Instructions for Reporting State Administrative Funds for Implementing the New Meal Patterns
|DATE:||September 16, 2014|
|POLICY MEMO:||SP 65-2014|
|SUBJECT:||Instructions for Reporting State Administrative Funds for Implementing the New Meal Patterns|
Special Nutrition Programs
Child Nutrition Programs
To assist state agencies and the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to better monitor the use of Section 201 funds, as mentioned in our Aug. 15, 2014 memorandum SP 60-2014 (Second Extension of Grant Period for State Administrative Funds to Implement New Meal Pattern Requirements), FNS has changed the frequency of financial reporting from annual reporting to quarterly reporting beginning with the fiscal year (FY) 2015. Our goal has been to make this change as easy and as seamless as possible while retaining all the necessary checks and balances. To that end, the decision was made not to make any changes to the CN-HHFKA-ADM SF-425 in the Food Programs Reporting System (FPRS), but rather to request that state agencies continue reporting as they have done in the past by revising the “Final” report, on a quarterly basis. In addition, FNS is also requesting state agencies to move the FY 2014 annual reporting of these grants forward, from December 2014, to October 2014.
Quarterly Reporting Schedule
Beginning in FY 2015, state agencies will submit quarterly revisions to their “final” SF-425 reports for each of the two Section 201 allocations (FY 2012 and FY 2013).
FY 2012 Allocation
- Reporting for the FY 2012 funds will be quarterly until the end of the period of performance for this allocation, which will be Sept. 30, 2015.
- The final revised report will be due Dec. 29, 2015 (90 days after the end of the performance period).
FY 2013 Allocation
- Reporting for the FY 2013 funds will be quarterly until the end of the period of performance for this allocation, which will be Sept. 30, 2016.
- A final, revised report will be due Dec. 29, 2016.
Additional Reporting Information
- Going forward, any needed revisions will be made to the most recently submitted report, which, for FY 2014 reports, will be the FY 2013 final annual report.
- A close out report may be submitted at any time prior to the end of the grant period of performance once all obligations have been liquidated, but never later than 90 days after the end of the grant period.
- Please put a note in the Remarks sections of the form stating which quarter is being reported (e.g., Q2, FY 2015 Report).
- FNS also has arranged for an email reminder to be sent to state agencies approximately two weeks before quarterly reports are due. There will be two emails, one corresponding to each fiscal year allocation of Section 201 administrative funding. The e-mail reminders will be sent to all levels of users (i.e., Data Entry, Verifiers, Certifiers, and Posters).
Annual Report for FY 2014
- In addition to the above changes, for both allocations (FY 2012 and FY 2013), state agencies must submit their FY 2014 annual reports by Oct. 31, 2014.
- By moving this due date from Dec. 29, 2014 to the earlier Octo. 31, 2014, FNS will understand on a more timely basis the amount of unspent funds each state agency has remaining, and consequently be better positioned to provide technical assistance to support state agencies in fully expending these funds.
The Attachment, Section 201 Funding Reporting Schedule, contains a chart illustrating the quarterly reporting schedule and lists the “Certify Due Date” for both allocations.
State agencies should direct any questions concerning this guidance to the appropriate FNS regional office.
Child Nutrition Programs
The contents of this guidance document do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. This document is intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.