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.
Uses and Use Restrictions
The voluntary inspection, grading and certification of seafood is made at the processing plant, or at other locations depending upon the inspection services desired.
Funds are derived from fees charged for the services provided.
Any individual, Federal, State, county, or municipal agencies, or carrier having a financial interest in the commodity.
Applicants must stipulate that they have a financial interest in the product. Applicants for in-plant inspection service must furnish a surety bond or other guarantee of payment. Applicants for other types of services may be required to furnish a surety bond or make payment prior to the receipt of services. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
Aplication and Award Process
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Environmental impact information is not required for this program.
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants for in-plant inspection services must do so in writing to the nearest regional inspection office. Requests for other types of services may be made orally or in writing to the Regional Inspection Office.
Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956, Public Law 84-1024, 16 U.S.C 742(a-j); Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, Public Law 79-733, 7 U.S.C 1324-1627; Reorganization Plan No. 4, 1970.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
n/a. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are released or reimbursed as agreed in the Standard Terms and Conditions required by each grant.
Post Assistance Requirements
(Provision of Specialized Services) FY 16 $0; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $0 - Though no awards were issued in FY16 this is an active program.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No Data Available.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
50 CFR Chapter II, Parts 260 to 267; Inspection Services Brochure, USDC approved list of fish establishments and products, free. Also available on the Internet at http://seafood.nmfs.noaa.gov/. Service fees are established annually.
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices.
n/a Inspection Services Division, National Marine Fisheries Services, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 Phone: (301) 713-2355
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
“TEO” and co-founder of Honest Tea, Seth Goldman, talks about living in a shade of grey – businesses wouldn’t exist without its consumers. As he said, “There are current issues we deal with, and even if we solve one of those issues, we should be moving on to the next one. As long as we are a consumer-based economy, there’s no way around it. No way to totally lose that area of grey.”
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