Initial comment period of the ARRA Reporting Elements. This is under review by the ODE Office of Assessment and Information Systems for input.
Today, the Office and Management and Budget (OMB) published a notice in theFederal Register regarding the standard data elements. The title of the standard data element set is the” Standard Data Elements for Reports under Section 1512 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Public Law 111–5” The notice is also attached. The proposed data elements can by downloaded from the OMB Grants Management Web page at (http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants_standard_report_forms/). Comments on the data elements must be submitted by May 1, 2009. Please send a copy of your comments to my attention no later thanAPRIL 22, 2009 so that NASCIO can craft an association response.
The Department of Education also posted information on the state stabilization fund that contains eligible use of the 18.2% funds. If a governor wants to use some of the funds for IT infrastructure and data center renovation, he/she certainly could. http://www.nascio.org/advocacy/recovery/ to download the guidance and other information related to ARRA. The Department of Education addresses whether governors could use the state stabilization fund to support admininstratvie costs associated with implementing ARRA, including cost related to monitoring subgrantees and complying with reporting requirement. Section 14002(b) of the ARRA authorizes a State to use its Government Services funds for “public safety and other government services”, including assistance for elementary and secondary education and public IHEs. In addition, the State may use these funds for modernization, renovation, or repair of public school facilities and IHEs, including modernization, renovation, and repairs that are consistent with a recognized green-building rating system, subject to the requirements in the ARRA.
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