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Support Enforcement Research
ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, DEPARTMENT OF
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Social Security Act, Section 1110, 42 U.S.C. 1310,
Section 1115, 42 U.S.C. 1315, as amended, Public Laws 96-265, 98-378, 100-485,
To discover, test, demonstrate, and promote utilization
of new concepts which will increase cost effectiveness, reduce welfare
dependency, and increase child support collections from absent parents.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Grants and contracts are awarded for innovative research and demonstrations of
regional and national significance that are responsive to program priorities
in Child Support Enforcement, and for coordination, administration and
provision of services to target populations. All applications must meet
standards of excellence in research and evaluation design. Funds authorized
under Section 1110 of the Social Security Act are limited to State agencies
administering the Child Support Enforcement Program, and to other public and
private nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Funds authorized under Section
1115 of the Social Security Act are limited to State agencies administering
the Child Support Enforcement Program. All applications must outline
explicitly the information sought about the administration, or effects of the
proposed research and how the activity will be evaluated. Funds may not be
used for construction. A Section 1115 waiver of any of the State Plan
requirements under Title IV-D of the Social Security Act may be granted in
connection with any experimental pilot or demonstration project that will
assist in promoting the objectives of the Child Support Enforcement program
and meets certain conditions.
Applicant Eligibility: Section 1110 grants may be
made to State and nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Contracts may be
executed with nonprofit or for-profit organizations. Section 1115 grants may
be made to State Child Support Enforcement agencies.
APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Beneficiary Eligibility: State agencies, local
governments, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit organizations.
Credentials/Documentation: When appropriate,
applicants should present written evidence of other agencies' willingness to
cooperate when the project involves their cooperation or the utilization of
their facilities or service. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB
Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments and federally-recognized
tribal governments. For other grantees, costs will be determined in accordance
with OMB Circular No. A-21 for educational institutions, OMB Circular No.
A-122 for nonprofit organizations, and any amendments to the aforementioned.
Pre-application Coordination: Research and
demonstration strategy for each fiscal year is publicized through central and
regional office meetings, The Federal Register, Commerce Business Daily,
issuance of grant guidelines and requests for proposals, and other appropriate
means. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 102.
The standard application forms, as furnished by the Administration for
Children and Families (ACF), and required by OMB Circular No. A-102, must be
used for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
12372. Research and demonstration strategy for each fiscal year is publicized
through central and regional office meetings, The Federal Register, Commerce
Business Daily, issuance of grant guidelines and requests for proposals, and
other appropriate means. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB
Circular No. A-102. The standard application forms, as furnished by the
Administration for Children and Families (ACF), and required by OMB Circular
No. A-102, must be used for this program. This program is excluded from
coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure: This program is subject to
the provisions of OMB Circulars No. A-102 and No. A-110, as appropriate. The
standard application forms, as furnished by DHHS and required by OMB Circular
No. A-102, must be used for this program. Application kits which contain the
prescribed application forms and supplemental descriptive information on the
priority projects are available from: Administration for Children and
Families, Office of Grants Management, Director, Division of Discretionary
Grants, 4th Floor, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447.
Telephone: (202) 401-4621. Contact: Alece Morgan, Acting Director, Division of
Discretionary Grants. To be considered for a grant award, all applications
must be submitted on the prescribed application forms and submitted to the
Division of Grants Management. The application shall be executed by an
individual authorized to act for the applicant agency or organization and to
assume for the agency or organization the obligations imposed by the terms and
conditions of the grant. As part of the project title (page 1 of the
application form, Form SF-424) the applicant must clearly indicate whether the
application submitted is in response to a priority project identified in a
program announcement and must reference the unique project identifier (e.g.,
OCSE-84) for which the application is to compete. Applications are initially
screened for relevance to program interests of the Office of Child Support
Enforcement (OCSE). Inappropriate applications will be returned to the
applicant. Relevant applications are reviewed and evaluated by a review panel
of not less than three knowledgeable people. Applicants may also submit
proposals for projects not specifically identified in a program announcement,
but which are relevant to the OCSE program goals. These applications will be
designated as nonpriority, but will also be subject to the panel review
process. A limited number of projects may be approved pending available funds
and will compete with other nonpriority projects. Written assessment of each
application is made.
Award Procedure: Official notice of approved
grant applications is made through issuance of a Notice of Grant Award. This
provides the amount of funds awarded, the purpose of the award, the term and
conditions of the award, the budget period for which support is given, the
total project period for which support is contemplated, and the total grantee
Deadlines: Closing dates are established and
published as program announcements in letters to State IV-D directors.
Unsolicited applications may be submitted at any time.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time: From 30 to
120 days. Generally, solicited grants will be acted upon within 90 days.
Appeals: There are no formal appeals procedures.
If an application grant is disapproved, the reasons for disapproval will be
fully stated. In the case of unsolicited proposals, applicants are free to
resubmit applications with attention to the changes suggested by the reasons
Renewals: Extensions and continuations of grants
with 1-year project periods are generally not available except under extreme
circumstances. If an application is recommended for approval for 2 or more
years, the grantee must submit a formal request for continuation each year
accompanied by a progress report which will be evaluated prior to a
recommendation of continuation. This is not applicable to contracts.
Formula and Matching Requirements: Grantees are
required to share in the cost of projects. Grantee costs can be as low as 5
percent without approval by the Secretary for Health and Human Services. This
program has no statutory formula.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance: Funds are
generally granted on a 17-month basis, with support beyond the first year
contingent upon a multi- year approved project period acceptable evidence of
satisfactory progress, continuing program relevance, and availability of
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: Semi-annual narrative program and
expenditure reports are required on all grant projects.
Audits: All fiscal transactions identifiable to
Federal financial assistance are subject to audit by the HHS audit agency, and
other Federal officials. 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: Proper accounting records, identifiable
by grant or contract number and including all receipts and expenditures, must
be maintained for 3 years in accordance with 45 CFR Part 74. Subsequent to
audit, they must be maintained until all questions are resolved, or at the end
of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later.
Account Identification: (Title IV-D)
Obligations: (Grants) FY 01 $1,800,000; FY 02 est
$1,800,000; and FY 03 est $1,800,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance:
FY 15 $125,083 to $800,000.
Twelve new grants were funded in fiscal year 2001. It is estimated that 10 new
grants will be awarded and 4 grants will be continued for a second year
funding in fiscal year 2002. It is estimated that 10 new grants will be
awarded and 4 will continue for a third year funding in fiscal year 2003.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
The pamphlets "Research Grants in Social Security," "Grants
Administration Policies," and application kits may be obtained from the
ACF, Office of Grants Management, Division of Discretionary Grants, 4th Floor,
370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447.
Regional or Local Office: Regional Administrators.
(See Appendix IV of the Catalog for Regional Offices.)
Michelle Jadczak 330 C. Street S.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20201 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 202 401-4578
Web Site Address:
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
In fiscal year 2001, projects were funded in the following areas: data mining
and analysis, services to improve financial and emotional support by
non-custodial fathers, including marriage - related services and outreach
activities to better serve Latino and other minorities.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
(1) Research or demonstrations design; (2) knowledge of the field; (3)
reasonableness of the proposal; (4) experience; (5) relevance to OCSE and HHS
priorities; (6) competence of personnel and adequacy of budget and facilities;
and (7) prospects for utilization.