Consultation Agreements

To fund consultative workplace safety and health services, targeting smaller employers with more hazardous operations.



Agency - Department of Labor

The Department of Labor fosters and promotes the welfare of job seekers, wage earners and retirees by improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities, protecting their retirement and health benefits and generally protecting worker rights and monitoring national economic measures.

Office - See Appendix IV of the Catalog for regional offices of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Website Address

http://www.osha.gov



Program Accomplishments

In fiscal year 2007, State consultations visits totaled 31,911; fiscal year 2008 estimate is 29,700 State consultation visits; and fiscal year 2009 estimate is 29,050 State consultation visits.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Cooperative Agreements to States to provide occupational safety and health consultative services to employers.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Designated State agencies which have been authorized by the Governor to enter into a Cooperative Agreement with full power to perform the obligations funded therein and to expend Federal funds as well as State funds as required.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Any private employer operating within a State, with priority given to smaller employers with the more hazardous operations.

Credentials/Documentation

State agency responsible for providing consultative services to employers must meet the minimum requirements of the consultation program set forth in 29 CFR 1908.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

No preapplication is required.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

Application instructions are distributed to the States by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to the designated State agencies through OSHA's Regional Offices. Completed applications are returned to OSHA's National Office. OMB Circulars No. A-102 and A-110 govern application requirements.

Award Procedures

Final approval of funding requests is given annually by the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.

Deadlines

Annual schedules are established by OSHA's National Grants Office. Contact National Grant Office for deadline schedules.

Authorization

Occupational Safety and Health Act, Section 21(d) Public Law 105-197, 29 U.S.C. 651.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Two months.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

Funding to States for administering their consultation program can be renewed indefinitely, provided that State consultation projects continue to meet the requirements of the program. Applications for renewals are submitted to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's National Grants Office.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Matching is required. The Federal share may not exceed 90 percent of the total cost to the recipient.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Consultation Cooperative Agreements are aspects of a continuing program. Grantees receive funds through the Department of Health and Human Services' Payment Management System.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

A program review and fiscal reports are required quarterly.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations, non-Federal entities that expend $500,000 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 $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Records

Records must be retained for three years following grant closeout or final audit, whichever is later.

Financial Information

Account Identification

16-0400-0-1-554.

Obigations

FY 07 $53,357,000; FY 08 est $52,425,000; and FY 09 est $54,531,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Fiscal year 2007 grants ranged from $199,000 to $5,161,000. These awards represent approximately 90 percent of total program costs.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

29 CFR Parts 95, 97, and 1908; and OMB Circular Nos. A-21, A-87, A-102 and A-110.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Appendix IV of the Catalog for regional offices of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Headquarters Office

Assistant Secretary, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Department of Labor, Washington, DC 20210. Contact: Pavlo Oborski. Telephone: (202) 693-1919.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Agreements may be awarded only to a State agency, designated by the Governor of a State, which has submitted an application for funding.



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