State, territorial, metropolitan city, county, Tribal governments, and Non-Entitlement Units that receive funding from the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Programs are required to meet compliance and reporting responsibilities. This ensures an equitable, transparent, and responsible recovery for all Americans.
The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) Program provides a substantial infusion of resources to communities working to turn the tide on the pandemic, address its economic fallout, and lay the foundation for a strong and equitable recovery.
RECIPIENT COMPLIANCE AND REPORTING GUIDANCE
On June 17, 2021, Treasury released the Compliance and Reporting Guidance for the SLFRF Program. The guidance provides additional detail and clarification for each recipient’s compliance and reporting responsibilities, and should be read in concert with the Award Terms and Conditions, the authorizing statute, the Interim Final Rule (IFR), and other regulatory and statutory requirements.
Treasury is now accepting the Interim Report and the Recovery Plan Performance Report through Treasury’s Portal. Recipients should refer to the User Guide: Treasury’s Portal for Recipient Reporting which includes step-by-step guidance for submitting the required SLFRF reports using Treasury’s Portal.
Recipients have been notified of the revised reporting deadlines for the Project and Expenditure Report. States, Territories and Cities/Counties must submit a Project and Expenditure Report by January 31, 2022.
A forthcoming User Guide will provide information on submitting Project and Expenditure Reports.
For States, territories, and metropolitan cities and counties with greater than 250,000 residents
- Recovery Plan Template - Required to be published annually on the recipient’s website and provided to Treasury. The Recovery Plan Performance Report will contain detailed project performance data, including information on efforts to improve equity and engage communities. This is a recommended template but recipients may modify this template as appropriate for their jurisdiction as long as it includes the required reporting elements.
For States and territories
- Non-entitlement Units of Government (NEU) and Units of general local government within counties that are not units of general local government (Non-UGLG) Distribution Templates User Guide - provides instructions and additional details to assist Recipients in completing the NEU and Non-UGLG reporting template.
The SLFRF Reporting Guidance addresses priority areas for ensuring an equitable economic recovery, including provisions that are:
- Accountable: The SLFRF requires program and performance reporting to build public awareness, increase accountability, and monitor compliance of eligible uses. Recipients are required to account for every dollar spent and provide detailed information on how funds are used.
- Transparent: Large recipients will publish a detailed Recovery Plan each year so the public is aware of how funds are being used and outcomes are being achieved; Treasury will provide comprehensive public transparency reports each quarter across all recipients.
- User friendly: SLFRF reporting has improvements requested by recipients of CARES Act funding, including deadlines 30 days after the close of the reporting period (versus 10 days in CARES), streamlined requirements for smaller funding recipients, and increased availability of bulk upload capabilities.
- Focused on Recovery: The SLFRF reporting guidance addresses priority areas for an equitable economic recovery, including provisions that prioritize equity, focus on economically distressed areas, support community empowerment, encourage strong labor practices, and spotlight evidence-based interventions.
Treasury facilitated a series of webinars to provide an overview of the SLFRF Compliance and Reporting Guidance issued on June 17, 2021. Recipients have different reporting requirements based on population and amount of funding received, so recipients are encouraged review the appropriate materials for your recipient group.
Please note that these materials provide an overview of the guidance and should not be used as a substitute for reviewing the guidance in full, as well as the Award Terms and Conditions, the authorizing statute, the Interim Final Rule, and other regulatory and statutory requirements.
States, Territories and Cities/Counties with population greater or equal to 250,000
- Presentation on Reporting Guidance for State and Territory Recipients
- Presentation on Reporting Guidance for Cities/Counties with population greater or equal to 250,000
Counties/Cities with population less than 250,000 and awards over $5M
Counties/Cities with population less than 250,000 and awards under $5M
- Webinar: Due to technical difficulties no webinar recording for Tribal Governments is available, but Tribal Governments may watch this webinar for Counties and Cities receiving less than $5 million in funding, noting that for Tribal Governments the Project and Expenditure Report is due quarterly, not annually.
Interim Report and Recovery Plan
Additional Technical Assistance Webinars
As listed below, Treasury has hosted a series of technical assistance webinars to assist recipients with the SLFRF program.
Evidence and Evaluation
On August 11, 2021 Treasury hosted a technical assistance webinar on evidence and evaluation, including topics such as how to define evidence, how to identify evidence-based interventions, how to effectively implement such interventions, how to use evaluations to generate new evidence, and resources that are available to assist jurisdictions in performing evaluations.
Promoting a More Equitable Economic Recovery
On August 18, 2021 Treasury hosted a technical assistance webinar on equity in the State and Local Fiscal Recovery funds. The webinar addressed topics such as defining equity, assessing disparate impacts in communities, and considering ways to address equity gaps. Featured speakers shared success stories and information on how jurisdictions can support a more equitable economic recovery.
Additional webinars will be offered in the future on targeted topics relevant to SLFRF reporting and compliance responsibilities.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
For general questions about this program, please e-mail SLFRP@treasury.gov.