Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women's Shelters/Grants to Native American Tribes (Including Alaska Native Villages) and Tribal Organizations, 74309-74316 [E7-25341]

Download as PDF sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 249 / Monday, December 31, 2007 / Notices Certification Regarding Drug-Free Workplace Requirements (Instructions for Certification) 1. By signing and/or submitting this application or grant agreement, the grantee is providing the certification set out below. 2. The certification set out below is a material representation of fact upon which reliance is placed when the agency awards the grant. If it is later determined that the grantee knowingly rendered a false certification, or otherwise violates the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act, the agency, in addition to any other remedies available to the Federal Government, may take action authorized under the Drug-Free Workplace Act. 3. For grantees other than individuals, Alternate I applies. 4. For grantees who are individuals, Alternate II applies. 5. Workplaces under grants, for grantees other than individuals, need not be identified on the certification. If known, they may be identified in the grant application. If the grantee does not identify the workplaces at the time of application, or upon award, if there is no application, the grantee must keep the identity of the workplace(s) on file in its office and make the information available for Federal inspection. Failure to identify all known workplaces constitutes a violation of the grantee’s drug-free workplace requirements. 6. Workplace identifications must include the actual address of buildings (or parts of buildings) or other sites where work under the grant takes place. Categorical descriptions may be used (e.g., all vehicles of a mass transit authority or State highway department while in operation, State employees in each local unemployment office, performers in concert halls or radio studios). 7. If the workplace identified to the agency changes during the performance of the grant, the grantee shall inform the agency of the change(s), if it previously identified the workplaces in question (see paragraph five). 8. Definitions of terms in the Nonprocurement Suspension and Debarment common rule and Drug-Free Workplace common rule apply to this certification. Grantees’ attention is called, in particular, to the following definitions from these rules: Controlled substance means a controlled substance in Schedules I through V of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 812) and as further defined by regulation (21 CFR 1308.11 through 1308.15); Conviction means a finding of guilt (including a plea of nolo contendere) or imposition of sentence, or both, by any judicial body charged with the responsibility to determine violations of the Federal or State criminal drug statutes; Criminal drug statute means a Federal or non-Federal criminal statute involving the manufacture, distribution, dispensing, use, or possession of any controlled substance; Employee means the employee of a grantee directly engaged in the performance of work under a grant, including: (i) All direct charge employees; (ii) All indirect charge employees unless their impact or involvement is insignificant to the performance of the grant; and, (iii) Temporary personnel and VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:08 Dec 28, 2007 Jkt 214001 consultants who are directly engaged in the performance of work under the grant and who are on the grantee’s payroll. This definition does not include workers not on the payroll of the grantee (e.g., volunteers, even if used to meet a matching requirement; consultants or independent contractors not on the grantee’s payroll; or employees of subrecipients or subcontractors in covered workplaces). Certification Regarding Drug-Free Workplace Requirements Alternate I (Grantees Other Than Individuals) The grantee certifies that it will or will continue to provide a drug-free workplace by: (a) Publishing a statement notifying employees that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of a controlled substance is prohibited in the grantee’s workplace and specifying the actions that will be taken against employees for violation of such prohibition; (b) Establishing an ongoing drug-free awareness program to inform employees about— (1) The dangers of drug abuse in the workplace; (2) The grantee’s policy of maintaining a drug-free workplace; (3) Any available drug counseling, rehabilitation, and employee assistance programs; and (4) The penalties that may be imposed upon employees for drug abuse violations occurring in the workplace; (c) Making it a requirement that each employee to be engaged in the performance of the grant be given a copy of the statement required by paragraph (a); (d) Notifying the employee in the statement required by paragraph (a) that, as a condition of employment under the grant, the employee will— (1) Abide by the terms of the statement; and (2) Notify the employer in writing of his or her conviction for a violation of a criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace no later than five calendar days after such conviction; (e) Notifying the agency in writing, within 10 calendar days after receiving notice under paragraph (d)(2) from an employee or otherwise receiving actual notice of such conviction. Employers of convicted employees must provide notice, including position title, to every grant officer or other designee on whose grant activity the convicted employee was working, unless the Federal agency has designated a central point for the receipt of such notices. Notice shall include the identification number(s) of each affected grant; (f) Taking one of the following actions, within 30 calendar days of receiving notice under paragraph (d)(2), with respect to any employee who is so convicted— (1) Taking appropriate personnel action against such an employee, up to and including termination, consistent with the requirements of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; or (2) Requiring such employee to participate satisfactorily in a drug abuse assistance or PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 74309 rehabilitation program approved for such purposes by a Federal, State, or local health, law enforcement, or other appropriate agency; (g) Making a good faith effort to continue to maintain a drug-free workplace through implementation of paragraphs (a), (b), (c), (d), (e) and (f). (B) The grantee may insert in the space provided below the site(s) for the performance of work done in connection with the specific grant: Place of Performance (Street address, city, county, state, zip code) lllllllllllllllllllll lllllllllllllllllllll Check if there are workplaces on file that are not identified here. Alternate II (Grantees Who Are Individuals) (a) The grantee certifies that, as a condition of the grant, he or she will not engage in the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of a controlled substance in conducting any activity with the grant; (b) If convicted of a criminal drug offense resulting from a violation occurring during the conduct of any grant activity, he or she will report the conviction, in writing, within 10 calendar days of the conviction, to every grant officer or other designee, unless the Federal agency designates a central point for the receipt of such notices. When notice is made to such a central point, it shall include the identification number(s) of each affected grant. [FR Doc. E7–25338 Filed 12–28–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4184–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters/Grants to Native American Tribes (Including Alaska Native Villages) and Tribal Organizations Program Office: Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB). Program Announcement Number: HHS–2008–ACF–ACYF–FVPS–0124. Announcement Title: Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters/Grants to Native American Tribes (including Alaska Native Villages) and Tribal Organizations. CFDA Number: 93.671. Due Date for Applications: January 30, 2008. Executive Summary: This announcement governs the proposed award of formula grants under the Family Violence Prevention and E:\FR\FM\31DEN1.SGM 31DEN1 74310 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 249 / Monday, December 31, 2007 / Notices Services Act (FVPSA) to Native American Tribes (including Alaska Native Villages) and Tribal organizations. The purpose of these grants is to assist Tribes in establishing, maintaining, and expanding programs and projects to prevent family violence and to provide immediate shelter and related assistance for victims of family violence and their dependents. This announcement sets forth the application requirements, the application process, and other administrative and fiscal requirements for grants in Fiscal Year (FY) 2008. Grantees are to be mindful that although the expenditure period for grants is a two-year period, an application is required every year to provide continuity in the provision of services. (See Section II. Award Information, Expenditure Periods.) sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES I. Description Legislative Authority: Title III of the Child Abuse Amendments of 1984 (Public Law 98–457, 42 U.S.C. 10401 et. seq.) is entitled the ‘‘Family Violence Prevention and Services Act’’ (FVPSA). FVPSA was first implemented in FY 1986. The statute was subsequently amended by Public Law 100–294, the ‘‘Child Abuse Prevention, Adoptions, and Family Services Act of 1988;’’ further amended in 1992 by Public Law 102–295, the ‘‘Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, Adoption, and Family Services Act;’’ and then amended in 1994 by Public Law 103–322, the ‘‘Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act.’’ FVPSA was amended again in 1996 by Public Law 104–235, the ‘‘Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA);’’ in 2000 by Public Law 106–386, the ‘‘Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act,’’ and amended further by Public Law 108–36, the ‘‘Keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 2003.’’ FVPSA was most recently amended by Public Law 109–162, the ‘‘Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005’’ as amended by Public Law 109–271, which was enacted on August 17, 2006. FVPSA can be found at 42 U.S.C. 10401 et. seq. Background The purpose of this legislation is to assist States and Tribes or Tribal organizations in supporting the establishment, maintenance, and expansion of programs and projects to prevent incidents of family violence and to provide immediate shelter and related assistance for victims of family violence and their dependents. During FY 2007, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:08 Dec 28, 2007 Jkt 214001 made 237 grants to States and Tribes or Tribal organizations. HHS also made 53 family violence prevention grant awards to non-profit State domestic violence coalitions. In addition, HHS supports the Domestic Violence Resource Center Network (DVRN). DVRN consists of the National Resource Center for Domestic Violence (NRC) and four Special Issue Resource Centers (SIRCs). The four SIRCs are: the Battered Women’s Justice Project, the Resource Center on Child Custody and Protection, the Resource Center for the Elimination of Domestic Violence Against Native Women (Sacred Circle), and the Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence. The purposes of NRC and the SIRCs are to provide resource information, training, and technical assistance to Federal, State, and Native American agencies; local domestic violence prevention programs; and other professionals who provide services to victims of domestic violence. In February 1996, HHS funded the National Domestic Violence Hotline (Hotline) to ensure that everyone has access to information and emergency assistance wherever and whenever it is needed. The Hotline is a 24-hour, tollfree service that provides crisis assistance, counseling, and local shelter referrals for people across the country in need of assistance. Hotline counselors also are available for non-English speaking persons and for people who are hearing-impaired. The Hotline number is 1–800–799–SAFE (7233); the TTY number for the hearing impaired is 1–800–787–3224. Client Confidentiality FVPSA programs must establish or implement policies and protocols for maintaining the safety and confidentiality of adult victims of domestic violence and their children. It is essential that the confidentiality of individuals receiving FVPSA services be protected. Consequently, when providing statistical data on program activities and program services, individual identifiers of client records will not be used (section 303(a)(2)(E)). The confidentiality provisions described at 42 U.S.C., section 13701, apply to programs funded under the Violence Against Women Act, as amended, including certain awards made under the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act. These confidentiality requirements were strengthened and clarified with the passage of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2005, Public Law 109–162, as recently amended by Public Law 109–271. The revised confidentiality provisions impose PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 conditions regarding the disclosure of personally identifying information, confidentiality, information sharing, and compulsory release of information. National Data Collection and Outcomes Measurement The need to accurately communicate reliable and appropriate data that captures the impact of domestic violence prevention and intervention efforts and to provide shelters, States, Tribes and State Domestic Violence Coalitions with tools for self-assessment continues through FVPSA Program participation in the Documenting our Work (DOW) Initiative of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence. In collaboration with our partners at the State FVPSA programs, State Domestic Violence Coalitions, Tribes and Tribal organizations, and experts on both data collection and domestic violence prevention issues, the effort to develop informative, succinct, and nonburdensome reporting formats continues. During FY 2007, in concert with State FVPSA administrators, State Domestic Violence Coalitions and local service providers, the FVPSA Program revised and defined the program services reporting components for recipients of FVPSA State Formula Grant funds. In FY 2008, the FVPSA Program will work with Tribal representatives to assess the applicability of the proposed program reporting procedures and outcome measures for FVPSA Tribal grantees. Tribal representatives will be convened to examine current services and outcome reporting requirements and make recommendations to improve FVPSA Tribal grant performance reporting. Any recommended changes to reporting formats will be communicated through specifically designated workshops, adjunctive discussions at regularly occurring meetings, or through dissemination of program guidance. General Grant Program Requirements for Tribes or Tribal Organizations Definitions Tribes and Tribal organizations should use the following definitions in carrying out their programs. The definitions are found in section 320 of FVPSA. Family Violence: Any act, or threatened act, of violence, including any forceful detention of an individual, which: (a) results or threatens to result in physical injury, and (b) is committed by a person against another individual (including an elderly person) to whom such person is, or was, related by blood or marriage, or otherwise legally related, E:\FR\FM\31DEN1.SGM 31DEN1 sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 249 / Monday, December 31, 2007 / Notices or with whom such person is, or was, lawfully residing. Indian Tribe and Tribal organization: Have the same meanings given such terms in subsections (b) and (c), respectively, of section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act. Shelter: The provision of temporary refuge and related assistance in compliance with applicable State law and regulation governing the provision, on a regular basis, of shelter, safe homes, meals, and related assistance to victims of family violence and their dependents. Related Assistance: The provision of direct assistance to victims of family violence and their dependents for the purpose of preventing further violence, helping such victims to gain access to civil and criminal courts and other community services, facilitating the efforts of such victims to make decisions concerning their lives in the interest of safety, and assisting such victims in healing from the effects of the violence. Related assistance includes: (a) Prevention services such as outreach for victims and their children, assistance to children who witness domestic violence, employment training, parenting, and other educational services for victims and their children, preventive health services within domestic violence programs (including services promoting nutrition, disease prevention, exercise, and prevention of substance abuse), domestic violence prevention programs for school-age children, family violence public awareness campaigns, and violence prevention counseling services to abusers; (b) Counseling with respect to family violence, counseling or other supportive services by peers individually or in groups, and referral to community social services; (c) Transportation, technical assistance with respect to obtaining financial assistance under Federal and State programs, and referrals for appropriate health-care services (including alcohol and drug abuse treatment), but shall not include reimbursement for any health-care services; (d) Legal advocacy to provide victims with information and assistance through the civil and criminal courts, and legal assistance; or (e) Children’s counseling and support services, child care services for children who are victims of family violence or the dependents of such victims, and children who witness domestic violence. VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:08 Dec 28, 2007 Jkt 214001 The Importance of Coordination of Services The impacts of domestic violence include physical injury and death of primary or secondary victims, psychological trauma, isolation from family and friends, harm to children witnessing or experiencing violence in homes in which the violence occurs, increased fear, reduced mobility and employability, homelessness, substance abuse, and a host of other health and related mental health consequences. The physical and cultural obstacles existing in much of Indian country compound the basic dynamics of domestic violence. Barriers such as the isolation of vast rural areas, the concern for safety in isolated settings, and the transportation requirements over long distances heighten the need for the coordination of the services through an often limited delivery system. It is estimated that between 12 percent and 35 percent of injured women visiting emergency rooms are there because of battery. In a project intended to broaden the reach of the Native American domestic violence community, the Indian Health Service (IHS) and FVPSA have collaborated to oversee the development of domestic violence community projects. These projects are designed to develop improved health care responses to domestic violence and to facilitate collaboration between the local health care system and local American Indian and Alaskan Native domestic violence advocacy programs. In this effort, IHS also is collaborating with representatives of Mending the Sacred Hoop, Cangleska, Inc., and the Family Violence Prevention Fund to provide training, technical assistance, and oversight to the pilot projects. To help bring about a more effective response to the problem of domestic violence, HHS urges Tribes and Tribal organizations receiving funds under this grant announcement to coordinate activities funded under this grant with other new and existing resources for the prevention of domestic violence. Annual Tribal Grantee Conference FVPSA grant administrators should plan to attend the annual Tribal Grantee Conference. Subsequent correspondence will advise the Tribal FVPSA Administrators of the date, time, and location of the grantee conference. II. Funds Available For FY 2008, HHS will make available for grants to designated State agencies 70 percent of the amount appropriated under section 310(a)(1) of the FVPSA, which is not reserved under section PO 00000 Frm 00046 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 74311 310(a)(2). In this separate announcement, HHS will allocate 10 percent of the foregoing appropriation to Tribes and Tribal organizations for the establishment and operation of shelters, safe houses, and the provision of related services. HHS also plans to make 10 percent of the foregoing appropriation available to State domestic violence coalitions to continue their work within the domestic violence community by providing technical assistance and training and advocacy services, among other activities, with local domestic violence programs to encourage appropriate responses to domestic violence within the States. Five percent of the amount appropriated under section 310(a)(1) of the FVPSA, which is not reserved under section 310(a)(2), will be available in FY 2008 to continue the support for the NRC and the four SIRCs. Additional funds appropriated under FVPSA will be used to support other activities, including training and technical assistance, collaborative projects with advocacy organizations and service providers, data collection efforts, public education activities, research and other demonstration projects, as well as the ongoing operation of the Hotline. Native American Tribal Allocations Native American Tribes and Tribal organizations are eligible for funding under this program if they meet the definition of ‘‘Indian Tribe’’ or ‘‘Tribal organization’’ at 25 U.S.C. 450b, and if they are able to demonstrate their capacity to carry out family violence prevention and services programs. Any Tribe that believes it meets the eligibility criteria should provide supportive documentation in its application and a request for inclusion on the list of eligible Tribes. (See Section IV. Application Requirements for Tribes or Tribal Organizations.) In computing Tribal allocations, we will use the latest available population figures from the Census Bureau. Where Census Bureau data are unavailable, we will use figures from the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ (BIA’s) Indian Population and Labor Force Report. Because section 304 of FVPSA specifies a minimum base amount for State allocations, we have set a base amount for Tribal allocations. Since FY 1986, we have found, in practice, that the establishment of a base amount has facilitated our efforts to make a fair and equitable distribution of limited grant funds. The funding formula for the allocation of family violence funds is as follows. Tribes that meet the application requirements and whose reservation and E:\FR\FM\31DEN1.SGM 31DEN1 74312 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 249 / Monday, December 31, 2007 / Notices sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES surrounding Tribal Trust Lands’ population is: • less than or equal to 1,500 will receive a minimum base amount of $1,500; • between 1,501 and 3,000 will receive a minimum base amount of $3,000; • between 3,001 and 4,000 will receive a minimum base amount of $4,000; and, • between 4,001 and 5,000 will receive a minimum base amount of $5,000. The minimum base amounts are computed in relation to the Tribe’s population and the progression of an additional $1,000 per 1,000 persons if the population range continues until the Tribe’s population reaches 50,000. Tribes with a population of 50,000 to 100,000 will receive a minimum of $50,000 and Tribes with a population of 100,001 to 150,000 will receive a minimum of $100,000. Once the base amounts have been distributed to the Tribes that have applied for FVPSA funding, the ratio of the Tribe’s population to the total population of all the applicant Tribes is then considered in allocating the remainder of the funds. We have accounted for the variance in actual population and scope of the FVPSA programs with the distribution of a proportional amount plus a base amount to the Tribes. In FY 2007, actual grant awards ranged from $26,709 to $2,337,036. Tribes are encouraged to apply for FVPSA funding as a consortium. Tribal consortia consist of groups of Tribes who agree to apply for and administer a single FVPSA grant with one Tribe or Tribal organization responsible for grant administration. In a Tribal consortium, the population of the Tribal Trust Land for all of the Tribes involved will be used to calculate the award amount. Expenditure Periods The FVPSA funds may be used for expenditures on and after October 1 of each fiscal year for which they are granted, and will be available for expenditure through September 30 of the following fiscal year, i.e., FY 2008 funds may be used for expenditures from October 1, 2007 through September 30, 2009. Funds are available for obligation only through September 30, 2008, and must be liquidated by September 30, 2009. Reallotted funds, if any, are available for expenditure until the end of the fiscal year following the fiscal year that the funds became available for reallotment. FY 2008 grant funds that are made available to Tribes and Tribal VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:08 Dec 28, 2007 Jkt 214001 organizations through reallotment must be expended by the grantee no later than September 30, 2009. III. Eligibility Tribes and Tribal organizations are eligible for funding under this program if they meet the definition of ‘‘Indian Tribe’’ or ‘‘Tribal organization’’ set forth in section 450B of Title 25 and if they are able to demonstrate their capacity to carry out a family violence prevention and services program. Any Tribe or Tribal organization that believes it meets the eligibility criteria and should be included in the list of eligible Tribes should provide supportive documentation and a request for inclusion in its application. (See Application Content Requirements below.) Tribes may apply singularly or as a consortium. In addition, through the resolution submitted by a Tribe, a non-profit private organization (including faith-based and community organizations) may operate the grant project on behalf of the Tribe. Additional Information on Eligibility D-U-N-S Requirement All applicants must have a D&B Data Universal Numbering System (D-U-N-S) number. On June 27, 2003, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published in the Federal Register a new Federal policy applicable to all Federal grant applicants. The policy requires Federal grant applicants to provide a D-U-N-S number when applying for Federal grants or cooperative agreements on or after October 1, 2003. The D-U-N-S number will be required whether an applicant is submitting a paper application or using the government-wide electronic portal, http://www.Grants.gov. A D-U-N-S number will be required for every application for a new award or renewal/ continuation of an award, including applications or plans under formula, entitlement, and block grant programs, submitted on or after October 1, 2003. Please ensure that the applicant has a D-U-N-S number. To acquire a D-U-N-S number at no cost, call the dedicated toll-free D-U-N-S number request line at 1–866–705–5711 or you may request a number on-line at http://www.dnb.com. IV. Application Requirements for Tribes and Tribal Organizations The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104–13) Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average six hours per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, gathering and maintaining PO 00000 Frm 00047 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the data needed, and reviewing the collection information. The project description is approved under Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number 0970–0280, which expires October 31, 2008. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. Form and Content of Application Submission The application from the Tribe or Tribal organization must be signed by the Chief Executive Officer or Tribal Chairperson of the applicant organization. Each application must contain the following information or documentation: 1. The name of the organization or agency and the Chief Program Official designated as responsible for administering funds under FVPSA and coordinating related programs, and the name, telephone number, and fax number, if available, of a contact person in the designated organization or agency. 2. A copy of a current resolution stating that the designated organization or agency has the authority to submit an application on behalf of the individuals in the Tribe(s) and to administer programs and activities funded under this program (section 303(b)(2)). 3. A description of the procedures designed to involve knowledgeable individuals and interested organizations in providing services under FVPSA (section 303(b)(2)). For example, knowledgeable individuals and interested organizations may include: Tribal officials or social services staff involved in child abuse or family violence prevention, Tribal law enforcement officials, representatives of State coalitions against domestic violence, faith-based and community organizations, and operators of family violence shelters and service programs. 4. A description of the applicant’s operation of and/or capacity to carry out a family violence prevention and services program. This might be demonstrated in ways such as the following: (a) The current operation of a shelter, safe house, or family violence prevention program; (b) The establishment of joint or collaborative service agreements with a local public agency or a private nonprofit agency for the operation of family violence prevention activities or services; or (c) The operation of social services programs as evidenced by receipt of ‘‘638’’ contracts with BIA; Title II Indian E:\FR\FM\31DEN1.SGM 31DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 249 / Monday, December 31, 2007 / Notices Child Welfare grants from BIA; Child Welfare Services grants under Title IV– B of the Social Security Act; or Family Preservation and Family Support grants under title IV–B of the Social Security Act. 5. A description of the services to be provided, how the applicant organization plans to use the grant funds to provide the direct services, to whom the services will be provided, and the expected results of the services. 6. Documentation that procedures have been developed and implemented to assure the confidentiality of records pertaining to any individual provided family violence prevention or treatment services by any program assisted under FVPSA (section 303(a)(2)(E)). 7. The Employee Identification Number (EIN) of the applicant organization submitting the application. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Assurances Each application must contain the following assurances: (a) That not less than 70 percent of the funds shall be used for immediate shelter and related assistance for victims of family violence and their dependents and not less than 25 percent of the funds distributed shall be used to provide related assistance (section 303(g)). (b) That any grants made to an entity other than a State or Tribe will meet the matching requirements in section 303(f), i.e., not less than 20 percent of the total funds provided for a project under Chapter 110 of Title 42 of the U.S. Code with respect to an existing program, and with respect to an entity intending to operate a new program under this title, not less than 35 percent. The local share will be cash or in-kind; and the local share will not include any Federal funds provided under any authority other than this chapter (section 303(f)). (c) That grant funds made available under FVPSA will not be used as direct payment to any victim or dependent of a victim of family violence (section 303(d)). (d) That no income eligibility standard will be imposed on individuals receiving assistance or services supported with funds appropriated to carry out FVPSA (section 303(e)). (e) That the address or location of any shelter or facility assisted under FVPSA will not be made public, except with the written authorization of the person or persons responsible for the operations of such shelter (section 303(a)(2)(E)). (f) That a law or procedure has been implemented for the eviction of an abusing spouse from a shared household (section 303(a)(2)(F)). VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:08 Dec 28, 2007 Jkt 214001 (g) That all grants, programs or other activities funded by the State in whole or in part with funds made available under FVPSA will prohibit discrimination on the basis of age, handicap, sex, race, color, national origin or religion (section 307). (h) That the applicant will comply with the applicable Departmental recordkeeping and reporting requirements and general requirements for the administration of grants under 45 CFR Part 92. Certifications All applications must submit or comply with the required certifications found in the Appendices as follows: Anti-Lobbying Certification and Disclosure Form (See Appendix A): Applicants must furnish, prior to award, an executed copy of the SF–LLL, Certification Regarding Lobbying, when applying for an award in excess of $100,000. Applicants who have used non-Federal funds for lobbying activities in connection with receiving assistance under this announcement shall complete a disclosure form, if applicable, with their applications (approved by OMB under control number 0348–0046). Applicants should sign and return the certification with their application. Certification Regarding Environmental Tobacco Smoke (See Appendix B): The Pro-Children Act of 1994, 20 U.S.C. 7183, imposes restrictions on smoking in facilities where federally funded children’s services are provided. HHS grants are subject to these requirements only if they meet the Act’s specified coverage. The Act specifies that smoking is prohibited in any indoor facility (owned, leased, or contracted for) used for the routine or regular provision of kindergarten, elementary, or secondary education or library services to children under the age of 18. In addition, smoking is prohibited in any indoor facility or portion of a facility (owned, leased, or contracted for) used for the routine or regular provision of federally funded health care, day care, or early childhood development, including Head Start services to children under the age of 18. The statutory prohibition also applies if such facilities are constructed, operated, or maintained with Federal funds. The statute does not apply to children’s services provided in private residences, facilities funded solely by Medicare or Medicaid funds, portions of facilities used for inpatient drug or alcohol treatment, or facilities where WIC coupons are redeemed. Failure to comply with the provisions of the law may result in the imposition of a civil PO 00000 Frm 00048 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 74313 monetary penalty of up to $1,000 per violation and/or the imposition of an administrative compliance order on the responsible entity. Certification Regarding Drug-Free Workplace Requirements (See Appendix C): The signature on the application by the chief program official attests to the applicant’s intent to comply with the Drug-Free Workplace requirements and compliance with the Debarment Certification. The Drug-Free Workplace certification does not have to be returned with the application. These certifications also may be found at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/ grants_resources.html. Notification Under Executive Order 12372 The review and comment provisions of the Executive Order (E.O.) and Part 100 do not apply. Federally recognized Tribes are exempt from all provisions and requirements of E.O. 12372. Applications should be sent to: Family Violence Prevention and Services Program, Family and Youth Services Bureau, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Administration for Children and Families, Attention: Marylouise Kelley, Portals One, 1250 Maryland Avenue, SW., Room 8215, Washington, DC 20024. V. Approval/Disapproval of a Tribal or Tribal Organization Application The Secretary of HHS will approve any application that meets the requirements of FVPSA and this announcement. The Secretary will not disapprove an application except after reasonable notice of the Secretary’s intention to disapprove has been provided to the applicant and after a six-month period providing an opportunity for applicant to correct any deficiencies. The notice of intention to disapprove will be provided to the applicant within 45 days of the date of the application. VI. Reporting Requirements Performance Reports A performance report must be filed with HHS describing the activities carried out, and including an assessment of the effectiveness of those activities in achieving the purposes of the grant. A section of this performance report must be completed by each grantee or sub-grantee that performed the direct services contemplated in the application certifying performance of such services. Consortia grantees should compile performance reports into a comprehensive report for submission. E:\FR\FM\31DEN1.SGM 31DEN1 sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES 74314 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 249 / Monday, December 31, 2007 / Notices The Performance Report should include the following data elements: Funding—The total amount of the FVPSA grant funds awarded; the percentage of funding used for shelters, and the percentage of funding used for related services and assistance. Shelters—The number of shelters and shelter programs (safe homes/motels, etc.) assisted by FVPSA program funding. Data elements should include: • The number of shelters. • The number of women sheltered. • The number of young children sheltered (birth–12 years of age). • The number of teenagers and young adults (13–17 years of age). • The number of male victims sheltered. • The number of the elderly serviced. • The number of shelter nights of service provided for women, men and children. • The number of women, children, teens, and others that were turned away because shelter was unavailable. Types of individuals served (including special populations)—Record information by total number served. Individuals and special populations served should include: • The elderly. • Individuals with physical challenges. • Other special needs populations. Related services and assistance—List the types of related services and assistance provided to victims and their family members by indicating the number of women, children, and men that have received services. Services and assistance may include, but are not limited to, the following: • Individual counseling. • Services to children. • Crisis intervention/hotline. • Information and referral. • Batterers support services. • Legal advocacy services. • Transportation. • Services to teenagers. • Emergency child care. • Training and technical assistance. • Housing advocacy. • Other innovative program activities. Volunteers—List the total number of volunteers and hours worked. The performance report should include narratives of success stories about services provided and the positive impact on the lives of children and families. Examples may include the following: • An explanation of the activities carried out including an assessment of the major activities supported by the family violence funds; what particular priorities within the Tribe or Tribal organization were addressed; and what VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:08 Dec 28, 2007 Jkt 214001 special emphases were placed on these activities; • A description of the specific services and facilities that the program funded, contracted with, or otherwise used in the implementation of the program, e.g., shelters, safe houses, related assistance, programs for batterers; • An assessment of the effectiveness of the direct service activities contemplated in the application; • A description of how the needs of under-served populations, including those persons geographically isolated were addressed; and • A description and assessment of the prevention activities supported during the program year, e.g., community education events, and public awareness efforts. Performance reports for Tribes and Tribal organizations are due on an annual basis at the end of the calendar year (December 29). Performance reports should be sent to: Family Violence Prevention and Services Program, Family and Youth Services Bureau, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Administration for Children and Families, Attn: Marylouise Kelley, Portals One, 1250 Maryland Avenue, SW., Room 8215, Washington, DC 20024. Financial Status Reports Grantees must submit annual Financial Status Reports. The first SF– 269A is due December 29, 2008. The final SF–269A is due December 29, 2009. SF 269A can be found at: http:// www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants/ grantsforms.html. Completed reports may be mailed to: Manolo Salgueiro, Division of Mandatory Grants, Office of Grants Management, Administration for Children and Families, 370 L’Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447. Grantees have the option to submit their reports online through the Online Data Collection (OLDC) system at the following address: https:// extranet.acf.hhs.gov/oldc/. Failure to submit reports on time may be a basis for withholding grant funds, suspension, or termination of the grant. In addition, all funds reported after the obligation period will be recouped. VII. Administrative and National Policy Requirements Grantees are subject to the requirements in 45 CFR Part 74 (nongovernmental) or 45 CFR Part 92 (governmental). Direct Federal grants, sub-award funds, or contracts under this ACF PO 00000 Frm 00049 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 program shall not be used to support inherently religious activities such as religious instruction, worship, or proselytization. Therefore, organizations must take steps to separate, in time or location, their inherently religious activities from the services funded under this program. Regulations pertaining to the Equal Treatment for Faith-Based Organizations, which includes the prohibition against Federal funding of inherently religious activities, can be found at the HHS Web site at http://www.hhs.gov/fbci/ waisgate21.pdf. A faith-based organization receiving HHS funds retains its independence from Federal, State, and local governments and may continue to carry out its mission, including the definition, practice, and expression of its religious beliefs. For example, a faith-based organization may use space in its facilities to provide secular programs or services funded with Federal funds without removing religious art, icons, scriptures, or other religious symbols. In addition, a faith-based organization that receives Federal funds retains its authority over its internal governance, and it may retain religious terms in its organization’s name, select its board members on a religious basis, and include religious references in its organization’s mission statements and other governing documents in accordance with program requirements, statutes, and other applicable requirements governing the conduct of HHS funded activities. Faith-based and community organizations may reference the ‘‘Guidance to Faith-Based and Community Organizations on Partnering with the Federal Government’’ at: http:// www.whitehouse.gov/government/fbci/ guidance/index.html. VIII. Other Information FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shena Williams at (202) 205–9532 or email at shena.williams@acf.hhs.gov; or Millicent Crawford at (202) 205–7746 or e-mail at Millicent.crawford@acf.hhs.gov. Dated: December 20, 2007. Joan E. Ohl, Commissioner, Administration on Children, Youth and Families. Appendices: Required Certifications: A. Certification Regarding Lobbying B. Certification Regarding Environmental Tobacco Smoke C. Drug-Free Workplace Requirements E:\FR\FM\31DEN1.SGM 31DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 249 / Monday, December 31, 2007 / Notices Appendix A Certification Regarding Lobbying Certification for Contracts, Grants, Loans, and Cooperative Agreements The undersigned certifies, to the best of his or her knowledge and belief, that: (1) No Federal appropriated funds have been paid or will be paid, by or on behalf of the undersigned, to any person for influencing or attempting to influence an officer or employee of an agency, a Member of Congress, an officer or employee of Congress, or an employee of a Member of Congress in connection with the awarding of any Federal contract, the making of any Federal grant, the making of any Federal loan, the entering into of any cooperative agreement, and the extension, continuation, renewal, amendment, or modification of any Federal contract, grant, loan, or cooperative agreement. (2) If any funds other than Federal appropriated funds have been paid or will be paid to any person for influencing or attempting to influence an officer or employee of any agency, a Member of Congress, an officer or employee of Congress, or an employee of a Member of Congress in connection with this Federal contract, grant, loan, or cooperative agreement, the undersigned shall complete and submit Standard Form-LLL, ‘‘Disclosure Form to Report Lobbying,’’ in accordance with its instructions. (3) The undersigned shall require that the language of this certification be included in the award documents for all subawards at all tiers (including subcontracts, subgrants, and contracts under grants, loans, and cooperative agreements) and that all subrecipients shall certify and disclose accordingly. This certification is a material representation of fact upon which reliance was placed when this transaction was made or entered into. Submission of this certification is a prerequisite for making or entering into this transaction imposed by section 1352, title 31, U.S. Code. Any person who fails to file the required certification shall be subject to a civil penalty of not less than $10,000 and not more than $100,000 for each such failure. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Statement for Loan Guarantees and Loan Insurance The undersigned states, to the best of his or her knowledge and belief, that: If any funds have been paid or will be paid to any person for influencing or attempting to influence an officer or employee of any agency, a Member of VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:08 Dec 28, 2007 Jkt 214001 Congress, an officer or employee of Congress, or an employee of a Member of Congress in connection with this commitment providing for the United States to insure or guarantee a loan, the undersigned shall complete and submit Standard Form-LLL, ‘‘Disclosure Form to Report Lobbying,’’ in accordance with its instructions. Submission of this statement is a prerequisite for making or entering into this transaction imposed by section 1352, title 31, U.S. Code. Any person who fails to file the required statement shall be subject to a civil penalty of not less than $10,000 and not more than $100,000 for each such failure. llllllllllllllllll l Signature llllllllllllllllll l 74315 Appendix C Certification Regarding Drug-Free Workplace Requirements This certification is required by the regulations implementing the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988: 45 CFR Part 76, Subpart, F. sections 76.630(c) and (d)(2) and 76.645(a)(1) and (b) provide that a Federal agency may designate a central receipt point for STATE-WIDE AND STATE AGENCY-WIDE certifications, and for notification of criminal drug convictions. For the Department of Health and Human Services, the central pint is: Division of Grants Management and Oversight, Office of Management and Acquisition, Department of Health and Human Services, Room 517–D, 200 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20201. Certification Regarding Drug-Free Title Workplace Requirements llllllllllllllllll l (Instructions for Certification) Organization 1. By signing and/or submitting this Appendix B Certification Regarding Environmental Tobacco Smoke Public Law 103–227, Part C Environmental Tobacco Smoke, also known as the Pro-Children Act of 1994 (Act), requires that smoking not be permitted in any portion of any indoor routinely owned or leased or contracted for by an entity and used routinely or regularly for provision of health, day care, education, or library services to children under the age of 18, if the services are funded by Federal programs either directly or through State or local governments, by Federal grant, contract, loan, or loan guarantee. The law does not apply to children’s services provided in private residences, facilities funded solely by Medicare or Medicaid funds, and portions of facilities used for inpatient drug or alcohol treatment. Failure to comply with the provisions of the law may result in the imposition of a civil monetary penalty of up to $1000 per day and/or the imposition of an administrative compliance order on the responsible entity. By signing and submitting this application the applicant/grantee certifies that it will comply with the requirements of the Act. The applicant/grantee further agrees that it will require the language of this certification be included in any subawards which contain provisions for the children’s services and that all subgrantees shall certify accordingly. PO 00000 Frm 00050 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 application or grant agreement, the grantee is providing the certification set out below. 2. The certification set out below is a material representation of fact upon which reliance is placed when the agency awards the grant. If it is later determined that the grantee knowingly rendered a false certification, or otherwise violates the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act, the agency, in addition to any other remedies available to the Federal Government, may take action authorized under the Drug-Free Workplace Act. 3. For grantees other than individuals, Alternate I applies. 4. For grantees who are individuals, Alternate II applies. 5. Workplaces under grants, for grantees other than individuals, need not be identified on the certification. If known, they may be identified in the grant application. If the grantee does not identify the workplaces at the time of application, or upon award, if there is no application, the grantee must keep the identity of the workplace(s) on file in its office and make the information available for Federal inspection. Failure to identify all known workplaces constitutes a violation of the grantee’s drug-free workplace requirements. 6. Workplace identifications must include the actual address of buildings (or parts of buildings) or other sites where work under the grant takes place. Categorical descriptions may be used (e.g., all vehicles of a mass transit authority or State highway department while in operation, State employees in each local unemployment office, E:\FR\FM\31DEN1.SGM 31DEN1 74316 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 249 / Monday, December 31, 2007 / Notices performers in concert halls or radio studios). 7. If the workplace identified to the agency changes during the performance of the grant, the grantee shall inform the agency of the change(s), if it previously identified the workplaces in question (see paragraph five). 8. Definitions of terms in the Nonprocurement Suspension and Debarment common rule and Drug-Free Workplace common rule apply to this certification. Grantees’ attention is called, in particular, to the following definitions from these rules: Controlled substance means a controlled substance in Schedules I through V of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 812) and as further defined by regulation (21 CFR 1308.11 through 1308.15); Conviction means a finding of guilt (including a plea of nolo contendere) or imposition of sentence, or both, by any judicial body charged with the responsibility to determine violations of the Federal or State criminal drug statutes; Criminal drug statute means a Federal or non-Federal criminal statute involving the manufacture, distribution, dispensing, use, or possession of any controlled substance; Employee means the employee of a grantee directly engaged in the performance of work under a grant, including: (i) All direct charge employees; (ii) All indirect charge employees unless their impact or involvement is insignificant to the performance of the grant; and, (iii) Temporary personnel and consultants who are directly engaged in the performance of work under the grant and who are on the grantee’s payroll. This definition does not include workers not on the payroll of the grantee (e.g., volunteers, even if used to meet a matching requirement; consultants or independent contractors not on the grantee’s payroll; or employees of subrecipients or subcontractors in covered workplaces). sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Certification Regarding Drug-Free Workplace Requirements Alternate I. (Grantees Other Than Individuals) The grantee certifies that it will or will continue to provide a drug-free workplace by: (a) Publishing a statement notifying employees that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of a controlled substance is prohibited in the grantee’s workplace and specifying the actions that will be taken against employees for violation of such prohibition; VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:08 Dec 28, 2007 Jkt 214001 (b) Establishing an ongoing drug-free awareness program to inform employees about— (1) The dangers of drug abuse in the workplace; (2) The grantee’s policy of maintaining a drug-free workplace; (3) Any available drug counseling, rehabilitation, and employee assistance programs; and (4) The penalties that may be imposed upon employees for drug abuse violations occurring in the workplace; (c) Making it a requirement that each employee to be engaged in the performance of the grant be given a copy of the statement required by paragraph (a); (d) Notifying the employee in the statement required by paragraph (a) that, as a condition of employment under the grant, the employee will— (1) Abide by the terms of the statement; and (2) Notify the employer in writing of his or her conviction for a violation of a criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace no later than five calendar days after such conviction; (e) Notifying the agency in writing within 10 calendar days after receiving notice under paragraph (d)(2) from an employee or otherwise receiving actual notice of such conviction. Employers of convicted employees must provide notice, including position title, to every grant officer or other designee on whose grant activity the convicted employee was working, unless the Federal agency has designated a central point for the receipt of such notices. Notice shall include the identification number(s) of each affected grant; (f) Taking one of the following actions, within 30 calendar days of receiving notice under paragraph (d)(2), with respect to any employee who is so convicted— (1) Taking appropriate personnel action against such an employee, up to and including termination, consistent with the requirements of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; or (2) Requiring such employee to participate satisfactorily in a drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program approved for such purposes by a Federal, State, or local health, law enforcement, or other appropriate agency; (g) Making a good faith effort to continue to maintain a drug-free workplace through implementation of paragraphs (a), (b), (c), (d), (e) and (f). (B) The grantee may insert in the space provided below the site(s) for the performance of work done in connection with the specific grant: PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Place of Performance (Street address, city, county, state, zip code) llllllllllllllllll l llllllllllllllllll l Check if there are workplaces on file that are not identified here. Alternate II. (Grantees Who Are Individuals) (a) The grantee certifies that, as a condition of the grant, he or she will not engage in the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of a controlled substance in conducting any activity with the grant; (b) If convicted of a criminal drug offense resulting from a violation occurring during the conduct of any grant activity, he or she will report the conviction, in writing, within 10 calendar days of the conviction, to every grant officer or other designee, unless the Federal agency designates a central point for the receipt of such notices. When notice is made to such a central point, it shall include the identification number(s) of each affected grant. [FR Doc. E7–25341 Filed 12–28–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4184–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Health Resources and Services Administration Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request Periodically, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) publishes abstracts of information collection requests under review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), in compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). To request a copy of the clearance requests submitted to OMB for review, call the HRSA Reports Clearance Office on (301) 443–1129. The following request has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget for review under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995: Proposed Project: Ryan White HIV/ AIDS Treatment Modernization Act of 2006: Program Allocation and Expenditure Forms (NEW) The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Allocation and Expenditure Reports will enable the Health Resources and Services Administration’s HIV/AIDS Bureau to track spending requirements for each program as outlined in the 2006 legislation. Grantees funded under Parts A, B, C, and D of the Ryan White HIV/ E:\FR\FM\31DEN1.SGM 31DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Administration for Children and Families


Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered 
Women's Shelters/Grants to Native American Tribes (Including Alaska 
Native Villages) and Tribal Organizations

    Program Office: Administration on Children, Youth and Families 
(ACYF), Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB).
    Program Announcement Number: HHS-2008-ACF-ACYF-FVPS-0124.
    Announcement Title: Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants 
for Battered Women's Shelters/Grants to Native American Tribes 
(including Alaska Native Villages) and Tribal Organizations.
    CFDA Number: 93.671.
    Due Date for Applications: January 30, 2008.
    Executive Summary: This announcement governs the proposed award of 
formula grants under the Family Violence Prevention and

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Services Act (FVPSA) to Native American Tribes (including Alaska Native 
Villages) and Tribal organizations. The purpose of these grants is to 
assist Tribes in establishing, maintaining, and expanding programs and 
projects to prevent family violence and to provide immediate shelter 
and related assistance for victims of family violence and their 
dependents.
    This announcement sets forth the application requirements, the 
application process, and other administrative and fiscal requirements 
for grants in Fiscal Year (FY) 2008. Grantees are to be mindful that 
although the expenditure period for grants is a two-year period, an 
application is required every year to provide continuity in the 
provision of services. (See Section II. Award Information, Expenditure 
Periods.)

I. Description

    Legislative Authority: Title III of the Child Abuse Amendments of 
1984 (Public Law 98-457, 42 U.S.C. 10401 et. seq.) is entitled the 
``Family Violence Prevention and Services Act'' (FVPSA). FVPSA was 
first implemented in FY 1986. The statute was subsequently amended by 
Public Law 100-294, the ``Child Abuse Prevention, Adoptions, and Family 
Services Act of 1988;'' further amended in 1992 by Public Law 102-295, 
the ``Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, Adoption, and Family Services 
Act;'' and then amended in 1994 by Public Law 103-322, the ``Violent 
Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act.'' FVPSA was amended again in 
1996 by Public Law 104-235, the ``Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment 
Act (CAPTA);'' in 2000 by Public Law 106-386, the ``Victims of 
Trafficking and Violence Protection Act,'' and amended further by 
Public Law 108-36, the ``Keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 
2003.'' FVPSA was most recently amended by Public Law 109-162, the 
``Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act 
of 2005'' as amended by Public Law 109-271, which was enacted on August 
17, 2006. FVPSA can be found at 42 U.S.C. 10401 et. seq.

Background

    The purpose of this legislation is to assist States and Tribes or 
Tribal organizations in supporting the establishment, maintenance, and 
expansion of programs and projects to prevent incidents of family 
violence and to provide immediate shelter and related assistance for 
victims of family violence and their dependents.
    During FY 2007, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) 
made 237 grants to States and Tribes or Tribal organizations. HHS also 
made 53 family violence prevention grant awards to non-profit State 
domestic violence coalitions.
    In addition, HHS supports the Domestic Violence Resource Center 
Network (DVRN). DVRN consists of the National Resource Center for 
Domestic Violence (NRC) and four Special Issue Resource Centers 
(SIRCs). The four SIRCs are: the Battered Women's Justice Project, the 
Resource Center on Child Custody and Protection, the Resource Center 
for the Elimination of Domestic Violence Against Native Women (Sacred 
Circle), and the Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence. The 
purposes of NRC and the SIRCs are to provide resource information, 
training, and technical assistance to Federal, State, and Native 
American agencies; local domestic violence prevention programs; and 
other professionals who provide services to victims of domestic 
violence.
    In February 1996, HHS funded the National Domestic Violence Hotline 
(Hotline) to ensure that everyone has access to information and 
emergency assistance wherever and whenever it is needed. The Hotline is 
a 24-hour, toll-free service that provides crisis assistance, 
counseling, and local shelter referrals for people across the country 
in need of assistance. Hotline counselors also are available for non-
English speaking persons and for people who are hearing-impaired. The 
Hotline number is 1-800-799-SAFE (7233); the TTY number for the hearing 
impaired is 1-800-787-3224.

Client Confidentiality

    FVPSA programs must establish or implement policies and protocols 
for maintaining the safety and confidentiality of adult victims of 
domestic violence and their children. It is essential that the 
confidentiality of individuals receiving FVPSA services be protected. 
Consequently, when providing statistical data on program activities and 
program services, individual identifiers of client records will not be 
used (section 303(a)(2)(E)).
    The confidentiality provisions described at 42 U.S.C., section 
13701, apply to programs funded under the Violence Against Women Act, 
as amended, including certain awards made under the Family Violence 
Prevention and Services Act. These confidentiality requirements were 
strengthened and clarified with the passage of the Violence Against 
Women Reauthorization Act of 2005, Public Law 109-162, as recently 
amended by Public Law 109-271. The revised confidentiality provisions 
impose conditions regarding the disclosure of personally identifying 
information, confidentiality, information sharing, and compulsory 
release of information.

National Data Collection and Outcomes Measurement

    The need to accurately communicate reliable and appropriate data 
that captures the impact of domestic violence prevention and 
intervention efforts and to provide shelters, States, Tribes and State 
Domestic Violence Coalitions with tools for self-assessment continues 
through FVPSA Program participation in the Documenting our Work (DOW) 
Initiative of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence. In 
collaboration with our partners at the State FVPSA programs, State 
Domestic Violence Coalitions, Tribes and Tribal organizations, and 
experts on both data collection and domestic violence prevention 
issues, the effort to develop informative, succinct, and non-burdensome 
reporting formats continues. During FY 2007, in concert with State 
FVPSA administrators, State Domestic Violence Coalitions and local 
service providers, the FVPSA Program revised and defined the program 
services reporting components for recipients of FVPSA State Formula 
Grant funds.
    In FY 2008, the FVPSA Program will work with Tribal representatives 
to assess the applicability of the proposed program reporting 
procedures and outcome measures for FVPSA Tribal grantees. Tribal 
representatives will be convened to examine current services and 
outcome reporting requirements and make recommendations to improve 
FVPSA Tribal grant performance reporting. Any recommended changes to 
reporting formats will be communicated through specifically designated 
workshops, adjunctive discussions at regularly occurring meetings, or 
through dissemination of program guidance.

General Grant Program Requirements for Tribes or Tribal Organizations

Definitions Tribes and Tribal organizations should use the following 
definitions in carrying out their programs. The definitions are found 
in section 320 of FVPSA.
    Family Violence: Any act, or threatened act, of violence, including 
any forceful detention of an individual, which: (a) results or 
threatens to result in physical injury, and (b) is committed by a 
person against another individual (including an elderly person) to whom 
such person is, or was, related by blood or marriage, or otherwise 
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or with whom such person is, or was, lawfully residing.
    Indian Tribe and Tribal organization: Have the same meanings given 
such terms in subsections (b) and (c), respectively, of section 4 of 
the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act.
    Shelter: The provision of temporary refuge and related assistance 
in compliance with applicable State law and regulation governing the 
provision, on a regular basis, of shelter, safe homes, meals, and 
related assistance to victims of family violence and their dependents.
    Related Assistance: The provision of direct assistance to victims 
of family violence and their dependents for the purpose of preventing 
further violence, helping such victims to gain access to civil and 
criminal courts and other community services, facilitating the efforts 
of such victims to make decisions concerning their lives in the 
interest of safety, and assisting such victims in healing from the 
effects of the violence. Related assistance includes:
    (a) Prevention services such as outreach for victims and their 
children, assistance to children who witness domestic violence, 
employment training, parenting, and other educational services for 
victims and their children, preventive health services within domestic 
violence programs (including services promoting nutrition, disease 
prevention, exercise, and prevention of substance abuse), domestic 
violence prevention programs for school-age children, family violence 
public awareness campaigns, and violence prevention counseling services 
to abusers;
    (b) Counseling with respect to family violence, counseling or other 
supportive services by peers individually or in groups, and referral to 
community social services;
    (c) Transportation, technical assistance with respect to obtaining 
financial assistance under Federal and State programs, and referrals 
for appropriate health-care services (including alcohol and drug abuse 
treatment), but shall not include reimbursement for any health-care 
services;
    (d) Legal advocacy to provide victims with information and 
assistance through the civil and criminal courts, and legal assistance; 
or
    (e) Children's counseling and support services, child care services 
for children who are victims of family violence or the dependents of 
such victims, and children who witness domestic violence.

The Importance of Coordination of Services

    The impacts of domestic violence include physical injury and death 
of primary or secondary victims, psychological trauma, isolation from 
family and friends, harm to children witnessing or experiencing 
violence in homes in which the violence occurs, increased fear, reduced 
mobility and employability, homelessness, substance abuse, and a host 
of other health and related mental health consequences. The physical 
and cultural obstacles existing in much of Indian country compound the 
basic dynamics of domestic violence. Barriers such as the isolation of 
vast rural areas, the concern for safety in isolated settings, and the 
transportation requirements over long distances heighten the need for 
the coordination of the services through an often limited delivery 
system. It is estimated that between 12 percent and 35 percent of 
injured women visiting emergency rooms are there because of battery. In 
a project intended to broaden the reach of the Native American domestic 
violence community, the Indian Health Service (IHS) and FVPSA have 
collaborated to oversee the development of domestic violence community 
projects. These projects are designed to develop improved health care 
responses to domestic violence and to facilitate collaboration between 
the local health care system and local American Indian and Alaskan 
Native domestic violence advocacy programs. In this effort, IHS also is 
collaborating with representatives of Mending the Sacred Hoop, 
Cangleska, Inc., and the Family Violence Prevention Fund to provide 
training, technical assistance, and oversight to the pilot projects.
    To help bring about a more effective response to the problem of 
domestic violence, HHS urges Tribes and Tribal organizations receiving 
funds under this grant announcement to coordinate activities funded 
under this grant with other new and existing resources for the 
prevention of domestic violence.

Annual Tribal Grantee Conference

    FVPSA grant administrators should plan to attend the annual Tribal 
Grantee Conference. Subsequent correspondence will advise the Tribal 
FVPSA Administrators of the date, time, and location of the grantee 
conference.

II. Funds Available

    For FY 2008, HHS will make available for grants to designated State 
agencies 70 percent of the amount appropriated under section 310(a)(1) 
of the FVPSA, which is not reserved under section 310(a)(2). In this 
separate announcement, HHS will allocate 10 percent of the foregoing 
appropriation to Tribes and Tribal organizations for the establishment 
and operation of shelters, safe houses, and the provision of related 
services. HHS also plans to make 10 percent of the foregoing 
appropriation available to State domestic violence coalitions to 
continue their work within the domestic violence community by providing 
technical assistance and training and advocacy services, among other 
activities, with local domestic violence programs to encourage 
appropriate responses to domestic violence within the States.
    Five percent of the amount appropriated under section 310(a)(1) of 
the FVPSA, which is not reserved under section 310(a)(2), will be 
available in FY 2008 to continue the support for the NRC and the four 
SIRCs. Additional funds appropriated under FVPSA will be used to 
support other activities, including training and technical assistance, 
collaborative projects with advocacy organizations and service 
providers, data collection efforts, public education activities, 
research and other demonstration projects, as well as the ongoing 
operation of the Hotline.

Native American Tribal Allocations

    Native American Tribes and Tribal organizations are eligible for 
funding under this program if they meet the definition of ``Indian 
Tribe'' or ``Tribal organization'' at 25 U.S.C. 450b, and if they are 
able to demonstrate their capacity to carry out family violence 
prevention and services programs. Any Tribe that believes it meets the 
eligibility criteria should provide supportive documentation in its 
application and a request for inclusion on the list of eligible Tribes. 
(See Section IV. Application Requirements for Tribes or Tribal 
Organizations.)
    In computing Tribal allocations, we will use the latest available 
population figures from the Census Bureau. Where Census Bureau data are 
unavailable, we will use figures from the Bureau of Indian Affairs' 
(BIA's) Indian Population and Labor Force Report.
    Because section 304 of FVPSA specifies a minimum base amount for 
State allocations, we have set a base amount for Tribal allocations. 
Since FY 1986, we have found, in practice, that the establishment of a 
base amount has facilitated our efforts to make a fair and equitable 
distribution of limited grant funds. The funding formula for the 
allocation of family violence funds is as follows. Tribes that meet the 
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surrounding Tribal Trust Lands' population is:
     less than or equal to 1,500 will receive a minimum base 
amount of $1,500;
     between 1,501 and 3,000 will receive a minimum base amount 
of $3,000;
     between 3,001 and 4,000 will receive a minimum base amount 
of $4,000; and,
     between 4,001 and 5,000 will receive a minimum base amount 
of $5,000.
    The minimum base amounts are computed in relation to the Tribe's 
population and the progression of an additional $1,000 per 1,000 
persons if the population range continues until the Tribe's population 
reaches 50,000. Tribes with a population of 50,000 to 100,000 will 
receive a minimum of $50,000 and Tribes with a population of 100,001 to 
150,000 will receive a minimum of $100,000.
    Once the base amounts have been distributed to the Tribes that have 
applied for FVPSA funding, the ratio of the Tribe's population to the 
total population of all the applicant Tribes is then considered in 
allocating the remainder of the funds. We have accounted for the 
variance in actual population and scope of the FVPSA programs with the 
distribution of a proportional amount plus a base amount to the Tribes. 
In FY 2007, actual grant awards ranged from $26,709 to $2,337,036. 
Tribes are encouraged to apply for FVPSA funding as a consortium. 
Tribal consortia consist of groups of Tribes who agree to apply for and 
administer a single FVPSA grant with one Tribe or Tribal organization 
responsible for grant administration. In a Tribal consortium, the 
population of the Tribal Trust Land for all of the Tribes involved will 
be used to calculate the award amount.

Expenditure Periods

    The FVPSA funds may be used for expenditures on and after October 1 
of each fiscal year for which they are granted, and will be available 
for expenditure through September 30 of the following fiscal year, 
i.e., FY 2008 funds may be used for expenditures from October 1, 2007 
through September 30, 2009. Funds are available for obligation only 
through September 30, 2008, and must be liquidated by September 30, 
2009.
    Reallotted funds, if any, are available for expenditure until the 
end of the fiscal year following the fiscal year that the funds became 
available for reallotment. FY 2008 grant funds that are made available 
to Tribes and Tribal organizations through reallotment must be expended 
by the grantee no later than September 30, 2009.

III. Eligibility

    Tribes and Tribal organizations are eligible for funding under this 
program if they meet the definition of ``Indian Tribe'' or ``Tribal 
organization'' set forth in section 450B of Title 25 and if they are 
able to demonstrate their capacity to carry out a family violence 
prevention and services program. Any Tribe or Tribal organization that 
believes it meets the eligibility criteria and should be included in 
the list of eligible Tribes should provide supportive documentation and 
a request for inclusion in its application. (See Application Content 
Requirements below.) Tribes may apply singularly or as a consortium. In 
addition, through the resolution submitted by a Tribe, a non-profit 
private organization (including faith-based and community 
organizations) may operate the grant project on behalf of the Tribe.

Additional Information on Eligibility

D-U-N-S Requirement
    All applicants must have a D&B Data Universal Numbering System (D-
U-N-S) number. On June 27, 2003, the Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) published in the Federal Register a new Federal policy applicable 
to all Federal grant applicants. The policy requires Federal grant 
applicants to provide a D-U-N-S number when applying for Federal grants 
or cooperative agreements on or after October 1, 2003. The D-U-N-S 
number will be required whether an applicant is submitting a paper 
application or using the government-wide electronic portal, http://
www.Grants.gov. A D-U-N-S number will be required for every application 
for a new award or renewal/continuation of an award, including 
applications or plans under formula, entitlement, and block grant 
programs, submitted on or after October 1, 2003.
    Please ensure that the applicant has a D-U-N-S number. To acquire a 
D-U-N-S number at no cost, call the dedicated toll-free D-U-N-S number 
request line at 1-866-705-5711 or you may request a number on-line at 
http://www.dnb.com.

IV. Application Requirements for Tribes and Tribal Organizations

The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13)

    Public reporting burden for this collection of information is 
estimated to average six hours per response, including the time for 
reviewing instructions, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and 
reviewing the collection information. The project description is 
approved under Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number 
0970-0280, which expires October 31, 2008. An agency may not conduct or 
sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of 
information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

Form and Content of Application Submission

    The application from the Tribe or Tribal organization must be 
signed by the Chief Executive Officer or Tribal Chairperson of the 
applicant organization. Each application must contain the following 
information or documentation:
    1. The name of the organization or agency and the Chief Program 
Official designated as responsible for administering funds under FVPSA 
and coordinating related programs, and the name, telephone number, and 
fax number, if available, of a contact person in the designated 
organization or agency.
    2. A copy of a current resolution stating that the designated 
organization or agency has the authority to submit an application on 
behalf of the individuals in the Tribe(s) and to administer programs 
and activities funded under this program (section 303(b)(2)).
    3. A description of the procedures designed to involve 
knowledgeable individuals and interested organizations in providing 
services under FVPSA (section 303(b)(2)). For example, knowledgeable 
individuals and interested organizations may include: Tribal officials 
or social services staff involved in child abuse or family violence 
prevention, Tribal law enforcement officials, representatives of State 
coalitions against domestic violence, faith-based and community 
organizations, and operators of family violence shelters and service 
programs.
    4. A description of the applicant's operation of and/or capacity to 
carry out a family violence prevention and services program. This might 
be demonstrated in ways such as the following:
    (a) The current operation of a shelter, safe house, or family 
violence prevention program;
    (b) The establishment of joint or collaborative service agreements 
with a local public agency or a private non-profit agency for the 
operation of family violence prevention activities or services; or
    (c) The operation of social services programs as evidenced by 
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Child Welfare grants from BIA; Child Welfare Services grants under 
Title IV-B of the Social Security Act; or Family Preservation and 
Family Support grants under title IV-B of the Social Security Act.
    5. A description of the services to be provided, how the applicant 
organization plans to use the grant funds to provide the direct 
services, to whom the services will be provided, and the expected 
results of the services.
    6. Documentation that procedures have been developed and 
implemented to assure the confidentiality of records pertaining to any 
individual provided family violence prevention or treatment services by 
any program assisted under FVPSA (section 303(a)(2)(E)).
    7. The Employee Identification Number (EIN) of the applicant 
organization submitting the application.

Assurances

    Each application must contain the following assurances:
    (a) That not less than 70 percent of the funds shall be used for 
immediate shelter and related assistance for victims of family violence 
and their dependents and not less than 25 percent of the funds 
distributed shall be used to provide related assistance (section 
303(g)).
    (b) That any grants made to an entity other than a State or Tribe 
will meet the matching requirements in section 303(f), i.e., not less 
than 20 percent of the total funds provided for a project under Chapter 
110 of Title 42 of the U.S. Code with respect to an existing program, 
and with respect to an entity intending to operate a new program under 
this title, not less than 35 percent. The local share will be cash or 
in-kind; and the local share will not include any Federal funds 
provided under any authority other than this chapter (section 303(f)).
    (c) That grant funds made available under FVPSA will not be used as 
direct payment to any victim or dependent of a victim of family 
violence (section 303(d)).
    (d) That no income eligibility standard will be imposed on 
individuals receiving assistance or services supported with funds 
appropriated to carry out FVPSA (section 303(e)).
    (e) That the address or location of any shelter or facility 
assisted under FVPSA will not be made public, except with the written 
authorization of the person or persons responsible for the operations 
of such shelter (section 303(a)(2)(E)).
    (f) That a law or procedure has been implemented for the eviction 
of an abusing spouse from a shared household (section 303(a)(2)(F)).
    (g) That all grants, programs or other activities funded by the 
State in whole or in part with funds made available under FVPSA will 
prohibit discrimination on the basis of age, handicap, sex, race, 
color, national origin or religion (section 307).
    (h) That the applicant will comply with the applicable Departmental 
recordkeeping and reporting requirements and general requirements for 
the administration of grants under 45 CFR Part 92.

Certifications

    All applications must submit or comply with the required 
certifications found in the Appendices as follows:
    Anti-Lobbying Certification and Disclosure Form (See Appendix A): 
Applicants must furnish, prior to award, an executed copy of the SF-
LLL, Certification Regarding Lobbying, when applying for an award in 
excess of $100,000. Applicants who have used non-Federal funds for 
lobbying activities in connection with receiving assistance under this 
announcement shall complete a disclosure form, if applicable, with 
their applications (approved by OMB under control number 0348-0046). 
Applicants should sign and return the certification with their 
application.
    Certification Regarding Environmental Tobacco Smoke (See Appendix 
B): The Pro-Children Act of 1994, 20 U.S.C. 7183, imposes restrictions 
on smoking in facilities where federally funded children's services are 
provided. HHS grants are subject to these requirements only if they 
meet the Act's specified coverage. The Act specifies that smoking is 
prohibited in any indoor facility (owned, leased, or contracted for) 
used for the routine or regular provision of kindergarten, elementary, 
or secondary education or library services to children under the age of 
18. In addition, smoking is prohibited in any indoor facility or 
portion of a facility (owned, leased, or contracted for) used for the 
routine or regular provision of federally funded health care, day care, 
or early childhood development, including Head Start services to 
children under the age of 18. The statutory prohibition also applies if 
such facilities are constructed, operated, or maintained with Federal 
funds. The statute does not apply to children's services provided in 
private residences, facilities funded solely by Medicare or Medicaid 
funds, portions of facilities used for inpatient drug or alcohol 
treatment, or facilities where WIC coupons are redeemed. Failure to 
comply with the provisions of the law may result in the imposition of a 
civil monetary penalty of up to $1,000 per violation and/or the 
imposition of an administrative compliance order on the responsible 
entity.
    Certification Regarding Drug-Free Workplace Requirements (See 
Appendix C): The signature on the application by the chief program 
official attests to the applicant's intent to comply with the Drug-Free 
Workplace requirements and compliance with the Debarment Certification. 
The Drug-Free Workplace certification does not have to be returned with 
the application. These certifications also may be found at http://
www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/grants_resources.html.

Notification Under Executive Order 12372

    The review and comment provisions of the Executive Order (E.O.) and 
Part 100 do not apply. Federally recognized Tribes are exempt from all 
provisions and requirements of E.O. 12372.
    Applications should be sent to:
    Family Violence Prevention and Services Program, Family and Youth 
Services Bureau, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, 
Administration for Children and Families, Attention: Marylouise Kelley, 
Portals One, 1250 Maryland Avenue, SW., Room 8215, Washington, DC 
20024.

V. Approval/Disapproval of a Tribal or Tribal Organization Application

    The Secretary of HHS will approve any application that meets the 
requirements of FVPSA and this announcement. The Secretary will not 
disapprove an application except after reasonable notice of the 
Secretary's intention to disapprove has been provided to the applicant 
and after a six-month period providing an opportunity for applicant to 
correct any deficiencies. The notice of intention to disapprove will be 
provided to the applicant within 45 days of the date of the 
application.

VI. Reporting Requirements

Performance Reports

    A performance report must be filed with HHS describing the 
activities carried out, and including an assessment of the 
effectiveness of those activities in achieving the purposes of the 
grant. A section of this performance report must be completed by each 
grantee or sub-grantee that performed the direct services contemplated 
in the application certifying performance of such services. Consortia 
grantees should compile performance reports into a comprehensive report 
for submission.

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    The Performance Report should include the following data elements:
    Funding--The total amount of the FVPSA grant funds awarded; the 
percentage of funding used for shelters, and the percentage of funding 
used for related services and assistance.
    Shelters--The number of shelters and shelter programs (safe homes/
motels, etc.) assisted by FVPSA program funding. Data elements should 
include:
     The number of shelters.
     The number of women sheltered.
     The number of young children sheltered (birth-12 years of 
age).
     The number of teenagers and young adults (13-17 years of 
age).
     The number of male victims sheltered.
     The number of the elderly serviced.
     The number of shelter nights of service provided for 
women, men and children.
     The number of women, children, teens, and others that were 
turned away because shelter was unavailable.
    Types of individuals served (including special populations)--Record 
information by total number served. Individuals and special populations 
served should include:
     The elderly.
     Individuals with physical challenges.
     Other special needs populations.
    Related services and assistance--List the types of related services 
and assistance provided to victims and their family members by 
indicating the number of women, children, and men that have received 
services. Services and assistance may include, but are not limited to, 
the following:
     Individual counseling.
     Services to children.
     Crisis intervention/hotline.
     Information and referral.
     Batterers support services.
     Legal advocacy services.
     Transportation.
     Services to teenagers.
     Emergency child care.
     Training and technical assistance.
     Housing advocacy.
     Other innovative program activities.
    Volunteers--List the total number of volunteers and hours worked. 
The performance report should include narratives of success stories 
about services provided and the positive impact on the lives of 
children and families. Examples may include the following:
     An explanation of the activities carried out including an 
assessment of the major activities supported by the family violence 
funds; what particular priorities within the Tribe or Tribal 
organization were addressed; and what special emphases were placed on 
these activities;
     A description of the specific services and facilities that 
the program funded, contracted with, or otherwise used in the 
implementation of the program, e.g., shelters, safe houses, related 
assistance, programs for batterers;
     An assessment of the effectiveness of the direct service 
activities contemplated in the application;
     A description of how the needs of under-served 
populations, including those persons geographically isolated were 
addressed; and
     A description and assessment of the prevention activities 
supported during the program year, e.g., community education events, 
and public awareness efforts.
    Performance reports for Tribes and Tribal organizations are due on 
an annual basis at the end of the calendar year (December 29). 
Performance reports should be sent to: Family Violence Prevention and 
Services Program, Family and Youth Services Bureau, Administration on 
Children, Youth and Families, Administration for Children and Families, 
Attn: Marylouise Kelley, Portals One, 1250 Maryland Avenue, SW., Room 
8215, Washington, DC 20024.

Financial Status Reports

    Grantees must submit annual Financial Status Reports. The first SF-
269A is due December 29, 2008. The final SF-269A is due December 29, 
2009. SF 269A can be found at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants/
grantsforms.html.
    Completed reports may be mailed to: Manolo Salgueiro, Division of 
Mandatory Grants, Office of Grants Management, Administration for 
Children and Families, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 
20447.
    Grantees have the option to submit their reports online through the 
Online Data Collection (OLDC) system at the following address: https://
extranet.acf.hhs.gov/oldc/. Failure to submit reports on time may be a 
basis for withholding grant funds, suspension, or termination of the 
grant. In addition, all funds reported after the obligation period will 
be recouped.

VII. Administrative and National Policy Requirements

    Grantees are subject to the requirements in 45 CFR Part 74 (non-
governmental) or 45 CFR Part 92 (governmental).
    Direct Federal grants, sub-award funds, or contracts under this ACF 
program shall not be used to support inherently religious activities 
such as religious instruction, worship, or proselytization. Therefore, 
organizations must take steps to separate, in time or location, their 
inherently religious activities from the services funded under this 
program. Regulations pertaining to the Equal Treatment for Faith-Based 
Organizations, which includes the prohibition against Federal funding 
of inherently religious activities, can be found at the HHS Web site at 
http://www.hhs.gov/fbci/waisgate21.pdf.
    A faith-based organization receiving HHS funds retains its 
independence from Federal, State, and local governments and may 
continue to carry out its mission, including the definition, practice, 
and expression of its religious beliefs. For example, a faith-based 
organization may use space in its facilities to provide secular 
programs or services funded with Federal funds without removing 
religious art, icons, scriptures, or other religious symbols. In 
addition, a faith-based organization that receives Federal funds 
retains its authority over its internal governance, and it may retain 
religious terms in its organization's name, select its board members on 
a religious basis, and include religious references in its 
organization's mission statements and other governing documents in 
accordance with program requirements, statutes, and other applicable 
requirements governing the conduct of HHS funded activities.
    Faith-based and community organizations may reference the 
``Guidance to Faith-Based and Community Organizations on Partnering 
with the Federal Government'' at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/government/
fbci/guidance/index.html.

VIII. Other Information

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shena Williams at (202) 205-9532 or e-
mail at shena.williams@acf.hhs.gov; or Millicent Crawford at (202) 205-
7746 or e-mail at Millicent.crawford@acf.hhs.gov.

    Dated: December 20, 2007.
Joan E. Ohl,
Commissioner, Administration on Children, Youth and Families.

Appendices: Required Certifications:

    A. Certification Regarding Lobbying
    B. Certification Regarding Environmental Tobacco Smoke
    C. Drug-Free Workplace Requirements

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Appendix A

Certification Regarding Lobbying

Certification for Contracts, Grants, Loans, and Cooperative Agreements

    The undersigned certifies, to the best of his or her knowledge and 
belief, that:
    (1) No Federal appropriated funds have been paid or will be paid, 
by or on behalf of the undersigned, to any person for influencing or 
attempting to influence an officer or employee of an agency, a Member 
of Congress, an officer or employee of Congress, or an employee of a 
Member of Congress in connection with the awarding of any Federal 
contract, the making of any Federal grant, the making of any Federal 
loan, the entering into of any cooperative agreement, and the 
extension, continuation, renewal, amendment, or modification of any 
Federal contract, grant, loan, or cooperative agreement.
    (2) If any funds other than Federal appropriated funds have been 
paid or will be paid to any person for influencing or attempting to 
influence an officer or employee of any agency, a Member of Congress, 
an officer or employee of Congress, or an employee of a Member of 
Congress in connection with this Federal contract, grant, loan, or 
cooperative agreement, the undersigned shall complete and submit 
Standard Form-LLL, ``Disclosure Form to Report Lobbying,'' in 
accordance with its instructions.
    (3) The undersigned shall require that the language of this 
certification be included in the award documents for all subawards at 
all tiers (including subcontracts, subgrants, and contracts under 
grants, loans, and cooperative agreements) and that all subrecipients 
shall certify and disclose accordingly. This certification is a 
material representation of fact upon which reliance was placed when 
this transaction was made or entered into. Submission of this 
certification is a prerequisite for making or entering into this 
transaction imposed by section 1352, title 31, U.S. Code. Any person 
who fails to file the required certification shall be subject to a 
civil penalty of not less than $10,000 and not more than $100,000 for 
each such failure.
Statement for Loan Guarantees and Loan Insurance
    The undersigned states, to the best of his or her knowledge and 
belief, that: If any funds have been paid or will be paid to any person 
for influencing or attempting to influence an officer or employee of 
any agency, a Member of Congress, an officer or employee of Congress, 
or an employee of a Member of Congress in connection with this 
commitment providing for the United States to insure or guarantee a 
loan, the undersigned shall complete and submit Standard Form-LLL, 
``Disclosure Form to Report Lobbying,'' in accordance with its 
instructions. Submission of this statement is a prerequisite for making 
or entering into this transaction imposed by section 1352, title 31, 
U.S. Code. Any person who fails to file the required statement shall be 
subject to a civil penalty of not less than $10,000 and not more than 
$100,000 for each such failure.
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Appendix B

Certification Regarding Environmental Tobacco Smoke

    Public Law 103-227, Part C Environmental Tobacco Smoke, also known 
as the Pro-Children Act of 1994 (Act), requires that smoking not be 
permitted in any portion of any indoor routinely owned or leased or 
contracted for by an entity and used routinely or regularly for 
provision of health, day care, education, or library services to 
children under the age of 18, if the services are funded by Federal 
programs either directly or through State or local governments, by 
Federal grant, contract, loan, or loan guarantee. The law does not 
apply to children's services provided in private residences, facilities 
funded solely by Medicare or Medicaid funds, and portions of facilities 
used for inpatient drug or alcohol treatment. Failure to comply with 
the provisions of the law may result in the imposition of a civil 
monetary penalty of up to $1000 per day and/or the imposition of an 
administrative compliance order on the responsible entity. By signing 
and submitting this application the applicant/grantee certifies that it 
will comply with the requirements of the Act.
    The applicant/grantee further agrees that it will require the 
language of this certification be included in any subawards which 
contain provisions for the children's services and that all subgrantees 
shall certify accordingly.

Appendix C

Certification Regarding Drug-Free Workplace Requirements

    This certification is required by the regulations implementing the 
Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988: 45 CFR Part 76, Subpart, F. sections 
76.630(c) and (d)(2) and 76.645(a)(1) and (b) provide that a Federal 
agency may designate a central receipt point for STATE-WIDE AND STATE 
AGENCY-WIDE certifications, and for notification of criminal drug 
convictions. For the Department of Health and Human Services, the 
central pint is: Division of Grants Management and Oversight, Office of 
Management and Acquisition, Department of Health and Human Services, 
Room 517-D, 200 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20201.

Certification Regarding Drug-Free Workplace Requirements

 (Instructions for Certification)
    1. By signing and/or submitting this application or grant 
agreement, the grantee is providing the certification set out below.
    2. The certification set out below is a material representation of 
fact upon which reliance is placed when the agency awards the grant. If 
it is later determined that the grantee knowingly rendered a false 
certification, or otherwise violates the requirements of the Drug-Free 
Workplace Act, the agency, in addition to any other remedies available 
to the Federal Government, may take action authorized under the Drug-
Free Workplace Act.
    3. For grantees other than individuals, Alternate I applies.
    4. For grantees who are individuals, Alternate II applies.
    5. Workplaces under grants, for grantees other than individuals, 
need not be identified on the certification. If known, they may be 
identified in the grant application. If the grantee does not identify 
the workplaces at the time of application, or upon award, if there is 
no application, the grantee must keep the identity of the workplace(s) 
on file in its office and make the information available for Federal 
inspection. Failure to identify all known workplaces constitutes a 
violation of the grantee's drug-free workplace requirements.
    6. Workplace identifications must include the actual address of 
buildings (or parts of buildings) or other sites where work under the 
grant takes place. Categorical descriptions may be used (e.g., all 
vehicles of a mass transit authority or State highway department while 
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performers in concert halls or radio studios).
    7. If the workplace identified to the agency changes during the 
performance of the grant, the grantee shall inform the agency of the 
change(s), if it previously identified the workplaces in question (see 
paragraph five).
    8. Definitions of terms in the Nonprocurement Suspension and 
Debarment common rule and Drug-Free Workplace common rule apply to this 
certification. Grantees' attention is called, in particular, to the 
following definitions from these rules:
    Controlled substance means a controlled substance in Schedules I 
through V of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 812) and as 
further defined by regulation (21 CFR 1308.11 through 1308.15);
    Conviction means a finding of guilt (including a plea of nolo 
contendere) or imposition of sentence, or both, by any judicial body 
charged with the responsibility to determine violations of the Federal 
or State criminal drug statutes;
    Criminal drug statute means a Federal or non-Federal criminal 
statute involving the manufacture, distribution, dispensing, use, or 
possession of any controlled substance;
    Employee means the employee of a grantee directly engaged in the 
performance of work under a grant, including: (i) All direct charge 
employees; (ii) All indirect charge employees unless their impact or 
involvement is insignificant to the performance of the grant; and, 
(iii) Temporary personnel and consultants who are directly engaged in 
the performance of work under the grant and who are on the grantee's 
payroll. This definition does not include workers not on the payroll of 
the grantee (e.g., volunteers, even if used to meet a matching 
requirement; consultants or independent contractors not on the 
grantee's payroll; or employees of subrecipients or subcontractors in 
covered workplaces).

Certification Regarding Drug-Free Workplace Requirements

Alternate I. (Grantees Other Than Individuals)
    The grantee certifies that it will or will continue to provide a 
drug-free workplace by:
    (a) Publishing a statement notifying employees that the unlawful 
manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of a 
controlled substance is prohibited in the grantee's workplace and 
specifying the actions that will be taken against employees for 
violation of such prohibition;
    (b) Establishing an ongoing drug-free awareness program to inform 
employees about--
    (1) The dangers of drug abuse in the workplace;
    (2) The grantee's policy of maintaining a drug-free workplace;
    (3) Any available drug counseling, rehabilitation, and employee 
assistance programs; and
    (4) The penalties that may be imposed upon employees for drug abuse 
violations occurring in the workplace;
    (c) Making it a requirement that each employee to be engaged in the 
performance of the grant be given a copy of the statement required by 
paragraph (a);
    (d) Notifying the employee in the statement required by paragraph 
(a) that, as a condition of employment under the grant, the employee 
will--
    (1) Abide by the terms of the statement; and
    (2) Notify the employer in writing of his or her conviction for a 
violation of a criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace no 
later than five calendar days after such conviction;
    (e) Notifying the agency in writing within 10 calendar days after 
receiving notice under paragraph (d)(2) from an employee or otherwise 
receiving actual notice of such conviction. Employers of convicted 
employees must provide notice, including position title, to every grant 
officer or other designee on whose grant activity the convicted 
employee was working, unless the Federal agency has designated a 
central point for the receipt of such notices. Notice shall include the 
identification number(s) of each affected grant;
    (f) Taking one of the following actions, within 30 calendar days of 
receiving notice under paragraph (d)(2), with respect to any employee 
who is so convicted--
    (1) Taking appropriate personnel action against such an employee, 
up to and including termination, consistent with the requirements of 
the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; or
    (2) Requiring such employee to participate satisfactorily in a drug 
abuse assistance or rehabilitation program approved for such purposes 
by a Federal, State, or local health, law enforcement, or other 
appropriate agency;
    (g) Making a good faith effort to continue to maintain a drug-free 
workplace through implementation of paragraphs (a), (b), (c), (d), (e) 
and (f).
    (B) The grantee may insert in the space provided below the site(s) 
for the performance of work done in connection with the specific grant:
    Place of Performance (Street address, city, county, state, zip 
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Alternate II. (Grantees Who Are Individuals)

    (a) The grantee certifies that, as a condition of the grant, he or 
she will not engage in the unlawful manufacture, distribution, 
dispensing, possession, or use of a controlled substance in conducting 
any activity with the grant;
    (b) If convicted of a criminal drug offense resulting from a 
violation occurring during the conduct of any grant activity, he or she 
will report the conviction, in writing, within 10 calendar days of the 
conviction, to every grant officer or other designee, unless the 
Federal agency designates a central point for the receipt of such 
notices. When notice is made to such a central point, it shall include 
the identification number(s) of each affected grant.

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