Past Conflict Accounting - Vietnam


The Secretary of Defense, in coordination with the Secretary of State, is authorized to carry out a cooperative program with the Ministry of Defense of Vietnam to assist in accounting for Vietnamese personnel missing in action. (b) PURPOSE.The purpose of the cooperative program under subsection (a) is to carry out the following activities: (1) Collection, digitization, and sharing of archival information. (2) Building the capacity of Vietnam to conduct archival research, investigations, and excavations. (3) Improving DNA analysis capacity. (4) Increasing veteran-to-veteran exchanges. (5) Other support activities the Secretary of Defense considers necessary and appropriate.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Washington Headquarters Services (Whs), Department of Defense
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2023 This project provides public benefit by addressing war legacies and forging reconciliation, which contributes to overall U.S.-Vietnam relations and the Vietnamese Missing in Action (VMIA) initiative.
Statute National Defense Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2021 Section 1254,
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Institutions of higher education with the required experience.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Beneficiaries of an assistance award can be any private entity. This initiative will support USG efforts to assist Vietnam account for Vietnamese Missing in Action (VMIAs) by drawing public and key stakeholder attention to the importance of this work and by providing platforms for bilateral dialogue.
See CFR 200
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
Award Procedure
Applicant should submit proposals as provided for in the relevant announcement.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 1 to 15 days.
From 1 to 15 days. Any appeal should be submitted to the WHS AD designated Point of Contact for consideration.
From 1 to 15 days.
How are proposals selected?
Evaluation criteria will be set forth in the announcement.
How may assistance be used?
Awards will be in accordance with 2 CFR 200. The Department seeks an institution of higher education to upgrade and improve the existing online data through database updates, improved translation, meta-data tagging, and cataloguing. The institution should have extensive experience in conducting such efforts, strong historical data research experience, and significant experience in southeast Asia studies.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Required reporting will be specified in the announcement and the award.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal award 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 years, expect as noted in 2 CRF 200.503.
Record keeping requirements will be according to the terms and conditions of the award, which will include appropriate provisions related to recipient records required by the CFR.
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
The period of time the assistance will be available will initially be for one year, and include up to four follow-on option years which are subject the availability of funds. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Quarterly.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Christopher Lindley
Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
2100 Defense Pentagon
Washington, DC 202012600 USA
Phone: 571-748-9196
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 22$1,800,008.00; FY 23 est $1,850,714.00; FY 24 est $1,865,778.00; FY 21$2,000,000.00; FY 20$0.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $1,000,000.00 to $4,000,000.00 Average: $1,500,00.00
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2023 The scope of this work will include the Combined Documentation Exploitation Center’s (CDEC) document archive, which includes millions of pages of captured war documents. The work will also include archival information located with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); and interviews with researchers, government officials, and families of unaccounted soldiers in Vietnam, to correlate information derived from the CDEC with other materials (i.e. maps, letters, and memorabilia).


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