RESEARCH AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

The Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA), a Department of Defense (DoD) field activity, is authorized to make awards to, or conclude cooperative agreements with state or local governments, or any nongovernmental or other private entity, to conduct research and provide technical assistance related to community
economic adjustment needs and assistance under 10 U.S.C.

Section 2391(c), or Executive Order 12788, as amended.

Awards provided under this notice support the Office of Economic Adjustment as well as the Defense Economic Adjustment Program (DEAP) by: (1) developing and analyzing information for program and policy considerations; and, (2) undertaking special research.

Agency - Department Of Defense

The Department of Defense provides the military forces needed to deter war and protect the security of the United States through five major areas: peacekeeping and war-fighting efforts, Homeland Security, evacuation and humanitarian causes.



Program Accomplishments

None.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Topics and areas of specific interest to OEA may be identified in a Federal Register Notice of Funding Availability (Notice) issued under this program.

Proposals outside of a Notice, or beyond the identified topics and areas of interest in a Notice, may also be considered.

Activities under this program must relate to assisting state and local governments to plan and/or carry out community adjustments and economic diversification required by: the proposed or actual establishment, realignment, or closure of a military installation; the cancellation or termination of a Department of Defense contract or the failure to proceed with an approved major weapon system program; a publicly announced planned major reduction in Department of Defense spending that would adversely affect a community; the encroachment on a military installation; or, the closure or the significantly reduced operations of a defense facility as the result of the merger, acquisition, or consolidation of the defense contractor operating the facility.

Funding may not be used for direct hard- or soft-construction activities.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible respondents include any governmental or private entity.

A "private entity" is defined for purposes of this listing as any entity that is non-governmental.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Eligible applicants include a State or local government, or any private entity. A "private entity" is defined for purposes of this listing as any entity that is non-governmental.

Credentials/Documentation

None.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

A Federal Register Notice of Funding Availability (Notice) may be used to announce the availability of funds for specific research and technical assistance needs identified by OEA.

Proposals will be accepted for the time period established in the Notice.

Application Procedures

All interested respondents must submit a proposal within the solicitation period established in the Notice. Unless otherwise specified in the Notice, each proposal submitted must include a cover or transmittal letter and accompanying text that shall consist of no more than 10 pages (single-sided), consisting of: An abstract of the proposed research or technical assistance; A description of the scope of work to be undertaken and how it responds to OEA and the Defense Economic Adjustment Program; A proposed budget and budget justification; Detailed description of the project team and their relevant experience; A project schedule for completion of the work; A point of contact. In the case of a proposal on an unsolicited topic, a summary of the problem or issue the project will address. Proposals should be submitted by letter addressed to the Director, Office of Economic Adjustment, Department of Defense, 400 Army Navy Drive, Suite 200, Arlington, VA 22202-4707. They may also be faxed to the Office of Economic Adjustment at (703) 604-5460, or submitted electronically to: (rta.submit@wso.whs.mil).

Award Procedures

OEA will notify respondents within the timelines established in the Notice whether or not their proposal will be invited for a formal application. At this point, OEA will assign a Project Manager to advise and assist with the preparation of an application. Applications will be reviewed for their completeness and accuracy, and, to the extent possible, an award notification will be issued within 30 days of the receipt of a complete application.

Deadlines

All interested respondents must submit a proposal within the timelines established in the Notice.

Authorization

10 U.S.C. 2391(c).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

OEA will notify respondents within the timelines established in the Notice whether their proposal was successful and invite an application.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

None.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

OEA may fund up to 100 percent of the proposed budget depending on the nature of the project.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Project duration will vary according to the nature of the proposal.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

OEA requires interim performance reports and one final performance report for each award.

The performance reports will contain information on the following: A comparison of actual accomplishments to the objectives established for the reporting period; Reasons for slippage if established objectives were not met; Additional pertinent information when appropriate; A comparison of actual and projected expenditures for the period; The amount of Federal cash on hand at the beginning and end of the reporting period.

The final performance report must contain a summary of activities for the entire award period.

All required deliverables should be submitted with the final performance report.

The final SF 269A, "Financial Status Report," must be submitted to OEA within ninety (90) days after the end date of the award.

Any funds actually advanced and not needed for award purposes shall be returned immediately to OEA.

OEA will provide a schedule for reporting periods and report due dates in the Award Agreement.

Audits

Standard Federal Audit requirements apply, as appropriate to the type of recipient.

Records

Standard Federal recordkeeping requirements apply, as appropriate to the type of recipient.

Financial Information

Account Identification

97-0100-0-7-051.

Obigations

FY 07 $643,287; FY 08 $1,092,332; and FY 09 $1,735,619.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

The Awardee, and any subawardee or consultant/contractor, operating under the terms of a grant or cooperative agreement shall comply with all Federal, State, and local laws including the following, where applicable: 32 CFR Part 33, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments"; OMB Circulars A-87, "Cost Principles for State and Local Governments" and the revised A-133, "Audits of States, Local Governments and Non-Profit Organizations"; 32 CFR Part 25, "Government-wide Debarment and Suspension (Non-procurement)"; 32 CFR Part 26, "Drug-free Workplace"; 32 CFR, Part 32, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements to with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and other Non-Profit Organizations; 32 CFR Part 34, Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with For-Profit Organizations; OMB Circular A-21 Cost Principles for Educational Institutions; OMB Circular A-122, Cost Principles for Non Profit Organizations; 32 CFR Part 28, "New Restrictions on Lobbying (Grants)"; and 2 CFR Part 175, "Award Term for Trafficking in Persons."

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Director, Office of Economic Adjustment, Department of Defense, 400 Army Navy Drive, Suite 200, Arlington, VA 22202-4704. Telephone: (703) 604-6020. E-mail: rta.submit@wso.whs.mil.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

OEA considers each of the following equally-balanced factors as a basis for inviting formal award applications: Overall conformance with proposal requirements: Overall responsiveness of the proposal to support the Office of Economic Adjustment and Defense Economic Adjustment Program: Overall expertise, experience, qualifications and ability of investigators: Overall reasonableness of budgeted expenditures.



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