State Information Grants

EPA, states, territories, and tribes are working together to develop the National Environmental Information Exchange Network, a secure, Internet- and standards-based way to support electronic data reporting, sharing, and integration of both regulatory and non-regulatory environmental data. States, tribes and territories exchanging data with each other or with EPA should make the Exchange Network (EN) and the Agency's connection to it, the Central Data Exchange (CDX), the standard way they exchange data and should phase out any legacy methods they have been using. More information on the Exchange Network is available at www.exchangenetwork.net. The EN Grant Program provides funding to states, territories, tribes, and inter-tribal consortia to develop the information technology and information management capabilities they need to actively participate in the Exchange Network. This program supports the exchange of data; mentoring, planning and training activities; and collaborative work within the Exchange Network. This grant program may also be used to fund the standardization, exchange and integration of geospatial information to address environmental, natural resource, and human-health challenges.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2013: STAG (competitive): Projects supported by the FY 2013 EN Grant Program, which are funded through EPA's STAG account, must address at least one priority activity from one of the following tiers: Tier 1-activities that lead to the creation of services that make subsets of data available as XML or JSON. This should include the REpresentational State Transfer (REST)-based services that conform to the EN REST Standard (completed at the end of 2012) or EN SOAP services. Specific areas of focus for publishing proposals include: 1. Supporting mobile and desktop applications and publishing/accessing environmental information sources; 2. Integrating with web applications; 3. Publishing data to publicly accessible web pages; and 4. Developing a high-level Dashboard for program managers and Agency executives. Phase 2 Flows. New flows that advance Phase 2 Network priorities. Possible flows include: 1. Air Facility System (AFS); 2. Safe Drinking Water Information System (SDWIS) Compliance data; 3. Electronic Notice of Intent (eNOI) flow to Integrated Compliance Information System - National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (ICIS-NPDES); Use of the EN for Virtual Sharing (especially cross-state, cross-tribal, or state-tribal) of data, including institutional controls at contamination sites, data on cleanup sites, data sets of national significance to tribes (e.g., open dumps), UST data, and data that support environmental management of multi-state or regional airsheds, watersheds, and water bodies of priority concern (e.g., Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay). Virtual Node Implementation Support for States, Tribes, and Territories: 1. Support transitioning from nodes to virtual nodes; 2. Create data publishing services and new data flows on virtual nodes; 3. Support virtual node related security analyses and plans; Shared CROMERR Services and Components; Design systems to utilize new EPA web services that provide CROMERR compliant functionality (e.g., electronic signature), minimizing redundant development by partners and streamlining Technical Review Committee (TRC) application reviews/approvals. Examples of specific potential projects related to these broad topics include the following: 1. Collaborative Opportunity: A partnership proposal that includes joint state and/or tribal efforts to develop an application that uses EN web services (e.g., solicit services) to enable a user to query databases for information related to remediation sites (e.g., underground storage tanks, hazardous waste sites) such as institutional controls, displaying and accessing site data through a spatial view, presenting data in tabular format, and enabling users to download data in a variety of formats. To power this application, the partners would need to define and/or implement schemas and EN web services to make the data available to the application; Collaborative Opportunity: A partnership proposal that builds an eReporting system integrating one or more EPA web services that provide CROMERR compliant functionality (e.g., electronic signature). In order for this proposal to be eligible for funding, applicants must commit to flowing the reported data to EPA using the EN, thus providing a complete end-to-end electronic reporting solution for environmental data; Geo-enabled Field Data Collection Tool: Development and sharing of source code for a field data collection tool for emergency response, inspection, compliance verification, or other activities. The tool will use GIS visualization and integrated GPS, allow updates to be made in the field, and then flow data back to back-end systems via the EN. This project will utilize key strengths of the EN program by enabling the flow of secure data, in near real-time, to multiple locations. The project could include developing EN standards and services which could plug into other tools such as Scribe for emergency response or other existing applications used in field deployment. The grantee can utilize EPA's FRS web service, that will provide sub-facility data and their locations from multiple media programs, as well as submitting to other systems as appropriate. In addition, EPA will enable the data service to filter data by specific source(s), such as real-time emergency response data, or a subset of data from a specific state. The grantee can also collaborate with EPA to develop additional FRS web services as necessary. To ensure close collaboration between EPA and state, tribal, and territorial partners, any assistance agreements to develop this tool will be awarded as cooperative agreements. Tier 2Phase 1-10 Priority Flows: Additional funding for completing 10 priority flows: 1. implementation by an EN partner (or partners) of one of the 10 flows that they currently have not completed; 2. Addition of entirely new modules to existing data flows. For example, adding an entire class of UIC reporting, adding a new RCRAInfo module, or adding a new data family under ICIS-NPDES. Operations and maintenance of flows is not an eligible activity for funding; Development and deployment of CROMERR upgrades to an existing electronic reporting system, described in a CROMERR application previously approved by EPA, to bring it into compliance with the regulatory standards. Collaborative Opportunity: Partnership to develop multi-program CROMERR application for states that currently do not have an enterprise-wide approach; application should seek to leverage solutions implemented by other states already approved by EPA. Collaborative Tribal Opportunity: Tribal governments and inter-tribal consortia are eligible to apply for EN grants to build tribal capacity that will result in enhancing environmental programs on tribal lands and the ability to share environmental data electronically with EN partners. Collaborative tribal capacity building proposals must include multiple tribes and identify tribes with existing capacity that can serve as mentors. Collaborative tribal capacity proposals must identify specific outputs and outcomes that result in the increased ability to share environmental information/data electronically with EPA and/or other EN partners (e.g., developing a back-end database for a priority data system). Tier 3 -- Phase 1-10 Priority Flows: Funds for partners already flowing one or more of the 10 priority flows, that will upgrade one or more of these data flows by: 1. Adding historical data; 2. Adding new data elements; 3. Changing processes; 4. Modifying XML schema; 5. Adding new parameters; and 6. Creating geo-enabled data. Development and deployment of other innovative data exchanges (e.g., emergency response, open dump, surface coal mining data integration and reporting, support for sustainable development through sharing data related to transit, zoning/master plan, building permits and LEED buildings and infrastructure initiatives such as water quality laboratory data reporting) that are applicable to multiple partners. Updating large national data sets: Schema development effort that will enable states to flow data through the EN to update large national datasets that fall under Appendix E of OMB Circular A-16: "Coordination of Geographic Information and Related Spatial Data Activities." These datasets can include: the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD), National Watershed Boundary dataset, National Wetland Inventory Dataset, National Elevation Dataset, Geographic Names Dataset, and other datasets.

STAG (associated program support): EN governance, support for shared services, technical assistance to EN partners, hosting EN national meetings.

EPM (competitive): expanding tribal participation in the EN outreach to federally recognized tribes through hosting the national tribal users meeting: design and maintenance of a website and publication of a regular newsletter: support tribal participation on EN governance groups: promote collaboration, mentoring and information sharing among tribal stakeholders: through development of a mentoring program.

Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
66.608
Federal Agency
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Office: Office of Environmental Information
Types of Assistance
PROJECT GRANTS
Uses and Use Restrictions
Funding is available for direct costs associated with carrying out grant-supported projects and for allocations of allowable indirect costs, in accordance with established EPA policies. Assistance agreement awards under this program may involve or relate to geospatial information. Further information regarding geospatial information may be obtained by viewing the following website: http://geodata.epa.gov.

Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to adopt and enforce policies that ban text messaging while driving company-owned or -rented vehicles or government-owned vehicles, or while driving privately-owned vehicles when on official government business or when performing any work for or on behalf of the government. Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to conduct initiatives of the type described in section 3(a) of the Federal Leadership on Reducing Text Messaging While Driving Executive Order that was signed on October 1, 2009.
Authorization
National Environmental Policy Act, Section 102(2)(F); Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Section 20; Solid Waste Disposal Act, Section 8001; Safe Drinking Water Act, Section 1442; Clean Water Act, Section 104(b)(3); Clean Air Act, Section 103; Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, Section 104; Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act, Section 203; Toxic Substances Control Act, Section 10.
Eligibility Requirements
Applicant Eligibility
States (includes District of columbia) (STAG funded);

Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments and intertribal consortia of federally recognized tribes (STAG (funded);

U.S. Territories and possessions (STAG funded);

Organizations that are broadly representative of federally recognized Indian tribes - (EPM funded).

Eligible applicants for the EN Grant Program include states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories (American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands), federally recognized Indian tribes, and intertribal consortia of federally recognized tribes. An intertribal consortium is eligible to apply for assistance from the EN Grant Program by meeting the following criteria: a) the majority of the consortium members are federally recognized Indian tribes; b) all consortium federally recognized tribal members have authorized the consortium to apply for and receive assistance (if awarded) from the EN Grant Program; and c) the intertribal consortium has adequate accounting controls to manage awarded funds while ensuring that only federally recognized tribal members will benefit directly from the award. Regional air pollution control districts may apply for assistance if they are legally considered to be agencies or instrumentalities of the state under applicable state laws. Recipients of five or more active EN Grants are not eligible to apply for FY 2013 grants. An active grant is any grant where the final technical report has not yet been approved by EPA. The following entities are not eligible to apply for funding from the competitive EN Grant Program funded through the STAG appropriation: state/territorial/tribal universities; city, town, county, or regional governments; nonprofit organizations, including organizations that represent the interests of co-regulators/co-implementers in executing environmental programs. For certain competitive funding opportunities under this CFDA description, the Agency may limit eligibility to compete to a number or subset of eligible applicants consistent with the Agency's Assistance Agreement Competition Policy. In addition to issuing competitive awards to states/territories/tribes and intertribal consortia, EPA may use a portion of the EN Grant Program STAG funds to issue one or more non-competitive awards for associated program support to a co-regulator/co-implementer organization. A co-regulator/co-implementer organization is one that represents the interests of governmental units (for example, state or regional governments) in executing a national or regional environmental program. The membership of such a national or regional organization is composed of officials of the co-regulator or co-implementer entities (for example, state environmental commissioners). EPA will also issue a competitive award funded through EPA's EPM account to an organization that is broadly representative of federally recognized Indian tribes with the goal of expanding tribal participation in the EN.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Federal, state, territory, city, town, county, and regional governments; federally recognized Indian tribes and intertribal consortia of federally recognized tribes; public institutions and industries subject to EPA regulatory reporting requirements; and the public.
Credentials/Documentation
Costs will be evaluated in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87, "Cost Principles for State, Local, and Indian Tribal Governments.". OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Application and Award Process
Preapplication Coordination
Regarding pre-application/pre-proposal assistance with respect to competitive funding opportunities under this program description, EPA will generally specify the nature of the pre-application/pre-proposal assistance, if any, that will be available to applicants in the competitive announcement. For additional information, contact the individual(s) listed as "Information Contacts" or see Appendix IV of the Catalog. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Per the FY 2013 Solicitation Notice for the Exchange Network Grant Program, applicants must submit application packages to EPA by November 9, 2012. EPA will accept project proposals for National Environmental Information Exchange Network grants in one of two ways: 1) hard copy through the U.S. Postal Service or an overnight mail or courier delivery service, including one original and two copies; or 2) a proposal submitted electronically through the grants.gov website. EPA will not review or fund any applications that are received from ineligible applicants. The application package included the following materials: 1. Cover letter that outlines the following information: A. Recipient information; B. Project title; C. Type of vehicle requested (grant/cooperative agreement/ Performance Partnership Grant); D. Proposed amount of grant (broken down into direct funding and in-kind assistance if relevant); E. Partners on the grant (if applicable); F. Brief project summary including a statement of project goal(s); G. contact information for the project lead; and H. Signature of executive level Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR). 2. SF-424 (can be obtained from http://www.epa.gov/ogd/AppKit/application.htm) 3. Project narrative including goals, outputs with dates, outcomes, environmental results and a statement of business need: applicants must limit the project narrative to 10 single spaced pages. The ten-page limit does not include the EN Implementation plan described in section III-B of the Solicitation Notice. EPA will not review pages beyond the first ten pages of the project narrative. The narrative should describe the major goal or goals, outputs and outcomes leading to environmental results of the three-year project. To achieve outcomes that lead to environmental results, applicants should propose a project that contains one or more goals (for example, implement a WQX data exchange or publishing AQS data to neighboring partners) that will have outcomes supporting timely access to high quality environmental data. Projects can also support environmental results by improving the efficiency and security of data sharing (for instance, making state electronic reporting systems CROMERR compliant for priority reports). EPA will evaluate the major technical and non-technical outputs of the proposed work and the outcomes, leading to environmental results, these outputs support. The schedule of outputs must be detailed enough to demonstrate an applicant's ability to track progress toward each goal. Each proposed goal must have at least one outcome leading to an environmental result. Examples of project outputs might include technical products such as schema or EN data access tools and services. Non-technical outputs might include the creation of workgroups, issuance of RFPs or other major project actions or events. Examples of outcomes that support environmental results include: improving the timeliness and accuracy of environmental data; reducing the burden and costs of data management and reporting; strengthening environmental decision making by enhancing data access for environmental professionals and the public. Applicants can find a sample narrative with goals, outputs and outcomes in Appendix E of the Solicitation Notice.

Each goal should have scheduled outputs (major work products) that lead to its implementation. Each goal and some outputs will have outcomes. An outcome is the effect or consequence of the project goal or of its major outputs. Each goal should have an environmental result. The schedule of outputs should be detailed enough to demonstrate an applicant's ability to track progress toward each goal. Applicants can find a sample narrative with goals, outputs and outcomes in Appendix D of the Solicitation Notice. 4. Programmatic Resources and Personnel: Briefly describe the programmatic resources and personnel involved in the project for the recipient and any participating partner. Highlight any expertise or past experiences that may be particularly helpful in carrying out the project. Include biographical sketches or resumes of the lead and any partner Project Manager(s). 5. Formal Project Partners Roles and Responsibilities and Distribution of Funds: If the proposed project involves formal project partners who will actively participate in implementing the project, provide a description of the roles and responsibilities of each partner in carrying out each of the project goals. Describe how the recipient would coordinate work among the partners using methods such as regular teleconferences, meetings, or written status reports. If the recipient plans to distribute funding to other partners, describe the method for doing so. Exchange Network grant projects that include one or more formal partners can have budgets up to $500,000. Partnerships formed from within a single state, territorial, or tribal government (e.g., a "partnership" limited to the Environment and Public Health Departments within a state) are not eligible partnership and are limited to the $300,000 maximum funding for a single-jurisdiction grant. 6. Detailed Itemized Budget: Applicants should describe both the total project budget and the costs associated with each major goal in a detailed itemized budget. The goal-specific budget information is important, because EPA may wish to consider partially funding some projects (i.e., funding only some goals for a project but not others). The budget must include any relevant item including A. Personnel List all staff positions by title. Give the annual salary of each person, the percentage of their time devoted to the project, the amount of each person's salary funded by the grant and the total personnel cost for the budget period. B. Fringe Benefits Identify the fringe benefit rate and total amount. C. Travel Specify the mileage, per diem, estimated number of in state and out of state trips other costs for each type of travel. EPA suggests that applicants include funds for travel to national, regional and area EN conferences. D. Equipment - Identify each item of equipment to be purchased which has an estimated acquisition cost of $5,000 or more per unit and a useful lifetime of more than one year. List the quantity and unit cost per item. Items with a unit cost of less than $5,000 are supplies. E. Supplies - supplies include all tangible personal property other than "equipment." The detailed budget should identify categories of supplies (such as laboratory supplies or office supplies). List the quantity and unit cost per item. F. Contractual Identity - each proposed contract should specify its purpose and estimated cost. Applicants who request in-kind services should list them here. G. Other - List each item in sufficient detail for U.S. EPA to determine whether the costs are reasonable or allowable. List any item, such as training, not covered elsewhere here. H. Indirect Charges If indirect charges are included in the budget, include the approved indirect cost rate with a copy of the Indirect Cost Rate Agreement, a description of the base used to calculate indirect costs and total cost of the base, and the total indirect charges requested. Before an applicant can incur any costs under the indirect cost category, the Indirect Cost Rate Agreement must be approved and current. If you do not have a current rate, you may submit a copy of the submitted application to the cognizant fiduciary agency. Management Fees - When formulating budgets for proposals/applications, applicants must not include management fees or similar charges in excess of the direct costs and indirect costs at the rate approved by the applicants cognizant audit agency, or at the rate provided for by the terms of the agreement negotiated with EPA. The term "management fees or similar charges" refers to expenses added to the direct costs in order to accumulate and reserve funds for ongoing business expenses, unforeseen liabilities, or for other similar costs that are not allowable under EPA assistance agreements. Management fees or similar charges may not be used to improve or expand the project funded under this agreement, except to the extent authorized as a direct cost of carrying out the scope of work. 7. Network Implementation Plan: All state government applicants must complete the Implementation Plan form posted on EPA's EN website (http://www.epa.gov/exchangenetwork). A sample of this form can be found in Appendix H of the Solicitation Notice. On this form, state applicants will identify whether they have been delegated authority to implement each of the 10 national priority data systems. For each program a state has been delegated authority, the applicant will also identify the current status of their use of the EN as well as future plans. State applicants that have never used the EN for reporting to a particular system and do not plan to use the Network, or who have stopped using the EN for reporting to a particular system and do not plan to restart, must provide a business reason explaining why they will not use the Network. EPA will not review state applications that do not include this Implementation Plan.

All state applicants must submit a document of two to three pages explaining how the applicant plans to fully implement the EN for all regulatory and national system flows as described in Section III-B. 8. Additional information for inter-tribal consortium: An inter-tribal consortium applying for an FY 2013 EN Grant must include documentation that shows: A. a formal partnership exists among the Indian tribal governments that are members of the inter-tribal consortium, and the majority of the members are federally recognized Indian tribes; and B. the consortium's federally recognized tribal members have authorized the consortium to apply for and receive assistance from the EN Grant Program. EPA will notify applicants of its selection decisions in or around March 2013. At the time, the Agency will request additional documentation, including other official forms, from successful applicants. The notification letters will include further instructions to those applicants for submittal of additional or updated documents. Required forms in PDF format can be obtained at http://www.epa.gov/ogd/AppKit/application.htm. EPA plans to award all grants by September 2013. If the proposal is funded, the recipients would be required to submit a separate, tailored Quality Assurance Project Plan based on guidance in the applicable solicitation notice. EPA plans to post the solicitation notice for the FY 2014 EN Grant Program on the Web site in August 2013 (http://www.epa.gov/exchangenetwork/grants). Please see the solicitation notice for complete application instructions.

Applicants may be able to use http://www.grants.gov to electronically apply for certain grant opportunities under this CFDA.
Award Procedure
For competitive awards, EPA will review and evaluate applications, proposals, and/or submissions in accordance with the terms, conditions, and criteria stated in the competitive announcement. Competitions will be conducted in accordance with EPA policies/regulations for competing assistance agreements.

EPA will evaluate the project proposal based the evaluation criteria in section V-A of the 2013 Solicitation Notice. Please note that in evaluating applicants under this criteria, the Agency will consider the information provided by the applicant and may also consider relevant information from other sources including agency files and prior/current grantors (e.g., to verify and/or supplement the information supplied by the applicant). In making the final funding decisions from among the most highly scored proposals, the EPA selection official may also consider one or more of the following factors: A. EPA programs' ability and/or readiness to support proposed project activities; B. geographic distribution of funding; C. prioritization of data exchange and priority activities over other assistance activities; D. ensuring participation in the EN by federally recognized Indian tribes and inter-tribal consortia; and E. EPA's capacity to provide any requested in-kind services.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Applicants whose applications are denied for funding will be notified approximately five months after the application deadline. Applicants whose applications are recommended for funding will be notified, initially to request additional documentation to finalize the application, and, later, when the assistance agreements are issued and mailed by EPA's Grants and Interagency Agreements Management Division, which is expected to be approximately eight to nine months after the application deadline.
Appeals
Assistance agreement competition-related disputes will be resolved in accordance with the dispute resolution procedures published in 70 FR (Federal Register) 3629, 3630 (January 26, 2005). Copies of these procedures may also be requested by contacting the individual(s) listed as "Information Contacts." Disputes relating to matters other than the competitive selection of recipients will be resolved under 40 CFR 30.63 or 40 CFR 31.70, as applicable.
Renewals
Not Applicable.
Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Assistance will be provided through grants and cooperative agreements. EPA may provide support in the form of direct funding and/or in-kind assistance, in lieu of direct funding. EPA plans to issue awards for applications that are recommended for funding approximately seven months after the application deadline. The standard period of performance for projects funded by the EN Grant Program is two years. EPA may consider requests from award recipients for project/budget period extensions; and if deemed appropriate by EPA, the Grants and Interagency Agreements Management Division may issue amendments extending the project/budget periods. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance will be provided through lump sum allocations which grantees can draw down upon through programmatic invoices.
Post Assistance Requirements
Reports
Award recipients must submit semi-annual progress reports and a final project report that covers the entire project period. The semi-annual progress reports must be submitted within one month of the end of each semi-annual reporting period. The reporting periods are from October through March and April through September of each fiscal year. Award recipients must submit the final project report and a final Financial Status Report (Standard Form 269) to EPA within 90 days after the end of the project/budget period. Program reports are required. Cash reports are required. Progress reports are required. Expenditure reports are required. Performance monitoring is required.
Audits
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. Grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspections and audits by the Comptroller General of the United States, the EPA Office of Inspector General, other EPA staff, or any authorized representative of the Federal government. Reviews by the EPA Project Officer and the Grants Specialist may occur each year.
Records
Financial records, including all accounting records that substantiate the charges to each grant, must be maintained and accessible to personnel authorized to examine EPA grant accounts. If certain financial records are part of an audit investigation, then they must be retained until the matter under investigation has been completely resolved. Award recipients must retain complete records documenting their projects for a period of seven years after the close-out of the agreement. Such records include, but are not limited to, financial records, technical reports, periodic performance progress reports, project management files, correspondence with other project partners, and correspondence with EPA. Final products and deliverables that result from the project are considered to be permanent records and should be retained indefinitely.
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Financial Information
Account Identification
68-0103-0-1-304; 68-0108-0-1-304.
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 12 $10,500,000; FY 13 est $9,494,000; and FY 14 est $10,160,000 - STAG Account: FY 2012 $10,000,000; FY 2013 est $9,444,000; and FY 2014 $10,000.000. EPM Account FY 2012 $500,000; FY 2013 $50,000; and FY 2014 160,000. EPA will set aside approximately ten percent of appropriated funding for tribal assistance agreements to further facilitate expanded tribal participation in the EN.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
STAG Account: Award amounts will range from $50,000 to $500,000 for the entire three-year project period. The average award amount will be $200,000 for an individual applicant, $500,000 for a partnership during the entire three-year project period. EPM Account: The average award amount will be $200,000 for the entire two-year project period.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The Exchange Network Grant Program assistance agreements issued to state, territorial, and tribal governments are governed by EPA's regulations at 40 CFR Part 31, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments." The assistance agreements issued to nonprofit organizations (i.e., co-regulator/co-implementer organizations) for associated program support for the EN Grant Program or other EN activities are governed by EPA's regulations at 40 CFR Part 30, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Non-Profit Organizations." General information and guidance documents regarding the EN are available at http://www.epa.gov/exchangenetwork. Information about the EN Grant Program and previously funded activities is available at http://www.epa.gov/exchangenetwork/grants.
Information Contacts
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices.
Headquarters Office
Jonathan Jacobson, Information Exchange Partnership Branch, Office of Information Collection, Office of Environmental Information, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Mail Code (2823-T), Washington, District of Columbia 20460 Email: Jacobson.jonathan@epa.gov Phone: (202) 566-1984.
Website Address
http://www2.epa.gov/aboutepa/about-office-environmental-information-oei
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
The evaluation criteria for the FY 2013 EN Grant program were described in Section V of the FY 2013 Solicitation Notice. The evaluation criteria included such factors as expected project outputs/outcomes, the feasibility and approach of the work plan, the relevance and significance of the proposed project to the EN, the adequacy of resources and key personnel, and past performance. EPA may also consider various qualitative criteria when determining which applications to recommend for funding. Examples of such qualitative criteria may include, but are not limited to, factors such as achieving a balance among projects, distributing funds among different states/territories/ tribes, and having EPA programmatic support for the project. Applications for non-competitive awards to co-regulator/co-implementer organizations, funded by the EN Grant program through EPA's STAG appropriation, will be evaluated based on the ability of the applicant to provide the following: outreach, communications, technical assistance, and other support to states/tribes that are participating in, or may wish to participate in, the Network; and support for state participation in the EN governance. Applications for competitive awards to an organization that represents federally recognized Indian tribes, funded through EPA's EPM appropriation, will be evaluated based on the applicant's ability to support tribal participation in the EN governance, provide programmatic support to tribes and intertribal consortia of federally recognized tribes that are participating in or may wish to participate in the EN; provide outreach, communications, training/mentoring, and technical assistance to tribes to increase their knowledge about the EN, enhance their IM/IT capabilities, and encourage their development of EN nodes and data flows; and provide periodic reports to the EN governance on the status of tribal participation in the Network.

The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this CFDA description will be described in the competitive announcement.
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