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:

  • Coastal and Marine Habitat Restoration Program – NOAA Fisheries is soliciting applications for Community-based Restoration Program Coastal and Marine Habitat Restoration grants. Selected partners will use program funds to implement habitat restoration actions that will support sustainable fisheries, protected resources, healthy ecosystems, and resilient communities. Pre-proposals are due January 8, 2020. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=322357.
  • Fostering Opioid Recovery Through Workforce Development – The Employment and Training Administration is soliciting applications for the Support to Communities: Fostering Opioid Recovery through Workforce Development grant program. Grants allow state workforce agencies to creatively align and deliver career, training, and supportive services that will best serve workers impacted by the crisis. Grantees will engage community partners to address the economic effects of widespread substance misuse, opioid use, addiction, and overdose in significantly impacted service areas. Applications are due January 9, 2020. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=321875.
  • Lead-Based Paint ProgramThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 9 is soliciting applications for projects from eligible entities that advance state, tribal, or local agencies’ capacity to prevent, identify, and mitigate lead-based paint hazards to reduce the risk of childhood lead exposure in communities. Closing date is December 6, 2019. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=321839.
  • EDA Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance – The Economic Development Administration is soliciting applications to provide investments that support construction, non-construction, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects under EDA’s Public Works and EAA programs. Grants and cooperative agreements made under these programs are designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities. There are no deadlines. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=321695.
  • Maintenance Assistance Program – The Office of Insular Affairs is requesting proposals for the Maintenance Assistance Program which is used to support, develop, improve and institutionalize infrastructure maintenance practices in the insular areas. Closing date is April 1, 2020. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=321640.
  • Brown Tree Snake Program – The Office of Insular Affairs is requesting proposals for the Brown Treesnake Control Program. Grant funding focuses on preventing the dispersal of this invasive species from Guam to other geographic areas and research in support of population suppression with the ultimate goal of eradication. Closing date is April 1, 2020. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=321619.
  • Coral Reef and Natural Resources Program – The Coral Reef and Natural Resources Initiative provides grant funding for the management and protection of coral reefs and for combatting invasive species in the U.S. insular areas. Closing date is April 1, 2020. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=321621.
  • Environmental Literacy Grants – The goal of the Environmental Literacy Grants: Supporting the education of K-12 students and the public for community resilience is to build environmental literacy of K-12 students and the public so they are knowledgeable of the ways in which their community can become more resilient to extreme weather and/or other environmental hazards, and become involved in achieving that resilience. Projects should build the collective environmental literacy necessary for communities to become more resilient to the extreme weather and other environmental hazards they face in the short- and long-term. Closing date is March 26, 2020. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=321575.
  • National Fish Passage Program – The National Fish Passage Program is a voluntary program that provides direct technical and financial assistance to partners to provide fish (and other aquatic organisms) passage and restore aquatic connectivity for the benefit of federal trust resources. The program aims to maintain or increase fish populations in order to improve ecosystem resiliency and to provide quality fishing experiences for the American people. Closing date is September 30, 2020. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=321478.
  • National Fish Habitat Action Plan – The Fish and Wildlife Management Assistance Program provides technical and financial assistance to local governments, NGOs, citizen groups, and landowners for the conservation and management of fish and wildlife resources. Aquatic habitat conservation projects under this program must protect, restore, and enhance fish and aquatic habitats, as outlined in the National Fish Habitat Action Plan. Contact local FHP to determine submittal deadline. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=321454.
  • Technical Assistance Program – The Office of Insular Affairs is requesting proposals for its Technical Assistance Program which provides grant funding for short-term projects intended to meet the immediate needs of the insular areas. Funding priorities include projects that foster the development in the following categories: accountability, financial management, economic development, education, energy production, management control initiatives, disaster assistance, natural and cultural resources, capacity building, public safety/emergencies, information technology, health initiatives, and invasive species management. Closing date is April 1, 2020. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=321297.
  • Solid Waste Management Grant – The USDA Technical Assistance and Training (TAT) Grant Program reduces or eliminates pollution of water resources by providing funding for organizations that provide technical assistance or training to improve the planning and management of solid waste sites. Closing date is December 31, 2019. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=321135.
  • TAT Grant Program – The USDA Technical Assistance and Training Grant Program helps nonprofits provide technical assistance and training to identify and evaluate solutions to water and waste problems; helps applicants prepare applications for water and waste disposal loans/grants; and helps associations improve the operation and maintenance of water and waste facilities in rural areas. Closing date is December 31, 2019. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=321134.
  • 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 Management The 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 Mitigation The 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 Assistance The 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Jobs:

  • Logistic Specialists – The Federal Emergency Management Agency is looking to immediately hire Logistics Specialists in Tinian and Saipan as temporary local hires to assist with disaster response and recovery efforts. Responsibilities include reconciling items accurately including bills of lading, shipping documents, inventory lists, and property transfer reports; and submitting requests for supplies, equipment, personnel, teams, services, or commodities using FEMA-approved systems. Closing date is November 10, 2019. For more information, go to https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/550545300.
  • Lead Transportation Security Officer – The Transportation Security Administration is accepting applications for a Lead Transportation Security Officer in Saipan. Responsibilities include implementing security screening procedures and providing input to supervisors and managers concerning a variety of human resources matters. Closing date is November 12, 2019. For more information, go to https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/550242700.

Public Comment:

  • National disease surveillance - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention seeks comments on information to be collected for the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System. The NNDSS is the nation's public health surveillance system that monitors the occurrence and spread of diseases and conditions that are nationally notifiable or under standard surveillance. Deadline for comments is January 3, 2020. For more information, click here.
  • Drinking water information - The Environmental Protection Agency seeks comments on information to be collected for Contaminant Occurrence Data in Support of the EPA's Fourth Six-Year Review of National Primary Drinking Water Regulations to the Office of Management and Budget for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. Deadline for comments is December 2, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Fishing jurisdictions - National Marine Fisheries Service seeks comments on a proposed rule that would revise the management regime for fishing vessels that target tunas and other highly migratory fish species in the area of overlapping jurisdiction in the Pacific Ocean between the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission and the Commission for the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean. Deadline for comments is November 22, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Critical habitat for humpbacks - National Marine Fisheries Service seeks comments on a proposal to designate critical habitat for the endangered Western North Pacific distinct population segment, the endangered Central America DPS, and the threatened Mexico DPS of humpback whales. The humpback whales have been shown to use areas around the Marianas Archipelago as breeding ground. Deadline for comments is December 9, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Outreach Training Program - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration seeks comments that would assist the agency in determining whether to adopt a new online delivery model for OSHA's Outreach Training Program. The potential new model would be limited to OSHA's 10- and 30-hour Outreach courses for the construction, general, and maritime industries. The new model would not include the disaster site worker training program. OSHA plans to use the information collected from this request to determine whether the new model would address issues associated with the existing model. Deadline for comments is December 9, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Election Administration and Voting Survey - U.S. Election Assistance Commission seeks comments on information to be collected for the 2020 Election Administration and Voting Survey. The 2020 EAVS asks election officials questions concerning voting and election administration, including the following topics: Voter registration; overseas and military voting; voting by mail; early in-person voting; polling operations; provisional voting; voter participation; election technology; election policy; and other related issues. Deadline for comments is December 6, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • 2020 List of Fisheries - The National Marine Fisheries Service seeks comments for the publishing of its proposed List of Fisheries for 2020. NMFS must classify each commercial fishery on the LOF into one of three categories under the MMPA based upon the level of mortality and serious injury of marine mammals that occurs incidental to each fishery. Deadline for comments is November 12, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Average Area Purchase Price Safe Harbors - The Internal Revenue Service seeks comments on the collection of information required to obtain the benefit of using revisions to FHA loan limits to determine average area purchase prices. Deadline for comments is November 25, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Deaf-Blind Program information - The Federal Communications Commission seeks comments on an extension of an information collection for the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program regarding the preparation of the Privacy Impact Assessment that is related to personally identified information of people in the program. Deadline for comments is November 18, 2019. For more information, click here.