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U.S. Department of the Treasury Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Final Rule

On January 6, 2022, the U.S. Department of Treasury release the Final Rule for the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds. The final rule – which takes effect on April 1, 2022 – provides state and local governments with increased flexibility to pursue a wider range of uses, as well as greater simplicity so governments can focus on responding to the crisis in their communities and maximizing the impact of their funds.

Click here to view the final rule text. Click here to view a user-friendly overview of the major provisions of the final rule.

You can view the U.S. Treasury Webinar, “State & Local Fiscal Recovery Funds: An Introduction to the Final Rule,” recording and slide presentation. You can also view Campbell Durrant’s ARPA Local Fiscal Recovery Fund and Final Rule Webinar recording and slide presentation.

U.S. Department of the Treasury Compliance and Reporting

Please visit Treasury’s website for more information and guidance for compliance and reporting in addition to the resources below.

  • Equity and Community Engagement, Wednesday, June 15 at 3:00 PM ET: Register for this webinar, which will provide information on how to incorporate equity and community engagement into SLFRF spending.
  • Metrics and Evaluation, Thursday, June 16 at 3:00 PM ET: Register for this webinar, which will cover information and examples of how metrics may be incorporated into SLFRF spending and reporting.
  • Reporting and Compliance Guidance: This explains all the required reports in detail and the best first stop for any reporting questions.
  • Project and Expenditure Report: User guide for step-by-step guidance for submitting the required SLFRF reports using Treasury’s Portal
  • Treasury’s Portal for Recipient Reporting: This contains detailed submissions instructions and includes answers to frequently asked reporting questions
  • Recovery Plan template: This provides a sample template for the Recovery Plan Performance Report for states, territories, and large localities.
  • Evidence and Equity Webinars: The evidence and equity webinars provide technical assistance for recipients on how they can include evidence and equity in the spending and reporting.
  • FAQs:  These are the best resource for any policy related questions related to reporting
  • Walkthrough of Treasury Portal Webinar: Around 30 minutes long (Timestamps- 4:44 – Reporting basic, 14:30 – Interim Report and 27:04 – Recovery Plan)

NLC Guidance: April 30 Deadline for Reporting and Compliance

To help make sure municipalities receive an answer to their IT related questions as quickly as possible, NLC has partnered with Treasury’s IT department to help expedite service tickets.

In addition to sending an email to the U.S. Department of the Treasury or calling Treasury, you can send an email to SLFRFhelp@nlc.org. NLC will push these emails to Treasury to TRY to get a resolution in a reasonable time frame.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury also sent two communications out about the second tranches of funding:

Additionally, NLC has prepared two blogs that NEUs can reference to help navigate the process of filing their annual reports:

Below are commonly asked questions from municipalities that the Treasury Department has compiled in Q&A format.

  1. Question: I have a number of questions about the reporting process, where is the best resource for general information about reporting?

Recipients should visit Treasury’s reporting homepage for extensive information on the reporting process including a user guide with step-by-step instructions, how to videos, and other resources to answer commonly asked questions.

  1. Question: I can fill out the report but when I go to submit it says I am not the Authorized Representative and cannot submit.

Treasury has updated roles for all NEUs at this time and recipients having this issue should try again to submit their report. If they need to change roles themselves, users can watch the video here: https://youtu.be/w7vbi94rVDIIf. If they continue to have issues, they should reach out to our helpdesk.

  1. Question: After logging in error message appears that says “No matching contact record was found. Please contact your Account Administrator to create a Contact Record for you in the system….”

This means Treasury does not currently have this person’s email address listed as a contact person for a particular recipient. They should e-mail Treasury at SLFRF@treasury.gov or call our call center at 844-529-9527.

  1. Question: I sent an email requesting help but I have not heard back yet.

Treasury has received a large number of messages from recipients and some recipients are experiencing a delay in receiving a response. Our helpdesk staff are working as fast as possible to respond to all messages in the order they were received. Recipients should avoid sending multiple emails to the inbox with the same question as this will further delay responses for recipients as helpdesk staff take the time to review duplicate inquiries.