Structural Fire Protection_Bureau of Indian Affairs Facilities

To provide for the installation of fire protection and prevention equipment in schools, dormitories, detention centers and other BIA facilities.

Examples of Funded Projects

Installation or repair of sprinkler systems; installation of smoke detectors; installation or repair of fire alarm systems; acquisition/replacement of fire extinguishers; replacement of fire trucks.


Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Office - Applications should be filed with the local Bureau of Indian Affairs agency or regional office representative or education program administrator as listed in Appendix IV.


Program Accomplishments

Funds were used to retrofit smoke detectors, fire alarms, and sprinkler systems in identified schools, dormitories, and other Bureau facilities and used to replace fire trucks.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds may be used for training, breathing apparatus equipment; other equipment such as hoses; fire trucks; protective clothing for fire personnel; installation of fire sprinkles and fire/smoke alarms in schools and dormitories; and support other fire protection and preventive measures.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments and Tribal Organizations, including School Boards, who have a prioritized Fire Protection project for which funds have been appropriated.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Indian children attending Bureau owned or funded primary and secondary schools and/or residing in Bureau owned or funded dormitories and occupants and visitors of detention centers and other BIA facilities.

Credentials/Documentation

An initial application must be accompanied by a copy of the authorizing resolution from the Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Government to be served. If a currently effective authorizing resolution covering the scope of an initial contract proposal has already been provided, a reference to that resolution.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

An informal conference with a Bureau agency representative is strongly recommended to determine the application and award procedures to be followed.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

Applications must be filed in accordance with 25 CFR Part 900 "Contracts under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act," 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments," or the Tribally Controlled Schools Act of 1988, as amended, 25 U.S.C. 2501 et seq., as applicable.

Award Procedures

Fire protection projects have been identified and prioritized. Funds must be appropriated before the award can be made. The award is made in accordance with the procedures contained in 25 CFR Part 900 "Contracts under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act," 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart C "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments," or the Tribally Controlled Schools Act of 1988, as amended, 25 U.S.C. 2501 et seq., as applicable.

Deadlines

Applications must be submitted in accordance with applicable procedures.

Authorization

Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, Public Law 93-638, 25 U.S.C. 450 et seq., as amended, Title IV; Tribal Self-Governance Act of 1994, Public Law 103-413; Tribally Controlled Schools Act of 1988, as amended, Public Law 100-297, 25 U.S.C. 2501 et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Applications will be processed within 90 days or as provided under applicable procedures.

Appeals

An unsuccessful applicant may request an informal conference with the deciding official, or may appeal the denial of the application to the Interior Board of Indian Appeals, or may bring suit in U.S. District Court. Full appeal procedures are found in 25 CFR Part 900.

Renewals

Awards are for one-time projects. Depending upon the size and complexity of the project, it may take a couple of increments of funding assistance to complete the project. The initial award is issued as a new contract/grant, with second and any subsequent funding increments issued as renewals to existing contracts/grants.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

None.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funds remain available until expended in accordance with the terms of the award.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Financial status reports, SF 269A, are required.

Program accomplishment reporting requirements will be negotiated with the Self-Determination contractor/grantee.

Audits

For awards made under this program grantees/contractors are responsible for obtaining audits in accordance with the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996 (31 U.S.C. 7501 et seq.).

Records

Financial records must be retained for 3 years from the date of submission of the single audit report. Procurement records must be retained for 3 years from the date of final payment. Property records must be retained for 3 years from the date of disposition, replacement, or transfer. Records pertaining to any litigation, audit exceptions or claims must be retained until the dispute has been resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-2301-0-1-452.

Obigations

(Total Amount of Awards) FY 07 $532,960; FY 08 est $532,960; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$5,000 to $250,000; $120,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

25 CFR, Part 900 "Contracts under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act," 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart C "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments," or the Tribally Controlled Schools Act of 1988, as amended, 25 U.S.C. 2501 et seq., as applicable; OMB Circulars A-87, "Cost Principles for State, Local, and Indian Tribal Governments," A-122, "Cost Principles for Non-Profit Organizations," A-21, "Cost Principles for Educational Institutions," as applicable; and Bureau of Indian Affairs Manual, Chapter 25, Supplements 18 and 19; National Fire Protection Association Standards.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Applications should be filed with the local Bureau of Indian Affairs agency or regional office representative or education program administrator as listed in Appendix IV.

Headquarters Office

Structural Fire Protection Program Manager; Office of Facilities Management and Construction, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 201 Third Street, NW, Suite 500, P. O. Box 1248, Albuquerque, NM 87103. Telephone: (505) 346-6522. Use the same number for FTS.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Projects have been identified and prioritized based on assessed risk to occupants. Dormitories and schools housing Indian children were given highest priority. Applicants must have a prioritized project. For more information contact the local Bureau of Indian Affairs agency or regional office as listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog or the Structural Fire Protection Program Manager at the location shown under "Headquarters Office."



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