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Content provided by the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
17.504 Consultation Agreements

FEDERAL AGENCY:

OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

AUTHORIZATION:

Occupational Safety and Health Act, Section 21(d) Public Law 105-197, 29 U.S.C. 651.
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To fund consultative workplace safety and health services priority is given to smaller employers with high-hazard operations.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Project Grants.
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

Cooperative Agreements to States to provide occupational safety and health consultative services to employers.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:   Designated State agencies which have been authorized by the Governor to enter into a Cooperative Agreement with full power to perform the obligations funded therein and to expend Federal funds as well as State funds as required.

Beneficiary Eligibility:   Any private employer operating within a State, with priority given to smaller employers with the more hazardous operations.

Credentials/Documentation:   State agency responsible for providing consultative services to employers must meet the minimum requirements of the consultation program set forth in 29 CFR 1908.

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APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Pre-application Coordination:   No pre-application is required. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure:   Application instructions are distributed to the States by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to the designated State agencies through OSHA's Regional Offices. Completed applications are returned to OSHA's National Office. OMB Circulars No. A-102 and A-110 govern application requirements.

Award Procedure:   Final approval of funding requests is given annually by the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.

Deadlines:   Annual schedules are established by OSHA's National Grants Office. Contact National Grant Office for deadline schedules.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:   Two months.

Appeals:   None.

Renewals:   Funding to States for administering their consultation program can be renewed indefinitely, provided that State consultation projects continue to meet the requirements of the program. Applications for renewals are submitted to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's National Grants Office.

ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:   Matching is required.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:   Consultation Cooperative Agreements are aspects of a continuing program. Grantees receive funds through the Department of Health and Human Services' Payment Management System.

POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:   A program review and fiscal reports are required quarterly.

Audits:   In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 133 (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Records:   Records must be retained for three years following grant closeout or final audit, whichever is later.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Account Identification:   16-0400-0-1-554.

Obligations:   (Grants) FY 01 $48,834,000; FY 02 est $51,021,000; and FY 03 est $52,521,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  
Fiscal year 2014 grants ranged from $196,000 to $5,453,000. These awards represent approximately 90 percent of total program costs.

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PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
In fiscal year 2001, State consultations visits totaled 27,481, fiscal year 2002 estimate is 32,000, and fiscal year 2003 estimate is 32,500 State consultation visits.

REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

29 CFR PART 1908, and OMB Circular Nos. A-102 and A-110.

INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:   See Appendix IV of the Catalog for regional offices of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Headquarters Office:   Aleksandr Krivitskiy 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20210 Email: krivitskiy.aleks@dol.gov Phone: 202-693-2423 Fax: 202-693-1696

Web Site Address:  
https://www.osha.gov

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

Fifty State agencies and public Universities operate consultation programs by providing workplace safety and health assistance to employers.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

Agreements may be awarded only to a State agency, designated by the Governor of a State, which has submitted an application for funding.

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