Experienced Services


To implement legislation that authorizes cooperative agreements with eligible nonprofit organizations that will recruit and provide the services of professionals, age 55 and older, who have the experience and expertise to support the USFWS mission across a range of capacities on a temporary, full or part time, project-specific basis.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
P.L. 116-6 - Consolidated Appropriations Act for FY 2019, Section 113; Endangered Species Act, 16 U.S.C. §1531 et seq.; Fish and Wildlife Act, 16 U.S.C. §742 et seq.; Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, 16 U.S.C. §§661-666e; Migratory Bird Treaty Act, 16 U.S.C. 703 et seq.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Private, nonprofit organizations designated by the Secretary of Labor under title V of the Older Americans Act of 1965, which may then recruit and provide enrollees age 55 or older who qualify for positions based on approved position descriptions provided by the contracting, Federal agency.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Individuals (Americans, age 55 and older) who qualify for temporary positions, as described in approved position descriptions provided by the contracting, Federal agency. These individuals may include Federal pension recipients.
The authorizing statute requires the applicant private, non-profit organization be certified by the Department of Labor under Title V of the Older Americans Act, 42 U.S.C. 3056-3057.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applications must include all required Standard Forms (SF), including a Project Proposal, a Budget Detail, and a copy the applicant's approved federal agency Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement (NICRA), if applicable. Other required documents: SF-424, Application for Federal Assistance; SF-424A, Budget Information-Non-Construction Programs; SF-424B Assurances-Non-Construction Programs; Proof of establishment under the Secretary of Labor, Title V of the Older Americans Act of 1965; Financial Assistance Evaluation Questionnaire (if applicable).
Award Procedure
The Federal Agency with final approval authority for the application is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), a Bureau in the Department of the Interior. The agency manages and carries out its work through the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS); as well as through 72 National Fish Hatcheries; one historic hatchery, nine Fish Health Centers; seven Fish Technology Centers; 65 Fish and Wildlife Conservation Offices; one National Conservation Training Center, and waterfowl production areas in 209 counties managed within 38 Wetland Management Districts and 50 Coordination Areas, encompassing more than 150 million acres of lands and waters. In the bureau headquarters, its eight Regional Offices, and its more than 700 field offices, USFWS biologists, engineers, law enforcement officers, visitors' services, partnership coordinators, veterinarians, forest ecologists, landscape ecologists, environmental review analysts, geneticists, economists, permit managers, trainers, external affairs, human resources, budget, policy analysts, procurement, and myriad other professionals contribute critical elements of the overall effort needed to achieve its mission. P.L. 116-6 - Consolidated Appropriations Act for FY 2019, Section 113 authorizes Department of the Interior bureaus to establish employment programs through which its programs and regions can seek and select qualified candidates (enrollees) for a diverse range of temporary assignments. Funding from the individual project, program or region will be applied to the costs of retaining the enrollee. The recipient(s) of the financial assistance award(s) made under this program will be private, nonprofit organizations that qualify under Title V of the Older Americans Act. Selected recipients will recruit candidates for the USFWS, based on approved position descriptions, manage payroll and benefits for enrollees, and provide reporting, administrative, and other functions to support the program per the cooperative agreement between it and the USFWS.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
1. First Level Screening - Basic Eligibility: Ensures that applicants meet basic eligibility requirements, such as meeting program and/or legislative authority requirements, timing of submission, and complete and properly executed application package. 2. Second Level Evaluation - Merit Review Evaluation: Uses merit review criteria with numerical scoring based on a 100-point maximum score, as follows: Mission and Objective (20/100 points); Knowledge, experience and resources for recruiting qualified enrollees (25/100 points); Applicant's technical approach (25/100 points), including how the proposed objectives will be achieved within the proposed period of performance; significant goals or milestones; tasks and relationships of partners, if applicable; Qualifications/past performance (25/100); Planning, collaboration and evaluation (10/100 points); Leveraging of resources (5/100 points). 3. Third Level Review Pre-Award Clearance and Approvals: a business evaluation and determination of responsibility including: risk management, financial stability, history of performance managing Federal awards, and budget review, etc. 4. Application Selection Process: Applications eligible for merit review will be evaluated by an ad hoc evaluation team assembled to review, rate, rank, and recommend applications for award using the above evaluation criteria. 5. Criteria are not based on cost of the project, but on responsible, effective use of funds. 6. Criteria are based on qualifications of the principal investigator and institution, relevance to program's objectives, merit, and other qualities.
How may assistance be used?
Recipients will use funding to cover overhead or administrative costs to fulfill its obligations under the cooperative agreement, as well as salary and benefits for enrollees. Overhead or administrative costs may include payroll and benefits management, required reporting, and providing interactive portal for enrollee supervisors, among others.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Performance reports are required. Recipients must monitor and report on project performance in accordance with the requirements in 2 CFR 200.328. A final performance report is due within 90 calendar days of the award period of performance end date, unless the awarding program approves a due date extension. The FWS details all reporting requirements including frequency and due dates in Notices of Award.
Not applicable.
Recipients will maintain records in accordance with 2 CFR 200. Program-specific legislation/regulation may dictate additional records retention requirements. Program will detail all non-standard records retention requirements in the notice of award.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
This is a new program. Program will obligate funds and send a notice of award to successful applicants. Recipients request awarded funds as needed and in accordance with 2 CFR 200, unless otherwise dictated by program-specific legislation/regulation or special award terms. Program will include any special award terms and conditions in the notice of award.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Edith Thompson
USFWS HQ, 5275 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041 USA
Phone: 703-358-2267
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18$0.00; FY 19 est $50,000.00; FY 20 est $250,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
This is a new program. The first year will be a pilot and will have a maximum of $300,000 total awarded for the year.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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