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Arra V080209

  1. 1. doing good better American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
  2. 2. ARRA Highlights <ul><li>On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed the ARRA into law, enacting a $787 billion stimulus plan in response to a growing recession </li></ul><ul><li>The primary objectives of the ARRA are to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Preserve and create jobs and promote economic recovery </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assist those most impacted by the recession </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide investments to increase economic efficiency by spurring technological advances in science and health </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Invest in infrastructure that will provide long-term benefits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stabilize state and local government budgets to minimize and avoid reductions in essential services and counterproductive federal and local tax increases </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Where the Money ($787 billion) Goes…
  4. 4. Texas’ Share
  5. 5. Four Principles Guide the Distribution and Use <ul><li>Spend funds quickly to save and create jobs. ARRA funds will be distributed quickly to states, local educational agencies and other entities in order to avert layoffs, create and save jobs and improve student achievement. States and LEAs in turn are urged to move rapidly to develop plans for using funds, consistent with the law’s reporting and accountability requirements, and to promptly begin spending funds to help drive the nation’s economic recovery. </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure transparency, reporting and accountability. To prevent fraud and abuse, support the most effective uses of ARRA funds, and accurately measure and track results, recipients must publicly report on how funds are used. Due to the unprecedented scope and importance of this investment, ARRA funds are subject to additional reporting requirements. </li></ul><ul><li>Invest one-time ARRA funds thoughtfully to minimize the “funding cliff.” ARRA represents a historic infusion of funds that is expected to be temporary. Depending on the program, these funds are available for only two to three years. These funds should be invested in ways that do not result in unsustainable continuing commitments after ARRA expires. </li></ul><ul><li>Improve student achievement through school improvement and reform. To close the achievement gap and help students from all backgrounds achieve high standards. </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Practical Realities <ul><li>Expectations are sky-high around stimulus funding </li></ul><ul><li>HOWEVER, much of the funding is formula-based block grants to states or is otherwise restricted </li></ul><ul><li>So, what should one’s strategy be? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Key Recommendations <ul><li>Partnerships are more important than ever </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Workforce investment boards, housing authorities, community action agencies, etc. will receive a great deal of new funding that must be spent rapidly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some of them, and all of us, should be looking for ways to partner to increase their capacity to meet their mandates </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Key Recommendations <ul><li>Funding guidance is not yet available in many cases </li></ul><ul><ul><li>As a result, states have not yet determined how to spend certain funding (This also applies to local communities, counties, and non-profit agencies.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stay on top of state processes. Be patient. Be realistic. Be prepared to jump. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Key Recommendations <ul><li>Everyone you want to partner with is being inundated with requests for partnerships </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Take an asset-based approach. Tell your prospective partner what your program offers them, not what your program needs from them </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Key Recommendations <ul><li>Be prepared to meet high expectations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Any support you get will come with deliverables that you must be able to meet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public agencies and non-profit recipients will go the easiest, highest-capacity, and most reliable route to meet the mandates of spending quickly and getting results </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make a fair assessment of what you can offer and deliver before approaching funders or partners </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Key Recommendations <ul><li>Position your agency as an opinion leader </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Where there are listening sessions or comment periods, weigh in on spending priorities and systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>These windows are closing fast </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Key Recommendations <ul><li>Stimulus funding will set precedents </li></ul><ul><ul><li>While characterized as a “one-time” funding, how funds are deployed, the innovations that come from it, and the principles and priorities behind it will remain for years to come in general policy and budgeting sessions. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The more you can learn, prepare and participate now, the better you will be able to take part in future opportunities </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Additional Resources – Fed <ul><li> – the White House recovery website dedicated to transparency and accountability. Monitors agency-level plans and investments by state among other things </li></ul><ul><li> – recovery-related grant opportunities will be posted here </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be advised, however, that ARRA does authorize that agencies use alternative systems for accepting grant applications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Federal agency websites will also publish NOFAs directly and may be easier to read </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Additional Resources – Fed <ul><li> – the Corporation for National Service received enough ARRA funding to add an additional 10,000 AmeriCorps and 3,000 Vista slots </li></ul><ul><li> – “FedBizOpps” – federally-funded, recovery-related contract opportunities (for businesses and non-profits) are posted in a searchable database here </li></ul>
  15. 15. Additional Resources – Texas <ul><li> – the White House Recovery page provides easy links to all state recovery websites. Check it weekly. </li></ul><ul><li> – the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities offers a state-by-state estimate of stimulus funding. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Additional Resources – Local <ul><li>Block/formula grants and other funds will be distributed directly to county agencies, housing authorities, local school districts, etc. who will deploy these resources according to state and/or federally-approved plans. </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul>