Federal Agency Press Releases

Federal Agency Action Alerts & Press Releases

U.S. Department of Treasury (Treasury)

  • CARES Act provided $150 billion in aid to states, tribal governments, territories and local governments with populations of over 500,000 people to address necessary expenditures incurred due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • Treasury issued guidance on how the funds can be used and addressed overlapping jurisdictions with populations of more than 500,000, click here, FAQ’s Updated June 24, 2020.
    • Arizona’s share is $ $2,822,399,971.50, excluding any additional funds from the $8 billion allocated to tribal governments across the United States, click here for the data sources and distribution methodology for overlapping jurisdictions from Treasury.
    • Counties, cities and towns with populations over 500,000 (Maricopa & Pima Counties) are eligible to submit directly to Treasury
      • List of all eligible units of local government, click here.
      • Submission deadline for local governments Friday, April 17, 2020, to view the submission page, click here.

Election Assistance Commission (EAC)

CARES Act included $400 million to support states election response to COVID-19 during the 2020 election cycle.  Counties traditionally administer and fund elections at the local level, including overseeing polling places and coordinating poll workers for federal, state and local elections. With concerns over transmission of COVID-19, counties are closely working with federal, state and local election officials to ensure the highest level of safety, security and integrity in our elections (CARES Act Funding Webinar)

  • EAC issued Notices of Grant Award on April 6th – States can start to incur costs, effective March 28, 2020 the day after the CARES bill was signed (CARES Act Grants)
    • Pre-award costs can be requested from the start date of the pandemic – January 20, 2020
    • Issued under Section 101 of HAVA to address COVID-19 issues and is a supplemental appropriation to the 2020 Consolidated Appropriations Act.
    • Changes from Consolidated Appropriations Act include the funds must be spent on activities related COVID-19 during 2020 Federal Elections Any portion of a payment made to a state that are not used by December 31, 2020 will be returned to the Treasury (considered an emergency requirement under 251(b)(2)(A)(i) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985) allow for expenses accrued prior to December 31st – incur prior to 12/31 but pay in January those would still be allowed.
    • Requires a 20% match within 2 years of receiving the funds

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

Bureau of Justice Assistance

  • FY 2020 Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program – Closes May 29, 2020
  • BJA Overview; Program Description/Grant Application Requirements; Arizona Local Allocation ($7,130,139); Est. State Allocations
  • Provides funding through the same distribution as the FY2019 Byrne Justice Assistance Grants.
  • Monies available for “Allowable projects and purchases include, but are not limited to, overtime, equipment (including law enforcement and medical personal protective equipment), hiring, supplies (such as gloves, masks, sanitizer), training, travel expenses, and addressing the medical needs of inmates in state, local, and tribal prisons, jails, and detention centers.”
  • Monies can be distributed in advance or on a reimbursable basis
  • Contains non-supplanting language, 10% of award can go towards direct admin costs
  • Restricted to local governments that were eligible for the FY2018 JAG program.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

Health and Human Services (HHS)

HHS CARE Act Funding

  • $27 billion to develop the necessary countermeasures and vaccines for coronavirus, prioritizes platform-based technologies with the U.S.-based manufacturing, the purchase of vaccines, therapeutics, diagnostics, necessary medical supplies, as well as medical surge capacity, addressing blood supply chain, workforce modernization, telehealth access and infrastructure, initial advanced manufacturing, novel dispensing
    • $180 million for the “Health Resources and Services Administration – Rural Health” to help carry out telehealth and rural health activities.
  • $250 million as grant funding to or cooperative agreements with entities that are either grantees or sub-grantees of the Hospital Preparedness Program.
  • $275 million to expand services and capacity for rural hospitals, telehealth, poison control centers and the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program
  • $100 billion in funding for local hospitals to address medical surge capacity issues and offset the cost of increased healthcare related expenses and loss revenue.
  • Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to, in no later than one year of the bill’s enactment, “develop a comprehensive and coordinated plan with respect to the health care workforce development programs guidance would include identifying current gaps and barriers and coordinating with other agencies to fund and administer related programs.
  • Delays cuts to the Disproportionate Share until FY 2021
  • Extends community mental health services program – directs HHS to select two additional states beyond the first 8 for mental and substance abuse disorder treatment to Medicaid beneficiaries
  • Extends key health safety net programs page 412 Community Health Centers Fund, National Health Service Corps Fund and Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (GME) programs at current funding through FY 2021. Community health centers will receive $4 billion for FY 2020, the National Health Service Corps will get $310 million and Teaching Health Center programs will get $21 million.
  • $1.032 billion in increased funding for Indian Health Services for public health support, electronic health record modernization, telehealth and other information technology upgrades, Purchased/Referred Care, Catastrophic Health Emergency Fund, Urban Indian Organizations, Tribal Epidemiology Centers, Community Health Representatives and other activities to protect the safety of patients and staff.
    • $65 million of that funding will be used for electronic health record stabilization and support
    • $450 million will be distributed through IHS directly operated programs.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

  • CARES Act Funding
    • $425M Health Surveillance and Program Support Efforts
    • $250 million was provided for the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Expansion Grant program, which supports local behavioral health agencies.
    • $50 million shall be available for suicide prevention programs.
    • $100 million is available for substance use disorder activities authorized under section 501(o) of the Public Health Services Act.
    • $15 million is to be allocated to tribes, tribal organizations, urban Indian health organizations, or health or behavioral health service providers to tribes.

SAMSHA Grant Information

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

  • $1.32 billion in Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of COVID-19 directed to community health centers – supplemental funds will offset the tremendous financial burden on local county systems of care, who are already investing over $80 billion in community health and hospital services each year.
  • $79.5 million for rural outreach and improvements to healthcare services in rural communities each fiscal year until FY 2025 for rural outreach and critical medical services improvements in rural communities. The funding is aimed at assisting small rural healthcare providers increase care coordination, enhance chronic disease management and improve patient health outcomes.
  • Medical training programs with an emphasis on rural and tribal areas
  • $23.7 billion per year for FY 2021 through 2025 for public health workforce programs to “plan, develop, and operate a program that identifies or develops innovative models of providing care, and trains primary care physicians on such models.”
    • HRSA administered grants prioritize awards for rural areas and particularly tribes and tribal organizations in rural areas, which will receive approximately $49 million per year FY 2021 through 2025

HRSA Grant & News Information

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Additional CDC Funds