Course Overview

This course is a part of the comprehensive training program for the FEMA eGrants System. This course is the third in the series of Independent Study (IS) courses for eGrants and will address the functions in the eGrants Internal System used by FEMA Regional and Headquarters (HQ) staff to administer the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs. You can access the eGrants Internal System from the FEMA Intranet at: https://portal.fema.gov/famsVuWeb/home.

At the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe the eGrants System and workflows
  • Describe the process for accessing the eGrants Internal System
  • Describe the process for reviewing, approving, and denying pending external eGrants Applicant user registrations
  • Describe all of the Program Office’s review and approval processes for applications and subapplications
  • Describe the process of monitoring federal awards through the review of quarterly reports

Lesson Overview

This lesson provides an overview of the course and an introduction to various course features and functionality.

At the end of the lesson, you should be able to identify the:

  • Course structure
  • Course navigation
  • Knowledge Check functionality
  • Slideshow functionality
  • Screen features and navigation tools

Terms Used in this Course

The Office of Management and Budget streamlined the Federal Government’s Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards into a consolidated set of regulations. These regulations are located in Title 2 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 200, and are referred to as the “Super Circular.” The Super Circular also introduced new terminology, including “Recipient” instead of “Grantee” and “Subrecipient” instead of “Subgrantee.”

Because terminology has changed, many of the terms used in the eGrants Internal and External Systems screens are not consistent with the current terms used in the Super Circular. This course will reference eGrants screen labels as they appear, but will use Super Circular terminology throughout the rest of the course. Below is a table to assist you in understanding the terminology you will encounter in this course.

 
Super Circular eGrants Screens Definition
Federal Award Grant The federal financial assistance received directly from FEMA
Subaward Subgrant The federal financial assistance received indirectly from a pass-through entity (Applicant to a Subapplicant)
Applicant Applicant or Grant Applicant A state agency, territorial government, or federally-recognized tribal government submitting an application to FEMA for assistance under FEMA’s mitigation grant programs.
Subapplicant Subgrant Applicant A state agency, local government, territorial government, federally-recognized tribal government, or qualified private non-profit organization submitting a subapplication to an Applicant for assistance under FEMA’s mitigation grant programs.
Application Grant Application Application for federal financial assistance directly from FEMA
Subapplication Subgrant Application Application for federal financial assistance indirectly through a pass-through entity (Subapplicant to Applicant, Applicant to FEMA)
Applicant acting as Subapplicant subapplication Grant as Subgrant Application A state agency or federally-recognized tribal government submitting technical assistance or management costs subapplications which will be included in an application for assistance under FEMA’s mitigation grant programs.
Recipient Grantee An Applicant whose application has been approved and a federal award obligated.
Subrecipient Subgrantee A Subapplicant whose subapplication has been approved and a subaward obligated.
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The competitive Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grant program is referred to as PDM-C (i.e., PDM-Competitive) on eGrants Internal System screens. However, the acronym PDM will be used throughout this course.

Course Structure

Take a moment to review the course lesson plan for this course. The lesson plan is labeled Lesson List and is located on the right side of your screen.

This course contains 12 lessons. The lessons may be accessed in sequence or independently. The time to complete each lesson varies. A page tracker is displayed at the bottom middle of the screen to help you gauge your movement through the lesson. The specific time required for each lesson will be stated on the lesson’s first screen.

After completing the course materials, take the Final Exam to:

  1. Gauge your knowledge of the topic
  2. Receive credit for taking the course

eGrants User Scenario

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This course will cover the various responsibilities for an eGrants Internal System user.As part of this course, you will participate in a scenario in which you are a first-time user of eGrants.You will play the role of a new Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program Analyst at a FEMA Regional Office. Your supervisor, Alex Salazar, will show you how FEMA uses eGrants to process FMA and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) applications and subapplications and to manage federal awards.
Hello. I’m Alex Salazar, the FEMA Flood Mitigation Assistance Program Coordinator at FEMA Headquarters. Welcome to the Mitigation branch team. I will be working with you throughout this course as you learn to use all the functions in the eGrants system. To get started, I am going to explain the different interactions you are going to encounter in this course.

Screen Features

Screen shot of course template with DHS Seal, FEMA logo, IS-0000 Emergency Management Institute Sample Course Template. Click close to exit the course; review guidance and troubleshooting advice with the help button; use the glossary to look up key definitions and acronyms; use the dropdown menu to move between lessons within the course; move forward and back using the previous and next buttons at the bottom of the screen; the plug-ins button will provide a list of downloadable plug-ins.

Navigating Using Your Keyboard

Below are instructions for navigating through the course using your keyboard.
  • Use the “Tab” key to move forward through each screen’s navigation buttons and hyperlinks, or “Shift” + “Tab” to move backwards. A box surrounds the button that is currently selected.
  • Press “Enter” to select a navigation button or hyperlink.
  • Radio ButtonsUse the arrow keys to select answers for multiple-choice review questions or self-assessment checklists. Then tab to the Submit button and press Enter to complete a Knowledge Review or Self-Assessment.
  • Warning: Repeatedly pressing Tab beyond the number of selections on the screen may cause the keyboard to lock up. Use Ctrl + Tab to deselect an element or reset to the beginning of a screen’s navigation links (most often needed for screens with animations or media).
  • Job Access With Speech (JAWS) assistive technology users can press the Ctrl key to quiet the screen reader while the course audio plays.

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Viewing Slideshow Simulations

Slideshows have been inserted into this course to display the eGrants screens a user would encounter when entering data.

You will see a “Scroll down to see slideshow captions” message. A shaded box with navigation buttons and a slide counter indicate the presence of a slideshow.Select the slideshow’s Next button to begin the presentation. Audio narration and captions will explain the data entry procedure. Select the link to hear the audio narration. A media player window will appear when audio narration is activated.

Navigation buttons for slideshows, with a count showing slide 1 of 3. Next is highlighted.
To navigate through the slideshow, select the Back to the Beginning, Back, Next, and End of Presentation buttons.Select the Next button to move to the following slide.
The slide counter shows the current and total slides in the slideshow. "Slide 1 of 3" is circled in red in this image.
The Slide Counter indicates the total number of slides in the presentation and which slide you are currently viewing. Keep in mind that the presentation is on a loop and will repeat.
Select the next button the course screen to end the slideshow.
To exit the Slideshow, select the Next button at the bottom of the course screen.

Receiving Credit

Students must complete the entire course and pass the final exam to receive credit for the course. Each lesson takes a variable amount of time to complete. If you are unable to complete the course in its entirety, you may close the window and reopen the course at any time. However, depending on the system used to take the course, it is possible you may have to repeat a portion of the last lesson you were studying.

Lesson 1 Summary

You have completed the first lesson. In this lesson, you learned about:

  • The goals and structure of the course
  • How to navigate within the course using screen features and your keyboard
  • How to access slideshows
  • How to interact with Knowledge Checks

Remember, you must complete all lessons and pass the Final Exam to receive credit for the course.

Now that we have introduced the course goals and discussed the various navigation elements and features of the course, let’s get started. To begin the course, select the Next button or choose a lesson from the Topic drop-down list.

Lesson 2 Overview

This lesson provides an overview of the eGrants System, including the External System used by Applicants and Subapplicants and the Internal System used by FEMA users.

When we’re done with this lesson, you’ll be able to identify:

  • The purpose of eGrants and the hazard mitigation grant programs it supports
  • The categories of eGrants users
  • The eGrants External System workflow
  • The eGrants Internal System workflow

eGrants User Scenario

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Team Leader: Alex Salazar, Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program Coordinator

Your Role: New FMA Program Analyst

Office: FEMA Regional Office

Challenge: State, territorial, and federally-recognized tribal governments use eGrants External System to create and manage subapplications and applications for HMA federal awards. FEMA uses the eGrants Internal System to review and process applications and manage federal awards.

The Next Step: Alex will describe how the eGrants Internal and External Systems function.

Hello. It’s Alex here. It is important to know that there are actually two eGrants systems. At FEMA, we use the Internal system to review and process grant program applications from state, tribal, and U.S. territorial governments for flood mitigation plans and projects in their areas. The external eGrants system is used by Applicants and their Subapplicants to create and submit those applications. I’d like you to learn about both the internal and external eGrants systems and the mitigation grants programs they support.

What is Mitigation eGrants?

FEMA’s eGrants system was developed as a part of the eGovernment initiative to reduce the time and paperwork involved in managing the entire federal award lifecycle.

The eGrants system consists of two parts:

  • An External System for Applicants and Subapplicants, which is available on the internet at https://portal.fema.gov/famsVuWeb/home
  • An Internal System for FEMA users, which is available on the FEMA Intranet on: https://sso.fema.net/famsRuWeb/home

This course focuses on the eGrants Internal System. The FEMA Independent Study courses available on the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) website that cover the eGrants External System for Subapplicant users and Applicant users are Courses IS-0030.b and IS-0031.b, respectively. In order to provide a full picture of the overall system and to show how the External and Internal Systems interrelate, we will review the functionalities of the eGrants External System.

The Purpose of eGrants

The FEMA eGrants system was developed to provide state and territorial governments, federally-recognized tribal governments, and local governments with the ability to apply for and manage the application processes for federal awards and subawards electronically.

Specifically, eGrants functions include:

  • The creation and submission of pre-applications (when required) to state, territorial, and federally-recognized tribal government officials
  • The creation and submission of FMA and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) subapplications to state, territorial, and federally-recognized tribal government officials
  • The review and processing of FMA and PDM subapplications
  • The creation and submission of FMA and PDM applications to FEMA
  • The review and processing of HMA federal awards
  • The creation and submission of quarterly reports on performance and financial status of FMA, PDM, and legacy Repetitive Flood Claims (RFC) and Severe Repetitive Loss (SRL) federal awards to FEMA

 

Select an official from each government to learn more about how they use the eGrants system.

  Listen to the Local Official    Listen to the State Official   Listen to the FEMA Official

eGrants Users Summary

Local Government Official:
Local governments like ours, and some federally-recognized tribal governments, use eGrants to create and submit pre-applications to Applicants in state, territorial, and federally-recognized tribal governments, if they require them. Pre-applications only apply to project subapplications and, if required, must be approved prior to being granted permission to create and submit a subapplication. After our pre-application is approved, we can use eGrants to create and submit a subapplication to the Applicant.

State Government Official:
As Applicants, we use eGrants to manage Subapplicant user access, and to review and process subapplications. If we approve a subapplication, we attach it to our application and submit it to FEMA. If we don’t approve a subapplication, we may stockpile it for future consideration or we may ask the Subapplicant to revise and resubmit it. We can also create our own subapplications and include them in our application. FEMA may request revisions to our application or to a subapplication. For revisions to a subapplication, we can either make the changes ourselves or we can release the subapplication back to the Subapplicant and ask them to make the revisions. For revisions to an application, we’ll just make them ourselves and resubmit the application back to FEMA for review. If FEMA obligates our federal award, we can view the award package in eGrants. Afterwards, we use eGrants to submit our Quarterly Performance Reports to FEMA.

FEMA Official:
We use eGrants to manage Applicant user access and to review subapplications and applications for completeness, award eligibility, cost-effectiveness, the cost of the proposed project, and to document the status of Applicant mitigation plans. If we approve an application, we process it and the associated subapplications for federal award. We may make amendments to the award package later. If we don’t approve a subapplication, we may ask the Applicant to make revisions and to resubmit the subapplication. After we obligate a federal award, we monitor its status by reviewing the quarterly performance and financial reports that the Applicant submits to us.

eGrants External System Users

Applicant users must be approved by FEMA before they can access the eGrants External System. The process of managing Applicant registrations is covered in Lesson 4.Subapplicant users must be approved by their respective state, tribal, or territorial Applicant organization order to access the External eGrants System.

Types of Federal Awards

As a FEMA Reviewer you’ll be able to use eGrants to review applications and subapplications and manage federal awards for the two current HMA grant programs supported by eGrants. You’ll also be able to monitor the status of federal awards that were awarded under the two legacy HMA grant programs: SRL and RFC.
Pre-disaster Mitigation (PDM) grant program icon
Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) —Funding for the PDM grant program is provided to assist state, territorial, local, and federally-recognized tribal governments in implementing cost-effective hazard mitigation activities.Learn more about the PDM grant program at https://www.fema.gov/pre-disaster-mitigation-grant-program

Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant program icon
Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA)—The FMA grant program was created to reduce or eliminate claims under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). FMA federal awards provide funding to assist communities in implementing measures to reduce or eliminate long-term risks of flood damage.Learn more about the FMA grant program at https://www.fema.gov/flood-mitigation-assistance-grant-program

eGrants External System Workflow

The application process in eGrants follows a specific workflow:

  • Initially, a Subapplicant creates a subapplication and submits it to the appropriate Applicant for review (either electronically or on paper). The Applicant may require a Subapplicant to submit a project pre-application for review before allowing a project subapplication to be submitted.
  • Next, the Applicant reviews the subapplication.
  • If revisions are requested by the Applicant, then the Subapplicant may revise and resubmit the subapplication.
  • Once the subapplication is reviewed and approved, the Applicant may include it in an application that is submitted to FEMA. (FEMA reserves the right to disapprove any of the submitted subapplications.)
  • Applicants may also create their own project or planning subapplications and may also create subapplications for management costs and technical assistance and include them in their applications to FEMA.
  • If FEMA requests revisions to a section(s) of a subapplication, then the Applicant may revise the section(s) of the subapplication, or release the section(s) to the Subapplicant for revision and resubmission.
  • Once FEMA reviews and approves applications, FEMA creates a federal award for the Applicant, who is then referred to as the Recipient.
  • The Recipient issues subawards to the Subapplicant, who is then referred to as the Subrecipient.
  • Throughout implementation of the federal award, the Recipient submits quarterly performance and financial reports to FEMA.

eGrants Internal System Functions and Users

The functions supported by the eGrants Internal System include:

  • Reviewing and approving Applicant registrations
  • Reviewing applications for eligibility and completeness, which include:
    • Documenting the status of the mitigation plan
    • Reviewing costs
    • Ensuring cost-effectiveness of mitigation projects
  • Creating original and amendments of award packages
  • Reviewing Quarterly Financial Status and Performance Reports

The people who use the eGrants Internal System include:

  • FEMA Headquarters and Regional staff with HMA grant program responsibility
  • Regional Assistance Officers
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Users must have approved eGrants roles in order to access the system. Access to eGrants is covered in Lesson 3.

eGrants Internal System Workflow

The application review process follows a specific workflow in the eGrants Internal System:

  • An Applicant submits an application to FEMA.
  • FEMA reviews the application. If revisions are requested by FEMA, then the Applicant may revise and resubmit the application.
  • After FEMA reviews the subapplications contained in the application, FEMA creates an award package for the Applicant—who then becomes the Recipient—that includes the approved subapplications.
  • Over the period of performance of the federal award, the Recipient submits Quarterly Performance Reports on the federal award to FEMA. If FEMA requests revisions, then the Recipient may revise and resubmit the Quarterly Performance Report.

eGrants Internal System Workflows (continued)

There are three workflows in the eGrants Internal System that detail the processes we discussed:

Workflow diagram: The Pre-Award Eligibility review workflow leads to the Awards workflow, which leads to the Quarterly Reports workflow.

Lesson 2 Summary

In this lesson, you learned about the general functions of the:

  • Mitigation eGrants External System
  • Mitigation eGrants Internal System

The key points from this lesson are:

  • The eGrants system consists of two parts:
    • External System for Applicants and Subapplicants (on the internet)
    • Internal System for FEMA users (inside the FEMA firewall on the Intranet)
  • Application submitted under the two existing grant programs FMA and PDM are managed in the eGrants Internal System.
  • You can also monitor the status of federal awards under the two legacy programs SRL and RFC.
  • Three separate workflows are used in the eGrants Internal System:
    • Pre-Award Eligibility Workflow for managing the review of submitted applications and subapplications
    • Awards Workflow for creating and amending award packages
    • Quarterly Reports Workflow for monitoring federal award implementation through review of quarterly reports
  • The Pre-Award Eligibility Workflow; the Workflow used for PDM applications differs from the Workflow used for FMA applications because there is a National Review Process that is a part of the competitive PDM grant program.

Lesson 3 Overview

This lesson describes the roles needed to access the eGrants Internal System to perform the various functions. At the end of this lesson, you should be able to identify:

  • The eGrants Internal System positions and their associated queues
  • The steps to access the eGrants Internal System

eGrants User Scenario

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Team Leader: Alex Salazar, Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program Coordinator

Your Role: New FMA Program Analyst

Office: FEMA Regional Office

Challenge:You need to access the eGrants Internal System for the first time.

To Date: You understand the functions within the Internal and External eGrants Systems.

The Next Step: Alex will demonstrate how to assign roles and provide access to eGrants through FEIMS.

Users, Positions, and Roles

The eGrants Internal System, like the External System, is developed on a role-based scheme. The eGrants roles are driven by positions on teams in the FEIMS System. This means that each eGrants Internal System user has roles assigned based on his/her FEIMS position(s) and teams. Each queue in the eGrants Workflow may be performed only by users who have the appropriate role(s).

Workflows, Queues, and Positions

Each FEMA review team member is assigned eGrants roles based on his or her position on teams in the FEMA Enterprise Information Management System (FEIMS).The eGrants Internal System review process comprises groups of actions called workflows. Each workflow is broken down into queues. The queues are available to users based on their assigned user roles.

The table below shows the workflows and queues applicable to the FMA and PDM grant programs and the roles that can perform each queue.

 
Program Program Workflow Queue Position
FMA PDM Pre-Award Eligibility Receipt and Delegate Assistance Officer
FMA PDM Pre-Award Eligibility Initial Review FMA Coordinator, PDM Coordinator
FMA PDM Pre-Award Eligibility Cost Review Cost Reviewer
FMA PDM Pre-Award Eligibility Cost Effectiveness/Engineering Review FMA Coordinator, PDM Coordinator
FMA PDM Pre-Award Eligibility Planning Review Plan Reviewer
FMA PDM Pre-Award Eligibility Notification Coordination FMA Coordinator, PDM Coordinator
  PDM Pre-Award Eligibility National Technical Review Contract Technical Reviewer, HQ Technical Reviewer
  PDM Pre-Award Eligibility Subgrant Selection (for Award) Approving Federal Official, Contract PDM Coordinator, HQ PDM Coordinator
FMA PDM Pre-Award Eligibility Environmental/Historic Preservation Environmental Reviewer, Historical Reviewer
FMA PDM Pre-Award Eligibility Pre-Award Review FMA Coordinator, PDM Coordinator
FMA PDM Awards Create/Amend Award Assistance Officer, Grants Management Specialist
FMA PDM Quarterly Reports Quarterly Review (Programs) Quarterly Reports Program Reviewer
FMA PDM Quarterly Reports Quarterly Review (Grants) Quarterly Reports Grants Reviewer

Requesting Access for a User

Certain FEMA personnel have a Submitter role in FEIMS that allows them to submit requests for new positions. These are usually Team Leaders, Branch Chiefs, or Managers. The Submitter role also may be assigned to a user with a position, such as Division Chief, due to hierarchy in FEIMS. You will need this FEIMS Submitter position if you will be requesting positions for yourself or others in FEIMS.Alex is going to show you the process to request a new position for an eGrants user in FEIMS. As an example, he will show you how to submit a request for a Region 1 Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Coordinator position. The first step in the process is to search for the user in FEIMS.Scroll down to see slideshow captions.
FEMA Intranet Home Page with eGrants URL (emphasized) https://fmeanet/fams/RuWeb/home in browser and an (emphasized) eGrants bookmark on bookmark bar. See Appendix for alt text description.
From the FEMA Intranet Homepage, enter the eGrants Internal System URL: https://fema.net/fams/RuWeb/home. It is a good idea to bookmark this page because you will be returning to it frequently.
The FEMA Enterprise Identity Management System (FEIMS) Authorized Applications screen displays. Select the Request new privileges link on the upper left side.
To search for a user name, select the Find User option from the User Management drop-down menu on the FEIMS Portal Welcome page. See Appendix for alt text description.
The FEIMS Portal Welcome screen displays. From the User Management drop-down menu, select the Find User option.
The Find User screen displays. Type Smi* in the Last Name = field. Then select the Search button.
The FEIMS Search Results screen display a list of users with the SMI as the first letters of their last name. The list can be filtered by entering letters into the Filter Results text field. See Appendix for alt text description.
At the bottom of the screen, below the search criteria fields, the results of the search are displayed.
The FEMA FEIMS User Details screen displays user information: name, username, homebase, branch, division, directorate, employee type. Application Assignments (zero highlighted) is emphasized. See Appendix for alt text description.
The User Details screen displays. There is a zero to the right of Application Assignments dropdown arrow because eGrants is not one of the application systems that you need to request specific access to. There are more steps to the process and we will continue them in the next slideshow.

Assigning Positions and Teams

Organization Positions are based on the FEMA organizational structure. A user may have access to more than one application in FEIMS.

Alex will demonstrate how to select the correct organizational position to allow David Smith, Jr., to access eGrants so he may perform his job.

Scroll down to see slideshow captions.

The User Details screen features two dropdown menus: Applications Assignments (e.g. NDGRANTS, AFG, NEFRLS, IFMIS) (0), and (emphasized) Organization Positions (2).
We need to assign this user an Organization Position. You can see by the number 2 to the right of the Organization Positions drop-down menu that this user already has two team assignments. We want to assign him another position so he can process Hazard Mitigation Assistance federal award applications. Select the drop-down arrow to the left of Organization Positions.
On the FEIMS User Details screen, the Organization Positions (2) dropdown menu lists three options: Positions (2) (emphasized), Current Roles (20), and Authorities (0).
Below Organization Positions three choices are displayed: Positions, Current Roles, and Authorities. Select the arrow to the left of the Positionsoption.
Under the Positions dropdown, the FEIMS User Details screen displays the current team assignments, team positions, status, and Action links for a user. Request Team Assignment button (emphasized). See Appendix for alt text description.
The list of the user’s current team assignments and positions are displayed. From this screen, you can check the status history of an assignment or you can delete an assignment, if necessary. To add another, select the Request Team Assignment button.
The Request Team Assignment dialog box features three dropdown menus: Team Type (emphasized), Team, and Position. Comments text field, and Submit Request and Close buttons. See Appendix for alt text description.
The Request Team Assignment dialogue box displays. You will note that several fields on this screen are marked with a red asterisk. The asterisk indicates a required field. Select the arrow for the dropdown menu under Team Type.
Select the ROM - Regional Operations Management Team option from the Team Type drop-down menu on the Request Team Assignment box. See Appendix for alt text description.
Select the ROM — Regional Operations Management Team option from the Team Type list.
From the Team drop-down menu on the Request Team Assignment box, select the R1-ROM—REG 1: Regional Operation/ROC option. See Appendix for alt text description.
Then, from the Team drop-down list, select the R1-ROM— REG 1: Regional Operation/ROC option.
The MT: eGrants HMA Coordinator option is selected from the Positions drop-down menu on the Request Team Assignment box. See Appendix for alt text description.
Then select the Position drop-down menu. Scroll through the list to find the positions that start with MT, which stands for Mitigation. These positions provide access to eGrants. We need to select the MT: eGrants HMA Coordinator option for this user.
The seven roles associated with the MT: eGrants HMA Coordinator position are displayed at the bottom of the Request Team Assignment box. See Appendix for alt text description.
All the Roles associated with the selected position are displayed at the bottom of the Request Team Assignment box.
The Request Team Assignment screen displays the Team Type, Team, Position and associated roles selected for a user. Submit Request button (emphasized). See Appendix for alt text description.
The Request Team Assignment box displays the selected Team Type, Team, Position, and associated roles. Select the Submit Request button.
The notice "Your Request is Now being Processed," is displayed after a request for team assignment has been submitted from the Request Team Assignment box. See Appendix for alt text description.
The notice, Your Request is Now being Processed, is displayed.
Navigation buttons at the bottom right of FEIMS screen: Submit Request and (emphasized) Close.
Select the Close button to return to the User Details screen.

Contact the Approving Official

A person with the FEIMS Approver position will then need to approve the new role before it can be activated. This is usually a Team Leader, Branch Chief, or Manager at FEMA. The Approver role also may be assigned to a user with a position, such as Division Chief, due to hierarchy in the FEIMS, allowing him or her to approve every position below that level.
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The Approving Official is not automatically notified. The submitter may want to notify the Approving Official to ensure that the request is processed in a timely fashion.

Logging In

The eGrants Internal System can be accessed only behind the FEMA firewall at URL: https://sso.fema.net/famsRuWeb/home.Enter your FEIMS Personal Identification Number (PIN) and then select the OK button. If you mistyped your PIN, you can select the Cancel button to reset the information you entered.
Windows Security, (red X button). Microsoft Smart Card Provider. Please enter your PIN. (chip icon) PIN (emphasized) (PIN text field) (hyperlink) Click here for more information. (emphasized) OK button, Cancel button.

Accessing the eGrants Internal System

Once you have logged in to the FEMA Portal, the Authorized Applications screen displays. You will see a list of all the systems available to you based on your FEIMS position. From this page, select either the Mitigation eGrants Administration title or icon to access the eGrants Internal System.

eGrants Internal System Homepage

Alex will describe the various features of the eGrants Homepage.Scroll down to see slideshow captions.
Links for the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) (emphasized), Repetitive Flood Claims (RFC), and Pre-Disaster Mitigation - Competitive (PDM-C) (emphasized) are displayed. See Appendix for alt text description.
Once you have selected the Mitigation eGrants link, you are taken to the eGrants Homepage. The program icons and links take you to the Inbox for the selected program area.
This screen will also tell you how many queues for submitted applications are available in the Inbox for you to work on for each program, based on your roles.
The eGrants Homepage displays the Inbox totals for the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) (emphasized), Repetitive Flood Claims (RFC), and Pre-Disaster Mitigation - Competitive (PDM-C) (emphasized) programs. See Appendix for alt text description.
There are several links on the left sidebar as well. The myRoles link, which we will cover in this lesson, will allow you to view your specific eGrants roles.
Inbox Sidebar menu (emphasized): Pending User Registrations (155), Approved User Registrations (475), Rejected User Registrations (211), All User Registrations (841), Search User Registrations. Other links: My Roles, Program Administration.
Several Registration links are available to users with Grants Administrator, Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Coordinator, and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Coordinator roles to manage Applicant registrations for access to the External System. This functionality will be covered in Lesson 4.
Inbox Sidebar menu (emphasized): Program Administration. Other links: My Roles, Pending User Registrations (155), Approved User Registrations (475), Rejected User Registrations (211), All User Registrations (841), Search User Registrations.
The Program Administration link is available for FEMA Headquarters Program Administrators with Headquarters PDM Coordinator and/or Headquarters FMA Coordinator roles to manage the federal award programs in the system. The Program Administration function will be covered in Lesson 12.

The myRoles Screen

The myRoles screen can be accessed from the eGrants Internal System Homepage, as well as from any other Internal System screen, by selecting the myRoles link in the sidebar menu on the left of the screen. This screen shows you the roles you have been assigned in the eGrants Internal System.

Logging Out

Navigation links: Home, eGrants Home, (emphasized) Logout.
To log out of the eGrants Internal System, select the Logout link in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
Expiration notice: User session will expire in 30 minutes (emphasized. Home (hyperlinked).
In compliance with FEMA Information Technology (IT) security policy, there is a time limit of 30 minutes of inactivity in the eGrants Internal System before your session will expire. An expiration notice at the top right-hand side of your screen informs you of how much time you have left before the session will be terminated. If you do not resume activity in eGrants, the system will automatically log you out and you will lose any unsaved data.

Lesson 3 Summary

In this lesson, you learned about the:

  • Mitigation eGrants Internal System roles
  • Process for requesting access and roles in the eGrants Internal System
  • Process for logging into the eGrants Internal System

The key points from this lesson are:

  • You must be behind the FEMA firewall, i.e., use the FEMA Intranet, to access the eGrants Internal System
  • eGrants roles are based on FEMA Organization Position and Application Assignments in FEIMS
  • You will need your FEIMS User ID and Password to log into eGrants
  • You can navigate to a grant program Inbox by selecting the grant program link or icon from the eGrants Internal System Homepage

Lesson 4 Overview

This lesson describes the process used in the eGrants Internal System for administering the Applicant user registrations for the eGrants External System.

At the end of this lesson, you should be able to identify:

  • The process for managing eGrants External System user registrations
  • The process for searching the eGrants Internal System for Applicant user registrations
  • The process for reassigning applications from one registered Applicant user to another approved user from the same Applicant organization

eGrants User Scenario

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Team Leader: Alex Salazar, Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program Coordinator

Your Role: New FMA Program Analyst

Office: FEMA Regional Office

Challenge: Processing eGrants user registrations

To Date: You have logged into the eGrants Internal System and understand how to request eGrants privileges for an eGrants Internal System user.

The Next Step: Alex will show you how to assign or update access privileges for eGrants External System users.

Hello. I’m Alex Salazar, and I will be training you to review FMA grant program applications. People in communities, tribal regions, states, and territories have to register to be able to use eGrants to create and submit applications and subapplications. I will show you how to review and approve external eGrants user registrations and assign them the appropriate application access privileges.

Granting Access Privileges to the eGrants External System

Applicants must register and request access to the eGrants External System. Those eGrants External System registration requests are pending in the eGrants Internal System for review by FEMA users. While eGrants Internal System users have roles and positions, eGrants External System users have privileges and access levels. The privileges given to Applicant users determine what they can do in the eGrants External System. There are privileges for applications, subapplications, award packages, and quarterly financial and performance reports. In addition, the levels of access that can be granted for each of these functional areas are View, Create/Edit, and Sign/Submit—or any combination of these. A user’s privileges and access levels may not be the same under the FMA grant program as they are for the Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grant program.It is recommended that FEMA request the Authorized Governor’s Representative or other official to provide to FEMA in writing the names of the individuals within their organization to whom access should be provided—particularly Sign/Submit privilege—as that gives a user the ability to provide his/her electronic signature on behalf of the Applicant organization.A user with the Assistance Officer, PDM Coordinator, Headquarters PDM Coordinator, or FMA Coordinator role(s) in the eGrants Internal System can manage registrations for the FEMA Region(s) and grant program(s) for which they have access in eGrants.

Pending Registrations

Inbox Sidebar menu (emphasized): Pending User Registrations (155), Approved User Registrations (475), Rejected User Registrations (211), All User Registrations (841), Search User Registrations. Other links: My Roles, Program Administration.
The numbers of pending, approved, and rejected user registrations are displayed with the associated link in the left sidebar menu of the eGrants Homepage.You can also search user registrations to quickly locate a pending, approved, or rejected registration.At the request of the Applicant, you can reassign applications from one eGrants External System user to another approved user from the same Applicant organization. For example, this function may be needed if an eGrants External System user retires or is out of the office and the Applicant needs access to that user’s applications. The reassignment of applications is permanent but will not impact the original user’s access. Only rejecting a user will ensure that he or she no longer has access to the applications.

User Registrations

There are three types of user registrations in eGrants:

  1. Pending registrations: User registrations that have not been processed for any HMA grant program.
  2. Approved registrations: User registrations that have been processed for at least one HMA grant program. These registrations can be viewed in order to add privileges, remove privileges, or reject the user, as needed.
  3. Rejected registrations: User registrations that have been rejected for all HMA grant programs. These registrations can be viewed and privileges added, if necessary.

Viewing a Pending User Registration

You will need to manage the user registration requests for the eGrants External System that have been submitted by Applicants. In order to view the registration links, you must have the appropriate role to manage registrations. To respond to registration requests in a reasonable amount of time, it is recommended that you check your pending registrations regularly.

Alex will demonstrate how to view a pending user registration.

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Inbox Sidebar menu (emphasized): Pending User Registrations (155). Other links: My Roles, Approved User Registrations (475), Rejected User Registrations (211), All User Registrations (841), Search User Registrations, Program Administration.
You should check the pending registrations regularly so we can process them in a timely fashion. Select the Pending User Registrations link from your Inbox screen.
The Pending User Registration screen column headings (emphasized): Region, Grantee, Name, User Name, Date Submitted, E-mail. Other heading: View/Process Privileges. See Appendix for alt text description.
The Pending User Registrations screen displays. It lists the FEMA Region; Grantee (that is, the Applicant’s state, territory, or tribe code); the registrant’s name and FEIMS user name, the date the registration was submitted, and the registrant’s e-mail address.
Select a group of 10 registrations from the Show dropdown menu, or move through groups of 10 by selecting the Next, Last, (not shown) previous, and next links on the Pending User Registrations screen. See Appendix for alt text description.
There are many functions that are common on various Internal System screens. This includes how search results and lists are displayed and sorted. The default is to display 10 items at a time. If you want to display a different group of 10 registrations, select the group you wish to view from the Show drop-down menu. You can also use the First, Previous, Next, and Last links to navigate among groups of 10 registrations. (This screen only displays the Next and Last links.)
Select Show All link on Pending User Registrations screen to see a list of all the pending eGrants user registration requests. See Appendix for alt text description.
Let’s display all the pending registrations by selecting the Show All link.
To view user registration info, select the User Name link (emphasized example "sari") on the Pending User Registrations screen. See Appendix for alt text description.
The Pending User Registrations screen appears. Before approving or rejecting any user registration, it is necessary to review the information provided by the user to ensure it is complete. Select the User Name link to display the user’s registration information.
User Registration screen. (Example: Aristotle, Sara (sari). Personal Information, Contact Information, Address, Shipping Address. Print button (emphasized), Close button (highlighted). See Appendix for alt text description.
The User Registration screen appears. This screen displays the personal information, contact information, address, and shipping address that the Applicant entered into the eGrants External System. Select the Print button to print the registration information. When you have finished, select the Close button to close the window.

Approving a Registration

You can process user registrations only for the grant program(s) for which you have an assigned eGrants role(s). For example, if a user has only the PDM Coordinator role, the FMA checkboxes will be grayed out, because the PDM Coordinator cannot approve registrations for the FMA grant program. You will be able to reject all access to or approve registrations for the FMA or PDM grant programs, depending on your eGrants roles.Alex will demonstrate how to approve a user’s registration.Scroll down to see slideshow captions.
Selecting the View/Process Privileges icon (highlighted) from the Pending User Registration screen allows you to process a user's request for access to eGrants. See Appendix for alt text description
From the Pending User Registrations screen, select the icon in the View/Process Privileges column of the registration you wish to process.
Check the reject box (emphasize) in the All User Access column on the View/Process Privileges screen then select the Process button, to deny a user access to all eGrants programs. See Appendix for alt text description.
The View/Process Privileges screen appears. From here, you can select the privileges and access levels for the registrant. You don’t have the PDM Coordinator role, so the access levels for the PDM-C program are grayed out. Since you have the FMA Coordinator role, you can approve or reject access to the FMA program. If we wanted to reject this user’s access, we would select the Reject checkbox in the All User Access column.
The checkboxes for View (emphasized) and Create/Edit (emphasized) in the Application column, and the Process button (highlighted) is selected to provide limited access to FMA grant applications. See Appendix for alt text description.
To provide this user with Create/Edit access for FMA applications, you need to select the View and Create/Edit checkboxes in the FMA Application section. If you needed to provide Sign/Submit access to this user, you would need to select the View and Create/Edit levels as well. When you are done, select the Process button.
A confirmation notice appears when a user registration is successfully processed. The privileges listed on the example: Program: FMA/SRL/FRC, Application: View, Create/Edit. PDM-C: (blank) See Appendix for alt text description.
Once the user registration is processed, you will get a Confirmation screen that lists the user’s privileges, if any, and indicates whether an e-mail was sent to the user. This page is generated automatically by eGrants. You can select any of the links on the sidebar menu to continue checking pending registrations, or you can select the Return to Inbox link to return to the eGrants Homepage.

Registration Confirmation Email

For approved registrations, an email will be sent to the Applicant user to notify him or her of his or her approved eGrants privileges. The e-mail message is generated automatically by eGrants.No notification will be sent to a rejected user. If a user registration is rejected, you may contact the registrant to provide an explanation, as needed.

Search User Registrations

Alex will demonstrate how to search for user registrations among all of the eGrants registrations, whether pending, approved, or rejected.Scroll down to see slideshow captions.
Inbox Sidebar menu (emphasized): Search User Registrations. Other links: My Roles, Pending User Registrations (155), Approved User Registrations (475), Rejected User Registrations (211), All User Registrations (841), Program Administration.
From the eGrants Internal Homepage, select the Search User Registrations link.
When searching for a user on the Search User Registration screen, the criteria for user name, first name, last name, e-mail, and organization includes equals, begins with, contains or ends with. See Appendix for alt text description.
The Search User Registrations screen displays. General search criteria include Region; State; Indian Tribe; User Name; First Name; Last Name; E-mail; Organization; and Status of the registration. Not all of the search criteria fields are required. Start by selecting the User Name drop-down menu. This menu has four options: “Equals,” “Begins with,” “Contains,” or “Ends with”.
General Search criteria: Region ▼, State ▼, Indian Tribes (Include Indian tribes) ▼, User Name =, E-mail =, First name = John (emphasized), Organization =, Last Name = Smith (emphasized), and Status =. Search (emphasized) and Reset buttons.
Let’s search for John Smith. Type “John” in the First Name field with “=”, then type “Smith” in the Last Name field with “=”. At the bottom of the screen are two buttons. The Reset button will clear or reset the information you have entered. Select the Search button to start the search.
Search User Results column headings emphasized together: Region, Grantee, Name, User Name, Date Submitted, Email, Status. Other column headings: View/Process Privileges, Reassign Applications. See Appendix for alt text description.
The Search User Results screen displays. This screen shows the results of the user registration search and allows you to view user registration information, the View/Process Privileges icon, and the Reassign Applications icon. The registration information includes the FEMA Region, Grantee (or the Applicant’s state, territory, or tribe abbreviation), the registrant’s name and FEIMS user name, the date the registration was submitted, and the registrant’s e-mail and registration status.
Selecting the View/Process Privileges icon (highlighted) from the Pending User Registration screen allows you to process a user's request for access to eGrants. See Appendix for alt text description
You may update privileges for previously approved or rejected registrations as well as process registrations that are pending. Selecting the icon in the View/Process Privileges column allows you to manage privileges for a user.

Update User Privileges

You may update privileges for previously approved or rejected registrations. An Applicant may request that a user’s privileges be modified. You may reassign an approved or rejected user’s applications to another approved user in the same Applicant organization. It is best to document these requests in writing. Selecting the View/Process Privileges icon in the View/Process Privileges column allows you to manage privileges for a user.

Reassign Applications

Occasionally, you may receive a request from an Applicant to reassign an approved or rejected user’s applications to another approved user within the Applicant’s organization. This situation may arise when an eGrants External System user retires or is out of the office and has not shared access to his or her applications with others.

The selected user will have access to all of the original user’s submitted and un-submitted applications. However, the selected user will have only the privileges and level of access for applications, federal awards, and quarterly reports (i.e., View, Create/Edit, and Sign/Submit) received when his or her registration was processed. For example, you may reassign applications from one user in an Applicant organization with Sign/Submit privileges to another user with Create/Edit privileges for applications. The selected user will be able to access all of the original user’s applications but will be able only to edit them, but not sign or submit them.

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Reassigning applications is permanent. The only way to remove access to the applications from the selected user is to reject the selected user’s registration, which will remove all access from the eGrants External System.
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Reassigning applications to another user does not disallow the original user’s access to them. For users who will no longer require access to eGrants, you may want to reject their registration.

Reassign Applications (continued)

You will not be able to reassign applications from one user to another if they do not have privileges for the same programs, i.e., FMA or PDM. For example, if a user has privileges for only FMA, then you may not reassign his or her applications to a user with privileges for only PDM. If a user has privileges for FMA and PDM, then you may reassign their applications only to another user who has privileges for both programs.Alex will demonstrate how to reassign an application to another user.

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To reassign privileges to applications from one use to another, select the Reassign Applications icon on the Approved User Registrations screen. See Appendix for alt text description.
Let’s reassign applications for user “connstategrant02.” Select the Reassign Applications icon next to user “connstategrant02.”
Search Users: Reassign Applications screen.  (Emphasized) User name = connstategrant01. Search button (emphasized.) See Appendix for alt text description.
Type “connstategrant01” in the Username field. Then select the Search button.
On the Search User Results: Reassign Applications screen, check the Select box for a user and the Reassign button to reassign (or provide access to) applications accessed by another user. See Appendix for alt text description.
Check the Select box next to username “connstategrant01.” Then select the Reassign button.
Confirmation. This applications assigned to Smith, John (connnstategrant02) have also been assigned to the following user(s): Table:  (column 1) Name, Smith, John; (column 2) User Name, (hyperlinked) connstategrant01. (hyperlink) Return to Home
Confirmation message appears indicating that you have successfully reassigned applications to another user. The original user will still retain access privileges to the applications. Select the Return to Home link to navigate to the eGrants Homepage.

Lesson 4 Summary

In this lesson, you learned about the processes for:

  • Managing user registrations for the eGrants External System
  • Searching user registrations
  • Reassigning applications to another eGrants External System user

The key points from this lesson are:

  • You can approve Applicant privileges for applications, subapplications, award packages, and Financial and Performance Quarterly Reports. In addition, the levels of access that can be provided for each of these functions are View, Create/Edit, Sign/Submit—or a combination of these.
  • For approved registrations, the Applicant user will be notified of his/her approved eGrants privileges automatically via e-mail. Registrations which are denied will also generate a notification e-mail.
  • You can search pending, approved, or rejected user registrations from Applicants in the Region(s) for which you have eGrants roles to manage them.
  • At the request of the Applicant, you can reassign applications from one eGrants External System Applicant user to another approved user within the same Applicant organization.
  • Reassigning applications is permanent.

Lesson 5 Overview

This lesson describes in detail the Pre-Award Eligibility Workflows for the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grant programs. At the end of this lesson, you should be able to identify:

  • The Pre-Award Eligibility Workflow queues
  • The possible outcomes of a Pre-Award Eligibility queue review

eGrants User Scenario

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Team Leader: Alex Salazar, FMA Program Coordinator

Your Role: New FMA Program Analyst

Office: FEMA Regional Office

Challenge: You need to understand how subapplications are processed through the FMA and PDM workflow queues.

To Date: You have learned how to provide and update eGrants access privileges for an eGrants External System user.

The Next Step: Alex will describe the FMA and PDM workflows and highlight their differences.

Hi, this is Alex again. Mitigation grant program subapplications must pass through several reviews before being awarded. While the FMA and PDM subapplications are much the same, the review process, or workflow, for PDM subapplications is a bit different because of the competitive nature of the grant program. I will explain the Pre-Award Eligibility Workflows for both programs and highlight their differences.

Pre-Award Eligibility Workflow Queues

The eGrants Internal System allows FEMA to electronically manage the processes of reviewing subapplications submitted to FEMA, preparing and amending award packages, and monitoring federal award implementation.The Pre-Award Eligibility Workflow is the process of reviewing the submitted subapplications. The Pre-Award Eligibility Workflow begins with the Receipt and Delegate queue and then the Initial Review queue. From there, it branches into three concurrent queues: Cost Review, Planning Review, and Cost Effectiveness/Engineering Review. The Cost Effectiveness/Engineering Review queue is only used for project subapplications.

After these three reviews are completed, PDM subapplications follow a different workflow than FMA subapplications. FMA subapplications proceed directly to the Pre-Award Review and Environmental/Historic Preservation (EHP) Review, which can be performed concurrently. However, under the competitive PDM grant program, subapplications go through the PDM National Review Process, which is comprised of the National Technical Review queue (for project subapplications) and then the Subgrant Selection (for Award) queue (for all subapplications). After the PDM National Review Process, PDM subapplications proceed to the Pre-Award Review queue and, for project subapplications, the EHP Review queue.

After the EHP Review is completed, the Pre-Award Review can be completed; therefore, the Pre-Award Review is the last queue in the Pre-Award Eligibility Workflow.

Receipt and Delegate Queue

This is the first queue in the Pre-Award Eligibility Workflow. During this queue, FEMA acknowledges the receipt of the application and assigns a grant program reviewer for each subsequent review queue.

Initial Review Queue

This queue is used for planning and project subapplications. During this queue, a reviewer must complete a checklist of items before the subapplication can be forwarded to the next queue.

Concurrent Workflow Queues

The following three queues may be completed concurrently:

  • Cost Review—This queue is required for all subapplication types: project, planning, technical assistance, and management costs. During this queue, the breakdown of each cost is reviewed, as well as some overall information about the proposed costs from the subapplication.
  • Planning Review—This queue is required for project and planning subapplications and documents the status of the Subapplicant’s and Applicant’s mitigation plans and the subapplication’s consistency with the existing plans.
  • Cost-Effectiveness/Engineering Review—This queue is required for project subapplications only. The Cost-Effectiveness/Engineering Review queue documents the results of the Cost-Effectiveness Review (usually a review of the Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA)) and the Engineering Feasibility Review.

PDM-Specific Workflow Queues

Since it is competitive, PDM planning and project subapplications undergo additional evaluation in the PDM National Review Process Workflow. (The PDM workflow queues are discussed in detail in Lesson 7). This workflow consists of two queues:

  • National Technical Review—This queue is where the results of a FEMA Benefit-Cost Analysis and an Engineering Feasibility determination are recorded. The actual technical review process takes place outside of eGrants.
  • Subgrant Selection (for Award)—This queue is where eligible planning and project subapplications are selected for further review based on the total funding available based on the PDM Congressional allocation.

The Final Workflow Queues

The last two queues can be performed concurrently:

  • Environmental/Historic Preservation (EHP) Review—This queue is required only for project subapplications. Project subapplications are automatically forwarded to the Environmental & Historic Preservation Management Information System (EMIS), which is outside of the eGrants Internal System. The EHP Review results are entered into the eGrants Internal System when complete.
  • Pre-Award Review—This queue documents the pre-award requirements for all subapplication types: planning, projects, technical assistance, and management costs. Conditional awards are also documented in this queue, when applicable.

Although these two queues may be performed concurrently, the EHP Review must happen first because the Pre-Award Review documents any EHP Review findings and requirements. The Pre-Award Review is the last queue in the Pre-Award Eligibility Workflow.

Disapproving Queues

Most of the workflow queues include the option for a FEMA Reviewer to select whether he or she approves or disapproves the queue for the subapplication. For other queues, the processing of the subapplication is halted if a queue is disapproved, and the subapplication will not be selected for funding.

If any of the queues that are marked with an X on the workflow diagram below are disapproved, the subapplication will not be processed any further.

Requesting Revisions

It may be determined that additional or corrected information is required to continue to process a subapplication. For FMA applications and subapplications, a FEMA Reviewer may request that the Applicant revise the application or subapplication section(s), then resubmit it for further review. The Revise button at the bottom of queue screens allows revisions to be requested. Revisions can also be requested “out of queue,” or after a queue has been completed. Revision requests will be discussed in detail in Lesson 8.

Since PDM is a competitive grant program, revision requests can be made only before the application deadline and after the National Review Process. This is necessary to avoid improving a subapplication’s chances of being selected and creating an unfair advantage.

Reworking Queues

During the Pre-Award Review queue, a reviewer may not be satisfied with or agree with the results of a prior queue review. For FMA subapplications, the reviewer has the ability to send the subapplication back to a previous queue for rework. The Rework button appears at the bottom of the Pre-Award Review queue screen.

Not all queues are available for rework. The diagram below indicates that a reviewer in the Pre-Award Review queue can send a subapplication back to the Cost Review, Planning Review, or Cost Effectiveness/Engineering Review queues for rework. Once the subapplication has been reworked in a previous queue(s), the subapplication will appear in the Inbox, and users with the roles to complete the queue may check out the subapplication and rework the queue. Reworking queues is discussed in detail in Lesson 8.

PDM subapplications in the Pre-Award Review queue cannot be sent back for rework. The National Review Process, which occurs outside the eGrants system would have already been completed. The results of the National Review Process are final and its queues cannot be repeated. So, neither those queues nor any of the prior queues can be reworked for a PDM subapplication.

Lesson 5 Summary

In this lesson, you learned about the:

  • Pre-Award Eligibility Workflow processes

Some key points from this lesson:

  • The PDM Pre-Award Eligibility Workflow differs from the FMA Pre-Award Eligibility Workflow in that PDM planning and project subapplications go through the National Review Process.
  • The queues through which a subapplication is processed depend on whether it is a project, planning, technical assistance, or management costs subapplication.
  • FMA subapplications can be reworked, but only from the Pre-Award Review queue.
  • PDM subapplications cannot be reworked because the results of the National Review Process are final and cannot be repeated.
  • Disapproving certain queues will stop further processing of the subapplication in the workflow.

Lesson 6 Overview

This lesson describes the processes and functionalities of each queue in the Pre-Award Eligibility Workflow.

At the end of this lesson, you should be able to identify:

  • The steps to the Check-Out/Check-In process
  • The key features of the Inbox and All Grants screens
  • The purpose of the Pre-Award Eligibility Workflow queues
  • The key features of Pre-Award Eligibility queue screens

eGrants User Scenario

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Team Leader: Alex Salazar, Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program Coordinator

Your Role: New FMA Program Analyst

Office: FEMA Regional Office

Challenge: Subapplications are ready to be processed in the different workflow queues.

To Date: You have learned about the FMA and PDM Pre-Award Eligibility Workflows.

The Next Step: Alex will show you how to check out and review applications and subapplications.

Hello, this is Alex. Last time we met, you learned about the FMA and PDM Pre-Award Eligibility Workflows. Now, I would like you to learn how to check out and check in subapplications and how to process each queue in the FMA Workflow.

Checking Out Queues

In order to process a queue for an application or a subapplication, you must check out the queue. While you have a queue checked out, other users can view it, but cannot modify it.If a user who has checked out a queue is not able to forward it, then a user with the Grants Administrator role can use the Check In Tool to make the queue available for other users to work on. (The Check In Tool will be covered later in this lesson.)Application numbers use the following format: Federal Award Program Prefix (FMA or PDM) – FEMA Region – State, Territorial, or Tribal Code – Fiscal Year. For example, a Flood Mitigation Assistance application submitted in fiscal year 2017 by an Applicant in FEMA Region IV, State of Kentucky, would appear as: FMA-04-KY-2017. Subapplications add codes for the subapplication type (PL for planning, PJ for projects, MC for management costs, and TA for technical assistance) after the program and have a numerical suffix (e.g., -001, -002, etc.) based on the when the subapplication was added to the application. For example, an FMA management costs subapplication submitted in 2017 by a user in FEMA Region IV, State of Massachusetts, that was the second subapplication added to the application, would appear as: FMA-MC-01-MA-2017-002.
On the Inbox screen, select the Check Out checkbox for the queue to be processed. Then click the Check Out/In button.
Any queues that are available for check out will have a Check Out box in the Select column.
Queues you have checked out display a Check in box (emphasized) in the Select column. Select this box and the Check Out/In button (emphasized) will make the queue available to other users to process. See Appendix for alt text description.
Queues that are already checked out by you will have a Check In box in the Select column. We will discuss the Check In functionality later in this lesson.
The Select column is empty for queues checked out by other users. The user's name will appear in the Checked Out By column. See Appendix for alt text description.
Queues that are already checked out by other users will not have anything in the Select column, and the user’s name will appear in the Checked Out By column.
The Show drop-down menu (emphasized) allows you to select groups of 10 queues. Select the Show All link (emphasized) to scroll through all queues specified by fiscal year or workflow. See Appendix for alt text description.
The Inbox defaults to display up to the first 10 entries in the current fiscal year. There are several ways to filter, sort, and view the available queues. You can filter the queues that show up in the list by selecting a Fiscal Year and/or by a Workflow.
Select a column heading on Inbox screen to sort available items alphabetically or numerically. Select, Checked Out By, FY, Grant #, Subgrant/Quarterly Report #, Agreement #, Queue.
You can sort by any of the columns in the list by selecting a column title.
The Show drop-down menu (emphasized) allows you to select groups of 10 queues. Select the Show All link (emphasized) to scroll through all queues specified by fiscal year or workflow. See Appendix for alt text description.
Or you can also view all the available applications by selecting the Show drop-down menu or the Show All link.
Screenshot top right corner of Inbox screen. Showing 11-20 of 60,(hyperlinked, emphasized) First | Previous | Next  Last. Sortable linked Column headers: Agreement # (emphasized), Queue: National Ranking and Selection (hyperlinked)
The First, Previous, Next, and Last links may be used to navigate among groups of 10 Inbox entries. The underlined column title links may be used to sort the applications displayed on the screen. For example, you may sort subapplications by “Agreement #” by selecting the sortable column title link.
Select the Check Out By column header to alphabetically sort checked out applications by users’ last names. Queues you have checked out appear with a Check In button in the Select column. See Appendix for alt text description.
To check out a queue, find the application that you wish to work on and select the Check Out box in the Select column. You can check out more than one queue at a time by selecting multiple Check Out boxes. Select the Check Out boxes for the first two applications: PDMC-01-VT-2003 and PDMC-09-NV-2003. Then, select the Check Out/In button at the bottom of the screen.
The queues that you checked out for the two applications are now displayed with a Check In box in the Select column and your name in the Checked Out By column.

Checking In Queues

After you have checked out a queue, you can either complete it and forward it to the next queue, or you can check it back in. Forwarding a queue will automatically generate the next queue in the workflow process. You would need to check in a queue only if it is determined that someone else will need to process it instead of you. Since other users cannot edit a queue while it is checked out by you, you would need to check it back in.If you have checked out a queue and are not able to forward it or check it back in, then a user with Grants Administrator role can use the Check In Tool to make the queue available for other users to work on. (The Check In Tool will be covered next.)Alex will show you how to check in an application.Scroll down to see slideshow captions.
Select the Check Out By column header to alphabetically sort checked out applications by users’ last names. Queues you have checked out appear with a Check In button in the Select column. See Appendix for alt text description.
Any application queue(s) that you currently have checked out will have a Check In box in the Select column and your name in the Checked Out By column. I have filtered and sorted the Inbox by users’ last names in the Checked Out By column.
Select the Check In box in the Select column for the queues you wish to check in so others can process the applications. Then select the Check Out/In button. See Appendix for alt text description.
Select the Check In box for the queue(s) you wish to check in. You can check in more than one queue at a time by selecting multiple Check In boxes. Then, select the Check Out/In button.
Queues which are available for check out will display a check out box (emphasized) in the Select column. Select the box to check out a an application in a queue the select the Check Out/In button (emphasized). See Appendix for alt text description.
The queue(s) will now have Check Out boxes in the Select column.

Check In Tool

The Check In Tool is available only to users with the Grants Administrator role to use to check in application queue(s) that are checked out. For example, using this tool may be necessary if a user who has checked out a queue is not available to forward it. The Check In Tool is used to check in a queue so that another reviewer can work on it.Alex will show you how he would use the Check In Tool.Scroll down to see slideshow captions.
The Check In Tool link  (emphasized) is available on the Inbox sidebar menu. Other sidebar menu links: MyRoles, Inbox, All Grants, and Closeout.
A Grant Administrator can access the Check In Tool by selecting the Check In Tool link from the sidebar menu on the All Grants or Inbox screens.
You can see that the Check In Tool screen displays all of the queues currently checked out. These include queues that I’ve checked out, as well as queues that are checked out by other users. Jean Petite is on vacation and we need to forward application number FMA-PL-09-CA-2005 to the next queue. So, I will check the box in the Select column for that application and then select the Check In button at the bottom of the screen.
The (emphasized) Check Out checkbox appears in the Select column on the Inbox for a queue that had been checked in using the Check In Tool. See Appendix for alt text description.
The selected queue(s) will now appear in the Inbox available for you or other users to check out.

Inbox Screen

Each mitigation grant program has its own Inbox that can be accessed by selecting the FMA or PDM program link or icon from the eGrants Homepage. The Inbox displays the pending workflow queue for each application. For example, the Receipt and Delegate queue will be the first queue available in the Inbox for any application that an Applicant has submitted to FEMA.Alex will point out the various elements of the Inbox screen.Scroll down to see slideshow captions.
The Inbox screen displays the grants, subgrants, awards, and quarterly reports ready for you to process. Select the Check Out box to check out a queue, then select the Queue link to begin processing. See Appendix for alt text description.
The Inbox screen displays the pending queue(s) for each application available for you to work on, based on your eGrants roles, and shows whether the queue(s) are already Checked Out by another user for processing.
The eGrants Home link is emphasized on the right top corner of the Inbox screen. Other links: Skip Navigation, Error Log, Home, and Logout.
To switch to the Inbox for another HMA grant program, select the eGrants Home link in the upper right-hand corner on the screen.
The Reports tab is located at the top left corner of the eGrants Inbox screen. Also visible: https:/ (cut off), FEMA, Search tab.
In the upper left-hand corner of the Inbox is the Reports tab. The Reports tab displays a list of available reports for the grant program. Reports will be covered in Lesson 9.
The Search tab is located at the top left corner of the eGrants Inbox screen. Also visible: https:/ (cut off), FEMA, Reports tab.
To the right of the Reports tab is the Search tab. The Search tab allows you to perform a search of all applications, subapplications, award packages, or quarterly reports available to you based on your eGrants roles. The Search function will be discussed later in this lesson.
The Check In Tool link (emphasized) is available on the Inbox sidebar menu. Other links: MyRoles, Inbox, All Grants, Closeout.
If you need to work on a queue that is checked out by another user, it can be checked in by a user with Grants Administrator role using the Check In Tool link on the sidebar menu on the left side of the screen.
The Fiscal Year an application was submitted is displayed in the FY column (emphasized) on the eGrants Inbox screen. Two applications were submitted in 2017. See Appendix for alt text description.
The federal fiscal year that the Applicant submitted the application is displayed in the FY Column.
This image shows part of the Inbox beginning with the direction statements above the Inbox table: “Select (right arrow icon) to view Subgrant workflow. Select (dollar sign icon) to view subgrant awards. Select (one-quarter icon) to view Quarterly Reports.”
Application numbers are displayed in the Grant # column. They use the following format: Federal Award Program Prefix (FMA or PDM) – FEMA Region – State, Territorial, or Tribal Code – Fiscal Year. For example, a Flood Mitigation Assistance application submitted in fiscal year 2017 by an Applicant in FEMA Region IV, in the State of Kentucky, would appear as: FMA-04-KY-2017. Select an application number link in the Grant #column to open the application in a new window.
Subgrant numbers are displayed in the Subgrant/Quarterly report # column (emphasized). The highlighted FMA-PJ-04-KY-2017-001 (0) refers to FMA, Project, Region 4, Kentucky, FY 2017, subgrant number 1. See Appendix for alt text description.
If a queue pertains to a subapplication, the subapplication number is displayed in the Subgrant/Quarterly Report # column. Subapplication numbers use the following format: Federal Award Program Prefix (FMA or PDM) – Subapplication Type – FEMA Region – State, Territorial, or Tribal Code – Fiscal Year – Subapplication Number. For example, an FMA project subapplication submitted in 2017 by a user in FEMA Region IV, in Kentucky, would appear as: FMA-PJ-04-KY-2017-001. Select a subapplication number in the Subgrant/Quarterly Report # column to open the subapplication in a new window.
There are several icons that may appear in the Inbox screen. The Subgrant (Pre-Award Eligibility) Workflow icon looks like a right-facing arrowhead. Selecting this icon will open the Pre-Award Eligibility screen for the subapplication. We will talk about the Pre-Award Eligibility screen later in this lesson.
The Awards icon (emphasized) is located on the Inbox screen. Select the icon to view the Awards Packages for a grant application.
The Awards icon looks like a dollar sign. Selecting this icon will allow you to view the awards packages for an application.
The Quarterly Reports icon (emphasized) is located on the Inbox screen. Select the icon to view Quarterly Reports submitted by a Grantee for a grant application.
The Quarterly Reports icon looks like a pie graph. This icon will allow you to view the quarterly reports submitted by a Recipient for a federal award. Quarterly reports are covered in Lesson 10.

All Grants Screen

The All Grants screen can be accessed by selecting the All Grants link in the sidebar menu of the Inbox or from any Pre-Award Eligibility Workflow screen. All the applications and subapplications available to you based on your eGrants roles—regardless of where they are in the Pre-Award Eligibility, Awards, and Quarterly Reports Workflows or whether you can work on them—are available from the All Grants screen.Alex will explain the features of the All Grants screen.Scroll down to see slideshow captions.
Inbox sidebar menu hyperlinks: MyRoles, Inbox, (link emphasized)(check) (selected) All Grants, Check In Tool.
To access the All Grants screen, select the All Grants link from the sidebar menu on the Inbox screen.
The All Grants screen displays a table which can be sorted by selecting (emphasized) column heading links: FY, Grant #, Subgrant #, Agreement #. See Appendix for alt text description.
The All Grants screen displays all the applications and subapplications in the eGrants Internal System. For each, you can see the fiscal year it was created in the FY column, its application number link in the Grant # column, subapplication number link(s) in the Subgrant # column, and subaward agreement number link(s) in the Agreement # column.
You can see all available grants, or just those entered in a federal fiscal year by choosing an option from the FY drop-down menu and selecting Filter button. See Appendix for alt text description.
The first 10 applications are displayed for the current fiscal year. To customize the view of the screen, you can select a specific fiscal year, or “All” from the FY drop-down menu, then select the Filter button.
Screenshot of top right section of All Grants screen. Fragment...bgrants awards. Select (icon) to view Quarterly Reports. (below) showing 11-20 of 60 (emphasized hyperlinks) First, Previous, Next, Last. (below, column heading) Agreement #
You can also use the First, Previous, Next, and Last links to navigate through groups of 10 applications.
Select a column heading to sort list of available grant and subgrant applications. FY, Grant #, (emphasized) Subgrant # (descending), Agreement #. See Appendix for alt text description.
You can sort the list of applications displayed on the screen by selecting a column header.
This image shows one row in the All Grants table with the Grant and Subgrant numbers highlighted for emphasis.
To view or print the application or subapplication, select the application number link in the Grant # column or the subapplication number link in the Subgrant # column.
Select either of the (emphasized) Revision Request icons to the left of the grant and subgrant numbers to make an out-of-queue revision request to the Grant Applicant. See Appendix for alt text description.
For the FMA program, you can make an out-of-queue revision request to the Applicant for an application or subapplication by selecting the corresponding Revision Request icon which is located to left of the application or the subapplication numbers. The Revision Request icon will not be displayed for a subapplication if an out-of-queue revision has already been requested. (Out-of-queue revisions will be discussed in Lesson 8.)
To view the Pre-Award Eligibility Workflow queues for a subgrant, select the Subgrant (Pre-Award Eligibility) Workflow icon on the right of the application on the All Grants screen. See Appendix for alt text description.
Selecting the Subgrant (Pre-Award Eligibility) Workflow icon will open the Pre-Award Eligibility screen. We will talk about the Pre-Award Eligibility screen next.
Selecting the Awards icon will allow you to view the award package for a particular subapplication.
From the All Grants screen, selecting the Quarterly Reports icon on the far right of an Agreement number will display the Quarterly Reports for a grant application. See Appendix for alt text description.
Selecting the Quarterly Reports icon will allow you to view the quarterly reports for a federal award. (Quarterly reports are discussed in Lesson 10.)
From the All Grants screen, select the Revision History icon to the right of the Subgrant Workflow icon in the Subgrant Number column to display the Revision history screen for a subgrant application. See Appendix for alt text description.
Select the Revision History icon to open the Revision History screen for a subapplication.

Pre-Award Eligibility Screen

The Pre-Award Eligibility screen is a reference for you as you process subapplications through the Pre-Award Eligibility Workflow. It provides an overview of a particular subapplication’s workflow path. It shows you where a subapplication is in the workflow, who has completed or is in the process of completing each queue, whether the queue was approved, the subapplication’s status in each queue, and the date of that status.Alex will describe the features of the Pre-Award Eligibility screen.Scroll down to see slideshow captions.
To view the Pre-Award Eligibility Workflow queues for a subgrant, select the Subgrant (Pre-Award Eligibility) Workflow icon on the right of the application on the All Grants screen. See Appendix for alt text description.
To view the Pre-Award Eligibility screen for a subapplication, select the Subgrant (Pre-Award Eligibility) Workflow icon beside the subapplication number link in the Subgrant # column on the Inbox screen.
The queue name hyperlinks listed in the Queue column of the Pre-Award Eligibility screen will direct you to the queues completed or in process for the application displayed. See Appendix for alt text description.
Select one of the Workflow queue links in the Queue column to open a queue screen for the subapplication.
Portion of screen. Planning Review (emphasized) [Read-Only]. FMA-PJ-09-NV-2005-001 (0): Project Application #1
However, if you do not have a queue checked out, then the queue screen will be displayed as Read-Only
The Status column on the Pre-Award Eligibility screen displays the status of each Workflow queue listed: Completed, Pending, Revision Requested, and Not Ready. See Appendix for alt text description.
The status column indicates: Completed: Queue is completed; Pending: Queue needs to be completed; Not Ready: Subapplication cannot move to this queue until a prior queue is completed; or Revision Requested: Reviewer requested a revision for a subapplication section; Rework Requested: FMA Reviewer requested a queue be reworked.<
At the top left of the Pre-Award Eligibility screen are the (emphasized)  MyGrants, Pre-Award Eligibility, Awards, Quarterly Reports, Reports, and Search tabs. See Appendix for alt text description.
In the upper left-hand corner, the myGrants, Pre-Award Eligibility, Awards, Quarterly Reports, Reports, and Search tabs are available.
Select the Awards tab at the top of the Pre-Award Eligibility screen to view the awards associated with the displayed subgrant application. See Appendix for alt text description.
Since the Pre-Award Eligibility screen is specific to a subapplication, there are additional tabs for Awards and Quarterly Reports that will open the award packages and quarterly reports for the federal award associated with the subapplication. Select the Awards tab to open the award package for with the subapplication displayed on the Pre-Award Eligibility screen.
(DHS icon) FEMA eGrants: Flood Mitigation Assistance, Version: 5:17.00.00 03/15/2017 01:37 PM Server: localhost. Tabs: MyGrants, Pre-Award Eligibility, Awards, (emphasized) Quarterly Reports, Reports, Search
Select the Quarterly Reports tab to open the quarterly reports for the federal award associated with the subapplication displayed on the Pre-Award Eligibility screen.
To return to the Inbox, select the myGrants tab.

Sorting and Filtering Queues

There are several ways to filter, sort, and view the available queues in the Inbox.Alex will demonstrate how to use Inbox screen features to filter and sort queues.Scroll down to see slideshow captions.
To view applications submitted in a fiscal year, select the year from the FY drop-down menu (emphasized) on the Inbox screen and select the Filter button (emphasized). See Appendix for alt text description.
There are several screen features that allow you to view groups of queues. You can filter the queues that show up in the list by Fiscal Year by selecting a year from the FY drop-down menu and then selecting the Filter button.
Inbox screen with Module drop-down menu (emphasized). Application sort choices are: All, Awards, Pre-Award Eligibility, or Quarterly Report, then select the Filter button (emphasized.) See Appendix for alt text description.
You can also filter the list by workflow by selecting Pre-Award Eligibility, Awards, or Quarterly Reports from the Module drop-down menu, then selecting the Filter button.
Select the All option (emphasized) from the FY drop-down menu, the All option from the Module drop-down, and the Filter button (emphasized) to view all applications in your Inbox. See Appendix for alt text description.
The Inbox defaults to display up to the first 10 entries. Select the All option in the Module drop-down menu to view all of the subapplications in your Inbox. You can also select the All Grants link on the sidebar menu.
From the All Grants or Index screens, use the e(emphasized) Show drop-down menu or the (emphasized) First, Previous, Next, and Last links to navigate between groups of 10 applications. See Appendix for alt text description.
Selecting the Show drop-down menu allows you to select additional subapplications in groups of 10. The First, Previous, Next, and Last links may be used to navigate among groups of 10 subapplications.
Selecting the hyperlinks of column headings will sort the list of applications. Headings: Select, Checked Out By, FY, Grant #, Subgrant/Quarterly Report #, Agreement #, Queue.
You can also choose to sort the results displayed on the screen by selecting any of the column headers.

Receipt and Delegate Queue

The Receipt and Delegate queue is the first step in the Pre-Award Eligibility Workflow. This queue is performed for the application as a whole, including all subapplications attached to the application. The main purpose of this queue is to acknowledge receipt of the application and to alert eGrants Internal System users that the associated subapplication(s) have been assigned to them for processing in the next queue in the Workflow.Alex will show you how to complete the Receipt and Delegate queue.Scroll down to see slideshow captions.
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The Receipt and Delegate queue is completed for the application, while the other queues in the Pre-Award Eligibility Workflow are completed for each subapplication.
From the Inbox screen, select the Receipt and Delegate link of a queue you have checked out to process a grant application. See Appendix for alt text description.
Check out the Receipt and Delegate queue for the application that you wish to work on. We have checked out and are going to review application number FMA-04-AL-2007. Select the Receipt and Delegate link in the Queue column for this application.
Select the Grant Application link on the Sidebar menu to open an application section to view while processing the queue. See Appendix for alt text description.
On the sidebar menu, the Grant Application link will open the View Grant Application Sections screen in a new window so that you can view the relevant application section while you complete this queue.
Using the drop-down menu on the Receipt and Delegate screen, select the FMA Coordinator to whom you will delegate the FMA grant application. The example shows Rick Borden selected. See Appendix for alt text description.
To delegate the application to a reviewer, you need to select the appropriate FMA Coordinator user from the drop-down menu on the Receipt and Delegate screen. I will select Rick Borden. You may have noticed the red asterisk before the prompt. All required fields in eGrants are marked with that red asterisk.
With FMA applications, you can select the Revision History link (emphasized), the Attachments, Comments, or Revisions buttons (all emphasized) on the Receipt and Delegate screen. See Appendix for alt text description.
In this queue, you can view the Revision History (that is, the record of revisions requested for the subapplication), add or edit attachments or comments, and/or request the Applicant to Revise an application section by selecting the appropriate link or button. I will explain these more in detail a little bit later. Keep in mind that for PDM subapplications, the Revise button will be inactive after the application deadline since it is a competitive program.
Select the Forward button (emphasized) on the Receipt and Delegate screen to assign a grant application to the designated user (Rick Borden, in this example). See Appendix for alt text description.
Then, select the Forward button to complete this queue.
The Confirmation screen details the grant application which was forward to the next queue. A notice of the email sent to the Grantee of this step is emphasized. Return to Inbox link (emphasized). See Appendix for alt text description.
You will receive a Confirmation that you have successfully forwarded the subapplications to the next queue and that the Applicant will be notified via e-mail using the e-mail address or addresses in the Contact Information section of the application. Those e-mail addresses will be used for all notifications regarding the application and attached subapplications, including revision requests. Select the Return to Inbox link to process another application.

Initial Review Queue

The Initial Review queue is completed for project and planning subapplications only. The Initial Review queue is used to review the eligibility of the Applicant and Subapplicant, the alignment of the Scope of Work and the mitigation activity selected, the eligibility of the mitigation activity, the completeness of the subapplication, and its documentation. Depending on the results of the Initial Review, the queue may be approved or disapproved. If the queue is disapproved, the subapplication will be removed from subsequent queues in the Workflow.If it is determined that the results of the Initial Review queue are incorrect, a Headquarters PDM or FMA Coordinator can reset or restore the queue to be reprocessed. (The Restore function is covered later in this lesson. The Reset function is covered in Lesson 8.)Alex will show you how to complete the Initial Review queue.Scroll down to see slideshow captions.
To begin the initial review of a subgrant application select the Initial Review link in the Queue column on the Inbox screen. See Appendix for alt text description.
We are going to review subapplication number FMA-PL-04-TN-2012-008. So, select the Initial Review link in the Queue column for that subapplication.
Select the Subgrant Application link on the Sidebar menu to open an application section to view while processing the queue. See Appendix for alt text description.
On the sidebar menu, the Subgrant Application link will open the View Subgrant Application Sections screen in a new window so that you can view the relevant subapplication section while you complete this queue.
On the Initial Review screen, select Yes or No from the drop-down menu in response the review questions about a subgrant application, then select the Save button. See Appendix for alt text description.
In order to complete the Initial Review queue, you will need to answer each of the required questions on the screen by selecting Yes or No from the drop-down menu. For this subapplication, we can answer Yes to all of the questions. When all of the questions have been answered, select the Save button.
The Initial Review screen features a Revision History link, and Attachments, Comments, and Revise buttons. See Appendix for alt text description.
From this queue, you can view the Revision History (that is, the record of revisions requested for the subapplication), add or edit attachmentsand comments, and/or request that the Applicant Revise a subapplication section by selecting the appropriate link or button. I will explain these functionalities in the next lesson. For PDM subapplications, the Revise button will be inactive after the application deadline since it is a competitive program.
You approve or disprove a subgrant application  in the Initial Review queue by selecting Yes or No from the Approved drop-down menu. Then select the Forward button. See Appendix for alt text description.
Based on the answers to the questions above, you will select either Yes or No in the Approved drop-down menu. If you answer “No” to any of the key questions, you are required to disapprove this queue. If this queue is disapproved, you must provide comments, and the subapplication is removed from subsequent queues in the workflow. We will discuss the Comments functionality later in this lesson. For this subapplication, you can approve this queue by selecting Yes for all the questions. Then select the Forward button to move the subapplication onto the next queue.
Screenshot: Confirmation. The Queue was successfully processed for Subgrant Application FMA-PJ-04-KY-2013 (0): ranking test. Return to Inbox (emphasized).
You will receive a Confirmation that you have completed the queue. Then, select the Return to Inbox link to continue processing queues for this program.

Remove Functionality

The Remove functionality is used to remove a subapplication from all further processing in the Pre-Award Eligibility Workflow process, including any concurrent queues. A subapplication may need to be removed if the Applicant has withdrawn it from its application, if the subapplication is not determined to be eligible during the Initial Review queue, or if you need to stop a project subapplication from being forwarded to the Environmental/Historic Preservation queue.

The ability to remove a subapplication depends on your role in eGrants, the type of subapplication, and the current queue of the subapplication. Users with the Headquarters PDM Coordinator or Headquarters FMA Coordinator eGrants role may remove subapplications from the Pre-Award Eligibility screen as necessary. Users without this role will not see the Remove button on the Pre-Award Eligibility screen. If you determine that a subapplication needs to be removed, please contact the eGrants Help Desk at [email protected] or 1-855-228-3362.

Alex will demonstrate how to remove a subapplication from the Pre-Award Eligibility Workflow process.

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To remove a subapplication from further processing, select the Subgrant (Pre-Award Eligibility) Workflow icon to the right of the Subgrant/Quarterly Report number from the Inbox screen. See Appendix for alt text description.
To remove a subapplication from further processing, select the Subgrant (Pre-Award Eligibility) Workflow icon to the right of the subapplication number on the Inbox screen.
To remove a subgrant application from processing, select the Remove button at the bottom of the Pre-Award Eligibility summary for the application. See Appendix for alt text description.
When the Pre-Award Eligibility screen displays, select the Remove button. Doing so removes a subapplication from all further processing in the Pre-Award Eligibility Workflow process, including any concurrent queues.
Prompt to Confirm Subgrant Removal for FMA-PJ-04-2016-003 (0): FMA project 3 Conditions. Click the (emphasized) Continue button to remove the subgrant from the Pre-Award Review (Programs) queue. See Appendix for alt text description.
You will be prompted to confirm the removal. For this subapplication, select the Continue button.
Confirmation. The (Remove) Queue was successfully processed for Subgrant Application FMA-PJ-04-FL-2016 (0): FMA project 3. (Emphasized hyperlink) Return to Inbox
Confirmation screen appears and indicates the subapplication has been removed. Select the Return to Inbox link to return to the Inbox. Once you remove a subapplication, it is no longer in the Inbox.

Restore Functionality

The Restore functionality is used to restore a subapplication that was removed or not approved to allow it to continue in the Pre-Award Eligibility Workflow process.

If it is determined that the results of a queue are incorrect, and a subapplication should not have been removed from processing or not approved, a Headquarters PDM or Headquarters FMA Coordinator can restore the subapplication so it can be reprocessed. If you find that a subapplication needs to be restored, please contact the eGrants Help Desk at [email protected] or 1-855-228-3362.

After a subapplication queue is restored, the previous queue’s status will change from “Completed” to “Pending,” and the queue can be checked out from the Inbox by a user with the necessary role to complete it. The subapplication’s status will change from “Disapproved” to “Pending.” There will be no record of the reason for the restore, nor any notification to users regarding the restore action. Data originally entered for the restored queue, including any comments or attachments, will be retained. The user who checks out the restored queue will be able to edit any of the queue responses. However, any comments and/or attachments will only be editable by the user who entered them.

Alex will demonstrate how to restore a subapplication to the Inbox.

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To Restore a subgrant application that was removed, select the Subgrant (Pre-Award Eligibility) Workflow icon to the right of the Subgrant number on the All Grants screen. See Appendix for alt text description.
To restore a subapplication that was removed from processing or not approved, select the Subgrant (Pre-Award Eligibility) Workflow icon on the All Grants screen.
To restore a removed subgrant application, select the Restore button from the Pre-Award Eligibility summary screen. See Appendix for alt text description
Users with the Headquarters PDM Coordinator or Headquarters FMA Coordinator eGrants role may restore subapplications from the Pre-Award Eligibility screen. Users without this role will not see the Restore button on the Pre-Award Eligibility screen. Select the Restore button.
Once the Restore button is selected, you are asked to confirm Subgrant Restore. Cancel to return to Pre-Award Eligibility screen or Continue to Restore subgrant application. See Appendix for alt text description.
You will be prompted to confirm the restoration. Select the Continue button.
Confirmation: The (Restore) queue was successfully processed for Subgrant Application FMA-PJ-04-FL-2016-003 (0): FMA project 3. (emphasized) Return to Inbox link.
The Confirmation screen appears with a message that the subapplication has been restored to the Inbox. Select the Return to Inbox link. Once restored, the subapplication will be available in the Inbox for a user with the appropriate role to check out and review.

Attachments

The Attachments functionality allows you to view, add, or delete files attached to a queue for a subapplication. This functionality is available in every workflow queue.All users are able to add attachments to any queue for any subapplication to which they have access. You do not need to have the queue checked out in order to view the Attachments screen.Alex will explain the features on the Attachments screen.Scroll down to see slideshow captions.
From any queue screen, select the (emphasized) Attachments button at the bottom left of the screen to add, view, edit, or delete an attachment to the queue. See Appendix for alt text description.
To access the Attachments screen, select the Attachments button at the bottom of any queue screen.
Select the (emphasized) View Attachments icon on the right of the Attachments screen to view existing attachments associated with the application under review. See Appendix for alt text description.
The Attachments screen is displayed for the subapplication you are processing in the queue. You can view existing attachments by selecting the View icon.
To edit an attachment that you have included with an application that you are processing in a queue, select the (emphasized) Edit Attachments icon on the Attachments screen. See Appendix for alt text description.
Select the Edit icon to edit an attachment you have included with a subapplication.
To delete an attachment that you have included with an application, select the (emphasized) Delete Attachment icon on the right side of the Attachments screen. See Appendix for alt text description.
You can delete any attachment you have included by selecting the Delete icon.
Select the (emphasized) Close button located on the bottom center of the Attachments screen to return to the previous screen. See Appendix for alt text description.
Select the Close button to return to the previous screen.

Adding an Attachment

Alex will show you how to add an attachment to a subapplication in a queue.Scroll down to see slideshow captions
Select the (emphasized) New button on the bottom center of the Attachments screen to add a new attachment to a queue. See Appendix for alt text description.
In order to add a new attachment to a queue, select the New button on the bottom-center of the Attachments screen.
The New Attachment screen lists the application number and name, user, date, (emphasized) Document Type drop-down menu, and text fields for description, file name, and hard copy reference. See Appendix for alt text description.
The New Attachment screen opens in a new window. Select the Document Type drop-down menu.
The extended Document Type drop-down menu on the New Attachments screen lists 25 options. Checklist is selected in this example. See Appendix for alt text description.
The Document Type drop-down menu lists 25 options. For this application, you will want to select the Checklist item.
Type a brief description of the attachment to be uploaded in the Description field on the New Attachments screen. The example shows: Planning Review Checklist. See Appendix for alt text description.
Enter a description of the attached document in the Description field. Type “Planning Review Checklist” in the text field.
Select the (emphasized) Browse button on the New Attachments screen to search your computer for the document you wish to upload and attach to the queue. See Appendix for alt text description.
Select the Browse button to search your computer files for the document you wish to upload as an attachment.
From the File Explorer on your computer, select the document to attach to the queue. Document "Checklist" highlighted. Select the Open button (emphasized). See Appendix for alt text description.
On your computer, locate the file you wish to attach and select it. You want to attach the file named Checklist.docx. Then, select the Openbutton.
The uploaded file name appears in the File field on the New Attachment window. Example (emphasized): C:\users\nreviewer\Documents\Checklist.docx. See Appendix for alt text description.
The file name appears in the File text field.
Complete the (emphasized) Hard Copy File Reference text field on the New Attachments screen if a hard copy is referenced. Then select the (emphasized) Save button. See Appendix for alt text description.
Enter a Hard Copy File Reference if needed. If you made an error, you can select the Cancel button to cancel the action. We have identified the correct document, so you can select the Save button to save the attachment to the queue.
The attachment you added should show up in the list of attachments. Select the Close button to return to the queue.

Cost Review Queue

The Cost Review queue is required for all subapplication types: project, planning, technical assistance, and management costs. The Cost Review queue displays a breakdown of each line item cost, as well as some overall information about the proposed costs from the subapplication.The Cost Review, Planning Review, and Cost-Effectiveness/Engineering Review queues are concurrent workflow queues. This means that these three queues can be processed simultaneously by separate users, as necessary. The subapplication will not be forwarded to the subsequent queue in the workflow until all of the appropriate concurrent queues are complete.If it is determined that a mistake was made in the Cost Review queue, either the queue can be reset by an Headquarters PDM Coordinator, or it can be reworked from the Pre-Award Eligibility queue for FMA subapplications. (The Rework and Reset functionalities are discussed in Lesson 8.)

Cost Review Queue (continued)

Alex will show you how to complete the Cost Review queue.Scroll down to see slideshow captions.
To begin the cost review of a subgrant application select the Cost Review link in the Queue column on the Inbox screen. See Appendix for alt text description.
Check out the Cost Review queue for the subapplication that you wish to work on. We are going to review subapplication number FMA-PL-10-AK-2008-048. Select the Cost Review link in the Queue column for this subapplication.
Select the Subgrant Application link on the Sidebar menu to open an application section to view while processing the queue. See Appendix for alt text description.
On the Cost Review screen sidebar menu, selecting the Subgrant Application link will open the View Subgrant Application Sections screen in a new window so that you can view the relevant subapplication section while you complete this queue.
The Revision history link is available on the top right of the Cost Review screen. See Appendix for alt text description.
From this queue, you can view the Revision History by selecting this link. We will talk about Revision History in Lesson 8. <
On the Cost Review screen, select the checkbox in the Eligible column for each line item cost listed in the subgrant application which is determined to be eligible. See Appendix for alt text description.
After reviewing the subapplication, select the Subgrant Budget Class items that you believe represent eligible costs for this activity by selecting the box in the Eligible column. We can see one of the activities that is listed in the Cost Estimate section for this subapplication. This Personnel costs activity is eligible, so we will select the checkbox for it.
On the Cost Review screen, you can modify the unit quantity (field emphasized)  and unit costs (field emphasized) of eligible line items in FMA subgrant applications. Total costs (field emphasized). See Appendix for alt text description.
You can change the Unit Quantity and Unit Cost of each Subgrant Budget Class item by modifying the associated fields after you have selected the checkbox in the Eligible column for that activity. The Total Cost field is automatically updated. Any changes to the unit quantity or unit cost will require the subapplication being sent back to the Applicant for revisions. For PDM subapplications, you may not modify any cost line items due to the competitive nature of the program.
For subgrant budget class costs deemed ineligible leave the box unchecked (emphasized) in the Eligible column on the Cost Review screen and select the Comments button (emphasized). See Appendix for alt text description.
If you determine that a Subgrant Budget Class item is ineligible, you should document that by entering a comment using the Comments button.
When you have completed the review of all subgrant budget class items, and determined their eligibility, select the Save button. See Appendix for alt text description.
Once all of the eligible line items are selected, select the Save button to save your selections.
The Proposed Total Costs (emphasized), on the left, can be compared to the Total Eligible Costs (emphasized), on the right of the Cost Review screen. See Appendix for alt text description.
Once saved, the updated Total Eligible Costs, which reflect the total eligible line items, are displayed on the lower right side of the Cost Review screen. The Proposed Costs are displayed on the lower left side for comparison.
From the Cost Review queue, you can also add or edit Attachments or Comments, and request that the Applicant Revise the Cost Estimate section of the subapplication by selecting the appropriate link or button. For PDM subapplications, the Revise button will be inactive> after the application deadline since it is a competitive program.
You approve or disapprove a subgrant application  in the Initial Review queue by selecting Yes or No from the Approved drop-down menu. Then select the Forward button. See Appendix for alt text description.
When you have completed your eligibility review of the cost line items and edited the unit quantity and unit cost for each, as necessary, select Yes or No from the Approved drop-down menu. If you disapprove this queue, comments are required, but disapproving the queue will notremove the subapplication from further processing in the workflow. For this subapplication, we will approve this queue by selecting Yes.
Once you have approved or disapproved a subgrant application in the Cost Review queue, select the Forward button at the bottom of the screen. See Appendix for alt text description.
Then, select the Forward button to complete this queue.
Screenshot: Confirmation. The Queue was successfully processed for Subgrant Application FMA-PL-10-AK-2008 (0): Paper FY 08 FL (FMA) #1. Return to Inbox (link emphasized).
You will receive Confirmation that you have completed the queue. Select the Return to Inbox link to continue processing queues for this program.

Comments

The Comments functionality allows you to view, edit, add, or delete comments associated with a queue for a subapplication. The Comments button is available on every Workflow queue screen. However, for PDM National Review queues, you will need to select the Comments icon for the desired subapplication to access the Comments functionality.Any user can add comments to any queue for a subapplication to which he or she has access. However, you can view the comments without having to check out the queue.Remember, you must provide comments for a disapproved queue before forwarding to the next queue.

Alex will show you how to add a comment to a subapplication in a queue.Scroll down to see slideshow captions 

Select the (emphasized) Comments button at the bottom of the Initial Review screen to add a comment regarding your review of a subapplication. See Appendix for alt text description.
For this subapplication, we will add a comment to the Initial Review queue. Select the Comments button at the bottom of the screen.
Comments: Initial Review. FMA-PJ-04-KY-2012-010 (0): test revision.  6 column table: Delete: icon; User: REVIEWER, NEW; Date: 06/19/2017 04:01 PM; Title: Cost Estimate section; View: (emphasized) icon; Edit: icon, buttons: New and Close
The Comments screen will open in a new window. If there is an existing comment, you will see it listed here. You can view the comment by selecting the View icon.
Comments: Initial Review. FMA-PJ-04-KY-2012-010 (0): test revision. 6 column table: Delete: icon; User: REVIEWER, NEW; Date: 06/19/2017 04:01 PM; Title: Cost Estimate section; View: icon; Edit: icon. Buttons: (emphasized) New, Close
In order to add a new comment, select the New button.
New Comments: Initial Review. FMA-PJ-04-KY-2012-010 (0): test revision. User: Reviewer, New. Date: 06/19/2017 4:03 PM. Title: (emphasized) Checklist. Comments: (empty text box).
The New Comments screen appears in a new window. Enter a title in the Title field. For this subapplication, we will use the title “Checklist.”
New Comment: Initial Review screen. Example shows: This is a comment regarding the checklist that was submitted. It needs to be revised. Buttons: (emphasized) Save, Cancel. See Appendix for alt text description.
Enter the comment in the Comments field. For this subapplication we will enter the comment, “This is a comment regarding the checklist that was submitted. It needs to be reviewed.” Select the Save button to save the comment and return to the queue.
The new and existing reviewer comments for the subapplication are displayed on the Comments: Initial Review screen. See Appendix for alt text description.
The new comment appears on the list of comments for the queue. Select the Close button to return to the queue.

Planning Review Queue

The Planning Review queue documents the status of the Subapplicant’s and Applicant’s mitigation plans and the subapplication’s consistency with those existing plans. This queue is required for project and planning subapplications.

The Planning Review, Cost Review, and Cost-Effectiveness/Engineering Review queues are concurrent workflow queues. This means that the queues can be processed simultaneously by separate users, as necessary. The subapplication will not be forwarded to the subsequent queue in the Workflow until all of the appropriate concurrent queues are complete.

If it is determined that the outcome of this Planning Review queue is incorrect, the queue can be reset by a Headquarters PDM Coordinator for PDM subapplications, or it can be reworked from the Pre-Award Eligibility queue for FMA subapplications. (The Rework and Reset functionalities will be discussed in Lesson 8.)

Planning Review Queue (continued)

Alex will demonstrate how to complete the Planning Review queue.Scroll down to see slideshow captions.
To begin the planning review of a subgrant application select the Planning Review link in the Queue column on the Inbox screen. See Appendix for alt text description.
Check out the Planning Review queue for the subapplication that you wish to work on. In this case, we are going to review Subapplication number FMA-PJ-04-KY-2013-002. Select the Planning Review link for this subapplication.
Select the Subgrant Application link on the Sidebar menu to open an application section to view while processing the queue. See Appendix for alt text description.
The Subgrant Application link on the Inbox sidebar menu will open the View Subgrant Application Sections screen in a new window so that you can review the subapplication while you complete the queue.
The Revision history link (emphasized) is available on the top right of the Planning Review screen. See Appendix for alt text description.
From this queue, you can view the Revision History of the subapplication. I will explain more about Revision History later in the course.
Planning Review asks: Does the Subgrant applicant have a current FEMA-approved local mitigation plan? Does the State/Tribe in which the Subgrant applicant is located have a current FREMA-approved plan? See Appendix for alt text description.
Select either the “Yes” or “No” option to answer the questions asking whether the Subapplicant and Applicant have FEMA-approved mitigation plans. The questions with red asterisks are required. Select the “Yes” option for both questions because both the Subapplicant and Applicant have FEMA-approved mitigation plans.
Complete the fields (emphasized) to answer questions about the FEMA-approved mitigation plan: name of plan, type of local plan, date plan approved by FEMA, consistency of project with local plan. See Appendix for alt text description.
When you indicate that there is a FEMA-approved mitigation plan, you must provide the plan information. You can either enter the information by typing in the required fields, or by selecting the Search Plans Repository link to search for the plan information. Once you select a plan from the repository, eGrants will auto-populate the mitigation plan information fields.
Project subgrants have additional Planning Review questions regarding the application’s alignment with local and state FEMA approved mitigation plans. Select Yes or No from the drop down menu. See Appendix for alt text description.
In addition, if there is an approved plan, you must respond to the question about the proposed activity’s consistency with the FEMA-approved plan. Project subapplications have an additional question about whether the proposed project is consistent with the goals and objectives of the local mitigation plan.
Select the Search Plans Repository link (emphasized) on the Planning Review screen to add information about a FEMA approved local mitigation plan. See Appendix for alt text description.
Let’s search for the FEMA-approved mitigation plan for this community. Select the Search Plans Repository link.
The Plans Repository Search screen offers several search options (all highlighted) to find a FEMA-approved mitigation plan: Plan Name, Plan Type, Grant Applicant Name, and Subgrant Applicant Name. See Appendix for alt text description.
The Plans Repository Search window displays. You can search by Plan Name, Plan Type, Grant Applicant Name and Subgrant Applicant Name. The criteria available for each search are “Equals”, “Begins with”, “Contains”, and “Ends with.”
The Plan Type drop-down menu will display different options for mitigation plan types, depending on whether you are searching for an Applicant’s plan or a Subapplicant’s plan. When searching for a Subapplicant’s plan, the Plan Type drop-down menu displays five options. Select the “Local Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan” option. If you want to clear the plan information results, select the Reset button. The Close button will return you to the previous screen. Select the Search button to begin the search.
The Search Results screen displays information about mitigation plans on file that match criteria selected. Example selected: V3MR7 Local Single Jurisdiction Plan, Local Multihazard Mitigation Plan. See Appendix for alt text description.
The Search Results screen displays the results of the search. Select the radio button in the Select column for the appropriate plan. Then select the Return button to select the plan and return to the Planning Review queue. If the plan you have selected has expired, you will receive a warning message.
The plan information is auto-filled into the text fields. When all questions have been completed, select the Save button.
From this queue, you can also add or edit Attachments or Comments, and request that the Applicant Revise the Mitigation Plan section of the subapplication by selecting the appropriate link or button. The Revise button will be inactive for PDM subapplications after the application deadline since it is a competitive program. We will discuss Revision Requests in more detail in Lesson 8.
Approved, drop-down Yes (highlighted). User: Reviewer, New. Status: Pending. Date: 05/02/2017 06:47 PM. Buttons below: Attachments, Comments, Save, Forward (emphasized), Revise.
Now it is time to select “Yes” or “No” in the Approved drop-down menu. If you answer “No” to any of the key questions, you are required to disapprove this queue. If you disapprove this queue, you must provide comments, and the subapplication will be removed from subsequent queues in the Workflow. Since you have answered “Yes” to the questions, you can approve this queue. Select the Yes option. Then select the Forward button.

Cost-Effectiveness/Engineering Review Queue

The Cost-Effectiveness/Engineering Review queue documents the review of the Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) and its supporting documentation for project subapplications. Only project subapplications require the Cost-Effectiveness/Engineering Review.For PDM subapplications, this queue is called the Cost-Effectiveness Review queue and does not include the FEMA Benefits-Cost Ratio (BCR) or Engineering Feasibility fields, since those are recorded for all eligible projects during the PDM National Technical Review queue. (The National Technical Review queue will be covered in Lesson 7.)

The Cost Review, Planning Review, and Cost-Effectiveness/Engineering Review queues are concurrent workflow queues. This means that these queues can be processed simultaneously by separate users, as necessary. The subapplication will not be forwarded to the subsequent queue in the workflow until all of the appropriate concurrent queues are complete.

If it is determined that a mistake was made in the Cost-Effectiveness/Engineering Review queue, the queue can be reset by a Headquarters PDM Coordinator for PDM subapplications, or it can be reworked from the Pre-Award Eligibility queue for FMA subapplications. (The Rework and Reset functionalities will be discussed in Lesson 8.)

Cost-Effectiveness/Engineering Review Queue (continued)

Alex will demonstrate how to complete the Cost-Effectiveness/Engineering Review queue for an FMA project subapplication.

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To begin the cost effectiveness/engineering review of a subgrant application select the Cost Effectiveness/Engineering Review link in the Queue column on the Inbox screen. See Appendix for alt text description.
Check out the Cost-Effectiveness Review queue for the project subapplication that you wish to work on. In this case, we are going to review subapplication number FMA-PJ-04-KY-2013-002. Then select the Cost-Effectiveness Review link for this subapplication.
Select the Subgrant Application link on the Sidebar menu to open an application section to view while processing the queue. See Appendix for alt text description.
The Subgrant Application link on the Inbox sidebar menu will open the View Subgrant Application Sections screen in a new window so that you can review the subapplication while you complete the queue.
Select Yes or No in the Answer column to answer questions regarding the benefit-cost analysis, benefit-cost ratio, and methodology used, as well as the Engineering feasibility of the project. See Appendix for alt text description.
Based on your review of the Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) for the subapplication, indicate your response to the questions by selecting “Yes” or “No” from the drop-down menu. The subapplication cannot be forwarded until all of the required questions are complete. For this subapplication, you can select the “Yes” option for each of the questions.
For the Cost-Effectiveness/Engineering Review, requires the benefit-cost ratio in the (emphasized) BCR (FEMA) field and yes/no to the GSTF question (No selected and emphasized). Save button emphasized. See Appendix for alt text description.
Next, you need to record the FEMA Benefit-Cost Ratio (BCR) for this project. Enter 1.0 into the BCR (FEMA) text field. The question below asks if the Greatest Savings to the Fund was used. It is appropriate to select the “No” option from the drop-down menu for this subapplication. Then, select the Save button.
At the top right of the Cost Effectiveness/Engineering Review screen you can access the Revision History link. The Attachments, Comments, Save, Forward, and Revise buttons are at the bottom of the screen. See Appendix for alt text description.
To view the subapplication’s Revision History select the Revision History link at the top right of the screen. You can also add or edit Attachments and Comments, and request the Applicant to Revise the Cost-Effectiveness section of a subapplication by selecting the appropriate button at the bottom of the screen. Keep in mind that the Revise button will be inactive for PDM subapplications after the application deadline since it is a competitive program.
To approve the queue, you would select “Yes” from the Approved drop-down menu. However, if you have answered ��No” to any of the key questions, you are required to disapprove this queue by selecting the “No” option. You must also disapprove the queue if you entered a FEMA BCR that is less than 1.0 or if you selected “No” for the Engineering Feasibility prompt. If you disapprove the queue, you must provide comments, and the subapplication will be removed from subsequent queues in the workflow.
Bottom section of Cost Effectiveness/Engineering Review screen. Approved, (emphasized) Yes. User: Reviewer, New. Status: Pending. Date: 07/10/2015 02:03 PM. Buttons: Attachments, Comments, Save, (emphasized) Forward, Revise.
For this subapplication, you can approve this queue by selecting “Yes.” Then, select the Forward button to complete this queue.
Cost Effectiveness/Engineering Review. Confirmation. The Queue was successful processed for Subgrant Application [P] FMA-PJ-02-NY-2005-001 (0): Project #1. Emphasized hyperlink: Return to Inbox.
You will receive Confirmation that you have completed the queue. Select the Return to Inbox link to continue processing queues for this program.

PDM National Review Process

After the concurrent Cost Review, Planning Review, and Cost-Effectiveness/Engineering Review queues, the next queue in the Pre-Award Eligibility Workflow depends upon whether the subapplication is being evaluated under the PDM or FMA grant program. PDM planning and project subapplications go through the National Review Process first, while the FMA planning and project subapplications continue directly to the Pre-Award Review queue, with project subapplications moving through the concurrent Environmental/Historical Preservation (EHP) Review queue.The PDM National Review Process (which will be discussed in detail in Lesson 7) consists of the following queues:

  1. National Technical Review
  2. Subgrant Selection (for Award)

Environmental/Historical Preservation (EHP) Review Queues

All project subapplications must be reviewed for consistency with Environmental/Historic Preservation (EHP) requirements. This review occurs in the Environmental & Historic Preservation Management Information System (EMIS), which is outside of the eGrants system.Due to differences in the Pre-Award Eligibility Workflow, PDM project subapplications go through the EHP Review queues immediately after the concurrent queues (Cost Review, Planning Review, and Cost-Effectiveness Review) are completed and approved. PDM project subapplications are forwarded to the EHP Review queues after the National Review Process identifies the subapplications which have been selected for further review. If a Regional Environmental Officer (REO) requires further information regarding a project subapplication in order to process the EHP Review, he or she will rework the project subapplication back to the eGrants system.

The EHP Review may be processed concurrently with the Pre-Award Review queue and may continue after any project subapplications are selected for conditional award in the Pre-Award Review queue.

EHP Review Queues (Continued)

While an eGrants user does not complete the EHP Review queues, a reviewer may be able to view the status of the subapplication in the different EMIS queues and may have to respond to a rework request sent by an EMIS user.Alex will demonstrate how to view a Rework request, provide a response, and submit it back to the EHP Review queues.Scroll down to see slideshow captions.
To begin the Environmental/Historical Preservation review of a subgrant application select the EHP Review link in the Queue column on the Inbox screen. See Appendix for alt text description.
To view any rework requests, you must first check out the EHP Queues queue for the subapplication assigned to you. In this case, we are going to review subapplication number FMA-PJ-10-AK-2013-005.
Top of EHP Rework screen. If you have EHP review roles, select the hyperlinked “here” (emphasized) to access the EHP application to process the EHP queue. See Appendix for alt text description.
The screen that is displayed to eGrants reviewers is the EHP Rework screen. If you have Environmental/Historic Preservation review roles, you may access the Environmental & Historic Preservation Management Information System (or EMIS) and view the EHP Review Workflow queues by selecting the here link at the top of the screen.) We haven’t been assigned that role, so we can’t access those screens.
Comment from the EMIS Regional Environmental Officer and response from FMA Coordinator are displayed on the EHP Rework screen. See Appendix for alt text description.
The EHP Rework screen indicates whether an EMIS user has requested a rework of a project subapplication to the eGrants system. A PDM or FMA Coordinator can view and respond to Rework Requests and resubmit the project subapplication to the EMIS system. The Reason for Rework, which the Regional Environmental Officer entered in EMIS when the rework was requested, and the Resubmission Comments from the FMA Coordinator, are displayed.
Select the (emphasized) revision history link, or the (emphasized) Attachments, (emphasized) Comments, Resubmit, or (emphasized) Revise buttons on the EHP Rework screen. See Appendix for alt text description.
From this queue, you can view the Revision History, add or edit attachments and comments, and request revisions by selecting the appropriate link or button.
The response (emphasize) "Letter is attached." is entered in the Resubmission Comments text field on the EHP Rework screen. Resubmit button (emphasized). See Appendix for alt text description.
In this case, the Reason for Rework is that the EMIS reviewer has asked for an approval letter from the State Historical Preservation officer. After obtaining the letter from the Applicant, you can enter your response in the Resubmission Comment text field. You can enter, “Letter is attached,” and then select the Resubmit button.
Confirmation. FMA-PJ-10-AK-2013-003 (0): smoke test pj3 was successfully resubmitted. (emphasized hyperlink) Return to Inbox.
You will receive a Confirmation that the project subapplication has been resubmitted for EHP Review. Select the Return to Inbox link to continue processing queues assigned to you.

Pre-Award Review Queue

The Pre-Award Review queue is the last step in the Pre-Award Eligibility Workflow. The purpose of the Pre-Award Review queue is to document the completion of pre-award requirements for subapplications. This is a joint queue that must be completed by both the Program Office and the Grants Management Office. Therefore, two separate queues will be displayed in the Inbox:

  • Pre-Award (Program) Review
  • Pre-Award (Grants) Review

Both of these queues are required for all subapplication types: planning, project, technical assistance, and management costs. Project subapplications with award conditions cannot be included in an award package until the EHP Review is complete.

During this queue, if a reviewer disagrees with the result of an earlier queue, the subapplication may be reworked to the earlier queue. (The Rework functionality will be discussed in Lesson 8.) If the outcome of the Pre-Award Review queue is determined to be incorrect, a PDM or FMA Coordinator can have the subapplication reset to the Inbox or removed, as appropriate. (The Reset functionality will also be discussed in Lesson 8.)

Pre-Award Review Queue (continued)

Alex will demonstrate how to complete the Pre-Award Review queue.

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If you have the assigned role, begin processing an application in the Pre-Award Review queue by selecting the Pre-Award Review (Programs) link in the Queue column on the Index screen. See Appendix for alt text description.
Check out the Pre-Award Review (Program) queue for the subapplication that you wish to work on. In this case, we are going to complete the Pre-Award programmatic review for subapplication number FMA-PJ-04-AL-2007-003. Select the Pre-Award Review (Program) link for this application.
Select the Subgrant Application link on the Sidebar menu to open an application section to view while processing the queue. See Appendix for alt text description.
The Subgrant Application link on the Inbox sidebar menu will open the View Subgrant Application Sections screen in a new window so that you can review the subapplication while you complete the queue.
If no conditions have been set to determine the eligibility of a subgrant application, you may select No from the Conditional Award drop-down menu on the Pre-Award Review screen. See Appendix for alt text description.
All of the review questions are displayed on a single screen. As an FMA Coordinator, I can answer the programmatic questions based on a review of the subapplication and the review conducted in previous Workflow queues. An Assistance Officer will answer the Grants questions. For this subapplication, select the “Yes” option from the drop-down menu for all of the questions except Conditional Award. For the Conditional Award question, “No” is selected by default. Project subapplications that are conditionally awarded cannot be included in an award package until the EHP Review is complete. Since this subaward will not need to be conditionally awarded, you can select the “No” option from the drop-down menu.
Screenshot of top right corner of Pre-Award Review screen.  Hyperlinks: Rework History, (emphasized) Revision History. Below is column titled: Answer, drop-down menu with Yes selected.
From this queue, view the application’s Revision History by selecting the Revision History link.
In the Pre-Award Review queue, the Program or Grants reviewer may select the Rework button to return an application to an earlier queue if an error is found or more information is needed. See Appendix for alt text description.
For FMA subapplications, if I disagree with any of the prior reviews, I can select the Rework button to send the subapplication back to one or more of the concurrent queues: Cost Review, Planning Review, and/or Cost-Effectiveness/Engineering Review. We will discuss the Rework functionality in Lesson 8.
Buttons on the bottom of the Pre-Award Review screen include: Attachments, Comments, Save (highlighted and emphasized), Forward, Rework, and Revise.
Once I have answered the eligibility questions, I’ll select the Save button.
Buttons on the bottom of the Pre-Award Review screen include: (emphasized) Attachments, (emphasized)Comments, Save, Forward, Rework, and (emphasized)Revise.
From this queue, you can also add or edit Attachments and Comments, and request the Applicant to Revise a subapplication section by selecting the appropriate button at the bottom of the screen. Keep in mind that the Revise button will be inactive for PDM subapplications after the application deadline since it is a competitive program.&
To approve this queue, select “Yes” in the Approved drop-down menu. You must enter comments if you disapprove the queue. If the Program Office disapproves this queue, then the subapplication cannot be processed further and will not be forwarded to the Awards Workflow. In addition, if it is a project subapplication, it will be removed automatically from the Environmental/Historic Preservation Review queue in EMIS. Once you have approved the queue, select the Forward button.
Confirmation. This Queue was successfully processed for Subgrant Application FMA-PJ-04-AL-2007-003 (0): PJ-3 Al GaS 2007. Hyperlink (highlighted and emphasized) Return to Inbox.
You will receive Confirmation that you have completed the queue. Select the Return to Inbox link to continue processing queues assigned to you.

Lesson 6 Summary

In this lesson, you learned about the:

  • Check-Out/Check-In process
  • Inbox (myGrants) screen
  • All Grants screen
  • Pre-Award Eligibility screen
  • Screen features for sorting and filtering queues
  • Pre-Award Eligibility Workflow queues
  • Remove and Restore functionalities

Some key points from this lesson include:

  • You can view the queue(s) pending completion for a subapplication in the Inbox based on your eGrants roles
  • The All Grants screen displays all the applications and subapplications available to you based on your eGrants roles
  • The Pre-Award Eligibility screen provides an overview of a particular subapplication’s Workflow path

Lesson 6 Summary (continued)

More key points from Lesson 6 include:

  • You can sort and filter queues using Inbox screen features
  • The Receipt and Delegate queue is performed for the application as a whole, including all subapplications attached to the application, and generates an automatic e-mail message to the Applicant to acknowledge the receipt of the application
  • Cost Review, Planning Review, and Cost-Effectiveness queues are concurrent queues, which means that all three queues can be completed simultaneously and all applicable concurrent queues must be completed before the subapplication can be forwarded to the next queue in the Workflow
  • In the PDM Workflow, the National Review Process follows the concurrent queues for planning and project subapplications, and only selected subapplications are forwarded to the Pre-Award Review queue
  • In the FMA Workflow, the Pre-Award Review queue directly follows the concurrent queues.
  • Removing a subapplication will remove it from further processing in the Workflow queues
  • Restoring a subapplication will return it to a previously disapproved queue
  • For project subapplications, the EHP Review and Pre-Award Review queues can be completed concurrently
  • The Pre-Award Review queue is the last queue in the Pre-Award Eligibility Workflow

Lesson 7 Overview

This lesson describes the Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) National Review Process in detail.

At the end of this lesson, you should be able to identify:

  • The purpose of the PDM National Review Process queues

eGrants User Scenario

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Listen to AlexAudio transcript

Team Leader: Alex Salazar, Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program Coordinator

Your Role: New FMA Program Analyst

Office: FEMA Regional Office

Challenge: PDM subapplications must be processed through the National Review Process.

To Date: You have learned how to complete all queues that are common to the FMA and PDM grant programs.

The Next Step: Hope Samuels, a PDM Coordinator, will explain the PDM National Review Workflow queues to you.

Hi, its Alex. You did a great job learning how to process all the queues for an FMA application. Now, I am going to ask Hope Samuels, the FEMA Pre-Disaster Mitigation grant program coordinator, to tell you about the National Review Process queues that are unique to Pre-Disaster Mitigation applications.

The National Review Process

As described in Lesson 6, the PDM National Review Process applies only to the PDM Pre-Award Eligibility Workflow. It is not applicable to the FMA grant program.The National Review Process consists of the two queues shown below and is applicable only to project and planning subapplications. The National Technical Review queue is required only for project subapplications, but the Subgrant Selection for Award queue is applicable to both project and planning subapplications.
Diagram of PDM National Review Process. Project only arrow enters National Technical Review box and leads to Subgrant Selection (for Award) box. Project and Planning arrow leads to Subgrant Selection (for Award) box. Arrow extends out of process.
You must have the appropriate PDM role(s) to process each of these queues. Applicable roles for each queue will be discussed later in this lesson. Refer to Lesson 3 for details about requesting roles and positions.

National Technical Review Queue

The National Technical Review process occurs outside the eGrants system and applies only to PDM Project subapplications. It consists of reviewing the Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) and making an Engineering Feasibility determination. The National Technical Review queue is where a FEMA Headquarters Technical Reviewer records the results of the National Technical Review.

Subgrant Selection (for Award) Queue

In the Subgrant Selection (for Award) queue, the Headquarters PDM Coordinator selects the eligible planning and project subapplications to be considered for further review based on the total funding available for PDM federal awards. However, not all selected PDM subapplications are automatically awarded. Selected subapplications must first complete the Environmental/Historic Preservation (EHP) Review queue and the Pre-Award Review queue (as discussed in Lesson 6).A user assigned to a role of Headquarters Contractor PDM Coordinator may select subapplications, add comments and attachments, save, and export subapplication data. However, only users with the Headquarters PDM Coordinator role may complete and forward the queue.If it is determined that a subapplication was approved or disapproved in error, the subapplication can be reset or restored as long as the Selection (for Award) queue is still available in the Inbox. (The Restore functionality was discussed in Lesson 6, and the Reset functionality will be discussed in Lesson 8.) If a project subapplication is reset, then the subapplication will be removed from the EHP Review queue.
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If a subapplication is selected for award, eGrants will automatically send an e-mail message to notify the Applicant Point(s) of Contact provided in the associated application. However, if the status of a subapplication is “Not Approved” or “Not Selected,” there will be no e-mail notification.

Subgrant Selection (for Award) Queue (continued)

Hope Samuels, the Headquarters PDM Coordinator, will demonstrate how to process the Subgrant Selection (for Award) queue.Scroll down to see slideshow captions.
To begin the Subgrant Selection (for Award) process select the Subgrant Selection (for Award) link in the Queue column on the Inbox screen. See Appendix for alt text description.
Only users with the Headquarters PDM Coordinator role or Headquarters Contractor PDM Coordinator role can check out the Subgrant Selection (for Award) queue. I select the Subgrant Selection (for Award) link in the Queue column on the Inbox screen.
Use the Subgrant Selection (for Award) screen features to sort or filter subgrant applications. Emphasized: Show drop-down menu, Show All link, Next link, Last link, Column headings. See Appendix for alt text description.
The subapplications listed on the screen have been sorted by rank. The screen defaults to display up to the first 10 subapplications. As we saw earlier, there are several ways I can filter, sort, and view the subapplications. I can select the Show drop-down menu, the Show All link, the Next and Last links, or the column title link in any of the column headers. Longer lists will display First, Previous, Next, and Last links.
To view a subgrant application, select the Subgrant number (emphasized) FMA-PJ-04-Fl-2015-001 (0) from the Subgrant Selection (for Award) screen. See Appendix for alt text description.
I select a subapplication number in the Subgrant # column to open the subapplication in a new window.
Select the Subgrant Workflow icon on the Subgrant Selection (for Award) screen to view the status of previous Workflow queues for a subgrant application. See Appendix for alt text description.
I select the Subgrant (Pre-Award Eligibility) Workflow icon to see the status of previous Workflow queues for the subapplication.
The Rank column on the Subgrant Selection (for Award) screen displays the Rank assigned by the Grant Applicant to the subgrant application. See Appendix for alt text description.
The Rank is the Applicant’s rank for the subapplication in the application.
Critical Facility Protected column on the Subgrant Selection (for Award) screen shows Yes or No to indicate if the subgrant application’s proposed mitigation activity will protect a critical facility. See Appendix for Alt text description.
The Critical Facility Protected column indicates whether the mitigation activity proposed in the project subapplication protects a critical facility.
The Adjusted Federal Share (Z = X+Y) column on the Subgrant Selection (for Award) screen shows the federal funds available for a subgrant. See Appendix for Alt text description.
The Federal Share Mgmt Cost (i.e., the Federal Share for Management Costs) is calculated as 10% of the Federal Share, which is the maximum amount eligible for each federal award. The Adjusted Federal Share is the amount of the federal share plus the amount for the federal share for management costs.
The Repetitive Loss column on the Subgrant Selection (for Award) screen shows Yes or Not to indicate whether the subgrant application includes repetitive loss properties. See Appendix for Alt text description.
Repetitive Loss indicates whether the Applicant indicated that the subapplication includes Repetitive Loss properties.
As the Headquarters PDM Coordinator, I check the boxes in the Select column for the subapplications that will be considered for further review and processing in the Workflow.
From the Subgrant Selection (for Award) screen, select the Not Approved option from the Subgrant Status dropdown menu for subapplications that are not eligible for award. See Appendix for alt text description.
If it is determined that a subapplication is not eligible for a subaward, I will select the Not Approved status from the drop-down menu in the Subgrant Status column. This will halt further processing of the subapplication in the PDM Workflow.
Not Selected option from the Subgrant Status dropdown menu for eligible subapplications which cannot be funded this year. See Appendix for alt text description.
I change the status of eligible planning and project subapplications that will not be able to be funded by selecting the “Not Selected” option from the drop-down menu in the Subgrant Status column.
To add comments or an attachment, select either the paper clip or form icon on the row with the subgrant number. See appendix for alt text description.
I add comments and attachments to each individual subapplication by selecting the Comments and Attachments icons in the columns on the far right.
Once my selection is saved, the status of the selected subapplications will change from “Pending” to “Approved” in the Subgrant Status column. The status for subapplications that do not have the Select checkbox checked or display “Not Approved” or “Not Selected” will remain “Pending.”
Select the Export button at the bottom of the Subgrant Selection (for Award) screen to export the Subgrant Selection for Award review data to a spreadsheet. See Appendix for alt text description.
I can select the Export button at the bottom of the screen to export the data to a spreadsheet for analysis.
To forward a subapplication onto the next queue(s), select the Forward button at the bottom of the Subgrant Selection (for Award) screen. See Appendix for alt text description.
When I select the Forward button, the approved planning subapplications will be forwarded to the Pre-Award Review queue. Approved project subapplications will be forwarded to both the Pre-Award Review queue and the EHP queues to be processed concurrently.
Confirmation. The Queue was successfully processed for Subgrant Application: PDMC-PJ-04-KY-2014-001 (0) POP Test 2 Application. (Hyperlink emphasized) Return to Inbox.
Confirmation screen appears indicating that I have completed the queue. I will select the Return to Inbox link to continue processing queues assigned to me.

Funds Available

When the Subgrant Selection (for Award) queue is saved, the totals at the top of the screen will be calculated automatically based on the funds available and the total amount of the selected subapplications. The total adjusted federal share is the sum of the adjusted federal shares of selected subapplications that are pending (that is, under consideration for award), have been approved for award, and have already been awarded.The Total Adjusted Federal Share, Funds Remaining, and Percent of Funds Available Selected are useful to ensure that the funds available are sufficient to cover the selected subapplications. However, the Headquarters PDM Coordinator may select subapplications that total more than 100% of the Funds Available when subapplications are withdrawn or are awarded for an amount less than the calculated total Federal Share.

The Subgrant Selection (for Award) queue will remain available in the PDM Inbox as long as there are any subapplications with a “Pending” status.

Lesson 7 Summary

In this lesson, you learned about the:

  • PDM National Review Process

Some key points from this lesson include the following:

  • During the National Technical Review, a reviewer records the FEMA Benefit-Cost Ratio and the Engineering Feasibility of PDM project subapplications.
  • Subgrant Selection (for Award) is the last queue in the National Review Process Workflow and determines which planning and project subapplications will be forwarded for further review

Lesson 8 Overview

This lesson describes the Rework, Reset, and Revise functionalities for subapplications.

At the end of this lesson, you should be able to identify the:

  • The Reset, Revision, and Rework functionalities

eGrants User Scenario

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Listen to AlexAudio transcript

Team Leader: Alex Salazar, Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program Coordinator

Your Role: New FMA Program Analyst

Office: FEMA Regional Office

Challenge: You need to correct review errors and request additional information for a subapplication.

To Date: You have learned how to complete the FMA and PDM subapplication review processes.

The Next Step: Alex will explain the Rework, Reset, and Revise functionalities.

Hello. It’s your supervisor, Alex Salazar. Sometimes a reviewer will determine that additional information is needed or a correction needs to be made to an application or subapplication before it can be approved. Or, a reviewer may determine that an earlier decision about a subapplication was incorrect and the queue needs to be reworked, or an application be reset. I would like to show you how we can process these actions.

Requests to Rework

If you are not satisfied with the results or outcome of a queue, the Rework functionality allows you to send a subapplication back to a previous queue or queues for rework so that responses can be changed. The subapplication will be returned to the Inbox, and users having the roles needed to complete the reworked queue may check it out, review the Rework History, and rework the queue.

As mentioned in Lesson 5, this functionality is available in the Pre-Award Eligibility Workflow to rework FMA subapplications from the Pre-Award Review queue. Refer to the Workflow Diagram in Lesson 5 that shows the queues that may be reworked from the Pre-Award Review queue.

The Rework functionality is also available in the Awards and Quarterly Reports Workflows for both grant programs. The Awards Workflow will be discussed in Lesson 9 and the Quarterly Reports Workflow will be discussed in Lesson 10.

Requests to Rework (continued)

When flagged for rework, the subapplication is returned to the previous queue(s) in the Inbox for completion by users with the roles to complete the reworked queue(s). The existing responses in the reworked queue(s) are retained, but they can be edited as necessary prior to completing and forwarding the queue. In addition, any existing comments and attachments in the queue will be retained, but they can be edited or deleted at any time regardless of the queue status, as discussed in Lesson 6.

Alex will demonstrate how to request a subapplication be reworked.

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The (emphasized) Rework History link on the Pre-Award Review screen opens a window that displays the history of Rework Requests for an application. See Appendix for alt text description.
A Rework History link is located to the left of the Revision History link on the Pre-Award Review screen. The Rework History link opens a window that displays a record of the rework request(s) for a subapplication. To review the Rework History of this subapplication, select the Rework History link.
From the Pre-Award Review queue, you can send an application back to an earlier queue to be reworked by selecting the Rework button at the bottom of the screen. See Appendix for alt text description.
To send a subapplication back to a previous queue to be reworked, select the Rework button at the bottom of the screen.
From the Pre-Award Review queue, you can send a rework request to the Cost Review (selected), Cost-Effectiveness Review, or Planning Review queues. A Comment is required. See Appendix for alt text description.
You can select one or more queues that require rework. For this subapplication, we will request a rework from the Pre-Award Review queue to the Cost Review queue. Select the checkbox in the Select column for the Cost Review section. Enter a comment to provide the reason for the rework request. For this subapplication, enter “Please review completeness of project budget.” Then, select the Continue button.
Confirmation. FMA-PJ-03-DE-2007-003 (0): PJ-3 DE GaS 2007 was successfully returned for rework. (emphasized hyperlink) Return to Inbox.
Confirmation notice appears indicating that the subapplication was reworked to the previous queue. Select the Return to Inbox link to process another queue.

Requests to Reset

The Reset functionality is similar to the Rework functionality. The Reset functionality is only available to users with the Headquarters PDM Coordinator role or Headquarters FMA Coordinator role. Users with those roles may reset subapplications from the Pre-Award Eligibility screen, if necessary. Users without this role will not see the Reset button on the Pre-Award Eligibility screen. If you find that a subapplication needs to be reset, please contact the eGrants Help Desk at [email protected] or 1-855-228-3362.

If necessary, a planning or project subapplication in the Cost Review, Cost-Effectiveness/Engineering, or Planning Review queues can be reset to the Initial Review queue. The Initial Review queue then will be listed in the Inbox for any user with the appropriate role to work on it. There will be no record of the reason for the reset and no notification to users regarding the reset action. Data originally entered for the Initial Review queue, including any comments or attachments, will be retained. The user who checks out the queue will be able to edit any of the data. However, any comments and attachments will only be editable by the user who entered them.

Alex will demonstrate how to reset a subapplication to the Initial Review queue.

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To reset a subapplication and return it to a previous queue, select the Subgrant (Pre-Award Eligibility) Workflow icon for the subapplication on the Inbox screen. See Appendix for alt text description.
The subapplication that needs to be reset to the Initial Review queue is currently in the Cost Review queue. From the Inbox screen, select the Subgrant (Pre-Award Eligibility) Workflow icon.
To reset the subapplication to a previous queue, select the Reset button on the bottom of the Pre-Award Eligibility screen. See Appendix for alt text description.
Select the Reset button.
Confirm Subgrant Reset screen. Lists the queue from which the subapplication will be reset, and the queue to which it will return. You are prompted to confirm the reset procedure. See Appendix for alt text description.
You will be prompted to confirm the reset. The reset will return the subapplication from the Cost Review queue to the Initial Review queue. Select the Continue button to reset the subapplication.
Reset Confirmation. Subgrant Application FMA-PJ-04-KY-2013-001 (0): ranking test was successfully reset. (Emphasized hyperlink) Return to Inbox.
You will receive Confirmation that the subapplication was reset to the Initial Review queue. Select the Return to Inbox link to continue processing subapplications.

Application Revision Requests

The Revision Request functionality allows a user to request a revision from the Applicant when it is determined that additional or corrected information is required to continue to process an application.

For the FMA grant program, application revisions can be requested from the Receipt and Delegate queue, or at any other time with an out-of-queue Revision Request, unless the application has already been returned to the Applicant for revision.

Once the PDM application deadline has passed, a reviewer cannot request a revision for a PDM application until after the National Review Process has been completed.

Alex will demonstrate how to use the Revision Request functionality to request a revision to an application from the Receipt and Delegate queue.

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From the Initial Review queue, you can initiate a Revision Request by selecting the Revise button at the bottom right of the screen. See Appendix for alt text description.
Select the Revise button to request a revision to this application from the Receipt and Delegate screen.
You must enter a general comment for the Grant Applicant when making a revision request on an application. See Appendix for alt text description.
In the General Comments field, provide any comments you wish the Applicant to see. For this application we will enter in the comment: “You may attach a Management Costs subapplication to request up to 10% of the total of the plan and project subgrant applications submitted. Note that management costs must be cost shared.”
Revision Request screen features a Revision Deadline Date text field. Example shows 11/30/2017 entered. See Appendix for alt text description.
You must provide a revision deadline date in the Revision Deadline Date field. The date format should be two-digit month/two-digit day/four-digit year. For this application, enter a revision date of “11/30/2017.” Keep in mind that the deadline you set is simply a suggested timeframe and FEMA may choose to accept revisions submitted after the revision deadline date.
On the Revision Request screen, select Yes or No from the Subgrants May be Added dropdown menu on Revision Request screen. Only prior to completion of Receipt and Delegate queue. See Appendix for alt text description.
For this type of application revision request, you may also request a revision for any subapplication attached to the application. Select the checkbox for the subapplication that needs to be revised and enter the reason for the revision requested. Select the box in the Select column for subapplication number FMA-TA-04-FL-2006-001 (0) and enter the comment: “Please update Cost Estimate section to include contracting costs.” Then, select the Continue button to process the revision request.
For a subgrant Revision Request, check the box for a subgrant application you wish to be revised, enter a reason for the revision in the text box, and select the Continue button. See Appendix for alt text description.
For this type of application revision request, you may also request a revision for any subapplication attached to the application. Select the checkbox for the subapplication that needs to be revised and enter the reason for the revision requested. Select the box in the Select column for subapplication number FMA-TA-04-FL-2006-001 (0) and enter the comment: “Please update Cost Estimate section to include contracting costs.” Then, select the Continue button to process the revision request.
Confirmation, FMA-TA-03-PA-2006 (0): SCR 615 - FMA TA, Grantee was successfully notified of revision request. (Emphasized and hyperlinked) Return to Inbox.
Confirmation screen appears, confirming that the Applicant was notified of the revision request via e-mail. The e-mail addresses in the Contact Information section of the application are used for all e-mail notifications regarding the application and attached subapplications.
Select the Subgrant Revision History icon from the All Grants screen to access an application that has been removed from the Inbox until it is revised and resubmitted. See Appendix for alt text description.
Once a revision is requested, no further processing of the application in the Workflow will be possible until the Applicant resubmits it. When the application is resubmitted, the queue will appear in the Inbox and you should check it out to ensure that your requested revisions were made. Until then, the application is available only from the All Grants screen. You may select the Revision History icon to view the revisions requested.

Application Revision History

The Revision History screen shows a record of revision requests for a particular application. Users with access to the application can view the Revision History for any application without checking out the application. An application’s Revision History can be accessed by either one of the following methods:

  • Selecting the application number link in the Grant # column from either the All Grants screen or Inbox screen and then selecting the Revision History link
  • Selecting the Revision History icon to the right of the Subgrant (Pre-Award Eligibility) Workflow icon on the All Grants screen

Alex will demonstrate how to access an application’s Revision History by selecting the application number link.

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To review an application's Revision History, select the Grant # link on the Inbox screen. See Appendix for alt text description.
From the Inbox, select the application number link in the Grant # column to review the Revision History of an application.
A summary of the application details appears. To view the application's revision history, select the Revision History link in the upper right corner. See Appendix for alt text description.
A new window opens displaying a summary of the application. Select the Revision History link in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
Revision History screen lists application number, title, sequential number of revision requests, queue, subgrant number, requestor's name, general comments, ability to add subgrants, and date. See Appendix for alt text description.
The Revision History: Grant screen opens in a new window. This screen provides a history of revisions requested for the application. The history includes the Application number and title, the Revision Request #, the Queue from which the revision was requested (or “Grant” if requested out-of-queue), the Subgrant # for any subapplication that required revision, the requester’s name, and the Date Requested. Also included are general comments and indication whether more subapplications may be added to the application at that time. Out-of-queue revision requests will be discussed later in this lesson.
After an application has been revised and resubmitted, the Revision History: Grant screen will display the name of the user who resubmitted the application, and the resubmission date. See Appendix for alt text description.
If the Applicant has resubmitted the application, then the Revision History: Grant screen will also display the user name of the Applicant who resubmitted it and the Date Resubmitted. Select the Close button to return to the Inbox screen.

Subapplication Revision Request

The Subapplication Revision Request functionality allows users to request a revision from the Applicant when it is determined that additional or corrected information is required to continue to process a subapplication. Similar to application revision requests, for the FMA grant program, subapplication revision requests can be made at any time, unless the subapplication has already been returned to the Applicant for revision.

Once the PDM application deadline has passed, a reviewer cannot request a revision for a PDM subapplication until after the National Review Process has been completed.

Subapplication Revision Requests (continued)

You can request revisions to subapplications from any of Pre-Award Eligibility queue.

Alex will demonstrate how to process a subapplication revision request from the Initial Review queue.

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To request a revision to a subgrant application, select the revise button from the bottom of a Workflow screen (example shows: Initial Review). See Appendix for alt text description.
Select the Revise button to request the Applicant make a revision to a subapplication.
On the Revision Request screen, select the checkbox for the subgrant application(s) to be revised. Then select the Continue button. See Appendix for alt text description.
Check the box in the Select column for the subapplication that needs to be revised.
If the Revision Deadline Date on the Revision Request screen is already set for an application, there is no need to change it if revisions are requested to attached subapplications. See Appendix for alt text description.
The Revision Deadline date has already been set for an application revision request. We will not need to adjust it.
Once a subgrant application is selected, a screen appears listing the application sections to be selected for release to the subgrant applicant for revision. The Cost Estimate box is checked and text box emphasized.  See Appendix for alt text description.
Next, check the box(es) in the Select column for the subapplication section(s) you would like to release for revision. This enables you to limit access to only those sections of the subapplications for which you are authorizing revisions. You will only need to review these revised sections as opposed to the entire subapplication. For this subapplication, select the box for the Cost Estimate section. Then, in the Reason for Revision Request text field, type the reason for requesting the revision to the cost estimate.
If you needed to cancel the action, you would select the Cancel button. We are ready to process the revision request for this subapplication, so select the Continue button.
Confirmation, FMA-PJ-03-PA-2006 (0): SCR 615 FMA PJ, Grantee was successfully notified of revision request. (emphasized hyperlink) Return to Inbox
Confirmation message appears that confirms that the Applicant was notified of the revision request via e-mail.
Select the Subgrant Revision History icon from the All Grants screen to access an application that has been removed from the Inbox until it is revised and resubmitted. See Appendix for alt text description.
Once a revision is requested, no further processing of the subapplication in the Workflow will be possible until the Applicant resubmits it. When the subapplication is resubmitted, the queue will appear in your Inbox, and then you can check out the subapplication to ensure that your requested revisions were made. Until then, the subapplication will be available only from the All Grants screen. You may select the Revision History icon to view the revisions requested.

Subapplication Revision History

The Subgrant Revision History screen shows a record of Revision Requests for a particular subapplication, as well as any revisions to the application.

The history of a subapplication’s revisions can be accessed by either one of the two following methods:

  • Selecting the Subgrant # link from the Inbox screen or All Grants screen, and then selecting the Revision History link
  • Selecting the Revision History icon associated with the subapplication on the All Grants screen

Alex will demonstrate how to access a subapplication’s Revision History by selecting the Revision History icon from the All Grants screen.

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To view Revision Request for a subgrant application, select the Revision History icon to the right of the subgrant number on the All Grants screen. See Appendix for alt text description.
From the All Grants screen, select the Revision History icon associated with the subapplication.
The Revision History screen lists subgrant number, title, sequential number of revision requests, queue, subgrant section, requestor name, general comments, section comments, date. See Appendix for alt text description.
The Revision History screen displays. Subapplication Revision Requests are displayed below application Revision Requests. The history includes the subapplication number and title, the Revision Request #, the Queue from which the revision was requested, the subapplication section that required a revision, general and section-specific comments, the requester’s name, and the date requested.
When the subgrant is revised and resubmitted, the Revision History screen displays the name of the resubmitter and date. Select close button to return to the All Grants screen. See Appendix for alt text description.
If the subapplication has been resubmitted, then the user name of the Applicant who resubmitted it and the Date Resubmitted are listed. Select the Close button to return to the All Grants screen.

Out-of-Queue Application Revision Requests

After an application has been processed through the Receipt and Delegate queue, there are no more queues for the application. After the Receipt and Delegate queue, each subapplication moves through each queue of the Pre-Award Eligibility Workflow. So, to request a revision to an application after the Receipt and Delegate queue has been completed, you will have to make an application revision request “out-of-queue.” Note that an out-of-queue application revision request does not impact the processing of the application or its associated subapplications in the Pre-Award Eligibility Workflow queues.Alex will show you how to request a revision to an application out-of-queue.Scroll down to see slideshow captions.

 

You can request an out-of-queue revision to an application from the All Grants screen by selecting the Revision icon to the left of the application number in the Grant # column.
Example shows Revision Request screen with "You may attach a Management Costs subapplication request up to 10% of the total of Planning and Project subapplications submitted..." See Appendix for alt text description.
Just as when submitting a revision request for an application “in queue,” (that is, from within the Receipt and Delegate queue), you must provide comments to the Applicant by entering them in the General Comments field. For this application, we will enter the comment, “You may attach a Management Costs subapplication to request up to 10% of the total of the planning and project subapplications submitted. Note that management costs must be cost-shared.”
Revision Request screen features a Revision Deadline Date text field. Example shows 11/30/2017 entered. See Appendix for alt text description.
Then enter a revision deadline date in the Revision Deadline Date field. Enter the date of “11/30/2017.” Keep in mind that the deadline you set is simply a suggested timeframe and FEMA may choose to accept revisions submitted after the revision deadline date.
Prior to end of Receipt and Delegate queue, you can select subgrants to be revised. Example shows unchecked box for a subgrant and the Reasons for Revision Request text field. See Appendix for alt text description.
If the Receipt and Delegate queue has not yet been completed, you may check the box in the Select column for each subapplication attached to the application that requires revisions. Then, provide the reason for the revision request. After the Receipt and Delegate queue has been completed, individual subapplication revision requests must be made either from a Workflow queue or from the All Grants screen. This revision does not involve a submitted subapplication, therefore, no box is selected.
On the Revision Request screen, select Yes or No from the Subgrants May be Added dropdown menu on Revision Request screen. Only prior to completion of Receipt and Delegate queue. See Appendix for alt text description.
If the Receipt and Delegate queue has been completed, you will also have the option of allowing the Applicant to attach additional subapplications to his or her application by selecting “Yes” from the Subgrants May Be Added drop-down menu. Select the Continue button.
Confirmation. FMA-04-KY-2017 (0): Columbia DEM Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant. Grantee was successfully notified of revision request. (hyperlink emphasized) Return to Inbox.
You will receive a Confirmation screen that the Applicant was notified of the revision request. Select the Return to Inbox to continue reviewing subapplications.

Out-of-Queue Subapplication Revision Requests

In some instances, it may be necessary to request revisions to subapplications when the Revise button is not available from a Workflow queue screen. Such “out-of-queue” subapplication Revision Requests do not impact the processing of the subapplication in the Pre-Award Eligibility Workflow queues.

Alex will demonstrate the process for requesting out-of-queue subapplication revisions.

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To make an out of queue revision request, select the Revise icon to the left of the subgrant number on the All Grants screen. See Appendix for alt text description.
You can request revision to a subapplication out-of-queue from the All Grants screen by selecting the Revise icon to the left of the subapplication number in the Subgrant # column.
On the Revision Request screen, you must add a comment for the subgrant applicant. Example shows: Please revise the Cost Estimate and Cost Share sections. See Appendix for alt text description.
Just as when making subapplication revision requests from Pre-Award Eligibility Workflow queues, you must provide comments to the Applicant by entering them in the General Comments field. For this subapplication, enter the comment, “Please revise the Cost Estimate and Cost Share sections.”
On the Revision Request screen, you must add a Revision Deadline Date. Example shows: 04/11/2017. See Appendix for alt text description.
Set the Revision Deadline date. For this subapplication, enter a revision deadline date of “04/11/2018.” Keep in mind that the deadline you set is simply a suggested timeframe and FEMA may choose to accept revisions submitted after the revision deadline date.
Bottom of Revision Request screen displays subgrant sections and comments fields. Example shows: Cost Estimate and Cost Share sections selected. See Appendix for alt text description.
Check the box(es) in the Select column next to the sections of the subapplication for which you are requesting revision. This enables you to limit access to only those sections of the subapplications for which you are authorizing revisions, and you will only need to review these revised sections as opposed to the entire subapplication. You must enter Reasons for Revision Request for each section selected. For this subapplication, we will select the Cost Estimate and Cost Share sections. For the Cost Estimate section, enter, “Please revise the Cost Estimate to add more details to the elevation project budget.” For the Cost Share section, enter, “Please provide more details about other agency funding type.” Then, select the Continue button.
Confirmation screen will appear displaying a message that the Applicant was notified of the revision request. Select the Return to Inbox link.

Lesson 8 Summary

In this lesson, you learned about:

  • Requests for rework
  • Requests to revise an application
  • Requests to revise a subapplication
  • Viewing the application Revision History
  • Viewing a subapplication Revision History
  • Requesting out-of-queue revisions to applications
  • Requesting out-of-queue revisions to subapplications

Some key points from this lesson include:

  • From the Pre-Award Review queue, a user may request a rework of a previous queue(s).
  • A request to revise an application or subapplication allows changes to be made by the Applicant or Subapplicant.
  • From the Pre-Award Eligibility screen, Headquarters PDM Coordinators or Headquarters FMA Coordinators can request that a subapplication be reset.

Lesson 9 Overview

Once a subapplication has successfully passed through all of the Pre-Award Eligibility Workflow queues, it is eligible to be processed for a subaward.

When you’re done with this lesson, you’ll be able to identify:

  • The components of an award package
  • The reasons to amend an award package

eGrants User Scenario

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Team Leader: Alex Salazar, Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program Coordinator

Your Role: New FMA Program Analyst

Office: FEMA Regional Office

Challenge: FMA and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) subapplications have been selected for award.

To Date: You learned about the processes for submitting requests to rework, reset, and revise subapplications.

The Next Step: Alex will explain how to create award packages.

Hello. It’s Alex here. Once an application or subapplication has completed the Pre-Award Eligibility queues, it next moves to the Award Workflow queues. This queue is where the funding is obligated and the official documentation of the federal award is created. I will show you how to create and amend Award Packages for approved federal awards.

Creating an Award Package

There are three types of award packages:

  • Standard award package: Used to obligate funds to approved subapplications that have not yet been funded
  • Additional obligation award package: Used to obligate additional funds to a subaward
  • De-obligation award package: Used to return funds from an obligated subaward
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You will need to validate the vendor with the FEMA Finance Center (FFC) before submitting the award package. The FEMA Finance Center will need to know the Recipient’s name, its Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, and a previous federal award number that it may have had in the Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS). The FEMA Finance Center will check to see if a current record exists or if a new one must be created. The information can be forwarded to the Records Maintenance mailbox with the Subject: MT eGrants Grantee Validation. The email address is [email protected]

Create/Amend Award Package Workflow Queue

The eGrants Internal System allows FEMA to electronically manage the process of creating, reviewing, and amending award packages for applications and subapplications that were approved in the Pre-Award Eligibility Workflow. The Awards Workflow is the process for preparing and reviewing these award packages.

Once subapplications have been approved in the Pre-Award Eligibility Workflow, they can be selected to be included in a federal award. The Awards Workflow begins with the Create/Amend Award Package queue. This queue may entail creating an initial award package for an initial obligation or creating an amendment to an existing award package that may involve an additional obligation, no obligation, or a de-obligation. If an initial award package is created, it is forwarded to the Regional Director Review queue. The Regional Director may disapprove the award package and send it back to the Create/Amend Award Package queue, or he or she may approve the award package, which then submits the obligation to Generic Financial Services (GFS) and the Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS) for obligation approval. If a subaward has a federal share of $1 million or more, the Notification Coordination queue will need to be completed and will take place after the Regional Director Review queue.

Creating a New Award

Assistance Officers and Grants Management Specialists can both create an award package in the Create/Amend Award Package queue, but only Assistance Officers can submit the award package to the Regional Director for review. The Submit button is unavailable to Grants Management Specialists. They must check in the queue so that it can be submitted by an Assistance Officer.

Alex will explain how a Grants Management Specialist creates a new award for a FMA subapplication.

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To create an Awards Package, navigate to the All Grants screen, then select the Awards icon in in the same row as the subgrant number on the All Grants Screen. See Appendix for alt text description.
To create an award package, the Grants Management Specialist selects the Subgrant Award icon to the right of an eligible subapplication on the All Grants screen.
The Awards screen appears. This screen lists all the award packages that have been created for an application. To create a new award package for an eligible subapplication, the Grants Management Specialist selects the Create button.
On the Create/Amend Award Package: Obligate screen, check the box in the Select column for the subgrant, enter the Federal Share and Non-Federal shares in the text fields, then select the Save button.
The Create/Amend Award Package: Obligate screen appears. The Grants Management Specialist checks the box in the Select column that corresponds with the subapplication which is eligible for an award package. More than one checkbox may be selected to create an award package that includes multiple subapplications.
The federal share for this subapplication is $385.31. The Grants Management Specialist enters the amount “385.31” in the Obligation Amount (Federal Share) text field. The non-federal share for this subapplication is $135.23, so he or she enters “135.23” in the Obligation Amount (Non-Federal Share) text field. Then he or she selects the Save button.

Award Package — Part 1

The Grants Management Specialist creates the three documents that constitute the award package. These documents are the:

  • FEMA Form (FF) 76-10A
  • Agreement Articles
  • Award Letter

The links on the Awards screen sidebar menu will open screens that allow him or her to create these documents. The Agreement Articles and Award Letter can also be created outside of eGrants and uploaded to the award package.

Alex will explain how a Grants Management Specialist creates Part 1 of the award package: the FF 76-10A.

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Hyperlinked Sidebar menu: MyRoles, Grant Application, (emphasized) FF 76-10A, Agreement Articles, Award Letter, Process Award Package, Workflow Diagram
The Grants Management Specialist can access all three parts of the award package by using the links on the Awards screen sidebar menu. To create Part 1 of the awards package, the FEMA Form FF-76-10A form, he or she selects the FF-76-10A link.
The Edit Award Package: FF 76-10A screen displays. It is already auto-populated with the Federal and Non-Federal Share information entered earlier. The Grants Management Specialist selects a Commitment number from the Commitment # drop-down menu. For this subapplication he or she selects “819934N.” Some Commitment numbers may already have vendors linked to them and the number will appear in the Vendor IDfield. This Commitment number doesn’t have a vendor directly linked to it, so the Grants Management Specialist selects the Search link in the Vendor ID field.
On the Vendor Search screen you can search by State, Vendor ID, and Vendor Name. Dropdown menu criteria includes: equals, begins with, ends with, and includes. See Appendix for alt text description.
The Vendor Search screen displays. The Grants Management Specialist can search by State, Vendor ID, Vendor Name, or a combination of these categories. The “State” option defaults to the state indicated on the application. The drop-down criteria options for Vendor ID and Vendor name include: Equals, Begins With, and Contains. The Grants Management Specialist has validated the vendor with the FEMA Financial Center, so he or she selects “=” and types the Vendor ID number “SFL153” in the text field. Then, he or she selects the Search button.
Information on vendors that fulfill the selected criteria are displayed on the Vendor Search screen. Use the radio button to select the appropriate vendor and select the Return button. See Appendix for alt text description.
Information on vendors that meet the search criteria are displayed. The Grants Management Specialist selects the radio button to the left of the appropriate Vendor. Then, he or she selects the Return button to return to the FF 76-10A form.
The FF 76-10A screen displays. The Vendor ID field is updated.
Accounting Data (ACCS Code) field in box 15 of the on the FF-76-10A form. The example shows two ACCS Codes: 2010-05-4909M2-9042-4101-D and 2017-05-J117-P042-4101-D. See Appendix for alt text description.
Scrolling down, the Accounting Classification Code Structure (ACCS) information displayed in Field 15 is auto-populated by the Commitment ID. The Grants Management Specialist completes all the remaining required fields, then selects the Save button.

Award Package — Part 2 and Part 3

The second part of the award package is the Agreement Articles. This document is the official agreement between FEMA and the Applicant regarding the funding of the federal award and its subawards. It details the laws that govern the agreement, the responsible parties, the funding, period(s) of performance, limitations, reporting procedures, closeout, and other stipulations.

The third part of the award package is the Award Letter. The letter, addressed to the Applicant Point of Contact, officially acknowledges the obligation to fund the federal award, the availability of funds, reporting requirements, and the federal award closeout requirements.

Alex will demonstrate how a Grants Management Specialist attaches the Agreement Articles and the Award Letter to an award package.

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Hyperlinked Sidebar menu: MyRoles, Grant Application, FF 76-10A, (emphasized) Agreement Articles, Award Letter, Process Award Package, Workflow Diagram
The second component in the award package are the Agreement Articles. To attach a copy of them to the award package, the Grants Management Specialist selects the Agreement Articles link from the sidebar menu.
The Edit Award Package: Agreement Articles screen appears. The Grants Management Specialist can choose to use the Standard Template to create the Agreement Articles or attach a file that contains the Agreement Articles from his or her computer. To begin, the Grants Management Specialist selects the Attach Agreement Articles radio button. Then, he or she selects the Browse button.
Using your File Explorer window, navigate to and select the Articles of Agreement document on your computer and select the Open button. See Appendix for alt text description.
A file explorer window appears. The Grants Management Specialist navigates to find the Articles of Agreement document on his or her computer to select it. Then he or she selects the Open button to upload it to eGrants.
On the Edit Award Package: Agreement Articles screen, the name of the uploaded file appears. It is necessary to enter the name of the Assistance Officer in the text field (Patty Bowman) before saving. See Appendix for alt text description.
The Agreement Articles file name appears on the screen. The Grants Management Specialist now enters the name of the Assistance Officer,Patty Archer, then selects Save. Now, it’s time for the Grants Management Specialist to create the Award Letter.
To create the third component in the award package, the Grants Management Specialist selects the Award Letter link from the sidebar menu.
On the Edit Award Package: Award Letter screen you can choose to either use the Standard Template (selected) or upload and attach the Award Letter from your computer. See Appendix for alt text description.
The Edit Award Package: Award Letter page displays. The Grants Management Specialist can select either the Use Standard Template radio button and complete the required fields, or select the Attach Award Letter radio button and attach an Award Letter. For this subapplication, the Grants Management Specialist selects the Use Standard Template radio button. The Recipient information is auto-populated from the application. Then, he or she selects the Save button. The three parts of the award package are now complete. The Grants Management Specialist now needs to Check In the subapplication so the Assistance Officer can review the award package.

Grants Office Cost Review

After the award package has been completed, the Assistance Officer must check out the queue in order to review the eligibility of each budget line item in the subapplication and three parts of the award package.Alex will explain how an Assistance Officer performs the cost review in eGrants.Scroll down to see slideshow captions.
To review the cost line items for a subgrant, select the Cost Review (Grants) icon in the same row as the selected subgrant. See Appendix for alt text description.
To begin the Cost Review process, the Assistance Officer first Checks Out the application and selects the Create/Amend Award link. Then he or she selects the Cost Review (Grants) icon for each subapplication included in the award package.
The Cost Review (Grants) screen displays. The Assistance Officer reviews each item in each Subgrant Budget Class to determine its eligibility and selects the checkbox for each eligible item.
On the Cost Review (Grants) screen, each budget line items is reviewed including: unit quantity, unit of measure, unit cost, and total cost. See Appendix for alt text description.
The Assistance Officer then reviews the amounts for individual unit quantities, units of measure, unit costs, and the total cost for each eligible item.
From the Cost Review (Grants) screen, the unit quantity and unit cost can be edited, which will impact the total cost. Revisions require the Revise button to be clicked. See Appendix for alt text description.
If any corrections or adjustments need to be made, the Assistance Officer can make them in the associated text fields. He or she would then select the Revise button, which will bring up the Revision Request screen, to return the subapplication to the Applicant for revisions.
When the review is complete, the Assistance Officer selects the Save button.

Deleting an Award Package

An award package can only be deleted if it has not yet been submitted to the IFMIS.

To delete an award package, a Grants Management Specialist selects the Award icon for a subapplication from either the All Grants or Inbox screens. The Awards screen will display the list of award packages for the subawards within a federal award. He or she selects the Delete icon in the Delete column to remove the award package. The Delete icon will not appear if the award package has already been submitted to IFMIS.

Approving an Award Package

The Regional Director reviews the obligated federal share and non-federal share amounts, the FF 76-10A, Agreement Articles, and Award Letter before submitting the obligated federal share amount to GFS and IFMIS for disbursement.The Regional Director is ready to review and submit the award package for a Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) subapplication.

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Hyperlinked Sidebar menu: MyRoles, Grant Application, FF 76-10A, Agreement Articles, Award Letter, (emphasized) Process Award Package, Workflow Diagram
The Regional Director needs to review all three parts of the award package to make sure everything is complete and accurate. He or she selects the Process Award Package link on the sidebar menu.
The Process Award Package screen appears. The Regional Director selects the Create/Amend Award Package link in the Queue column.
On the Create/Amend Award Package: Obligate screen select the links to review the three parts of the Award Package, then mark them as Complete before submitting the Award Package to IFMIS for review. See Appendix for alt text description.
The Create/Amend Award Package: Obligate screen appears. To review the award package documents for completion and accuracy, the Regional Director selects each link for the FF 76-10A form, Agreement Articles, and the Award Letter. If the review is satisfactory, the Regional Director selects the Complete checkbox to the left of each document title. To approve the award package, the Regional Director selects the Submit button.
Confirmation. Award Package FMA-04-FL-2010 (0): FL FMA 2010 Test 2 [EMA-2010-FM-E001 (2)] was successfully sent to IFMIS. (hyperlinked) Return to Inbox
A confirmation screen appears. The obligated federal share amount has now been sent to IFMIS for disbursement. To approve another award package, the Regional Director selects the Return to Inbox link.

Notification Coordination

Issuing a federal award that includes one or more subawards with a federal share of $1 million or greater must be coordinated with the appropriate members of Congress. If the federal share of a subaward is $1 million or greater, the Notification Coordination queue is triggered to document the Large Project Notification (LPN) process and must be completed. Users with the PDM or FMA Coordinator role may complete the Notification Coordination queue. The Notification Coordination queue is initiated concurrently with the creation of an award package in the eGrants system. The bulk of the LPN process takes place outside of eGrants, with the system used to document the process and dates of completion.

It is best to wait until after the Notification Coordination is completed to document the process in eGrants, since the eGrants Internal System does not allow date(s) later than the current date to be entered. On the Notification Coordination screen, after the notification has been completed, select the “Yes” option from the Notification Coordination Complete drop-down menu. Enter the date of the notification in the Notification Coordination Date field. After the Regional External Affairs Officer has been notified, select the “Yes” option from the Regional External Affairs Officer Notified drop-down menu. After the press release is issued, enter the date that the press release was issued in the Public News Release Date field. After all of the fields have been completed, select the Save button.

Amending Subawards

Sometimes a subaward needs to be amended because its period of performance, scope of work, or costs have changed. In these instances, the Grants Management Specialist would respond to an Applicant’s request by releasing section(s) of the subaward for revision. After revision and resubmission, the subapplication would reappear in the grant program Inbox in the appropriate queue for processing.

  • If a longer period of performance is required, the Schedule section would be released for revision and resubmission. If the period of performance change has no impact on project or planning costs, the amended award package would not need to be submitted to IFMIS.
  • If the scope of work on a project or planning activity has expanded, the Scope of Work section (and Cost Estimate section, if necessary) would be released for revision and resubmission. If the scope of work change has no impact on project or planning costs, the amended award package would not need to be submitted to IFMIS. However, if monies are no longer required due to a cancelled project or plan, then the de-obligation award package would need to be submitted to IFMIS.
  • If additional funds are required to complete a project, the Cost Share and Cost Estimate sections would be released for revision and resubmission. An additional obligation award package would be completed and submitted to IFMIS.
If any corrections or adjustments need to be made, the Assistance Officer can make them in the associated text fields. He or she would then select the Revise button, which will bring up the Revision Request screen, to return the subapplication to the Applicant for revisions.
Amend Award, Grants Mgmt Spec, Assist Officer, Reg Dir, Change Fed Share, No (branch to Recipient), Yes, Is fed share > $1 million?, No (branch to GFS, IFMIS, Recipient, Yes (branch to Notification Coord) then to GFS. See Appendix for alt text description
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Obligate Additional Funds

Once an award package has been processed through IFMIS, it is possible to amend the award to obligate additional funds. This may occur if costs have increased and the originally obligated funds are insufficient to complete the project or plan.

After a subapplication is revised and resubmitted with new federal share and non-federal share amounts, the updated subapplication must complete the Pre-Eligibility Workflow queues before it can be processed for award. (The Pre-Award Eligibility Workflow queues were discussed in Lesson 5.)

Alex will explain how a Grants Management Specialist creates an additional obligation award package for an eligible, revised subapplication.

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To create an Awards Package, navigate to the All Grants screen, then select the Awards icon in in the same row as the subgrant number on the All Grants Screen. See Appendix for alt text description.
To begin the process to obligate additional funds, the Grants Management Specialist locates the application, FMA-PL-04-FL-2005, which contains the subaward which requires more funds, on the All Grants screen. Then, he or she selects the Subgrant Award icon that corresponds to the subapplication with the “-001” designation.
The Awards screen appears and displays the award packages created for the federal award. To obligate additional funds, the Grants Management Specialist selects the Obligate button.
Create/Amend Award Package: Obligate. Select checkbox for subgrant, enter Federal Share amount and Non-Federal Share amount in text fields, then select Save button. See Appendix for alt text description.
The Create/Amend Award Package: Obligate screen appears. The Grants Management Specialist checks the box in the Select column for subapplication number FMA-PL-04-FL-2005-001 and enters the new federal share and non-federal share amounts that have carried over from the revised subapplication. Then, he or she selects the Save button. The Assistance Officer will review the revised budget line items. The Grants Management Specialist will complete the three parts of the award package. The Regional Director will review the award package and submit it to IFMIS as before.
Create/Amend Award Package: Obligate. Select checkbox for subgrant, enter Federal Share amount and Non-Federal Share amount in text fields, then select Save button. See Appendix for alt text description.
The Create/Amend Award Package: Obligate screen appears. The Grants Management Specialist checks the box in the Select column for subapplication number FMA-PL-04-FL-2005-001 and enters the new federal share and non-federal share amounts that have carried over from the revised subapplication. Then, he or she selects the Save button. The Assistance Officer will review the revised budget line items. The Grants Management Specialist will complete the three parts of the award package. The Regional Director will review the award package and submit it to IFMIS as before.

Amending to De-Obligate

If it is determined that a mitigation project is cancelled or modified, or other cost reductions are found, the subaward can be amended to de-obligate funds accordingly.

The process to de-obligate funds is the same as for obligating funds, except, select the De-Obligate button on the Awards screen instead of the Obligate button. On the Create/Amend Award Package: De-Obligate screen, select the subapplication number for which funds should be de-obligated. Minus signs will be visible beside the text fields in the De-Obligation Amount columns. Enter the amount to be reduced from the Federal Share and Non-Federal Share in those fields. Then select the Save button to default the financial data from the amounts entered into the FF 76-10A form. The Assistance Officer will review the three parts of the award package before submitting the de-obligation award package to the Regional Director and IFMIS.

Reports

The Reports tab is located at the top of all Workflow queue screens. To run a report for a grant program, users need at least Read Only access. Then, the user will be able to access data only from his or her FEMA Region.
Use the FY dropdown menu on the Reports screen to select the fiscal year for your report information (example: 2017 selected) See Appendix for alt text description.
To run a report, first select the fiscal year. For this demonstration, select “2017” from the FY drop-down menu.
You can choose to display the report as a PDF or in MicrosoftⒸ Excel format. For this demonstration, select the “PDF” option from the Report Format drop-down menu.
From the list of reports available for the FMA grant program, select (hyperlink emphasized) GEN-02, summary of FMA subgrants. See Appendix for alt text description.
Then, select the link for the report in the ID column. For this demonstration, select the GEN-02 Subgrant Summary report.
The FEMA FMA Subgrant Summary, GEN-02 report displays. See Appendix for alt text description.
The selected report opens in a new window and can be saved to your computer.

Searching for Awards

The Search tab allows you to search for federal awards and subawards available to you based on your eGrants roles. You can search within four categories: Grants (federal awards), Subgrants (subawards), Award Packages, and Quarterly Reports by selecting the corresponding link in the sidebar menu. General search criteria include Fiscal Year (FY), Region, and/or State. Additional search criteria are available depending on the search category. Also, for each criterion, you may select “=,” “Begins with,” “Contains,” or “Ends with.”

Alex will demonstrate how to perform a search for a project subaward.

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Search screen Sidebar menu. (Hyperlinks) My Roles,, Search, - Grants, (checked and emphasized) Subgrants, - Award Packages, - Quarterly Reports.
For this demonstration, let’s search for a subaward from the State of Connecticut for Fiscal Year 2010. First, select the Subgrants link from the sidebar menu to display the search criteria for subawards.
Then, for the search criteria, enter “2010” in the FY text field.
On the Search: Subgrants screen, select CT (for Connecticut) from the State dropdown menu, then select the Search button to begin the search. See Appendix for alt text description.
Select “CT” from the State drop-down menu. Then, select the Search button at the bottom of the screen.
To view groups of 10 subgrants that met your established search criteria, open the Show dropdown menu on the Search Results: Subgrants screen (example: Show 1-10) See Appendix for alt text description.
The Search Results: Subgrants screen opens, displaying up to the first 10 results of the search you performed.
You can select the set of 10 results to display from the Show drop-down menu or you can choose to display all of the subawards by selecting the Show All link. You can also use the First, Previous, Next, and Last links to navigate through groups of 10 subawards.
Use the sortable links on the Search Results: Subgrants column headers: FY, Subgrant #, Subgrant Title, Subgrantee Name, and Federal Share to organize your search results. See Appendix for alt text description.
You can sort the results displayed on the screen by clicking a column title.
In addition, you can select the links and icons available for any of the specific results: the application number link in the Grant # column, the subapplication number link in the Subgrant # column, or the Subgrant (Pre-Award Eligibility) Workflow icon, Awards icon, or Quarterly Report icon to navigate to those screens for additional information.
Select the Export button on the Search Results screen to export the results to a spreadsheet file you can save on your computer. See Appendix for alt text description.
You can also export the search results to a spreadsheet by selecting the Export button at the bottom of the screen.

Lesson 9 Summary

You have now completed Lesson 9: Awards Workflow.

There are several key points to remember when processing a subapplication for a subaward.

  • There are three types of award packages:
    • Standard Award Package: for previously unfunded, approved subapplications
    • Additional Obligation Award Package: for awarding additional funds to a subaward
    • De-obligation Package: to return funds from a subaward
  • Award packages have three components: the FF-76-10A, Agreement Articles, and Award Letter.
  • Award packages can be amended or deleted if they haven’t been submitted to the IFMIS for approval.
  • Federal share funds can be obligated, increased, or de-obligated.
  • The funding of large projects (i.e., individual subapplications of $1 million or more in federal share funds) must be coordinated with members of Congress in an external process that is documented in eGrants.
  • You can select the Search tab to find a federal award, subaward, award package, or quarterly report.
  • You can select the Reports tab to run a report on the grant programs in the FEMA Region to which you have access.

Lesson 10 Overview

This lesson describes the Quarterly Reports Workflow of the eGrants Internal System.At the end of this lesson, you should be able to identify:

  • The Quarterly Reports Workflow queues

eGrants User Scenario

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Team Leader: Alex Salazar, Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program Coordinator

Your Role: New FMA Program Analyst

Office: FEMA Headquarters

Challenge: Recipients are required to submit quarterly financial status and performance reports on their federal awards.

To Date: You have learned the process for creating and amending an award package.

The Next Step: Alex will show you how to view and process Quarterly Performance Reports.

Hi. It’s Alex. Each quarter, recipients are required to report on the performance and financial status of projects and plans funded by their federal award. They submit their financial status reports through the Payment and Reporting System. But they submit their performance reports through eGrants. I will show you how to process both the financial status and performance quarterly reports in the Quarterly Reports Workflow queue.

Quarterly Reports

Unless stated differently in the award documents, Recipients are required to submit quarterly performance and financial reports throughout the period of performance of their federal award. Quarterly Reports are due to FEMA no later than 30 days after the end of each federal fiscal quarter (see due dates below) following the date that the federal award was issued.

Quarterly Performance Reports must be submitted through eGrants. Quarterly Financial Status Reports are created and submitted through the Payment and Reporting System (PARS), which is outside of the eGrants system.

 
Period Covered Report Due Date
October 1 – December 31 January 30
January 1 – March 31 April 30
April 1 – June 30 July 30
July 1 – September 30 October 30

Quarterly Reports Workflow Queues

The eGrants Internal System provides FEMA users with the functionality to review the Recipient’s quarterly reports.The FEMA Quarterly Reports Workflow has two queues:

  • An Assistance Officer documents the review of both the Quarterly Performance Report and Quarterly Financial Status Report in the Quarterly Report Program Review queue.
  • A Grants Management Specialist documents the review of the Quarterly Financial Report in the Quarterly Report Grants Review queue. If the Grants Management Specialist is not satisfied with the outcome of the Quarterly Report Program Review queue, he or she can request that the queue be reworked.
Quarterly Reports Workflow diagram. Horizontally stripped box with Quarterly Report Program Review, right arrow, horizontally striped box with Quarterly Reports Grants Review, dotted left arching arrow back to first box.

Quarterly Reports in the Inbox

Quarterly reports received from Recipients are displayed in the Inbox, similar to how applications are displayed. The quarterly report number is displayed in the Subgrant/Quarterly Report # column.

Quarterly report numbers use the following format: Program Prefix (PDM or FMA) – FEMA Region – State, Territory, or Tribal Code – Fiscal Year – Quarterly Report number. Performance reports are indicated with a (P) and financial status reports are marked with an (F).

The fiscal quarters are numbered -01 through –xx, with -xx being the last quarter of the period of performance for the federal award, as stated in the FF 76-10A in the award package.

For example, the first Quarterly Performance Report for a FMA federal award for the State of Arkansas in Fiscal Year 2017 would appear as: FMA-10-AR-2017-QR-01 (P).

View Quarterly Reports

Alex will demonstrate how to view quarterly reports from the Inbox and other screens.Scroll down to see slideshow captions.
Select the Quarterly Reports option from the Module dropdown menu  on the Inbox screen, then select the Filter button to view the Quarterly Report Workflow queues available to you. See Appendix for alt text description.
To see the list of Quarterly Reports Workflow queues that are ready for processing in the Inbox, select the Quarterly Reports option from the Module drop-down menu. Then, select the Filter button.
Just as with applications, you may view and print individual quarterly reports without checking out the Quarterly Review queue by clicking on the Subgrant/Quarterly Report # link.
You can open the Quarterly Reports screen from the Inbox or All Grants screens by selecting the Quarterly Reports icon. See Appendix for alt text description.
Another way to view and print individual quarterly reports is to select the Quarterly Reports icon associated with the report on the Inbox or All Grants screens. The Quarterly Reports icon looks like a pie chart.
(DHS icon) FEMA eGrants: Flood Mitigation Assistance, Version: 5:17.00.00 03/15/2017 01:37 PM Server: localhost. Tabs: MyGrants, Pre-Award Eligibility, Awards, (emphasized) Quarterly Reports, Reports, Search
The third way you can view and print individual quarterly reports is to select the Quarterly Reports tab from the menu at the top of any Pre-Award Eligibility Workflow screen.

Quarterly Reports Screen

The Quarterly Reports screen allows you to view all of the quarterly reports submitted for a federal award, whether or not they are pending review.

Alex will demonstrate how to view the status of quarterly reports for a federal award.

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The Quarterly Reports screen displays in order, starting with the most recent, the quarterly reports submitted by the Recipient. Up to the first 10 are displayed and, as in the Inbox and All Grants screens, you can select to view groups of 10 by selecting them in the Show drop-down menu, or navigating among them using the First, Previous, Next, and Last links. Or you can select the Show All link to display all of the reports on a single screen.
On the Quarterly Report screen, you can select the Form icon to open the Finance and Performance reports in a new window. Select the attachments icon to see any attached documents. See Appendix for alt text description.
To open a report in a new window, select the Form icon, which looks like a piece of lined paper. To view the attachments associated with a report select the Attachments icon, which looks like a paper clip.
Quarterly Report screen column headings: Fiscal Year, Quarter, Report #, Report Type, Period Covered, Date Due, Date Submitted, Submittal Status, View, and Report. See Appendix for alt text description.
You can see the FY, Quarter, Report #, Report Type, Period Covered, Date Due, Date Submitted, and Submittal Status displayed for each Quarterly Report received.
Quarterly Reports submitted after the Due Date are listed with red type on the Quarterly Reports screen. See Appendix for alt text description.
The Due Date is the date 30 days past the end date of the quarter period covered. If a report was submitted after the Due Date, the Submittal Status will indicate how may days late it was submitted, and all information on the screen will be in red.

Process Quarterly Reports Screen

The Process Quarterly Reports screen provides the status of the Quarterly Report Workflow queues.

Alex will demonstrate how to view the status of the Quarterly Report Workflow queues.

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To view a submitted Quarterly Report, select the view icon near the right edge of the table, on the same row as the report you wish to read. See Appendix for alt text description.
From the Quarterly Reports screen, select the icon in the View column.
The Process Quarterly Reports screen displays. This is where we can view the status of the Quarterly Report Workflow queues for the quarterly report.
Quarterly Reports hyperlinked sidebar menu: MyRoles, (emphasized) Grant Application, Financial Report - Attachments, Performance Report - Attachments, Subgrant Quarterly Reports, Process Quarterly Report, Workflow Diagram
Select the Grant Application link in the sidebar menu to view the federal award in a new window for reference.

Quarterly Report Program Review Queue

The Quarterly Report Program Review queue allows you to document the programmatic review of both the Quarterly Performance Report and Quarterly Financial Report for a federal award.Users with the PDM Coordinator or FMA Coordinator role can process the Quarterly Report Program Review queue.Alex will demonstrate how to process the queue.Scroll down to see slideshow captions.

 

From the Inbox screen, select the Quarterly Report Program Review link in the Queue column to open the Quarterly Report Program Review queue. See Appendix for alt text description.
In order to view the Quarterly Report Program Review queue, you should first check it out and then select the Quarterly Report Program Review link in the Queue column. In this case, we are going to review the Quarterly Report # FMA-04-FL-2010-QR-13 (P).
The Quarterly Report Program Review screen appears. This screen allows you to document the programmatic review of the quarterly reports.
Sidebar of Quarterly Reports screen. Hyperlinks: MyRoles, Grant Application, (emphasized) Financial Report —Attachments, (emphasized) Performance Report —Attachments, Subgrant Quarterly Reports, Process Quarterly Report, Workflow Diagram
The sidebar menu on the left of the Quarterly Report Program Review screen provides links to view the financial and performance reports.
Sidebar of Quarterly Reports screen. Hyperlinks: MyRoles, Grant Application, Financial Report (emphasized) —Attachments,  Performance Report (emphasized)—Attachments, Subgrant Quarterly Reports, Process Quarterly Report, Workflow Diagram
Select the Attachments links in the sidebar menu to view any associated attachments that were submitted by the Recipient.
Select the Subgrant Quarterly Reports link in the sidebar menu to view any subaward quarterly reports that have been submitted. The documents will open in a new window for reference while you are performing the review.
While reviewing a Quarterly Report, you can view requested revisions by selecting the Revision History link on the Quarterly Report Program Review screen. (....2017/Q3) Answer, Select dropdown menu.
Selecting the Revision History link displays any revision requests that were made from this queue.
To respond to each question, select “Yes” or “No” from the Answer drop-down menu. For this report, we will select “Yes” for all three questions. When all of the questions have been completed, select the Save button.
Approved (select dropdown menu), User: Reviewer, New, Status: Pending, Date: 10/04/2016 05:28 PM. Buttons below: (emphasized) Attachments, (emphasized) Comments, Save, Forward, (emphasized) Revise
As in the Pre-Eligibility Workflow queues, you can attach relevant documents, add comments, and request a revision from the Recipient by selecting the Attachments, Comments, and Revise buttons at the bottom of the screen.
When all questions are answered on the Quarterly Report Program Review screen, choose (selected) Yes or No from the dropdown menu and the Forward button. See Appendix for alt text description.
When the review is complete, select “Yes” or “No” from the Approved drop-down menu. For this report, we are going to approve this queue by selecting “Yes.” Select the Forward button to move the quarterly report to the Quarterly Report Grants Review queue.
The confirmation screen lists the application number, the quarterly report number, and period covered, and that it was successfully forwarded from the QR Program Review queue. See Appendix for alt text description.
Confirmation message appears. Select the Return to Inbox link to process more quarterly reports.

Quarterly Report Grants Review Queue

The Quarterly Report Grants Review queue allows the Assistance Officer to document the financial review of the quarterly reports for a federal award. If the Assistance Officer concurs with the financial data in the report and concurs with the results of the previous Quarterly Report Program Review Queue, then the Assistance Officer can approve the review and select the Forward button to complete the queue.

If the Assistance Officer disagrees with the results of the previous Quarterly Report Program Review queue, he or she can send the report back to the Program Review queue for rework. In this case, the Assistance Officer would select “No” from the Approved drop-down menu, select the Comments button to add comments, and then select the Save button. If the Assistance Officer detects errors in the financial data in the report, he or she can send a revision request to the Recipient to correct the errors. In this case, the Assistance Officer would select “No” from the Approved drop-down menu, select the Comments button to add comments, and then select the Revise button. The Rework and Revise functionalities were covered in Lesson 8.

Lesson 10 Summary

In this lesson, you learned about the:

  • Quarterly Reports functionality
  • Review queues for quarterly reports

Some key points from this lesson:

  • Recipients are required to report their obligations and expenditures on a quarterly basis to FEMA for monitoring.
  • Quarterly reports are due on January 30, April 30, July 30, and October 30.
  • Recipients attach and submit Quarterly Performance Reports in eGrants. However, Quarterly Financial Status Reports are submitted through the PARS system.
  • There are two parts to the Quarterly Report Workflow Queue: The Quarterly Report Program Review for reviewing both the performance and financial reports, and the Quarterly Report Grants Review for reviewing just the financial report.
  • If necessary, an Assistance Officer can rework a report back to the Program Review queue, or a revision request can be sent to the Recipient from either the Program Review or Grants Review queues.
  • The Quarterly Reports screen displays the submission status of a quarterly report.
  • The Process Quarterly Reports screen displays the status of a report in the Quarterly Report Workflow queue.

Lesson 11 Overview

When we’re done with this lesson, you’ll be able to identify:

  • The Closeout process for subawards and federal awards

eGrants User Scenario

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Team Leader: Alex Salazar, Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program Coordinator

Your Role: New FMA Program Analyst

Office: FEMA Regional Office

Challenge: A federal award needs to be closed after its period of performance has ended.

To Date: You have learned how to view and process Quarterly Performance and Financial Status Reports.

The Next Step: Alex will explain the Closeout process for federal awards and subawards.

Hi. It’s Alex. FEMA is required to document the final financial status of a federal award and its associated subawards at the end of their periods of performance. I will explain the close out process for federal awards and subawards.

Subaward Closeout

A subaward can be closed out after the final awarded amount has been obligated and its period of performance has ended. Mitigation Specialists are able to close out subawards. To begin the Closeout process, a Subrecipient notifies the Recipient that the subaward is ready to be closed. The Recipient works with the Subrecipient as needed to complete a subaward closeout package. The Recipient submits the closeout package to FEMA when it is complete. The package contains the final quarterly reports, as well as specific documentation depending on the project type and type of subaward. A FEMA Mitigation Specialist reviews the documentation to verify that all the closeout requirements have been met.

Alex will demonstrate how to close out a subaward.

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All Grants screen sidebar menu. (Hyperlinks) MyRoles, Inbox, All Grants, Check In Tool, (selected and emphasized) Closeout
To close out a subaward, select the Closeout link on the Inbox screen.
The Closeout screen appears. Check the box in the Select Subgrant column associated with the subaward number to be closed out.
On the Closeout screen, enter the date (example: 06/19/2017) in the Close Date text field for the subgrant to be closed. See Appendix for alt text description.
Enter the Close Date. For this subaward, enter the date” 06/19/2017.”
On the Closeout screen, the Final Federal Share is already completed (example: 21000) Select the Save button to close the subgrant. See Appendix for alt text description.
The Final Federal Share text field is already completed with the final obligated amount of $21,000. Select Save.
Closeout Confirmation. The selected actions were performed for the following grants FMA-PL-04-FL-2010-006 was successfully closed. (Emphasized hyperlinks) Return to Closeout, Return to Inbox.
The Closeout Confirmation screen displays. Select the Return to Closeout link to continue to close out subawards, or select the Return to Inbox link.
Once a subgrant and grant have been closed out, no Revise icons appear on the left of their numbers on the All Grants screen (empty cells highlighted). See Appendix for alt text description.
After the subaward is closed, no revisions will be possible, so the Revision Request icon will not be displayed beside the subaward number on the All Grants screen.

Federal Award Closeout

The federal award can be closed out after all subawards associated with that federal award have been closed out. FEMA personnel use a checklist to verify that all requirements have been met and to ensure the documentation is complete. The Recipient submits a federal award closeout package, which contains the final quarterly reports and other documentation as evidence of compliance.

The Effective Date is the day when it is recorded in the eGrants system that the federal award is closed. The Effective Date is used as the basis for records retention requirements, per records management regulations.

When a federal award is closed out, all reports that display a Status field will show the federal award as being closed out. Also, after a federal award has been closed out, its associated subawards will not be displayed in the Inbox.

Alex will demonstrate how to close out a federal award.

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All Grants screen sidebar menu. (Hyperlinks) MyRoles, Inbox, All Grants, Check In Tool, (selected and emphasized) Closeout
After all subawards associated with a federal award have been closed out, you can close out the federal award. Select the Closeout link on the Sidebar menu.
To close out a federal award, on the Closeout screen, check the box in the Select column for the grant number. See Appendix for alt text description.
The Closeout screen appears. Verify that all subawards are closed before closing the federal award. Check the box in the Select Grant column for the federal award to be closed out. Then, select the Save button.
Enter the Close Date. For this federal award, enter “06/19/2017.”
The final federal share (example shows $100) is listed on the Closeout screen for a grant that is selected to be closed out. See Appendix for alt text description.
The amount in the Final Federal Share column is already filled in with the final obligated amount of $100.
On the Closeout page, after entering the closeout date, select the save button at the bottom of the screen. See Appendix for alt text description.
Select the Save button.
Closeout Confirmation. The selected actions were performed for the following grants FMA-PJ-04-FL-2005 was successfully closed. (emphasized and hyperlinked) Return to Closeout. (emphasized and hyperlinked) Return to Inbox.
The Closeout Confirmation screen appears. Select the Return to Closeout link to continue to close out more subawards, or select the Return to Inbox link.

Reopening Federal Awards

If needed, you can reopen a federal award that has been closed out. As indicated in the directions on the Closeout screen, check the box in the Select Grant column associated with the federal award to be re-opened and then select the Save button. The Closeout confirmation screen will display with a message stating the federal award was successfully re-opened. When a Gen-01 Report is run, the application will display an Approved status.

Re-opening Subawards

If needed, a subaward can be re-opened after it has been closed out. If the federal award has been closed, it must be re-opened before the subaward can be re-opened.

On the Closeout screen, check the box in the Select Subgrant column for the subaward to be re-opened, then select the Save button. The Closeout confirmation screen will display a message stating that the subaward was successfully re-opened.

Lesson 11 Summary

You have completed Lesson 11.

Before you move on to the last lesson in the course, let’s review what you learned in this lesson:

  • After the final awarded amount has been obligated for a subaward and its period of performance has been completed, it can be closed out in eGrants.
  • After all subawards have been closed out, a federal award can be closed out.
  • If needed, a federal award that has been closed out can be re-opened.
  • Subawards can be re-opened only if the federal award is re-opened first.

Lesson 12 Overview

This lesson describes the role of Headquarters Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Coordinator or Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Coordinator in managing the structure for each PDM and FMA federal award cycle in eGrants.

At the end of this lesson, you should be able to identify:

  • How eGrants supports hazard mitigation grant program administration

eGrants User Scenario

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Team Leader: Alex Salazar, Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program Coordinator

Your Role: New FMA Program Analyst

Office: FEMA Regional Office

Challenge: The FEMA Headquarters FMA Coordinators and Headquarters PDM Coordinators use eGrants to structure and manage FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs.

To Date: You have learned how to close out federal awards and subawards.

The Next Step: Alex will describe the Program Administration functionalities in eGrants.

Hello. It’s Alex again. Each year, Congress appropriates funding for the Mitigation grant programs. Grant program managers, like me, need to set funding limits and enter accounting codes in the eGrants system. I’d like you to understand how a grant program is managed, so I will demonstrate the program administration functions in eGrants.

Program Administration—ACCS Codes

The Program Administration functionalities allow users with Headquarters PDM Coordinator and FMA Coordinator roles to manage the respective grant programs. One Program Administration function is to enter the Accounting Classification Code Structure (ACCS) codes for grant programs. The ACCS codes are used by the eGrants system to lookup the commitment numbers from FEMA’s Generic Financial Interface (GFI) based on the grant program for each award. ACCS codes must be entered before any federal awards can be obligated. The ACCS codes are entered annually and may carry over from the previous fiscal year.

Alex will demonstrate how to enter and edit annual ACCS codes in eGrants.

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Inbox Sidebar menu (emphasized): Program Administration. Other links: My Roles, Pending User Registrations (155), Approved User Registrations (475), Rejected User Registrations (211), All User Registrations (841), Search User Registrations.
From the eGrants Homepage, select the Program Administration link in the sidebar menu. Only Headquarters PDM Coordinators and Headquarters FMA Coordinators can view the Program Administration link.
On the Program Administration screen, in the Administration Criteria section, select the award program from the Program Type drop-down menu (example: FMA) See Appendix for alt text description.
On the Program Administration screen, the current fiscal year (FY) is selected by default in the FY drop-down menu, because you can only edit current fiscal year information. Only programs for which you have roles will appear in the Program drop-down menu. In this demonstration, five options are available: FMA, LPDM, PDMC, RFC, and SRL. Select the “FMA” option.
To set or modify ACCS codes, select ACCS Codes - Annual from the Data Type dropdown menu in the Administration Criteria section of the Program Administration screen. See Appendix for alt text description.
The options that are available in the Data Type drop-down menu are determined by the grant program selected. In this demonstration, the task options are: Accounting Classification Code Structure (ACCS) Codes—Annual, ACCS Codes—Carryover, Application Period, Total Funding, or Error Report Email Address. Select the “ACCS Codes—Annual” option.
Select the Submit button the Program Administration screen to process the request to enter the ACCS Codes for a grant program. See Appendix for alt text description.
Select the Submit button to process the request.
To add an annual ACCS code for an FMA grant program, select the Add button on the Program Administration - ACCS Codes - Annual screen. See Appendix for alt text description.
The Program Administration—ACCS Codes—Annual screen appears. Select the Add button to enter the Fund Code and the Program Code.
To add an ACCS annual code, enter the fund Code (example: 05) and the Program Code (example: 5300M2) in the respective text fields. Then select the Save button. See Appendix for alt text description.
The Program Administration—Modify ACCS Codes (Annual) screen appears. To add the ACCS Code—Annual for FY 2017, enter “05” into the Fund Code field and enter “5300M2” into the Program Code field. Select the Save button to make the changes.
The Fund Code and Program Code that you entered have been added to the list of annual ACCS codes. The other fields are automatically populated by the eGrants system.
To edit an annual ACCS code, select the edit icon on the right of the Program Administration - ACCS Codes - Annual screen. See Appendix for alt text description.
To edit the ACCS Codes-Annual, select the Edit icon.
Enter a new fund code or program code into the text fields on the Program Administration - Modify ACCS Codes (Annual) screen, then select the Save button. See Appendix for alt text description.
On the Program Administration—Modify ACCS Codes (Annual) screen, you can update the Fund Code or the Program Code, or both. Select Save to make the change(s).

ACCS Codes—Carryover Functionality

To fund federal awards that have periods of performance that will continue into the next fiscal year, the ACCS fund code and program code they are associated with must “carry over” to the next year. Headquarters FMA Coordinators and Headquarters PDM Coordinators can also enter ACCS—Carryover Codes into eGrants.Alex will demonstrate how to enter and edit annual ACCS codes in eGrants.

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On the Program Administration screen, in the Administration Criteria section, select the award program from the Program Type drop-down menu (example: FMA) See Appendix for alt text description.
From the Program Administration screen, select the “FMA” option from the Program drop-down menu.
Select ACCS Codes—Carryover from the Data Type drop-down menu. Remember, the options that are available in the Data Type drop-down menu are determined by what grant program you have selected. Select the Submit button to process the request.
On the Program Administration—ACCS Codes—Carryover screen, select the Add button to enter the Carryover Fund Code and Program Code.
Enter the fund code (example: 05) and program code (example: 5302M2) into the respective text fields on the Program Administration - Modify ACCS Codes (Carryover) screen. Then select the Save button. See Appendix for alt text description.
The Program Administration—Modify ACCS Codes (Carryover) screen appears. From here, you can add the carryover ACCS Codes. To carry over the FY 2017 fund code and program code into FY 2018, enter “05” in the Fund Code text field and “5302M2” in the Program Code text field. Then, select the Save button.
The Carryover Fund Code and Program Code that you entered have been added to the list of Carryover ACCS codes. The other fields are automatically populated by the eGrants system
On the Program Administration-ACCS Codes-Carryover screen, select the Edit icon for the program code you wish to modify. See Appendix for alt text description.
To edit the Carryover ACCS Codes, select the Edit icon.
To edit an ACCS fund or program code, enter the new information in the respective text fields on the Program Administration - Modify ACCS Codes (Carryover) screen. Then select the Save button. See Appendix for alt text description.
Input the updated Fund Code or Program Code. Then, select Save to make the change.

Application Period Functionality

The Application Period controls how long an application for a grant program is available to Applicants in the eGrants External System.Hope Samuels, a Headquarters PDM Coordinator, will demonstrate how to enter the start and end dates for the PDM Application Period in eGrants.

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From the Program Administration screen, select the PDMC option from the Program dropdown menu. See Appendix for alt text description.
On the Program Administration screen, the current fiscal year is selected by default in the FY drop-down menu. The Program drop-down menu has five options. I select the “PDMC” option.
Select Application Period option from the Data Type dropdown menu on the Program Administration screen. Then select the Submit button. See Appendix for alt text description.
To enter, view, or update the PDM application period, I select the “Application Period” option from the Data Type drop-down menu. Then, I select the Submit button.
Select the Update button on the Program Administration - Application period screen to update the Application period for the PDM grant program. See Appendix for alt text description.
Any application period that has previously been set will appear on the Program Administration—Application Period screen. I select the Updatebutton to enter or modify the Start Date and End Date. I can enter the dates and times based on Eastern Standard Time (EST) and the eGrants Internal System will automatically convert the date and time to the time zone at each user’s location.
In the End Date text field on the Program Administration - Modify (Application Period) screen, enter a new end date (example: 04/30/2017). Then select the Save button. See Appendix for alt text description.
For this demonstration, I will edit the End Date. I select the End Date text field, and change the month from “03” to “04”. I select the Save button to save the change.
The change appears on the Application Period screen.

PDM Total Funding Functionality

For the PDM grant program, the funding amount available for selected subapplications must be entered each fiscal year.

Hope Samuels, a Headquarters PDM Coordinator, will demonstrate how to record the annual total funding amount available for PDM federal awards.

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From the Program Administration screen, select the PDMC option from the Program dropdown menu. See Appendix for alt text description.
To set the total funding limit for the Pre-Disaster Mitigation grant program, select the Program drop-down menu. Select the “PDMC” option.
For this demonstration, the Data Type drop-down menu now has five options: Total Funding, ACCS Codes – Annual, ACCS Codes – Carryover, Application Period, and Error Report Email Address. Select the “Total Funding” item.
On the Program Administration screen, select the Submit button after selecting the Total Funding option from the Data Type dropdown menu. See Appendix for alt text description.
Select the Submit button to process your request.
To add the annual PDM funding limit, select the Add button on the Program Administration - PDMC Total Funding screen. See Appendix for alt text description.
On the Program Administration – PDMC Total Funding screen, select the Add button to add the Total Funding amount.
In the Total Funding text field, enter the total funds available (example: 3,000,000) on the Program Administration - Modify PDMC Total Funding screen. Then select the Save button. See Appendix for alt text description.
Enter the appropriate amount in the Total Funding field. In this example, we will enter “3,000,000” into the Total Funding field. Select the Savebutton to save the change you made.
To edit the total annual funding, select the Edit icon on the Program Administration - PDMC Total Funding screen. To cancel the edit, select the Cancel button. See Appendix for alt text description.
You can also edit the Total Funding amount by selecting the Edit icon on the Program Administration – PDMC Total Funding screen. Select the Cancel button to return to the Program Administration screen.

Lesson 12 Summary

In this lesson, you learned about the:

  • Reports functionality
  • Program Administration functionalities including setting:
    • Accounting Classification Code Structure (ACCS) codes
    • Application periods
    • Total Funding limits

Some key points from this lesson are:

  • Only users with the Headquarters PDM Coordinator or the Headquarters FMA Coordinator role will have access to the Program Administration functionality to enter or edit the ACCS codes, application period, and PDM Total Funding.
  • The start and end dates of the application period for each grant program control the availability of applications to Applicants in the eGrants External System.
  • Each fiscal year, federal awards cannot be made until an ACCS code is entered for the grant program.