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WIOA Transition: Third Letter to Independent Living Grantees

Please see the letter transmitted yesterday by the Department of Education to all of the grantees impacted by the WIOA transfer of their grants from Education to the Department of Health and Human Services. Please review and share this information with any of the Independent Living grantees that are impacted by the transfer.

We are tracking the number of drawdowns being requested by grantees in G5 in advance of the freeze of your grant funds on Tuesday, February 24th, 2015. This freeze is expected to last until the grant transfers have been completed from Education to the Health and Human Services by May 8th, 2015. Again, as you might have read in our prior communications on January 27th and February 6th and during the recent webinar (archived at the ILRU website) you will not have access to your grant funds in G5 (ED) or GrantSolutions (HHS) during the transition period between February 24th and May 8th.

In our review of the current drawdown requests as of this morning in G5 we noticed that a significant number of grantees have not made any drawdown requests of their funds. We are recommending that you do not wait until the last minute to do your drawdown requests in case that there are issues or delays in G5. We want to allow sufficient time to work through any issues to ensure that you have sufficient funds during the freeze. Once the freeze is in place the Independent Living staff will not have any access to be able to assist you. Please refer to the two attached communications to grantees and the ILRU website for more information.

Please contact your Independent Living Program Specialist immediately if you need assistance. 

Timothy Beatty

Chief, Independent Living Administration, US Department of Health & Human Services

550 12th Street SW, Room 5057 / Washington, DC 20202

Email: timothy.beatty@acl.hhs.gov

Phone: (202) 245-6156

Videophone: (202) 481-7604

Fax: (202) 245-7591

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