Past Conflict Accounting

The United States has made a sacred promise to its citizens that it will bring home with dignity all those who have served.

DPAA is responsible for determining the fate of our missing and, where possible, recovering and identifying those who have made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of a grateful
nation.
This program facilitates efforts to provide the fullest possible accounting for missing Department of Defense personnel from past conflicts and to provide answers to their families and the nation.

Agency - Department of Defense

The Department of Defense provides the military forces needed to deter war and protect the security of the United States through five major areas: peacekeeping and war-fighting efforts, Homeland Security, evacuation and humanitarian causes.

Website Address

http://www.dpaa.mil




Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Pursuant to 10 USC 1501, the Secretary of Defense designated DPAA as the ?single organization w1lhin the Department of Defense to have responsibility for Department matters relating to missing persons from past conflicts, including accounting for missing persons and persons whose remains have not been recovered from the conflict in which they were lost.? 10 USC 1501a provides the Secretary of Defense with authority to 'enter into a cooperative agreement with, or make a grant to, a private entity for purposes related to the support of the activities of the designated Defense Agency.' The Secretary of Defense delegated his 10 USC 1501a grant and cooperative agreement authority to DPAA to support DPAA's mission of locating and recovering the remains of missing persons from past conflicts, identifying those remains when possible, and providing answers to the families of the missing and the nation.

Therefore, assistance must for purposes related to supporting efforts to account for missing Department of Defense personnel from past conflicts and provide answers to their families and the nation.

Examples of programs of assistance include supporting universities, academic institutions, research institutions, non-profit organizations, and other non-federal entity in developing novel or new techniques approaches, procedures and techniques related to: ? Conducting terrestrial archaeological field work in a more efficient and cost effective manner to assist in recovering remains of the missing and other socially important objectives; ? Engaging in underwater remote sensing and surveys to improve the ability to detect, for example underwater aircraft crash locations; and ? Developing new historical research and analysis capabilities, data mining and document archives/search methodologies to increase the effectiveness of identifying critical historical information that can contribute to providing information to families of the missing as well as contributing to other social goals.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants can be any private entity.

A private entity is defined as any self-sustaining, non-Federal person or organization, established, operated, and controlled by any individual(s) acting outside the scope of any official capacity as officers, employees, or agents of the Federal Government.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Beneficiaries of an assistance award can be any private entity which is defined as any self-sustaining, non-Federal person or organization, established, operated, and controlled by any individual(s) acting outside the scope of any official capacity as officers, employees, or agents of the Federal Government.

Credentials/Documentation

Credentials may be required in some instances, for example when a grant is issued that will entail field work requiring an archeologist or forensic anthropologist to ensure an excavation is conducted in accordance with applicable medico-legal standards. Applicants will submit evidence that all proposed entities and personnel are qualified and capable of performing such specified tasks or projects which may require certain scientific or other technical training/certification. 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.

Award Procedures

Applicant should submit proposals as provided for in the relevant announcement. Merit based procedures will be used for award decisions and evaluators will use the evaluation criteria set forth in the announcement to determine if the application meets the pertinent requirements and merits an award.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015, Section 916 of Public Law 113-291, Public Law 113-291, 10 U.S.C 1501a.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days. A representative range required to approve or disapprove a proposal is 90 to 120 days, however, awards relating to higer priority projects will generally take less time.

Appeals

From 1 to 15 days. Any appeal should be submitted to the DPAA Headquarters designated Point of Contact for consideration by the appointed Senior Executive Service appellate authority.

Renewals

Provisions applicable to appeal procedures will be set out in the pertinent announcement.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The period of time the assistance will be available will generality be one year but this will be specified in the pertinent announcement as well as in the terms and conditions of the award. Likewise, any restrictions placed on the time permitted to spend the money awarded will be specified in the announcement and the award. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly unless otherwise specified in the announcement/award. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Required reporting will be specified in the announcement and the award.

Required progress reporting will be specified in the announcement and the award.

Required expenditure reporting will be specified in the announcement and the award, as will be provision regarding required monitoring.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Required reporting will be specified in the announcement and the award.

Required progress reporting will be specified in the announcement and the award.

Required expenditure reporting will be specified in the announcement and the award, as will be provision regarding required monitoring.

Required reporting will be specified in the announcement and the award.

Required progress reporting will be specified in the announcement and the award.

Required expenditure reporting will be specified in the announcement and the award, as will be provision regarding required monitoring.

Required reporting will be specified in the announcement and the award.

Required progress reporting will be specified in the announcement and the award.

Required expenditure reporting will be specified in the announcement and the award, as will be provision regarding required monitoring.

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. 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.

Records

Record keeping requirements will be according to the terms and conditions of the award, which will include appropriate provisions related to recipient records required by the Code of Federal Regulations..

Financial Information

Account Identification

97-0100-0-1-818 - OSD Operations and Maintenance.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 17 Not Available(Exp: New program); FY 18 est $250,000; and FY 19 est $500,000 - As this is a new program, DPAA will need to evaluate the usefulness of grants and cooperative agreement to develop refined plans and budgets.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not yet defined as this is a new program.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

See www.DPAA.mil for general information on the past conflict accounting mission and information about opportunities to help determine the fate of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

George R Gillette 2300 Defense Pentagon , Washington , District of Columbia 20301 Email: george.r.gillette.civ@mail.mil Phone: 7036991191

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Evaluation criteria will be set forth in the announcement. Typical criteria will include: (1) overall technical and scientific merit; (2) potential contribution to stated goals and objectives identified in the announcement; (3) applicants capabilities, experience and demonstrated expertise; (4) plans and resource to accomplish the pertinent objectives stated in the announcement; and (5) cost realism.



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