Interoperability Roadmap: Public/Private Partnership


To help states identify best practices in privacy law to improve interoperable exchange of health information consistent with ONC’s Interoperability Roadmap.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 04/02/2020 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Office of the Secretary
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Health Information and Technology for Clinical Health Act of 2009.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
This is a non-competitive funding opportunity and is restricted to the National Governors Association (NGA), a private non-profit organization that is uniquely qualified because of its unique relationship with senior health policy leaders in executive branches of state government; its long prior collaborations with parallel organizations that support state legislator; expanded support of gubernatorial initiatives to improve health outcomes and reduce health costs in states; and first-hand experience with the complex health privacy rules environment that exists today for patients, providers and state health policy makers. Eligible applicant is uniquely situated to lead a collaboration among high-level state health policy-making officials and ONC for the purpose of harmonizing state health privacy law to support nationwide interoperable exchange of health information for patient care.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Beneficiaries will belong to the following stakeholder groups: Federal; State; Local; Health care covered entities that conduct interstate health transactions; Health Care Consumers; Health Professionals; Scientists/Researchers; and EHR Developers.
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. 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. This is a non-competitive funding opportunity and is restricted to the organization designated, The National Governors Association (NGA). Organizations not designated are not eligible to apply for this opportunity, and therefore should not submit an application. Applications submitted by organizations not designated below will not be considered.
Award Procedure
ONC will conduct a merit review of applications based on identified criteria. ONC will consider the merit of the proposal; compliance with programmatic and grants management requirements; reasonableness of costs; and geographic area. ONC anticipates announcing an award in August 2015.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days.
Not Applicable.
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Applications will be reviewed by staff from the ONC Office of the Chief Privacy Officer and other ONC staff with appropriate expertise. The final award decision will be made by ONC. In making this award, ONC will take into consideration: the merit of the proposed project as determined by merit review; compliance with programmatic and grants management requirements; the reasonableness of the estimated costs; geographic area; and the likelihood that the proposed program will result in the benefits expected.
How may assistance be used?
To convene and coordinate a collaborative federal/state partnership to meet a core objective of the ONC Interoperability Roadmap to harmonize state health privacy law in support of nationwide health information interoperability. The following uses of assistance are restricted: supplanting or replacing current public or private funding; supplanting on-going or usual activities of any organization involved in the project; purchasing or improving land, or purchasing, constructing, or making permanent improvements to any building; reimbursing pre-award costs; using assistance to cover costs that are directly prohibited by the Recovery Act. $325,000.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. ONC shall partner with the awardee to establish quarterly reporting mechanisms in the CRM to track and monitor progress toward project milestones. Semi-Annual expenditures must be submitted for each fiscal year during the period of performance (October 1 through September 30) using the SF-425, Federal Financial Report (FFR). Reports are due to HHS no later than April 30 of each year the award is active for funds expended between October and March, and no later than October 31 for funds expended between April and September. The semi-annual FFR will be submitted using the Online Data Collection (OLDC) system. ONC will not accept reports sent directly to the ONC Grants mailbox. ONC shall partner with the awardee to establish quarterly reporting mechanisms in the CRM to track and monitor progress toward project milestones.
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.
The Awardee must retain the records pertinent to the entire competitive segment for three years from the date the final FSR is submitted. See 2 CFR 200.333 for exceptions and qualifications to the three-year retention requirement (e.g., if any litigation, claim, financial management review, or audit is started before the expiration of the three-year period, the records must be retained until all litigation, claims, or audit findings involving the records have been resolved and final action taken).
Other 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
Funds are normally available during the period of performance. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are released through the Payment Management System.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None. Peyton Isaac, Senior Privacy Analyst, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS, 200 Independence Avenue, S.E., Suite 729, Washington, DC 20201; 202-690-3910.
Headquarters Office
Carmel Halloun 330 C Street SW, Washington , District of Columbia 20201 Email: Phone: 2027202919
Website Address
No Data Available
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 14 Not Available(Exp: New award); FY 15 est $325,000; and FY 16 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not Applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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