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NASCSP is dedicated to connecting the CSBG Network to pertinent resources on legislation, best practices, training and technical assistance, and numerous other topics, and serves as a knowledge base for its members.
Budgeting and Appropriations Overview
The federal appropriations process sets funds aside for the various budgets of the government. The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) informs federal agencies of priorities and funding levels, agencies in turn create budget proposals and submit them back to OMB. Using budget proposals and other relevant information a formal budget is created. In the beginning of February the White House releases the Presidents Budget Request (PBR) and once released the process moves to Congress. Both chambers must develop their own budgets which then move to the Appropriations Committee and its 12 Subcommittees. Once hearings have occurred in the Committee and Subcommittees, each chamber develops appropriations bills based on their previous work. After this bills must be voted on, any difference between chambers resolved, and then signed into law by the President.
- Presidential Budget Request for Health and Human Services (HHS) – CSBG Proposed Budget $754 million
- House Labor, HHS & Education Appropriations Subcommittee – CSBG Proposed Budget $800 million
- Senate Labor, HHS & Education Appropriations Subcommittee – CSBG Proposed Budget $770 million
The House Labor-HHS Appropriations subcommittee released its FY 2020 appropriations bill in May 2019 which contains increased funding amounts for both the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) and the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The House bill set CSBG funding at $760 million for FY 2020. This is an increase of about $35 million over FY 2019.
On September 18, 2019 the Senate Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee released the text of its FY 2020 appropriations bill. The Committee recommends $700 million for CSBG in FY 2020. This is significantly lower than the $760 million that the House recommended. It is also less than the FY 2019 enacted level of $725 million for CSBG. The Labor-HHS bill also contains report language recognizing the important role of Community Action Agencies in fighting the opioid epidemic; however, the bill does not provide additional funding to support these activities.
In March 2019, HR 1695- The Community Services Block Grant Reauthorization Act, was introduced in the House. It is sponsored by Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN), Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH), Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA), and Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY). A companion bill has not yet been introduced in the Senate
CSBG Authorizing Statute
CSBG was last reauthorized in 1998. Public Law 105-285: The Community Opportunities, Accountability, and Training and Educational Services Act of 1998 (October 27, 1998) can be found here:
- Current CSBG Statute(PDF)
To view all IM’s issued by the Office of Community Services click here.
Dear Colleague Letters
To view all Dear Colleague Letters issued by the Office of Community Services, click here.