CDBG-DR funds are subject to Title I of the HCDA, (42 U.S.C. § 5301 et seq.) and the CDBG regulations at 24 CFR Part 570, unless modified by waivers and alternative requirements. CDBG-DR appropriation statutes typically grant the Secretary the authority to impose alternative requirements and waive statutes or regulations administered by the Secretary. Statutory requirements and waivers granted by HUD may vary from one disaster to the next. The Consolidated Notice combines waivers and alternative requirements from previous Federal Register notices and CPD Notices governing past CDBG-DR funds. These waivers and alternative requirements are based on the knowledge of the needs of grantees and previous waivers and alternative requirements that were issued contemporaneously with determinations by the Secretary regarding good cause and consistency with the overall purposes of HCDA.
HUD typically provides certain waivers and alternative requirements for all CDBG-DR grantees receiving funds for a particular disaster; however, HUD also reviews and acts on individual grantees’ requests for other waivers and alternative requirements on a case-by-case basis. Not all grantee requests are approved.
Additionally, The Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5121 et seq.) (“Stafford Act”) provides the framework for Federal disaster assistance and sets forth the process by which the President declares a major disaster. Although the Stafford Act is largely devoted to programs administered by FEMA, certain sections apply more generally to all disaster assistance. In particular, CDBG-DR grantees must adhere to section 312 of the Stafford Act, which prohibits duplication of benefits.
HUD is authorized to allocate and award CDBG-DR grants when Congress makes funds available. HUD’s responsibilities include:
Establishing requirements for use of the funds, through waiver and alternative requirements (including those requested by individual grantees), published in the Federal Register or on HUD’s website,
Reviewing CDBG-DR action plans and managing CDBG-DR funds,
Providing technical assistance on eligible uses of grant funds, and
Monitoring CDBG-DR grantees’ use of CDBG-DR funds to ensure performance and compliance.
Since CDBG-DR funds are provided as a block grant, the CDBG-DR grantee has the primary responsibility to oversee and administer the use of funds for the disaster-related purposes that the funds were made available.
Designing and implementing recovery programs to meet unmet recovery needs;
Overseeing the CDBG-DR grant to ensure that CDBG-DR funds are used in accordance with all program requirements, including establishing internal controls;
Providing technical assistance to, and oversight of, CDBG-DR subrecipients;
Tracking CDBG-DR assisted activities and reporting the data in the Disaster Recovery Grant Reporting (DRGR) system; and
Maintaining paper or electronic records of assisted activities sufficient for HUD to determine compliance in accordance with CDBG-DR recordkeeping requirements.
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The Consolidated Notice Guidebook offers guidance to develop the action plan, but there is a better answer.
The Consolidated Notice Guidebook offers technical assistance to implement CDBG-DR funds, but there is a better answer.
The Consolidated Notice Guidebook offers helpful tips and resources to inform the use and implementation of CDBG-DR funds, but there is a better answer.
This is the best answer. The Consolidated Notice Guidebook offers all three choices for current and future recipients of CDBG-DR funds.
Incorrect. The second major phase in the CDBG-DR grant process is developing and submitting the public action plan. Submitting the financial management and grant compliance certification checklist is part of the first phase of preparing pre-award submission documents.
Correct. The phases of the CDBG-DR grant process are 1) prepare pre-award submission documents; 2) develop and submit public action plan; and 3) implement approved public action plan. The first phase includes submitting the financial management and grant compliance certification checklist.
Correct. CDBG-DR appropriations make funds available for necessary expenses related to disaster relief, long-term recovery, restoration of infrastructure and housing, and economic revitalization in the most impacted and distressed areas. All CDBG-DR activities must be CDBG-eligible (or eligible under a waiver or alternative requirement), meet a national objective, and meet an unmet recovery need that addresses a direct or indirect impact from an eligible disaster, or a mitigation need that addresses a risk identified in a mitigation needs assessment.
Incorrect. The statement correctly lists the eligible activities for CDBG-DR funds according to Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974.
Incorrect. The grantee must publish its draft Public Action Plan for public comment for no less than 30 calendar days on the grantee’s disaster recovery website.
Incorrect. A grantee has 45 days to address deficiencies and resubmit it to HUD after being notified by HUD that the Public Action Plan was rejected.
Incorrect. Within 60 days of the applicability date of the Allocation Announcement Notice (or when the grantee submits its action plan, whichever is earlier), the grantee must submit documentation for the Financial Management and Grant Compliance Certification Requirements.
Correct. The grantee must submit its Implementation Plan, Public Action Plan (which includes Standard Form 424, or “SF-424”), and projection of expenditures and outcomes to HUD not later than 120 days from the applicability date of the Allocation Announcement Notice.