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Download as PDF 25814 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 84 / Tuesday, May 2, 2006 / Notices FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Certain Welded Carbon Steel Standard Pipe from Turkey: Notice of Initiation of Countervailing Duty New Shipper Review Kristen Johnson, AD/CVD Operations, Office 3, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–4793 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. EFFECTIVE DATE: May 2, 2006. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (‘‘the Department’’) has received a request to conduct a new shipper review of the countervailing duty (‘‘CVD’’) order on certain welded carbon steel standard pipe from Turkey. In accordance with section 751(a)(2)(B) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (‘‘the Act’’), and 19 CFR 351.214, we are initiating a CVD new shipper review for Toscelik Profil ve Sac Endustrisi A.S. ¸ (‘‘Toscelik’’), and its affiliated export ¸ trading company, Tosyali Dis Ticaret A.S. (‘‘Tosyali’’). Background On March 30, 2006, the Department received a timely request from Toscelik, ¸ in accordance with 19 CFR 351.214(c), for a new shipper review of the CVD order on certain welded carbon steel standard pipe from Turkey, which has a March anniversary month.1 As required by 19 CFR 351.214(b)(2)(i) and (iii)(A), Toscelik ¸ certified that it did not export subject merchandise to the United States during the period of investigation (‘‘POI’’), and that it has never been affiliated with any exporter or producer that exported subject merchandise during the POI.2 Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.214(b)(2)(iv), the company submitted documentation International Trade Administration [C–489–502] AGENCY: establishing the date on which it first shipped the subject merchandise to the United States, the date of entry of that first shipment, the volume of that and subsequent shipments, and the date of the first sale to an unaffiliated customer in the United States. Toscelik also ¸ certified that, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.214(b)(2)(v), it has informed the Government of the Republic of Turkey that it will be required to provide a full response to the Department’s questionnaire.3 Initiation of Review In accordance with section 751(a)(2)(B) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.214, and based on information on the record, we are initiating a CVD new shipper review for Toscelik. We intend ¸ to issue the preliminary results of this new shipper review no later than 180 days after initiation of this review.4 We intend to issue final results of this review no later than 90 days after the date on which the preliminary results are issued.5 New Shipper Review Proceeding Period To Be Reviewed Toscelik ...................................................................................................................................................................... ¸ rmajette on PROD1PC67 with NOTICES In accordance with section 751(a)(2)(B)(iii) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.214(e), we will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to allow, at the option of the importer, the posting, until the completion of the review, of a bond or security in lieu of a cash deposit for each entry of the subject merchandise exported by Tosyali. We will apply the bonding option under 19 CFR 351.107(b)(1)(i) only to entries from Tosyali for which the respective producer under review is Toscelik. ¸ Interested parties that need access to proprietary information in this new shipper review should submit applications for disclosure under administrative protective orders in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305 and 351.306. This initiation and notice are in accordance with section 751(a) of the Act (19 U.S.C. 1675(a)) and 19 CFR 351.214(d). 1 See Countervailing Duty Order: Certain Welded Carbon Steel Pipe and Tube Products from Turkey, 51 FR 7984 (March 7, 1986). VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:18 May 01, 2006 Jkt 208001 Dated: April 26, 2006. Stephen J. Claeys, Deputy Assistant Secretaryfor Import Administration. [FR Doc. E6–6624 Filed 5–1–06; 8:45 am] Billing Code: 3510–DS–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [Docket No.: 00061680–6107–12] NOAA Climate Program for FY 2007 Climate Program Office, Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, Nastional Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of funding availability. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Program publishes this notice to announce the availability of funding for proposals that address the NOAA Climate Program’s overall goal, which is to better understand climate variability and change to enhance society’s ability 2 See the March 30, 2006, submission to the Department from Tos elik and Tosyali regarding Request for New Shipper CVD Review. PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 01/01/2005 - 12/31/2005 to plan and respond. The NOAA Climate Program represents a contribution to national and international programs designed to improve our ability to observe, understand, predict, and respond to changes in the global environment. The Program builds on NOAA’s mission requirements and long-standing capabilities in global change research and prediction. The Program is a key contributing element of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) that is coordinated by the interagency Committee on Environmental and Natural Resources (CENR). NOAA’s Climate Program is designed to complement other agencies’ contributions to that national effort. DATES: Submission Dates and Times (for ALL Competitions) Letter of Intent Due Date: May 30, 2006. by 5 p.m. eastern time. Application Due Date: July 25, 2006 by 5 p.m. eastern time. Anticipated Award Date: May 1, 2007 ADDRESSES: Letters of Intent are encouraged to be submitted by e-mail to 3 Id. 4 See 19 CFR 351.214(i). 5 Id. E:\FR\FM\02MYN1.SGM 02MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 84 / Tuesday, May 2, 2006 / Notices the identified NOAA program element’s program manager. NOAA encourages the submission of applications through Grants.gov. If the applicant does not have access to electronic submission, please mail applications to: CPO Grants Manager, Diane Brown, NOAA/CPO, 1100 Wayne Avenue, Suite 1210, Silver Spring, MD 20910–5603, Facsimile transmissions of full proposals will not be accepted. To apply for this NOAA federal funding opportunity, please go to http:// www.grants.gov and use the following funding opportunity OAR–CPO–2007– 2000636. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Please visit the CPO Web site for further information http:// www.climate.noaa.gov. All technical questions should be addressed to the identified NOAA program element’s program manager. For Administrative questions: Please contact the CPO Grants Manager, Diane Brown, NOAA/ CPO, 1100 Wayne Avenue, Suite 1210, Silver Spring, MD 20910–5603, by phone at 301–427–2357, or e-mail: cpogrants@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Applicants must comply with all requirements contained in the Full Funding Opportunity announcement available on www.Grants.gov or from CPO Grants Manager (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section above). rmajette on PROD1PC67 with NOTICES Electronic Access Applicants should read the full text of the Full Funding Opportunity announcement available at http:// www.grants.gov. It can also be accessed at the CPO Web site, http:// www.climate.noaa.gov, or the central NOAA site, http://www.grants.gov/ .ofa.noaa.gov/~amd/SOLINDEX.HTML. Program Information The overall goal of the NOAA Climate Program is to better understand climate variability and change to enhance society’s ability to plan and respond. The Program aims to improve scientific understanding of the earth’s past and present climate variability and change to improve climate forecast skill, increase the credibility of climate change projections, and the use of climate information for policy and decision makers and resource managers. The broad objective of NOAA’s Climate Program is to establish a national information service based on reliable assessments and quantitative predictions of changing global climate. Once established, this service will help NOAA provide high-quality predictions and assessments to the public and VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:18 May 01, 2006 Jkt 208001 private sectors, other federal and state agencies, and the international community. The near-term objective is to provide reliable predictions of global climate changes, both natural and human-induced, and their associated societal impacts on time scales ranging from seasons to a century or more. The ten competitions that are accepting proposals are: The Atmospheric Composition and Climate Program; the Climate Change Data and Detection Program; the Climate Dynamics and Experimental Prediction Program; the Climate Prediction Program for the Americas; the Climate Variability and Predictability Program; the Global Carbon Cycle Program; the Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments Program; the Sector Applications and Research Program; the Scientific Data Stewardship Program; and the Transition of Research Applications to Climate Services Program A full description of the scope of the proposal for each of the ten competitions is contained in the full funding opportunity announcement. Funding Availability Please be advised that actual funding levels will depend upon the final FY 2007 budget appropriations. In FY 2006, approximately $6M in first year funding was available for 54 new awards; similar funds and number of awards are anticipated in FY 2007. Total Anticipated Federal Funding for FY 2007 is $6M in first year funding for 40– 60 number of awards. Federal Funding for FY 2008 may be used in part to fund some awards submitted under this competition. Current plans assume that 100% of the total resources provided through this announcement will support extramural efforts, particularly those involving the broad academic community. Past or current grantees funded under this announcement are eligible to apply for a new award that builds on previous activities or areas of research not covered in the previous award. Current grantees should not request supplementary funding for ongoing research through this announcement. We anticipate that the annual cost of most funded projects will fall between $50,000 and $200,000 per year. The exact amount of funds that may be awarded will be determined in pre-award negotiations between the applicant and NOAA representatives. Neither NOAA nor the Department of Commerce is responsible for proposal preparation costs if this program is not funded for whatever reason. Publication of this announcement does not oblige NOAA to award any specific project or to obligate any available funds. PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 25815 Statutory Authority: 49 U.S.C. 44720(b), 33 U.S.C. 883d, 15 U.S.C. 2904, 15 U.S.C. 2931– 2934. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: CFDA No. 11.431, Climate and Atmospheric Research. Eligibility Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education, other nonprofits, commercial organizations, international organizations, and State, local, and Indian tribal governments. Federal agencies or institutions are not eligible to receive Federal assistance under this notice. Cost Sharing Requirements Cost Sharing is only required in one program element competition which is the Transition of Research Applications to Climate Services (TRACS) where the Cost Share Percentage must be at least 5% of the total costs. The other nine Competitions have no cost sharing requirement. Letters of Intent (LOI) The purpose of the LOI process is to provide information to potential applicants on the relevance of their proposed project to the Climate program and the likelihood of it being funded in advance of preparing a full proposal. While it is in the best interest of the applicants and their institutions to submit an LOI, it is not a requirement; applicants who do not submit an LOI are still allowed to submit a full proposal. Full proposals will be encouraged only for LOIs deemed relevant. A panel of program managers will review each LOI to determine whether the LOI is responsive to the program goals as advertised in this notice and will provide an e-mail or letter response. Selection Procedures NOAA published an omnibus notice announcing the availability of grant funds for projects for Fiscal Year 2006 in the Federal Register on June 30, 2005 (70 FR 37766), and its second on December 20, 2005 (70 FR 76253). The evaluation criteria and selection procedures contained in those notices are applicable to this solicitation. For a copy of these omnibus notices, please go to: http://www.grants.gov or http:// www.ago.noaa.gov/grants/ funding.shtml. Limitation of Liability Funding for the programs listed in this notice are contingent upon the availability of FY 2006 appropriations. In no event will NOAA or the Department of Commerce be responsible for proposal preparation costs if these E:\FR\FM\02MYN1.SGM 02MYN1 25816 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 84 / Tuesday, May 2, 2006 / Notices Grants and Cooperative Agreements contained in the Federal Register notice of December 30, 2004 (69 FR 78389) are applicable to this solicitation. 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 that 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/ NA0216l6lTOC.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. Applicants will also be required to cooperate with NOAA in identifying and implementing feasible measures to reduce or avoid any identified adverse environmental impacts of their proposal. The failure to do so shall be grounds for the denial of not selecting an application. In some caes 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. rmajette on PROD1PC67 with NOTICES 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. This document contains collection-ofinformation requirements subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). The use of Standard Forms 424 and 424A, 424B, SF–LLL, and CD–346 have been approved by 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 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 PRA unless that collection of information displays a currently valid OMB control number. The Department of Commerce PreAward Notification Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements The Department of Commerce PreAward Notification Requirements for BILLING CODE 3510–KD–M VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:18 May 01, 2006 Jkt 208001 Paperwork Reduction Act 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. Intergovernmental Review Applications under this program are not subject to Executive Order 12372, Intergovernmental Review of federal programs. Administrative Procedure Act/ Regulatory Flexibility Act Prior notice and an opportunity for public comments are not required by the Administrative Procedure Act or any other law for this rule 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. Mark Brown, Chief, Financial Officer, OAR, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [FR Doc. 06–4104 Filed 5–1–06; 8:45am] PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Office of the Secretary Meeting of the Uniform Formulary Beneficiary Advisory Panel Department of Defense, Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs). AGENCY: ACTION: Notice of meeting. SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting of the Uniform Formulary Beneficiary Advisory Panel. The panel will review and comment on recommendations made to the Director, TRICARE Management Activity, by the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee regarding the Uniform Formulary. The meeting will be open to the public. Seating is limited and will be provided only to the first 220 people signing in. All persons must sign in legibly. Notice of this meeting is required under the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Thursday, June 29, 2006, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. DATES: Naval Heritage Center Theater, 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20004. ADDRESSES: Mr. Rich Martel, TRICARE Management Activity, Pharmacy Operations Directorate, Beneficiary Advisory Panel, Suite 810, 5111 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041, telephone 703–681– 0064 ext. 3672, fax 703–681–1242, or email at baprequests@tma.osd.mil. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Uniform Formulary Beneficiary Advisory Panel will only review and comment on the development of the Uniform Formulary as reflected in the recommendations of the DOD Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) Committee coming out of that body’s meeting in May 2006. The P&T Committee information and subject matter concerning drug classes reviewed for that meeting are available at http:// pec.ha.osd.mil. Any private citizen is permitted to file a written statement with the advisory panel. Statements must be submitted electronically to baprequests@tma.osd.mil no later than June 22, 2006. Any private citizen is permitted to speak at the Beneficiary Advisory Panel meeting, time permitting. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[Docket No.: 00061680-6107-12]


NOAA Climate Program for FY 2007

AGENCY: Climate Program Office, Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, 
Nastional Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of 
Commerce.

ACTION:  Notice of funding availability.

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SUMMARY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 
Climate Program publishes this notice to announce the availability of 
funding for proposals that address the NOAA Climate Program's overall 
goal, which is to better understand climate variability and change to 
enhance society's ability to plan and respond. The NOAA Climate Program 
represents a contribution to national and international programs 
designed to improve our ability to observe, understand, predict, and 
respond to changes in the global environment. The Program builds on 
NOAA's mission requirements and long-standing capabilities in global 
change research and prediction. The Program is a key contributing 
element of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) that is 
coordinated by the interagency Committee on Environmental and Natural 
Resources (CENR). NOAA's Climate Program is designed to complement 
other agencies' contributions to that national effort.

DATES: 

Submission Dates and Times (for ALL Competitions)

    Letter of Intent Due Date: May 30, 2006. by 5 p.m. eastern time.
    Application Due Date: July 25, 2006 by 5 p.m. eastern time.
    Anticipated Award Date: May 1, 2007

ADDRESSES: Letters of Intent are encouraged to be submitted by e-mail 
to

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the identified NOAA program element's program manager.
    NOAA encourages the submission of applications through Grants.gov. 
If the applicant does not have access to electronic submission, please 
mail applications to: CPO Grants Manager, Diane Brown, NOAA/CPO, 1100 
Wayne Avenue, Suite 1210, Silver Spring, MD 20910-5603, Facsimile 
transmissions of full proposals will not be accepted. To apply for this 
NOAA federal funding opportunity, please go to http://www.grants.gov 
and use the following funding opportunity OAR-CPO-2007-2000636.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Please visit the CPO Web site for 
further information http://www.climate.noaa.gov. All technical 
questions should be addressed to the identified NOAA program element's 
program manager. For Administrative questions: Please contact the CPO 
Grants Manager, Diane Brown, NOAA/CPO, 1100 Wayne Avenue, Suite 1210, 
Silver Spring, MD 20910-5603, by phone at 301-427-2357, or e-mail: 
cpogrants@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Applicants must comply with all requirements 
contained in the Full Funding Opportunity announcement available on 
www.Grants.gov or from CPO Grants Manager (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 
CONTACT section above).

Electronic Access

    Applicants should read the full text of the Full Funding 
Opportunity announcement available at http://www.grants.gov. It can 
also be accessed at the CPO Web site, http://www.climate.noaa.gov, or 
the central NOAA site, http://www.grants.gov/.ofa.noaa.gov/~amd/
SOLINDEX.HTML.

Program Information

    The overall goal of the NOAA Climate Program is to better 
understand climate variability and change to enhance society's ability 
to plan and respond. The Program aims to improve scientific 
understanding of the earth's past and present climate variability and 
change to improve climate forecast skill, increase the credibility of 
climate change projections, and the use of climate information for 
policy and decision makers and resource managers. The broad objective 
of NOAA's Climate Program is to establish a national information 
service based on reliable assessments and quantitative predictions of 
changing global climate. Once established, this service will help NOAA 
provide high-quality predictions and assessments to the public and 
private sectors, other federal and state agencies, and the 
international community. The near-term objective is to provide reliable 
predictions of global climate changes, both natural and human-induced, 
and their associated societal impacts on time scales ranging from 
seasons to a century or more. The ten competitions that are accepting 
proposals are: The Atmospheric Composition and Climate Program; the 
Climate Change Data and Detection Program; the Climate Dynamics and 
Experimental Prediction Program; the Climate Prediction Program for the 
Americas; the Climate Variability and Predictability Program; the 
Global Carbon Cycle Program; the Regional Integrated Sciences and 
Assessments Program; the Sector Applications and Research Program; the 
Scientific Data Stewardship Program; and the Transition of Research 
Applications to Climate Services Program A full description of the 
scope of the proposal for each of the ten competitions is contained in 
the full funding opportunity announcement.

Funding Availability

    Please be advised that actual funding levels will depend upon the 
final FY 2007 budget appropriations. In FY 2006, approximately $6M in 
first year funding was available for 54 new awards; similar funds and 
number of awards are anticipated in FY 2007. Total Anticipated Federal 
Funding for FY 2007 is $6M in first year funding for 40-60 number of 
awards. Federal Funding for FY 2008 may be used in part to fund some 
awards submitted under this competition. Current plans assume that 100% 
of the total resources provided through this announcement will support 
extramural efforts, particularly those involving the broad academic 
community. Past or current grantees funded under this announcement are 
eligible to apply for a new award that builds on previous activities or 
areas of research not covered in the previous award. Current grantees 
should not request supplementary funding for ongoing research through 
this announcement. We anticipate that the annual cost of most funded 
projects will fall between $50,000 and $200,000 per year. The exact 
amount of funds that may be awarded will be determined in pre-award 
negotiations between the applicant and NOAA representatives. Neither 
NOAA nor the Department of Commerce is responsible for proposal 
preparation costs if this program is not funded for whatever reason. 
Publication of this announcement does not oblige NOAA to award any 
specific project or to obligate any available funds.

    Statutory Authority: 49 U.S.C. 44720(b), 33 U.S.C. 883d, 15 
U.S.C. 2904, 15 U.S.C. 2931-2934. Catalog of Federal Domestic 
Assistance (CFDA) Number: CFDA No. 11.431, Climate and Atmospheric 
Research.

Eligibility

    Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education, other 
nonprofits, commercial organizations, international organizations, and 
State, local, and Indian tribal governments. Federal agencies or 
institutions are not eligible to receive Federal assistance under this 
notice.

Cost Sharing Requirements

    Cost Sharing is only required in one program element competition 
which is the Transition of Research Applications to Climate Services 
(TRACS) where the Cost Share Percentage must be at least 5% of the 
total costs. The other nine Competitions have no cost sharing 
requirement.

Letters of Intent (LOI)

    The purpose of the LOI process is to provide information to 
potential applicants on the relevance of their proposed project to the 
Climate program and the likelihood of it being funded in advance of 
preparing a full proposal. While it is in the best interest of the 
applicants and their institutions to submit an LOI, it is not a 
requirement; applicants who do not submit an LOI are still allowed to 
submit a full proposal. Full proposals will be encouraged only for LOIs 
deemed relevant.
    A panel of program managers will review each LOI to determine 
whether the LOI is responsive to the program goals as advertised in 
this notice and will provide an e-mail or letter response.

Selection Procedures

    NOAA published an omnibus notice announcing the availability of 
grant funds for projects for Fiscal Year 2006 in the Federal Register 
on June 30, 2005 (70 FR 37766), and its second on December 20, 2005 (70 
FR 76253). The evaluation criteria and selection procedures contained 
in those notices are applicable to this solicitation. For a copy of 
these omnibus notices, please go to: http://www.grants.gov or http://
www.ago.noaa.gov/grants/funding.shtml.

Limitation of Liability

    Funding for the programs listed in this notice are contingent upon 
the availability of FY 2006 appropriations. In no event will NOAA or 
the Department of Commerce be responsible for proposal preparation 
costs if these

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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 that 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/
NA0216_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 non-indigenous species, impacts to endangered and 
threatened species, aquaculture projects, and impacts to coral reef 
systems). In addition to providing specific information that will serve 
as the basis for any required impact analyses, applicants may also be 
requested to assist NOAA in drafting of an environmental assessment, if 
NOAA determines an assessment is required. Applicants will also be 
required to cooperate with NOAA in identifying and implementing 
feasible measures to reduce or avoid any identified adverse 
environmental impacts of their proposal. The failure to do so shall be 
grounds for the denial of not selecting an application. In some caes 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 and 424A, 424B, SF-LLL, and CD-346 have been approved by 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 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 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.

Intergovernmental Review

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

Administrative Procedure Act/Regulatory Flexibility Act

    Prior notice and an opportunity for public comments are not 
required by the Administrative Procedure Act or any other law for this 
rule 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.

Mark Brown,
Chief, Financial Officer, OAR, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration.
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