Expediting Expenditures at the State Level in Responding to the COVID-19 Emergency

On Friday, March 13, 2020, the President declared that the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is of sufficient severity and magnitude to warrant an Emergency determination under section 501(b) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 5121-5207 (the “Stafford Act”), and that the emergency exists nationwide (see declaration). In addition, as the President stated in the Emergency Declaration, requests for a declaration of a “Major Disaster” as set forth in section 401(a) of the Stafford Act may be appropriate and encouraged governors and tribal leaders to consider requesting such a declaration through their FEMA regional administrator.

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) recognizes that in this COVID-19 pandemic, statewide procurement or other direct expenditures by the State Unit on Aging (SUA) may be critical to meeting the mission of the Older Americans Act (OAA). In this document, ACL provides information on options available to states to expedite expenditures of OAA Title III, Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and CARE Act funds.