Registration Now Open for Head Start Risk Management
Thinking and acting proactively is critical if a CAA’s Head Start program is to not only survive but thrive. In this session, we will discuss the most recent guidance for five-year project grants and identify common problems that have placed grantees on the recompetition list. We will also explore proactive steps an organization can take to avoid those problems as it prepares for its next round of monitoring.
Presenter: Brian Tipton, Esq., The Private Client Law Firm When: July 16, 2014, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m., EST Format: Webinar Fee: Free
We invite our member individual Community
Action Agencies and member state and regional Community Action Agency associations, as
well as national Community Action associations, to share the following information with their
members and colleagues and to recommend individuals who would serve actively and
effectively as CAPLAW Board members. Learn more and apply.
OCS Issues Guidance on Using CSBG Funds as a Match
The federal Office of Community Services (OCS) recently published Information Memorandum (IM) 135, which clarifies issues surrounding the use of Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) funds to meet matching requirements for Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (MVHAA) programs. IM 135 indicates that, under certain circumstances, CSBG funds may be used for this purpose. Continue reading.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued a new, shorter application form to help small charities apply for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status more easily. This more streamlined process may help Community Action Agencies (CAAs) seeking to establish affiliated or subsidiary organizations. See this IRS news release to learn more about the new application.
Does a Raise in Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors Affect CAAs?
The short answer is most likely not. A proposed rule recently issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) would increase the minimum wage for employees working under certain federal contracts to $10.10 per hour. The final rule will be issued by October 1, 2014, most likely without significant changes, and would impact the following federal contracts: construction; concessions; services for federal employees and their dependents, or the general public on federal property or lands; and those issued under the Service Contract Act. Continue reading.
Office of Head Start Releases Guidance on Conversion of Enrollment Slots
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) recently issued Program Instruction (PI) ACF-PI-HS-14-02 elaborating on the authority provided in the Head Start Act for Head Start grantees to shift funding from Head Start preschool age children to Early Head Start services for pregnant women, infants, and toddlers. Head Start grantees may do so whether or not they currently operate an Early Head Start program.
The PI acknowledges recent increases in state and local funding of public pre-kindergarten programs that serve children currently or previously assisted by Head Start and notes that Head Start grantees may find, when conducting their community assessments that the needs of the communities they serve have changed accordingly. Any grantee proposing a conversion of Head Start services to Early Head Start services must obtain governing body approval and submit the request to its Regional Office. Among other things, the requested conversion must be supported by a grantee’s community assessment. For more information about how to request an enrollment slot conversion, see Program Instruction (PI) ACF-PI-HS-14-02.
Head Start and the Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) recently issued Information Memorandum (IM) ACF-IM-HS-14-03 which offers guidance regarding the implementation of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services‘(HHS’) same-sex marriage policy issued pursuant to the U.S. Supreme Court ‘s 2013 decision in United States v. Windsor. The Windsor decision struck down the prohibition on federal recognition of same-sex marriages and, in response to it, HHS now recognizes marriages between individuals of the same sex who are lawfully married under the law of a state, territory, or foreign jurisdiction, as long as it would be recognized in at least one state, regardless of the state in which the couple resides.
The IM explains that, consistent with the policy of maximizing the federal recognition of same-sex spouses/marriages, the term “family” as used to determine the eligibility of a child to participate in a Head Start or Early Head Start program shall include a same-sex spouse. Additionally, the income of same-sex spouses shall be considered part of a family’s income and the same-sex spouse shall be included in the number of people in a household. Family support and parent engagement activities should be inclusive and supportive of single, coupled, and married Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) parents.
This e-News Bulletin is part of the National T/TA Strategy for Promoting Exemplary Practices and Risk Mitigation for the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program and is presented free of charge to CSBG grantees. It was created by Community Action Program Legal Services, Inc. (CAPLAW) in the performance of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Community Services Cooperative Agreement – Grant Award Number 90ET0433. Any opinion, findings, and conclusions, or recommendations expressed In this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.