Tribal Self-Governance Planning Cooperative Agreement, 45905-45911 [2020-16535]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 147 / Thursday, July 30, 2020 / Notices VII. Agency Contacts 1. Questions on the programmatic issues may be directed to: Roxanne Houston, Program Officer, Office of Tribal Self-Governance, 5600 Fishers Lane, Mail Stop: 08E09B, Rockville, MD 20857, Phone: (301) 443–7821, Email: Roxanne.Houston@ihs.gov, Website: https://www.ihs.gov/SelfGovernance/. 2. Questions on grants management and fiscal matters may be directed to: Andrew Diggs, Senior Grants Management Specialist, 5600 Fishers Lane, Mail Stop: 09E70, Rockville, MD 20857, Phone: (301) 443–2241, Fax: (301) 594–0899, Email: andrew.diggs@ ihs.gov. 3. Questions on systems matters may be directed to: Paul Gettys, Acting Director, DGM, 5600 Fishers Lane, Mail Stop: 09E70, Rockville, MD 20857, Phone: (301) 443–2114; or the DGM main line (301) 443–5204, Fax: (301) 594–0899, E-Mail: Paul.Gettys@ihs.gov. VIII. Other Information The Public Health Service strongly encourages all grant, 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. Michael D. Weahkee, Assistant Surgeon General, U.S. Public Health Service, Director, Indian Health Service. [FR Doc. 2020–16536 Filed 7–29–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4165–16–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Indian Health Service khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Tribal Self-Governance Planning Cooperative Agreement Announcement Type: New. Funding Announcement Number: HHS–2020–IHS–TSGP–0001. Assistance Listing (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance or CFDA) Number: 93.444. Key Dates Application Deadline Date: October 28, 2020. Earliest Anticipated Start Date: November 12, 2020. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:38 Jul 29, 2020 Jkt 250001 I. Funding Opportunity Description Statutory Authority The Indian Health Service (IHS) Office of Tribal Self Governance (OTSG) is accepting applications for Planning Cooperative Agreements for Tribal SelfGovernance Program (TSGP). This program is authorized under Title V of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (ISDEAA), 25 U.S.C. 5383(e). This program is described in the Assistance Listings located at https://beta.sam.gov (formerly known as Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance) under 93.444. Background The TSGP is more than an IHS program; it is an expression of the Government-to-Government relationship between the United States (U.S.) and Indian Tribes. Through the TSGP, Tribes negotiate with the IHS to assume Programs, Services, Functions, and Activities (PSFAs), or portions thereof, which gives Tribes the authority to manage and tailor health care programs in a manner that best fits the needs of their communities. Participation in the TSGP affords Tribes the most flexibility to tailor their health care needs by choosing one of three ways to obtain health care from the Federal government for their citizens. Specifically, Tribes can choose to: (1) Receive health care services directly from the IHS; (2) contract with the IHS to administer individual programs and services the IHS would otherwise provide (referred to as Title I Self-Determination Contracting); and (3) compact with the IHS to assume control over health care programs the IHS would otherwise provide (referred to as Title V Self-Governance Compacting or the TSGP). These options are not exclusive and Tribes may choose to combine options based on their individual needs and circumstances. The TSGP is a Tribally-driven initiative and strong Federal-Tribal partnerships are essential to the program’s success. The IHS established the OTSG to implement the SelfGovernance authorities under the ISDEAA. The primary OTSG functions are to: (1) Serve as the primary liaison and advocate for Tribes participating in the TSGP; (2) develop, direct, and implement TSGP policies and procedures; (3) provide information and technical assistance to Self-Governance Tribes; and (4) advise the IHS Director on compliance with TSGP policies, regulations, and guidelines. Each IHS Area has an Agency Lead Negotiator (ALN), designated by the IHS Director to act on his or her behalf, who has PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 45905 authority to negotiate Self-Governance Compacts and Funding Agreements. Tribes interested in participating in the TSGP should contact their respective ALN to begin the Self-Governance planning and negotiation process. Tribes currently participating in the TSGP that are interested in expanding existing or adding new PSFAs, should also contact their respective ALN to discuss the best methods for expanding or adding new PSFAs. Purpose The purpose of this Planning Cooperative Agreement is to provide resources to Tribes interested in entering the TSGP and to existing SelfGovernance Tribes interested in assuming new or expanded PSFAs. Title V of the ISDEAA requires a Tribe or Tribal organization to complete a planning phase to the satisfaction of the Tribe. The planning phase must include legal and budgetary research and internal Tribal government planning and organizational preparation relating to the administration of health care programs. See 25 U.S.C. 5383(d). The planning phase is critical to negotiations and helps Tribes make informed decisions about which PSFAs to assume and what organizational changes or modifications are necessary to successfully support those PSFAs. A thorough planning phase improves timeliness and efficient negotiations and ensures that the Tribe is fully prepared to assume the transfer of IHS PSFAs to the Tribal health program. A Planning Cooperative Agreement is not a prerequisite to enter the TSGP and a Tribe may use other resources to meet the planning requirement. Tribes that receive Planning Cooperative Agreements are not obligated to participate in the TSGP and may choose to delay or decline participation based on the outcome of their planning activities. This also applies to existing Self-Governance Tribes exploring the option to expand their current PSFAs or assume additional PSFAs. II. Award Information Funding Instrument Cooperative Agreement. Estimated Funds Available The total funding identified for fiscal year (FY) 2020 is approximately $600,000. Individual award amounts are anticipated to be $120,000. The funding available for competing 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 E:\FR\FM\30JYN1.SGM 30JYN1 45906 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 147 / Thursday, July 30, 2020 / Notices awards that are selected for funding under this announcement. Anticipated Number of Awards Approximately five awards will be issued under this program announcement. Period of Performance The period of performance is for one year. Cooperative Agreement Cooperative agreements awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are administered under the same policies as a grant. However, the funding agency (IHS) is anticipated 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 IHS. Substantial Involvement Description for Cooperative Agreement A. Provide descriptions of PSFAs and associated funding at all organizational levels (service unit, area, and headquarters), including funding formulas and methodologies related to determining Tribal shares. B. Meet with Planning Cooperative Agreement recipients to provide program information and discuss methods currently used to manage and deliver health care. C. Identify and provide statutes, regulations, and policies that provide authority for administering IHS programs. D. Provide technical assistance on the IHS budget, Tribal shares, and other topics as needed. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES III. Eligibility Information 1. Eligibility To be eligible for this opportunity, applicants must be: • An ‘‘Indian Tribe’’ as defined in 25 U.S.C. 5304(e); a ‘‘Tribal Organization’’ as defined in 25 U.S.C. 5304(l); or an ‘‘Inter-Tribal Consortium: As defined at 42 CFR 137.10. Please note that Tribes prohibited under the Alaska Moratorium from receiving funds pursuant to the ISDEAA are not eligible. See Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, Public Law 113–76, as amended by Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, Public Law 115–141, and Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, Public Law 116–94. • Applicant must submit from the appropriate governing body of each Tribe to be served a resolution or other official action authorizing the submission of the Planning Cooperative Agreement. Please see Section IV. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:38 Jul 29, 2020 Jkt 250001 Application and Submission Information, 2. Content and Form Application Submission, Additional Required Documentation, Tribal Resolution(s) for details. • Demonstrate for three fiscal years, financial stability and financial management capability. The Indian Tribe must provide evidence that, for the three fiscal years prior to requesting participation in the TSGP, the Indian Tribe has had no uncorrected significant and material audit exceptions in the required annual audit of the Indian Tribe’s Self-Determination Contracts or Self-Governance Funding Agreements with any Federal agency. See 25 U.S.C. 5383; 42 CFR 137.15–23. For Tribes or Tribal organizations (T/ TO) that expended $750,000 or more ($500,000 for fiscal years ending after December 31, 2003) in Federal awards, the OTSG shall retrieve the audits directly from the Federal Audit Clearinghouse. For T/TO that expended less than $750,000 ($500,000 for fiscal years ending after December 31, 2003) in Federal awards, the T/TO must provide evidence of the program review correspondence from IHS or Bureau of Indian Affairs officials. See 42 CFR 137.21–23. Meeting the eligibility criteria for a Planning Cooperative Agreement does not mean that a T/TO is eligible for participation in the IHS TSGP under Title V of the ISDEAA. See 25 U.S.C. 5383; 42 CFR 137.15–23. For additional information on the eligibility for the IHS TSGP, please visit the ‘‘Eligibility and Funding’’ page on the OTSG website located at: http://www.ihs.gov/ SelfGovernance. 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 Tribal Resolutions, proof of non-profit status, etc. 2. Cost Sharing or Matching The IHS does not require matching funds or cost sharing for grants or cooperative agreements. 3. Other Requirements Applications with budget requests that exceed the highest dollar amount outlined under the Award Information, Estimated Funds Available section, or exceed the Period of Performance outlined under the Award Information, Period of Performance section will be considered not responsive and will not be reviewed. The Division of Grants Management (DGM) will notify the applicant. PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 IV. Application and Submission Information 1. Obtaining Application Materials The application package and detailed instructions for this announcement are hosted on https://www.Grants.gov. Please direct questions regarding the application process to Mr. Paul Gettys at (301) 443–2114 or (301) 443–5204. 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: • Abstract (one page) summarizing the project. • Application forms: 1. SF–424, Application for Federal Assistance. 2. SF–424A, Budget Information— Non-Construction Programs. 3. SF–424B, Assurances—NonConstruction Programs. • Project Narrative (not to exceed 10 pages). See Section IV.2.A Project Narrative for instructions. 1. Background information on the organization. 2. Proposed scope of work, objectives, and activities that provide a description of what the applicant plans to accomplish. • Budget Justification and Narrative (not to exceed 5 pages). See Section IV.2.B Budget Narrative for instructions. • One-page Timeframe Chart. • Tribal Resolution(s) (please see additional information below). • Letters of Support from organization’s Board of Directors. (optional) • Biographical sketches for all 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) Financial Audit (if applicable). Acceptable forms of documentation include: 1. Email confirmation from Federal Audit Clearinghouse (FAC) that audits were submitted; or 2. Face sheets from audit reports. Applicants can find these on the FAC website: https://harvester.census.gov/ facdissem/Main.aspx. E:\FR\FM\30JYN1.SGM 30JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 147 / Thursday, July 30, 2020 / Notices Additional Required Documentation Tribal Resolution The DGM must receive an official, signed Tribal Resolution prior to issuing a Notice of Award (NoA) to any applicant selected for funding. An Indian Tribe or Tribal organization that is proposing a project affecting another Indian Tribe must include resolutions from all affected Tribes to be served. However, if an official, signed Tribal Resolution cannot be submitted with the application prior to the application deadline date, a draft Tribal Resolution must be submitted with the application by the deadline date in order for the application to be considered complete and eligible for review. The draft Tribal Resolution is not in lieu of the required signed resolution, but is acceptable until a signed resolution is received. If an official, signed Tribal Resolution is not received by DGM when funding decisions are made, then a NoA will not be issued to that applicant and it will not receive IHS funds until it has submitted a signed resolution to the Grants Management Specialist listed in this funding announcement. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Public Policy Requirements All Federal public policies apply to IHS grants and cooperative agreements with the exception of the Discrimination Policy. Requirements for Project and Budget Narratives A. Project Narrative: This narrative should be a separate document that is no more than 10 pages and must: (1) Have consecutively numbered pages; (2) use black font 12 points or larger; (3) be single-spaced; (4) and be formatted to fit standard letter paper (81⁄2 x 11 inches). Be sure to succinctly answer all questions listed under the evaluation criteria (refer to Section V.1, Evaluation Criteria) and place all responses and required information in the correct section noted below or they will not be considered or scored. If the narrative exceeds the page limit, the application will be considered not responsive and not be reviewed. The 10-page limit for the narrative does not include the work plan, standard forms, Tribal Resolutions, budget, budget justifications, narratives, and/or other appendix items. There are three parts to the narrative: Part 1—Program Information; Part 2— Program Planning and Evaluation; and Part 3—Program Report. See below for additional details about what must be included in the narrative. The page limits below are for each narrative and budget submitted. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:38 Jul 29, 2020 Jkt 250001 Part 1: Program Information (Limit—4 Pages) Section 1: Needs Describe the Tribe’s current health program activities, including: How long it has been operating; what programs or services are currently being provided; and if the applicant is currently administering any ISDEAA Title I SelfDetermination Contracts or Title V SelfGovernance Compacts. Identify the need for assistance and how the Planning Cooperative Agreement would benefit the health activities the Tribe is currently administering or looking to expand. Part 2: Program Planning and Evaluation (Limit—4 Pages) Section 1: Program Plans Project Objective(s), Work Plan and Approach State in measureable terms the objectives and appropriate activities to achieve the following Planning Cooperative Agreement recipient award activities: (A) Research and analyze the complex IHS budget to gain a thorough understanding of funding distribution at all organizational levels and determine which PSFAs the Tribe may elect to assume or expand. (B) Establish a process to identify PSFAs and associated funding that may be incorporated into current programs. (C) Determine the Tribe’s share of each PSFA and evaluate the current level of health care services being provided to make an informed decision on new or expanded program assumption. (D) Describe how the objectives are consistent with the purpose of the program, the needs of the people to be served, and how they will be achieved within the proposed time frame. Identify the expected results, benefits, and outcomes or products to be derived from each objective of the project and how they will be measured. Organizational Capabilities, Key Personnel, and Qualifications Describe the organizational structure of the Tribe and its ability to manage the proposed project. Include resumes or position descriptions of key staff showing requisite experience and expertise. If applicable, include resumes and scope of work for consultants that demonstrate experience and expertise relevant to the project. Section 2: Program Evaluation Define the criteria to be used to evaluate planning activities and how PO 00000 Frm 00046 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 45907 they will be measured. Describe fully and clearly the methodology that will be used to determine if the needs identified are being met and if the outcomes are being achieved. This section must address the following questions: (A) Are the goals and objectives measurable and consistent with the purpose of the program and the needs of the people to be served? (B) Are they achievable within the proposed time frame? Part 3: Program Report (Limit—2 Pages) Section 1: Describe major accomplishments over the last 24 months associated with the goals of this announcement. Please identify and describe significant health related program activities and achievements associated with the delivery of quality health services. Provide a comparison of the actual accomplishments to the goals established for the period of performance, or if applicable, provide justification for the lack of progress. This section should highlight major program achievements over the last 24 months and how this grant helped achieve them. Section 2: Describe major activities over the last 24 months. Please provide an overview of significant program activities associated with the delivery of quality health services over the last 24 months. This section should address significant program activities and include those related to the accomplishments listed in the previous section. B. Budget Narrative (Limit—5 Pages) Provide a budget narrative that explains the amounts requested for each line item of the budget. The budget narrative should specifically describe how each item will support the achievement of proposed objectives. Be very careful about showing how each item in the ‘‘Other’’ category is justified. Do NOT use the budget narrative to expand the project narrative. 3. Submission Dates and Times Applications must be submitted through Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on the Application Deadline Date. Any application received after the application deadline will not be accepted for review. Grants.gov will notify the applicant via email if the application is rejected. If technical challenges arise and assistance is required with the application process, contact Grants.gov Customer Support (see contact information at https:// www.grants.gov). If problems persist, contact Mr. Paul Gettys E:\FR\FM\30JYN1.SGM 30JYN1 45908 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 147 / Thursday, July 30, 2020 / Notices (Paul.Gettys@ihs.gov), Acting Director, DGM, by telephone at (301) 443–2114 or (301) 443–5204. 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. IHS will not acknowledge receipt of applications. 4. Intergovernmental Review Executive Order 12372 requiring intergovernmental review is not applicable to this program. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES 5. Funding Restrictions • Pre-award costs are not allowable. • The available funds are inclusive of direct and appropriate indirect costs. • Tribes can apply and be awarded both a Planning Cooperative Agreement and a Negotiation Cooperative Agreement in the same cycle, so long as the project proposals are different for each application. Tribes cannot apply for both the Planning Cooperative Agreement and the Negotiation Cooperative Agreement within the same grant cycle with the same proposed project. • Only one Planning cooperative agreement will be awarded per applicant per grant cycle under this announcement. 6. Electronic Submission Requirements All applications must be submitted via Grants.gov. Please use the https:// www.Grants.gov website to submit an application. Find the application by selecting the ‘‘Search Grants’’ link on the homepage. Follow the instructions for submitting an application under the Package tab. No other method of application submission is acceptable. If the applicant cannot submit an application through Grants.gov, a waiver must be requested. Prior approval must be requested and obtained from Mr. Paul Gettys, Acting Director, DGM. A written waiver request must be sent to GrantsPolicy@ihs.gov with a copy to paul.gettys@ihs.gov. The waiver must: (1) Be documented in writing (emails are acceptable) before submitting an application by some other method, and (2) include clear justification for the need to deviate from the required application submission process. Once the waiver request has been approved, the applicant will receive a confirmation of approval email containing submission instructions. A copy of the written approval must be included with the application that is VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:38 Jul 29, 2020 Jkt 250001 submitted to the DGM. Applications that are submitted without a copy of the signed waiver from the Acting Director of the DGM will not be reviewed. The Grants Management Officer of the DGM will notify the applicant via email of this decision. Applications submitted under waiver must be received by the DGM no later than 5:00 p.m., EDT, on the Application Deadline Date. Late applications will not be accepted for processing. Applicants that do not register for both the System for Award Management (SAM) and Grants.gov and/or fail to request timely assistance with technical issues will not be considered for a waiver to submit an application via alternative method. Please be aware of the following: • Please search for the application package in https://www.Grants.gov by entering the Assistance Listing (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, please contact Grants.gov Customer Support (see contact information at https://www.Grants.gov). • 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. • 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 twenty working days. • Please follow the instructions on Grants.gov to include additional documentation that may be requested by this funding announcement. • Applicants must comply with any page limits described in this funding announcement. • After submitting the application, the applicant will receive an automatic acknowledgment from Grants.gov that contains a Grants.gov tracking number. IHS will not notify the applicant that the application has been received. Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) 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 that uniquely identifies each entity. The DUNS number is site specific; therefore, each distinct performance site may be assigned a DUNS number. Obtaining a DUNS number is easy, and there is no charge. To obtain a DUNS number, PO 00000 Frm 00047 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 please access the request service through https://fedgov.dnb.com/ webform, or call (866) 705–5711. The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006, as amended (‘‘Transparency Act’’), requires all HHS recipients to report information on sub-awards. Accordingly, all IHS grantees must notify potential first-tier sub-recipients that no entity may receive a first-tier sub-award 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 are not registered with SAM must have a DUNS number first, then access the SAM online registration through the SAM home page at https://www.sam.gov/SAM/ (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). Please see SAM.gov for details on the registration process and timeline. Registration with the SAM is free of charge, but can take several weeks to process. Applicants may register online at https://www.sam.gov/ SAM/. Additional information on implementing the Transparency Act, including the specific requirements for DUNS and SAM, are available on the DGM Grants Management, Policy Topics web page: https://www.ihs.gov/dgm/ policytopics/. V. Application Review Information Weights assigned to each section are noted in parentheses. The 10-page project narrative 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 possible points. Points are assigned as follows: 1. Evaluation Criteria A. Introduction and Need for Assistance (25 Points) Describe the Tribe’s current health program activities, including: How long it has been operating, what programs or services are currently being provided, and if the applicant is currently administering any ISDEAA Title I SelfDetermination Contracts or Title V Self- E:\FR\FM\30JYN1.SGM 30JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 147 / Thursday, July 30, 2020 / Notices Governance Compacts. Identify the need for assistance and how the Planning Cooperative Agreement would benefit the health activities the Tribe is currently administering and/or looking to expand. B. Project Objective(s), Work Plan and Approach (25 Points) State in measurable terms the objectives and appropriate activities to achieve the following Planning Cooperative Agreement recipient award activities: (1) Research and analyze the complex IHS budget to gain a thorough understanding of funding distribution at all organizational levels and determine which PSFAs the Tribe may elect to assume or expand. (2) Establish a process to identify PSFAs and associated funding that may be incorporated into current programs. (3) Determine the Tribe’s share of each PSFA and evaluate the current level of health care services being provided to make an informed decision on new or expanded program assumption. (4) Describe how the objectives are consistent with the purpose of the program, the needs of the people to be served, and how they will be achieved within the proposed time frame. Identify the expected results, benefits, and outcomes or products to be derived from each objective of the project. C. Program Evaluation (25 Points) Define the criteria to be used to evaluate planning activities and how they will be measured. Clearly describe the methodologies and parameters that will be used to determine if the needs identified are being met and if the outcomes identified are being achieved. Are the goals and objectives measurable and consistent with the purpose of the program and meet the needs of the people to be served? Are they achievable within the proposed time frame? Describe how the assumption of PSFAs enhances sustainable health delivery. Ensure the measurement includes activities that will lead to sustainability. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES D. Organizational Capabilities, Key Personnel and Qualifications (15 Points) Describe the organizational structure of the Tribe and its ability to manage the proposed project. Include resumes or position descriptions of key staff showing requisite experience and expertise. If applicable, include resumes and scope of work for consultants that demonstrate experience and expertise relevant to the project. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:38 Jul 29, 2020 Jkt 250001 E. Categorical Budget and Budget Justification (10 Points) Submit a budget with a narrative describing the budget request and matching the scope of work described in the project narrative. Justify all expenditures identifying reasonable and allowable costs necessary to accomplish the goals and objectives as outlined in the project narrative. Additional documents can be uploaded as Appendix Items in Grants.gov. • Work plan and time line or logic model 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 Rate Agreement. • Organizational chart. • Map of area identifying project location(s). • Additional documents to support narrative (i.e., data tables, key news articles, etc.). 2. Review and Selection Each application will be prescreened for eligibility and completeness as outlined in the funding announcement. Applications that meet the eligibility criteria shall be reviewed for merit by the Objective Review Committee (ORC) based on evaluation criteria. Incomplete applications and applications that are not responsive to the administrative thresholds will not be referred to the ORC and will not be funded. The applicant will be notified of this determination. Applicants must address all program requirements and provide all required documentation. 3. Notifications of Disposition All applicants will receive an Executive Summary Statement from the IHS OTSG within 30 days of the conclusion of the ORC outlining the strengths and weaknesses of their application. The summary statement will be sent to the Authorizing Official identified on the face page (SF–424) of the application. A. Award Notices for Funded Applications The Notice of Award (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. Each entity PO 00000 Frm 00048 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 45909 approved for funding must have a user account in GrantSolutions in order to retrieve the NoA. Please see the Agency Contacts list in Section VII for the systems contact information. B. Approved But Unfunded Applications Approved applications not funded due to lack of available funds will be held for one year. If funding becomes available during the course of the year, the application may be reconsidered. Note: Any correspondence other than the official NoA executed 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 the IHS. VI. Award Administration Information 1. Administrative Requirements Cooperative agreements are administered in accordance with the following regulations and policies: A. The criteria as outlined in this program announcement. B. Administrative Regulations for Grants: • Uniform Administrative Requirements for HHS Awards, located at 45 CFR part 75. C. Grants Policy: • HHS Grants Policy Statement, Revised 01/07. D. Cost Principles: • Uniform Administrative Requirements for HHS Awards, ‘‘Cost Principles,’’ located at 45 CFR part 75, subpart E. E. Audit Requirements: • Uniform Administrative Requirements for HHS Awards, ‘‘Audit Requirements,’’ located at 45 CFR part 75, subpart F. 2. Indirect Costs This section applies to all recipients that request reimbursement of indirect costs (IDC) in their application budget. In accordance with HHS Grants Policy Statement, Part II–27, IHS requires applicants to obtain a current IDC rate agreement, and submit it to DGM, prior to DGM issuing an 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 agreement 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 agreement is provided to the DGM. E:\FR\FM\30JYN1.SGM 30JYN1 45910 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 147 / Thursday, July 30, 2020 / Notices Available funds are inclusive of direct and appropriate indirect costs. Approved indirect funds are awarded as part of the award amount, and no additional funds will be provided. Generally, IDC rates for IHS grantees are negotiated with the Division of Cost Allocation (DCA) https://rates.psc.gov/ or the Department of the Interior (Interior Business Center) https:// ibc.doi.gov/ICS/tribal. For questions regarding the indirect cost policy, please call the Grants Management Specialist listed under ‘‘Agency Contacts’’ or the main DGM office at (301) 443–5204. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES 3. Reporting Requirements The awardee 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 awardee organization or the individual responsible for preparation of the reports. Per DGM policy, all reports are required to be submitted electronically by attaching them as a ‘‘Grant Note’’ in 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 and the final report is due within 90 days after the project period ends (specific dates will be listed in the NoA Terms and Conditions). These reports must include a brief comparison of actual accomplishments to the goals established for the period, a summary of progress to date or, if applicable, provide sound justification for the lack of progress, and other pertinent information as required. B. Financial Reports Federal Financial Report (FFR or SF– 425), Cash Transaction Reports are due 30 days after the close of every calendar quarter to the Payment Management Services, HHS at https://pms.psc.gov. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:38 Jul 29, 2020 Jkt 250001 The applicant is also requested to upload a copy of the FFR (SF–425) into our grants management system, GrantSolutions. Failure to submit timely reports may result in adverse award actions blocking access to funds. Awardees are responsible and accountable for accurate information being reported on all required reports: The Progress Reports and Federal Financial Report. C. Federal Sub-Award Reporting System (FSRS) This award may be subject to the Transparency Act sub-award 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 sub-awards 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 sub-award obligation dollar threshold met for any specific reporting period. Additionally, all new (discretionary) IHS awards (where the period of performance is made up of more than one budget period) and where: (1) The period of performance start date was October 1, 2010 or after, and (2) the primary awardee will have a $25,000 sub-award 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 DGM Grants Policy website at https://www.ihs.gov/ dgm/policytopics/. D. Compliance With Executive Order 13166 Implementation of Services Accessibility Provisions for All Grant Application Packages and Funding Opportunity Announcements. Recipients of Federal financial assistance (FFA) from HHS must administer their programs in compliance with Federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age and, in some circumstances, religion, conscience, and PO 00000 Frm 00049 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 sex. This includes ensuring programs are accessible to persons with limited English proficiency. The HHS Office for Civil Rights provides guidance on complying with civil rights laws enforced by HHS. Please see https:// www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/for-providers/ provider-obligations/index.html and http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/civilrights/ understanding/section1557/index.html. • Recipients of FFA must ensure that their programs are accessible to persons with limited English proficiency. HHS provides guidance to recipients of FFA on meeting their legal obligation to take reasonable steps to provide meaningful access to their programs by persons with limited English proficiency. Please see https://www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/forindividuals/special-topics/limitedenglish-proficiency/fact-sheet-guidance/ index.html and https://www.lep.gov. For further guidance on providing culturally and linguistically appropriate services, recipients should review the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care at https:// minorityhealth.hhs.gov/omh/ browse.aspx?lvl=2&lvlid=53. • Recipients of FFA also have specific legal obligations for serving qualified individuals with disabilities. Please see http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/civilrights/ understanding/disability/index.html. • HHS funded health and education programs must be administered in an environment free of sexual harassment. Please see https://www.hhs.gov/civilrights/for-individuals/sexdiscrimination/index.html; https:// www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/ docs/shguide.html; and https:// www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/publications/fssex.cfm. • Recipients of FFA must also administer their programs in compliance with applicable Federal religious nondiscrimination laws and applicable Federal conscience protection and associated antidiscrimination laws. Collectively, these laws prohibit exclusion, adverse treatment, coercion, or other discrimination against persons or entities on the basis of their consciences, religious beliefs, or moral convictions. Please see https:// www.hhs.gov/conscience/conscienceprotections/index.html and https:// www.hhs.gov/conscience/religiousfreedom/index.html. Please contact the HHS Office for Civil Rights for more information about obligations and prohibitions under Federal civil rights laws at https:// www.hhs.gov/ocr/about-us/contact-us/ index.html or call 1–800–368–1019 or TDD 1–800–537–7697. E:\FR\FM\30JYN1.SGM 30JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 147 / Thursday, July 30, 2020 / Notices Rockville, MD 20857, (Include ‘‘Mandatory Grant Disclosures’’ in subject line), Office: (301) 443–2114, Fax: (301) 594–0899, Email: paul.gettys@ihs.gov. E. Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS) The IHS is required to review and consider any information about the applicant that is in the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS), at https:// www.fapiis.gov, before making any award in excess of the simplified acquisition threshold (currently $150,000) over the period of performance. An applicant may review and comment on any information about itself that a Federal awarding agency previously entered. IHS will consider any comments by the applicant, in addition to other information in FAPIIS in making a judgment about the applicant’s integrity, business ethics, and record of performance under Federal awards when completing the review of risk posed by applicants as described in 45 CFR 75.205. As required by 45 CFR part 75 Appendix XII of the Uniform Guidance, non-Federal entities (NFEs) are required to disclose in FAPIIS any information about criminal, civil, and administrative proceedings, and/or affirm that there is no new information to provide. This applies to NFEs that receive Federal awards (currently active grants, cooperative agreements, and procurement contracts) greater than $10,000,000 for any period of time during the period of performance of an award/project. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Mandatory Disclosure Requirements As required by 2 CFR part 200 of the Uniform Guidance, and the HHS implementing regulations at 45 CFR part 75, the IHS must require a non-Federal entity or an applicant for a Federal award to disclose, in a timely manner, in writing to the IHS or pass-through entity all violations of Federal criminal law involving fraud, bribery, or gratuity violations potentially affecting the Federal award. Submission is required for all applicants and recipients, in writing, to the IHS and to the HHS Office of Inspector General all information related to violations of Federal criminal law involving fraud, bribery, or gratuity violations potentially affecting the Federal award. 45 CFR 75.113. Disclosures must be sent in writing to: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Indian Health Service, Division of Grants Management, ATTN: Paul Gettys, Acting Director, 5600 Fishers Lane, Mail Stop: 09E70, VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:38 Jul 29, 2020 Jkt 250001 And U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, ATTN: Mandatory Grant Disclosures, Intake Coordinator, 330 Independence Avenue SW, Cohen Building, Room 5527, Washington, DC 20201, URL: https://oig.hhs.gov/fraud/reportfraud/, (Include ‘‘Mandatory Grant Disclosures’’ in subject line), Fax: (202) 205–0604 (Include ‘‘Mandatory Grant Disclosures’’ in subject line) or, Email: MandatoryGranteeDisclosures@ oig.hhs.gov. Failure to make required disclosures can result in any of the remedies described in 45 CFR 75.371 Remedies for noncompliance, including suspension or debarment (see 2 CFR parts 180 & 376). VII. Agency Contacts 1. Questions on the programmatic issues may be directed to: Roxanne Houston, Program Officer, Office of Tribal Self-Governance, 5600 Fishers Lane, Mail Stop: 08E05, Rockville, MD 20857, Phone: (301) 443–7821, Email: Roxanne.Houston@ihs.gov, Website: https://www.ihs.gov/SelfGovernance/. 2. Questions on grants management and fiscal matters may be directed to: Andrew Diggs, Senior Grants Management Specialist, 5600 Fishers Lane, Mail Stop: 09E70, Rockville, MD 20857, Phone: (301) 443–2241, Fax: (301) 594–0899, Email: andrew.diggs@ ihs.gov. 3. Questions on systems matters may be directed to: Paul Gettys, Acting Director, DGM, 5600 Fishers Lane, Mail Stop: 09E70, Rockville, MD 20857, Phone: (301) 443–2114; or the DGM main line (301) 443–5204, Fax: (301) 594–0899, Email: Paul.Gettys@ihs.gov. VIII. Other Information The Public Health Service strongly encourages all grant, 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 PO 00000 Frm 00050 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 45911 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. Michael D. Weahkee, Assistant Surgeon General, U.S. Public Health Service, Director, Indian Health Service. [FR Doc. 2020–16535 Filed 7–29–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4165–16–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health National Institute on Aging; Notice of Closed Meeting Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, notice is hereby given of the following meeting. The meeting will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. Name of Committee: National Institute on Aging Special Emphasis Panel; Alzheimer’s Disease Drug Development. Date: September 14, 2020. Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications and/or proposals. Place: National Institute on Aging, Gateway Building, 7201 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20892 (Video Meeting). Contact Person: Alexander Parsadanian, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Scientific Review Branch, National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, Gateway Building 2C/212, 7201 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20892, (301) 496–9666, parsadaniana@nia.nih.gov. (Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Nos. 93.866, Aging Research, National Institutes of Health, HHS) Dated: July 27, 2020. Miguelina Perez, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy. [FR Doc. 2020–16510 Filed 7–29–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140–01–P E:\FR\FM\30JYN1.SGM 30JYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Indian Health Service


Tribal Self-Governance Planning Cooperative Agreement

    Announcement Type: New.
    Funding Announcement Number: HHS-2020-IHS-TSGP-0001.
    Assistance Listing (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance or CFDA) 
Number: 93.444.

Key Dates

    Application Deadline Date: October 28, 2020.
    Earliest Anticipated Start Date: November 12, 2020.

I. Funding Opportunity Description

Statutory Authority

    The Indian Health Service (IHS) Office of Tribal Self Governance 
(OTSG) is accepting applications for Planning Cooperative Agreements 
for Tribal Self-Governance Program (TSGP). This program is authorized 
under Title V of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance 
Act (ISDEAA), 25 U.S.C. 5383(e). This program is described in the 
Assistance Listings located at https://beta.sam.gov (formerly known as 
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance) under 93.444.

Background

    The TSGP is more than an IHS program; it is an expression of the 
Government-to-Government relationship between the United States (U.S.) 
and Indian Tribes. Through the TSGP, Tribes negotiate with the IHS to 
assume Programs, Services, Functions, and Activities (PSFAs), or 
portions thereof, which gives Tribes the authority to manage and tailor 
health care programs in a manner that best fits the needs of their 
communities.
    Participation in the TSGP affords Tribes the most flexibility to 
tailor their health care needs by choosing one of three ways to obtain 
health care from the Federal government for their citizens. 
Specifically, Tribes can choose to: (1) Receive health care services 
directly from the IHS; (2) contract with the IHS to administer 
individual programs and services the IHS would otherwise provide 
(referred to as Title I Self-Determination Contracting); and (3) 
compact with the IHS to assume control over health care programs the 
IHS would otherwise provide (referred to as Title V Self-Governance 
Compacting or the TSGP). These options are not exclusive and Tribes may 
choose to combine options based on their individual needs and 
circumstances.
    The TSGP is a Tribally-driven initiative and strong Federal-Tribal 
partnerships are essential to the program's success. The IHS 
established the OTSG to implement the Self-Governance authorities under 
the ISDEAA. The primary OTSG functions are to: (1) Serve as the primary 
liaison and advocate for Tribes participating in the TSGP; (2) develop, 
direct, and implement TSGP policies and procedures; (3) provide 
information and technical assistance to Self-Governance Tribes; and (4) 
advise the IHS Director on compliance with TSGP policies, regulations, 
and guidelines. Each IHS Area has an Agency Lead Negotiator (ALN), 
designated by the IHS Director to act on his or her behalf, who has 
authority to negotiate Self-Governance Compacts and Funding Agreements. 
Tribes interested in participating in the TSGP should contact their 
respective ALN to begin the Self-Governance planning and negotiation 
process. Tribes currently participating in the TSGP that are interested 
in expanding existing or adding new PSFAs, should also contact their 
respective ALN to discuss the best methods for expanding or adding new 
PSFAs.

Purpose

    The purpose of this Planning Cooperative Agreement is to provide 
resources to Tribes interested in entering the TSGP and to existing 
Self-Governance Tribes interested in assuming new or expanded PSFAs. 
Title V of the ISDEAA requires a Tribe or Tribal organization to 
complete a planning phase to the satisfaction of the Tribe. The 
planning phase must include legal and budgetary research and internal 
Tribal government planning and organizational preparation relating to 
the administration of health care programs. See 25 U.S.C. 5383(d).
    The planning phase is critical to negotiations and helps Tribes 
make informed decisions about which PSFAs to assume and what 
organizational changes or modifications are necessary to successfully 
support those PSFAs. A thorough planning phase improves timeliness and 
efficient negotiations and ensures that the Tribe is fully prepared to 
assume the transfer of IHS PSFAs to the Tribal health program.
    A Planning Cooperative Agreement is not a prerequisite to enter the 
TSGP and a Tribe may use other resources to meet the planning 
requirement. Tribes that receive Planning Cooperative Agreements are 
not obligated to participate in the TSGP and may choose to delay or 
decline participation based on the outcome of their planning 
activities. This also applies to existing Self-Governance Tribes 
exploring the option to expand their current PSFAs or assume additional 
PSFAs.

II. Award Information

Funding Instrument

    Cooperative Agreement.

Estimated Funds Available

    The total funding identified for fiscal year (FY) 2020 is 
approximately $600,000. Individual award amounts are anticipated to be 
$120,000. The funding available for competing 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

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awards that are selected for funding under this announcement.

Anticipated Number of Awards

    Approximately five awards will be issued under this program 
announcement.

Period of Performance

    The period of performance is for one year.

Cooperative Agreement

    Cooperative agreements awarded by the Department of Health and 
Human Services (HHS) are administered under the same policies as a 
grant. However, the funding agency (IHS) is anticipated 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 IHS.

Substantial Involvement Description for Cooperative Agreement

    A. Provide descriptions of PSFAs and associated funding at all 
organizational levels (service unit, area, and headquarters), including 
funding formulas and methodologies related to determining Tribal 
shares.
    B. Meet with Planning Cooperative Agreement recipients to provide 
program information and discuss methods currently used to manage and 
deliver health care.
    C. Identify and provide statutes, regulations, and policies that 
provide authority for administering IHS programs.
    D. Provide technical assistance on the IHS budget, Tribal shares, 
and other topics as needed.

III. Eligibility Information

1. Eligibility

    To be eligible for this opportunity, applicants must be:
     An ``Indian Tribe'' as defined in 25 U.S.C. 5304(e); a 
``Tribal Organization'' as defined in 25 U.S.C. 5304(l); or an ``Inter-
Tribal Consortium: As defined at 42 CFR 137.10. Please note that Tribes 
prohibited under the Alaska Moratorium from receiving funds pursuant to 
the ISDEAA are not eligible. See Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, 
Public Law 113-76, as amended by Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, 
Public Law 115-141, and Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, Public 
Law 116-94.
     Applicant must submit from the appropriate governing body 
of each Tribe to be served a resolution or other official action 
authorizing the submission of the Planning Cooperative Agreement. 
Please see Section IV. Application and Submission Information, 2. 
Content and Form Application Submission, Additional Required 
Documentation, Tribal Resolution(s) for details.
     Demonstrate for three fiscal years, financial stability 
and financial management capability. The Indian Tribe must provide 
evidence that, for the three fiscal years prior to requesting 
participation in the TSGP, the Indian Tribe has had no uncorrected 
significant and material audit exceptions in the required annual audit 
of the Indian Tribe's Self-Determination Contracts or Self-Governance 
Funding Agreements with any Federal agency. See 25 U.S.C. 5383; 42 CFR 
137.15-23.
    For Tribes or Tribal organizations (T/TO) that expended $750,000 or 
more ($500,000 for fiscal years ending after December 31, 2003) in 
Federal awards, the OTSG shall retrieve the audits directly from the 
Federal Audit Clearinghouse. For T/TO that expended less than $750,000 
($500,000 for fiscal years ending after December 31, 2003) in Federal 
awards, the T/TO must provide evidence of the program review 
correspondence from IHS or Bureau of Indian Affairs officials. See 42 
CFR 137.21-23.
    Meeting the eligibility criteria for a Planning Cooperative 
Agreement does not mean that a T/TO is eligible for participation in 
the IHS TSGP under Title V of the ISDEAA. See 25 U.S.C. 5383; 42 CFR 
137.15-23. For additional information on the eligibility for the IHS 
TSGP, please visit the ``Eligibility and Funding'' page on the OTSG 
website located at: http://www.ihs.gov/SelfGovernance.

    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 Tribal Resolutions, proof of non-profit status, 
etc.

2. Cost Sharing or Matching

    The IHS does not require matching funds or cost sharing for grants 
or cooperative agreements.

3. Other Requirements

    Applications with budget requests that exceed the highest dollar 
amount outlined under the Award Information, Estimated Funds Available 
section, or exceed the Period of Performance outlined under the Award 
Information, Period of Performance section will be considered not 
responsive and will not be reviewed. The Division of Grants Management 
(DGM) will notify the applicant.

IV. Application and Submission Information

1. Obtaining Application Materials

    The application package and detailed instructions for this 
announcement are hosted on https://www.Grants.gov.
    Please direct questions regarding the application process to Mr. 
Paul Gettys at (301) 443-2114 or (301) 443-5204.

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:
     Abstract (one page) summarizing the project.
     Application forms:
    1. SF-424, Application for Federal Assistance.
    2. SF-424A, Budget Information--Non-Construction Programs.
    3. SF-424B, Assurances--Non-Construction Programs.
     Project Narrative (not to exceed 10 pages). See Section 
IV.2.A Project Narrative for instructions.
    1. Background information on the organization.
    2. Proposed scope of work, objectives, and activities that provide 
a description of what the applicant plans to accomplish.
     Budget Justification and Narrative (not to exceed 5 
pages). See Section IV.2.B Budget Narrative for instructions.
     One-page Timeframe Chart.
     Tribal Resolution(s) (please see additional information 
below).
     Letters of Support from organization's Board of Directors. 
(optional)
     Biographical sketches for all 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) Financial Audit (if applicable).
    Acceptable forms of documentation include:
    1. Email confirmation from Federal Audit Clearinghouse (FAC) that 
audits were submitted; or
    2. Face sheets from audit reports. Applicants can find these on the 
FAC website: https://harvester.census.gov/facdissem/Main.aspx.

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Additional Required Documentation
Tribal Resolution
    The DGM must receive an official, signed Tribal Resolution prior to 
issuing a Notice of Award (NoA) to any applicant selected for funding. 
An Indian Tribe or Tribal organization that is proposing a project 
affecting another Indian Tribe must include resolutions from all 
affected Tribes to be served. However, if an official, signed Tribal 
Resolution cannot be submitted with the application prior to the 
application deadline date, a draft Tribal Resolution must be submitted 
with the application by the deadline date in order for the application 
to be considered complete and eligible for review. The draft Tribal 
Resolution is not in lieu of the required signed resolution, but is 
acceptable until a signed resolution is received. If an official, 
signed Tribal Resolution is not received by DGM when funding decisions 
are made, then a NoA will not be issued to that applicant and it will 
not receive IHS funds until it has submitted a signed resolution to the 
Grants Management Specialist listed in this funding announcement.
Public Policy Requirements
    All Federal public policies apply to IHS grants and cooperative 
agreements with the exception of the Discrimination Policy.
Requirements for Project and Budget Narratives
    A. Project Narrative: This narrative should be a separate document 
that is no more than 10 pages and must: (1) Have consecutively numbered 
pages; (2) use black font 12 points or larger; (3) be single-spaced; 
(4) and be formatted to fit standard letter paper (8\1/2\ x 11 inches).
    Be sure to succinctly answer all questions listed under the 
evaluation criteria (refer to Section V.1, Evaluation Criteria) and 
place all responses and required information in the correct section 
noted below or they will not be considered or scored. If the narrative 
exceeds the page limit, the application will be considered not 
responsive and not be reviewed. The 10-page limit for the narrative 
does not include the work plan, standard forms, Tribal Resolutions, 
budget, budget justifications, narratives, and/or other appendix items.
    There are three parts to the narrative: Part 1--Program 
Information; Part 2--Program Planning and Evaluation; and Part 3--
Program Report. See below for additional details about what must be 
included in the narrative.
    The page limits below are for each narrative and budget submitted.
Part 1: Program Information (Limit--4 Pages)
Section 1: Needs
    Describe the Tribe's current health program activities, including: 
How long it has been operating; what programs or services are currently 
being provided; and if the applicant is currently administering any 
ISDEAA Title I Self-Determination Contracts or Title V Self-Governance 
Compacts. Identify the need for assistance and how the Planning 
Cooperative Agreement would benefit the health activities the Tribe is 
currently administering or looking to expand.
Part 2: Program Planning and Evaluation (Limit--4 Pages)
Section 1: Program Plans
Project Objective(s), Work Plan and Approach
    State in measureable terms the objectives and appropriate 
activities to achieve the following Planning Cooperative Agreement 
recipient award activities:
    (A) Research and analyze the complex IHS budget to gain a thorough 
understanding of funding distribution at all organizational levels and 
determine which PSFAs the Tribe may elect to assume or expand.
    (B) Establish a process to identify PSFAs and associated funding 
that may be incorporated into current programs.
    (C) Determine the Tribe's share of each PSFA and evaluate the 
current level of health care services being provided to make an 
informed decision on new or expanded program assumption.
    (D) Describe how the objectives are consistent with the purpose of 
the program, the needs of the people to be served, and how they will be 
achieved within the proposed time frame. Identify the expected results, 
benefits, and outcomes or products to be derived from each objective of 
the project and how they will be measured.
Organizational Capabilities, Key Personnel, and Qualifications
    Describe the organizational structure of the Tribe and its ability 
to manage the proposed project. Include resumes or position 
descriptions of key staff showing requisite experience and expertise. 
If applicable, include resumes and scope of work for consultants that 
demonstrate experience and expertise relevant to the project.
Section 2: Program Evaluation
    Define the criteria to be used to evaluate planning activities and 
how they will be measured. Describe fully and clearly the methodology 
that will be used to determine if the needs identified are being met 
and if the outcomes are being achieved. This section must address the 
following questions:
    (A) Are the goals and objectives measurable and consistent with the 
purpose of the program and the needs of the people to be served?
    (B) Are they achievable within the proposed time frame?
Part 3: Program Report (Limit--2 Pages)
    Section 1: Describe major accomplishments over the last 24 months 
associated with the goals of this announcement. Please identify and 
describe significant health related program activities and achievements 
associated with the delivery of quality health services. Provide a 
comparison of the actual accomplishments to the goals established for 
the period of performance, or if applicable, provide justification for 
the lack of progress. This section should highlight major program 
achievements over the last 24 months and how this grant helped achieve 
them.
    Section 2: Describe major activities over the last 24 months. 
Please provide an overview of significant program activities associated 
with the delivery of quality health services over the last 24 months. 
This section should address significant program activities and include 
those related to the accomplishments listed in the previous section.
B. Budget Narrative (Limit--5 Pages)
    Provide a budget narrative that explains the amounts requested for 
each line item of the budget. The budget narrative should specifically 
describe how each item will support the achievement of proposed 
objectives. Be very careful about showing how each item in the 
``Other'' category is justified. Do NOT use the budget narrative to 
expand the project narrative.

3. Submission Dates and Times

    Applications must be submitted through Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. 
Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on the Application Deadline Date. Any 
application received after the application deadline will not be 
accepted for review. Grants.gov will notify the applicant via email if 
the application is rejected. If technical challenges arise and 
assistance is required with the application process, contact Grants.gov 
Customer Support (see contact information at https://www.grants.gov). 
If problems persist, contact Mr. Paul Gettys

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([email protected]ihs.gov), Acting Director, DGM, by telephone at (301) 443-
2114 or (301) 443-5204. 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.
    IHS will not acknowledge receipt of applications.

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.
     Tribes can apply and be awarded both a Planning 
Cooperative Agreement and a Negotiation Cooperative Agreement in the 
same cycle, so long as the project proposals are different for each 
application. Tribes cannot apply for both the Planning Cooperative 
Agreement and the Negotiation Cooperative Agreement within the same 
grant cycle with the same proposed project.
     Only one Planning cooperative agreement will be awarded 
per applicant per grant cycle under this announcement.

6. Electronic Submission Requirements

    All applications must be submitted via Grants.gov. Please use the 
https://www.Grants.gov website to submit an application. Find the 
application by selecting the ``Search Grants'' link on the homepage. 
Follow the instructions for submitting an application under the Package 
tab. No other method of application submission is acceptable.
    If the applicant cannot submit an application through Grants.gov, a 
waiver must be requested. Prior approval must be requested and obtained 
from Mr. Paul Gettys, Acting Director, DGM. A written waiver request 
must be sent to ihs.gov">[email protected]ihs.gov with a copy to 
ihs.gov">[email protected]ihs.gov. The waiver must: (1) Be documented in writing 
(emails are acceptable) before submitting an application by some other 
method, and (2) include clear justification for the need to deviate 
from the required application submission process.
    Once the waiver request has been approved, the applicant will 
receive a confirmation of approval email containing submission 
instructions. A copy of the written approval must be included with the 
application that is submitted to the DGM. Applications that are 
submitted without a copy of the signed waiver from the Acting Director 
of the DGM will not be reviewed. The Grants Management Officer of the 
DGM will notify the applicant via email of this decision. Applications 
submitted under waiver must be received by the DGM no later than 5:00 
p.m., EDT, on the Application Deadline Date. Late applications will not 
be accepted for processing. Applicants that do not register for both 
the System for Award Management (SAM) and Grants.gov and/or fail to 
request timely assistance with technical issues will not be considered 
for a waiver to submit an application via alternative method.
    Please be aware of the following:
     Please search for the application package in https://www.Grants.gov by entering the Assistance Listing (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, please contact Grants.gov Customer Support (see 
contact information at https://www.Grants.gov).
     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.
     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 twenty 
working days.
     Please follow the instructions on Grants.gov to include 
additional documentation that may be requested by this funding 
announcement.
     Applicants must comply with any page limits described in 
this funding announcement.
     After submitting the application, the applicant will 
receive an automatic acknowledgment from Grants.gov that contains a 
Grants.gov tracking number. IHS will not notify the applicant that the 
application has been received.
    Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) 
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 
that uniquely identifies each entity. The DUNS number is site specific; 
therefore, each distinct performance site may be assigned a DUNS 
number. Obtaining a DUNS number is easy, and there is no charge. To 
obtain a DUNS number, please access the request service through https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform, or call (866) 705-5711.
    The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006, as 
amended (``Transparency Act''), requires all HHS recipients to report 
information on sub-awards. Accordingly, all IHS grantees must notify 
potential first-tier sub-recipients that no entity may receive a first-
tier sub-award 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 are not registered with SAM must have a DUNS 
number first, then access the SAM online registration through the SAM 
home page at https://www.sam.gov/SAM/ (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). Please see SAM.gov for details on the registration process and 
timeline. Registration with the SAM is free of charge, but can take 
several weeks to process. Applicants may register online at https://www.sam.gov/SAM/.
    Additional information on implementing the Transparency Act, 
including the specific requirements for DUNS and SAM, are available on 
the DGM Grants Management, Policy Topics web page: https://www.ihs.gov/dgm/policytopics/.

V. Application Review Information

    Weights assigned to each section are noted in parentheses. The 10-
page project narrative 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 possible points. Points are assigned as follows:

1. Evaluation Criteria

A. Introduction and Need for Assistance (25 Points)
    Describe the Tribe's current health program activities, including: 
How long it has been operating, what programs or services are currently 
being provided, and if the applicant is currently administering any 
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Governance Compacts. Identify the need for assistance and how the 
Planning Cooperative Agreement would benefit the health activities the 
Tribe is currently administering and/or looking to expand.
B. Project Objective(s), Work Plan and Approach (25 Points)
    State in measurable terms the objectives and appropriate activities 
to achieve the following Planning Cooperative Agreement recipient award 
activities:
    (1) Research and analyze the complex IHS budget to gain a thorough 
understanding of funding distribution at all organizational levels and 
determine which PSFAs the Tribe may elect to assume or expand.
    (2) Establish a process to identify PSFAs and associated funding 
that may be incorporated into current programs.
    (3) Determine the Tribe's share of each PSFA and evaluate the 
current level of health care services being provided to make an 
informed decision on new or expanded program assumption.
    (4) Describe how the objectives are consistent with the purpose of 
the program, the needs of the people to be served, and how they will be 
achieved within the proposed time frame. Identify the expected results, 
benefits, and outcomes or products to be derived from each objective of 
the project.
C. Program Evaluation (25 Points)
    Define the criteria to be used to evaluate planning activities and 
how they will be measured. Clearly describe the methodologies and 
parameters that will be used to determine if the needs identified are 
being met and if the outcomes identified are being achieved. Are the 
goals and objectives measurable and consistent with the purpose of the 
program and meet the needs of the people to be served? Are they 
achievable within the proposed time frame? Describe how the assumption 
of PSFAs enhances sustainable health delivery. Ensure the measurement 
includes activities that will lead to sustainability.
D. Organizational Capabilities, Key Personnel and Qualifications (15 
Points)
    Describe the organizational structure of the Tribe and its ability 
to manage the proposed project. Include resumes or position 
descriptions of key staff showing requisite experience and expertise. 
If applicable, include resumes and scope of work for consultants that 
demonstrate experience and expertise relevant to the project.
E. Categorical Budget and Budget Justification (10 Points)
    Submit a budget with a narrative describing the budget request and 
matching the scope of work described in the project narrative. Justify 
all expenditures identifying reasonable and allowable costs necessary 
to accomplish the goals and objectives as outlined in the project 
narrative.
    Additional documents can be uploaded as Appendix Items in 
Grants.gov.
     Work plan and time line or logic model 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 Rate Agreement.
     Organizational chart.
     Map of area identifying project location(s).
     Additional documents to support narrative (i.e., data 
tables, key news articles, etc.).

2. Review and Selection

    Each application will be prescreened for eligibility and 
completeness as outlined in the funding announcement. Applications that 
meet the eligibility criteria shall be reviewed for merit by the 
Objective Review Committee (ORC) based on evaluation criteria. 
Incomplete applications and applications that are not responsive to the 
administrative thresholds will not be referred to the ORC and will not 
be funded. The applicant will be notified of this determination.
    Applicants must address all program requirements and provide all 
required documentation.

3. Notifications of Disposition

    All applicants will receive an Executive Summary Statement from the 
IHS OTSG within 30 days of the conclusion of the ORC outlining the 
strengths and weaknesses of their application. The summary statement 
will be sent to the Authorizing Official identified on the face page 
(SF-424) of the application.
A. Award Notices for Funded Applications
    The Notice of Award (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. Each entity approved for funding must have a 
user account in GrantSolutions in order to retrieve the NoA. Please see 
the Agency Contacts list in Section VII for the systems contact 
information.
B. Approved But Unfunded Applications
    Approved applications not funded due to lack of available funds 
will be held for one year. If funding becomes available during the 
course of the year, the application may be reconsidered.

    Note: Any correspondence other than the official NoA executed 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 the IHS.

VI. Award Administration Information

1. Administrative Requirements

    Cooperative agreements are administered in accordance with the 
following regulations and policies:
    A. The criteria as outlined in this program announcement.
    B. Administrative Regulations for Grants:
     Uniform Administrative Requirements for HHS Awards, 
located at 45 CFR part 75.
    C. Grants Policy:
     HHS Grants Policy Statement, Revised 01/07.
    D. Cost Principles:
     Uniform Administrative Requirements for HHS Awards, ``Cost 
Principles,'' located at 45 CFR part 75, subpart E.
    E. Audit Requirements:
     Uniform Administrative Requirements for HHS Awards, 
``Audit Requirements,'' located at 45 CFR part 75, subpart F.

2. Indirect Costs

    This section applies to all recipients that request reimbursement 
of indirect costs (IDC) in their application budget. In accordance with 
HHS Grants Policy Statement, Part II-27, IHS requires applicants to 
obtain a current IDC rate agreement, and submit it to DGM, prior to DGM 
issuing an 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 
agreement 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 agreement is provided to the DGM.

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    Available funds are inclusive of direct and appropriate indirect 
costs. Approved indirect funds are awarded as part of the award amount, 
and no additional funds will be provided.
    Generally, IDC rates for IHS grantees are negotiated with the 
Division of Cost Allocation (DCA) https://rates.psc.gov/ or the 
Department of the Interior (Interior Business Center) https://ibc.doi.gov/ICS/tribal. For questions regarding the indirect cost 
policy, please call the Grants Management Specialist listed under 
``Agency Contacts'' or the main DGM office at (301) 443-5204.

3. Reporting Requirements

    The awardee 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 
awardee organization or the individual responsible for preparation of 
the reports. Per DGM policy, all reports are required to be submitted 
electronically by attaching them as a ``Grant Note'' in 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 and the final 
report is due within 90 days after the project period ends (specific 
dates will be listed in the NoA Terms and Conditions). These reports 
must include a brief comparison of actual accomplishments to the goals 
established for the period, a summary of progress to date or, if 
applicable, provide sound justification for the lack of progress, and 
other pertinent information as required.
B. Financial Reports
    Federal Financial Report (FFR or SF-425), Cash Transaction Reports 
are due 30 days after the close of every calendar quarter to the 
Payment Management Services, HHS at https://pms.psc.gov. The applicant 
is also requested to upload a copy of the FFR (SF-425) into our grants 
management system, GrantSolutions. Failure to submit timely reports may 
result in adverse award actions blocking access to funds.
    Awardees are responsible and accountable for accurate information 
being reported on all required reports: The Progress Reports and 
Federal Financial Report.
C. Federal Sub-Award Reporting System (FSRS)
    This award may be subject to the Transparency Act sub-award 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 sub-awards 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 sub-award 
obligation dollar threshold met for any specific reporting period. 
Additionally, all new (discretionary) IHS awards (where the period of 
performance is made up of more than one budget period) and where: (1) 
The period of performance start date was October 1, 2010 or after, and 
(2) the primary awardee will have a $25,000 sub-award 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 DGM Grants Policy 
website at https://www.ihs.gov/dgm/policytopics/.
D. Compliance With Executive Order 13166 Implementation of Services
    Accessibility Provisions for All Grant Application Packages and 
Funding Opportunity Announcements.
    Recipients of Federal financial assistance (FFA) from HHS must 
administer their programs in compliance with Federal civil rights laws 
that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national 
origin, disability, age and, in some circumstances, religion, 
conscience, and sex. This includes ensuring programs are accessible to 
persons with limited English proficiency. The HHS Office for Civil 
Rights provides guidance on complying with civil rights laws enforced 
by HHS. Please see https://www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/for-providers/provider-obligations/index.html and http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/civilrights/understanding/section1557/index.html.
     Recipients of FFA must ensure that their programs are 
accessible to persons with limited English proficiency. HHS provides 
guidance to recipients of FFA on meeting their legal obligation to take 
reasonable steps to provide meaningful access to their programs by 
persons with limited English proficiency. Please see https://www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/for-individuals/special-topics/limited-english-proficiency/fact-sheet-guidance/index.html and https://www.lep.gov. For further guidance on providing culturally and 
linguistically appropriate services, recipients should review the 
National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate 
Services in Health and Health Care at https://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/omh/browse.aspx?lvl=2&lvlid=53.
     Recipients of FFA also have specific legal obligations for 
serving qualified individuals with disabilities. Please see http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/civilrights/understanding/disability/index.html.
     HHS funded health and education programs must be 
administered in an environment free of sexual harassment. Please see 
https://www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/for-individuals/sex-discrimination/index.html; https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/shguide.html; and https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/publications/fs-sex.cfm.
     Recipients of FFA must also administer their programs in 
compliance with applicable Federal religious nondiscrimination laws and 
applicable Federal conscience protection and associated anti-
discrimination laws. Collectively, these laws prohibit exclusion, 
adverse treatment, coercion, or other discrimination against persons or 
entities on the basis of their consciences, religious beliefs, or moral 
convictions. Please see https://www.hhs.gov/conscience/conscience-protections/index.html and https://www.hhs.gov/conscience/religious-freedom/index.html.
    Please contact the HHS Office for Civil Rights for more information 
about obligations and prohibitions under Federal civil rights laws at 
https://www.hhs.gov/ocr/about-us/contact-us/index.html or call 1-800-
368-1019 or TDD 1-800-537-7697.

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E. Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System 
(FAPIIS)
    The IHS is required to review and consider any information about 
the applicant that is in the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity 
Information System (FAPIIS), at https://www.fapiis.gov, before making 
any award in excess of the simplified acquisition threshold (currently 
$150,000) over the period of performance. An applicant may review and 
comment on any information about itself that a Federal awarding agency 
previously entered. IHS will consider any comments by the applicant, in 
addition to other information in FAPIIS in making a judgment about the 
applicant's integrity, business ethics, and record of performance under 
Federal awards when completing the review of risk posed by applicants 
as described in 45 CFR 75.205.
    As required by 45 CFR part 75 Appendix XII of the Uniform Guidance, 
non-Federal entities (NFEs) are required to disclose in FAPIIS any 
information about criminal, civil, and administrative proceedings, and/
or affirm that there is no new information to provide. This applies to 
NFEs that receive Federal awards (currently active grants, cooperative 
agreements, and procurement contracts) greater than $10,000,000 for any 
period of time during the period of performance of an award/project.
Mandatory Disclosure Requirements
    As required by 2 CFR part 200 of the Uniform Guidance, and the HHS 
implementing regulations at 45 CFR part 75, the IHS must require a non-
Federal entity or an applicant for a Federal award to disclose, in a 
timely manner, in writing to the IHS or pass-through entity all 
violations of Federal criminal law involving fraud, bribery, or 
gratuity violations potentially affecting the Federal award.
    Submission is required for all applicants and recipients, in 
writing, to the IHS and to the HHS Office of Inspector General all 
information related to violations of Federal criminal law involving 
fraud, bribery, or gratuity violations potentially affecting the 
Federal award. 45 CFR 75.113. Disclosures must be sent in writing to:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Indian Health Service, 
Division of Grants Management, ATTN: Paul Gettys, Acting Director, 5600 
Fishers Lane, Mail Stop: 09E70, Rockville, MD 20857, (Include 
``Mandatory Grant Disclosures'' in subject line), Office: (301) 443-
2114, Fax: (301) 594-0899, Email: ihs.gov">[email protected]ihs.gov.
And
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector 
General, ATTN: Mandatory Grant Disclosures, Intake Coordinator, 330 
Independence Avenue SW, Cohen Building, Room 5527, Washington, DC 
20201, URL: https://oig.hhs.gov/fraud/report-fraud/, (Include 
``Mandatory Grant Disclosures'' in subject line), Fax: (202) 205-0604 
(Include ``Mandatory Grant Disclosures'' in subject line) or, Email: 
[email protected].

    Failure to make required disclosures can result in any of the 
remedies described in 45 CFR 75.371 Remedies for noncompliance, 
including suspension or debarment (see 2 CFR parts 180 & 376).

VII. Agency Contacts

    1. Questions on the programmatic issues may be directed to: Roxanne 
Houston, Program Officer, Office of Tribal Self-Governance, 5600 
Fishers Lane, Mail Stop: 08E05, Rockville, MD 20857, Phone: (301) 443-
7821, Email: ihs.gov">[email protected]ihs.gov, Website: https://www.ihs.gov/SelfGovernance/.
    2. Questions on grants management and fiscal matters may be 
directed to: Andrew Diggs, Senior Grants Management Specialist, 5600 
Fishers Lane, Mail Stop: 09E70, Rockville, MD 20857, Phone: (301) 443-
2241, Fax: (301) 594-0899, Email: ihs.gov">[email protected]ihs.gov.
    3. Questions on systems matters may be directed to: Paul Gettys, 
Acting Director, DGM, 5600 Fishers Lane, Mail Stop: 09E70, Rockville, 
MD 20857, Phone: (301) 443-2114; or the DGM main line (301) 443-5204, 
Fax: (301) 594-0899, Email: [email protected]ihs.gov.

VIII. Other Information

    The Public Health Service strongly encourages all grant, 
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.

Michael D. Weahkee,
Assistant Surgeon General, U.S. Public Health Service, Director, Indian 
Health Service.
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