Senate Passes FY 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Bill

by Tom Branen
The Senate passed the $1.1 Trillion Omnibus Appropriations Bill last night by a vote of 72-26 funding the federal government through the end of the 2014 fiscal year which ends on September 30th. The bill included $1,049,054,000 for the Corporation for National and Community Service.  The House passed the bill the previous day with 359 members voting in support.
Here are the numbers for CNCS in the bill:
As you can see, the bill provides $15,038,000 funding for Commissions and is  $197,000 above the President’s FY14 request and significantly above the FY13 annualized CR amount of $13,523,000. The minimum allocation change to 200k is absent from the language meaning that all states (big and small) will get a 250k base allocation before the large state allocation is divided amongst the larger states. Linked is
an ASC-generated unofficial commission support grant allocation chart: FinalPROJECTED2014%5b2%5d (1).
Other items of interest:
  • AmeriCorps*State/National received about an $8.7 million increase from FY13.
  • The bill does not provide funding for Subtitle J. Subtitle J supports training and technical assistance efforts of CNCS.
  • The bill funds the Volunteer Generation Fund at $3.8 million and includes language that makes it competitive only (not limited to commissions).
  • The bill makes a new investment in the Social Innovation Fund.  The bill includes new authority and $14 million in funding for a Pay for Success Demonstration.  According to the Appropriations Committee, “CNCS will test models of financing that pay for outcomes, rather than activities.  Modeled after Social Impact Bonds, which were developed in the U.K., Pay for Success pilots will leverage private resources by reimbursing entities for accomplishing the desired outcome rather than the current system of awarding a grant to an entity for future activities that are believe to accomplish the same outcome.”  In total, the FY14 appropriation for SIF is $70 million, and up to 20% can be spent on the Pay for Success pilot.
  • AmeriCorps will be considered qualified entities under childcare protection act (allowing state repositories to do them in most cases, all but 7)
  • Allows commissions to receive records directly from FBI (assuming if Repository still wont do it, but doesn’t clarify this). We are analyzing this language further and will provide an update in a follow-up message.
The President is expected to sign the bill very soon.
ASC extends our sincerest appreciation to Senate Appropriations Chair, Barbara Mikulski (MD), Ranking Member Senator Richard Shelby (AL), House Appropriations Chair, Harold Rogers (KY), and Ranking Member Rep. Nita Lowey (NY) for their support of national and community service! A very special thank you to Senate Labor HHS Appropriations Committee Chair, Tom Harkin (IA), for his ongoing commitment and championship of service.

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