Archived News for Region V

Previous news updates for RPIC in Region V will remain on this page for your reference. Please see below.


Annual Update of Poverty Guidelines

February 2017

The Department of Health and Human Services published the annual update of the HHS poverty guidelines "to account for last calendar year's increases in prices as measured by the Consumer Price Index." Click here to read it.


WIOA Implementation Database

February 2017

Make sure to check out this searchable database of WIOA-related activities from the National Conference of State Legislatures.


New CSBG Annual Report and ROMA Next Generation Receive Final OMB Approval

January 12, 2017

OCS has released Information Memorandum 152 stating that they received final approval of the new CSBG Annual Report, including ROMA Next Generation. To view the IM, click here. To learn more about ROMA Next Generation, click here.


Head Start Management Systems Wheel

January 2017

The Management Systems Wheel can be used as a framework for developing and refining y our managerial, planning, and oversight systems. Its interactive features make it user-friendly and easy to explore:

  • Hover text introduces the key features and components of each system
  • Easily accessible PDF documents in English and Spanish can be used as training tools and discussion prompts
  • Live links provide access to the wealth of related resources found across the ECLKC
  • To access the Wheel, please click here.

Summer 2016 Heat Wave and LIHEAP Assistance Letter Released!

July 25, 2016

Recent weather reports and media alerts are highlighting the heat wave that is anticipated to begin this week in the central and southeastern portions of the United States. Temperatures are expected to be at least 100 degrees, and will feel even higher after factoring in humidity. The heat wave is projected to spread to the mid-Atlantic and Northeast areas by this weekend and into next week. Read the full Dear Colleague Letter here.


Wipfli Alerts & Updates: What to do when you receive a Marketplace notice

July 20, 2016

Many employers have begun to receive Health Insurance Marketplace notices. The various state Health Insurance Marketplaces are now required to provide employers with a notice when an employee applies for health insurance on the state Marketplace and their application indicates they are eligible for federal subsidies to purchase their insurance. For further information on what to do in this circumstance, read more on Wipfli's website.


Statement: House Appropriations Subcommittee Passage of Labor, Health & Human Services, Education FY 2017 Funding Bill

July 7, 2016

Today, the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Labor Health & Human Services, Education, and related Agencies passed their FY 17 funding bill. Despite the bill cutting $570 million overall from last year's FY 16 level, the bill included a $141.6 million increase for Head Start and Early Head Start allocated to support programs and the Head Start Workforce meet rising operating costs through a Cost of Living Adjustment.


Community Action SSVF Providers Receive VA Approval to Attend 2016 CAP Annual Convention

July 5, 2016

As of Tuesday, July 5, 2016, the VA approved the SSVF training track scheduled during the 2016 Annual Convention! What does this mean for local SSVF programs? Since this is now a VA-approved training, SSVF staff may now use SSVF funds to attend Convention. For a copy of the approval email to attach to your documentation or for more information, please contact the Partnership's SSVF Project Director, Barbara Ledyard.


ROMA Next Generation 60-day Comment Period Now Open

June 16, 2016

See the "Dear Colleague" Letter, or view the newly-released ROMA Next Generation Materials. As a follow up to the initial comment period on ROMA Next Generation, the first Federal Register Notice will be published in the coming weeks. During this 60-day comment period you will be able to review the ROMA Next Generation framework as the CSBG Annual Report. The Office of Community Services (OCS) is requesting feedback from the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Network on the proposed CSBG Annual Report through a Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) information collection posted to the Federal Register in volume 81 FR 39267, number 2016-14229, pages 39267-39268 on June 16, 2016. The 60-day comment period began on June 16, 2016 and will end on August 15, 2016. NASCSP has developed tools and resources to support your review. Visit their ROMA Next Generation page to take advantage of additional information and materials.


DOL Issues Final Overtime Rule under the FLSA

May 18, 2016

On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor ("DOL") issued a long-anticipated final rule (the "Overtime Rule") extending overtime protections to an additional 4.2 million exempt workers who are not currently eligible under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA"). The changes in the Overtime Rule will take effect on December 1, 2016. For further information, visit the CAPLAW website.


OACAA Releases the 2015 Annual State of Poverty in Ohio Report

April 27, 2016

The Association of Community Action Agencies (OACAA) in cooperation with Community Research Partners (CRP) released its annual State of Poverty in Ohio Report on April 27, 2016, at The Ohio Statehouse Ladies Gallery. The report illustrates the effects of poverty as we try to understand how economic hardships affect Ohioans. Click here to view the press release for this event, and to view the entire report, click here.


CAA Leaders' Legal Boot Camp Recorded Webinar Series Available

April 20, 2016

This five-part webinar series and a new resource developed by CAPLAW in collaboration with the national Community Action Partnership, the CAA Leader's Legal Guide, aims to provide new and seasoned CAA Leaders with an overview of the many legal requirements that they will work with on a regular basis. Visit the CAPLAW website to learn more and view the recorded webinars.


Merger & Democratic Selection Case Studies

April 2016

CAPLAW has published two new case studies. Click here to learn more about the background, structure, and implementation of the CAA Merger Case Study. To read more about the various ways that CAAs are meeting the CSBG Act's requirement that the low-income sector of the tripartite board be selected in accordance with "democratic selection procedures…," click here.


ACA Filing Deadlines Approaching

March 31, 2016

The deadlines for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) information reporting with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are quickly approaching. The deadline for furnishing the 2015 Forms 1095-C to employees, which was extended by two months, is March 31, 2016, and the deadline for electronically filing the Forms 1095-C and 1094-C, which was extended by three months, is June 30, 2016. For more information about ACA reporting requirements, visit the News section of the CAPLAW website.


OMB Super Circular Training! Schedule your in-house training

Ongoing

NASCSP can make sure that you are prepared for the OMB Super Circular changes! We spent hours poring over the proposed OMB changes so that you won't have to. Click here for more details on scheduling your in-house training.

ROMA Next Generation Initial Comment Period Now Open!

March 3, 2016 - April 1, 2016

NASCSP is working with the CSBG Network to develop the "Next Generation" or the next level of ROMA principles, practices and resources. For the list of webinars and resources on ROMA Next Generation, click here.

ASPE releases research brief on ACA and Community Action

December 14, 2015

HHS Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation released the intramural research brief, "Community Action Agency Activities in Affordable Care Act Outreach and Enrollment: Insights from Case Studies". View the brief by clicking here.


CSBG FY2016 1st Quarter Allocations Update

October 27, 2015

Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Dear Colleague Letter FY2016 1st Quarter Allocations Update, State Plan Review Process, and State/Federal Accountability is released. Click here to go directly to the Dear Colleague Letter.


Over $3 Billion Released for LIHEAP Energy Assistance

October 23, 2015

The Office of Community Services (OCS), Division of Energy Assistance (DEA), is pleased to announce the release of approximately $3.017 billion of Federal Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 regular block grant funding to LIHEAP grantees.Click here for the Dear Colleague letter on Over $3 Billion in LIHEAP.


OCS announces CED and CED-HFFI FY 2015 Awards

October 1, 2015

Click here for detailed information on the CED and CED-HFFI FY 2015 awards.


Rural Integration Models for Parents and Children to Thrive (IMPACT) Demonstration Launched!

September 25, 2015

On September 25, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Health and Human Services Acting Deputy Secretary Mary Wakefield announced 10 sites to participate in the "Rural Integration Models for Parents and Children to Thrive" (Rural IMPACT) technical assistance demonstration. Many of you may have heard OCS Director Jeannie Chaffin talked about at this initiative at eh CAPLAW, NASCSP, and Partnership conferences over the past few months. Read further on the IMPACT Demonstration.


CAPLAW Submits Comments on Proposed Head Start Program Performance Standards

August 2015

On June 19, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services proposed the first comprehensive revision and reorganization of the Head Start Program Performance Standards since they were published in 1975. CAPLAW submitted comments on the proposed Standards, a copy of which is available here. Read CAPLAW's August 2015 e-Bulletin article for a summary of the significant changes in the proposed Standards.


Proposed FLSA Regs Expand Eligibility for Overtime Pay

July 6, 2015

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a proposed rule that more than doubles the minimum salary threshold for certain employees to be considered exempt from the minimum wage and overtime pay protections under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Comments to the proposed rule are due by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, on Friday, September 4, 2015 and may be submitted electronically here.


HHS Extends Comment Period for Revised Head Start Program Performance Standards

June 19, 2015

In a notice published in the Federal Register, HHS announced that it will extend the comment period for the proposed Standards by 30 days to 11:59 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, on Thursday, September 17, 2015. Comments on the proposed Standards may be submitted electronically here. CAPLAW will submit comments on the proposed Standards and encourages CAAs to send any suggestions they have for CAPLAW with respect to its comments to Veronica Zhang by Tuesday, September 1, 2015.


NASCSP Offers OMB Super Circular Training

Ongoing

NASCSP spent hours poring over the proposed OMB changes so that states and agencies will not have to. For further information on scheduling a one-day training, click here.


VirtualCAP's Community Action Risk Mitigation Blog Series: #3

April 10, 2015

The third in a series of blog posts highlighting resources and training materials from the Community Action Partnership's National Training Center and the Resource Bank of the CSBG Training & Technical Assistance Resource Center. To view the blog post, click here.


The Partnership's Resource of the Month: Batter Up! Building Your Leadership Bench

April 2015

Click here to view the toolkit as well as webinar recording and slides.


Updated COE-Developed Organizational Standards Resources

February 13, 2015

For Word and PDF versions of both State and Self-Assessment tools for Public or Private CAAs, click here.


CSBG Dear Colleague Letter FY 2015 2nd Quarter Allocations

February 11, 2015

For an update on 2nd quarter allocations on CSBG funds, and to view the Dear Colleague Letter, click here.


Office of Head Start Uniform Guidance Webinar - Available for Viewing

February 10, 2015

The Office of Head Start (OHS) held a webinar to discuss the new uniform administrative requirements, cost principles, and audit requirements for federal awards, which went into effect Dec. 26, 2014. To view the webinar now, click here.


Revised Model State Plan Webinar Series

February 2015

OCS has recorded a webinar and released PowerPoint slides on the Revised Model State Plan. For access to these recordings and slides, click here.


The Partnership's Convention holds an Open Call for Presentations

February 2015

Click here to submit workshop sessions for Community Action: Empowering Families, Transforming Communities, the 2015 Community Action Partnership Annual Convention, August 26-28, 2015 in San Francisco, CA. Deadline to submit session proposals is April 10th.


OCS Announces Open Comment Period for CSBG Model State Plan Revision

January 29, 2015

Public Comment Period will be open for 60 days and began on January 26, 2015. For further details, click here.


Final Information Memorandum 138 Released

January 26, 2015

IM 138 focuses on Organizational Standards from OCS. To view the IM, click here.