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Question. When and how will decisions be made on the recommended allocation to the Matching Grant Program for FY '92.
Answer. We expect to provide the Committee with a proposed distribution of funds by budget activity in May.
Questions. On July 3, 1989 Secretary Sullivan submitted a report on the Community Food and Nutrition Program. Included in the report was an overview of the program's accomplishments as well as a summary of the FY 1987 program grants. Is there a more recent report on CFNP grantees and accomplishments? If so, please provide a copy to the Subcommittee.
Answer. Yes. The FY 1988 CFNP Annual Report is in final clearance at the Department of Health and Human Services and will be submitted in the near future to the Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor and the Chairman of the Committee on Labor and Human Resources as mandated by legislation. We will be happy to make copies available to this committee.
CHILD CARE BLOCK GRANT
Question. In FY 1991 Congress appropriated $731.9 million, however, these funds will not be released to the States until September 7, 1991. When do you plan to 188ue regulations regarding the use of these funds.
Answer. The Family Support Administration 18 moving quickly to 1ssue preliminary guidance on the Child Care and Development Block Grant to the States. We plan to issue regulations by late spring.
Question. Will the block grant program address the need for coordination between various child care programs to ensure that children enrolled in part-day, or part-year programs have easy access to complementary child care services that could provide a family with full-day or full year services.
Answer. The Child Care and Development Block Grant Act requires the lead agency in each State to coordinate the provision of Block Grant services with other Federal, state and local child care and early childhood development programs. We will encourage States to develop service delivery systems which provide a complete day of child care service that would meet the varying needs of children and families.
We have met with Head Start staff, as well as with representatives from a number of national child care and development organizations to discuss coordination of services. In addition, as We develop the regulations for the Child Care and Development Block Grant, we are considering issues of coordination with At-Risk-Child Care, Transitional Child Care and Title IV-A Child Care.
QUESTIONS SUBMITTTED BY SENATOR MARK O. HATFIELD
Question. In my experience the community Services Block Grant Program provides support at the local level which is vital for enabling communities to respond quickly to unmet needs of low-income families and to providing emergency assistance in times of crisis. Why does the Administration repeatedly seek to eliminate support for the block grant?
Answer. The Administration's request for the Community Services Block is based on the fact that the Community Action Agencies and other local organizations that historically have received Community Services Block Grant and discretionary funds have been successful in obtaining funding for similar purposes from other sources. In general, Community Services funds now represent a small fraction of the operating budgets of most of these organizations. The more successful of these organizations are no longer dependent on the Community Services funding. Funding for services provided under CSBG is available from a number of other Federal programs, as well as State, local and private sources.
Question. Doesn't this run counter to the recent talk of returning decisions of allocating Federal resources to the State and local level.
Answer. No. The budget request for CSBG is separate from the Administrations' proposal to consolidate a variety of Federal programs into one block grant to states and allow states the flexibility to determine the purposes for which funds will be allocated at the local level. The Administration's request reflects the hard choices that must be made during a period of severe budget constraints.
Question. To what extent do the "other Federal funds" which Community Action Agencies receive provide the same degree of flexibility as CSBG dollars responding quickly to local community needs?
Answer. Funds from other Federal sources which are provided to or administered by CAAs and local community organizations must be used for the purposes mandated by the Congress in the authorizing legislation for the various programs. The block grant programs provide considerable flexibility while other programs are targeted on particular problems and needs. Some of these other Federal programs that provide similar services include the Social Services Block Grant, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, the Community Development Block Grant Program, the Supplemental Food Program for Women Infants and Children, Head Start, the child Care and Development Block Grant and meals and food distribution programs operated by the Department of Agriculture.
Question. The President's budget request does not include recommendations for the distribution of domestic refugee resettlement assistance funds. When will decisions be made on the allocation of these funds?
Answer. We expect to provide the committee with a proposed distribution of funds in May, when we have more information on States' current FY 1991 expenditures.
Question. Is it expected that refugee flows in FY'92 will be significantly different than those in FY'917
Answer. Barring an unexpected refugee emergency, we expect the FY 1992 refugee flows to be similar to those in FY 1991.
Question. What is the status of the award process for the Social Service, Targeted Assistance and Preventive Health programs?
Answer. Social service grants have been awarded for the first two quarters of FY 1991. Preventive health grants will be awarded in July, and targeted assistance grants will be awarded later in the year, following the issuance of notices of targeted assistance formula allocations and of competitive applications for the 10 percent of targeted assistance funds designated for most heavily
impacted areas in accordance with the Conference Report on the FY 1991 appropriation.
Question. When were the awards made in fiscal years 90 and 917
Answer. Social service funds were awarded quarterly in FY 1990, as they have been for the first two quarters of FY 1991. Preventive health awards were made in July 1990. Targeted assistance awards were made as indicated in the table below.
REFUGEE ENTRANT HEALTH CARE PROGRAMS
REGUGEEIENTRANT TARGETED ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
TARGETED ASSISTANCE HIGH IMPACT AREA
0 2 11 AL 001
007 11 PA 002
90 2 TI MO 003
90 2 11 MN 000
00 2 11 W 007
90 2 11 W 000
1 2 1 W 009
00 2n W010
002 W 012
90 2 7 W 013
2 CA 014
2 CA 015
90 27 CA 010
90 2T CA 017
002 T1 CA 010
O 2 T1 CA 010
00 2 1 NY 020
90 2 W 022
The grants awarded to organizations within the State of Wisconsin were rei-issued to the State of Wisconsin, Dept. of Health and Social Services, to conform to provisions contained in the program announcement.