On May 28, the U.S. Department of Treasury released an updated list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding use of the Coronavirus Relief Fund dollars provided through the CARES Act. The updated document may be found at this link and is also posted on VACo’s COVID-19 page. New questions and answers in the “Eligible Expenditures” section begin on the bottom of page 6, and new questions and answers in the “Questions Related to Administration of Fund Payments” begin on the top of page 9. Issues addressed in these new questions and answers that are of particular interest to localities include broadband, solid waste disposal, and hazard pay.
VACo has submitted a letter to Secretary of Finance Aubrey Layne requesting additional guidance on several issues that are not addressed in detail in Treasury’s Guidance or FAQs, mostly with respect to the types of documentation that the state plans to require from local governments to demonstrate that funds were used for eligible purposes, and will share any additional clarification as it is received.
VACo Contact: Katie Boyle