See below for the full core conference agenda.
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Member Services Committee Meeting
9:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | CSBG State Planning and Action Session
12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | CSBG Lunch (on your own)
9:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | WAP State Planning and Action Session
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | WAP Lunch (on your own)
This session will provide participants with updates on the most recent legislative issues affecting our programs.
Presenter: David Bradley, Executive Director, National Community Action Foundation (invited)
This session includes updates about a number of important initiatives such as the Monitoring Work Group, and features information on OCS monitoring tools, federal accountability measures, the second ACSI process, and the Building Evaluation Capacity in CSBG project led by the Urban Institute.
Presenters: Kate Blunt, Senior Consultant, Federal Consulting Group, Bill Bolduc, Chief, CSBG Program Operations, Seth Hassett, Director, Division of Community Assistance, U.S. DHHS; Margaret C. Simms, PhD., Institute Fellow, Urban Institute
This session allows space for DOE staff to provide updates, facilitate questions, and provide guidance for the grant year ahead. Discussion topics will include an update on Health & Safety, Program Guidance, and provide insight on monitoring issues and spending benchmarks.
Presenters: Erica Burrin, Managing Team Lead; Josh Olsen, Lead Policy Advisor, Dave Rinebolt, WAP Manager, Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs, U.S. DOE
In a more conversational format, moderated by NASCSP board members, this interactive session will provide the opportunity for participants to ask questions of OCS staff about pertinent topics such as State Accountability Measures, State T/TA plans, and priorities of the new administration.
Presenters: David Barrie, Financial Operations Branch Chief, Bill Bolduc, Chief, CSBG Program Operations, Seth Hassett, Director, Division of State Assistance, U.S. DHHS
As the DOE Federal Perspective Session continues, it will provide DOE the opportunity to introduce additional staff who play a part in the role of approving WAP State Plans and other actions pertinent to the WAP funding and program management.
Presenter: Erica Burrin, Managing Team Lead; Josh Olsen, Lead Policy Advisor; Dave Rinebolt, WAP Manager, Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs, U.S. DOE
This session will focus on the elements of performance management including the State Plan, State Accountability Measures, and the Theory of Change. Guidance and materials will be provided on items such as providing feedback to CAAs in meeting ROMA goals and how to assist CAAs in reporting on community measures.
Presenters: Lauren Cook, CSBG Team Lead, Katy Kujawski, Research Director, NASCSP; Barbara Mooney, Director, Association of Nationally Certified ROMA Trainers; Jackie Orr, CSBG State Assistance Director, NASCSP
Updates, improvements, and changes are simply a part of any meaningful, long lasting guidance. The SWS, field guides, and DOE’s WPN’s are no different. This session examines all upgrades, changes, processes and expectations regarding the Health & Safety aspects of the WAP.
Presenters: Paul Francisco, Research Engineer, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center; Josh Olsen, Lead Policy Advisor, Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs, U.S. DOE
As we wrap up data submission for FY16 CSBG data, let’s take this time to focus on the current state of CSBG data collection and reporting. This session will discuss what to expect for FY17 data submission and focus on the development of NASCSP tool to help us make meaning of data.
Presenters: Lauren Cook, CSBG Team Lead, Katy Kujawski, Research Director, NASCSP
The link between a properly weatherized home and increased health benefits of the occupants can seemingly no longer be denied. The question becomes, how does the WAP blend the best of both worlds – installing both energy efficiency and Weatherization Plus Health type measures? This session will focus on examples of States and organizations that have been able to secure funding for Weatherization Plus Health type activities.
Presenters: Eric Behna, Policy Analyst, NASCSP; Allen Carbert, Healthy Homes Program Manager, Opportunity Council
This session will take a closer look at the collaborative T/TA plans as set forth in the OSCOE T/TA and RPIC grants. We will review the recently developed T/TA template and discuss the process for creating joint plans for State Offices and State Associations. The regional initiatives and the role of the RPIC will also be discussed.
Presenters: Crystal Crews, Program Specialist, Office of Community Services, Administration of Children and Families, U.S. DHHS; Jarle Crocker, Director of Training and Technical Assistance, Community Action Partnership; Seth Hasset, Director, Division of Community Seth Hassett, Director, Division of Community Assistance, U.S. DHHS; Jackie Orr, CSBG State Assistance Director, NASCSP; Laura Saintey, Project Manager,Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs
As a grantee WAP manager, how is your relationship with your sub-grantees? Does it matter? If it does matter, why is it important? There seems to be a strong correlation between managing a fundamentally strong WAP and maintaining a strong working relationship with your sub-grantees. What is the role of the grantee as opposed to the sub-grantee? What is involved in cultivating and building a strong working relationship between grantees and sub-grantees? This session will examine the roles of both groups and endeavor to identify methods and provide recommendations for developing the strongest working relationship possible.
Presenters: Ray Judy, Energy Services Director, NASCSP; Amy Klusmeier, Policy Analyst, Wisconsin Department of Administration
This session, led by peers who have recently changed the CSBG funding formulas in their states, will provide information on the process they used, including challenges, benefits, and lessons learned. They will also discuss the roles of the State Office, CAAs, and the State Association.
Presenters: Tamberly Frazee, Community Action Program Administrator, Arizona Department of Economic Security, Jackie Orr, CSBG State Assistance Director, NASCSP; Karen Quackenbush, CSBG Program Manager, DWS Housing Community Development Division
There is an old song with a line that states “know when to walk away and know when to run”. How do you determine the difference between a sub-grantee that is an asset worthy of rescuing and when a sub-grantee has reached the point of no return? What amount of resources do you invest into a troubled sub-grantee? Are your policies written to help or hinder this process? Do your policies include the terms Request for Qualifications (RFQ) or Request for Proposal (RFP)? What are the flags or warning signs that lead you down this path? While extremely difficult, these situations must often be addressed. This session will examine why this topic – and the difficult discussion that accompanies it – can be so important to the strength of your WAP.
Presenters: Colleen Hutson, Weatherization Housing Program Manager, North Central Community Action Agencies, Inc.; Ray Judy, Energy Services Director, NASCSP
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