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Environmental Innovation Symposium EPA is interested in supporting the Labor-Management Cooperation


to showcase environmental innovations first symposia in late 2005, and a second Program Application Solicitation for
that can improve environmental results symposium approximately two years Labor-Management Committees FY2005
in State programs. A second symposium later. In addition to organizing the A. Introduction
was held in 2003. (Information about symposia, the recipient will compile all
these events can be found at http:// information presented at the symposia The following is the draft solicitation
www.epa.gov/innovation/ for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 cycle of
on a publicly available web site. These
symposia.htm.) Evaluations from these the Labor-Management Cooperation
resources will help extend the learning
events, along with discussion with State Program as it pertains to the support of
that occurs at the symposia to other labor-management committees. These
commissioners, indicate that States have State and EPA employees, as well as
a strong interest in additional symposia guidelines represent the continuing
other interested stakeholders. efforts of the Federal Mediation and
that allow them to share experiences
and results from innovative For the full solicitation, please visit: Conciliation Service to implement the
environmental programs and policies. www.epa.gov/innovation/symposia. provisions of the Labor-Management
While EPA will have participants at Dated: February 18, 2005.
Cooperation Act of 1978, which was
the symposia, the primary goal of this initially implemented in FY81. The Act
Elizabeth A. Shaw, authorizes FMCS to provide assistance
project is to identify and highlight
Director, Office of Environmental Policy in the establishment and operation of
environmental innovations that can
Innovation. company/plant, area, public sector, and
help States learn about new ways to
[FR Doc. 05–4261 Filed 3–4–05; 8:45 am] industry-wide labor-management
achieve better environmental results. To
this end, the project should be designed BILLING CODE 6560–50–P committees which:
to: (A) Have been organized jointly by
employers and labor organizations
—Identify and showcase successful, representing employees in that
innovative projects and programs that company/plant, area, government
have accomplished important FEDERAL MEDIATION AND
CONCILIATION SERVICE agency, or industry; and
environmental results at the Federal, (B) Are established for the purpose of
state, and local levels; improving labor-management
Labor-Management Cooperation
—Facilitate information transfer so that relationships, job security, and
Program; Application Solicitation
proven approaches can be used by organizational effectiveness; enhancing
other States and federal programs to economic development; or involving
AGENCY: Federal Mediation and
achieve environmental results; workers in decisions affecting their
Conciliation Service.
—Stimulate ideas for new innovative working lives, including improving
initiatives and pilot projects; ACTION: Request for Public Comment on communication with respect to subjects
—Enable discussion about specific Draft Fiscal Year 2005, Program of mutual interest and concern.
issues facing innovators, such as how Guidelines/Application Solicitation for The Program Description and other
to replicate successful innovations on Labor-Management Committees. sections that follow, as well as a
a larger scale (e.g., from a pilot project separately published FMCS Financial
at one facility to a program for the SUMMARY: The Federal Mediation and and Administrative Grants Manual,
entire sector) or in other programs Conciliation Service (FMCS) is make up the basic guidelines, criteria,
(e.g., from use in the air program to publishing the Draft Fiscal Year 2005 and program elements a potential
the water program), and how to applicant for assistance under this
Program Guidelines/Application
sustain innovations over time so that program must know in order to develop
Solicitation for the Labor-Management
projects continue evolving to reflect an application for funding consideration
Cooperation Program to inform the
new knowledge, experience, and/or for either a company/plant, area-wide,
technology; public. The program is supported by
industry, or public sector labor-
—Expand the network of State and Federal funds authorized by the Labor-
management committee. Directions for
federal environmental practitioners Management Cooperation Act of 1978,
obtaining an application kit may be
who are interested in applying and subject to annual appropriations. This found in Section H. A copy of the Labor-
advancing new approaches to solicitation contains a change in the Management Cooperation Act of 1978,
environmental protection. application process in an effort to included in the application kit, should
The work will involve planning up to maximize participation under current be reviewed in conjunction with this
two symposia over a four-year period budget constraints. In the past, solicitation.
that bring together State and EPA applicants were required to submit
applications by a fixed date. In Fiscal B. Program Description
environmental practitioners to share
information and engage in a dialogue Year 2005, the date for application Objectives
about experiences and policy issues submission will be open, contingent The Labor-Management Cooperation
related to innovative approaches. upon fund availability. Applications Act of 1978 identifies the following
Planning will be done by a Steering will be accepted for consideration after seven general areas for which financial
Committee consisting of representatives May 15, 2005 and all funds will be assistance would be appropriate:
from the recipient, EPA and States. The awarded by September 30, 2006. (1) To improve communication
Steering Committee, which will have a between representatives of labor and
ADDRESSES:Jane A. Lorber, Director,
majority State membership, will assist management;
with analyzing environmental Labor Management Grants Program,
(2) To provide workers and employers
innovations, developing symposia FMCS 2100 K Street, NW., Washington,
with opportunities to study and explore
agendas, identifying appropriate DC 20427. new and innovative joint approaches to
speakers and presenters, and promoting FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jane achieving organizational effectiveness;
the event within their respective A. Lorber, (202) 271–8868. (3) To assist workers and employers
organizations. in solving problems of mutual concern

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not susceptible to resolution within the application budget requests should for all staff that will have to be hired as
collective bargaining process; focus directly on supporting the well as resumes for staff already on
(4) To study and explore ways of committee. Applicants should avoid board; noting, that grant funds may not
eliminating potential problems which seeking funds for activities that are be used to pay for exisiting employees;
reduce the competitiveness and inhibit clearly available under other Federal and assurance that grant funds will not
the economic development of the programs (e.g., job training, mediation of be used to pay for existing employees;
company/plant, area, or industry; contract disputes, etc.) (d) In addressing the proposed
(5) To enhance the involvement of approach, applicants must also present
workers in making decisions that affect Required Program Elements
their justification as to why Federal
their working lives; 1. Problem Statement—The funds are needed to implement the
(6) To expand and improve working application should have numbered proposed approach;
relationships between workers and pages and discuss in detail what (e) A statement of how often the
managers; and specific problem(s) face the company/ committee will meet (we require
(7) To encourage free collective plant, area, government, or industry and meetings at least every other month) as
bargaining by establishing continuing its workforce that will be addressed by well as any plans to form subordinate
mechanisms for communication the committee. Applicants must committees for particular purposes; and
between employers and their employees document the problem(s) using as much (f) For applications from existing
through Federal assistance in the relevant data as possible and discuss the committees, a discussion of past efforts
formation and operation of labor- full range of impacts these problem(s)
management committees. and accomplishments and how they
could have or are having on the would integrate with the proposed
The primary objective of this program company/plant, government, area, or
is to encourage and support the expanded effort.
industry. An industrial or economic
establishment and operation of joint 4. Major Milestones—This section
profile of the area and workforce might
labor-management committees to carry must include an implementation plan
prove useful in explaining the
out specific objectives that meet the that indicates what major steps,
problem(s). This section basically
aforementioned general criteria. The operating activities, and objectives will
discusses WHY the effort is needed.
term ‘‘labor’’ refers to employees 2. Results or Benefits Expected—By be accomplished as well as a timetable
represented by a labor organization and using specific goals and objectives, the for WHEN they will be finished. A
covered by a formal collective application must discuss in detail milestone chart must be included that
bargaining agreement. These committees WHAT the labor-management indicates what specific accomplishment
may be found at either the plant committee will accomplish during the (process and impact) will be completed
(company), area, industry, or public life of the grant. Applicants that promise by month over the life of the grant using
sector levels. to provide objectives after a grant is ‘‘month one’’ as the start date. The
A plant or company committee is awarded will receive little or no credit accomplishment of these tasks and
generally characterized as restricted to in this area. While a goal of ‘‘improving objectives, as well as problems and
one or more organizational or communication between employers and delays therein, will serve as the basis for
productive units operated by a single employees’’ may suffice as one over-all quarterly progress reports to FMCS.
employer. An area committee is goal of a project, the objectives must, (5) Evaluation—Applicants must
generally composed of multiple whenever possible, be expressed in provide for either an external evaluation
employers of diverse industries as well specific and measurable terms. or an internal assessment of the project’s
as multiple labor unions operating Applicants should focus on the success in meeting its goals and
within and focusing upon a particular outcome, impacts or changes that the objectives. An evaluation plan must be
city, county, contiguous multicounty, or committee’s efforts will have. Existing developed which briefly discusses what
statewide jurisdiction. committees should focus on expansion basic questions or issues the assessment
An industry committee generally efforts/results expected from FMCS will examine and what baseline data the
consists of a collection product or funding. The goals, objectives, and committee staff already has or will
service in the private sector on a local, projected impacted will become the gather for the assessment. This section
state, regional, or nationwide level. A foundation for future monitoring and should be written with the application’s
public sector committee consists of evaluation efforts of the grantee, as well own goals and objectives clearly in
government employees and mangers in as the FMCS grants program. mind and the impacts or changes that
one or more units of a local or state 3. Approach—This section of the the effort is expected to cause.
government, managers and employees of application specifies HOW the goals and 6. Letters of Commitment—
public institutions of higher education, objectives will be accomplished. At a Applications must include current
or of employees and managers of public minimum, the following elements must letters of commitment from all proposed
elementary and secondary schools. be included in all grant applications: or existing committee participants and
Those employees must be covered by a (a) A discussion of the strategy the chairpersons. These letters should
formal collective bargaining agreement committee will employ to accomplish indicate that the participants support
or other enforceable labor-management its goals and objectives; the application and will attend
agreement. In deciding whether an (b) A listing, by name and title, of all scheduled committee meetings. A
application is for an area or industry existing or proposed members of the blanket letter signed by a committee
committee, consideration should be labor-management committee. The chairperson or other official on behalf of
given to the above definitions as well as application should also offer a rationale all members is not acceptable. We
to the focus of the committee. for the selection of the committee encourage the use of individual letters
In FY 2005, competition will be open members (e.g., members represent 70% submitted on company or union
to company/plant, area, private of the area or company/plant letterhead represented by the
industry, and public sector committees. workforce). individual. The letters should match the
Special consideration will be given to (c) A discussion of the number, type, names provided under Section 3(b).
committee applications involving and role of all committee staff persons. 7. Other Requirements—Applicants
innovative or unique efforts. All Include proposed position descriptions are also responsible for the following:

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(a) The submission of data indicating encouraging the labor-management will be considered according to merit
approximately how many employees committee concept. without regard to category.
will be covered or represented through In addition, to the competitive
C. Eligibility
the labor-management committee; process identified in the preceding
(b) From existing committees, a copy Eligible grantees include state and paragraph, FMCS will set aside a sum
of the existing staffing levels, a copy of local units of government, labor- not to exceed thirty percent of its non-
the by-laws (if any), a breakout of management committees (or a labor reserved appropriation to be awarded on
annual operating costs and union, management association, or a non-competitive basis. These funds
identification of all sources and levels of company on behalf of a committee that will be used only to support aplications
current financial support; will be created through the grant), and that have been solicited by the Director
(c) A detailed budget narrative based certain third-party private non-profit of the Service and are not subject to the
on policies and procedures contained in entities on behalf of one or more dollar range noted in Section E. All
the FMCS Financial and administrative committees to be created through the funds returned to FMCS from a
Grants Manual; grant. Federal government agencies and competitive grant award may be
(d) An assurance that the labor- their employees are not eligible. awarded on a non-competitive basis in
management committee will not Third-party private, non-profit accordance with budgetary
interfere with any collective bargaining entities that can document that a major requirements.
agreements; and purpose or function of their FMCS reserves the right to retain up
(e) An assurance that committee organization is the improvement of to five percent of the FY2005
meetings will be held at least every labor relations are eligible to apply. appropriation to contract for program
other month and that written minutes of However, all funding must be directed support purposes (such as evaluation)
all committee meetings will be prepared to the function of the labor-management other than administration.
and made available to FMCS. committee, and all requirements under E. Dollar Range and Length of Grants
Selection Criteria Part B must be followed. Applications
from third-party entities must document Awards to expand existing or
The following criteria will be used in establish new labor-management
particularly strong support and
the scoring and selection of applications committees will be for a period of up to
participation from all labor and
for award: 18 months. If successful progress is
management parties with whom the
(1) The extent to which the made during this initial budget period
applicant will be working. Applications
application has clearly identified the and all grant funds are not obligated
from third-parties which do not directly
problems and justified the needs that within the specified period, these grants
support the operation of a new or
the proposed project will address. may be extended for up to six months.
(2) The degree to which appropriate expanded committee will not be
deemed eligible, nor will applications The dollar range of awards is as follows:
and measurable goals and objectives
have been developed to address the signed by entities such as law firms or —Up to $65,000 over a period of up to
problems/needs of the applicant. other third-parties failing to meet the 18 months to company/plant
(3) The feasibility of the approach above criteria. committees or single department
proposed to attain the goals and Successful grantees will be bound by public sector applicants;
objectives of the project and the OMB Circular 110 i.e. ‘‘contractors that —Up to $125,000 per 18-month period
perceived likelihood of accomplishing develop or draft specifications, for area, industry, and multi-
the intended project results. This requirements, statements of work, department public sector committee
section will also address the degree of invitations for bids and/or requests for applicants.
innovativeness or uniqueness of the proposals shall be excluded (emphasis Applicants are reminded that these
proposed effort. added from competing for such figures represent maximum Federal
(4) The appropriateness of committee procurements. funds only. If total costs to accomplish
membership and the degree of Applicants who received funding the objectives of the application exceed
commitment of these individuals to the under this program in the last 6 years the maximum allowable Federal
goals of the application as indicated in for committee operations are not eligible funding level and its required grantee
the letters of support. to re-apply. The only exception will be match, applicants may supplement
(5) The feasibility and thoroughness made for grantees that seek funds on these funds through voluntary
of the implementation plan in behalf of an entirely different committee contributions from other sources.
specifying major milestones and target whose efforts are totally outside of the Applicants are also strongly encouraged
dates. scope of the original grant. to consult with their local or regional
(6) The cost effectiveness and fiscal Allocations FMCS field office to determine what
soundness of the application’s budget kinds of training may be available at no
request, as well as the application’s The FY2005 appropriation for this cost before budgeting for such training
feasibility vis-a-vis its goals and program is $1,488,000 of which at least in their appilcations. A list of our field
approach. $1,000,000 will be available leadership team and their phone
(7) The overall feasibility of the competitively for new applicants. numbers is included in the application
proposed project in light of all of the Specific funding levels will not be kit.
information presented for consideration; established for each type of committee.
The review process will be conducted in F. Cash Match Requirements and Cost
and
(8) The value to the government of the such a manner that when possible and Allowability
application in light of the overall where merited, two awards will be All applicants must provide at least
objectives of the Labor-Management made in each category (company/plant, 10 percent of the total allowable project
Cooperation Act of 1978. This includes industry, public sector, and area) costs in cash. Matching funds may come
such factors as innovativeness, site depending upon applications submitted. from state or local government sources
location, cost, and other qualities that After these applications are considered or private sector contributions, but may
impact upon an applicant’s value in to award, the remaining applications generally not include other Federal

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funds. Funds generated by grant- Board(s) will recommend selected Department on topics including Clinical Data
suppported efforts are considered applications for rejection or further Standards, the Consolidated Health
‘‘project income,’’ and may not be used funding consideration. The Director, Informatics Initiative, and the HIPAA Privacy
Rule compliance. In the afternoon the
for matching purposes. Labor-Management Grants Program, will
Committee will hear an update on the
It is the policy of this program to finalize the scoring and selection National Health Information Infrastructure
reject all requests for indirect or process. The individual listed as contact and will discuss various materials prepared
overhead costs as well as ‘‘in-kind’’ person in Item 6 on the application form by NCVHS Subcommittees.
match contributions. In addition, grant will generally be the only person with On the second day the Committee will hear
funds must not be used to supplant whom FMCS will communicate during an updated from the Board of Scientific
private or local/state government funds the application review process. Please Counselors at the National Center for Health
currently spent for committee purposes. be sure that person is available once the Statistics (NCHS) and reports on two HHS
Funding requests from existing initiatives in geocoding. The Committee with
application has been submitted.
committees should focus entirely on the also discuss plans for its annual report to
All FY2005 grant applicants will be Congress and there will be reports from the
costs associated with the expansion notified of results and all grant awards Subcommittees and a discussion of agendas
efforts. Also, under no circumstances will be made September 30, 2006. for future Committee meetings.
may business or labor officials Applications that fail to adhere to The times shown above are for the full
participating on a labor-management eligibility or other major requirements committee meeting. Subcommittee breakout
committee be compensated out of grant will be administratively rejected by the sessions are scheduled for late in the
funds for time spent at committee Director, Labor-Management Grants afternoon of the first day and in the morning
meetings or time spent in committee prior to the full Committee meeting on the
Program.
training sessions. Applicants generally second day. Agendas for these breakout
will not be allowed to claim all or a H. Contact sessions will be posted on the NCVHS Web
site (URL below) when available.
portion of existing full-time staff as an Individuals wishing to apply for Contact Person for More Information:
expense or match contribution. For a funding under this program should Substantive program information as well as
more complete discussion of cost contact the Federal Mediation and summaries of meetings and a roster of
allowability, applicants are encouraged Conciliation Service as soon as possible committee members may be obtained from
to consult the FY2005 FMCS Financial to obtain an application kit. Please Marjorie S. Greenberg, Executive Secretary,
and Administrative Grants Manual, consult the FMCS Web site (http:// NCVHS, National Center for Health Statistics,
which will be included in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
www.fmcs.gov) to download forms and
application kit. 3311 Toledo Road, Room 2402, Hyattsville,
information. Maryland 20782, telephone (301) 458–4245.
G. Application Submission and Review These kits and additional information Information also is available on the NCVHS
Process or clarification can be obtained free of home page of the HHS Web site: http://
charge by contacting the Federal www.ncvhs.hhs.gov/, where further
The Application for Federal
Mediation and Conciliation Service, information including an agenda will be
Assistance (SF–424) form must be posted when available.
Labor-Management Grants Program,
signed by both a labor and management Should you require reasonable
2100 K Street, NW., Washington, DC
representative. In lieu of signing the SF– accommodation, please contact the CDC
20427 at (202) 606–8181, (202) 271–
424 form, representatives may be type Office of Equal Employment Opportunity on
8868 or jlorber@fmcs.gov.
their name, title, and organization on (301) 458–4EEO (4336) as soon as possible.
plain bond paper with a signature line Fran Leonard, Dated: March 1, 2005.
signed and dated, in accordance with Director, Budget and Finance, Federal James Scanlon,
block 18 of the SF–424 form. We will Mediation and Conciliation Service.
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Science
accept applications beginning May 15, [FR Doc. 05–4292 Filed 3–4–05; 8:45 am] and Data Policy, Office of the Assistant
2005 and continue to do so until all FY BILLING CODE 6732–01–M Secretary for Planning and Evaluation.
2005 grant funds have been obligated, [FR Doc. 05–4311 Filed 3–4–05; 8:45 am]
with awards being made by September
BILLING CODE 4151–05–M
30, 2006. While proposals may be DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND
accepted at any time between May 15, HUMAN SERVICES
2005 and September 30, 2006, proposals DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND
received late in the cycle have a greater National Committee on Vital and Health HUMAN SERVICES
risk of not being funded due to Statistics: Meeting
unavailability of funds. Offerors are Centers for Disease Control and
highly advised to contact the grants Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Prevention
director prior to committing any Committee Act, the Department of
resources to the preparation of a Health and Human Services (HHS) [Funding Opportunity Number: RFA 05045]
proposal. An original application announces the following advisory
committee meeting. Academic Partners Public Health
containing numbered pages, plus three Training Grant; Notice of Availability of
copies, should be addressed to the Name: National Committee on Vital and Funds—Amendment
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Health Statistics (NCVHS).
Service, Labor-Management Grants Time and Date: March 3, 2005, 9 a.m.–3 A notice announcing the availability
Program, 2100 K Street, NW., p.m., March 4, 2005, 10 a.m.–3:15 p.m. of fiscal year (FY) 2005 funds for a grant
Washington, DC 20427. FMCS will not Place: Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 to: (a) provide trainees the opportunity
consider videotaped submissions or Independence Avenue SW., Room 505A, to learn about broad, cross-cutting
Washington, DC 20201. public health policy and program
video attachments to submissions. Status: Open.
FMCS will confirm receipt of all Purpose: At this meeting the Committee
development at the Federal, state and
applications within 10 days thereof. will hear presentations and hold discussions local government level and (b) make
All eligible applications will be on several health data policy topics. On the progress toward achieving the
reviewed and scored preliminarily by morning of the first day the Committee will prevention objectives of Healthy People
one or more Grant Review Boards. The hear updates and status reports from the 2010 was published in the Federal

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