42 U.S. Code § 247d–3a - Improving State and local public health security

(a) In general
To enhance the security of the United States with respect to public health emergencies, the Secretary shall award cooperative agreements to eligible entities to enable such entities to conduct the activities described in subsection (d).
(b) Eligible entities
To be eligible to receive an award under subsection (a), an entity shall—
(1)
(A) be a State;
(B) be a political subdivision determined by the Secretary to be eligible for an award under this section (based on criteria described in subsection (h)(4)); or
(C) be a consortium of States; and
(2) prepare and submit to the Secretary an application at such time, and in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require, including—
(A) an All-Hazards Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan which shall include—
(i) a description of the activities such entity will carry out under the agreement to meet the goals identified under section 300hh–1 of this title, including with respect to chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear threats, whether naturally occurring, unintentional, or deliberate;
(ii) a description of the activities such entity will carry out with respect to pandemic influenza, as a component of the activities carried out under clause (i), and consistent with the requirements of paragraphs (2) and (5) of subsection (g);
(iii) preparedness and response strategies and capabilities that take into account the medical and public health needs of at-risk individuals in the event of a public health emergency;
(iv) a description of the mechanism the entity will implement to utilize the Emergency Management Assistance Compact or other mutual aid agreements for medical and public health mutual aid;
(v) a description of how the entity will include the State Unit on Aging in public health emergency preparedness;
(vi) a description of how, as appropriate, the entity may partner with relevant public and private stakeholders in public health emergency preparedness and response;
(vii) a description of how the entity, as applicable and appropriate, will coordinate with State emergency preparedness and response plans in public health emergency preparedness, including State educational agencies (as defined in section 7801 (41) of title 20) and State child care lead agencies (designated under section 9858b of this title);
(viii) in the case of entities that operate on the United States-Mexico border or the United States-Canada border, a description of the activities such entity will carry out under the agreement that are specific to the border area including disease detection, identification, investigation, and preparedness and response activities related to emerging diseases and infectious disease outbreaks whether naturally occurring or due to bioterrorism, consistent with the requirements of this section; and
(ix) a description of any activities that such entity will use to analyze real-time clinical specimens for pathogens of public health or bioterrorism significance, including any utilization of poison control centers;
(B) an assurance that the entity will report to the Secretary on an annual basis (or more frequently as determined by the Secretary) on the evidence-based benchmarks and objective standards established by the Secretary to evaluate the preparedness and response capabilities of such entity under subsection (g);
(C) an assurance that the entity will conduct, on at least an annual basis, an exercise or drill that meets any criteria established by the Secretary to test the preparedness and response capabilities of such entity, including addressing the needs of at-risk individuals,, [1] and that the entity will report back to the Secretary within the application of the following year on the strengths and weaknesses identified through such exercise or drill, and corrective actions taken to address material weaknesses;
(D) an assurance that the entity will provide to the Secretary the data described under section 247d–4 (c)(3) of this title as determined feasible by the Secretary;
(E) an assurance that the entity will conduct activities to inform and educate the hospitals within the jurisdiction of such entity on the role of such hospitals in the plan required under subparagraph (A);
(F) an assurance that the entity, with respect to the plan described under subparagraph (A), has developed and will implement an accountability system to ensure that such entity make  [2] satisfactory annual improvement and describe  [3] such system in the plan under subparagraph (A);
(G) a description of the means by which to obtain public comment and input on the plan described in subparagraph (A) and on the implementation of such plan, that shall include an advisory committee or other similar mechanism for obtaining comment from the public and from other State, local, and tribal stakeholders; and
(H) as relevant, a description of the process used by the entity to consult with local departments of public health to reach consensus, approval, or concurrence on the relative distribution of amounts received under this section.
(c) Limitation
Beginning in fiscal year 2009, the Secretary may not award a cooperative agreement to a State unless such State is a participant in the Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals described in section 247d–7b of this title.
(d) Use of funds
(1) In general
An award under subsection (a) shall be expended for activities to achieve the preparedness goals described under paragraphs (1), (2), (4), (5), and (6) of section 300hh–1 (b) of this title.
(2) Effect of section
Nothing in this subsection may be construed as establishing new regulatory authority or as modifying any existing regulatory authority.
(e) Coordination with local response capabilities
An entity shall, to the extent practicable, ensure that activities carried out under an award under subsection (a) are coordinated with activities of relevant Metropolitan Medical Response Systems, local public health departments, the Cities Readiness Initiative, and local emergency plans.
(f) Consultation with Homeland Security
In making awards under subsection (a), the Secretary shall consult with the Secretary of Homeland Security to—
(1) ensure maximum coordination of public health and medical preparedness and response activities with the Metropolitan Medical Response System, and other relevant activities;
(2) minimize duplicative funding of programs and activities; and
(3) analyze activities, including exercises and drills, conducted under this section to develop recommendations and guidance on best practices for such activities.
(g) Achievement of measurable evidence-based benchmarks and objective standards
(1) In general
Not later than 180 days after December 19, 2006, the Secretary shall develop or where appropriate adopt, and require the application of, measurable evidence-based benchmarks and objective standards that measure levels of preparedness with respect to the activities described in this section and with respect to activities described in section 247d–3b of this title. In developing such benchmarks and standards, the Secretary shall consult with and seek comments from State, local, and tribal officials and private entities, as appropriate. Where appropriate, the Secretary shall incorporate existing objective standards. Such benchmarks and standards shall—
(A) include outcome goals representing operational achievements of the National Preparedness Goals developed under section 300hh–1 (b) of this title with respect to all-hazards, including chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear threats; and
(B) at a minimum, require entities to—
(i) measure progress toward achieving the outcome goals; and
(ii) at least annually, test, exercise, and rigorously evaluate the public health and medical emergency preparedness and response capabilities of the entity, and report to the Secretary on such measured and tested capabilities and measured and tested progress toward achieving outcome goals, based on criteria established by the Secretary.
(2) Criteria for pandemic influenza plans
(A) In general
Not later than 180 days after December 19, 2006, the Secretary shall develop and disseminate to the chief executive officer of each State criteria for an effective State plan for responding to pandemic influenza. The Secretary shall periodically update, as necessary and appropriate, such pandemic influenza plan criteria and shall require the integration of such criteria into the benchmarks and standards described in paragraph (1).
(B) Rule of construction
Nothing in this section shall be construed to require the duplication of Federal efforts with respect to the development of criteria or standards, without regard to whether such efforts were carried out prior to or after December 19, 2006. [4]
(3) Technical assistance
The Secretary shall, as determined appropriate by the Secretary, provide to a State, upon request, technical assistance in meeting the requirements of this section, including the provision of advice by experts in the development of high-quality assessments, the setting of State objectives and assessment methods, the development of measures of satisfactory annual improvement that are valid and reliable, and other relevant areas.
(4) Notification of failures
The Secretary shall develop and implement a process to notify entities that are determined by the Secretary to have failed to meet the requirements of paragraph (1) or (2). Such process shall provide such entities with the opportunity to correct such noncompliance. An entity that fails to correct such noncompliance shall be subject to paragraph (5).
(5) Withholding of amounts from entities that fail to achieve benchmarks or submit influenza plan
Beginning with fiscal year 2009, and in each succeeding fiscal year, the Secretary shall—
(A) withhold from each entity that has failed substantially to meet the benchmarks and performance measures described in paragraph (1) for the immediately preceding fiscal year (beginning with fiscal year 2008), pursuant to the process developed under paragraph (4), the amount described in paragraph (6); and
(B) withhold from each entity that has failed to submit to the Secretary a plan for responding to pandemic influenza that meets the criteria developed under paragraph (2), the amount described in paragraph (6).
(6) Amounts described
(A) In general
The amounts described in this paragraph are the following amounts that are payable to an entity for activities described in this section or section 247d–3b of this title:
(i) For the fiscal year immediately following a fiscal year in which an entity experienced a failure described in subparagraph (A) or (B) of paragraph (5) by the entity, an amount equal to 10 percent of the amount the entity was eligible to receive for such fiscal year.
(ii) For the fiscal year immediately following two consecutive fiscal years in which an entity experienced such a failure, an amount equal to 15 percent of the amount the entity was eligible to receive for such fiscal year, taking into account the withholding of funds for the immediately preceding fiscal year under clause (i).
(iii) For the fiscal year immediately following three consecutive fiscal years in which an entity experienced such a failure, an amount equal to 20 percent of the amount the entity was eligible to receive for such fiscal year, taking into account the withholding of funds for the immediately preceding fiscal years under clauses (i) and (ii).
(iv) For the fiscal year immediately following four consecutive fiscal years in which an entity experienced such a failure, an amount equal to 25 percent of the amount the entity was eligible to receive for such a fiscal year, taking into account the withholding of funds for the immediately preceding fiscal years under clauses (i), (ii), and (iii).
(B) Separate accounting
Each failure described in subparagraph (A) or (B) of paragraph (5) shall be treated as a separate failure for purposes of calculating amounts withheld under subparagraph (A).
(7) Reallocation of amounts withheld
(A) In general
The Secretary shall make amounts withheld under paragraph (6) available for making awards under section 247d–3b of this title to entities described in subsection (b)(1) of such section.
(B) Preference in reallocation
In making awards under section 247d–3b of this title with amounts described in subparagraph (A), the Secretary shall give preference to eligible entities (as described in section 247d–3b (b)(1) of this title) that are located in whole or in part in States from which amounts have been withheld under paragraph (6).
(8) Waive or reduce withholding
The Secretary may waive or reduce the withholding described in paragraph (6), for a single entity or for all entities in a fiscal year, if the Secretary determines that mitigating conditions exist that justify the waiver or reduction.
(h) Funding
(1) Authorization of appropriations
(A) In general
For the purpose of carrying out this section, there is authorized to be appropriated $641,900,000 for fiscal year 2014 for awards pursuant to paragraph (3) (subject to the authority of the Secretary to make awards pursuant to paragraphs (4) and (5)), and $641,900,000 for each of fiscal years 2015 through 2018.
(B) Requirement for State matching funds
Beginning in fiscal year 2009, in the case of any State or consortium of two or more States, the Secretary may not award a cooperative agreement under this section unless the State or consortium of States agree that, with respect to the amount of the cooperative agreement awarded by the Secretary, the State or consortium of States will make available (directly or through donations from public or private entities) non-Federal contributions in an amount equal to—
(i) for the first fiscal year of the cooperative agreement, not less than 5 percent of such costs ($1 for each $20 of Federal funds provided in the cooperative agreement); and
(ii) for any second fiscal year of the cooperative agreement, and for any subsequent fiscal year of such cooperative agreement, not less than 10 percent of such costs ($1 for each $10 of Federal funds provided in the cooperative agreement).
(C) Determination of amount of non-Federal contributions
As determined by the Secretary, non-Federal contributions required in subparagraph (B) may be provided directly or through donations from public or private entities and may be in cash or in kind, fairly evaluated, including plant, equipment or services. Amounts provided by the Federal government, or services assisted or subsidized to any significant extent by the Federal government, may not be included in determining the amount of such non-Federal contributions.
(2) Maintaining State funding
(A) In general
An entity that receives an award under this section shall maintain expenditures for public health security at a level that is not less than the average level of such expenditures maintained by the entity for the preceding 2 year period.
(B) Rule of construction
Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit the use of awards under this section to pay salary and related expenses of public health and other professionals employed by State, local, or tribal public health agencies who are carrying out activities supported by such awards (regardless of whether the primary assignment of such personnel is to carry out such activities).
(3) Determination of amount
(A) In general
The Secretary shall award cooperative agreements under subsection (a) to each State or consortium of 2 or more States that submits to the Secretary an application that meets the criteria of the Secretary for the receipt of such an award and that meets other implementation conditions established by the Secretary for such awards.
(B) Base amount
In determining the amount of an award pursuant to subparagraph (A) for a State, the Secretary shall first determine an amount the Secretary considers appropriate for the State (referred to in this paragraph as the “base amount”), except that such amount may not be greater than the minimum amount determined under subparagraph (D).
(C) Increase on basis of population
After determining the base amount for a State under subparagraph (B), the Secretary shall increase the base amount by an amount equal to the product of—
(i) the amount appropriated under paragraph (1)(A) for the fiscal year, less an amount equal to the sum of all base amounts determined for the States under subparagraph (B), and less the amount, if any, reserved by the Secretary under paragraphs (4) and (5); and
(ii) subject to paragraph (4)(C), the percentage constituted by the ratio of an amount equal to the population of the State over an amount equal to the total population of the States (as indicated by the most recent data collected by the Bureau of the Census).
(D) Minimum amount
Subject to the amount appropriated under paragraph (1)(A), an award pursuant to subparagraph (A) for a State shall be the greater of the base amount as increased under subparagraph (C), or the minimum amount under this subparagraph. The minimum amount under this subparagraph is—
(i) in the case of each of the several States, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, an amount equal to the lesser of—
(I) $5,000,000; or
(II) if the amount appropriated under paragraph (1)(A) is less than $667,000,000, an amount equal to 0.75 percent of the amount appropriated under such paragraph, less the amount, if any, reserved by the Secretary under paragraphs (4) and (5); or
(ii) in the case of each of American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands, an amount determined by the Secretary to be appropriate, except that such amount may not exceed the amount determined under clause (i).
(4) Certain political subdivisions
(A) In general
For fiscal year 2007, the Secretary may, before making awards pursuant to paragraph (3) for such year, reserve from the amount appropriated under paragraph (1) for the year an amount determined necessary by the Secretary to make awards under subsection (a) of this section to political subdivisions that have a substantial number of residents, have a substantial local infrastructure for responding to public health emergencies, and face a high degree of risk from bioterrorist attacks or other public health emergencies. Not more than three political subdivisions may receive awards pursuant to this subparagraph.
(B) Coordination with Statewide plans
An award pursuant to subparagraph (A) may not be made unless the application of the political subdivision involved is in coordination with, and consistent with, applicable Statewide plans described in subsection (b) of this section.
(C) Relationship to formula grants
In the case of a State that will receive an award pursuant to paragraph (3), and in which there is located a political subdivision that will receive an award pursuant to subparagraph (A), the Secretary shall, in determining the amount under paragraph (3)(C) for the State, subtract from the population of the State an amount equal to the population of such political subdivision.
(D) Continuity of funding
In determining whether to make an award pursuant to subparagraph (A) to a political subdivision, the Secretary may consider, as a factor indicating that the award should be made, that the political subdivision received public health funding from the Secretary for fiscal year 2006.
(5) Significant unmet needs; degree of risk
(A) In general
For fiscal year 2007, the Secretary may, before making awards pursuant to paragraph (3) for such year, reserve from the amount appropriated under paragraph (1) for the year an amount determined necessary by the Secretary to make awards under subsection (a) of this section to eligible entities that—
(i) have a significant need for funds to build capacity to identify, detect, monitor, and respond to a bioterrorist or other threat to the public health, which need will not be met by awards pursuant to paragraph (3); and
(ii) face a particularly high degree of risk of such a threat.
(B) Recipients of grants
Awards pursuant to subparagraph (A) may be supplemental awards to States that receive awards pursuant to paragraph (3), or may be awards to eligible entities described in subsection (b)(1)(B) of this section within such States.
(C) Finding with respect to District of Columbia
The Secretary shall consider the District of Columbia to have a significant unmet need for purposes of subparagraph (A), and to face a particularly high degree of risk for such purposes, on the basis of the concentration of entities of national significance located within the District.
(6) Funding of local entities
The Secretary shall, in making awards under this section, ensure that with respect to the cooperative agreement awarded, the entity make available appropriate portions of such award to political subdivisions and local departments of public health through a process involving the consensus, approval or concurrence with such local entities.
(7) Availability of cooperative agreement funds
(A) In general
Amounts provided to an eligible entity under a cooperative agreement under subsection (a) for a fiscal year and remaining unobligated at the end of such year shall remain available to such entity for the next fiscal year for the purposes for which such funds were provided.
(B) Funds contingent on achieving benchmarks
The continued availability of funds under subparagraph (A) with respect to an entity shall be contingent upon such entity achieving the benchmarks and submitting the pandemic influenza plan as described in subsection (g).
(i) Administrative and fiscal responsibility
(1) Annual reporting requirements
Each entity shall prepare and submit to the Secretary annual reports on its activities under this section and section 247d–3b of this title. Each such report shall be prepared by, or in consultation with, the health department. In order to properly evaluate and compare the performance of different entities assisted under this section and section 247d–3b of this title and to assure the proper expenditure of funds under this section and section 247d–3b of this title, such reports shall be in such standardized form and contain such information as the Secretary determines and describes within 180 days of December 19, 2006 (after consultation with the States) to be necessary to—
(A) secure an accurate description of those activities;
(B) secure a complete record of the purposes for which funds were spent, and of the recipients of such funds;
(C) describe the extent to which the entity has met the goals and objectives it set forth under this section or section 247d–3b of this title;
(D) determine the extent to which funds were expended consistent with the entity’s application transmitted under this section or section 247d–3b of this title; and
(E) publish such information on a Federal Internet website consistent with subsection (j).
(2) Audits; implementation
(A) In general
Each entity receiving funds under this section or section 247d–3b of this title shall, not less often than once every 2 years, audit its expenditures from amounts received under this section or section 247d–3b of this title. Such audits shall be conducted by an entity independent of the agency administering a program funded under this section or section 247d–3b of this title in accordance with the Comptroller General’s standards for auditing governmental organizations, programs, activities, and functions and generally accepted auditing standards. Within 30 days following the completion of each audit report, the entity shall submit a copy of that audit report to the Secretary.
(B) Repayment
Each entity shall repay to the United States amounts found by the Secretary, after notice and opportunity for a hearing to the entity, not to have been expended in accordance with this section or section 247d–3b of this title and, if such repayment is not made, the Secretary may offset such amounts against the amount of any allotment to which the entity is or may become entitled under this section or section 247d–3b of this title or may otherwise recover such amounts.
(C) Withholding of payment
The Secretary may, after notice and opportunity for a hearing, withhold payment of funds to any entity which is not using its allotment under this section or section 247d–3b of this title in accordance with such section. The Secretary may withhold such funds until the Secretary finds that the reason for the withholding has been removed and there is reasonable assurance that it will not recur.
(j) Compilation and availability of data
The Secretary shall compile the data submitted under this section and make such data available in a timely manner on an appropriate Internet website in a format that is useful to the public and to other entities and that provides information on what activities are best contributing to the achievement of the outcome goals described in subsection (g).


[1]  So in original.

[2]  So in original. Probably should be “makes”.

[3]  So in original. Probably should be “describes”.

[4]  See Codification note below.

Source

(July 1, 1944, ch. 373, title III, § 319C–1, as added Pub. L. 107–188, title I, § 131(a),June 12, 2002, 116 Stat. 617; amended Pub. L. 109–417, title II, § 201,Dec. 19, 2006, 120 Stat. 2837; Pub. L. 113–5, title II, §§ 202(a), (c)(1), 204 (b),Mar. 13, 2013, 127 Stat. 173, 175, 179.)
Codification

December 19, 2006, referred to in subsec. (g)(2)(B), was in the original “the date of enactment of this section”, which was translated as meaning the date of enactment of Pub. L. 109–417, which enacted subsec. (g) of this section, to reflect the probable intent of Congress.
Amendments

2013—Subsec. (b)(1)(B). Pub. L. 113–5, § 202(c)(1), substituted “subsection (h)(4)” for “subsection (i)(4)”.
Subsec. (b)(1)(C). Pub. L. 113–5, § 202(a)(1), substituted “consortium of States” for “consortium of entities described in subparagraph (A)”.
Subsec. (b)(2)(A)(i), (ii). Pub. L. 113–5, § 202(a)(2)(A)(i), added cls. (i) and (ii) and struck out former cls. (i) and (ii) which read as follows:
“(i) a description of the activities such entity will carry out under the agreement to meet the goals identified under section 300hh–1 of this title;
“(ii) a pandemic influenza plan consistent with the requirements of paragraphs (2) and (5) of subsection (g);”.
Subsec. (b)(2)(A)(vi) to (ix). Pub. L. 113–5, § 202(a)(2)(A)(ii), (iii), added cls. (vi) to (ix).
Subsec. (b)(2)(C). Pub. L. 113–5, § 202(a)(2)(B), inserted “, including addressing the needs of at-risk individuals,” after “capabilities of such entity”.
Subsec. (b)(2)(D). Pub. L. 113–5, § 204(b), substituted “section 247d–4 (c)(3)” for “section 247d–4 (d)(3)”.
Subsec. (f)(2) to (4). Pub. L. 113–5, § 202(a)(3), inserted “and” at end of par. (2), substituted period for “; and” at end of par. (3), and struck out par. (4) which read as follows: “disseminate such recommendations and guidance, including through expanding existing lessons learned information systems to create a single Internet-based point of access for sharing and distributing medical and public health best practices and lessons learned from drills, exercises, disasters, and other emergencies.”
Subsec. (g)(1)(A). Pub. L. 113–5, § 202(a)(4)(A), added subpar. (A) and struck out former subpar. (A) which read as follows: “include outcome goals representing operational achievement of the National Preparedness Goals developed under section 300hh–1 (b) of this title; and”.
Subsec. (g)(2)(A). Pub. L. 113–5, § 202(a)(4)(B), inserted at end “The Secretary shall periodically update, as necessary and appropriate, such pandemic influenza plan criteria and shall require the integration of such criteria into the benchmarks and standards described in paragraph (1).”
Subsec. (h). Pub. L. 113–5, § 202(a)(5), (6), redesignatedsubsec. (i) as (h) and struck out former subsec. (h) which related to grants for real-time disease detection improvement.
Subsec. (h)(1)(A). Pub. L. 113–5, § 202(a)(7)(A)(i), substituted “$641,900,000 for fiscal year 2014” for “$824,000,000 for fiscal year 2007, of which $35,000,000 shall be used to carry out subsection (h),” and “$641,900,000 for each of fiscal years 2015 through 2018” for “such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2008 through 2011”.
Subsec. (h)(1)(B) to (D). Pub. L. 113–5, § 202(a)(7)(A)(ii)–(iv), redesignated subpars. (C) and (D) as (B) and (C), respectively, substituted “subparagraph (B)” for “subparagraph (C)” in subpar. (C), and struck out former subpar. (B). Prior to amendment, text of subpar. (B) read as follows: “There are authorized to be appropriated, $10,000,000 for fiscal year 2007 to carry out subsection (f)(4) of this section and section 300hh–16 of this title.”
Subsec. (h)(3)(C), (D). Pub. L. 113–5, § 202(a)(7)(B), substituted “paragraph (1)(A)” for “paragraph (1)(A)(i)(I)” wherever appearing.
Subsec. (h)(4)(B). Pub. L. 113–5, § 202(a)(7)(C), substituted “subsection (b)” for “subsection (c)”.
Subsec. (h)(7). Pub. L. 113–5, § 202(a)(7)(D), added par. (7).
Subsec. (i). Pub. L. 113–5, § 202(a)(6), redesignatedsubsec. (j) as (i). Former subsec. (i) redesignated (h).
Subsec. (i)(1)(E). Pub. L. 113–5, § 202(a)(8)(A), substituted “subsection (j)” for “subsection (k)”.
Subsec. (i)(3). Pub. L. 113–5, § 202(a)(8)(B), struck out par. (3) which related to maximum amount of an award under this section that may be carried over to the succeeding fiscal year.
Subsecs. (j), (k). Pub. L. 113–5, § 202(a)(6), redesignatedsubsec. (k) as (j). Former subsec. (j) redesignated (i).
2006—Pub. L. 109–417, § 201(1), substituted “Improving State and local public health security” for “Grants to improve State, local, and hospital preparedness for and response to bioterrorism and other public health emergencies” in section catchline.
Subsecs. (a) to (h). Pub. L. 109–417, § 201(2), added subsecs. (a) to (h) and struck out former subsecs. (a) to (h) which related to grants to improve State, local, and hospital preparedness for and response to bioterrorism and other public health emergencies.
Subsec. (i). Pub. L. 109–417, § 201(3), redesignatedsubsec. (j) as (i).
Pub. L. 109–417, § 201(2), struck out subsec. (i) which defined “eligible entity”.
Subsec. (i)(1) to (3)(A). Pub. L. 109–417, § 201(4)(A), added pars. (1) to (3)(A) and struck out former pars. (1) to (3)(A) which related to appropriations for fiscal years 2003 through 2006, use of amounts to supplement and not supplant other funds, and conditions for receipt of award in fiscal year 2003.
Subsec. (i)(4)(A). Pub. L. 109–417, § 201(4)(B), substituted “fiscal year 2007” for “fiscal year 2003” and struck out “(A)(i)(I)” after “paragraph (1)”.
Subsec. (i)(4)(D). Pub. L. 109–417, § 201(4)(C), substituted “fiscal year 2006” for “fiscal year 2002”.
Subsec. (i)(5)(A). Pub. L. 109–417, § 201(4)(D), in introductory provisions, substituted “fiscal year 2007” for “fiscal year 2003” and struck out “(A)(i)(I)” after “paragraph (1)”.
Subsec. (i)(6). Pub. L. 109–417, § 201(4)(E), added par. (6) and struck out heading and text of former par. (6). Text read as follows: “For fiscal year 2003, the Secretary shall in making awards under this section ensure that appropriate portions of such awards are made available to political subdivisions, local departments of public health, hospitals (including children’s hospitals), clinics, health centers, or primary care facilities, or consortia of such entities.”
Subsec. (j). Pub. L. 109–417, § 201(5), added subsec. (j).
Pub. L. 109–417, § 201(3), redesignatedsubsec. (j) as (i).
Subsec. (k). Pub. L. 109–417, § 201(5), added subsec. (k).
Emergency Medical and Public Health Communications Pilot Projects

Pub. L. 110–53, title XXII, § 2201(d),Aug. 3, 2007, 121 Stat. 541, provided that:
“(1) In general.—The Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information may establish not more than 10 geographically dispersed project grants to emergency medical and public health care facilities to improve the capabilities of emergency communications systems in emergency medical care facilities.
“(2) Maximum amount.—The Assistant Secretary may not provide more than $2,000,000 in Federal assistance under the pilot program to any applicant.
“(3) Cost sharing.—The Assistant Secretary may not provide more than 20 percent of the cost, incurred during the period of the grant, of any project under the pilot program.
“(4) Maximum period of grants.—The Assistant Secretary may not fund any applicant under the pilot program for more than 3 years.
“(5) Deployment and distribution.—The Assistant Secretary shall seek to the maximum extent practicable to ensure a broad geographic distribution of project sites.
“(6) Transfer of information and knowledge.—The Assistant Secretary shall establish mechanisms to ensure that the information and knowledge gained by participants in the pilot program are transferred among the pilot program participants and to other interested parties, including other applicants that submitted applications.”

 

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