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Implementing the Act

On June 22, 2009, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued “Implementing Guidance for the Reports on Use of Funds Pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.” The Guidance consists of a 39 page paper of questions and answers and two supplements. The first supplement is a list of programs subject to recipient reporting. The Department of Justice (DOJ) is working with OMB to fix the incorrect DOJ program listings. The second supplement is the recipient reporting data model v 2.0.1. The three documents are linked below. OMB requested that if you have any questions about the requirements contained in the guidance, please send them to recovery@omb.eop.gov.

Read Cover Memo and Guidance.
Read the List of Programs Subject to Recipient Reporting. (Supplement 1)
View Recipient Reporting Data Model - Template, Data Dictionary, XML Schema. (Supplement 2)

To assist grant recipients in reporting on their Job creation and retention information, DOJ has prepared the following guidance and job estimation FAQs.

Calculating and Reporting Job Creation and Retention for Recipients of Recovery Act Funding

Request to Use Statistical Methodology for Reporting Recovery Act Job Creation and Retention FAQs

OJP Job Calculation Spreadsheet

COPS Office Job Calculation Spreadsheet

OJP Mock Section 1512 Report

To assist state governments in their efforts to quickly and effectively build the necessary administrative capacities to meet their reporting and other responsibilities under the Recovery Act, the Office of Management and Budget released the following memorandum encouraging states to use existing flexibilities to recover administrative costs in a more timely manner: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/assets/memoranda_fy2009/m09-18.pdf

Notice on Civil Rights Obligations Applicable to the Distribution of Funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Federal Agency Obligations

Federal agencies will shortly begin distributing funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act).  They must do so in accordance with all nondiscrimination and equal opportunity statutes, regulations, and Executive Orders that apply to the distribution of funds under the Recovery Act.  Agencies that grant funds also must ensure that their recipients and subrecipients comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (prohibiting race, color, and national origin discrimination including language access for limited English proficient persons), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (prohibiting disability discrimination), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (prohibiting sex discrimination in education and training programs), the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (prohibiting age discrimination in the provision of services), and a variety of program-specific statutes with nondiscrimination requirements.

Recipient and Subrecipient Obligations

Recipients and subrecipients of Recovery Act funds or other Federal financial assistance must comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and a variety of program-specific statutes with nondiscrimination requirements.
Other civil rights laws may impose additional requirements on recipients and subrecipients.  These laws include, but are not limited to, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (prohibiting race, color, national origin, religion, and sex discrimination in employment), the Americans with Disabilities Act (prohibiting disability discrimination in employment and in services provided by State and local governments, businesses, and non-profit agencies), and the Fair Housing Act (prohibiting discriminatory housing practices based upon race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or familial status), as well as any other applicable civil rights laws. 
For questions about these civil rights obligations, please contact the Office of Justice Programs, Office for Civil Rights, at 202-307-0690 or e-mail askOCR@ojp.usdoj.gov.

The Antitrust Division provides extensive resources to help you identify fraud and collusion and report possible antitrust violations associated with Recovery Act funding. For more information, see the Antitrust Division: Economic Recovery page.

Updated: December 2010