The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) plans to spend up to $10.4 million in taxpayer dollars to “empower” young girls in Malawi to use birth control to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, particularly HIV - which disproportionately affects young females - even though such efforts have failed in the past.
The State Department did not have success finding a grant recipient last year, so it decided to again announce a $95,000 grant opportunity for a pilot program to train Haitian inmates in textile production and assembly so that they can sew uniforms for other inmates.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is planning to spend $3.35 million to “improve the quality of media content and strengthen the media’s capacity to meet professional standards” in Armenia, according to a request for applications.
The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking non-profit organizations to conduct “research to improve understanding of the effects of climate change on indoor air quality and the resulting health effects.”
The Department of Education (DOE) spent $20,396,892 over the last three years to set up and staff 10 Equity Assistance Centers (EACs) across the United States that work with school districts and state boards of education to fight “all of the –isms, like racism, ableism, orientation, etc.,” Velma Cobb, director of the EAC at Touro College in Lower Manhattan, told CNSNews.com.
hree federal agencies have awarded three northeast Ohio non-profits and one county government agency a total of $1,796,867 to “help identify up to twenty-five firms with the potential to attract foreign investment from the bio-medical, automotive, and advanced energy sectors” as part of a larger $20.5 million “Make It In America Challenge” grant.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) spent almost $29 million to cover Medicare Part D prescription drugs for 4,139 individuals “unlawfully present” in the U.S. and thus ineligible to receive federal health care benefits, according to an audit by Daniel Levinson, inspector general of the Department of Health & Human Services.
The Interior Department through its Bureau of Reclamation has announced a $600,000 grant opportunity to capture and radio track California leaf-nosed bats and Townsend’s big-eared bats “from foraging areas and roosting areas to determine and describe the distribution of foraging distances (or distance to resources).”
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is giving $777,044 to the New Jersey Department of Agriculture for 13 marketing projects, including a radio ad campaign to increase the consumption of New Jersey blueberries and other “minor small fruits,” the USDA announced late last month.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is planning to spend $450,000 in Fiscal Year 2014 for “family planning services” in the Navajo Nation’s tribal lands, even though U.S. Census data shows that the population there declined nearly 4 percent between 2000 and 2010.
The National Science Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to “accurately capture crowd behavior” through the use of cell phone applications used by “watchers” in the crowd.
U.S. Department of Labor employees racked up an estimated $3.8 million in unauthorized or undocumented expenses over the past two-and-a-half years, including charges at Hilton Naples Grande Beach Resort, Wal-Mart, Target and Chick-fil-A, according to an Inspector General (OIG) audit released earlier this month.