Senior Environmental Employment Program

 

To use the talents of Americans 55 years of age or older to provide technical assistance to Federal, State, and local environmental agencies for projects of pollution prevention, abatement, and control to achieve the Agency's goals of Clean Air; Clean and Safe Water; Land Preservation and Restoration; Healthy Communities and Ecosystems; and Compliance and Environmental Stewardship. FY 2019 - The Environmental Programs Assistance Act of 1984 (Pub. L. 98-313) authorized the Administrator of the EPA "to make grants to, or enter into cooperative agreements with private, nonprofit organizations designated by the Secretary of Labor under Title V of the Older Americans Act of 1965." These cooperative agreements are to utilize the talents of older Americans in temporary, full time or part time positions "providing technical assistance to Federal, State, and local environmental agencies for projects of pollution prevention, abatement, and control." "Technical assistance" may include any activity performed for the EPA in support of its projects ranging from inspections of underground storage tanks, to support for a Headquarters staff office. This allows for the coverage of all types of SEE program positions from professional to clerical. Annual funding priorities are not established at the SEE program level. Rather, Senior Resource Officials from the participating 65 program offices establish priorities requiring SEE program support.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
66.508
Federal Agency/Office
Environmental Protection Agency
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 As of June 21, 2016, 296 cooperative agreements/amendments were awarded. In Fiscal Year 2016, 525 cooperative agreements/amendments were awarded.
Fiscal Year 2017 263 cooperative agreements/amendments were awarded in FY 2017.
Fiscal Year 2018 FY18 – 278 cooperative agreements/amendments were awarded (239 new awards/amendments, 11 decrease amendments, and 21 no-cost amendments)
Fiscal Year 2019 FY19 – As of June 30, 2019, 164 cooperative agreements/amendments were awarded (149 new awards/amendments, 4 decrease amendments, and 11 no-cost amendments)
Authorization
Environmental Programs Assistance Act of 1984, Public Law 98-313, 42 U.S.C. 4368a
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.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Federal, State, and local environmental agencies and individuals 55 years old or older.
Credentials/Documentation
The Environmental Programs Assistance Act of 1984 requires a certification by the Federal, State, or local agency that is to receive the SEE workers that the grant/cooperative agreement will not displace any Federal or State workers, prevent the rehiring of any laid-off Federal/State workers, or affect existing service contracts. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200 Subpart E.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. 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 program is subject to the provisions of OMB 2 CFR 1500. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB 2 CFR 200. Applicants, except limited circumstances approved by the Agency, must submit all initial applications for funding through https://www.grants.gov. o Additional information on applying for EPA grants can be found at: https://www.epa.gov/grants/how-apply-grants.
Award Procedure
Each application shall be subjected to administrative evaluation to determine adequacy of application in relation to assistance regulations, and to program objectives.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
Appeals
Disputes will be resolved under 2 CFR 1500 Subpart E, as applicable.
Renewals
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Proposals must demonstrate that the Organizations have the capability of operating nationwide; can manage the program within the prescribed administrative funding limits; and can provide a quality fringe benefit package to enrollees under the proposal (including health insurance).
How may assistance be used?
The SEE Act states that only nonprofit organizations which are designated by the Secretary of Labor under Title V of the Older Americans Act can participate. These cooperative agreements are to utilize the talents of older Americans in temporary full time or part time positions "providing technical assistance to Federal, State, and local environmental agencies for projects of pollution prevention, abatement, and control." Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to adopt and enforce policies that ban text messaging while driving company-owned or -rented vehicles or government-owned vehicles, or while driving privately-owned vehicles when on official government business or when performing any work for or on behalf of the government. Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to conduct initiatives of the type described in section 3(a) of the Federal Leadership on Reducing Text Messaging While Driving Executive Order that was signed on October 1, 2009.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Not applicable.
Auditing
Grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspections and audits by the Comptroller General of the United States, the EPA Office of Inspector General, other EPA staff, or any authorized representative of the Federal government. Reviews by the EPA Project Officer and the Grants Specialist may occur each year.
Records
Financial records, including all documents which support entries on accounting records and which substantiate changes to each assistance agreement must be kept available to personnel authorized to examine EPA assistance accounts. All records must be maintained until expiration of three years from the date of submission of the final financial status report. If questions still remain, such as those raised as a result of an audit, related records should be retained until the matter is completely resolved.
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
Assistance covers a period of one to three years and is awarded in increments during that period. Assistance is incrementally awarded throughout the life of the agreement to support ongoing activities.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Angela Hughes, Program Analyst, SEE Program, (3102A) Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Administration and Resources Management, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., N. W., Washington, D. C. 20460. Telephone: (202) 564-4390, FAX: (202) 564-0735; e-mail: Hughes.Angela@epa.gov.
Headquarters Office
Angela Hughes
Angela Hughes, Program Analyst, SEE Program (3102A),Office of Administration and Resources Management, Office of Human Resources, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave, N.W., Washington, DC 20460. Telephone: (202) 564-4390 FAX: (202) 564-0735; e-mail: Hughes.Angela@epa.gov.
Washington, DC 20460 US
Hughes.Angela@epa.gov
Phone: (202) 564-4390
Website Address
https://www.epa.gov/careers/senior-environmental-employment-see-program
Financial Information
Account Identification
68-0103-0-1-304
Obligations
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 18$40,950,198.00; FY 19 est $50,000,000.00; FY 20 FY 17$50,000,000.00; FY 16$38,346,358.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
New awards and amendments: $1,000 to $750,000/FY 2017; Average $69,276/FY 2017; $332 to $837,500/FY2018; Average $30,635/FY2018. Estimates of $1,000 to $750,000/FY 2019; Average $60,000/FY 2019.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Assistance Administration Manual, available from the National Technical Information Service, Springfield, VA 22161 on a subscription basis; 2 CFR 1500, General Regulation for Assistance Programs; Office of Administration and Resources Management for the Management of the Senior Environmental Employment Program.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 No content available Provide funding to eligible Grantee organizations to provide senior citizens who conduct national non-agricultural pesticide surveys, outreach on renovation, repair, and painting rule, provide review and monitoring support for the Import Car Program, monitor the anti-fuel switching program, conduct research, and work on other general administrative and clerical tasks.
Fiscal Year 2017 Provide funding to eligible Grantee organizations to provide senior citizens who conduct national non-agricultural pesticide surveys, outreach on renovation, repair, and painting rule, provide review and monitoring support for the Import Car Program, monitor the anti-fuel switching program, conduct research, and work on other general administrative and clerical tasks.
Fiscal Year 2018 Provide funding to eligible Grantee organizations to provide senior citizens who conduct national non-agricultural pesticide surveys, outreach on renovation, repair, and painting rule, provide review and monitoring support for the Import Car Program, monitor the anti-fuel switching program, conduct research, and work on other general administrative and clerical tasks

 


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