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Job Training Partnership Act, Title IV, Part C, Program Year 1999-Native American Competitive Grants

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AGENCY:

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Veterans' Employment and Training.

ACTION:

Notice of availability of funds and solicitation for grant applications for Job Training Partnership Act, Title IV, Part C, Program Year 1999—Native American Competitive Grants (SGA 00-02).

SUMMARY:

This notice contains all of the necessary information and forms needed to apply for grant funding. All applicants for grant funds should read this notice in its entirety. The U.S. Department of Labor, Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) announces a grant competition for Job Training Partnership Act, Title IV, Part C, Program Year 1999—Native American Competitive Grants. Such projects will assist eligible veterans who are Vietnam-era, service-connected disabled and recently separated Native American veterans by providing employment, training, and supportive service assistance. Under this solicitation, VETS expects to award up to three grants in Program Year (PY) 1999.

This notice describes the background, the application process, description of program activities, evaluation criteria, and reporting requirements for Solicitation of Grant Applications (SGA) 00-02. VETS anticipates that up to $450,000 will be available for grant awards under this SGA.

The information and forms contained in the Supplementary Information Section of this announcement constitute the official application package for this Solicitation. In order to receive any amendments to this Solicitation which may be subsequently issued, all applicants must register their name and address with the Procurement Services Center. Please send this information as soon as possible, Attention: Grant Officer, to the following address: U.S. Department of Labor, Procurement Services Center, Room N-5416, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20210. Please reference SGA 00-02.

DATES:

One (1) blue ink-signed original, complete grant application plus three (3) copies of the Technical Proposal and three (3) copies of the Cost Proposal shall be submitted to the U.S. Department of Labor, Procurement Services Center, Room N-5416, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20210, not later than 4:45 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, April 10, 2000. Hand delivered applications must be received by the Procurement Services Center by that time.

ADDRESSES:

Applications shall be mailed to the U.S. Department of Labor, Procurement Services Center, Attention: Lisa Harvey, Reference SGA 00-02, Room N-5416, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20210.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Lisa Harvey, U.S. Department of Labor, Procurement Services Center, telephone (202) 219-6445 [not a toll free number].

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Job Training Partnership Act, Title IV, Part C, Program Year 1999—Native American Competitive Grants Solicitation

I. Purpose

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) is requesting grant applications for the provision of employment and training services for Native American Veterans who meet the eligibility criteria set forth in accordance with the Job Training Partnership Act, Title IV, Part C (JTPA IV-C). These instructions contain general program information, requirements and forms for application for funds to operate a Native American veterans' employment and training program.

II. Background

The Job Training Partnership Act, Title IV, Part C provides that “The Secretary shall conduct, directly or through grant or contract, such employment and training programs as the Secretary determines appropriate to assist Vietnam-era, service-connected disabled and recently separated veterans to obtain gainful employment.

In accordance therewith, the Assistant Secretary for Veterans' Employment and Start Printed Page 13027Training (ASVET) is making $450,000 of the funds available to award grants for unique and innovative Employment and Training programs. Programs should maximize the eligible veterans' military skills, training and experience, by effectively exploring the transitional or transferable occupational opportunities in the geographical area that the grant would be awarded. Programs may develop Licensing and Certification employment and training programs that target occupations that are essential and have a direct impact within the economic environment that the eligible veteran resides in.

III. Application Process

A. Potential Jurisdictions To Be Served

Due to the limited amount of funds available, an emphasis for selection will be placed on in-kind match/contribution, and the establishing or strengthening of existing linkages with other service providers.

B. Eligible Applicants

Applications for funds will be accepted from State and local public agencies, Private Industry Councils, and nonprofit organizations as follows:

1. Private Industry Councils (PICS) and/or Workforce Investment Boards (WIBS) as defined in Title I, Section 102 of the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA), Public Law 97-300, are eligible applicants, as well as State and local public agencies. “Local public agency” refers to any public agency of a general purpose political subdivision of a State which has the power to levy taxes and spend funds, as well as general corporate and police powers. (This typically refers to cities and counties). A State agency may propose in its application to serve one or more of the potential jurisdictions located in its State. This does not preclude a city or county agency from submitting an application to serve its own jurisdiction.

Applicants are encouraged to utilize, through subgrants, experienced public agencies, private nonprofit organizations, and private businesses which have an understanding of the unemployment and the barriers to employment unique to Native American veterans, a familiarity with the area to be served, and the capability to effectively provide the necessary services.

B. Also eligible to apply are nonprofit organizations who have operated an employment and training program for Native American veterans; have proven capacity to manage Federal grants; and have or will provide the necessary linkages with other service providers. Nonprofit organizations will be required to submit with their application recent (within one year) financial audit statements that attest to the financial responsibility and integrity of the organization. Entities described in Section 501(c)4 of the Internal Revenue Code that engage in lobbying activities are not eligible to receive funds under this announcement. The Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995, Public Law No. 104-65, 109 Stat. 691, prohibits the award of Federal funds to these entities if they engage in lobbying activities.

C. Funding Levels

The total amount of funds available for this solicitation is $450,000. It is anticipated that 3 awards will be made under this solicitation. Awards will not exceed $150,000. The Federal government reserves the right to negotiate the amounts to be awarded under this competition. Please be advised that requests exceeding this range by 15% or more will be considered non-responsive.

D. Period of Performance

The period of performance will be for twelve months from date of award. It is expected that successful applicants will commence program operations under this solicitation on or before June 1, 2000. Actual start dates will be negotiated with each successful applicant. Because JTPA funds will no longer be obligated by the U.S. Department of Labor after June 30, 2000, second year funds/funding will in no instance be available from this funding source.

E. Late Proposals

The grant application package must be received at the designated place by the date and time specified or it will not be considered. Any application received at the Office of Procurement Services after 4:45 pm EST, April 10, 2000 will not be considered unless it is received before the award is made and:

1. it was sent by registered or certified mail not later than the fifth calendar day before April 10, 2000;

2. it is determined by the Government that the late receipt was due solely to mishandling by the Government after receipt at the U.S. Department of Labor at the address indicated; or

3. it was sent by U.S. Postal Service Express Mail Next Day Service-Post Office to Addressee, not later than 5 p.m. at the place of mailing two (2) working days, excluding weekends and Federal holidays, prior to April 10, 2000.

The only acceptable evidence to establish the date of mailing of a late application sent by registered or certified mail is the U.S. Postal Service postmark on the envelope or wrapper and on the original receipt from the U.S. Postal Service. If the postmark is not legible, an application received after the above closing time and date shall be processed as if mailed late. “Postmark” means a printed, stamped or otherwise placed impression (not a postage meter machine impression) that is readily identifiable without further action as having been applied and affixed by an employee of the U.S. Postal Service on the date of mailing. Therefore applicants should request that the postal clerk place a legible hand cancellation “bull's-eye” postmark on both the receipt and the envelope or wrapper.

The only acceptable evidence to establish the date of mailing of a late application sent by U.S. Postal Service Express Mail Next Day Service-Post Office to Addressee is the date entered by the Post Office receiving clerk on the “Express Mail Next Day Service-Post Office to Addressee” label and the postmark on the envelope or wrapper and on the original receipt from the U.S. Postal Service. “Postmark” has the same meaning as defined above. Therefore, applicants should request that the postal clerk place a legible hand cancellation “bull's-eye” postmark on both the receipt and the envelope or wrapper.

The only acceptable evidence to establish the time of receipt at the U.S. Department of Labor is the date/time stamp of the Procurement Services Center on the application wrapper or other documentary evidence or receipt maintained by that office. Applications sent by telegram or facsimile (FAX) will not be accepted.

F. Submission of Proposal

A cover letter, and an original and three (3) copies of the proposal shall be submitted. The proposal shall consist of two (2) separate and distinct parts:

Part I—Technical Proposal shall consist of a narrative proposal that demonstrates the applicant's knowledge of the need for this particular grant program, its understanding of the services and activities proposed to alleviate the need and its capabilities to accomplish the expected outcomes of the proposed project design. The technical proposal shall consist of a narrative not to exceed fifteen (15) pages double-spaced, typewritten on one side of the paper only. Charts and exhibits are not counted toward the page limit. Applicants should be responsive to the Rating Criteria contained in Section VI and address all of the rating factors noted as thoroughly as possible in the Start Printed Page 13028narrative. The following format is strongly recommended:

1. Need for the project: The applicant should identify the geographical area to be served and provide an estimate of the number of Native American veterans and their needs, poverty and unemployment rates in the area, and gaps in the local community infrastructure the project would fulfill in addressing the employment and other barriers of the targeted veterans. Include the outlook for job opportunities in the service area.

2. Approach or strategy to increase employment and job retention: The applicant must show how the training will enhance the eligible veterans employment opportunities within that geographical area. The applicant should describe the specific supportive services and employment and training services to be provided under this grant and the sequence or flow of such services. Participant flow charts may be provided. Include a description of the relationship with other employment and training programs such as Disabled Veterans' Outreach Program (DVOP) and the Local Veterans' Employment Representative (LVER) program and programs operated under the Job Training Partnership or Workforce Investment Act. Please include a plan for follow up after 90 days with participants who entered employment. (See discussion on results in Section V. D.) Include the chart of proposed performance goals and planned expenditures listed in Appendix D. Although the form itself is not mandatory, the information in Appendix D must be provided by the applicant.

3. Linkages with other providers of employment and training services to the Native Americans and to veterans: Describe the linkages this program will have with other providers of services to veterans and to the Native Americans outside of the grant. List the types of services provided by each. Note the type of agreement in place if applicable. Linkages with the workforce development system [inclusive of JTPA and State Employment Security Agencies (SESAs)] should be delineated. Describe any linkages with Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) resources and other programs for Native Americans. Indicate how the applicant will coordinate with any “continuum of care” efforts for the Native American among agencies in the community.

4. Organizational capability in providing required program activities: The applicant's relevant current or prior experience in operating employment and training programs should be delineated. (For consideration by panel members, the government reserves the right to have a representative of the Veterans' Employment and Training Service within your state provide programmatic and fiscal information about applicants and forward those findings to the National Office during the review of applications.) Provide information denoting outcomes of past programs in terms of enrollments and placements. Applicants who have operated a Native American program or a JTPA IV-C program, should include final or most recent technical performance reports. (This information is also subject to verification by the Veterans' Employment and Training Service.) Provide evidence of key staff capability. Non-profit organizations should submit evidence of satisfactory financial management capability including recent financial and/or audit statements.

5. Proposed supportive service strategy for Native American veterans: Describe how supportive service resources for Native American veterans will be utilized, obtained or accessed. These resources may be from linkages or sources other than the grant such as HUD, community resources, VA or other programs. The applicant should explain whether grant resources will be used and why this is necessary.

Note:

Resumes, charts, and standard forms, transmittal letters, letters of support are not included in the page count. If provided include these documents as attachments to the technical proposal.

Part II—Cost Proposal shall contain the Standard Form (SF) 424, “Application for Federal Assistance,” and the Budget Information Sheet in Appendix B. In addition the budget shall include—on a separate page(s)—a detailed cost break-out of each line item on the Budget Information Sheet. Please label this page or pages the “Budget Narrative.” Also to be included in this Part is the Assurance and Certification Page, Appendix C. Copies of all required forms with instructions for completion are provided as appendices to this solicitation. The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance number for this program is 17.802, which should be entered on the SF 424, Block 10. Please show leveraged resources/matching funds and/or the value of in-kind contributions in Section B of the Budget Information Sheet.

Budget Narrative Information

As an attachment to the Budget Information Sheet, the applicant must provide at a minimum, and on separate sheet(s), the following information:

(a) A breakout of all personnel costs by position, title, salary rates and percent of time of each position to be devoted to the proposed project (including subgrantees);

(b) An explanation and breakout of extraordinary fringe benefit rates and associated charges (i.e., rates exceeding 35% of salaries and wages);

(c) An explanation of the purpose and composition of, and method used to derive the costs of each of the following: travel, equipment, supplies, subgrants/ contracts and any other costs. The applicant should include costs of any required travel described in this Solicitation. Mileage charges shall not exceed 32.5 cents per mile;

(d) Description/specification of and justification for equipment purchases, if any. Tangible, non-expendable, personal property having a useful life of more than one year and a unit acquisition cost of $5,000 or more per unit must be specifically identified; and

(e) Identification of all sources of leveraged or matching funds and an explanation of the derivation of the value of matching/in-kind Services.

IV. Participant Eligibility

To be eligible for participation under this Native American program, an individual must be a Vietnam-era, service-connected disabled or recently separated veteran defined as follows:

A. The term “veteran” means a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable. [Reference 38 USC 101(2)]

B. The term “Vietnam-era veteran”—refers to an eligible veteran for which any part of his or her active military service was during the Vietnam-era (i.e., August 5, 1964 through May 7, 1975). See 29 U.S.C. § 1503(27)(D). In addition, “the period beginning on February 28, 1961, and ending on May 7, 1975, in the case of a veteran who served in the Republic of Vietnam during that period.”see PL. 104—275, Section 505, enacted October 9, 1996.

C. The term “service-connected disabled”—refers to (1) a veteran who is entitled to compensation under laws administered by the Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA), or (2) an individual who was discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability. (29 U.S.C. § 1503(27)(B)).

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V. Project Summary

A. Program Concept and Emphasis

The Native American grants under this SGA are intended to address dual objectives: Provide services to assist in reintegrating Native American veterans into meaningful employment within the labor force; and stimulate the development of effective service delivery systems that will seek to address the complex problems facing Native American veterans.

These programs are designed to be flexible in addressing the universal as well as local or regional problems barring Native American veterans from the workforce. The program in PY 1999 will continue to strengthen the provision of comprehensive services through a case management approach, the attainment of supportive service resources for veterans entering the labor force, and strategies for employment and retention.

B. Required Features

1. The Native American program should feature an outreach component consisting of veterans who have experienced working and serving the Native American Veteran population. This requirement can be modified to allow the projects to utilize Native Americans, preferably Native American Veterans in other positions where there is direct client contact if outreach was not needed extensively, such as intake, counseling, peer coaching and follow up. This requirement applies to projects funded under this solicitation.

2. Projects will be required to show linkages with other programs and services which provide support to Native American veterans. Coordination with the Disabled Veterans' Outreach Program (DVOP) Specialists in the jurisdiction is required.

3. Projects will be “employment focused.” That is, they will be directed towards (a) increasing the employability of Native American veterans through providing for or arranging for the provision of services which will enable them to work; and (b) matching Native American veterans with potential employers.

C. Scope of Program Design

The project design should provide or arrange for the following services:

—Outreach, intake, assessment, counseling and employment services. Outreach should, to the degree practical, be provided at Tribal centers, day centers, and other programs or events frequented by Native American veterans. Program staff providing outreach services are to be veterans.

Coordination with veterans' services programs and organizations such as:

—Disabled Veterans' Outreach Program (DVOP) Specialists and Local Veterans' Employment Representatives (LVERs) in the State Employment Security/Job Service Agencies (SESAs) or in the newly instituted workforce development system's One-Stop Centers, or other JTPA Title IV, Part C (JTPA IV-C) Veterans' Employment Programs.

—Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) services, including its Health Care for Veterans, Domiciliary and other programs, including those offering transitional housing.

—Veterans' service organizations such as The American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vietnam Veterans of America, and the American Veterans (AMVETS).

Referral to necessary treatment services, rehabilitative services, and counseling including, but not limited to:

—Alcohol and drug;

—Medical;

—Post Traumatic Stress Disorder;

—Mental Health;

—Coordinating with programs for health care for Native Americans.

If applicable, Referral to housing assistance provided by:

—Local shelters;

—Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) food and shelter programs;

—Transitional housing programs and single room occupancy housing programs funded under MHAA Title IV;

—Department of Veterans' Affairs Transitional housing programs or Domiciliary programs;

—Transitional housing leased by JTPA funds (JTPA IV-C funds cannot be used to purchase housing).

Employment and training services such as:

—Basic skills instruction;

—Basic literacy instruction;

—Remedial education activities;

—Job search activities;

—Job counseling;

—Job preparatory training, including resume writing and interviewing skills;

—Subsidized trial employment (Work Experience).

—On-the-Job Training.

—Classroom Training.

—Job placement in unsubsidized employment.

—Placement follow up services.

—Services provided under JTPA Program Titles.

D. Results-Oriented Model

Based on the past experiences of grantees working with this target group, a workable program model evolved which is presented for consideration by prospective applicants. No model is mandatory, and the applicant should design a program that is responsive to local needs, but will carry out the objectives of the Native American veteran to successfully reintegrate eligible veterans into the workforce.

With the advent of implementing the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), Congress and the public are looking for program results rather than just program processes. While entering employment is a viable outcome, it will be necessary to measure results over a longer term to determine the success of programs. The following program discussion emphasizes that followup is an integral program component.

The first phase of activity consists of the level of outreach that is necessary in the community to reach Native American veterans. This may also include establishing contact with other agencies that encounter Native Americans veterans such as Tribal Centers, and other facilities. An assessment should be made of the supportive and social rehabilitation needs of the client and referral may take place to services such as drug or alcohol treatment or temporary shelter. When the individual is stabilized, the assessment should focus on the employability of the individual and they are enrolled into the program if they would benefit from pre-employment preparation such as resume writing, job search workshops, related counseling and case management, and initial entry into the job market through temporary jobs, sheltered work environments, or entry into classroom or on-the-job training. Such services should also be noted in an Employability Development Plan so that successful completion of the plan may be monitored by the staff. Entry into full-time employment or a specific job training program should follow in keeping with the objective of Native American program to bring the participant closer to self-sufficiency. Supportive Services may assist the participant at this stage or even earlier. Job development is a crucial part of the employability process. Wherever possible, DVOP and LVER staff will be utilized for job development and placement activities for veterans who are ready to enter employment or who are in need of intensive case Start Printed Page 13030management services. Many of these staff have received training in case management at the National Veterans' Training Institute and have as a priority of focus, assisting those most at a disadvantage in the labor market. VETS urges working hand-in-hand with DVOP/LVER staff to achieve economies of resources.

Follow up to determine whether the veteran is in the same or similar job at the 90 day period after entering employment is required and important in keeping contact with the veterans and so that assistance in keeping or retaining the job (job retention) may be provided. The 90 day follow up is fundamental to assessing the results of the program interventions. Grantees should be careful to budget for this activity so that follow up can and will occur for those placed at or near the end of the grant period. Such results will be reported in the final technical performance report.

Retention of records will be reflected in the Special Grant Provisions to be provided at the time of any award.

E. Related Native American Program Development Activities

1. Community Awareness Activities

In order to promote linkages between the Native American program and local service providers (and thereby eliminate gaps or duplication in services and enhance provision of assistance to participants), the grantee must provide project orientation and/or service awareness activities that it determines are the most feasible for the types of providers listed below. Project orientation workshops conducted by the grantees have been an effective means of sharing information and revealing the availability of other services; they are encouraged but not mandatory. Rather, the grantee will have the flexibility to attend service provider meetings, seminars, conferences, to outstation staff, to develop individual service contracts, and to involve other agencies in program planning. This list is not exhaustive. The grantee will be responsible for providing appropriate awareness, information sharing, and orientation activities to the following:

a. Providers of hands-on services to the Native American veteran, such as Tribal Council Elders, to make them fully aware of services available to Native American veterans to make them job-ready and place them in jobs.

b. Federal, State and local entitlement services such as the Social Security Administration, Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA), State Employment Security Agencies (SESAs) and their local Job Service offices, One-Stop Centers (which integrate JTPA, labor exchange and other employment and social services), detoxification facilities, etc., to familiarize them with the nature and needs of Native American veterans.

c. Civic and private sector groups, and especially veterans' service organizations, to describe Native American veterans and their needs.

VI. Rating Criteria for Award

Applications will be reviewed by a DOL panel using the point scoring system specified below. Applications will be ranked based on the score assigned by the panel after careful evaluation by each panel member. The ranking will be the primary basis to identify 3 applicants as potential grantees. Although the Government reserves the right to award on the basis of the initial proposal submissions, the Government may establish a competitive range, based upon the proposal evaluation, for the purpose of selecting qualified applicants. The panel's conclusions are advisory in nature and not binding on the Grant Officer. The government reserves the right to ask for clarification or hold discussions, but is not obligated to do so. The Government further reserves the right to select applicants out of rank order if such a selection would, in its opinion, result in the most effective and appropriate combination of funding, demonstration models, and geographical service areas. The Grant Officer's determination for award under SGA 00-02 is the final agency action. The submission of the same proposal from any prior year competition does not guarantee an award under this Solicitation.

Panel Review Criteria

1. Need for the Project: 15 points.

The applicant shall document the extent of need for this project, as demonstrated by: (1) The potential number or concentration of Native American veterans in the proposed project area relative to other similar areas of jurisdiction; (2) the high rates of poverty and/or unemployment in the proposed project area as determined by the census or other surveys; and (3) the extent of gaps in the local infrastructure to effectively address the employment barriers which characterize the target population.

2. Overall Strategy to Increase Employment and Retention: 30 points.

The application must include a description of the proposed approach to providing comprehensive employment and training services, including job training, job development, placement and post placement follow up services. Applicants should address their intent to target occupations in expanding (e.g. High Tech; Information Technology, and related Service Industries), rather than on declining industries. The supportive services to be provided as part of the strategy of promoting job readiness and job retention should be indicated. The applicant should identify the local human resources and sources of training to be used for participants. A description of the relationship, if any, with other employment and training program such as SESAs (DVOP and LVER Programs), JTPA IV-C, other JTPA programs, and Workforce Investment or Development Boards or entities where in place, should be presented. It should be indicated how the activities will be tailored or responsive to the needs of Native American veterans. A participant flow chart may be used to show the sequence and mix of services.

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The applicant MUST complete the chart of proposed program outcomes to include participants served, and job retention. (See Appendix D).

3. Quality and Extent of Linkages with Other Providers of Services to the Native Americans and to Veterans: 20 points.

The application should provide information on the quality and extent of the linkages this program will have with other providers of services to benefit the Native American veterans in the local community and/or on the reservation and outside of the grant. For each service, it should be specified who the provider is, the source of funding (if known), and the type of linkages/referral system established or proposed. Describe to the extent possible, how the project would fit into the community's continuum of care approach to respond to needs of the Native American Veteran and any linkages to HUD or VA programs or resources to benefit the proposed program.

4. Demonstrated Capability in Providing Required Program Services: 20 points.

The applicant should describe its relevant prior experience in operating employment and training programs and providing services to participants similar to that which is proposed under this solicitation. Specific outcomes achieved by the applicant should be described in terms of clients placed in jobs, etc. The applicant must also delineate its staff capability and ability to manage the financial aspects of Federal grant programs. Relevant documentation such as recent (within the last 12 months) financial and/or audit statements should be submitted (required for applicants who are non-profit agencies). Final or most recent technical reports for other relevant Start Printed Page 13031programs should be submitted as applicable. The applicant should also address its capacity for timely startup of the program.

5. Quality of Overall Employment and Training Strategy: 15 points.

The application should demonstrate how the applicant proposes to obtain or access supportive services resources for veterans in the program and entering the labor force. This discussion should specify the provisions made to access transportation, child care, temporary, transitional, and permanent housing for participants through community resources, HUD, lease, JTPA or other means. Native American Grant funds may not be used to purchase housing.

Applicants can expect that the cost proposal will be reviewed for allowability, allocability, and reasonableness of costs, but will not be scored.

VII. Post Award Conference

A post-award conference will be held in a central location for those awarded PY 1999 JTPA IV-C funds from the Native American competition. It should be planned for June or July, 2000. Costs associated with attending this conference for up to two grantee representatives will be allowed as long as they were incurred in accordance with Federal travel regulations. Such costs shall be charged as administrative costs and reflected in the proposed budget. The site of the Post Award conference will be at a location convenient for the grantee and Grant Officer Technical Representative (GOTR). Please use your State Capital location for budget planning purposes. The conference will focus on providing information and assistance on reporting, record keeping, and grant requirements, and will also include best practices from past projects.

VIII. Reporting Requirements

The grantee shall submit the reports and documents listed below:

A. Financial Reports

The grantee shall report outlays, program income, and other financial information on a quarterly basis using SF 269A, Financial Status Report, Short Form. These forms shall cite the assigned grant number and be submitted to the appropriate State Director for Veterans' Employment and Training (DVET), whose address will be provided, no later than 30 days after the ending date of each Federal fiscal quarter during the grant period. In addition, a final SF 269 shall be submitted no later than 90 days after the end of the grant period.

B. Program Reports

Grantees shall submit a Quarterly Technical Performance Report 30 days after the end of each Federal fiscal quarter (i.e., July 30, October 30, January 30 and April 30) to the DVET which contains the following:

1. A comparison of actual accomplishments to established goals for the reporting period and any findings related to monitoring efforts;

2. An explanation for variances of plus or minus 15% of planned program and/or expenditure goals, to include: (i) Identification of corrective action which will be taken to meet the planned goals, and (ii) a timetable for accomplishment of the corrective action.

A final Technical Performance Report will also be required as part of the final report package due 90 days after grant expiration.

C. Summary of Final Report Package

The grantee shall submit no later than 90 days after the grant expiration date a final report containing the following:

1. Final Financial Status Report (SF-269A) (copy to be provided following grant awards).

(b) Final Technical Performance Report—(Program Goals).

3. Final Narrative Report identifying—(a) major successes of the program; (b) obstacles encountered and actions taken (if any) to overcome such obstacles; (c) the total combined (directed/assisted) number of veterans placed during the entire grant period; (d) the number of veterans still employed at the end of the grant period; (e) an explanation regarding why those veterans placed during the grant period, but not employed at the end of the grant period, are not so employed; and (f) any recommendations to improve the program.

IX. Administrative Provisions

A. Limitation on Administrative and Indirect Costs

1. Direct Costs for administration, plus any indirect charges claimed, may not exceed 20 percent of the total amount of the grant.

2. Indirect costs claimed by the applicant shall be based on a federally approved rate. A copy of the negotiated, approved, and signed indirect cost negotiation agreement must be submitted with the application. (Do not submit the State cost allocation plan.)

3. Rates traceable and trackable through the SESA Cost Accounting System represent an acceptable means of allocating costs to DOL and, therefore, can be approved for use in Native American grants to SESAS.

4. If the applicant does not presently have an approved indirect cost rate, a proposed rate with justification may be submitted. Successful applicants will be required to negotiate an acceptable and allowable rate with the appropriate DOL Regional Office of Cost Determination within 90 days of grant award.

B. Allowable Costs

Determinations of allowable costs shall be made in accordance with the following applicable Federal cost principles:

State, Local and Indian Tribal Governments—OMB Circular A-87

Nonprofit organizations—OMB Circular A-122.

C. Administrative Standards and Provisions

All grants shall be subject to the following administrative standards and provisions:

29 CFR Part 97—Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments.

29 CFR Part 95—Grants and Agreements with Institutes of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Non-Profit Organizations.

29 CFR Part 96—Federal Standards for Audit of Federally Funded Grants, Contracts and Agreements.

29 CFR Part 30—Equal Employment Opportunity in Apprenticeship and Training.

29 CFR Part 31—Nondiscrimination in Federally Assisted Programs of the Department of Labor—Effectuation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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Signed at Washington, DC this 3rd day of March, 2000.

Lawrence J. Kuss,

Grant Officer.

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Appendices

Appendix A: Application for Federal Assistance SF Form 424

Appendix B: Budget Information Sheet, SF 424A

Appendix C: Assurances and Certifications Signature Page

Appendix D: Technical Performance Goals Form

Appendix E: Direct Cost Descriptions for Applicants and Sub-Applicants

Appendix F: Glossary of Terms

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