Federal Register Notices
[Federal Register: March 30, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 61)]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Commodity Credit Corporation
Notice of Funds Availability; Inviting
Applications for the Technical Assistance for
Specialty Crops Program
Announcement Type: New.
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 10.604.
SUMMARY: The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC)
announces the availability of funding for the
2008 Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops (TASC)
Program. The intended effect of this notice is
to solicit applications from the private sector
and from government agencies for participation
in the FY 2008 TASC Program. The TASC Program is
administered by personnel of the Foreign
Agricultural Service (FAS).
DATES: See paragraph IV.3 below for a detailed
description of relevant dates.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Entities
wishing to apply for funding assistance should
contact the Program Policy Staff, Foreign
Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of
Agriculture, Portals Office Building,
Suite 400, 1250 Maryland Avenue, Stop 1042, SW.,
Washington, DC 20024, phone: (202) 720-4327,
fax: (202) 720-9361, email:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Information is also
available on the Foreign Agricultural Service
Web site at
I. Funding Opportunity Description
Authority: The TASC Program is authorized by section 3205 of
Pub. L. 107-171. TASC regulations appear at 7
CPR part 1487.
Purpose: The TASC Program is designed to assist U.S.
organizations by providing funding for projects
that address sanitary, phytosanitary, or related
technical barriers that prohibit or threaten the
export of U.S. specialty crops. U.S. specialty
crops, for the purpose of the TASC Program, are
defined to include all cultivated plants, or the
products thereof, produced in the United States,
except wheat, feed grains, oilseeds, cotton,
rice, peanuts, sugar, and tobacco.
As a general matter, TASC Program projects should be designed
to accomplish the following goals:
Projects should address a sanitary, phytosanitary, or related
technical barrier that prohibits or threatens
the export of U.S. specialty crops;
Projects should demonstrably benefit the represented industry
and not a specific company or brand; and,
Projects must address barriers to U.S. specialty crops that
are currently available on a commercial basis
and for which barrier removal would
predominantly benefit U.S. exports.
Examples of expenses that CCC may agree to reimburse under
the TASC Program include, but are not limited
to: initial pre-clearance programs, export
protocol and work plan support, seminars and
workshops, study tours, field surveys,
development of pest lists, pest and disease
research, database development, reasonable
logistical and administrative support, and
travel and per diem expenses.
II. Award Information
In general, all qualified proposals received before the
specified application deadlines will compete for
funding. The limited funds and the range of
barriers affecting the exports of U.S. specialty
crops worldwide preclude CCC from approving
large budgets for individual projects. In prior
years, the amount of funding per proposal has
ranged from $13,000 to $250,000, the maximum
Applicants may submit multiple proposals, and applicants with
previously approved TASC proposals may apply for
However, no TASC participant may have more than
three approved projects underway at any given
FAS will consider providing either grant funds as direct
assistance to U.S. organizations or providing
technical assistance on behalf of U.S.
organizations, provided that the organization
submits timely and qualified proposals. FAS will
review all proposals against the evaluation
criteria contained in the program regulations.
Funding for successful proposals will be provided through
specific agreements. These agreements will
incorporate the proposal as approved by FAS. FAS
must approve in advance any subsequent changes
to the project. FAS or another Federal agency
may be involved in the
implementation of approved projects.
III. Eligibility Information
1. Eligible Applicants: Any United States organization,
private or government, may apply to the program.
Government organizations consist of federal,
state, and local agencies. Private organizations
include non-profit trade associations,
universities, agricultural cooperatives, state
regional trade groups, and private companies.
Foreign organizations, whether government or private, may
participate as third parties in activities
carried out by U.S. organizations, but are not
eligible for funding assistance from the
2. Cost Sharing or Matching: Applicants are very strongly
encouraged to provide matching funds or cost
sharing support in this highly competitive
program. Such support may be in the form of
cash, goods, or in-kind services which are
dedicated to the project by the organization
that submitted the proposal, private industry
entities, host governments, or foreign third
IV. Application and Submission Information
1. Application through the UES: Organizations are strongly
encouraged to submit applications to FAS through
the Unified Export Strategy (UES) application
Internet website. Using the UES application
process reduces paperwork and expedites FAS'
processing and review cycle. Applicants planning
to use the UES Internet-based system must
contact FAS Program Policy Staff on (202)
720-4327 to obtain site access information
including a user ID and password. The UES
based application, including a Help file
containing step-by-step instructions for its
use, may be found at the following URL address:
2. Application through electronic and hard copies: Applicants
also have the option of submitting electronic
versions in the UES format (along with two paper
copies) of their applications to FAS on
diskette. Applicants who choose to submit
applications on diskette can obtain an
application format at the following URL address:
3. Content and Form of Application Submission: All TASC
proposals must contain complete information
about the proposed projects as described in Sec.
1487.5(b) of the TASC Program regulations. In
addition, in accordance with the Office of
Management and Budget's policy directive
regarding the use of a universal identifier for
all Federal grants and cooperative agreements,
all applicants must submit a Dun and Bradstreet
Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number.
An applicant may request a DUNS number at no
cost by calling the dedicated toll-free DUNS
number request line on 1-866-705-5711.
Incomplete applications and applications which
do not otherwise conform to this announcement
will not be accepted for review.
4. Submission Dates and Times: TASC funding is limited, and
in order to assure sufficient resources are
available to meet unanticipated needs during the
fiscal year, TASC proposals will,
generally, only be evaluated on a semi-annual
basis. That is:
Proposals received prior to, but not later than, 5 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time, May 14, 2007, will be
considered for funding with other proposals
received by that date;
Proposals not approved for funding during the review period
will be reconsidered for funding after the
review period only if the applicant specifically
requests such reconsideration in writing,
and only if funding remains available;
Proposals received after 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, May
14, 2007, will be considered for funding only if
funding remains available.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, a proposal may be submitted
for expedited consideration under the TASC Quick
Response process if, in addition to meeting all
requirements of the TASC program, a proposal
clearly identifies a time-sensitive activity. In
these cases, a proposal may be submitted at any
time for an immediate evaluation.
FAS will track the time and date of receipt of all proposals.
5. Funding Restrictions: Proposals which request more than
$250,000 of CCC funding in a given year will not
be considered. Proposals to fund projects that
exceed three years in duration will not be
considered. No TASC participant may have more
than three approved projects underway at any
given time. Although funded projects may take
place in the United States, all eligible
projects must specifically address sanitary,
phytosanitary, or technical barriers to the
export of U.S. specialty crops.
Certain types of expenses are not eligible for reimbursement
by the program, including the costs of market
research, advertising, or other promotional
expenses. CCC will not reimburse unreasonable
expenditures or any expenditure made prior to
approval of a proposal.
6. Other Submission Requirements: All Internet-based
applications must be properly submitted by 5
p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, on May 14, 2007, to
All applications on diskette (with two accompanying paper
copies) and any other applications must be
received by 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, on May
14, 2007, at one of the following addresses:
Hand Delivery (including FedEx, DHL, UPS, etc.): U.S.
Department of Agriculture,
Foreign Agricultural Service, Program Policy
Staff, Portals Office Building, Suite 400, 1250
Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20024.
U.S. Postal Delivery: U.S. Department of Agriculture,
Foreign Agricultural Service, Program Policy
Staff, Stop 1042, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW.,
Washington, DC 20250-1042.
Application Review Information
1. Criteria: FAS follows the evaluation criteria set forth in
Sec. 1487.6 of the TASC regulations.
2. Review and Selection Process: FAS will review proposals
for eligibility and will evaluate each proposal
against the factors referred to above. The
purpose of this review is to identify
meritorious proposals, recommend an appropriate
funding level for each proposal based upon these
factors, and submit the proposals and funding
recommendations to the Deputy Administrator,
Office of Trade Programs. FAS may, when
appropriate, request the assistance of other
U.S. government subject area experts in
evaluating the merits of a proposal.
VI. Award Administration Information
1. Award Notices: FAS will notify each applicant in writing
of the final disposition of its application. FAS
will send an approval letter and agreement to
each approved applicant. The approval letter and
agreement will specify the terms and conditions
applicable to the project, including levels of
funding, timelines for implementation, and
written evaluation requirements.
2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements: The
agreements will incorporate the details of each
project as approved by FAS. Each agreement will
identify terms and conditions pursuant to which
CCC will reimburse certain costs of each
project. Agreements will also outline the
responsibilities of the participant. Interested
parties should review the TASC Program
regulations found at 7 CFR part 1487 in addition
to this announcement.
3. Reporting: TASC participants are required to submit a
written report(s), on no less than an annual
basis, and a final report, each of which
evaluates their TASC project using the
performance measures presented in the approved
VII. Agency Contact
For additional information or assistance, contact the Program
Policy Staff, Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S.
Department of Agriculture,
Portals Office Building, Suite 400, 1250
Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20024,
phone: (202) 720-4327, fax: (202) 720-9361, e-
W. Kirk Miller,
Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service and
Commodity Credit Corporation