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.

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.

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
Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act, Section 203; Toxic Substances Control Act, Section 10; National Environmental Policy Act, Section 102(2)(F); Clean Air Act, Section 103; Clean Water Act, Section 104(b)(3); Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, Section 104; Solid Waste Disposal Act, Section 8001; Safe Drinking Water Act, Section 1442; Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Section 20.
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 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.

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).
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 2014 Solicitation Notice for the Exchange Network Grant Program, applicants must submit application packages to EPA by November 15, 2013. 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 2014 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 2014. 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 2014. 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 2015 EN Grant Program on the Web site in early September 2014 (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
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 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: Program Accomplishment data for FY 2013: FY 2013 is the eleventh year of the EN Grant Program. From FY 2002 to FY 2012, EPA has provided approximately $170 million for state, tribal, and territorial awards and associated program support through the grant program. In a relatively short period, the EN has become a reality. As of June 2012, all 50 states, 142 tribes and four territories have participated in developing the EN at some level. Using Grant funds, EPA and its partners are currently using or planning to use the EN to exchange a broad range of data, including, but not limited to the following: 43% Beaches (beaches water quality and closure data), 100% Air Quality System (AQS), 98% Emissions Inventory System (EIS), 50% Facility Registry System (FRS), 35.5% Integrated Compliance Information System/National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (ICIS-NPDES), 31.4% Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Information System (RCRA Info), 38.5% Safe Drinking Water Information System (SDWIS), 136% Toxics Release Inventory System (TRIS) and 88% Water Quality Exchange (WQX). As of Q3 2012 the Exchange Network program has accomplished 73.6% progress in submitting regulatory data to EPA. One hundred forty one tribes are currently reporting water and air quality data to EPA. For detailed information on state, territorial, and tribal activities, please see the grant activities that are described at http://www.epa.gov/exchangenetwork/grants/index.html. For information on the progress of the data exchanges, please see http://www.exchangenetwork.net. Fiscal Year 2014: No content 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 13 $9,444,000; FY 14 est $9,700,000; and FY 15 est $9,700,000 - STAG Account: FY 2013 $9,444,000; FY 2014 $9,700.000 and FY 2015 estimate $9,700,000. EPM Account : FY 2013 $50,000; FY 2014 $160,000 and FY 2015 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 $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: Move the California Environmental Data Exchange Network (CEDEN) Exchange Network (EN) node to the Environmental Protection Agency's cloud.

Implement facility portal for electronic reporting of electronic Notice of Intent(e-NOI)and electronic Air Pollution Emissions Notification (e-APEN)information.

Publish benthic macroinvertebrate (with other water Quality Exchange (WQX)data on PIN node and provide geo-referenced web-based WQX summary and assessment tools.

Enhance and improve the Exchange Network infrastructure and to populate the Guam Facility Registry System (GFRS). Fiscal Year 2014: No content 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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