EASE 2.0


Establish and ensure successful, sustainable, and effective methods to improve voting systems for voters protected by the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA); 2.

Increase the percentage of ballots successfully returned by UOCAVA voters to be either equal to,
or greater to that of the general population; and 3.

Collect and analyze data to increase the effectiveness of absentee voting procedures and systems for voters protected by UOCAVA.

Agency - Department of Defense

The Department of Defense provides the military forces needed to deter war and protect the security of the United States through five major areas: peacekeeping and war-fighting efforts, Homeland Security, evacuation and humanitarian causes.

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Research the effectiveness of online ballot delivery systems as well as other related methods to streamline the absentee voting process for voters covered by UOCAVA.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants are encouraged to develop ballot delivery systems or streamlined procedures for the processing of absentee voting materials for voters covered by UOCAVA.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The amount and period of performance of each selected proposal may vary depending on the research area and technical approach pursued by the selected recipient.


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.


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

Award decisions will be based on a competitive selection of proposals based on a scientific, technical, and cost benefit analysis.


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


10 USC 2358 Research and Development Projects, 10 USC 1566, 10 USC 1566a, Executive Order 12642, 42 U.S.C 1973ff- et sec.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days. The average time for processing an award is 90 days, but it can take longer depending on the complexity of the award and the number of awards issued.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funds must be dispersed within 60 months of award. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Type of payment is based on the financial stability of the recipient.

Post Assistance Requirements


No program reports are required.

Cash reports are not applicable.

The award terms and conditions shall prescribe the type and frequency with which program reports shall be submitted.

Progress reports must be submitted by recipients detailing their ability to facilitate the proposed project.

Quarterly financial reports (SF425).

Data reports provide a written analysis of the quantitative and qualitative data; note trends, changes and usage of the implemented program; and fulfill the requirements set forth in the provided data reporting requirements document.


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.


Retention and Access Requirements IAW 32 CFR 32.50- 32 CFR 32.53.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Salaries) FY 12 $0; FY 13 est $10,200,000; and FY 14 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Robert J. Lavelle 4800 Mark Center Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22032 Email: bob.lavelle@osd.pentagon.mil Phone: 571-372-2614

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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