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Dear Colleague Notice on 2018 National LIHEAP Training Meeting

Published: February 22, 2018
Audience:
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Category:
Guidance, Policies, Procedures, Dear Colleague Notices
 

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

Dear Colleague Letter

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Community Services
Division of Energy Assistance
330 C Street, S.W., Mail Room 5425
Washington, D.C. 20201
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs/programs/liheap  

Re: 2018 National LIHEAP Training Meeting            Date: February 22, 2018

TO: ALL LOW INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (LIHEAP) GRANTEES

SUBJECT: Grantee Participation Strongly Encouraged at the 2018 OCS National LIHEAP Grantee Training Meeting (May 1-3, 2018), the National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association (NEADA) Winter and Summer Meetings (Feb 27-28, 2018 and June 25, 2018), and the National Energy Utility and Affordability Conference (NEUAC, June 26-28, 2018).

Dear Colleagues:

The Office of Community Services (OCS) is pleased to announce that we will convene a National Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Grantee Training Meeting May 1-3, 2018, in Washington, D.C. This is a unique training opportunity and we strongly encourage all directly funded LIHEAP grantees to participate.

It is expected that each LIHEAP grantee will send at least one representative, though we especially encourage grantees to invite other staff in addition to the LIHEAP coordinator, particularly the fiscal manager, to also participate. Each grantee may register up to three participants. OCS expects grantees will utilize administrative funds to support and maintain strong administration of the LIHEAP block grant.

The National LIHEAP Grantee Training Meeting is a closed training event for directly funded LIHEAP grantees only. There is no registration fee for this training. Grantees may use federal LIHEAP funds within their administrative cost cap for travel expenses related to this training.

This will be an opportunity for state, tribal, and territory LIHEAP coordinators to hear directly from OCS regarding important changes to LIHEAP policies and procedures and receive training in key areas of program and fiscal administration. The overarching theme of this year’s training is budgetary impact of key program administration decisions. Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to, the following overarching areas:

•Fiscal oversight
•Disaster preparedness and response
• Performance-based budgeting
• Annual Plan and policy development and revision

The training will also provide an opportunity for new State staff to engage in discussions with other LIHEAP coordinators, Federal OCS staff, and partners to share ideas, coordinate, and develop a network of resources.

Additionally, OCS staff will be available upon request for one-on-one consultations with LIHEAP grantees.

Future communication regarding conference registration, detailed agenda, and hotel information will be disseminated directly by Capital Consulting Corporation, which is managing the meeting logistics under contract to OCS. Details will soon be posted online here: http://event.capconcorp.com/meeting/liheap/index.php.

In addition, we believe the annual National Energy and Utility Affordability Conference (NEUAC) is an important training opportunity and encourage participation among LIHEAP administrators and staff new to LIHEAP administration and management. NEUAC will be held in Phoenix, AZ from June 26-28, 2018. It covers a broader array of home energy topics and is widely attended by hundreds of people representing the energy assistance field including local intake centers, utility companies, and advocacy organizations. You can learn more about NEUAC and register online at: https://neuac.org/event/2018-annual-conference/.

We also encourage grantees to attend the Winter and Annual Meetings held by the National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association (NEADA). The Winter Meeting will be held in Washington, D.C. from February 27-28, 2018. The Annual Meeting will be held from June 25, 2018, in conjunction with the NEUAC conference. Details for both meetings will be available on NEADA’s website at: http://neada.org/communications-events/neada-meetings/.

Please contact your OCS liaison for your region if you have questions. We look forward to seeing you this spring and summer.

Sincerely,

_____/s/_____________________           _____/s/_____________________
J. Janelle George                                       Lauren Christopher
Acting Director                                            Director
Office of Community Services                    Division of Energy Assistance
                                                                   Office of Community Services

Last Reviewed: February 22, 2018