Advocacy

Posted on: February 16th, 2011 by NADO Admin

The most critical part of the association’s federal advocacy agenda is the active involvement of the policy board officials and executive directors of the nation’s regional development organizations.  To view NADO’s latest legislative fact sheets, choose from the topics below:

 

2020 NADO Legislative Priorities

Legislative Fact Sheets

Additional Resources

  • EDA CARES Act Funding Webinar (recording)  (https://vimeo NULL.com/420512631)

COVID-19 Advocacy Resources

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, NADO’s legislative team has been working to advocate on behalf of NADO members to provide them with the tools and resources necessary to combat the short and long-term regional economic impacts of COVID-19. As NADO moves forward with our advocacy efforts, we will continue to update and share information, including various resources and funding opportunities to support our members as they address the pandemic. Additional COVID-19 resources can also be found on NADO’s RDO COVID-19 Resource Center.

EDA Revolving Loan Fund Defederalization Bill Passes in the Senate; Continued NADO Member Action Needed

Last week, Senate bill 4075 (https://www NULL.congress NULL.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/4075?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22S+4075%22%5D%7D&s=1&r=1), the Reinvigorating Lending for the Future (RLF) Act, passed in the Senate. If enacted, this bill would defederalize the EDA Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) program. This is an exciting legislative victory and a significant step toward the ultimate goal of reforming the EDA RLF program.

In order for this reform to become law, it must also pass in the House. Continued NADO member action will be important in the coming days in order to ensure the successful passage of this measure.

NADO members are encouraged to contact their members of Congress in the House to ask them to co-sponsor H.R. 7388 (https://www NULL.congress NULL.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/7388/cosponsors?q=%7b%22search%22:%5b%22HR+7388%22%5d%7d&r=1&s=2&searchResultViewType=expanded), a companion bill in the House that would defederalize EDA RLFs. The bill language of H.R. 7388 is identical to the bill language of the Senate bill, S. 4075, that passed last week. A sample email and fact sheet (file:///C:/Users/AMiddleberg/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/INetCache/Content NULL.Outlook/LI11RBH5/Fact%20Sheet%20-%20EDA%20Revolving%20Loan%20Fund%20Reform NULL.pdf) that NADO members can use when reaching out to their Representatives are attached.

If you have already emailed your Representatives in the House, you may still want to follow up to make them aware that S. 4075 (https://www NULL.congress NULL.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/4075?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22S+4075%22%5D%7D&s=1&r=1) passed in the Senate last week, and reminding them that you hope they will co-sponsor the corresponding House bill, H.R. 7388 (https://www NULL.congress NULL.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/7388/cosponsors?q=%7b%22search%22:%5b%22HR+7388%22%5d%7d&r=1&s=2&searchResultViewType=expanded).

With questions, or for assistance contacting your members of Congress, please reach out to Mirielle Burgoyne, NADO’s Director of Government Relations, at [email protected].

Moving Forward Act Bill Text Released

On June 22, 2020, the text of the Moving Forward Act (H.R. 2) (https://transportation NULL.house NULL.gov/imo/media/doc/BILLS-116HR2-RCP116-54 NULL.pdf) – a proposal to invest more than $1.5 trillion to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure was released. Included among the many provisions of the act is the INVEST in America Act (https://transportation NULL.house NULL.gov/news/press-releases/committee-leaders-unveil-the-invest-in-america-act-a-transformational-surface-transportation-bill-to-bring-nations-infrastructure-into-a-new-era), a surface transportation reauthorization bill unveiled in early June, which would provide nearly $500 billion in investments into roads, bridges, rail, transit, ports/harbors, and airports if passed. A breakdown of spending in the Moving Forward Act can be viewed here. A fact sheet on the Moving Forward Act can also be found here. (https://transportation NULL.house NULL.gov/imo/media/doc/Fact%20sheet%20HR%202%20Moving%20Forward%20Act%20FINAL NULL.pdf)

Webinar Recording Now Available on EDA CARES Act Funding 

On May 19, 2020, the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) (http://www NULL.nado NULL.org/) and officials from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) (http://www NULL.eda NULL.gov/) hosted a webinar to share information about the $1.5 billion in supplemental funding that EDA received in the CARES Act (https://www NULL.eda NULL.gov/coronavirus/), which was enacted on March 27 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

EDA experts featured during this webinar discussed the EDA Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) (https://www NULL.grants NULL.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity NULL.html?oppId=321695) addendum that guides the administration of this supplemental EDA funding. EDA staff also explained the non-competitive funding process through which Economic Development Districts (EDDs), EDA Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) operators, and EDA University Centers may be eligible to receive expedited funding.  Click here to view the recording and access the slides.

EDA COVID-19 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) Addendum Released 

On Thursday, May 7 the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) released the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) addendum and related guidance determining how EDA will administer the $1.5 billion that EDA received in the CARES Act. The NOFO addendum can be found here (https://www NULL.grants NULL.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity NULL.html?oppId=321695). Specifically, the guidance pertaining to this competitive EDA funding is attached as a five-page addendum added at the bottom of the existing FY 2020 EDA NOFO. Other general information on this funding opportunity is also available at https://www.eda.gov/coronavirus/ (https://www NULL.eda NULL.gov/coronavirus/), and EDA has also provided answers to FAQs (https://www NULL.eda NULL.gov/coronavirus/faq/index NULL.htm) as well as guidance on how EDA will provide flexibilities for EDA RLF operators. (https://www NULL.eda NULL.gov/coronavirus/rlf/faq NULL.htm)

In addition to this guidance, NADO members should look for additional information coming from your EDA Regional Office. In addition to the competitive funding that EDA will provide as explained in the NOFO addendum, EDA will also offer non-competitive funding to eligible EDDs and EDA RLF operators through an expedited process via invitation letter. Eligible EDDs and RLF operators will receive an invitation from their EDA Regional Office inviting them to apply. This non-competitive funding will be available to help communities respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Non-competitive EDA funding is also available for eligible EDA University Centers. EDA’s goal in providing non-competitive funding is to expedite the release of COVID-19 relief funds to communities.

Please note that this information reflects NADO’s current understanding based on the guidance that has been provided, however there may be inaccuracies in NADO’s understanding or variations from one EDA Regional Office to the next. Please direct specific questions to your EDA Regional Office.

EDA Revolving Loan Fund Defederalization Included in HEROES Act

On Friday, May 15, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act (HR 6800 (https://www NULL.congress NULL.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/6800/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22HR+6800%22%5D%7D&r=1&s=1)) was introduced in the House. This $3 trillion bill reflects House Democrats’ priorities and proposes significant funding for state and local governments, additional business loans, and extended unemployment benefits. The HEROES Act also includes EDA Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) defederalization language, a priority that NADO advocated for. To read more about EDA RLF reform, click here.

In addition to EDA RLF reform, the HEROES Act also includes the following provisions related to EDA:

  • Temporarily waives the prohibition on using federal funds to pay for consultants or counsel, allowing EDA grantees to pay consultants to help develop grant applications for funds under the CARES Act
  • Increases federal share to 100% and temporarily waives local matching fund requirements to help compensate for plummeting local government revenues for EDA grants funded under the FY 19 disaster supplemental, CARES Act supplemental funding, and FY 20 appropriations
  • Grants EDA disaster hiring authority that it did not have previously

NADO Successfully Advocates for $1.5 Billion in Funding for EDA in the CARES Act

On March 27, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (H.R. 748 (https://www NULL.congress NULL.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/748/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22HR+748%22%5D%7D&r=1&s=1)) was signed into law. The legislation aims to address and mitigate the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to provide economic relief for individuals, businesses, cities, and states. In addition to a variety of other sources of federal funding, the bill includes $1.5 billion in supplemental funding for the Economic Development Administration (EDA), which NADO and other partner organizations successfully advocated to include. The CARES Act is the third tranche of funding passed in response to COVID-19, following the passage of HR 6074 (https://www NULL.congress NULL.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/6074/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22HR+6074%22%5D%7D&r=1&s=3) and HR 6201 (https://www NULL.congress NULL.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/6201/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22HR+6201%22%5D%7D&r=1&s=2). A summary of the funding breakdown in the CARES Act can be found here (https://www NULL.appropriations NULL.senate NULL.gov/imo/media/doc/032520%20Title-By-Title%20Summary%20FINAL NULL.pdf).

For more information or to provide your input, please contact Mirielle Burgoyne, Director of Government Relations and Legislative Affairs, at 202-921-4443 or [email protected] (mburgoyne null@null nado NULL.org)

Some OMB COVID-19 Flexibilities Extended

On June 18, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released OMB Memorandum 20-26 (https://www NULL.whitehouse NULL.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/M-20-26 NULL.pdf), which further extends some – but not all – of the administrative flexibilities that OMB originally extended to federal agencies on March 19 under OMB Memorandum 20-17 (https://www NULL.whitehouse NULL.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/M-20-17 NULL.pdf). Memorandum 20-26 extends some of the measures that federal agencies can take to relieve grantees of certain responsibilities during the COVID-19 crisis. This is time-limited guidance; in the near term, federal agencies have this authority. NADO members who administer direct federal grants should be aware of these procedures and should be prepared to ask their federal grantor agencies to implement them on their awards.

On Wednesday June 10, NADO sent a letter to the Deputy Director of Management for the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) encouraging OMB to extend the same flexibilities provided in OMB Memorandum 20-17. NADO’s letter to OMB can be viewed here.

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