December 05, 2017

Davis-Bacon: Lessons Learned

The first time I read “Davis-Bacon Labor Standards: A Contractor’s Guide to Prevailing Wage Requirements for Federally-Assisted Construction Projects,” the document review process seemed simple and straightforward. However, after years of reviewing, digging down into the details and reading articles about Davis-Bacon and its origin, it’s not quite as straightforward as one might think.

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Topics: Disaster Recovery, CDBG

August 22, 2017

Subrecipient Monitoring and Its Impact on Your Program

When a grantee passes federal funding to a subrecipient who follows through with a project or program, a true partnership is created. Both the grantee and the subrecipient are responsible for proper performance and compliance with the grant activities.

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Topics: Disaster Recovery, CDBG

June 13, 2017

Proper Treatment of Activity Delivery Costs That Can't Be Tied to a Final Cost Objective

In the disaster recovery world, costs incurred as a result of implementing and executing allowable CDBG activities are known “Activity Delivery Costs.” These costs are directly attributable to a CDBG project or activity.  These costs are not governed by 24 CFR 570.205-.206 and, therefore, aren’t subject to the 20% cap. According to CPD Notice 13-07, Activity Delivery Costs are treated as part of the total cost for delivering a Final Cost Objective under a CDBG program.

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Topics: Disaster Recovery, CDBG

February 28, 2017

Don’t Just Put Out Fires

After a natural disaster strikes, the process of disaster recovery is overwhelming. With so many moving parts and different groups of people involved in building a successful program, recovery can be more than daunting. Case managers, construction workers, project managers, program administrators, government agencies and the damaged homeowners themselves all must effectively coordinate, communicate, and work together to reach the ultimate goal of community rehabilitation.

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Topics: Disaster Recovery, CDBG

February 07, 2017

Thrive Instead of Just Survive

Many communities all over the country struggle with being able to provide decent, safe, and sanitary affordable rental housing to their residents. When you have a mission of creating a place for people to flourish, navigating the ins and outs of funding is vital. Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds are often used to acquire, rehabilitate, or construct multi-family rental housing.

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Topics: Disaster Recovery, CDBG

August 16, 2016

Getting What You Pay For

We have all heard the phrase, “you get what you pay for,” and then we have all had times where we overpaid for what we got. When it comes to paying for professional services, you encounter this situation even more often.

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Topics: Disaster Recovery, CDBG

June 07, 2016

Hurricane Season Is Here

Two years ago, President Obama launched the National Disaster Resilience Competition for leaders in communities affected by disaster who are working to increase the security of their neighborhoods and people. The nearly $1 billion competition allowed disaster-torn communities to vie for recovery funds and has the thought of “resilience” on everyone’s mind.

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Topics: Disaster Recovery, CDBG

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