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Economic, Social, and Political Development of the Territories

Number: 15.875
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Office of Insular Affairs

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
15.875 Economic, Social, and Political Development of the Territories
Federal Agency (030):
Office of Insular Affairs, Department of the Interior
Authorization (040):
The Guam Organic Act, 64 Stat. 384, 48 U.S.C. 1421 et. seq., Act of February 20, 1929, 48 U.S.C. 1661; Executive Order 10264; Public Law 83-517, 48 U.S.C. et. seq.; Public Law 94-241, Public Law 104-134, Public Law 108-188, and Public Law 99-658.
Objectives (050):
To empower insular communities by improving the quality of life, creating economic opportunity and promoting efficient and effective governance in the U. S. territories of Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands as well as the three Freely Associated States: The Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau.
Types of Assistance (060):
Direct Payments with Unrestricted Use; Formula Grants; PROJECT GRANTS
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
Financial assistance is limited to the U.S. territories, the Freely Associated States and to non-profit organizations whose missions directly benefit these seven insular areas. A notable exception is the state of Hawaii which receives Compact Impact aid mandated by Public Law 108-188 and Brown Treesnake Control Program funding. Financial assistance is used for a variety of activities including capital improvements, government operations, and technical assistance.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
Eligible applicants are the U.S. territories of Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the state of Hawaii; the Freely Associated States of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau; and any non-profit institutions/organizations whose missions directly benefit the seven insular areas.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
Beneficiaries are the U.S. territories of Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands; the state of Hawaii; and the Freely Associated States of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
No Credentials or documentation are required. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
An environmental impact statement or an environmental impact assessment may be required depending on the project grant. All proposed projects shall be reviewed for applicability. An environmental impact statement is required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedures (092):
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Application procedures vary. Please contact the Headquarters Office for specific information. The standard SF-424 forms are required for project grants with the exception of projects funded by the Compacts of Free Association.
Award Procedure (093):
A grant award is made to an eligible entity in the specific amounts and for the specific purposes set forth in the annual Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriation Act signed by the President.
Deadlines (094):
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
Not Applicable.
Appeals (096):
Not Applicable.
Renewals (097):
Not Applicable.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
Statutory Formula: Public Law 108-188.
Matching Requirements: The majority of OIA's financial assistance programs do not have a matching requirement. The two exceptions are the American Samoa Capital Improvement Project Operations and Maintenance Set-Aside Program, which has a 5% local match requirement, and the Maintenance Assistance Program (MAP). However, MAP match requirements are left to the discretion of OIA and may be waived should the application warrant it.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
The period of performance for OIA grants is dependent on the activity to be funded and is specified in the grant terms and conditions. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Award payments are generally made through wire transfer arrangements. The frequency of the payment varies. Please contact the Headquarters Office for more information.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. Narrative progress reports are required as dictated by the grant terms and conditions. A final report is due within 90 days of grant completion or termination. The SF-425 Federal Financial Report is required as directed by the grant terms and conditions. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
Audits (112):
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. Audits of the three Freely Associated States, when receiving funding under the Compacts of Free Association, are governed by those compacts (Public Law 108-188 and Public Law 99-658) and their related agreements. Financial assistance awards are also subject to inspection and audit by Interior's Office of the Inspector General, OIA staff, or any other authorized representative of the Federal government.
Records (113):
Record retention requirements are the same as those contained in 43 CFR Part 12, "Administrative and Audit Requirements and Cost Principles for Assistance Programs," and those dictated by the Compacts of Free Association (Public Law 108-188 and Public Law 99-658) and their related agreements (as applicable).
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Direct Payments with Unrestricted Use) FY 12 $321,547,000; FY 13 est $339,627,000; and FY 14 est $314,627,000. (Project Grants) FY 12 $312,582,134; FY 13 est $300,326,000; and FY 14 est $363,622,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
There is no minimum or maximum award. OIA financial assistance awards range from a few thousand dollars to tens of millions annually. The average award amount varies annually.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
Grants Common Rule at 43 CFR Part 12.

Please visit the OIA website: http://www.doi.gov/oia, for additional literature.
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
None.
Headquarters Office (152):
Faride Kraft, Department of the Interior, Office of Insular Affairs, 1849 C Street, NW, Mail Stop 2429, Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Email: faride_kraft@ios.doi.gov Phone: (202) 219-1335 Fax: (202) 208-7585.
Website Address (153):
http://www.doi.gov/oia.
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
The following consideration will be used in determining projects to be funded: (1) Directed appropriations, (2) Relevance to program priorities, and (3) Availability of funds.