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:

  • Indigeneous Communities Program (EDA-ARPA)- This program is designed to support the needs of Tribal Governments and Indigenous communities. EDA will support these important partners to develop and execute economic development projects that they need to recover from the pandemic and build economies for the future. Deadline to apply is September 30, 2022. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=334764.
  • Emergency Rural Health Care Grant- The Biden-Harris Administration has announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making up to $500 million available in grants to help rural health care facilities, tribes and communities expand access to COVID-19 vaccines, health care services and nutrition assistance. Grant applications must be submitted by 4:00pm ChST, October 12, 2021 to the local USDA Rural Development Office. For more information, go to https://www.rd.usda.gov/erhc.
    • Recovery Grants- The purpose of the program is to help publc bodies, nonprofit organizations and tribes provide immediate COVID-19 relief to support rural hospitals, health care clinics and local communities. Funds may be used to increase COVID-9
    • Impact Grants- The purpose of this program is to advance ideas and solutions to solve regional rural health care problems, such as establishing regional partnerships and establish new evidence-based healthcare models.
  • EDA CARES Act Recovery AssistanceEDA’s CARES Act Recovery Assistance is designed to provide a wide-range of financial assistance to communities and regions as they respond to and recover from the impacts of this  pandemic.The CARES Act provides EDA with $1.5 billion of which $1.467 billion is available for grant making. The remaining funds will be transferred to cover salaries and expenses and oversight activities. For more information, go to https://www.commerce.gov/news/press-releases/2020/05/us-department-commerce-announces-availability-15-billion-cares-act.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Jobs:

  • Civil Engineers – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration is accepting applications for civil engineers in Saipan. Major Duties include reviewing construction plans and cost estimates and other related documents for compliance with EDA policies and procedures; approving project scope according to applicable local, state, and federal codes and statutes; and monitoring compliance with all applicable procedures and requirements. Deadline to apply is October 4, 2021. For more information, go to https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/609696200.
  • IT Specialist – The Department of Veterans Affairs is accepting applications for an IT Specialist (INFOSEC) in Saipan. Major Duties include participation in network and systems design to ensure implementation of viable systems security policies and procedures; conducting systems security evaluations, audits and reviews; and developing Automated Information Systems security contingency plans and disaster recovery procedures. Deadline to apply is December 31, 2021. For more information, go to https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/597003100.

Public Comment:

  • 2022 Economic Census - The Census Bureau seeks comments on the 2022 Economic Census. The information collected from establishments will produce basic statistics by industry for number of establishments, value of shipments/receipts/revenue/sales, payroll, and employment. Establishments in the Economic Census will be selected from the Census Bureau's Business Register. Deadline for comments is October 26, 2021. For more information, click here.
  • Appraisal Management Company data - The Federal Housing Finance Agency seeks comments on information being collected regarding Minimum Requirements for Appraisal Management Companies. Deadline for comments is October 22, 2021. For more information, click here.
  • Credible fear screenings & asylum consideration - The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services seeks comments on a proposed amendment to regulations governing the determination of certain protection claims raised by individuals subject to expedited removal and found to have a credible fear of persecution or torture. Under the proposed rule, such individuals could have their claims for asylum, withholding of removal under section 241(b)(3) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, or protection under the regulations issued pursuant to the legislation implementing U.S. obligations under Article 3 of the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment initially adjudicated by an asylum officer within USCIS. Deadline for comments is October 19, 2021. For more information, click here.
  • Form I-129 changes - The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services seeks comments on Form I-129. USCIS is separating Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, into several individual forms. These new forms will combine information from the main Form I-129 with information from the current Supplements to create unique forms tailored to specific nonimmigrant classifications. USCIS believes separating the current Form I-129 into several individual forms will consolidate and simplify the information collection requirements for respondents. Deadline for comments is October 18, 2021. For more information, click here.
  • Emergency Rental Assistance Program & Homeowner Assistance Fund - The U.S. Department of the Treasury seeks comments on an extension of a current information regarding the Emergency Rental Assistance Program and the Homeowner Assistance Fund. Deadline for comments is October 12, 2021. For more information, click here.
  • FDIC data collection - The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation seeks comments on information being collected regarding Credit Risk Retention, Minimum Requirements for Appraisal Management Companies, and Joint Standards for Assessing Diversity Policies and Practices. Deadline for comments is October 12, 2021. For more information, click here.
  • Buy American in School Lunch & Breakfast programs - The Food and Nutrition Service seeks comments from stakeholders, including local operators, State administrators, industry and producers, about the Buy American provision in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program. The purpose of this Request for Information is to help FNS gather feedback from a wide variety of stakeholders on how the Buy American provision and guidance are currently implemented, changes FNS should make to current regulations and guidance and feedback on how FNS can better support local operators as they strive to purchase domestic foods and food products. Deadline for comments is November 2, 2021. For more information, click here.
  • Fiscal Year ‘22 Fair Market Rents - The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research of the Department of Housing and Urban Development invites interested persons to submit comments regarding the 2022 Fair Market Rents and to request reevaluation of the FY 2022 FMRs through the Regulations Division, Office of General Counsel. Deadline for comments is September 30, 2021. For more information, click here.
  • DHS semiannual regulatory agenda - The Department of Homeland Security seeks comments on the release of its semiannual regulatory agenda. This regulatory agenda is a semiannual summary of projected regulations, existing regulations, and completed actions of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its components. This agenda provides the public with information about DHS's regulatory and deregulatory activity. DHS expects that this information will enable the public to be more aware of, and effectively participate in, the Department's regulatory and deregulatory activity. For more information, click here.
  • Commerce Dept. semiannual regulatory agenda - The Department of Commerce seeks comments on the release of its semiannual regulatory agenda. The purpose of the Agenda is to provide information to the public on regulations that are currently under review, being proposed, or issued by Commerce. The agenda is intended to facilitate comments and views by interested members of the public. For more information, click here.