US Treasury Releases New Guidance On Coronavirus State & Local Fiscal Recovery Funds

The US Treasury Department released its updated guidance on how state and local governments can use the $350B appropriated in the American Rescue Plan. This guidance is called the Interim Final Rule (IFR). The IRF provides detailed information about reporting, defines key terms, and establishes timelines.

State & Local Fiscal Recovery Funds must demonstrate how they respond to the public health or economic impact of COVID-19.

This update emphasizes what we already knew about eligible uses for the money. This is meant to be interpreted broadly so that governments can respond in the way that is most effective for them. There are very few restricted uses, as long as there is alignment with COVID-19 impacts and recovery. The IRF mentions many specific, eligible IT uses (shown below with page numbers for reference). Remember - this list is by no means exhaustive!

Eligible Uses

  • Contact Tracing (139)

  • Technology Related to COVID-19 Vaccination Programs and Sites (138)

  • Establishing & Operating Telemedicine Capabilities (139)

  • Establishing or Enhancing Public Health Data Systems (140)

  • Health and Public Health Program Data and Technology Infrastructure (21)

  • Data and Technology Infrastructure to Improve Programs Addressing Negative Economic Impacts (34)

  • Government Services to the Extent of Revenue Reduction (67)

  • Roads

  • Health Services

  • Environmental Remediation

  • School or Educational Services

  • Cybersecurity (Including Hardware & Software)

  • Public Safety Services

  • Cybersecurity for Water, Sewer, and Broadband Infrastructure (67)

  • Broadband Infrastructure (69)

Restricted Uses

  • Pensions

  • Offsetting New Tax Revenue Deductions

  • State Share of Medicaid