Opportunities – Federal contracts, grants, and jobs for and in the Mariana Islands:

Opportunities – Federal contracts, grants, and jobs for and in the Mariana Islands:

Training:

  • 2019 Young Pacific Leaders Conference – The U.S. State Department is encouraging young Pacific Islands leaders to apply for the 2019 Young Pacific Leaders Conference. The sixth YPL conference in Suva, Fiji will bring together a group of emerging leaders, ages 25-35, with the goal of providing them with practical leadership skills and a deeper knowledge of regional issues related to the four pillars of the YPL program: civic leadership, environment/resource management, education, and economic and social development. The conference should also help participants grow their networks and enable them to work with their peers on issues that affect the region. Application deadline is December 2, 2018. For more information and to apply, go to https://culturalvistas.org/articles/press-releases/2019-young-pacific-leaders-conference-now-accepting-applications/.

Grants:

  • Agricultural Opportunities for Military VeteransThe Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans Program provides grants to non-profits to increase the number of military veterans gaining knowledge and skills through comprehensive, hands-on and immersive model farm and ranch programs offered regionally that lead to successful careers in the food and agricultural sector. Closing date is January 10, 2019. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=310087.
  • National Estuary ProgramThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is soliciting applications for the National Estuary Program Coastal Watersheds Grant to support projects that address urgent and challenging issues that threaten the ecological and economic well-being of coastal and estuarine areas. Closing date is December 20, 2018. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=310088.
  • Coastal and Marine Habitat RestorationThe objective of the NMFS Community-based Restoration Program Coastal and Marine Habitat Restoration program is to support habitat restoration projects that use an ecosystem-based approach to foster species recovery and increase populations under NOAA’s jurisdiction. A mandatory pre-proposal is due on January 14, 2019. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=310338.
  • Chronic Disease and Risk Factors in the PacificThis program works to prevent and control tobacco use, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease in the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands. The competitive component is required of all applicants and will support the implementation and evaluation of a core set of evidence-based strategies designed to address tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure, diabetes prevention and management, and cardiovascular disease prevention and management. Closing date is January 11, 2019. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=310165.
  • 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, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=309815.
  • 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, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=309699.
  • Enhanced 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, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=309541.
  • Cooperative Watershed Management – The Cooperative Watershed Management Program contributes to the WaterSMART strategy by providing funding to watershed groups to encourage diverse stakeholders to form local solutions to address their water management needs. Deadline is January 30, 2019. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=309496.
  • Marine Debris ResearchThe NOAA Marine Debris Program provides funding to support eligible organizations to conduct research directly related to marine debris through field, laboratory, and modeling experiments. The MDP invites applications for research funding in any of three areas of focus: research that explores the ecological risk associated with marine debris and determines debris exposure levels; research that examines the fate and transport of marine debris; and/or research that quantifies habitat impacts resulting from marine debris and the gains in ecosystem services that result when debris is removed. Deadline is December 14, 2018. For more information, click here.
  • Aviation Design ChallengeThe Aviation Design Challenge is a competition for high school students that promotes STEM education through aviation. Teachers will receive “Fly to Learn” curriculum and free X-Plane software - a powerful flight simulator for personal computers. Students will apply their knowledge to modify a virtual airplane and compete in a virtual fly-off. Registration is open until all the slots fill, or December 31, 2018. For more information, click here.
  • Clean Vessel Act – The Clean Vessel Act Grant Program provides funding to states 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 24, 2018. For more information, click here.
  • Delta Health Care Services – The Rural Business-Cooperative Service announces they are accepting FY2018 application for the Delta Health Care Services (DHCS) grant program. The purpose of this program is to provide financial assistance to address the continued unmet health needs in the Delta Region through cooperation among health care professionals, institutions of higher education, research institutions and economic development entities in the Delta Region. Electronic copies of applications due by November 19, 2018. For more information, click here.
  • Pre-Disaster MitigationThe Pre-Disaster Mitigation program makes available federal 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. Deadline for applications is January 31, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Flood Mitigation AssistanceThe Flood Mitigation Assistance Program makes available Federal funds to governments to reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings and structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program. Deadline for applications is January 31, 2019. For more information, click here.

Jobs:

  • Supervisory CBP Officer (Port Director) – The Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, is accepting applications for a Supervisory CBP Officer in Saipan. Responsibilities include supervising, planning, directing, 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. Position is open until November 19, 2018. For more information, go to https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/515735300.
  • 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:

  • Maternal and Child Health Jurisdictional Survey – The Health Resources and Services Administration seeks comments on an information collection related to the Maternal and Child Health Jurisdictional Survey that is to be administered in the U.S. territories. Data from the MCH Jurisdictional Survey will be used to measure progress on national performance and outcome measures under the Title V MCH Block Grant Program. Deadline for comments is January 15, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Social Security Proposed Rule Changes – The Social Security Administration seeks comments on a few proposed rule changes. Among them:  to revise the rules to explain that the agency retains the right to determine how parties and witnesses will appear at a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ) at the hearing level of our administrative review process, and we will set the time and place for the hearing accordingly; and  to revise our rules to explain the State agency or the Associate Commissioner for Disability Determinations, or his or her delegate, will determine how parties and witnesses will appear, and will set the time and place for a hearing, before a disability hearing officer (DHO) at the reconsideration level in continuing disability review (CDR) cases. Deadline for comments is January 14, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Traceability Information Program for Seafood - The National Marine Fisheries Service is proposing a Traceability Information Program for Seafood to establish registration, reporting and recordkeeping requirements for U.S. aquaculture producers of shrimp and abalone, two species subject to the Seafood Traceability Program, also known as the Seafood Import Monitoring Program. This proposed rule, if finalized, would provide traceability for these species from the point of production to entry into U.S. commerce. Deadline for comments is November 26, 2018. For more information, click here.
  • DHS Proposed Rule Changes - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security proposes to prescribe how it determines whether an alien is inadmissible to the United States under section 212(a)(4) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) because he or she is likely at any time to become a public charge.  DHS also proposes to define “public charge” as the term is used in sections 212(a)(4) of the Act and proposes to define the types of public benefits that are considered in public charge inadmissibility determinations. Deadline for comments to these proposals is December 10, 2018. For more information, click here.
  • Contaminant Occurrence Data - The Environmental Protection Agency seeks comments on an information collection regarding Contaminant Occurrence Data in Support of the EPA's Fourth Six-Year Review of National Primary Drinking Water Regulations. Deadline for comments is December 4, 2018. For more information, click here.
  • Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Returns - The Internal Revenue Service request comments on a data collection extension concerning employer’s quarterly deferral tax return, adjusted employers quarterly federal tax return or claim for refund, and allocation schedule for aggregated filers. For the Marianas, that would be Form 941-SS for employer’s quarterly federal tax return. Deadline for comments is November 30, 2018. For more information, click here.