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 Grant (AFG) - The purpose of the AFG Program is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards. The program provides direct financial assistance to eligible fire departments, nonaffiliated emergency medical service (EMS) organizations and State Fire Training Academies (SFTA). Current closing date is March 13, 2020. For more information, go to www.fema.gov/welcome-assistance-firefighters-grant-program.
  • School Violence Prevention Program - The 2020 COPS Office School Violence Prevention Program is a competitive program that provides funding directly to States, units of local government, Indian tribes, and its public agencies to be used to improve security at schools and on school grounds in the jurisdiction of the grantee through evidence-based school safety programs. Current closing date is April 8, 2020. For more information, go to https://cops.usdoj.gov/svpp.
  • COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program - The 2020 COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program is a competitive grant program that advances public safety by providing funds directly to state law enforcement agencies to investigate illicit activities related to the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine. Current closing date is April 8, 2020. For more information, go to https://cops.usdoj.gov/camp.
  • Preparing for Active Shooter Situations (PASS) funds are used to increase law enforcement and public safety by providing funds for scenario-based training that prepares officers and other first responders to safely and effectively handle active-shooter and other violent threats. Current closing date is March 31, 2020. For more information, go to https://cops.usdoj.gov/pass.
  • Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act (LEMHWA) - The 2020 LEMHWA program will fund projects that develop knowledge, increase awareness of effective mental health and wellness strategies, increase the skills and abilities of law enforcement, and increase the number of law enforcement agencies and relevant stakeholders using peer mentoring programs. Current closing date is March 31, 2020. FOr more information, go to https://cops.usdoj.gov/lemhwa.
  • Community Development Program- The program funds are used to develop the capacity of law enforcement to implement community policing strategies by providing guidance on promising practices through the development and testing of innovative strate­gies; building knowledge about effective practices and outcomes; and supporting new, creative approaches to preventing crime and promoting safe communities. Current closing date is March 31, 2020. For more information, go to https://cops.usdoj.gov/cpd.
  • Rural Business Development Grant- The RBDG program can assist with targeted technical assistance such as marketing and feasibility studies and business plans, purchasing equipment for small and emerging businesses, creating a revolving loan fund, and supporting rural distance learning programs for educational or job-training. Current closing date is March 31, 2020. For more information, go to https://www.rd.usda.gov/newsroom/notices-solicitation-applications-nosas.
  • Value-Added Producer Grant (Ag Producers)- The VAPG program helps agricultural producers enter value-added activities related to the processing and marketing of new products. The goal of this program is the generate new products, create and expand marketing opportunities, and increase producer income. The  current closing date is March 5, 2020. For more information, go to https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/value-added-producer-grants.
  • Ruth Gates Coral Restoration Innovation Grants Work funded through this program is aimed at promoting long-term survival of corals by supporting the science needed to incorporate resilient corals into restoration activities and to enhance the efficiency of coral restoration. Closing date is March 20, 2020. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=323684.
  • ReConnect Pilot Program - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the availability of a second round of $550 million in United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Reconnect Pilot Program funding appropriated by Congress. The application window for this round of funding is set to open Jan. 31, 2020. USDA will make available up to $200 million for grants, up to $200 million for 50/50 grant/loan combinations, and up to $200 million for low-interest loans. Applications for all funding products will be accepted in the same application window, which will close no later than March 16, 2020. For more information, click here.
  • Resident Instruction Grants – The purpose of the Resident Instruction Grants Program for Institutions of Higher Education in the Insular Areas is to promote and strengthen the ability of Insular Area Institutions to carry out teaching and education programs within a broadly defined arena of food and agricultural sciences-related disciplines. Closing date is February 18, 2020. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=322514.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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:

  • Social Security Administration - Typical job opportunities within SSA can include, but are not limited to, the following occupations:Human Resource Specialists and Assistants, Information Technology and Computer Assistants, Legal, Public Contact. Veterans preference gives eligible veterans preference in hiring. Closing date is September 30, 2020. For more information, go to https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/555573600#
  • Mission Support Specialist – The Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement is accepting applications for Mission Support Specialists in Saipan. Responsibilities include coordinating and performing administrative services for management information systems, telecommunications, budget, finance, procurement, human resources, training, and logistics. Closing date is March 16, 2020. For more information, go to https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/553605600.

Public Comment:

  • Tanapag Harbor safety zone - The Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security seeks comments on a proposed rule. The Coast Guard is proposing to establish a safety zone for navigable waters within Tanapag Harbor, Saipan. This safety zone will encompass the designated swim course for the Escape from Managaha swim event in the waters of Tanapag Harbor, Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. This action is necessary to protect all persons and vessels participating in this marine event from potential safety hazards associated with vessel traffic in the area. Race participants, chase boats, and organizers of the event will be exempt from the safety zone. Deadline for comments is March 16, 2020. For more information, click here.
  • Elections data - U.S. Election Assistance Commission seeks comments on a proposed information collection (2020 Election Administration and Voting Survey, or EAVS) to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget for approval.  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 March 12, 2020. For more information, click here.
  • Diseases Surveillance System Data - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention seeks comments on an information collection request titled “the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. CDC previously published a “Proposed Data Collection Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations” notice on November 4, 2019 to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies. CDC did not receive comments related to the previous notice. This notice serves to allow an additional 30 days for public and affected agency comments. Deadline for comments is March 9, 2020. For more information, click here.
  • Drinking water data - The Environmental Protection Agency seeks comments on an information collection: “Information Collection Request for the 2020 Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment.” The purpose of this information collection is to identify the infrastructure needs of public water systems for the 20-year period from January 2020 through December 2039.  Deadline for comments is April 6, 2020. For more information, click here.
  • NUPC database – The Food and Nutrition Service seeks comments on to obtaining input from WIC State agencies, authorized vendors, food manufacturers, technology partners, and other interested stakeholders regarding the direction of the National Universal Product Code (NUPC) database. Deadline for comments is March 30, 2020. For more information, click here.
  • Marine mammal testing – The National Marine Fisheries Service seeks comments on a proposed request from the U.S. Navy to take marine mammals incidental to training and testing activities conducted in the Mariana Islands Training and Testing (MITT) Study Area. Deadline for comments is March 16, 2020. For more information, click here.
  • NPS forms for grants - The National Park Service seeks comments on changes to forms used in gathering information for Land and Water Conservation Fund grants. Deadline for comments is March 2, 2020. For more information, click here.
  • Transport data - The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration seeks comments on collecting data for Transportation of Hazardous Materials, Highway Routing. The information reported by States, the District of Columbia, Indian tribes, and U.S. Territories is necessary to identify designated/restricted routes and restrictions or limitations affecting how motor carriers may transport certain hazardous materials on their highways, including dates that such routes were established and information on subsequent changes or new hazardous materials routing designations. Deadline for comments is February 26, 2020. For more information, click here.
  • Affirmatively Further Fair Housing changes - The Office of the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development seeks comments on proposed changes to HUD's regulations regarding the reporting on program participants' actions to affirmatively further fair housing (AFFH) so that HUD can effectively evaluate participants' compliance with their AFFH obligations.  This proposed rule would establish a uniform reporting process that respects the unique needs and difficulties faced by individual jurisdictions by assessing program participants on the concrete actions they take to AFFH and by leveraging objective metrics for fair housing choice to assist HUD's evaluation of such actions. Deadline for comments is March 16, 2020. For more information, click here.
  • Faith-based entities and grants - The Office of Postsecondary Education seeks comments on a proposed revising of the current regulations regarding the eligibility of faith-based entities to participate in the Department's Direct Grant programs, State-Administered Formula Grant programs, and discretionary grant programs authorized under title III and V of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), and the eligibility of students to obtain certain benefits under those programs.  Deadline for comments is February 18, 2020. For more information, click here.
  • President's Management Agenda (grants) - The Office of Federal Financial Management seeks comments on proposed revisions to sections of Title 2 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Subtitle A-OMB Guidance for Grants and Agreements. The proposed revisions are limited in scope to support implementation of the President's Management Agenda, Results-Oriented Accountability for Grants Cross-Agency Priority Goal (Grants CAP Goal) and other Administration priorities; implementation of statutory requirements and alignment of 2 CFR with other authoritative source requirements; and clarifications of existing requirements in particular areas within 2 CFR. Deadline for comments is March 23, 2020. For more information, click here.
  • Annual Determination for Sea Turtles - The National Marine Fisheries Service seeks comments on a proposed rule The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) publishes this proposed Annual Determination (AD) for 2020, pursuant to its authority under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Through the AD, NMFS identifies U.S. fisheries operating in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Pacific Ocean that will be required to take fisheries observers upon NMFS' request. Fisheries identified on the 2020 AD (see Table 1) will remain on the AD for a five-year period from the effective date of the final rule and will be required to carry observers upon NMFS' request. Deadline for comments is February 24, 2020. For more information, click here.
  • Affirmatively Further Fair Housing - The Department of Housing and Urban Development seeks comments on a proposed rule changes of HUD's regulations regarding the reporting on program participants' actions to affirmatively further fair housing (AFFH) so that HUD can effectively evaluate participants' compliance with their AFFH obligations. This proposed rule would establish a uniform reporting process that respects the unique needs and difficulties faced by individual jurisdictions by assessing program participants on the concrete actions they take to AFFH and by leveraging objective metrics for fair housing choice to assist HUD's evaluation of such actions. Deadline for comments is March 16, 2020. For more information, click here
  • Treasury rules changes - The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency seeks comments on a proposed rule that would implement changes recommended in the March 2017 Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act report, including the repeal of the OCC's employment contract rule for Federal savings associations, and amend the OCC's fiduciary rules. The proposed rule also would amend the OCC's rule for conversions from mutual to stock form of a savings association to reduce burden, increase flexibility, and update cross-references. Deadline for comments is March 9, 2020. For more information, click here.
  • Education grant program eligibility - The Office of Postsecondary Education seeks comments on a proposed revision of the current regulations regarding the eligibility of faith-based entities to participate in the Department's Direct Grant programs, State-Administered Formula Grant programs, and discretionary grant programs authorized under title III and V of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), and the eligibility of students to obtain certain benefits under those programs. Deadline for comments is February 18, 2020. For more information, click here.
  • Environmental Quality Incentives Program - The Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Commodity Credit Corporation seek comments on an interim rule that makes conforming changes to the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. EQIP helps agricultural producers conserve and enhance soil, water, air, plants, animals (including wildlife), energy, and related natural resources on their land. Deadline for comments is February 17, 2020. For more information, click here.