Loan Guaranty: Specially Adapted Housing Assistive Technology Grant Program, 4714-4718 [2022-01575]

Download as PDF jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with NOTICES1 4714 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 19 / Friday, January 28, 2022 / Notices to support executive branch agency operations during the COVID–19 pandemic. The CARES Act authorized the Secretary of the Treasury to make loans, loan guarantees, and other investments that do not exceed $500 billion in the aggregate to provide liquidity to eligible businesses, States, and municipalities related to losses incurred as a result of coronavirus. Section 4003(b)(1)–(3) authorized the Secretary to make loans and loan guarantees available to passenger air carriers and cargo air carriers, as well as certain related businesses, and businesses critical to maintaining national security. Section 4112 authorized the Secretary to provide payroll support totaling $32 billion to air carriers and certain contractors (PSP1). While Treasury is no longer accepting loan program or PSP1 applications, both programs include ongoing compliance reporting and recordkeeping requirements. On December 27, 2020, the President signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 or the ‘‘Appropriations Act,’’ which provides additional emergency assistance and health care response for individuals, families and businesses affected by the COVID–19 pandemic. Subtitle A of Title IV of Division N of the Appropriations Act (the PSP Extension Law) authorizes the Secretary to provide financial assistance totaling $16 billion to passenger air carriers and certain contractors (PSP2). On March 11, 2021, the President signed the American Rescue Plan Act, 2021, which provided additional emergency assistance and economic relief in response to the COVID–19 pandemic. Subtitle C of Title VII of the American Rescue Plan Act authorizes the Secretary to provide financial assistance totaling $15 billion to passenger air carriers and certain contractors that received financial assistance under PSP2 (PSP3). As part of the loan, PSP1, PSP2, and PSP3 agreements, applicants will need to maintain records for a period of five years or more, depending on the agreement type and period of performance, as well as submit compliance reports quarterly to ensure funding is used in accordance with the agreements and aid statutory reporting requirements. Form: Applications, Agreements, and associated Forms; Compliance Reporting Forms. Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits. Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,300. Frequency of Response: Quarterly. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:03 Jan 27, 2022 Jkt 256001 Estimated Total Number of Annual Responses: 3,400. Estimated Time per Response: 4.25 hours. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 13,070. Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq. Dated: January 24, 2022. Molly Stasko, Treasury PRA Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2022–01807 Filed 1–27–22; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4810–AK–P DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS Loan Guaranty: Specially Adapted Housing Assistive Technology Grant Program Department of Veterans Affairs. Notice of Funding Opportunity VA–SAHAT–22–07. AGENCY: ACTION: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is publishing the announcement of the availability of funds for the Specially Adapted Housing Assistive Technology (SAHAT) Grant Program for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022. The objective of the grant is to encourage the development of new assistive technologies for specially adapted housing (SAH). This notice is intended to provide applicants with the information necessary to apply for the SAHAT Grant Program. VA strongly recommends referring to the SAHAT Grant Program regulation in conjunction with this notice. The registration process described in this notice applies only to applicants who will register to submit project applications for FY 2022 SAHAT Grant Program funds. DATES: Applications for the SAHAT Grant Program must be submitted through www.Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on March 11, 2022. Awards made for the SAHAT Grant Program will fund operations for FY 2022. The SAHAT Grant Program application package for funding opportunity VA–SAHAT–22–07 is available through www.Grants.gov and is listed as VA-Specially Adapted Housing Assistive Technology Grant Program. Applications may not be sent by mail, email, or facsimile. All application materials must be in a format compatible with the www.Grants.gov application submission tool. Applications must be submitted as a complete package. Materials arriving separately will not be included in the application package for consideration and may result in the application being rejected. Technical assistance with the SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00163 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 preparation of an initial SAHAT Grant Program application is available by contacting the program official listed below. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jason Latona, Chief, Specially Adapted Housing, Loan Guaranty Service, Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20420, 202–461–9201 or Jason.Latona@ va.gov. This is not a toll-free telephone number. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice is divided into eight sections. Section I provides a summary of and background information on the SAHAT Grant Program as well as the statutory authority, desired outcomes, funding priorities, definitions and delegation of authority. Section II covers award information, including funding availability and the anticipated start date of the SAHAT Grant Program. Section III provides detailed information on eligibility and the threshold criteria for submitting an application. Section IV provides detailed application and submission information, including how to request an application, application content and submission dates and times. Section V describes the review process, scoring criteria and selection process. Section VI provides award administration information such as award notices and reporting requirements. Section VII lists agency contact information. Section VIII provides additional information related to the SAHAT Grant Program. This notice includes citations from 38 CFR part 36, and VA Financial Policy, Volume X Grants Management, which applicants and stakeholders are expected to read to increase their knowledge and understanding of the SAHAT Grant Program. I. Program Description A. Summary Pursuant to the Veterans’ Benefits Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111–275, § 203), the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, through the Loan Guaranty Service (LGY) of the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), is authorized to provide grants of financial assistance to develop new assistive technology. The objective of the SAHAT Grant Program is to encourage the development of new assistive technologies for adapted housing. B. Background LGY currently administers the SAH Grant Program. Through this program, LGY provides funds to eligible Veterans and Service members with certain E:\FR\FM\28JAN1.SGM 28JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 19 / Friday, January 28, 2022 / Notices jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with NOTICES1 service-connected disabilities to help purchase or construct an adapted home, or modify an existing home, to allow them to live more independently. Please see 38 U.S.C. 2101(a)(2)(B) and (C) and 38 U.S.C. 2101(b)(2) for a list of qualifying service-connected disabilities. Currently, most SAH adaptations involve structural modifications such as ramps; wider hallways and doorways; roll-in showers; and other accessible bathroom features, etc. For more detailed information about the SAH Grant Program, please visit https://www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans/ adaptedhousing.asp. VA acknowledges that there are many emerging technologies and improvements in building materials that could improve home adaptions or otherwise enhance a Veteran’s or Service member’s ability to live independently. Therefore, in 38 CFR 36.4412(b)(2), VA has defined ‘‘new assistive technology’’ as an advancement that the Secretary determines could aid or enhance the ability of an eligible individual, as defined in 38 CFR 36.4401, to live in an adapted home. New assistive technology can include advancements in new-tomarket technologies, as well as new variations on existing technologies. Examples of the latter might include modifying an existing software application for use with a smart home device; upgrading an existing shower pan design to support wheelchairs; using existing modular construction methods to improve bathroom accessibility; or using existing proximity technology to develop an advanced application tailored to blind users. Please Note: SAHAT funding does not support the construction or modification of residential dwellings for accessibility. Veterans and Service members interested in receiving assistance to adapt a home are encouraged to review the following fact sheet: https://www.prosthetics.va.gov/ factsheet/PSAS-FactSheet-HousingAdaptation-Programs.pdf to identify Home Adaptation programs offered by VA. C. Statutory Authority Public Law 111–275, the Veterans’ Benefits Act of 2010, was enacted on October 13, 2010. Section 203 of the Act added 38 U.S.C. 2108 to establish the SAHAT Grant Program. The Act authorized VA to provide grants of up to $200,000 per fiscal year, through September 30, 2016, to a ‘‘person or entity’’ for the development of specially adapted housing assistive technologies. For the purpose of this notice, VA refers to such persons or entities as grantees or VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:03 Jan 27, 2022 Jkt 256001 grant recipients, and the terms are interchangeable. On October 1, 2020, the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act was enacted (Pub. L. 116–159, § 5201). Section 5201 of Pub. L. 116–159 extended the authority for VA to provide grants in the manner listed above through September 30, 2022 (see 38 U.S.C. 2108 and 38 CFR 36.4412). D. Desired Outcomes and Funding Priorities Grantees will be expected to leverage grant funds to develop new assistive technologies for SAH. In 38 CFR 36.4412(f)(2), VA set out the scoring criteria and the maximum points allowed for each criterion. As explained in the preambles to both the proposed and final rules, while the scoring framework is set out in the regulation text, each notice will address the scoring priorities for that particular grant cycle (79 FR 53146, 53148, September 8, 2014; 80 FR 55763, 55764, September 17, 2014). For FY 2022, the Secretary has identified the categories of innovation and unmet needs as top priorities. These categories are further described as scoring criteria 1 and 2 in Section V(A) of this notice. Although VA encourages innovation across a wide range of specialties, VA is, in this grant cycle, particularly interested in technologies that could help blinded Veterans optimize their independence (e.g., mobile applications, safety devices, etc.). VA also has particular interest in applications that either demonstrate innovative approaches in the design and building of adaptive living spaces or would lead to new products and techniques that expedite the modification of existing spaces, so as to reduce the impact that adaptive projects can have on a Veteran’s quality of life during the construction phase. VA notes that applications addressing these categories of special interest are not guaranteed selection, but they would, on initial review, be categorized as meeting the priorities for this grant cycle. Additional information regarding how these priorities will be scored and considered in the final selection is contained in Section V(A) of this notice. E. Definitions Definitions of terms used in the SAHAT Grant Program are found at 38 CFR 36.4412(b). F. Delegation of Authority Pursuant to 38 CFR 36.4412(i), certain VA employees appointed to or lawfully fulfilling specific positions within VBA PO 00000 Frm 00164 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 4715 are delegated authority, within the limitations and conditions prescribed by law, to exercise the powers and functions of the Secretary with respect to the SAHAT Grant Program authorized by 38 U.S.C. 2108. G. Assistance Listings The listings include the following: 64.051 Specially Adapted Housing Assistive Technology Grant Program; 64.106 Specially Adapted Housing for Disabled Veterans; and 64.118 Veterans Housing Direct Loans for Certain Disabled Veterans. II. Federal Award Information A. Funding Availability Funding will be provided as an assistance agreement in the form of grants. The number of assistance agreements VA will fund as a result of this notice will be based on the quality of the technology grant applications received and the availability of funding. However, the maximum amount of assistance a technology grant applicant may receive in any fiscal year is limited to $200,000. B. Additional Funding Information Funding for these projects is not guaranteed and is subject to the availability of funds and the evaluation of technology grant applications based on the criteria in this announcement. In appropriate circumstances, VA reserves the right to partially fund technology grant applications by funding discrete portions or phases of proposed projects that relate to adapted housing. Award of funding through this competition is not a guarantee of future funding. The SAHAT Grant Program is administered annually and does not guarantee subsequent awards. Renewal grants to provide new assistive technology will not be considered under this announcement. C. Start Date As discussed in Section VI(A) of this notice, the SAHAT Grant Program Office expects to announce grant recipients by April 1, 2022. The anticipated start date for funding grants awarded under this announcement is therefore after April 1, 2022. III. Eligibility Information A. Eligible Applicants As authorized by 38 U.S.C. 2108, the Secretary may provide a grant to a ‘‘person or entity’’ for the development of specially adapted housing assistive technologies. E:\FR\FM\28JAN1.SGM 28JAN1 4716 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 19 / Friday, January 28, 2022 / Notices B. Cost Sharing or Matching There is no cost sharing, matching, or cost participation for the SAHAT Grant Program. jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with NOTICES1 C. Threshold Criteria All technology grant applicants and applications must meet the threshold criteria set forth below. Failure to meet any of the following threshold criteria in the application will result in the automatic disqualification for funding consideration. Ineligible participants will be notified within 30 days of the finding of disqualification for award consideration based on the following threshold criteria: 1. Projects funded under this notice must involve new assistive technologies that the Secretary determines could aid or enhance the ability of a Veteran or Service member to live in an adapted home. 2. Projects funded under this notice must not be used for the completion of work which was to have been completed under a prior grant. 3. Applications in which the technology grant applicant is requesting assistance funds in excess of $200,000 will not be reviewed. 4. Applications that do not comply with the application and submission information requirements provided in Section IV of this notice will be rejected. 5. Applications submitted via mail, email, or facsimile will not be reviewed. 6. Applications must be received through www.Grants.gov, as specified in Section IV of this announcement, on or before the application deadline, as specified in the DATES section of this announcement. Applications received through www.Grants.gov after the application deadline will be considered late and will not be reviewed. 7. Technology grant applicants that have an outstanding obligation that is in arrears to the Federal Government or have an overdue or unsatisfactory response to an audit will be deemed ineligible. 8. Technology grant applicants in default by failing to meet the requirements for any previous Federal assistance will be deemed ineligible. 9. Applications submitted by entities deemed ineligible will not be reviewed. 10. Applications with project dates that extend past June 30, 2023, (this period does not include the 120-day closeout period) will not be reviewed. All technology grant recipients, including individuals and entities formed as for-profit entities, will be subject to the rules on Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:03 Jan 27, 2022 Jkt 256001 Federal Awards, as found at 2 CFR part 200 (see 2 CFR 200.101(a)). Where the Secretary determines that 2 CFR part 200 is not applicable or where the Secretary determines that additional requirements are necessary due to the uniqueness of a situation, the Secretary will apply the same standard applicable to exceptions under 2 CFR 200.102. IV. Application and Submission Information A. Address To Request Application Package Technology grant applicants may download the application package from www.Grants.gov. Questions regarding the application process should be referred to the following program official: Oscar Hines (Program Manager), Specially Adapted Housing Program, Oscar.Hines@va.gov, 202–461–8316 (not a toll-free number). B. Content and Form of Application Submission The SAHAT Grant Program application package provided at www.Grants.gov (Funding Opportunity Number: VA–SAHAT–22–07) contains electronic versions of the application forms that are required. Additional attachments to satisfy the required application information may be provided; however, letters of support included with the application will not be reviewed. All technology grant applications must consist of the following: 1. Standard Forms (SF) 424, 424A and 424B. SF–424, SF–424A and SF–424B require general information about the applicant and proposed project. The project budget should be described in SF–424A. Please do not include leveraged resources in SF–424A. 2. VA Form 26–0967: Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, Ineligibility and Voluntary Exclusion. 3. VA Form 26–0967a: Scoring Criteria for SAHAT Grants. 4. Applications: In addition to the forms listed above, each technology grant application must include the following information: a. A project description, including the goals and objectives of the project, what the project is expected to achieve and how the project will benefit Veterans and Service members; b. An estimated schedule including the length of time (not to extend past June 30, 2023) needed to accomplish tasks and objectives for the project; c. A description of what the project proposes to demonstrate and how this new technology will aid or enhance the ability of Veterans and Service members PO 00000 Frm 00165 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 to live in an adapted home. The following link has additional information regarding adapted homes: https://www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans/ adaptedhousing.asp; and d. Each technology grant applicant is responsible for ensuring that the application addresses each of the scoring criteria listed in Section V(A) of this notice. C. System for Award Management (SAM) Each technology grant applicant, unless the applicant is an individual or Federal awarding agency that is excepted from these requirements under 2 CFR 25.110(b) or (c), or has an exception approved by VA under 2 CFR 25.110(d), is required to: 1. Be registered in SAM prior to submitting an application; 2. Provide a valid SAM Unique Entity Identifier number in the application; and 3. Continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which the technology grant applicant has an active Federal award or an application under consideration by VA. VA will not make an award to an applicant until the applicant has complied with all applicable SAM requirements. If the applicant has not fully complied with the requirements by the time VA is ready to make an award, VA will determine the applicant is not qualified to receive a Federal award and will use this determination as a basis for making the award to another applicant. D. Submission Dates and Times Applications for the SAHAT Grant Program must be submitted through www.Grants.gov to be transmitted to VA by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the application deadline, as specified in the DATES section of this announcement. Submissions received after this application deadline will be considered late and will not be reviewed or considered. Submissions by email, mail, or fax will not be accepted. Applications submitted through www.Grants.gov must be submitted by an individual registered with www.Grants.gov and authorized to sign applications for Federal assistance. For more information and to complete the registration process, visit www.Grants.gov. Technology grant applicants are responsible for ensuring that the registration process does not hinder timely submission of the application. It is the responsibility of grant applicants to ensure a complete application is submitted via E:\FR\FM\28JAN1.SGM 28JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 19 / Friday, January 28, 2022 / Notices www.Grants.gov. Applicants are encouraged to periodically review the ‘‘Version History Tab’’ of the funding opportunity announcement in www.Grants.gov to identify if any modifications have been made to the funding announcement and/or opportunity package. Upon initial download of the funding opportunity package, applicants will be asked to provide an email address that will allow www.Grants.gov to send the applicant an email message in the event this funding opportunity package is changed and/or republished on www.Grants.gov prior to the posted closing date. E. Confidential Business Information It is recommended that confidential business information (CBI) not be included in the application. However, if CBI is included in an application, applicants should clearly indicate which portion or portions of their application they are claiming as CBI. See 2 CFR 200.334–200.338 (addressing access to a non-Federal entity’s records pertinent to a Federal award). F. Intergovernmental Review This section is not applicable to the SAHAT Grant Program. G. Funding Restrictions The SAHAT Grant Program does not allow reimbursement of pre-award costs. jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with NOTICES1 V. Application Review Information Each eligible proposal (based on the Section III threshold eligibility review) will be evaluated according to the criteria established by the Secretary and provided below in Section A. A. Scoring Criteria The Secretary will score technology grant applications based on the scoring criteria listed below. As indicated in Section I of this notice, the Secretary is placing the greatest emphasis on criteria 1 and 2. This emphasis does not establish new scoring criteria but is designed to assist technology grant applicants in understanding how scores will be weighted and ultimately considered in the final selection process. A technology grant application must receive a minimum aggregate score of 70 to receive further consideration for an award. Instructions for completion of the scoring criteria are listed on VA Form 26–0967a. This form is included in the application package materials on www.Grants.gov. The scoring criteria and maximum points are as follows: 1. A description of how the new assistive technology is innovative, to include an explanation of how it VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:03 Jan 27, 2022 Jkt 256001 involves advancements in new-tomarket technologies, new variations on existing technologies, or both (up to 50 points); 2. An explanation of how the new assistive technology will meet a specific, unmet need among eligible individuals, to include whether and how the new assistive technology fits within a category of special emphasis for FY 2022, as explained in Section I(D) of this notice (up to 50 points); 3. An explanation of how the new assistive technology is specifically designed to promote the ability of eligible individuals to live more independently (up to 30 points); 4. A description of the new assistive technology’s concept, size and scope (up to 30 points); 5. An implementation plan with major milestones for bringing the new assistive technology into production and to the market. Such milestones must be meaningful and achievable within a specific timeframe (up to 30 points); and 6. An explanation of what uniquely positions the technology grant applicant in the marketplace. This can include a focus on characteristics such as the economic reliability of the technology grant applicant, the technology grant applicant’s status as a minority or Veteran-owned business, or other characteristics that the technology grant applicant wants to include to show how it will help protect the interests of, or further the mission of, VA and the program (up to 20 points). B. Review and Selection Process Eligible applications will be evaluated by a review panel comprising five VA employees. The review panel will score applications using the scoring criteria provided in Section V(A) and refer to the selecting official those applications that receive a minimum aggregate score of 70. In determining which applications to approve, the selecting official will take into account the review panel score, the priorities described in this Notice of Funding Opportunity, the governing statute, 38 U.S.C. 2108, the governing regulation, 38 CFR 36.4412 and the VA Financial Policy, Volume X Grants Management, Chapter 4 Grants Application and Award Process, https:// www.va.gov/finance/docs/VAFinancialPolicyVolumeXChapter04.pdf. VA will review and consider applications for funding pursuant to this notice of funding opportunity in accordance with Office of Management and Budget’s guidance located at 2 CFR part 200, all applicable Federal laws, and relevant Executive guidance, except as noted. PO 00000 Frm 00166 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 4717 VI. Award Administration Information A. Award Notices Although subject to change, the SAHAT Grant Program Office expects to announce grant recipients by April 1, 2022. Prior to executing any funding agreement, VA will contact successful applicants; make known the amount of proposed funding; and verify the applicant’s desire to receive the funding. Any communication between the SAHAT Grant Program Office and successful applicants prior to the issuance of an award notice is not authorization to begin project activities. Once VA verifies that the grant applicant is still seeking funding, VA will issue a signed and dated award notice. This will begin the performance period. VA expects that the performance period should not last longer than 12 months. The award notice will be sent by U.S. mail or electronic means to the organization listed on the SF–424. All applicants will be notified by letter or email, sent by U.S. mail or electronic means to the address listed on the SF– 424. B. Administrative and National Policy Requirements This section is not applicable to the SAHAT Grant Program. C. Reporting VA places great emphasis on the responsibility and accountability of grantees. Grantees must agree to cooperate with any Federal evaluation of the program and provide the following: 1. Quarterly Progress Reports: These reports will be submitted electronically and outline how grant funds were used, describe program progress and describe any barriers and measurable outcomes. The format for quarterly reporting will be provided to grantees upon grant award. 2. Quarterly Financial Reports: These reports will be submitted electronically using the SF–425-Federal Financial Report. 3. Grantee Closeout Report: This final report will be submitted electronically and will detail the assistive technology developed. The grantee’s Closeout Report must be submitted to the SAHAT Grant Program Office not later than 120 days after the date the performance period ends. VII. Agency Contact(s) For additional general information about this announcement contact the following program official: Oscar Hines (Program Manager), Specially Adapted E:\FR\FM\28JAN1.SGM 28JAN1 4718 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 19 / Friday, January 28, 2022 / Notices Housing Program, Oscar.Hines@va.gov, 202–461–8316 (not a toll-free number). DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS Mailed correspondence, which should not include application material, should be sent to the following address: Loan Guaranty Service, VA Central Office, Attn: Oscar Hines (262), 810 Vermont Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20420. [OMB Control No. 2900–0674] All correspondence with VA concerning this announcement should reference the funding opportunity title and funding opportunity number listed at the top of this solicitation. Once the announcement deadline has passed, VA staff may not discuss this competition with applicants until the application review process has been completed. AGENCY: VIII. Other Information Section 2108 authorizes VA to provide grants for the development of new assistive technologies through September 30, 2022. Additional information related to the SAHAT Grant Program administered by LGY is available at: https://www.benefits.va.gov/ homeloans/adaptedhousing.asp. The SAHAT Grant is not a Veterans’ benefit. As such, the decisions of the Secretary are final and not subject to the same appeal rights as decisions related to Veterans’ benefits. The Secretary does not have a duty to assist technology grant applicants in obtaining a grant. Grantees will receive payments electronically through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Payment Management System (PMS). All grant recipients should adhere to PMS user policies. jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with NOTICES1 IX. Notices of Funding Opportunity In accordance with the Office of Management and Budget’s guidance located at 2 CFR part 200, all applicable Federal laws and relevant Executive guidance, the Federal awarding agency will review and consider applications for funding pursuant to this notice of funding opportunity in accordance with the Guidance for Grants and Agreements in title 2 CFR Signing Authority: Denis McDonough, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, approved this document on January 18, 2022, and authorized the undersigned to sign and submit the document to the Office of the Federal Register for publication electronically as an official document of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Jeffrey M. Martin, Assistant Director, Office of Regulation Policy & Management, Office of General Counsel, Department of Veterans Affairs. [FR Doc. 2022–01575 Filed 1–27–22; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8320–01–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:03 Jan 27, 2022 Jkt 256001 Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review: Notice of Disagreement: Appeal to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals Board of Veterans’ Appeals, Department of Veterans Affairs. ACTION: Notice. In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, this notice announces that the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA), Department of Veterans Affairs, will submit the collection of information abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The PRA submission describes the nature of the information collection and its expected cost and burden and it includes the actual data collection instrument. DATES: Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/ PRAMain. Find this particular information collection by selecting ‘‘Currently under 30-day Review—Open for Public Comments’’ or by using the search function. Refer to ‘‘OMB Control No. 2900–0674.’’ FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maribel Aponte, Office of Enterprise and Integration, Data Governance Analytics (008), 1717 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20006, (202) 266–4688 or email maribel.aponte@va.gov. Please refer to ‘‘OMB Control No. 2900–0674’’ in any correspondence. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Authority: Public Law 115–55; 38 U.S.C. 5104B, 5108, 5701, 5901, 7103, 7104, 7105, 7107. Title: Decision Review Request: Board Appeal (Notice of Disagreement) and Appeal to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, VA Form 10182 and VA Form 9. OMB Control Number: 2900–0674. Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection. Abstract: Appellate review of the denial of VA benefits may only be initiated by the filing of a Notice of Disagreement with the Board. 38 U.S.C. 7105(a). VA Form 10182 Decision Review Request: Board Appeal (Notice of Disagreement) is required to initiate Board review of an appeal in the modernized review system as implemented by the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00167 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2017 (AMA). The VA Form 9 Appeal to Board of Veterans’ Appeals may be used to complete a legacy appeal to the Board. The completed form becomes the ‘‘substantive appeal’’ (or ‘‘formal appeal’’), which is required by the preAMA version of 38 U.S.C. 7105(a) and (d)(3) to complete an appeal to the Board. Additionally, the proposed information collections allow for withdrawal of services by a representative, requests for changes in hearing dates and methods under 38 U.S.C. 7107, and motions for reconsideration pursuant to 38 U.S.C. 7103(a). The Board is requesting to revise the currently approved OMB Control No. 2900–0674 to include an updated VA Form 10182 Notice of Disagreement. Proposed revisions to the VA Form 10182 Notice of Disagreement include: (1) Removal of the requirement to provide a social security number; (2) inclusion of checkboxes to indicate a preferred method of hearing; (3) inclusion of a checkbox to indicate whether the decision for which appeal is being sought was issued by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA); (4) provision of a list of examples of common issues a claimant may disagree with including service connection, disability evaluation, or and effective date of award; (5) inclusion of a checkbox to request an extension of the deadline to file a Notice of Disagreement; (6) removal of the checkbox used to indicate whether the Notice of Disagreement has been filed in response to a Statement of the Case or Supplemental Statement of the Case issued under the legacy appeals process; (7) replacement of the checkbox for indicating the claimant ‘‘is homeless’’ to indicate whether the claimant is ‘‘experiencing homelessness’’; (8) a clarified description of the window of time within which to submit evidence on the Evidence Submission docket; and (9) adding a subpart to Part III for issues the appellant wishes to include in the VA Form 10182 that need to be listed on additional sheets. Proposed revisions also include updated instructions for completing the Notice of Disagreement. There is a decrease in the respondent burden because the associated control number originally included the nonstandard legacy Notice of Disagreement. Consistent with the wind-down of legacy appeals following implementation of the AMA, the Board is not seeking renewal of the nonstandard legacy Notice of Disagreement under this control number. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to E:\FR\FM\28JAN1.SGM 28JAN1

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[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 19 (Friday, January 28, 2022)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS


Loan Guaranty: Specially Adapted Housing Assistive Technology 
Grant Program

AGENCY: Department of Veterans Affairs.

ACTION: Notice of Funding Opportunity VA-SAHAT-22-07.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is publishing the 
announcement of the availability of funds for the Specially Adapted 
Housing Assistive Technology (SAHAT) Grant Program for Fiscal Year (FY) 
2022. The objective of the grant is to encourage the development of new 
assistive technologies for specially adapted housing (SAH). This notice 
is intended to provide applicants with the information necessary to 
apply for the SAHAT Grant Program. VA strongly recommends referring to 
the SAHAT Grant Program regulation in conjunction with this notice. The 
registration process described in this notice applies only to 
applicants who will register to submit project applications for FY 2022 
SAHAT Grant Program funds.

DATES: Applications for the SAHAT Grant Program must be submitted 
through www.Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on March 11, 
2022. Awards made for the SAHAT Grant Program will fund operations for 
FY 2022. The SAHAT Grant Program application package for funding 
opportunity VA-SAHAT-22-07 is available through www.Grants.gov and is 
listed as VA-Specially Adapted Housing Assistive Technology Grant 
Program. Applications may not be sent by mail, email, or facsimile. All 
application materials must be in a format compatible with the 
www.Grants.gov application submission tool. Applications must be 
submitted as a complete package. Materials arriving separately will not 
be included in the application package for consideration and may result 
in the application being rejected. Technical assistance with the 
preparation of an initial SAHAT Grant Program application is available 
by contacting the program official listed below.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jason Latona, Chief, Specially Adapted 
Housing, Loan Guaranty Service, Veterans Benefits Administration, 
Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue NW, Washington, DC 
20420, 202-461-9201 or [email protected]. This is not a toll-free 
telephone number.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice is divided into eight sections. 
Section I provides a summary of and background information on the SAHAT 
Grant Program as well as the statutory authority, desired outcomes, 
funding priorities, definitions and delegation of authority. Section II 
covers award information, including funding availability and the 
anticipated start date of the SAHAT Grant Program. Section III provides 
detailed information on eligibility and the threshold criteria for 
submitting an application. Section IV provides detailed application and 
submission information, including how to request an application, 
application content and submission dates and times. Section V describes 
the review process, scoring criteria and selection process. Section VI 
provides award administration information such as award notices and 
reporting requirements. Section VII lists agency contact information. 
Section VIII provides additional information related to the SAHAT Grant 
Program. This notice includes citations from 38 CFR part 36, and VA 
Financial Policy, Volume X Grants Management, which applicants and 
stakeholders are expected to read to increase their knowledge and 
understanding of the SAHAT Grant Program.

I. Program Description

A. Summary

    Pursuant to the Veterans' Benefits Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111-275, 
Sec.  203), the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, through the Loan 
Guaranty Service (LGY) of the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), 
is authorized to provide grants of financial assistance to develop new 
assistive technology. The objective of the SAHAT Grant Program is to 
encourage the development of new assistive technologies for adapted 
housing.

B. Background

    LGY currently administers the SAH Grant Program. Through this 
program, LGY provides funds to eligible Veterans and Service members 
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service-connected disabilities to help purchase or construct an adapted 
home, or modify an existing home, to allow them to live more 
independently. Please see 38 U.S.C. 2101(a)(2)(B) and (C) and 38 U.S.C. 
2101(b)(2) for a list of qualifying service-connected disabilities. 
Currently, most SAH adaptations involve structural modifications such 
as ramps; wider hallways and doorways; roll-in showers; and other 
accessible bathroom features, etc. For more detailed information about 
the SAH Grant Program, please visit https://www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans/adaptedhousing.asp.
    VA acknowledges that there are many emerging technologies and 
improvements in building materials that could improve home adaptions or 
otherwise enhance a Veteran's or Service member's ability to live 
independently. Therefore, in 38 CFR 36.4412(b)(2), VA has defined ``new 
assistive technology'' as an advancement that the Secretary determines 
could aid or enhance the ability of an eligible individual, as defined 
in 38 CFR 36.4401, to live in an adapted home. New assistive technology 
can include advancements in new-to-market technologies, as well as new 
variations on existing technologies. Examples of the latter might 
include modifying an existing software application for use with a smart 
home device; upgrading an existing shower pan design to support 
wheelchairs; using existing modular construction methods to improve 
bathroom accessibility; or using existing proximity technology to 
develop an advanced application tailored to blind users.
    Please Note: SAHAT funding does not support the construction or 
modification of residential dwellings for accessibility. Veterans and 
Service members interested in receiving assistance to adapt a home are 
encouraged to review the following fact sheet: https://www.prosthetics.va.gov/factsheet/PSAS-FactSheet-Housing-Adaptation-Programs.pdf to identify Home Adaptation programs offered by VA.

C. Statutory Authority

    Public Law 111-275, the Veterans' Benefits Act of 2010, was enacted 
on October 13, 2010. Section 203 of the Act added 38 U.S.C. 2108 to 
establish the SAHAT Grant Program. The Act authorized VA to provide 
grants of up to $200,000 per fiscal year, through September 30, 2016, 
to a ``person or entity'' for the development of specially adapted 
housing assistive technologies. For the purpose of this notice, VA 
refers to such persons or entities as grantees or grant recipients, and 
the terms are interchangeable.
    On October 1, 2020, the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and 
Other Extensions Act was enacted (Pub. L. 116-159, Sec.  5201). Section 
5201 of Pub. L. 116-159 extended the authority for VA to provide grants 
in the manner listed above through September 30, 2022 (see 38 U.S.C. 
2108 and 38 CFR 36.4412).

D. Desired Outcomes and Funding Priorities

    Grantees will be expected to leverage grant funds to develop new 
assistive technologies for SAH. In 38 CFR 36.4412(f)(2), VA set out the 
scoring criteria and the maximum points allowed for each criterion. As 
explained in the preambles to both the proposed and final rules, while 
the scoring framework is set out in the regulation text, each notice 
will address the scoring priorities for that particular grant cycle (79 
FR 53146, 53148, September 8, 2014; 80 FR 55763, 55764, September 17, 
2014). For FY 2022, the Secretary has identified the categories of 
innovation and unmet needs as top priorities. These categories are 
further described as scoring criteria 1 and 2 in Section V(A) of this 
notice. Although VA encourages innovation across a wide range of 
specialties, VA is, in this grant cycle, particularly interested in 
technologies that could help blinded Veterans optimize their 
independence (e.g., mobile applications, safety devices, etc.). VA also 
has particular interest in applications that either demonstrate 
innovative approaches in the design and building of adaptive living 
spaces or would lead to new products and techniques that expedite the 
modification of existing spaces, so as to reduce the impact that 
adaptive projects can have on a Veteran's quality of life during the 
construction phase. VA notes that applications addressing these 
categories of special interest are not guaranteed selection, but they 
would, on initial review, be categorized as meeting the priorities for 
this grant cycle.
    Additional information regarding how these priorities will be 
scored and considered in the final selection is contained in Section 
V(A) of this notice.

E. Definitions

    Definitions of terms used in the SAHAT Grant Program are found at 
38 CFR 36.4412(b).

F. Delegation of Authority

    Pursuant to 38 CFR 36.4412(i), certain VA employees appointed to or 
lawfully fulfilling specific positions within VBA are delegated 
authority, within the limitations and conditions prescribed by law, to 
exercise the powers and functions of the Secretary with respect to the 
SAHAT Grant Program authorized by 38 U.S.C. 2108.

G. Assistance Listings

    The listings include the following: 64.051 Specially Adapted 
Housing Assistive Technology Grant Program; 64.106 Specially Adapted 
Housing for Disabled Veterans; and 64.118 Veterans Housing Direct Loans 
for Certain Disabled Veterans.

II. Federal Award Information

A. Funding Availability

    Funding will be provided as an assistance agreement in the form of 
grants. The number of assistance agreements VA will fund as a result of 
this notice will be based on the quality of the technology grant 
applications received and the availability of funding. However, the 
maximum amount of assistance a technology grant applicant may receive 
in any fiscal year is limited to $200,000.

B. Additional Funding Information

    Funding for these projects is not guaranteed and is subject to the 
availability of funds and the evaluation of technology grant 
applications based on the criteria in this announcement. In appropriate 
circumstances, VA reserves the right to partially fund technology grant 
applications by funding discrete portions or phases of proposed 
projects that relate to adapted housing. Award of funding through this 
competition is not a guarantee of future funding. The SAHAT Grant 
Program is administered annually and does not guarantee subsequent 
awards. Renewal grants to provide new assistive technology will not be 
considered under this announcement.

C. Start Date

    As discussed in Section VI(A) of this notice, the SAHAT Grant 
Program Office expects to announce grant recipients by April 1, 2022. 
The anticipated start date for funding grants awarded under this 
announcement is therefore after April 1, 2022.

III. Eligibility Information

A. Eligible Applicants

    As authorized by 38 U.S.C. 2108, the Secretary may provide a grant 
to a ``person or entity'' for the development of specially adapted 
housing assistive technologies.

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B. Cost Sharing or Matching

    There is no cost sharing, matching, or cost participation for the 
SAHAT Grant Program.

C. Threshold Criteria

    All technology grant applicants and applications must meet the 
threshold criteria set forth below. Failure to meet any of the 
following threshold criteria in the application will result in the 
automatic disqualification for funding consideration. Ineligible 
participants will be notified within 30 days of the finding of 
disqualification for award consideration based on the following 
threshold criteria:
    1. Projects funded under this notice must involve new assistive 
technologies that the Secretary determines could aid or enhance the 
ability of a Veteran or Service member to live in an adapted home.
    2. Projects funded under this notice must not be used for the 
completion of work which was to have been completed under a prior 
grant.
    3. Applications in which the technology grant applicant is 
requesting assistance funds in excess of $200,000 will not be reviewed.
    4. Applications that do not comply with the application and 
submission information requirements provided in Section IV of this 
notice will be rejected.
    5. Applications submitted via mail, email, or facsimile will not be 
reviewed.
    6. Applications must be received through www.Grants.gov, as 
specified in Section IV of this announcement, on or before the 
application deadline, as specified in the DATES section of this 
announcement. Applications received through www.Grants.gov after the 
application deadline will be considered late and will not be reviewed.
    7. Technology grant applicants that have an outstanding obligation 
that is in arrears to the Federal Government or have an overdue or 
unsatisfactory response to an audit will be deemed ineligible.
    8. Technology grant applicants in default by failing to meet the 
requirements for any previous Federal assistance will be deemed 
ineligible.
    9. Applications submitted by entities deemed ineligible will not be 
reviewed.
    10. Applications with project dates that extend past June 30, 2023, 
(this period does not include the 120-day closeout period) will not be 
reviewed.
    All technology grant recipients, including individuals and entities 
formed as for-profit entities, will be subject to the rules on Uniform 
Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for 
Federal Awards, as found at 2 CFR part 200 (see 2 CFR 200.101(a)). 
Where the Secretary determines that 2 CFR part 200 is not applicable or 
where the Secretary determines that additional requirements are 
necessary due to the uniqueness of a situation, the Secretary will 
apply the same standard applicable to exceptions under 2 CFR 200.102.

IV. Application and Submission Information

A. Address To Request Application Package

    Technology grant applicants may download the application package 
from www.Grants.gov. Questions regarding the application process should 
be referred to the following program official: Oscar Hines (Program 
Manager), Specially Adapted Housing Program, [email protected], 202-
461-8316 (not a toll-free number).

B. Content and Form of Application Submission

    The SAHAT Grant Program application package provided at 
www.Grants.gov (Funding Opportunity Number: VA-SAHAT-22-07) contains 
electronic versions of the application forms that are required. 
Additional attachments to satisfy the required application information 
may be provided; however, letters of support included with the 
application will not be reviewed. All technology grant applications 
must consist of the following:
    1. Standard Forms (SF) 424, 424A and 424B. SF-424, SF-424A and SF-
424B require general information about the applicant and proposed 
project. The project budget should be described in SF-424A. Please do 
not include leveraged resources in SF-424A.
    2. VA Form 26-0967: Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, 
Ineligibility and Voluntary Exclusion.
    3. VA Form 26-0967a: Scoring Criteria for SAHAT Grants.
    4. Applications: In addition to the forms listed above, each 
technology grant application must include the following information:
    a. A project description, including the goals and objectives of the 
project, what the project is expected to achieve and how the project 
will benefit Veterans and Service members;
    b. An estimated schedule including the length of time (not to 
extend past June 30, 2023) needed to accomplish tasks and objectives 
for the project;
    c. A description of what the project proposes to demonstrate and 
how this new technology will aid or enhance the ability of Veterans and 
Service members to live in an adapted home. The following link has 
additional information regarding adapted homes: https://www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans/adaptedhousing.asp; and
    d. Each technology grant applicant is responsible for ensuring that 
the application addresses each of the scoring criteria listed in 
Section V(A) of this notice.

C. System for Award Management (SAM)

    Each technology grant applicant, unless the applicant is an 
individual or Federal awarding agency that is excepted from these 
requirements under 2 CFR 25.110(b) or (c), or has an exception approved 
by VA under 2 CFR 25.110(d), is required to:
    1. Be registered in SAM prior to submitting an application;
    2. Provide a valid SAM Unique Entity Identifier number in the 
application; and
    3. Continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current 
information at all times during which the technology grant applicant 
has an active Federal award or an application under consideration by 
VA.
    VA will not make an award to an applicant until the applicant has 
complied with all applicable SAM requirements. If the applicant has not 
fully complied with the requirements by the time VA is ready to make an 
award, VA will determine the applicant is not qualified to receive a 
Federal award and will use this determination as a basis for making the 
award to another applicant.

D. Submission Dates and Times

    Applications for the SAHAT Grant Program must be submitted through 
www.Grants.gov to be transmitted to VA by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard 
Time on the application deadline, as specified in the DATES section of 
this announcement. Submissions received after this application deadline 
will be considered late and will not be reviewed or considered. 
Submissions by email, mail, or fax will not be accepted.
    Applications submitted through www.Grants.gov must be submitted by 
an individual registered with www.Grants.gov and authorized to sign 
applications for Federal assistance. For more information and to 
complete the registration process, visit www.Grants.gov. Technology 
grant applicants are responsible for ensuring that the registration 
process does not hinder timely submission of the application.
    It is the responsibility of grant applicants to ensure a complete 
application is submitted via

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www.Grants.gov. Applicants are encouraged to periodically review the 
``Version History Tab'' of the funding opportunity announcement in 
www.Grants.gov to identify if any modifications have been made to the 
funding announcement and/or opportunity package. Upon initial download 
of the funding opportunity package, applicants will be asked to provide 
an email address that will allow www.Grants.gov to send the applicant 
an email message in the event this funding opportunity package is 
changed and/or republished on www.Grants.gov prior to the posted 
closing date.

E. Confidential Business Information

    It is recommended that confidential business information (CBI) not 
be included in the application. However, if CBI is included in an 
application, applicants should clearly indicate which portion or 
portions of their application they are claiming as CBI. See 2 CFR 
200.334-200.338 (addressing access to a non-Federal entity's records 
pertinent to a Federal award).

F. Intergovernmental Review

    This section is not applicable to the SAHAT Grant Program.

G. Funding Restrictions

    The SAHAT Grant Program does not allow reimbursement of pre-award 
costs.

V. Application Review Information

    Each eligible proposal (based on the Section III threshold 
eligibility review) will be evaluated according to the criteria 
established by the Secretary and provided below in Section A.

A. Scoring Criteria

    The Secretary will score technology grant applications based on the 
scoring criteria listed below. As indicated in Section I of this 
notice, the Secretary is placing the greatest emphasis on criteria 1 
and 2. This emphasis does not establish new scoring criteria but is 
designed to assist technology grant applicants in understanding how 
scores will be weighted and ultimately considered in the final 
selection process. A technology grant application must receive a 
minimum aggregate score of 70 to receive further consideration for an 
award. Instructions for completion of the scoring criteria are listed 
on VA Form 26-0967a. This form is included in the application package 
materials on www.Grants.gov. The scoring criteria and maximum points 
are as follows:
    1. A description of how the new assistive technology is innovative, 
to include an explanation of how it involves advancements in new-to-
market technologies, new variations on existing technologies, or both 
(up to 50 points);
    2. An explanation of how the new assistive technology will meet a 
specific, unmet need among eligible individuals, to include whether and 
how the new assistive technology fits within a category of special 
emphasis for FY 2022, as explained in Section I(D) of this notice (up 
to 50 points);
    3. An explanation of how the new assistive technology is 
specifically designed to promote the ability of eligible individuals to 
live more independently (up to 30 points);
    4. A description of the new assistive technology's concept, size 
and scope (up to 30 points);
    5. An implementation plan with major milestones for bringing the 
new assistive technology into production and to the market. Such 
milestones must be meaningful and achievable within a specific 
timeframe (up to 30 points); and
    6. An explanation of what uniquely positions the technology grant 
applicant in the marketplace. This can include a focus on 
characteristics such as the economic reliability of the technology 
grant applicant, the technology grant applicant's status as a minority 
or Veteran-owned business, or other characteristics that the technology 
grant applicant wants to include to show how it will help protect the 
interests of, or further the mission of, VA and the program (up to 20 
points).

B. Review and Selection Process

    Eligible applications will be evaluated by a review panel 
comprising five VA employees. The review panel will score applications 
using the scoring criteria provided in Section V(A) and refer to the 
selecting official those applications that receive a minimum aggregate 
score of 70. In determining which applications to approve, the 
selecting official will take into account the review panel score, the 
priorities described in this Notice of Funding Opportunity, the 
governing statute, 38 U.S.C. 2108, the governing regulation, 38 CFR 
36.4412 and the VA Financial Policy, Volume X Grants Management, 
Chapter 4 Grants Application and Award Process, https://www.va.gov/finance/docs/VA-FinancialPolicyVolumeXChapter04.pdf. VA will review and 
consider applications for funding pursuant to this notice of funding 
opportunity in accordance with Office of Management and Budget's 
guidance located at 2 CFR part 200, all applicable Federal laws, and 
relevant Executive guidance, except as noted.

VI. Award Administration Information

A. Award Notices

    Although subject to change, the SAHAT Grant Program Office expects 
to announce grant recipients by April 1, 2022. Prior to executing any 
funding agreement, VA will contact successful applicants; make known 
the amount of proposed funding; and verify the applicant's desire to 
receive the funding. Any communication between the SAHAT Grant Program 
Office and successful applicants prior to the issuance of an award 
notice is not authorization to begin project activities. Once VA 
verifies that the grant applicant is still seeking funding, VA will 
issue a signed and dated award notice. This will begin the performance 
period. VA expects that the performance period should not last longer 
than 12 months. The award notice will be sent by U.S. mail or 
electronic means to the organization listed on the SF-424. All 
applicants will be notified by letter or email, sent by U.S. mail or 
electronic means to the address listed on the SF-424.

B. Administrative and National Policy Requirements

    This section is not applicable to the SAHAT Grant Program.

C. Reporting

    VA places great emphasis on the responsibility and accountability 
of grantees. Grantees must agree to cooperate with any Federal 
evaluation of the program and provide the following:
    1. Quarterly Progress Reports: These reports will be submitted 
electronically and outline how grant funds were used, describe program 
progress and describe any barriers and measurable outcomes. The format 
for quarterly reporting will be provided to grantees upon grant award.
    2. Quarterly Financial Reports: These reports will be submitted 
electronically using the SF-425-Federal Financial Report.
    3. Grantee Closeout Report: This final report will be submitted 
electronically and will detail the assistive technology developed. The 
grantee's Closeout Report must be submitted to the SAHAT Grant Program 
Office not later than 120 days after the date the performance period 
ends.

VII. Agency Contact(s)

    For additional general information about this announcement contact 
the following program official: Oscar Hines (Program Manager), 
Specially Adapted

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Housing Program, [email protected], 202-461-8316 (not a toll-free 
number).

    Mailed correspondence, which should not include application 
material, should be sent to the following address: Loan Guaranty 
Service, VA Central Office, Attn: Oscar Hines (262), 810 Vermont Avenue 
NW, Washington, DC 20420.

    All correspondence with VA concerning this announcement should 
reference the funding opportunity title and funding opportunity number 
listed at the top of this solicitation. Once the announcement deadline 
has passed, VA staff may not discuss this competition with applicants 
until the application review process has been completed.

VIII. Other Information

    Section 2108 authorizes VA to provide grants for the development of 
new assistive technologies through September 30, 2022. Additional 
information related to the SAHAT Grant Program administered by LGY is 
available at: https://www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans/adaptedhousing.asp.
    The SAHAT Grant is not a Veterans' benefit. As such, the decisions 
of the Secretary are final and not subject to the same appeal rights as 
decisions related to Veterans' benefits. The Secretary does not have a 
duty to assist technology grant applicants in obtaining a grant.
    Grantees will receive payments electronically through the U.S. 
Department of Health and Human Services Payment Management System 
(PMS). All grant recipients should adhere to PMS user policies.

IX. Notices of Funding Opportunity

    In accordance with the Office of Management and Budget's guidance 
located at 2 CFR part 200, all applicable Federal laws and relevant 
Executive guidance, the Federal awarding agency will review and 
consider applications for funding pursuant to this notice of funding 
opportunity in accordance with the Guidance for Grants and Agreements 
in title 2 CFR
    Signing Authority: Denis McDonough, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, 
approved this document on January 18, 2022, and authorized the 
undersigned to sign and submit the document to the Office of the 
Federal Register for publication electronically as an official document 
of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Jeffrey M. Martin,
Assistant Director, Office of Regulation Policy & Management, Office of 
General Counsel, Department of Veterans Affairs.
[FR Doc. 2022-01575 Filed 1-27-22; 8:45 am]
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