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:

  • Capital Magnet Fund - The Capital Magnet Fund offers competitively awarded grants to finance affordable housing solutions and community revitilization efforts that benefit low-income people and commnities nationwide. Application deadline is September 7, 2018. For more information, click here
  • National Coastal Resilience Fund - The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announces the National Coastal Reilience Fund. The request is for projects that restore, increase and strengthen natural infrastructure. Submissions for full proposals are due August 7, 2018. For more information, click here.
  • Public Health Crisis Response – These funds will assist states in improving the timeliness and quality of surveillance data, as well as supporting public health response activities necessary to prevent further opioid-related overdoses, deaths, and other harms. Given the urgency of this epidemic, CDC is aiming for states to receive additional funding in early September 2018. Closing date is July 30, 2018. For more information, click here.
  • SPED Personnel Development Grants – The Office of Special Education Grants announced the availability of funds for two grants: (1) Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities - Preparation of Special Education, Early Intervention, and Related Services Leadership Personnel grant and (2) Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities—Interdisciplinary Preparation in Special Education, Early Intervention, and Related Services for Personnel Serving Children with Disabilities who have High-Intensity Needs grant. Deadline for both applications is July 30, 2018. For more information, click here for the first grant and click here for the second grant.
  • STOP School Violence Threat Assessment and Technology Reporting Program – This program furthers the Department of Justice's mission by supporting and assisting state, local, territorial and tribal jurisdictions by improving efforts to reduce violent crime through the creation of school threat asseessment teams and the use of technology for anonymously reporting suspicious activity as it relates to violence in schools. Deadline for applications is July 23, 2018. For more information, click here.
  • WaterSMART: Desalination Construction Projects – Projects eligible for funding include planning, design, and construction of facilities to desalinate ocean or brackish water, including groundwater. Deadline for applications is July 27, 2018. For more information, click here.
  • Socially-Disadvantaged Groups Grants – The primary objective of the Socially-Disadvantaged Groups Grant program is to provide technical assistance to socially-disadvantaged groups through cooperatives and Cooperative Development Centers. Deadline for electronic applications is July 24, 2018. For more information, click here.
  • Rural Cooperative Development Grant – This grant helps improve the econoimc condition of rural areas by helping individuals and businesses start, expand or improve rural cooperatives and other mutually-owned businesses thought he Cooperative Development Centers. Total program funding is $5.8 million. Deadline is July 30, 2018. For more information, click here.
  • Retaining Employment & Talent After Injury/Illness Network – The grants represent the first phase of funding for Retaining Employment and Talent After Injury/Illness Network (RETAIN) Demonstration Projects. The U.S. Labor Department anticipates awarding up to eight grants of approximately $2.5 million each to be spent over an 18-month period for planning and start-up activities, including the launch of a small pilot demonstration. Eligible applicants are state and territory Departments of Labor, state Workforce Development Agencies, educational and training institutes, and equivalent entities. Deadline: July 23, 2018. For more information, click here.

Jobs:

  • Supervisory CBP Officer - The Customs Border Protection Agency is accepting applications for a Supervisory Officer in Saipan. Responsibilities include supervising, planning, directing, coordinating, assigning and evaluating all work activities regarding the full range of inspection, intelligence analysis, examination, and law enforcement activities relating to the arrival and departure of persons, conveyances, and merchandise at Ports of Entry. Current closing date is July 27, 2018. For more information, go to https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/504438200#.
  • Public Health Veterinarian – The Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for a Public Health Veterinarian in Saipan. Responsibilities include planning, organizing, coordinating and adapting the full range of meat and poultry inspection operations in slaughter and/processing establisments, among others. Position is open until October 24, 2018. For more information, click here.

Public Comment:

  • End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seeks comments on several proposed updates to revise the End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System. Among the revisions proposed is a change in payment methodology for mail order items furnished in the Northern Mariana Islands. Deadline for comments is September 10, 2018. For more information, click here.
  • Bank Holding Company Act rule change - The Office of the Comptroller of the U.S. Treasury suggests a rule proposal and seeks public comment. The proposal would amend the regulations implementing section 13 of the Bank Holding Company Act which contains certain restrictions on the ability of a banking entity and nonbank financial company supervised by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System to engage in proprietary trading and have certain interests in, or relationships with, a hedge fund or private equity fund. Deadline for comments is September 17, 2018. For more information, click here.
  • Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed rule - Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed a rule to update the home health prospective payment system (HH PPS) payment rates, including the national, standardized 60-day episode payment rates, the national per-visit rates, and the non-routine medical supply (NRS) conversion factor, effective for home health episodes of care ending on or after January 1, 2019. Comments are requested on this rule which are due by August 31, 2018. For more information, click here.
  • NOAA Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is preparing a Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (DPEIS) for coral reef conservation and restoration activities. They seek public comment on the type of impacts to be considered in the DPEIS, the range of alternatives to be assessed, and any other pertinent information. Deadline for comments is August 15, 2018. For more information, click here.
  • Gingko-toothed Beaked Whale - The National Oceranic and Atmospheric Administration has received request from Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory  of Columbia UNiverity for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to a marine geophysical survey in the North Pacific Ocean. Among the species intended for study is the Gingko-toothed Beaked Whale, which has been spotted around the Mariana Islands. They seek comments on the data collection which are due July 30. For more information, click here.
  • National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System – The Centers for Disease Control requests comments on a continued data collection for the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System. Comments are sought to evaluate whether and if so how the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected can be enhanced, among others. Comments are due by August 13, 2018. For more information, click here.
  • Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Information – The U.S. Customs and Border Protection requests comments on a new data collection regarding the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver information. Comments are due by August 13, 2018. For more information, click here.
  • Death in Custody Reporting Act Collection – The Department of Justice is seeking comments on the Death in Custody Reporting Act Collection. Comments are to evaluate whether and if so how the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected can be enhanced, among others. Comments are due by August 10, 2018. For more information, click here.
  • 2020 Census Data Collection – The US Census Bureau seeks public comment on changes to the upcoming 2020 Census. There are a number of changes that are detailed here. Comments are due by August 7, 2018.