Postal Model for Medical Countermeasures Delivery and Distribution

To help metropolitan areas augment their capabilities to respond to a large-scale bioterrorism attack.

The primary focus is on developing and testing collaborative arrangements whereby the United States Postal Service (USPS) and local law enforcement agencies, under the direction of the local
or State public health authority, would deliver self-administrable medical countermeasures (specifically, antibiotic drugs) to every residence in the at-risk area - potentially the entire community - with the goal of preventing disease and death and thus avoiding a public health catastrophe.


Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Website Address

http://www.phe.gov



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grant funds may be used for Postal Model for Medical Countermeasures Delivery and Distribution related activities only.

Grants funds may not be used for construction and/or major rehabilitation of buildings.

Grants funds may not be used for basic research (e.g.

scientific or medical experiments.).

When appropriated and apportioned, all funds available will be used for discretionary grant awards.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Domestic public or private non-profit entities including state and local governments, Indian tribal governments and organizations (American Indian/Alaskan Native/Native American), faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, hospitals, and institutions of higher education.

Beneficiary Eligibility

All entities listed above.

Credentials/Documentation

Applicants should review the individual Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) funding opportunity announcement (FOA) issued under this CFDA program for any proof of certifications which must be submitted prior to or simultaneous with submission of an application package. OMB Circular A-122 applies to this program. 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

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Grant applications and required forms for this program can be obtained through Grants.gov - FIND. Applicants should visit Grants.gov - FIND for the FOA and Grants.gov - APPLY to download application materials to complete and submit their applications in accordance with the FOA.

Award Procedures

Applications that successfully proceed through initial screening (as outlined in the FOA) will be objectively reviewed based upon the review criteria specified in the FOA. Applications selected for funding will be processed and the applicant notified in writing through the issuance of a Notice of Grant Award from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response.

Deadlines

Sep 30, 2011: Applicable deadlines and due dates are specified in the funding opportunity announcement.

Authorization

Public Health Service Act, Section 1703 (a), 42 U.S.C. Section 300u-2.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

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

Project periods are limited up to 12 months. Budget periods are limited up to 12 months. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Awardee is issued a Notice of Grant Award, a legal document that informs the awardee that a grant award has been made. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Awardee may draw down funds in advance of the incursion of expenditure (up to three days) from the Payment Management System.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Grantees are required to submit program reports, also know as Program Progress Reports.

Recipients must report cash transaction data via the Payment Management System (PMS) using the cash transaction data elements captured on the Federal Financial Report (FFR), Standard Form (SF) 425.

The FFR SF425 cash transaction report is due 30 days after the end of each calendar quarter.

Grantees are required to submit Program Progress Reports at the completion of each milestone as well as a final Program Progress Report.

ASPR requires financial reporting through the Federal Financial Report (FFR), Standard Form 425.

Reports are due semi-annually within 30 days after the first 6 month period and within 90 days of the budget period end date.

Performance monitoring of awardees is completed by ASPR program staff.

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.

Records

Records must be kept available for 3 years after submission of the final expenditure report.

Financial Information

Account Identification

75-0140-0-1-551.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 09 $0; FY 10 $0; FY 11 $450,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$50,000 per award.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

This program is subject to the provisions of 45 CFR Part 92 for State, local and tribal governments, 45 CFR Part 74 for institutions of higher education, hospitals, other nonprofit organizations and commercial organizations, 2 CFR, and the HHS Grants Policy Statement found at http://dhhs.gov/asfr/ogapa/grantinformation/hhsgps107.pdf.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

RADM Ann Knebel, Postal Model for Medical Countermeasures Delivery and Distribution, Office of Preparedness and Emergency Operations, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Department of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence Ave, S.W., Suite 638G, Washington, District of Columbia 20201 Email: ann.knebel@hhs.gov Phone: (202) 205-5129.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Discretionary awards are subject to objective review. Reviewers will individually evaluate and score applications based upon the review criteria specified in the funding opportunity announcement. Scored applications will be ordinally ranked. The highest ranked applications will receive priority consideration for award within available funding.



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