TANF Program Integrity Innovation Grants

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.

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: The Office of Family assistance awarded 2 competitive 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 receive assistance to conduct pilot projects to improve the program integrity of their TANF programs, which serve low-income families, and to evaluate those pilot projects.

Credentials/Documentation

No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

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 using the criteria given in the Funding Opportunity Announcement. Approved grant applications will receive official notice through a grant award, detailing the amount of funds awarded; the purpose, 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.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 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 17 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.

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 $251,904; and FY 14 est $0. (Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 12 $0; FY 13 est $1,568,096; and FY 14 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The ranges is $400,000 to $1,000,000. The grant average is approximately $784,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Deborah List Office of Family Assistance, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services, 370 L Enfant Promenade, S.W. , Washington, District of Columbia 20447 Email: Deborah.List@acf.hhs.gov Phone: 202-401-5488 Fax: 202-205-5887

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

1. Project Approach and Work Plan 2. Evaluation 3. Organizational Capacity 4. Budget and 5. Bonus Points for including TANF Program Access activities in addition to TANF Program Integrity activities.



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