[Federal Register: January 17, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 10)]

[Notices]

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From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES



HHS Managing Partner Grants.gov E-Government Initiative;

Governmentwide Notice of Opportunity to Register Early for Electronic

Submission of Grant Applications for Federal Funding Opportunities;

Early Registration With Grants.gov


AGENCY: Grants.gov Program Management Office; HHS Managing Agency;

Office of Assistant Secretary for Budget, Technology and Finance for

the Grants Executive Board, HHS.


ACTION: Notice.


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SUMMARY: Federal grant applicants must complete a three-step

registration process before applying for a federal grant opportunity

through Grants.gov. Grants.gov is the federal government's free,

single, and secure site for finding and submitting applications

electronically for federal grant funding. It is part of the ongoing

implementation of Electronic Government (E-Government) and a key

component of the President's Management Agenda. Expanding electronic

government makes it simpler for the public to receive high-quality

services from the federal government in addition to improving the

federal government's efficiency in the delivery of its services. To

protect the applicant and the applicant's information, and to assure

federal agencies that they are interacting with officials authorized to

submit applications for funding on behalf of applicant entities, an

applicant must register with Grants.gov.

In fiscal year 2005, 20 out of 26 federal grant making departments

and agencies achieved their goals, set through OMB guidance, of making

25 percent of their discretionary funding opportunities available for

the electronic submission of applications on Grants.gov and over 15,000

applications were received. Per OMB milestones, in fiscal year 2006 the

percentage of discretionary funding opportunities available for

electronic submission will increase to 75 percent and then to 100

percent in fiscal year 2007. This planned increase in utilization of

the Grants.gov system is indicative of a governmentwide transition to

electronic grant processes.

The twenty-six federal grant making departments and agencies

participating in Grants.gov are: The Departments of Health and Human

Services, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, Education,

Agriculture, Justice, Labor, Homeland Security, Defense, Commerce,

Veterans Affairs, State, Treasury, Interior, and Energy, and the

National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, National

Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Endowment of the Arts,

National Endowment of Humanities, Corporation for National & Community

Service, U.S. Agency for International Development, National Archives

and Records Administration, Small Business Administration, Institute of

Museum and Library Services, and Social Security Administration.

Each of the federal grant-making departments and agencies listed

above are posting funding opportunities and grant application materials

on Grants.gov. To facilitate the federal grant application process,

this notice encourages prospective applicants to register early.

Registering in advance of agencies posting their grant opportunities

will eliminate many of the issues that applicants have faced by not

meeting registration requirements in time to meet application

deadlines. Registering early will allow the Federal agencies and

Grants.gov sufficient time to address questions applicants may have in

completing the registration process.


I. The Need To Register With Grants.gov


Before applying for a grant opportunity on Grants.gov, an applicant

must complete the registration process. Registration protects both the

applicant and the federal agencies against fraudulent activities.

Registration confirms that the applicant has designated a certain

individual or entity to submit an application on behalf of the

applicant and assures the federal agency that it is interacting with

the designated representative of the applicant.


II. What Is Involved in Registration?


Before applying for a grant opportunity on Grants.gov, an applicant

must complete the registration process. Registration protects both the

applicant and the federal agencies against fraudulent activities.

Registration confirms that the applicant has designated a certain

individual or entity to submit an application on behalf of the

applicant and assures the federal agency that it is interacting with

the designated representative of the applicant.

Registration is a three-step process:

1. Register your organization.

2. Register yourself as an Authorized Organization Representative.

3. Become authorized by your organization to submit applications.

1. Register Your Organization. Before you can apply for a grant via

Grants.gov


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your organization must register with the Central Contractor Registry

(CCR), which requires a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number. A

DUNS number is a unique number that identifies an organization and has

been adopted by the Federal Government. The CCR is the central

government repository for organizations working with the Federal

government. The CCR collects, validates, stores and disseminates data

in support of agency acquisitions. For grants, CCR stores an

applicant's information, allowing Grants.gov to verify an

organization's identity and identify key business contacts for the

organization. An organization will be required to provide a DUNS

number, an E-Business point-of-contact (POC) and a Marketing Partner ID

Number (MPIN) when registering with CCR. Please note that CCR recently

began validating the tax identification number with IRS/Department of

Treasury, which delays the activation of the registration by

approximately 24-48 hours. Active CCR registrations and changes to

registration information are passed to Grants.gov on a daily basis. A

yearly validation of the CCR information is required to maintain an

active registration.

CCR Registration Assistance: 1-888-227-2423 (http://www.ccr.gov).


2. Register as an Authorized Organization Representative (AOR). An

AOR is a person named by an organization to submit an application for

funding consideration on behalf of the organization. In order to

safeguard the security of your electronic information and to submit a

Federal grant application via Grants.gov, an AOR must first obtain a

Username and Password from Grants.gov. The organizational DUNS number

will be needed to access the registration form, http://grants.gov/Register1.

Completion of the registration form will provide a


Grants.gov Username and Password. The AOR's must then register the

Username and Password with Grants.gov, http://grants.gov/Register2.


3. Organization Authorizes Submitter (AOR). Grants.gov will send

the organization's CCR E-Business point-of-contact (POC) an e-mail

notifying them that someone from their organization has registered with

Grants.gov and needs to be authorized as an AOR. The E-Business POC

must log into Grants.gov, using their organization DUNS and

MPIN and authorize the AOR to submit an application via Grants.gov. The

registration process is complete once the AOR has been authorized.


III. Time Allotted for Registration


Based on Grants.gov applicant feedback, it usually takes 3-5 days

to complete registration with Grants.gov. Registrants should be aware

that portions of the Grants.gov registration process leverage other

governmentwide databases such as CCR. Some organizations have found it

can take up to 2 weeks to complete the registration process when

unexpected delays are encountered during the CCR registration process.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Grants.gov Web site provides

detailed registration checklists that guide users through the

registration process. The checklists are available through the 'Get

Started'' link on the Grants.gov Web site (http://www.grants.gov).


Questions may also be referred to the Grants.gov Contact Center at 1-

800-518-4726 or by e-mail at support@Grants.gov. A Webcast has been

scheduled for the end of January 2006 specifically to cover the

Grants.gov registration process. Interested organizations may sign-up

for the Webcast at the Grants.gov Web site (http://www.grants.gov).



Dated: January 10, 2006.

Charles E. Johnson,

Assistant Secretary for Budget, Technology and Finance.

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