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Update – TSLAC and Federal Funds November 2013

2013 November 13

Background

  • June 2013: TSLAC submits request to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for a waiver from the federal maintenance of effort (MOE) requirement. The waiver would allow TSLAC to continue to receive its full allotment of Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding, which the agency uses for programs to enhance library services across Texas.
  • September 2013: IMLS denies request, citing the fact that TSLAC was disproportionately cut, and that federal funds must “supplement, rather than replace, State funds.”
  • TSLAC currently receives approximately $10 million per fiscal year in LSTA funds.

Moving Forward

  • TSLAC can appeal the denial of our waiver request by submitting a second appeal. This second appeal is due November 29, 2013. We do not know when we will receive a decision.
  • If a waiver is not obtained…
    • The current Federal Fiscal Year 2014 award to TSLAC will be cut, which will affect TSLAC’s expenditures in State Fiscal Year 2015. The amount of the cut is proportional to the percent by which we fail to meet MOE and depends both on the outcome of our second appeal and on what our FFY14 allotment would be (when a FFY2014 budget is set).
    • We have a plan for consulting with the Texas library community to determine priorities moving forward. Access this plan at www.tsl.texas.gov/moewaiver .
    • Because of our SFY2014/2015 capital appropriations, TSLAC’s TexShare database program will remain stable regardless of the waiver results.
    • We expect to fall short on MOE for our FFY2015 (SFY2016) award as well and expect to have to appeal again. However, the amount we fall short will be less, and we expect to meet MOE the following year.

Please contact Deborah Littrell, 512-463-5456, deborah.littrell@tsl.texas.gov if you have any questions.

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