CAPLAW and the Community Action Partnership have teamed up to offer a series of three webinars focusing on a team approach to cultivating and administering program budgets. The series adds a new perspective to the old adage “the whole is only as good as the sum of its parts” by exploring the cross pollination that needs to occur within a CAA to produce compliant and successful programs.
Throughout each of the webinars we will discuss:
»»the different roles that the Finance Director, Planning Director and Program Director play with respect to program budgets,
»»the process that is followed,
»»the legal requirements that all team members should be familiar with and
»»the communication that should occur.
The webinars will follow a program scenario that shows how concepts discussed actually work and will offer samples, quizzes, and subject matter experts. Key players from the management team of Community Action Partnership of Washington and Morgan Counties in Ohio will be featured as speakers, adding the always important practitioners’ perspective.
Webinar One, July 22 Team Approach and Budget Proposals
Webinar Two, July 24 Budget Proposals and Tracking Budgets
Webinar Three, July 26 Budget Revisions and Reports
Read CAPLAW's Comments on OMB Proposed Revisions to Circulars
CAPLAW was among the 319 entities and individuals that submitted comments on the proposed broad revisions to the Office of Managmement and Budget (OMB) circulars that govern federal grants and other types of federal financial assistance. The proposed revisions seek to merge eight circulars (Circulars A-50, A-102, A-110, A-21, A-87, A-122, A-89, and A-133) into one uniform set of cost principles, audit standards and administrative requirements for all types of entities that receive federal financial assistance. In general CAPLAW supports the proposed revisions, however, we submited specific comments, objections and requests for clarification regarding certain provisions we believe are particularly important to CAAs.
Managing vacation, sick and other leave time can cause administrative headaches. Tracking time accrued and used and enforcing leave policies can become particularly complicated when trying to ensure compliance with the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The complexity often culminates with intermittent leave. FMLA intermittent leave raises not only administrative, but also employee abuse concerns. Employers can alleviate some of the administrative woes and abuse concerns by utilizing a number of different strategies supported by the FMLA. This legal alert, Curbing Abuse of “Intermittent” FMLA Leave, by the national labor and employment law firm, Fisher & Phillips LLP, offers eight strategies to help employers successfully manage intermittent leave.
Safeguarding Your Employees’ Future - Protecting Your Retirement Plan
If your CAA sponsors a 403(b) retirement plan, it is crucial that it complies with all relevant rules and regulations. Failure to conform to the requirements may result in additional tax liabilities for your employees. However, organizations may avoid such consequences by identifying and voluntarily correcting plan errors. For a list of common errors made in administering 403(b) plans and ways to detect, avoid and correct them visit the IRS 403(b) Plan Fix-It Guide.
Currently, the IRS has reduced the Voluntary Correction Program compliance fees for failure to adopt a written 403(b) plan by December 31, 2009. To take advantage of the reduced fees, an organization must submit their voluntary correction by December 31, 2013. For more information regarding the reduced fees and submitting voluntary corrections see:
On May 21, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed the lower court’s ruling that the Head Start regulations on competition were valid. Several state Head Start and Community Action associations had filed a lawsuit last year challenging the regulations. The appellate court did not issue a published opinion.
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.