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Cooperative Agreement - Black Letter Standards of Practice

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2 Nov 2022

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023. to finalize the draft of the Black Letter Standards for Practice to guide community supervision policy and practice


Through the activities of this solicitation, develop and deliver a final draft of the National Standards for Adult Community Supervision with an accompanying marketing and education plan.


Applicants must register with prior to submitting an application. NIC encourages applicants to register several weeks before the application submission deadline. In addition, NIC urges applicants to submit applications 72 hours prior to the application due date. All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on January 3, 2023.


  1. Conduct an initial virtual meeting with the NIC project manager and the APPA project team within 30 days of award to discuss the overview of the project, including clarifying goals and objectives, discussing timelines of activities, clarifying roles, and discussing resources to be used to meet the goal of the project.
  2. Work with the NIC project manager, APPA project team, and workgroup to develop a timeline and work session schedule.
  3. Develop a process for review and approval of written standards and commentary for the APPA executive committee.
  4. Develop a process for writing and editing the final draft of the standards and accompanying commentary.
  5. Develop a marketing and education plan.


  1. Participate in a scheduled virtual planning meeting with the NIC project manager and APPA project team to clarify project goals, objectives, and deliverables, including discussing a timeline of activities and role clarification within 30 days of the award.
  2. Facilitate regular, agreed upon, virtual or in-person work sessions with the APPA project team and workgroup over the course of the project.
  3. Work with the APPA executive committee to develop a review and approval process.
  4. Awardee will be responsible for workgroup travel costs for in-person meetings.
  5. Develop a marketing and education plan for APPA executive committee approval.
  6. Using NIC’s Guidelines for Preparing and Submitting Manuscripts for Publication, submit a final draft copy of the Black Letter Standards of Practice.

Applications must include in Program Narrative and Budget Narrative the incorporation of products delivered meet Plain Language and 508 Standards.

Following are the responses to questions received as of 11/28/2022 in response to the above solicitation:


Question 1: How many people are on the APPA project team (thinking meetings in person and virtual)?

Answer: Currently, there are 13 members of the APPA Standards Working Group.


Question 2: I would like to confirm that the research has been compiled, the first draft of the standards has been written, or is there a need for additional research to support the standards?

Answer: Additional research and other information will be required to support the development of the accompanying commentary for each of the developed black letter standards.


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