Systems Interoperability_Health and Human Services

The Partnership Fund for Program Integrity Innovation at the Office of Management and Budget funds pilot projects for improving the stewardship of federal dollars in assistance programs through the following measures: reducing improper payments; improving administrative efficiency; improving service
delivery; and protecting and improving program access for eligible beneficiaries.

Supported by the Partnership Fund, these pilot projects will explore and plan improved interoperability and integration in eligibility and enrollment, case management, and other related functions across health and human services information technology systems.

Grantees can explore systems design and implementation options, determine the costs and benefits of different options, the potential client outcomes and impacts of each option, and develop concrete implementation plans and options for the grantee to consider, as well as produce a road map noting what could or should be considered by other States.

In addition, each grant will demonstrate how enhanced interoperability and integrations can improve service delivery, increase program efficiency, and/or reduce errors and enhance program integrity.


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.



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2012: N/A.. Fiscal Year 2013: OSCE awarded 7 grants in FY 2013.. Fiscal Year 2014: N/A.

Uses and Use Restrictions

According to Public Law 111-117, assistance can be used for pilot projects that "address Federal programs that have a substantial State role in eligibility determination or administration or where Federal-State cooperation could otherwise be beneficial; in aggregate, save at least as much money as they cost; demonstrate the potential to streamline administration or strengthen program integrity; and do not achieve savings primarily by reducing the participation of eligible beneficiaries.".



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State (including the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands) human services agencies are eligible to receive assistance.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State (including the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands) human services agencies are eligible to conduct pilot projects to support health and human services systems interoperability.

Credentials/Documentation

When appropriate, applicants should present written evidence of other agencies willingness to cooperate when the project involves their cooperation. 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. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedures

Grant applications will undergo a panel review. Approved grant applications will receive official notice through a grant award detailing the amount of funds awarded, the purpose of the award, the terms and conditions of the award, and the budget period for which support is given.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010, Public Law 111-111-117, 123 Stat. 3171.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 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

The project and budget period is 12 months. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Periodic reports are required on the progress of the pilot program.

Monitoring is conducted by the Federal Project Officer.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Grantees under this funding opportunity announcement will be required to submit performance progress and financial reports periodically throughout the project period.

Grantees under this funding opportunity announcement will be required to submit performance progress and financial reports periodically throughout the project period.

Periodic reports are required on the progress of the pilot program.

Monitoring is conducted by the Federal Project Officer.

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. 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. All fiscal transactions identifiable to Federal financial assistance are subject to audit by the HHS audit agency, and other Federal officials

Records

Proper accounting records, identifiable by grant and including all receipts and expenditures, must be maintained for 3 years in accordance with 45 CFR 92. Subsequent to an audit, they must be maintained until all questions are resolved, or at the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later.

Financial Information

Account Identification

75-0035-0-1-506.

Obigations

(Salaries) FY 12 $0; FY 13 est $8,000,000; and FY 14 est $0 - Office of Family Assistance (OFA) received only three grant proposals to their program integrity FOA, also funded by the OMB s Partnership Fund for Program Integrity Innovation. As a result of the limited response to the OFA FOA, OMB determined the best use of those funds would be reallocation to the State Systems Interoperability and Integration Projects grant. This reallocation resulted in the award of three additional grants due to the amount of the funding ($3,500,000) being made available, which when added to the total of $4,500,000 in available interoperability grant funds brings the total of all grant funding to $8,000,000. The grants were awarded to the top seven highest evaluated proposals from the states of Colorado, New York, Oklahoma, Illinois, Indiana, California, and Maryland.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

FY 2013, average range was from $977,047 to $1,125,000 each.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Gregory A. Jordan Office of Child Support Enforcement, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services, 370 L Enfant Promenade, S.W. , 4th floor East, Washington, District of Columbia 20447 Email: gjordan@acf.hhs.gov Phone: 202-401-4975 Fax: 202-205-4582

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

1. Objectives 2. Approach 3. Evaluation/Deliverables 4. Reasonable of project costs.



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