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:

  • Temporary Emergency Impact Aid for Displaced StudentsThe U.S. Department of Education will award grants to eligible state education egaenices for costs incurred during the 2018-2019 school year as a result of educating public and non-public school students displaced by Hurricanes Florence and Michael, Typhoon Mangkhut, Super Typhoon Yutu, and wildfires, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions occurring in calendar year 2018. Deadline for transmittal of applications is October 23, 2019. For more information, go to https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/13/2019-19878/notice-announcing-availability-of-funds-and-application-deadline-for-the-2019-temporary-emergency.
  • Emergency Assistance to Institutions of Higher Education – The U.S. Department of Education will award grants for emergency assistance to eligible IHEs affected by Hurricanes Florence and Michael, Typhoon Mangkhut, Super Typhoon Yutu, and wildfires, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions occurring in calendar year 2018. Funds will be awarded to assist activities directly related to mitigating the effects of a covered disaster or emergency on students and institutions. Deadline for transmittal of applications is October 28, 2019. For more information, go to https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/16/2019-19941/notice-announcing-availability-of-funds-and-application-deadline-emergency-assistance-to.
  • Marine Debris PreventionThe NOAA Marine Debris Program provides funding to prevent the introduction of marine debris into the marine and coastal environment. Projects awarded will actively engage and educate a target audience in hands-on programs designed to raise awareness, reduce barriers to marine debris prevention, and encourage and support changes in behaviors to ensure long-term prevention of marine debris. Closing date is February 7, 2020. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=320683.
  • Cooperative Watershed ManagementThe Cooperative Watershed Management Program is part of the WaterSMART Program through which the Bureau of Reclamation works cooperatively with states, tribes, and local entities as they plan and implement actions to increase water supply reliability through investments to modernize existing infrastructure and attention to local water conflicts. Closing date is November 13, 2019. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=320579.
  • Distance Education Grants Program – The National Institute of Food and Agriculture's Distance Education Grants for Institutions of Higher Education in Insular Areas strengthens the capacity of Institutions of Higher Education in Insular Areas to carry out resident instruction, curriculum, and teaching programs in the food and agricultural sciences through distance education technology. Closing date is January 23, 2020. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=320093.

Pre-Disaster MitigationThe Federal Emergency Management Agency's Pre-Disaster Mitigation program provides grant 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. Closing date is January 31, 2020. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=319978.

  • Flood Mitigation AssistanceThe Flood Mitigation Assistance Program makes funds available to reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings and structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program. Closing date is January 31, 2020. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=319977.
  • National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response – The NADPRP Program aims to increase capabilities, capacity, and readiness of the nation's animal agriculture sector to quickly and effectively respond to animal pests and disease outbreaks affecting the economic interests of the livestock and related industries. Closing date is October 25, 2019. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=319974.
  • Emergency Supplemental Historic Preservation Fund The National Park Service is accepting applications for Emergency Supplemental Historic Preservation Funds for historic preservation projects providing relief to areas that have received a major disaster declaration. Public Law 116-20 appropriated $50 million from the HPF to assist with damages from hurricanes Florence and Michael and typhoon Yutu which occurred in 2018. The planning amount for the Northern Mariana Islands is $5,317,978. Deadline for applications is October 15, 2019. For more information go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=319310.
  • EDA Disaster Supplemental The Economic Development Administration Economic Adjustment Assistance program will help communities and regions devise and implement long-term economic recovery strategies through a variety projects to address economic challenges in areas where a declaration of a major disaster was issued, including Typhoons Yutu and Mangkhut. Inclusion of resilience principles in the project is a necessary step to improve the capacity of the region to recover more quickly from future disaster events. Applications are accepted on a continuing basis and processed as received. For more information go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=319126.
  • Young Pacific Leaders Conference – The Department of State, U.S. Mission to New Zealand, is soliciting proposals to organize a program designed to provide emerging Pacific leaders with the skills and knowledge they need to become leaders in the region's economic and civil development. This program for young leaders will create ties across the Pacific to better address challenges together. Proposals are due September 13, 2019. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=319528.
  • Clean Vessel Act – The Clean Vessel Act Grant Program provides funding 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 2, 2019. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=319535.
  • Prescott Grant ProgramThe John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grant Program supports basic needs of organizations for response, treatment, and data collection from living and dead stranded marine mammals, and funds scientific research objectives about marine mammal strandings. Deadline is October 11, 2019. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=319337.
  • Water and Energy Efficiency Grants – The Bureau of Reclamation is making grant funding available as part of the WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant Program. Through water and energy efficiency grants, Reclamation provides funding to undertake projects that result in quantifiable and sustained water savings, increase the production of hydropower, and support broader water reliability benefits. Proposals are due October 3, 2019. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=319158.
  • WaterSMART Drought Response ProgramThe Bureau of Reclamation's Drought Response Program supports a proactive approach to drought by providing assistance to water managers to develop and update comprehensive drought plans and implement projects that will build long-term resiliency to drought. Proposals are due October 16, 2019. For more information go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=319202.
  • Boating Infrastructure GrantsBoating Infrastructure Grants provide funding for the construction, renovation and maintenance of boating infrastructure facilities for transient recreational vessels at least 26 feet long that are operated, leased, rented, or chartered primarily for pleasure. Projects must provide public access, but may be publicly or privately owned. Applications are due September 16, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Sport Fish Restoration Grant – The Sport Fish Restoration Grant Program provides funding to restore, conserve, manage, or enhance sport fish populations and the public use and benefits from these resources; to educate the public about aquatic resources; and to provide boating access to public waters. Closing date for applications is August 31, 2020. For more information, click here.
  • Coastal ProgramThe Coastal Program is a voluntary, community-based program that provides technical and financial assistance through cooperative agreements to coastal communities, conservation partners, and landowners to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat on public and private lands. Deadline is September 30, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Partners for Fish and WildlifeThe Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program is a voluntary, incentive-based program that provides direct technical assistance and financial assistance in the form of cooperative and grant agreements to private landowners to restore and conserve fish and wildlife habitat for the benefit of federal trust resources. Deadline is September 30, 2019. For more information, click here.

Jobs:

  • Enforcement and Removal Assistant – The Immigration and Customs Enforcement is accepting applications for an Enforcement and Removal Assistant (Office Automation) in Saipan. Responsibilities include researching detainee history using multiple sources to establish identity/citizenship and manage detained and non-detained dockets, and providing administrative support to managers, supervisors, or staff members. Closing date is November 8, 2019. For more information, go to https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/542054200#.
  • Social Security careers for veterans – The Social Security Administration is offering several career options for veterans in Saipan. Typical job opportunities within SSA include the following occupations: Human Resources: Human Resource Specialists and Assistants; Information Technology and Computer Assistants; Legal: Legal Support, Legal Assistants, Paralegal Specialist, Paralegal Analysts, Paralegal Specialists or Attorney; Public Contact: Claims Specialists, Customer Service Representatives, Benefit Authorizers. Closing date is September 30, 2019. For more information, click here.

Public Comment:

  • Hazardous materials data - The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration seeks comments on information collection of data for the Transportation of Hazardous Materials; Highway Routing. The FMCSA requires that each State and Indian tribe, through its routing agency, provide information identifying new, or changes to existing, hazardous materials routing designations within its jurisdiction within 60 days after their establishment. Deadline for comments is October 11, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Medicare program changes - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services seeks comments on a proposed rule on changes to the physician fee schedule (PFS); other changes to Medicare Part B payment policies to ensure that payment systems are updated to reflect changes in medical practice, relative value of services, and changes in the statute, among other specific changes. Deadline for comments is September 27, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Employment tax forms - The Internal Revenue Service seeks comments on a continued information collection on employment tax related forms. Deadline for comments is September 30, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Financial Responsibility - The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to not impose financial responsibility requirements for facilities in the Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution industry under Section 108(b) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act. Deadline for comments is September 27, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Immigration certification - The Employment and Training Administration and Wage and Hour Division seeks comments on a proposed rule amendment regarding the certification of temporary employment of nonimmigrant workers employed in temporary or seasonal agricultural employment and the enforcement of the contractual obligations applicable to employers of such nonimmigrant workers. Deadline for comments is September 24, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Training entity eligibility - The Maritime Administration seeks comments on a new program designating eligible and qualified training entities as Centers of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and Education. Deadline for comments is September 17, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Medicare payment models - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services seeks comments on a proposed rule change that proposes to implement two new mandatory Medicare payment models under section 1115A of the Social Security Act—the Radiation Oncology Model (RO Model) and the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Treatment Choices Model (ETC Model). Deadline for comments is September 16, 2019. For more information, click here.