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|3, 2010 Volume 2, Issue 2|
The Weatherization PLUS Newsletter
Economic Opportunity Studies, Inc. | www.weatherizationplus.org
Department of Energy Recently Clarified Four Policies
1. HUD- and USDA-Assisted Multifamily Properties Eligible for Weatherization Assistance
DOE implemented the new rule it proposed last summer. A list of buildings whose tenants are income-eligible is posted HERE. There are additional tests a building must meet, however. Additional guidance will be posted shortly so that W.A.P. agencies can determine which listed buildings would be projects that meet the requirement that the benefits of W.A.P. in rental units go primarily to the hlow-income tenant. Click here to see the lists.
2. Monthly Reporting Is Required But Simplified from Original Plan
On the 30th of each month, beginning March 30, states will report the number of ARRA units Weatherized, the amount spent, and the ARRA-W.A.P. hours worked in the previous month (i.e. Feb. production and work is reported Mar. 30). Four times a year, the quarterly report to OMB will be due at the same time. That report requires that the ARRA hours be converted to FTEs. (If non-federal funds were used as a match for ARRA projects, then those hours would be reported, but few, if any, W.A.P. programs have non-federal funding “caused” by ARRA.) A jobs calculator spreadsheet is provided, which can be used for monthly reports as well as the quarterly reports it is set up for. Reporting Requirements | Job Creation Calculation Guidance | Job Calculator (.xls)
3. Regulation Maintaining the Privacy of Applicants for and Recipients of Services
DOE is amending its regulations to require all States and other service providers that participate in W.A.P. to treat all requests for information concerning applicants and recipients of WAP funds in a manner consistent with the Federal government’s treatment of information requested under the Freedom of Information Act, including the privacy protections. Click here to see the notice from DOE.
4. Amended Davis-Bacon Wage Determinations for Many Areas
Senate Oversight Hearing Focuses on DOE Implementation of ARRA Programs
At a March 4 hearing before the full Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, DOE and GAO reassured Senators that the start-up delays are behind us.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)
Highlights from the video:
Wisconsin ARRA-WAP Progress and CAA-ARRA Program Success
The 20 Weatherization agencies in Wisconsin completed 5,006 units from July 1 to December 31, 2009. At the beginning of March, reports from agencies that operate 75% of the W.A.P. showed 109 sub-contracts with local contractors, businesses, vendors, and other partners for Weatherization work with ARRA funds alone in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin’s 13 Community Action Agencies have created 261 jobs with ARRA funding in the first six-months of reporting (through December 31, 2009) of which 202 jobs were directly paid with ARRA funds. In addition, CAAs utilized ARRA funds to retain another 221 jobs in their communities. Many of these jobs are employment specialists, housing counselors, community service advocates, weatherization auditors and installers that provided important needed services to over 70,000 low-income people and victims of the economic recession in 2009. Read the full report here
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