Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms

The Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms (TAAF) program helps economically distressed U.S.

business in building strategies to increase exports and thereby create jobs.

The program provides technical assistance to U.S.

businesses that have lost sales and employment due to increased
imports of similar goods and services.

Technical assistance is provided through a nationwide network of eleven Economic Development Administration (EDA) funded Trade Adjustment Assistance Centers (TAACs).

Agency - Department of Commerce

The Department of Commerce fosters and promotes the nation's economic development and technological advancement through vigilance in international trade policy, domestic business policy and growth, and promoting economic progress at all levels.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

http://taacenters.org/.
Website Address

http://www.eda.gov




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Applied Strategies International Ltd. $ 2,307,416   2013-08-212016-03-19
University Of Southern California $ 2,934,108   2011-09-222016-03-18
University Of Texas At San Antonio, The $ 3,341,271   2011-09-222016-03-18
Georgia Tech Research Corporation $ 3,263,358   2011-09-222016-03-18
Mid-atlantic Employers' Association $ 2,431,537   2013-08-212016-03-18
Trade Task Group $ 3,395,944   2011-09-222016-03-18
University Of Missouri System $ 3,058,000   2011-09-222016-03-18
Regents Of The University Of Colorado, The $ 3,989,415   2011-09-222016-03-18
Regents Of The University Of Michigan $ 3,394,981   2011-09-222016-03-18
Research Foundation For The State University Of New York, The $ 2,788,512   2011-09-222016-03-18



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Under Chapters 3 and 5 of Title II of Trade Act of 1974, as amended (19 U.S.C.

2341 et seq.), a firm may apply to the applicable TAAC supported by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) of the Department of Commerce for certification of eligibility to apply for trade adjustment assistance (TAA) related technical assistance.

Interested firms that believe they meet the requirements set forth in 13 CFR part 315 may contact EDA or one of the EDA-funded TAACs.

TAACs will assist firms, at no cost, in completing and submitting a petition (Form ED-840P or any successor form) to EDA.

Before a firm receives technical assistance under the program, the firm must have an adjustment proposal approved by EDA.

Usually the adjustment proposal, which includes an unbiased diagnostic of the firm's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, is prepared by the TAAC in cooperation with the certified firm.

The adjustment proposal also identifies technical assistance tasks, which when implemented, will guide the firm toward economic recovery.

The adjustment proposal must also demonstrate that the implementation of the technical assistance tasks has a reasonable chance helping the firm recover.

The firm must pay at least 25 percent of the cost of preparing the adjustment proposal.

After a firm's adjustment proposal is accepted by EDA, the firm is authorized to apply for technical assistance to implement the recovery strategy.

The technical assistance is usually provided by a private consultant, who is jointly hired by the certified firm and the TAAC.

The certified firm and the TAAC each typically pay one half of the consultant's fees.

Actual provision of TAA will depend on the feasibility of the firm's adjustment proposal, compliance with the requirements of the Trade Act, EDA's regulations and guidelines, and the availability of funds.

Organizations representing trade-injured industries are eligible under the Trade Act to apply to EDA for industry-wide assistance.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Section 253 of the Trade Act (19 U.S.C.

2343(b)) provides that grants may be awarded to 'intermediary organizations (including Trade Adjustment Assistance Centers)' to provide assistance to trade-injured firms.

For an industry association or other organizations to be eligible for industry assistance under section 265 of the Trade Act (19 U.S.C.

2355(a)), the applicant must submit evidence demonstrating that the industry faces import competition and includes a substantial number of Trade Act-certified firms or worker groups.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Only firms certified by EDA on behalf of the Secretary of Commerce are eligible for assistance under the TAAF program. Industries that can demonstrate they have been injured by imports and have a substantial number of Trade Act certified firm or worker groups may also benefit. The principal benefit is cost-shared technical assistance: the TAA program pays up to one-half of the cost of assistance by private-sector consultants and contractors for operational improvements at certified firms.

Credentials/Documentation

The TAACs act as intermediaries for this program between EDA and the firm. Entities seeking industry-wide assistance must contact EDA staff to discuss their needs, describe the import injury and determine if funding is available for industry-wide projects. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The nationwide network of TAACs apply to EDA each year for funding for the coming fiscal year. Industry associations or other organizations seeking industry assistance must submit adjustment proposals to the applicable TAAC center.

Award Procedures

Awards to TAACs are made based upon submitted applications, previous performance under cooperative agreements with EDA, and the availability of funds. Acceptance of an application or amended application for a cooperative agreement does not ensure funding by EDA.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Trade Act of 1974, as amended (19 U.S.C. 2341 et seq.)., Public Law 114-27.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

EDA is statutorily required to review petitions for certification of eligibility under the program within 40 days of petition acceptance; and has 60 days to make a final determination on an adjustment proposal.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Generally, the cooperative agreement to the TAAC is to provide up to five years of services to import-impact firms.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Generally, the cooperative agreement to the TAAC is to provide up to five years of services to import-impact firms. The TAA program is a nationwide federal program designed to help U.S. firms that have experienced business decline and loss of employment due to imports of like or directly competitive products. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Generally, grants are awarded annually.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Periodic reporting of operating results and progress, financial statements, and summary of funds spent, consistent with EDA?s Government Performance Results Act (GPRA) reporting requirements.

No cash reports are required.

TAACs are required to submit quarterly and annual reports on their progress.

Other ad-hoc reports may be requested.

EDA requires the submission a Form SF-425 Federal Financial Report.

EDA reserves the right to conduct site visits.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. As TAAF grantees expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards, they are required to submit audit conducted for that year. Compliance is a condition of their awards.

Records

Records are required to be maintained for at least three years. All financial and programmatic records, supporting documents, statistical reports, and other records of recipients or sub-recipients are required to be maintained by the terms of the agreement. The recipient must retain records for at least three years after submission of the final financial report, and have them readily available for inspection and audit.

Financial Information

Account Identification

13-2050-0-1-452.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $20,219,553; FY 17 est $13,309,066; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Awards range between $1M-$1.6M.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Copies of pertinent regulations (13 C.F.R. Part 315), guidelines, and forms are available from EDA, the TAACs or the TAAC website at www.taacenters.org. Allowable costs will be determined in accordance with the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, as codified at 2 C.F.R. Part 200.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. http://taacenters.org/.

Headquarters Office

Miriam J. Kearse 1401 Constitution Avenue NW Suite 71030, Washington, District of Columbia 20230 Email: mkearse@eda.gov Phone: 202-482-0556

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

EDA may invite new TAACs to submit applications through an applicable Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) announcement. EDA may invite existing (currently funded) TAACs to submit either new or amended applications provided they have performed successfully and complied with previous conditions in their cooperative agreements with EDA and contingent upon the availability of funds. EDA generally evaluates existing (currently funded) TAACs based on: (i) performance under cooperative agreements with EDA and compliance with terms and conditions if such cooperative agreements; (ii) proposed scope of work, budget and application or amended application; and (iii) availability of funds.



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