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Exchange Network Grant Information: 2004-2005. Stephen Goranson Office of Information Services USEPA Region 5. Briefing Outline. Introduction to the Exchange Network Status of the Network Grant Program Status of Region 5 State Network Activities Examples of Current Challenge Grants

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Exchange network grant information 2004 2005

Exchange Network Grant Information: 2004-2005

Stephen Goranson

Office of Information Services

USEPA Region 5


Briefing outline
Briefing Outline

  • Introduction to the Exchange Network

  • Status of the Network Grant Program

  • Status of Region 5 State Network Activities

  • Examples of Current Challenge Grants

  • Purpose of the Challenge Grants

  • Format for Challenge Grant Proposal

  • Possible Timeline for 2005 Grant Process

  • Questions and Discussion


Web sites of interest
Web Sites of Interest

  • Exchange Network:

    http://www.exchangenetwork.net/

  • EPA Exchange Network Grant Program:

    http://www.epa.gov/neengprg/


Purpose goals of the network
Purpose & Goals of the Network

  • Network Goals:

    • Enhance electronic reporting capabilities

    • Reduce information collection and reporting burdens

    • Integrate data from different sources

    • Provide timely access to environmental data

    • Improve data quality

Network Purpose:

An Internet and standards based method for exchanging environmental information between partners


Major business drivers for creating the network
Major Business Drivers for Creating the Network

  • Decreasing program budgets available for IT investments

  • Need to improve data timeliness, quality and security

  • Homeland Security

  • Need for integrated information to manage environmental programs

  • Need to respond to the President’s management agenda, e-Gov initiative, OMB and EA mandates.

  • Reduce Burden

  • Need for information not currently reported to EPA


Benefits of creating the network
Benefits of Creating the Network

  • Internet, standards based exchange –

    • Implements e-Gov exchanges

    • Increases data quality and timeliness

    • Reduces issues arising from changes made to EPA and/or partner databases saving time and money

  • Helps move EPA towards it’s EA and comply with OMB requirements –

    • by identifying common data elements as a result of mapping information flows, data elements suitable for integration are identified



NetworkAdministration

Technical

Infrastructure

Registration, process support, communication

Uses standard Internet tools

Data

Standards

Data Exchange

Templates

Network

Components

Common way to define shared terms

Common way to package shared data

Member

Infrastructure

Trading Partner

Agreement

Capacity to participate

How information flows between partners

.


Organizational relationships

States

(through ECOS)

Future

Network

Partners

EPA

Key

Reports to

State/EPA Information

Management Workgroup

(IMWG)

EnvironmentalDataStandardsCouncil (EDSC)

Participates in

Coordinates with

Network Steering

Board (NSB)

Other Action

Teams

Standards

Development

Teams

IntegratedProjectTeams (IPTs)

Node

Group

Technical

Resources

Group (TRG)

Organizational Relationships



CDX

  • EPA’s node on the Network

  • Authenticates partners

  • Accepts and requests data from information

    partner nodes

  • Could be the data repository for EPA

  • Potential access to integrated data



General overview of the network development process
General Overview of the Network Development Process

DET /

Schema

CDX

Partner

Node

Information Partner

Internet

  • IPT Created to work on flow

  • Flow elements defined

  • Standards created

  • DET / Schema created

  • TPA template created

  • Schema mapped to partner database(s)

  • Schema mapped to EPA databases (or potentially to a repository)

  • Partner node functional

  • CDX functional

  • Flow successful

DET /

Schema

DET /

Schema

EPA’sInformation Systems

Partner’sInformation Systems




Upcoming data flows
Upcoming Data Flows

  • Lead Notifications

    • Notification of Regulated Lead Abatement Activities

    • Certification of Abatement Firms

  • Confidential Business Information Reporting Projects

    • Certification and Fuel Economy Inventory System

    • Reformulated Gas Reporting

  • AQS Web Services (Portal)

    • Developing real time standardized reports

    • Providing additional front-end quality assurance

  • AirNow E-Alerts (Portal)

    • Mass notifications to the public on local air quality

    • Providing local governments with ability to deliver E-Alerts

  • Water Contaminants Information Tool

  • Grants.gov

  • Additional program node exchanges:

    • RCRA, ICTS, AQS, TRI


Exchange network grant program
Exchange Network Grant Program

Administration Priorities & Funding

  • Supporting the Administration’s Priorities:

    • Technology: utilizing advanced technologies to accomplish our shared environmental and human health missions more effectively

    • Collaboration: implementing collaborative, innovative uses of the Exchange Network

    • Results: enhancing programmatic effectiveness and environmental decision-making by making it easier to exchange, analyze, integrate, and utilize environmental data

  • State and Tribal Assistance Grant (STAG) Funding:

    • FY 2002: $25M

    • FY 2003: $19.9M

    • FY 2004: $20M

    • FY 2005 President’s Budget Request: $25M


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Exchange Network Grant Program

FY 2004 Grant Program Priorities

  • Enhance basic IM/IT capabilities

  • Develop Exchange Network nodes

  • Develop Exchange Network data flows

    • Air Quality System (AQS)

    • Facility Registry System (FRS)

    • National Emissions Inventory (NEI)

    • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Information System (RCRAInfo)

    • Safe Drinking Water Information System (SDWIS)

    • Toxics Release Inventory System (TRIS)

  • Implement collaborative, innovative projects that demonstrate the value of the Exchange Network


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Exchange Network Grant Program

FY 2004 Grant Categories

  • Readiness Grants

    • Purpose: to develop basic IM/IT capabilities to participate in the Exchange Network

    • Funding: up to $75K for tribes; up to $150K for states/territories

  • Implementation Grants

    • Purpose: to develop Exchange Network connections, nodes, and data flows

    • Funding: up to $150K for tribes; up to $300K for states/territories

  • Challenge Grants

    • Purpose: to pursue collaborative, innovative projects that demonstrate the value of the Exchange Network

    • Funding: up to $300K for tribes; up to $750K for states/territories


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Exchange Network Grant Program

Eligible Pre-Proposals Submitted to EPA

  • Tribes

    • 23 eligible pre-proposals submitted by 21 tribes

    • 20 pre-proposals from 19 tribes received a favorable review

  • Territories

    • 4 eligible pre-proposals submitted by 3 territories (Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico)

    • 3 pre-proposals from 3 territories received a favorable review

  • States

    • 56 eligible pre-proposals submitted by 34 states

    • 45 pre-proposals from 33 states received a favorable review


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Exchange Network Grant Program

Pre-Proposals That Received a Favorable EPA Review

  • Tribes

    • Readiness: 9 for a total of $655,000

    • Implementation: 8 for a total of $1,093,099

    • Challenge: 3 for a total of $866,771

    • Total: 20 for a total of $2,614,870

  • Territories

    • Readiness: 2 for a total of $300,000

    • Implementation: 1 for $300,000

    • Challenge: 0

    • Total: 3 for a total of $600,000


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Exchange Network Grant Program

Pre-Proposals That Received a Favorable EPA Review

  • States

    • Readiness: 4 for a total of $540,900

    • Implementation: 30 for a total of $8,539,356

    • Challenge: 11 for a total of $7,106,271

    • Total: 45 for a total of $16,186,527

  • Network Support Services

    • Anticipate 1 award for $1,000,000

  • Total

    • 69 for a total of $20,401,397


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Exchange Network Grant Program

Overview of Favorably Reviewed Pre-Proposal Activities

  • Exchange Network node development or implementation:

    • 7 tribal, 1 territorial, 18 state

  • Exchange Network data flow development:

    • AQS: 22 (5 tribal, 1 territorial, 16 state)

    • FRS: 21 (1 tribal, 3 territorial, 17 state)

    • NEI: 17 (2 tribal, 1 territorial, 14 state)

    • RCRAInfo: 12 (state)

    • SDWIS: 18 (3 tribal, 1 territorial, 14 state)

    • TRIS: 2 (state)

  • Geospatial activities: 8 tribal, 2 territorial, 6 state

  • Health-related activities: 2 tribal, 3 state


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Exchange Network Grant Program

FY 2004 Grant Process & Schedule

  • Feb. 3, 2004: Pre-proposal deadline

  • March - April 2004: EPA review of pre-proposals

  • April - May 2004: Notification of applicants and invitation to final candidates to submit the final application package

  • June 15, 2004: Final application deadline

  • June – August 2004: EPA processing of applications and issuance of grant awards, in the order received, to the extent practical

  • October 2004: Publication of Federal Register notice for the FY 2005 grant program


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Exchange Network Grant Program

FY 2005 Grant Program – Eligibility

  • Eligible Applicants

    • States and the District of Columbia and their

      agencies/departments

    • U.S. territories and their agencies/departments

    • Federally Recognized Indian Tribes and their

      agencies/departments

    • Tribal consortia

  • Ineligible Applicants

    • State, territorial, and tribal universities

    • City, town, county, or regional government

      agencies/departments

    • Nonprofit organizations


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Exchange Network Grant Program

FY 2005 Grant Program – Application Process

  • Partnerships:

    • EPA will encourage eligible applicants to work with other organizations that can contribute to the development and use of the Exchange Network.

  • Application Deadlines:

    • Readiness & Implementation: full applications will be due within the initial 75-day application period.

    • Challenge: initial proposals will be due within the first 75-day application period; full applications for favorably reviewed initial proposals will be due within a subsequent 45-day application period.


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Exchange Network Grant Program

FY 2005 Grant Program – Ideas to Consider

Ideas considered for the FY 2005 guidance:

  • Allow more non-regulatory data flows (e.g., lead in paint, pollution prevention, environmental justice, mining wastes)

  • Provide funding for data standards development, as part of XML schema development

  • Require Challenge Grant lead states to participate in a Network Steering Board-sponsored workgroup or Integrated Project Team


Possible timeline for 2005 grant process
Possible Timeline for 2005 Grant Process

  • October 2004: Publication of Federal Register notice for the FY 2005 grant program

  • January 15, 2005: Pre-proposal deadline

  • February - March 2005 EPA review of pre-proposals

  • March - April 2005: Notification of applicants and invitation to final candidates to submit the final application package

  • May 31, 2005: Final application deadline

  • June – July 2005: EPA processing of applications and issuance of grant awards, in the order received, to the extent practical


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Exchange Network Grant Program

FY 2005 Grant Program – Next Steps

  • Consult with EPA programs/regions about potential Exchange Network data flow activities

  • Invite input from states, territories, tribes

  • Publish solicitation notice in the Federal Register – Oct. 2004

  • Initial application deadline – 75 days after

    the FR notice is published


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Exchange Network Grant Program

Region 5 Points of Contact:

Noel Kohl

Network Grants Project Officer

Office of Information Services

Resources Management Branch

U.S. EPA Region 5

(312) 886-6224

[email protected]

Stephen Goranson

Office of Information Services

Resources Management Branch

U.S. EPA Region 5

(312) 886-3445

[email protected]

National Points of Contact:

Rebecca Moser

Exchange Network Grant Program Manager

Office of Information Collection

Office of Environmental Information

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

(202) 566-1679

[email protected]

Terry Forrest

Project Officer

Office of Information Collection

Office of Environmental Information

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

(202) 566-0196

[email protected]



Purpose of challenge grants
Purpose of Challenge Grants

“To propose innovative projects that involve collaboration (e.g., State-EPA, intrastate, or interstate) to develop the Exchange Network and demonstrate its value in sharing environmental, natural resources, or human health data and/or related administrative data”


Grant cooperative agreement in kind assistance
Grant, Cooperative Agreement, In-Kind Assistance

  • Accepted applicants may request assistance in the form of a grant or cooperative agreement.

  • Grant for proposed activities not principally for the direct benefit or use of the Federal Government and no substantial involvement is anticipated between EPA and the recipient during the program period.

  • Cooperative agreement for proposed activities are not principally for the direct benefit or use of the Federal Government and substantial involvement is anticipated between EPA and the recipient during the program period.

  • All or part of a grant or cooperative agreement may be provided in the form of in-kind assistance(in lieu of funding) if it would be more efficient in terms of cost or time for EPA to purchase servicesor equipment on a recipient's behalf (e.g., through an EPA-approved contractor).


Format for challenge grant proposal
Format for Challenge Grant Proposal

  • Project Information

    • State/Tribe/Territory Agency or Department

    • Title of Project

    • Focus Area (i.e., Readiness, Implementation, or Challenge)

    • Total Funds Requested from EPA

    • Total Project Cost (including State/Tribal cash contributions, if applicable)

    • Contact Person (name, title, address, phone, fax, and e-mail)

  • Overview

    • Purpose, Goals, Objectives

    • Nature and Expected Outcomes of the Project

    • If applicable, how project will build on previous work supported by the Exchange Network Grant Program


Format for challenge grant proposal1
Format for Challenge Grant Proposal

  • Summary Work Plan

    • What project will achieve & who will benefit from the project

    • Each aspect of project in enough detail to allow reviewers to understand and evaluate it

    • Proposed Activities (and how they relate to criteria!)

    • Project Milestones (estimated dates of completion)

    • Performance Measures (describe how success will be measured)

    • Sharing Results (commitment to share with other Network participants)

  • Subject to potential public release under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

  • Applicant must claim CBI information when the pre-proposal or application is submitted to EPA [40 CFR 2.203(a)]


Criterion 1 a
Criterion #1(a)

Maximum of 90 points for one or more of the following activities (1(a) – (f)):

  • (a) Implement one or more of the following data flows using the Exchange Network

    (45 points each):

    - Air Quality System (AQS)

    - Facility Registry System (FRS)

    - National Emissions Inventory (NEI)

    • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Information System (RCRAInfo)

    • Safe Drinking Water Information System (SDWIS)

    • Toxics Release Inventory System (TRIS)


Criterion 1 b
Criterion #1(b)

(b) Implement any other type of data flow (regulatory or voluntary, State-to-EPA, facility-to-State, State-to-State, etc.) using the Exchange Network

(30 points each).


Criterion 1 c
Criterion #1(c)

  • Conduct multi-party planning activities to develop new data flows, explaining how the new data would be used and shared via the Network

    (up to 90 points each)


Criterion 1 d
Criterion #1(d)

(d) Use Network to integrate and use information for environmental decision-making and public access, including geospatial data (such as locational data) (up to 90 points)


Criterion 1 e
Criterion #1(e)

  • Use Network to share data that have not previously been available for environmental and human health protection purposes (e.g., environmentally related health data, regional environmental data, data needed to fill current data gaps, etc.)

    (up to 90 points)


Criterion 1 f
Criterion #1(f)

  • Enhance the utilization of the Exchange Network by developing tools/ applications that use data made available through Web services (e.g., watershed analysis tools using EPA and other partner/stakeholder data published through Web services).

    (up to 90 points)


Criterion 2
Criterion (2)

(2) Identify Expected Benefits of the Project

(10 points):

  • More frequent and/or efficient exchanges

  • Better data quality through the use of data standards and validation and error-detection mechanisms

  • Greater ability to share and integrate data through the use of data standards, XML schema, and Exchange Network Web services;

  • Ability to exchange a variety of data with a number of partners

  • Ability to provide access to new kinds of data using the Exchange Network; and/or

  • Ability to use common Exchange Network infrastructure capabilities (e.g. XML schema, common security controls, etc.).


Supplementary information on challenge grants
Supplementary Information on Challenge Grants…

  • Projects must be collaborative efforts.

  • Pre-proposal must identify a single lead agency or department that will be responsible for administering the assistance agreement, if awarded.

  • In addition to implementing 1 or more data flows, applicants must make a commitment to share information about their projects with other partners via the Exchange Network Web site at http://www.exchangenetwork.net

  • If an applicant has received funding through a previous Exchange Network assistance agreement, the applicant must identify activities that build on, but do not duplicate, previously funded activities.


Supplementary information on challenge grants1
Supplementary Information on Challenge Grants…

  • EPA may elect to fund complementary pre-proposals from different partners that address related work areas (e.g., XML schema development)

  • EPA will seek to leverage and coordinate all of the complementary pre-proposals before reaching final funding decisions.

  • EPA will examine past performance of those who have received previous Exchange Network assistance agreements (e.g., timely and complete semi-annual reports, achievement of performance goals/milestones, etc.).

  • If two proposals have been scored equally, the one with the best previous track record may be ranked higher. If an applicant has not received a prior Exchange Network assistance agreement, that applicant will not be penalized.


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