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Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Bookmark this page and check back for updates to the compliance and reporting process. Here we'll include reporting portal bugs, errors, and things you need to watch out for, along with tips and solutions to make the reporting process go easier for you.

Link to Treasury's Portal using Login.gov accounts: https://portal.treasury.gov/compliance

Friday, April 29, 2022 - Update 2

An official communication from Treasury:

"If you have contacted Treasury by email or by phone with a technical issue regarding your report submission and you do not receive a response by the April 30, 2022 due date, please know that the Treasury Portal will remain open for your submissions after the deadline to accommodate those who are experiencing technical issues."

Please make sure you have a copy of the email you sent to Treasury saved.  If you do not, then go to your "Sent" box, find it and save it!

Friday, April 29, 2022 - Update 1

After you have completed your Project and Expenditure Report you should...

See the word "Submitted" in green text next to it in the "My Compliance Reports" page.

If you see "Submitted" DOWNLOAD A COPY OF THE PROJECT EXPENDITURE REPORT to have as backup and proof should Treasury ever say they didn't receive your report! 

Thursday, April 28, 2022 - Update 1

Treasury has issued a new Final Rule FAQ

Is can be found here: https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/SLFRF-Final-Rule-FAQ.pdf

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 - Update 1

To get faster assistance with technical issues in Treasury's portal, please send an email to:  SLFRFhelp@nlc.org

Thanks to VLCT's partnership and membership with National League of Cities, Vermont has a fast track to Treasury's IT team!

Monday, April 25, 2022 - Update 2

If you are having difficulties gaining access to Treasury's portal to complete your reporting...

You will not be penalized if your report is late as a result of this.  

(per Treasury webinar 4/25/25)

Monday, April 25, 2022 - Update 1

Issues with Treasury's Reporting Portal - Message from National League of Cities:

To help make sure these municipalities receive an answer to their IT related questions as quickly as possible, NLC has partnered with Treasury's IT department to help expedite service tickets.

Please let your municipalities know that in addition to sending an email to Treasury or calling Treasury, they can send an email to SLFRFhelp@nlc.org. We will push these emails to Treasury to TRY to get a resolution in a reasonable time frame.

We expect a high volume of emails this week and will do our best to work with Treasury to get every IT-related email sent to the above inbox resolved.

Additionally, NLC has prepared two blogs that NEUs can reference to help navigate the process of filing their annual reports; the blogs can be found here and here

Below are commonly asked questions from municipalities that the Treasury Department has compiled in Q&A format. These answers may be useful in responding to a municipality's questions.

  1. Question: I have a number of questions about the reporting process, where is the best resource for general information about reporting?

 Recipients should visit Treasury's reporting homepage for extensive information on the reporting process including a user guide with step-by-step instructions, how to videos, and other resources to answer commonly asked questions.

  1. Question: I can fill out the report but when I go to submit it says I am not the Authorized Representative and cannot submit.

 Treasury has updated roles for all NEUs at this time and recipients having this issue should try again to submit their report. If they need to change roles themselves, users can watch the video here: youtu.be/w7vbi94rVDIIf. If they continue to have issues, they should reach out to our helpdesk.

  1. Question: After logging in error message appears that says "No matching contact record was found. Please contact your Account Administrator to create a Contact Record for you in the system...."

This means Treasury does not currently have this person's email address listed as a contact person for a particular recipient. They should e-mail Treasury at SLFRF@treasury.gov or call our call center at 844-529-9527.

  1. Question: I sent an email requesting help but I have not heard back yet.

Treasury has received a large number of messages from recipients and some recipients are experiencing a delay in receiving a response. Our helpdesk staff are working as fast as possible to respond to all messages in the order they were received. Recipients should avoid sending multiple emails to the inbox with the same question as this will further delay responses for recipients as helpdesk staff take the time to review duplicate inquiries.

Saturday, April 23, 2022 - Update 2

Can't find your signed documents that are required to be uploaded in Treasury's portal?  Don't worry....

You can print unsigned versions, sign them and date them with the date your town/city/village certified last summer.  

Saturday, April 23, 2022 - Update 1

EVERY Vermont ARPA recipient (possibly even Burlington) should be electing to take the standard allowance, not matter how you will spend your ARPA funds. 

Regardless of what types of activities you will spend your money - even if it is on water, sewer or broadband - you should elect the standard allowance and run all projects under Expenditure 6: Revenue Replacement, Expenditure Category 6.1 Provision of Government Services.  This is Treasury's recommendation.....and ours!

Friday, April 22, 2022 - Update 1

What should you use for the budget document you must upload in Treasury's portal "Under NEU Agreements and Supporting Documents"? 

The budget document must reflect the budget that was in effect as January 27, 2020 (this is the day COVID "began" from Treasury's perspective). No recipient of local ARPA funds was permitted to receive an award that is more than 75% of their budget that was in effect on this date - this is why you were asked for this number.  

If you are a June 30th fiscal year end, this will be the budget (not actual!) for FY2020 (July 1, 2019-June 30, 2021).  It is the budget that was passed during your March 2019 Town Meeting.   

If you are a December 31st fiscal year end, this will be the proposed budget that you put before your voters during the March 2020 Town Meeting, not what was actually approved.  

If you find that your actual budget document showing the budget number that was in effect as of January 27, 2020 does not match the budget number that you submitted when you certified to accept funds in the summer of 2021, don't worry.  Use the document that shows the correct number.  Do not create a report in an effort to make the number match that which was submitted.  

 

 

Thursday, April 21, 2020 - Update 1

ARPA Tip for numbering your projects:

Treasury will require each project to have an “identification number (created by the recipient)” (see Compliance and Reporting Guidance, Part B Reporting Requirements, Section 2. Annual Reporting).   Number your projects intelligently, like this:  NEU Recipient Number-number in sequence.   

Example: VT0093-01 

VT0093 = Town of Guilford - The NEU Recipient Number is the same as the “Town ID’ in the Certification Dashboard/LFRF Allocations

01 = First project 

 

Thursday, April 21, 2022 Update 2

If you are an NEU that is taking the standard allowance for the full amount of your ARPA award and have not spent any ARPA funds yet, here is a screen by screen guide to walk you through your reporting in Treasury's Compliance Portal:
VT NEUs Guide to Treasury's Compliance Portal: