DOS Grants--Violence & Trafficking-NIS & Russia

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Subject: DOS Grants--Violence & Trafficking-NIS & Russia
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Tue Jun 01 1999 - 17:08:37 EDT


> [Federal Register: May 25, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 100)]
> [Notices]
> [Page 28230-28233]
> From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
> [DOCID:fr25my99-123]
>
> DEPARTMENT OF STATE
>
> [Public Notice 3052]
>
>
>Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs;
>Anti-Domestic Violence and Trafficking in Women and Children;
>Training and Technical Assistance Program
>
>AGENCY: Office of Europe, NIS, and Training; Bureau for
>International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, State.
>
>ACTION: Notice.
>
>--------------------------------------------------------------
>
>SUMMARY: State Department's Bureau for International Narcotics
>and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) began an anti-domestic violence
>and trafficking in women and children program in 1997 to provide
>training and technical assistance in consultation with counterparts
>in Russia and the New Independent States (NIS). The goal of the
>program is to increase professionalism and improve the technical
>capabilities of law enforcement institutions to develop prevention
>and early intervention strategies to combat domestic violence and
>trafficking in women and children while protecting the human rights
>of victims.
>
>This program includes the participation of non-Federal agencies
>(e.g., universities, state/local government agencies, private non-
>profit organizations, etc.) in the delivery of law enforcement
>training and technical assistance to Russia, and the NIS. This
>non-Federal component of the INL program has a timeframe of 1999-2001.
>
>DATES: Full proposals must be received at INL no later than 30 days
>following the announcement date. We anticipate that review of full
>proposals will occur during July 1999 and funding should begin during
>September. September 27, 1999 should be used as the proposed start
>date on proposals, unless otherwise directed by the Grants Officer.
>All proposals must be submitted in accordance with the guidelines
>below. Failure to heed these guidelines may result in proposals being
>returned without review.
>
>ADDRESSES: Submit proposals to: Linda Gower, U.S. Department of State,
>Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, 2430 E
>Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20520, TEL: 202-776-8774.
>
>SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
>
>Funding Availability
>
> This Program Announcement is for projects to be conducted by
>agencies/programs outside the Federal government, over a period of up
>to two years. Current plans are for up to a total of $2.8 million to
>be available for new (or renewing) INL awards. The funding instrument
>for awards will be a grant. Funding for non-U.S. institutions and
>contractual arrangements for services and products for delivery to INL
>
>are not available under this announcement. Matching share, though
>encouraged, is not required by this program.
>
>[[Page 28231]]
>
>Program Authority
>
> Authority: Section 635(b) of the Foreign Assistance Act, as
>amended.
>
>Program Objectives
>
> One of the goals of the INL program is to institute democratic
>practices by increasing the technical capabilities of foreign country
>law enforcement institutions.
> The INL program has been designed to generate assistance to
>foreign governments which will complement the training and assistance
>provided by Federal agencies on a range of crime issues. All training
>and assistance of the INL anti-domestic violence and trafficking in
>women and children program should be focused on city or local police
>forces, the procuracy and advocacy/non-governmental organizations
>(NGOs).
>
>Program Priorities
> The FY 1999 INL Program Announcement invites training and
>technical assistance program proposals for Russia and the Newly
>Independent States in the following areas:
> (1) Domestic Violence; and
> (2) Trafficking in Women and Children.
> All training conducted under this program must utilize a multi-
>disciplinary training format that encourages law enforcement
>cooperation with prosecutors, judges, social workers, medical
>personnel, psychologists, crisis centers and other relevant NGOs.
>This training format should address the elements of ``prevention,''
>``enforcement and prosecution,'' and ``protection/assistance for
>victims''.
> As much as possible, training programs should also have a
>regional focus targeting cities where there are crisis centers and
>other relevant NGOs.
> Any grant applicants who will be working with Russian and NIS
>crisis centers or other relevant foreign NGOs to implement the
>proposed training program may sub-grant or sub-contract services and
>provide equipment and supplies to assist in fulfilling program
>objectives.
>
>Government Involvement
>
> The Department of State will exercise normal federal stewardship
>responsibilities during the implementation of programs. Department of
>State involvement will include, but is not limited to: site visits,
>review and response to performance, technical or subject matter,
>review of financial reports, and audit of programs to ensure that the
>objectives, terms, and conditions of a grant award are accomplished.
>Grant recipients will also be required to provide information to the
>Department of State on proposed meetings, trainees or organizations
>intended to receive technical assistance. The Department of State has
>the right to approve or deny any such meetings, trainees or
>organizations.
>
>Eligibility
>
> Eligibility is limited to non-Federal agencies and organizations,
>and is encouraged with the objective of developing a strong
>partnership with the state/local law enforcement community. Non-law
>enforcement proposers are urged to seek collaboration with state/local
>
>law enforcement institutions, crisis centers and other relevant NGOs.
>Experience of U.S. trainers related to combating domestic violence
>and/or trafficking in women and children is required. State and local
>governments, universities, and non-profit organizations are included
>among entities eligible for funding under this announcement. Direct
>funding for non-U.S. institutions is not available under this
>announcement.
>
>Evaluation Criteria
>
> Consideration for financial assistance will be given to those
>proposals which address one or both of the program priorities
>identified above and meet the following evaluation criteria:
> (1) Relevance (20%): Importance and relevance to the goal and
>objectives of the INL Anti-Domestic Violence and Trafficking in Women
>and Children program.
> (2) Methodology (25%): Adequacy of the proposed approach and
>activities, including development of relevant training curricula,
>training methods proposed, project evaluation methodology, project
>milestones, and final products.
> (3) Readiness (25%): Relevant history and experience in
>conducting training/technical assistance in the program priority
>areas identified above, strength of proposed training/technical
>assistance, past performance record of proposers.
> (4) Linkages (15%): Connections to existing law enforcement
>agencies and NGOs in Russia and the NIS, in addition to previous
>training or related assistance experience in these countries.
> (5) Costs (15%): Adequacy/efficiency of the proposed resources;
>appropriate share of total available resources; prospects for joint
>funding.
>
>Selection Procedures
>
> All proposals will be evaluated and ranked in accordance with the
>assigned weights of the above evaluation criteria by independent peer
>panel review composed of INL and other Federal USG agency experts.
>Their recommendations and evaluations will be considered by INL in
>final selections. Those ranked by the panel and program as not
>recommended for funding will not be given further consideration and
>will be notified of non-selection. For the proposals rated for
>possible funding, the program managers will: (a) ascertain which
>proposals meet the objectives, fit the criteria posted, and do not
>duplicate other projects that are currently funded by INL, other USG
>agencies or foreign governments, or international organizations
>(note: proposals or elements that duplicate existing activities of
>USG agencies will not receive awards. end note); (b) select the
>proposals to be funded; (c) determine the total duration of funding
>for each proposal; and (d) determine the amount of funds available
>for each proposal.
> Unsatisfactory performance by a recipient under prior Federal
>awards may result in an application not being considered for funding.
>
>Proposal Submission
>
> The guidelines for proposal preparation provided below are
>mandatory. Failure to heed these guidelines may result in proposals
>being returned without review.
>
>(a) Full Proposals
>
> (1) Proposals submitted to INL must include the original and three
>
>unbound copies of the proposal. (2) Proposals must be limited to 30
>pages (numbered), including budget, personnel vitae, and all
>appendices, and should be limited to funding requests for one to two
>year duration. Appended information may not be used to circumvent the
>page length limit. Federally mandated forms are not included within
>the page count. (3) Proposals should be sent to INL at the above
>address.
> (4) Facsimile transmissions of full proposals will not be accepted.
>
>(b) Required Elements
>
> (1) Signed title page: The title page should be signed by the
>Project Director (PD) and the institutional representative and should
>clearly indicate which project area is being addressed. The PD and
>institutional representative should be identified by full name,
>title, organization, telephone number and address. The total amount
>of Federal funds being requested should be listed for each budget
>period.
> (2) Abstract: An abstract must be included and should contain an
>introduction of the problem, rationale and a brief summary of work to
>be [[Page 28232]] completed. The abstract should appear as a separate
>page, headed with the proposal title, institution(s) name,
>investigator(s), total proposed cost and budget period.
> (3) Prior training experience: A summary of prior law enforcement
>training experience should be described, including training related to
>program priorities identified above and/or conducted in Russia and the
>NIS. Reference to each prior training award should include the title,
>agency, award number, period of award and total award. The section
>should be a brief summary and should not exceed two pages total.
> (4) Statement of work: The proposed project must be completely
>described, including identification of the problem, project
>objectives, proposed training and evaluation methodology, relevance
>to the goal and objectives of the INL Anti-Domestic Violence and
>Trafficking in Women and Children program, and the program priorities
>listed above. Benefits of the proposed project to U.S. law enforcement
>efforts should be discussed. A year-by-year summary of proposed work
>must be included clearly indicating that each year's proposed work is
>severable and can easily be separated into annual increments of
>meaningful work. The statement of work, including figures and other
>visual materials, must not exceed 15 pages of length.
> (5) Budget: Applicants must submit a Standard Form 424 (4-92)
>``Application for Federal Assistance,'' including a detailed budget
>using the Standard Form 424a (4-92), ``Budget Information--Non-
>Construction Programs.'' The proposal must include total and annual
>budgets corresponding with the descriptions provided in the statement
>of work. Additional text to justify expenses should be included (i.e.,
>salaries and benefits by each proposed staff person; direct costs such
>as travel (airfare, per diem, miscellaneous travel costs); equipment,
>supplies, contractual, and indirect costs). Indicate if indirect rates
>are DCAA or other Federal agency approved or proposed rates and
>provide a copy of the current rate agreement. In addition, furnish the
>same level of information regarding subgrantee costs, if applicable,
>and submit a copy of your most recent A-110 audit report.
> (6) Vitae: Abbreviated curriculum vitae are sought with each
>proposal. Vitae for each project staff person should not exceed three
>pages in length.
>
>(c) Other Requirements
>
> Primary Applicant Certification--All primary applicants must
>submit a completed Form CD-511, ``Certification Regarding Debarment,
>Suspension and Other Responsibility Matters; Drug-Free Workplace
>Requirements and Lobbying.'' Applicants are also hereby notified of
>the following:
> 1. Non procurement Debarment and Suspension--Prospective
>participants (as defined at 15 CFR Part 26, section 105) are subject
>to 15 CFR Part 26, ``Non procurement Debarment and Suspension,'' and
>the related section of the certification form prescribed above
>applies;
> 2. Drug Free Workplace--Grantees (as defined at 15 CFR part 26,
>section 605) are subject to 15 CFR Part 26, Subpart F, ``Government
>wide Requirements for Drug-Free Workplace (Grants)'' and the related
>section of the certification form prescribed above applies;
> 3. Anti-Lobbying--Persons (as defined at 15 CFR Part 28, section
>105) are subject to the lobbying provisions of 31 U.S.C. 1352,
>``Limitation on use of appropriated funds to influence certain Federal
>contracting and financial transactions,'' and the lobbying section of
>the certification form prescribed above applies to applications/bids
>for grants of more than $100,000; and
> 4. Anti-Lobbying Disclosures--Any applicant that has paid or will
>pay for lobbying using any funds must submit SF-LLL, ``Disclosure of
>Lobbying Activities,'' as required under 15 CFR part 28, appendix B.
>Lower Tier Certifications
>
> (1) Recipients must require applicants/bidders for subgrants or
>lower tier covered transactions at any tier under the award to submit,
>if applicable, a completed Form CD-512, ``Certifications Regarding
>Debarment, Suspension, Ineligibility and Voluntary Exclusion--Lower
>Tier Covered Transactions and Lobbying'' and disclosure Form SF-LLL,
>``Disclosure of Lobbying Activities.'' Form CD-512 is intended for the
>use of recipients and should not be transmitted to Department of State
>(DOS). SF-LLL submitted by any tier recipient or subrecipient should
>be submitted to DOS in accordance with the instructions contained in
>the award document.
> (2) Recipients and subrecipients are subject to all applicable
>Federal laws and Federal and Department of State policies,
>regulations, and procedures applicable to Federal financial assistance
>awards.
> (3) Preaward Activities--If applicants incur any costs prior to an
>award being made, they do so solely at their own risk of not being
>reimbursed by the Government. Notwithstanding any verbal assurance
>that may have been received, there is no obligation to the applicant
>on the part of Department of State to cover preaward costs.
> (4) This program is subject to the requirements of OMB Circular
>No. A-110, ``Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Other
>Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other
>Non-Profit Organizations,'' OMB Circular No. A-133, ``Audits of
>Institutions of Higher Education and Other Non-Profit Institutions,''
>and 15 CFR Part 24, ``Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants
>and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments,'' as
>applicable. Applications under this program are not subject to
>Executive Order 12372, ``Intergovernmental Review of Federal
>Programs.''
> (5) All non-profit applicants are subject to a name check review
>process. Name checks are intended to reveal if any key individuals
>associated with the applicant have been convicted of, or are presently
>facing criminal charges such as fraud, theft, perjury, or other
>matters which significantly reflect on the applicant's management,
>honesty, or financial integrity.
> (6) A false statement on an application is grounds for denial or
>termination of funds and grounds for possible punishment by a fine or
>imprisonment as provided in 18 U.S.C. 1001.
> (7) No award of Federal funds shall be made to an applicant who
>has an outstanding delinquent Federal debt until either:
> (i) The delinquent account is paid in full,
> (ii) a negotiated repayment schedule is established and at least
>one payment is received, or
> (iii) Other arrangements satisfactory to the Department of State
>are made.
> (8) Buy American-Made Equipment or Products--Applicants are
>encouraged that any equipment or products authorized to be purchased
>with funding provided under this program must be American-made to the
>maximum extent feasible.
> (9) The total dollar amount of the indirect costs proposed in an
>application under this program must not exceed the indirect cost rate
>negotiated and approved by a cognizant Federal agency prior to the
>proposed effective date of the award or 100 percent of the total
>proposed direct cost dollar amount in the application, whichever is
>less.
> (d) If an application is selected for funding, the Department of
>State has no obligation to provide any additional future funding in
>connection with the award. Renewal of an award to increase funding or
>extend the period of [[Page 28233]] performance is at the total
>discretion of the Department of State.
> (e) In accordance with Federal statutes and regulations, no person
>on grounds of race, color, age, sex, national origin or disability
>shall be excluded from participation in, denied benefits of or be
>subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving
>assistance from the INL Anti-Domestic Violence and Trafficking in
>Women and Children program.
> Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person is required
>to respond to nor shall a person be subject to a penalty for failure
>to comply with a collection of information subject to the requirements
>of the Paperwork Reduction Act unless that collection of information
>displays a current valid OMB control number. The standard forms have
>been approved by the Office of Management and Budget pursuant to the
>Paperwork Reduction Act under OMB approval number 0348-0043,
>0348-0044, and 0348-0046.
> Classification: This notice has been determined to be not
>significant for purposes of Executive Order 12866.
>
> Dated: May 19, 1999.
>James Puleo,
>Director, Office of Europe, NIS, and Training, Bureau for
>International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, U.S. Department
>of State.
>[FR Doc. 99-13212 Filed 5-24-99; 8:45 am]
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