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Reallotment of FY 2006 Funds for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

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AGENCY:

Office of Community Services, ACF, HHS.

ACTION:

Notice of determination concerning funds available for reallotment.

CFDA Number: 93.568

SUMMARY:

Notice is hereby given of a preliminary determination that funds from the fiscal year (FY) 2006 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) are available for reallotment to States, Territories, and Tribes and Tribal Organizations that receive FY 2007 direct LIHEAP grants. No subgrantees or other entities may apply for these funds. Section 2607(b)(1) of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Act (the Act), Title XXVI of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981 (42 U.S.C. 8621 et seq.), as amended, requires that if the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) determines that, as of September 1 of any fiscal year, an amount in excess of certain levels allotted to a grantee for any fiscal year will not be used by the grantee during the fiscal year, the Secretary must notify the grantee and publish a notice in the Federal Register that such funds may be realloted to LIHEAP grantees during the following fiscal year. If reallotted, the LIHEAP block grant allocation formula will be used to distribute the funds. (No funds may be allotted to entities that are not direct LIHEAP grantees during FY 2007.) It has been determined that $326,894 may be available for reallotment during FY 2007. This determination is based on revised Carryover and Reallotment Reports from the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians in North Dakota and Southern Ute Indian Tribe in Colorado, which were submitted to the Office of Community Services as required by 45 CFR 96.82.

The statute allows grantees who have funds unobligated at the end of the fiscal year for which they are awarded to request that they be allowed to carry over up to 10 percent of their allotments to the next fiscal year. Funds in excess of this amount must be returned to HHS and are subject to reallotment under section 2607(b)(1) of the Act. The amount described in this notice was reported as unobligated FY 2006 funds in excess of the amount that the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians could carry over to FY 2007. Additionally, an amount from Southern Ute Indian Tribe is excess funds for FY 2006 plus the 10 percent carryover, since the tribe did not apply for FY 2007 LIHEAP funds.

The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians was notified by certified mail that $297,492 of its FY 2006 funds may be reallotted. Additionally, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe was notified by certified mail that $29,402 of its FY 2006 funds may be reallotted. In accordance with section 2607(b)(3), the Chief Executive Officers of both the tribes have 30 days from the date of the letter to submit comments to: Josephine B. Robinson, Director, Office of Community Services, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447.

The comment period expires August 31, 2007.

After considering any comments submitted, the Chief Executive Officers will be notified of the final reallotment amount, and this decision also will be published in the Federal Register. If funds are reallotted, they will be Start Printed Page 42099allocated in accordance with section 2604 of the Act and must be treated by LIHEAP grantees receiving them as an amount appropriated for FY 2007. As FY 2007 funds, they will be subject to all requirements of the Act, including section 2607(b)(2), which requires that a grantee obligate at least 90 percent of its total block grant allocation for a fiscal year by the end of the fiscal year for which the funds are appropriated, that is, by September 30, 2007.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Nick St. Angelo, Director, Division of Energy Assistance, Office of Community Services, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447; telephone (202) 401-9351.

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Dated: July 26, 2007.

Yolanda J. Butler,

Deputy Director, Office of Community Services.

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[FR Doc. E7-14875 Filed 7-31-07; 8:45 am]

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