2020, the Office of Community Services received Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for the Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) Annual Report. This OMB-approved version of the CSBG Annual Report expires on February 28, 2023.

To the extent permitted by law, and in accordance with 45 CFR §75.102(a), this memorandum provides short-term relief for administrative, financial management, and audit requirements under 45 CFR Part 75 Visit disclaimer page (the HHS implementation of 2 CFR Part 200 Visit disclaimer page), Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, without compromising Federal financial assistance accountability requirements.

Thank you for your continued engagement and partnership with us to address and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We highly value our strong ongoing partnership, and hope to continue to be a resource to you as you implement community mitigation techniques. As you might imagine, a number of HHS divisions are releasing COVID-19-related information on funding and guidance. We thought it would be helpful to batch up information on key issues to keep you up-to-date.

On Friday, May 22, the second notice for public comment on the revised CSBG Model State Plan was published in the Federal Register, volume 80, number 99, page 29716 (https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/05/22/2015-12392/submission-for-omb-review-comment-request Visit disclaimer page).  

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.