American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

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For more information, please open the following link to NACo's websites for more details and estimated allocation for your county from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021: COVID-19 Recovery Clearinghouse (naco.org) 

U.S. Treasury Releases New Guidance on Certification Process for State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund: Update from NACo on 4.15.2021

The U.S. Treasury released its guidance on pre-award requirements, outlining immediate steps counties need to take to receive direct payments from the U.S. Treasury under the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Funds authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act. As soon as possible, county governments should complete the steps below:

1. Ensure the entity has a valid DUNS number. A DUNS number is a unique nine-character number used to identify an organization and is issued by Dun & Bradstreet. The federal government uses the DUNS number to track how federal money is allocated. A DUNS number is required prior to registering with the SAM database, which is outlined below. Registering for a DUNS number is free of charge. If an entity does not have a valid DUNS number, please visit https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/ or call 1-866-705-5711 to begin the registration process.

2. Ensure the entity has an active SAM registration. SAM is the official government-wide database to register with in order to do business with the U.S. government. All federal financial assistance recipients must register on SAM.gov and renew their SAM registration annually to maintain an active status to be eligible to receive federal financial assistance. There is no charge to register or maintain your entity SAM registration. If an entity does not have an active SAM registration, please visit, SAM.gov to begin the entity registration or renewal process. Please note that SAM registration can take up to three weeks; delay in registering in SAM could impact timely payment of funds. Click here for a quick overview for SAM registration

3. Gather the entity’s payment information, including: Entity Identification Number (EIN), name and contact information Name and title of an authorized representative of the entity Financial institution information (e.g., routing and account number, financial institution name and contact information)

NACo will keep you updated as additional guidance for the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund is released in the coming weeks. Visit our new COVID-19 Recovery Clearinghouse for timely resources, including allocation estimations, examples of county programs using federal coronavirus relief funds, the latest updates from the U.S. Department of Treasury and more. National Association of Counties.


Update on 4/1/2021

The MAS office has received multiple calls inquiring about a “form” counties will need to fill out to in order to receive funding from the U.S. Treasury Department as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. MAS has confirmed with the National Association of Counties (NACo) that the U.S. Treasury Department is developing a form that will be a required component of the application, but that form has not yet been published.

MAS will update our members when the form is made available.  It is very important that counties follow the guidelines of the American Rescue Plan Act very closely. MAS staff is monitoring the process and working with NACo and other sources to ensure we have accurate information for our members. MAS will continue to provide updates on this process.

Please watch for more updates in the near future. If you would like to be added to our email/texting distribution list, please email Yamaiky Gamez at YGamez@massup.org

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