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U.S. Department Labor 
Bureau International Labor Affairs 
 
Mexico Labor Discrimination Project 
 
Announcement Type: Initial Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). 
Funding Opportunity Number: SCA-14-25. 
Catalog Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 17.401. 
Total Funding Available for Award: USD 1,389,000.  
Number Anticipated Funding Awards: 
Funding Period: Effective date award through years (36 months). 
 
Executive Summary: Fiscal Year 2014, the U.S. Department Labors (USDOL) Bureau International Labor Affairs (ILAB) will award USD 1,389,000 for one cooperative agreement fund technical assistance project Mexico.  This FOA requests proposals for project assist the Government Mexico combating discrimination employment and occupation (labor discrimination). The project will support efforts enforce the strengthened discrimination clause the Federal Labor Law Reform 2012, with emphasis combating gender discrimination, discrimination based sexual orientation, sexual harassment, and forced pregnancy testing. Eligible Applicants may include any commercial, international, educational, non-profit organization(s), including any faith-based, community-based, public international organization(s), capable successfully fulfilling the objectives identified the Funding Opportunity Description. See Section III for detailed eligibility requirements. 
 
Key Dates: 
Issuance Date: 
 October 14, 2014 
 
Closing Date and Time: 
 November 2014 
 
Closing Time: 
 4:00:00 p.m. Eastern Time 
 
Technical Question Submission Deadline: 
 October 31, 2014 
 
Date Award: later than December 31, 2014 
 

 
Agency Contacts: 
Primary: Bruce Yoon      
Email: Yoon.Bruce@dol.gov      
 
Applications will accepted via electronic submission via Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov) hardcopy (to include electronic copy/CD) hand delivered mailed the the following address: 
 
USDOL/ETA 
Office Grants Management 
Attention: Donna Kelly 
Grant Officer 
Reference: SCA-14-25 
200 Constitution Avenue NW, Room N4716 
Washington, 20210 list frequently asked questions about USDOLs FOA for ILAB grants and responses technical questions received e-mail will posted Grants.gov.  
Table Contents Funding Opportunity Description ......................................................................................................... Background and Problem Statement ............................................................................................... Objectives and Expected Outcomes ................................................................................................ Targets and Partners ........................................................................................................................ Project Interventions (Strategy, Outputs, Activities) ....................................................................... Project Requirements ...................................................................................................................... Required Staffing ........................................................................................................................... 
II. Award Information ............................................................................................................................. 
III. Eligibility Information ......................................................................................................................... Eligible Applicants .......................................................................................................................... Cost Sharing Matching ............................................................................................................... Other .............................................................................................................................................. 
IV. Application and Submission Information ........................................................................................... Address Request Application Package ....................................................................................... Content and Form Application Submission ............................................................................... Submission Dates and Times ......................................................................................................... Intergovernmental Review ............................................................................................................ Funding Restrictions ...................................................................................................................... Other Submission Requirements ................................................................................................... Application Review Information ......................................................................................................... Criteria ........................................................................................................................................... Review and Selection Process ........................................................................................................ Anticipated Announcement and Award Dates .............................................................................. 
VI. Award Administration Information .................................................................................................... Award Notices ................................................................................................................................ Administrative and National Policy Requirements ........................................................................ Reporting ....................................................................................................................................... 
VII. Agency Contacts ................................................................................................................................. 
VIII. Other Information ............................................................................................................................... Privacy Act and FOIA ...................................................................................................................... 
 
APPENDICES 
Appendix Acronyms ................................................................................................................................ 
Appendix Definitions............................................................................................................................... 
Appendix Sample Past Performance Table ............................................................................................. 
Appendix Documents Required for Application Submission .................................................................. Funding Opportunity Description 
 
USDOL/ILAB intends award USD 1,389,000 for one cooperative agreement fund technical assistance project Mexico. The purpose this project assist the Government Mexico combating discrimination employment and occupation (labor discrimination). The project will support efforts enforce the strengthened discrimination clause the Federal Labor Law (FLL) Reform 2012, with emphasis combating gender discrimination, discrimination based sexual orientation, sexual harassment, and forced pregnancy testing. The duration the project funded this announcement years (36 months) from the effective date award. The project start date will negotiated upon award the individual cooperative agreement, but will later than December 31, 2014. 
 
ILABs mission use all available international channels improve working conditions, raise living standards, protect workers ability exercise their rights, and address the workplace exploitation children and other vulnerable populations. ILAB authorized award and administer cooperative agreements the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, Pub. Law 113-76 (2014).  Cooperative agreements awarded under this solicitation will administered the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and technically managed ILABs Office Trade and Labor Affairs (OTLA).  The mission OTLA implement trade-related labor policy and coordinate international technical cooperation support the labor provisions free trade agreements; develop and implement USDOL's policy positions international economic and trade issues; and fund and oversee technical assistance projects addressing worker rights issues key trading partner countries. Background and Problem Statement 
 
Labor discrimination based sex has historically been concern Mexico, with pregnancy cited the number one basis for labor discrimination against women.  Civil society organizations, academics, and others have worked for decades address this type labor discrimination. detailed below, 2012 labor law reforms further refined the legal concept sex discrimination Mexico recognize specific manifestations such discrimination, including discrimination the basis gender and sexual orientation, sexual harassment, and forced pregnancy testing.  These forms sex discrimination affect some industries, sectors, and regions more than others, and workers and employers awareness these concepts and related rights and responsibilities also varies widely. This variability seems related, among other factors, unequal exposure government and civil society outreach efforts.   
 
Legal Framework November 2012, Mexico passed sweeping reforms its FLL. The reform expands protections against discrimination for workers expressly prohibiting new categories discrimination.  Prior the reforms, employers were prohibited from discriminating hiring against workers the basis age and sex.  The labor law reform explicitly adds ethnic national origin, gender, disability, social status, health conditions, religion, personal views, sexual orientation, and civil status prohibited bases for discrimination hiring decisions.  Similarly, the reform expands prohibited bases for discrimination related working conditions, which already included race, nationality, sex, age, religion, and political views, also include ethnic origin, gender, disability, social status, health conditions, personal views, sexual orientation, pregnancy, family responsibilities, and civil status.    
 
The reform also defines and explicitly prohibits sexual harassment the workplace, whereas the original law did not specifically include this concept.  Employers are now explicitly prohibited from sexually harassing any person the workplace and are also prohibited from permitting tolerating such acts.  The reform adds committing sexual harassment the workplace the list just causes for termination. addition protecting pregnant workers from discrimination related working conditions, the reform also prohibits employers from demanding medical proof that worker not pregnant condition employment promotion.  Employers also are prohibited from dismissing worker due her pregnancy pressuring her, directly indirectly, resign.    
 
Implementation Challenges 
 
The Mexican Ministry Labor (Secretara del Trabajo Previsin Social STPS) has begun implementing these new labor discrimination protections, but more work remains done.  One significant challenge effective enforcement the small number workers filing any labor discrimination complaints with authorities.  According Mexican government officials, labor discrimination complaints are under-reported, part, because workers are sometimes encouraged file discrimination cases under more general labor law provisions, such the ban unjustified firing, since discrimination cases are hard prove.    
 
Additionally, workers seem unevenly aware the newly expanded list prohibited categories discrimination under the law.  For example, discrimination complaints based sexual orientation appear disproportionately represented among cases reported authorities, which government officials attribute, part, ongoing awareness campaigns targeting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. contrast, other types labor discrimination complaints under the 2012 reforms, such gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and pregnancy-based discrimination, are filed much less frequently, potentially because gaps the scope, targeting, and messaging existing public awareness campaigns. 
 
STPS Office Labor Inspection and Social Inclusion also faces challenges enforcing the new legal framework labor discrimination created the 2012 legal reforms.  Inspectors have not received specific training the reforms, and corresponding changes have not been made the inspection manual, methodologies, tools, and protocols.  The labor discrimination reforms are not reflected, for example, inspection guidelines, tests, and checklists identify non-compliance, standard forms for initial employer contact, data collection processes, inspection reporting, worker and employer interview guidelines, monitoring and surveillance methodologies, record checking techniques, and incident documentation.  Additionally, while STPS has advanced electronic inspection planning and tracking system, the labor discrimination reforms have not yet been incorporated.     
 
Private Sector Engagement and Outreach 
 
While its outreach capacity limited, part broad strategy combat labor discrimination, STPS has tried increase compliance reaching out the private sector promote programs that engage employers proactive partners for protecting labor rights and, particular, combating labor discrimination.  Many STPS efforts target small and medium enterprises, enrolling them voluntary programs that promote compliance with labor laws and recognize and certify additional employer efforts improve working conditions.  Enterprises that want certified set goals for 
improvement and are subsequently inspected and validated STPS.  Noting that STPS outreach capacity for such initiatives extremely limited, resulting limited private sector participation, public officials and private sector representatives express the shared opinion that these efforts could have bigger impact STPS outreach capacity was increased. Objectives and Expected Outcomes 
 
The overarching objective for the project increased compliance with the expanded protections against labor discrimination under Mexican labor law, with focus gender discrimination, discrimination based sexual orientation, sexual harassment, and forced pregnancy testing. 
 
Specific objectives and expected outcomes should include (but are not limited to) the following:  
 
Objective Improve enforcement the expanded protections against labor discrimination under Mexican labor law STPS labor inspectors, with focus gender discrimination, discrimination the basis sexual orientation, sexual harassment, and forced pregnancy testing.  Expected outcomes include: 
 Increased technical capacity identify such unlawful labor discrimination;  

 Increased number violations related such unlawful labor discrimination  identified and remedied; and 

 Increased application and collection fines assessed for violations such labor discrimination protections. 

 
Objective Increase employer participation STPS social compliance programs that incorporate best practices with respect combatting labor discrimination, with focus gender discrimination, discrimination the basis sexual orientation, sexual harassment, and forced pregnancy testing.  Expected outcomes include: 
 Improved focus and incorporation best practices with respect combatting such discrimination STPS social compliance programs; 

 Increased number employers participating STPS social compliance programs; and 

 Employers participating STPS social compliance programs increase adoption practices combat such discrimination. 

 
Objective Improve worker understanding the 2012 legal reforms labor discrimination, with focus gender discrimination, discrimination the basis sexual orientation, sexual harassment, and forced pregnancy testing, and increase knowledge how and willingness report violations.  Expected outcomes include: 
 Workers demonstrate increased knowledge and awareness the 2012 labor discrimination law reforms. 

 Workers demonstrate increased understanding how violations the newly prohibited categories labor discrimination can effectively reported.  

 Workers demonstrate increased willingness report such violations, including through increase filing claims.  

 
Applicants may suggest additional objectives and/or outcomes and rationale for how they will achieve ILABs purpose for this project. Targets and Partners 
 
The direct beneficiary this project STPS, specifically its Offices Labor Inspection and Social Inclusion.  Indirect beneficiaries include employers participating STPS programs that promote best practices protecting workers rights, with focus labor discrimination, particular with respect gender discrimination, discrimination based sexual orientation, sexual harassment, and forced pregnancy testing.  The indirect beneficiaries are workers who will receive more effective protection against such labor discrimination result increased knowledge and awareness applicable Mexican labor law and the processes for reporting violations, improved STPS enforcement such labor laws, and increased employer participation STPS social compliance programs and adoption programs combat such labor discrimination.  
 
The Applicant may specify additional proposed target populations and partners, appropriate, its submission and its rationale for selecting them.  The Applicant may also propose specific target region/s for interventions reduce labor discrimination, with focus gender discrimination, discrimination the basis sexual orientation, sexual harassment, and forced pregnancy testing. The Applicant must include its rationale for target region selection, articulating the relevance the issue(s) for each proposed region, industries engaged, and current government and civil society capacity and efforts address such labor discrimination.  
 
ILAB has informed host government officials the proposed award. Applicants may discuss proposed interventions, strategies, and activities with host government officials and work cooperatively with government stakeholders the national and/or regional level during the preparation their applications and developing project interventions. Applicants may also develop project interventions partnership with other organizations the country, such international local non-governmental organizations. Efforts should made avoid duplication and enhance collaboration. Project Interventions (Strategy, Outputs, Activities) achieve the project objectives, the Applicant must develop comprehensive strategy increase compliance with labor discrimination laws, focusing gender discrimination, discrimination the basis sexual orientation, sexual harassment, and forced pregnancy testing.  This strategy should include efforts improve STPS labor inspectors enforcement such labor discrimination laws, including through training the relevant reforms, adoption corresponding modifications the inspection manual, methodologies, protocols, and tools and incorporation the reforms the STPS electronic planning and tracking system; amend STPS private sector social compliance programs, needed, include focus and incorporate best practices with respect combatting such labor discrimination; increase employer participation such programs; increase adoption employers programs combat such labor discrimination; and expand worker knowledge and awareness Mexican labor laws governing such discrimination and how effectively report violations.  This project should designed pilot program that can eventually scaled other regions and/or sectors and/or generalize the skills, knowledge, and best practices gained cover other types labor discrimination.  
 
The following list strategies and associated activities, outputs, and deliverables that must included this project support realization the identified overarching and specific objectives.  Applicants are expected explain how they will track and measure outputs and outcomes (see 
Section IV.B.1.c.7 page 14).   Applicants are encouraged propose additional activities, outputs, and deliverables, appropriate their proposed strategy. 
 
Objective Improved enforcement the expanded protections against labor discrimination under Mexican labor law STPS labor inspectors, with focus gender discrimination, discrimination the basis sexual orientation, sexual harassment, and forced pregnancy testing.   
 Revise the existing inspection manual, methodologies, protocols, and tools reflect the 2012 legal reforms labor discrimination, specifically focusing gender discrimination, discrimination the basis sexual orientation, sexual harassment, and forced pregnancy testing, including revisions the following: Inspection guidelines, tests and checklists, standard forms for initial employer contact, data collection processes, inspection reporting, worker and employer interview guidelines, monitoring and surveillance methodologies, record checking techniques, and incident documentation.   

 Develop electronic module incorporated into the STPSs existing electronic inspection planning and tracking system related such labor discrimination and provide comprehensive training through the Sistema Capacitacin Distancia (SICADIT) and/or in-person training for inspectors the regions selected for implementation the module. 

 
Objective Increased employer participation STPS social compliance programs that incorporate best practices with respect combatting labor discrimination, with focus gender, discrimination the basis sexual orientation, sexual harassment, and forced pregnancy testing.   
 Analyze and work with the STPS Subsecretaria Inclusin Laboral amend, needed, social compliance programs incorporate best practices with respect combatting labor discrimination, with focus gender discrimination, discrimination the basis sexual orientation, sexual harassment, and forced pregnancy testing.   

 Provide technical and strategic support for the expansion such programs (e.g., Distintivo Empresa Familiarmente Responsable; Distintivo Empresa Incluyente Gilberto Rincn Gallardo; and Norma Mexicana NMX-R-025-SCFI-2012 para Igualdad Laboral entre Mujeres Hombres), including the development promotional materials that encourage participation, coordination with the Confederacin Patronal Repblica Mexicana (COPARMEX) and the American Chamber Commerce Mexico (AmCham). 

 
Objective Improved worker understanding 2012 legal reforms labor discrimination, with focus gender discrimination, discrimination the basis sexual orientation, sexual harassment, and forced pregnancy testing, and increased knowledge how and willingness report violations.  
 Working with STPS and other relevant institutions, assess existing government awareness-raising campaigns workers rights determine any gaps scope, targeting, and messaging, with focus such expanded protections against labor discrimination and including identification impediments workers using existing complaint mechanisms report violations.   

 Based assessment results and working with STPS and other relevant institutions reinforce efforts and avoid duplication, design and implement campaigns fill the identified gaps, including providing information workers their rights under such 2012 labor law reforms discrimination and how claim them through appropriate governmental channels and addressing identified impediments reporting violations.  

 
Proposed indicators and targets can revisited during the finalization the Project Document and development the Performance Monitoring Plan (PMP) (see deliverables table below) Project Requirements 
 
Grantees must comply with the following post-award requirements.  Grantees must adhere all the post-award requirements outlined the Management Procedures Guidelines (MPG)1 and summarized below. The complete listing post-award deliverables and deadlines contained the applicable MPG. All deadlines specified herein refer calendar days. particular calendar day falls weekend holiday, the deadline will refer the following business day. 
 
Following the award the grant, the Grantee must collaborate with USDOL/ILAB develop and/or finalize the following deliverables: 
 
DELIVERABLE  
 DEADLINE2 
 SUBMITTED 
 
Project Document and Project Budget: must prepared according the standardized format outlined the MPG and include performance indicators that support ILABs Performance Goal advance workers rights and livelihoods, particularly for the vulnerable workers.    
 
 1st draft  Due within days after the completion joint project design mission between USDOL and grantee days after award (if project design mission conducted) 
 
Final draft  Due within days after receipt USDOL comments the draft 
 
 Grant Officers Representative (GOR) 
 
Revised Work Plan: necessary, revision the Work Plan originally submitted part the application. revision may result from adjustments made the project design originally submitted part the application.  The Work Plan identifies major project activities, deadlines for their completion, and person(s) responsible for completing these activities.  
 
 Due within days Project Document approval USDOL 
 
 GOR 
 
PMP:  Establishes the data needed measure achievement project performance indicators and the methods for and frequency collection, reporting and analysis. must prepared according mutually-agreed upon format (See MPG for example PMP). 
 Due within days Project Document approval USDOL 
 GOR 
 

DELIVERABLE  
 DEADLINE2 
 SUBMITTED 
 
 
   
Data collection system: Established systematically collect and report the data necessary measure achievement against the performance indicators and analyze results. 
 
 Due within days PMP approval USDOL 
 GOR 
 
Baseline and Endline Data: After project indicators are finalized and PMP and data collection systems are established, the Grantee must work with USDOL and/or its contractors collect baseline data (either directly indirectly).  Data collection will focus indicators that are linked directly and clearly the ILAB logic model, are objective, measurable and are necessary and sufficient assess project impact. 
 
 Baseline data Due within days PMP approval USDOL 
 
 
Endline data Due days prior the final evaluation fieldwork 
 GOR 
 
Sustainability and Exit Strategy: All Grantees must work consultation with the GOR and local partners produce sustainability plan that explains how (and what forms) sustainability will achieved the end the project according the projects specific objectives. 
 
 Within months award 
 GOR 
 
Subgrants and Subcontracts Matrix: Subcontracts awarded after the cooperative agreement signed, and not proposed the application, must awarded through formal competitive bidding process accordance with Code Federal Regulations (CFR) 95.40-48). Subgrants not named the application must competed. 
 
 Within 120 days after the Cooperative Agreement signed, and submissions submitted accordance instructions the MPG. 
 GOR 
Grant Officer (GO) 
 
Government Property Inventory Disposition Request: Inventory list all real property, equipment, and supplies aggregate value exceeds USD 5,000. 
 
 
 Physical inventory: Submit months after the Cooperative Agreement signed and any revision least once every two years 
 
Final Disposition: Submit final inventory list within 120 days prior the end the Cooperative Agreement period 
 GOR 
 

DELIVERABLE  
 DEADLINE2 
 SUBMITTED 
 
  
  
Closeout Documents Checklist: Final Technical Progress Report, Final Quarterly Federal Financial Report (FFR)/Standard Form (SF)-425, Closeout Financial Form, Recipients Release Form, Government Property Closeout Inventory Certification. 
 
 Within days after the end the Cooperative Agreement period 
 GOR 
 
Other Deliverables agreed upon between ILAB and Grantee the GOR-approved Project Document (e.g., training materials, informational-educational-communication materials). 
 Delivery dates TBD Project Document 
 GOR Required Staffing 
 
Key personnel positions are deemed essential the successful operation the project and completion all proposed activities and deliverables. USDOL shall retain the authority approve all key personnel changes throughout the life the cooperative agreement.  ILAB strongly prefers that key personnel allocate 100% their time the project and live the country where the project being implemented.  Key personnel must employed the Grantee (not subgrantees/subcontractors).  
 
Applicants are required ensure that all proposed key personnel will available staff the project should the Applicant selected for award (See Section IV.B.1.d.4) for additional details). Key personnel positions must not combined. Within days award, key personnel must begin work the project.  
  
Applicants must propose candidates with qualifications successfully implement the proposed strategy.  Applicants must address candidates level competence, past experience relevant this announcement and qualifications perform the requirements outlined the Funding Opportunity Description and the Project Intervention proposed the Applicant. 
 
Proposed key personnel candidates must sign letters indicating their commitment serve the project for stated term the service and their availability commence work within days cooperative agreement award. USDOL encourages Applicants hire national/local staff for key personnel positions.  
 
The Grantee must assume full responsibility for ensuring that all key personnel have clear and thorough understanding USDOL policies, procedures, and requirements, and that all documents submitted USDOL are highly-proficient English. The application will considered non-responsive and rejected any key personnel candidates are not designated.  
 
USDOL has designated the following position(s) key personnel.  Requirements and job duties for each individual position follow.  
 
Project Director:  
 Minimum seven years experience project management, supervision, administration, and implementation grant/cooperative agreement requirements (including meeting deadlines, achieving targets, and overseeing the preparation and submission required reports the project donor). 

 Experience, leadership role, implementing labor and/or development projects relevant this announcement. 

 Fluency Spanish and English.  

 Establishes and maintains systems for project operations. 

 Maintains working relationships with all project stakeholders. 

   
II. Award Information 
 
Award information provided the cover page (page the FOA. 
 
III. Eligibility Information Eligible Applicants 
 
Any commercial, international, educational, non-profit organization, including any faith-based, community-based, public international organization, capable successfully fulfilling the objectives identified the Funding Opportunity Description eligible apply. Organizations applying for this award must demonstrate proven ability manage complex projects developing countries. This FOA for the award new cooperative agreement with the specific project objectives and outcomes outlined this FOA. such, applicants may not submit applications renew supplement already-existing USDOL-funded project. 
 
Public International Organizations (PIOs) are eligible apply.  However, USDOL requires that PIOs and all other entities that elect apply for this cooperative agreement opportunity adhere the specific requirements outlined this FOA concerning monitoring and evaluation, audits and counter-terrorism. negotiating award with PIO, USDOL will discuss the inclusion appropriate language acknowledging the rights and privileges currently established and afforded PIOs the U.S. Government accordance with U.S. law.  
 
Applicants and any proposed subgrantees and/or subcontractors must comply with all audit requirements under the Single Audit Act, applicable.  Applicants must also demonstrate in-country presence and ability begin implementation the project Mexico upon award.  Applicants may demonstrate this either independently through relationship with another organization with country presence that will directly involved project implementation that program activities can initiated upon award the cooperative agreement (see Section IV. Application and Submission Information).  
 
The following Applicants (including subgrantees/subcontractors) will not considered: 
 
 Foreign governments and entities that are agencies of, operated for, foreign state government.  

 Organizations designated the U.S. Government associated with terrorism that have been debarred suspended. 

 Applicants charging fee (profit) associated with project funded USDOL under this award. Voluntarily Committed Cost Sharing Matching 
 
Cost sharing matching funds (including in-kind contributions) are not required condition apply and are not weighted the scoring the proposal.  However, USDOL welcomes applications that include cost share matching funds.  Applicants that propose cost sharing matching funds must indicate the nature; source(s) funds and/or in-kind contributions; the amount U.S. dollars; and the proposed project activities performed with these resources. Applicants must also explain how these activities will complement enhance project objectives. Grantees that have proposed cost sharing matching funds will required report those funds the FFR SF-425 and are accountable deliver the full amount cost sharing match which ultimately reflected the Notice Award. 
 
Cost sharing, including from subgrantees and/or subcontractors, must used support the work the project defray its costs. Applicants may not award subgrant subcontract contingent upon the provision matching funds from those entities. Other 
 
Applicants will screened out and will not eligible for consideration under this FOA for any the following reasons: Failure meet the application submission date and time through Grants.gov hard copy via the U.S. Postal Service other delivery service, such Federal Express, DHL, UPS; Failure register with and maintain active account the System for Award Management (SAM) (http://www.sam.gov); Failure submit both complete Technical Proposal and complete Cost Proposal specified Section IV; Failure include all the required documents and appendices the Technical Proposal and Cost Proposal; Submission application with accompanying budget that exceeds the ceiling amount specified the cover page (page the FOA; Failure designate key personnel candidates, the failure include rsums and signed letters commitment for key personnel candidates; Failure include English language copy the opinion letter(s) and summary audit findings for the Applicants and subgrantee/subcontractors providing services related project intervention strategies (see Section I.D.) For U.S.-based non-profit organizations that are subject the Single Audit Act, failure submit their most recent single audit demonstrate compliance with single audit submission timeframes established OMB Circular A-133. For non-U.S.-based and for-profit entities, failure submit opinion letters the most current independent financial audit and summary audit findings English.  

 
IV. Application and Submission Information Address Request Application Package 
 
All information needed apply for cooperative agreement funding included this announcement. The FOA package and any amendments can downloaded and viewed from Grants.gov referencing the Funding Opportunity Number. Content and Form Application Submission 
 
Applications must consist two separate parts: Technical Proposal and Cost Proposal.  Unless specified optional as applicable, all documents identified this section must included the application package for considered complete and responsive.  
 
Applicants Technical and Cost Proposals must address the project objectives and requirements outlined the FOA. Applications must organized outlined below. All pages the application must numbered. All required documents (including appendices) must submitted English. Any additional documentation submitted that not required specifically requested under this announcement will not considered. Technical Proposals must more than pages single-sided, double-spaced pages (8-1/2 11 with 1 margins). Font size must less than 12-point Times New Roman. The Abstract, Table Contents and required appendices the Technical Proposal not count toward the page limit. Technical Proposal (30 pages limit) Abstract (Executive Summary) 

 
The Abstract must include: project title; name the Applicant; any proposed subgrantees subcontractors; summary the proposed project design and key project activities; funding amount requested from USDOL; and total dollar value cost share (if applicable). using Grants.gov for submission, this document must attached under the Mandatory Other Attachment section and labeled Abstract. Table Contents 

 
The Table Contents must list all required documents and include their corresponding page numbers. Project Design Narrative 

 
The Project Design Narrative must describe detail the Applicants response the Funding Opportunity Description. minimum, the Project Design Narrative must contain the following sections: Background and Problem Statement 

 
Applicants are expected describe relevant cultural, economic, social, labor and legal factors contributing the problem addressed the project. Applicants should identify significant gaps laws, policies, programs and coordination efforts that contribute the identified problem and that need filled the project. Objectives and Expected Outcomes  

 
The Applicants Objectives and Expected Outcomes section should clearly identify specific objectives that address the challenges identified the Background and Problem Statement section and are ambitious but realistic given the implementing environment, scope the problems addressed, and proposed budget.  The Applicant should also identify expected outcomes resulting from achievement the identified objectives that are specific and related directly the objectives. Targets  

 
Applicants must describe the target populations that are direct indirect beneficiaries the project (see Appendix for definitions direct and indirect beneficiaries).  Applicants must provide initial criteria for selection potential project beneficiaries, applicable. Applicants must also provide justification for their selection target geographical area(s), applicable. Applicants must describe how target populations and/or geographic areas reflect the problem addressed and the overall strategy being proposed the Applicant. Partners 

 
Applicants must include brief description all project partners, applicable, including description the project partners role implementing the proposed project strategy. Applicants must describe how the partners being proposed for project implementation strengthen the overall proposal. Project Interventions 

 
Applicants should outline project strategy that fully responds the projects purpose, i.e., achieve the objectives and expected outcomes and requirements discussed Section  Applicants should describe and justify all major areas project intervention, identify and prioritize the specific outputs they will produce and explain how the selected outputs will collectively achieve the relevant objectives, and identify the major activities that will implemented order produce those outputs. describing project interventions, Applicants are expected describe the purpose the interventions proposed and justify how implementing the proposed interventions will fill identified gaps and lead achievement the projects purpose. 
 
The project strategy should illustrate clear, causally sound, theory change presented explicit ifthen hypotheses between proposed project interventions and desired results.  The Applicants description the project strategy should: 
 
 Explain/depict the causal relationships and flow inputs activities, activities outputs, outputs outcomes (short term, intermediate, and long term), and the overall objective; 

 Include footnote references applicable research that establishes either strong moderate evidence causal relationship correlation between the intervention and its expected outcome; 

 Identify critical assumptions supporting the causal relationships that are outside the projects control, that must hold for the projects strategy succeed, and have high likelihood holding; and 

 Recognize possible external factors and their potential influence the project and expected results. 

 
Proposed strategy, outputs, and activities should ambitious but realistic given the implementing environment, scope the problems addressed, and proposed budget.  Under each objective, the Applicant should propose complete set outputs that are necessary and sufficient achieve the expected objective.  Under each output, the Applicant should propose set major activities that are necessary and sufficient produce the proposed output.  
 
Applicants should demonstrates knowledge political, gender, cultural, other traditions and norms pertaining and impacting the interventions proposed the target sectors, including how these issues will considered while implementing project activities.  Applicants must consider long-term sustainability all efforts the design the proposal.  
 
The logical cause and effect relationships the proposed strategy must not only presented clearly the Project Design Narrative but also graphic form using the Logic Model template provided the ILAB/OTLA MPG. Work Plan 

 
The Work Plan must identify major project activities, deadlines for completing these activities, and person(s) institution(s) responsible for completing these activities for the entire life the project. The work plan must included appendix and correspond activities identified the logic model and the project design narrative. Applicants may choose appropriate format for their work plan (sample provided the MPG). Proposed Performance Indicators and Monitoring and Evaluation (ME) Capacity Statement 

 
Applicants must include proposed performance indicators part their proposal.  USDOL will review the proposed performance indicators assess the extent which the indicators are necessary and sufficient measure progress toward the project objectives.  USDOL will work with the Grantee refine those indicators, finalize them, and set targets after the award made during the development and finalization PMP.  
 
The PMP tool integrate and guide the projects monitoring, evaluating, and reporting the projects progress toward achieving intended results and outcomes. also intended serve management tool facilitate managing for results. The PMP serves ensure data comparability over time and across project sites clearly defining indicators and specifying means data collection; assist managing the data collection process identifying timeframes and responsible parties for data collection and analysis; and inform data analysis providing detailed information the characteristics collected data.  PMP finalization includes reviewing proposed indicators and eliminating those that are not necessary and sufficient measure progress toward the project objectives, well determining precise indicator definitions, data collection methodologies, responsibilities and costs.  Target setting also critical part the PMP finalization process and targets will listed time period the PMPs Data Tracking Table.  See ILAB/OTLA MPG for templates and examples PMP and Data Tracking Tables.  Applicants must confirm their proposal their commitment collaborate with USDOL developing the projects PMP.  
 
Applicants must also describe their commitment ME and their capacity and approach deliver the ME requirements described this FOA. These requirements include baseline and follow-up surveys, the PMP, development and implementation data collection system systematically collect and report the data necessary measure achievement against the performance indicators and analyze results, collaboration externally conducted midterm and final evaluations, impact evaluations (if required), and performance reporting.  Applicants may use their own staff, partner organization, sub-contractor carry out these activities (or components these activities). Applicants must describe the capacity statement how they will carry out these activities and ensure high quality data and deliverables. Applicants also should briefly address how they will safeguard all project data, particularly any personal data beneficiaries. 
 
The Applicants ME section must include description how the work plan will monitored and reported upon, how deviations from the work plan will addressed, and, applicable, special considerations for the externally-managed implementation evaluations occur the projects mid-point and end-point. Organizational Capacity 

 
This section must describe the qualifications the proposed Applicant and/or any proposed subgrantees and/or subcontractors implement the project. International and U.S. Government Grant and/or Contract Experience 

 
Applicants must describe any experience they and/or their subgrantees subcontractors have with implementing projects relevant the stated objective(s) this FOA (see Section and provide references for past performance (no more than total six (6) references/projects, see Appendix for sample format). Applicants should prioritize submission references related the objectives the project. References should included for all the Applicants and subgrantees and/or subcontractors providing services related project intervention strategies (see Section 
I.D.). Projects included the table must have been active within seven years the issuance date the FOA. Country Presence and Host Government Support 

 
Applicants must describe their organizations (and/or subgrantee subcontractor) existing presence and ability start project activities the target area(s) upon signing cooperative agreement. Applicants should also discuss their ability work directly with relevant government agencies and non-governmental organizations, including local organizations and community based organizations, and their past experience working with these stakeholders. Applicants must submit supporting documentation, which demonstrates country presence and outreach the host government (including the Ministry Labor and any ministries from which the host government requires approval implement technical cooperation efforts related this announcement). 
 
Any documents that demonstrate country presence and corroborate host government support may included appendix the Technical Proposal.  This appendix will not count towards the page limit.  Documentation may include official registration the Applicants organization the host country, current Memorandum Understanding between the Applicant and the host government, and letters support for the proposed project from the national and/or local governments. Project Management Plan 

 
Applicants must discuss their project management plan, including narrative description the structure the projects management team, key personnel roles and responsibilities and the lines authority between key personnel and other project staff responsible for providing direct services related project intervention strategies. any the projects personnel would employed subgrantee/subcontractor, the Applicant must provide rationale for this arrangement and explanation the staffing structure.  
 
Applicants must also include (as appendix) project management organization chart that provides visual depiction the projects management structure and lines authority among all key personnel, other professional personnel, and other project staff being proposed. Applicants may choose appropriate format for their project management organization chart. Personnel 

 
Applicants must include (as appendix) signed letters commitment from all proposed key personnel (as identified this FOA) indicating their commitment serve the project. Applicants must include appendix one-page personnel description outlining roles and responsibilities for each key personnel and professional personnel position specified their proposal. Applicants must also submit appendix rsum for all positions designated key personnel this FOA and any other professional personnel being proposed the Applicant the FOA. Each rsum must include: 
 
 Educational background, including highest education level attained; 

 
 Work experience covering least the last five years employment the present, including such information the employer name, position title, clearly defined duties, and dates employment; 

 
 Special experience, capabilities, qualifications related the candidates ability implement the proposed strategy and perform effectively the proposed position; and 

 
 English and other relevant language skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing). Audit Reports 

 
Applicants must include (as appendix) copy the opinion letter(s) and summary audit findings for the Applicant and all subgrantees/subcontractors providing services related project intervention strategies. The Applicant must include cover sheet for its audit attachments. The following audit attachments are required, depending the organizations status: 
 
 Applicants from U.S.-based non-profit organizations and all proposed U.S.-based, non-profit, subgrantees and/or subcontractors that are subject the Single Audit Act must include the summary audit findings and opinion letter the most recent single audit and demonstrate compliance with single audit submission timeframes established OMB Circular A-133.  Organizations with audit findings that include qualified adverse opinions must also include summary corrective actions undertaken address the findings. 

 
 Non-U.S. based and for-profit Applicants must submit English version opinion letters and summary audit findings from their most current independent financial audit report.   

 
 For all proposed subgrantees and/or subcontractors that are for-profit non-U.S.-based organizations, Applicants must submit English versions the summary their audit findings and opinion letters for their most current independent financial audit.   

 
 Upon request, Applicants/Grantees will required submit full audit reports and/or official translations audit reports. Cost Proposal 

 
Applicants must prepare cost proposal Part the application. Applicants must provide narrative description and supporting documentation that demonstrate their organization has sound financial system place effectively manage the funds requested under this announcement. 
 
The cost proposal must reflect consistency between the proposed costs and the work performed outlined the project design narrative the Applicants technical proposal. The cost proposal must contain the following: (1) SF-424 Supplemental Key Contacts Information; (2) SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance; (3) SF-424A Budget Information; (4) detailed outputs-based budget and accompanying budget narrative; (5) indirect cost rate agreement; and (6) cost sharing information, applicable. Dun Bradstreet (DUNS) Number and SAM Registration 

 
Applicants must include their unexpired DUNS number the organizational unit section Block the SF-424. Applicants proposing subgrantees and/or subcontractors must submit each organizations DUNS number attachment the Cost Proposal.  
 
Organizations that not have DUNS number can receive DUNS number cost using the web-based form available http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform. addition having current DUNS number, Applicants must registered with the SAM Web site prior submitting application this announcement. Instructions for registering with SAM can found https://www.sam.gov. awardee must maintain active SAM registration with current information all times during which has active Federal award application under consideration. remain registered the SAM database after the initial registration, the Applicant required review and update the registration least every months from the date initial registration subsequently update its information the SAM database ensure current, accurate and complete. Required Standard Forms SF-424 Supplemental Key Contacts Information 

 
This form must include name, position title, address, telephone and fax numbers, e-mail address, and other relevant information for the Applicants designated key contact person. SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance 

 
This form must reflect the entire amount funds being requested under this announcement and, applicable, the amount any cost sharing proposed the Applicant must shown Section 18.b. SF-424A Budget Information (Non Construction Programs) 

 
This form must include all costs for proposed activities. applicable, line must include minor alterations and renovations that are: over USD 5,000; and/or for the construction permanent structure (latrines, wells, etc.) Outputs-Based Budget 

 
The Cost Proposal must include summary outputs-based budget, along with specific outputs-based budgets for the Applicant and each proposed subgrantee/subcontractor. The outputs-based budget must correspond the SF-424 and SF-424A. The outputs-based budget (including USDOL funds and any cost sharing funds reported the SF-424 and SF-424A) must comply with Federal cost principles.  Allowable costs include those specifically defined OMB Circular A-122. The budget will become part the cooperative agreement the event award and any costs omitted the Applicant may not allowed after award. Applicants may not rely other contracts, grants, awards implement the Applicant's proposed strategy. The budget submitted with the application must include all necessary funds implement the proposed project strategy. USDOL will not provide any additional funding cover unanticipated costs.  
 
The detailed outputs-based budget must present costs manner that linked activities, objectives, and outputs reflected the project design narrative, work plan, and logic model and demonstrate cost-effective allocation project funds. addition, must provide breakdown total administrative costs into direct and indirect administrative costs and allocate the largest proportion project resources direct intervention rather than direct and indirect administrative costs.3 The reserves the right negotiate project and administrative cost levels before award. 
 
Applicants must use the following guidance preparing their outputs-based budget: Travel 

 
Applicants must allocate sufficient funds finance appropriate in-country and international travel. minimum, Applicants must allocate funds for: 
 
 Travel the Project Director and/or another key personnel staff member Washington, D.C. attend post-award meeting (New Grantee Orientation); and 

 
 Travel the Project Director and/or other key personnel based the field meet annually with USDOL officials Washington, D.C. another site determined USDOL. Project ME 

 
All USDOL funded projects must allocate funds cover the costs associated with project ME activities. Projects must set aside least five percent the Federal project budget cover the costs associated with project ME activities. This five percent should included its own line item/ category within the outputs-based budget. the SF-424A, this amount can included the category 6h-other. Allocations associated with ME must include: 
 
 The development and implementation data collection system systematically collect and report the data necessary measure achievement against the performance indicators and analyze results.  

 
 Regular collection and processing monitoring data for project beneficiaries the appropriate level unit analysis. 

 
 The development monitoring guidelines (in multiple languages, appropriate) for all project partners responsible for providing services under the project direct beneficiaries. 

 
 The development and implementation system and process for validating monitoring information. 

 
 Support project ME  processes including project staff in-country travel, costs hosting workshops (meeting rooms, etc.), training partners, and any other logistical/administrative costs (please see Section VI. Award Administration Information).  

 
 Meeting reporting requirements discussed the FOA.  

 
 least USD 70,000 support the external interim and final implementation evaluations. Resources permitting, USDOL will directly contract the external evaluators design and implement the evaluations. However, the project will responsible for certain support costs for each evaluation, such translation the evaluation report from English into the local language, providing ground transportation for the external evaluator, hosting evaluation stakeholders meeting, and in-country transportation and accommodation costs for staff and other stakeholders participation the meeting. 

 
 Collecting baseline data, follow-up surveys, and other needs assessments, necessary, for the project. 

 
Note:  
 
Costs associated with ME personnel should included under the personnel line item and not included this budget section. 
 
Costs associated with any required additional research special studies, may required the FOA proposed the project, should not included this ME budget, and must budgeted for separately. 
 
This budget guidance establishes minimum amount funds that must set aside for monitoring and evaluation activities; the Applicant may propose additional funds needed, based cost estimates for required activities. particular, Applicants are encouraged conduct cost analysis for baseline and follow-up surveys and budget for these surveys appropriately. Single Audits Attestation Engagements 

 
Include costs for single audits direct indirect costs, whichever appropriate, accordance with the cost allocation procedures approved the U.S. Federal Cognizant Agency (FCA). Attestation engagements are conducted USDOLs expense supplement the coverage provided the single audits. There should costs included the budget for attestation engagements. Allowance for Unforeseen Costs 

 
Applicants must include five percent the projects total direct costs address unforeseen circumstances beyond the Grantees control that affect specific budget lines related to: 
 
 Inflation affecting specific project costs; 

 
 United Nations System foreign government-mandated salary scale benefits revisions; and 

 
 Exchange rate fluctuations.  

 
USDOL also recognizes that certain unforeseen circumstances may arise and result need for exceptions these uses Allowance for Unforeseen Costs funds and need for budget modifications time extensions. These include (1) changes countrys security environment; (2) natural disasters; (3) civil political unrest/upheavals government transitions; (4) delays related loss damage project property.  Use these funds must approved the GO.  The MPG gives guidelines for requesting approval budget modification re-allocate funds under the Allowance for Unforeseen Costs budget line, well guidance the timeline which such re-allocations should completed. Value Added Tax (VAT) 

 
Applicants must include costs related VAT. VAT costs are applied the host government but are omitted Applicants budget, the Grantee will responsible for paying them. USDOL-funding cannot used for VAT costs that were not included the initial budget proposal. Housing included the budget, provide the budget narrative justification for any proposed housing costs, housing allowances, and/or personal living expenses. accordance with federal cost principles, personnel housing and personal living expenses may not counted fringe benefits indirect costs the project budget. USDOL funds may only used pay for housing costs, housing allowances, and personal living expenses (e.g., dependents allowance) project staff they (1) are separately accounted for direct costs the project necessary for the performance the project and (2) receive prior approval from USDOL. Applicants must provide brief explanation why such costs are considered necessary for the performance the project, consistent with the 
organizations established policies, and reasonable for the country where the staff person will reside. Budget Narrative 

 
The cost proposal must include budget narrative that corresponds the outputs-based budget. The budget narrative must include detailed justification, broken down line item, all the Applicants costs included the outputs-based budget. Indirect Cost Information 

 
According Federal regulations, indirect costs are those that have been incurred for common joint objectives and cannot readily identified with particular final cost objective. Indirect cost charges must based allowable, allocable, and reasonable costs based the applicable cost principles.4  Indirect cost support for allocated charges the grant and the closeout process validated using federally approved Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement (NICRA).  The NICRA issued the FCA based annual indirect cost proposal submissions from grantees.  Typically, the agency providing the preponderance direct Federal funds the organization the FCA. OMB Circular A-122 for non-profit organizations OMB Circular A-87 for State and local organizations; and OMB Circular A-21 for Educational Institutions. These cost principles are available http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/circulars/index.html. Federal Acquisition Regulations, CFR Part 31, for for-profit organizations are available at: http://www.arnet.gov/far/. Indirect Cost Form for the Applicant 

 
The cost proposal must contain information the Applicants indirect costs, using the Indirect Cost Form provided Grants.gov and the USDOL/ILABs Web site http://www.dol.gov/ilab/grants/SGAguidelines.htm. Indirect Cost Supporting Documentation 

 
For organizations with current rate approved the FCA: provide copy the NICRA the proposal. 
 
For organizations with budgeted/claimed indirect costs: provide Certificate Direct Costs.  See the Indirect Cost Form for details and sample certificate. Indirect Cost Proposal Submission Requirements 

 
For organizations with expired rate rate not previously approved the FCA: For evaluation purposes, Applicants without approved NICRA must submit indirect cost rate ceiling amount that they propose incorporated into the resultant cooperative agreement award. indirect cost proposal must submitted the FCA within days grant award establish provisional NICRA.  This provisional rate may effective for period two years until final NICRA established.   
 
For organizations with current rate: Indirect cost proposals must submitted annual basis the FCA obtain federally approved NICRAs for the life the grant, unless the FCA instructs otherwise.  These proposals are based incurred costs and are due six months after the end each fiscal year. Indirect Cost Ceilings 

 
 The indirect rate proposed response this FOA for those organizations without current approved rate will reflected the estimated amount indirect costs shown the approved budget the Notice Award.  However, only 10% salaries and wages from the Personnel line will available for expenditure support indirect costs the absence NICRA approved the cognizant agency.  The remaining funds which have been awarded for Indirect Costs will restricted and may not used for any purpose until the awardee provides signed copy the NICRA the Grant Officer.  DOL will then issue modification the award remove the restriction the additional allowable indirect costs. Survey Ensuring Equal Opportunity for Applicants (Optional) 

 
All Applicants are requested, but not required, complete and include the Survey Ensuring Equal Opportunity for Applicants (OMB No. 1890-0014) their applications; this form provided USDOL/ILABs Web site at: http://www.dol.gov/ilab/grants/SGAguidelines.htm. Submission Dates and Times 
 
All applications must received the closing date and time the cover page this announcement.  Late applications will considered non-responsive and will not reviewed. Intergovernmental Review 
 
This funding opportunity not subject Executive Order 12372, Intergovernmental Review Federal Programs. Funding Restrictions 
 
All Applicants must adhere requirements concerning restrictions, unallowable activities, and specific prohibitions, identified OMB Circular A-122, OMB Circular A-21, CFR Part 95, CFR Part 98, (if the application funded after December 26, 2014, the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies) and USDOL/ILAB policies outlined the MPG, for all USDOL-funded technical cooperation projects.  Applicants should take particular note and should adhere the funding restrictions/administrative requirements the USDOL/ILAB MPG (available Grants.gov document accompanying this FOA). Other Submission Requirements 
 
Applications may submitted electronically via Grants.gov hard copy. Applications submitted other means, including e-mail, telegram, facsimile (FAX) will not accepted. Electronic Submission 

 
Applicants electing submit electronically must submit one electronic copy the complete application via Grants.gov. Applicants submitting via Grants.gov are responsible for ensuring that their application received Grants.gov the deadline. 
 
Applicants submitting their application electronically through Grants.gov should note the following submission instructions: (1) individual with authority legally bind the Applicant must responsible for submitting the application Grants.gov, (2) applications submitted through Grants.gov not need signed manually; the form will automatically affix electronic signature for the authorized person identified, and (3) when submitting Grants.gov, Applicants must save all attachments .doc, .pdf, .txt, .xls file. submitted any other format, the application bears the risk that compatibility other issues will prevent USDOL from considering the application. USDOL will attempt open the document, but will not take any corrective measures the event issues with opening the document. such cases, the non-conforming application will not considered for funding. avoid unexpected delays that could result the rejection application, Applicants should immediately initiate and complete the registration steps http://www.grants.gov/Applicants/get_registered.jsp registration can take multiple days complete. Applicants should consult the Grants.gov Web sites Frequently Asked Questions and Applicant User Guide, available http://www.grants.gov/help/general_faqs.jsp, and http://www.grants.gov/assets/ApplicantUserGuide.pdf. Within two business days application submission, Grants.gov will send the Applicant two email messages provide the status application progress through the system. The first, almost immediate, email will confirm receipt the application Grants.gov. The second email will indicate the application has been successfully submitted and successfully validated has been rejected due errors. Only applications that have been successfully submitted and successfully validated will considered. the sole responsibility the Applicant ensure timely submission, therefore sufficient time should allotted for submission (two business days) and, necessary, additional time should allotted address errors and receive validation upon resubmission (an additional two business days for each ensuing submission). important note that sufficient time not allotted and rejection notice received after the due date and time, the application will not considered.  
 
Applicants can contact the Grants.gov Contact Center 1-800-518-4726 support@grants.gov obtain assistance with any problems related using Grants.gov, including difficulties downloading the application package; software compatibility questions; and questions how assemble electronic application packages. USDOL bears responsibility for data errors resulting from transmission conversion processes. Hardcopy Submissions 

 
Applicants electing submit hard copies must submit one (1) signed original, complete application, plus one (1) copy the application, along with that includes the Technical and 
Cost Proposals saved .doc, .pdf, .txt, .xls files. Hard copy applications must delivered the address the cover page this announcement. Applicants are advised submit their applications advance the deadline. Applications may hand delivered submitted via the U.S. Postal Service non-U.S. Postal Service delivery services, such Federal Express, DHL, UPS. Regardless the type delivery service selected, Applicants bear the responsibility for timely submission. The application package must received the designated place the date and time specified will considered non-responsive and will rejected.  Note: Please advised that U.S. mail delivery the Washington D.C. area can slow and erratic due security concerns. Applicants must consider this when preparing meet the application deadline. 
 
Any application received after the deadline will not considered unless received before the award made and: determined the Government that the late receipt was due solely mishandling the Government after receipt USDOL the address indicated; and/or was sent registered certified mail not later than the fifth calendar day before the deadline; was sent U.S. Postal Service Express Mail Next Day Service-Post Office Addressee, later than 5:00 p.m. the place mailing two (2) working days, excluding weekends and Federal holidays, before the deadline. was sent non-U.S. Postal Service Next Day Service-carrier facility Addressee, later than 5:00 p.m. the place mailing two (2) working days, excluding weekends and Federal holidays, before the deadline. 

 
The only acceptable evidence establish the date mailing sent registered certified mail the U.S. Postal Service postmark the envelope wrapper and the original receipt from the U.S. Postal Service. The only acceptable evidence establish the date mailing sent U.S. Postal Service Express Mail Next Day Service-Post Office Addressee the date entered the Post Office clerk the "Express Mail Next Day Service-Post Office Addressee" label and the postmark the envelope wrapper the original receipt from the U.S. Postal Service. For Applications submitted through other delivery services such Federal Express, DHL, UPS, the only acceptable evidence establish the date the mailing the tracking number, which contains detailed information about the mailing. the postmark not legible, application received after the above closing time and date will treated mailed late. "Postmark" means printed, stamped, otherwise placed impression (not postage meter machine impression) that readily identifiable without further action having been applied and affixed employee the U.S. Postal Service the date mailing. Therefore, Applicants should request that the postal clerk place legible hand cancellation "bulls-eye" postmark both the receipt and the envelope wrapper. Application Review Information Criteria 
 
Procedures for assessing the technical merit applications have been instituted provide for objective review applications and assist the Applicant understanding the standards against which each application will judged. The evaluation criteria are based the information required the application described Section IV.  
 
CRITERIA 
 REFERENCE 
 POINTS 
 
Objectives, Expected Outcomes, and Project Interventions 
 IV.B.1.c.2 and 
 
Targets 
 IV.B.1.c.3 
 
Partners 
 IV.B.1.c.4 
 
PMP and ME Capacity Statement 
 IV.B.1.c.7 
 
Logic Model 
 IV.B.1.c.5 
 
Work Plan 
 IV.B.1.c.6 
 
International and Government Grant and/or Contract Experience 
 IV.B.1.d.1 
 
Country Presence and Host Government Support 
 IV.B.1.d.2 
 
Project Management Plan 
 IV.B.1.d.3 
 
Personnel 
 IV.B.1.d.4 
 
Budget (Outputs-Based Budget and Budget Narrative) 
 IV.B.2.c 
 
Total 
 100 Review and Selection Process merit review panel will evaluate each accepted application against the criteria described this FOA. Reviewers will award points based the extent which the Applicants proposal provides clear and strong response requirements the FOA related each the criteria above. 
 
Applicants are advised that panel recommendations the are advisory nature. deemed appropriate, the may call for the preparation and receipt final revisions applications, following which the evaluation process described above may repeated, whole part, consider such revisions. The will make final selection determinations based panel findings and may consider other factors that represent the greatest advantage the Federal Government, including cost, the availability funds, and the Applicants past performance Federal awards. USDOL reserves the right to: (1) solicit information from Federal sources and/or non-Federal sources about the Applicants past performance any awardsincluding evaluations, audits, attestation engagements, and questionnaires; (2) assess the Applicants past performance awards with respect its potential effect grant implementation; and (3) consider this information part its selection process. USDOL does not receive technically acceptable applications response this announcement, reserves the right terminate the competition and not make any award. The GOs determinations for awards under this announcement are final. 
 
Before the actual cooperative agreement awarded, USDOL may enter into discussions with one more selected Applicants for any reason deemed necessary, including negotiating components the project design/strategy; budget; project duration; staffing; funding levels; and financial and 
administrative systems place support implementation the cooperative agreement [including relevant issues raised submitted audit report(s)]. negotiations not result mutually acceptable submission, the reserves the right terminate the negotiation and decline fund the application.  
 
Award cooperative agreement under this announcement may also contingent upon exchange project support letters between USDOL and the relevant host government ministries. Anticipated Announcement and Award Dates 
 
Information the anticipated award date provided the cover page the FOA. USDOL not obligated make any awards result this announcement. 
 
VI. Award Administration Information Award Notices 
 
The will notify Applicants designation results follows: Notice Award 

 
The notice award signed the serves official notice Applicants designation Grantee. The notice award will accompanied cooperative agreement and the most current MPG, which available Grants.gov (as document accompanying this FOA). The MPG provides general management procedures and guidance for recipients ILABs Grants and/or Cooperative Agreements areas that may not explicitly detailed the announcement. Notice Unsuccessful Applicants 

 
Applicants not selected for award will provided notification.  Unsuccessful Applicants that wish briefed the must submit written request within business days after receipt notification non-selection. The not required provide briefings written requests are not received within the specified timeframe.  
 
Notification designation person entity other than the not valid. Administrative and National Policy Requirements General Requirements 

 
Grantees under this FOA shall subject the terms outlined this announcement, the cooperative agreement, and the MPG. They are also subject applicable U.S. Federal laws (including appropriations laws) and regulations, Executive Orders, applicable OMB Circulars and USDOL policies. If, during project implementation, Grantee found violation any the foregoing, remedies may include modification the terms the cooperative agreement 
awarded under this announcement; disallowance and recovery costs; termination the cooperative agreement; and any other action permitted law.  
 
For the purposes this announcement and cooperative agreement awards, Grantees will the sole entity: 
 
 act the primary point contact with USDOL receive and respond all inquiries, communications and orders under the project;  

 
 with the authority withdraw draw down funds through the Department Health and Human Services-Payment Management System;  

 
 responsible for submitting USDOL all deliverables, including all technical and financial reports related the project;  

 
 that may request agree revision amendment the cooperative agreement the Project Document; and  

 
 responsible for working with USDOL close out the project. Each Grantee must comply with all applicable Federal regulations and individually subject audit. Project Audits and External Auditing Arrangements 

 
U.S.-based non-profit Grantees whose total annual expenditure Federal awards more than USD 500,000 must have organization-wide audit conducted accordance with CFR Parts and 99, which codify the requirements the Single Audit Act and OMB Circular A-133, and must comply with the timeframes established those regulations for the submission their audits the Federal Audit Clearinghouse. Grantees must send copy each single audit conducted within the timeframe the USDOL-funded project their assigned GOR the time submitted the Federal Audit Clearinghouse. accordance with CFR Parts and 99, USDOL has contracted with independent external auditor conduct project-specific attestation engagements USDOLs expense supplement the coverage provided the annual audits that Grantees are required arrange, which are referenced the preceding paragraph. All Grantees, including non-U.S.-based and private for-profit Grantees, are subject attestation engagements during the life the cooperative agreement. Attestation engagements will conducted accordance with U.S. Government Auditing Standards, which includes auditors opinions (1) compliance with USDOL regulations and the provisions the cooperative agreement and (2) the accuracy and reliability the Grantees financial and performance reports. Administrative Standards and Provisions 

 
Cooperative agreements awarded under this announcement are subject all applicable Federal laws, regulations, and applicable OMB Circulars.  Awards under this FOA will subject the following administrative standards and provisions: 
 
 CFR Part Subpart  Equal Treatment Department Labor Programs for Religious Organizations; Protection Religious Liberty Department Labor Social Service Providers and Beneficiaries. 

 CFR Part  Nondiscrimination Federally Assisted Programs the Department Labor Effectuation Title the Civil Rights Act 1964. 

 CFR Part  Nondiscrimination the Basis Handicap Programs and Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance. 

 CFR Part  Enforcement Nondiscrimination the Basis Handicap Programs Activities Conducted the Department Labor. 

 CFR Part  Nondiscrimination the Basis Age Programs Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance from the Department Labor. 

 CFR Part  Nondiscrimination the Basis Sex Education Programs Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance. 

 CFR Part  New Restrictions Lobbying. 

 CFR Part  Government-wide Requirements for Drug-Free Workplace (Financial Assistance). 

 CFR Part  Grants and Agreements with Institutions Higher Education, Hospitals and other Non-Profit Organizations, and with Commercial Organizations, Foreign Governments, Organizations Under the Jurisdiction Foreign Governments, and International Organizations. 

 CFR Part  Audit Requirements for Grants, Contracts and Other Agreements. 

 CFR Part  Government-wide Debarment and Suspension (Non-procurement). 

 CFR Part  Audits States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations. 

 OMB Circular A-21  Cost Principles for Educational Institutions. 

 OMB Circular A-110  Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Non-Profit Organizations. 

 OMB Circular A-122  Cost Principles for Non-Profit Organizations. 

 OMB Circular A-133  Audits States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations. December 26, 2013, OMB published the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards; Final Rule, Fed. Reg. 78590, which can found at:  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-12-26/pdf/2013-30465.pdf.  These new rules will supersede the requirements OMB Circulars A-21, A-87, A-110, A-122, A-89, A-102, and A-133, and the guidance Circular A-50 Single Audit Act follow-up.  Federal agencies are required promulgate regulation applying the rules December 26, 2014, which point the rules will applied awards non-Federal entities.  Awards made prior promulgation the new regulations will governed the terms and conditions contained that award. 
 
For more information about the Final Rule and uniform guidance, please visit www.cfo.gov/COFAR.  Crosswalks and side-by-sides with old guidance next the new language are available http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants_docs. Transparency 

 
USDOL committed conducting transparent grant award process and publicizing information about program outcomes. Posting grant applications public Web sites means promoting and sharing innovative ideas. For this grant competition, USDOL will publish all proposal Abstracts the Departments public Web site similar publicly accessible location. Additionally, USDOL will publish redacted version the Technical Proposal required this announcement for all Awardees, the Departments Web site similar location. Except for the sections listed above, none the Attachments the Technical Proposal described Section will published. The Technical Proposals and Abstracts will not published until after the cooperative agreements are awarded. addition, information about Cooperative Agreement progress and results may also made publicly available. 
 
USDOL recognizes that grant applications sometimes contain information that Applicant may consider proprietary business confidential information, may contain personally identifiable information. Proprietary business confidential information information that not usually disclosed outside organization and the disclosure which likely cause the Applicant substantial competitive harm. Personally identifiable information any information that can used distinguish trace individuals identity, such name, social security number, date and place birth, mothers maiden name, biometric records; and any other information that linked linkable individual, such medical, educational, financial, and employment information.5 Office Management and Budget, OMB Memorandum 07-16 and 06-19. GAO Report 08-536, Privacy: Alternatives Exist for Enhancing Protection Personally Identifiable Information, May 2008; available from http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d08536.pdf. 
 
Abstracts will published the form originally submitted, without any redactions. Applicants should not include any proprietary confidential business information personally identifiable information this summary. the event that Applicant submits proprietary confidential business information personally identifiable information, USDOL not liable for the posting this information contained the Abstract. The submission the grant application constitutes waiver the Applicants objection the posting any proprietary confidential business information contained the Abstract. Additionally, the Applicant responsible for obtaining all authorizations from relevant parties for publishing all personally identifiable information contained within the Abstract. the event the Abstract contains proprietary confidential business personally identifiable information, the Applicant presumed have obtained all necessary authorizations provide this information and may liable for any improper release this information. submission this grant application, the Applicant agrees indemnify and hold harmless the United States, USDOL, its officers, employees, and agents against any liability for any loss damages arising from this application. such submission this grant application, the Applicant further acknowledges having the authority execute this release liability. order ensure that proprietary confidential business information personally identifiable information properly protected from disclosure when USDOL posts the winning Technical Proposals, Applicants whose Technical Proposals will posted will requested the Grant Office submit redacted version their Technical Proposal, with any proprietary confidential business information and personally identifiable information redacted. All non-public information about the Applicants and subgrantee subcontractor members staff (if applicable) should removed well.  
 
Submission redacted version the Technical Proposal will constitute permission the Applicant for USDOL make the redacted version publicly available. USDOL will also assume that submitting the redacted version the Technical Proposal, the Applicant has obtained the agreement all persons and entities whose proprietary, confidential business information, personally identifiable information contained the Technical Proposal publish any unredacted information which fits under either category. Applicant fails provide redacted version the Technical Proposal the deadline established USDOL, USDOL will publish the original Technical Proposal full, after redacting only personally identifiable information. (Note that the original, unredacted version the Technical Proposal will remain part the complete application package, including the Applicants proprietary and confidential business information and any personally identifiable information).  
 
Applicants are encouraged maximize the grant application information that will publicly disclosed, and exercise restraint and redact only information that clearly proprietary, confidential commercial/business information, capable identifying person. The redaction entire pages sections the Technical Proposal not appropriate, and will not allowed, unless the entire portion merits such protection. Should dispute arise about whether redactions are appropriate, USDOL will follow the procedures outlined the Departments Freedom Information Act (FOIA) regulations (29 CFR Part 70).  
 
Redacted information grant applications will protected USDOL from public disclosure accordance with federal law, including the Trade Secrets Act (18 U.S.C.  1905), FOIA, and the Privacy Act U.S.C.  552a). USDOL receives FOIA request for application, the procedures USDOLs FOIA regulations for responding requests for commercial/business information submitted the government will followed, well all FOIA exemptions and procedures. CFR  70.26. Consequently, possible that application FOIA rules may result release information response FOIA request that Applicant redacted its redacted copy. Transparency Act Requirements 

 
Applicants must ensure that necessary processes and systems are place comply with the reporting requirements the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act 2006 (Pub. Law 109-282, amended section 6202 Pub. Law 110-252). Complete information the reporting requirements the Transparency Act, described CFR Part 170, Appendix can found the following Web site: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-22705.pdf. Reporting 
 
Grantees must submit copies all required reports USDOL the specified due dates, unless otherwise indicated. More information the reports and exact timeframes for their completion will included the cooperative agreement. 
 
VII. Agency Contacts 
 
Agency contact information available the cover page the FOA.  
 
VIII. Other Information Privacy Act and FOIA 
 
Any information submitted response this announcement will subject the provisions the Privacy Act and the FOIA, appropriate.  
Appendices 
  
 
Appendix 
Acronyms 
 
 
CFR  Code Federal Regulations  
COPARMEX Confederacion Patronal Republica Mexicana  
DUNS   Dun and Bradstreet Number 
ETA  Employment Training Administration 
FCA  U.S. Federal Cognizant Agency 
FLL  Federal Labor Law 
FFR  Federal Financial Report 
FOA  Funding Opportunity Announcement 
FOIA  Freedom Information Act  Grant Officer 
GOR  Grant Officer's Representative 
ILAB  Bureau International Labor Affairs 
ME  Monitoring and Evaluation  
MPG  Management Procedures and Guidelines 
NICRA  Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement  
OTLA  Office Trade and Labor Affairs 
OMB  Office Management and Budget  
PMP  Performance Monitoring Plan 
PIO  Public International Organization 
SAM  System for Award Management  Standard Form  
STPS  Secretaria Trabajo Previsin Social  
TPR  Technical Progress Report 
USDOL  U.S. Department Labor 
VAT  Value Added Tax 
  
Appendix 
Definitions 
 
 
Cooperative agreement refers award instrument where substantial programmatic involvement anticipated between the awarding agency (USDOL) and the recipient during the performance project activities. The level monitoring and accountability required USDOL under cooperative agreement less than what required under contract, but more than what required under regular grant.  
 
Cost sharing matching means the portion project costs not paid Federal funds (unless otherwise authorized Federal statue).   
  
Critical assumption general condition under which the hypothesis strategy for achieving the projects objective will hold true. 
 
Direct beneficiaries are individuals who receive direct services (interventions) provided the project. E.g., Direct beneficiaries may include labor inspectors who receive training provided the project, and indirect beneficiaries may include workers whose workplaces are inspected those labor inspectors but who did not receiving services training any kind directly from the project.   
  
Direct services are interventions that take the form services, training, other types aid provided the project. 
 
Employment discrimination form discrimination based race, sex, religion, national origin, physical disability, and age employers. 
 
In-Kind contributions means the value non-cash contributions (i.e., property services) that  (a) Benefit Federally assisted project program; and (b) Are contributed non-Federal third parties, without charge, non-Federal entity under Federal award.  
  
Indirect beneficiaries are individuals who may ultimately derive benefit from the direct services interventions provided the project but who not receive those services interventions directly.  E.g., Direct beneficiaries may include labor inspectors who receive training provided the project, and indirect beneficiaries may include workers whose workplaces are inspected those labor inspectors but who did not receiving services training any kind directly from the project.   
 
 
Monitoring and evaluation ME consists two basic components performance monitoring and evaluation each which serve distinct purposes. Performance monitoring changes performance indicators reveals whether desired results are occurring and whether implementation track. general, the results measured are the direct and near-term consequences project activities. Evaluation the systematic collection and analysis information about the characteristics and outcomes programs and projects basis for judgments, improve effectiveness, and/or inform decisions about current and future programming.  
 
Objective describes the impact, the ultimate, big picture changes, that USDOL/ILAB hopes achieve through the project. 
 
Outcome the change that the project seeks achieve.  They describe the situation that expected exist the end the project, and/or the changes project beneficiarys performance expected result the project. 
 
Output refers the tangible results produced the Grantee that come out implementing project activity. 
 
Partner refers organization entity that assists with implementing coordinating activities under the cooperative agreement but not subgrantee subcontractor relationship with the grantee. partner may also beneficiary. 
 
Public International Organization (PIO) international organization composed mainly countries. defined the International Organizations Immunities Act, U.S.C.  288, et. seq, PIOs are eligible apply for award. 
 
 
  
Appendix 
Sample Past Performance Table 
 
Name Applicant/ 
Subgrantee/ 
Subcontractor 
 Agency/ Donor/ 
Organization 
 Agency/ Donor/ 
Contact Information (Name, telephone, fax, e-mail) 
 Name the Project and Instrument Number 
 Funding Amount 
(in USD) 
 Country Implementation and Period Performance 
 Brief Summary Work Performed and Accomplishments 
 
 
  
  
  
  
  
  
 
 
  
  
  
  
  
  
 
 
  
  
  
  
  
  
 

 
  
Appendix 
Documents Required for Application Submission 
 
Required Documents 
 FOA Reference 
 Applicant 
 
 Subgrantee  
(providing services related project intervention strategies) 
 Subcontractor 
(providing services related project  intervention strategies 
 
Technical Proposal 
 Section IV.B.1 
 
  
  
  
 
Cost Proposal 
 Section IV.B.2 
 
  
  
  
 
Past Performance Table 
 Section IV.B.1.d.1 
Appendix 
  
  
  
 
Copy the opinion letter(s) and summary audit findings 
 Section IV.B.1.d.5 
 
  
  
  
 
Documentation Host Country Presence and Host Government Support  
 Section IV.B.1.d.2 
 
  
  
  
 
Key Personnel Signed Letters Commitment 
 Section IV.B.1.d.4 
 
  
  
  
 
Outputs-Based Budget 
 Section IV.B.2.c 
 
  
  
  
 
SAM Registration 
 Section IV.B.2.a 
 
  
  
  
 
SF-424 
 Section IV.B.2.b 
 
  
  
  
 
SF-424A 
 Section IV.B.2.b 
 
  
  
  
 
Indirect Cost Form 
 Grants.gov and ILAB Web site