American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) – Stimulus Funds
Is there a federal website for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)?
Are there websites for the various federal agencies with information on their programmatic priorities under ARRA?
Yes. Each federal agency was directed to create a website with program information and links to the main ARRA website. The agency websites can be found by following this link.
The legislation is long and complicated. Are summaries available?
Yes. A summary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, including searchable indices and two briefing documents can be found at this site, under the Overview heading.
How can I find funding opportunities associated with the stimulus funds?
Are there any special terms and conditions associated with GRANT awards made under ARRA?
Agencies are expected to comply with existing administrative grant requirements, including OMB
Circular A???110. Specifically agencies must:
Are there any special terms and conditions associated with CONTRACTS made under ARRA?
Yes. A Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) case is in process that will accommodate the special requirements anticipated by the Recovery Act, some of which include:
More information on the FAR case will be issued soon.
(See section 6.4 page 15 of briefing document #2)
Are there special reporting requirements for grants received under ARRA funding?
Yes. Special reporting at the Federal and State levels will be required. In particular, financial accounts established under ARRA funding must be distinguishable from all other accounts and provide for discrete accounting and reporting.
Federal reporting: Reporting is required for any non???federal entity receiving ARRA funds as a prime recipient and the subawards made by the prime recipients through discretionary appropriates. Each recipient is required to report the following information to the federal agency providing the award 10 days after the end of each calendar quarter, starting July 10th. Reporting dates will be July 10th, October 10th, January 10th and March 10th annually. These reports will include the following data elements:
See section 2.9, pages 5???7 of briefing document #2.
State of North Carolina reporting: For each preliminary notice of award and each proposal submitted or award received from ARRA funding, the following information should be reported to UNC???GA via email attachment by close of business each Thursday – limit to one page per award:
Governor Beverly Perdue expects the Office of North Carolina Economic Recovery and Investment, under the direction of Mr. Dempsey Benton, to be aware of ALL stimulus grants, including research grants, awarded to any University of North Carolina campus or affiliated entity.
Will there be additional compliance monitoring by federal agencies awarding ARRA funds?
Yes. North Carolina is one of a core group of 16 states selected that will be followed by the U. S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) over the next few years to provide an ongoing longitudinal analysis of the use of funds under the Recovery Act.
Agencies must take steps beyond standard practice to initiative additional oversight mechanisms. At a minimum, agencies must be prepared to evaluate and demonstrate the effectiveness of standard monitoring and oversight practices. Agencies are directed to adapt current performance evaluation and review processes to include the ability to report on completion status of the program or activity, and program and economic outcomes. Agencies will also consult with the Inspectors General to establish procedures to validate the accuracy of information submitted using statistical or risk???based approach.
Agencies are also directed to use appropriate internal control assessments to assess the risk of program waste, fraud, and/or abuse.
The GAO will conduct bimonthly reviews of selected States’ to examine how Recovery Act funds are being used and whether they are achieving the stated purposes of the Act. The purposes include:
The GAO will be reaching out to the respective governors’ and state auditors’ offices to begin the work needed for the first bimonthly review to be completed April 2009. Further, federal agencies will perform a risk analysis of Recovery Act programs and request OMB to designate as high risk programs as Single Audit major programs, i.e. programs which must be tested in a particular year and OIG’s will perform audits and inspections of their respective agencies awarding, disbursing, and monitoring of Recovery Act funds.
The full GAO report “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: GAO’s Role in Helping to Ensure Accountability and Transparency” is available online.
Is UNC???GA collecting information from campuses on applications for and awards received from ARRA?
Yes. UNC???GA will collect information from all campuses on applications for grants and contracts funded by ARRA and subsequent awards.
A flag/check box is being added to the RAMSeS, SPARC and RADAR (NCSU) Systems to allow faculty and campus sponsored programs offices to identify relevant applications and awards in their systems. The systems will also require a brief text entry for economic or societal impact, particularly as it impacts North Carolina. We are working towards functionalities in these three reporting systems that will allow UNC???GA personnel to directly receive or extract the needed information. Until these adjustments are fully implemented, campuses will be asked to submit information on applications and awards as prescribed above under State Reporting. UNC???GA will be responsible for submitting all sponsored programs contract and grant activity for the UNC System to the North Carolina Recovery Office headed by Dempsey Benton.