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Pending Federal Budget Sequestration Process & Potential Impact on Counties

Posted Date: 
October 26, 2012

The National Association of Counties has prepared a Power Point that discusses the "Fiscal Cliff" and "Sequestration" that the Federal Government is facing that you have probably all heard about.  Read further to find out more and download the presentation.

Updated Secure Rural Schools Act FAQs Title I & Title III

Posted Date: 
September 4, 2012
Contact: 
Rick Alexander, Secure Rural Schools Act, National Program Manager

The links contained in this posting contain very valuable information, in particular the allowable uses of Title III County funds.  MACo encourages Commissioners, Clerks, and Sheriffs to read the information on through these links thoroughly to assure your county is in compliance with allowed uses and are following the appropriate processes required.

Secure Rural Schools Resource Advisory Committees Deemed Committees Under Re-authorized Act (PL 112-141)

Posted Date: 
July 27, 2012
Contact: 
Rick Alexander, Secure Rural Schools Act, National Program Manager

Friday, July 27, 2012, the Forest Service received the Secretary of Agriculture’s affirmative decision to deem the existing resource advisory committees authorized under PL 110-343 to be committees for the purposes of title II in the re-authorized Act (PL 112-141) and to approve the current charter and the members in good standing for the purposes of the re-authorized Act.

NACo Prescription Discount Card Program Marketing Plan

The NACo Prescription Discount Card Program was started seven years ago and has grown phenomenally.  Now, more than 1,400 counties are participating in the program and county residents nationwide have saved more than $483 million. Residents can save up to 75% on some prescriptions; the overall average savings rate is 24%.

Montana FSA: USDA Expands CREmergency Haying & Grazing to 48 Montana Counties to Assist Drought-Affected Livestock Producers

Posted Date: 
July 23, 2012

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced new flexibility in the USDA Farm Service Agency's (FSA) Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) that will provide much-needed help to Montana's drought-affected livestock producers effective immediately, said Bruce Nelson, former FSA administrator who has returned to his position as the State Executive Director for Montana Farm Service Agency.

Matt Chase appointed Executive Director of NACo

Posted Date: 
July 16, 2012

Pittsburgh, Pa. – The National Association of Counties (NACo), the national association representing county government, today announced that Matthew D. Chase has been named the association’s Executive Director.  The announcement came as thousands of the country’s local government leaders gathered in Pittsburgh for NACo’s 77th Annual Conference and Exposition.

More Clarity Could Help Ensure County Expenditures Are Consistent with Key Parts of the Secure Rural Schools Act

Posted Date: 
July 16, 2012

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released the following reports, testimony, and correspondence:

Payment to Counties: More Clarity Could Help Ensure County Expenditures Are Consistent with Key Parts of the Secure Rural Schools Act, GAO-12-775, July 16
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-12-775

USDA Announces Streamlined Disaster Designation Process with Lower Emergency Loan Rates and Greater CRP Flexibility in Disaster Areas

Posted Date: 
July 11, 2012
Contact: 
USDA Office of Communications

WASHINGTON—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a package of program improvements that will deliver faster and more flexible assistance to farmers and ranchers devastated by natural disasters. Vilsack announced three significant improvements to decades-old USDA programs and processes related to Secretarial disaster designations: a final rule that simplifies the process for Secretarial disaster designations and will result in a 40 percent reduction in processing time for most counties affected by disasters; a reduced interest rate for emergency loans that effectively lowers the current rate from 3.75 percent to 2.25 percent; and a payment reduction on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands qualified for emergency haying and grazing in 2012, from 25 to 10 percent.

Transportation Bill Set for Signature

Posted Date: 
July 2, 2012
Contact: 
Robert Fogel, Senior Legislative Director, NACo

Congress passed a 27-month surface transportation bill June 29 that will fund the federal highway program at nearly $39.7 billion for FY13 and $40.26 billion for FY14.  The measure would expire Sept. 30, 2014 and is expected to be signed into law by President Obama.

Farm Bill Passes Senate

Posted Date: 
July 2, 2012
Contact: 
Erik Johnston, Associate Legislative Director, NACo

The Senate passed the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012, S. 3240, by a vote of 64–35 after voting on 73 amendments June 21.