What’s the latest with regard to American Recovery Plan Act
payments to cities?
The money should start being distributed soon, and cities must
take certain steps to be eligible. Last week, the United States Treasury
Department posted online the steps that metropolitan cities and
non-entitlement cities’ units must take to receive their grants from the
American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA). The following is taken directly from
the Treasury site:
As soon as possible, metropolitan cities
(generally those in an MSA with a population of 50,000 or more) should take
the steps below.
1. Ensure the entity has a valid DUNS number. A DUNS number
is a unique nine-character number used to identify an organization and is
issued by Dun & Bradstreet. The federal government uses the DUNS number
to track how federal money is allocated. A DUNS number is required prior to
registering with the SAM database, which is outlined below. Registering for a
DUNS number is free of charge.
If an entity does not have a valid DUNS number, please visit https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/ or call
1-866-705-5711 to begin the registration process.
2. Ensure the entity has an active SAM registration. SAM is
the official government-wide database to register with in order to do
business with the U.S. government. All Federal financial assistance
recipients must register on SAM.gov and renew their SAM registration annually
to maintain an active status to be eligible to receive Federal financial
assistance. There is no charge to register or maintain your entity SAM
If an entity does not have an active SAM registration, please
visit, SAM.gov to begin the entity registration or renewal process.
Please note that SAM registration can take up to three weeks; delay in
registering in SAM could impact timely payment of funds. Click here for a quick overview for SAM registration
3. Gather the entity's payment information, including:
-Entity Identification Number (EIN), name, and contact
-Name and title of an authorized representative of the entity
-Financial institution information (e.g., routing and account
number, financial institution name and contact information)
Eligible non-entitlement cities (generally those
under 50,000 population) will receive a distribution of funds from their
respective state government. "Non-entitlement units of local
government" are defined in 42 U.S.C. 5302(a)(5) that are not
For these non-entitlement units of local government, Treasury
will allocate and pay funds to state governments, and the state will
distribute funds to non-entitlement units of local government in proportion
to population. Non-entitlement units must have a valid DUNS number to meet
reporting requirements under the program. If an entity does not have a valid
DUNS number, please visit https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/ or call
1-866-705-5711 to begin the registration process.”
Treasury has stated that program guidance for Coronavirus State
and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund will be released in the coming weeks.
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