One way to empower a CAA board is to give it the tools it needs to educate itself. With this in mind, CAPLAW has created a self-training tool to provide a CAA board with the guidance and information it needs to teach itself about the Community Service Block Grant Act (CSBG) tripartite board requirements. The tools consist of questions, quizzes, exercises, PowerPoints and resources that the board is instructed to work through with the help of a board member facilitator. Learn more.
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> Employee Benefits Check-Up: Affordable Care Act
> Critical Indicators for CAA Sustainability
> Employment Laws Affecting Staffing Options
> Ins and Outs of the OMB Super Circular, Part I
> Ins and Outs of the OMB Super Circular, Part II
> Changing Needs and Expectations for Chief Financial Officers
> Significant CSBG Issues to Examine for the Future
> Head Start Risk Management
Super Circular FAQ
To help all federal grantees prepare for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) “Super Circular,” also known as the “Omni Circular,” the Council on Financial Assistance Reform (COFAR) maintains and regularly updates a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) intended to provide additional context, including examples, and background for the Super Circular. CAAs should review the entire FAQ to help prepare for the impending application of the Super Circular. For an in-depth examination of the many new rules and changes of particular importance to the Community Action network, including key points from the COFAR FAQ, read the 2014 Special Edition of the CAPLAW Update. Read more for highlights of the information covered by the COFAR FAQ.
Following the implementation of the new five-year grant cycle, the Office of Head Start (OHS) significantly changed its approach to monitoring grant recipients for fiscal year 2015. The new approach is referred to as the “Aligned Monitoring System” and encompasses the recent release of the FY 2015 Head Start Key Indicator-Compliant (HSKI-C) Monitoring Protocol. The HSKI-C Monitoring Protocol is an evidenced-based, indicator tool that will be used to determine the level of monitoring a Head Start grantee must undergo. Read more.
It is important for all employers to understand the legal issues that may arise if an employee is exposed to Ebola or another, equally, virulent illness. Employers must not only determine the responsibilities they have with respect to the exposed employee but must also be aware of the potential risk to all employees. To help employers better understand and minimize their liability when faced with these difficult situations, the law firm Venable LLP recently issued a legal alert, Labor Pains: Ebola at Work, which walks through the analysis an employer would undergo and provides options for addressing this potentially, life threatening occurrence.
Failure to Obtain Prior Written Approval Results in Major Head Start Disallowance
Knowing when and how to obtain prior written approval when using federal grant funds for specific purposes is often crucial information that, if overlooked or ignored, can result in dire consequences for a federal grantee. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Department of Appeals Board (DAB) recently emphasized the importance of complying with prior written approval requirements when it disallowed $1,855,599 in Head Start funds. Much of the disallowance resulted from the affected grantee’s failure to obtain required prior written approval before using federal funds for the construction of a new building for its Head Start program. Read more.
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) recently issued information memorandum ACF-IM-HS-14-05 (IM) reminding Head Start and Early Head Start grantees and subrecipients of the 2014 Head Start Audit Compliance Supplement issued earlier this year. The IM generally explains the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-133 audit requirements and reiterates that the 2014 Audit Compliance Supplement applies to all audits of fiscal years beginning after June 30, 2013. The IM mainly references the different types of audit guidance available for Head Start grantees, subgrantees and Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership recipients. Grantees are encouraged to share with their board of directors the IM which emphasizes the board’s responsibilities to understand the Head Start audit requirements, choose a qualified auditor, and be fully engaged in the review of the audit and the financial information reported in the audit package. To ensure that selected auditors are familiar with all applicable audit requirements, the IM also encourages grantees to share the IM with auditors.
This E-news Bulletin is part of the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Legal Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) Center. 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 90ET0441-01. 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.