Dear Tribal Leader,
On October 23, 2020, the Department issued a Dear Tribal Leader letter that outlines the reporting requirements under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. That letter was followed by a webinar on November 12, 2020, which covered the reporting requirements under the CARES Act, introduced the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA), and introduced the FFATA Sub-award Reporting System (FSRS) to comply with a portion of those reporting requirements. You can find slides, and a video recording of the webinar, along with other resources, on the Office of Native American Programs’ (ONAP’s) COVID-19 Recovery Programs webpage.
ONAP continues to work in collaboration with HUD’s CARES Act Compliance Response Team, the Office of Chief Financial Officer and the Office of Chief Information Officer to develop a simple, user-friendly portal so that Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities can fulfill their CARES Act reporting obligations with minimal additional burden. We anticipated having a portal available for the January 10, 2021 reporting deadline; however, there have been some delays in development.
Accordingly, CARES Act recipients will not be required to submit a quarterly report (Oct. 1st– Dec. 31st) for the January 10, 2021 deadline. We apologize for this delay, and hope to have a portal available well in advance of the April 10, 2021 reporting deadline. Once the portal is available, we will provide training to recipients in advance of April 10th. As a reminder, grantees are still required to submit SF 425’s, Annual Performance Reports, Annual Status and Evaluation Reports, and Audits.
In the meantime, CARES recipients should continue to utilize FSRS to report contracts and subgrants that meet the thresholds. Again, for guidance on that reporting, see the links above. Also, please check for updates on CARES Act reporting on CodeTalk.
Thank you for all the important work that you do every day. Your continued commitment to Indian Country is vital to our collective efforts to ensure that American Indian families have decent, safe, and affordable housing. HUD is always available to help you implement your programs effectively. If you or your staff have any questions, please contact your local Area Office of Native American Programs Area Office.