Entrepreneurial Training and Technical Assistance Women and Girls Program

To enter into successful partnerships between OSDBU and chambers of commerce, community-based organizations, colleges and universities, community colleges, or trade associations to encourage and assist women and girl students at all levels of education to pursue opportunities in the transportation-related
industry and provide them with the education and tools necessary to seize those opportunities and become successful transportation-related contractors through the use of internships and outreach activities.

Agency - Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportation's mission is to ensure fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation that meets vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2009: Student Internships: Under the pilot program, 28 students were placed in internship positions in 10 agencies including Georgia State Department and Federal Aviation Administration and several private entities. Four graduating interns were considered for transportation-related employment opportunities. Town Hall Meetings: Spelman College hosted two town hall meetings with 148 Small women-owned business/DBEs and 20 interns in attendance. The feedback that was captured during the town hall meetings resulted in creating the Training and Technical Assistance Workshops. Training and Technical Assistance Workshops: Training Workshops were held for small women-owned businesses and women and girls aspiring to become transportation-related entrepeneours to include the following topics as the major areas of training: (1) Short Term Lending and Bonding Assistance Program; (2) Certification for S/WOBs/DBEs; (3) American Recovery and Reinvestment Act; (3) Basic Accounting and Information Technology. A total of 129 S/WOBs/DBEs participated in the training Case Studies: Spelman developed relevant cases to address issues related to transportation; such as effective ways of how S/WOBs/DBES overcome different barriers to make their companies successful. The cases will be used to develop future relevant programs to meet the needs of women and girls aspiring to enter the transportation-related industry. Fiscal Year 2010: The pilot program ended in the 2nd quarter of FY 2010. OSDBU will evaluate the program results to formulate and implement the non-pilot Entrepreneurial Training and Technical Assistance Women and Girls Program. Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Financial assistance under this section may be used to design and carry out programs to encourage and assist women and girl students at all levels of education to pursue opportunities in the transportation-related industry and provide them with the education and tools necessary to seize those opportunities and become successful transportation-related contractors through the use of internships and outreach activities.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Design and carry out programs to encourage and assist women and girl students at all levels of education to pursue opportunities in the transportation-related industry and provide them with the education and tools necessary to seize those opportunities and become successful transportation-related contractors through the use of internships and outreach activities.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Women and Girls from all levels of education meeting eligibility requirements.

Credentials/Documentation

Must be an established 501 C(3) or 501 C(6) tax exempt organization and provide documentation as verification. No application will be accepted without proof of tax exempt status. Have at least one year of documented and continuous experience prior to the date of application in providing advocacy, outreach, and technical assistance to women-owned small businesses within the region in which proposed services will be provided. Have an office physically located within the proposed city in the designated headquarters state in the region for which applicant is submitting the proposal, that is readily accessible to the public. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Applicants responding to a notice on www.grants.gov must submit their applications electronically to OSDBU via etawgp@dot.gov.

Award Procedures

Applications are evaluated by an review panel. Decisions on acceptability are made by the Director, OSDBU. Department of Transportation will award the cooperative agreements. Only one project will be awarded to an organization; therefore, institutions with multiple locations within the designated region should coordinate and submit only one application per organization. Further, in order to avoid duplication of efforts, only one cooperative agreement will be awarded in any State.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Executive Order 13506 Establishing a White House Council on Women and Girls, Dated March 11, 2009, Public Law 97-449, 49 U.S.C 332.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Selections for award are announced on www.osdbu.gov.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Awards will be re-competed at a minimum of every three years.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The period of performance for awards is base year plus two option years depended upon performance and availability of funds. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Obligated annually.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

SF -425.

Quarterly and Final progress reports are required.

SF-425.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal 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. DOT"s Inspector General and the Comptroller General of the United States may at all reasonable times investigate and audit, in the offices of the grantee, all documents, papers, books and records relevant to the execution and implementation of the conditions of this agreement.

Records

Recipient is required to retain all documents, files, books, and records relevant to the execution and implementation of the conditions of this agreement for a period of no less than 3 years, except when dispute, exception, or audit have been initiated, the records and other materials shall be retained until the litigation, dispute, exception, or audit has judicially or administratively been made final.

Financial Information

Account Identification

69-0119-0-1-407.

Obigations

(Salaries) FY 09 $150,000; FY 10 est $250,000; FY 11 est $250,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Ten Cooperative Agreements in the amount of $25,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Patricia Martin, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, W56-460, Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Email: patricia.martin@dot.gov Phone: (202) 366-5337.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposals are rated on a 100- point numerical sacle and are weighted using the following factors: Approach (25 points); Linkages (25 points); Organizational Capability (25 points); Staff Capabilities and Experience (15 points); and Cost (10 points).



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