Agency Actions

Specific guidance has been provided by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to all federal agencies administering funds under the ARRA stimulus bill. Agency activities will be summarized on specific 'recovery' webpages within each agency's website, and also at http://www.recovery.gov/?q=content/agencies. DOE Information Related to the ARRA is at http://www.energy.gov/recovery/index.htm.

E3c has prepared a summary of highlights of this memorandum. PDF Format

There are different forms of funding vehicles that agencies may utilize for administering funds under the stimulus bill. Within DOE these include:

Acquisition (Contract) - used when the principal purpose is the acquisition of an item or service for the direct benefit or use of the Federal Government (see http://e-center.doe.gov/).

Assistance (Grant) - awarded when no substantial involvement is expected between DOE and the recipient during performance of the contract (see http://grants.gov).

Assistance (Cooperative agreement) - used when substantial involvement between the DOE and the recipient is expected (see http://grants.gov).

Financial Assistance (Loan Guarantee) - The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct05) authorizes the U.S. Department of Energy to issue loan guarantees to eligible projects that "avoid, reduce, or sequester air pollutants or anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases" and "employ new or significantly improved technologies as compared to technologies in service in the United States at the time the guarantee is issued" (see http://www.lgprogram.energy.gov/apply.html and http://e-center.doe.gov/).

While agencies should publish specific notices of intent with regard to plans for dispensing and allocating funds, individuals and organizations in addition to going through the traditional channels for obtaining funding may also submit unsolicited proposals to agencies.

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