Please explain the review process.
All applications are initially reviewed for meeting the threshold requirements using the eligibility criteria (Section III) after which regional reviewers will conduct an initial relevancy review. Applications that successfully pass those reviews will then be evaluated on the evaluation criteria (Section V.A and B) by program experts familiar with the project funding areas. In general, program experts are composed of EPA Headquarters and Regional program analysts, environmental protection specialists, and computer analysts who are experts in their respective areas and proficient in the technical subjects they are reviewing. Each reviewer assigns a numeric score to each ranking criteria area These program experts will then convene as a consensus panel to finalize their evaluation and scoring and prepare a list of recommended projects based on the ranking of the final scores. These recommendations will be submitted to the Approving Official. The Approving Official will have the final authority to make the selection.
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