Solicitation for a Cooperative Agreement: Employment Retention, 63790-63792 [E9-29008]

Download as PDF mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES 63790 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 232 / Friday, December 4, 2009 / Notices community corrections, or be able to access such knowledge and expertise; knowledge and skill in designing, editing and publishing an electronic newsletter; knowledge and skills in soliciting content, articles and features for inclusion in the newsletter; project management experience; effective written and oral communication skills. Application Requirements: Applications should be concisely written, typed double spaced and reference the ‘‘NIC Opportunity Number’’ and Title provided in this announcement. The application package must include: OMB Standard Form 424, Application for Federal Assistance; a cover letter that identifies the audit agency responsible for the applicant’s financial accounts as well as the audit period of fiscal year that the applicant operates under (e.g., July 1 through June 30), an outline of projected costs, and the following forms: OMB Standard Form 424A, Budget Information—Non Construction Programs, OMB Standard Form 424B, Assurances—Non Construction Programs (available at https://www.grants.gov), and DOJ/NIC Certification Regarding Lobbying; Debarment, Suspension and Other Responsibility Matters; and Drug-Free Workplace Requirements (available at https://www.nicic.gov/Downloads/PDF/ certif-frm.pdf). Applications may be submitted in hard copy, or electronically via https:// www.grants.gov. If submitted in hard copy, there needs to be an original and three copies of the full proposal (program and budget narratives, application forms and assurances). The original should have the applicant’s signature in blue ink. The program narrative text must be limited to no more than 10 double spaced pages, exclusive of resumes and summaries of experience. A sample of a prior or proposed newsletter publication including format done by the applicant is preferred as a supplement to the application. Please do not submit full curriculum vitae. A Web conference will be conducted for persons with the intent to respond to the solicitation on Friday, December 18, 2009 at 12 p.m. EDT. In this conference NIC project managers will respond to questions regarding the solicitation and expectations of work to be performed. You must pre-register to attend the conference. To register for the Web conference go to: https://nic.webex. com/nic/onstage/g.php?t=a&d= 718386703 and follow the registration instructions. You will be provided further instructions for accessing the session once you have registered for the Web-conference. VerDate Nov<24>2008 17:26 Dec 03, 2009 Jkt 220001 Authority: Public Law 93–415. Funds Available: NIC is seeking the applicant’s best ideas regarding accomplishment of the scope of work and the related costs for achieving the goals of this solicitation. Funds may only be used for the activities that are linked to the desired outcome of the project. Eligibility of Applicants: An eligible applicant is any private agency, educational institution, organization, individual or team with expertise in the described areas. Review Considerations: Applications received under this announcement will be subjected to a 3 to 5 person NIC Peer Review Process. Note: NIC will NOT award a cooperative agreement to an applicant who does not have a Dun and Bradstreet Database Universal Number (DUNS) and is not registered in the Central Contractor Registry (CCR). A DUNS number can be received at no cost by calling the dedicated toll-free DUNS number request line at 1–800– 333–0505 (if you are a sole proprietor, you would dial 1–866–705–5711 and select option 1). Registration in the CCR can be done online at the CCR Web site: https:// www.ccr.gov. A CCR Handbook and worksheet can also be reviewed at the Web site. Number of Awards: One. NIC Opportunity Number: 10P08. This number should appear as a reference line in the cover letter, where indicated on Standard Form 424, and outside of the envelope in which the application is sent. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 16.601. Executive Order 12372: This project is not subject to the provisions of Executive Order 12372. Morris L. Thigpen, Director, National Institute of Corrections. [FR Doc. E9–29004 Filed 12–3–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410–36–P DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE National Institute of Corrections Solicitation for a Cooperative Agreement: Employment Retention AGENCY: National Institute of Corrections, Department of Justice. ACTION: Solicitation for a Cooperative Agreement. SUMMARY: The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is soliciting proposals from organizations, groups, or individuals who would like to enter into an eighteen-month cooperative PO 00000 Frm 00075 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 agreement to develop a competencybased curriculum to train Employment Retention Specialists, as well as develop an assessment instrument to address both the strengths and risks of offenders in danger of job loss. DATES: Applications must be received by 4 p.m. EDT on Monday, December 28, 2009. ADDRESSES: Mailed applications must be sent to: Morris L. Thigpen, Director, National Institute of Corrections, 320 First Street, NW., Room 5007, Washington, DC 20534. Applicants are encouraged to use Federal Express, UPS, or similar service to ensure delivery by the due date. Hand delivered applications should be brought to 500 First Street, NW., Washington, DC 20534. At the front desk, dial 7–3106, extension 0 for pickup. Faxed applications will not be accepted. Electronic applications can be submitted via https://www.grants.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: A copy of this announcement can be downloaded from the NIC Web site at https://www.nicic.gov. Any technical questions may be directed to Pam Davison via e-mail at pdavison@bop.gov. All programmatic questions concerning this announcement should be directed to Patricia E. Taylor, Correctional Program Specialist, National Institute of Corrections. She can be reached by calling 1–800–995–6425, extension 39354 or by e-mail at petaylor@bop.gov. Overview: The National Institute of Corrections’ (NIC) Transition and Offender Workforce Development Division (T/OWD Division) is seeking applications for the development of a competency-based, blended, e-learning and classroom training curriculum that will provide Employment Retention Specialists with the knowledge and skills needed for the provision of employment retention services for those identified as having barriers to sustained employment. The curriculum to be used in training Employment Retention Specialists (Practitioners) will apply the cognitivebehavioral model of relapse prevention to job loss. Practitioners trained as Employment Retention Specialists will develop the competencies needed to assist offenders in analyzing the chain of events, behaviors and individual precursors that impact gainful employment and result in their separation from the workforce. Background: Research shows a lack of employment may contribute to an offender’s continued criminal activity. Additional studies show that low levels E:\FR\FM\04DEN1.SGM 04DEN1 mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 232 / Friday, December 4, 2009 / Notices of personal, educational, vocational, and financial achievement, and in particular, an unstable employment record, are among the predictors of continued criminal conduct. Therefore, ways of overcoming barriers to longterm employment, as a factor in the desistance to crime, warrants the development of innovative approaches for offender employment service providers. New and effective ways of overcoming barriers to long-term employment may be found in the parallels between relapse prevention and offender employment retention. When the cognitive behavioral model of relapse prevention is applied to employment retention, the targeted behavior becomes maintained employment, and the initial lapse is the occurrence of signs. Practitioners having the competencies to assist offenders to become successful in maintaining a long-term connection to the workforce will be able to assess those at high risk for job loss, identify specific indicators and analyze the chain of events and behaviors that lead to job loss. Purpose: The purpose of this initiative is two-fold. First, the awardee will be required to develop a competencybased, train-the-trainer curriculum for Offender Employment Retention Specialist that can be professionally endorsed and certified. The training, delivered by a blended approach, will be the third offender workforce development knowledge block for the Division (Offender Workforce Development Specialist and Offender Employment Specialist being the other two). Knowledge blocks are a collection of knowledge on a particular subject matter that can be combined with other collections or blocks of knowledge. The concept of knowledge blocks is influenced by principles of adult learning theory and practices utilized in post-secondary education. In addition, the awardee will be required to develop an Employment Services Inventory (ESI). This assessment tool will be used to identify precursors to job loss while creating a process to connect the targeted population to specialized services to successfully address their risk for job loss. Scope of Work: The training curriculum will be based on a recently established needs assessment identified through the use of a DACUM (Development of a Curriculum) for Employment Retention Specialists. This DACUM assisted in the identification of the critical duty bands and job tasks of Employment Retention Specialists working with offenders. VerDate Nov<24>2008 17:26 Dec 03, 2009 Jkt 220001 Trainees will be taught the essential skills for facilitating (train-the-trainer) the training to other professionals that assist offenders in the development and utilization of a plan to identify and avoid high-risk situations while teaching skills to satisfactorily cope with circumstances that typically indicate impending job loss and/or result in a separation from the workforce. The curriculum should be developed using the Instructional Theory Into Practice (ITIP) model and consist of approximately six (6) to eight (8) elearning modules and, as necessary, classroom training. The awardee should have expertise in identifying the knowledge, skills and experience that lead to professional certification, as well as establish quality standards that would result in endorsement by a professional organization. The awardee will be required to develop a tool/instrument to monitor and evaluate the piloted curriculum— using the captured data to adjust and/ or modify the curriculum as needed. In addition, pre/post evaluations and quizzes should be developed along with a follow-up questionnaire to measure the trainees’ mastery of established competencies. Modules may address the following: Motivational Interviewing; Supportive Case Management; Employability Skills; Employment Readiness Classes/Skills; Labor Market Information; Collaboration with External Agencies; Relationships with Employers; Cognitive Behavioral Theory, and Gender Responsivity. Required Expertise: Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate their knowledge/experience in the following areas: Offender Workforce Development; Employment Retention; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Behavioral Health Issues; Risk/Needs Assessment Tools; Criminogenic Needs; Strength-based Approaches; Relapse Prevention, and Professional Certification/Endorsement Procedures. Application Requirements: Applications should be concisely written, typed double spaced (not to exceed 20 pages) and reference the project by the ‘‘NIC Opportunity Number’’ and Title in this announcement. The package must include: a cover letter that identifies the audit agency responsible for the applicant’s financial accounts as well as the audit period or fiscal year that the applicant operates under (e.g., July 1 through June 30); a program narrative in response to the statement of work and a budget narrative explaining projected costs. The following forms must also be included: OMB Standard Form 424, PO 00000 Frm 00076 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 63791 Application for Federal Assistance; OMB Standard Form 424A, Budget information—Non-Construction Programs; OMB Standard Form 424B, Assurances—Non-Construction Programs (these forms are available at https://www.grants.gov) and DOJ/NIC Certification Regarding Lobbying; Debarment, Suspension and Other Responsibility Matters and the DrugFree Workplace Requirements (available at https://www.nicic.gov/Downloads/ PDF/certif-frm.pdf.) Applications may be submitted in hard copy, or electronically via https:// www.grants.gov. If submitted in hard copy, please include an original and three copies of the full proposal (program and budget narratives, application forms and assurances). The original should have the applicant’s signature in blue ink. Authority: Public Law 93–415. Funds Available: NIC is seeking the applicant’s best ideas regarding accomplishment of the scope of work and the related costs for achieving the goals of this solicitation. The final budget and award amount will be negotiated between NIC and the successful applicant. Funds may only be used for the activities that are linked to the desired outcome of the project. This project will be a collaborative venture with the NIC’s Transition and Offender Workforce Development Division and Academy. Eligibility of Applicants: An eligible applicant is any public or private agency, educational institution, organization, individual or team with expertise in the described areas. Review Considerations: Applications received under this announcement will be subjected to a 3 to 5 person NIC Peer Review Process. The criteria for the evaluation of each application will be as follows: Programmatic (60%) Is there demonstrated knowledge of— NIC’s Offender Workforce Development training? offender employment barriers and offender risk/needs assessment instruments? techniques and/or interventions that successfully address offender retention issues? curriculum development and certification/ endorsement procedures? Are project goals/tasks adequately discussed? Is there a clear statement of how project goals will be accomplished, to include: Major tasks that will lead to achieving the goal; the strategies to be employed; required staffing and other required resources? Are there any innovative approaches, techniques, or design aspects proposed that will enhance the project? E:\FR\FM\04DEN1.SGM 04DEN1 63792 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 232 / Friday, December 4, 2009 / Notices Organizational (20%) DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Do the skills, knowledge, and expertise of the organization and the proposed project staff demonstrate a high level of competency to carry out the tasks? Does the applicant/ organization have the necessary experience and organizational capacity to carry out all goals of the project? Are the proposed project management and staffing plans realistic and sufficient to complete the project within the 12month time frame? National Institute of Corrections Project Management/Administration (20%) Does the applicant identify reasonable objectives, milestones, and measures to track progress? If consultants and/or partnerships are proposed, is there a reasonable justification for their inclusion in the project and a clear structure to insure effective coordination? Is the proposed budget realistic and provide sufficient cost detail/narrative, and represent good value relative to the anticipated results? Note: NIC will NOT award a cooperative agreement to an applicant who does not have a Dun and Bradstreet Database Universal Number (DUNS) and is not registered in the Central Contractor Registry (CCR). mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES A DUNS number can be received at no cost by calling the dedicated toll-free DUNS number request line at 1–800– 333–0505 (if you are a sole proprietor, you would dial 1–866–705–5711 and select option 1). Registration in the CRR can be done online at the CCR Web site: https:// www.ccr.gov. A CCR Handbook and worksheet can also be reviewed at the Web site. Number of Awards: One. NIC Opportunity Number: 10K121. This number should appear as a reference line in the cover letter, where indicated on Standard Form 424, and outside of the envelope in which the application is sent. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 16.601. Executive Order 12372: This project is not subject to the provisions of Executive Order 12372. Morris L. Thigpen, Deputy Director, National Institute of Corrections. [FR Doc. E9–29008 Filed 12–3–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410–36–P VerDate Nov<24>2008 17:26 Dec 03, 2009 Jkt 220001 Solicitation for a Cooperative Agreement—The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Technical Assistance Project AGENCY: National Institute of Corrections, Department of Justice. ACTION: Solicitation for a cooperative agreement. SUMMARY: The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is soliciting proposals from organizations, groups, or individuals to enter into a cooperative agreement for a 12-month period to begin in February 2010. Section 5 of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) requires NIC to provide ‘‘training and education programs for Federal, State, and local authorities responsible for the prevention, investigation, and punishment of instances of prison rape.’’ NIC’s technical assistance program is used to provide much of this training and education. Work under this cooperative agreement award will continue the technical assistance component of NIC’s PREA Initiative. The role of an NIC technical assistance provider is to help agencies improve operations, services, and programs. NIC funded PREA assistance builds the requester’s capacity to accomplish a task or set of tasks related to addressing sexual violence and abuse in correctional settings. The assistance can range from simple delivery of information about PREA to more complex organizational reviews, assessments, and accompanying recommendations. It is anticipated that technical assistance requests will be considered from state and local agencies charged with housing and/or supervising detained and sentenced offenders, and various Federal agencies with detention, correctional, and supervision responsibilities. Requests for PREA assistance will be submitted directly to NIC. The PREA Initiative Project Manager will review, approve, and forward the requests to the recipient of the cooperative agreement award. Although assistance provided under this award will focus on issues of inmate on inmate and staff on inmate sexual abuse and violence, NIC has other programs and initiatives that may be considered in the overall response to the request. As appropriate, the Project Manager will consult with other NIC staff regarding strategies, programs, services, or products that might also assist the requester. The Project Manager will PO 00000 Frm 00077 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 provide initial and general guidance regarding the type of response to be provided, and may participate in early discussions with the awardee and representatives from the requesting agency to further refine the assistance response. The applicant will submit an initial protocol that will outline the basic tasks and sub-tasks to be completed in providing technical assistance. Guidance on what should be included can be found under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. In addition, the applicant should include a communications plan which describes notifications, updates, and approvals between the requester, the recipient, and the NIC Project Manager. After the award is made, this protocol will be further refined as necessary and approved by NIC. DATES: Applications must be received by 4 p.m. EDT on Monday, January 4, 2010. ADDRESSES: Mailed applications must be sent to Director, National Institute of Corrections, 320 First Street, NW., Room 5007, Washington, DC 20534. Applicants are encouraged to use Federal Express, UPS, or similar service to ensure delivery by the due date. Hand delivered applications should be brought to 500 First Street, NW., Washington, DC 20534. At the front desk, call (202) 307–3106, extension 0 for pickup. Faxed applications will not be accepted. The only electronic applications (preferred) that will be accepted must be submitted through https://www.grants.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: A copy of this announcement and a link to the required application forms can also be downloaded from the NIC Web site at https://www.nicic.gov. All technical or programmatic questions concerning this announcement should be directed to Dee Halley, CPS, Research and Evaluation Division, National Institute of Corrections. She can be reached by calling 1–800– 995–6423 ext 40374 or by e-mail at dhalley@bop.gov. Questions will be accepted until one week prior to the application due date. At this time responses to the questions will be posted on the NIC Web site. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Protocol Elements The applicant should design and submit an initial protocol which will guide the provision of technical assistance. The protocol should define the basic types of assistance to be provided (information delivery, training, etc.) and include time-frames, E:\FR\FM\04DEN1.SGM 04DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

National Institute of Corrections


Solicitation for a Cooperative Agreement: Employment Retention

AGENCY: National Institute of Corrections, Department of Justice.

ACTION: Solicitation for a Cooperative Agreement.

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SUMMARY: The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is soliciting 
proposals from organizations, groups, or individuals who would like to 
enter into an eighteen-month cooperative agreement to develop a 
competency-based curriculum to train Employment Retention Specialists, 
as well as develop an assessment instrument to address both the 
strengths and risks of offenders in danger of job loss.

DATES: Applications must be received by 4 p.m. EDT on Monday, December 
28, 2009.

ADDRESSES: Mailed applications must be sent to: Morris L. Thigpen, 
Director, National Institute of Corrections, 320 First Street, NW., 
Room 5007, Washington, DC 20534. Applicants are encouraged to use 
Federal Express, UPS, or similar service to ensure delivery by the due 
date.
    Hand delivered applications should be brought to 500 First Street, 
NW., Washington, DC 20534. At the front desk, dial 7-3106, extension 0 
for pickup.
    Faxed applications will not be accepted. Electronic applications 
can be submitted via https://www.grants.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: A copy of this announcement can be 
downloaded from the NIC Web site at https://www.nicic.gov. Any technical 
questions may be directed to Pam Davison via e-mail at 
pdavison@bop.gov. All programmatic questions concerning this 
announcement should be directed to Patricia E. Taylor, Correctional 
Program Specialist, National Institute of Corrections. She can be 
reached by calling 1-800-995-6425, extension 39354 or by e-mail at 
petaylor@bop.gov.
    Overview: The National Institute of Corrections' (NIC) Transition 
and Offender Workforce Development Division (T/OWD Division) is seeking 
applications for the development of a competency-based, blended, e-
learning and classroom training curriculum that will provide Employment 
Retention Specialists with the knowledge and skills needed for the 
provision of employment retention services for those identified as 
having barriers to sustained employment.
    The curriculum to be used in training Employment Retention 
Specialists (Practitioners) will apply the cognitive-behavioral model 
of relapse prevention to job loss. Practitioners trained as Employment 
Retention Specialists will develop the competencies needed to assist 
offenders in analyzing the chain of events, behaviors and individual 
precursors that impact gainful employment and result in their 
separation from the workforce.
    Background: Research shows a lack of employment may contribute to 
an offender's continued criminal activity. Additional studies show that 
low levels

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of personal, educational, vocational, and financial achievement, and in 
particular, an unstable employment record, are among the predictors of 
continued criminal conduct. Therefore, ways of overcoming barriers to 
long-term employment, as a factor in the desistance to crime, warrants 
the development of innovative approaches for offender employment 
service providers.
    New and effective ways of overcoming barriers to long-term 
employment may be found in the parallels between relapse prevention and 
offender employment retention. When the cognitive behavioral model of 
relapse prevention is applied to employment retention, the targeted 
behavior becomes maintained employment, and the initial lapse is the 
occurrence of signs. Practitioners having the competencies to assist 
offenders to become successful in maintaining a long-term connection to 
the workforce will be able to assess those at high risk for job loss, 
identify specific indicators and analyze the chain of events and 
behaviors that lead to job loss.
    Purpose: The purpose of this initiative is two-fold. First, the 
awardee will be required to develop a competency-based, train-the-
trainer curriculum for Offender Employment Retention Specialist that 
can be professionally endorsed and certified.
    The training, delivered by a blended approach, will be the third 
offender workforce development knowledge block for the Division 
(Offender Workforce Development Specialist and Offender Employment 
Specialist being the other two). Knowledge blocks are a collection of 
knowledge on a particular subject matter that can be combined with 
other collections or blocks of knowledge. The concept of knowledge 
blocks is influenced by principles of adult learning theory and 
practices utilized in post-secondary education.
    In addition, the awardee will be required to develop an Employment 
Services Inventory (ESI). This assessment tool will be used to identify 
precursors to job loss while creating a process to connect the targeted 
population to specialized services to successfully address their risk 
for job loss.
    Scope of Work: The training curriculum will be based on a recently 
established needs assessment identified through the use of a DACUM 
(Development of a Curriculum) for Employment Retention Specialists. 
This DACUM assisted in the identification of the critical duty bands 
and job tasks of Employment Retention Specialists working with 
offenders.
    Trainees will be taught the essential skills for facilitating 
(train-the-trainer) the training to other professionals that assist 
offenders in the development and utilization of a plan to identify and 
avoid high-risk situations while teaching skills to satisfactorily cope 
with circumstances that typically indicate impending job loss and/or 
result in a separation from the workforce.
    The curriculum should be developed using the Instructional Theory 
Into Practice (ITIP) model and consist of approximately six (6) to 
eight (8) e-learning modules and, as necessary, classroom training. The 
awardee should have expertise in identifying the knowledge, skills and 
experience that lead to professional certification, as well as 
establish quality standards that would result in endorsement by a 
professional organization.
    The awardee will be required to develop a tool/instrument to 
monitor and evaluate the piloted curriculum--using the captured data to 
adjust and/or modify the curriculum as needed. In addition, pre/post 
evaluations and quizzes should be developed along with a follow-up 
questionnaire to measure the trainees' mastery of established 
competencies.
    Modules may address the following: Motivational Interviewing; 
Supportive Case Management; Employability Skills; Employment Readiness 
Classes/Skills; Labor Market Information; Collaboration with External 
Agencies; Relationships with Employers; Cognitive Behavioral Theory, 
and Gender Responsivity.
    Required Expertise: Successful applicants will be able to 
demonstrate their knowledge/experience in the following areas: Offender 
Workforce Development; Employment Retention; Cognitive Behavioral 
Therapy; Behavioral Health Issues; Risk/Needs Assessment Tools; 
Criminogenic Needs; Strength-based Approaches; Relapse Prevention, and 
Professional Certification/Endorsement Procedures.
    Application Requirements: Applications should be concisely written, 
typed double spaced (not to exceed 20 pages) and reference the project 
by the ``NIC Opportunity Number'' and Title in this announcement. The 
package must include: a cover letter that identifies the audit agency 
responsible for the applicant's financial accounts as well as the audit 
period or fiscal year that the applicant operates under (e.g., July 1 
through June 30); a program narrative in response to the statement of 
work and a budget narrative explaining projected costs. The following 
forms must also be included: OMB Standard Form 424, Application for 
Federal Assistance; OMB Standard Form 424A, Budget information--Non-
Construction Programs; OMB Standard Form 424B, Assurances--Non-
Construction Programs (these forms are available at https://www.grants.gov) and DOJ/NIC Certification Regarding Lobbying; 
Debarment, Suspension and Other Responsibility Matters and the Drug-
Free Workplace Requirements (available at https://www.nicic.gov/Downloads/PDF/certif-frm.pdf.)
    Applications may be submitted in hard copy, or electronically via 
https://www.grants.gov. If submitted in hard copy, please include an 
original and three copies of the full proposal (program and budget 
narratives, application forms and assurances). The original should have 
the applicant's signature in blue ink.
    Authority: Public Law 93-415.
    Funds Available: NIC is seeking the applicant's best ideas 
regarding accomplishment of the scope of work and the related costs for 
achieving the goals of this solicitation. The final budget and award 
amount will be negotiated between NIC and the successful applicant. 
Funds may only be used for the activities that are linked to the 
desired outcome of the project.
    This project will be a collaborative venture with the NIC's 
Transition and Offender Workforce Development Division and Academy.
    Eligibility of Applicants: An eligible applicant is any public or 
private agency, educational institution, organization, individual or 
team with expertise in the described areas.
    Review Considerations: Applications received under this 
announcement will be subjected to a 3 to 5 person NIC Peer Review 
Process. The criteria for the evaluation of each application will be as 
follows:
Programmatic (60%)
    Is there demonstrated knowledge of--NIC's Offender Workforce 
Development training? offender employment barriers and offender risk/
needs assessment instruments? techniques and/or interventions that 
successfully address offender retention issues? curriculum development 
and certification/endorsement procedures? Are project goals/tasks 
adequately discussed? Is there a clear statement of how project goals 
will be accomplished, to include: Major tasks that will lead to 
achieving the goal; the strategies to be employed; required staffing 
and other required resources? Are there any innovative approaches, 
techniques, or design aspects proposed that will enhance the project?

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Organizational (20%)
    Do the skills, knowledge, and expertise of the organization and the 
proposed project staff demonstrate a high level of competency to carry 
out the tasks? Does the applicant/organization have the necessary 
experience and organizational capacity to carry out all goals of the 
project? Are the proposed project management and staffing plans 
realistic and sufficient to complete the project within the 12-month 
time frame?
Project Management/Administration (20%)
    Does the applicant identify reasonable objectives, milestones, and 
measures to track progress? If consultants and/or partnerships are 
proposed, is there a reasonable justification for their inclusion in 
the project and a clear structure to insure effective coordination? Is 
the proposed budget realistic and provide sufficient cost detail/
narrative, and represent good value relative to the anticipated 
results?

    Note: NIC will NOT award a cooperative agreement to an applicant 
who does not have a Dun and Bradstreet Database Universal Number 
(DUNS) and is not registered in the Central Contractor Registry 
(CCR).

    A DUNS number can be received at no cost by calling the dedicated 
toll-free DUNS number request line at 1-800-333-0505 (if you are a sole 
proprietor, you would dial 1-866-705-5711 and select option 1).
    Registration in the CRR can be done online at the CCR Web site: 
https://www.ccr.gov. A CCR Handbook and worksheet can also be reviewed 
at the Web site.
    Number of Awards: One.
    NIC Opportunity Number: 10K121. This number should appear as a 
reference line in the cover letter, where indicated on Standard Form 
424, and outside of the envelope in which the application is sent.
    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 16.601.
    Executive Order 12372: This project is not subject to the 
provisions of Executive Order 12372.

Morris L. Thigpen,
Deputy Director, National Institute of Corrections.
[FR Doc. E9-29008 Filed 12-3-09; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4410-36-P