June 02, 2016 – Ashburn, VA:
Cleveland County, Oklahoma applied for and received grant funds for disaster relief and has selected IBTS as the sub-recipient to assist in administering the funds.
Cleveland County, Oklahoma has contracted with the Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) as sub-recipient for their CDBG-DR program for the 2014-2017 funds received for disaster relief efforts. IBTS will be responsible for program delivery and general administration. IBTS’s expertise in the area of CDBG-DR grant administration will ensure that national regulations are met.
“IBTS is excited to assist Cleveland County, OK with their CDBG-DR program,” said Steve Traina, Program Director. “With projects underway, IBTS will ensure that program compliance is met and funds are maximized.”
In the area of program delivery, IBTS responsibilities include program oversight for engineering and construction activities for compliance, contractor change orders, monthly Davis-Bacon compliance monitoring, contractor payment application approvals, as well as review of environmental studies, submission and HUD approvals for identified projects.
As for general administration, IBTS will handle complete oversight of compliance of eligibility of activities, meeting CDBG program national objectives, identification of how activity addresses a need from the disaster and prevention of benefit duplication from all sources. Additionally, IBTS will perform monitoring and oversight for procurement and performance review, technical assistance, internal audit functions, reports to prevent fraud, abuse and mismanagement of funds and monitoring standards and procedures.
“Cleveland County is excited to work with a non-profit with the experience IBTS brings to the table,” said Darry Stacy, County Commissioner, Cleveland County, Oklahoma. “ We believe their expertise will assist us in maximizing the benefits of these grants for the citizens of Cleveland County. Additionally, we look forward to a long-term relationship between our organizations.”
IBTS will have an onsite representative to carry out all responsibilities outlined in their agreement with Cleveland County. This expertise will ensure that the CDBG-DR program successfully meets regulations and projects are completed with awarded funds.
IBTS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to helping communities through quality services that reduce risk, enhance public safety, and improve quality of life. IBTS is headquartered in Ashburn, Virginia with branch offices across the country. IBTS’s work is guided by a Board of Directors made up of government officials appointed by five of the most highly respected, grassroots, state and local governmental associations, including the Council of State Governments (CSG), International City/County Management Association (ICMA), National Association of Counties (NACo), National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center), and National League of Cities (NLC).