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U.S. Treasury Issues Final Rule for State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Program

Posted on January 6, 2022 by Dene Westbrook

The League is excited to let you know that after months of anticipation, the U.S. Treasury issued the final rule implementing the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) program under the American Rescue Plan. In the coming days, we will provide more information and analysis about the rule as it become available. In the meantime, we want to share with you the information that has currently been released by U.S. Treasury. Below is the information that they have shared, including registration links for upcoming webinars.

About the Final Rule:

The final rule – which takes effect on April 1, 2022 – provides state, local, and Tribal governments with even broader flexibility to pursue a wider range of uses to respond to local public health and economic needs – as well as greater simplicity so they can focus on responding to the needs in their communities and maximizing the impact of their funds. Recipients may find the full text of the final rule on our website with available supporting materials.

Prior to April 1, 2022, recipients may take actions and use funds in a manner consistent with the final rule, and Treasury will not take action to enforce the Interim final rule if a use of funds is consistent with the terms of the final rule, regardless of when the SLFRF funds were used. Please see the Statement Regarding Compliance with the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Interim Final Rule and Final Rule for more information.

Additional Treasury Resources for Navigating the Final rule:

Treasury is committed to working with recipients to help them digest the final rule and effectively maximize their use of funds.

Recipients are encouraged to consult the Overview of the Final Rule, which is a user guide that boils the rule text down into an easy-to-understand summary. The Overview of the Final Rule includes a non-exhaustive list of projects that recipients can undertake with these funds without undergoing additional independent analysis.

Treasury is hosting webinars with recipients and stakeholders to brief and answer questions about the Final Rule. Please attend one of the following webinars for a live presentation. If Treasury reaches RSVP capacity and you cannot attend a webinar or prefer to be briefed at your convenience, Treasury will post a recording of the webinar hosted on January 7, 2022.

  • January 7, 2022 at 1:00pm ET; register here. This webinar will be recorded and shared within a few business days.
  • January 10, 2022 at 4:00pm ET: register here
  • January 12, 2022 at 1:00pm ET: register here

Click here to read the press release from the U.S. Treasury.

John LaMacchia is the Assistant Director of State and Federal Affairs for the League handling transportation, infrastructure, energy and environment issues. He can be reached at jlamacchia@mml.org or 517-908-0303.

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