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:

  • State Apprenticeship ExpansionThe Employment and Training Administration is
    announcing the opportunity for states to obtain additional funding to support short-term and long-term apprenticeship expansion efforts. This opportunity aims to expand the number of apprentices in Registered Apprenticeship Programs (RAP) nationwide; support and encourage RAP diversification; and support the integration of RAPs into state workforce development, education, and economic development strategies and programs.
    Applications are due June 3, 2019. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=314921.
  • Water Marketing Strategy GrantsWaterSMART Grants support collaborative planning efforts to develop water markets that will proactively address water supply reliability and increase water management flexibility. Water markets between willing buyers and sellers can be used to help water users meet demands efficiently in times of shortage, thereby helping to prevent water conflicts. Applications are due July 31, 2019. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=315796.
  • State Trade Expansion ProgramThe Small Business Administration invites states and territories to apply for a STEP grant to carry out export development projects that assist ‘eligible small business concerns’ to become exporters and to increase the value of small business exports. Applications are due May 31, 2019. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=315369.
  • Noxious and Invasive Plant ManagementOne of the Bureau of Land Management's highest priorities is to promote ecosystem health and one of the greatest obstacles to achieving this goal is the rapid expansion of weeds across public lands. BLM Invasive and Noxious Plant Management Programs work to prevent, detect, inventory, control and monitor weed populations on public lands. Applications are due August 31, 2019. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=315280.
  • State Wildlife GrantsThe State Wildlife Grant Program provides grant funds to help implement programs for the benefit of wildlife and their habitats, including species that are not hunted or fished. Eligible activities include planning and conservation implementation. Applications are due July 12, 2019. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=315068.
  • Local Food Promotion ProgramThe goal of LFPP grants are to develop, coordinate and expand local and regional food business enterprises that engage as intermediaries in indirect producer to consumer marketing to help increase access to and availability of locally and regionally produced agricultural products. LFPP offers both Planning and Implementation projects. Applications are due June 18, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Farmers Market Promotion ProgramThe goals of FMPP grants are to develop, coordinate, and expand direct producer to consumer markets to help increase access to and availability of regionally produced agricultural products. FMPP offers Capacity Building and Community Development, Training, and Technical Assistance projects. Applications are due June 18, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Emergency Management Performance GrantThe purpose of the EMPG Program is to provide federal funds to assist governments in providing a system of emergency preparedness for the protection of life and property from hazards and to vest responsibility for emergency preparedness jointly in the Federal Government, states, and their political subdivisions. Applications are due May 29, 2019. For more information, cilck here.
  • Homeland Security Grant ProgramThe HSGP provides funds to eligible entities to support efforts to prevent terrorism and other catastrophic events and to prepare the Nation for the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk to the security of the United States. Applications are due May 29, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Nonprofit Security Grant ProgramThe NSGP provides funding support for physical security enhancements and other security related activities to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack. NSGP seeks to integrate the preparedness activities of nonprofit organizations with broader state and local preparedness efforts. Applications are due May 29, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Hazardous Materials Training and PlanningThe purpose of the Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness grant program is to increase effectiveness in safely and efficiently handling hazardous materials incidents and encourage a comprehensive approach to emergency training and planning by incorporating the unique challenges of responses to transportation situations. Applications are due May 29, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Multistate Conservation GrantThe primary goal of the MSCGP is to provide grant funds to address regional or national priority needs of the State/territory fish and wildlife agencies and their partners that are beyond the scope and capabilities of a single state or territory. Letters of intent are due June 9, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety GrantThe Mine Safety and Health Administration is providing grant funds for education and training programs to help identify, avoid, and prevent unsafe working conditions in and around mines. The focus of these grants will be training programs and training materials on powered haulage safety, examinations of working places at metal and nonmetal mines, mine emergency prevention and preparedness, or other programs to prevent unsafe conditions in and around mines. Applications are due June 9, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Rural Cooperative Development GrantThe primary objective of the RCDG program is to improve the economic condition of rural areas by assisting individuals or entities in the startup, expansion or operational improvement of rural cooperatives and other business entities. Applications are due June 3, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • National Coastal Resilience Fund – The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is accepting proposals for the 2019 National Coastal Resilience Fund. Grant funds will be used to create, expand, and restore natural systems in areas that will increase protection for communities from coastal storms, sea-level changes, inundation, and coastal erosion and improve valuable habitats for fish and wildlife species. Pre-proposals are due on May 20, 2019, and full proposals will be due on July 22, 2019. More information can be found by clicking here.
  • Family Drug Court Program – The Family Drug Court Program will support enhancing Family Drug Courts that focus on the FDC as a mechanism to keep children at home/reducing removal/separation of children from parents and implementing the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018. Applications are due May 29, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Pool Safely Grant ProgramThis program provides state and local governments with assistance to help implement enforcement and education programs, with the goal of preventing drownings and drain entrapments in pools and spas. Closing date is June 5, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Coastal Wetlands Conservation The National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program was created to acquire, restore, and enhance wetlands in coastal areas through competitive matching grants. The program is funded by revenues collected from excise taxes on sport fishing equipment, electric motors and sonar, import duties on fishing tackle, yachts and pleasure craft, and a portion of gasoline tax attributable to motorboats and small engines. Applications are due June 28, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Specialty Crop Block Grant Program – The Agricultural Marketing Service announces the availability of grant funds to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as fruits and vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, horticulture and nursery crops. Applicants are encouraged to conduct outreach regarding the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program to specialty crop stakeholders, socially disadvantaged, and beginning farmers and conduct a competitive grant proposal process. Applications are due May 24, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Enhanced Hunter Education and Safety Program – The Hunter Education Program provides grant funds to fish and wildlife agencies for projects to enhance programs for hunter education, hunter development, and firearm and archery safety, or for wildlife restoration projects. Funds may also be used for the development and operations of archery and shooting range facilities. Closing date for applications is August 31, 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.
  • Firearm and Bow Hunter Education and SafetyThe Hunter Education Program provides grant funds to state fish and wildlife agencies for projects to provide instruction in firearm operations and safety, wildlife management, nature conservation, ethics, game laws, outdoor survival and wilderness first aid. Deadline is August 30, 2019. For more information, click here.

Jobs:

  • Emergency Management Specialist – The Federal Emergency Management Agency is accepting applications for an Emergency Management Specialist in Saipan. This position is being announced under FEMA's Cadre of On-call Response/Recovery Employee (CORE) Program. This is a temporary appointment in the Excepted Service, not to exceed 2 years, with the option to extend based on workload and funding availability. Incumbent will execute disaster response or recovery efforts, provide technical guidance to communities and governmental partners on emergency management policies, and assist in the delivery of support services to individuals and communities. Closing date is June 17, 2019. For more information, go to https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/534124700#.
  • 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.
  • 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 Comment:

  • LCWF State Assistance Program - The National Park Service seeks comment on an information collection for the Land and Water Conservation Fund State Assistance Program. This includes collecting applications and other documents and findings in order to inform the program’s decision making. Deadline for comments is July 15, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Modified system of records - The Rural Housing Service seeks comments on a notice of modified system of records entitled, “USDA/RD-1 Current or Prospective Producers or Landowners, Applicants, Borrowers, Grantees, Tenants, and other participants in RD programs.” Several revisions were made regarding Routine Use. Deadline for comments is June 13, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Prudential standards for foreign banks - The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System seek comment on a proposed rule that would revise the framework for applying the enhanced prudential standards applicable to foreign banking organizations under section 165 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, as amended by the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act. Deadline for comments is June 21, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Medicare IPPS changes - Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are proposing to revise the Medicare hospital inpatient prospective payment systems (IPPS) for operating and capital-related costs of acute care hospitals to implement changes arising from our continuing experience with these systems for FY 2020 and to implement certain recent legislation. They are also are proposing to make changes relating to Medicare graduate medical education (GME) for teaching hospitals and payments to critical access hospital (CAHs). Deadline for comments is June 24, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Hunting & Fishing licenses - The Fish and Wildlife Service seeks comments in a renewal of an information collection for the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act and the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act. FWS requests the total number of unique hunting and fishing license holders as well as the number of resident and non-resident hunting and fishing licenses sold and associated costs. Deadline for comments is June 3, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • National Public Education Financial Survey data - National Center for Education Statistics seeks comments on an extension of an information collection for the National Public Education Financial Survey (NPEFS).  The NPEFS collection includes data is used for a variety of purposes such as calculating federal program allocations and the U.S. Department of Education Secretary uses these data directly in calculating allocations for certain formula grant programs. Deadline for comments is July 1, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • EFNEP data - National Institute of Food and Agriculture seek comments on an extension of an information collection for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program. The current data collection system, the Web based Nutrition Education Evaluation and Reporting System (WebNEERS), captures EFNEP impacts. Deadline for comment is June 25, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Marine monument permits - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration seeks comments on a continuation of an information collection from permits of non-commercial fishing in the Rose Atoll Marine, Marianas Trench, and Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monuments. The National Marine Fisheries Service uses this information to confirm the identity of the applicant and determine permit eligibility. The information is important for understanding the nature of the fishery and its participants, and aids in the enforcement of fishing regulations within the monuments. Deadline for comments is June 14, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Outlying Areas Formula - Program Year 2019 allotments for WIOA Title I Youth, Adult and Dislocated Worker Activities programs; final allotments for Employment Service (ES) activities under the Wagner-Peyser Act and the allotments of Workforce Information Grants to States have been announced.  WIOA requires allotments for the Outlying Areas to be competitively awarded rather than based on a formula determined by the Secretary of Labor.  The Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2019 and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019 waives the competition requirement, and the Secretary is using the discretionary formula rationale and methodology for allocating PY 2019 funds for the Outlying Areas (American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of Palau, and the United States Virgin Islands). The Department invites comments only on the formula used to allot funds to the Outlying Areas. Deadline for comments is May 20, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Labor Certifications - Employment and Training Administration seeks comments on new regulations governing the certification of temporary employment opportunities to be filled by nonimmigrant workers in the CNMI and the obligations applicable to employers of such workers under the CNMI-Only Transitional Worker visa program (CW-1). Deadline for comments is May 31, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Enhancing Section 3 Implementation - The Office of the Assistant Deputy Secretary for Field Policy and Management of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) seeks comments on proposed rules to update the regulations implementing Section 3. The purpose of Section 3 is to ensure that employment, training, contracting, and other economic opportunities generated by certain HUD financial assistance are directed to low- and very low-income persons, particularly those who receive government assistance for housing, and for businesses to provide economic opportunities to low- and very low-income persons.  Deadline for comments is June 3, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Highway Statistics - The Federal Highway Administration seeks comments on a data collection of citizens’ motor-vehicle registration and fees, motor-fuel use and taxation, driver licensing, and highway taxation and finance. The data is used by Federal, state and local governments to do things like distribute Federal-Aid Highway Funds and for publishing in FHWA’s Highway Statistics. Deadline for comments is May 28, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Fair Labor Standards Act - The Wage and Hour Division of the US Department of Labor seeks comments on a proposal to update and revise the regulations issued under the Fair Labor Standards Act implementing the exemption from minimum wage and overtime pay requirements for executive, administrative, professional, outside sales, and computer employees. Deadline for comments is May 21, 2019. For more information, click here.