National Forum for State and Territorial Chief Executives


The purpose of the National Forum is to convene high level decision makers representing state/territorial governors, their policy advisors, and state, federal, health and human services providers, and private sector interests around issues of importance to state and territory governments. As such, the National Forum program will assist governors and key policy staff to develop and implement innovative solutions to governance and policy challenges in their jurisdictions. This National Forum enables HRSA and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to better leverage limited resources by improving planning and program design to complement other public and private sector initiatives serving the needs of the same populations, and to implement new programs based on legislative requirements.

The National Forum cooperative agreement is multi-faceted and includes opportunities for state and territorial decision-makers to carry out initiatives that support the development and implementation of strategies related to health workforce issues, health systems, and access to healthcare. The National Forum program will address the three core functions related to the program goals and expectations: (1) facilitate collaboration among states, territories, Federal partners and other key stakeholders to achieve common goals; (2) encourage integration of public health practice, primary care delivery systems and public health infrastructures; and (3) identify and disseminate best practices and lessons learned to other states and territories.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Health Resources and Services Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Section 311(a) of the Public Health Service Act, as amended.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Nonprofit, bi-partisan or nonpartisan organization that represents governors and their staff of a broad cross section of states, the Commonwealths of the Northern Mariana Islands and Puerto Rico, and the U.S. flag territories of American Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands are eligible to apply.
Beneficiary Eligibility
See eligible beneficiaries listed above.
Applicants should review the individual HRSA funding opportunity announcement issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications which must be submitted prior to or simultaneous with submission of an application package. 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
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. HRSA requires all applicants to apply electronically through
Award Procedure
All qualified applications will be forwarded to an objective review committee. Based on the advice of the objective review committee, the HRSA program official with delegated authority is responsible for final selection and funding decisions. Notification is made in writing by a Notice of Award.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days.
Not Applicable.
Funding beyond the first year is dependent on the availability of appropriated funds for the National Forum in subsequent fiscal years, awardee satisfactory performance, and a decision that continued funding is in the best interest of the Federal government.
How are proposals selected?
Review Criteria are outlined in Section V of the HRSA funding opportunity announcement.
How may assistance be used?
HRSA’s mission is to improve health and achieve health equity through access to quality services, a skilled health workforce and innovative programs. This cooperative agreement will provide assistance to the National Forum to carry out initiatives that support states’ and territories’ efforts that align with the purpose of the National Forum. The cooperative agreement also leverages limited HHS and HRSA resources to support cohesiveness with regional and national health and human services initiatives.

Program expectations: The National Forum program will assist governors and key policy staff to develop and implement innovative solutions to governance and policy development in their jurisdictions. As such, the awardee will be expected to facilitate partnerships across the state to include local government entities, stakeholders in various regions and across health care systems and health professional disciplines. The National Forum shall include initiatives where success is measurable and significant, the results are reproducible, the efforts are sustainable, and the approach cost effective. The full amount will be used to cover the activities described in the funding opportunity announcement.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Refer to the HRSA funding opportunity announcement for additional information. The awardee will be required to submit performance and progress reports as well as status-federal financial reports (see the program announcement and notice of award for details for each required report). The awardee must submit a quarterly electronic Federal Financial Report (FFR) Cash Transaction Report via the Payment Management System within 30 days of the end of each calendar quarter. A Federal Financial Report (SF-425) according to the following schedule: A final report is due within 90 days after the project period ends. If applicable, the awardee must submit a Tangible Personal Property Report (SF-428) and any related forms within 90 days after the project period ends. New awards (“Type 1”) issued under this funding opportunity announcement are subject to the reporting requirements of the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) of 2006 (Pub. L. 109–282), as amended by section 6202 of Public Law 110–252, and implemented by 2 CFR Part 170. Grant and cooperative agreement recipients must report information for each first-tier subaward of $25,000 or more in federal funds and executive total compensation for the recipient’s and subrecipient’s five most highly compensated executives as outlined in Appendix A to 2 CFR Part 170 (FFATA details are available online at Competing continuation awardees, etc. may be subject to this requirement and will be so notified in the Notice of Award. The awardee must submit a progress report to HRSA on an annual basis. For multi-year awards: Submission and HRSA approval of the Progress Report(s) triggers the budget period renewal and release of subsequent year funds. The progress report typically has two parts. The first part demonstrates grantee progress on program-specific goals. The second part collects core performance measurement data including performance measurement data to measure the progress and impact of the project. An annual Federal Financial Report is required. The report is an accounting of expenditures under the project that year. More specific information will be included in the Notice of Award. Refer to the HRSA funding opportunity announcement for the roles and responsibilities of the Federal government and the recipient.
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.
Awardees are required to maintain grant accounting records 3 years after the date they submit the Federal Financial Report. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit or other action involving the award has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records shall be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
This program has no matching requirements.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The project period is for up to three years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Awardees draw down funds, as necessary, from the Payment Management System (PMS). PMS is the centralized web based payment system for HHS awards. Electronic Federal Financial Report (FFR) Cash Transaction Reports must be submitted electronically via the Payment Management System within 30 days of the end of each calendar quarter. Failure to submit the report may result in the inability to access award funds. Go to for additional information.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Lynnette S. Araki, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Email: Phone: (301) 443-6204. Fax: (301) 443-2286.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 14 $310,000; FY 15 est $600,000; and FY 16 est $600,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
This program will provide funding for Federal fiscal years 2012-2014. Approximately $460,000 is expected to be available annually to fund one (1) recipient. There will be a New and Competing Continuation funding opportunity in FY 15 for a 3-year project period (FY15-FY17).
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
This program is subject to the provisions of 45 CFR Part 92 for State, local and tribal governments and 45 CFR Part 74 for institutions of higher education, hospitals, other nonprofit organizations and commercial organizations, as applicable.

Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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