Veterans Employment Pay for Success Program

This program furthers the Department?s mission by establishing a program to provide grants to eligible recipients to assist veterans in highly rural areas through innovative transportation services to travel to Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, and to otherwise assist in providing transportation
services in connection with the provision of VA medical care to these veterans.

Agency - Department of Veterans Affairs

The Department of Veterans Affairs strives for excellence in patient care and veteran's benefits for its constituents through high quality, prompt and seamless service to United States veterans.

Office - None.

VA Center for Innovation VA Central Office Attn: Patrick Littlefield (320) 810 Vermont Avenue NW Washington, DC 20420 (202) 256-7176.



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The grant program provides funding to public or nonprofit agencies, including institutions of higher learning, to establish and support a Veterans Employment Pay for Success Project with a goal of improving specified employment outcomes for Veterans with a primary service connected disability rating of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants must be prepared to provide documentation of eligibility criteria and other support documentation described in the notice of funds availability (NOFA). This competition is open to public or nonprofit agencies, including institutions of higher learning as defined in 38 U.S.C.

§ 3119.

Eligible nonprofit organizations include those defined in 2 C.F.R 200.70.

Eligible applicants must serve low-income communities or address a specific issue area (e.g., employment or mental health challenges) in geographical areas that have the highest need in that issue area.

Beneficiary Eligibility

This competition is open to public or nonprofit agencies, including institutions of higher learning as defined in 38 U.S.C. § 3119. Eligible nonprofit organizations include those defined in 2 C.F.R 200.70. Eligible applicants must serve low-income communities or address a specific issue area (e.g., employment or mental health challenges) in geographical areas that have the highest need in that issue area.

Credentials/Documentation

No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

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

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The VA will publish, in the Federal Register, a NOFA, soliciting applications for the grant program and information on applications for requesting eligibility to receive grant funds. VA will establish scoring criteria and selection categories for grant applications. These criteria are weighted according to their probability of influencing an applicant?s development of a successful program. Applications will only be accepted when received within the designated application submission timeframe and meeting the requirements described in a NOFA published in the Federal Register.

Award Procedures

VA will specify in the NOFA, the process used to award the grant, where VA would score applications using a criteria and rank applications that receive at least the minimum amount of total points and points per category set forth in the NOFA. VA would then award grants for the highest ranked application for which funding is available.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Veterans Entrepreneurship Act of 2015, Public Law 114-38, 38 U.S.C 3119.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days. VA will publish, in the Federal Register, a NOFA, that solicits applications for the grant program and information on application deadlines and requirements for submission.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

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

Length-of-time limitations are established in the NOFA. If the VA determines that the Grant Recipient has presented a High-Quality PFS Project, the Grant Recipient will receive payments for administrative costs and outcomes payments electronically through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Payment Management System. Payment methods must minimize the time elapsing between the transfer of funds from the United States Treasury and the disbursement by the Grant Recipient. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

The grant recipient must submit to VA quarterly reports based on the Federal fiscal year, which include the following information: ? Record of time and resources expended administering the VEPFS program ? The number of Veterans served, including demographics of this population ? Types of employment assistance provided ? A full accounting of VEPFS administrative funds received from VA and used or unused during the quarter, and ? Results of routing monitoring and any project variations Reports must be submitted to VA no later than 15 calendar days after the close of each Federal fiscal quarter.

VA may request additional reports to allow VA to fully assess project accountability and effectiveness.

an annual report to the Secretary of the VA is required no later than 60 days after the end of the fiscal year detailing the use of the grant funds.

Monthly performance measure reports will also be required.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Grants under this program are subject to the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance, now consolidated in 2 C.F.R Parts 200 and VA?s implementing regulation at Part 802 and CNCS?s implementing regulation at Part 2205).

Records

Records must be retained at least 3 years after the end of the grant period.

Financial Information

Account Identification

36-0151-0-4-147.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 15 Not Separately Identifiable; FY 16 est $1,500,000; and FY 17 est $1,500,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The grant amount will be specified in the NOFA.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None. VA Center for Innovation VA Central Office Attn: Patrick Littlefield (320) 810 Vermont Avenue NW Washington, DC 20420 (202) 256-7176.

Headquarters Office

Michelle Staton VA Center for Innovation VA Central Office Attn: Patrick Littlefield (320) 810 Vermont Avenue NW , Washington, District of Columbia 20420 Email: michelle.staton@va.gov Phone: 202-256-7176

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Scoring criteria and selection categories for the award of the grant will be provided in the NOFA. The criteria are weighted according to their probability of influencing an applicant?s development of a successful Pay for Success program.



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