|DATE:||January 14, 2020|
|SUBJECT:||Reporting and Return Requirements for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Trade Mitigation Program Eligible Recipient Agency (ERA) Operational Funds|
In FY 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) provided $49.1 million to assist with the operational costs of the receipt, storage, and distribution of TEFAP Trade Mitigation Program foods, now referred to as Food Purchase Distribution Program (FPDP) foods. As per the March 5, 2019 memo "Terms and Conditions for Funds Available for Storage and Distribution of Trade Mitigation Program Foods," state agencies must report the total amount of these funds used and return any unused funds to USDA. The purpose of this memorandum is to describe the reporting requirements associated with the FY 2019 Trade Mitigation Program ERA Operational Funds and outline the procedures for returning any unused funds to USDA.
State agencies must submit a summary report of the total FY 2019 Trade Mitigation Program ERA Operational Funds expended and remaining using the attached Excel worksheet (Attachment A). For reference, a summary report of total funds allocated in FY 2019 is attached (Attachment B). State agencies must return the completed worksheet (Attachment A) to their respective Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) regional office no later than April 15, 2020.
Return of Unused Funds
State agencies were required to pass through 100% of this funding to those TEFAP ERAs that received FPDP foods. State agencies must recover any unused funds that remain at the ERA level and return all remaining funds, including any funds that remain at the state level, to USDA. Once all final reports are received, USDA will initiate the process for returning unused funds. Beginning on April 30, 2020, states may return their unused funds to USDA either via mailed check or electronic wire transfer.
USDA is an Equal Opportunity Provider, Employer and Lender
- To return funds via wire transfer, please use the below information and the attached form "Wire Transfer of Funds" (Attachment C).
Commodity Credit Corporation Account Number 00004992
Special Instructions: BNF=/AC-4992 OBI=CCC!
Federal Reserve Bank of New York 33 Liberty Street
New York, NY 10045
- To return funds via mailed check, please use the below address:
Mail Stop 8212
P.O. Box 419205 Kansas City, MO 64141-6205
TEFAP state agencies with questions on the reporting or return of these funds should contact their FNS regional offices, who may in tum contact Polly Fairfield at (703) 305-4386.
Supplemental Nutrition and Safety Programs Food and Nutrition Service
Commodity Procurement Agricultural Marketing Service
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.