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Delay in ARPA Reporting Deadlines

To all counties and municipalities:

The U.S. Treasury  has delayed the next round (for counties and metro cities) and first round (for NEUs) of reporting for ARPA funds.  The new reporting deadlines are as follows:

ARPA Funds and Premium Pay

If you have questions about using your ARPA money for premium pay, this blog post from Kara Millonzi at the UNC School of Government answers a lot of those questions!

Impact of Federal Budget Impass

As most of you know, tomorrow is the last day of the federal government’s fiscal year, and no budget or continuing resolution has been approved (as of the date and time of this post) to keep the federal government running. What impact will this have on you as a local government in NC? Below is a list of some of the more common issues locals may face. It is certainly not a complete list!

Training Opportunity for Local Elected Leaders – Financial Fiduciary Responsibilities of Local Elected Leaders

Thursday, October 14, 2021 from 9AM – 12PM

Virtual presentation via the UNC School of Government

Click here for more information and to register.

Free ARPA Webinar from SOG

NEUs Should WAIT for U.S. Treasury Guidance

The State and Local Government Finance Division has just received an important update from the NC Pandemic Recovery Office - the U.S. Treasury is encouraging NEUs to wait until Treasury provides guidance at the beginning of October (no date has been confirmed) about login requirements for the U.S.

October 31 ARPA Reporting Deadline

The first reporting deadline of August 31 for ARPA funds has passed (required only by counties and metropolitan cities), with a few hiccups along the way.

Automated Systems and the Pre-Audit Requirement

Under North Carolina Session Law 2021-58, units of local government subject to the pre-audit requirements of North Carolina General Statute 159-28 may now use an automated system to meet those requirements if:

Yellow Book Standards

With the inflow and subsequent spending of ARPA funds, more local governments than ever before will be subject to Government Auditing Standards, aka Yellow Book standards beginning in fiscal year 2022 and beyond.  What exactly does that mean and why should you be thinking about this now?  Read our memo to find out – 

Updated Data Input Workbooks

The data input workbooks that must be completed and submitted with 2021 annual audit reports have been revised and were re-published to the “Submitting Your Audit” webpage at 11:00 a.m.

Important Information Regarding File Uploads

Beginning Monday, August 23, 2021, submissions of audit reports, audit contracts, and audit invoices should be uploaded through our new file portal.