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Change to Notice of Funds Availability Inviting Applications for the Native American CDFI Assistance Program: Change of Application Deadline; Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number Requirement

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AGENCY:

Community Development Financial Institutions Fund, Department of the Treasury.

ACTION:

Change to notice of funds availability (“NOFA”) inviting applications for the Round One (FY 2003-2004) and Round Two (FY 2004-2005) funding rounds of the Native American CDFI Assistance (“NACA”) Program: change of application deadline and Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number requirement.

SUMMARY:

On December 4, 2003, the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (the “Fund”) announced in a NOFA for the Native American CDFI Assistance Program (68 FR 67908) that the deadline for applications for assistance in Round One of the Native American CDFI Assistance Program was March 15, 2004. This notice is to announce that the application deadline for the Round One (FY 2003-2004) funding round of the Native American CDFI Assistance Program has been extended to March 31, 2004. In addition, on June 27, 2003, the Office of Management and Budget issued a policy directive requiring all organizations applying for Federal grants or cooperative agreements to obtain and provide a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number with their applications. This notice is to announce that the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (the “Fund”) is requiring DUNS numbers for all organizations submitting applications pursuant to the NOFA for the Native American CDFI Assistance Program (68 FR 67908). If after reviewing an application, the Fund determines that the DUNS number is missing or incomplete, the Fund will notify the Applicant. The Applicant will generally have three (3) business days to provide the requested information. If the Applicant fails to provide the requested information within the three-day deadline, the Fund, in its sole discretion, may reject the application from consideration for a NACA Program award. All other information and requirements set forth in the December 4, 2003, NOFA for the Native American CDFI Assistance Program shall remain effective, as published.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

If you have any questions about the programmatic requirements for this program, contact the Fund's Native American Initiatives Manager, who can be reached by e-mail at cdfihelp@cdfi.treas.gov, by telephone at (202) 622-6355, by facsimile at (202) 622-7754. If you have questions regarding administrative requirements, contact the Fund's Grants and Compliance Manager, who can be reached by e-mail at gmc@cdfi.treas.gov; by telephone at (202) 622-8226, or by facsimile at (202) 622-9625. These are not toll free numbers. The Native American Initiatives Manager and the Grants and Compliance Manager may be reached by mail at CDFI Fund, 601 13th Start Printed Page 11991Street, NW., Suite 200 South, Washington, DC 20005.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

On June 27, 2003, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a policy directive to implement the requirement for applicants to provide a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number when applying for a new award or renewal of an award under Federal grants or cooperative agreements on or after October 1, 2003 (68 FR 38402). The DUNS number will be required on both paper and electronic applications for Federal financial-assistance and cooperative agreements. OMB has indicated that applicant organizations should verify that they have a DUNS number or take the steps necessary to obtain a DUNS number prior to applying for Federal grants or cooperative agreements. Organizations can receive a DUNS number at no cost by calling the dedicated toll-free DUNS number request line at 1-866-705-5711. Exemptions to the DUNS number requirement may only be obtained from OMB.

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Authority: 12 U.S.C. 4703; Chapter X, Pub. L. 104-19, 109 Stat. 237.

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Dated: March 2, 2004.

Linda G. Davenport,

Deputy Director for Policy and Programs.

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[FR Doc. 04-5574 Filed 3-11-04; 8:45 am]

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