NB_290_22_8 - NB 290-22-8 INV – Fiscal Years (FY) 2023 through 2025 State Resource Assessment – Operating Budget Plan (SRA-OBP) and FY 2023 Contracts, Grants, and Agreements (CGA) Data Call
NB 290-22-8 INV – Fiscal Years (FY) 2023 through 2025 State Resource Assessment – Operating Budget Plan (SRA-OBP) and FY 2023 Contracts, Grants, and Agreements (CGA) Data Call
National Bulletin: 290-22-8  
Date: April 20, 2022 
Subject: INV – Fiscal Years (FY) 2023 through 2025 State Resource Assessment – Operating Budget Plan (SRA-OBP) and FY 2023 Contracts, Grants, and Agreements (CGA) Data Call 


Action Required By:   June 30, 2022
 
Purpose.   This national bulletin announces FYs 2023, 2024, and 2025 SRA-OBP and FY 2023 CGA data call through the online SRA-OBP application and training.     
 
Expiration Date.   September 30, 2022  
 
Background.   The SRA-OBP process provides States an opportunity to request funding for their priority resource concerns and to document field-level workloads associated with conservation planning and Farm Bill program implementation. Over the past 3 years, NRCS has continued to add planned enhancements to the SRA-OBP process using the online application. States will have the opportunity to adjust FY 2022 submissions for FYs 2023 and 2024 and to add information for FY 2025 when the SRA-OBP tool is opened. The exact date the SRA-OBP tool will be opened will be announced at the trainings and will be close to June 1, 2022. Because information submitted by the States will be used to inform the President’s budget request, the data collection will involve multiple FYs.

This year, NRCS has added to the SRA-OBP tool Practice Planning and Predicted Outcomes pages, which need to be completed for FYs 2023 through 2025. The information gathered in these pages will be used in forecasting resource concern outcomes and financial assistance needs. In addition, the Salary and Payroll Forecasting (SPF) tool will be released to support the SRA-OBP, but submission will be optional this year.

Note:  Although the SPF tool is optional in FY 2022, using the SPF tool is highly encouraged to help NRCS account for vacant positions within States.

Explanation.   Data collected through the SRA-OBP provides a basis for allocating financial and technical assistance funds for the Agricultural Management Assistance Program, Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), and Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) easements are captured on the easement pages in the online application, along with ACEP information. SRA-OBP workload and funding estimates are used to assess State needs related to regional equity requirements in the 2018 Farm Bill. Per those requirements, the SRA-OBP process will establish each State’s demonstrated need for a minimum of 0.6 percent of program funds.

The FY 2023 through 2025 SRA-OBP does not require data on needs associated with the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), EQIP and CSP components of the RCPP, or Watershed programs. CRP allocations will be based on a formula and Farm Service Agency data. RCPP funding requests will go through the RCPP application process and Watershed program requests will be handled according to current NRCS procedures.

The FY 2023 through 2025 SRA-OBP will identify estimated technical assistance needs at the program and budget object class level. States are required to provide detailed information in the CGA database for all planned contracts and agreements (with associated full-time equivalents). At this time, only the FY 2023 CGA plan is required. Last year, the list of deliverables, tags, and their definitions within the CGA were updated for clarity and to promote the initiatives of the current Administration. In addition, tags are required for reporting purposes.

A State staffing level will be provided when the application opens. The staffing level is based on the NRCS submission in the FY 2023 President’s Budget plan. NRCS is revisiting staffing limits in view of budget projections and reviewing new priorities through a targeted strategic approach. However, States should not exceed the provided staffing level for budget needs unless approval for additional staff has been obtained prior to submitting the SRA-OBP.

Training, Demonstrations, and Virtual Help Desk Office Hours. Microsoft Teams (Teams) meetings have been scheduled to provide training, demonstrations, and virtual help desk office hours for the SRA-OBP and CGA data call. Teams meeting invitations will be sent from the SRA.OBP@usda.gov email and will display as “FPAC.NRCS.SRA.OBP.TOOL.”

SRA-OBP and CGA Teams training and demonstration invitations will be sent to the following groups. Please forward to your staff as appropriate.

·       State conservationists (STC) – NRCS-State-Conservationists@usda.gov

·       STC executive assistants – NRCS-STC-ExecutiveAssistants@usda.gov

·       Assistant STCs for Management and Strategy – AssistantStateConsForMgtStrategy@usda.gov

·       Financial resources specialists – FinancialResourceSpecialists@usda.gov

·       Assistant STCs for programs – NRCS-ASTC-Programs@usda.gov

·       State resource conservationists – All.State.Resource.Conservationists@usda.gov

·       Deputy chiefs and regional conservationists

The following are training and demonstration dates for the SRA-OBP and CGA:

·       May 24, 12:00–3:00 p.m. EDT

·       May 25, 1:00–4:00 p.m. EDT (Repeat)

·       June 7, 12:00–3:00 p.m. EDT (Repeat)

Virtual help desk to answer questions on the SRA-OBP and CGA. Teams invitations to the virtual help desk will be sent to listserv groups mentioned above on the following dates.

·       May 31, 1:30–2:00 p.m. EDT

·       June 7, 1:30–2:00 p.m. EDT

·       June 14, 1:30–2:00 p.m. ED

·       June 21, 1:30–2:00 p.m. EDT

SRA-OBP Links. Information for the SRA-OBP application can be found on the Management and Strategy Deputy Area’s SharePoint site at NRCS Management and Strategy Deputy Area> M&S Deputy Area- State Landing Page> SRA/OBP Tools> FY2022 SRA.

The site contains the following folders:

·       Archived

·       Communications

·       Data

·       FAQs (frequently asked questions)

·       User Guide (provides step-by-step guidance for navigating the SRA-OBP tool)

·       Webinars (training and help desk recordings)

·       Link to SRA-OBP tool

SRA-OBP tool access. States can access the SRA-OBP tool now, but the SRA-OBP team will let States know at training when to start entering their FY 2022 submissions. If you do not have access, are incorrectly aligned to a State, or need to give access to other team members, you can submit a new user access request form at the following link:

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=5zZb7e4BvE6GfuA8-g1Glwzbjh8tL1FFlSV_KDX52o9UN0VOOVE4UTE1TDhIVjdZODNKNTJYVk83Vy4u

Staff members in the following distribution groups will be provided access to the SRA-OBP tool prior to the training:

·       STCs – NRCS-State-Conservationists@usda.gov

·       STC executive assistants – NRCS-STC-ExecutiveAssistants@usda.gov

·       Assistant STCs for Management and Strategy – AssistantStateConsForMgtStrategy@usda.gov

·       Financial resources specialists – FinancialResourceSpecialists@usda.gov

·       Assistant STCs for programs – NRCS-ASTC-Programs@usda.gov

·       State resource conservationists – All.State.Resource.Conservationists@usda.gov

CGA Link. Information for the CGA can be found at NRCS Management and Strategy Deputy Area> M&S Deputy Area- State Landing Page> State CGA> CGA Documents.

The site contains the following folders:

·       User Guide

·       Webinars

·       FAQs

·       Communications

·       Archive

·       Link to CGA Microsoft Access Database

The CGA Microsoft Access Database now has an active FY 2022 tab.

Submission deadline for SRA-OBP and CGA is June 30, 2022.


Contact.  

Questions can be sent to the help desk inbox at SRA.OBP@usda.gov, or to Jeremy Bennett at jeremy.bennett@usda.gov or (202) 720-0244, Laura Emberson at laura.emberson@usda.gov, or James Wood at james.wood@usda.gov or (817) 509-3504.

 
 

 /s/

ANGELA BIGGS
Acting Deputy Chief for Management and Strategy




KAREN WOODRICH                                                           JAMES E. TILLMAN, JR.
Regional Conservationist, Acting – Northeast                     Regional Conservationist – Southeast




ASTOR BOOZER                                                                XAVIER MONTOYA
Regional Conservationist – West                                        Regional Conservationist, Acting – Central
 
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