State Information Grants

In FY 2015, the National Environmental Information Exchange Network (EN) Grant Program is focusing on Phase 2 of the EN and the incorporation of certain aspects of the E-Enterprise for the Environment (E-Enterprise or EE) initiative into the EN program. The general goals of the EE initiative align with the goals of the EN program, and, for this reason, the incorporation of certain EE initiatives into the EN program will further the goals of Phase 2.

The Exchange Network is a partnership that supports better decision-making through improved access to environmental information. EPA and agencies from states, tribes, and territories are collaboratively building the Network to improve the nation's ability to understand, protect, and preserve human health and the environment.

The aspects of the EE initiative that we are incorporating into the EN program will improve environmental outcomes and dramatically enhance service to the regulated community and the public by maximizing the use of advanced monitoring and information technologies, optimizing operations, and increasing transparency.

In addition to supporting similar goals, the EN and EE also affect similar stakeholders. EE began a joint U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)/state effort, and the EE leadership is reaching out to Indian Tribes to integrate them into this initiative.

STAG (Competitive): Projects supported by the FY 2014 Exchange Network Grant Program, which are funded by EPA's STAG account, must address at least one priority activity from one of the following tiers: Tier 1- Data Publishing and Access Applications and Tools. Applications will include goals that improve access to environmental information for environmental program staff, managers, the public and other stakeholders. Projects with goals that lead to the creation of services that make data widely available as XML or JSON (including RESTbased services that conform to the Exchange Network REST standard or Exchange Network SOAP services) or consume Exchange Network published data, making them available to environmental program staff and managers and the public will be categorized as Tier 1. Grantees must use existing EN-based application programming interfaces (API's) or other EN-based services or new EN-based API's or services other partners can reuse. Grantees must register services they develop in RCS. Specific areas of focus for publishing proposals include: designing, developing and deploying desktop/laptop, mobile and Web applications that publish/access environmental information; publishing data to publicly accessible Web pages; and developing a dashboard for program managers and Agency executives. Regulatory Data Flows from the Phase 2 Plan. Applications will include goals that support implementation of Data flows that enable Exchange Network reporting to EPA systems that are priorities of the Phase 2 Plan. These data flows must be registered in ENDS and include: Integrated Compliance Information System Air (ICIS-Air), which will replace the Air Facility System or AFS; Safe Drinking Water Information System (SWDIS) NextGen; Electronic Notice of Intent (eNOI) flow to Integrated Compliance Information System National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (ICIS-NPDES); and eManifest, Radon. Sharing Data Among EN Partners. Applications will include goals that support the sharing of data among EN partners, especially cross-state, cross-tribal, or state-tribal data exchanges. This includes data on institutional controls at contamination sites, data on cleanup sites, data sets of national significance to tribes (such as open dumps), UST data, best management practices for non-point source pollution and data that support environmental management of multi-state or regional airsheds, watersheds and water bodies of priority concern (such as the Great Lakes or Chesapeake Bay). Dataflows and related Web services must be registered in ENDS. Other resources must be registered in RCS. Virtual Node Implementation Support for States, Tribes, and Territories. Applications should also support the transition from locally installed nodes to the EPA-hosted Virtual Node, create data publishing services and new dataflows on the Virtual Node and support Virtual Node-related security analyses and plans. Additionally, all virtual nodes must be registered in ENDS. (Appendix C provides a detailed description of the Virtual Node and suggested implementation activities.) Shared CROMERR Services and Components. Applications will include goals that support the design of systems to use one or more EPA Web services that provide CROMERR compliant functionality, such as electronic signature, to reduce or eliminate redundant development by partners and streamline Technical Review Committee (TRC) application reviews. These tools must be registered in RCS. Appendix D provides a detailed description of the EPA CROMERR services. Examples of specific potential projects related to these broad topics include: ICIS-Air Collaborative Opportunity: A partnership application that includes joint state, local government and/or a regional/national Clean Air Act association to create a tool that facilitates the exchange of CAA stationary source compliance and enforcement data between and among multiple state/local agencies and EPA. The focus of this opportunity is to enable states/locals to develop and implement a common tool to easily exchange data via the EN with the modernized Air Facility System (AFS). The tool, which will be named ICIS-Air, would need to be designed, developed, tested and deployed in 2015 (ideally as early as possible). Applications should clearly identify all partners and their roles and responsibilities. Please note, as stated in Section III-C, the lead applicant must be an eligible entity. In addition, to be eligible for the higher level of funding, partnerships must represent multiple states. For this opportunity, this criterion can be met by having state or local agencies from two or more states and/or by having a Clean Air Act association with members that come from two or more states in the partnership. eReporting Collaborative Opportunity: A partnership proposal that builds an eReporting system integrating one or more EPA Web services that provide CROMERR compliant functionality such as electronic signature. In order for this proposal to be eligible for funding, applicants must commit to flowing the reported data to EPA using the Exchange Network, which will provide a complete end-to-end electronic reporting solution for environmental data. An example of an e-reporting grant proposal would be Clean Air Act Title V reporting (e.g. annual compliance certifications).

Geo-enabled Field Data Collection Tool: A partnership proposal that develops and shares 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, allowing staff to make updates in the field and then flow data back to back-end systems using the Exchange Network. This type of project could take advantage of Exchange Network strengths by enabling the flow of secure data, in near real-time, to multiple locations such as EPA, a state or any other partner with a node. The project could include developing EN standards and services that could plug into other tools such as Scribe for emergency response or other applications used in field deployment. A grantee will be able to use EPA's Facility Registry Service Web service, currently being developed, 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. Continuous Water Quality Monitoring Collaborative Opportunity: A partnership to develop an exchange of water quality sensor data. Continuous water quality monitoring (i.e. monitoring performed with a sensor, where a particular parameter or suite of parameters is measured automatically at set intervals) is becoming more prevalent. The EPA Office of Water (OW) is exploring options for enabling the exchange of this type of data. Several partners have been sharing summaries of this type of data via the Water Quality Exchange (WQX). WQX has worked well for sampling data, but the data model for sensor data is inherently different (i.e. less metadata for more results) and the approaches for sharing sensor data may also be different. This project would leverage the current thinking on the publishing approaches as defined under Phase 2 of the Exchange Network, as well as make use of the Exchange Network REST specification. EPA is considering approaches where state, tribal and territorial partners would register sensors within an EPA catalog, and then make the actual sensor data available via a publishing service from their node or via a cloud node. Proposals should evaluate existing schemas that have been developed for sharing this type of data (i.e. the recently approved Open Geospatial Consortium WaterML 2.0 standard, http://www.opengeospatial.org/standards/waterml). The partnership would also work cooperatively with EPA on defining approaches for integrating this information with sampling data made available via WQX, as well as providing public access to this combined set of information. Through this project, EPA is seeking to more fully represent the complete set of water quality data that is being collected by continuing to support WQX for water quality sampling data while identifying new approaches for sharing sensor data. Tier 2 - Phase 1 Priority Flows. Additional funding for completing 10 priority flows. (Register in ENDS) Implementation by an Exchange Network partner (or partners) of any of the 10 flows for which an applicant has not received funding for development. Addition of entirely new modules to existing dataflows. For example, adding an entire class of UIC reporting, adding a new RCRAInfo module, or adding a new data family under ICIS-NPDES. Cross-Media Electronic Reporting Regulation (CROMERR).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. All these resources must be registered in RCS. Collaborative Opportunity. Partnership to develop multi-program CROMERR application for states that currently do not have an enterprise-wide approach or to adapt CROMERR solutions already approved by EPA that other states have implemented. (An application that additionally commits to using the new EPA components and services that will provide CROMERR-compliant functionality will be scored as a Tier 1 proposal.)

Collaborative Tribal Opportunity. Tribal governments and inter-tribal consortia are eligible to apply for Exchange Network grants to build tribal capacity that will enhance 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 - Other innovative data exchanges. Development and deployment of other innovative data exchange, supporting areas such as emergency response, open dump, surface coal mining data integration and reporting, support for sustainable development through sharing data related to water use, water supply, energy use, impervious surfaces, and sustainable agriculture, and water quality laboratory data reporting) that are applicable to multiple partners. Data exchanges must be registered in ENDS. Updating large national data sets. Schema development effort that will enable states to flow data through the Exchange Network 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, Assessment TMDL Tracking and Implementation System (ATTAINS) and other datasets.

STAG (Competitive): In FY 2015, the Exchange Network community will be fully engaged in Phase 2 development efforts. For prospective applicants not familiar with the current focus of the Exchange Network, Phase 2 emphasizes making data available through Web services and application programming interfaces (APIs), inter-partner data sharing and reporting to new national priority systems. This is in contrast to the first phase of the Network, which focused more on grantees reporting regulatory data to EPA as mentioned in the Phase 2 Implementation Plan.



High priority on activities that advance Phase 2 goals include: development of Web services and APIs that deliver automated access to environmental data; reusable tools and applications that support data access and analysis and are built to consume Web services and APIs; new regulatory reporting data flows; use of Virtual Node services; and use of Cross Media Electronic Reporting Regulation (CROMERR) compliant shared services. EPA recognizes that partners continue to implement automated reporting to the 10 EPA National Priority data systems that were the focus of Phase 1. EPA will support states, federally recognized tribes and territories in completing these priority flows through Exchange Network grant funding.



EPA is categorizing Exchange Network grant priorities into two tiers. Tier 1 focuses on Phase 2 activities (development of Web services/APIs and access tools and applications, implementation of new priority flows, integration of virtual node services into a partner's information technology infrastructure, implementation of new national data exchanges); Tier 2 focuses on Phase 1 priorities including the implementation of the original 10 priority data exchanges and the remainder of Exchange Network related activities.



No Exchange Network grant funds will be available to state, federally recognized tribes, intertribal consortia and territorial partners for node development projects. Operations and maintenance of flows is not an eligible activity for funding.



Tier 1 Exchange Network Activities: Development of Web Services/APIs and Tools that Promote Data Access and Support Better Environmental and Public Health Decisions. Applications will include projects that improve access to environmental information for environmental program staff, managers, the public and other stakeholders. Projects will include goals that lead to the creation of Web services and APIs that make data available in XML and other standard machine-readable formats (e.g. JSON, CSV). Applicants will include projects that improve access to environmental information for EPA program staff, managers, the public and other stakeholders, such as states or tribes. Projects include: Creating Web services and APIs that make data available in XML and other machine-readable formats. Creating Web services and APIs that support cross-program data integration and support more efficient environmental business processes such as permit writing or compliance inspections or cross-jurisdictional data comparisons analyses or integration. Creating tools that consume Web services and APIs to support access and analysis of environmental information. Examples of such tools include: Desktop, laptop, mobile, and Web applications that allow users to display, analyze, or collect environmental information. Web sites that allow users to access environmental data sets that are available through Exchange Network Web services or APIs. Dashboards for program managers, EPA and other Agency executives.

Example datasets may include institutional controls at contamination sites, data on cleanup sites, data sets of national significance to tribes (such as open dumps), Underground Storage Tank data, and data that support environmental management of multi-state or regional airsheds, watersheds, and water bodies of priority concern (such as the Great Lakes or Chesapeake Bay). See appendix A for more detail on specific project opportunities.



Grantees must use either existing EN-based services, APIs, and schemas or new EN-based services, APIs, and schemas that conform to Exchange Network standards and design rules. This includes REST-based APIs that conform to the Network's REST guidance and standards. Information on the Network's technical standards and design guidance are available in the Knowledge Base of the Exchange Network website (http://www.exchangenetwork.net/knowledge-base). Grantees must register grant-funded data flows and Web services in the Exchange Network Discovery Service (ENDS). Grantees must register grant-funded tools, applications, schemas, and other reusable resources in the EPA Reusable Components Service (RCS).



Specific Tier 1 activities include: New EPA Reporting Data Flows. Applications will include goals to implement data flows that enable Exchange Network reporting to and from EPA data systems. Applicants must commit to register these data flows in ENDS. The new flows include: Integrated Compliance Information System  Air (ICIS-Air), which will replace the Air Facility System or AFS; Safe Drinking Water Information System (SWDIS) Prime; Electronic Notice of Intent (eNOI) flow to Integrated Compliance Information System  National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (ICIS-NPDES); eManifest; Radon and Assessment TMDL Tracking & ImplementatioN System (ATTAINS). Virtual Node Implementation Support for States, Tribes, and Territories. Applicants should commit to the transition from locally installed nodes to the EPA-hosted Virtual Node, creation of data publishing services and new data flows on the Virtual Node and support Virtual Node-related security analyses and plans. Applicants must commit to register all virtual nodes in ENDS. Appendix B provides a detailed description of the Virtual Node and suggested implementation activities. Shared CROMERR Services and Components. Applicants will commit to the design of systems to use one or more EPA Web services that provide CROMERR compliant functionality, such as electronic signature, to reduce or eliminate redundant development by partners and streamline Technical Review Committee (TRC) application reviews. Applicants must commit to register these tools in RCS. Appendix C provides a detailed description of the EPA CROMERR services.



Examples of specific potential projects related to these broad topics include: ICIS-Air Collaborative Opportunity: A partnership application that includes joint state, local government or a regional or national Clean Air Act association to create a tool that facilitates the exchange of CAA stationary source compliance and enforcement data between and among state agencies, air pollution control districts or local agencies and EPA. The focus of this opportunity is to enable states and locals to develop and implement a common tool to easily exchange data using the EN with the modernized Air Facility System (AFS), ICIS-Air. EPA plans to deploy ICIS-Air in 2015. Applications should clearly identify all partners and their roles and responsibilities. The lead applicant must be an eligible entity (Section III-C). Projects eligible for the partnership level funding must include two or more states. Partnerships eligible for this opportunity may have state or local agencies from two or more states or by having a Clean Air Act association with members that come from two or more states in the partnership. eReporting Collaborative Opportunity: A partnership proposal that builds an eReporting system integrating one or more EPA Web services that provide CROMERR compliant functionality such as electronic signature. In order for this proposal to be eligible for funding, applicants must commit to flowing the reported data to EPA using the Exchange Network, which will provide a complete end-to-end electronic reporting solution for environmental data. An example of an e-reporting grant proposal would be Clean Air Act Title V reporting (such as annual compliance certifications). Continuous Water Quality Monitoring Collaborative Opportunity: A partnership to develop an exchange of water quality sensor data. Continuous water quality monitoring (monitoring performed with a sensor that measures a particular parameter or suite of parameters automatically at set intervals) is becoming more common. The EPA Office of Water (OW) is exploring options for enabling the exchange of this type of data. Several partners have been sharing summaries of this type of data using the Water Quality Exchange (WQX). WQX has worked well for sampling data, but the data model for sensor data is inherently different. It uses less metadata for more results. Because of this, approaches for sharing sensor data may also be different. This project would take advantage of current thinking on the publishing approaches defined under Phase 2 of the Exchange Network, as well as make use of the Exchange Network REST specification. EPA is evaluating approaches that would allow state, tribal and territorial partners to share sensor by using a publishing service from their node or via a cloud node. As a Phase 2 project, partners should consider approaches that would make water quality sensor data available via a publishing service that would allow for data to be cataloged and searched from a central portal. Project work plans should include a commitment to evaluate schemas developed for sharing this type of data, such as the recently approved Open Geospatial Consortium WaterML 2.0 standard and the Sensor Observation Service . The partnership would also work with EPA on defining approaches for integrating this information with sampling data made available from WQX, as well as providing public access to this combined set of information. Through this project, EPA is seeking to more fully represent the complete set of water quality data that is being collected by continuing to support WQX for water quality sampling data while identifying new approaches for sharing sensor data.



Tier 2 Exchange Network Activities: Phase 1 EPA Reporting Flows. Additional funding for completing 10 priority flows as listed in Appendix K (Register in ENDS). 1) Implementation by an Exchange Network partner (or partners) of any of the 10 flows for which an applicant has not received funding; or ,2) Addition of entirely new modules to existing dataflows. For example, adding an entire class of UIC reporting, adding a new RCRAInfo module, or adding a new data family under ICIS-NPDES. Cross-Media Electronic Reporting Regulation (CROMERR). 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. Applicants must commit to registering these resources in RCS. Collaborative Opportunity. Partnership to develop multi-program CROMERR application for states that currently do not have an enterprise-wide approach or to adapt CROMERR solutions already approved by EPA that other states have implemented. (An application that additionally commits to using the new EPA components and services that will provide CROMERR-compliant functionality will be scored as a Tier 1 proposal.) Collaborative Tribal Opportunity. Tribal governments and inter-tribal consortia are eligible to apply for Exchange Network grants to build tribal capacity that will enhance environmental programs on tribal lands and a tribe's 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 that result in the increased ability to share environmental information electronically with EPA or other EN partners (for example, developing a backend database for a priority data system). Updating large national data sets. Schema development effort that will enable states to flow data through the Exchange Network 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 others listed in A-16.



In addition to the priority activities above, EPA programs have identified other activities listed in Appendix A. The tier for these other activities are in bolded, italicized text in Appendix A. For each data system in this appendix, the tier is identified either in a note directly following the list of activities for that system (if the activities are all in the same tier) or in parentheses after each activity if the activities within a system are in different tiers.



E-Enterprise Priorities That are Being Incorporated into the EN Program. Consistent with the Exchange Network grant priorities, EPA is creating two tiers of EE related grant priorities in the EN program. Tier 1 focuses on activities that will lay the groundwork for a successful intergovernmental partnership to streamline and modernize the "enterprise" of environmental protection. Tier 2 focuses on immediate progress toward joint EPA, State, Tribal, and Territorial enterprise-wide performance goals for one million hours of regulatory burden reduction. In both tiers, EPA will only accept project proposals from partnerships, and the project outcomes must be transferrable to other partners.



As described in Section V-A (evaluation criteria), applications that include at least one Tier 1 goal are eligible to receive 30 points. Applications that include at least one Tier 2 goal, but no Tier 1 goal, are eligible to receive 20 points.



Tier 1 E-Enterprise Related EN Activities: Joint Enterprise Architecture (EA) Analyses. The EPA has acquired federal contract support for an E-Enterprise EA analysis. A copy of the task order is available on www.epa.gov/exchangenetwork/grants . Although the contract task order is structured to be collaborative, the scope and available funding will have limited capacity to perform detailed analyses of internal state, tribal, and territorial programs. To support active contribution of intergovernmental analyses, the E-Enterprise and Exchange Network Leadership Councils have chartered the Enterprise Architecture Integrated Project Team (IPT). Applications cannot be limited to participation in joint IPT meetings. Projects must include significant analysis of business processes and systems within and across state/tribal and EPA governments. The projects must lead to qualifying outputs as described in Section V-A.2, and those outputs must adhere to guidelines and approaches established as part of this joint EA IPT.



In order to understand, protect, and preserve human health and the environment, the partner governments in the national enterprise of environmental protection must not only share data in a standardized way, but understand the context of the data and the interrelationships of the source programs, processes, and services that drive the information exchange. Enterprise architecture is a disciplined framework for analyzing these interrelationships and identifying more effective and efficient ways of coordinating among environmental regulators.



Example activities include: Strategic and Business Architecture: In support of Task 1 on the EPA contract, use reference models and other tools to conceptually organize and analyze strategic performance goals, mission functions, and business processes. This will help to identify the breadth of services offered across environmental agencies and establish a baseline for analyses of performance improvements and shared services. Functional Integration: In support of Task 3, identify groups of services within the environmental sector that support similar functional requirements across multiple programmatic and organizational silos. This would include intergovernmental services that share common customers and interact with those customers through similar mechanisms. For example, a qualifying application could propose cross-governmental analysis to identify shared services for reporting, permitting, financial assurance, labeling, registration, or signatures. This could also include cross-governmental policy harmonization or process improvement to address overlapping or inconsistent policies and procedures that inhibit the ability to offer shared or streamlined services. IT Resource Optimization: In support of Task 4, conduct inventories of existing IT systems that support transactions between environmental regulators and regulated entities and other citizens. This includes the underlying data, applications, and infrastructure in state and tribal governments. Identify gaps in technology services, including opportunities to convert remaining paper-based processes to technology services. Identify inefficiencies and redundancies in existing IT systems and offer recommendations for new shared IT data, applications, and infrastructure, including cloud-based services, platforms or infrastructure. Support for Policy Mandates: In order to coordinate distributed systems and shared services, there need to be standardized methods for analyzing and documenting individual IT systems and broader IT portfolios. In establishing common methods and standards across governments, it is important to identify any applicable policy drivers. At the federal level, EA is addressed in a variety of policies, and the documentation of IT architectures plays an important role in budgeting for IT capital investments. Task 8 of the EPA EA contract includes the development of standardized tools and formats for EA documentation. Example grant projects could include an analysis of corresponding state and tribal level policy mandates and the development of EA tools and documentation formats that comply with those policy mandates. Participation in Pilot Projects. In addition to the broad and comprehensive Enterprise Architecture analysis, the EPA will be focusing on immediate opportunities for shared services that can both reduce burden and optimize IT resources. As was the case with the overall EA project, these efforts are intended to be collaborative and will require state, tribal, and territorial participation on IPTs. Applications cannot be limited to participation in joint IPT meetings. Projects must include significant development and integration of services within and across state/tribal and EPA governments. The projects must lead to qualifying outputs as described in Section V-A.2, and those outputs must adhere to guidelines and approaches established as part of joint IPTs.



The EN has traditionally been focused on data exchange. The systems that collect or publish the data, however, can involve redundant processes and supporting technologies. E-Enterprise principles support the natural next step in the evolution of the EN program to improve decision-making and environmental outcomes through a more comprehensive view of interrelated data and services.



Example activities include: Federated Identity: The EPA is seeking opportunities to allow regulated entities to use a common set of credentials (e.g. login and password) across multiple environmental agencies and levels of government. To accomplish this in the most efficient manner possible, the EPA is researching the development of a single bridging solution. This federated bridge would accommodate a single identity for state/tribal-specific users and systems, CDX reporters, and users who would like to access My.USA.gov and other federal agency services that adhere to the Federal Identity Credential and Access Management and territorial participation is needed to support the implementation of these programs in at least two communities in fiscal year 2015. BPM Suites and Model-Driven Architecture: The EPA is implementing a pilot project for developing and coordinating environmental IT services from platform-independent models rather than hard-coded software. Grant funds can be applied to develop shared services for states and tribes using the same model-driven software suite. Mobile Solutions: The EPA is scoping the development of mobile platforms or device-agnostic services that can be accessed from multiple mobile devices. Specifically, the EPA is scoping the development of a National Inspection Evidence System, a tablet-based compliance inspection tool. Grant funds can support intergovernmental IPTs for scoping state inspection tools or other mobile solutions that support transactions with regulated entities. Support for EELC Projects. On January 21, 2014, the EELC adopted a Conceptual Blueprint. Operating Principle #3 in the Blueprint is to "Modernize and Improve Environmental Regulations and Programs, and their Implementation." In support of this effort to improve efficiency and performance, the Blueprint also includes Principle #4 for "Joint Governance Prioritizing Activities." Specifically, the Blueprint states "Within the context of an overall E-Enterprise business case analysis, this principle anticipates the use of a return-on-investment (ROI) to assist the EELC in implementation decisions. The business case information and methods will also enable the measurement of progress and inform ongoing management of the initiative."



The EELC began work on a prioritized list of action items from the Blueprint, including an action item to identify a list of potential E-Enterprise modernization and streamlining projects. On March 21, 2014, the EELC directed a Coordinating Team to manage the process of soliciting project proposals, including performing an initial screening of the projects and presenting them to the Leadership Council for further consideration. On March 31, 2014, the EELC Co-Chairs kicked off a solicitation to collect project modernization proposals from States, EPA Headquarters, EPA Regions and others. During an E-Enterprise Leadership Council Meeting on May 22-23, 2014, the Council reviewed and evaluated 84 submitted proposals. The following five proposals were selected for further scoping and analysis: Promote availability and use of water data for water resource protection. Explore integrating and streamlining air emissions reporting. Investigate business process improvements and smart mobile technology tools to support state and EPA inspectors. Develop a "smart pesticide label" to improve the accuracy and effectiveness of the label in promoting safe pesticide use. Pilot a compliance assistance and community service tool for local governments.



The EPA has acquired federal contract support for the scoping of proposals that have been prioritized by the E-Enterprise Leadership Council (EELC). To support active contribution of intergovernmental partners, the E-Enterprise and Exchange Network Leadership Councils are forming Integrated Project Teams (IPTs) with co-chairs from EPA and state/tribal representatives.



Grant applications may be submitted to support EELC priority projects. To ensure the widest benefit and adoption rate among qualified grant recipients, applications will not be limited to the original participants in the IPTs. Award of the grants will be contingent on approval of the project scoping analyses by the EELC, which will depend on a sound business case and a positive return on investment. The EELC approval must precede the convening of the grant proposal review panels. There are no guarantees that any or all of the scoping efforts will be completed soon enough to achieve EELC approval prior to the grant reviews.

Regardless of whether the EELC approved the scoping analysis, there are no guarantees that the projects will receive grant funding. The applications will be considered together with other Tier 1 and Tier 2 applications, and all projects will undergo the same review and selection process described in Section V-B. They will be subject to the same evaluation criteria described in Section V-A.2. In order to achieve Tier 1 status, the proposals must substantively align with the projects described in the original scoping proposals.



Modernizing the Legal Framework. Consistent with federal Executive Orders 12866, 13563 and 13610, the EPA is planning new regulations and retrospectively reviewing existing regulations to identity opportunities for regulatory burden reduction. Grant funds can support corresponding projects that address the roles of delegated partners at the state, tribal, and territorial level of government.



Example activities include: Regulatory Reviews: Establishing policies and processes for tracking the relationships between federal and state regulations and identifying inefficiencies, redundancies, and cumulative burden in how EPA and the state collaborate to implement a policy. E-Regulations: Establishing IT tools to support the tracking and analysis of regulations. For example, information systems are used by the Federal Office of Management and Budget, EPA, and various state and tribal programs to track the progress of active rulemakings. Through the appropriate use of metadata and application programming interfaces, these information systems could be useful in identifying the impact of new rulemakings on existing services, and evaluating whether the proposed rules could be harmonized with existing rules to minimize inefficiencies, redundancies, and cumulative burden. Similarly, information technologies could be helpful in accessing and analyzing existing codified regulations. Existing regulations could be analyzed for opportunities to harmonize rules or support enterprise architecture analyses for new paper-to-electronic conversions or new or improved shared services. Performance Projections: Performing analyses of compliance burden, including paperwork burden, and establishing projections of regulatory burden reduction from key regulatory reforms.



Tier 2 E-Enterprise Related EN Activities: Expand the Adoption of Existing Shared Services. Projects will support the expanded use of shared services that streamline the delivery of environmental services to regulated entities. This is intended to focus on the "backend" services for policy implementation, rather than the existing efforts of the EN for networking and information exchange. This can also include non-IT efforts to streamline the delivery of services, such as improvements to intergovernmental policies and processes. All applications for projects in this category must include activities for performance analysis in the scope of their projects. The goal is to not only to adopt shared processes and services, but to measure burden and costs avoided through reuse.

Example activities include: Non-IT Process Improvements: This can include any efforts to streamline the delivery of services, such as intergovernmental policies and processes. Under the EN program, the focus has been on "how" to exchange data through improved standards and technologies. Non-IT process improvements can support environmental outcomes by evaluating "what" data should be exchanged or reused, and "when" and "why" services and information exchanges are performed in the first place. Reusing Data: This can include the integration of datasets made available from the EPA System of Registries and data published through the EN. The data would need to be integrated into the software services in a way that eliminates the redundant collection of similar data and achieves measurable burden reduction for regulated entities. Reusing IT Services and Infrastructure: This can include the intergovernmental sharing of services and supporting infrastructure. Grant funds can go toward the investment in the changes necessary to support the sharing of an existing service, such as moving the service to a third party cloud or establishing interfaces that can remotely call for the services (e.g. a private cloud). Develop New Shared Services. Additional projects for new shared services will only be selected if they are "shovel ready" projects that streamline the delivery of environmental services to regulated entities. These can include services that were not already identified for pilots or scoping activities by the EPA or EELC. The services must support the principles of E-Enterprise and forward the performance goals for regulatory burden reduction and new advanced monitoring approaches. The projects must demonstrate that an alternatives analysis was performed, including market research of existing government-off-the-shelf or commercial-off-the-shelf solutions. The projects must also demonstrate that the business needs and solution architecture have been established. All applications for projects in this category must include activities for performance analysis in the scope of their projects.



Example activities include: State/Tribal Level Solutions: This can include services that can be adopted by two or more partner governments at the state, tribal, or territorial levels. Integration at Multiple Levels of Government: This can include industry-to-state-to-EPA solutions similar to the model for federal and state taxes. For example, this could include the development of a service that reuses information submitted at the federal level, and only requires regulated entities to add the minimum information required to account for differences in state requirements.

EPM (Competitive): Priorities include outreach, mentoring and support for the Tribal Governance Group.

No information currently available for FY 2016.

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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
Solid Waste Disposal Act, Section 8001; Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, Section 104; Clean Air Act, Section 103; Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act, Section 203; Clean Water Act, Section 104(b)(3); Safe Drinking Water Act, Section 1442; National Environmental Policy Act, Section 102(2)(F); Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Section 20; Toxic Substances Control Act, Section 10.
Eligibility Requirements
Applicant Eligibility
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 2015 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. EPA makes this competitive award once every five years. The Agency will next award it in 2019.
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 determined in accordance with 2 CFR 200 Subpart E. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles 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. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Per the FY 2015 Solicitation Notice for the Exchange Network Grant Program, applicants must submit application packages to EPA by November 24, 2014. 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 2015 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 April 2015. 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 2015. 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 2016 EN Grant Program on the Web site in early September 2015 (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 2015 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
Nov 15, 2013: Applications for the FY 2014 Exchange Network Grant must be postmarked on or before November 15, 2013, or received electronically at or before 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time on November 15, 2013. Applications for the FY 2014 Exchange Network Grant must be postmarked on or before November 15, 2013, or received electronically at or before 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time on November 15, 2013.
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.

Applications for the FY 2014 Exchange Network Grant must be postmarked on or before November 15, 2013, or received electronically at or before 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time on November 15, 2013.
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 2 CFR 1500 Subpart E, 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 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. 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 2014: FY 2014 is the thirteenth year of the Exchange Network Grant Program. From FY 2002 through FY 2013, EPA has provided approximately $180 million for state, tribal and territorial awards and associated program support through the grant program. As of May 2013, all 50 states, 90 tribes and five territories have received Exchange Network grants. All states, nearly 150 tribes and several territories are using the EN to report data to EPA. Starting in 2013, partners are using grant funds to make data more accessible and usable to various communities of interest and the general public. Recent accomplishments include: a state transitioning its data submissions to EPA from its own node to EPA's virtual exchange services; a state's research arm developed software that uses Exchange Network services to access water quality data to calculate pollutant coefficients for a decision-making tool; a state developed an online air emissions inventory system and used Exchange Network services to access and integrates emissions data into its interactive environmental quality map; and a tribe implemented data publishing for water and air quality data. Fiscal Year 2015: No content available. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Financial Information
Account Identification
68-0103-0-1-304; 68-0108-0-1-304.
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 14 $9,860,000; FY 15 est $9,751,300; and FY 16 est $9,860,000 - STAG Account: FY 2014 $9,700,000; FY 2015 $9,571,300 and FY 2016 estimate $9,700,000. EPM Account : FY 2014 $160,000; FY 2015 $180,000 and FY 2016 estimate $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 $300,000 for an individual applicant, $500,000 for a partnership during the entire three-year project period. EPM Account: The average award amount will be $160,000 per year, for the entire five-year project period.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The Exchange Network Grant Program assistance agreements issued to state, territorial, and tribal governments and nonprofit organizations (i.e., co-regulator/co-implementer organizations) for associated program support for the EN Grant Program or other EN activities to are governed by OMB's regulations at 2 CFR 200 and EPA's supplemental regulations at 2 CFR 1500.
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 2014: The Kansas Department of Health & Environment proposes to develop a solution that facilitates the exchange of Clean Air Act (CAA) stationary source compliance and enforcement data between KDHE and the Environmental Protection Agency and is compatible with the new Integrated Compliance Information System Air (ICIS Air) system and extensible markup language (XML) schema.



The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services proposes to publish continuous stream temperature data to be accessed through web applications that will allow stakeholders to examine the impacts of climate change and other environmental stressors throughout New Hampshire and publish continuous groundwater level fluctuation data to be accessed through web applications that will allow stakeholders to examine the occurrence of droughts and impacts of climate change throughout New Hampshire.



The Cherokee Nation (CN) proposes to publish CN data to a publicly accessible web page; develop an application programming interface to make data on the Cherokee Nation Environmental Programs website available in extensible markup language (XML) format; and continue to promote participation on the Exchange Network.



The Washington Department of Health proposes to implement radon data flow to the Exchange Network from Washington State and to improve web access to Washington State radon data and information for use by the public. Fiscal Year 2015: No content available. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
The evaluation criteria for the FY 2015 EN Grant program were described in Section V of the FY 2015 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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