Procurement of professional services and engaging the public are some of the first activities undertaken by local governments when applying for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. In an effort to assist local governments in submitting a successful 2021 CDBG application, the Office of Community Development presents the following webinar which will provide detailed information about meeting threshold requirements for the procurement of professional services and citizen participation, including ensuring meaningful access for limited English proficient (LEP) individuals.
The Professional Procurement & Citizen Participation webinar will be held:
Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Time: 10:00 a – 11:30 a
Log-on and dial-in information:
+1 470-582-0138 United States, Atlanta
Conference ID: 370 914 900#
Please follow the step-by-step instructions for accessing the meeting through Microsoft Teams.
CDBG payments for Grant Administration, Architectural, and Engineering services are subject to the “competitive negotiation” requirements of 24 CFR 570.489(g).Therefore, the procurement portion of the webinar will cover the requirements for ensuring full and open competition, complying with Section 3 solicitation requirements, and requesting sole source approval. The intended audience is local governments.
Additionally, the Housing and Community Development Act places emphasis on efforts to involve citizens, especially low- and moderate-income citizens, in all aspects of the CDBG Program. This includes ensuring meaningful access for LEP persons in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and pursuant to EO 13166. The citizen participation portion of the webinar will review the following topics:
- Pre-application public hearing
- Public notification & timing
- Ensuring meaningful access, with an emphasis on using DCA’s new LAP Mapping Feature.
The intended audience for this portion of the webinar is local governments and grant administrators.