Past Conflict Accounting


The United States has made a sacred promise to its citizens that it will bring home with dignity all those who have served. DPAA is responsible for determining the fate of our missing and, where possible, recovering and identifying those who have made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of a grateful nation. This program facilitates efforts to provide the fullest possible accounting for missing Department of Defense personnel from past conflicts and to provide answers to their families and the nation.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Defense Pow/Mia Accounting Agency (Dpaa), Department of Defense
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015, Section 916 of Public Law 113-291, Public Law 113-291, 10 U.S.C. 1501a
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Applicants can be any private entity. A private entity is defined as any self-sustaining, non-Federal person or organization, established, operated, and controlled by any individual(s) acting outside the scope of any official capacity as officers, employees, or agents of the Federal Government
Beneficiary Eligibility
Beneficiaries of an assistance award can be any private entity which is defined as any self-sustaining, non-Federal person or organization, established, operated, and controlled by any individual(s) acting outside the scope of any official capacity as officers, employees, or agents of the Federal Government.
Credentials may be required in some instances, for example when a grant is issued that will entail field work requiring an archeologist or forensic anthropologist to ensure an excavation is conducted in accordance with applicable medico-legal standards. Applicants will submit evidence that all proposed entities and personnel are qualified and capable of performing such specified tasks or projects which may require certain scientific or other technical training/certification.
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. Merit based procedures will be used for award decisions and evaluators will use the evaluation criteria set forth in the announcement to determine if the application meets the pertinent requirements and merits an award.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days. A representative range required to approve or disapprove a proposal is 90 to 120 days, however, awards relating to higer priority projects will generally take less time.
From 1 to 15 days. Any appeal should be submitted to the DPAA Headquarters designated Point of Contact for consideration by the appointed Senior Executive Service appellate authority.
Provisions applicable to appeal procedures will be set out in the pertinent announcement.
How are proposals selected?
Evaluation criteria will be set forth in the announcement. Typical criteria will include: (1) overall technical and scientific merit; (2) potential contribution to stated goals and objectives identified in the announcement; (3) applicants capabilities, experience and demonstrated expertise; (4) plans and resource to accomplish the pertinent objectives stated in the announcement; and (5) cost realism.
How may assistance be used?
Pursuant to 10 USC 1501, the Secretary of Defense designated DPAA as the “single organization w1lhin the Department of Defense to have responsibility for Department matters relating to missing persons from past conflicts, including accounting for missing persons and persons whose remains have not been recovered from the conflict in which they were lost.” 10 USC 1501a provides the Secretary of Defense with authority to "enter into a cooperative agreement with, or make a grant to, a private entity for purposes related to the support of the activities of the designated Defense Agency." The Secretary of Defense delegated his 10 USC 1501a grant and cooperative agreement authority to DPAA to support DPAA's mission of locating and recovering the remains of missing persons from past conflicts, identifying those remains when possible, and providing answers to the families of the missing and the nation. Therefore, assistance must for purposes related to supporting efforts to account for missing Department of Defense personnel from past conflicts and provide answers to their families and the nation. Examples of programs of assistance include supporting universities, academic institutions, research institutions, non-profit organizations, and other non-federal entity in developing novel or new techniques approaches, procedures and techniques related to: • Conducting terrestrial archaeological field work in a more efficient and cost effective manner to assist in recovering remains of the missing and other socially important objectives; • Engaging in underwater remote sensing and surveys to improve the ability to detect, for example underwater aircraft crash locations; and • Developing new historical research and analysis capabilities, data mining and document archives/search methodologies to increase the effectiveness of identifying critical historical information that can contribute to providing information to families of the missing as well as contributing to other social goals.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Required reporting will be specified in the announcement and the award. Required progress reporting will be specified in the announcement and the award. Required expenditure reporting will be specified in the announcement and the award, as will be provision regarding required monitoring.
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.
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 Code of Federal Regulations..
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 generality be one year but this will be specified in the pertinent announcement as well as in the terms and conditions of the award. Likewise, any restrictions placed on the time permitted to spend the money awarded will be specified in the announcement and the award. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly unless otherwise specified in the announcement/award. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Quarterly.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
George R Gillette
2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington , DC 20301 US
Phone: 7036991191
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 18$1,250,000.00; FY 19 est $2,500,000.00; FY 20 est $4,000,000.00; FY 17 Estimate Not Available -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not yet defined as this is a new program.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
See for general information on the past conflict accounting mission and information about opportunities to help determine the fate of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2018 Funding was used for a cooperative agreement that set up innovative new efforts related to DoD's mission to account for missing military personnel from covered past conflicts. This agreement funded, for example, forensic anthropological field research that advanced techniques and procedures used to investigate and excavate locations where missing military personnel were believed to be located. In addition, this agreement resulted in new arrangements for conducting both terrestrial and underwater field investigations and recoveries with a variety of sub-awardees that offered the needed skills and experience to support DoD's accounting mission. The agreement was with a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting military, medical, academic and government clients by administering, managing and supporting preeminent scientific programs that benefit members of the armed forces and civilians alike.


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