Member Alert: Proposal to Claw Back 'Unobligated' ARPA Funds Introduced - Your Advocacy is Needed

Several federal legislative initiatives were recently introduced in Congress proposing to rescind ‘unobligated’ Coronavirus funds. The most notable this week is a proposal introduced by House leadership to address the national Debt Ceiling that includes such a recission. Although the likelihood of passage is slim, it is an opportunity for GFOA members to reach out to their congressional delegation and describe the projects funded by ARPA.

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When you reach out:

  • Describe projects funded by the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds
  • Explain your plan in place for expending the funds fully in the covered period (obligating the funds by December 31, 2024 and expending the funds by December 31, 2026)
  • Provide details that you have reported on your Project and Expenditure and Annual reports, if applicable
  • Define the word “unobligated” which is a legal liability of the U.S. Government, and, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office all SLFRF funds have been obligated

These proposals also may serve as a reminder to prime recipients that Project and Expenditure reports are due by April 30 for all States, Counties, Metro Cities and Non-entitlement Units of Local Government. For more information:

  1. Visit the U.S. Treasury’s CSLFRF page and the Compliance and Reporting Guidance
  2. Ensure you have Portal Access through the Self-Service Resources
  3. Remember GFOA’s ARPA Recommended Guiding Principles
  4. Reach out to GFOA’s Federal Liaison Center if you have any questions and keep up with our federal advocacy issues