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later date specified therein, the determination shall, with respect to such dispute, be the final decision of the Department.
(e) Effect of appeal. The filing of an appeal with the Board shall not stay any determination or action taken by DOE which is the subject of the appeal. Consistent with its obligation to protect the interests of the Federal Government, DOE may take such authorized actions as may be necessary to preserve the status quo pending decision by the Board, or to preserve its ability to provide relief in the event the Board decides in favor of the appellant.
(f) Review on appeal. (1) The Board shall have no jurisdiction to review:
(i) Any preaward dispute (except as provided in paragraph (f)(2)(ii) of this section), including use of any special restrictive condition pursuant to $$ 600.114 or 600.212;
(ii) DOE denial of a request for a deviation under $$ 600.4, 600.103, or 600.205 of this part;
(iii) DOE denial of a request for a budget revision or other change in the approved project under $$ 600.125, 600.127, 600.222, or 600.230 of this part or under another term or condition of the award;
(iv) Any DOE action authorized under $$ 600.162(a) (1), (2), (3) or (5); or $$ 600.243 (a)(1), (a)(3) for suspensions only; or $600.162(a)(4) or $600.243(a)(4) for actions disapproving renewal applications or other requests for extension of time or additional funding for the same project when related to recipient noncompliance, or such actions authorized by program rule;
(v) Any DOE decision about an action requiring prior DOE approval under $600.144, or $600.236 of this part or under another term or condition of the award;
(vi) A DOE decision not to make a continuation award, which decision is based on the insufficiency of available appropriations;
(vii) Any matter which is under the jurisdiction of the Patent Compensation Board (10 CFR 780.3);
(viii) Any matter which may be heard by the Invention Licensing Appeals Board (10 CFR 781.65 and 781.66); and
(ix) Any other dispute not described in paragraph (f)(2) of this section.
(2) In addition to any right of appeal established by program rule, or by the terms and conditions (not inconsistent with paragraph (f)(1) of this section) of an award, the Board shall have jurisdiction to review:
(i) A DOE determination that the recipient has failed to comply with the applicable requirements of this part, the program statute or rules, or other terms and conditions of the award;
(ii) A DOE decision not to make a continuation award based on any of the determinations described in paragraph (f)(2)(i) of this section;
(iii) Termination of an award for cause, in whole or in part, by DOE;
(iv) A DOE determination that an award is void or invalid;
(v) The application by DOE of an indirect cost rate; and
(vi) DOE disallowance of costs.
(3) In reviewing disputes authorized under paragraph (f)(2) of this section, the Board shall be bound by the applicable law, statutes, and rules, including the requirements of this part, and by the terms and conditions of the award.
(4) The decision of the Board shall be the final decision of the Department. $ 600.23 Debarment and suspension.
Applicants, recipients, subrecipients, and contractors under financial assistance awards may be debarred and suspended for the causes and in accordance with the procedures set forth in 10 CFR part 1036. $ 600.24 Noncompliance.
(a) Except for noncompliance with nondiscrimination requirements under 10 CFR part 1040, whenever DOE determines that a recipient has not complied with the applicable requirements of this part, with the requirements of any applicable program statute or rule, or with any other term or condition of the award, a DOE Contracting Officer shall provide to the recipient (by certified mail, return receipt requested) a written notice setting forth:
(1) The factual and legal bases for the determination of noncompliance;
(2) The corrective actions and the date (not less than 30 days after the
date of the notice) by which they must be taken.
(3) Which of the actions authorized under 88600.122(n), 600.162(a) or $ 600.243(a) of this part DOE may take if the recipient does not achieve compliance within the time specified in the notice, or does not provide satisfactory assurances that actions have been initiated which will achieve compliance in a timely manner.
(b) DOE may take any of the actions set forth in $600.122(n), $ 600.162(a), or $ 600.243(a) of this part concurrent with the written notice required under paragraph (a) of this section or with less than 30 days written notice to the recipient whenever:
(1) There is evidence the award was obtained by fraud;
(2) The recipient ceases to exist or becomes legally incapable of performing its responsibilities under the financial assistance award; or
(3) There is a serious mismanagement or misuse of financial assistance award funds necessitating immediate action. [61 FR 7166, Feb. 26, 1996, as amended at 64 FR 56420, Oct. 20, 1999]
(4) Instructions concerning which costs shall be allowable during the period of suspension, or instructions concerning allowable termination costs. including in either case, instructions concerning any subgrants or contracts;
(5) Instructions concerning required final reports and other closeout actions for terminated awards (see $$ 600.170 through 600.173 and $$ 600.250 through 600.252);
(6) A statement of the awardee's right to appeal a termination for cause pursuant to $ 600.22; and
(7) The dated signature of a DOE Contracting Officer.
(c) Suspension. (1) Unless DOE and the awardee agree otherwise, no period of suspension shall exceed 90 days.
(2) DOE may cancel the suspension at any time, up to and including the date of expiration of the period of suspension, if the awardee takes satisfactory corrective action before the expiration date of the suspension or gives DOE satisfactory evidence that such corrective action will be taken.
(3) If the suspension has not been cancelled by the expiration date of the period of suspension, the awardee shall resume the suspended activities project unless, prior to the expiration date, DOE notifies the awardee in writing that the period of suspension shall be extended consistent with paragraph (c)(1) of this section or that the award shall be terminated.
(4) As of the effective date of the suspension, DOE shall withhold further payments and shall allow new obligations incurred by the awardee during the period of suspension only if such costs were authorized in the notice of suspension or in a subsequent letter.
(5) If the suspension is cancelled or expires and the award is not terminated, DOE shall reimburse the awardee for any authorized allowable costs incurred during the suspension and, if necessary, may amend the award to extend the period of performance.
(d) Termination by mutual agreement. In addition to any situation where a termination for cause pursuant to $$ 600.24, 600.160 through 600.162 or $$ 600.243 through 600.244 is appropriate, either DOE or the awardee may initiate a termination of an award (or portion thereof) as described in this
$ 600.25 Suspension and termination.
(a) Suspension and termination for cause. DOE may suspend or terminate an award for cause on the basis of:
(1) A noncompliance determination under $$ 600.24, 600.122(n), 600.162(a), or $ 600.243(a); or
(2) An suspension or debarment of the awardee under $ 600.23.
(b) Notification requirements. Except as provided $ 600.24, 600.162(a), $ 600.243(a) before suspending or terminating a award for cause, DOE shall mail to the awardee (by certified mail, return receipt requested) a separate written notice in addition to that required by $$ 600.24(a), 600.162(a), or $ 600.243(a) at least ten days prior to the effective date of the suspension or termination. Such notice shall include, as appropriate:
(1) The factual and legal bases for the suspension or termination;
(2) The effective date or dates of the DOE action;
(3) If the action does not apply to the entire award, a description of the activities affected by the action;
paragraph. If the awardee initiates a termination, the awardee must notify DOE in writing and specify the awardee's reasons for requesting the termination, the proposed effective date of the termination, and, in the case of a partial termination, a description of the activities to be terminated, and an appropriate budget revision. DOE shall terminate an award or portion thereof under this paragraph only if both parties agree to the termination and the conditions under which it shall occur. If DOE determines that the remaining activities under a partially terminated award would not accomplish the purpose for which the award was originally awarded, DOE may terminate the entire award.
(e) Effect of termination. The awardee shall incur no new obligations after the effective date of the termination of an award (or portion thereof), and shall cancel as many outstanding obligations as possible. DOE shall allow full credit to the awardee for the DOE share of noncancellable obligations properly incurred by the awardee prior to the effective date of the termination.
(1) Subgrants. Awardees shall follow the policies and procedures in this section and in $8 600.24, 600.160 through 600.162 or $8 600.243 through 600.244 for suspending and terminating subgrants.
(2) A detailed description of the awardee's plans for the conduct of the project during the coming year; and
(3) A detailed budget for the upcoming budget period, including an estimate of unobligated balances. A detailed budget need not be submitted if the new or renewal application contained future-year budgets sufficiently detailed to allow DOE to review and approve the categories and elements of cost. Should the award have a change in scope or significant change in the budget, DOE may request a detailed budget.
(4) DOE shall review a continuation application for the adequacy of the awardee's progress and planned conduct of the project in the subsequent budget period. DOE shall not require a continuation application to compete against any other application. The amount and award of continuation funding is subject to the availability of appropriations.
(c) Renewal awards. Discretionary renewal awards may be made either on the basis of a solicitation or on a noncompetitive basis. If DOE proposes to restrict eligibility for a discretionary renewal award to the incumbent grantee, the noncompetitive award must be justified
accordance with $ 600.6(b)(2). Renewal applications must be submitted no later than 6 months prior to the scheduled expiration of the project period unless a program rule or other published instruction establishes a different application deadline.
(d) Extensions. Unless otherwise specified in the award terms and conditions, recipients of financial assistance awards, except recipients of SBIR awards (See $ 600.181), may extend the expiration date of the final budget period of the project (thereby extending the project period) if additional time beyond the established expiration date is needed to assure adequate completion of the original scope of work within the funds already made available. A single extension, which shall not exceed twelve (12) months, may be made for this purpose, and must be made prior to the originally established expiration date. The recipient must notify the cognizant DOE Contracting Officer in the awarding office in writing within ten (10) days of making the extension.
$ 600.26 Funding.
(a) General. The project period during which DOE expects to provide award support for an approved project shall be specified on the Notice of Financial Assistance Award (DOE Form 4600.1).
(b) Budget period and continuation awards. If the project period is 12 months or less, the budget period and the project period shall be coextensive. Multiyear awards, including formula awards, shall generally be funded annually within the approved project period. Funding for each budget period within the project period shall be contingent on DOE approval of a continuation application submitted in accordance with a schedule specified by DOE. A continuation application shall include:
(1) A statement of technical progress or status of the project to date;
8 600.27 Patent and data provisions.
(a) General. Financial assistance shall be awarded and administered by DOE in compliance with the patent and data provisions of this section (See also $$ 600.136 and 600.234.) To the extent not otherwise provided in this part, the policies, procedures and clauses referenced for contracts in 48 CFR part 927 and 41 CFR part 9-9 shall normally be applicable to the award and administration of Departmental grants and cooperative agreements. Copies of 41 CFR part 9-9 are available by contacting the DOE Patent Counsel.
(b) Required clauses. In all solicitations and awards both for the support of research, development, and demonstration and for other efforts, the DOE Contracting Officer shall consult the DOE Patent Counsel for applicable patent and data clauses from those listed below and/or for modifications thereto. In reading each 48 CFR part 27 and 48 CFR part 952 patent and data clause selected for inclusion in a solicitation or award, the term “contract" when referring to a prime contract shall be read as "award." The term "contractor" shall be read as referring to the “awardee." The term “subcontract" shall be read as "subaward or a procurement contract under an award or subaward and/or a procurement subcontract under an awardee's or subawardee's contract." The term “Acquisition” with respect to the Long Form Patent Rights Clause shall be read as “Retention." The terms "offerors” and “quoters" shall be read as “applicants,” and “proposal” and "quotation” shall be read as “application."
(1) Patent clauses-(i) (Short Form Patent Clause). Incorporate the clause at 48 CFR 952.227-11 for awards to a domestic small business firm or nonprofit organization as defined at 48 CFR 27.301. In accordance with 35 U.S.C. 202(a)(ii), the DOE may issue an exceptional circumstances determination. To imple
ment any exceptional circumstances - determination, DOE will modify 48
CFR 952.227-11 to retain greater rights in subject inventions. Such modifications will be only to the extent necessary to implement the exceptional circumstances determination.
(ii) (Long Form Patent Clause). For awards to a large business firm or other organization, other than a domestic small business firm or nonprofit organization as set forth in 48 CFR 27.301, incorporate the clause at 48 CFR 952.227–13.
(iii) The notice of Right to Request Patent Waiver at 48 CFR 952.227-84 shall also be inserted in all solicitations to advise applicants of their rights to request in advance of, or within 30 days after the award is signed, a waiver of all or any part of the rights of the United States with respect to subject inventions. For unsolicited applications, DOE shall provide this notice to the applicant prior to award.
(2) Data clauses (includes copyright provisions)–(i) Rights in data-General. (A) Incorporate 48 CFR 52.227–14 with its Alternate V and with the definitional paragraph (a) and paragraph (d)(3) of 48 CFR 927.409(a)(1). Solicitations shall also include the Representation of Limited Rights Data and Restricted Computer Software provision at 48 CFR 52.227–15. Contracting officers shall treat rights in data matters in accordance with 48 CFR 927.4.
(B) In awards for grants and cooperative agreements with institutions of higher education, hospitals, and other non-profit organizations, the clause referred to in paragraph (b)(2)(i)(A) of this section shall be revised by deleting paragraph (d)(3) and inserting the following paragraph (c) in lieu of paragraph (c) of that clause:
(c) Copyright. (1) Data first produced in the performance of the award. Except as otherwise specifically provided in this award, the recipient may establish claim to copyright subsisting in any data first produced in the performance of this award. When claim to copyright is made, the Recipient shall affix the applicable copyright notice of 17 U.S.C. 401 or 402 and acknowledgement of Government sponsorship (including award number) to the data when such data are delivered to the Government, as well as when the data are published or deposited for registration as a published work in the U.S. Copyright Office. The recipient grants to the Government a royalty-free, nonexclusive and irrevocable right to reproduce, publish, or otherwise use the work for Federal purposes, and to authorize others to do so. The right to publish includes the right to publicly distribute. The right to use the work for Federal purposes ment number the award(s) which require security classification markings to be placed on the application.
(6) Notice and assistance regarding patent and copyright infringement. Incorporate the clause at 48 CFR 52.227–2, in accordance with the guidance in 48 CFR 27.202, in all awards in excess of $100,000 for construction, research, development, and demonstration work which is to be performed within the United States, its possessions, or Puerto Rico.
(7) Royalty information. Incorporate 48 CFR 52.227-6.
(8) Refund of royalties. As discussed in 48 CFR 927.206, incorporate the clause at 48 CFR 952.227-9 in solicitations and awards where the Contracting Officer believes royalties will have to be paid by the awardees or subawardee or contractor at any tier.
(9) Subawards and contracts under award. The recipient shall include the applicable clauses of this section in any subaward or contract awarded under the award and assure that the applicable clauses are also included by subrecipients in contracts.
includes the right to prepare derivative works.
(C) If programmatic needs on a particular award require the delivery to the Government of limited rights data or restricted computer software, Alternates II or III of 48 CFR 52.227-14 shall also be added.
(ii) Restriction on disclosure and use of data. Insert the Notice at $ 600.15(b)(1) in all solicitations.
(iii) Rights to application data. As discussed at $ 600.15(b)(5), incorporate 48 CFR 52.227-23.
(iv) Additional data requirements. Incorporate 48 CFR 52.227–16. In the event all technical data requirements are known in advance of and are set forth in the agreement or, the award is for the performance of basic or applied research and is to be performed solely by a university or college as discussed in 48 CFR 27.406(b), 48 CFR 52.227–16 does not need to be incorporated.
(3) Authorization and consent. Incorporate 48 CFR 52.227-1 or Alternates I or II, as appropriate, in accordance with the guidance in 48 CFR 927.201-1 and 48 CFR 27.201.
(4) Patent indemnity. Incorporate the clause set forth in 48 CFR 52.227–3, as appropriate, in accordance with the guidance in 48 CFR 27.203–1 and 48 CFR 27.203–3.
(5) Filing of patent applications-Classified subject matter. Incorporate the following paragraphs in any solicitation or award which covers, or is likely to cover, classified subject matter
Classified Inventions (a) The recipient shall not file or cause to be filed on any invention or discovery conceived or first actually reduced to practice in the course of or under this award in any country other than the United States, an application or registration for a patent without first obtaining written approval of the Contracting Officer.
(b) When filing a patent application in the United States on any invention or discovery conceived of or first actually reduced to practice in the course of or under this award, the subject matter of which is classified for reasons of security, the awardee shall observe all applicable security regulations covering the transmission of classified subject matter. When transmitting the patent application to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the awardee shall, by separate letter, identify by agency and agree
(61 FR 7166, Feb. 26, 1996, as amended at 63 FR 10503, Mar. 4, 1998; 64 FR 4029, Jan. 27, 1999]
$ 600.28 Restrictions on lobbying.
Procedures regarding restrictions on lobbying activities of applicants and recipients are contained in 10 CFR 601.110.
8 600.29 Fixed obligation awards.
(a) General. This section contains provisions applicable to the award of financial assistance instruments on a fixed amount basis. Under a fixed obligation award, funds are issued in support of a project without a requirement for Federal monitoring of actual costs subsequently incurred.
(b) Provisions applicable to fixed obligation awards. Financial assistance awards may be made on a fixed obligation basis subject to the following requirements:
(1) Each fixed obligation award may neither exceed $100,000 nor exceed one year in length.
(2) Programs which require mandatory cost sharing are not eligible.