Pan-Pacific Education and Communications Experiments by Satellite (PEACESAT): Closing Date, 19057-19059 [05-7306]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 69 / Tuesday, April 12, 2005 / Notices crab in any pot fishery will count against the catch limit for crab in Subarea 48. The Commission set a combined catch limit of 2,787 tons of D. eleginoides in Division 58.5.2 west of 79°20′ E from December 1, 2004, to November 30, 2005, for trawl fishing and from May 1, 2005, to August 31, 2005, for longline fishing. The Commission designated several Dissostichus fisheries as exploratory fisheries for the 2004/2005 fishing season. These fisheries are total allowable catch fisheries and are open only to the flagged vessels of countries that notified CCAMLR of an interest by named vessels to participate in the fisheries. The exploratory fisheries for Dissostichus species authorized by the Commission for the 2004/2005 fishing season include the following: (1) longline fishing in Statistical Division 58.4.1 by Chile, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Spain and Ukraine; (2) longline fishing in Statistical Subarea 48.6 by Japan, Republic of Korea and New Zealand; (3) longline fishing in Statistical Division 58.4.2 by Chile, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Spain and Ukraine; (4) longline fishing in Statistical Division 58.4.3a (the Elan Bank) outside areas under national jurisdiction by Australia, Republic of Korea and Spain; (5) longline fishing in Statistical Division 58.4.3b (the BANZARE Bank) outside areas of national jurisdiction by Australia, Chile, Japan, Republic of Korea and Spain; (6) longline fishing in Statistical Subarea 88.1 by Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and Uruguay; and (7) longline fishing in Statistical Subarea 88.2 by Argentina, New Zealand, Norway and Russia. Champsocephalus gunnari The Commission adopted area specific conservation measures for C. gunnari for the 2004/2005 season. The Commission set the overall catch limit for the C. gunnari trawl fishery in Subarea 48.3 for the 2004/2005 season at 3,574 tons and continued previously adopted restrictions on the fishery. The Commission also set the catch limit for C. gunnari trawl fishery within defined areas of Division 58.5.2 for the 2004/2005 season at 1,864 tons and continued previously adopted restrictions on and reporting requirements for the fishery. Crab The Commission adopted area specific conservation measures for crab species for the 2004/2005 season. The VerDate jul<14>2003 16:48 Apr 11, 2005 Jkt 205001 Commission set the total allowable catch level for the pot fishery for crab for the 2004/2005 fishing season at 1,600 tons and continued to limit participation to one vessel per member country conducted as an experimental harvest regime. Squid The Commission also adopted area specific conservation measures for squid for the 2004/2005 season. The Commission set the total allowable catch limit for the exploratory jig fishery for Martialia hyadesi for the 2004/2005 fishing season at 2,500 tons. Krill The Commission adopted area specific conservation measures for krill for the 2004/2005 season. The Commission carried forward the precautionary catch limits for krill in Statistical Area 48 at 4.0 million tons overall and, as divided by subareas, at 1.008 million tons in Subarea 48.1, 1.104 million tons in Subarea 48.2, 1.056 million tons in Subarea 48.3, and 0.832 million tons in Subarea 48.4. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 2431 et seq. Dated: April 7, 2005. William T. Hogarth, Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 05–7313 Filed 4–11–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Telecommunications and Information Administration [Docket No. 001215353–5080–05] Pan-Pacific Education and Communications Experiments by Satellite (PEACESAT): Closing Date National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of availability of funds. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2005, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), U.S. Department of Commerce, announces the solicitation of applications for a grant for the Pan-Pacific Education and Communications Experiments by Satellite (PEACESAT) Program. Projects funded pursuant to this Notice are intended to support the PEACESAT Program’s acquisition of satellite communications to service Pacific Basin communities and to manage the operations of this network. Applications PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 19057 for the PEACESAT Program grant will compete for funds from the Public Broadcasting, Facilities, Planning and Construction Funds account. DATES: Applications must be received on or before 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Saving Time, May 12, 2005. Applications submitted by facsimile or electronic means are not acceptable. If an application is received after the Closing Date due to (1) carrier error, when the carrier accepted the package with a guarantee for delivery by the Closing Date and Time, or (2) significant weather delays or natural disasters, NTIA will, upon receipt of proper documentation, consider the application as having been received by the deadline. NTIA will not accept applications posted on the Closing Date or later and received after the deadline. ADDRESSES: To obtain a printed application package, submit completed applications, or send any other correspondence, write to: NTIA/PTFP, Room H–4625, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Cooperman, Director, Public Broadcasting Division, telephone: (202) 482–5802; fax: (202) 482–2156. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Electronic Access The full funding opportunity announcement for the PEACESAT Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 grant cycle is available through http:// www.Grants.gov or by contacting the PTFP office at the address noted above. Application materials may be obtained electronically via the Internet (http:// www.ntia.doc.gov/otiahome/ peacesat.html). Funding Availability The Congress has appropriated $19.8 million for FY 2005 Public Telecommunications Facilities Program (PTFP) and PEACESAT awards. Of this amount, NTIA anticipates making a single award for approximately $500,000 for the PEACESAT Program in FY 2005. For FY 2004, NTIA issued one award for the PEACESAT project in the amount of $493,130. Statutory and Regulatory Authority Funding for the PEACESAT Program is provided pursuant to Public Law 108–447, ‘‘The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005’’ and Public Law 106–113, ‘‘The Consolidated Appropriations Act, Fiscal Year 2000.’’ Public Law 106–113 provides ‘‘That, hereafter, notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Pan-Pacific E:\FR\FM\12APN1.SGM 12APN1 19058 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 69 / Tuesday, April 12, 2005 / Notices Education and Communications Experiments by Satellite (PEACESAT) Program is eligible to compete for Public Broadcasting Facilities, Planning and Construction funds.’’ The PEACESAT Program was authorized under Public Law 100–584 (102 Stat. 2970) and also Public Law 101–555 (104 Stat. 2758) to acquire satellite communications services to provide educational, medical, and cultural needs of Pacific Basin communities. The PEACESAT Program has been operational since 1971 and has received funding from NTIA for support of the project since 1988. Public Law 108–447 appropriated $19.8 million for this account to be awarded for Public Telecommunications Facilities Program (PTFP) grants and for PEACESAT Program grants. A solicitation notice for the PTFP Program was published in the Federal Register on January 26, 2005. Applications submitted in response to this solicitation for PEACESAT applications are not subject to the requirements of the January 26, 2005 Notice and are exempt from the PTFP regulations at 15 CFR part 2301. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance: N/A. Eligibility Eligible applicants will include any for-profit or non-profit organization, public or private entity, other than an agency or division of the Federal government. Individuals are not eligible to apply for the PEACESAT Program funds. Evaluation and Selection Process Each eligible application is evaluated by three outside reviewers who have demonstrated expertise in the programmatic and technological aspects of the application. The reviewers will evaluate applications according to the criteria in the following section and provide individual written ratings of each application. State Single Point of Contact (SPOC) offices, per Executive Order 12372, may provide recommendations on applications under consideration. PTFP places a summary of applications received on the Internet. Listing an application merely acknowledges receipt of an application to compete for funding with other applications. Listing does not preclude subsequent return of the application or disapproval of the application, nor does it assure that the application will be funded. The listing will also include a request for comments on the applications from any interested party. VerDate jul<14>2003 16:48 Apr 11, 2005 Jkt 205001 The reviewer’s ratings are provided to the PTFP staff and a rank order is prepared according to score. The PTFP program staff prepares summary recommendations for the Director of the Public Broadcasting Division. These recommendations incorporate the outside reviewers’ ratings and incorporate analysis based on the degree to which a proposed project meets the PEACESAT Program purposes and cost eligibility. Staff recommendations also consider (1) project impact, (2) the cost/ benefit of a project, and (3) whether the reviewers consistently applied the evaluation criteria. The analysis by program staff is provided to the Director of the Public Broadcasting Division in writing. The Director considers the summary recommendations prepared by program staff in accord with the funding priorities and selection factors referenced in the next section and recommends the funding order of the applications for the PTFP and PEACESAT Programs in three categories: ‘‘Recommended for Funding,’’ ‘‘Recommended for Funding If Funds Are Available,’’ and ‘‘Not Recommended for Funding.’’ The Director presents recommendations to the Associate Administrator, Office of Telecommunications and Information Applications (OTIA), for review and approval. Upon review and approval based on the funding priorities and selection factors referenced in the next section by the Associate Administrator of the Office of Telecommunications and Information Applications (OTIA), the Associate Administrator’s and the Director’s recommendations are presented to the Selecting Official, the Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information, who is the NTIA Administrator. The NTIA Administrator selects the applications to be negotiated for possible grant award, taking into consideration the outside reviewers’ ratings, the Director’s recommendations, and the degree to which the slate of applications, taken as a whole, satisfies the PTFP and PEACESAT Programs’ stated purposes. The selected applications are negotiated between NTIA staff and the applicant. The negotiations are intended to resolve whatever differences might exist between the applicant’s original request and what NTIA is considering funding. Negotiation does not ensure that an award will be made. When the negotiations are completed, the Director recommends final selections to the NTIA Administrator, applying the same selection factors described above. The Administrator then makes the final PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 award selections from the negotiated applications taking into consideration the Director’s recommendations and the degree to which the slate of applications, taken as a whole, satisfies the stated purposes for the PTFP Program in 15 CFR 2301.1(a) and (c) and for the PEACESAT Program. Funding Priorities and Selection Factors The selection factors retained by the Director, OTIA Associate Administrator, and the Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information for the PTFP Program are described in 15 CFR 2301.18. These selection factors are also used, as applicable, for selection of applications for funding for the PEACESAT Program. Evaluation Criteria Each eligible application that is timely received, is materially complete, and proposes an eligible project will be considered under the evaluation criteria described here. The first three criteria— 1. Meeting the Purposes of the PEACESAT Program, 2. Extent of Need for the Project, and 3. Plan of Operation for the Project—are each worth 25 points. Criterion 4, Budget and Cost Effectiveness, is worth 20 points. Criterion 5, Quality of Key Personnel, is worth 5 points. Criterion 1. Meeting the Purposes of the PEACESAT Program, including (i) how well the proposal meets the objectives of the PEACESAT Program and (ii) how the objectives of the proposal further the purposes of the PEACESAT Program. Criterion 2. Extent of Need for the Project. The extent to which the project meets the needs of the PEACESAT Program, including consideration of: (i) the needs addressed by the project; (ii) how the applicant identifies those needs; (iii) how those needs will be met by the project; and (iv) the benefits to be gained by meeting those needs. Criterion 3. Plan of Operation for the Project, including (i) the quality of the design of the project; (ii) the extent to which the plan of management is effective and ensures proper and efficient administration of the project; (iii) how well the objectives of the project relate to the purposes of the PEACESAT Program; (iv) the quality of the applicant’s plan to use its resources and personnel to achieve each objective; and (v) how the applicant will ensure that project participants who are otherwise eligible to participate are selected without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, or handicapped condition. E:\FR\FM\12APN1.SGM 12APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 69 / Tuesday, April 12, 2005 / Notices Criterion 4. Budget and Cost Effectiveness. The extent to which (i) the budget is adequate to support the project; and (ii) costs are reasonable in relation to the objectives of the project. Criterion 5. Quality of Key Personnel the applicant plans to use on the project, including (i) the qualifications of the project director if one is to be used; (ii) the qualifications of each of the other key personnel to be used in the project; (iii) the time that each person will commit to the project; and (iv) how the applicant, as part of its nondiscriminatory employment practices, will ensure that its personnel are selected for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, or handicapped condition. In this section, ‘‘qualifications’’ refers to experience and training in fields related to the objectives of the project, and any other qualifications that pertain to the quality of the project. Cost Sharing Requirements Grant recipients under this program will not be required to provide matching funds toward the total project cost. The costs allowable under this Notice are not subject to the limitation on costs contained in the January 26, 2005 Notice regarding the PTFP Program Intergovernmental Review PEACESAT applications are subject to Executive Order 12372, ‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs,’’ if the state in which the applicant organization is located participates in the process. Usually submission to the State Single Point of Contact (SPOC) needs to be only the first two pages of the Application Form, but applicants should contact their own SPOC offices to find out about and comply with its requirements. The names and addresses of the SPOC offices are listed on the PTFP Web site and at the Office of Management and Budget’s home page at http:// www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants/ spoc.html. Universal Identifier All applicants (nonprofit, State, local government, universities, and tribal organizations) will be required to provide a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number during the application process. See the October 30, 2002 (67 FR 66177) and April 8, 2003 (68 FR 17000) Federal Register notices for additional information. Organizations can receive a DUNS number at no cost by calling the dedicated toll-free DUNS Number request line 1–866–705–5711 or via the VerDate jul<14>2003 16:48 Apr 11, 2005 Jkt 205001 Internet (http:// www.dunandbradstreet.com). The Department of Commerce PreAward Notification Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements The Department of Commerce PreAward Notification of Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements contained in the Federal Register notice of December 30, 2004 (69 FR 78389) is applicable to this solicitation. Limitation of Liability In no event will the Department of Commerce be responsible for proposal preparation costs if this program fails to receive funding or is cancelled because of other agency priorities. Publication of this announcement does not oblige the agency to award any specific project or to obligate any available funds. Paperwork Reduction Act Notwithstanding any other provision of the law, no person is required to respond to, nor shall any person be subject to a penalty for failure to comply with, a collection of information subject to the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), unless that collection displays a currently valid Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number. The PTFP application form has been approved under OMB Control No. 0660–0003. Executive Order 13132 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 opportunity for public comment are not required by the Administrative Procedure Act or any other law for rules concerning grants, benefits, and contracts (5 U.S.C. 553(a)). Because notice and opportunity for comment are not required pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553 or any other law, the analytical requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) are inapplicable. Therefore, a regulatory flexibility analysis has not been prepared. Dr. Bernadette McGuire-Rivera, Associate Administrator, Office of Telecommunications and Information Applications. [FR Doc. 05–7306 Filed 4–11–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–60–P PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 19059 COMMITTEE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF TEXTILE AGREEMENTS Request for Public Comments on Commercial Availability Petition under the United States - Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA) March 31, 2005. [Editor’s Note: The following document was filed for public inspection on March 31, 2005, but due to an inadvertent error was not published in the Federal Register issue of April 4, 2005.] AGENCY: The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA) ACTION: Request for public comments concerning a petition for a determination that certain coat weight fabrics of 100 percent carded camelhair, 100 percent carded cashmere, or a blend of carded cashmere and wool fibers cannot be supplied by the domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner under the CBTPA. SUMMARY: On March 30, 2005, the Chairman of CITA received a petition from Neville Peterson, LLP, on behalf of S. Rothschild & Co., Inc. of New York, New York, alleging that certain coat weight fabrics of 100 percent carded camelhair, 100 percent carded cashmere, or a blend of carded cashmere and wool fibers, of the specifications detailed below, classified in subheading 5111.19.6020 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), cannot be supplied by the domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner. The petition requests that outerwear articles of such fabrics assembled in one or more CBTPA beneficiary countries be eligible for preferential treatment under the CBTPA. CITA hereby solicits public comments on this petition, in particular with regard to whether these fabrics can be supplied by the domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner. Comments must be submitted by April 27, 2005 to the Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements, Room 3001, United States Department of Commerce, 14th and Constitution, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20230. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Janet E. Heinzen, International Trade Specialist, Office of Textiles and Apparel, U.S. Department of Commerce, (202) 482-3400. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Authority: Section 213(b)(2)(A)(v)(II) of the CBERA, as added by Section 211(a) of the E:\FR\FM\12APN1.SGM 12APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Telecommunications and Information Administration

[Docket No. 001215353-5080-05]


Pan-Pacific Education and Communications Experiments by Satellite 
(PEACESAT): Closing Date

AGENCY: National Telecommunications and Information Administration 
(NTIA), Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of availability of funds.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2005, the 
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), U.S. 
Department of Commerce, announces the solicitation of applications for 
a grant for the Pan-Pacific Education and Communications Experiments by 
Satellite (PEACESAT) Program. Projects funded pursuant to this Notice 
are intended to support the PEACESAT Program's acquisition of satellite 
communications to service Pacific Basin communities and to manage the 
operations of this network. Applications for the PEACESAT Program grant 
will compete for funds from the Public Broadcasting, Facilities, 
Planning and Construction Funds account.

DATES: Applications must be received on or before 5 p.m. Eastern 
Daylight Saving Time, May 12, 2005. Applications submitted by facsimile 
or electronic means are not acceptable. If an application is received 
after the Closing Date due to (1) carrier error, when the carrier 
accepted the package with a guarantee for delivery by the Closing Date 
and Time, or (2) significant weather delays or natural disasters, NTIA 
will, upon receipt of proper documentation, consider the application as 
having been received by the deadline. NTIA will not accept applications 
posted on the Closing Date or later and received after the deadline.

ADDRESSES: To obtain a printed application package, submit completed 
applications, or send any other correspondence, write to: NTIA/PTFP, 
Room H-4625, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue, 
NW., Washington, DC 20230.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Cooperman, Director, Public 
Broadcasting Division, telephone: (202) 482-5802; fax: (202) 482-2156.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Electronic Access

    The full funding opportunity announcement for the PEACESAT Fiscal 
Year (FY) 2005 grant cycle is available through http://www.Grants.gov 
or by contacting the PTFP office at the address noted above. 
Application materials may be obtained electronically via the Internet 
(http://www.ntia.doc.gov/otiahome/peacesat.html).

Funding Availability

    The Congress has appropriated $19.8 million for FY 2005 Public 
Telecommunications Facilities Program (PTFP) and PEACESAT awards. Of 
this amount, NTIA anticipates making a single award for approximately 
$500,000 for the PEACESAT Program in FY 2005. For FY 2004, NTIA issued 
one award for the PEACESAT project in the amount of $493,130.

Statutory and Regulatory Authority

    Funding for the PEACESAT Program is provided pursuant to Public Law 
108-447, ``The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005'' and Public Law 
106-113, ``The Consolidated Appropriations Act, Fiscal Year 2000.'' 
Public Law 106-113 provides ``That, hereafter, notwithstanding any 
other provision of law, the Pan-Pacific

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Education and Communications Experiments by Satellite (PEACESAT) 
Program is eligible to compete for Public Broadcasting Facilities, 
Planning and Construction funds.'' The PEACESAT Program was authorized 
under Public Law 100-584 (102 Stat. 2970) and also Public Law 101-555 
(104 Stat. 2758) to acquire satellite communications services to 
provide educational, medical, and cultural needs of Pacific Basin 
communities. The PEACESAT Program has been operational since 1971 and 
has received funding from NTIA for support of the project since 1988.
    Public Law 108-447 appropriated $19.8 million for this account to 
be awarded for Public Telecommunications Facilities Program (PTFP) 
grants and for PEACESAT Program grants. A solicitation notice for the 
PTFP Program was published in the Federal Register on January 26, 2005. 
Applications submitted in response to this solicitation for PEACESAT 
applications are not subject to the requirements of the January 26, 
2005 Notice and are exempt from the PTFP regulations at 15 CFR part 
2301.
    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance: N/A.

Eligibility

    Eligible applicants will include any for-profit or non-profit 
organization, public or private entity, other than an agency or 
division of the Federal government. Individuals are not eligible to 
apply for the PEACESAT Program funds.

Evaluation and Selection Process

    Each eligible application is evaluated by three outside reviewers 
who have demonstrated expertise in the programmatic and technological 
aspects of the application. The reviewers will evaluate applications 
according to the criteria in the following section and provide 
individual written ratings of each application.
    State Single Point of Contact (SPOC) offices, per Executive Order 
12372, may provide recommendations on applications under consideration.
    PTFP places a summary of applications received on the Internet. 
Listing an application merely acknowledges receipt of an application to 
compete for funding with other applications. Listing does not preclude 
subsequent return of the application or disapproval of the application, 
nor does it assure that the application will be funded. The listing 
will also include a request for comments on the applications from any 
interested party.
    The reviewer's ratings are provided to the PTFP staff and a rank 
order is prepared according to score. The PTFP program staff prepares 
summary recommendations for the Director of the Public Broadcasting 
Division. These recommendations incorporate the outside reviewers' 
ratings and incorporate analysis based on the degree to which a 
proposed project meets the PEACESAT Program purposes and cost 
eligibility. Staff recommendations also consider (1) project impact, 
(2) the cost/benefit of a project, and (3) whether the reviewers 
consistently applied the evaluation criteria. The analysis by program 
staff is provided to the Director of the Public Broadcasting Division 
in writing.
    The Director considers the summary recommendations prepared by 
program staff in accord with the funding priorities and selection 
factors referenced in the next section and recommends the funding order 
of the applications for the PTFP and PEACESAT Programs in three 
categories: ``Recommended for Funding,'' ``Recommended for Funding If 
Funds Are Available,'' and ``Not Recommended for Funding.'' The 
Director presents recommendations to the Associate Administrator, 
Office of Telecommunications and Information Applications (OTIA), for 
review and approval.
    Upon review and approval based on the funding priorities and 
selection factors referenced in the next section by the Associate 
Administrator of the Office of Telecommunications and Information 
Applications (OTIA), the Associate Administrator's and the Director's 
recommendations are presented to the Selecting Official, the Assistant 
Secretary for Communications and Information, who is the NTIA 
Administrator. The NTIA Administrator selects the applications to be 
negotiated for possible grant award, taking into consideration the 
outside reviewers' ratings, the Director's recommendations, and the 
degree to which the slate of applications, taken as a whole, satisfies 
the PTFP and PEACESAT Programs' stated purposes.
    The selected applications are negotiated between NTIA staff and the 
applicant. The negotiations are intended to resolve whatever 
differences might exist between the applicant's original request and 
what NTIA is considering funding. Negotiation does not ensure that an 
award will be made. When the negotiations are completed, the Director 
recommends final selections to the NTIA Administrator, applying the 
same selection factors described above. The Administrator then makes 
the final award selections from the negotiated applications taking into 
consideration the Director's recommendations and the degree to which 
the slate of applications, taken as a whole, satisfies the stated 
purposes for the PTFP Program in 15 CFR 2301.1(a) and (c) and for the 
PEACESAT Program.

Funding Priorities and Selection Factors

    The selection factors retained by the Director, OTIA Associate 
Administrator, and the Assistant Secretary for Communications and 
Information for the PTFP Program are described in 15 CFR 2301.18. These 
selection factors are also used, as applicable, for selection of 
applications for funding for the PEACESAT Program.

Evaluation Criteria

    Each eligible application that is timely received, is materially 
complete, and proposes an eligible project will be considered under the 
evaluation criteria described here. The first three criteria--1. 
Meeting the Purposes of the PEACESAT Program, 2. Extent of Need for the 
Project, and 3. Plan of Operation for the Project--are each worth 25 
points. Criterion 4, Budget and Cost Effectiveness, is worth 20 points. 
Criterion 5, Quality of Key Personnel, is worth 5 points.
    Criterion 1. Meeting the Purposes of the PEACESAT Program, 
including (i) how well the proposal meets the objectives of the 
PEACESAT Program and (ii) how the objectives of the proposal further 
the purposes of the PEACESAT Program.
    Criterion 2. Extent of Need for the Project. The extent to which 
the project meets the needs of the PEACESAT Program, including 
consideration of: (i) the needs addressed by the project; (ii) how the 
applicant identifies those needs; (iii) how those needs will be met by 
the project; and (iv) the benefits to be gained by meeting those needs.
    Criterion 3. Plan of Operation for the Project, including (i) the 
quality of the design of the project; (ii) the extent to which the plan 
of management is effective and ensures proper and efficient 
administration of the project; (iii) how well the objectives of the 
project relate to the purposes of the PEACESAT Program; (iv) the 
quality of the applicant's plan to use its resources and personnel to 
achieve each objective; and (v) how the applicant will ensure that 
project participants who are otherwise eligible to participate are 
selected without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, 
or handicapped condition.

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    Criterion 4. Budget and Cost Effectiveness. The extent to which (i) 
the budget is adequate to support the project; and (ii) costs are 
reasonable in relation to the objectives of the project.
    Criterion 5. Quality of Key Personnel the applicant plans to use on 
the project, including (i) the qualifications of the project director 
if one is to be used; (ii) the qualifications of each of the other key 
personnel to be used in the project; (iii) the time that each person 
will commit to the project; and (iv) how the applicant, as part of its 
nondiscriminatory employment practices, will ensure that its personnel 
are selected for employment without regard to race, color, national 
origin, gender, age, or handicapped condition. In this section, 
``qualifications'' refers to experience and training in fields related 
to the objectives of the project, and any other qualifications that 
pertain to the quality of the project.

Cost Sharing Requirements

    Grant recipients under this program will not be required to provide 
matching funds toward the total project cost.
    The costs allowable under this Notice are not subject to the 
limitation on costs contained in the January 26, 2005 Notice regarding 
the PTFP Program

Intergovernmental Review

    PEACESAT applications are subject to Executive Order 12372, 
``Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs,'' if the state in which 
the applicant organization is located participates in the process. 
Usually submission to the State Single Point of Contact (SPOC) needs to 
be only the first two pages of the Application Form, but applicants 
should contact their own SPOC offices to find out about and comply with 
its requirements. The names and addresses of the SPOC offices are 
listed on the PTFP Web site and at the Office of Management and 
Budget's home page at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants/spoc.html.

Universal Identifier

    All applicants (nonprofit, State, local government, universities, 
and tribal organizations) will be required to provide a Dun and 
Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number during the 
application process. See the October 30, 2002 (67 FR 66177) and April 
8, 2003 (68 FR 17000) Federal Register notices for additional 
information. Organizations can receive a DUNS number at no cost by 
calling the dedicated toll-free DUNS Number request line 1-866-705-5711 
or via the Internet (http://www.dunandbradstreet.com).

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

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

Limitation of Liability

    In no event will the Department of Commerce be responsible for 
proposal preparation costs if this program fails to receive funding or 
is cancelled because of other agency priorities. Publication of this 
announcement does not oblige the agency to award any specific project 
or to obligate any available funds.

Paperwork Reduction Act

    Notwithstanding any other provision of the law, no person is 
required to respond to, nor shall any person be subject to a penalty 
for failure to comply with, a collection of information subject to the 
requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), unless that 
collection displays a currently valid Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) control number. The PTFP application form has been approved under 
OMB Control No. 0660-0003.

Executive Order 13132

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

Dr. Bernadette McGuire-Rivera,
Associate Administrator, Office of Telecommunications and Information 
Applications.
[FR Doc. 05-7306 Filed 4-11-05; 8:45 am]
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