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Posted on: May 26, 2023

DLGS Issues Guidance on Russia-Belarus Certification

The Division of Local Government Services has issued Local Finance Notice 2023-11 providing guidance on the Russia-Belarus Certification. 

We would like to highlight the following from the Notice:

  • Department of Treasury has published a list (Russia-Belarus list) of persons and entities engaged in prohibited activities in Russia or Belarus. This list will be updated at least once every six months.  
  • Non-profits, local governments, and state agencies fall under the definition of “person or entity” under the law. Due to constitutional considerations, the federal government is not considered a “person or entity.” 
  • BPU-regulated utility companies fall under the definition of “person or entity.” However, since there is no discretionary award for payment of electric, gas, water, or sewer bills, a Russia-Belarus vendor certification is not required. However, a contract for energy supply separate from distribution is subject to the certification.
  • Local units or boards of education providing services under a shared service agreement are not required to complete the certification.
  • Since the Public Works Contractor Registration requires compliance with the Russia-Belarus law, a contracting unit is not required to reference the Russia-Belarus list or request a certification from a contractor prior to the award of the construction contract. An engineering firm or architectural firm is still required to submit a Russia-Belarus certification.
  • A Russia-Belarus certification is required for purchases from local or state cooperative purchasing systems.
  • Contracts for insurance coverage must include the Russia-Belarus certification.
  • Banks, even Governmental Unit Deposit Protection Act (GUPDA) approved, designated as the official depository for the local unit must submit a Russia-Belarus certification.
  • A person or entity appearing on the Russia-Belarus list cannot be designated as a redeveloper, enter into a PILOT agreement, or be awarded a property tax abatement. 

We suggest you review this Local Finance Notice with your procurement officials. 

Contact: Lori Buckelew, Deputy Executive Director & Director of Government Affairs,, 609-695-3481, x112.

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