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

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

Contracts:

  • FEMA recovery contracts The Federal Emergency Management Agency will soon be hiring contractors, particularly for housing construction. Interested companies or individuals must register as contractors on SAM.gov to bid on FEMA contracts. Registered vendors should then watch for opportunity postings on https://www.fbo.gov/. Note: FEMA follows strict regulatory rules on procurement procedures and contract awards. In the event venders solicit FEMA employees for contracts directly, they run the risk of disqualifying themselves for future opportunities.

Grants:

  • Region 9 Wetland Program Development Grants – Wetland Program Development Grants assist entities in developing or refining programs which protect, manage, and restore wetlands. Current closing date is April 29, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Traditional Conservation GrantsThe Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund is a tool that provides grants to participate in a wide array of voluntary conservation projects for candidate, proposed, and listed species. The program provides funding for species and habitat conservation actions on non-federal lands. Applications are due May 17, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Coastal Wetlands Conservation The National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program was created to acquire, restore, and enhance wetlands in coastal areas through competitive matching grants. The program is funded by revenues collected from excise taxes on sport fishing equipment, electric motors and sonar, import duties on fishing tackle, yachts and pleasure craft, and a portion of gasoline tax attributable to motorboats and small engines. Applications are due June 28, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Distance Education Grants for IHEs in Insular Areas The purpose of this program is to strengthen 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. The DEG is a NIFA-administered competitive grants program focused on improving formal, postsecondary agricultural sciences education. Applications are due May 13, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Coral Reef and Natural Resources ProgramThe Coral Reef and Natural Resources Initiative provides grant funding for management and protection of coral reefs and to combat invasive species in the U.S. insular areas. Applications are due May 15, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Specialty Crop Block Grant Program – The Agricultural Marketing Service announces the availability of grant funds to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as fruits and vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, horticulture and nursery crops. Applicants are encouraged to conduct outreach regarding the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program to specialty crop stakeholders, socially disadvantaged, and beginning farmers and conduct a competitive grant proposal process. Applications are due May 24, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Public Health Emergency Preparedness This notice of funding opportunity is for the continued purpose of strengthening and enhancing the capabilities of public health systems to respond effectively to evolving threats and other emergencies. Priorities are to strengthen and enhance the readiness of the public health system to save lives during emergencies that exceed the day-to-day capacity and capability of the public health emergency response systems. Applications are due May 3, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • State Wildlife Grants – The State Wildlife Grant Program provides grant funds for the development and implementation of programs for the benefit of wildlife and their habitats, including species that are not hunted or fished. Eligible activities include both conservation planning and implementation activities. Applications are due August 30, 2020. For more information, click here.
  • IR-4 Minor Crop Pest Management The purpose of the IR-4 program is to enable the crop protection industry to provide safe, effective, and economical crop protection products for growers and consumers of minor/specialty crops. The IR-4 program provides the assistance needed to ensure that new and more effective crop protection products are developed and made available to minor/specialty crop producers. Applications are due April 3, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • LWCF State and Local Assistance Program The National Park Service provides matching grants to states and through states to local governments for the acquisition and development of lands and waters for outdoor recreation purposes. Applications are due April 30, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Resident Instruction Grants for Insular Area Activities The purpose of this program 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. By strengthening institutional educational capacities in instruction and curriculum and enhancing the quality of teaching and learning, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture intends that this program will help Insular Area Institutions meet their unique needs. Applications are due April 19, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Agriculture Education Challenge Grants The Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants program seeks to promote and strengthen secondary education and two-year postsecondary education in the food, agriculture, natural resources and human sciences to help ensure the existence of a workforce that's qualified to serve the FANH sciences system. Applications are due April 16, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Immunization and Vaccines for Children The National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases protects individuals and communities from vaccine-preventable disease through provision of federal funds and contracts to purchase and distribute vaccine, provision of technical and financial support of immunization programs, vaccine preventable disease surveillance, provider and public education, and evaluation. This cooperative agreement will support recipients with development, implementation, assessment, and promotion of immunization related activities with the goal of achieving and sustaining high immunization coverage for eligible individuals and to maintain or improve response activities to vaccine preventable disease public health threats. Applications are due April 8, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Marine Education and Training Mini-Grant Program The National Marine Fisheries Service is soliciting competitive applications for the fiscal year 2019 Pacific Islands Region Marine Education and Training (MET) Mini-Grant Program. Projects are being solicited to improve communication, education, and training on marine resource issues throughout the region and increase scientific education for marine-related professions among coastal community residents, including indigenous Pacific islanders, Native Hawaiians and other underrepresented groups in the region. Deadline to apply is April 8, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Regional Innovation Strategies ProgramThe Economic Development Administration is committed to fostering connected, innovation-centric economic sectors that support the conversion of research into products and services, businesses, and ultimately jobs through entrepreneurship. Funding is available for capacity-building programs that provide proof-of-concept and commercialization assistance to innovators and entrepreneurs and for operational support for organizations that provide essential early-stage funding to startups. Deadline is April 4, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • WaterSMART Water Efficiency ProjectsThe objective of this program is to leverage resources by cost sharing with the Bureau of Reclamation on small-scale on-the-ground projects that seek to conserve, better manage, or otherwise make more efficient use of water supplies. Deadline is April 24, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • WaterSMART Drought Response Program The WaterSMART Drought Response Program supports a proactive approach to drought by providing financial assistance to water managers to develop and update comprehensive drought plans and implement projects that will build long-term resilience to drought. Deadline is March 27, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Enhanced Hunter Education and Safety Program – The Hunter Education Program provides grant funds to fish and wildlife agencies for projects to enhance programs for hunter education, hunter development, and firearm and archery safety, or for wildlife restoration projects. Funds may also be used for the development and operations of archery and shooting range facilities. Closing date for applications is August 31, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • 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.
  • 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, click here.
  • 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, click here.
  • Firearm and Bow 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, click here.

Jobs:

  • Airway Transportation Systems Specialist – The Federal Aviation Administration is accepting applications for an Airway Transportation Systems Specialist in Saipan. The incumbent performs a variety of functions directly related to the operation of the National Airspace System. Closing date is April 1, 2019. For more information, go to https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/527055600.
  • Social Security careers for veterans – The Social Security Administration is offering several career options for veterans in Saipan. Typical job opportunities within SSA include the following occupations: Human Resources: Human Resource Specialists and Assistants; Information Technology and Computer Assistants; Legal: Legal Support, Legal Assistants, Paralegal Specialist, Paralegal Analysts, Paralegal Specialists or Attorney; Public Contact: Claims Specialists, Customer Service Representatives, Benefit Authorizers. Closing date is September 30, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • 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:

  • Fair Labor Standards Act - The Wage and Hour Division of the US Department of Labor seeks comments on a proposal to update and revise the regulations issued under the Fair Labor Standards Act implementing the exemption from minimum wage and overtime pay requirements for executive, administrative, professional, outside sales, and computer employees. Deadline for comments is May 21, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Financial Assistance Interior Regulation - The Office of the Secretary of the Department of the Interior seeks comments on a proposed rule that would establish the Financial Assistance Interior Regulation. This proposed rule would support the Department's goal of improving its financial assistance program, consolidate the Department's financial assistance regulations and policies derived from the OMB Uniform Guidance, and streamline the implementation of Office of Management and Budget 's Uniform Guidance and DOI financial assistance policy. Deadline for comments is April 22, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • R-7205 on Guam - The Federal Aviation Administration seeks comments on a proposal to establish restricted area R-7205 on the island of Guam.  The US Army has been operating a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense radar system in direct support of national defense initiatives. The restricted area is necessary to protect aviation from hazardous electro-magnetic radiation and segregate non-participating aircraft. Deadline for comments is May 6, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Employers’ federal tax returns - The Internal Revenue Service seeks comments on continuing information collections on employer's annual federal tax return in American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Deadline for comments is May 17, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Individual health insurance - Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services request comments on an information collection on how to eliminate barriers to and enhance health insurance issuers' ability to sell individual health insurance coverage across state lines, primarily pursuant to Health Care Choice Compacts. Deadline for comments is May 6, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Mammals for MITT - The National Marine Fisheries Service requests comments on a request from the U.S. Navy for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to training and testing activities conducted in the Mariana Islands Training and Testing (MITT) Study Area for a period of seven years, from August 2020 through August 2027. Deadline for comments is April 15, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • A Guide to Reporting Highway Statistics - The Federal Highway Administration seeks comments on renewing an information collection regarding A Guide to Reporting Highway Statistics, which provides for the collection of information by describing policies and procedures for assembling highway related data from the existing files of State agencies. The data includes motor-vehicle registration and fees, motor-fuel use and taxation, driver licensing, and highway taxation and finance. Deadline for comments is May 6, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Deductions for intangible income - The Internal Revenue Service seeks comments on proposed regulations that provide guidance to determine the amount of the deduction for foreign-derived intangible income and global intangible low-taxed income and proposed regulations coordinating the deduction for foreign-derived intangible income and global intangible low-taxed income with other provisions in the Internal Revenue Code. Deadline for comments is May 6, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • R-7202 on Guam - The Federal Aviation Administration seeks comments on a proposed rule to establish restricted area R-7202 on the island of Guam, GU. With the relocation of United States Marine Corps (USMC) forces from Okinawa, Japan to Guam, there is a requirement to establish a safe and effective area for live-fire small arms weapons training. The proposed restricted area would provide the protection required to contain these hazardous activities and the weapons safety footprints for the ordnance to be used within the proposed airspace. Deadline for comments is April 19, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • US Zika Pregnancy Registry - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention seeks comments on a continuation of information collection for the US Zika Pregnancy Registry. The data to be collected for the Registry includes information about Zika infection-related tests and procedures conducted as part of the mother's and child's routine clinical care, and in line with existing CDC, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine, and American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations for evaluation, diagnosis, and follow-up of women infected with Zika virus during pregnancy and their children. Deadline for comments is May 3, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • H-2B Applications - The Department of Labor's Office of Foreign Labor Certification is making an announcement to inform employers and other interested stakeholders of how H-2B Applications for Temporary Employment Certification, Form ETA-9142B, filed by employers on or after July 3, 2019, will be assigned to staff for review. The Department believes these procedural changes will provide for fairer and more orderly assignment and review of applications. Deadline for comments is April 3, 2019. The Office of Foreign Labor Certification will review all comments received and will make any changes it determines are appropriate prior to July 3, 2019. The new procedural changes are applicable on July 3, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • State Coordinators survey - The National Science Foundation seeks comments on the continuation of the survey for State Coordinators of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics. Comments are invited on whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the PAEMST functions, including whether the information shall have practical utility, along with three other points. Deadline for comments is May 3, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Sonar on marine mammals - National Marine Fisheries Service seeks comments on a proposal to issue regulations to govern the incidental take of marine mammals by Level B harassment during the use of Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System Low Frequency Active sonar activities. NMFS has received a request from the U.S. Navy for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to the use of SURTASS LFA sonar systems onboard U.S. Navy surveillance ships for training and testing activities conducted under the authority of the Secretary of the Navy in the western and central North Pacific Ocean and eastern Indian Ocean beginning August 2019.  Deadline for comments is April 1, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • STOP Formula Grant data - Office on Violence Against Women seeks comments on a continuation of information being collected for the STOP Formula Grant Program. The type of information being collected is Certifications of Compliance with the Statutory Eligibility Requirements of the Violence Against Women Act as Amended. Deadline for comments is March 28, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Title V MCH Block Grant Program - The Health Resources and Services Administration seeks comments on information collection regarding Maternal and Child Health Jurisdictional Survey Instrument for the Title V MCH Block Grant Program. The MCH Jurisdictional Survey was designed based on information-gathering activities with Title V leadership and program staff in the jurisdictions, experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other organizations with relevant data collection experience. 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. Comments are due March 25, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • VA care from non-VA entities – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its medical regulations to implement its authority for covered veterans to receive necessary hospital care, medical services, and extended care services from non-VA entities or providers in the community. They seek comments on the amendment. Deadline for comments is March 25, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Safe Harbor Protection - The Department of Health and Human proposes to amend the safe harbor regulation concerning discounts, which are defined as certain conduct that is protected from liability under the Federal anti-kickback statute, section 1128B(b) of the Social Security Act. They request comments on the proposed change. Deadline for comments is April 8, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Advisory Committee Nominations – The National Marine Fisheries Service is seeking nominations for the advisory committee established under the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention Implementation Act. The Permanent Advisory Committee, composed of individuals from groups concerned with the fisheries covered by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention, will be given the opportunity to provide input to the U.S. Commissioners to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission regarding the deliberations and decisions of the Commission. Nominations are due by March 25, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Social Security Claims Change - Social Security Administration seeks comments on a proposed rule that eliminates the education category “inability to communicate in English” when we evaluate disability claims for adults under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act). The proposed revisions reflect research and data related to English language proficiency, work, and education; expansion of the international reach of our disability programs; and audit findings by our Office of the Inspector General (OIG). Deadline for comments is April 2, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • Tinian Monarch - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announced 12-month findings on petitions to list 13 species as endangered or threatened species. After a thorough review of the best available scientific and commercial information, USFWS found that it was not warranted at this time to list the Tinian Monarch, native to the Marianas. USFWS does invite the public to submit any new species information that becomes available relevant to the status of any of the 13 species mentioned in the release at any time. To view the Federal Register release, click here.