DUNS Number Required to Receive ARPA Funds

Last week the U.S. Treasury released a guidance on the initial steps municipalities must take to receive their ARPA payments. According to the guidance, entitlement communities receiving their ARPA allocation directly from the federal Treasury (generally, metropolitan communities over 50,000 in population) need a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and an active registration with the federal System for Award Management (SAM) to receive payment.

Non-entitlement communities, which are the vast majority of Wisconsin municipalities, will receive their ARPA payment from the state after the federal Treasury forwards the funds to the state. According to the Treasury guidance issued last week, non-entitlement communities must have a valid DUNS number to meet the reporting requirements under ARPA.

Read the full April 15 Pre-Award Treasury Guidance here.

Read an explanation of DUNS numbers here.

Obtain a valid DUNS number here:
or call 1-866-705-5711 to begin the registration process.

Read an explanation of SAM registration here.

Start SAM registration process here:

DUNS Number and SAM Registration Zoom Roundtable April 23. Learn more about obtaining a DUNS number and completing a SAM registration at the League's next ARPA Zoom Roundtable at 12:00 noon on April 23.

League members can join the April 23 zoom roundtable by using the link below:

Two State Budget Hearings this Week

The JFC is conducting two public hearings on the 2021-2023 state budget this week:

  • Wednesday, April 21, 2021 The Hodag Dome, Rhinelander, WI
  • Thursday, April 22, 2021 UW-Stout, Great Hall, Memorial Student Center Menomonie, W

Each hearing begins at 10 a.m. and concludes at 5 p.m. Persons testifying will likely be limited to two minutes of testimony. Persons may also email comments on the state budget to the following email address:

Action Step: The League urges municipal officials to send comments to the Joint Finance Committee and your state legislators focusing on:

  • Shared Revenue
  • Local Transportation Aids
  • Payment for Municipal Services Program

  • Levy Limits

Use the state budget comment template prepared by League staff here.

Examples of State Budget comments from League members are also available on our website at and include:

The League greatly appreciates all who have participated in helping us advocate for municipalities across the state. Remember there is still time to make your voice heard!

PFAS In Wisconsin Webinar - 2:00 p.m. Monday April 19th

Join the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Department of Health Services (DHS) for the PFAS in Wisconsin Webinar. The webinar will include remarks from DNR Deputy Secretary Todd Ambs and DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake. A presentation by DNR and DHS staff will provide an overview of PFAS and the work being done to mitigate PFAS in Wisconsin and at several sites around the state, including French Island and the Town of Campbell, the Marinette and Peshtigo areas, Milwaukee Estuary Area of Concern and others. 

Police and Fire PTSD Worker's Compensation Claims Bill Sent to Governor

Last week, the Assembly concurred in the Senate's passage of SB 11, making changes to the conditions of liability for worker's compensation benefits for a law enforcement officer or a professional fire fighter who is diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The bill provides that if a public safety officer is diagnosed with PTSD by a licensed psychiatrist or psychologist and the mental injury that resulted in that diagnosis is not accompanied by a physical injury, that public safety officer can bring a claim for worker's compensation benefits if the conditions of liability are proven by a preponderance of the evidence and the mental injury is not the result of a good-faith employment action by the person's employer.

Under the bill, such an injured public safety employee is not required to demonstrate a diagnosis based on unusual stress of greater dimensions than the day-to-day emotional strain and tension experienced by all employees as required under case law. The bill also limits liability for treatment for a mental injury that is compensable under the bill's provisions to no more than 32 weeks after the injury is first reported. The League is neutral on this bill.

The bill has been sent to the Governor for his signature.

Both houses passed similar legislation last session, but COVID arrived before the Senate could concur in minor amendments made by the Assembly.


Adopt the Shared Revenue Resolution!
Thank you to the cities and villages that have adopted or have added the Shared Revenue Resolution to their agenda for consideration. If your municipality isn’t on the list, it is NOT TOO LATE to take action in support of long-term funding for police, fire, parks, etc. We provide a sample resolution > League Shared Revenue Take Action Plan

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