Science on a Sphere Installation Cooperative Agreements, 17081-17083 [E6-4868]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 65 / Wednesday, April 5, 2006 / Notices respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before June 5, 2006. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6625, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at dHynek@doc.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Becky Renko, 206–526–6110, or at Becky.Renko@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract This collection contains certain reporting and recordkeeping requirements for vessels in the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery in the Exclusive Economic Zone of the states of Washington, Oregon, and California. These requirements affect processing vessels in the catcher processor, and both processing vessels and catcher boats in the mothership sector of the Pacific whiting fishery. The information collected is needed to monitor catch, effort, and production for fishery management purposes. wwhite on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES II. Method of Collection Forms are used for most requirements. These may be submitted by computer or by facsimile machine. III. Data OMB Number: 0648–0271. Form Number: None. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 50. Estimated Time Per Response: 13 minutes per day for a Daily Fishing and Cumulative Production Log (DFCPL) from a catcher vessel; 26 minutes per day for a DFCPL from a catcherprocessor; 13 minutes per day for a Daily Report of Fish Received and Cumulative Production Log from a mothership; 4 minutes per day for a Weekly/Daily Production Report; 20 minutes for a Product Transfer/ Offloading Logbook; and 1 minute for a Start or Stop Notification Report. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,070. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $9,590. VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:10 Apr 04, 2006 Jkt 208001 IV. Request for Comments Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record. Dated: March 30, 2006. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. E6–4883 Filed 4–4–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [Docket No. 060324085–6085–01; I.D. 032906F] Science on a Sphere Installation Cooperative Agreements Office of Education (OEd), Office of the Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere (USEC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice and request for proposals. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The NOAA Office of Education (OEd) is issuing a request for applications from informal education institutions with interest in displaying NOAA’s Science on a Sphere. Awards will be made as one-year cooperative agreements and will be issued in fiscal year 2006 (FY06). Funded projects will support informal education institutions in incorporating this data visualization technology and compatible environmental data products into public exhibits. The goal of this program is to build environmental literacy among the general public through increased use of NOAA or NOAA-related data and data products in informal education PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 17081 institutions. See NOAA’s Education Plan for more details on this goal and strategy: (http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/ NOAA_Ed_Plan.pdf). It is anticipated that final recommendations for funding under this announcement will be made by June 30, 2006, and that projects funded under this announcement will have a start date no earlier than October 1, 2006. The deadline for full applications is 5 p.m., EDT May 5, 2006. It is anticipated that final recommendations for funding under this announcement will be made by June 30, 2006, and that projects funded under this announcement will have a start date no earlier than October 1, 2006. DATES: Full applications should be submitted through Grants.gov APPLY (http://www.grants.gov). It is strongly suggested that Grants.gov be accessed using Internet Explorer for maximum compatibility. Because registration with Grants.gov can take up to three weeks, it is strongly recommended that this registration process is completed as soon as possible. Also, even if an applicant has registered with Grants.gov previously, the applicant’s password may have expired. It is recommended that submission through Grants.gov be attempted 2 days prior to the deadline to avoid electronic submission errors. See the Office of Education’s frequently asked questions site http:// www.oesd.noaa.gov/sos_faqs.html for more details. If an applicant does not have Internet access, application kits must be requested from Carrie McDougall, completed, signed, and one hard copy should be sent to Carrie McDougall, DOC/NOAA Office of Education, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Room 6863, Washington, DC 20230. If submitting a hard copy, applicants are requested to provide a CD–ROM of the application, including scanned signed forms or forms with electronic signatures. Printed forms from Grants.gov submitted in hard copy will not be accepted. Please note: Hard copies submitted via the U.S. Postal Service can take up to 4 weeks to reach this office; applicants are recommended to send hard copies via expedited shipping methods (e.g., Airborne Express, DHL, Fed Ex, UPS). See the Office of Education’s frequently asked questions site http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/ sos_faqs.html for more details. This announcement will also be available at: http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/ funding_opps.html or by contacting the program official identified in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\05APN1.SGM 05APN1 17082 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 65 / Wednesday, April 5, 2006 / Notices FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carrie McDougall, telephone 202–482– 0875; e-mail carrie.mcdougall@noaa.gov. The NOAA Office of Education (OEd) is issuing a request for applications from informal education institutions with interest in displaying NOAA’s Science on a Sphere. Awards will be made as one-year cooperative agreements and will be issued in FY06. The goal of this program is to build environmental literacy among the general public through increased use of NOAA data or NOAA-related data and data products in informal education institutions. See NOAA’s Education Plan for more details on this goal and strategy: (http:// www.oesd.noaa.gov/ NOAA_Ed_Plan.pdf). It is anticipated that final recommendations for funding under this announcement will be made by June 30, 2006, and that projects funded under this announcement will have a start date no earlier than October 1, 2006. NOAA’s Science on a Sphere (SOS) is a complete data visualization system consisting of a 68-inch diameter opaque sphere onto which 4 video projectors project seamless ‘‘movies’’ of animated earth system dynamics or other solar system objects. NOAA data and NOAA-related data, models, and near real-time whole-earth satellite imagery are provided with the SOS system. The current version of the standard, turnkey system will be provided to successful applicants. See http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/sos_faqs.html for more details. A detailed description for each program priority is in the full funding opportunity announcement that can be accessed via the Grants.gov Web site, the NOAA Web site at http:// www.oesd.noaa.gov/funding_opps.html, or by contacting the program official identified in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: wwhite on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES Electronic Access The full text of the full funding opportunity announcement for this OEd program can be accessed via the Grants.gov FIND Web site. That announcement will also be available at this NOAA Web site: http:// www.oesd.noaa.gov/funding_opps.html or by contacting the program official identified under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Applicants must read and comply with all requirements contained in the full funding opportunity announcement. This Federal Register notice is available through the NOAA Home page at: http://www.noaa.gov/. VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:10 Apr 04, 2006 Jkt 208001 Statutory Authority: 15 U.S.C. 1540; Public Law 109–108, Department of Commerce and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006. CFDA: 11.469, Congressionally Identified Awards and Projects. Funding Availability NOAA announces the availability of approximately $200,000 of Federal financial assistance in FY 2006 for Science on a Sphere Installation Cooperative Agreements. Approximately 2 to 4 awards in the form of cooperative agreements will be made. NOAA will only consider projects that have duration of one year. The total Federal amount that may be requested from NOAA shall not exceed $100,000 including direct and indirect costs. Applications requesting Federal support from NOAA of more than $100,000 in total costs will not be considered for funding. Publication of this notice does not oblige DOC/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 Grants Officer, 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 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 Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), i.e., Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, Tribal colleges and universities, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian institutions, and institutions that work in underserved communities. Applications 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 PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Funds for Fiscal Year 2006’’ for projects for Fiscal Year 2006 in the Federal Register on June 30, 2005 (70 FR 37766). 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.ago.noaa.gov/grants/ funding.shtml. 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 application preparation costs if these programs fail to receive funding or are 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. National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) NOAA must analyze the potential environmental impacts, as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), for applicant projects or proposals which are seeking NOAA Federal funding opportunities. Detailed information on NOAA compliance with NEPA can be found at the following NOAA NEPA Web site: http:// www.nepa.noaa.gov/, including our NOAA Administrative Order 216–6 for NEPA, http://www.nepa.noaa.gov/ NAO216 6 TOC.pdf, and the Council on Environmental Quality implementation regulations, http://ceq.eh.doe.gov/nepa/ regs/ceq/toc ceq.htm. Consequently, as part of an applicant’s package, and under their 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 analyses, applicants may also be requested to assist NOAA in drafting of an environmental assessment, if NOAA determines an assessment is required. E:\FR\FM\05APN1.SGM 05APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 65 / Wednesday, April 5, 2006 / Notices Applicants will also be required to cooperate with NOAA in identifying feasible measures to reduce or avoid any identified adverse environmental impacts of their proposal. The failure to do so shall be grounds for not selecting an application. In some cases if additional information is required after an application is selected, funds can be withheld by the Grants Officer under a special award condition requiring the recipient to submit additional environmental compliance information sufficient to enable NOAA to make an assessment on any impacts that a project may have on the environment. 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-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 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. wwhite on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES 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 VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:10 Apr 04, 2006 Jkt 208001 Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) are inapplicable. Therefore, a regulatory flexibility analysis has not been prepared. Dated: March 30, 2006. Helen Hurcombe, Director, NOAA Acquisitions and Grants, U.S. Department of Commerce. [FR Doc. E6–4868 Filed 4–4–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–KC–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Office of the Secretary [No. DoD–2006–OS–0059] Proposed Collection; Comment Request Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, DoD. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In compliance with section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs announces the proposed extension of a public information collection and seeks public comment on the provisions thereof. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the information collection on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. DATES: Consideration will be given to all comments by June 5, 2006. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number and title, by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Federal Docket Management System Office, 1160 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301–1160. Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and docket number for this Federal Register document. The general policy for comments and other submissions from members of the public is to make these submissions available for public viewing on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov as they are PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 17083 received without change, including any personal identifiers or contact information. To request more information on this proposed information collection or to obtain a copy of the proposal and associated collection instruments, please write to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, ATTN: CR&PL (Ms. Cynthia Minnick), 1400 Defense, The Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301–1400, or call the Directorate for Programs and Community Relations at (703) 695– 2113. Title; Associated Form; and OMB Number: Request for Armed Forces Participation in Public Events (NonAviation), DD Form 2536 and Request for Military Aerial Support, DD Form 2535; OMB Number 0704–0290. Needs and Uses: This information collection requirement is necessary to evaluate the eligibility of events to receive Armed Forces community relations support and to determine whether requested military assets are available. Affected Public: Individuals or households; State or local governments; Federal agencies or employees; nonprofit institutions. Annual Burden Hours: 5,547. Number of Respondents: 43,000. Responses Per Respondent: 1. Average Burden Per Response: 8 minutes. Frequency: On occasion. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Summary of Information Collection Respondents are individuals or representatives of Federal and nonFederal government agencies, community groups, non-profit organizations, and civic organizations requesting Armed Forces support for patriotic events conducted in the civilian domain. DD Forms 2535 and 2536 record the type of military support requested, event data, and sponsoring organization information. The completed forms provide the Armed Forces the minimum information necessary to determine whether an event is eligible for military participation and whether the desired support is permissible and/or available. If the forms are not provided, the review process is greatly increased because the Armed Forces must make additional written and telephonic inquiries with the event sponsor. In addition, use of the forms reduces the event sponsor’s preparation time because the forms provide a detailed outline of information required, eliminate the E:\FR\FM\05APN1.SGM 05APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[Docket No. 060324085-6085-01; I.D. 032906F]


Science on a Sphere Installation Cooperative Agreements

AGENCY: Office of Education (OEd), Office of the Undersecretary of 
Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere (USEC), National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Notice and request for proposals.

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SUMMARY: The NOAA Office of Education (OEd) is issuing a request for 
applications from informal education institutions with interest in 
displaying NOAA's Science on a Sphere. Awards will be made as one-year 
cooperative agreements and will be issued in fiscal year 2006 (FY06). 
Funded projects will support informal education institutions in 
incorporating this data visualization technology and compatible 
environmental data products into public exhibits. The goal of this 
program is to build environmental literacy among the general public 
through increased use of NOAA or NOAA-related data and data products in 
informal education institutions. See NOAA's Education Plan for more 
details on this goal and strategy: (http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/NOAA_Ed_
Plan.pdf). It is anticipated that final recommendations for funding 
under this announcement will be made by June 30, 2006, and that 
projects funded under this announcement will have a start date no 
earlier than October 1, 2006.

DATES: The deadline for full applications is 5 p.m., EDT May 5, 2006. 
It is anticipated that final recommendations for funding under this 
announcement will be made by June 30, 2006, and that projects funded 
under this announcement will have a start date no earlier than October 
1, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Full applications should be submitted through Grants.gov 
APPLY (http://www.grants.gov). It is strongly suggested that Grants.gov 
be accessed using Internet Explorer for maximum compatibility. Because 
registration with Grants.gov can take up to three weeks, it is strongly 
recommended that this registration process is completed as soon as 
possible. Also, even if an applicant has registered with Grants.gov 
previously, the applicant's password may have expired. It is 
recommended that submission through Grants.gov be attempted 2 days 
prior to the deadline to avoid electronic submission errors. See the 
Office of Education's frequently asked questions site http://
www.oesd.noaa.gov/sos_faqs.html for more details.
    If an applicant does not have Internet access, application kits 
must be requested from Carrie McDougall, completed, signed, and one 
hard copy should be sent to Carrie McDougall, DOC/NOAA Office of 
Education, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Room 6863, Washington, DC 
20230. If submitting a hard copy, applicants are requested to provide a 
CD-ROM of the application, including scanned signed forms or forms with 
electronic signatures. Printed forms from Grants.gov submitted in hard 
copy will not be accepted. Please note: Hard copies submitted via the 
U.S. Postal Service can take up to 4 weeks to reach this office; 
applicants are recommended to send hard copies via expedited shipping 
methods (e.g., Airborne Express, DHL, Fed Ex, UPS). See the Office of 
Education's frequently asked questions site http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/
sos_faqs.html for more details. This announcement will also be 
available at: http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/funding_opps.html or by 
contacting the program official identified in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 
CONTACT.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carrie McDougall, telephone 202-482-
0875; e-mail carrie.mcdougall@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The NOAA Office of Education (OEd) is 
issuing a request for applications from informal education institutions 
with interest in displaying NOAA's Science on a Sphere. Awards will be 
made as one-year cooperative agreements and will be issued in FY06. The 
goal of this program is to build environmental literacy among the 
general public through increased use of NOAA data or NOAA-related data 
and data products in informal education institutions. See NOAA's 
Education Plan for more details on this goal and strategy: (http://
www.oesd.noaa.gov/NOAA_Ed_Plan.pdf). It is anticipated that final 
recommendations for funding under this announcement will be made by 
June 30, 2006, and that projects funded under this announcement will 
have a start date no earlier than October 1, 2006. NOAA's Science on a 
Sphere (SOS) is a complete data visualization system consisting of a 
68-inch diameter opaque sphere onto which 4 video projectors project 
seamless ``movies'' of animated earth system dynamics or other solar 
system objects. NOAA data and NOAA-related data, models, and near real-
time whole-earth satellite imagery are provided with the SOS system. 
The current version of the standard, turnkey system will be provided to 
successful applicants. See http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/sos_faqs.html for 
more details. A detailed description for each program priority is in 
the full funding opportunity announcement that can be accessed via the 
Grants.gov Web site, the NOAA Web site at http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/
funding_opps.html, or by contacting the program official identified in 
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

Electronic Access

    The full text of the full funding opportunity announcement for this 
OEd program can be accessed via the Grants.gov FIND Web site. That 
announcement will also be available at this NOAA Web site: http://
www.oesd.noaa.gov/funding_opps.html or by contacting the program 
official identified under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Applicants 
must read and comply with all requirements contained in the full 
funding opportunity announcement. This Federal Register notice is 
available through the NOAA Home page at: http://www.noaa.gov/.

    Statutory Authority: 15 U.S.C. 1540; Public Law 109-108, 
Department of Commerce and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 
2006.
    CFDA: 11.469, Congressionally Identified Awards and Projects.

Funding Availability

    NOAA announces the availability of approximately $200,000 of 
Federal financial assistance in FY 2006 for Science on a Sphere 
Installation Cooperative Agreements. Approximately 2 to 4 awards in the 
form of cooperative agreements will be made. NOAA will only consider 
projects that have duration of one year. The total Federal amount that 
may be requested from NOAA shall not exceed $100,000 including direct 
and indirect costs. Applications requesting Federal support from NOAA 
of more than $100,000 in total costs will not be considered for 
funding.
    Publication of this notice does not oblige DOC/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 Grants Officer, 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 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 Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), i.e., 
Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-serving 
institutions, Tribal colleges and universities, Alaskan Native and 
Native Hawaiian institutions, and institutions that work in underserved 
communities. Applications 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 
2006'' for projects for Fiscal Year 2006 in the Federal Register on 
June 30, 2005 (70 FR 37766). 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.ago.noaa.gov/grants/funding.shtml. 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 application preparation costs if these programs fail to receive 
funding or are 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.

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

    NOAA must analyze the potential environmental impacts, as required 
by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), for applicant projects 
or proposals which are seeking NOAA Federal funding opportunities. 
Detailed information on NOAA compliance with NEPA can be found at the 
following NOAA NEPA Web site: http://www.nepa.noaa.gov/, including our 
NOAA Administrative Order 216-6 for NEPA, http://www.nepa.noaa.gov/
NAO216 6 TOC.pdf, and the Council on Environmental Quality 
implementation regulations, http://ceq.eh.doe.gov/nepa/regs/ceq/toc 
ceq.htm. Consequently, as part of an applicant's package, and under 
their 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 analyses, applicants may also be 
requested to assist NOAA in drafting of an environmental assessment, if 
NOAA determines an assessment is required.

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Applicants will also be required to cooperate with NOAA in identifying 
feasible measures to reduce or avoid any identified adverse 
environmental impacts of their proposal. The failure to do so shall be 
grounds for not selecting an application. In some cases if additional 
information is required after an application is selected, funds can be 
withheld by the Grants Officer under a special award condition 
requiring the recipient to submit additional environmental compliance 
information sufficient to enable NOAA to make an assessment on any 
impacts that a project may have on the environment.

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 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 30, 2006.
Helen Hurcombe,
Director, NOAA Acquisitions and Grants, U.S. Department of Commerce.
[FR Doc. E6-4868 Filed 4-4-06; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3510-KC-P