Indian and Native American Employment and Training Programs; Solicitation for Grant Applications and Announcement of Competition Waivers for Program Years 2008 and 2009
The United States (U.S.) Department of Labor (DOL or the Department), Employment and Training Administration (ETA), announces the availability of competitive grant funds to provide employment and training services to Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians under Section 166 of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) for Program Years (PY) 2008 and 2009 (July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2010). Competition for section 166 grants is conducted every two years, except that the Secretary may waive the requirement for such competition for current grantees that have performed satisfactorily. Through this Notice, the Department announces that the Secretary has waived competition for this solicitation for grantees that have performed satisfactorily under their current grant. See Attachment A for a list of grantees receiving waivers. Grantees that receive waivers from competition only need to submit a cover letter, signed by an authorized signatory, and a Standard Form (SF) 424 Application for Federal Assistance (Version 02). These documents will serve as the grantee's ``Notice of Intent'' (NOI) to continue providing WIA Sec. 166 services. The Secretary has also waived competition for this solicitation for those grantees operating a WIA Sec. 166 training and employment program as part of a Public Law 102-477 Demonstration Project, which allows Federally-recognized tribes, or entities serving Federally- recognized tribes, to consolidate formula-funded employment, training, and related dollars under a single service plan administered by the Department of the Interior (DOI). See Attachment B for a list of Public Law 102-477 grantees. Grantees operating a WIA Sec. 166 grant as part of a Public Law 102-477 Demonstration Project only need to submit a cover letter, signed by an authorized signatory, and a Standard Form (SF) 424 Application for Federal Assistance (Version 02). These documents will serve as the Public Law 102-477 grantee's NOI to continue providing WIA Sec. 166 services. Competition for funding under this solicitation is limited to the geographic areas listed in Attachment C of this SGA. Any eligible entity, including new applicants and current grant recipients, may apply for funding to serve these areas. Current grantees serving these geographic areas are subject to competition and must submit a grant application as specified in Part IV (B) in order to compete for their existing service area. Important: Organizations seeking WIA Sec. 166 funding for this period must comply with the provisions of this SGA. Late applications from current grantees or new applicants will not be considered for those geographic service areas that are in competition (as listed in Attachment C). A list of current grantees and the geographic areas they serve can be found at: http://www.doleta.gov/dinap/cfml/CensusData.cfm.