Grant Availability to Federally-Recognized Indian Tribes for Projects Implementing Traffic Safety on Indian Reservations, 21036-21038 [E6-6026]

Download as PDF 21036 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 78 / Monday, April 24, 2006 / Notices Authority Each tribe must submit their request to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Division of Safety and Risk Management, Attention: Indian Highway Safety Program Coordinator, 1011 Indian School, NE, Suite 331, Albuquerque, NM 87104. ADDRESSES: This notice is published in accordance with § 1503.1 of the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 through 1508) implementing the procedural requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), and the Department of the Interior Manual (516 DM 1–6), and is in the exercise of authority delegated to the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs by 209 DM 8.l. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dated: April 3, 2006. Michael D. Olsen, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary— Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. E6–6105 Filed 4–21–06; 8:45 am] SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: BILLING CODE 4310–W7–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs Grant Availability to FederallyRecognized Indian Tribes for Projects Implementing Traffic Safety on Indian Reservations AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: In accordance with the Surface Transportation and Uniform Relocation Assistance Act of 1987, and as authorized by the Secretary of Transportation, the Bureau of Indian Affairs intends to make funds available to federally-recognized Indian tribes on an annual basis for implementing traffic safety projects, which are designed to reduce the number of traffic crashes, death, injuries and property damage within Indian country. Because of the limited funding available for this project, all projects will be reviewed and selected on a competitive basis. This notice informs Indian tribes that grant funds are available and that information packets are being mailed to all tribes. Information packets will be distributed to all Tribal Leaders on the latest Tribal Leaders list that is compiled by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Request for funds must be received by May 1 of each program year. Requests not in the office of the Indian Highway Safety Program by close of business on May 1st will not be considered and will be returned unopened. The information packets will be distributed by the end of January of each program year. rmajette on PROD1PC67 with NOTICES DATES: VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:56 Apr 21, 2006 Jkt 208001 Tribes should direct questions to: Patricia Abeyta, Coordinator, Indian Highway Safety Program or Charles L. Jaynes, Program Administrator, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 1011 Indian School, NE, Suite 331, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104; Telephone (505) 563– 5371 or 245–2104. Background The Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1973 (Pub. L. 93–87) provides for U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) funding to assist Indian tribes in implementing Highway Safety projects. The projects must be designed to reduce the number of motor vehicle traffic crashes and their resulting fatalities, injures, and property damage within Indian reservations. All federallyrecognized Indian tribes on Indian reservations are eligible to receive this assistance. All tribes receiving awards of program funds are reimbursed for eligible costs incurred under the terms of 23 U.S.C. 402 and subsequent amendments. Responsibilities For the purposes of application of the Act, Indian reservations are collectively considered a ‘‘State’’ and the Secretary of the Interior is considered the ‘‘Governor of a State.’’ The Secretary of the Interior delegated the authority to administer the programs for all the Indian Nations in the United States to the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs. The Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs further delegated the responsibility for administration of the Indian Highway Safety Program to the Central Office, Division of Safety and Risk Management (DSRM), located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Chief, DSRM, as Program Administrator of the Indian Highway Safety Program, has staff members available to provide program and technical assistance to the Indian tribes. The Indian Highway Safety Program maintains contacts with the DOT with respect to program approval, funding and receiving technical assistance. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is responsible for ensuring that the Indian Highway Safety Program is carried out in accordance with 23 CFR part 1200 and PO 00000 Frm 00068 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 other applicable Federal statutes and regulations. National Priority Program Areas The following highway safety program areas have been identified as priority program areas eligible for funding under 23 CFR 1205.3 on tribal lands: (a) Impaired driving. (b) Occupant protection. (c) Traffic records. Other fundable program areas may be considered based upon well documented problem identification from the tribes. Highway Safety Program Funding Areas Proposals are being solicited for the following program areas: (1) Impaired Driving. Programs directed at reducing injuries and death attributed to impaired driving on the reservations such as Selective Traffic Enforcement Programs to apprehend impaired drivers, specialized law enforcement training (i.e. Standardized Field Sobriety Testing), public information programs on alcohol/other drug use and driving, education programs for convicted DWI/DUI offenders, various youth alcohol education programs promoting traffic safety, and programs or projects directed toward judicial training. Proposals for projects that enhance the development and implementation of innovative programs to combat impaired driving are also solicited. (2) Occupant Protection. Programs directed at decreasing injuries and deaths attributed to the lack of safety belt and child restraint usage such as surveys to determine usage rates and to identify high-risk non-users, comprehensive programs to promote correct usage of child safety seats and other occupant restraints, enforcement of safety belt ordinances or laws, specialized training (i.e. Operation Kids, Traffic Occupant Protection Strategies, and Standardized Child Passenger Safety Technician), and evaluations. (3) Traffic Records. Programs to help tribes develop or update electronic traffic records systems which will assist with analysis of crash information, causal factors, and support joint efforts with other agencies to improve the tribe’s traffic records system. Project Guidelines BIA will send information packets to the Tribal Leader of each federallyrecognized Indian tribe by the end of January of each program year. Upon receiving the information packet, each tribe, to be eligible, must prepare a E:\FR\FM\24APN1.SGM 24APN1 rmajette on PROD1PC67 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 78 / Monday, April 24, 2006 / Notices proposed project based on the following guidelines: (1) Program Planning. Program will be based upon the highway safety problems identified and the goals/ objectives measures selected by the tribe. (2) Problem Identification. Highway traffic safety problems will be based upon accurate tribal data. This data should show problems and/or trend analysis and should be available in tribal enforcement and traffic crash records. The data must accompany the proposal. (3) Countermeasures Selection. Once tribal traffic safety problems are identified, appropriate countermeasures to solve or reduce the problem(s) must be identified. (4) Objectives/Performance Measures. List of objectives and measurable goals, within the National Priority Program Areas, based on highway safety problems identified by the tribe, must be included in each proposal, expressed in clearly defined, time-framed, and measurable terms. Performance indicators that enable the Indian Highway Safety Program (IHSP) to track progress, from a specific baseline, must accompany each goal. Performance measures should be aggressive but attainable. (5) Line Item Budget. The activities to be funded must be outlined in detail according to the following object groups: personnel services; travel and training, operating costs and equipment. Because of limited funding, this office will limit indirect costs to a maximum of 15 percent; however, all tribes applying for grants must attach a copy of the tribe’s indirect cost rate to the application. (6) Evaluation Plan. Evaluation is the process of determining whether a highway safety activity has accomplished its objectives. The tribe must include in the funding request a plan explaining how the evaluation will be accomplished and identifying the criteria to be used in measuring performance. (7) Technical Assistance. In order to provide technical assistance and ensure that NHTSA regulations are met, the BIA Indian Highway Safety Program requests that each tribe applying for a grant, attach a letter on tribal stationary, requesting that the program use a small portion of the grant funds for program oversight. [Note: Signing a letter authorizing the BIA Indian Highway Safety Program to use a small amount of funds for program oversight will not decrease the amount of funds that will be authorized for any tribal program.] VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:56 Apr 21, 2006 Jkt 208001 (8) Project Length. The traffic safety program is designed primarily as the source of invention and motivation. This program is not intended for financially supporting continuing operations. (9) Certification Regarding Drug-Free Workplace Requirement. Indian tribes receiving highway safety grants through the Indian Highway Safety Program must certify that they will maintain a drug-free workplace. (10) Certification Regarding Lobbying. Indian tribes receiving highway safety grants through the Indian Highway Safety Program must certify that they will not use any of the direct funds to pay for, by or on behalf of the tribe, to any person for influencing or attempting to influence an officer or employee of any agency, a Member of Congress, an officer or employee of Congress, or an employee of a Member of Congress in connection with the awarding of any Federal contract, the making of any Federal grant, the making of any Federal loan, the entering into of any cooperative agreement, and the extension, continuation, renewal, amendment, or modification of any Federal contract, grant, loan or cooperative agreement. [Note: None of the funds under this program can be used for any activity specifically designed to urge or influence a State or local legislator to favor or oppose the adoption of any specific legislative proposal pending before any State or local legislative body.] Submission Deadline Each tribe must send its funding request to the BIA IHSP offices in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Indian Highway Safety Program must receive the request by close of business May 1 of each program year. Selection Criteria Each funding request will be reviewed and evaluated by the BIA Indian Highway Safety Program staff and a designated selection committee. Each member, by assigning points to the following five criteria, will rank each of the proposals based on the following criteria: Criteria (1), the strength of the Problem Identification based on verifiable, current and applicable documentation of the traffic safety problem (40 points maximum). Criteria (2), the quality of the proposes solution plan based on aggressive but attainable Performance Measures, time-framed action plan, cost eligibility, amount, if any, of in-kind funding/support provided by the tribe, PO 00000 Frm 00069 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 21037 and necessity and reasonableness of the budget (30 points maximum). Criteria (3), details on how the tribe will evaluate and show progress on its performance measures regarding the Evaluation component (20 points maximum). Criteria (4), documentation in support of the submitting tribe’s qualification, commitment and community involvement in traffic safety should be included (10 points maximum). Criteria (5), tribes are eligible for bonus points (up to 10 extra points) if all reporting requirements have been met in previous years. Notification of the Selection Those tribes selected to participate will be notified by letter. Upon notification, each tribe selected must provide a duly authorized tribal resolution. The certification and resolution must be on file before grants funds can be expended or reimbursed by the tribe. Notification of Non-Selection The Program Administrator will notify each tribe of non-selection. Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grant-in-Aid Uniform grant administration procedures have been established on a national basis of all grant-in-aid programs by DOT. NHTSA under 49 CFR part 18, ‘‘Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Government.’’ NHTSA and FHWA have codified uniform procedures for State Highway Safety Programs in 23 CFR parts 1200, 1205 and 1251. OMB Circular A–87 and the ‘‘Highway Safety Grant Funding Policy for NHTSA/ FHWA Field Administered Grants’’ are the established cost principles applicable to grants and contracts through BIA and with tribal governments. It is the responsibility of the BIA Indian Highway Safety Program office to establish operating procedures consistent with the applicable provisions of these rules. Standards for Financial Management System Tribal financial systems must provide: (1) Current and complete disclosure of project actions; (2) Accurate and timely record keeping; (3) Accountability and control of all grant funds and equipment; (4) Comparison of actual expenditures with budgeted amounts; and (5) Documentation of accounting records. E:\FR\FM\24APN1.SGM 24APN1 21038 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 78 / Monday, April 24, 2006 / Notices Auditing of Highway Safety Projects will be included in the Tribal A–133 single audit requirement. Tribes will provide monthly program status reports and a corresponding reimbursement claim to the Coordinator, BIA Indian Highway Safety Program, 1011 Indian School, Suite 331, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104. These documents will be submitted no later than 10 working days beyond the reporting month. Project Monitoring During the program year, it is the responsibility of the BIA IHSP office to review the implementation of tribal traffic safety plans and programs, monitor the progress of their activities and expenditures and provide technical assistance as needed. This assistance may be on-site, by telephone and/or a review of monthly progress claims. Project Evaluation BIA will conduct an annual performance evaluation for each Highway Safety Project. The evaluation will measure the actual accomplishments to the planned activity. BIA IHSP staff will evaluate the project on-site at the discretion of the Indian Highway Safety Program Administrator. Dated: April 7, 2006. Michael D. Olsen, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary— Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. E6–6026 Filed 4–21–06; 8:45 am] the decision shall have until May 24, 2006 to file an appeal. 2. Parties receiving service of the decision by certified mail shall have 30 days from the date of receipt to file an appeal. Parties who do not file an appeal in accordance with the requirements of 43 CFR part 4, subpart E, shall be deemed to have waived their rights. ADDRESSES: A copy of the decision may be obtained from: Bureau of Land Management, Alaska State Office, 222 West Seventh Avenue, #13, Anchorage, Alaska 99513–7599. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Bureau of Land Management by phone at 907–271–5960, or by e-mail at ak.blm.conveyance@ak.blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunication device (TTD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877– 8330, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to contact the Bureau of Land Management. Barbara Opp Waldal, Land Law Examiner, Branch of Adjudication II. [FR Doc. E6–6063 Filed 4–21–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–$$–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [AK 964–1410–HY–P; F–14889–A] Alaska Native Claims Selection Aggregating 10,663.20 acres. Notice of the decision will also be published four times in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. DATES: The time limits for filing an appeal are: 1. Any party claiming a property interest which is adversely affected by the decision shall have until May 24, 2006 to file an appeal. 2. Parties receiving service of the decision by certified mail shall have 30 days from the date of receipt to file an appeal. Parties who do not file an appeal in accordance with the requirements of 43 CFR part 4, subpart E, shall be deemed to have waived their rights. ADDRESSES: A copy of the decision may be obtained from: Bureau of Land Management, Alaska State Office, 222 West Seventh Avenue, #13, Anchorage, Alaska 99513–7599. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: The Bureau of Land Management by phone at 907–271–5960, or by e-mail at ak.blm.conveyance@ak.blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunication device (TTD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877– 8330, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to contact the Bureau of Land Management. Eileen Ford, Land Law Examiner, Branch of Adjudication II. [FR Doc. E6–6065 Filed 4–21–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–$$–P BILLING CODE 4310–5h–P AGENCY: Interior. Notice of decision approving lands for conveyance. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR [AK–964–1410–HY–P; AA–8103–5] Alaska Native Claims Selection Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of decision approving lands for conveyance. rmajette on PROD1PC67 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: As required by 43 CFR 2650.7(d), notice is hereby given that an appealable decision approving lands for conveyance pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act will be issued to Doyon, Limited, for lands located within Secs. 3 and 10, T. 30 N., R. 54 W., Seward Meridian, Alaska, in the vicinity of Shageluk, Alaska. Notice of the decision will also be published four times in the Tundra Drums. DATES: The time limits for filing an appeal are: 1. Any party claiming a property interest which is adversely affected by 14:56 Apr 21, 2006 Jkt 208001 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR SUMMARY: As required by 43 CFR 2650.7(d), notice is hereby given that an appealable decision approving lands for conveyance pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act will be issued to MTNT, Ltd., Successor in Interest to Chamai, Incorporated, for lands in the vicinity of McGrath, Alaska, and located in: [CO–921–06–1320–EL; COC 69822] Seward Meridian, Alaska T. 31 N., R. 34 W., Secs. 4, 5, 7, and 8; Secs. 16 to 21, inclusive; Secs. 28 to 31, inclusive. Containing 7,143.14 acres. T. 32 N., R. 34 W., Secs. 21 and 22; Secs. 26, 33, and 34. Containing 1,684.13 acres. T. 31 N., R. 35 W., Secs. 12, 13, and 14; Secs. 23, 24, and 25; Secs. 35 and 36. Containing 1,835.93 acres. 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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Indian Affairs


Grant Availability to Federally-Recognized Indian Tribes for 
Projects Implementing Traffic Safety on Indian Reservations

AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Surface Transportation and Uniform 
Relocation Assistance Act of 1987, and as authorized by the Secretary 
of Transportation, the Bureau of Indian Affairs intends to make funds 
available to federally-recognized Indian tribes on an annual basis for 
implementing traffic safety projects, which are designed to reduce the 
number of traffic crashes, death, injuries and property damage within 
Indian country. Because of the limited funding available for this 
project, all projects will be reviewed and selected on a competitive 
basis. This notice informs Indian tribes that grant funds are available 
and that information packets are being mailed to all tribes. 
Information packets will be distributed to all Tribal Leaders on the 
latest Tribal Leaders list that is compiled by the Bureau of Indian 
Affairs.

DATES: Request for funds must be received by May 1 of each program 
year. Requests not in the office of the Indian Highway Safety Program 
by close of business on May 1st will not be considered and will be 
returned unopened. The information packets will be distributed by the 
end of January of each program year.

ADDRESSES: Each tribe must submit their request to the Bureau of Indian 
Affairs, Division of Safety and Risk Management, Attention: Indian 
Highway Safety Program Coordinator, 1011 Indian School, NE, Suite 331, 
Albuquerque, NM 87104.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tribes should direct questions to: 
Patricia Abeyta, Coordinator, Indian Highway Safety Program or Charles 
L. Jaynes, Program Administrator, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 1011 Indian 
School, NE, Suite 331, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104; Telephone (505) 
563-5371 or 245-2104.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    The Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1973 (Pub. L. 93-87) provides for 
U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) funding to assist Indian tribes 
in implementing Highway Safety projects. The projects must be designed 
to reduce the number of motor vehicle traffic crashes and their 
resulting fatalities, injures, and property damage within Indian 
reservations. All federally-recognized Indian tribes on Indian 
reservations are eligible to receive this assistance. All tribes 
receiving awards of program funds are reimbursed for eligible costs 
incurred under the terms of 23 U.S.C. 402 and subsequent amendments.

Responsibilities

    For the purposes of application of the Act, Indian reservations are 
collectively considered a ``State'' and the Secretary of the Interior 
is considered the ``Governor of a State.'' The Secretary of the 
Interior delegated the authority to administer the programs for all the 
Indian Nations in the United States to the Assistant Secretary--Indian 
Affairs. The Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs further delegated the 
responsibility for administration of the Indian Highway Safety Program 
to the Central Office, Division of Safety and Risk Management (DSRM), 
located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Chief, DSRM, as Program 
Administrator of the Indian Highway Safety Program, has staff members 
available to provide program and technical assistance to the Indian 
tribes. The Indian Highway Safety Program maintains contacts with the 
DOT with respect to program approval, funding and receiving technical 
assistance. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 
is responsible for ensuring that the Indian Highway Safety Program is 
carried out in accordance with 23 CFR part 1200 and other applicable 
Federal statutes and regulations.

National Priority Program Areas

    The following highway safety program areas have been identified as 
priority program areas eligible for funding under 23 CFR 1205.3 on 
tribal lands:
    (a) Impaired driving.
    (b) Occupant protection.
    (c) Traffic records.
    Other fundable program areas may be considered based upon well 
documented problem identification from the tribes.

Highway Safety Program Funding Areas

    Proposals are being solicited for the following program areas:
    (1) Impaired Driving. Programs directed at reducing injuries and 
death attributed to impaired driving on the reservations such as 
Selective Traffic Enforcement Programs to apprehend impaired drivers, 
specialized law enforcement training (i.e. Standardized Field Sobriety 
Testing), public information programs on alcohol/other drug use and 
driving, education programs for convicted DWI/DUI offenders, various 
youth alcohol education programs promoting traffic safety, and programs 
or projects directed toward judicial training. Proposals for projects 
that enhance the development and implementation of innovative programs 
to combat impaired driving are also solicited.
    (2) Occupant Protection. Programs directed at decreasing injuries 
and deaths attributed to the lack of safety belt and child restraint 
usage such as surveys to determine usage rates and to identify high-
risk non-users, comprehensive programs to promote correct usage of 
child safety seats and other occupant restraints, enforcement of safety 
belt ordinances or laws, specialized training (i.e. Operation Kids, 
Traffic Occupant Protection Strategies, and Standardized Child 
Passenger Safety Technician), and evaluations.
    (3) Traffic Records. Programs to help tribes develop or update 
electronic traffic records systems which will assist with analysis of 
crash information, causal factors, and support joint efforts with other 
agencies to improve the tribe's traffic records system.

Project Guidelines

    BIA will send information packets to the Tribal Leader of each 
federally-recognized Indian tribe by the end of January of each program 
year. Upon receiving the information packet, each tribe, to be 
eligible, must prepare a

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proposed project based on the following guidelines:
    (1) Program Planning. Program will be based upon the highway safety 
problems identified and the goals/objectives measures selected by the 
tribe.
    (2) Problem Identification. Highway traffic safety problems will be 
based upon accurate tribal data. This data should show problems and/or 
trend analysis and should be available in tribal enforcement and 
traffic crash records. The data must accompany the proposal.
    (3) Countermeasures Selection. Once tribal traffic safety problems 
are identified, appropriate countermeasures to solve or reduce the 
problem(s) must be identified.
    (4) Objectives/Performance Measures. List of objectives and 
measurable goals, within the National Priority Program Areas, based on 
highway safety problems identified by the tribe, must be included in 
each proposal, expressed in clearly defined, time-framed, and 
measurable terms. Performance indicators that enable the Indian Highway 
Safety Program (IHSP) to track progress, from a specific baseline, must 
accompany each goal. Performance measures should be aggressive but 
attainable.
    (5) Line Item Budget. The activities to be funded must be outlined 
in detail according to the following object groups: personnel services; 
travel and training, operating costs and equipment. Because of limited 
funding, this office will limit indirect costs to a maximum of 15 
percent; however, all tribes applying for grants must attach a copy of 
the tribe's indirect cost rate to the application.
    (6) Evaluation Plan. Evaluation is the process of determining 
whether a highway safety activity has accomplished its objectives. The 
tribe must include in the funding request a plan explaining how the 
evaluation will be accomplished and identifying the criteria to be used 
in measuring performance.
    (7) Technical Assistance. In order to provide technical assistance 
and ensure that NHTSA regulations are met, the BIA Indian Highway 
Safety Program requests that each tribe applying for a grant, attach a 
letter on tribal stationary, requesting that the program use a small 
portion of the grant funds for program oversight. [Note: Signing a 
letter authorizing the BIA Indian Highway Safety Program to use a small 
amount of funds for program oversight will not decrease the amount of 
funds that will be authorized for any tribal program.]
    (8) Project Length. The traffic safety program is designed 
primarily as the source of invention and motivation. This program is 
not intended for financially supporting continuing operations.
    (9) Certification Regarding Drug-Free Workplace Requirement. Indian 
tribes receiving highway safety grants through the Indian Highway 
Safety Program must certify that they will maintain a drug-free 
workplace.
    (10) Certification Regarding Lobbying. Indian tribes receiving 
highway safety grants through the Indian Highway Safety Program must 
certify that they will not use any of the direct funds to pay for, by 
or on behalf of the tribe, to any person for influencing or attempting 
to influence an officer or employee of any agency, a Member of 
Congress, an officer or employee of Congress, or an employee of a 
Member of Congress in connection with the awarding of any Federal 
contract, the making of any Federal grant, the making of any Federal 
loan, the entering into of any cooperative agreement, and the 
extension, continuation, renewal, amendment, or modification of any 
Federal contract, grant, loan or cooperative agreement. [Note: None of 
the funds under this program can be used for any activity specifically 
designed to urge or influence a State or local legislator to favor or 
oppose the adoption of any specific legislative proposal pending before 
any State or local legislative body.]

Submission Deadline

    Each tribe must send its funding request to the BIA IHSP offices in 
Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Indian Highway Safety Program must receive 
the request by close of business May 1 of each program year.

Selection Criteria

    Each funding request will be reviewed and evaluated by the BIA 
Indian Highway Safety Program staff and a designated selection 
committee. Each member, by assigning points to the following five 
criteria, will rank each of the proposals based on the following 
criteria:
    Criteria (1), the strength of the Problem Identification based on 
verifiable, current and applicable documentation of the traffic safety 
problem (40 points maximum).
    Criteria (2), the quality of the proposes solution plan based on 
aggressive but attainable Performance Measures, time-framed action 
plan, cost eligibility, amount, if any, of in-kind funding/support 
provided by the tribe, and necessity and reasonableness of the budget 
(30 points maximum).
    Criteria (3), details on how the tribe will evaluate and show 
progress on its performance measures regarding the Evaluation component 
(20 points maximum).
    Criteria (4), documentation in support of the submitting tribe's 
qualification, commitment and community involvement in traffic safety 
should be included (10 points maximum).
    Criteria (5), tribes are eligible for bonus points (up to 10 extra 
points) if all reporting requirements have been met in previous years.

Notification of the Selection

    Those tribes selected to participate will be notified by letter. 
Upon notification, each tribe selected must provide a duly authorized 
tribal resolution. The certification and resolution must be on file 
before grants funds can be expended or reimbursed by the tribe.

Notification of Non-Selection

    The Program Administrator will notify each tribe of non-selection.

Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grant-in-Aid

    Uniform grant administration procedures have been established on a 
national basis of all grant-in-aid programs by DOT. NHTSA under 49 CFR 
part 18, ``Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and 
Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Government.'' NHTSA and FHWA 
have codified uniform procedures for State Highway Safety Programs in 
23 CFR parts 1200, 1205 and 1251. OMB Circular A-87 and the ``Highway 
Safety Grant Funding Policy for NHTSA/FHWA Field Administered Grants'' 
are the established cost principles applicable to grants and contracts 
through BIA and with tribal governments. It is the responsibility of 
the BIA Indian Highway Safety Program office to establish operating 
procedures consistent with the applicable provisions of these rules.

Standards for Financial Management System

    Tribal financial systems must provide:
    (1) Current and complete disclosure of project actions;
    (2) Accurate and timely record keeping;
    (3) Accountability and control of all grant funds and equipment;
    (4) Comparison of actual expenditures with budgeted amounts; and
    (5) Documentation of accounting records.

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    Auditing of Highway Safety Projects will be included in the Tribal 
A-133 single audit requirement. Tribes will provide monthly program 
status reports and a corresponding reimbursement claim to the 
Coordinator, BIA Indian Highway Safety Program, 1011 Indian School, 
Suite 331, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104. These documents will be 
submitted no later than 10 working days beyond the reporting month.

Project Monitoring

    During the program year, it is the responsibility of the BIA IHSP 
office to review the implementation of tribal traffic safety plans and 
programs, monitor the progress of their activities and expenditures and 
provide technical assistance as needed. This assistance may be on-site, 
by telephone and/or a review of monthly progress claims.

Project Evaluation

    BIA will conduct an annual performance evaluation for each Highway 
Safety Project. The evaluation will measure the actual accomplishments 
to the planned activity. BIA IHSP staff will evaluate the project on-
site at the discretion of the Indian Highway Safety Program 
Administrator.

    Dated: April 7, 2006.
Michael D. Olsen,
Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs.
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