7 CFR 1703.127 - Application selection provisions.

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§ 1703.127 Application selection provisions.
(a) Applications will be selected for approval based on scores assigned, availability of funds, and the provisions of this section. RUS will make determinations regarding the reasonableness of all numbers; dollar levels; rates; the nature and design of the project; costs; location; and other characteristics of the application and the project to determine the number of points assigned to a grant application for all selection criteria.
(b) Regardless of the number of points an application receives in accordance with § 1703.126, the Administrator may, based on a review of the applications in accordance with the requirements of this subpart:
(1) Limit the number of applications selected for projects located in any one State during a fiscal year;
(2) Limit the number of selected applications for a particular project;
(3) Select an application receiving fewer points than another higher scoring application if there are insufficient funds during a particular funding period to select the higher scoring application. In this case, however, the Administrator will provide the applicant of the higher scoring application the opportunity to reduce the amount of its grant request to the amount of funds available. If the applicant agrees to lower its grant request, it must certify that the purposes of the project can be met, and the Administrator must determine the project is financially feasible at the lower amount in accordance with § 1703.125(e)(1). An applicant or multiple applicants affected under this paragraph will have the opportunity to be considered for loan financing in accordance with subparts F and G of this part.
(c) RUS will not approve a grant if RUS determines that:
(1) The applicant's proposal does not indicate financial feasibility or is not sustainable in accordance with the requirements of § 1703.125(e)(1);
(2) The applicant's proposal indicates technical flaws, which, in the opinion of RUS, would prevent successful implementation, operation, or sustainability of the project;
(3) Other applications would provide more benefit to rural America based on a review of the financial and technical information submitted in accordance with § 1703.125(e).
(4) Any other aspect of the applicant's proposal fails to adequately address any requirement of this subpart or contains inadequacies which would, in the opinion of RUS, undermine the ability of the project to meet the general purpose of this subpart or comply with policies of the DLT Program contained in § 1703.101.
(d) Grant applications will be ranked by the type of application (health care or educational) and total points scored. Grants available for medical and educational applicants may be allocated based on the total number of medical and educational applications scoring in the top 50 percent of all applications received for that fiscal year. Based on the number and type of applications received, applications may be ranked only in one category based on the predominant use of the project.
(e) RUS may reduce the amount of the applicant's grant based on insufficient program funding for the fiscal year in which the project is reviewed. RUS will discuss its findings informally with the applicant and make every effort to reach a mutually acceptable agreement with the applicant. Any discussions with the applicant and agreements made with regard to a reduced grant amount will be confirmed in writing, and these actions shall be deemed to have met the notification requirements set forth in paragraph (f) of this section.
(f) RUS will provide the applicant with an explanation of any determinations made with regard to paragraphs (c)(1) through (c)(4) of this section prior to making final project selections for the year. The applicant will be provided 15 days from the date of RUS' letter to respond, provide clarification, or make any adjustments or corrections to the project. If, in the opinion of the Administrator, the applicant fails to adequately respond to any determinations or other findings made by the Administrator, the project will not be funded, and the applicant will be notified of this determination. If the applicant does not agree with this finding an appeal may be filed in accordance with § 1703.129.
(g) Grantees shall comply with all applicable provisions of 7 CFR parts 3015, 3016, and 3019.
[64 FR 14360, Mar. 25, 1999; 64 FR 25422, May 12, 1999]

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  • 2014-12-19; vol. 79 # 244 - Friday, December 19, 2014
    1. 79 FR 75872 - Federal Awarding Agency Regulatory Implementation of Office of Management and Budget's Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards
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      DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF STATE, DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS, DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION, CORPORATION FOR NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE, NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY, NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, GULF COAST ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION COUNCIL, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, INSTITUTE OF MUSEUM AND LIBRARY SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES, NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION, Commodity Credit Corporation, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service, Rural Housing Service, Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Farm Service Agency, Office of National Drug Control Policy, Office of Management and Budget
      Interim final rule.
      Effective date: This interim final rule is effective on December 26, 2014. The incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of December 26, 2014. Implementation dates: For grants authorized under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, this rule is applicable for emergency or major disaster declarations issued on or after December 26, 2014. For non-Federal entities that are nonprofit organizations or institutions of higher education (IHEs), there is a one-year grace period for implementation of the procurement standards in 2 CFR 200.317 through 200.326. As will be detailed in the 2015 OMB Compliance Supplement, non-Federal entities choosing to delay implementation for the procurement standards will need to specify in their documented policies and procedures that they continue to comply with OMB circular A-110 for one additional fiscal year which begins after December 26, 2014. Comment date: To be assured of consideration, comments must be received by OMB electronically through www.regulations.gov no later than midnight Eastern Standard Time (E.S.T.) on February 17, 2015.
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Title 7 published on 2014-01-01

The following are ALL rules, proposed rules, and notices (chronologically) published in the Federal Register relating to 7 CFR 1703 after this date.

  • 2014-12-19; vol. 79 # 244 - Friday, December 19, 2014
    1. 79 FR 75872 - Federal Awarding Agency Regulatory Implementation of Office of Management and Budget's Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards
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      DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF STATE, DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS, DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION, CORPORATION FOR NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE, NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY, NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, GULF COAST ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION COUNCIL, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, INSTITUTE OF MUSEUM AND LIBRARY SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES, NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION, Commodity Credit Corporation, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service, Rural Housing Service, Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Farm Service Agency, Office of National Drug Control Policy, Office of Management and Budget
      Interim final rule.
      Effective date: This interim final rule is effective on December 26, 2014. The incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of December 26, 2014. Implementation dates: For grants authorized under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, this rule is applicable for emergency or major disaster declarations issued on or after December 26, 2014. For non-Federal entities that are nonprofit organizations or institutions of higher education (IHEs), there is a one-year grace period for implementation of the procurement standards in 2 CFR 200.317 through 200.326. As will be detailed in the 2015 OMB Compliance Supplement, non-Federal entities choosing to delay implementation for the procurement standards will need to specify in their documented policies and procedures that they continue to comply with OMB circular A-110 for one additional fiscal year which begins after December 26, 2014. Comment date: To be assured of consideration, comments must be received by OMB electronically through www.regulations.gov no later than midnight Eastern Standard Time (E.S.T.) on February 17, 2015.
      2 CFR Parts 1, 25, 170, 180, and 200