Office of Direct Service and Contracting Tribes; National Indian Health Outreach and Education, 50661-50670 [2014-20113]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 164 / Monday, August 25, 2014 / Notices AboutAdvisoryCommittees/ ucm111462.htm for procedures on public conduct during advisory committee meetings. Notice of this meeting is given under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. app. 2). Dated: August 19, 2014. Peter Lurie, Associate Commissioner for Policy and Planning. [FR Doc. 2014–20016 Filed 8–22–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4164–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Indian Health Service Office of Direct Service and Contracting Tribes; National Indian Health Outreach and Education Announcement Type: Limited New and Competing Continuation. Funding Announcement Number: HHS–2014–IHS–NIHOE–0001. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 93.933. Key Dates Application Deadline Date: September 25, 2014. Review Date: September 26, 2014. Earliest Anticipated Start Date: September 30, 2014. Proof of Non-Profit Status Due Date: September 25, 2014. I. Funding Opportunity Description emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES Statutory Authority The Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting competitive cooperative agreement applications for the National Indian Health Outreach and Education (NIHOE) I limited competition cooperative agreement program. This award includes the following four components, as described in this announcement: ‘‘Line Item 128 Health Education and Outreach funds,’’ ‘‘Health Care Policy Analysis and Review,’’ ‘‘Budget Formulation,’’ and ‘‘Tribal Leaders Diabetes Committee’’ (TLDC). This program is authorized under the Snyder Act, codified at 25 U.S.C. 13. This program is described in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance under 93.933. Background The NIHOE program carries out health program objectives in the American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/ AN) community in the interest of improving Indian health care for all 566 Federally-recognized Tribes, including Tribal governments operating their own VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:31 Aug 22, 2014 Jkt 232001 50661 health care delivery systems through self-determination contracts with the IHS and Tribes that continue to receive health care directly from the IHS. This program addresses health policy and health program issues and disseminates educational information to all AI/AN Tribes and villages. This program requires that public forums be held at Tribal educational consumer conferences to disseminate changes and updates in the latest health care information. This program also requires that regional and national meetings be coordinated for information dissemination as well as the inclusion of planning and technical assistance and health care recommendations on behalf of participating Tribes to ultimately inform IHS based on Tribal input through a broad based consumer network. experience will lack the established relationships with Tribes and Tribal organizations throughout the country that will facilitate participation and the open and honest exchange of information between Tribes and HHS. With the limited funds available for these projects, HHS must ensure that the education and outreach efforts described in this announcement reach the widest audience possible in a timely fashion, are appropriately tailored to the needs of AI/AN communities throughout the country, and come from a source that AI/ANs recognize and trust. For these reasons, this is a limited competition announcement. Purpose The purpose of this IHS cooperative agreement is to further IHS’s mission and goals related to providing quality health care to the AI/AN community through outreach and education efforts with the sole outcome of improving Indian health care. This award includes the following four health services components: Line Item 128 Health Education and Outreach funds, Health Care Policy Analysis and Review, Budget Formulation, and Tribal Leaders Diabetes Committee (TLDC). Estimated Funds Available Limited Competition Justification Competition for the award included in this announcement is limited to national Indian health care organizations with at least ten years of experience providing education and outreach on a national scale. This limitation ensures that the awardee will have: (1) A national information-sharing infrastructure which will facilitate the timely exchange of information between the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Tribes and Tribal organizations on a broad scale; (2) a national perspective on the needs of AI/ AN communities that will ensure that the information developed and disseminated through the projects is appropriate, useful and addresses the most pressing needs of AI/AN communities; and (3) established relationships with Tribes and Tribal organizations that will foster open and honest participation by AI/AN communities. Regional or local organizations will not have the mechanisms in place to conduct communication on a national level, nor will they have an accurate picture of the health care needs facing AI/ANs nationwide. Organizations with less PO 00000 Frm 00048 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 II. Award Information Type of Award Cooperative Agreement. The total amount of funding identified for the current fiscal year (FY) 2014 is approximately $766,000. Three hundred thousand dollars ($300,000) is estimated for outreach, education, and support to Tribes who have elected to leave their Tribal Shares with the IHS (this amount could vary based on Tribal Shares assumptions; Line Item 128 Health Education and Outreach funding will be awarded in partial increments based on availability and amount of funding); $200,000 for the Health Care Policy Analysis and Review; $16,000 for the Budget Formulation; and $250,000 associated with providing legislative education, outreach and communications support to the IHS TLDC and to facilitate Tribal consultation on the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI). The amount of funding available for both competing and continuation awards issued under this announcement is subject to the availability of appropriations and budgetary priorities of the Agency. The IHS is under no obligation to make awards that are selected for funding under this announcement. Anticipated Number of Awards One award will be issued under this program announcement comprised of the following four components: Line Item 128 Health Education and Outreach; Health Care Policy Analysis and Review; Budget Formulation; and TLDC. Project Period The project period will run for one year from September 30, 2014 through September 29, 2015. E:\FR\FM\25AUN1.SGM 25AUN1 50662 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 164 / Monday, August 25, 2014 / Notices Cooperative Agreement Cooperative agreements awarded by HHS are administered under the same policies as a grant. The funding agency (IHS) is required to have substantial programmatic involvement in the project during the entire award segment. Below is a detailed description of the level of involvement required for both IHS and the grantee. IHS will be responsible for activities listed under section A and the grantee will be responsible for activities listed under section B as stated: emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES Substantial Involvement Description for Cooperative Agreement A. IHS Programmatic Involvement 1. The IHS assigned program official will work in partnership with the awardee in all decisions involving strategy, hiring of personnel, deployment of resources, release of public information materials, quality assurance, coordination of activities, any training, reports, budget and evaluation. Collaboration includes data analysis, interpretation of findings and reporting. 2. The IHS assigned program official will monitor the overall progress of the awardee’s execution of the requirements of the award noted below, as well as their adherence to the terms and conditions of the cooperative agreement. This includes providing guidance for required reports, development of tools, and other products, interpreting program findings and assistance with evaluation and overcoming any slippages encountered. 3. The IHS assigned program official will coordinate review and provide final approval of any deliverables, including printed materials, reports, testimony, and PowerPoint slides, prior to their distribution or dissemination to HHS, Tribes, or the public. 4. The IHS assigned program official will also coordinate the following: • Discussion and release of any and all special grant conditions upon fulfillment. • Monthly scheduled conference calls. • Appropriate dissemination of required reports to each participating IHS program. 5. IHS will jointly with the awardee, plan and set an agenda for an annual conference that: • Shares the outcomes of the outreach and health education training provided. • Fosters collaboration amongst the participating IHS program offices. • Increases visibility for the partnership between the awardee and IHS. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:31 Aug 22, 2014 Jkt 232001 • HHS Conference Policy: 6. IHS will provide guidance in preparing articles for publication and/or presentations of program successes, lessons learned and new findings. 7. IHS staff will review articles concerning the HHS for accuracy and may, if requested by the awardee, provide relevant articles. 8. IHS will communicate, via monthly conference calls and meetings, individual or collective (all participating programs) site visits to the awardee. 9. IHS will provide technical assistance to the awardee as requested. 10. IHS staff may, at the request of the entity’s board, participate on study groups, attend board meetings, and recommend topics for analysis and discussion. B. Grantee Cooperative Agreement Award Activities The awardee must obtain written IHS approval of all deliverables produced with award funds, including printed materials, reports, testimony, and PowerPoint slides, prior to their distribution or dissemination to HHS, Tribes, or the public. The awardee must comply with relevant Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular provisions regarding lobbying, any applicable lobbying restrictions provided under other law and any applicable restriction on the use of appropriated funds for lobbying activities. 1. ‘‘Pre-Conference Grant Requirements. The awardee is required to comply with the ‘‘HHS Policy on Promoting Efficient Spending: Use of Appropriated Funds for Conferences and Meeting Space, Food, Promotional Items, and Printing and Publications,’’ dated December 16, 2013 (‘‘Policy’’), as applicable to conferences funded by grants and cooperative agreements. The Policy is available at http:// www.hhs.gov/asfr/ogapa/acquisition/ policies/promoting-efficient-conferencespending-policy-12-16-2013.html. The awardee is required to: Provide a separate detailed budget justification and narrative for each conference anticipated. The cost categories to be addressed are as follows: (1) Contract/Planner, (2) Meeting Space/Venue, (3) Registration Web site, (4) Audio Visual, (5) Speakers Fees, (6) Non-Federal Attendee Travel, (7) Registration Fees, (8) Other (explain in detail and cost breakdown). For additional questions please contact Mr. Chris Buchanan on (301) 443–1104 or email him at Chris.Buchanan@ihs.gov. 2. Line Item 128 Health Education and Outreach Funding Is Utilized for PO 00000 Frm 00049 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Outreach, Health Education, and Support to Tribes—approximately $300,000 funding is available. The awardee is expected to: Meeting Responsibilities (Required) Estimated Costs: The estimated costs for this activity shall not exceed $100,000. The awardee shall work with IHS/Office of Direct Service and Contracting Tribes (ODSCT) closely on this item. As the sponsoring agency, IHS meeting attendees will not incur registration fees. a. Host an annual conference to disseminate changes and updates on health care information relative to AI/ AN. Meeting Responsibilities (Required) Estimated Costs: The estimated costs for this activity shall not exceed $100,000. The awardee shall work with IHS/Office of Direct Service and Contracting Tribes (ODSCT) closely on this item. As the sponsoring agency, IHS meeting attendees will not incur registration fees. b. Host a mid-year consumer conference(s) as appropriate to disseminate changes and updates on health care information relative to AI/ AN. Coordination, Dissemination, and Technical Assistance Responsibilities (Required) Estimated Costs: The estimated costs for this activity shall not exceed $100,000. The awardee shall work with IHS/Office of Direct Service and Contracting Tribes (ODSCT) closely on this item. c. Conduct regional and national meeting coordination as appropriate. d. Conduct health care information dissemination as appropriate. e. Coordinate planning and technical assistance needs on behalf of Tribes/ Tribal Organizations (T/TO) to IHS. f. Convey health care recommendations on behalf of T/TO to IHS. 3. Health Care Policy Analysis and Review: This funding component requires the awardee to provide IHS with research and analysis of the impact of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) programs on AI/AN beneficiaries and the health care delivery system that serves these beneficiaries. $200,000 funding is available for analysis of CMS programs that affect AI/AN beneficiaries. The awardee will produce measurable outcomes to include: a. Analytical reports, policy review and recommendation documents—The E:\FR\FM\25AUN1.SGM 25AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 164 / Monday, August 25, 2014 / Notices products will be in the form of written (hard copy and/or electronic files) documents that contain analysis of relevant health care issues to be reported on a monthly or quarterly basis during the IHS and CMS ‘‘All Tribes Calls’’ and face-to-face meetings with hard copies submitted to the Director, Office of Resource, Access and Partnerships (ORAP)/IHS. b. Educational and informational materials to be disseminated by the awardee and communicated to IHS and Tribal health program staff during monthly and quarterly conferences, the annual consumer conference, meetings and training sessions. This can be in the form of PowerPoint presentations, informational brochures, and/or handout materials. The IHS will provide guidance and assistance as needed. Copies of all deliverables shall be submitted to the IHS/Office of Direct Service and Contracting Tribes (ODSCT) and ORAP/ IHS. 4. Tribal Budget Consultation— Budget Formulation: The Awardee will provide assistance to IHS, Tribes, the Budget Formulation Workgroup, and to the technical team, by performing the following activities in coordination and support of the IHS Tribal Budget Consultation. Budget consultation is required by the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, 25 U.S.C. 450j–1(i). Approximately $16,000 funding is available. National Budget Work Session—January 2015 emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES Meeting Responsibilities (Required) Estimated Costs: The estimated costs for this activity shall not exceed $6,500. The awardee shall work with IHS/Office of Finance and Accounting (OFA)/ Division of Budget Formulation (DBF) closely on this item. Recordation of Meeting—The awardee shall take minutes during the work session. a. Minutes should be recorded in a clear and concise manner and identify all speakers including presenters and any individuals contributing comments or motions. b. Minutes will be recorded in an objective manner. c. Minutes shall include a record of any comments, votes, or recommendations made, as well as notation of any handouts and other materials referenced by speakers, documented by the speaker’s name and affiliation. d. Minutes shall document any written materials that were distributed VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:31 Aug 22, 2014 Jkt 232001 at the meeting. These materials will be included with the submission of the transcription and the summary page outlining all key topics. e. Minutes will include information regarding the next meeting, including the date, time and location and a list of topics to be addressed. f. The minutes must be submitted to IHS/OFA for review and approval within five working days. Further Instructions: The awardee shall: a. Package and distribute results of work session to IHS/OFA within five working days, which includes minutes and the final set of agreed upon national budget and health priorities; and b. Provide final documents needed for IHS budget formulation Web site. HHS TRIBAL Consultation—March 2015 Preparation and Meeting Responsibilities Estimated Costs: The estimated costs for this activity shall not exceed $3,000. The awardee shall work with IHS/OFA/ DBF closely on this item. The Tribal testimony is a combined effort that is written and presented by the National Tribal Budget Formulation Workgroup. The testimony is presented to the Secretary of HHS and related staff as part of the Annual National U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Tribal Budget and Policy Consultation. Assist the selected Tribal Budget Formulation Workgroup to prepare for the HHS Consultation meeting to: a. Arrange a workgroup meeting; b. Prepare testimony, and PowerPoint presentation with talking points, with the content of both based on input from the workgroup and technical team and with the awardee responsible for formatting and design of the products; c. Submit testimony and draft PowerPoint presentation to IHS for review and approval; d. Package and distribute final materials, once approval from IHS is obtained; and e. Deliver final testimony to IHS Budget Formulation prior to the presentation for final printing. Assist Tribal presenters as needed with rehearsal of the presentation. Arrange working space for the workgroup to provide final input to the presentation and finalize presentation, if needed—not to exceed two days. Budget Formulation Evaluation/ Planning Meeting—May 2015 Meeting Responsibilities (Required) Estimated Costs: The estimated costs for this activity shall not exceed $6,500. PO 00000 Frm 00050 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 50663 The awardee shall work with IHS/OFA/ DBF closely on this item. Recordation of Meeting—The awardee shall take minutes during the work session. a. Minutes should be recorded in a clear and concise manner and identify all speakers including presenters and any individuals contributing comments or motions. b. Minutes will be recorded in an objective manner. c. Minutes shall include a record of any comments, votes, or recommendations made, as well as notation of any handouts and other materials referenced by speakers, documented by the speaker’s name and affiliation. d. Minutes shall document any written materials that were distributed at the meeting. These materials will be included with the submission of the transcription and the summary page outlining all key topics. e. Minutes will include information regarding the next meeting, including the date, time and location and a list of topics to be addressed. f. The minutes must be submitted to IHS/OFA for review and approval within five working days. Further Instructions— Package and distribute results of work session: a. To OFA within five working days; and b. Provide final documents needed for IHS budget formulation Web site. Additionally: • All expenses will be itemized. • If costs exceed the estimated cost for any part of this Scope of Work, approval from IHS/OFA must be granted before any release of funds. • Preapproval from IHS is required before any subcontract may be awarded at a price above the estimated cost. 5. Facilitate Tribal Consultation on SDPI, Provide Meeting Support for TLDC, and Provide Education, Outreach and Communications Support. A total of $250,000 is available for tasks associated with providing meeting support for the TLDC and providing education, outreach and communications support on the activities of the TLDC, the SDPI grant program and related diabetes/chronic disease issues. TLDC Meetings Meeting Responsibilities (Required). Estimated Costs: The estimated costs for this activity shall not exceed $184,000 or $46,000 per quarterly meeting. The awardee shall work with DDTP closely on this item. a. Arrange TLDC Meetings and Strategic Planning workgroup sessions E:\FR\FM\25AUN1.SGM 25AUN1 emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES 50664 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 164 / Monday, August 25, 2014 / Notices i. Face-to-Face TLDC Meetings (up to Quarterly) 1. Location to be determined by TLDC members and the IHS Director. Every effort will be made to utilize Federal meeting space for TLDC meetings. 2. Provide on-site logistical support for TLDC meetings, including coordination of meeting activities, room set-up, registration, services, and materials (e.g. badges, name tents, agendas and other meeting documents). ii. TLDC Strategic Planning Workgroups 1. Schedule conference calls and/or webinars for four workgroups. Schedule of calls will be made in conjunction with TLDC members. b. Develop TLDC workgroup session agendas with the Division of Diabetes Treatment Program (DDTP) and TLDC. c. Record and provide minutes of TLDC meetings and workgroup sessions i. Minutes will be completed as follows: 1. Minutes will be recorded in a clear and concise manner and identify all speakers including presenters and any individuals contributing comments or motions. 2. Minutes will be recorded in an objective manner. 3. Minutes shall include a record of any comments, votes, or recommendations made, as well as notation of any handouts and other materials referenced by speakers, documented by the speaker’s name and affiliation. 4. Minutes shall document any written materials that were distributed at the meeting. These materials will be included with the submission of the transcription and the summary page outlining all key topics. 5. Minutes will include information regarding the next meeting, including the date, time and location and a list of topics to be addressed. 6. The minutes must be submitted to IHS/DDTP for review and approval within five working days after each TLDC general or workgroup meeting or teleconference. ii. Provide final minutes and pertinent documents to IHS/DDTP within five working days of receiving IHS/ DDTP’s edits on the draft version. d. Coordinate travel planning and travel/per diem reimbursement in accordance with the approved TLDC charter for 12 TLDC members (or their assigned alternate) and five VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:35 Aug 22, 2014 Jkt 232001 technical advisors to attend up to four quarterly TLDC meetings i. Travel planning and reimbursement process will include: 1. Direct communication with TLDC members (and alternates, as necessary) and technical advisors to assist in travel arrangements. 2. Provide logistical information to TLDC members and advisors for meeting location and lodging. 3. Prepare and distribute reimbursement forms with clear instructions in advance of the meeting and serve as the point of contact for communicating any additional travel information that is required. 4. Collect reimbursement forms and provide timely reimbursement of approved participants’ expenses within 30 days of the receipt of the claim forms. 5. Provide a detailed travel reimbursement report to DDTP within 60 days of the TLDC meeting. 6. Maintain an active TLDC email directory in order to assist DDTP and TLDC with disseminating related meeting, travel and reimbursement information and soliciting related feedback. 7. Include identified DDTP staff on all email correspondence to TLDC members and technical advisors. Provide Education, Outreach and Communications Support Education, Outreach and Communication Support Responsibilities (Required). Estimated Costs: The estimated cost for these activities is $66,000. The awardee shall work with DDTP closely on this item. e. Communicate with Tribal leaders and Indian organizations about the activities of the TLDC, the SDPI grant program and related diabetes/ chronic disease issues. i. Provide factual information, review and analysis of legislative and policy issues that are relevant to diabetes and related chronic conditions in AI/ANs and on related health care disparities in written and e-file format for the purpose of keeping TLDC membership up-to-date on such information and for sharing with other Tribal leadership, Indian organizations and others. ii. Coordinate sharing DDTP-approved information with national nonprofit organizations such as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the American Diabetes Association for strengthening outreach to Tribes and Tribal communities as well as PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 education and outreach to nonIndian communities in the United States about AI/ANs living with diabetes and other chronic diseases. iii. Support registration, presentation, and exhibit costs for up to five DDTP staff and assignees to potentially include a plenary and up to four workshop presentations on diabetes, SDPI and related chronic disease at meetings such as: 1. National Indian Health Board (NIHB) Public Health Summit and the NIHB Annual Consumer Conference; and 2. Other national Tribal health care conferences/meetings such as the National Congress of American Indians Annual Convention. iv. Support exhibit opportunity for SDPI Community-directed and Diabetes Prevention/Health Heart Initiatives grant programs to display programmatic information at the 2015 NIHB Public Health Summit. III. Eligibility Information This is a limited competition announcement. 1. Eligibility To be eligible for this ‘‘New/ Competing Continuation Announcement,’’ an eligible applicant must be a 501(c)(3) national Indian organization that has demonstrated expertise as follows: • Representing all Tribal governments and providing a variety of services to Tribes, Area Health Boards, Tribal organizations, and Federal agencies, and playing a major role in focusing attention on Indian health care needs, resulting in improved health outcomes for Tribes. • Promoting and supporting Indian education and coordinating efforts to inform AI/AN of Federal decisions that affect Tribal government interests including the improvement of Indian health care. • Administering national health policy and health programs. • Maintaining a national AI/AN constituency and clearly supporting critical services and activities within the IHS mission of improving the quality of health care for AI/AN people. • Supporting improved healthcare in Indian Country. • Applicants must provide proof of non-profit status with the application, e.g. 501(c)(3). The national Indian organization must have the infrastructure in place to accomplish the work under the proposed program. E:\FR\FM\25AUN1.SGM 25AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 164 / Monday, August 25, 2014 / Notices 2. Cost Sharing or Matching The IHS does not require matching funds or cost sharing for grants or cooperative agreements. 3. Other Requirements If application budgets exceed the highest dollar amount outlined under the ‘‘Estimated Funds Available’’ section within this funding announcement, the application will be considered ineligible and will not be reviewed for further consideration. If deemed ineligible, IHS will not return the application. The applicant will be notified by email by the Division of Grants Management (DGM) of this decision. The following documentation is required: Proof of Non-Profit Status Organizations claiming non-profit status must submit proof. A copy of the 501(c)(3) Certificate must be received with the application submission by the Application Deadline Date listed under the Key Dates section on page one of this announcement. Note: Please refer to Section IV.2 (Application and Submission Information/ Subsection 2, Content and Form of Application Submission) for additional proof of applicant status documents required such as the proof of non-profit status, etc. An applicant submitting any of the above additional documentation after the initial application submission due date is required to ensure the information was received by the IHS by obtaining documentation confirming delivery (i.e. FedEx tracking, postal return receipt, etc.). IV. Application and Submission Information 1. Obtaining Application Materials The application package and detailed instructions for this announcement can be found at http://www.Grants.gov or https://www.ihs.gov/dgm/ index.cfm?module=dsp_dgm_funding. Questions regarding the electronic application process may be directed to Mr. Paul Gettys at (301) 443–2114. emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES 2. Content and Form Application Submission The applicant must include the project narrative as an attachment to the application package. Mandatory documents for all applicants include: • Table of contents. • Abstract (one page) summarizing the project. • Application forms: Æ SF–424, Application for Federal Assistance. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:31 Aug 22, 2014 Jkt 232001 Æ SF–424A, Budget Information— Non-Construction Programs. Æ SF–424B, Assurances—NonConstruction Programs. • Budget Justification and Narrative (must be single spaced and not exceed five pages). • Project Narrative (must be single spaced and not exceed ten pages for each of the four components listed). Æ Background information on the organization. Æ Proposed scope of work, objectives, and activities that provide a description of what will be accomplished, including a one-page Timeframe Chart. • Letter of Support from organization’s Board of Directors. • 501(c)(3) Certificate (if applicable). • Position Descriptions for key personnel. • Resumes of key personnel. • Contractor/Consultant resumes or qualifications and scope of work. • Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (SF– LLL). • Certification Regarding Lobbying (GGLobbying Form). • Copy of current Negotiated Indirect Cost rate (IDC) agreement (required) in order to receive IDC. • Organizational Chart (optional). • Documentation of current Office of Management and Budget (OMB) A–133 required Financial Audit (if applicable). Acceptable forms of documentation include: Æ Email confirmation from Federal Audit Clearinghouse (FAC) that audits were submitted; or Æ Face sheets from audit reports. These can be found on the FAC Web site: http:// harvester.census.gov/sac/dissem/ accessoptions.html?submit=Go+ To+Database. 50665 responses and required information in the correct section (noted below), or they shall not be considered or scored. These narratives will assist the Objective Review Committee (ORC) in becoming more familiar with the applicant’s activities and accomplishments prior to this grant award. If the narrative exceeds the page limit, only the first ten pages of each of the four components will be reviewed. The ten pages per component page limit for the narrative does not include the work plan, standard forms, table of contents, budget, budget narrative justifications, and/or other appendix items. There are three parts to the narrative: Part A—Program Information; Part B— Program Planning and Evaluation; and Part C—Program Report. See below for additional details about what must be included in the narrative. Part A: Program Information (2 Page Limitation) Section 1: Needs Describe how the national Indian organization has the expertise to provide outreach and education efforts on a continuing basis regarding the pertinent changes and updates in health care for each of the four components listed herein. Requirements for Project and Budget Narratives Part B: Program Planning and Evaluation (6 Page Limitation) Section 1: Program Plans Describe fully and clearly how the national Indian organization plans to address the NIHOE requirements, including how the national Indian organization plans to demonstrate improved health education and outreach services to all 566 Federallyrecognized Tribes for each of the four components described herein. Include proposed timelines as appropriate and applicable. Section 2: Program Evaluation Describe fully and clearly how the outreach and education efforts will impact changes in knowledge and awareness in Tribal communities. Identify anticipated or expected benefits for the Tribal constituency. A. Project Narrative: This narrative should be a separate Word document that is no longer than ten pages per each component and must: Be single-spaced, be type written, have consecutively numbered pages, use black type not smaller than 12 characters per one inch, and be printed on one side only of standard size 81⁄2″ by 11″ paper. Be sure to succinctly address and answer all questions listed under each part of the narrative and place all Part C: Program Report (2 Page Limitation) Section 1: Describe major accomplishments over the last 24 months. Please identify and describe significant program achievements associated with the delivery of quality health outreach and education services for each of the four components. Provide a comparison of the actual accomplishments to the goals Public Policy Requirements All Federal-wide public policies apply to IHS grants and cooperative agreements with exception of the Discrimination policy. PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\25AUN1.SGM 25AUN1 50666 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 164 / Monday, August 25, 2014 / Notices emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES established for the project period, or if applicable, provide justification for the lack of progress. Section 2: Describe major activities over the last 24 months. Please identify and summarize recent major health related project activities of the work done regarding each of the four components during the project period. B. Budget Narrative: This narrative must include a line item budget with a narrative justification for all expenditures identifying reasonable and allowable costs necessary to accomplish the goals and objectives as outlined in the project narrative. The budget narrative should match the scope of work described in the project narrative. The page limitation should not exceed five pages. 3. Submission Dates and Times Applications must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov by 12:00 a.m., midnight Eastern Time (ET) on the Application Deadline Date listed in the Key Dates section on page one of this announcement. Any application received after the application deadline will not be accepted for processing, nor will it be given further consideration for funding. Grants.gov will notify the applicant via email if the application is rejected. If technical challenges arise and assistance is required with the electronic application process, contact Grants.gov Customer Support via email to support@grants.gov or at (800) 518– 4726. Customer Support is available to address questions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (except on Federal holidays). If problems persist, contact Mr. Paul Gettys, DGM (Paul.Gettys@ihs.gov) at (301) 443–2114. Please be sure to contact Mr. Gettys at least ten days prior to the application deadline. Please do not contact the DGM until you have received a Grants.gov tracking number. In the event you are not able to obtain a tracking number, call the DGM as soon as possible. If the applicant needs to submit a paper application instead of submitting electronically via Grants.gov, as waiver must be requested. Prior approval must be requested and obtained from Ms. Tammy Bagley, Acting Director of DGM, (see Section IV.6 below for additional information). The waiver must: (1) Be documented in writing (emails are acceptable), before submitting a paper application and (2) include clear justification for the need to deviate from the required electronic grants submission process. Written waiver request can be sent to GrantsPolicy@ ihs.gov with a copy to Tammy.Bagley@ ihs.gov. Once the waiver request has VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:31 Aug 22, 2014 Jkt 232001 been approved, the applicant will receive a confirmation of approval and the mailing address to submit the application. Paper applications that are submitted without a copy of the signed waiver from the Acting Director of the DGM will not be reviewed or considered further for funding. The applicant will be notified via email of this decision by the Grants Management Officer of the DGM. Paper applications must be received by the DGM no later than 5:00 p.m., ET, on the Application Deadline Date listed in the Key Dates section on page one of this announcement. Late applications will not be accepted for processing or considered for funding. 4. Intergovernmental Review Executive Order 12372 requiring intergovernmental review is not applicable to this program. 5. Funding Restrictions • Pre-award costs are not allowable. • The available funds are inclusive of direct and appropriate indirect costs. • Only one cooperative agreement will be awarded per applicant. • IHS will not acknowledge receipt of applications. 6. Electronic Submission Requirements All applications must be submitted electronically. Please use the http:// www.Grants.gov Web site to submit an application electronically and select the ‘‘Find Grant Opportunities’’ link on the homepage. Download a copy of the application package, complete it offline, and then upload and submit the completed application via the http:// www.Grants.gov Web site. Electronic copies of the application may not be submitted as attachments to email messages addressed to IHS employees or offices. If the applicant receives a waiver to submit paper application documents, they must follow the rules and timelines that are noted below. The applicant must seek assistance at least ten days prior to the Application Deadline Date listed in the Key Dates section on page one of this announcement. Applicants that do not adhere to the timelines for System for Award Management (SAM) and/or http:// www.Grants.gov registration or that fail to request timely assistance with technical issues will not be considered for a waiver to submit a paper application. Please be aware of the following: • Please search for the application package in http://www.Grants.gov by entering the CFDA number or the Funding Opportunity Number. Both PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 numbers are located in the header of this announcement. • If you experience technical challenges while submitting your application electronically, please contact Grants.gov Support directly at: support@grants.gov or (800) 518–4726. Customer Support is available to address questions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (except on Federal holidays). • Upon contacting Grants.gov, obtain a tracking number as proof of contact. The tracking number is helpful if there are technical issues that cannot be resolved and a waiver from the agency must be obtained. • If it is determined that a waiver is needed, the applicant must submit a request in writing (emails are acceptable) to GrantsPolicy@ihs.gov with a copy to Tammy.Bagley@ihs.gov. Please include a clear justification for the need to deviate from the standard electronic submission process. • If the waiver is approved, the application should be sent directly to the DGM by the Application Deadline Date listed in the Key Dates section on page one of this announcement. • Applicants are strongly encouraged not to wait until the deadline date to begin the application process through Grants.gov as the registration process for SAM and Grants.gov could take up to fifteen working days. • Please use the optional attachment feature in Grants.gov to attach additional documentation that may be requested by the DGM. • All applicants must comply with any page limitation requirements described in this Funding Announcement. • After electronically submitting the application, the applicant will receive an automatic acknowledgment from Grants.gov that contains a Grants.gov tracking number. The DGM will download the application from Grants.gov and provide necessary copies to the appropriate agency officials. Neither the DGM nor the ODSCT will notify the applicant that the application has been received. • Email applications will not be accepted under this announcement. Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) All IHS applicants and grantee organizations are required to obtain a DUNS number and maintain an active registration in the SAM database. The DUNS number is a unique 9-digit identification number provided by D&B which uniquely identifies each entity. The DUNS number is site specific; therefore, each distinct performance site may be assigned a DUNS number. E:\FR\FM\25AUN1.SGM 25AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 164 / Monday, August 25, 2014 / Notices Obtaining a DUNS number is easy, and there is no charge. To obtain a DUNS number, please access it through http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform, or to expedite the process, call (866) 705– 5711. All HHS recipients are required by the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006, as amended (‘‘Transparency Act’’), to report information on subawards. Accordingly, all IHS grantees must notify potential first-tier subrecipients that no entity may receive a first-tier subaward unless the entity has provided its DUNS number to the prime grantee organization. This requirement ensures the use of a universal identifier to enhance the quality of information available to the public pursuant to the Transparency Act. emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES System for Award Management (SAM) Organizations that were not registered with Central Contractor Registration and have not registered with SAM will need to obtain a DUNS number first and then access the SAM online registration through the SAM home page at https://www.sam.gov (U.S. organizations will also need to provide an Employer Identification Number from the Internal Revenue Service that may take an additional 2–5 weeks to become active). Completing and submitting the registration takes approximately one hour to complete and SAM registration will take 3–5 business days to process. Registration with the SAM is free of charge. Applicants may register online at https://www.sam.gov. Additional information on implementing the Transparency Act, including the specific requirements for DUNS and SAM, can be found on the IHS Grants Management, Grants Policy Web site: https://www.ihs.gov/dgm/ index.cfm?module=dsp_dgm_policy_ topics. V. Application Review Information The instructions for preparing the application narrative also constitute the evaluation criteria for reviewing and scoring the application. Weights assigned to each section are noted in parentheses. The ten page narrative allowed per each of the four components page narrative should include only the first year of activities. The narrative section should be written in a manner that is clear to outside reviewers unfamiliar with prior related activities of the applicant. It should be well organized, succinct, and contain all information necessary for reviewers to understand the project fully. Points will be assigned to each evaluation criteria VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:31 Aug 22, 2014 Jkt 232001 adding up to a total of 100 points. A minimum score of 60 points is required for funding. Points are assigned as follows: 1. Criteria A. Introduction and Need for Assistance (15 Points) (1) Describe the organization’s current health, education and technical assistance operations as related to the broad spectrum of health needs of the AI/AN community. Include what programs and services are currently provided (i.e., Federally-funded, Statefunded, etc.), any memorandums of agreement with other National, Area or local Indian health board organizations. This could also include HHS agencies that rely on the applicant as the primary gateway organization to AI/AN communities that are capable of providing the dissemination of health information. Include information regarding technologies currently used (i.e., hardware, software, services, Web sites, etc.), and identify the source(s) of technical support for those technologies (i.e., in-house staff, contractors, vendors, etc.). Include information regarding how long the applicant has been operating and its length of association/ partnerships with Area health boards, etc. [historical collaboration]. (2) Describe the organization’s current technical assistance ability. Include what programs and services are currently provided, programs and services projected to be provided, memorandums of agreement with other national Indian organizations that deem the applicant as the primary source of health policy information for AI/AN, memorandums of agreement with other Area Indian health boards, etc. (3) Describe the population to be served by the proposed projects. (4) Identify all previous IHS cooperative agreement awards received, dates of funding and summaries of the projects’ accomplishments. State how previous cooperative agreement funds facilitated education, training and technical assistance nationwide for AI/ ANs and relate the progression of health care information delivery and development relative to the current proposed projects. (Copies of reports will not be accepted.) (5) Describe collaborative and supportive efforts with national, Area and local Indian health boards. (6) Explain the need/reason for your proposed projects by identifying specific gaps or weaknesses in services or infrastructure that will be addressed by the proposed projects. Explain how PO 00000 Frm 00054 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 50667 these gaps/weaknesses have been assessed. (7) If the proposed projects include information technology (i.e., hardware, software, etc.), provide further information regarding measures taken or to be taken that ensure the proposed projects will not create other gaps in services or infrastructure (i.e., negatively or adversely affect IHS interface capability, Government Performance Results Act reporting requirements, contract reporting requirements, Information Technology compatibility, etc.), if applicable. (8) Describe the effect of the proposed projects on current programs (i.e., Federally-funded, State-funded, etc.) and, if applicable, on current equipment (i.e., hardware, software, services, etc.). Include the effect of the proposed projects on planned/anticipated programs and/or equipment. (9) Describe how the projects relate to the purpose of the cooperative agreement by addressing the following: Identify how the proposed projects will address outreach and education regarding each of the four components: Line Item 128 Health Education and Outreach funds, Health Care Policy Analysis and Review, Budget Formulation, and TLDC. B. Project Objective(s), Work Plan and Approach (40 Points) (1) Identify the proposed objective(s) for each of the four projects, as applicable. Objectives should be: • Measurable and (if applicable) quantifiable. • Results oriented. • Time-limited. Example: Issue four quarterly newsletters, provide alerts and quantify number of contacts with Tribes. Goals must be clear and concise. Objectives must be measurable, feasible and attainable for each of the selected projects. (2) Address how the proposed projects will result in change or improvement in program operations or processes for each proposed project objective for all of the projects. Also address what tangible products, if any, are expected from the projects, (i.e., policy analysis, annual conference, midyear conferences, summits, etc.). (3) Address the extent to which the proposed projects will provide, improve, or expand services that address the need(s) of the target population. Include a current strategic plan and business plan that includes the expanded services. Include the plan(s) with the application submission. E:\FR\FM\25AUN1.SGM 25AUN1 50668 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 164 / Monday, August 25, 2014 / Notices (4) Submit a work plan in the appendix which includes the following information: • Provide the action steps on a timeline for accomplishing each of the projects’ proposed objective(s). • Identify who will perform the action steps. • Identify who will supervise the action steps. • Identify what tangible products will be produced during and at the end of the proposed projects’ objective(s). • Identify who will accept and/or approve work products during the duration of the proposed projects and at the end of the proposed projects. • Include any training that will take place during the proposed projects and who will be attending the training. • Include evaluation activities planned in the work plans. (5) If consultants or contractors will be used during the proposed project, please include the following information in their scope of work (or note if consultants/contractors will not be used): • Educational requirements. • Desired qualifications and work experience. • Expected work products to be delivered on a timeline. If a potential consultant/contractor has already been identified, please include a resume in the Appendix. (6) Describe what updates will be required for the continued success of the proposed projects. Include when these updates are anticipated and where funds will come from to conduct the update and/or maintenance. emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES C. Program Evaluation (20 Points) Each proposed objective requires an evaluation component to assess its progression and ensure its completion. Also, include the evaluation activities in the work plan. Describe the proposed plan to evaluate both outcomes and process. Outcome evaluation relates to the results identified in the objectives, and process evaluation relates to the work plan and activities of the project. (1) For outcome evaluation, describe: • What will the criteria be for determining success of each objective? • What data will be collected to determine whether the objective was met? • At what intervals will data be collected? • Who will collect the data and their qualifications? • How will the data be analyzed? • How will the results be used? (2) For process evaluation, describe: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:31 Aug 22, 2014 Jkt 232001 • How will each project be monitored and assessed for potential problems and needed quality improvements? • Who will be responsible for monitoring and managing each project’s improvements based on results of ongoing process improvements and their qualifications? • How will ongoing monitoring be used to improve the projects? • Describe any products, such as manuals or policies, that might be developed and how they might lend themselves to replication by others. • How will the organization document what is learned throughout each of the projects’ periods? (3) Describe any evaluation efforts planned after the grant period has ended. (4) Describe the ultimate benefit to the AI/AN population that the applicant organization serves that will be derived from these projects. D. Organizational Capabilities, Key Personnel and Qualifications (15 Points) This section outlines the broader capacity of the organization to complete the project outlined in the work plan. It includes the identification of personnel responsible for completing tasks and the chain of responsibility for successful completion of the projects outlined in the work plan. (1) Describe the organizational structure of the organization beyond health care activities, if applicable. (2) Describe the ability of the organization to manage the proposed projects. Include information regarding similarly sized projects in scope and financial assistance, as well as other cooperative agreements/grants and projects successfully completed. (3) Describe what equipment (i.e., fax machine, phone, computer, etc.) and facility space (i.e., office space) will be available for use during the proposed projects. Include information about any equipment not currently available that will be purchased through the cooperative agreement/grant. (4) List key personnel who will work on the projects. Include title used in the work plans. In the appendix, include position descriptions and resumes for all key personnel. Position descriptions should clearly describe each position and duties, indicating desired qualifications and experience requirements related to the proposed projects. Resumes must indicate that the proposed staff member is qualified to carry out the proposed projects’ activities. If a position is to be filled, indicate that information on the proposed position description. PO 00000 Frm 00055 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (5) If personnel are to be only partially funded by this cooperative agreement, indicate the percentage of time to be allocated to the projects and identify the resources used to fund the remainder of the individual’s salary. E. Categorical Budget and Budget Justification (10 Points) This section should provide a clear estimate of the projects’ program costs and justification for expenses for the entire cooperative agreement period. The budgets and budget justifications should be consistent with the tasks identified in the work plans. (1) Provide a categorical budget for each of the 12-month budget periods requested for each of the four projects. (2) If indirect costs are claimed, indicate and apply the current negotiated rate to the budget. Include a copy of the rate agreement in the appendix. (3) Provide a narrative justification explaining why each line item is necessary/relevant to the proposed project. Include sufficient cost and other details to facilitate the determination of cost allowability (i.e., equipment specifications, etc.). Appendix Items • Work plan, logic model and/or time line for proposed objectives. • Position descriptions for key staff. • Resumes of key staff that reflect current duties. • Consultant or contractor proposed scope of work and letter of commitment (if applicable). • Current Indirect Cost Agreement. • Organizational chart. • Additional documents to support narrative (i.e. data tables, key news articles, etc.). 2. Review and Selection Each application will be prescreened by the DGM staff for eligibility and completeness as outlined in the funding announcement. Applications that meet the eligibility criteria shall be reviewed for merit by the ORC based on evaluation criteria in this funding announcement. The ORC could be composed of both Tribal and Federal reviewers appointed by the IHS program to review and make recommendations on these applications. The technical review process ensures selection of quality projects in a national competition for limited funding. Incomplete applications and applications that are non-responsive to the eligibility criteria will not be referred to the ORC. Applicants will be notified by DGM, via email, to outline minor missing components (i.e., budget E:\FR\FM\25AUN1.SGM 25AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 164 / Monday, August 25, 2014 / Notices narratives, audit documentation, key contact form) needed for an otherwise complete application. All missing documents must be sent to DGM on or before the due date listed in the email of notification of missing documents required. To obtain a minimum score for funding by the ORC, applicants must address all program requirements and provide all required documentation. VI. Award Administration Information 1. Award Notices The Notice of Award (NoA) is a legally binding document signed by the Grants Management Officer and serves as the official notification of the grant award. The NoA will be initiated by the DGM in our grant system, GrantSolutions (https:// www.grantsolutions.gov). Each entity that is approved for funding under this announcement will need to request or have a user account in GrantSolutions in order to retrieve their NoA. The NoA is the authorizing document for which funds are dispersed to the approved entities and reflects the amount of Federal funds awarded, the purpose of the grant, the terms and conditions of the award, the effective date of the award, and the budget/project period. emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES Disapproved Applicants Applicants who received a score less than the recommended funding level for approval, 60 points, and were deemed to be disapproved by the ORC, will receive an Executive Summary Statement from the IHS program office within 30 days of the conclusion of the ORC outlining the weaknesses and strengths of their application submitted. The IHS program office will also provide additional contact information as needed to address questions and concerns as well as provide technical assistance if desired. Approved but Unfunded Applicants Approved but unfunded applicants that met the minimum scoring range and were deemed by the ORC to be ‘‘Approved,’’ but were not funded due to lack of funding, will have their applications held by DGM for a period of one year. If additional funding becomes available during the course of FY 2014, the approved application may be re-considered by the awarding program office for possible funding. The applicant will also receive an Executive Summary Statement from the IHS program office within 30 days of the conclusion of the ORC. Note: Any correspondence other than the official NoA signed by an IHS Grants VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:31 Aug 22, 2014 Jkt 232001 Management Official announcing to the Project Director that an award has been made to their organization is not an authorization to implement their program on behalf of IHS. 2. Administrative Requirements Cooperative agreements are administered in accordance with the following regulations, policies, and OMB cost principles: A. The criteria as outlined in this Program Announcement. B. Administrative Regulations for Grants: • 45 CFR Part 92, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State, Local and Tribal Governments. • 45 CFR Part 74, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Awards and Subawards to Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and other Non-profit Organizations. C. Grants Policy: • HHS Grants Policy Statement, Revised 01/07. D. Cost Principles: • 2 CFR Part 225—Cost Principles for State, Local, and Indian Tribal Governments (OMB Circular A–87). • 2 CFR Part 230—Cost Principles for Non-Profit Organizations (OMB Circular A–122). E. Audit Requirements: • OMB Circular A–133, Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations. 3. Indirect Costs This section applies to all grant recipients that request reimbursement of indirect costs (IDC) in their grant application. In accordance with HHS Grants Policy Statement, Part II–27, IHS requires applicants to obtain a current IDC rate agreement prior to award. The rate agreement must be prepared in accordance with the applicable cost principles and guidance as provided by the cognizant agency or office. A current rate covers the applicable grant activities under the current award’s budget period. If the current rate is not on file with the DGM at the time of award, the IDC portion of the budget will be restricted. The restrictions remain in place until the current rate is provided to the DGM. Generally, IDC rates for IHS grantees are negotiated with the Division of Cost Allocation (DCA) https://rates.psc.gov/ and the Department of Interior (Interior Business Center) http://www.doi.gov/ ibc/services/Indirect_Cost_Services/ index.cfm. For questions regarding the indirect cost policy, please call (301) 443–5204 to request assistance. PO 00000 Frm 00056 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 50669 4. Reporting Requirements The grantee must submit required reports consistent with the applicable deadlines. Failure to submit required reports within the time allowed may result in suspension or termination of an active grant, withholding of additional awards for the project, or other enforcement actions such as withholding of payments or converting to the reimbursement method of payment. Continued failure to submit required reports may result in one or both of the following: (1) The imposition of special award provisions; and (2) the non-funding or non-award of other eligible projects or activities. This requirement applies whether the delinquency is attributable to the failure of the grantee organization or the individual responsible for preparation of the reports. Reports must be submitted electronically via GrantSolutions. Personnel responsible for submitting reports will be required to obtain a login and password for GrantSolutions. Please see the Agency Contacts list in section VII for the systems contact information. The reporting requirements for this program are noted below. A. Progress Reports Program progress reports are required semi-annually. They must be uploaded to the GrantSolutions System by March 31, 2015. These reports must include a brief comparison of actual accomplishments to the goals established for the period, or, if applicable, provide sound justification for the lack of progress and other pertinent information as required. A final report must be submitted within 90 days of the expiration of the budget/ project period. B. Financial Reports Federal Financial Report FFR (SF– 425), Cash Transaction Reports are due 30 days after the close of every calendar quarter to the Division of Payment Management, HHS at: http:// www.dpm.psc.gov. It is recommended that the applicant also send a copy of the FFR (SF–425) report to the Grants Management Specialist. Failure to submit timely reports may cause a disruption in timely payments to the organization. Grantees are responsible and accountable for accurate information being reported on all required reports: The Progress Reports and Federal Financial Report. C. Post Conference Grant Reporting The following requirements were enacted in Section 3003 of the E:\FR\FM\25AUN1.SGM 25AUN1 50670 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 164 / Monday, August 25, 2014 / Notices emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES Consolidated Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013, and Section 119 of the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014; Office of Management and Budget Memorandum M–12–12: All HHS/IHS awards containing grants funds allocated for conferences will be required to complete a mandatory post award report for all conferences. Specifically: The total amount of funds provided in this award/cooperative agreement that were spent for ‘‘Conference X’’, must be reported in final detailed actual costs within 15 days of the completion of the conference. Cost categories to address should be: (1) Contract/Planner, (2) Meeting Space/Venue, (3) Registration Web site, (4) Audio Visual, (5) Speakers Fees, (6) Non-Federal Attendee Travel, (7) Registration Fees, (8) Other. D. Federal Subaward Reporting System (FSRS) This award may be subject to the Transparency Act subaward and executive compensation reporting requirements of 2 CFR Part 170. The Transparency Act requires the OMB to establish a single searchable database, accessible to the public, with information on financial assistance awards made by Federal agencies. The Transparency Act also includes a requirement for recipients of Federal grants to report information about firsttier subawards and executive compensation under Federal assistance awards. IHS has implemented a Term of Award into all IHS Standard Terms and Conditions, NoAs and funding announcements regarding the FSRS reporting requirement. This IHS Term of Award is applicable to all IHS grant and cooperative agreements issued on or after October 1, 2010, with a $25,000 subaward obligation dollar threshold met for any specific reporting period. Additionally, all new (discretionary) IHS awards (where the project period is made up of more than one budget period) and where: (1) The project period start date was October 1, 2010 or after and (2) the primary awardee will have a $25,000 subaward obligation dollar threshold during any specific reporting period will be required to address the FSRS reporting. For the full IHS award term implementing this requirement and additional award applicability information, visit the Grants Management Grants Policy Web site at: https://www.ihs.gov/dgm/ index.cfm?module=dsp_dgm_policy_ topics. Telecommunication for the hearing impaired is available at: TTY (301) 443– 6394. VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:35 Aug 22, 2014 Jkt 232001 VII. Agency Contacts 1. Questions on the programmatic issues may be directed to: Mr. Chris Buchanan, Director, 801 Thompson Avenue, Suite 220, Rockville, MD 20852, Telephone: (301) 443–1104, Fax: (301) 443–4666, E-Mail: Chris.Buchanan@ihs.gov. 2. Questions on grants management and fiscal matters may be directed to: Mr. John Hoffman, Grants Management Specialist, 801 Thompson Avenue, TMP Suite 360, Rockville, MD 20852, Telephone: (301) 443–5204, Fax: (301) 443–9602, Email: John.Hoffman@ihs .gov. 3. Questions on systems matters may be directed to: Mr. Paul Gettys, Grant Systems Coordinator, 801 Thompson Avenue, TMP Suite 360, Rockville, MD 20852, Phone: (301) 443–2114; or the DGM main line (301) 443–5204, Fax: (301) 443–9602, Email: Paul.Gettys@ihs. gov . VIII. Other Information The Public Health Service strongly encourages all cooperative agreement and contract recipients to provide a smoke-free workplace and promote the non-use of all tobacco products. In addition, Public Law 103–227, the ProChildren Act of 1994, prohibits smoking in certain facilities (or in some cases, any portion of the facility) in which regular or routine education, library, day care, health care, or early childhood development services are provided to children. This is consistent with the HHS mission to protect and advance the physical and mental health of the American people. Dated: August 19, 2014. Yvette Roubideaux, Acting Director, Indian Health Service. [FR Doc. 2014–20113 Filed 8–22–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4165–16–P Suicide Prevention Intervention/ Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative Program Announcement and Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. The notice contained incorrect dates. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Chris Buchanan, Director, Office of Direct Service and Contracting Tribes, Indian Health Service, 801 Thompson Avenue, Suite 220, Rockville, MD 20852, Telephone (301) 443–1104. (This is not a toll-free number.) SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Correction In the Federal Register of August 6, 2014, in FR Doc. 2014–18531, on page 45817, in the first column, under the heading Key Dates, the correct dates should read as follows: Application Deadline Date: September 6, 2014. Review Date: September 8, 2014. Earliest Anticipated Start Date: September 15, 2014. Proof of Non-Profit Status Due Date: September 6, 2014. Dated: August 16, 2014. Yvette Roubideaux, Acting Director, Indian Health Service. [FR Doc. 2014–20108 Filed 8–22–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4165–16–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Indian Health Service Office of Direct Service and Contracting Tribes; National Indian Health Outreach and Education Funding Opportunity Announcement Type: New Limited Competition. Funding Announcement Number: HHS–2014–IHS–NIHOE–0003. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 93.933 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Indian Health Service Office of Direct Service and Contracting Tribes; National Indian Health Outreach and Education II Program; Correction Key Dates Application Deadline Date: September 25, 2014. Review Date: September 26, 2014. Earliest Anticipated Start Date: September 30, 2014. Proof of Non-Profit Status Due Date: September 25, 2014. AGENCY: I. Funding Opportunity Description ACTION: Statutory Authority Indian Health Service, HHS. Notice; correction. The Indian Health Service published a document in the Federal Register on August 6, 2014 for the FY 2014 National Indian Health Outreach and Education II—Methamphetamine SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00057 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The Indian Health Service (IHS) Office of Direct Service and Contracting Tribes (ODSCT) and the Office of Resource Access and Partnerships (ORAP) is accepting cooperative E:\FR\FM\25AUN1.SGM 25AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Indian Health Service


Office of Direct Service and Contracting Tribes; National Indian 
Health Outreach and Education

    Announcement Type: Limited New and Competing Continuation.
    Funding Announcement Number: HHS-2014-IHS-NIHOE-0001.
    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 93.933.

Key Dates

    Application Deadline Date: September 25, 2014.
    Review Date: September 26, 2014.
    Earliest Anticipated Start Date: September 30, 2014.
    Proof of Non-Profit Status Due Date: September 25, 2014.

I. Funding Opportunity Description

Statutory Authority

    The Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting competitive 
cooperative agreement applications for the National Indian Health 
Outreach and Education (NIHOE) I limited competition cooperative 
agreement program. This award includes the following four components, 
as described in this announcement: ``Line Item 128 Health Education and 
Outreach funds,'' ``Health Care Policy Analysis and Review,'' ``Budget 
Formulation,'' and ``Tribal Leaders Diabetes Committee'' (TLDC). This 
program is authorized under the Snyder Act, codified at 25 U.S.C. 13. 
This program is described in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance 
under 93.933.

Background

    The NIHOE program carries out health program objectives in the 
American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) community in the interest of 
improving Indian health care for all 566 Federally-recognized Tribes, 
including Tribal governments operating their own health care delivery 
systems through self-determination contracts with the IHS and Tribes 
that continue to receive health care directly from the IHS. This 
program addresses health policy and health program issues and 
disseminates educational information to all AI/AN Tribes and villages. 
This program requires that public forums be held at Tribal educational 
consumer conferences to disseminate changes and updates in the latest 
health care information. This program also requires that regional and 
national meetings be coordinated for information dissemination as well 
as the inclusion of planning and technical assistance and health care 
recommendations on behalf of participating Tribes to ultimately inform 
IHS based on Tribal input through a broad based consumer network.

Purpose

    The purpose of this IHS cooperative agreement is to further IHS's 
mission and goals related to providing quality health care to the AI/AN 
community through outreach and education efforts with the sole outcome 
of improving Indian health care. This award includes the following four 
health services components: Line Item 128 Health Education and Outreach 
funds, Health Care Policy Analysis and Review, Budget Formulation, and 
Tribal Leaders Diabetes Committee (TLDC).

Limited Competition Justification

    Competition for the award included in this announcement is limited 
to national Indian health care organizations with at least ten years of 
experience providing education and outreach on a national scale. This 
limitation ensures that the awardee will have: (1) A national 
information-sharing infrastructure which will facilitate the timely 
exchange of information between the Department of Health and Human 
Services (HHS) and Tribes and Tribal organizations on a broad scale; 
(2) a national perspective on the needs of AI/AN communities that will 
ensure that the information developed and disseminated through the 
projects is appropriate, useful and addresses the most pressing needs 
of AI/AN communities; and (3) established relationships with Tribes and 
Tribal organizations that will foster open and honest participation by 
AI/AN communities. Regional or local organizations will not have the 
mechanisms in place to conduct communication on a national level, nor 
will they have an accurate picture of the health care needs facing AI/
ANs nationwide. Organizations with less experience will lack the 
established relationships with Tribes and Tribal organizations 
throughout the country that will facilitate participation and the open 
and honest exchange of information between Tribes and HHS. With the 
limited funds available for these projects, HHS must ensure that the 
education and outreach efforts described in this announcement reach the 
widest audience possible in a timely fashion, are appropriately 
tailored to the needs of AI/AN communities throughout the country, and 
come from a source that AI/ANs recognize and trust. For these reasons, 
this is a limited competition announcement.

II. Award Information

Type of Award

    Cooperative Agreement.

Estimated Funds Available

    The total amount of funding identified for the current fiscal year 
(FY) 2014 is approximately $766,000. Three hundred thousand dollars 
($300,000) is estimated for outreach, education, and support to Tribes 
who have elected to leave their Tribal Shares with the IHS (this amount 
could vary based on Tribal Shares assumptions; Line Item 128 Health 
Education and Outreach funding will be awarded in partial increments 
based on availability and amount of funding); $200,000 for the Health 
Care Policy Analysis and Review; $16,000 for the Budget Formulation; 
and $250,000 associated with providing legislative education, outreach 
and communications support to the IHS TLDC and to facilitate Tribal 
consultation on the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI). The 
amount of funding available for both competing and continuation awards 
issued under this announcement is subject to the availability of 
appropriations and budgetary priorities of the Agency. The IHS is under 
no obligation to make awards that are selected for funding under this 
announcement.

Anticipated Number of Awards

    One award will be issued under this program announcement comprised 
of the following four components: Line Item 128 Health Education and 
Outreach; Health Care Policy Analysis and Review; Budget Formulation; 
and TLDC.

Project Period

    The project period will run for one year from September 30, 2014 
through September 29, 2015.

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Cooperative Agreement

    Cooperative agreements awarded by HHS are administered under the 
same policies as a grant. The funding agency (IHS) is required to have 
substantial programmatic involvement in the project during the entire 
award segment. Below is a detailed description of the level of 
involvement required for both IHS and the grantee. IHS will be 
responsible for activities listed under section A and the grantee will 
be responsible for activities listed under section B as stated:

Substantial Involvement Description for Cooperative Agreement

A. IHS Programmatic Involvement
    1. The IHS assigned program official will work in partnership with 
the awardee in all decisions involving strategy, hiring of personnel, 
deployment of resources, release of public information materials, 
quality assurance, coordination of activities, any training, reports, 
budget and evaluation. Collaboration includes data analysis, 
interpretation of findings and reporting.
    2. The IHS assigned program official will monitor the overall 
progress of the awardee's execution of the requirements of the award 
noted below, as well as their adherence to the terms and conditions of 
the cooperative agreement. This includes providing guidance for 
required reports, development of tools, and other products, 
interpreting program findings and assistance with evaluation and 
overcoming any slippages encountered.
    3. The IHS assigned program official will coordinate review and 
provide final approval of any deliverables, including printed 
materials, reports, testimony, and PowerPoint slides, prior to their 
distribution or dissemination to HHS, Tribes, or the public.
    4. The IHS assigned program official will also coordinate the 
following:
     Discussion and release of any and all special grant 
conditions upon fulfillment.
     Monthly scheduled conference calls.
     Appropriate dissemination of required reports to each 
participating IHS program.
    5. IHS will jointly with the awardee, plan and set an agenda for an 
annual conference that:
     Shares the outcomes of the outreach and health education 
training provided.
     Fosters collaboration amongst the participating IHS 
program offices.
     Increases visibility for the partnership between the 
awardee and IHS.
     HHS Conference Policy:
    6. IHS will provide guidance in preparing articles for publication 
and/or presentations of program successes, lessons learned and new 
findings.
    7. IHS staff will review articles concerning the HHS for accuracy 
and may, if requested by the awardee, provide relevant articles.
    8. IHS will communicate, via monthly conference calls and meetings, 
individual or collective (all participating programs) site visits to 
the awardee.
    9. IHS will provide technical assistance to the awardee as 
requested.
    10. IHS staff may, at the request of the entity's board, 
participate on study groups, attend board meetings, and recommend 
topics for analysis and discussion.
B. Grantee Cooperative Agreement Award Activities
    The awardee must obtain written IHS approval of all deliverables 
produced with award funds, including printed materials, reports, 
testimony, and PowerPoint slides, prior to their distribution or 
dissemination to HHS, Tribes, or the public.
    The awardee must comply with relevant Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) Circular provisions regarding lobbying, any applicable 
lobbying restrictions provided under other law and any applicable 
restriction on the use of appropriated funds for lobbying activities.
    1. ``Pre-Conference Grant Requirements. The awardee is required to 
comply with the ``HHS Policy on Promoting Efficient Spending: Use of 
Appropriated Funds for Conferences and Meeting Space, Food, Promotional 
Items, and Printing and Publications,'' dated December 16, 2013 
(``Policy''), as applicable to conferences funded by grants and 
cooperative agreements. The Policy is available at http://www.hhs.gov/asfr/ogapa/acquisition/policies/promoting-efficient-conference-spending-policy-12-16-2013.html.
    The awardee is required to:
    Provide a separate detailed budget justification and narrative for 
each conference anticipated. The cost categories to be addressed are as 
follows: (1) Contract/Planner, (2) Meeting Space/Venue, (3) 
Registration Web site, (4) Audio Visual, (5) Speakers Fees, (6) Non-
Federal Attendee Travel, (7) Registration Fees, (8) Other (explain in 
detail and cost breakdown). For additional questions please contact Mr. 
Chris Buchanan on (301) 443-1104 or email him at 
Chris.Buchanan@ihs.gov.
    2. Line Item 128 Health Education and Outreach Funding Is Utilized 
for Outreach, Health Education, and Support to Tribes--approximately 
$300,000 funding is available.
    The awardee is expected to:
Meeting Responsibilities (Required)
    Estimated Costs: The estimated costs for this activity shall not 
exceed $100,000. The awardee shall work with IHS/Office of Direct 
Service and Contracting Tribes (ODSCT) closely on this item. As the 
sponsoring agency, IHS meeting attendees will not incur registration 
fees.
    a. Host an annual conference to disseminate changes and updates on 
health care information relative to AI/AN.
Meeting Responsibilities (Required)
    Estimated Costs: The estimated costs for this activity shall not 
exceed $100,000. The awardee shall work with IHS/Office of Direct 
Service and Contracting Tribes (ODSCT) closely on this item. As the 
sponsoring agency, IHS meeting attendees will not incur registration 
fees.
    b. Host a mid-year consumer conference(s) as appropriate to 
disseminate changes and updates on health care information relative to 
AI/AN.
Coordination, Dissemination, and Technical Assistance Responsibilities 
(Required)
    Estimated Costs: The estimated costs for this activity shall not 
exceed $100,000. The awardee shall work with IHS/Office of Direct 
Service and Contracting Tribes (ODSCT) closely on this item.
    c. Conduct regional and national meeting coordination as 
appropriate.
    d. Conduct health care information dissemination as appropriate.
    e. Coordinate planning and technical assistance needs on behalf of 
Tribes/Tribal Organizations (T/TO) to IHS.
    f. Convey health care recommendations on behalf of T/TO to IHS.
    3. Health Care Policy Analysis and Review:
    This funding component requires the awardee to provide IHS with 
research and analysis of the impact of Centers for Medicare and 
Medicaid Services (CMS) programs on AI/AN beneficiaries and the health 
care delivery system that serves these beneficiaries. $200,000 funding 
is available for analysis of CMS programs that affect AI/AN 
beneficiaries.
    The awardee will produce measurable outcomes to include:
    a. Analytical reports, policy review and recommendation documents--
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products will be in the form of written (hard copy and/or electronic 
files) documents that contain analysis of relevant health care issues 
to be reported on a monthly or quarterly basis during the IHS and CMS 
``All Tribes Calls'' and face-to-face meetings with hard copies 
submitted to the Director, Office of Resource, Access and Partnerships 
(ORAP)/IHS.
    b. Educational and informational materials to be disseminated by 
the awardee and communicated to IHS and Tribal health program staff 
during monthly and quarterly conferences, the annual consumer 
conference, meetings and training sessions. This can be in the form of 
PowerPoint presentations, informational brochures, and/or handout 
materials.
    The IHS will provide guidance and assistance as needed. Copies of 
all deliverables shall be submitted to the IHS/Office of Direct Service 
and Contracting Tribes (ODSCT) and ORAP/IHS.
    4. Tribal Budget Consultation--Budget Formulation:
    The Awardee will provide assistance to IHS, Tribes, the Budget 
Formulation Workgroup, and to the technical team, by performing the 
following activities in coordination and support of the IHS Tribal 
Budget Consultation. Budget consultation is required by the Indian 
Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, 25 U.S.C. 450j-1(i). 
Approximately $16,000 funding is available.
National Budget Work Session--January 2015
Meeting Responsibilities (Required)
    Estimated Costs: The estimated costs for this activity shall not 
exceed $6,500. The awardee shall work with IHS/Office of Finance and 
Accounting (OFA)/Division of Budget Formulation (DBF) closely on this 
item.
    Recordation of Meeting--The awardee shall take minutes during the 
work session.
    a. Minutes should be recorded in a clear and concise manner and 
identify all speakers including presenters and any individuals 
contributing comments or motions.
    b. Minutes will be recorded in an objective manner.
    c. Minutes shall include a record of any comments, votes, or 
recommendations made, as well as notation of any handouts and other 
materials referenced by speakers, documented by the speaker's name and 
affiliation.
    d. Minutes shall document any written materials that were 
distributed at the meeting. These materials will be included with the 
submission of the transcription and the summary page outlining all key 
topics.
    e. Minutes will include information regarding the next meeting, 
including the date, time and location and a list of topics to be 
addressed.
    f. The minutes must be submitted to IHS/OFA for review and approval 
within five working days.
    Further Instructions:
    The awardee shall:
    a. Package and distribute results of work session to IHS/OFA within 
five working days, which includes minutes and the final set of agreed 
upon national budget and health priorities; and
    b. Provide final documents needed for IHS budget formulation Web 
site.
HHS TRIBAL Consultation--March 2015
Preparation and Meeting Responsibilities
    Estimated Costs: The estimated costs for this activity shall not 
exceed $3,000. The awardee shall work with IHS/OFA/DBF closely on this 
item.
    The Tribal testimony is a combined effort that is written and 
presented by the National Tribal Budget Formulation Workgroup. The 
testimony is presented to the Secretary of HHS and related staff as 
part of the Annual National U.S. Department of Health and Human 
Services Tribal Budget and Policy Consultation.
    Assist the selected Tribal Budget Formulation Workgroup to prepare 
for the HHS Consultation meeting to:
    a. Arrange a workgroup meeting;
    b. Prepare testimony, and PowerPoint presentation with talking 
points, with the content of both based on input from the workgroup and 
technical team and with the awardee responsible for formatting and 
design of the products;
    c. Submit testimony and draft PowerPoint presentation to IHS for 
review and approval;
    d. Package and distribute final materials, once approval from IHS 
is obtained; and
    e. Deliver final testimony to IHS Budget Formulation prior to the 
presentation for final printing.
    Assist Tribal presenters as needed with rehearsal of the 
presentation.
    Arrange working space for the workgroup to provide final input to 
the presentation and finalize presentation, if needed--not to exceed 
two days.
Budget Formulation Evaluation/Planning Meeting--May 2015
Meeting Responsibilities (Required)
    Estimated Costs: The estimated costs for this activity shall not 
exceed $6,500. The awardee shall work with IHS/OFA/DBF closely on this 
item.
    Recordation of Meeting--The awardee shall take minutes during the 
work session.
    a. Minutes should be recorded in a clear and concise manner and 
identify all speakers including presenters and any individuals 
contributing comments or motions.
    b. Minutes will be recorded in an objective manner.
    c. Minutes shall include a record of any comments, votes, or 
recommendations made, as well as notation of any handouts and other 
materials referenced by speakers, documented by the speaker's name and 
affiliation.
    d. Minutes shall document any written materials that were 
distributed at the meeting. These materials will be included with the 
submission of the transcription and the summary page outlining all key 
topics.
    e. Minutes will include information regarding the next meeting, 
including the date, time and location and a list of topics to be 
addressed.
    f. The minutes must be submitted to IHS/OFA for review and approval 
within five working days.
    Further Instructions--
    Package and distribute results of work session:
    a. To OFA within five working days; and
    b. Provide final documents needed for IHS budget formulation Web 
site.
    Additionally:
     All expenses will be itemized.
     If costs exceed the estimated cost for any part of this 
Scope of Work, approval from IHS/OFA must be granted before any release 
of funds.
     Preapproval from IHS is required before any subcontract 
may be awarded at a price above the estimated cost.
    5. Facilitate Tribal Consultation on SDPI, Provide Meeting Support 
for TLDC, and Provide Education, Outreach and Communications Support.
    A total of $250,000 is available for tasks associated with 
providing meeting support for the TLDC and providing education, 
outreach and communications support on the activities of the TLDC, the 
SDPI grant program and related diabetes/chronic disease issues.
TLDC Meetings
    Meeting Responsibilities (Required). Estimated Costs: The estimated 
costs for this activity shall not exceed $184,000 or $46,000 per 
quarterly meeting. The awardee shall work with DDTP closely on this 
item.

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    i. Face-to-Face TLDC Meetings (up to Quarterly)
    1. Location to be determined by TLDC members and the IHS Director. 
Every effort will be made to utilize Federal meeting space for TLDC 
meetings.
    2. Provide on-site logistical support for TLDC meetings, including 
coordination of meeting activities, room set-up, registration, 
services, and materials (e.g. badges, name tents, agendas and other 
meeting documents).
    ii. TLDC Strategic Planning Workgroups
    1. Schedule conference calls and/or webinars for four workgroups. 
Schedule of calls will be made in conjunction with TLDC members.
b. Develop TLDC workgroup session agendas with the Division of Diabetes 
Treatment Program (DDTP) and TLDC.
c. Record and provide minutes of TLDC meetings and workgroup sessions
    i. Minutes will be completed as follows:
    1. Minutes will be recorded in a clear and concise manner and 
identify all speakers including presenters and any individuals 
contributing comments or motions.
    2. Minutes will be recorded in an objective manner.
    3. Minutes shall include a record of any comments, votes, or 
recommendations made, as well as notation of any handouts and other 
materials referenced by speakers, documented by the speaker's name and 
affiliation.
    4. Minutes shall document any written materials that were 
distributed at the meeting. These materials will be included with the 
submission of the transcription and the summary page outlining all key 
topics.
    5. Minutes will include information regarding the next meeting, 
including the date, time and location and a list of topics to be 
addressed.
    6. The minutes must be submitted to IHS/DDTP for review and 
approval within five working days after each TLDC general or workgroup 
meeting or teleconference.
    ii. Provide final minutes and pertinent documents to IHS/DDTP 
within five working days of receiving IHS/DDTP's edits on the draft 
version.
d. Coordinate travel planning and travel/per diem reimbursement in 
accordance with the approved TLDC charter for 12 TLDC members (or their 
assigned alternate) and five technical advisors to attend up to four 
quarterly TLDC meetings
    i. Travel planning and reimbursement process will include:
    1. Direct communication with TLDC members (and alternates, as 
necessary) and technical advisors to assist in travel arrangements.
    2. Provide logistical information to TLDC members and advisors for 
meeting location and lodging.
    3. Prepare and distribute reimbursement forms with clear 
instructions in advance of the meeting and serve as the point of 
contact for communicating any additional travel information that is 
required.
    4. Collect reimbursement forms and provide timely reimbursement of 
approved participants' expenses within 30 days of the receipt of the 
claim forms.
    5. Provide a detailed travel reimbursement report to DDTP within 60 
days of the TLDC meeting.
    6. Maintain an active TLDC email directory in order to assist DDTP 
and TLDC with disseminating related meeting, travel and reimbursement 
information and soliciting related feedback.
    7. Include identified DDTP staff on all email correspondence to 
TLDC members and technical advisors.

    Provide Education, Outreach and Communications Support Education, 
Outreach and Communication Support Responsibilities (Required). 
Estimated Costs: The estimated cost for these activities is $66,000. 
The awardee shall work with DDTP closely on this item.

e. Communicate with Tribal leaders and Indian organizations about the 
activities of the TLDC, the SDPI grant program and related diabetes/
chronic disease issues.
    i. Provide factual information, review and analysis of legislative 
and policy issues that are relevant to diabetes and related chronic 
conditions in AI/ANs and on related health care disparities in written 
and e-file format for the purpose of keeping TLDC membership up-to-date 
on such information and for sharing with other Tribal leadership, 
Indian organizations and others.
    ii. Coordinate sharing DDTP-approved information with national non-
profit organizations such as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation 
and the American Diabetes Association for strengthening outreach to 
Tribes and Tribal communities as well as education and outreach to non-
Indian communities in the United States about AI/ANs living with 
diabetes and other chronic diseases.
    iii. Support registration, presentation, and exhibit costs for up 
to five DDTP staff and assignees to potentially include a plenary and 
up to four workshop presentations on diabetes, SDPI and related chronic 
disease at meetings such as:
    1. National Indian Health Board (NIHB) Public Health Summit and the 
NIHB Annual Consumer Conference; and
    2. Other national Tribal health care conferences/meetings such as 
the National Congress of American Indians Annual Convention.
    iv. Support exhibit opportunity for SDPI Community-directed and 
Diabetes Prevention/Health Heart Initiatives grant programs to display 
programmatic information at the 2015 NIHB Public Health Summit.

III. Eligibility Information

    This is a limited competition announcement.
1. Eligibility
    To be eligible for this ``New/Competing Continuation 
Announcement,'' an eligible applicant must be a 501(c)(3) national 
Indian organization that has demonstrated expertise as follows:
     Representing all Tribal governments and providing a 
variety of services to Tribes, Area Health Boards, Tribal 
organizations, and Federal agencies, and playing a major role in 
focusing attention on Indian health care needs, resulting in improved 
health outcomes for Tribes.
     Promoting and supporting Indian education and coordinating 
efforts to inform AI/AN of Federal decisions that affect Tribal 
government interests including the improvement of Indian health care.
     Administering national health policy and health programs.
     Maintaining a national AI/AN constituency and clearly 
supporting critical services and activities within the IHS mission of 
improving the quality of health care for AI/AN people.
     Supporting improved healthcare in Indian Country.
     Applicants must provide proof of non-profit status with 
the application, e.g. 501(c)(3).
    The national Indian organization must have the infrastructure in 
place to accomplish the work under the proposed program.

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2. Cost Sharing or Matching
    The IHS does not require matching funds or cost sharing for grants 
or cooperative agreements.
3. Other Requirements
    If application budgets exceed the highest dollar amount outlined 
under the ``Estimated Funds Available'' section within this funding 
announcement, the application will be considered ineligible and will 
not be reviewed for further consideration. If deemed ineligible, IHS 
will not return the application. The applicant will be notified by 
email by the Division of Grants Management (DGM) of this decision.
    The following documentation is required:

Proof of Non-Profit Status
    Organizations claiming non-profit status must submit proof. A copy 
of the 501(c)(3) Certificate must be received with the application 
submission by the Application Deadline Date listed under the Key Dates 
section on page one of this announcement.

    Note:  Please refer to Section IV.2 (Application and Submission 
Information/Subsection 2, Content and Form of Application 
Submission) for additional proof of applicant status documents 
required such as the proof of non-profit status, etc.

    An applicant submitting any of the above additional documentation 
after the initial application submission due date is required to ensure 
the information was received by the IHS by obtaining documentation 
confirming delivery (i.e. FedEx tracking, postal return receipt, etc.).

IV. Application and Submission Information

1. Obtaining Application Materials

    The application package and detailed instructions for this 
announcement can be found at http://www.Grants.gov or https://www.ihs.gov/dgm/index.cfm?module=dsp_dgm_funding.
    Questions regarding the electronic application process may be 
directed to Mr. Paul Gettys at (301) 443-2114.

2. Content and Form Application Submission

    The applicant must include the project narrative as an attachment 
to the application package. Mandatory documents for all applicants 
include:

 Table of contents.
 Abstract (one page) summarizing the project.
 Application forms:
    [cir] SF-424, Application for Federal Assistance.
    [cir] SF-424A, Budget Information--Non-Construction Programs.
    [cir] SF-424B, Assurances--Non-Construction Programs.
 Budget Justification and Narrative (must be single spaced and 
not exceed five pages).
 Project Narrative (must be single spaced and not exceed ten 
pages for each of the four components listed).
    [cir] Background information on the organization.
    [cir] Proposed scope of work, objectives, and activities that 
provide a description of what will be accomplished, including a one-
page Timeframe Chart.
 Letter of Support from organization's Board of Directors.
 501(c)(3) Certificate (if applicable).
 Position Descriptions for key personnel.
 Resumes of key personnel.
 Contractor/Consultant resumes or qualifications and scope of 
work.
 Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (SF-LLL).
 Certification Regarding Lobbying (GG-Lobbying Form).
 Copy of current Negotiated Indirect Cost rate (IDC) agreement 
(required) in order to receive IDC.
 Organizational Chart (optional).
 Documentation of current Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
A-133 required Financial Audit (if applicable).
    Acceptable forms of documentation include:
    [cir] Email confirmation from Federal Audit Clearinghouse (FAC) 
that audits were submitted; or
    [cir] Face sheets from audit reports. These can be found on the FAC 
Web site: http://harvester.census.gov/sac/dissem/accessoptions.html?submit=Go+To+Database.
Public Policy Requirements
    All Federal-wide public policies apply to IHS grants and 
cooperative agreements with exception of the Discrimination policy.
Requirements for Project and Budget Narratives
    A. Project Narrative: This narrative should be a separate Word 
document that is no longer than ten pages per each component and must: 
Be single-spaced, be type written, have consecutively numbered pages, 
use black type not smaller than 12 characters per one inch, and be 
printed on one side only of standard size 8\1/2\'' by 11'' paper.
    Be sure to succinctly address and answer all questions listed under 
each part of the narrative and place all responses and required 
information in the correct section (noted below), or they shall not be 
considered or scored. These narratives will assist the Objective Review 
Committee (ORC) in becoming more familiar with the applicant's 
activities and accomplishments prior to this grant award. If the 
narrative exceeds the page limit, only the first ten pages of each of 
the four components will be reviewed. The ten pages per component page 
limit for the narrative does not include the work plan, standard forms, 
table of contents, budget, budget narrative justifications, and/or 
other appendix items.
    There are three parts to the narrative: Part A--Program 
Information; Part B--Program Planning and Evaluation; and Part C--
Program Report. See below for additional details about what must be 
included in the narrative.
Part A: Program Information (2 Page Limitation)
    Section 1: Needs
    Describe how the national Indian organization has the expertise to 
provide outreach and education efforts on a continuing basis regarding 
the pertinent changes and updates in health care for each of the four 
components listed herein.
Part B: Program Planning and Evaluation (6 Page Limitation)
    Section 1: Program Plans
    Describe fully and clearly how the national Indian organization 
plans to address the NIHOE requirements, including how the national 
Indian organization plans to demonstrate improved health education and 
outreach services to all 566 Federally-recognized Tribes for each of 
the four components described herein. Include proposed timelines as 
appropriate and applicable.
    Section 2: Program Evaluation
    Describe fully and clearly how the outreach and education efforts 
will impact changes in knowledge and awareness in Tribal communities. 
Identify anticipated or expected benefits for the Tribal constituency.
Part C: Program Report (2 Page Limitation)
    Section 1: Describe major accomplishments over the last 24 months.
    Please identify and describe significant program achievements 
associated with the delivery of quality health outreach and education 
services for each of the four components. Provide a comparison of the 
actual accomplishments to the goals

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established for the project period, or if applicable, provide 
justification for the lack of progress.
    Section 2: Describe major activities over the last 24 months. 
Please identify and summarize recent major health related project 
activities of the work done regarding each of the four components 
during the project period.
    B. Budget Narrative: This narrative must include a line item budget 
with a narrative justification for all expenditures identifying 
reasonable and allowable costs necessary to accomplish the goals and 
objectives as outlined in the project narrative. The budget narrative 
should match the scope of work described in the project narrative. The 
page limitation should not exceed five pages.

3. Submission Dates and Times

    Applications must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov by 
12:00 a.m., midnight Eastern Time (ET) on the Application Deadline Date 
listed in the Key Dates section on page one of this announcement. Any 
application received after the application deadline will not be 
accepted for processing, nor will it be given further consideration for 
funding. Grants.gov will notify the applicant via email if the 
application is rejected.
    If technical challenges arise and assistance is required with the 
electronic application process, contact Grants.gov Customer Support via 
email to support@grants.gov or at (800) 518-4726. Customer Support is 
available to address questions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (except on 
Federal holidays). If problems persist, contact Mr. Paul Gettys, DGM 
(Paul.Gettys@ihs.gov) at (301) 443-2114. Please be sure to contact Mr. 
Gettys at least ten days prior to the application deadline. Please do 
not contact the DGM until you have received a Grants.gov tracking 
number. In the event you are not able to obtain a tracking number, call 
the DGM as soon as possible.
    If the applicant needs to submit a paper application instead of 
submitting electronically via Grants.gov, as waiver must be requested. 
Prior approval must be requested and obtained from Ms. Tammy Bagley, 
Acting Director of DGM, (see Section IV.6 below for additional 
information). The waiver must: (1) Be documented in writing (emails are 
acceptable), before submitting a paper application and (2) include 
clear justification for the need to deviate from the required 
electronic grants submission process. Written waiver request can be 
sent to GrantsPolicy@ihs.gov with a copy to Tammy.Bagley@ihs.gov. Once 
the waiver request has been approved, the applicant will receive a 
confirmation of approval and the mailing address to submit the 
application. Paper applications that are submitted without a copy of 
the signed waiver from the Acting Director of the DGM will not be 
reviewed or considered further for funding. The applicant will be 
notified via email of this decision by the Grants Management Officer of 
the DGM. Paper applications must be received by the DGM no later than 
5:00 p.m., ET, on the Application Deadline Date listed in the Key Dates 
section on page one of this announcement. Late applications will not be 
accepted for processing or considered for funding.

4. Intergovernmental Review

    Executive Order 12372 requiring intergovernmental review is not 
applicable to this program.

5. Funding Restrictions

     Pre-award costs are not allowable.
     The available funds are inclusive of direct and 
appropriate indirect costs.
     Only one cooperative agreement will be awarded per 
applicant.
     IHS will not acknowledge receipt of applications.

6. Electronic Submission Requirements

    All applications must be submitted electronically. Please use the 
http://www.Grants.gov Web site to submit an application electronically 
and select the ``Find Grant Opportunities'' link on the homepage. 
Download a copy of the application package, complete it offline, and 
then upload and submit the completed application via the http://www.Grants.gov Web site. Electronic copies of the application may not 
be submitted as attachments to email messages addressed to IHS 
employees or offices.
    If the applicant receives a waiver to submit paper application 
documents, they must follow the rules and timelines that are noted 
below. The applicant must seek assistance at least ten days prior to 
the Application Deadline Date listed in the Key Dates section on page 
one of this announcement.
    Applicants that do not adhere to the timelines for System for Award 
Management (SAM) and/or http://www.Grants.gov registration or that fail 
to request timely assistance with technical issues will not be 
considered for a waiver to submit a paper application.
    Please be aware of the following:
     Please search for the application package in http://www.Grants.gov by entering the CFDA number or the Funding Opportunity 
Number. Both numbers are located in the header of this announcement.
     If you experience technical challenges while submitting 
your application electronically, please contact Grants.gov Support 
directly at: support@grants.gov or (800) 518-4726. Customer Support is 
available to address questions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (except on 
Federal holidays).
     Upon contacting Grants.gov, obtain a tracking number as 
proof of contact. The tracking number is helpful if there are technical 
issues that cannot be resolved and a waiver from the agency must be 
obtained.
     If it is determined that a waiver is needed, the applicant 
must submit a request in writing (emails are acceptable) to 
GrantsPolicy@ihs.gov with a copy to Tammy.Bagley@ihs.gov. Please 
include a clear justification for the need to deviate from the standard 
electronic submission process.
     If the waiver is approved, the application should be sent 
directly to the DGM by the Application Deadline Date listed in the Key 
Dates section on page one of this announcement.
     Applicants are strongly encouraged not to wait until the 
deadline date to begin the application process through Grants.gov as 
the registration process for SAM and Grants.gov could take up to 
fifteen working days.
     Please use the optional attachment feature in Grants.gov 
to attach additional documentation that may be requested by the DGM.
     All applicants must comply with any page limitation 
requirements described in this Funding Announcement.
     After electronically submitting the application, the 
applicant will receive an automatic acknowledgment from Grants.gov that 
contains a Grants.gov tracking number. The DGM will download the 
application from Grants.gov and provide necessary copies to the 
appropriate agency officials. Neither the DGM nor the ODSCT will notify 
the applicant that the application has been received.
     Email applications will not be accepted under this 
announcement.
Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS)
    All IHS applicants and grantee organizations are required to obtain 
a DUNS number and maintain an active registration in the SAM database. 
The DUNS number is a unique 9-digit identification number provided by 
D&B which uniquely identifies each entity. The DUNS number is site 
specific; therefore, each distinct performance site may be assigned a 
DUNS number.

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Obtaining a DUNS number is easy, and there is no charge. To obtain a 
DUNS number, please access it through http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform, or 
to expedite the process, call (866) 705-5711.
    All HHS recipients are required by the Federal Funding 
Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006, as amended (``Transparency 
Act''), to report information on subawards. Accordingly, all IHS 
grantees must notify potential first-tier subrecipients that no entity 
may receive a first-tier subaward unless the entity has provided its 
DUNS number to the prime grantee organization. This requirement ensures 
the use of a universal identifier to enhance the quality of information 
available to the public pursuant to the Transparency Act.
System for Award Management (SAM)
    Organizations that were not registered with Central Contractor 
Registration and have not registered with SAM will need to obtain a 
DUNS number first and then access the SAM online registration through 
the SAM home page at https://www.sam.gov (U.S. organizations will also 
need to provide an Employer Identification Number from the Internal 
Revenue Service that may take an additional 2-5 weeks to become 
active). Completing and submitting the registration takes approximately 
one hour to complete and SAM registration will take 3-5 business days 
to process. Registration with the SAM is free of charge. Applicants may 
register online at https://www.sam.gov.
    Additional information on implementing the Transparency Act, 
including the specific requirements for DUNS and SAM, can be found on 
the IHS Grants Management, Grants Policy Web site: https://www.ihs.gov/dgm/index.cfm?module=dsp_dgm_policy_topics.

V. Application Review Information

    The instructions for preparing the application narrative also 
constitute the evaluation criteria for reviewing and scoring the 
application. Weights assigned to each section are noted in parentheses. 
The ten page narrative allowed per each of the four components page 
narrative should include only the first year of activities. The 
narrative section should be written in a manner that is clear to 
outside reviewers unfamiliar with prior related activities of the 
applicant. It should be well organized, succinct, and contain all 
information necessary for reviewers to understand the project fully. 
Points will be assigned to each evaluation criteria adding up to a 
total of 100 points. A minimum score of 60 points is required for 
funding. Points are assigned as follows:

1. Criteria

A. Introduction and Need for Assistance (15 Points)
    (1) Describe the organization's current health, education and 
technical assistance operations as related to the broad spectrum of 
health needs of the AI/AN community. Include what programs and services 
are currently provided (i.e., Federally-funded, State-funded, etc.), 
any memorandums of agreement with other National, Area or local Indian 
health board organizations. This could also include HHS agencies that 
rely on the applicant as the primary gateway organization to AI/AN 
communities that are capable of providing the dissemination of health 
information. Include information regarding technologies currently used 
(i.e., hardware, software, services, Web sites, etc.), and identify the 
source(s) of technical support for those technologies (i.e., in-house 
staff, contractors, vendors, etc.). Include information regarding how 
long the applicant has been operating and its length of association/
partnerships with Area health boards, etc. [historical collaboration].
    (2) Describe the organization's current technical assistance 
ability. Include what programs and services are currently provided, 
programs and services projected to be provided, memorandums of 
agreement with other national Indian organizations that deem the 
applicant as the primary source of health policy information for AI/AN, 
memorandums of agreement with other Area Indian health boards, etc.
    (3) Describe the population to be served by the proposed projects.
    (4) Identify all previous IHS cooperative agreement awards 
received, dates of funding and summaries of the projects' 
accomplishments. State how previous cooperative agreement funds 
facilitated education, training and technical assistance nationwide for 
AI/ANs and relate the progression of health care information delivery 
and development relative to the current proposed projects. (Copies of 
reports will not be accepted.)
    (5) Describe collaborative and supportive efforts with national, 
Area and local Indian health boards.
    (6) Explain the need/reason for your proposed projects by 
identifying specific gaps or weaknesses in services or infrastructure 
that will be addressed by the proposed projects. Explain how these 
gaps/weaknesses have been assessed.
    (7) If the proposed projects include information technology (i.e., 
hardware, software, etc.), provide further information regarding 
measures taken or to be taken that ensure the proposed projects will 
not create other gaps in services or infrastructure (i.e., negatively 
or adversely affect IHS interface capability, Government Performance 
Results Act reporting requirements, contract reporting requirements, 
Information Technology compatibility, etc.), if applicable.
    (8) Describe the effect of the proposed projects on current 
programs (i.e., Federally-funded, State-funded, etc.) and, if 
applicable, on current equipment (i.e., hardware, software, services, 
etc.). Include the effect of the proposed projects on planned/
anticipated programs and/or equipment.
    (9) Describe how the projects relate to the purpose of the 
cooperative agreement by addressing the following: Identify how the 
proposed projects will address outreach and education regarding each of 
the four components: Line Item 128 Health Education and Outreach funds, 
Health Care Policy Analysis and Review, Budget Formulation, and TLDC.
B. Project Objective(s), Work Plan and Approach (40 Points)
    (1) Identify the proposed objective(s) for each of the four 
projects, as applicable. Objectives should be:
     Measurable and (if applicable) quantifiable.
     Results oriented.
     Time-limited.
    Example: Issue four quarterly newsletters, provide alerts and 
quantify number of contacts with Tribes.
    Goals must be clear and concise. Objectives must be measurable, 
feasible and attainable for each of the selected projects.
    (2) Address how the proposed projects will result in change or 
improvement in program operations or processes for each proposed 
project objective for all of the projects. Also address what tangible 
products, if any, are expected from the projects, (i.e., policy 
analysis, annual conference, mid-year conferences, summits, etc.).
    (3) Address the extent to which the proposed projects will provide, 
improve, or expand services that address the need(s) of the target 
population. Include a current strategic plan and business plan that 
includes the expanded services. Include the plan(s) with the 
application submission.

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    (4) Submit a work plan in the appendix which includes the following 
information:
     Provide the action steps on a timeline for accomplishing 
each of the projects' proposed objective(s).
     Identify who will perform the action steps.
     Identify who will supervise the action steps.
     Identify what tangible products will be produced during 
and at the end of the proposed projects' objective(s).
     Identify who will accept and/or approve work products 
during the duration of the proposed projects and at the end of the 
proposed projects.
     Include any training that will take place during the 
proposed projects and who will be attending the training.
     Include evaluation activities planned in the work plans.
    (5) If consultants or contractors will be used during the proposed 
project, please include the following information in their scope of 
work (or note if consultants/contractors will not be used):
     Educational requirements.
     Desired qualifications and work experience.
     Expected work products to be delivered on a timeline.
    If a potential consultant/contractor has already been identified, 
please include a resume in the Appendix.
    (6) Describe what updates will be required for the continued 
success of the proposed projects. Include when these updates are 
anticipated and where funds will come from to conduct the update and/or 
maintenance.
C. Program Evaluation (20 Points)
    Each proposed objective requires an evaluation component to assess 
its progression and ensure its completion. Also, include the evaluation 
activities in the work plan.
    Describe the proposed plan to evaluate both outcomes and process. 
Outcome evaluation relates to the results identified in the objectives, 
and process evaluation relates to the work plan and activities of the 
project.
    (1) For outcome evaluation, describe:
     What will the criteria be for determining success of each 
objective?
     What data will be collected to determine whether the 
objective was met?
     At what intervals will data be collected?
     Who will collect the data and their qualifications?
     How will the data be analyzed?
     How will the results be used?
    (2) For process evaluation, describe:
     How will each project be monitored and assessed for 
potential problems and needed quality improvements?
     Who will be responsible for monitoring and managing each 
project's improvements based on results of ongoing process improvements 
and their qualifications?
     How will ongoing monitoring be used to improve the 
projects?
     Describe any products, such as manuals or policies, that 
might be developed and how they might lend themselves to replication by 
others.
     How will the organization document what is learned 
throughout each of the projects' periods?
    (3) Describe any evaluation efforts planned after the grant period 
has ended.
    (4) Describe the ultimate benefit to the AI/AN population that the 
applicant organization serves that will be derived from these projects.
D. Organizational Capabilities, Key Personnel and Qualifications (15 
Points)
    This section outlines the broader capacity of the organization to 
complete the project outlined in the work plan. It includes the 
identification of personnel responsible for completing tasks and the 
chain of responsibility for successful completion of the projects 
outlined in the work plan.
    (1) Describe the organizational structure of the organization 
beyond health care activities, if applicable.
    (2) Describe the ability of the organization to manage the proposed 
projects. Include information regarding similarly sized projects in 
scope and financial assistance, as well as other cooperative 
agreements/grants and projects successfully completed.
    (3) Describe what equipment (i.e., fax machine, phone, computer, 
etc.) and facility space (i.e., office space) will be available for use 
during the proposed projects. Include information about any equipment 
not currently available that will be purchased through the cooperative 
agreement/grant.
    (4) List key personnel who will work on the projects. Include title 
used in the work plans. In the appendix, include position descriptions 
and resumes for all key personnel. Position descriptions should clearly 
describe each position and duties, indicating desired qualifications 
and experience requirements related to the proposed projects. Resumes 
must indicate that the proposed staff member is qualified to carry out 
the proposed projects' activities. If a position is to be filled, 
indicate that information on the proposed position description.
    (5) If personnel are to be only partially funded by this 
cooperative agreement, indicate the percentage of time to be allocated 
to the projects and identify the resources used to fund the remainder 
of the individual's salary.
E. Categorical Budget and Budget Justification (10 Points)
    This section should provide a clear estimate of the projects' 
program costs and justification for expenses for the entire cooperative 
agreement period. The budgets and budget justifications should be 
consistent with the tasks identified in the work plans.
    (1) Provide a categorical budget for each of the 12-month budget 
periods requested for each of the four projects.
    (2) If indirect costs are claimed, indicate and apply the current 
negotiated rate to the budget. Include a copy of the rate agreement in 
the appendix.
    (3) Provide a narrative justification explaining why each line item 
is necessary/relevant to the proposed project. Include sufficient cost 
and other details to facilitate the determination of cost allowability 
(i.e., equipment specifications, etc.).
Appendix Items
     Work plan, logic model and/or time line for proposed 
objectives.
     Position descriptions for key staff.
     Resumes of key staff that reflect current duties.
     Consultant or contractor proposed scope of work and letter 
of commitment (if applicable).
     Current Indirect Cost Agreement.
     Organizational chart.
     Additional documents to support narrative (i.e. data 
tables, key news articles, etc.).

2. Review and Selection

    Each application will be prescreened by the DGM staff for 
eligibility and completeness as outlined in the funding announcement. 
Applications that meet the eligibility criteria shall be reviewed for 
merit by the ORC based on evaluation criteria in this funding 
announcement. The ORC could be composed of both Tribal and Federal 
reviewers appointed by the IHS program to review and make 
recommendations on these applications. The technical review process 
ensures selection of quality projects in a national competition for 
limited funding. Incomplete applications and applications that are non-
responsive to the eligibility criteria will not be referred to the ORC. 
Applicants will be notified by DGM, via email, to outline minor missing 
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narratives, audit documentation, key contact form) needed for an 
otherwise complete application. All missing documents must be sent to 
DGM on or before the due date listed in the email of notification of 
missing documents required.
    To obtain a minimum score for funding by the ORC, applicants must 
address all program requirements and provide all required 
documentation.

VI. Award Administration Information

1. Award Notices

    The Notice of Award (NoA) is a legally binding document signed by 
the Grants Management Officer and serves as the official notification 
of the grant award. The NoA will be initiated by the DGM in our grant 
system, GrantSolutions (https://www.grantsolutions.gov). Each entity 
that is approved for funding under this announcement will need to 
request or have a user account in GrantSolutions in order to retrieve 
their NoA. The NoA is the authorizing document for which funds are 
dispersed to the approved entities and reflects the amount of Federal 
funds awarded, the purpose of the grant, the terms and conditions of 
the award, the effective date of the award, and the budget/project 
period.
Disapproved Applicants
    Applicants who received a score less than the recommended funding 
level for approval, 60 points, and were deemed to be disapproved by the 
ORC, will receive an Executive Summary Statement from the IHS program 
office within 30 days of the conclusion of the ORC outlining the 
weaknesses and strengths of their application submitted. The IHS 
program office will also provide additional contact information as 
needed to address questions and concerns as well as provide technical 
assistance if desired.
Approved but Unfunded Applicants
    Approved but unfunded applicants that met the minimum scoring range 
and were deemed by the ORC to be ``Approved,'' but were not funded due 
to lack of funding, will have their applications held by DGM for a 
period of one year. If additional funding becomes available during the 
course of FY 2014, the approved application may be re-considered by the 
awarding program office for possible funding. The applicant will also 
receive an Executive Summary Statement from the IHS program office 
within 30 days of the conclusion of the ORC.

    Note: Any correspondence other than the official NoA signed by 
an IHS Grants Management Official announcing to the Project Director 
that an award has been made to their organization is not an 
authorization to implement their program on behalf of IHS.

2. Administrative Requirements

    Cooperative agreements are administered in accordance with the 
following regulations, policies, and OMB cost principles:
    A. The criteria as outlined in this Program Announcement.
    B. Administrative Regulations for Grants:
     45 CFR Part 92, Uniform Administrative Requirements for 
Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State, Local and Tribal 
Governments.
     45 CFR Part 74, Uniform Administrative Requirements for 
Awards and Subawards to Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, 
and other Non-profit Organizations.
    C. Grants Policy:
     HHS Grants Policy Statement, Revised 01/07.
    D. Cost Principles:
     2 CFR Part 225--Cost Principles for State, Local, and 
Indian Tribal Governments (OMB Circular A-87).
     2 CFR Part 230--Cost Principles for Non-Profit 
Organizations (OMB Circular A-122).
    E. Audit Requirements:
     OMB Circular A-133, Audits of States, Local Governments, 
and Non-profit Organizations.

3. Indirect Costs

    This section applies to all grant recipients that request 
reimbursement of indirect costs (IDC) in their grant application. In 
accordance with HHS Grants Policy Statement, Part II-27, IHS requires 
applicants to obtain a current IDC rate agreement prior to award. The 
rate agreement must be prepared in accordance with the applicable cost 
principles and guidance as provided by the cognizant agency or office. 
A current rate covers the applicable grant activities under the current 
award's budget period. If the current rate is not on file with the DGM 
at the time of award, the IDC portion of the budget will be restricted. 
The restrictions remain in place until the current rate is provided to 
the DGM.
    Generally, IDC rates for IHS grantees are negotiated with the 
Division of Cost Allocation (DCA) https://rates.psc.gov/ and the 
Department of Interior (Interior Business Center) http://www.doi.gov/ibc/services/Indirect_Cost_Services/index.cfm. For questions 
regarding the indirect cost policy, please call (301) 443-5204 to 
request assistance.

4. Reporting Requirements

    The grantee must submit required reports consistent with the 
applicable deadlines. Failure to submit required reports within the 
time allowed may result in suspension or termination of an active 
grant, withholding of additional awards for the project, or other 
enforcement actions such as withholding of payments or converting to 
the reimbursement method of payment. Continued failure to submit 
required reports may result in one or both of the following: (1) The 
imposition of special award provisions; and (2) the non-funding or non-
award of other eligible projects or activities. This requirement 
applies whether the delinquency is attributable to the failure of the 
grantee organization or the individual responsible for preparation of 
the reports. Reports must be submitted electronically via 
GrantSolutions. Personnel responsible for submitting reports will be 
required to obtain a login and password for GrantSolutions. Please see 
the Agency Contacts list in section VII for the systems contact 
information.
    The reporting requirements for this program are noted below.
A. Progress Reports
    Program progress reports are required semi-annually. They must be 
uploaded to the GrantSolutions System by March 31, 2015. These reports 
must include a brief comparison of actual accomplishments to the goals 
established for the period, or, if applicable, provide sound 
justification for the lack of progress and other pertinent information 
as required. A final report must be submitted within 90 days of the 
expiration of the budget/project period.
B. Financial Reports
    Federal Financial Report FFR (SF-425), Cash Transaction Reports are 
due 30 days after the close of every calendar quarter to the Division 
of Payment Management, HHS at: http://www.dpm.psc.gov. It is 
recommended that the applicant also send a copy of the FFR (SF-425) 
report to the Grants Management Specialist. Failure to submit timely 
reports may cause a disruption in timely payments to the organization.
    Grantees are responsible and accountable for accurate information 
being reported on all required reports: The Progress Reports and 
Federal Financial Report.
C. Post Conference Grant Reporting
    The following requirements were enacted in Section 3003 of the

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Consolidated Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013, and Section 119 of 
the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014; Office of Management and 
Budget Memorandum M-12-12: All HHS/IHS awards containing grants funds 
allocated for conferences will be required to complete a mandatory post 
award report for all conferences. Specifically: The total amount of 
funds provided in this award/cooperative agreement that were spent for 
``Conference X'', must be reported in final detailed actual costs 
within 15 days of the completion of the conference. Cost categories to 
address should be: (1) Contract/Planner, (2) Meeting Space/Venue, (3) 
Registration Web site, (4) Audio Visual, (5) Speakers Fees, (6) Non-
Federal Attendee Travel, (7) Registration Fees, (8) Other.
D. Federal Subaward Reporting System (FSRS)
    This award may be subject to the Transparency Act subaward and 
executive compensation reporting requirements of 2 CFR Part 170.
    The Transparency Act requires the OMB to establish a single 
searchable database, accessible to the public, with information on 
financial assistance awards made by Federal agencies. The Transparency 
Act also includes a requirement for recipients of Federal grants to 
report information about first-tier subawards and executive 
compensation under Federal assistance awards.
    IHS has implemented a Term of Award into all IHS Standard Terms and 
Conditions, NoAs and funding announcements regarding the FSRS reporting 
requirement. This IHS Term of Award is applicable to all IHS grant and 
cooperative agreements issued on or after October 1, 2010, with a 
$25,000 subaward obligation dollar threshold met for any specific 
reporting period. Additionally, all new (discretionary) IHS awards 
(where the project period is made up of more than one budget period) 
and where: (1) The project period start date was October 1, 2010 or 
after and (2) the primary awardee will have a $25,000 subaward 
obligation dollar threshold during any specific reporting period will 
be required to address the FSRS reporting. For the full IHS award term 
implementing this requirement and additional award applicability 
information, visit the Grants Management Grants Policy Web site at: 
https://www.ihs.gov/dgm/index.cfm?module=dsp_dgm_policy_topics.
    Telecommunication for the hearing impaired is available at: TTY 
(301) 443-6394.

VII. Agency Contacts

    1. Questions on the programmatic issues may be directed to:

Mr. Chris Buchanan, Director, 801 Thompson Avenue, Suite 220, 
Rockville, MD 20852, Telephone: (301) 443-1104, Fax: (301) 443-4666, E-
Mail: Chris.Buchanan@ihs.gov.
    2. Questions on grants management and fiscal matters may be 
directed to:

Mr. John Hoffman, Grants Management Specialist, 801 Thompson Avenue, 
TMP Suite 360, Rockville, MD 20852, Telephone: (301) 443-5204, Fax: 
(301) 443-9602, Email: John.Hoffman@ihs.gov.

    3. Questions on systems matters may be directed to:

Mr. Paul Gettys, Grant Systems Coordinator, 801 Thompson Avenue, TMP 
Suite 360, Rockville, MD 20852, Phone: (301) 443-2114; or the DGM main 
line (301) 443-5204, Fax: (301) 443-9602, Email: Paul.Gettys@ihs.gov .

VIII. Other Information

    The Public Health Service strongly encourages all cooperative 
agreement and contract recipients to provide a smoke-free workplace and 
promote the non-use of all tobacco products. In addition, Public Law 
103-227, the Pro-Children Act of 1994, prohibits smoking in certain 
facilities (or in some cases, any portion of the facility) in which 
regular or routine education, library, day care, health care, or early 
childhood development services are provided to children. This is 
consistent with the HHS mission to protect and advance the physical and 
mental health of the American people.

    Dated: August 19, 2014.
Yvette Roubideaux,
Acting Director, Indian Health Service.
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