Chapter 03 - Community Development Block Grants
The office of development planning is hereby designated and appointed as the agency of the ASG which shall have the duty and the authority to administer, within the territory , the community development block grant (CDBG) program as authorized by Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (PL 93-383), as amended, and administered by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The responsibility for the direction of the CDBG program and for the administration of all HUD grants pursuant to Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (PL 93-383), as amended, is hereby vested in the director of development planning. This responsibility shall include, but shall not be limited to, the monitoring of all actions of the departments, offices, agencies, and instrumentalities of the ASG and of all actions of persons, firms, and corporations contracting with the government which relate to the CDBG program and the taking of all necessary steps to assure that there is full compliance with all applicable federal requirements in the implementation of the CDBG program.
In order to carry out the responsibilities under this chapter, the director of development planning is authorized to propose to the Governor for his promulgation, pursuant to the provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act, Chapter 4.10 ASCA, such rules as may be necessary and proper for the effective implementation and administration of this chapter and the policies hereunder established. The director shall also have authority to review and approve all contract documents and awards, progress payments to contractors, requests for draw- downs of CDBG funds from letters of credit, the determination of final costs in all CDBG project closeouts, and to take and require such actions as the director deems necessary and appropriate to ensure that all CDBG funds are obligated, expended, and accounted for in accordance with all applicable federal laws and regulations. Pursuant to this authority, the director may require written reports and copies of records of other departments, offices, agencies, and instrumentalities of the ASG pertaining to the CDBG program or the use of CDBG funds.
No request for payment under CDBG letters of credit may be signed by any authorized signator unless it has first been delivered to the office of development planning for review and has been approved in writing by the director or his authorized designee.
The director of development planning is designated as the "Responsible Federal Official" pursuant to the environmental review requirements set forth at 24 CFR Part 58, and is authorized to make the certifications required thereunder.
All departments, offices, agencies, and instrumentalities of the ASG, and all officers and employees thereof, shall cooperate to the fullest extent possible to assist the office of development planning and director of development planning in carrying out the responsibilities and duties hereunder.