FSIS-FERN Food Emergency Management Program Cooperative Agreement

The summary for the FSIS-FERN Food Emergency Management Program Cooperative Agreement grant is detailed below. This summary states who is eligible for the grant, how much grant money will be awarded, current and past deadlines, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) numbers, and a sampling of similar government grants. Verify the accuracy of the data FederalGrants.com provides by visiting the webpage noted in the Link to Full Announcement section or by contacting the appropriate person listed as the Grant Announcement Contact. If any section is incomplete, please visit the website for the Food Safety Inspection Service, which is the U.S. government agency offering this grant.
FSIS-FERN Food Emergency Management Program Cooperative Agreement: The Food Emergency Response Network (FERN) currently comprises 150+ federal, state, and local government regulatory laboratories with varying capacities to perform threat agent testing. FERN has 41 cooperative agreements already in place which target state, local, and tribal FERN labs in an effort to augment the network's microbiological, chemical, and radiological threat agent testing capacities. The current FERN cooperative agreement labs also focus on developing better diagnostic capabilities for threat agent testing within the Network partner laboratories. These current cooperative agreements enhance the ability to analyze for microbiological, chemical and radiological threat agents utilizing FERN methods and improve laboratory capacities for food defense assignments and outbreak response. In support of emergency readiness, response and recovery efforts, FERN has been an integral participant of numerous state emergency response exercises that have warranted FERN state laboratory support as provided by the 150+ state laboratories within FERN, however frequent after action review identifies the lack of a comprehensive food emergency response plan that addresses the following systems: Notification, Communication, Deployment, Sampling, Field- Diagnostics, Chain of Custody, Transport, Fern-lab Diagnostics, FERN Reporting, After Action Gap Analyses, etc. Subsequent implementation of these established food emergency response systems would occur on a regular basis on a regional scale in support of the food safety and protection efforts of the USDA and FDA, collectively FERN. This Food Emergency Management Cooperative Agreement will augment the current FERN southeast regional coordination efforts and expand the number of comprehensive state food emergency response plans. Subsequent construction of a regional food emergency response plan and its implementation will augment the FSIS FERN mission for coordination and communication of food emergency efforts on a regional scale. This new Food Emergency Management Cooperative Agreement would support the administrative costs for coordination meetings, communications, scheduling, implementation exercises and related exercise costs. Procurement of meeting space and travel costs directly associated with such efforts must be according to state government per diem rates and reimbursement of personnel expenses. [NOTE: The agreements will not support construction costs.]
Federal Grant Title: FSIS-FERN Food Emergency Management Program Cooperative Agreement
Federal Agency Name: Food Safety Inspection Service
Grant Categories: Agriculture Food and Nutrition
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: USDA-FSIS-FERN-07092008
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Numbers: 10.479
CFDA Descriptions: Food Safety Cooperative Agreements
Current Application Deadline: Jul 16, 2008
Original Application Deadline: Jul 16, 2008
Posted Date: Jul 09, 2008
Creation Date: Jul 09, 2008
Archive Date: Aug 15, 2008
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Expected Number of Awards:
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility
State Emergency Management Agencies from TX, LA, MS, AL, FL, GA, NC, SC, TN, KY and Puerto Rico.
Grant Announcement Contact
Thomas Beacorn VMO-Sr. Staff Officer Phone 706-546-3426

e-mail [thomas.beacorn@fsis.usda.gov]
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