[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 58 (Tuesday, March 26, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 18308-18313]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-06896]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Rural Business--Cooperative Service


Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for Delta Health Care 
Services Grants

AGENCY: Rural Business--Cooperative Service, USDA.

ACTION: NOFA.

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SUMMARY: Rural Business--Cooperative Service (RBS), an agency of the 
United States Department of Agriculture, announces the availability of 
grant funds through the Delta Health Care Services Grant Program. 
Pursuant to the 2012 Appropriations Act, $3,000,000 is available to be 
competitively awarded for the Delta Health Care Services Grant Program. 
The minimum grant amount is $50,000.

DATES: You must submit completed applications for grants according to 
the following deadlines:
     Paper copies must be postmarked and mailed, shipped, or 
sent overnight no later than May 28, 2013 to be eligible for grant 
funding. Late or incomplete applications will not be eligible for grant 
funding.
     Electronic copies must be received by May 28, 2013 to be 
eligible for grant funding. Late or incomplete applications will not be 
eligible for grant funding.

ADDRESSES: You may obtain application guides and materials for the 
Delta Health Care Services grants the following ways:
     The Internet at the RBS Cooperative Programs Web site: 
http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/bcp_deltahealthcare.html.
     You may also request application guides and materials from 
RBS by contacting, RBS Office of the Deputy Administrator, Cooperative 
Programs at (202) 690-1374 or your local State Office. A list of State 
Office contacts can be found at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/StateOfficeAddresses.html.

Alabama

USDA Rural Development State Office, Sterling Centre, Suite 601, 4121 
Carmichael Road, Montgomery, AL 36106-3683, (334) 279-3400/TDD (334) 
279-3495

Arkansas

USDA Rural Development State Office, 700 West Capitol Avenue, Room 
3416, Little Rock, AR 72201-3225, (501) 301-3200/TDD (501) 301-3279

Illinois

USDA Rural Development State Office, 2118 West Park Court, Suite A, 
Champaign, IL 61821, (217) 403-6200/TDD (217) 403-6240

Kentucky

USDA Rural Development State Office, 771 Corporate Drive, Suite 200, 
Lexington, KY 40503, (859) 224-7300/TDD (859) 224-7422

Louisiana

USDA Rural Development State Office, 3727 Government Street, 
Alexandria, LA 71302, (318) 473-7921/TDD (318) 473-7655

Mississippi

USDA Rural Development State Office, Federal Building, Suite 831, 100 
West Capitol Street, Jackson, MS 39269, (601) 965-4316/TDD (601) 965-
5850

Missouri

USDA Rural Development State Office, 601 Business Loop 70 West, Parkade 
Center, Suite 235, Columbia, MO 65203, (573) 876-0976/TDD (573) 876-
9480

Tennessee

USDA Rural Development State Office, 3322 West End Avenue, Suite 300, 
Nashville, TN 37203-1084, (615) 783-1300

     You must submit either:
     Completed paper applications for Delta Health Care 
Services grants to Office of the Deputy Administrator, Cooperative 
Programs, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, U.S. Department of 
Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Room 4016, STOP 3250, 
Washington, DC 20250-3250, or
     Electronic grant applications at http://www.grants.gov/ 
(Grants.gov),

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following the instructions you find on that Web site.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Office of the Deputy Administrator, 
Cooperative Programs, Rural Business-Cooperative Programs, 1400 
Independence Ave. SW., Room 4016, STOP 3250, Washington, DC 20250-3250; 
telephone: (202) 690-1374, fax: (202) 690-2724.
    Visit the program Web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/BCP_
deltahealthcare.html for application assistance or contact your USDA 
Rural Development State Office at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/recd_map.html. Applicants are encouraged to contact their State Offices in 
advance of the deadline to discuss their projects and ask any questions 
about the application process.

EO 13175 Consultations and Coordination With Indian Tribal Governments

    To introduce tribes and tribal leaders in the Delta Region to this 
program USDA hosted a teleconference on December 7, 2010. USDA extended 
an invitation to Tribal Leaders of the six Federally recognized Tribes 
in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama on November 30, 2010. Through 
this call USDA aimed to review, discuss, and open the door for 
consultation on this program, in case the tribes brought forward any 
unanticipated concerns regarding the draft NOFA provisions of the Delta 
Health Care Services Grant Program, authorized under Section 379G of 
the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act. Three of the six 
tribes participated on the teleconference on December 7, 2010. It was 
explained that eligible grant applicants are limited to consortiums or 
groups of regional institutions of higher education, academic health 
and research institutes, and economic development entities located in 
the Delta Region that have experience in addressing the health care 
issues in the region. It was also articulated that eligible consortiums 
may include participation with Indian Tribes. The Tribal Leaders did 
not express any perceived negative impact regarding the draft, and were 
given appropriate Rural Development contact information should they 
have any future concerns regarding the NOFA. Since that time Rural 
Development has not received any further suggestions, or request from 
tribes to consult on this program. As a result of the teleconference, 
and no further requests to consult on the program, USDA has assessed 
the impact of this NOFA on Indian Tribal Governments in the Delta 
Region, and has concluded that this NOFA will not negatively affect the 
Federally recognized Tribes in the region, or impose substantial direct 
compliance costs on Indian Tribal Governments, nor preempt tribal law.

Paperwork Reduction Act

    The Paperwork Reduction Act requires Federal agencies to seek and 
obtain Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval before 
undertaking a collection of information directed to ten or more 
persons. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 
U.S.C. Chapter 35), the agency conducted an analysis to determine the 
universe of respondents that could meet the eligibility requirements to 
apply for the Delta Health Care Services Grant Program. It was 
determined that the eligible number of entities in the Delta Region was 
fewer than nine and in accordance with 5 CFR 1320, no OMB approval is 
necessary at this time.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Overview

    Federal Agency: Rural Business--Cooperative Service (RBS).
    Funding Opportunity Title: Delta Health Care Services Grant 
Program.
    Announcement Type: Funding announcement.
    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 10.874.
    Dates: The due date for application submissions is May 28, 2013:
     Paper copies must be postmarked and mailed, shipped, or 
sent overnight no later than May 28, 2013 to be eligible for grant 
funding. Late or incomplete applications will not be eligible for grant 
funding.
     Electronic copies must be received by May 28, 2013 to be 
eligible for grant funding. Late or incomplete applications will not be 
eligible for grant funding.

I. Funding Opportunity

    The Delta Health Care Services Grant Program is designed to provide 
financial assistance to address the continued unmet health needs in the 
Delta Region through cooperation among health care professionals, 
institutions of higher education, research institutions, and other 
individuals and entities in the Delta Region. Grant funds may be 
utilized for the development of health care cooperatives, health care 
services; health education programs; health care job training programs; 
and for the development and expansion of public health-related 
facilities in the Delta Region. Grants will be awarded to eligible 
entities in the Delta Region serving communities of no more than 50,000 
inhabitants to help to address the long standing and unmet health needs 
of the region.

II. Definitions

    The terms and conditions provided in this Notice are applicable to 
and for purposes of this Notice only.
    Academic Health and Research Institute consists of a medical 
school, one or more other health profession schools or programs (such 
as allied health, dentistry, graduate studies, nursing, pharmacy, 
public health, veterinary medicine), and one or more owned or 
affiliated teaching hospitals or health systems.
    Consortium means a group of at least three entities that are 
regional institutions of higher education, academic health and research 
institutes, health care cooperatives and economic development entities 
located in the Delta Region that have experience in addressing the 
health care issues in the region. At least one of the consortium 
members must be legally organized as an incorporated organization or 
other legal entity and have legal authority to contract with the 
Government.
    Delta Region means the 252 counties and parishes within the states 
of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, 
Missouri, and Tennessee that are served by the Delta Regional 
Authority. (The Delta Region may be adjusted by future Federal 
statute.) To view the areas identified within the Delta Region visit 
http://www.dra.gov/about-us/eight-state-map.aspx.
    Economic Development Entity means an entity that makes investments 
or conducts activities that primarily benefit low- and moderate-income 
individuals, low- and moderate-income areas, or other areas targeted by 
a governmental entity for redevelopment.
    Institution of Higher Education means either a postsecondary (post-
high school) educational institution that awards a bachelor's degree or 
provides not less than a 2-year program that is acceptable for full 
credit toward such a degree, or a postsecondary vocational institution 
that provides a program of training to prepare students for gainful 
employment in a recognized occupation.
    Rural area means any area of the United States not included within 
(a) the boundaries of any incorporated or unincorporated city, village, 
or borough having a population in excess of 50,000 inhabitants and (b) 
any urbanized area contiguous and adjacent to a city or town described 
in clause (a).

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    RBS (referred to as the Agency) means Rural Business-Cooperative 
Service, an agency under the mission of Rural Development which is 
under the Unites States Department of Agriculture.

III. Award Information

    Type of Award: Grant.
    Total Funding: $3 million.
    Maximum Award: N/A.
    Minimum Award: $50,000.
    Award documents specify the term of each award. The Agency will 
make awards and execute documents appropriate to the project prior to 
any advance of funds to successful applicants.

IV. Eligibility Information

    An applicant must obtain a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal 
Numbering System (DUNS) number (see Section IV.B.) and register in the 
System for Award Management (SAM), formerly Central Contractor Registry 
(CCR), prior to submitting an application. (See 2 CFR 25.200(b).) In 
addition, an applicant must maintain its registration in the SAM 
database during the time its application is active. Finally, an 
applicant must have the necessary processes and systems in place to 
comply with the reporting requirements in 2 CFR 170.200(b), as long as 
it is not exempted from reporting. Exemptions are identified at 2 CFR 
170.110(b).

A. Eligible Applicants

    Grants may be made to a Consortium, as defined in Section II of 
this Notice. The Consortium, itself, does not have to be legally 
organized. However, at least one member of the Consortium must be 
legally organized as an incorporated organization, or other legal 
entity, and have legal authority to contract with the Government. The 
Consortium must be located in the Delta Region and must include at 
least three entities that are regional institutions of higher 
education, academic health and research institutes, health care 
cooperatives or economic development entities.
    As stated above, at least one member of the Consortium must have 
legal capacity and authority to carry out the purposes of the projects 
in its application, and to enter into contracts and to otherwise comply 
with applicable Federal statutes and regulations. A member of the 
Consortium may serve as the lead representative for the applicant.
    The applicant must be able to demonstrate at least one year of 
experience in addressing the health care issues in the Delta Region.
    Individuals are not eligible to apply for Delta Health Care 
Services Grant Program financial assistance directly.

B. Cost Sharing or Matching

    Matching funds are not required. The Agency will accept other 
contributions, but these funds will not be factored into the scoring 
criteria.

C. Other Eligibility Requirements

    The project must serve, and grant funds must be expended in the 
Delta Region, as defined in this Notice. However, the applicant need 
not propose to serve the entire Delta Regional Authority area.
    Project funds must be used to develop health care cooperatives, 
health care services, health education programs, health care job 
training programs; or for the development and expansion of public 
health-related facilities in the Delta Region through increased 
resources, increased service area coverage or major health system 
reorganization, to address longstanding and unmet health needs of the 
region.
    In accordance with Section 704 of General Provisions set forth in 
the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and 
Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012, the total amount for 
salaries and wages, administrative expenses, and recurring operating 
costs may not exceed 10 percent of the grant.
    Awards made under this Notice are subject to the provisions 
contained in the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug 
Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012, P.L. No. 
112-55, Division A sections 738 and 739 regarding corporate felony 
convictions and corporate federal tax delinquencies. You must provide 
representation as to whether your organization or any officers or 
agents of your organization has or has not been convicted of a felony 
criminal violation under Federal or State law in the 24 months 
preceding the date of application. In addition, you must provide 
representation as to whether your organization has or does not have any 
unpaid Federal tax liability that has been assessed, for which all 
judicial and administrative remedies have been exhausted or have 
lapsed, and that is not being paid in a timely manner pursuant to an 
agreement with the authority responsible for collecting the tax 
liability. To comply with these provisions, all applicants must 
complete paragraph (A) of this representation, and all corporate 
applicants also must complete paragraphs (B) and (C) of this 
representation:
    (A) Applicant ------------ [insert applicant name] is ---- is not 
------ (check one) and entity that has filed articles of incorporation 
in one of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, or the various 
territories of the United States including American Samoa. Federated 
States of Micronesia, Guam, Midway Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, 
Puerto Rico, Republic of Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands, U.S. 
Virgin Islands.
    (B) Applicant------------ [insert applicant name] has ------ has 
not ------ (check one) been convicted of a felony criminal violation 
under Federal or state law in the 24 months preceding the date of 
application. Applicant has ------ has not ------ (check one) had any 
officer or agent of the Applicant convicted of a felony criminal 
violation for actions taken on behalf of the Applicant under Federal or 
State law in the 24 months preceding the date of the signature on the 
pre-application.
    (C) Applicant ------------ [insert applicant name] has ---- does 
not have ------ (check one) any unpaid Federal tax liability that has 
been assessed, for which all judicial and administrative remedies have 
been exhausted or have lapsed, and that is not being paid in a timely 
manner pursuant to an agreement with the authority responsible for 
collecting the tax liability.
    If you have an existing Delta Health Care Grant award, you must be 
performing satisfactorily to be considered eligible for a new award. 
Satisfactory performance includes, but is not limited to, being up-to-
date on all financial and performance reports and being current on all 
tasks as approved in the work plan. The Agency will consider a one-time 
request to extend the period for up to one year during which grant 
funding is available.

D. Completeness Eligibility

    Your application will not be considered for funding if it does not 
provide sufficient information to determine eligibility or is missing 
required elements. In particular, you must include a project budget 
that identifies each task to be performed, along with the time period 
of performance for each task, and the amounts of grant funds and other 
contributions needed for each task.

V. Application and Submission Information

A. Where To Get Application Information

    The application guide and copies of necessary forms for the Delta 
Health

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Care Services Grant Program are available from these sources:
     The Internet at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/bcp_deltahealthcare.html
     http://www.grants.gov, or,
     For paper copies of these materials: call (202) 690-1374.

B. How and Where To Submit an Application

    You may file an application in either paper or electronic format. 
To submit your application electronically you must use the Grants.gov 
Web site at http://www.grants.gov. You may not submit an application 
electronically in any way other than through Grants.gov. Fax or email 
applications will not be accepted.
    Whether you file a paper or an electronic application, you will 
need a DUNS number.
    1. DUNS Number.
    As required by the OMB, all applicants for grants must supply a Dun 
and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number when 
applying. The Standard Form 424 (SF-424) contains a field for you to 
use when supplying your DUNS number. A DUNS number can be obtained at 
no cost by visiting http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform or calling toll-free 
(866) 705-5711.
    2. System for Award Management (SAM).
    (a) In accordance with 2 CFR part 25, applicants, whether applying 
electronically or by paper, must be registered in SAM prior to 
submitting an application. Applicants may register with SAM at https://www.sam.gov or by calling 1-(866) 606-8220. Completing the SAM 
registration process takes up to five business days, and applicants are 
strongly encouraged to begin the process well in advance of the 
deadline specified in this Notice.
    (b) The SAM registration must remain active, with current 
information, at all times during which an entity has an application 
under consideration by an agency or has an active Federal Award. To 
remain registered in the SAM database after the initial registration, 
the applicant is required to review and update, on an annual basis from 
the date of initial registration or subsequent updates, its information 
in the SAM database to ensure it is current, accurate and complete.
    For paper applications, send or deliver the applications by the 
U.S. Postal Service (USPS) or courier delivery services to the RBS 
receipt point set forth below. The Agency will not accept applications 
by fax or email. Original paper application (no stamped, photocopied, 
or initialed signatures) and one copy must be postmarked by May 28, 
2013, to the following address:

Office of the Deputy Administrator, Cooperative Programs, Rural 
Business-Cooperative Service, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., STOP 3250, 
Room 4016, Washington, DC 20250-3250.

C. Submission Date and Time

    Application Deadline date: [May 28, 2013.
    Explanation of Deadlines: Complete paper applications must be 
postmarked by May 28, 2013. Electronic applications submitted through 
Grants.gov will be accepted by the system through midnight eastern time 
on the deadline date.

D. What constitutes a complete application?

    1. Detailed information on each item required can be found in the 
Delta Health Care Services Grant Program application guide. The 
program's application guide provides specific guidance on each of the 
items listed and also provides all necessary forms and sample 
worksheets.
    2. Applications should be prepared in conformance with applicable 
USDA regulations including 7 CFR parts 3015, 3016, and 3019. A 
completed application must include the following:
    a. An Application for Federal Assistance. A completed SF 424.
    b. Evidence of eligibility. Evidence of the applicant's eligibility 
to apply under this Notice, demonstrating that the applicant is a 
consortium as defined in this Notice.
    c. A project abstract. A summary not to exceed one Web page, 
suitable for dissemination to the public and to Congress.
    d. Executive summary. An executive summary of the project 
describing its purpose, not to exceed two Web pages.
    e. Scoring documentation. The grant applicant must address and 
provide documentation on how it meets each of the scoring criteria, 
specifically the rurality of the project area and communities served, 
the community needs and benefits derived from the project, and project 
management and organization capability.
    f. Service area maps. Maps with sufficient detail to show the area 
that will benefit from the proposed facilities and services, and the 
location of facilities purchased with grant funds.
    g. Scope of work. The scope of work must include (1) the specific 
activities and services, such as programs and training, to be performed 
under the project, (2) the facilities to be purchased or constructed, 
(3) who will carry out the activities and services, (4) specific time 
frames for completion and (5) documentation regarding how the applicant 
solicited input for the project from local governments, public health 
care providers, and other entities in the Delta Region.
    h. Budget. The applicant must provide a budget showing the line 
item costs for all capital and operating expenditures eligible for the 
grant funds, and other sources of funds necessary to complete the 
project.
    i. Financial information and sustainability. The applicant must 
provide current financial statements and a narrative description 
demonstrating sustainability of the project, all of which show 
sufficient resources and expertise to undertake and complete the 
project and how the project will be sustained following completion.
    j. Statement of experience. The applicant must provide a written 
narrative describing its demonstrated capability and experience in 
addressing the health care issues in the Delta Region and in managing 
and operating a project similar to the proposed project.
    k. Evidence of legal authority and existence. At least one member 
of the Consortium must provide evidence of its legal existence and 
authority to enter into a grant agreement with Rural Business-
Cooperative Service and perform the activities proposed under the grant 
application.
    l. Compliance with other Federal statutes. The applicant must 
provide evidence or certification that it is in compliance with all 
applicable Federal statutes and regulations, including, but not limited 
to the following (sample certifications are provided in the application 
guide.):
    (1) Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination;
    (2) Form AD-1047, ``Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension; 
and Other Responsibility Matters--Primary Covered Transactions'';
    (3) Form AD-1048, ``Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, 
Ineligibility and Voluntary Exclusion--Lower Tier Covered 
Transactions'';
    (4) Form AD-1049, ``Certification Regarding a Drug-Free Workplace 
Requirement (Grants)'';
    (5) Lobbying for Contracts, Grants, Loans, and Cooperative 
Agreements (31 U.S.C. 1352).
    m. Environmental impact and historic preservation. The applicant 
must provide details of the project's impact on the environment and 
historic preservation, and comply with 7 CFR Part 1940, which contains 
the Agency's policies and procedures for

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implementing a variety of Federal statutes, regulations, and executive 
orders generally pertaining to the protection of the quality of the 
human environment. This must be contained in a separate section 
entitled ``Environmental Impact of the Project'' and must include the 
Environmental Questionnaire/Certification describing the impact of the 
project. The Environmental Questionnaire/Certification is available on 
the RBS Cooperative Programs Web site at: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/bcp_deltahealthcare.html. Submission of the Environmental 
Questionnaire/Certification alone does not constitute compliance with 7 
CFR part 1940.
    n. Acknowledgment from Consortiums. Each application must include 
an acknowledgement from each member of the Consortium that it is a 
member of the Consortium. This acknowledgement must be on each entity's 
letterhead and signed by an authorized representative of the entity.

VI. Application Review Information

A. Criteria

    1. Grant applications are scored competitively and subject to the 
criteria listed below.
    2. Grant application scoring criteria are detailed in the Delta 
Health Care Services Grant Application Guide. There are three criteria 
that when totaled together can add up to a total of 100 points, broken 
down as follows:
    a. The rurality of the Project area and communities served. (up to 
15 points);
    b. The Community Needs and Benefits Derived from the project. (up 
to 45 points); and
    c. The Project Management and Organization capability. (up to 40 
points).

B. Grant Review Standards

    1. All applications for grants must be delivered to RBS at the 
address specified in this Notice, or submitted electronically to http://www.grants.gov/ (Grants.gov) to be eligible for funding. The Agency 
will review each application for conformance with the provisions of 
this Notice. The Agency may contact the applicant for additional 
information or clarification.
    2. We will review each application to determine if it is eligible 
for assistance based on the requirements of this Notice as well as 
other applicable Federal regulations.
    3. Applications conforming with this Notice will be evaluated 
competitively by the Agency, and will be awarded points as described in 
the Delta Health Care Services Grant Application Guide. Applications 
will be ranked and grants awarded in rank order until all grant funds 
are expended.

C. Scoring Guidelines

    1. The applicant's rurality calculation will be checked and, if 
necessary, corrected by the Agency.
    2. The Community Needs and Benefits derived from the project score 
will be determined by the Agency based on information presented in the 
application. The Community Needs and Benefits score is a subjective 
score based on the reviewer's assessment of the supporting arguments 
made in the application. The score aims to assess how the project's 
purpose and goals benefit the residents in the Delta Region.
    3. The Project Management and Organization Capability score will be 
determined by the Agency based on information presented in the 
application. The Agency will evaluate the applicant's experience, past 
performance, and accomplishments addressing health care issues to 
ensure effective project implementation.

D. Selection Process

    Grant applications are ranked by final score. The Agency selects 
applications based on those rankings, subject to availability of funds. 
Rural Development has the authority to limit the number of applications 
selected in any one state, or from any applicant.

VII. Award Administration Information

A. Award Notices

    The Agency recognizes that each funded project is unique, and 
therefore may attach conditions to different projects' award documents. 
The Agency generally notifies applicants whose projects are selected 
for awards by faxing an award letter. The Agency follows the award 
letter with a grant agreement that contains all the terms and 
conditions for the grant. An applicant must execute and return the 
grant agreement, accompanied by any additional items required by the 
grant agreement. If your application is not successful, you will 
receive notification, including mediation procedures and appeal rights, 
by mail.
    All adverse determinations regarding applicant eligibility and the 
awarding of points as part of the selection process are appealable (see 
7 CFR part 11). Instructions on the appeal process will be provided at 
the time an applicant is notified of the adverse decision.

B. Administrative and National Policy Requirements

    All recipients of Federal financial assistance are required to 
comply with the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 
2006 and must report information about sub-awards and executive 
compensation (see 2 CFR Part 170). These recipients must also maintain 
their registration in the SAM database as long as their grants are 
active. These regulations may be obtained at http://www.gpoaccess.gov/cfr/index.html.
    The following additional requirements apply to grantees selected 
for this program:
     Agency-approved Grant Agreement.
     Letter of Conditions.
     Form RD 1940-1, ``Request for Obligation of Funds.''
     Form RD 1942-46, ``Letter of Intent to Meet Conditions.''
     Form RD 400-4, ``Assurance Agreement.''

C. Performance Reporting

    All recipients of Delta Health Care Services Grant Program 
financial assistance must provide quarterly performance activity 
reports to the Agency until the project is complete and the funds are 
expended. A final performance report is also required; the final report 
may serve as the last annual report. The final report must include an 
evaluation of the success of the project.

D. Recipient and Subrecipient Reporting

    The applicant must have the necessary processes and systems in 
place to comply with the reporting requirements for first-tier sub-
awards and executive compensation under the Federal Funding 
Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 in the event the applicant 
receives funding unless such applicant is exempt from such reporting 
requirements pursuant to 2 CFR Part 170, Sec.  170.110(b). The 
reporting requirements under the Transparency Act pursuant to 2 CFR 
part 170 are as follows:
    1. First Tier Sub-Awards of $25,000 or more in non-Recovery Act 
funds (unless they are exempt under 2 CFR Part 170) must be reported by 
the Recipient to http://www.fsrs.gov no later than the end of the month 
following the month the obligation was made.
    2. The Total Compensation of the Recipient's Executives (five most 
highly compensated executives) must be reported by the Recipient (if 
the Recipient meets the criteria under 2 CFR Part 170) to http://www.sam.gov by the end of the month following the month in which the 
award was made.
    3. The Total Compensation of the Subrecipient's Executives (five 
most highly compensated executives) must be reported by the 
Subrecipient (if the Subrecipient meets the criteria under 2

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CFR Part 170) to the Recipient by the end of the month following the 
month in which the sub-award was made.
    Further details regarding these requirements can be obtained at 
http://www.gpoaccess.gov/cfr/index.html.

VIII. Agency Contacts

    A. Web site: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/bcp_deltahealthcare.html. 
The Web site maintains up-to-date resources and contact information for 
the Delta Health Care Services Grant Program.
    B. Phone: (202) 690-1374.
    C. Fax: (202) 690-2724.
    D. Main point of contact: Deputy Administrator, Cooperative 
Programs, RBS.

IX. Nondiscrimination Statement

    USDA prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on 
the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where 
applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, 
religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, 
reprisal, or because all or part of an individual's income is derived 
from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to 
all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means 
for communication of program information (Braille, large print, 
audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's Target Center at (202) 720-2600 
(voice and TDD).
    To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Assistant 
Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil 
Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Stop 9410, Washington, DC 20250-
9410, or call toll-free at (866) 632-9992 (English) or (800) 877-8339 
(TDD) or (866) 733-8642 (English Federal-relay) or (800) 845-6136 
(Spanish Federal-relay). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and 
employer.

    Dated: February 6, 2013.
Lillian Salerno,
Acting Administrator, Rural Business--Cooperative Programs.
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