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ARRA “Stimulus” Weekly Update, July 17, 2009

I. Federal and State Reporting

UNC GA Reporting:

UNC-GA has been providing a consolidated report of ARRA proposals and awards to the N.C. Office of Economic Recovery and Investment since mid-spring. The report is aimed at leadership in OERI and the Governor’s office for information purposes only. Campuses should send their weekly reports to Sarah Smith (smsmith@northcarolina.edu) with a copy to Courtney Thornton (cthornton@northcarolina.edu). Please provide the CFDA # for all proposals and awards and the federal award ID for awards. Data is reported cumulative for all ARRA proposals and awards since the passage of the Act. This week’s report is located under the Reporting/UNC ARRA Report tabs on the UNC-GA Recovery site: http://www.northcarolina.edu/recovery/index.php - click on the PDF symbol.

State Reporting:

Staff from NCSU, UNC-CH, UNC-G and UNC-GA met with the technical team for the NC OpenBook project on July 16th to discuss how the UNC System can provide ARRA award data for inclusion in the data warehouse being developed by the Office of State Budget Management.

More information will be sent to the campuses next week on possible options for providing OSBM our ARRA award data.

Federal Reporting:

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Recovery, Accountability and Transparency Board announced that webinars will be held the week of July 20, 2009 to provide information on implementing the guidance set forth in OMB Memorandum M-09-21, Implementing Guidance for the Reports on Use of Funds Pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 that was released on June 22, 2009. Each webinar will focus on a major section of the Guidance as well as on the technology solution. The intended audience for these webinars includes Federal agency personnel, prime recipients and sub-recipients. Go to the following URL to view the schedule and to register: http://www.recovery.gov/?q=node/658 UNC GA recently made an inquiry to OMB requesting clarification on reporting “Jobs Retained” and faculty/staff salary expenditures (release or summer salary). Following is the response from Hai. M “Gil” Tran:

“Sarah, if an individual works on a project and the institution charges associated personnel costs (i.e., faculty salary support) to the ARRA project this should be reported as a job retained (or created if hired for the project). Regards, Gil.”

II. N.C. Office of Economic Recovery and Investment

Mr. Jimmy Carter from OERI recently announced there will not be an ARRA reporting pilot in July and he reported on the Recovery Reporting Readiness Assessment results. The full text of his email communication is attached to the PDF of this weekly report, available by selecting the PDF button, above.

III. Other Resources

A contract has been awarded to Smartronix, Inc., a Maryland information technology firm to build the new website for the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, an independent agency that manages Recovery.gov and monitors spending under the $787 billion Recovery program. The following is reprinted from www.recovery.gov:

"With the assistance of GSA,'' said Earl E. Devaney, the Recovery Board chairman, "we proceeded in a careful fashion to find the best value for the taxpayers' dollar.'' He went on to say: "In the end, this website, above all else, must be user friendly and provide the public with the necessary information on how its money is being spent.''

Devaney explained that the Recovery Board needed also to move swiftly because recipients of Recovery funds—perhaps 200,000 or more—will begin submitting reports to the Recovery Board in October. That information will be posted almost immediately on Recovery.gov, he said.

Devaney and the 12 Inspectors General who comprise the Recovery Board described the contract as firm fixed and competitively bid for operations and maintenance, providing a full solution package to include:

  • Develop the next generation of Recovery.gov, which will be visually pleasing, user friendly and highly interactive.
  • A mapping capacity that will allow users to search for spending all the way down to their own neighborhoods.
  • The capacity to store and easily download massive amounts of data.
  • A state-of-the-art security platform that will protect the integrity and availability of the data and a back-up system in the event of a major catastrophe such as 9/11 or a large-scale power outage.
  • Contract support to perform a wide array of hosting, maintenance and operational services. http://www.recovery.gov/?q=node/668