Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)
On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). The Recovery Act provides for $5 billion in additional funds to the U.S. Department of Energy for allocation to the Weatherization Assistance Program. As with regularly appropriated DOE funds, Recovery Act funds may be used for the provision of energy efficient measures to low income Idahoans.
Distribution of Funds:
States will receive Recovery Funds, as a separate allotment, under the same formula used for funds allocated under regular annual appropriations. Fifty States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and Federal and State-recognized Indian Tribes and Tribal organizations will receive $5 billion in Recovery Funds.
The State of Idaho was allocated $30,341,909 in Recovery Act funding. The network of Direct Service Providers throughout the state decided to expend the funding by March 31, 2011.
State Use of Funds:
All Grantees as noted above were required to develop a State Plan detailing how they would expedite expenditures of these funds, provide training to new staff, and comply with Davis Bacon requirements.
Income Eligibility Requirement:
The official poverty line as established by the Secretary of Health and Human Services is used as a criterion of eligibility in the Weatherization Assistance Program. The U.S. Department of Energy set the income guideline at 200% of FPL for homes to be weatherized with Recovery Act funding. This income guideline went into effect on February 18, 2009.
Existing accountability measures for Weatherization Assistance Program formula grant awards are outlined in the terms and conditions of the grant award and include compliance with OMB Circular A-133, the Single Audit Act of 1984 and compliance with DOE regulations.
Federal Training and Technical Assistance:
Up to 20% of DOE Recovery Act funds are reserved for training, technical assistance, planning, evaluation, investigations, assistance to Grantees in carrying out corrective action, monitoring, and reporting and data collection, development of performance measurement systems.
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