Alaska Subsistence Management

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Purpose of this program:

To assist in the management of fish and wildlife, on federal lands in Alaska, for subsistence use by providing for projects of partnership within the ranges of those fish and wildlife species as designated by ANILCA.

Possible uses and use restrictions...

Funds may be used for approved fish and wildlife subsistence management, fisheries monitoring and traditional ecological knowledge projects.

Who is eligible to apply...

An individual/family, profit organization, other private institution/organization, public nonprofit institution/organization; an officer, employee, agent, department or instrumentality of the Federal government, of the State of Alaska, municipality or political subdivision of the State of Alaska; Federally recognized Indian Tribal Government (including any Native village as defined in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act).

Eligible Applicant Categories:
Eligible Functional Categories:
Credentials/Documentation

None.

Note:This is a brief description of the credentials or documentation required prior to, or along with, an application for assistance.

About this section:

This section indicates who can apply to the Federal government for assistance and the criteria the potential applicant must satisfy. For example, individuals may be eligible for research grants, and the criteria to be satisfied may be that they have a professional or scientific degree, 3 years of research experience, and be a citizen of the United States. Universities, medical schools, hospitals, or State and local governments may also be eligible. Where State governments are eligible, the type of State agency will be indicated (State welfare agency or State agency on aging) and the criteria that they must satisfy.

Certain federal programs (e.g., the Pell Grant program which provides grants to students) involve intermediate levels of application processing, i.e., applications are transmitted through colleges or universities that are neither the direct applicant nor the ultimate beneficiary. For these programs, the criteria that the intermediaries must satisfy are also indicated, along with intermediaries who are not eligible.

How to apply...

Application Procedure:

Complete application information can be found on the Office of Subsistence Management website at: http://alaska.fws.gov/asm/home.html or, if unable to access the website a proposal package containing specific requirement information can be requested from Attn: Kathy Orzechowski, Program Specialist, Office of Subsistence Management, Fisheries Information Service Division, 3601 C Street, Suite 1030, Anchorage, Alaska, 99503.

Note: Each program will indicate whether applications are to be submitted to the Federal headquarters, regional or local office, or to a State or local government office.

Award Procedure:

Study proposals are reviewed and evaluated by staff and an interagency technical review committee. This committee is comprised of representatives from each of five Federal agencies involved with subsistence management, and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Once a project is selected for funding, an agreement between Fish and Wildlife Service and the recipient is drafted by the Office of Subsistence Management (OSM). The agreement is processed by OSM through the contracting office and sent to the recipient for signature. The agreement is considered executed when signed copies of the agreement are received from the recipient and Contracting has obligated funds to the agreement. The agreements are administered by OSM.

Note: Grant payments may be made by a letter of credit, advance by Treasury check, or reimbursement by Treasury check. Awards may be made by the headquarters office directly to the applicant, an agency field office, a regional office, or by an authorized county office. The assistance may pass through the initial applicant for further distribution by intermediate level applicants to groups or individuals in the private sector.

Deadlines and process...

Deadlines

Application submittal and deadline dates are announced yearly in the Request for Study Proposals. Generally, study proposals are due by February 1 and investigation plans are due by June 1. Complete application information can be found on the Office of Subsistence Management website at: http://alaska.fws.gov/asm/home.html or, if unable to access the website, a proposal package containing the specific requirement information can be requested from Attn: Kathy Orzechowski, Program Specialist, Office of Subsistence Management, Fisheries Information Service Division, 3601 C Street, Suite 1030, Anchorage,Alaska 99503.

Note: When available, this section indicates the deadlines for applications to the funding agency which will be stated in terms of the date(s) or between what dates the application should be received. When not available, applicants should contact the funding agency for deadline information.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Federal Subsistence Board decisions on funding of project proposals are made no later than December 31.

Preapplication Coordination

None. 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.

Note: This section indicates whether any prior coordination or approval is required with governmental or nongovernmental units prior to the submission of a formal application to the federal funding agency.

Appeals

Not applicable.

Note: In some cases, there are no provisions for appeal. Where applicable, this section discusses appeal procedures or allowable rework time for resubmission of applications to be processed by the funding agency. Appeal procedures vary with individual programs and are either listed in this section or applicants are referred to appeal procedures documented in the relevant Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

Renewals

None. However, at the discretion of the Office of Subsistence Management (OSM), awards can be modified, e.g., extended, budget changes, changes to period of performance, etc.

Note: In some instances, renewal procedures may be the same as for the application procedure, e.g., for projects of a non-continuing nature renewals will be treated as new, competing applications; for projects of an ongoing nature, renewals may be given annually.

Who can benefit...

An individual/Family, profit organization, other private institution/organization, public nonprofit institution/organization; an officer, employee, agent, department, or instrumentality of the Federal government, of the State of Alaska, municipality or political subdivision of the State of Alaska, or of any foreign government.

Beneficiaries
About this section:

This section lists the ultimate beneficiaries of a program, the criteria they must satisfy and who specifically is not eligible. The applicant and beneficiary will generally be the same for programs that provide assistance directly from a Federal agency. However, financial assistance that passes through State or local governments will have different applicants and beneficiaries since the assistance is transmitted to private sector beneficiaries who are not obligated to request or apply for the assistance.

What types of assistance...

How much financial aid...

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Variable amounts. In FY 2003, awards ranged from $10,000 to $600,000. In FY 2004, awards range from $3,000 to $513,000.

Note: This section lists the representative range (smallest to largest) of the amount of financial assistance available. These figures are based upon funds awarded in the past fiscal year and the current fiscal year to date. Also indicated is an approximate average amount of awards which were made in the past and current fiscal years.

Obligations

FY 03 $5,000,000; FY 04 est $4,200,000; and FY 05 est $5,400,000.

Note: The dollar amounts listed in this section represent obligations for the past fiscal year (PY), estimates for the current fiscal year (CY), and estimates for the budget fiscal year (BY) as reported by the Federal agencies. Obligations for non-financial assistance programs indicate the administrative expenses involved in the operation of a program.

Account Identification

14-1611-0-1-303.

Note: Note: This 11-digit budget account identification code represents the account which funds a particular program. This code should be consistent with the code given for the program area as specified in Appendix III of the Budget of the United States Government.

Examples of funded projects...

An accurate estimation of chinook salmon abundance in the Copper River was obtained by successfully implementing an innovative tagging study. This project is significant in that assessment of subsistence resources was significantly improved, and accomplished by an Alaska Native organization. An accurate estimation of chinook salmon abundance in the Copper River was obtained by successfully implementing an innovative tagging study. This project is significant in that assessment of subsistence resources was significantly improved, and accomplished by an Alaska Native organization.

About this section

This section indicates the different types of projects which have been funded in the past. Only projects funded under Project Grants or Direct Payments for Specified Use should be listed here. The examples give potential applicants an idea of the types of projects that may be accepted for funding. The agency should list at least five examples of the most recently funded projects.

Program accomplishments...

The Office of Subsistence Management provides information needed for management of Alaska's subsistence resources, as directed by the ANILCA. These projects include studies to determine the status of fish and wildlife populations, subsistence harvest surveys, and the gathering of traditional ecological knowledge from those who subsist on Alaska's wild foods. Successful partnerships among government, Alaska Native, and other organizations have promoted more effective information collection and improved local understanding and support for the subsistence management program.

Criteria for selecting proposals...

Each proposal is evaluated using the following four criteria. 1. Strategic Priorities- Studies must be responsive to identified issues and information needs. All projects must fully meet the first criteria, Federal nexus, to be eligible for funding. 2. Technical quality of the study design must meet accepted standards for information collection, compilation, analysis, and reporting. Studies must have clear objectives, appropriate sampling design, correct analytical procedures, and specified progress and final reports. 3. Past Performance-Administrative Expertise- Investigators and their organizations should have demonstrated technical and administrative expertise to complete prior studies, or have co-investigators or appropriate partnerships with other organizations to meet all requirements of the study. 4. Partnership-Capacity Building- Studies must include appropriate partners and contribute to building capacities of rural organizations, local communities, and residents to participate in fisheries resource management. Investigators and their organizations should be able to demonstrate the ability to maintain effective local relationships and a commitment to capacity building.

Assistance considerations...

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance: Upon approval, the project may be extended or the agreement modified. Awarded funds must be spent during the approved Period of Performance of the cooperative agreement, and in accordance with financial and reporting procedures specified in the cooperative agreement.

Formula and Matching Requirements

Not applicable. Awarded funds must be spent during the approved Period of Performance of the cooperative agreement, and in accordance with financial and reporting procedures specified in the cooperative agreement. Upon approval, the project may be extended or the agreement modified.

Note:
A formula may be based on population, per capita income, and other statistical factors. Applicants are informed whether there are any matching requirements to be met when participating in the cost of a project. In general, the matching share represents that portion of the project costs not borne by the Federal government. Attachment F of OMB Circular No. A-102 (Office of Management and Budget) sets forth the criteria and procedures for the evaluation of matching share requirements which may be cash or in-kind contributions made by State and local governments or other agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals to satisfy matching requirements of Federal grants or loans.

Cash contributions represent the grantees' cash outlay, including the outlay of money contributed to the grantee by other public agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals. When authorized by Federal regulation, Federal funds received from other grants may be considered as the grantees' cash contribution.

In-kind contributions represent the value of noncash contributions provided by the grantee, other public agencies and institutions, private organizations or individuals. In-kind contributions may consist of charges for real property and equipment, and value of goods and services directly benefiting and specifically identifiable to the grant program. When authorized by Federal legislation, property purchased with Federal funds may be considered as grantees' in-kind contribution.

Maintenance of effort (MOE) is a requirement contained in certain legislation, regulations, or administrative policies stating that a grantee must maintain a specified level of financial effort in a specific area in order to receive Federal grant funds, and that the Federal grant funds may be used only to supplement, not supplant, the level of grantee funds.

Post assistance requirements...

Reports

Progress and final reports are to be submitted in accordance with terms and conditions of the cooperative agreement. Financial reports (SF-269) are required a minimum of annually in accordance with 43 CFR 12.

Note: This section indicates whether program reports, expenditure reports, cash reports or performance monitoring are required by the Federal funding agency, and specifies at what time intervals (monthly, annually, etc.) this must be accomplished.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations, non-federal entities that receive financial assistance of $500,000 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 $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133."

Note: This section discusses audits required by the Federal agency. The procedures and requirements for State and local governments and nonprofit entities are set forth in OMB Circular No. A-133. These requirements pertain to awards made within the respective State's fiscal year - not the Federal fiscal year, as some State and local governments may use the calendar year or other variation of time span designated as the fiscal year period, rather than that commonly known as the Federal fiscal year (from October 1st through September 30th).

Records

Records for cooperative agreements awarded to State and Local Governments will be maintained in accordance with the provisions of 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart C, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments." Records for cooperative agreements awarded to institutions of higher education and other nonprofit organizations will be maintained in accordance with the provisions of 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart F, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements With Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Nonprofit Organizations."

Note: This section indicates the record retention requirements and the type of records the Federal agency may require. Not included are the normally imposed requirements of the General Accounting Office. For programs falling under the purview of OMB Circular No. A-102, record retention is set forth in Attachment C. For other programs, record retention is governed by the funding agency's requirements.

Regulations...

Authorization

Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) of 1980, Title VIII, Public Law 96-487, 16 U.S.C. 3101-3233, Sec. 809.

Note: This section lists the legal authority upon which a program is based (acts, amendments to acts, Public Law numbers, titles, sections, Statute Codes, citations to the U.S. Code, Executive Orders, Presidential Reorganization Plans, and Memoranda from an agency head).

Regulations, Guidelines, And Literature

Cooperative agreements/project grants will be administered in conformance with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Administrative Manual and 43 CFR 12.

Contact information...

Web Sites
Regional Or Local Office

Kathy Orzechowski, Program Specialist, Office of Subsistence Management, Fisheries Information Service Division, 3601 C Street, Suite 1030, Anchorage, Alaska 99503. Telephone: (907) 786-3645 kathleen_orzechowski@fws.gov.

Note: This section lists the agency contact person, address and telephone number of the Federal Regional or Local Office(s) to be contacted for detailed information regarding a program such as: (1) current availability of funds and the likelihood of receiving assistance within a given period; (2) pre-application and application forms required; (3) whether a pre-application conference is recommended; (4) assistance available in preparation of applications; (5) whether funding decisions are made at the headquarters, regional or local level; (6) application renewal procedures (including continuations and supplementals) or appeal procedures for rejected applications; and (7) recently published program guidelines and material. However, for most federal programs, this section will instruct the reader to consult the so-called Appendix IV of the Catalog due to the large volume of Regional and Local Office Contacts for most agencies. This information is provided in Additional Contact Information (see below).

Headquarters Office

Nancy L. Beres, Administrative Specialist, Office of Subsistence Management, 3601 C Street, Suite 1030, Anchorage, Alaska 99503. Telephone: (907) 786-3387, nancy_beres@fws.gov.

Note: This section lists names and addresses of the office at the headquarters level with direct operational responsibility for managing a program. A telephone number is provided in cases where a Regional or Local Office is not normally able to answer detailed inquiries concerning a program. Also listed are the name(s) and telephone number(s) of the information contact person(s) who can provide additional program information to applicants.

Additional Contact Information (Appendix IV)

Due to the large volume of regional and local office contacts for most agencies, full contact information is also provided separately here in a PDF format: