[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 82 (Tuesday, April 29, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 23983-23989]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-09607]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Indian Health Service

[Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2014-IHS-INMED-0001; CFDA Number: 
93.970]


Funding Opportunity: American Indians Into Medicine

    Announcement Type: New and Competing Continuation.

Key Dates

    Application Deadline: June 13, 2014.
    Review Date: June 25, 2014.
    Earliest Anticipated Start Date: September 1, 2014.
    Proof of Non-Profit Status Due Date: June 13, 2014.

I. Funding Opportunity Description

Statutory Authority

    The Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting competitive grant 
applications for the Indians into Medicine Program (INMED). This 
program is authorized under the authority of 25 U.S.C. 1616g, Indian 
Health Care Improvement Act, Public Law 94-437, as amended (IHCIA). 
This program is described in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance 
under 93.970.

Background

    The IHS, an agency within the Department of Health and Human 
Services (HHS), is responsible for providing Federal health services to 
American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). The mission of the IHS is 
to raise the physical, mental, social, and spiritual health of AI/AN. 
The IHCIA authorizes the IHS to administer programs that are designed 
to attract and recruit qualified individuals into health professions 
needed at IHS facilities. The programs administered are designed to 
encourage AI/AN to enter health professions and to ensure the 
availability of health professionals to serve AI/AN populations.

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Purpose

    The purpose of the Indians into Medicine Program (INMED) is to 
augment the number of Indian health professionals serving Indians by 
encouraging Indians to enter the health professions and removing the 
multiple barriers to their entrance into practice serving Indians.

II. Award Information

Type of Awards

    Grant.

Estimated Funds Available

    The total amount of funding identified for fiscal year (FY) 2014 is 
approximately $397,360. Individual award amounts are anticipated to be 
between $170,000 and $195,000. The amount of funding available for both 
competing and continuation awards issued under this announcement is 
subject to the availability of appropriations and budgetary priorities 
of the Agency. The IHS is under no obligation to make awards that are 
selected for funding under this announcement.

Anticipated Number of Awards

    Approximately two awards will be issued under this program 
announcement.

Project Period

    The project period will be for five years and will run 
consecutively from September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2019.

III. Eligibility Information

1. Eligible Applicants

    Public and nonprofit private colleges and universities with medical 
and other allied health programs accredited by an accrediting agency 
recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education are eligible to apply for 
the grants. Public and nonprofit private colleges that operate nursing 
programs are not eligible under this announcement since the IHS 
currently funds the nursing recruitment grant program.
    The existing INMED grant program at the University of North Dakota 
has as its target population Indian Tribes primarily within the States 
of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Montana. A 
college or university applying under this announcement must propose to 
conduct its program among Indian Tribes in states not currently served 
by the University of North Dakota INMED program.

2. Cost Sharing/Matching

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

3. Other Requirements

    Required Affiliations--The grant applicant must submit official 
documentation indicating a Tribe's cooperation with and support of the 
program within the schools on its reservation and its willingness to 
have a Tribal representative serve on the program advisory board. 
Documentation must be in the form prescribed by the Tribe's governing 
body, i.e., letter of support or Tribal resolution. Documentation must 
be submitted from every Tribe represented on the program advisory 
board.
    If application budgets exceed the stated dollar amount that is 
outlined under the ``Estimated Funds Available'' section within this 
funding announcement, the application will be considered ineligible and 
will not be reviewed for further consideration. If deemed ineligible, 
IHS will not return the application. The applicant will be notified by 
email by the Division of Grants Management (DGM) of this decision.

IV. Application and Submission Information

1. Obtaining Application Materials

    The application package and instructions may be located at 
www.Grants.gov or https://www.ihs.gov/dgm/index.cfm?module=dsp_dgm_funding.
    Questions regarding the electronic application process may be 
directed to Mr. Paul Gettys at (301) 443-5204 or Paul.Gettys@ihs.gov.

2. Content and Form of Application Submission

    The application must include the project narrative as an attachment 
to the application package.
    Mandatory documents for all applicants include:

 Table of contents.
 Abstract (one page) summarizing the project.
 Application forms:
    [cir] SF-424, Application for Federal Assistance.
    [cir] SF424A, Budget Information--Non-Construction Programs.
    [cir] SF-424B, Assurances--Non-Construction Programs.
 Budget Justification and Narrative (must be single spaced and 
not exceed five pages).
 Project Narrative (must be single spaced and not exceed ten 
pages).
    [cir] Background information on the organization.
    [cir] Proposed scope of work, objectives, and activities that 
provide a description of what will be accomplished, including a one-
page Timeframe Chart.
 Tribal Resolution or Tribal Letter of Support (if applicable).
 501(c)(3) Certificate (if applicable).
 Biographical sketches for all Key Personnel.
 Contractor/Consultant resumes or qualifications and scope of 
work.
 Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (SF-LLL).
 Certification Regarding Lobbying (GG-Lobbying Form).
 Copy of current Negotiated Indirect Cost rate (IDC) agreement 
(required) in order to receive IDC.
 Organizational Chart.
 Documentation of current Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
audit (if applicable), as required by 2 CFR 200.501.

    Acceptable forms of documentation include:
    [cir] Email confirmation from Federal Audit Clearinghouse (FAC) 
that audits were submitted; or
    [cir] Face sheets from audit reports. These can be found on the FAC 
Web site: http://harvester.census.gov/sac/dissem/accessoptions.html?submit=Go+To+Database
Public Policy Requirements
    All Federal-wide public policies apply to IHS grants with exception 
of the discrimination policy.
Requirements for Project and Budget Narratives
A. Project Narrative
    This narrative should be a separate Word document that is no longer 
than ten pages and must: be single-spaced, be type written, have 
consecutively numbered pages, use black type not smaller than 12 
characters per one inch, and be printed on one side only of standard 
size 8\1/2\'' x 11'' paper.
    Be sure to succinctly answer all questions listed under the 
evaluation criteria (refer to Section V.1, Evaluation Criteria in this 
announcement) and place all responses and required information in the 
correct section (noted below), or they will not be considered or 
scored. These narratives will assist the Objective Review Committee 
(ORC) in becoming more familiar with the grantee's activities and 
accomplishments prior to this grant award. If the narrative exceeds the 
page limit, only the first ten pages will be

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reviewed. The 10-page limit for the narrative does not include the work 
plan, standard forms, Tribal resolutions, table of contents, budget, 
budget justifications, narratives, and/or other appendix items.
Part A: Program Information (3 page limitation)
Section 1: Needs
    a. State specific objectives of the project, and the extent to 
which they are measurable and quantifiable, significant to the needs of 
Indian people, logical, complete, and consistent with the purpose of 25 
U.S.C. 1616g.
    b. Describe briefly what the project intends to accomplish. 
Identify the expected results, benefits, and outcomes or products to be 
derived from each objective of the project.
    c. Provide a project specific work plan (milestone chart) which 
lists each objective, the tasks to be conducted in order to reach the 
objective, and the timeframe needed to accomplish each task. Timeframes 
should be projected in a realistic manner to assure that the scope of 
work can be completed within each 12-month budget period.
    d. In the case of proposed projects for identification of Indians 
with a potential for education or training in the health professions, 
include a method for assessing the potential of interested Indians for 
undertaking necessary education or training in such health professions.
    e. State clearly the criteria by which the project's progress will 
be evaluated and by which the success of the project will be 
determined.
    f. Explain the methodology that will be used to determine if the 
needs, goals, and objectives identified and discussed in the 
application are being met and if the results and benefits identified 
are being achieved.
    g. Identify who will perform the evaluation and when.

Part B: Program Planning and Evaluation (5 page limitation)

Section 1: Program Plans
    a. Provide an organizational chart and describe the administrative, 
managerial and organizational arrangements and the facilities and 
resources to be utilized to conduct the proposed project (include in 
appendix).
    b. Provide the name and qualifications of the project director or 
other individuals responsible for the conduct of the project; the 
qualifications of the principal staff carrying out the project; and a 
description of the manner in which the applicant's staff is or will be 
organized and supervised to carry out the proposed project. Include 
biographical sketches of key personnel (or job descriptions if the 
position is vacant) (include in appendix).
    c. Describe any prior experience in administering similar projects.
    d. Discuss the commitment of the organization, i.e., although not 
required, the level of non-Federal support. List the intended financial 
participation, if any, of the applicant in the proposed project 
specifying the type of contributions such as cash or services, loans of 
full or part-time staff, equipment, space, materials or facilities or 
other contributions.
    e. The IHCIA requires that applicants agree to provide a program 
which:
    (A) provides outreach and recruitment for health professions to 
Indian communities including elementary, secondary and community 
colleges located on Indian reservations which will be served by the 
program,
    (B) incorporates a program advisory board comprised of 
representatives from the tribes and communities which will be served by 
the program,
    (C) provides summer preparatory programs for Indian students who 
need enrichment in the subjects of math and science in order to pursue 
training in the health professions,
    (D) provides tutoring, counseling and support to students who are 
enrolled in a health career program of study at the respective college 
or university, and
    (E) to the maximum extent feasible, employs qualified Indians in 
the program.
    Describe the college's or university's ability to meet this 
requirement.
Section 2: Program Evaluation
    a. Describe the current and proposed participation of Indians (if 
any) in your organization.
    b. Identify the target Indian population to be served by your 
proposed project and the relationship of your organization to that 
population.
    c. Describe the methodology to be used to access the target 
population.
    d. Identify affiliation agreements with Tribal community colleges, 
the IHS, university affiliated programs, and other appropriate entities 
to enhance the education of Indian students.
    e. Identify existing university tutoring, counseling and student 
support services.

Part C: Program Report (5 page limitation)

    a. Provide data and supporting documentation to substantiate need 
for recruitment.
    b. Indicate the number of potential Indian students to be contacted 
and recruited as well as potential cost per student recruited. Those 
projects that have the potential to serve a greater number of Indians 
will be given first consideration.
    c. Describe methodology to locate and recruit students with 
educational potential in a variety of health care fields. Primary 
recruitment efforts must be in the field of medicine with secondary 
efforts in other allied health fields such as pharmacy, dentistry, 
medical technology, x-ray technology, etc. The field of nursing is 
excluded since the IHS does fund the IHS Nursing Recruitment grant 
program.

B. Budget Narrative

    This narrative must describe the budget requested and match the 
scope of work described the project narrative. The page limitation 
should not exceed five pages.
1. Submission Dates and Times
    Applications must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov by 
12 a.m., midnight Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on the Application 
Deadline Date listed in the Key Dates section on page one of this 
announcement. Any application received after the application deadline 
will not be accepted for processing, nor will it be given further 
consideration for funding. The applicant will be notified by the DGM 
via email of this decision.
    If technical challenges arise and assistance is required with the 
electronic application process, contact Grants.gov Customer Support via 
email to support@grants.gov or at (800) 518-4726. Customer Support is 
available to address questions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (except on 
Federal holidays). If problems persist, contact Mr. Paul Gettys, DGM 
(Paul.Gettys@ihs.gov) at (301) 443-5204. Please be sure to contact Mr. 
Gettys at least ten days prior to the application deadline. Please do 
not contact the DGM until you have received a Grants.gov tracking 
number. In the event you are not able to obtain a tracking number, call 
the DGM as soon as possible.
    If the applicant needs to submit a paper application instead of 
submitting electronically via Grants.gov, a waiver must be requested. 
Prior approval must be requested and obtained from Ms. Tammy Bagley, 
Acting Director of DGM, (see Section 4 below for additional 
information). A waiver must: (1) Be documented in writing (emails are 
acceptable), before submitting a paper application and (2) include a 
clear justification for the need to deviate from the required 
electronic grants submission process. Written waiver

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request can be sent to GrantsPolicy@ihs.gov with a copy to 
Tammy.Bagley@ihs.gov. Once the waiver request has been approved, the 
applicant will receive a confirmation of approval and the mailing 
address to submit the application. Paper applications that are 
submitted without a copy of the signed waiver from the Acting Director 
of the DGM will not be reviewed or considered further for funding. The 
applicant will be notified via email of this decision by the Grants 
Management Officer of the DGM. Paper applications must be received by 
the DGM no later than 5 p.m., EDT, on the Application Deadline Date 
listed in the Key Dates section on page one of this announcement. Late 
applications will not be accepted for processing or considered for 
funding.
2. Intergovernmental Review
    Executive Order 12372 requiring intergovernmental review is not 
applicable to this program.
3. Funding Restrictions
     Pre award costs are not allowable.
     The available funds are inclusive of direct and 
appropriate indirect costs.
     Only one grant will be awarded per applicant.
     IHS will not acknowledge receipt of applications.
4. Electronic Submission Requirements
    All applications must be submitted electronically. Please use the 
http://www.Grants.gov Web site to submit an application electronically 
and select the ``Find Grant Opportunities'' link on the homepage. 
Download a copy of the application package, complete it offline, and 
then upload and submit the completed application via the http://www.Grants.gov Web site. Electronic copies of the application may not 
be submitted as attachments to email messages addressed to IHS 
employees or offices.
    If the applicant receives a waiver to submit paper application 
documents, the applicant must follow the rules and timelines that are 
noted below. The applicant must seek assistance at least ten days prior 
to the Application Deadline Date listed in the Key Dates section on 
page one of this announcement.
    Applicants that do not adhere to the timelines for System for Award 
Management (SAM) and/or http://www.Grants.gov registration or that fail 
to request timely assistance with technical issues will not be 
considered for a waiver to submit a paper application.
    Please be aware of the following:
     Please search for the application package in http://www.Grants.gov by entering the CFDA number or the Funding Opportunity 
Number. Both numbers are located in the header of this announcement.
     If you experience technical challenges while submitting 
your application electronically, please contact Grants.gov Support 
directly at: support@grants.gov or (800) 518-4726. Customer Support is 
available to address questions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (except on 
Federal holidays).
     Upon contacting Grants.gov, obtain a tracking number as 
proof of contact. The tracking number is helpful if there are technical 
issues that cannot be resolved and a waiver from the agency must be 
obtained.
     If it is determined that a waiver is needed, the applicant 
must submit a request in writing (emails are acceptable) to 
GrantsPolicy@ihs.gov with a copy to Tammy.Bagley@ihs.gov. Please 
include a clear justification for the need to deviate from the standard 
electronic submission process.
     If the waiver is approved, the application should be sent 
directly to the DGM by the Application Deadline Date listed in the Key 
Dates section on page one of this announcement.
     Applicants are strongly encouraged not to wait until the 
deadline date to begin the application process through Grants.gov as 
the registration process for SAM and Grants.gov could take up to 
fifteen working days.
     Please use the optional attachment feature in Grants.gov 
to attach additional documentation that may be requested by the DGM.
     All applicants must comply with any page limitation 
requirements described in this Funding Announcement.
     After electronically submitting the application, the 
applicant will receive an automatic acknowledgment from Grants.gov that 
contains a Grants.gov tracking number. The DGM will download the 
application from Grants.gov and provide necessary copies to the 
appropriate agency officials. Neither the DGM nor the Office of Public 
Health Support (OPHS) will notify the applicant that the application 
has been received.
     Email applications will not be accepted under this 
announcement.

Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS)

    All IHS applicants and grantee organizations are required to obtain 
a DUNS number and maintain an active registration in the SAM database. 
The DUNS number is a unique 9-digit identification number provided by 
D&B which uniquely identifies each entity. The DUNS number is site 
specific; therefore, each distinct performance site may be assigned a 
DUNS number. Obtaining a DUNS number is easy, and there is no charge. 
To obtain a DUNS number, please access it through http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform, or to expedite the process, call (866) 705-
5711.
    All HHS grant recipients are required by the Federal Funding 
Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006, as amended (``Transparency 
Act''), to report information on subawards. Accordingly, all IHS 
grantees must notify potential first-tier subrecipients that no entity 
may receive a first-tier subaward unless the entity has provided its 
DUNS number to the prime grantee organization. This requirement ensures 
the use of a universal identifier to enhance the quality of information 
available to the public pursuant to the Transparency Act.

System for Award Management (SAM)

    Organizations that were not registered with Central Contractor 
Registration and have not registered with SAM will need to obtain a 
DUNS number first and then access the SAM online registration through 
the SAM home page at https://www.sam.gov (U.S. organizations will also 
need to provide an Employer Identification Number from the Internal 
Revenue Service that may take an additional 2-5 weeks to become 
active). Completing and submitting the registration takes approximately 
one hour to complete and SAM registration will take 3-5 business days 
to process. Registration with the SAM is free of charge. Applicants may 
register online at https://www.sam.gov.
    Additional information on implementing the Transparency Act, 
including the specific requirements for DUNS and SAM, can be found on 
the IHS Grants Management, Grants Policy Web site: https://www.ihs.gov/dgm/index.cfm?module=dsp_dgm_policy_topics.

V. Application Review Information

    The instructions for preparing the application narrative also 
constitute the evaluation criteria for reviewing and scoring the 
application. Weights assigned to each section are noted in parentheses. 
The 10-page narrative should include only the first year of activities; 
information for multi-year projects should be included as an appendix. 
See ``Multi-year Project Requirements'' at the end of this section for 
more information. The narrative

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section should be written in a manner that is clear to outside 
reviewers unfamiliar with prior related activities of the applicant. It 
should be well organized, succinct, and contain all information 
necessary for reviewers to understand the project fully. Points will be 
assigned to each evaluation criteria adding up to a total of 100 
points. A minimum score of 70 points is required for funding. Points 
are assigned as follows:
1. Evaluation Criteria

Project Narrative (30 points)

    a. State specific objectives of the project, and the extent to 
which they are measurable and quantifiable, significant to the needs of 
Indian people, logical, complete, and consistent with the purpose of 25 
U.S.C. 1616g.
    b. Describe briefly what the project intends to accomplish. 
Identify the expected results, benefits, and outcomes or products to be 
derived from each objective of the project.
    c. Provide a project specific work plan (milestone chart) which 
lists each objective, the tasks to be conducted in order to reach the 
objective, and the time frame needed to accomplish each task. Time 
frames should be projected in a realistic manner to assure that the 
scope of work can be completed within each 12-month budget period.
    d. In the case of proposed projects for identification of Indians 
with a potential for education or training in the health professions, 
include a method for assessing the potential of interested Indians for 
undertaking necessary education or training in such health professions.
    e. State clearly the criteria by which the project's progress will 
be evaluated and by which the success of the project will be 
determined.
    f. Explain the methodology that will be used to determine if the 
needs, goals, and objectives identified and discussed in the 
application are being met and if the results and benefits identified 
are being achieved.
    g. Identify who will perform the evaluation and when.

Program Planning (20 points)

    a. Provide an organizational chart and describe the administrative, 
managerial and organizational arrangements and the facilities and 
resources to be utilized to conduct the proposed project (include in 
appendix).
    b. Provide the name and qualifications of the project director or 
other individuals responsible for the conduct of the project; the 
qualifications of the principal staff carrying out the project; and a 
description of the manner in which the applicant's staff is or will be 
organized and supervised to carry out the proposed project. Include 
biographical sketches of key personnel (or job descriptions if the 
position is vacant) (include in appendix).
    c. Describe any prior experience in administering similar projects.
    d. Discuss the commitment of the organization, i.e., although not 
required, the level of non-Federal support. List the intended financial 
participation, if any, of the applicant in the proposed project 
specifying the type of contributions such as cash or services, loans of 
full or part-time staff, equipment, space, materials or facilities or 
other contributions.
    e. Describe the ability to provide outreach and recruitment for 
health professions to Indian communities including, but not limited to, 
elementary and secondary schools and community colleges located on 
Indian reservations which will be served by the program.
    f. Describe the organization's plan to incorporate a program 
advisory board comprised of representatives from the Tribes and 
communities which will be served by the program.
    g. To the maximum extent feasible, employ qualified Indians in the 
program.

Program Evaluation (20 points)

    a. Describe the current and proposed participation of Indians (if 
any) in your organization.
    b. Identify the target Indian population to be served by your 
proposed project and the relationship of your organization to that 
population.
    c. Describe the methodology to be used to access the target 
population.
    d. Identify existing university tutoring, counseling and student 
support services.

Progress Report (20 points)

    a. Provide data and supporting documentation to substantiate need 
for recruitment.
    b. Indicate the number of potential Indian students to be contacted 
and recruited as well as potential cost per student recruited. Those 
projects that have the potential to serve a greater number of Indians 
will be given first consideration.
    c. Describe methodology to locate and recruit students with 
educational potential in a variety of health care fields. Primary 
recruitment efforts must be in the field of medicine with secondary 
efforts in other allied health fields such as pharmacy, dentistry, 
medical technology, x-ray technology, etc. The field of nursing is 
excluded since the IHS does fund the IHS nursing recruitment grant 
program.

Program Budget (10 points)

    a. Clearly define the budget. Provide a justification and detailed 
breakdown of the funding by category for the first year of the project. 
Information on the project director and project staff should include 
salaries and percentage of time assigned to the grant. List equipment 
purchases necessary to conduct the project.
    b. The available funding level of $195,000 is inclusive of both 
direct and indirect costs or 8 percent of total direct costs. Because 
this project is for a training grant, the HHS policy limiting 
reimbursement of indirect cost to the lesser of the applicant's actual 
indirect costs or 8 percent of total direct costs (exclusive of tuition 
and related fees and expenditures for equipment) is applicable. This 
limitation applies to all institutions of higher education.
    c. The applicant may include as a direct cost student support costs 
related to tutoring, counseling, and support for students enrolled in a 
health career program of study at the respective college or university. 
Tuition and stipends for regular sessions are not allowable costs of 
the grant; however, students recruited through the INMED program may 
apply for funding from the IHS Scholarship Programs.
    d. Provide budgetary information for summer preparatory programs 
for Indian students, who need enrichment in the subjects of math and 
science in order to pursue training in the health professions.

Multi-Year Project Requirements

    Projects requiring second, third, fourth, and/or fifth year must 
include a brief project narrative and budget (one additional page per 
year) addressing the developmental plans for each additional year of 
the project in an appendix.

Appendix Items

     Work plan, logic model and/or time line for proposed 
objectives.
     Position descriptions for key staff.
     Resumes of key staff that reflect current duties.
     Tribal Resolution(s)/Letters of Support.
     Consultant or contractor proposed scope of work and 
letter of commitment (if applicable).
     Current Indirect Cost Agreement.
     Organizational chart(s) highlighting proposed project 
staff and their supervisors as well as other key contacts within the 
organization and key community contacts.
     Additional documents to support narrative (i.e., data 
tables, key news articles, etc.).

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2. Review and Selection
    Each application will be prescreened by the DGM staff for 
eligibility and completeness as outlined in the funding announcement. 
Incomplete applications and applications that are non-responsive to the 
eligibility criteria will not be referred to the ORC. Applicants will 
be notified by DGM, via email, to outline minor missing components 
(i.e., signature on the SF-424, audit documentation, key contact form) 
needed for an otherwise complete application. All missing documents 
must be sent to DGM on or before the due date listed in the email of 
notification of missing documents required.
    To obtain a minimum score for funding by the ORC, applicants must 
address all program requirements and provide all required 
documentation. If an applicant receives less than a minimum score, it 
will be considered to be ``Disapproved'' and will be informed via email 
by the IHS program office of their application's deficiencies. A 
summary statement outlining the strengths and weaknesses of the 
application will be provided to each disapproved applicant. The summary 
statement will be sent to the Authorized Organizational Representative 
that is identified on the face page (SF-424) of the application within 
30 days of the completion of the Objective Review.

VI. Award Administration Information

Award Notices

    The Notice of Award (NoA) is a legally binding document signed by 
the Grants Management Officer and serves as the official notification 
of the grant award. The NoA will be initiated by the DGM in our grant 
system, GrantSolutions (https://www.grantsolutions.gov). Each entity 
that is approved for funding under this announcement will need to 
request or have a user account in GrantSolutions in order to retrieve 
their NoA. The NoA is the authorizing document for which funds are 
dispersed to the approved entities and reflects the amount of Federal 
funds awarded, the purpose of the grant, the terms and conditions of 
the award, the effective date of the award, and the budget/project 
period.

Disapproved Applicants

    Applicants who received a score less than the recommended funding 
level for approval, 70, and were deemed to be disapproved by the ORC, 
will receive an Executive Summary Statement from the IHS program office 
within 30 days of the conclusion of the ORC outlining the weaknesses 
and strengths of their application submitted. The IHS program office 
will also provide additional contact information as needed to address 
questions and concerns as well as provide technical assistance if 
desired.

Approved But Unfunded Applicants

    Approved but unfunded applicants that met the minimum scoring range 
and were deemed by the ORC to be ``Approved,'' but were not funded due 
to lack of funding, will have their applications held by DGM for a 
period of one year. If additional funding becomes available during the 
course of FY 2014, the approved application may be re-considered by the 
awarding program office for possible funding. The applicant will also 
receive an Executive Summary Statement from the IHS program office 
within 30 days of the conclusion of the ORC.

    Note: Any correspondence other than the official NoA signed by 
an IHS grants management official announcing to the Project Director 
that an award has been made to their organization is not an 
authorization to implement their program on behalf of IHS.

1. Administrative Requirements
    Grants are administered in accordance with the following 
regulations, policies, and OMB cost principles:
    A. The criteria as outlined in this Program Announcement.
    B. Administrative Regulations for Grants:
     45 CFR part 92, Uniform Administrative Requirements for 
Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State, Local and Tribal 
Governments.
     45 CFR part 74, Uniform Administrative Requirements for 
Awards and Subawards to Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, 
and other Non-profit Organizations.
    C. Grants Policy:
     HHS Grants Policy Statement, Revised 01/07.
    D. Cost Principles:
     Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and 
Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, ``Cost Principles,'' located at 
2 CFR part 200, subpart E.
    E. Audit Requirements:
     Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and 
Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, ``Audit Requirements,'' located 
at 2 CFR part 200, subpart F.
2. Indirect Costs
    This section applies to all grant recipients that request 
reimbursement of indirect costs in their grant application. In 
accordance with HHS Grants Policy Statement, Part II-27, IHS requires 
applicants to obtain a current indirect cost rate agreement prior to 
award. The rate agreement must be prepared in accordance with the 
applicable cost principles and guidance as provided by the cognizant 
agency or office. A current rate covers the applicable grant activities 
under the current award's budget period. If the current rate is not on 
file with the DGM at the time of award, the indirect cost portion of 
the budget will be restricted. The restrictions remain in place until 
the current rate is provided to the DGM.
    Generally, indirect costs rates for IHS grantees are negotiated 
with the Division of Cost Allocation (DCA) https://rates.psc.gov/ and 
the Department of Interior (Interior Business Center) http://www.doi.gov/ibc/services/Indirect_Cost_Services/index.cfm. For 
questions regarding the indirect cost policy, please call (301) 443-
5204 to request assistance.
3. Reporting Requirements
    The grantee must submit required reports consistent with the 
applicable deadlines. Failure to submit required reports within the 
time allowed may result in suspension or termination of an active 
grant, withholding of additional awards for the project, or other 
enforcement actions such as withholding of payments or converting to 
the reimbursement method of payment. Continued failure to submit 
required reports may result in one or both of the following: (1) The 
imposition of special award provisions; and (2) the non-funding or non-
award of other eligible projects or activities. This requirement 
applies whether the delinquency is attributable to the failure of the 
grantee organization or the individual responsible for preparation of 
the reports. Reports must be submitted electronically via 
GrantSolutions. Personnel responsible for submitting reports will be 
required to obtain a login and password for GrantSolutions. Please see 
the Agency Contacts list in section VII for the systems contact 
information.
    The reporting requirements for this program are noted below.
A. Progress Reports
    Program progress reports are required semi-annually and within 30 
days after the budget period ends. These reports must include a brief 
comparison of actual accomplishments to the goals established for the 
period, or, if applicable, provide sound justification for the lack of 
progress, and other pertinent information as required. A final report 
must be submitted within 90

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days of expiration of the budget/project period.
B. Financial Reports
    Federal Financial Report FFR (SF-425), Cash Transaction Reports are 
due 30 days after the close of every calendar quarter to the Division 
of Payment Management, HHS at: http://www.dpm.psc.gov. It is 
recommended that the applicant also send a copy of the FFR (SF-425) 
report to the Grants Management Specialist. Failure to submit timely 
reports may cause a disruption in timely payments to the organization.
    Grantees are responsible and accountable for accurate information 
being reported on all required reports: the Progress Reports and 
Federal Financial Report.
C. Federal Subaward Reporting System (FSRS)
    This award may be subject to the Transparency Act subaward and 
executive compensation reporting requirements of 2 CFR part 170.
    The Transparency Act requires the OMB to establish a single 
searchable database, accessible to the public, with information on 
financial assistance awards made by Federal agencies. The Transparency 
Act also includes a requirement for recipients of Federal grants to 
report information about first-tier subawards and executive 
compensation under Federal assistance awards.
    IHS has implemented a Term of Award into all IHS Standard Terms and 
Conditions, NoAs and funding announcements regarding the FSRS reporting 
requirement. This IHS Term of Award is applicable to all IHS grant and 
cooperative agreements issued on or after October 1, 2010, with a 
$25,000 subaward obligation dollar threshold met for any specific 
reporting period. Additionally, all new (discretionary) IHS awards 
(where the project period is made up of more than one budget period) 
and where: (1) The project period start date was October 1, 2010 or 
after and (2) the primary awardee will have a $25,000 subaward 
obligation dollar threshold during any specific reporting period will 
be required to address the FSRS reporting. For the full IHS award term 
implementing this requirement and additional award applicability 
information, visit the Grants Management Grants Policy Web site at: 
https://www.ihs.gov/dgm/index.cfm?module=dsp_dgm_policy_topics.
    Telecommunication for the hearing impaired is available at: TTY 
(301) 443-6394.

VII. Agency Contacts

1. Questions on the programmatic issues may be directed to: Jackie 
Santiago, Office of Public Health Support, 801 Thompson Avenue, TMP 
Suite 450, Rockville, Maryland 20852, Telephone: (301) 443-2486, Fax: 
(301) 443-4815, Email: Jackie.Santiago@ihs.gov.
2. Questions on grants management and fiscal matters may be directed 
to: Andrew Diggs, Grants Management Specialist, 801 Thompson Avenue, 
TMP Suite 360, Rockville, Maryland 20852, Phone: (301) 443-2262, Email: 
Andrew.Diggs@ihs.gov.
3. Questions on systems matters may be directed to: Paul Gettys, Grant 
Systems Coordinator, 801 Thompson Avenue, TMP Suite 360, Rockville, MD 
20852, Phone: (301) 443-2114; or the DGM main line (301) 443-5204, Fax: 
(301) 443-9602, E-Mail: Paul.Gettys@ihs.gov.

VIII. Other Information

    The Public Health Service strongly encourages all grantees to 
provide a smoke-free workplace and promote the non-use of all tobacco 
products. In addition, Public Law 103-227, the Pro-Children Act of 
1994, prohibits smoking in certain facilities (or in some cases, any 
portion of the facility) in which regular or routine education, 
library, day care, health care, or early childhood development services 
are provided to children. This is consistent with the HHS mission to 
protect and advance the physical and mental health of the American 
people.

    Dated: April 17, 2014.
Yvette Roubideaux,
Acting Director, Indian Health Service.
[FR Doc. 2014-09607 Filed 4-28-14; 8:45 am]
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