Help Identify Legislative Priorities for Future Emergency Response Packages
FOR USET MEMBER TRIBAL NATIONS: To include any specific items or priorities in USET’s legislative efforts regarding COVID-19 response and relief efforts, please email Liz Malerba.
COVID-19 Assistance Available to Individuals
While the various coronavirus relief aid packages enacted by Congress each contain relief and recovery funds and programs designed to be administered by Tribal Nations, there are also a variety of assistance programs administered by the federal and state governments available to our citizens on an individual basis. We know that many USET SPF Member Tribal Nations seek to assist their citizens in identifying and navigating all available benefits and relief. With this in mind, USET SPF provides a summary of currently available COVID-19 relief and recovery resources for individuals and families. We will offer periodic updates to this list as further information becomes available.
American Jobs Plan
American Jobs Plan Tribal Advocacy
American Jobs Plan Resources
American Rescue Plan – 5th COVID Relief Package
American Rescue Plan: Recent Tribal Advocacy
- 7/16: USET SPF Comments on the Interim Final Rule to Implement the Fiscal Recovery Fund
- 6/4: USET SPF Comments to Treasury re: Small Business Credit Initiative Program
- 5/26: USET SPF Letter to OMB Requesting Guidance on COVID Funding and IDC Rates
- 4/9: USET SPF Comments to Treasury re: ARP
American Rescue Plan Implementation
- Treasury resources for the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (CFRF) in the American Rescue Plan:
- Treasury CFRF Webpage for Tribal Governments
- Treasury’s Interim Final Rule on the CFRF
- Treasury CFRF Tribal Consultations Summary
- CFRF Tribal Government Checklist
- Treasury Tribal Government Allocation Methodology
- CFRF Fact Sheet
- CFRF Quick Reference Guide
- CFRF Frequently Asked Questions (updated July 19, 2021)
This guidance allows for the CFRF to be used for cash or in-kind transfers, lotteries, or other incentives for people to get vaccinated. Given the high public health benefits of vaccination, the guidance should provide a lot of flexibility to allow for a variety of creative and innovative incentive programs.
More information is in question #4.9.
- Treasury 6/30: DTLL re: Second Phase of Fiscal Recovery Fund Distributions
- BIA Eastern Regional Office 6/22: DTLL re: Provision and Delivery of Potable Water
- Treasury 6/21: Last week Treasury released Compliance and Reporting Guidance for all eligible governments on reporting and compliance for the Fiscal Recovery Funds. As noticed last week, we have a tribal information session scheduled for June 28, 2021 at 3pm-4pm EDT (register for the session). Treasury has received Tribal feedback on the reporting guidance and we look forward to receiving further questions during our information session. Additionally, we will be issuing a forthcoming update to address tribal inquiries on the reporting guidance.
Each Tribal government is required to meet compliance and reporting responsibilities, as defined in the Interim Final Rule and further described in the Compliance and Reporting Guidance. The Reporting Guidance requires program and performance reporting to build public awareness, increase accountability, and monitor compliance of eligible uses. Treasury will begin to accept Interim Reports in August 2021 and will issue a User Guide and other reference materials by the beginning of August. Interim Reports are due by August 31st. Please check Treasury’s website frequently for updates.
Each Tribal government must submit an Interim Report by August 31, 2021, which covers the period from March 3 to June 30, 2021 and includes a summary of spending by expenditure category (see Reporting Guidance Appendix for a list of expenditure categories). In addition, each Tribal government must submit a quarterly Project and Expenditure Report beginning on October 31, 2021 and every quarter thereafter.
For more information, please visit Treasury’s Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds for Tribal Governments website.
- Treasury 6/21: Several Tribes have asked whether there is a deadline of June 30, 2021 for submitting Homeownership Assistance Fund Housing Plans. Please note that the June 30 deadline does not apply to Tribes, Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs), or the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. The September 30, 2021 deadline for applying for funds under HAF is still in place. Treasury anticipates publishing more information regarding HAF soon and will also e-mail updates to the points of contact registered in the HAF portal.
Treasury will host Tribal consultation on the implementation of the HAF by Tribal governments and TDHEs on July 13, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET (register for the consultation). Treasury published guidance on the HAF on April 14, 2021. For more information on the consultation, including the framing questions, please e-mail email@example.com.
Comments should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.The deadline for comments on HAF implementation is Friday, July 23, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. ET.
- IHS 6/16: DTLL re: allocation decisions for $1.8 billion
- White House 6/16: Child Tax Credit Awareness Day is Monday, June 21
- BIA 5/14: Frequently Asked Questions for Indian Affairs American Rescue Plan Act Funding Appropriated Directly to Indian Affairs
- Treasury 5/10: The Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund (CCPF) will address many challenges laid bare by the pandemic, especially in rural America and low- and moderate-income communities, helping to ensure that all communities have access to the high-quality, modern infrastructure needed to thrive, including internet access.
Treasury will begin to accept applications for review in the summer of 2021 and will issue guidance before that date. Please check the CCPF website regularly for updates.
- BIA 5/7: Housing Improvement Program Waiver
- AS-IA 4/30: Indian Affairs Begins Disbursement of $900 Million in American Rescue Plan Funding to Tribes Across Indian Country
- USDA 4/28: Consultation on May 4 to solicit input on ways to implement new, emergency health care grants in tribal communities
- Treasury 4/26: State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI)
- Minority Business Development Agency 4/23: New Small Business And Non-Profit Tax Credit For Vaccination Support
- DOI 4/23: Indian Affairs Announces Distribution Plan for $850 Million Designated for BIE-funded Schools Under the American Rescue Plan Act
- IHS 4/16: Dear Tribal Leader Letter re: allocation decisions for $4.3 billion of the total $6.094 billion provided to the Indian health system
- NAFOA 4/16: Treasury Releases Guidance on Homeowner Assistance Fund
American Rescue Plan Resources
- 6/23 TSGAC: “American Rescue Plan Act 2021: Use of Funding + CARES Act Provider Relief Fund: Reporting Requirements” Webinar
- 5/28 Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker: Client Memo re: Update on American Rescue Plan Fiscal Recovery Fund Guidance
- 3/16 SCIA: Comprehensive Guide and Frequently Asked Questions document
COVID-19 4th Relief Package
H.R. 133 – Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021
- 12/22 NCAI’s summary of the relevant tribal provisions in Division M-N addressing COVID-19 relief in H.R. 133
- 12/22 NAFOA Tribal Leader Town Hall Recording, Presentation slides
4th Package Implementation
- USET SPF 1/8: Comments to IHS re: $1 billion authorized under Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021
CDC Tribal Public Health Security and Preparedness Act
To ensure Tribal Nations have direct access to the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program
Status: Introduced in Senate and House
Tribal Medical Supplies Stockpile Access Act
To Guarantee Tribal Health Authorities Access to the Strategic National Stockpile
Status: Introduced in Senate
H.R. 266 Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act
Status: Signed into law on 4/24/20
Third Stimulus: H.R. 748 The CARES Act
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
Status: Signed into law on 3/27/20
- Bill Text
- Bill Summary—Division A and Bill Summary—Division B
- 3/27 Congressional Native American Caucus: Tribal Priorities Included in CARES Act
- SCIA Summary of Tribal Provisions
CARES Act: Executive Branch Implementation
- 6/11 HHS: Provider Relief Fund General and Targeted Distribution Post-Payment Notice of Reporting Requirements
- 3/26 IHS DTLL: Telehealth Funding Distribution
- 1/6/21 SBA and Treasury: Additional Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) guidance:
- 12/9 SBA and Treasury: Updated Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) FAQs
- Forgiveness FAQ # 53 (page 19) has been added (Released 12/9/20)
Question: Why are some PPP borrowers receiving a Loan Necessity Questionnaire (SBA Form 3509 or 3510)?
- Forgiveness FAQ # 53 (page 19) has been added (Released 12/9/20)
- 10/8 SBA and Treasury: Forgiveness Payment Notification Order
- 10/8 SBA and Treasury: Updated Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) FAQs
- 9/21 Treasury OIG Memo: CRF FAQs Related to Reporting and Recordkeeping (Revised)
- 8/25 SBA and Treasury: Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Interim Final Rule Treatment of Owners and Forgiveness of Certain Nonpayroll Costs
- 8/13 HSDW: Provider Relief Fund Updates
- 8/12 HRSA: COVID-19 Response: Provider Relief Fund
- 7/31 Treasury OIG memorandum Coronavirus Relief Fund Reporting Requirements Update
- 7/23 Treasury OIG: Interim Report of Costs Incurred by State and Local Recipients Through June 30
- 7/2 Treasury OIG Memo: Coronavirus Relief Reporting and Record Retention Requirements
- 7/8: FAQs on Acceptable and Non-acceptable Expenditures of BIA CARES Act funds
- 6/12 SBA and Treasury: SBA and Treasury Announce New and Revised Guidance Regarding the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
- 6/12: Statement by Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin on the Provision of Coronavirus Relief Fund Dollars to Native American Tribes
CARES Act: Recent Tribal Implementation Advocacy
H.R. 6201: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Status: Signed into law on 3/18/20
- Bill Text
- Bill Summary
- 3/20 Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP: HR 6201’s Employment Related Provisions
- 3/27 IHS DTLL re: Coronavirus Funding from Families First Coronavirus Relief Act
H.R. 6074: The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act
(includes $40M Indian country specific component)
Status: Signed into law 3/6/20
Funding Distribution Status: 3/20 HHS announces upcoming action to provide funding to tribes for COVID-19 response
Other Resources and Items of Interest
- Congressional Research Service: