Strengthening the Nation"s Public Health System through a National Voluntary Accreditation Program f

This project will support the operations and continuous improvement of a national accreditation program for state, tribal, local and territorial public health departments.

This program will result in increased visibility for accreditation, a stronger public health accreditation program, increased
demonstration of accountability of public health programs to decision makers and to the public, increased adoption of evidence based practices, increased use of quality improvement, improved capacity for state, tribal, local and territorial health departments to meet nationally established accreditation standards, and increased recognition of public health roles and value by leaders and the public.

Specific objectives may/will include but are not limited to:

Support communications and education regarding the accreditation program.

Establish a process of continuous improvement of the accreditation standards, tools, and processes to ensure a relevant, current and smoothly functioning program (all elements of the current program can be found at

Strengthen strategic partnerships to support accreditation.

Strengthen the evidence base for accreditation.

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

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Project funds may be used for costs associated with planning, organizing, conducting, and supporting the National Voluntary Accreditation Program for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Health Departments, and for the implementation of the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) program elements as described in Section 050 above and through CDC allowable and unallowable expenses.

Per CDC-RFA-OT13-1301, Part II Section D.15 "Funding Restrictions", page 27.

Detailed budget restrictions will be specified in corresponding most recent Notice of Award.

Public Health assigns these funds for this Budget Activity.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility


Eligible Applicants: Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), a nonprofit with 501(c)3 IRS status.


Special Eligibility Requirements: The only eligible applicant for this award is the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), a 501(c)3 independent accrediting body that administers the national voluntary public health department accreditation program.


Justification for Less than Maximum Competition: The nature of the activities under this award are best employed by focusing on the entity to which this cooperative agreement is limited, per memorandum for approval for single-eligibility competition, which was approved and dated December 20, 2012.

PHAB was found to be uniquely qualified, as it is the organization that has been established as the national accrediting body for state, tribal, local and territorial health departments.

PHAB was determined to have the experience and program infrastructure, which includes field-driven and tested standards, measures and accreditation assessment process.

PHAB is also widely accepted as the national accrediting body for state, local tribal and territorial health departments by the constituency organizations for these agencies and as evidenced by the visible mention of PHAB within national policy documents (e.g., Institute of Medicine reports, Healthy People 2020).

Beneficiary Eligibility

State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Public Health Departments via a National Voluntary Accreditation Program administered by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), a 501(c)3 independent accrediting entity.


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

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedures

Phase I Review: Eligible application will be initially reviewed for completeness by the CDC s Procurement and Grants Office (PGO) staff. In addition, eligible application will be jointly reviewed for responsiveness by CDC OSTLTS and PGO. Incomplete and/or non-responsive application to the eligibility criteria will not advance to Phase II review. Applicant will be notified that the application did not meet eligibility and/or published submission requirements.

Phase II Review: An objective review panel will evaluate complete and responsive application according to the criteria listed in the criteria section of the FOA. Applicant will be notified electronically if the application did not meet eligibility and/or published submission requirements thirty (30) days after the completion of Phase II review.

Successful applicant will receive a Notice of Award (NoA) from the CDC Procurement and Grants Office. The NoA shall be the only binding, authorizing document between the recipient and CDC. The NoA will be signed by an authorized CDC Grants Management Officer.


Jul 01, 2013 to Jul 30, 2018: Five year project period.


This program is authorized under section 317(k) (2) of the Public Health Service Act [42 U.S.C. 247(b)(k)(2)].

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days.


Not Applicable.


Renewals will require a yearly continuation application based upon availability of funds and programmatic compliance.

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

Financial assistance is available for a 12-month budget period, within the five-year project period. As specified in Notice of Award: Lump sum upon completing program activities. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements


Per Funding Opportunity Announcement CDC-RFA-OT13-1301, Part II Section F.3 "Reporting", page 33, and as additionally specified/detailed/listed in Notice of Award.

No cash reports are required.

Awardees must submit one report per year; ongoing performance measures data, administrative reports, and a final performance and financial report.

The Annual Performance Report (due 120 days before the end of the budget period and serves as a continuation application)..

Preapproved budget tracking and reconciliation as part of Progress Report.

Performance Measures (including outcomes) - Awardees must report on performance measures for each budget period and update measures, if needed.
Performance Measure Reporting: Awardees is required to submit performance measures at least annually.

CDC may require more frequent reporting of performance measures.

Performance measure reporting should be limited to the collection and reporting of data.


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.


Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to the program shall be retained for a minimum of 3 years, or until completion and resolution of any audit in process or pending resolution. In all cases records must be retained until resolution of any audit questions. Property records must be retained in accordance with 45 CFR 92.42.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements) FY 12 Not Available; FY 13 est $900,000; and FY 14 est $900,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

1 award at an approximate average award of: $900,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Per Funding Opportunity Announcement CDC-RFA-OT13-1301, and as additionally specified/detailed/listed in most current Notice of Award, and program elements/requirements found in PHAB National Voluntary Public Health Departments Accreditation Program (

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Samuel Taveras 1600 Clifton Road, MS-E70, Altanta, Georgia 30333 Email: Phone: 770-488-1523

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

As specified in Funding Opportunity Announcement CDC-RFA-OT13-1301 Application Review and Selection Process listed in Section (093) Award Procedure above.

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