State Senior Environmental Employment Program

 

To use the talents of Americans 55 years of age or older to provide technical assistance to State 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.

Funding Priority, Fiscal Year 2014: 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 State in support of its projects ranging from inspections of large capacity cesspools, to support for a State Environmental staff office. This allows for the coverage of all types of SEE program positions from professional to clerical.

Funding Priority, Fiscal Year 2015: 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 State in support of its projects ranging from inspections of large capacity cesspools, to support for a State Environmental staff office. This allows for the coverage of all types of SEE program positions from professional to clerical.

Funding Priority, Fiscal Year 2016: 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 State in support of its projects ranging from inspections of large capacity cesspools, to support for a State Environmental staff office. This allows for the coverage of all types of SEE program positions from professional to clerical.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
66.518
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Office: Office of Administration and Resources Management
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: In Fiscal Year 2014, 3 cooperative agreements/amendments were awarded. Fiscal Year 2015: As of April 30, 2015, 4 cooperative agreements/amendments were awarded. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
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
State 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 OMB 2 CFR 200 Subpart E. 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
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. 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. 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 in limited circumstances approved by the Agency, must submit all initial applications for funding through http://www.grants.gov.
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
Not Applicable.
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."

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What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
No program reports are required. Recipients must furnish quarterly reports on expenditures by cooperative agreement. Cash reports are required on a quarterly schedule. Progress reports are required on a quarterly schedule. Expenditure reports are required on a quarterly schedule. Performance monitoring is required as a normal part of Project Officer Post Award Monitoring.
Auditing
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. 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. In accordance with the provisions of OMB 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-federal entities that expend $750,000 or more in a year in Federal awards shall 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 OMB 2 CFR 200.503.
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
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
Assistance covers a period of one to three years and is awarded in increments during that period. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance is awarded throughout the life of the Agreement to support ongoing activities.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Angela Hughes, Program Analyst, SEE Program (3600A), Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Administration and Resources Management, Office of Human Resources, Program Management and Communications Staff, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave, N.W., Washington DC 20460. Telephone: (202) 564-4390 FAX: (202) 564-0735; e-mail: Hughes.Angela@epa.gov.
Headquarters Office
Angela Hughes Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Administration and Resources Management, Office of Human Resources, Program Management and Communications Staff, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave, N.W., , Washington, District of Columbia 20460 Email: Hughes.Angela@epa.gov Phone: (202) 564-4390
Website Address
http://epa.gov/see.
Financial Information
Account Identification
68-0108-0-1-304.
Obligations
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 14 $280,000; FY 15 est $250,000; and FY 16 est $250,000 - (Grants) FY 2014 $280,000; FY 2015 estimate $250,000; FY 2016 estimate $250,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
New awards and amendments: $17,155 to $280,000/FY 2014; Average $148,578/FY2014; $61,000 to 280,000/FY 2015; Average $170,500/FY 2015.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Assistance Administration Manual, available from the National Technical Information Service, Springfield, VA 22161 on a subscription basis; 40 CFR Part 30, 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 2014: Focus is on State level programs. Cooperative Agreements 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 State in support of its projects ranging from inspections of large capacity cesspools, to support for a State Environmental staff office. This allows fo the coverage of all types of SEE program positions from professional to clerical. Fiscal Year 2015: Focus is on State level programs. Cooperative Agreements 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 State in support of its projects ranging from inspections of large capacity cesspools, to support for a State Environmental staff office. This allows fo the coverage of all types of SEE program positions from professional to clerical. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available

 


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