Environmental Literacy Grants, 15616-15618 [05-6054]

Download as PDF 15616 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 58 / Monday, March 28, 2005 / Notices Dated: March 21, 2005. Barbara E. Tillman, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. [FR Doc. E5–1368 Filed 3–25–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration (A–428–825) Stainless Steel Sheet and Strip in Coils From Germany: Extension of Time Limit for Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. EFFECTIVE DATE: March 28, 2005. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Deborah Scott, Tyler Weinhold, or Robert James, AD/CVD Operations, Office 7, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–2657, (202) 482–1121, or (202) 482– 0649, respectively. AGENCY: Background On July 30, 2004, the Department of Commerce (the Department) received timely requests to conduct an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on stainless steel sheet and strip in coils from Germany. On August 30, 2004, the Department published a notice of initiation of this administrative review, covering the period of July 1, 2003 through June 30, 2004. (69 FR 52857). The preliminary results are currently due no later than April 2, 2005. Extension of Time Limits for Preliminary Results Section 751(a)(3)(A) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), requires the Department to complete the preliminary results of an administrative review within 245 days after the last day of the anniversary month of an order for which a review is requested. However, if it is not practicable to complete the review within these time periods because the review is extraordinarily complicated, section 751(a)(2)(B)(iv) of the Act allows the Department to extend the time limit for the preliminary results to a maximum of 365 days after the last day of the anniversary month of an order for which a review is requested. The Department has determined it is not practicable to complete this review VerDate jul<14>2003 15:12 Mar 25, 2005 Jkt 205001 within the statutory time limit, because of the complicated issues in this review, including the reporting of home market downstream sales and the reporting of physical product characteristics. Analysis of these issues requires additional time and makes it impracticable to complete the preliminary results of this review within the originally anticipated time limit. Accordingly, the Department is extending the time limit for completion of the preliminary results of this administrative review until no later than August 1, 2005, which is the next business day after 365 days from the last day of the anniversary month. We intend to issue the final results no later than 120 days after publication of the preliminary results notice. March 22, 2005. Barbara E. Tillman, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. [FR Doc. E5–1367 Filed 3–25–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [Docket No. 050317077–5077–01; I.D. 032205A] Environmental Literacy Grants Office of Education and Sustainable Development (OESD), Office of the Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere (USEC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC) ACTION: Notice and request for proposals. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice announces that OESD is soliciting 1- to 3–year proposals for environmental literacy projects. Funded projects will further NOAA’s education goals articulated in the NOAA Education Plan http:// www.oesd.noaa.gov/ NOAAlEdlPlan.pdf. Funding is available to encourage the development of partnerships and to support existing, or foster growth of new, environmental literacy projects. This program has two funding priorities for FY05: (1) Partnerships that promote systemic change in NOAA-related science education, and (2) Innovative presentation of NOAA science and earth observing data through educational data visualizations and other educational tools. Within priority two, NOAA has committed to funding the installation of up to four ‘‘Science on a Sphere’’ (SOS) PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 data systems at informal education venues. These ‘‘Science on a Sphere’’ installations will be funded by way of one- to three-year cooperative agreements. It is anticipated that final recommendations for funding under this announcement will be made in mid Calendar Year 2005, and that projects funded under this announcement will have a start date no earlier than September 30, 2005. DATES: The deadline for receipt of proposals is 5 p.m. EDT on May 12, 2005. ADDRESSES: Applications should be submitted through the following website: (http://www.grants.gov). The full text of the funding opportunity announcement for this OESD program can be accessed via the same website. If an applicant does not have Internet access, hard copies of full proposals should be sent to Sarah Schoedinger, DOC/NOAA, Office of Education and Sustainable Development, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW, HCHB 6863, Washington, DC 20230. Application kits may be requested from Sarah Schoedinger at 202–482–2893 or Beth Day at 301–713–2431 x 148. This announcement will also be available at the NOAA Web site: http:// www.ofa.noaa.gov/%7Eamd/ SOLINDEX.HTML or by contacting the program officials identified in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sarah Schoedinger at sarah.schoedinger@noaa.gov, telephone 202–482–2893, or Beth Day at elizabeth.day@noaa.gov, telephone 301– 713–2431 x 148. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice announces that OESD is soliciting 1- to 3–year proposals for environmental literacy projects. Funded projects will further NOAA’s education goals articulated in the NOAA Education Plan http:// www.oesd.noaa.gov/ NOAAlEdlPlan.pdf. Funding is available to encourage the development of partnerships and to support existing, or foster growth of new, environmental literacy projects. This program has two funding priorities for FY05: (1) Partnerships that promote systemic change in NOAA-related science education, and (2) innovative presentation of NOAA science and earth observing data through educational data visualizations and other educational tools. Within priority two, NOAA has committed to funding the installation of up to four ‘‘Science on a Sphere’’ (SOS) data systems at informal education venues. These ‘‘Science on a Sphere’’ installations will be funded by way of E:\FR\FM\28MRN1.SGM 28MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 58 / Monday, March 28, 2005 / Notices one- to three-year cooperative agreements. It is anticipated that final recommendations for funding under this announcement will be made in midcalendar year 2005, and that projects funded under this announcement will have a start date no earlier than September 30, 2005. A detailed description for each program priority is in the full funding opportunity announcement that can be accessed via the Grants.gov website, the NOAA web site at http://www.ofa.noaa.gov/ %7Eamd/SOLINDEX.HTML, or by contacting the program officials identified in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Electronic Access The full text of the full funding opportunity announcement for this OESD program can be accessed via the Grants.gov FIND Web site. This announcement will also be available at the NOAA Web site: http:// www.ofa.noaa.gov/%7Eamd/ SOLINDEX.HTML or by contacting the program officials identified under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. This Federal Register notice is available through the NOAA home page at: http://www.noaa.gov/. Statutory Authority: 15 U.S.C. 1540 CFDA: 11.469, Congressionally Identified Awards and Projects Funding Availability NOAA announces the availability of approximately $2,500,000 of Federal financial assistance in FY 2005 for Environmental Literacy projects. Approximately 5 to 10 awards in the form of grants or cooperative agreements with a regional to national focus will be made. Projects of 1 to 3 years in duration will be considered. The total budget for any single project shall not exceed $500,000 and must have a minimum annual budget of $100,000, except for ‘‘Science on a Sphere’’ installations, which can have total project budgets of no less than $10,000. Of the approximately $2,500,000 of Federal financial assistance available in FY 2005, no more than $280,000 is available for the four ‘‘Science on a Sphere’’ installations. Applications with project budgets of less than $100,000 or more than $500,000 will not be considered for review, except for ‘‘Science on a Sphere’’ installations, which can have total project budgets of no less than $10,000. There is no guarantee that sufficient funds will be available to make awards for all qualified projects. Publication of this notice does not oblige NOAA to award any specific project or to obligate any available funds. If an applicant VerDate jul<14>2003 16:09 Mar 25, 2005 Jkt 205001 incurs any costs prior to receiving an award agreement signed by an authorized NOAA official, the applicant would do so solely at one’s own risk of such costs not being included under the award. Eligibility Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education, other nonprofits, commercial organizations, and state, local and Indian tribal governments. Federal agencies or institutions are not eligible to receive Federal assistance under this announcement, but may be project partners. Among those eligible applicants are K through 12 public and independent schools and school systems, and science centers and museums. The Department of Commerce/ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (DOC/NOAA) is strongly committed to increasing the participation of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanicserving institutions, Tribal colleges and universities, and institutions that work in underserved communities. Proposals are encouraged that involve any of the above institutions. Cost Sharing Requirements There are no cost-sharing requirements. Evaluation and Selection Procedures NOAA published its agency-wide solicitation entitled ’’Omnibus Notice Announcing the Availability of Grant Funds for Fiscal Year 2005’’ for projects for Fiscal Year 2005 in the Federal Register on June 30, 2004 (69 FR 39417). The evaluation criteria and selection procedures for projects contained in that omnibus notice are applicable to this solicitation. Copies of the notice are available on the Internet at: http:// www.ofa.noaa.gov%7Eamd/ SOLINDEX.HTML. Further details on evaluation and selection criteria can be found in the full funding opportunity announcement. Intergovernmental Review Applications under this program are not subject to Executive Order 12372, ‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Federal programs.’’ Limitation of Liability In no event will NOAA or the Department of Commerce be responsible for proposal preparation costs if this program is cancelled because of other agency priorities. Publication of this announcement does not oblige NOAA to award any specific project or to obligate any available funds. Applicants are PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 15617 hereby given notice that funding for the Fiscal Year 2005 program is contingent upon the availability of Fiscal Year 2005 appropriations. National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) NOAA must analyze the potential environmental impacts, as required by NEPA, for applicant projects or proposals which are seeking NOAA Federal assistance. Detailed information on NOAA compliance with NEPA can be found at the following Web site: http://www.nepa.noaa.gov including NOAA Administrative Order 216 6 for NEPA at http://www.nepa.noaa.gov/ NAO216l6lTOC.pdf, and the Council on Environmental Quality implementation regulations at http://ceq.eh.doe.gov/ nepa/regs/ceq/toclceq.htm. Consequently, as part of an applicant’s package under the description of their program activities, applicants are required to provide detailed information on the activities to be conducted, locations, sites, species, and habitat to be affected, possible construction activities, and any environmental concerns that may exist (e.g., the use and disposal of hazardous or toxic chemicals, introduction of nonindigenous species, impacts to endangered and threatened species, aquaculture projects, and impacts to coral reef systems). In addition to providing specific information that will serve as the basis for any required impact analysis, applicants may also be requested to assist NOAA in drafting an environmental assessment, if NOAA determines an assessment is required. Applicants will also be required to cooperate with NOAA in identifying and implementing feasible measures to reduce or avoid any identified adverse environmental impacts of their proposal. The failure to do so shall be grounds for the denial of an application. The Department of Commerce Preaward Notification Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements The Department of Commerce PreAward Notification Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements contained in the Federal Register notice of December 30, 2004 (69 FR 78389), are applicable to this solicitation. Paperwork Reduction Act This document contains collection-ofinformation requirements subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). The use of Standard Forms 424, 424A, 424B, and SF LLL, and CD 346 has been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the respective E:\FR\FM\28MRN1.SGM 28MRN1 15618 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 58 / Monday, March 28, 2005 / Notices control numbers 0348–0043, 0348–0044, 0348–0040, 0348–0046, and 0605–0001. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person is required to, nor shall a person be subject to a penalty for failure to comply with, a collection of information subject to the requirements of the PRA unless that collection of information displays a currently valid OMB control number. Executive Order 12866 This notice has been determined to be not significant for purposes of Executive Order 12866. Executive Order 13132 (Federalism) It has been determined that this notice does not contain policies with Federalism implications as that term is defined in Executive Order 13132. Administrative Procedure Act/ Regulatory Flexibility Act Prior notice and an opportunity for public comment are not required by the Administrative Procedure Act or any other law for rules concerning public property, loans, grants, benefits, and contracts (5 U.S.C. 553(a)(2)). Because notice and opportunity for comment are not required pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553 or any other law, the analytical requirements for the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) are inapplicable. Therefore, a regulatory flexibility analysis has not been prepared. Dated: March 22, 2005. Helen Hurcombe, Director, NOAA Aquisitions and Grants, U.S. Department of Commerce. [FR Doc. 05–6054 Filed 3–25–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–KA–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 021005A] Endangered Species; File No. 1514 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Issuance of permit. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office (PIRO), 1601 Kapiolani Blvd., Ste. 1110, Honolulu, HI 96814, has been issued a permit to take green (Chelonia mydas), leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea), loggerhead (Caretta caretta), olive ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea), and hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) sea VerDate jul<14>2003 15:12 Mar 25, 2005 Jkt 205001 turtles for purposes of scientific research. ADDRESSES: The permit and related documents are available for review upon written request or by appointment in the following offices: Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910; phone (301)713–2289; fax (301)427–2521; and Pacific Islands Region, NMFS, 1601 Kapiolani Blvd., Rm 1110, Honolulu, HI 96814-4700; phone (808)973–2935; fax (808)973–2941. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patrick Opay or Ruth Johnson, (301)713–2289. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On November 30, 2004, notice was published in the Federal Register (69 FR 69585) that a request for a scientific research permit to take green, leatherback, loggerhead, olive ridley, and hawksbill sea turtles had been submitted by the above-named organization. The requested permit has been issued under the authority of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and the regulations governing the taking, importing, and exporting of endangered and threatened species (50 CFR parts 222–226). Researchers have been issued a 5-year permit to annually measure, photograph, tissue sample, flipper tag and release, or salvage (if dead) 7 green, 34 leatherback, 21 loggerhead, and 42 olive ridley sea turtles that have been captured in the Hawaii longline fishery. The hard-shelled species would also have a pop-up satellite tag (PSAT) attached to their shell. An additional 6 (combined total of all species) hawksbill, olive ridley, loggerhead, and green sea turtles captured in the American Samoa longline fishery would be measured, photographed, tissue sampled, flipper tagged, PSAT tagged and released, or salvaged (if dead). One leatherback captured in the American Samoa longline fishery would also be measured, photographed, tissue sampled, flipper tagged, and released, or salvaged (if dead). Coverage for the incidental capture of turtles in these fisheries would be provided under the incidental take statement of the February 23, 2004 Biological Opinion for the Western Pelagics Fishery Management Plan. The proposed research would provide data on the at sea distribution and movement patterns of sea turtles. It would also investigate the post-release behavior and mortality of hard-shelled turtles that have been hooked or entangled by longline gear. PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Issuance of this permit, as required by the ESA, was based on a finding that such permit (1) was applied for in good faith, (2) will not operate to the disadvantage of such endangered or threatened species, and (3) is consistent with the purposes and policies set forth in section 2 of the ESA. Dated: March 21, 2005. Stephen L. Leathery, Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 05–6050 Filed 3–25–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Privacy Act of 1974; Notice of Amendment to an Existing System of Records Department of Energy. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: As required by the Privacy Act of 1974, 5 U.S.C. 552a, and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A–130, the Department of Energy (DOE) is publishing a notice of a proposed amendment to an existing system of records and the deletion of a system that will no longer be maintained. DOE has acquired a new financial system that requires new hardware and software. This notice proposes to combine DOE–18 ‘‘Accounts Payable Financial System’’ and DOE–19 ‘‘Accounts Receivable Financial System’’ into a single system of records, eliminate DOE–19 ‘‘Accounts Receivable Financial System’’ from the Department’s inventory of systems of records, rename DOE–18 to ‘‘Financial Accounting System,’’ expand the categories of records maintained in the system, and establish a new routine use provision for DOE–18. DATES: The proposed amendment to an existing system of records will become effective without further notice, on May 12, 2005, unless in advance of that date, DOE receives adverse comments and determines that this amendment should not become effective on that date. ADDRESSES: Written comments should be directed to the following address: U.S. Department of Energy, Abel Lopez, Director, Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act Group, ME–74, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Abel Lopez, Director, Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act Group, ME–74, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., E:\FR\FM\28MRN1.SGM 28MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 58 (Monday, March 28, 2005)]
[Notices]
[Pages 15616-15618]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-6054]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[Docket No. 050317077-5077-01; I.D. 032205A]


Environmental Literacy Grants

AGENCY: Office of Education and Sustainable Development (OESD), Office 
of the Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere (USEC), 
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of 
Commerce (DOC)

ACTION: Notice and request for proposals.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces that OESD is soliciting 1- to 3-year 
proposals for environmental literacy projects. Funded projects will 
further NOAA's education goals articulated in the NOAA Education Plan 
http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/NOAA_Ed_Plan.pdf. Funding is available to 
encourage the development of partnerships and to support existing, or 
foster growth of new, environmental literacy projects. This program has 
two funding priorities for FY05: (1) Partnerships that promote systemic 
change in NOAA-related science education, and (2) Innovative 
presentation of NOAA science and earth observing data through 
educational data visualizations and other educational tools. Within 
priority two, NOAA has committed to funding the installation of up to 
four ``Science on a Sphere'' (SOS) data systems at informal education 
venues. These ``Science on a Sphere'' installations will be funded by 
way of one- to three-year cooperative agreements. It is anticipated 
that final recommendations for funding under this announcement will be 
made in mid Calendar Year 2005, and that projects funded under this 
announcement will have a start date no earlier than September 30, 2005.

DATES: The deadline for receipt of proposals is 5 p.m. EDT on May 12, 
2005.

ADDRESSES: Applications should be submitted through the following 
website: (http://www.grants.gov). The full text of the funding 
opportunity announcement for this OESD program can be accessed via the 
same website. If an applicant does not have Internet access, hard 
copies of full proposals should be sent to Sarah Schoedinger, DOC/NOAA, 
Office of Education and Sustainable Development, 14th and Constitution 
Avenue NW, HCHB 6863, Washington, DC 20230. Application kits may be 
requested from Sarah Schoedinger at 202-482-2893 or Beth Day at 301-
713-2431 x 148. This announcement will also be available at the NOAA 
Web site: http://www.ofa.noaa.gov/%7Eamd/SOLINDEX.HTML or by contacting 
the program officials identified in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sarah Schoedinger at 
sarah.schoedinger@noaa.gov, telephone 202-482-2893, or Beth Day at 
elizabeth.day@noaa.gov, telephone 301-713-2431 x 148.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice announces that OESD is 
soliciting 1- to 3-year proposals for environmental literacy projects. 
Funded projects will further NOAA's education goals articulated in the 
NOAA Education Plan http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/NOAA_Ed_Plan.pdf. 
Funding is available to encourage the development of partnerships and 
to support existing, or foster growth of new, environmental literacy 
projects. This program has two funding priorities for FY05: (1) 
Partnerships that promote systemic change in NOAA-related science 
education, and (2) innovative presentation of NOAA science and earth 
observing data through educational data visualizations and other 
educational tools. Within priority two, NOAA has committed to funding 
the installation of up to four ``Science on a Sphere'' (SOS) data 
systems at informal education venues. These ``Science on a Sphere'' 
installations will be funded by way of

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one- to three-year cooperative agreements. It is anticipated that final 
recommendations for funding under this announcement will be made in 
mid-calendar year 2005, and that projects funded under this 
announcement will have a start date no earlier than September 30, 2005. 
A detailed description for each program priority is in the full funding 
opportunity announcement that can be accessed via the Grants.gov 
website, the NOAA web site at http://www.ofa.noaa.gov/%7Eamd/
SOLINDEX.HTML, or by contacting the program officials identified in FOR 
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

Electronic Access

    The full text of the full funding opportunity announcement for this 
OESD program can be accessed via the Grants.gov FIND Web site. This 
announcement will also be available at the NOAA Web site: http://
www.ofa.noaa.gov/%7Eamd/SOLINDEX.HTML or by contacting the program 
officials identified under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. This 
Federal Register notice is available through the NOAA home page at: 
http://www.noaa.gov/.
    Statutory Authority: 15 U.S.C. 1540
    CFDA: 11.469, Congressionally Identified Awards and Projects

Funding Availability

    NOAA announces the availability of approximately $2,500,000 of 
Federal financial assistance in FY 2005 for Environmental Literacy 
projects. Approximately 5 to 10 awards in the form of grants or 
cooperative agreements with a regional to national focus will be made. 
Projects of 1 to 3 years in duration will be considered. The total 
budget for any single project shall not exceed $500,000 and must have a 
minimum annual budget of $100,000, except for ``Science on a Sphere'' 
installations, which can have total project budgets of no less than 
$10,000. Of the approximately $2,500,000 of Federal financial 
assistance available in FY 2005, no more than $280,000 is available for 
the four ``Science on a Sphere'' installations. Applications with 
project budgets of less than $100,000 or more than $500,000 will not be 
considered for review, except for ``Science on a Sphere'' 
installations, which can have total project budgets of no less than 
$10,000.
    There is no guarantee that sufficient funds will be available to 
make awards for all qualified projects. Publication of this notice does 
not oblige NOAA to award any specific project or to obligate any 
available funds. If an applicant incurs any costs prior to receiving an 
award agreement signed by an authorized NOAA official, the applicant 
would do so solely at one's own risk of such costs not being included 
under the award.

Eligibility

    Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education, other 
nonprofits, commercial organizations, and state, local and Indian 
tribal governments. Federal agencies or institutions are not eligible 
to receive Federal assistance under this announcement, but may be 
project partners.
    Among those eligible applicants are K through 12 public and 
independent schools and school systems, and science centers and 
museums.
    The Department of Commerce/National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration (DOC/NOAA) is strongly committed to increasing the 
participation of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, 
Hispanic-serving institutions, Tribal colleges and universities, and 
institutions that work in underserved communities. Proposals are 
encouraged that involve any of the above institutions.

Cost Sharing Requirements

    There are no cost-sharing requirements.

Evaluation and Selection Procedures

    NOAA published its agency-wide solicitation entitled ''Omnibus 
Notice Announcing the Availability of Grant Funds for Fiscal Year 
2005'' for projects for Fiscal Year 2005 in the Federal Register on 
June 30, 2004 (69 FR 39417). The evaluation criteria and selection 
procedures for projects contained in that omnibus notice are applicable 
to this solicitation. Copies of the notice are available on the 
Internet at: http://www.ofa.noaa.gov%7Eamd/SOLINDEX.HTML. Further 
details on evaluation and selection criteria can be found in the full 
funding opportunity announcement.

Intergovernmental Review

    Applications under this program are not subject to Executive Order 
12372, ``Intergovernmental Review of Federal programs.''

Limitation of Liability

    In no event will NOAA or the Department of Commerce be responsible 
for proposal preparation costs if this program is cancelled because of 
other agency priorities. Publication of this announcement does not 
oblige NOAA to award any specific project or to obligate any available 
funds. Applicants are hereby given notice that funding for the Fiscal 
Year 2005 program is contingent upon the availability of Fiscal Year 
2005 appropriations.

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

    NOAA must analyze the potential environmental impacts, as required 
by NEPA, for applicant projects or proposals which are seeking NOAA 
Federal assistance. Detailed information on NOAA compliance with NEPA 
can be found at the following Web site: http://www.nepa.noaa.gov 
including NOAA Administrative Order 216 6 for NEPA at http://
www.nepa.noaa.gov/NAO216l6lTOC.pdf, and the Council on Environmental 
Quality implementation regulations at http://ceq.eh.doe.gov/nepa/regs/
ceq/toclceq.htm. Consequently, as part of an applicant's package under 
the description of their program activities, applicants are required to 
provide detailed information on the activities to be conducted, 
locations, sites, species, and habitat to be affected, possible 
construction activities, and any environmental concerns that may exist 
(e.g., the use and disposal of hazardous or toxic chemicals, 
introduction of non-indigenous species, impacts to endangered and 
threatened species, aquaculture projects, and impacts to coral reef 
systems). In addition to providing specific information that will serve 
as the basis for any required impact analysis, applicants may also be 
requested to assist NOAA in drafting an environmental assessment, if 
NOAA determines an assessment is required. Applicants will also be 
required to cooperate with NOAA in identifying and implementing 
feasible measures to reduce or avoid any identified adverse 
environmental impacts of their proposal. The failure to do so shall be 
grounds for the denial of an application.

The Department of Commerce Pre-award Notification Requirements for 
Grants and Cooperative Agreements

    The Department of Commerce Pre-Award Notification Requirements for 
Grants and Cooperative Agreements contained in the Federal Register 
notice of December 30, 2004 (69 FR 78389), are applicable to this 
solicitation.

Paperwork Reduction Act

    This document contains collection-of-information requirements 
subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). The use of Standard Forms 
424, 424A, 424B, and SF LLL, and CD 346 has been approved by the Office 
of Management and Budget (OMB) under the respective

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control numbers 0348-0043, 0348-0044, 0348-0040, 0348-0046, and 0605-
0001.
    Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person is required 
to, nor shall a person be subject to a penalty for failure to comply 
with, a collection of information subject to the requirements of the 
PRA unless that collection of information displays a currently valid 
OMB control number.

Executive Order 12866

    This notice has been determined to be not significant for purposes 
of Executive Order 12866.

Executive Order 13132 (Federalism)

    It has been determined that this notice does not contain policies 
with Federalism implications as that term is defined in Executive Order 
13132.

Administrative Procedure Act/Regulatory Flexibility Act

    Prior notice and an opportunity for public comment are not required 
by the Administrative Procedure Act or any other law for rules 
concerning public property, loans, grants, benefits, and contracts (5 
U.S.C. 553(a)(2)). Because notice and opportunity for comment are not 
required pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553 or any other law, the analytical 
requirements for the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) 
are inapplicable. Therefore, a regulatory flexibility analysis has not 
been prepared.

    Dated: March 22, 2005.
Helen Hurcombe,
Director, NOAA Aquisitions and Grants, U.S. Department of Commerce.
[FR Doc. 05-6054 Filed 3-25-05; 8:45 am]
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