Consultation Agreements


To fund consultative workplace safety and health services, targeting smaller employers with more hazardous operations.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Labor
Office: Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: State consultation visits were 26,734. Fiscal Year 2015: State consultation visits are estimated at 27,250. Fiscal Year 2016: State consultation visits are estimated at 26,745.
Occupational Safety and Health Act, Section 21(d), Public Law 105-197, 29 U.S.C 651.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Designated State agencies which have been authorized by the Governor to enter into a Cooperative Agreement with full power to perform the obligations funded therein and to expend Federal funds as well as State funds as required.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Any private employer operating within a State, with priority given to smaller employers with the more hazardous operations.
State agency responsible for providing consultative services to employers must meet the minimum requirements of the consultation program set forth in 29 CFR 1908. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. 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. Application instructions are distributed to the States by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to the designated State agencies through OSHA's Directives System. Completed applications are returned to OSHA's National Office.
Award Procedure
Final approval of funding requests is given annually by the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
Not Applicable.
Funding to States for administering their consultation program can be renewed indefinitely, provided that State consultation projects continue to meet the requirements of the program. Applications for renewals are submitted to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's National Grants Office.
How are proposals selected?
Agreements may be awarded only to a State agency, designated by the Governor of a State, which has submitted an application for funding.
How may assistance be used?
Cooperative Agreements to States to provide occupational safety and health consultative services to employers.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Program Reports are required annually. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Federal Financial Reports are required and submitted on a quarterly basis. Performance Monitoring is conducted.
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.
Records must be retained for 3 years following grant closeout or final audit, whichever is later.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 10.%. The Federal share may not exceed 90 percent of the total cost to the recipient.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Consultation Cooperative Agreements are aspects of a continuing program. Grantees receive funds through the Department of Health and Human Services' Payment Management System. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. See Appendix IV of the Catalog for regional offices of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Headquarters Office
Elizabeth Norris 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20210 Email: Phone: 202-693-2422 Fax: 202-693-1696
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Salaries) FY 14 $57,747,000; FY 15 est $57,775,000; and FY 16 est $57,775,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Fiscal year 2014 grants ranged from $196,000 to $5,453,000. These awards represent approximately 90 percent of total program costs.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
2 CFR Parts 200,and 2900; and 29 CFR Part 1908.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.