NIH GUIDE, Volume 26, Number 30, September 5, 1997


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  Grants Administration/Policy+ 


National Institutes of Health


The purpose of this Notice is to provide information on recent

legislative changes, administrative requirements and Executive Orders

that impact NIH grantees.  There are no additional reporting

requirements required by these changes.


1.  Military Recruiting and Reserve Officer Training Corps Program

Access to Institutions of Higher Education


Effective March 29, 1997, the Department of Defense adopted an

interim rule to implement Section 514 of the Omnibus Consolidated

Appropriations Act of 1997 (see ~NOTICE OF LEGISLATIVE MANDATES


ACT, P.L. 104-208, SIGNED SEPTEMBER 30, 1996", NIH GUIDE, Volume 26,

Number 4, February 7, 1997).


The rule prohibits NIH from providing funds to educational

institutions that have a policy or practice (regardless of when

implemented) that either prohibits, or in effect prevents (1) the

maintaining, establishing, or operation of a unit of the Senior

Reserve Officer Training Corps at the covered education entity; or

(2) a student at the covered educational entity from enrolling in a

unit of the Senior Reserve Officer Training Corps at another

institution of higher education.  Under the same rule, NIH is

prohibited from providing funds to educational institutions that have

a policy or practice that prohibits or prevents (1) entry to

campuses, or access to students (who are 17 years of age or older) on

campuses, for purposes of Federal military recruiting; or (2) access

by military recruiters for purposes of Federal military recruiting to

information pertaining to students (who are 17 years of age or older)

enrolled at the covered educational entity.


The adopted rule implements the law, and is effective March 29, 1997.

Additional information on this topic can be found at



2.  Implementation of the President~s Welfare-to-Work Initiative for

Federal Grant Employees


On March 8, 1997, the President issued a memorandum to the heads of

the executive departments and agencies entitled "Government

Employment for Welfare Recipients."  This memorandum directs all

Federal agencies to hire people off the welfare rolls into available

job positions in the Government.  To supplement this initiative,

Federal agencies have been asked to encourage all  grantees and their

subrecipients to hire welfare recipients and to provide additional

training and/or mentoring to hired welfare recipients. Additional

information on the Welfare-to-Work initiative and hiring of welfare

recipients, including the allowability of training costs, available

Federal tax credits, and examples of successful private sector

initiatives, can be found at


3.  Seat Belt Use by Grantees - Executive Order 13043


On April 16, 1997, the President issued Executive Order 13043,

"Increasing Seat Belt Use in the United States."  In support of this

Order, the NIH encourages all grantees to adopt and enforce on-the-

job seat belt policies and programs for their employees when

operating company-owned, rented, or personally owned vehicles.  The

text of the notice, and additional details on this issue can be found

at: gopher://


Appropriate links to related regulations and policies have been

provided with the copy of this notice published on the NIH Homepage.

If additional questions remain, please contact your awarding grants

or contracts management office in the NIH Institutes and Centers.

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