Opportunities – Federal contracts, grants, and jobs for and in the Mariana Islands:

Opportunities – Federal contracts, grants, and jobs for and in the Mariana Islands:

Grants:

  • Assistance to Firefighters GrantThe primary goal of the AFG is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire-related hazards by providing direct financial assistance to eligible fire departments, nonaffiliated Emergency Medical Services organizations, and State Fire Training Academies. This funding is for critically needed resources to equip and train emergency personnel to recognized standards, enhance operations efficiencies, foster interoperability, and support community resilience. Deadline is October 26, 2018. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=309032.
  • Marine Debris ResearchThe NOAA Marine Debris Program provides funding to support eligible organizations to conduct research directly related to marine debris through field, laboratory, and modeling experiments. The MDP invites applications for research funding in any of three areas of focus: research that explores the ecological risk associated with marine debris and determines debris exposure levels; research that examines the fate and transport of marine debris; and/or research that quantifies habitat impacts resulting from marine debris and the gains in ecosystem services that result when debris is removed. Deadline is December 14, 2018. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=309025.
  • Capacity Building for HIV PreventionThis program will strengthen the capacity of the HIV prevention workforce to optimally plan, implement, integrate, and sustain high-impact HIV prevention interventions and strategies to reduce HIV infections and HIV-related morbidity, mortality, and health disparities. Closing date is November 12, 2018. For more information, click here.
  • Aviation Design ChallengeThe Aviation Design Challenge is a competition for high school students that promotes STEM education through aviation. Teachers will receive “Fly to Learn” curriculum and free X-Plane software - a powerful flight simulator for personal computers. Students will apply their knowledge to modify a virtual airplane and compete in a virtual fly-off. Registration is open until all the slots fill, or December 31, 2018. For more information, click here.
  • Clean Vessel Act – The Clean Vessel Act Grant Program provides funding to states to construct, renovate, operate, and maintain pumpout stations and waste reception facilities for recreational boaters and to inform boaters about the use, benefits, and availability of pumpout stations and waste reception facilities. Closing date is December 24, 2018. For more information, click here.
  • Rape Prevention and Education – The main purpose of the Rape Prevention and Education program is to prevent sexual violence perpetration and victimization. The RPE will advance this goal by using a public health approach to decreasing SV risk factors and increasing SV protective factors through the implementation and evaluation of prevention strategies based on the best available evidence. Closing date is October 29, 2018. For more information, click here.
  • Delta Health Care Services – The Rural Business-Cooperative Service announces they are accepting FY2018 application for the Delta Health Care Services (DHCS) grant program. The purpose of this program is 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 economic development entities in the Delta Region. Electronic copies of applications due by November 19, 2018. For more information, click here.
  • Marine Debris Removal Program- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Marine Debris Program awarded through this grant competition will create long-term, quantifiable ecological habitat improvements for NOAA trust resources through on-the-ground marine debris removal acitivites, with priority for those targeting derelict fishing gear and other medium- and large-scale debris. Deadline for applications is October 29, 2018. For more information, click here.
  • Pre-Disaster MitigationThe Pre-Disaster Mitigation program makes available federal funds to implement and sustain cost-effective measures designed to reduce the risk to individuals and property from natural hazards, while also reducing reliance on federal funding from future disasters. Deadline for applications is January 31, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Flood Mitigation AssistanceThe Flood Mitigation Assistance Program makes available Federal funds to governments to reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings and structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program. Deadline for applications is January 31, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Preshcool Development Grant Birth through Five – The Department of Health and Human Services announces the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five. The new PDG B-5 grant seeks to empower State governments to lead the way in leveraging Federal, State and local early care and learning investments. Funds are for States to help coordinate early care and learning programs and services that already exist based on identified needs and must not be used to create new early care and learning programs. Deadline for applications is October 15, 2018. For more information, click here.

Jobs:

  • Veterinary Medical Officer – The Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for a Veterinary Medical Officer in Saipan. Responsibilities include enforcing federal meat and poultry inspection procedures prior to slaughter and throughout an entire establishment, including humane handling, ante-mortem inspection, post-mortem inspection, processing operations, veterinary dispositions, and transportation and distribution of meat, poultry, and egg products to markets and retail stores. Position is open until August 16, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Public Health Veterinarian – The Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for a Public Health Veterinarian in Saipan. Responsibilities include planning, organizing, coordinating and adapting the full range of meat and poultry inspection operations in slaughter and/processing establisments, among others. Position is open until October 24, 2018. For more information, click here.

Public Comment:

  • Modifying Pacific Species – The National Marine Fisheries Service proposes to reclassify certain management unit species in the Pacific Islands and ecosystem component species. The proposed rule would also update the scientific and local names of certain species. Deadline for comments is October 29, 2018. For more information, click here.
  • Western Assocation of Schools & Colleges - The Department of Education seeks comments for accrediting agencies currently undergoing review for purposes of recognition by the U.S. Secretary of Education. In the case of the Marianas, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges is up for review. Deadline for comments is September 30, 2018. For more information, click here.
  • FY19 Fair Market Rent surveys - The Department of Housing and Urban Development seeks comments on the use of FY19 Fair Market Rent surveys in the calculation of renewal funding inflation factors. Deadline for comments is October 1, 2018. For more information, click here.
  • DCRA Quarterly Summary - The Department of Justice seeks comments on an information request on the Death in Custody Reporting Act. The DCRA requires state and federal law enforcement agencies to report certain information to the Attorney General regarding the death of any person occurring during interactions with law enforcement officers or while in custody. The information gathered pertains to the Quarterly Summary (form DCR-1). Deadline for comments is September 28, 2018. For more information, click here.
  • Band spectrum adjustment - The Federal Communication Commission seeks comments on a rule adoption of making 3.7-4.2 GHz band spectrum available for new wireless uses while balancing desired speed to the market, efficiency of use, and effectively accommodating incumbent Fixed Satellite Service and Fixed Service operation in the band. The FCC also seek comments on potential changes to its rules to promote more efficient and intensive fixed use of the band on a shared basis starting in the top segment of the band and moving down the band. Comments are due by October 29, 2018. For more information, click here.
  • Special Coral Reef Ecosystem Fishing Permit Logbooks – The National Marine Fisheries Service seeks comments on an extension of information gathering of logbooks required to those issued a Special Coral Reef Ecosystem Fishing Permit. The information in the logbooks is used to obtain fish catch/fishing effort data on coral reefs taxa in waters of the US exclusive economic zone in the western Pacific region. Deadline for comments is October 22, 2018. For more information, click here.
  • Annual Certification of Hunting and Sport Fishing Licenses Issued – The Fish and Wildlife service requests comments on a data collection renewal of FWS Forms 3-154 to help inform fund distribution for the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act and the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act. Deadline for comments is October 22, 2018. For more information, click here.
  • Fishery Ecosystem Plans - The National Marine Fisheries Service requests comments on a proposal to amend the Fishery Ecosystem Plans for the Marianas, American Samoa and Hawaii. Deadline for comments is October 9, 2018. For more information, click here.
  • Medicare Payment Systems - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requests comments on a proposed changes to hospital outpatient prospective payment and ambulatory surgical center payment systems and quality reporting programs. They also request information on promoting interoperability and electronic health care information, price transparency and leveraging authority for the competitive acquisition program for Part B drugs and biologicals for a potential CMS innovation center model. Deadline for comments is September 24, 2018. For more information, click here.
  • Movement of Plants and Plant Products From Hawaii and the Territories - The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service requests comments on information collection concerning the movement of plants and plant products from Hawaii and the Territories. Comments will help evaluate whether the collection of information is necassary for the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including whether the information will have practical utility and to evaluate the accuracy of our estimate of the burden of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodolodgy used, among other points. Deadline for comments is September 24, 2018. For more information, click here.