Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 131205
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File Number: 131205 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-479-13 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: URGING USE OF HEAD START FUNDS FOR PROGRAM OPERATION Introduced: 6/6/2013
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 6/18/2013
Agenda Date: 6/18/2013 Agenda Item Number: 11A3
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO ENACT LEGISLATION TO ALLOW MIAMI-DADE COUNTY TO USE FISCAL YEAR 2013-14 HEAD START GRANT FUNDS FOR PROGRAM OPERATIONS RATHER THAN FOR HEAD START TRAINING AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
Indexes: HEAD START PROGRAM
  URGING
Sponsors: Rebeca Sosa, Prime Sponsor
  Esteban L. Bovo, Jr., Co-Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
  Barbara J. Jordan, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 6/18/2013 11A3 Adopted P

County Attorney 6/6/2013 Assigned Cynthia Johnson-Stacks 6/6/2013

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO ENACT LEGISLATION TO ALLOW MIAMI-DADE COUNTY TO USE FISCAL YEAR 2013-14 HEAD START GRANT FUNDS FOR PROGRAM OPERATIONS RATHER THAN FOR HEAD START TRAINING AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

BODY
WHEREAS, as of May 2013, Miami-Dade County’s Head Start program has an enrollment of 7,173 children (6,679 Head Start and 494 Early Head Start); and
WHEREAS, the amount of Fiscal Year 2013-14 federal grant funds that has been allocated to Miami-Dade County is $56,964,400, of which $636,948 is allotted for training and technical assistance; and
WHEREAS, due to sequestration as a result of the United States Budget Control Act of 2011, the United States Department of Health and Human Services will significantly reduce its funding for Head Start programs across the nation, including Miami-Dade County’s Head Start program; and
WHEREAS, on April 26, 2013, the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Head Start issued an order stating that program operations funding for all Fiscal Year 2013-14 Head Start grants will be reduced by 5.27 percent due to sequestration; and
WHEREAS, implementation of this order will result in a revenue loss of $2,968,457 to Miami-Dade County’s Head Start program; and
WHEREAS, the Office of Head Start has recommended that the required savings be achieved by the County’s elimination of 406 of Miami-Dade County’s Head Start slots, which would result in a significant number of children and families being deprived of the many benefits of the County’s Head Start program; and
WHEREAS, Miami-Dade County believes that it is more prudent to achieve savings by redirecting the federal grant funding allotted for training and technical assistance to be used to mitigate any possible reductions in program operations; and
WHEREAS, although there is some flexibility in how grantees, such as Miami-Dade County, absorb the sequestration reductions, the Office of Head Start advises that Section 648 of the Head Start Act (the ''Act'') prohibits using training and technical assistance funds for direct program services; and
WHEREAS, the Act does not give Miami-Dade County the ability to make the best use of the revenues provided to it by the federal government, in difficult budgetary times; and
WHEREAS, increased flexibility in how grant funds can be used will help the County try to maintain as many Head Start slots as is feasible,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Urges the Congress to pass any necessary amendments to Section 648 of the Head Start Act or other legislation to allow the County to use Head Start funds allotted for training and technical assistance for program operations, in order to mitigate any reductions in program operation funding due to federal sequestration.
Section 2. Directs the Clerk of this Board to send a certified copy of this resolution to the members of the Florida Congressional Delegation; the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services; the Regional Program Manager, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start, Atlanta Regional Office; and the Policy Council for the Miami-Dade County Head Start program.
Section 3. Directs the County’s federal lobbyists to advocate for the passage of the legislation set forth in Section 1 above, and authorizes and directs the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to amend the 2013 federal legislative package to include this item and to include this item in the 2014 federal legislative package when it is presented to the Board.



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