The Federal Assistance Law Division assists the Commerce Department with all legal services associated with federal assistance. On this site you can find out contact information for the staff members, identify staff client assignments, the FALD Newsletter, read archived legal articles prepared by staff members, find a list of grant programs with supporting statutory citations linked to the statutes, administrative regulations, and Commerce policies governing the award of federal assistance by all of the bureaus within the Department.
The Federal Assistance Law Division (FALD) of the Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Administration and Transactions is headed by a Chief and Deputy Chief. Staffed by eight attorneys and one administrative assistant, FALD attorneys are co-located with the three primary grants offices servicing the Department: at headquarters in Washington, D.C., at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s offices in Silver Spring, MD, and at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, MD.
FALD provides comprehensive legal guidance and advisory services to the Department's Grants Officers and program officials to support the establishment and implementation of the Department's financial assistance programs. FALD's legal services include providing statutory interpretation, assistance with the development of grant program regulations, review and clearance of all Notices of Funding Opportunity, and review of grant awards. Counsel also is rendered to the Grants Office staff on award documents and amendments, administrative matters, disputes, suspensions, terminations, cost disallowances, audit resolution, and audit appeals. FALD is the legal advisor to the non-procurement Debarring Official for financial assistance-related suspensions and debarments. FALD similarly counsels the Department's Grants Management Division to facilitate the establishment of Department-wide financial assistance policies and procedures and implementation of financial assistance guidance issued by the Office of Managment and Budget. FALD represents the Department in all federal assistance matters before the Government Accountability Office and serves as co-counsel to the Department of Justice in litigation involving claims under grants, cooperative agreements, loan guarantees and subsidies.
Kim Taylor Admin. Asst. KTaylor5@doc.gov
Percy Robinson Chief PRobinso@doc.gov
Laura Shin Deputy Chief LShin@doc.gov
Caroline Danauy Senior Counsel CDanauy@doc.gov
Sarah Schwartz Senior Counsel SSchwartz@doc.gov
Lydia Grunstra Senior Counsel LGrunstra@doc.gov
Jeff Joyner Senior Counsel Jjoyner@doc.gov
Jana Patterson Senior Counsel Jana.Patterson@noaa.gov
Ed Sharp Senior Counsel Edward.Sharp@noaa.gov
Jeremy Schiffer Senior Counsel Jeremy.Schiffer@nist.gov
Jedd Vertman Senior Counsel Jedd.Vertman@nist.gov