Late Friday afternoon, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 267 (EO 267) requiring municipalities and counties to submit to the Division of Local Government Services (DLGS) copies of all reports filed with the US Treasury as part of the American Rescue Plan "COVID-19 State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds" (SLFRF).
The DLGS is required to issue a Local Finance Notice that outlines the following:
- The method of transmitting the US Treasury reports to DLGS;
- Format of the reports;
- Due dates; and
- Information as to how SLFRF recipients can request program and benefits data, including an email address to which the request shall be sent, so the program recipients can prevent potential Duplication of Benefit awards and disbursements.
The Division of Disaster Recovery & Mitigation (DDRM) is directed to perform an analysis based on the reports received by DLGS and flag any potentially duplicative funding that may create a violation of the Stafford Act. The DDRM is directed to:
- Identify any state, county, and/or municipal SLFRF program that may provide duplicative benefits to the same individual or entity;
- Notify the county and/or municipal SLFRF recipient of the potential duplicative program;
- Provide SLFRF recipients with access to a copy of the State program or beneficiary State Fiscal Recover Fund data as necessary; and
- Accumulate information pertinent to and oversee all programs and activities funded by SLFRF.
Both the DLGS and the DDRM are authorized to call upon any county or local government agency to supply them with any information, personnel, or other assistance necessary to discharge their duties under EO 267. Also, each county and local government is required, to the extent not inconsistent with law, to cooperate fully with DCA, DLGS & DDRM to provide them with such information and assistance on as timely a basis as is necessary to accomplish the purpose of EO 267.
Executive Order 267 took effect immediately on October 8, 2021.
Contact: Lori Buckelew, Assistant Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, 609-695-3481, x112.