Policy, Regulations and Guidance for EPA Grants

Public Law 109-282, the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 as amended (FFATA), requires disclosure of all entities and organizations receiving federal funds through a single publicly accessible website, USASpending.gov.

The Tribal Grants Streamlining Policy (Grants Policy Issuance 13-02), effective November 1, 2013, is an internal policy that streamlines major aspects of the tribal grants cycle, including the application phase, workplan negotiation, reporting requirements, and performance partnership agreements. EPA worked closely with the Tribal Grants Council and made the draft policy available for tribal consultation to ensure tribal concerns and priorities were addressed. EPA expects the policy to enable both EPA and tribal grant recipients to manage tribal grants more effectively and efficiently.

You can view it here: Grants Policy Issuance 13-02: Streamlining Tribal Grants Management

EPA has amended Grants Policy Issuance 12-06, Timely Obligation, Award and Expenditure of EPA Grant Funds, to include provisions encouraging the use of multi-year workplans that are aligned with EPA’s new two-year national program manager guidance process. These provisions apply to EPA-state workplan negotiations for specified grant programs beginning with the FY 16 negotiation cycle. Developed by a state-EPA workgroup, the amended GPI should benefit EPA and state personnel by streamlining workplan negotiations and reducing administrative burden.

You can view it here: Amended Grants Policy Issuance 12-06: Timely Obligation, Award and Expenditure of EPA Grant Funds

Upcoming regulatory changes

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)

Title 2 – Grants and Agreements

Title 40 – Protection of Environment, Chapter I – Environmental Protection Agency

EPA - Laws and Regulations Home Page

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State and tribal grants including performance partnership grants

  • Homeland security and state grants
  • Environmental pprogram grants - state, interstate, and local government; Final rule
  • Environmental program grants for tribes; Final rule

Executive order 13208 of April 6, 2001

Executive order 13202 of February 17, 2001

Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

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Federal Register - Published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the federal register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents.

EPA Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) Program
The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program is an outreach, education and goaling program designed to increase and encourage the utilization and participation of Minority Business Enterprises and Women’s Business Enterprises (MBE/WBE) in procurements funded by EPA assistance agreements. The Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) establishes policy and provides procedural guidance for the DBE Program.

Negotiated Fair Share Objectives/Goals
In an effort to ensure that Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and Women's Business Enterprises (WBEs) receive a fair share of procurement opportunities funded by EPA financial assistance agreements, it is required that all financial assistance recipients negotiate objectives/goals for MBE/WBE utilization.

Some EPA financial assistance recipients may be required to report to the agency on their efforts to comply with the DBE program requirements using Minority Business Enterprise/Woman Business Enterprise Utilization Under Federal Grants and Cooperative Agreements EPA form 5700-52A, as detailed in PN-2014-G02.

Office of Small Business Programs
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP), under the Office of the Administrator, advocates and fosters opportunities for direct and indirect partnerships, contracts, and sub-agreements for small and socio-economically disadvantaged businesses.

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Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) - Home Page Exit

The Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) is a cooperative initiative among federal agencies and institutional recipients of federal funds. It was established to increase research productivity by streamlining the administrative process and minimizing the administrative burden on principal investigators while maintaining effective stewardship of federal funds.

Shortcut to Grants Information in FDP Exit

The National Science Foundation is a participant in the Federal Demonstration Partnership, testing innovative approaches to streamline processes and systems for federally supported research and education.

EPA Order 5700.7A1: EPA's Policy for Environmental Results under EPA Assistance Agreements

Linking Assistance Agreements to Environmental Results

Example Logic Model: Michigan Environmental Results Proposal for Dry Cleaners State Innovation Grant

EPA Order 5700.8: EPA's Policy on Assessing Capabilities of Non-Profit Applicants for Managing Assistance Awards

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EPA Order 5700.5A1: EPA's Policy for Competition of Assistance Agreements

It is EPA policy to promote competition in the award of assistance agreements to the maximum extent practicable. When assistance agreements are awarded competitively, it is EPA policy that the competitive process be fair and open and that no applicant receive an unfair competitive advantage.

Purchasing Supplies, Equipment, and Services Under EPA Grants Local Governments

Recipients of EPA grants and cooperative agreements, will likely need to buy supplies, equipment, and services to complete the project. This guidance will help you meet EPA requirements when making such necessary purchases.

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