[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 54 (Thursday, March 20, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Page 15594]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-06109]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Administration for Community Living


Expansion and Capacity Building Funding: Senior Medicare Patrol 
Program Project Grants

ACTION: Notice of intent to provide expansion and capacity building 
funding to the incumbent Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) grantees under 
limited competition.

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SUMMARY: The Administration for Community Living is announcing the 
application deadline and a single case deviation from maximum 
competition for the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Program project 
grants. The SMP program has 54 SMP project grants which are currently 
awarded on two different three-year cycles with 26 awarded in one year 
and the other 28 awarded the following year. The purpose of this 
deviation is to award a 4th year non-competing continuation to the 26 
SMP project grantees with a three (3) year budget period set to expire 
May 31, 2014 so that all 54 SMP project grants can be moved to the same 
competitive three (3) year cycle beginning in FY 2015.
    Program Name: Senior Medicare Patrol.
    Award Amount: $4,373,902 ($168,277 per grantee).
    Project Period: 6/1/2011 to 5/31/2015.
    Award Type: Cooperative Agreement.

    Statutory Authority:  Title IV and Title II of the Older 
Americans Act (42 U.S.C. 3032), as amended by the Older Americans 
Act Amendments of 2006 Public Law 109-365 and HIPAA of 1996 (Pub. L. 
104-191)

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 93.048 
Discretionary Projects


DATES: 
     Application Submission deadline: April 21, 2014.
     The anticipated budget period start date is June 1, 2014.

I. Program Description

    The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) program is a national program 
providing cooperative agreements to grantees in every state, the 
District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to 
help Medicare beneficiaries detect, prevent and report potential health 
care fraud, error and abuse. In doing so, they not only protect 
beneficiaries, they also help preserve the integrity of the Medicare 
program. Because this work often requires face-to-face contact to be 
most effective, SMPs nationwide recruit, train, and manage over 5,100 
volunteers every year to help in this effort. The focus of the SMP 
program is providing beneficiary education to prevent the fraud before 
it ever occurs.

Justification for the Exception to Competition

    Historically, the 54 SMP project grants have been awarded using two 
different three-year cycles with 26 awarded in one year and the other 
28 awarded the following year. This was originally done to alleviate 
the administrative burden of awarding 54 new grants at one time. 
However, the SMP program has gone through a number of changes since its 
inception, as has the ACL. Given these changes the split award of the 
SMP project grants has become an administrative burden in itself by 
necessitating twice the effort to prepare and award the grants. Moving 
the 54 SMP grants to the same grant cycle will allow the program to 
move forward as one instead of two separate steps as needed with the 
current split grant cycle. Failure to move forward with this deviation 
would disrupt ACL's ability to improve and advance the SMP program as 
one cohesive and consistent program nationally.

II. Eligible Applicants

    Incumbent Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) grantees with award 
expiration dates of 5/31/14.

III. Evaluation Criteria

    Information previously provided in semi-annual reports, as well as 
information in the non-competing extension application will be 
considered to determine satisfactory progress of the grantee project 
and ensure that proposed activities are within the approved scope and 
budget of the grant. Areas that will be evaluated include:
A. Project Relevance & Current Need
B. Approach
C. Budget
D. Project Impact
E. Organizational Capacity

IV. Application and Submission Requirments

A. SF 424--Application for Federal Assistance
B. SF 424A--Budget Information
C. Separate Budget Narrative/Justification
D. SF 424B--Assurances. Note: Be sure to complete this form according 
to instructions and have it signed and dated by the authorized 
representative (see item 18d of the SF 424).
E. Lobbying Certification
F. Program narrative--no more than 10 pages.
G. Work Plan
H. Grantees will be required to access the non-competing application 
kit in GrantSolutions.gov to submit all materials for this application.

V. Application Review Information

    Applications will be objectively reviewed by Federal staff 
utilizing the criteria listed above in Section III.

VI. Agency Contact

    For further information or comments regarding this program 
expansion supplement, contact Rebecca Kinney, U.S. Department of Health 
and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, Administration 
on Aging, Office of Elder Rights, One Massachusetts Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20001; telephone (202) 357-3520; fax (202) 357-3560; 
email Rebecca.Kinney@acl.hhs.gov.

    Dated: March 14, 2014.
Kathy Greenlee,
Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging.
[FR Doc. 2014-06109 Filed 3-19-14; 8:45 am]
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