OF ENVIRONMENT INFORMATION (OEI), ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Air Act of 1963, Sections 103-104, Public Law 101-549; Solid Waste
Disposal Act, Section 8001; Toxic Substances Control Act, Section
10, Public 94-469, as amended; Comprehensive Environmental Response,
Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, Section 311, Public
Law 95-510, as amended.
is fundamental to the work of environmental protection. Environmental
decision makers at all levels need timely and high quality environmental
information to make informed decisions. Yet, many of the current
systems and approaches to information exchange are not designed
to meet those needs. EPA, through work with the Environmental Council
of the States, has developed a new vision for exchanging environmental
data that, when fully established, will help meet those needs. The
National Environmental Information Exchange Network (Network) is
a major component of the solution envisioned by EPA. The Network
utilizes technologies and approaches that help create E-commerce
and will provide an alternative to the current approach of exchanging
data. These data exchanges will replace and complement the traditional
approach to information exchange that currently relies upon data
being processed directly to multiple EPA national data systems.
Network participants will house information on their own nodes or
portals where it will be available upon authorized request.
Project Grants. Place Cursor Here for Definition
AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
for the allowable direct cost expenditures incident to the performance
plus allocable portions of allowable indirect costs in accordance
with the established policies of EPA.
Eligibility: The program is available to agencies
of each state, Territory, Federally Recognized Indian Tribes, and
possessions of the US, including the District of Columbia, that
administer programs and authorities delegate by the EPA.
Eligibility: Federal, State, and local governments,
industries, and public institutions subject to EPA reporting requirements,
and the public.
Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87
for State and local governments.
Coordination: Interested applicants are encouraged
to consult with the appropriate EPA Regional Office identified in
Appendix IV of the Catalog or contact the National Environmental
Information Exchange Network Grant Program Manager, EPA. This program
is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Procedure: EPA Form SF_424 should be requested,
and the completed form submitted to, the appropriate EPA Regional
Office identified in Appendix IV of this Catalog. This award is
excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A_110.
Procedure: Applications will be reviewed by
a panel of EPA Headquarters and Regional employees. Final approval
of applications and supporting documents and offer of award will
be made by EPA Headquarters. All recipients will be asked to develop
a detailed program plan within the first 120 days of award, working
with EPA, that specifies program outputs and assistance required
Contact agency for deadline information. See Information Contact
of Approval/Disapproval Time: Awards will
normally be approved/disapproved by close of business July 1,
and Matching Requirements: None. However, States
and Tribes that are selected to receive both a Network One Stop
or Network Readiness Grant and a Network Challenge grant may receive
the combined grant funds in a single award. However, if a State
or Tribe elects to receive the combined grant funds in a single
award, it will have to wait until the Network Challenge grant selections
are made to be awarded funds. EPA will award funds to those States
and Tribes that only apply for the Network One Stop or Network Readiness
Grants after final selections are made. Funds that States or Tribes
do not apply for, or ultimately qualify for, under the Network One
Stop Grant or the Network Challenge Grant, will be made available
through the Network Readiness Grants.
and Time Phasing of Assistance: Three years,
although EPA anticipates that most activities performed under
this grant will be completed in 18-24 months.
Grant recipients must submit a copy of the semiannual program report
to the regional grant manager and the headquarters contact. At a
minimum, program reports will include: (1) an update on the schedule
and status of the implementation of the project, including any implementation
problems encountered and suggestions to overcome them; (2) an explanation
of expenditures to date, and unless the grant is included in the
PPG (40 CFR.Part 35.530(b) and 40 CFR Part 35.130(b)), expenditures
linked to project results; and (3) an assessment of progress in
meeting project goals, including output and outcome measures when
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 133,
"Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations,"
nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $300,000
or more within the State's fiscal year shall have an audit made
for that year. OMB Circular No. A-133, "Audits of States, Local
Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," was published in the
Federal Register on June 30, 1997. The Circular implements the
Single Audit Act amendments of 1996. The Circular requires nonfederal
entities that expend more than $300,000 in Federal award dollars,
to have an audit conducted in accordance with the Circular's provisions.
With the revised Circular, the previous OMB Circular No. A-128
for single audits of State and local government was rescinded
and the single audit requirements for these entities were incorporated
among the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133.
Financial records including all documents to support entries on
accounting records and to substantiate charges to each grant,
must be kept available to personnel authorized to examine EPA
grants accounts. All such records must be maintained until expiration
of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure
report. If questions still remain, such as those raised as a result
of audit, related records should be retained until the matter
is completely resolved.
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 01 est $3,000,000; FY 02 est $25,000,000;
and FY 03 est Not available.
and Average of Financial Assistance: $100,000 to $1,000,000.
EPA is launching its Network Grant Program in fiscal year 2002.
The State grant program is designed to help EPA, States, Tribes,
and our other partners exchange environmental information and use
consistent data. The program has four main parts: 1) Network One
Stop Grants; 2) Network Readiness Grants; 3) Network Challenge Grants;
and 4) Network Administration Grants. These grants will increase
States capacity to integrate their environmental data, reduce reporting
burden, enhance electronic reporting, provide public access to data,
and participate on the Network. Grant guidance was developed during
the past summer in consultation with our State and Tribal partners.
EPA announced the solicitation for applications for this program
in the Federal Register in early February 2002. State, Tribal, and
EPA data on the network will both facilitate understanding of various
environmental issues, and serve as a precursor to understanding
what data needs exist in order to more fully comprehend environmental
conditions. EPA envisions that this grant program will need multiple
year funding to accomplish the implementation of the Exchange Network.
GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
Eligible entities must designate a single lead agency that will
have overall responsibility for developing the grant proposal, submitting
the grant application, and managing grant funds. Along with their
grant proposals applicants must also submit: 1. Federal Grant Forms
- Federal Standard Forms 424 and 424A. SF 424: Application for Federal
Assistance, the official form required for all federal grants, requests
basic information about the grantee and the proposed project. 2.
Confidential Information - Applicants should clearly mark information
in their grant proposals that they consider to be confidential.
3. Pre-application Assistance - Applicants seeking assistance on
developing any of the grants should contact the appropriate regional
or headquarters contact. 4. Submission of Multiple Grant Applications
- States and Tribes submitting Network One Stop, Network Readiness,
and/or Network Challenge applications may submit applications at
the same time. 5. Lead Agency - The Lead Agency designated by the
eligible entity must submit a single application. 6. A clear definition
of project goals and measures. 7. Funding Vehicle Preference.
or Local Office: Individuals are encouraged
to contact the appropriate EPA Regional office listed in Appendix
IV of the catalogue.
Office: Lyn Burger, US EPA, OEI, Mail Code
2812, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20460; Phone
(202) 564-0200; Fax (202) 501-1718; E-mail Burger.Lyn@epa.gov.
Site Address: www.epa.gov/neengprg
OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
Under the One Stop Reporting program: the States of Massachusetts,
New Jersey, Washington, Missouri, Utah, Pennsylvania, West Virginia,
Georgia, Mississippi, Texas, New Mexico, Oregon, Minnesota, New
Hampshire, New York, Maryland, Florida, Indiana, Wisconsin, Oklahoma,
FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
Network One Stop grants are intended to stimulate a partnership
with applicants who have decided to undertake a comprehensive re-engineering
of their information management process in order to reduce the burden
of environmental reporting on the regulated community, integrate
agency data and data management processes across program and organizational
lines, and improve public access to environmental information. Network
Readiness Grants will be evaluated on how they best address critical
steps and milestones that will be taken over the next three years
that demonstrate commitment for participation on the Network. Network
Challenge Grants will be reviewed on their feasibility, and on their
potential to make a contribution to nationwide Network capacity.
Network Administration Grants are designed to support the technical
and administrative functions of the Network for states and Tribes.