May 14, 2021
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced the availability of the FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program, which provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income consumers. The application process opened on May 12. The Emergency Broadband Benefit Outreach Toolkit is a resource for agencies seeking to help families they serve access the benefit.
Our President & CEO, Tracy Wareing Evans, has contributed a blog post for the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), "Towards a New Federalism: Retrofitting Our Structures for the Public Good," which shares how our people-serving systems provide the best opportunity to finally repair the foundation on which this nation sits and genuinely work toward a just and inclusive society.
And our Director of Policy and Research, Matt Lyons, has co-authored a blog with the Human Services IT Advisory Group (HSITAG):Pandemic Reveals Path to Modernizing IT and Human Services Delivery, which discusses the value of IT investments in human services.
Legislative Updates
Treasury Department Guidance on Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds

The U.S. Department of the Treasury published guidance on the $350 billion in COVID-19 state and local fiscal recovery funds, established under the American Rescue Plan Act. The funds may be used for a broad range of purposes that may relate to human services agencies, including addressing negative economic impacts from the pandemic, premium pay for essential workers, crisis interventions, hotlines/warmlines, services or outreach to promote access to health and social services. Funding may also be used to build internal capacity to implement economic relief programs, including investments in data analysis, technology infrastructure, and impact evaluations. Funding from the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds is subject to the requirements specified in the Interim Final Rule adopted by the Treasury on May 10, and pending placement in the Federal Register.

Employment and Economic Well-Being
Additional Guidance on the Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The U.S. Department of Treasury released additional information on the Emergency Rental Assistance Program pertaining to funding provisions included in the American Rescue Plan Act. Additional guidance includes state and local allocations, updated FAQs, and a fact sheet.

Q&A – Pandemic Emergency Assistance Fund

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Office of Family Assistance (OFA) published a Q&A to provide additional information on the Pandemic Emergency Assistance Find (PEAF). The Q&A clarifies who is eligible for assistance through PEAF, and more.

FNS Requests Public Comments on Information Collection Activities Related to P-EBT

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has requested public comments on a proposed information collection for the reporting burden associated with administering Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT). Comments are invited on whether the proposed collection of information is necessary, how the information will be collected, ways to improve the information being collected, and ways to minimize the burden of those responding to requests for information. Comments are due by July 12.

FNS Publishes Memo on FDPIR, TEFAP, and CSFP Income Exclusions Under the ARP Act of 2021

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) recently published a memo on how to apply recovery rebates and child tax credits from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) to eligibility determinations for the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). This guidance also includes summaries of each relevant provision from the ARP.

FNS Publishes Behavioral Science Insights to Improve SNAP E&T Participant Engagement

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) through SNAP2Skills, has published several resources to help Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) practitioners learn how behavioral science can provide insight into improving programs and SNAP E&T participant engagement. The resource guide includes infographics and tips to improve participation and engagement in SNAP E&T.

Upcoming APHSA Events
APHSA Third Thursday 360: Virtual Mini-Series of Health and Human Services Collective Learning

It's never too late to join in on Third Thursday, as your registration allows full access to the entire series! Third Thursday runs each month through June - building on our January-April sessions, we're continuing with topics on Child Welfare, SNAP, TANF, IT, Performance Management, Child Care, & more.

Thursday, May 20, 12:30-5:15 PM EDT

Certificates of attendance will be provided for the pursuit of continuing education (CE) credits. Pay once for entire series! Group discount available for five or more registrants. Learn more!
APHSA Webinar - Addressing Health Equity During the COVID Pandemic: A Discussion with the State of California

Join us along with BerryDunn and the California Department of Public Health for an honest reflection of the challenges each state faces and strategies they have employed to reduce their largest disparities during the COVID pandemic.
Over the last year, state health and human services departments have been working to manage the pandemic and the many facets of emergency response. During this moderated discussion, we will learn how California approached addressing health equity.

Wednesday, May 26, 2:30-3:30 PM EDT
Save the Date! 2021 conferences are being designed to fit the hybrid event model with both in-person and virtual options. More details and registration deadlines to come. Visit our Events Page for all our upcoming events.

Economic Mobility and Well-Being Conference (EMWB)
August 22-25, Milwaukee, WI

Information Technology Solutions Management for Human Services (ISM) September 26-29, Cincinnati, OH

National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA)
October 3-6, Spokane, WA

American Association of Health and Human Services Attorneys (AAHHSA)
October 17-20, Columbus, OH
Upcoming Webinars & Virtual Events
2021 Virtual State HIT Connect Summit

APHSA President & CEO Tracy Wareing Evans will host the May 20th plenary session, "A Better Path to Integrated Eligibility, & Enrollment Systems," as part of the State Healthcare IT Connect (HIT) Summit. The Summit will provide critical insights during this transformative period, enabling public and private sector thought leaders to share ideas and benchmark implementation strategies of State Health IT Systems for 2021 and beyond.

May 17-21, 2021
Webinar - Access and Use Data from the CCDF Policies Database, 2009-2019

Join the Administration for Children & Families, Urban Institute, and Child & Family Data Archive at ICPSR for a webinar on the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Policies Database project, providing:

  • An overview of the CCDF Policies Database
  • Information on data collection and review
  • CCDF 2019 data files and documentation
  • Information on the CCDF 2019 data file structure
  • Considerations when using the CCDF 2019 data
  • Information on accessing the data

Wednesday, May 19, 2:00 PM EDT
NAPA Annual Social Equity Leadership Virtual Conference

Join the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) for the 20th Annual Social Equity Leadership Conference. This virtual conference provides a space to discuss how public administrators can develop a broader understanding of social equity and recognize social equity's implications within the administrative context. You will have the opportunity to engage in the discussion through a range of educational lectures, workshops, live plenaries, keynote and lunchtime speakers, on-demand panels, and power social hours.

June 9-11, 2021
APHSA Career Center - Post Your Open Positions Today

APHSA serves as a clearinghouse for job opportunities throughout the health and human services (H/HS) field. Employers reach a wide audience of candidates looking for careers in H/HS and job seekers will find a bevy of opportunities throughout the country.