Program Announcement No SSA OPDR - SSA-OPDR-03-2 by SSA

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									      55698                       Federal Register / Vol. 68, No. 187 / Friday, September 26, 2003 / Notices

        Dated: September 23, 2003.                            ADDRESSES:   All applications for funding                Program Description: SSA is making
      Elizabeth A. Davidson,                                  under this announcement should be                     cooperative agreement funding available
      Reports Clearance Officer, Social Security              submitted via the new process that the                to demonstrate methods to improve the
      Administration.                                         Federal government has established for                quality of assistance that medical and
      [FR Doc. 03–24307 Filed 9–25–03; 8:45 am]               electronic submission of applications                 social service providers give to
      BILLING CODE 4191–02–P                                  for grant and cooperative agreement                   homeless individuals who file claims
                                                              funding.                                              for Social Security benefits. The projects
                                                                                                                    are shaped by SSA knowledge about
                                                              FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
      SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION                                                                                effective outreach practices, as well as
                                                              Send questions about this                             evaluation data from previous outreach
      Program: Cooperative Agreements for                     announcement to the following Internet                demonstration projects.
      Homeless Outreach Projects and                          address: Homeless.Outreach@ssa.gov.                      Awardees of cooperative agreement
      Evaluation (HOPE); Program                              When sending a question, use the                      funding will be required to provide
      Announcement No. SSA–OPDR–03–02                         program announcement number (SSA–                     outreach, supportive services, and
                                                              OPDR–03–02) and the date of this                      benefit application assistance to
      AGENCY:  Social Security Administration.                announcement, September 26, 2003.                     chronically homeless adults and/or
      ACTION: Announcement of the                             Questions and answers will be posted to               children. The target population for these
      availability of cooperative agreement                   the ‘‘Outreach Initiatives’’ link on the              projects is homeless individuals who
      funds for fiscal year 2003 and request                  Social Security Service to the Homeless               are members of under-served groups,
      for applications.                                       Web site at: http://                                  which may include people with severe
                                                              www.socialsecurity.gov/homelessness.                  and persistent mental illness, HIV
      SUMMARY: The Social Security                            The identity of questioners will not be               infection, limited English proficiency,
      Administration requests applications for                revealed when questions and answers                   multiple and co-occurring disorders, or
      cooperative agreement funding to                        are posted on this Web site. All                      cognitive impairments, as well as
      support projects that provide targeted                  applicants are encouraged to review the               homeless veterans with disabilities.
      outreach, supportive services, and                      Web site while developing their                          Applicants may propose to establish
      benefit application assistance to                       applications.                                         presumptive disability screening
      individuals who are chronically                           Although the Internet is the preferred              procedures or pre-release procedures for
      homeless.                                               method of communication, applicants                   institutionalized individuals with
                                                              who have questions about the program                  disabilities. Applicants may also
      DATES: The closing date for receipt of
                                                              content of the application may also                   propose to use project funding to
      cooperative agreement applications
                                                              contact: Virginia McCaskey, Research                  improve their capacity to provide
      under this announcement is November
                                                              Analyst, or Leola Brooks, Director,                   representative payment services to
      25, 2003. Section VI of this
                                                              Office of Program Development. The                    beneficiaries, strengthen their ability to
      announcement contains instructions for
                                                              phone number for Virginia McCaskey is                 assist disability claimants with filing
      submitting applications under this
                                                              (410) 965–3425, and the phone number                  electronic disability applications, or
      announcement.
                                                              for Leola Brooks is (410) 965–2219.                   develop an employment intervention.
        Prospective applicants are also asked                                                                          SSA will train staff of organizations
      to submit, preferably by October 16,                    Inquiries may also be faxed to (410)
                                                              597–0825, or mailed to: Social Security               that are awarded funding under this
      2003, a fax, post card, letter, or e-mail                                                                     announcement. The focus of the training
      of intent that includes (1) the program                 Administration, Office of Program
                                                              Development and Research, Office of                   will be to improve participant
      announcement number (SSA–OPDR–                                                                                knowledge about SSA’s requirements
      03–02) and title (Homeless Outreach                     Program Development, 128 Altmeyer
                                                              Building, 6401 Security Boulevard,                    for disability case processing. SSA will
      Projects and Evaluation); (2) the name of                                                                     conduct an evaluation of projects, with
      the agency or organization that is                      Baltimore, Maryland 21235–6401,
                                                              Attention: HOPE Project Team.                         a focus on the impact that training has
      applying; and (3) the name, mailing                                                                           on the quality of assistance provided to
      address, e-mail address, telephone                        For general (non-programmatic)
                                                              information—regarding submission of                   disability claimants by the grantee. SSA
      number, and fax number for the                                                                                is particularly interested in achieving
      organization’s contact person.                          applications, contact: Phyllis Y. Smith,
                                                              Grants Management Officer, Social                     outcomes such as reduced processing
        The notice of intent should be (1) e-                                                                       time, and reduced denials for initial
      mailed to Homeless.Outreach@ssa.gov,                    Security Administration, Office of
                                                                                                                    claims from individuals that would be
      using ‘‘HOPE—Notice of Intent’’ in the                  Acquisition and Grants, Grants
                                                                                                                    eligible for benefits under SSA’s rules.
      subject line; (2) faxed to (410) 597–0825,              Management Team, 1–E–4 Gwynn Oak                         Award Information: Congress
      to the attention of the HOPE Project                    Building, 1710 Gwynn Oak Avenue,                      appropriated $8 million in FY 2003, and
      Team; or (3) mailed to Social Security                  Baltimore, MD 21207–5279,                             directed SSA to use the appropriation to
      Administration, Office of Program                       phyllis.y.smith@ssa.gov, phone (410)                  provide outreach to ‘‘homeless and
      Development and Research, Office of                     965–9518.                                             under-served’’ populations. SSA intends
      Program Development, 128 Altmeyer                         Application Kit: Section VI of this                 to fund approximately 30 projects, with
      Building; 6401 Security Boulevard,                      announcement contains instructions for                awards of up to $200,000 in the first
      Baltimore, Maryland, 21235–6401,                        obtaining an application kit.                         year of project funding. Subject to the
      Attention: HOPE Project Team.                           SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This                       availability of additional appropriations,
        The notice of intent is not required, is              overview of the HOPE projects is                      SSA plans to fund projects for four
      not binding, and does not enter into the                included to allow potential applicants                years, with requirements that awardees
      review process of a subsequent                          to quickly learn the contents of this                 reduce their dependence on cooperative
      application. The purpose of the notice is               announcement, and to decide whether                   agreement funding in each year of the
      to allow SSA staff to estimate the                      they are eligible to apply for the funding            projects. Year 4 activities will consist
      number of technical reviewers needed                    opportunity described. It follows the                 only of follow-up data reporting. SSA
      and to avoid potential conflicts of                     outline of the full text of the first three           has reserved a portion of the
      interest in the review.                                 sections of the announcement.                         appropriation to evaluate the projects,


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      and to provide training and technical                   Section V. Application Review Process and             with a disability or multiple disabilities
      assistance to grantees.                                      Evaluation Criteria                              who has been homeless for at least one
        These projects are authorized by                        A. Application Process                              year or who has had multiple periods of
      section 1110 of the Social Security Act,                  B. Application Requirements                         homelessness in a multi-year period’’
                                                                C. Review and Evaluation
      and will be funded with cooperative                                                                           (Interagency Council on Homelessness,
                                                                D. Application Approval
      agreements, which anticipate                              E. Evaluation Criteria                              2003).
      substantial involvement of the                            1. Capability                                          As an Agency, SSA is uniquely
      government in project design and                          2. Project Design                                   positioned through its network of over
      operation.                                                3. Resources and Management                         1300 field offices to provide assistance
        Eligibility Information: Public and                   Section VI. Instructions for Obtaining and            to homeless individuals. For homeless
      private organizations, including non-                        Submitting an Application                        individuals, who are either age 65 or
      profit, profit-making, and faith-based                    A. Availability of Forms                            older, blind or disabled, SSA plays a
      organizations, may apply for                              B. Checklist for a Complete Application             critical role in helping provide monthly
      cooperative agreement funding made                        C. Guidelines for Application Submission            benefit payments. These benefits can
      available under this announcement.                                                                            help homeless individuals to obtain
                                                              Section I. Program Description and                    housing, and also provide critical
      Applicants must have existing expertise
                                                              Background                                            linkage to medical coverage.
      and capacity to conduct outreach
      activities to locate and engage homeless                A. Introduction                                          For the purposes of this
      individuals; be able to provide or                                                                            announcement, the word ‘‘claimant’’ is
                                                                 The Social Security Administration                 used to describe an individual who has
      arrange for health care services; and be                (SSA) is making cooperative agreement
      able to provide culturally competent                                                                          applied for Social Security Benefits. The
                                                              funding available to support projects                 word ‘‘participant,’’ may be used to
      services to all members of the target                   that provide outreach, supportive
      population, without regard to race, sex,                                                                      describe an individual who is enrolled
                                                              services, and application assistance for              in the project to receive services from
      religion, or disability.                                Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
        Cooperative agreement funds are not                                                                         the grantee. The word ‘‘applicant’’ refers
                                                              and all forms of Social Security benefits             to organizations that apply for
      to be used to cover costs that are
                                                              to individuals who are chronically                    cooperative agreement funding under
      reimbursable under an existing public
                                                              homeless. The cooperative agreement                   this announcement.
      or private program. Awardees are
                                                              projects are part of a broad Federal
      required to contribute a non-Federal                                                                          B. Data on Homelessness
                                                              strategy to end chronic homelessness.
      match of project costs of at least 5% of
                                                              The projects will be designed to identify                National estimates on homelessness
      the total project cost. The non-Federal
                                                              and remove barriers to the benefit                    indicate there are anywhere from
      share may be cash or in-kind (property
                                                              application process by outreach and                   500,000–700,000 homeless individuals
      or services).
                                                              assistance to homeless individuals,                   on any given night. In the 2000 census,
      Table of Contents                                       particularly those who are members of                 the U.S. Census Bureau (Census) did not
                                                              ‘‘under-served’’ populations. Homeless                attempt to accurately enumerate
      Section I. Program Description and
           Background
                                                              under-served individuals include, but                 homeless individuals. The Census
        A. Introduction                                       are not limited to, those who have                    published a report on the ‘‘Emergency
        B. Data on Homelessness                               difficulty accessing services due to a                and Transitional Shelter Population,’’
        C. Background                                         disabling impairment, such as mental                  but cautions users of the data that the
        1. Program Information                                illness or other cognitive impairment;                methodology allows only for
        2. SSA Collaboration with other Federal               individuals with limited English                      identification of people who were in
           Agencies and the Interagency Council on            proficiency; persons in jails and                     ‘‘non-conventional housing’’ at the time
           Homelessness                                       institutions, persons with multiple                   of the census count.1 The census data
        3. SSA Outreach                                       impairments and co-occurring                          does not provide an estimate of the
        D. Project Goals and Objectives
                                                              disorders, and persons who have                       numbers of homeless persons who are
        E. Project Features
        1. Use of Cooperative Agreement Funds                 symptomatic HIV infections. Homeless                  disabled or elderly.
        2. Training and Technical Assistance                  under-served individuals may also                        The 1996 National Survey of
        3. Conferences                                        include veterans and children with                    Homeless Assistance Providers and
        4. Meetings                                           disabilities.                                         Clients (NSHAPC), conducted by the
      Section II. Award Information                              Definitions of homelessness vary. For              Interagency Council on Homelessness
        A. Statutory Authority and Catalog of                 the purposes of defining the target                   (ICH), was designed to provide
           Federal Domestic Assistance Number                 population to be served by grantees in                information about the providers of
        B. Type of Awards                                     this project, homeless individuals are                homeless assistance and the
        C. Number, Size, and Duration of Projects                                                                   characteristics of homeless persons who
                                                              adults or children who lack permanent
        D. Awardee Share of the Project Costs
                                                              housing. Individuals are considered                   use services. Of approximately 4,000
      Section III. The Application Process
        A. Eligible Applicants                                homeless if they live on the street, or               homeless individuals surveyed, 11
        B. Targeted Population                                other location not meant for habitation,              percent received Supplemental Security
        C. Costs                                              such as an abandoned building or car;                 Income (SSI) benefits (see description in
      Section IV. Program Requirements                        in a supervised facility such as a shelter;           Section I. C.1).
        A. General Requirements                               transitional or emergency housing;                       Unfortunately, the survey
        B. Evaluation                                         ‘‘doubled up’’, i.e., living with a series            methodology does not allow us to draw
        1. Enrollment Guidelines                              of relatives or friends; or in an                     firm conclusions about numbers of
        C. Data Collection                                                                                          homeless individuals who might qualify
                                                              institution or correctional facility with
        1. Data Elements
        2. Privacy                                            no permanent address.
                                                                                                                      1 Smith, Annetta C. and Denise I. Smith, U.S.
        3. Training Data                                         Further, this set of cooperative
                                                                                                                    Census Bureau, Census Special Reports, Series
        D. Reporting                                          agreements will focus on individuals                  CENSR/01-Emergency and Transitional Shelter
        E. Monitoring                                         who are considered ‘‘chronically                      Population: 2000, U.S. Government Printing Office,
        F. Technical Assistance                               homeless,’’ defined as ‘‘an individual                Washington, DC 20401.



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      for retirement, survivors, or disability                FBR; the supplementary benefit                        last for a continuous period of not less
      benefits or for SSI benefits; however, the              amounts and the categories of persons                 than 12 months.’’ SGA refers to earnings
      survey does indicate that rates of                      eligible for these benefits vary from                 from work. The amount of earnings that
      chronic illness and serious physical and                State to State. In most states, SSI                   constitutes SGA is increased annually.
      mental impairments are quite high                       eligibility automatically results in                  In 2003, the SGA amount is $800 per
      among the homeless population. Forty-                   eligibility for Medicaid; in a few states,            month for non-blind persons. The SGA
      five percent of the homeless individuals                individuals must file a separate                      amount for statutorily blind individuals
      surveyed reported having one or more                    application for Medicaid.                             for 2003 is $1,330 per month.
      chronic physical health conditions,                        An individual or couple may have                      Individuals under the age of 18 may
      while 39% report mental health                          earned or unearned income and still                   qualify for an SSI benefit based on
      problems.                                               may be eligible for the SSI program.                  disability. In order to be considered
         An estimated 10 percent of the                       Under numerous provisions, a certain                  disabled, a child must have a medically
      nation’s homeless are considered                        amount of income is excluded in                       determinable physical or mental
      ‘‘chronically homeless,’’ as defined in                 determining eligibility and computing                 impairment or combination of
      Section I.A.                                            the SSI benefit amount. People who live               impairments that causes marked and
                                                              in a State that supplements the Federal               severe functional limitations. The
      C. Background                                           payment may have higher amounts of                    impairment(s) must last or be expected
      1. Program Information                                  income and still may qualify for some                 to last twelve months or more, or to
                                                              benefits.                                             result in death. A child may not be
         SSA administers two programs that                       To be eligible for SSI a person must
      provide cash benefits: Retirement,                                                                            considered disabled if he or she has
                                                              reside in the U.S. or the Northern                    earnings considered to be SGA.
      Survivors, and Disability Insurance                     Mariana Islands and be a U.S. citizen or
      (RSDI) and Supplemental Security                                                                                 SSA works cooperatively with the
                                                              national of the United States, or an                  States, who are responsible for making
      Income (SSI).                                           Alien if he or she meets the
         RSDI Benefits. RSDI benefits are based                                                                     disability and blindness determinations
                                                              requirements of the laws for non-                     through their Disability Determination
      on worker contributions to the Social                   citizens that went into effect on August
      Security Trust fund. There are four                                                                           Services (DDS) offices. SSA takes a
                                                              22, 1996. In general, beginning August                detailed medical history from the
      general types of RSDI benefits:                         22, 1996, most aliens must meet two
      retirement, disability, family, and                                                                           claimant during the initial interview
                                                              requirements to be potentially eligible               and sends that information to the DDS.
      survivors benefits. Individuals may be                  for SSI benefits:
      eligible for benefits based on their own                                                                      The DDS then secures medical records
                                                                 • Be in a qualified alien category; and            and, if needed, schedules an additional
      contributions to the Social Security                       • Meet a condition that allows
      Trust Fund, or based on contributions of                                                                      medical examination, called a
                                                              qualified aliens to get SSI benefits.
      a family member. The amount of the                         Further information about SSI                      ‘‘consultative examination’’ (CE). Based
      benefit is based on the amount of the                   eligibility for non-citizens is available at          upon this evidence, and in combination
      insured worker’s contributions.                         http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/                   with other evidence, such as vocational
      Disability benefits are often referred to               11051.html.                                           factors (age, education, and work
      as Social Security Disability Insurance,                   Concurrent Eligibility. Some                       history) a disability or blindness
      or SSDI, although this category of RSDI                 individuals may be eligible for benefits              determination is made.
      benefits also includes Disabled                         under both Social Security disability                 2. SSA Collaboration With Other
      Widow(er)s Benefits and Childhood                       insurance and the SSI program (retirees               Federal Agencies and the Interagency
      Disability Benefits. For that reason, this              and survivors may also receive some SSI               Council on Homelessness
      type of benefit will be referred to as                  supplement to their monthly benefit).
      ‘‘Social Security disability benefits’’ or                                                                       With his fiscal year 2003 budget,
                                                              Many individuals who receive Social
      ‘‘disability insurance benefits’’ in this                                                                     President George W. Bush announced
                                                              Security disability benefits, who also
      announcement.                                                                                                 an initiative to end chronic
                                                              have low incomes and limited assets,
         Individuals who are eligible for                                                                           homelessness in ten years. He
                                                              may qualify for Medicaid, or may
      retirement benefits qualify for Medicare.                                                                     reactivated the Interagency Council on
                                                              qualify for their State Medicaid program
      So do individuals who receive disability                                                                      Homelessness (ICH), which has
                                                              to pay their Medicare premiums.
      insurance benefits, after a 24 month                       Disability Benefits. Approximately 2.5             developed a comprehensive plan to
      entitlement period. Coverage under                      million individuals applied for                       achieve the President’s vision.2 The
      Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) is                 disability insurance and/or SSI                       Executive Director of the ICH, Philip
      automatic. Beneficiaries must pay a                     disability benefits in SSA’s fiscal year              Mangano, describes the effort, ‘‘In
      premium to be covered by Part B, which                  2002. Social Security disability                      collaboration, a number of Federal
      helps to pay for outpatient services, as                insurance and SSI disability payments                 agencies are creating innovative
      well as certain medical supplies. Some                  are made to over nine million                         initiatives that will bring change in the
      beneficiaries may qualify for the State                 individuals with disabilities and their               lives of those who are homeless and at
      Medicaid program to pay their                           families.                                             risk of homelessness and change on the
      Medicare, Part B premium.                                  The Social Security Act establishes a              streets of our country.’’ The outreach
         SSI. The SSI program is financed from                stringent standard for eligibility for                projects funded under this
      general revenue funds of the U.S.                       benefits that applies to both SSI and                 announcement are part of this
      Treasury and provides monthly benefit                   disability insurance claimants. For                   comprehensive Federal strategy to end
      payments to aged, blind, and disabled                   individuals aged 18 or older, disability              chronic homelessness.
      people who have limited resources and                   is defined as an inability to ‘‘engage in                SSA is an ICH member agency, and
      income. The Federal government pays a                   substantial gainful activity (SGA) by                 participates in collaborations with other
      Federal benefit rate (FBR). In 2003, the                reason of any medically determinable                    2 The mission of the Interagency Council on
      FBR for an individual is $552 per month                 physical or mental impairment(s) which                Homelessness and links to member agencies are
      and $829 per month for a couple. In                     can be expected to result in death, or                found on the ICH Web site at: http://www.ich.gov/
      addition, many States supplement the                    which has lasted or can be expected to                .



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      Federal agencies to combat                              about how to more effectively serve                   we mean those methods that find and
      homelessness. SSA developed a plan to                   individuals who were homeless and in                  assist potentially eligible individuals,
      improve services to individuals                         underserved populations. Some of the                  minimizing the burden of application
      experiencing homelessness, and has                      findings were that third-party entities               for them, while conserving both public
      established a workgroup to oversee                      could successfully:                                   and private resources. By replicable, we
      implementation of the plan, which                          • Assist individuals with completing               mean approaches and methods which
      includes a Web site with information                    applications for benefits;                            could be used in other settings with
      about SSA programs, as well as links to                    • Track claimants and provide                      similar results. By sustainable, we mean
      other resources (http://                                assistance in response to SSA requests                methods that can continue after the
      www.socialsecurity.gov/homelessness/).                  for additional information;                           cooperative agreement funding from
                                                                 • Conduct presumptive disability                   SSA ends.
      3. SSA Outreach                                         screenings;                                              The core objectives for the projects is
         SSA conducts outreach and education                     • Refer individuals for other needed               to identify homeless individuals who
      to the general public and social service                services.                                             are potentially eligible for benefits, and
      providers regarding available benefits.                    Lessons Learned. SSA is aware that                 to provide assistance to project
      These services are primarily developed                  our complex disability program is                     participants that results in faster claim
      and provided by local field offices (FO).               difficult for many individuals with                   decisions and higher initial allowance
      Current outreach activities include:                    severe disabilities to understand, and                (benefit approval) rates for those who
         • Establishing ongoing relationships                 that special efforts must be made to                  are eligible for disability benefits under
      with organization, including shelters,                  provide application assistance. Because               SSA’s program rules. SSA will provide
      churches, and county welfare                            of variations in local needs, SSA has not             training to project staff in organizations
      departments to provide immediate                        developed a national outreach program;                which receive the cooperative
      assistance and improve access to Social                 however, we have examined our past                    agreement funding (grantees). The
      Security’s programs;                                    and current outreach efforts, and have                training will be designed to increase the
         • Working with the Veteran’s                         determined methods that work well and                 knowledge that project staff have about
      Administration to assist homeless                       have the potential to prove to be cost-               the disability application process. The
      veterans filing claims;                                 effective strategies for improving our                focus of the training will be on the
         • Visiting homeless shelters, social                 services to individuals who are                       disability determination process,
      service agencies, and hospitals to take                 experiencing homelessness. With this                  specifically, on the role that the grantee
      claims;                                                 set of cooperative agreements, SSA                    can play in helping project participants
         • Distributing public information                    intends to take the best ideas from                   to complete application paperwork,
      materials to agencies, and maintaining                  current agency outreach efforts (i.e.,                producing or locating valuable medical
      resource information about those                        ‘‘best practices’’), as well as the most              evidence, establishing claimant identity,
      agencies;                                               effective approaches from the SSI                     verifying income and resources,
         • Training community service                         Outreach projects. The features of                    providing information about the
      providers;                                              effective efforts that we intend to                   functional impact of disabling
         • Establishing state-wide                            incorporate in these projects include:                impairments, and assisting SSA in
      memorandums of understanding (MOU)                         • SSA and DDS collaboration with                   maintaining contact with claimants
      for SSI pre-release applications from                   service providers that have expertise in              throughout the application process and
      prisons; and                                            identifying, engaging, and assessing                  after SSA makes a decision.
         • Developing liaisons with new                       applicants who are homeless;                             SSA is also interested in the degree to
      service providers.                                         • Identifying contacts within SSA                  which the assistance that grantees
         SSA also provides information about                  and the grantee organizations to                      provide to claimants results in
      Social Security and SSI benefits to                     facilitate communication and problem                  improvements in quality of life,
      national advocacy organizations for                     resolution;                                           particularly in the area of achieving full
      dissemination to affiliates, professionals                 • Presumptive disability benefits for              community integration, including
      and consumers. SSA prepares and                         claimants with a high probability of                  attaining stable housing, recovery, and
      releases a Monthly Information Package                  being found disabled under Social                     employment.
      to all FOs that contains print media                    Security’s rules;
      products for placement with local                          • Grantee assistance to SSA in                     E. Project Features
      media, and a monthly newsletter, the                    providing direct help to claimants in                   The HOPE projects will help SSA to
      Social Security Courier, which is sent to               completing the application process,                   demonstrate the feasibility of special
      advocacy groups, nonprofit                              maintaining contact with SSA while the                approaches and services that use skilled
      organizations, and intergovernmental                    decision is pending, obtaining medical                medical and social service providers to
      entities. These products contain                        evidence, and providing post-eligibility              identify, engage, and assist homeless
      information on programs and issues                      assistance; and                                       individuals with disabling conditions.
      relevant to homeless populations.                          • SSA training and technical                       While SSA expects grantees to find
         SSI Outreach Projects. In the 1990’s,                assistance to grantees.                               homeless individuals through outreach,
      Congress provided funding for SSA to                                                                          the focus of the cooperative agreement
      conduct the SSI Outreach                                D. Project Goals and Objectives
                                                                                                                    projects is to improve the knowledge
      Demonstration Programs, which helped                       The goal of these cooperative                      and capacity of existing outreach
      SSA to learn a great deal about how                     agreements will be to demonstrate                     providers to assist these individuals in
      third parties could help the agency to                  efficient, replicable, and sustainable                the disability application process.
      find and serve aged and disabled                        approaches for identifying individuals
      individuals. SSI Outreach tested a                      who are potentially eligible for benefits             1. Use of Cooperative Agreement Funds
      number of approaches. Homeless                          under any Social Security disability                     Grantees must use cooperative
      individuals were one of the target                      program, and providing direct                         agreement funds to address the goals
      populations within those projects. SSA                  assistance to these individuals in the                and objectives described in Section I.D.
      learned a great deal from SSI Outreach                  benefit application process. By efficient,            To that end, SSA is interested in


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      applications from social and medical                       • Assist claimants with finding                    daily living, with and without
      service providers, such as community                    necessary documentation, including                    assistance.
      mental health centers, hospitals, Health                proof of identity, financial records, and               • Maintain contact with the claimant
      Care for the Homeless clinics, faith-                   medical records. Many homeless                        throughout the determination process,
      based organizations, and other                          individuals lose identity documents.                  and help the claimant to respond to
      community-based organizations that                      Grantees will assist homeless                         requests for further information. A key
      serve the target population.                            individuals in establishing identity, and             responsibility of grantees will be to help
        SSA favors applicants that consider                   replacing lost immigration paperwork.                 SSA maintain contact with claimants.
      the full range of needs of individuals                  Grantees will also help homeless                      This may include serving as an
      they serve, and that provide a                          claimants to document past medical                    authorized ‘‘representative’’ for a
      continuum of care and case                              treatment, and assist the DDS in                      claimant, but can also include informal
      management. Since these projects are                    obtaining evidence of past treatment.                 steps, such as establishing a contact
      part of the broad Federal strategy to end               Finally, grantees will help claimants to              within the grantee agency for claimants
      chronic homelessness, SSA is interested                 find relevant financial records,                      served by the grantee.
      in funding projects that provide                        including documenting and reporting                     • Assist claimants with filing
      assistance to project enrollees, not only               any income and resources obtained                     reconsiderations and appeals.
      with the disability benefit application                 throughout the disability application                 Claimants have appeal rights when they
      process, but with obtaining other                       and appeal process.                                   receive denials or partially favorable
      services that result in stabilization,                     • Provide existing medical evidence                decisions. Appeal rights are described
      recovery, and eventual entry or return to               in the grantee’s medical records.                     in SSA’s publication, the The Appeals
      a productive lifestyle and full                            • Perform any necessary medical                    Process (SSA Publication No. 05–10041,
      community integration. This includes                    examinations, arrange for such                        April 1999) which can be found at http:/
      becoming representative payees when a                   examinations, and/or establish a                      /www.ssa.gov/pubs/10041.html. If a
      beneficiary is not capable of managing                  collaborative relationship with an                    claimant disagrees with SSA’s decision
      his/her benefits, and no other preferred                organization that will perform any                    on their initial claim, the grantee will
      payee is available.                                     examinations needed to make a                         assist the claimant in filing a timely
        Grantees must provide certain core                    disability determination. Cooperative                 reconsideration. If the claimant
      functions, and may choose to perform                    agreement funds may be used to pay for                disagrees with a reconsideration
      other optional functions, as described in               examinations conducted by                             decision, the grantee will assist the
      sections A and B:                                       psychologists, psychiatrists, general                 claimant in filing a timely request for a
        A. Core Grant Activities—grantees                     practitioners, or specialist physicians.              hearing.
      who receive funds under this                               • Assist claimants with attending                    • Collaborate with and make referrals
      announcement must conduct outreach                      consultative examinations, when                       to other organizations to ensure
      and provide assistance with the                         necessary. In general, evidence from                  favorable outcomes for claimants and
      disability benefit application process.                 treating sources that have an on-going                beneficiaries, including working with
      Specifically, grantees must:                            relationship with claimants is preferred,             agencies that provide:
        • Conduct outreach activities to                      and the DDS attempts to get such                        Æ Mental health services;
      locate homeless individuals with                        information before scheduling a                         Æ supportive housing;
      disabling impairments. Applicants must                  ‘‘consultative examination’’ (CE) with a                Æ community-based health care
      have existing capacity to conduct                       medical provider, who examines a                      providers;
      outreach activities, and are not required               claimant, and provides a report to the                  Æ employment rehabilitation services;
      to increase the actual amount of                        DDS. As noted above, the grantee may                    Æ job placement;
      outreach activities, although they are                  use cooperative agreement funding to                    Æ benefit planning assistance and
      expected to serve at least 50 individuals               arrange for an examination with a                     outreach;
      annually within their projects.                         qualified provider; however, in some                    Æ veteran’s health benefits;
      Applicants are encouraged to use                        areas, grantees may have difficulty                     Æ substance abuse treatment;
      approaches that make use of existing                    establishing such relationships with                    Æ translation and/or interpreter
      resources, including staff, and to use                  medical providers. In such cases, the                 services; and
      cooperative agreement funds to improve                  grantee will notify the DDS                             Æ services to parolees and those in
      their organizational capacity to provide                immediately, so that the DDS examiner                 work-release programs
      assistance to homeless individuals. In                  will know that a CE will be necessary.                  • Assist claimants with participating
      other words, applicants are encouraged                  The DDS will pay for such                             in SSA electronic application and case
      to use the cooperative agreement funds                  examinations, when necessary, and the                 processing initiatives. SSA is moving in
      to develop sustainable approaches that                  grantee will enable the claimant to                   the direction of establishing an
      can continue after cooperative                          attend the examination.                               electronic disability claims process,
      agreement funds are no longer available.                   • Provide information regarding the                known as ‘‘eDib.’’ While not every
        • Provide direct assistance to                        effect that a claimant’s impairment has               applicant will be capable of or required
      homeless individuals in the application                 on the ability to perform work. SSA                   to file claims via SSA’s electronic
      process. Activities must include helping                needs information about how                           claims process, SSA will be establishing
      these individuals to:                                   impairments limit a claimant’s                        an electronic claim folder for all
        Æ Schedule an appointment to apply                    functioning, including restrictions in                claimants. SSA plans to implement this
      for benefits;                                           exertional activities, such as bending                new way of doing business in stages, by
        Æ understand the need to sign                         and lifting, as well as non-exertional                rolling out the process gradually in
      application and other forms needed to                   factors, such as the ability to                       some locations. When possible, grantees
      process the application;                                concentrate and/or persist in the                     should assist claimants to complete the
        Æ complete application paperwork;                     performance of tasks. Grantees will                   Disability Report form (SSA i3368 or
      and                                                     provide information about claimants’                  SSA i3820) on the internet, and
        Æ communicate effectively with SSA                    ability to complete activities of daily               claimants for disability insurance to
      staff when filing a claim.                              living and instrumental activities of                 complete the application form on-line.


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      Applicants should note that they may                    SSA will actually make the PD                         service that will allow for the transfer of
      use cooperative agreement funds, as                     determination; a grantee can do no more               medical records to a secure Web site,
      noted in Section I, Section E.1.B, to                   than make a PD recommendation. SSA                    when this option becomes available.
      improve their capacity to operate in an                 will provide training in current agency                  • Develop a work entry/return-to-
      electronic environment.                                 PD rules to all grantees. Prior to                    work program. Disability benefits can
         • Attend training designed to improve                implementing any additional                           provide income support that can help
      the quality of core activities. Required                presumptive disability procedures in                  an individual obtain housing, and begin
      training is described in Section I.E.2.                 cooperative agreement projects, SSA                   a recovery process. But many
         • Plan for project continuation when                 will establish guidelines to protect the              individuals with disabilities want the
      cooperative agreement funding ends.                     integrity of the PD process. Grantees                 opportunity to work, and improve their
      SSA is interested in funding projects                   that choose to exercise the option to                 quality of life. Grantees may choose to
      which focus on developing their                         include a PD element in their project                 focus on helping homeless individuals
      organizational capacity to serve                        will work with SSA program staff, and                 to make a transition to independence,
      disability benefit claimants, and which                 local field office and DDS                            by focusing on rehabilitative,
      make use of partnerships with other                     representatives, after award, to establish            vocational, and other activities that help
      community service providers, and                        and implement any project-specific                    them work. The Ticket to Work and
      which leverage existing funding and                     procedures that may be deemed                         Work Incentives Improvement Act of
      resources to achieve outcomes.                          necessary by SSA.                                     1999 directed SSA to establish the
         B. Optional Activities—Cooperative                      • Establish and implement pre-                     Ticket Program. Under the Ticket
      agreement funds may also be used to                     release procedures. Individuals who                   program, beneficiaries may receive
      perform other functions, particularly                   leave institutions, particularly state                employment services, vocational
      those that will help homeless                           mental hospitals, prison, and                         services, or other services from
      individuals with disabling impairments                  institutions for the care of persons with             Employment Networks (ENs). ENs are
      to attain stable supportive housing,                    mental retardation, are at high risk of               public or private providers, or
      recover, attain employment, and use                     becoming homeless. Projects may use                   consortiums of providers, of such
      benefits to meet basic needs. Funds may                 cooperative agreement funds to                        services. Grantees may become ENs,
      be used to:                                             establish and conduct discharge
         • Develop and improve representative                                                                       either on their own, or in cooperation
                                                              planning activities that include making               with other organizations. For more
      payee services. Grantees may assume                     arrangements to establish eligibility
      the responsibilities of a representative                                                                      information about the Ticket to Work
                                                              prior to discharge. Note that such                    program, and ENs, visit: http://
      payee (payee), or may recruit and train                 arrangements are possible under current
      volunteer payees. Examples of how                                                                             www.yourtickettowork.com/. This Web
                                                              SSA rules, but that program rules do not              site is maintained by Maximus, Inc., a
      funding may be used include setting up                  allow for benefits to be paid prior to
      an accounting system; working with a                                                                          private company that is helping SSA to
                                                              release or discharge. Individuals who
      local bank to establish a group and/or                                                                        manage the Ticket Program.
                                                              had received SSI benefits that were
      individual accounts; and training                       suspended require a redetermination of                2. Training and Technical Assistance
      grantee staff, family members of clients,               eligibility prior to release or discharge
      or community volunteers to provide                                                                               Grantees must identify project staff to
                                                              so that SSA can determine current
      payee services. Applicants may wish to                                                                        participate in training provided by SSA,
                                                              living arrangements and any other
      refer to information for organizational                                                                       DDS, and/or SSA training contractors.
                                                              changes that might affect eligibility. If
      payees available at http://www.ssa.gov/                                                                       The training is designed to improve the
                                                              an applicant chooses to use project
      payee/organ.htm in order to get ideas                                                                         ability of grantee organizations to assist
                                                              funds to conduct such activities, they
      about how to use funds to improve                                                                             claimants. Grantees will pay for all costs
                                                              may serve those who have never
      representative payment.                                                                                       associated with attending training
                                                              received disability benefits, as well as
         • Screen claimants for ‘‘presumptive                 those whose benefits are in suspense,
                                                                                                                    sessions, and may use cooperative
      disability (PD).’’ Under SSA program                                                                          agreement funds to pay these costs.
                                                              and those whose benefits have
      rules, an SSI claimant may receive                      terminated.                                              SSA will develop a standardized
      payments, for up to six months, based                      • Improve electronic services and                  training curriculum, which will be
      on a presumption of disability (PD).                    information sharing. As noted in the                  delivered initially in group training
      SSA or the DDS must have enough                         bulleted items under ‘‘Core Activities’’              sessions. SSA and DDS staff will deliver
      evidence that the claimant will meet                    (Section I.E.1.A), SSA is moving to an                the training, which will be coordinated
      SSA’s strict definition of disability in                electronic disability application and                 and supported through contractor
      order to make a PD determination.                       case processing environment. All                      assistance. While grantees are
      Federal regulations require SSA to make                 grantees will be required to make                     encouraged to send all project staff to
      a final medical determination within six                attempts to cooperate with the roll-out               training, they must identify one person
      months following application.                           of this initiative, to the extent possible.           who will attend all SSA training, and
      Applicants that propose to conduct PD                   But SSA encourages applicants to                      who will be responsible for training
      screenings for SSA must include a                       consider ways to work more effectively                other grantee agency personnel. SSA
      description of the activities they will                 with SSA as the agency develops its                   believes this is necessary, because:
      undertake to ensure the quality of the                  electronic case processing initiatives.                  • Some grantees may find it
      screening mechanism, including a                        Grantees may use cooperative agreement                impossible for all staff involved in the
      description of the clinical qualifications              funds to strengthen their ability to                  project to attend training, without
      of the screener. SSA is interested in                   operate in this new environment,                      interrupting critically important
      achieving a low ‘‘reversal rate’’ for PD                including purchasing scanners, fax                    services;
      decisions. A PD reversal occurs when an                 machines, and laptop computers to be                     • some grantee organizations may
      individual is allowed PD payments, and                  used by outreach workers in the field to              organize services in such a way that it
      then is formally denied SSI disability                  complete forms with applicants.                       is impractical to provide in-depth
      benefits after final medical                            Grantees may also use cooperative                     training to all staff who may assist
      development. Within these projects,                     agreement funding to establish internet               project enrollees; and


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         • grantee organizations may                          In general, project procedures will not               assurance, and coordination of activities
      experience turnover during project                      require any deviation from existing                   with other offices.
      operation.                                              operating procedures in FOs, or DDSs,                   SSA has chosen to use cooperative
         For the purposes of establishing a                   although FOs and DDSs may work with                   agreements for funding projects to serve
      training travel budget, grantees should                 grantees to create special procedures,                homeless individuals in order to assure
      assume that all employees who attend                    particularly those that might lead to                 accountability for funding, and to
      the training will be required to travel for             reductions in case processing time.                   maintain the ability to successfully
      two days to the city in which their SSA                    Grantees and SSA FOs and/or DDSs                   monitor and evaluate projects.
      Regional Office is located. Applicants                  may establish a memorandum of
      can determine which SSA region they                                                                           C. Number, Size, and Duration of
                                                              understanding, or other written
      are in by visiting http://www.ssa.gov/                                                                        Projects
                                                              document designed to formalize
      otherssasites/, and scrolling down to the               agreements regarding case processing. If
      menu for Regional Offices, or by calling                                                                         Congress appropriated $8 million in
                                                              this type of activity occurs, grantees will           FY 2003 for SSA to conduct this set of
      SSA’s toll-free number at (800)–772–                    consult with the SSA FPO, as well as
      1213.                                                                                                         outreach projects. SSA intends to fund
                                                              the field office or DDS. Applicants are               projects over a period of three years,
         Grantees that have physicians on staff
                                                              prohibited from seeking letters of intent             with initial awards being made by
      are strongly encouraged to require those
                                                              or agreement from local FOs, other SSA                January 2004. SSA intends to enter into
      physicians to review materials prepared
                                                              offices, or from state DDS offices prior              cooperative agreements for 4 years,
      by SSA’s Office of Provider Relations,
                                                              to award notification.                                subject to the availability of annual
      specifically, a publication and video
      entitled, ‘‘Understanding Social                           For the purposes of establishing a                 appropriations by Congress, and will
      Security Disability.’’ The American                     budget for meetings, applicants should                fund project activities in years 1–3, with
      Academy of Family Physicians has                        assume monthly visits to the SSA field                only data reporting activity in year four.
      certified this material for continuing                  office(s) that serve project participants,            No additional funds will be awarded in
      medical education credits (CME).                        as well as at least two meetings annually             year four, so applicants must budget for
         SSA, through its training and                        at the state DDS office.                              year four activities in year 3, and
      technical assistance contractor, will                                                                         conduct the data collection in year 4.
                                                              Section II. Award Information
      provide on-going technical assistance to                                                                      SSA anticipates that projects will
      grantees. When preparing a project plan                 A. Statutory Authority and Catalog of                 require a higher level of funding in the
      and budget, applicants should assume                    Federal Domestic Assistance Number                    first year following award, in order to
      that some staff time will be required to                                                                      fund start-up activities. SSA plans to
                                                                 These projects derive their authority              gradually reduce funding to projects
      receive technical assistance, but no                    from section 1110 of the Social Security
      travel will be required.                                                                                      over the 4 year period, so that additional
                                                              Act (the Act). The regulatory                         projects may be funded.
      3. Conferences                                          requirements that govern the
                                                              administration of SSA awards are in the                  Project budgets should reflect a
         In addition to the group training                                                                          reduction in dependence on cooperative
      sessions, grantees will be required to                  Code of Federal Regulations, Title 20,
                                                              Parts 435 and 437. Applicants are urged               agreement funding over the three year
      attend one two-day start-up conference                                                                        funding period, with a 25% reduction in
      in the Washington, DC, area, and to                     to review the requirements in the
                                                              applicable regulations. This program                  the total budget in year two, and a 50%
      attend a two-day conference in the same                                                                       reduction in year three. Renewals of
      location at the end of each project year.               will be listed in the Catalog of Federal
                                                              Domestic Assistance under Program No.                 project funding will be determined
      Minimally, the project director is                                                                            annually, dependent on the availability
      expected to attend both conferences.                    96.007, Social Security
                                                              Administration—Research and                           of funding, and the determination that
      Other project staff may attend, as well.                                                                      the award is in the best interest of the
      Project budgets should assume that                      Demonstration.
                                                                                                                    Government. SSA also expects projects
      conference participants will need to stay               B. Type of Awards                                     to report follow-up data in the year
      in Washington for at least three nights,                                                                      following the conclusion of the project.
      and that they will not receive any                        Funding made available under this
                                                              announcement will be in the form of                      SSA may suspend or terminate any
      special room rates.
                                                              cooperative agreements between the                    cooperative agreement, in whole or in
      4. Meetings                                             government and the awardee.                           part, at any time before the date of
         The project director of each grant                   Cooperative agreements are a legal                    expiration, whenever it determines that
      project will participate in monthly                     instrument reflecting a relationship                  the awardee has materially failed to
      conference calls during the first six                   between the U.S. Government and a                     comply with the terms and conditions
      months of the project with a SSA                        recipient when the principal purpose is               of the cooperative agreement. SSA will
      Federal project officer (FPO) from the                  to transfer a thing of value to the                   promptly notify the awardee in writing
      Office of Program Development and                       recipient and substantial involvement is              of the determination and the reasons for
      Research. Representatives from SSA                      expected between the Agency and the                   suspension or termination, together
      regional offices, FOs, and other                        recipient when carrying out the activity              with the effective date.
      headquarters components, as well as                     contemplated by the agreement.                           SSA has reserved a portion of the $8
      DDS representatives, will participate as                Involvement will include collaboration                million appropriation to fund training
      necessary.                                              or participation by SSA in the                        and technical assistance to grantees and
         Grantees will be expected to meet                    management of the activity as                         to evaluate the projects. Approximately
      with representatives from SSA,                          determined at the time of the award. For              $6.5 million will be available for awards
      including the local SSA FO and the                      example, SSA will be involved in                      under this announcement. SSA plans to
      state DDS after award notification, to                  decisions involving data collection and               fund approximately 30 projects, with
      discuss project start-up and procedures.                evaluation, grantee training, deployment              awards of up to $200,000 annually. The
      SSA FPOs will participate in person or                  of resources, release of public                       exact number of awards will be
      by conference calls in initial meetings.                information materials, quality                        determined by the size of awards.


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      D. Awardee Share of the Project Costs                   DUNS number at no cost by calling the                 education. No Social Security or SSI
        Awardees of SSA cooperative                           dedicated toll-free DUNS number                       beneficiary can be charged for any
      agreements are required to contribute a                 request line at 1–866–705–5711.                       service delivered under a HOPE
      non-Federal match of at least 5 percent                                                                       cooperative agreement. Cooperative
                                                B. Targeted Population
      toward the cost of each project. The cost                                                                     agreement funds may not be used to
                                                  Congress intended funding made                                    create new benefits or extensions of
      of the project is the sum of the Federal
                                                available by SSA under this                                         existing benefits.
      share (up to 95 percent) and the non-
                                                announcement be used to provide
      Federal share (at least 5 percent). For                                                                       Section IV. Program Requirements
                                                outreach to homeless and ‘‘other under-
      example, an entity that is awarded a
                                                served’’ populations. President George                              A. General Requirements
      cooperative agreement of $200,000
                                                W. Bush also established a goal to end
      would need a non-Federal share of at                                                                             Each application must include a brief
                                                chronic homelessness, and has directed
      least $10,526. The non-Federal share                                                                          project abstract that does not exceed one
                                                Federal agencies to cooperate to achieve
      may be cash or in-kind (property or                                                                           page in length before the narrative. The
                                                that goal. Therefore, this set of
      services) contributions.                                                                                      application narrative must not exceed
                                                cooperative agreements will target
                                                                                                                    30 pages. Applicants must identify
      Section III. The Application Process      homeless adults and children who have
                                                                                                                    targeted age group(s) and location of the
                                                physical and/or mental impairments
      A. Eligible Applicants                                                                                        targeted service area(s) (e.g., district,
                                                that might qualify them as ‘‘disabled’’
         Public and private organizations,                                                                          municipality or county, and/or
                                                under Social Security’s rules. Under-
      including nonprofit, profit-making, and                                                                       independent city). The narrative must
                                                served homeless individuals include,
      faith-based organizations, may apply for but are not limited to, persons:                                     include an implementation plan that
      cooperative agreement funding made          • With serious mental illness;                                    shows how the applicant will:
      available under this announcement.          • with HIV infection;                                                1. Finalize the management
      Organizations that are awarded funding      • with limited English proficiency;                               information (MI) system data collection
      must:                                       • with cognitive impairments; and                                 elements and procedures with SSA and
         • Have existing expertise and            • who are disabled veterans.                                      the evaluation contractor, described in
      capacity for outreach to homeless and       Although SSA intends for most                                     Section IV.B, within 90 days after
      other underserved groups;                 projects funded under this                                          award;
         • be able to provide culturally        announcement to serve individuals who                                  2. Report data elements, as described
      competent services that are fully         need assistance with applications for                               in Section IV.B and C.
      accessible to the target population,      SSI benefits, projects may assist                                      3. Develop and submit quarterly
      including individuals that require        disabled or elderly homeless persons                                reports that contain progress and status
      accommodations;                           who are insured for disability,                                     toward achieving goals and objectives,
         • be a direct provider of health care  retirement and/or survivors benefits.                               and MI data updates to the Office of
      services or provide referrals and           Cooperative agreement awardees must                               Acquisition and Grants (OAG);
      assistance to clients in obtaining health make concerted and assertive efforts to                                4. Develop and submit quarterly
      care services.                            provide appropriate services for project                            financial reports to SSA, OAG;
         Cooperative agreements may not be      participants with limited English                                      5. Meet with SSA Project Staff and
      awarded to:                               proficiency, those who need                                         other grantees for an initial 2 day
         • Any individual;                      accommodations related to a disability,                             meeting/conference in Washington, DC,
         • Social Security Administration FOs; and those who have needs for culturally                              within the first 90 days following
         • State DDS offices; or                sensitive services. In particular,                                  award;
         • Any organization described in        applicants should show how they                                        6. Begin to enroll participants within
      section 501(c) (4) of the Internal        intend to assure that participants from                             120 days after award;
      Revenue Code of 1968 that engages in      diverse populations are served by the                                  7. Provide a description of any
      lobbying (in accordance with section 18 project.                                                              planned changes to the project design
      of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995,     Applicants must specify by district,                              for approval by SSA prior to
      2 U.S.C. 1611).                           county, municipality, or state the                                  implementation;
         All applications developed jointly by  geographic area to be covered (if more                                 8. Cooperate with SSA and any
      more than one agency or organization      than one site is proposed, the                                      contractor in connection with these
      must identify only one organization as    geographic area for each must be                                    projects in scheduling and conducting
      the lead organization and official        specified).                                                         site visits;
      applicant. The other participating                                                                               9. Implement an ongoing management
      agencies and organizations can be         C. Costs                                                            and quality assurance process that uses
      included as co-applicants, subgrantees      Federal cooperative agreement funds                               MI data;
      or subcontractors.                        may be used for allowable costs                                        10. Conduct activities designed to
         All applicants for Federal grants and  incurred by awardees in conducting                                  improve organizational capacity,
      cooperative agreements are required to    required and optional project activities,                           gradually reduce reliance on
      provide a Dun and Bradstreet (D&B)        as described in Section I, Section E.1.                             cooperative agreement funds, and
      Data Universal Number System (DUNS) These costs could include                                                 sustain the project activities after
      number on or after October 1, 2003. The administrative and overall project                                    cooperative agreement funding is no
      DUNS number will be required whether management costs, within the                                             longer available.
      an applicant is submitting a paper        limitations established in this                                        11. Attend an annual SSA conference
      application or using the government-      announcement.                                                       in Washington, DC, participate in panel
      wide electronic portal (Grants.gov).        Federal cooperative agreement funds                               and small group discussions, and make
      Organizations should verify that they     are not intended to cover costs that are                            project presentations; and
      have a DUNS number or take the steps      reimbursable under an existing public                                  12. Coordinate project activities with
      needed to obtain one as soon as           or private program, such as social                                  SSA’s FO and the DDS in the grantee’s
      possible. Organizations can receive a     services, rehabilitation services, or                               state. (Applicants should not request


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      letters of intent or commitment from                    projects that focus primarily on pre-                 the individual files a claim for benefits,
      SSA FOs. SSA will secure FO                             release activities to meet enrollment                 to include:
      cooperation.)                                           targets.                                                 • Dwelling type:
                                                                Grantees may enroll individuals that                   • Living on the street (in doorways,
      B. Evaluation
                                                              they have already had contact with prior              on sidewalks, etc.);
         The projects will work with an                       to award of the cooperative agreement,                   • Other outdoor location;
      evaluation contractor who will conduct                  provided that the individual has not                     • Other place not meant for human
      an independent evaluation of outcomes,                  already filed a claim. The grantee may                habitation (e.g., abandoned buildings);
      impacts, and benefits of the HOPE                       provide services to individuals who                      • Living with friends or relatives;
      projects. Grantees must make data                       refuse to sign the consent forms                         • Foster care;
      collected in the projects available to the              described in Section II.C.2, but they may                • Halfway house or group home;
      evaluation contractor, as specified by                  not enroll or report data to SSA on                      • Correctional facility;
      the evaluation contractor under the                     individuals who refuse to sign forms                     • Institution;
      direction of SSA.                                       indicating that they authorize release of                • Emergency or transitional shelters;
         The purpose of the evaluation is to                  personal information.                                    • Housing units containing people
      assess the extent to which the projects                                                                       living doubled up with family members
      are successful in achieving the goals,                  C. Data Collection                                    or friends;
      objectives, and outcomes of the projects.               1. Data Elements                                         • Other
         The evaluation results will be used to                                                                        • Unknown
      assist SSA in identifying possible                         SSA’s evaluation contractor will                      • A description of the living situation
      changes in policies or procedures that                  develop and maintain a secure                         of the project enrollee, one year
      could enhance service to the public or                  interactive Web site to collect                       following the date that the individual
      otherwise improve administration of the                 evaluation information from the                       files a claim for benefits, and eighteen
      program. The evaluation reports will be                 grantees. Grantees will log-on to the                 months following application, to
      disseminated to others involved in                      Web site and input information on each                include:
      providing community-based services to                   project enrollee monthly, which will                     • Dwelling type:
      individuals who are homeless or                         then be readily accessible to the                        • Living on the street (in doorways,
      members of under-served populations.                    contractor and to SSA. ‘‘Project                      on sidewalks, etc.);
      To the extent possible, project data will               enrollees’’ are defined in Section II.B.1.               • Other outdoor location;
      be used to conduct cost-benefit                            All data elements are to be reported                  • Other place not meant for human
      analyses, which will help SSA to                        using precise definitions, which will be              habitation (e.g., abandoned buildings);
      answer not only the question of whether                 developed by the evaluation contractor                   • Living with friends or relatives;
      the activities conducted in the project                 and approved by SSA. Adherence to                        • Foster care;
      affect outcomes for program claimants,                  such definitions is crucial to the                       • Halfway house or group home;
      but how much they affect outcomes, and                  comparability of the data across project                 • Correctional facility;
      at what cost.                                           sites. Grantees must report these                        • Institution;
                                                              elements on the secure Web site                          • Emergency or transitional shelters;
      1. Enrollment Guidelines                                established by the contractor.                           • Housing units containing people
         Each grantee is required to enroll at                   Specific instructions will be available            living doubled up with family members
      least 50 individuals in their project.                  at the time that the projects begin                   or friends;
      SSA encourages grantees that serve large                enrollment. The data elements below                      • Other
      numbers of homeless individuals                         will be entered on the secure Web site                   • Unknown
      attempt to achieve higher enrollment                    monthly, except as noted:                                • Representative Payee information
      numbers. In order to be considered a                       • The project enrollee’s name, date of                • Did the grantee recommend a payee
      project participant, and to receive                     birth, and social security number (report             (report when recommendation is made,
      services as a participant of any HOPE                   only at time of enrollment);                          and any changes)
      project, an individual must be enrolled                    • Time (in hours) spent developing                    • When benefits start, report if the
      by the grantee, using the reporting                     the medical evidence;                                 grantee is the payee, or if the grantee
      mechanism described in Section II.C.1.                     • Time (in hours) spent providing                  found another payee.
         Grantees may enroll individuals who                  other forms of application assistance;
      have not yet filed an initial application,                 • The date of all grantee contacts with            2. Privacy
      as well as those whose benefits are in                  SSA during the application process,                     All personal information collected by
      suspense or terminated. Grantees may                    identification of an issue category, and              SSA is protected by the Privacy Act of
      not enroll individuals who have                         an indication of whether the issue was                1974. All projects must adhere to SSA’s
      pending applications with SSA, nor                      resolved, or if further follow-up will be             Privacy and Confidentiality Regulations
      those who have already filed for a                      necessary;                                            (20 CFR 401) for maintaining records of
      reconsideration or appeal of a denial or                   • The date the project enrollee                    individuals, as well as provide specific
      partially favorable decision. The grantee               received notice of the determination;                 safeguards surrounding beneficiary
      may, of course, continue to serve such                     • Whether a recommendation for                     information sharing and storage of
      individuals, but for the purposes of                    presumptive disability (PD) benefits was              paper/computer records/data. All
      enrollment and data collection, grantees                made by the grantee;                                  applications must describe proposed
      must follow these guidelines.                              • If so, whether SSA adopted the PD                practices for addressing clients’ privacy
      Individuals who are served by the                       recommendation;                                       and obtaining informed consent for any
      grantee that are not enrolled are not                      • A description of the living situation            disclosure. The plan described in the
      eligible to receive any special case                    of the project enrollee on the date that              applicant’s project description must
      processing consideration that is                        the individual files a claim for benefits,            address the following elements:
      accorded enrollees. Allowing for                        to include:                                             • The development and use of a
      enrollment of those whose benefits are                     • A description of the living situation            consent form that will allow the grantee
      suspended or terminated will allow                      of the project enrollee on the date that              to disclose clients’’ personal


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      information to SSA. SSA will provide a                       • Additional summary information.                program narrative portion of the
      suggested format for the consent form,                                                                        application (Section III of the SSA–96–
                                                              E. Monitoring
      which may either be adopted by the                                                                            BK) may not exceed 30 double-spaced
      grantee, or tailored to include any state                  SSA FPOs will be responsible for                   typed pages (or 15 single-spaced pages)
      or agency-level requirements.                           ensuring the effective implementation of              on one side of the paper only, using
      Applicants selected under this                          each cooperative agreement. SSA                       standard (81⁄2″ x 11″) size paper, and 12-
      announcement must provide SSA with                      project personnel (SSA FPO and/or                     point font. The attachments to support
      a copy of the consent form. The Federal                 other staff) expect to visit each project             the program narrative count towards the
      Project Officer must approve this                       at least once in each year of the                     30-page limit. Resumes, job descriptions
      consent form prior to the enrollment of                 cooperative agreement. In addition,                   and letters of cooperation/collaboration
      any project participants.                               Regional or field office personnel may                do not count in the 30-page limit.
         • The use of Form HIPAA SSA–827,                     accompany SSA FPOs on site visits. The
      Authorization to Disclose Information to                design of this project anticipates                      Section VI.B contains a detailed
      the Social Security Administration. This                frequent interaction between the local                checklist for the application format.
      form is required as written authorization               FO, the state DDS office, and the                     C. Review and Evaluation
      from a claimant for SSA to obtain                       grantee. SSA project staff will hold
      information required for processing an                  conference calls on a national, regional,               All applications that meet the
      application for disability benefits.                    and/or local basis at least once monthly              deadline for application submission
         • The use of Form SSA–3288, Social                   during start up of the projects (six                  November 25, 2003, will be screened to
      Security Administration’s Consent for                   months following award), and at least                 determine completeness and conformity
      Release of Information. This form will                  quarterly during the rest of the project              to the requirements of this
      allow SSA to give information                           period. The purpose of these calls will               announcement. Complete and
      concerning the client to the grantee and                be to coordinate activities across the                conforming applications will then be
      to the evaluation contractor.                           project sites, resolve problems, and                  evaluated. The results of this review and
         • If necessary, the grantee will attain              provide oversight, support, and                       evaluation will assist the Commissioner
      the approval of their Institutional                     technical assistance to all parties.                  in making award decisions.
      Review Board (IRB), and furnish SSA
                                                              F. Technical Assistance                                 Although the results of this review are
      with a copy of the approval document.
         Copies of Forms HIPAA SSA–827 and                      SSA will provide technical assistance               a primary factor considered in making
      SSA–3288 can be obtained on-line                        to the grantees and will monitor and                  award decisions, the review score is not
      through the SSA Web site: http://                       evaluate the progress of the projects.                the only factor used. In selecting eligible
      www.socialsecurity.gov/.                                Technical assistance will be provided                 applicants to be funded, consideration
                                                              with the support and assistance of a                  also may be given to achieving an
      3. Training Data                                        contractor. Awardees will be informed                 equitable distribution of assistance
         Grantee staff that attend training will              of the procedures for accessing technical             among geographic regions of the country
      complete a pre-training test of                         assistance within 60 days following                   and to diverse populations.
      knowledge regarding the disability                      award. Grantees will be notified by                     Applications that are complete and
      program, as well as a post-training test.               email about any changes in or additions               conform to the requirements of this
      They will also complete a training                      to technical assistance procedures.                   announcement will be reviewed
      evaluation form at the time of training.                                                                      competitively against the evaluation
      The pre and post training tests will                    Section V. Application Review Process
                                                              and Evaluation Criteria                               criteria specified in Section V.B. of this
      provide measures of the impact of                                                                             announcement. Applicants must
      training on knowledge about the                         A. Application Process                                complete the Form SSA–96–BK. See
      disability application and decision                       The cooperative agreement                           Section VI for instructions on obtaining
      process. The participant evaluation will                application process consists of a one-                Form SSA–96–BK.
      provide a measure of the perceived
                                                              stage, full application. Independent                    Applications that pass the screening
      value and quality to the training.
                                                              reviewers will competitively review and               process will be independently reviewed
      D. Reporting                                            score the application, using the                      by at least three individuals (primarily
        Grantees will be required to submit                   evaluation criteria specified in this                 qualified persons from outside of SSA),
      quarterly reports to SSA, OAG, within                   announcement (see Section V).                         who will evaluate and score the
      30 days following the end of each                       B. Application Requirements                           applications based on the evaluation
      quarter (using the initial award date as                                                                      criteria specified in Section V.B.
                                                                 Applications will be initially screened
      the project start date). These reports will
                                                              for responsiveness to this                            D. Application Approval
      assist SSA in providing proper oversight
                                                              announcement. If judged irrelevant, the
      and technical assistance to grantees.                                                                           Cooperative agreement awards will be
                                                              application will be returned. Also,
      Quarterly Report Format                                 applications that do not meet the                     made pursuant to the availability of
        • Description of the project (first                   applicant eligibility criteria in Section             funds and at the discretion of SSA. The
      quarter report only);                                   III.A above will not be accepted.                     official award document is the ‘‘Notice
        • Actions taken during the quarter;                      1. Number of Copies: The applicant                 of Cooperative Agreement Award,’’
        • Planned activities for upcoming                     must submit one original signed and                   which will provide the amount and
      quarter(s);                                             dated application and a minimum of                    purpose of the award, the duration of
        • Number of project participants                      two copies. The submission of seven                   the agreement, the total project period
      enrolled, to date, and at the close of the              additional copies is optional and will be             for which support is contemplated,
      report period;                                          appreciated, but will not affect the                  applicable reporting requirements, the
        • Number of individuals who refused                   evaluation or scoring of the application.             amount of financial participation
      to enroll;                                                 2. Length: A project abstract of not               required from the applicant, and any
        • Any problems or proposed changes                    more than one page must precede the                   special terms and conditions of the
      in the project; and                                     narrative of each application. The                    cooperative agreement.


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      E. Evaluation Criteria                                     • A description of problems that may               applicant organization that are adequate
         There are three categories of criteria               arise and specific measures that will be              to achieve project goals (5 points)
                                                              taken to mitigate them (e.g., how                        • Evidence that the applicant works
      used to score applications: Capability;
                                                              dropouts and inadequate numbers of                    cooperatively with other community-
      relevance/adequacy of project research
                                                              participants will be handled). (10                    based service providers, as well as local
      design; and resources and management.
                                                              points)                                               and state funders/regulators (5 points)
      The total points possible for an                                                                                 • Evidence that the applicant directly
                                                                 • The extent to which the project
      application is 100, and sections are                                                                          provides, or assists clients through
                                                              design reflects careful consideration of
      weighted. The score for each application                the potential for achieving successful                referral and advocacy, to obtain a wide
      is the sum of its parts. Although the                   outcomes and for project replication.                 variety of services that lead to
      results from the independent panel                      This includes evidence of:                            stabilization, recovery, and full
      reviews are the primary factor used in                     • An approach to potential SSDI/SSI                independence, including, but not
      making funding decisions, they are not                  claimants that can reasonably be                      limited to:
      the sole basis for making awards. The                   expected to be successful, given the                     • Primary health care services;
      Commissioner will consider other                        characteristics and needs of the target                  • Substance abuse and mental health
      factors as well when making funding                     population;                                           treatment;
      decisions. For instance, the need to                       • Measurable methods for recruiting                   • Referrals for housing and supports
      assure a proper geographic distribution                 and serving the target population;                    to maintain housing;
      of projects, or the need to target                         • Service delivery to populations                     • Employment and rehabilitation
      geographic regions with high rates of                   with special cultural or language                     services;
      chronic homelessness may influence                      requirements;                                            • Job placement;
      award decisions.                                           • Consideration of the desired                        • Benefit planning assistance and
         The following are the evaluation                     outcomes identified by SSA; and                       outreach;
      criteria that SSA will use in reviewing                    • Accessibility of facilities and                     • Translation and/or interpreter
      all applications (relative weights are                  service delivery methods that eliminate               services; and
      shown in parentheses). The application                  or reduce barriers to participation by                   • Services to parolees and those in
      narrative should include the following                  individuals with disabilities. (10 points)            work-release programs, when
      sections in this order.                                    • The extent to which goals,                       appropriate (10 points)
                                                              objectives, and outcomes to be achieved                  • The extent to which the budget is
      1. Capability (30 points total)                         by the proposed project are clearly                   adequate to support the proposed
         These criteria will be used to assess                specified and measurable as indicated                 project (5 points)
      the applicant’s capability to develop                   by a description of:                                     • The extent to which the applicant
      and manage a project. SSA will consider                    • Project goals and objectives;                    has included plans for sustaining
      the following:                                             • Outcome measures;                                project activities after cooperative
         • Evidence of successful previous                       • Time frames for accomplishing                    agreement funding ends (5 points).
      experience related to services to                       project milestones; and
                                                                 • The relationship of proposed                     Section VI. Instructions for Obtaining
      individuals who experience chronic                                                                            and Submitting an Application
      homelessness. (5 points)                                activities to the stated project goals. (5
         • Evidence that the applicant will be                points)                                               A. Availability of Forms
      able to provide or assist SSA in finding                   • A description of how the applicant
                                                                                                                       The Internet is the primary means
      medical evidence to allow SSA to                        will organize to effectively work with
                                                                                                                    recommended for obtaining an
      evaluate disability claims of project                   SSA in the new electronic disability
                                                                                                                    application kit under this program
      participants. (10 points)                               application environment. This may
                                                                                                                    announcement. An application kit
         • Documentation of experience of the                 include, but is not limited to:
                                                                 • Completing on-line forms;                        containing all of the prescribed forms
      Project Director and key staff. (5 points)                 • Using technology in outreach                     and instructions needed to apply for a
         • Description of the qualifications,                 efforts; and                                          cooperative agreement under this
      including relevant training and                            • Sending electronic medical                       announcement may be obtained at the
      experience, of key project personnel,                   evidence (files created in an electronic              following Internet address: http://
      and the qualifications, including                       format compatible with SSA systems, or                www.socialsecurity.gov/oag/grants.
      relevant training and experience, of                    scanned files). (5 points)                               However, in the rare instances when
      project consultants or subcontractors, if                                                                     an organization may not have access to
      built into project design. (5 points)                   3. Resources and Management (40                       the Internet, an application kit may be
         • In determining the quality of project              points total)                                         obtained by writing to: Grants
      personnel, the extent to which the                         Resources and management will be                   Management Team, Office of Operations
      applicant encourages applications for                   judged by:                                            Contracts and Grants, OAG, Social
      employment from persons who are                            • A description of how the applicant               Security Administration, 1–E–4 Gwynn
      members of groups that have                             will ensure that the perspectives of                  Oak Building, 1710 Gwynn Oak
      traditionally been underrepresented                     homeless individuals and persons with                 Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21207–
      based on race, color, national origin,                  disabilities influence the operation of               5279.
      age, or disability. (5 points)                          the project (e.g. representation on a                    Requests submitted by mail should
                                                              project or organizational advisory board)             include two return address labels. Also,
      2. Project Design (30 points total)
                                                              (5 points)                                            please provide the name, title and
        The adequacy of project design will                      • Evidence that the applicant has a                telephone number of the individual to
      be judged by:                                           working knowledge of Federal, State,                  contact; and the organization’s name,
        • A description of the project,                       and local programs that serve homeless                street address, city, state and ZIP code.
      including:                                              or other under-served individuals (5                     To ensure receipt of the proper kit,
        • How the project will be managed;                    points)                                               please include program announcement
        • The target population;                                 • Evidence of facilities, equipment,               number (OPDR–03–02) and the date of
        • Specific methods to be used, and                    supplies, and other resources, from the               this announcement in the request.


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      B. Checklist for a Complete Application                 the obligations imposed by the terms                  OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES
         The checklist below is a guide to                    and conditions of the cooperative                     TRADE REPRESENTATIVE
      ensure that the application package has                 agreement award.
      been properly prepared.                                                                                       African Growth and Opportunity Act
                                                                In item 11 of the Face Sheet (SF 424),
         • An original, signed and dated                                                                            Implementation Subcommittee of the
                                                              the applicant must clearly indicate the
      application plus at least two copies are                                                                      Trade Policy Staff Committee; Public
                                                              application submitted is in response to               Comments on Annual Review of
      required. Seven additional copies are                   this announcement (SSA–OPDR–03–
      requested.                                                                                                    Country Eligibility for Benefits Under
                                                              02). The applicant also is encouraged to              the African Growth and Opportunity
         • The program narrative portion of                   select a SHORT descriptive project title.
      the application (Section III of the SSA–                                                                      Act
      96–BK) may not exceed thirty double-                      Applications must be mailed or hand-
                                                                                                                    AGENCY: Office of the United States
      spaced pages (or fifteen single-spaced                  delivered to: Grants Management Team,
                                                                                                                    Trade Representative.
      pages) on one side of the paper only,                   DCFAM, Office of Operations Contracts
                                                                                                                    ACTION: Notice and request for
      using standard (81⁄2″ x 11″) size paper,                and Grants, OAG, Social Security
                                                                                                                    comments.
      and 12-point font. Attachments, that                    Administration, Attention: OPDR–03–
      support the program narrative, count                    02, 1–E–4 Gwynn Oak Building, 1710                    SUMMARY: The African Growth and
      towards the 30-page limit. (Resumes and                 Gwynn Oak Avenue, Baltimore, MD                       Opportunity Act Implementation
      letters of cooperation or intent do not                 21207–5279.                                           Subcommittee of the Trade Policy Staff
      count within the 30 page limit.)                          Hand-delivered applications are                     Committee (the ‘‘Subcommittee’’) is
         • Attachments/Appendices, when                       accepted between the hours of 8 a.m.                  requesting written public comments for
      included, should be used only to                        and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. An                 the annual review of the eligibility of
      provide supporting documentation.                       application will be considered as                     sub-Saharan African countries to receive
      Please do not include books or                                                                                the benefits of the African Growth and
                                                              meeting the deadline if it is either:
      videotapes as they are not easily                                                                             Opportunity Act (AGOA). The
      reproduced and are therefore                              1. Received on or before the deadline               Subcommittee will consider these
      inaccessible to reviewers.                              date at the above address; or                         comments in developing
         • A complete application, which                        2. Mailed through the U.S. Postal                   recommendations on country eligibility
      consists of the following items in this                 Service or sent by commercial carrier on              for the President. Comments received
      order:                                                  or before the deadline date and received              related to the child labor criteria may
      Part I                                                  in time to be considered during the                   also be considered by the Secretary of
                                                              competitive review and evaluation                     Labor for the preparation of the
        • (Face page)—Application for                                                                               Department of Labor’s report on child
      Federal Assistance (SF 424, REV 4–88)                   process. Packages must be postmarked
                                                              by November 25, 2003. Applicants are                  labor as required under section 412(c) of
        • Table of Contents                                                                                         the Trade and Development Act of 2000.
        • Project Abstract (not to exceed one                 cautioned to request a legibly dated U.S.
                                                              Postal Service postmark or to obtain a                This notice identifies the eligibility
      page)                                                                                                         criteria that must be considered under
                                                              legibly dated receipt from a commercial
      Part II                                                 carrier as evidence of timely mailing.                AGOA, lists the sub-Saharan African
        • Budget Information, Sections A                                                                            countries that are currently eligible for
                                                              Private-metered postmarks are not
      through G (Form SSA–96–BK)                                                                                    AGOA, and the sub-Saharan African
                                                              acceptable as proof of timely mailing.
        • Budget Justification (in Section B                                                                        countries that are currently ineligible for
                                                                Applications that do not meet the                   the AGOA.
      Budget Categories, explain how
                                                              above criteria are considered late                    DATES: Public comments are due at
      amounts were computed), including
                                                              applications. SSA will not waive or                   USTR by noon, Monday, October 20,
      complete subcontract organization
      budgets;                                                extend the deadline for any application               2003.
                                                              unless the deadline is waived or
      Part III                                                                                                      ADDRESSES: Submission by electronic
                                                              extended for all applications. SSA will
                                                                                                                    mail: FR0098@ustr.gov. Submissions by
        • Application Narrative and                           notify each late applicant that its
                                                                                                                    facsimile: Gloria Blue, Executive
      Appendices                                              application will not be considered.                   Secretary, Trade Policy Staff Committee,
      Part IV                                                 Paperwork Reduction Act                               at (202) 395–6143. The public is
                                                                                                                    strongly encouraged to submit
        • Additional Assurances and                              This notice contains reporting                     documents electronically rather than by
      Certifications—regarding lobbying and                   requirements. However, the information                facsimile. See requirements for
      drug-free workplace; and                                is collected using form SSA–96–BK,                    submissions below.
        • Form SSA–3966–PC—
                                                              Federal Assistance Application, which                 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For
      acknowledgement of receipt of
      application (applicant’s return address                 has the Office of Management and                      procedural questions, please contact
      must be inserted on the form).                          Budget clearance number 0960–0184.                    Gloria Blue, Office of the United States
                                                                Dated: September 22, 2003.                          Trade Representative, 600 17th Street,
      C. Guidelines for Application                                                                                 NW, Room F516, Washington, DC
      Submission                                              Jo Anne B. Barnhart,
                                                                                                                    20508, (202) 395–3475. All other
                                                              Commissioner of Social Security.                      questions should be directed to
        All applications for cooperative
                                                              [FR Doc. 03–24306 Filed 9–25–03; 8:45 am]             Constance Hamilton, Senior Director for
      agreement projects under this
      announcement must be submitted on                       BILLING CODE 4191–02–P                                African Affairs, Office of the U.S. Trade
      the prescribed forms included in the                                                                          Representative, 600 17th Street, NW,
      application kit. The application shall be                                                                     Washington, DC, (202) 395–9514.
      executed by an individual authorized to                                                                       SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The
      act for the applicant organization and to                                                                     AGOA (title I of Public Law 106–200)
      assume for the applicant organization                                                                         amends Title V of the Trade Act of 1974


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