COVID-19


Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Funds for Non-Entitlement Units

On March 11, 2021, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) and through this federal legislation, the State of Wyoming will receive $1.2 billion.  In April, the Wyoming legislature enacted legislation related to these anticipated funds. 

Under ARP, the state, counties and smaller local governments will receive specific allocations either directly from the U.S. Treasury or through State of Wyoming processes. Many Wyoming cities and towns (categorized as non-entitlement units for local government (NEUs)) will receive distributions (via a warrant (check) or electronic funds transfer (EFT)) from the State Auditor’s Office (SAO). The SAO is currently waiting on further guidance from the U.S. Treasury regarding local fiscal recovery fund distributions to NEUs. Once funds are received from the U.S. Treasury, the SAO will distribute funds to NEUs within 30 days. For information about these distributions, please click here. 

In order for the SAO to distribute funds, an NEU must be a State of Wyoming vendor.  To check or validate your vendor status, contact the WOLFS Help Desk at SAOWOLFSHelpDesk@wyo.gov or 307.777.5258.

U.S. Treasury Pre-Submission Instructions for NEUs
NEUs must have a valid DUNS number to comply with federal reporting requirements. NEUs that do not yet have a valid DUNS number may visit https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform or call 1-866-705-5711 to begin the registration process.

Emergency Rental Relief Program (ERAP) Information

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) assists households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to COVID-19.  An application for rental assistance may be submitted by either an eligible household or by a landlord on behalf of the eligible household.   For more information about ERAP, click here.

To submit an application, click here

CARES Act Information

On March 27, 2020, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act .  Through this federal legislation, the State of Wyoming received $1.25 billion.  In May, 2020, the Wyoming legislature enacted emergency legislation related to these funds. 

The CARES Act requires that the payments from the Coronavirus Relief Fund only be used to cover expenses that (1) are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19); (2) were not accounted for in the budget most recently approved as of March 27, 2020 (the date of enactment of the Act) for the State or government; and (3) were incurred during the period that begins on Mar. 1, 2020, and ends on Dec. 30, 2020.  

For CARES Act expenditure information, please click here

State Auditor’s Office COVID-19 Updates

Office Hours: The Wyoming State Auditor’s Office is open from 8:00 to 5:00 p.m. weekdays and our WOLFS, Payroll and CAFR Helpdesks are operating. We would encourage you to schedule an appointment, if you need in-person assistance on an issue.  Please submit your request for an in-person meeting via the appropriate HelpDesk:

WOLFS: 777-5258 | SAOWOLFSHelpDesk@wyo.gov
Payroll: 777-6554 | SAOPayrollHelpDesk@wyo.gov
CAFR: 777-2460 | SAOCAFRGroup@wyo.gov

COVID-19 State Agency Tracking Requirements:  All state agencies are required to track COVID-19 related expenditures in WOLFS.  Governor/Auditor Memo

Trainings:  If you need immediate assistance or training, our staff is available to provide one-on-one remote video trainings, please submit a HelpDesk request to schedule. Summer and fall trainings will generally be offered virtually with some small in-person trainings offered for specific classes.  To register for a training, please email Kathy Ramsey at saoadmin@wyo.gov

Remote Access: Agencies can gain remote access to State Auditor’s Office (SAO) applications, like WOLFS, HRM (Payroll), ESS and MSS.  All SAO supported applications can be accessed through the State of Wyoming network. If you have remote VPN access to the State of Wyoming network, you will be able to access all SAO applications remotely. To request remote access to the State of Wyoming network through Portal 2 (which is supported by ETS), employees should submit a HelpDesk ticket through ETS or call 777-5000. ETS Telework Resources  

Portal 2 Instructions
WOLFS QuickLink
Payroll (HRM) QuickLink

Payment Process Guidance: Agencies may have to alter payment and approval processes during this emergency.  Please reference the attached guide for information. 

SAO Guidance: Payment Changes