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Download as PDF 46442 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 160 / Monday, August 20, 2007 / Notices to develop recommendations for the September 2007 Council meeting. DATES: The telephone conference will be held Thursday, September 6, 2007, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. ADDRESSES: A listening station will be available at the Pacific Fishery Management Council, Small Conference Room, 7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101, Portland, OR 97220–1384; telephone: (503) 820–2280. Council address: Pacific Fishery Management Council, 7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101, Portland, OR 97220–1384. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Chuck Tracy, Salmon Management Staff Officer, Pacific Fishery Management Council; telephone: (503) 820–2280. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purpose of the work session is to review information in the Council’s September meeting briefing book related to salmon management, and to develop comments and recommendations for consideration at the September Council meeting. Although non-emergency issues not contained in the meeting agenda may come before the SAS for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal SAS action during this meeting. SAS action will be restricted to those issues specifically listed in this notice and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the SAS’s intent to take final action to address the emergency. Special Accommodations This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Ms. Carolyn Porter at (503) 820–2280 at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. Dated: August 15, 2007. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E7–16274 Filed 8–17–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN: 0648–XC13 Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:53 Aug 17, 2007 Jkt 211001 ACTION: Notice of a public meeting. SUMMARY: The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council)Model Evaluation Workgroup (MEW) will hold a work session by telephone conference, which is open to the public, to develop recommendations for the September 2007 Council meeting. The telephone conference will be held Tuesday, September 4, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. DATES: A listening station will be available at the Pacific Fishery Management Council, Small Conference Room, 7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101, Portland, OR 97220–1384; telephone: (503) 820–2280. Council address: Pacific Fishery Management Council, 7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101, Portland, OR 97220–1384. ADDRESSES: Mr. Chuck Tracy, Salmon Management Staff Officer, Pacific Fishery Management Council; telephone: (503) 820–2280. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The purpose of the work session is to review information in the Council’s September meeting briefing book related to salmon management, and to develop comments and recommendations for consideration at the September Council meeting. Although non-emergency issues not contained in the meeting agenda may come before the MEW for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal MEW action during this meeting. MEW action will be restricted to those issues specifically listed in this notice and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the MEW’s intent to take final action to address the emergency. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Special Accommodations This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Ms. Carolyn Porter at (503) 820–2280 at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AGENCY: Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. Dated: August 15, 2007. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E7–16276 Filed 8–17–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Telecommunications and Information Administration Public Safety Interoperable Communications (PSIC) Grant Program National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Commerce ACTION: Amendment to Notice of Availability of Funds AGENCY: SUMMARY: On July 23, 2007, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) published a Notice of Availability of Funds in the Federal Register, 72 Fed. Reg. 40120, for the Public Safety Interoperable Communications (PSIC) Grant Program. On August 3, 2007, the President signed into law the Improving Emergency Communications Act of 2007, Pub. L. No. 110-53, which amended Section 3006 of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 that authorized the PSIC Grant Program. This Notice provides amendments to PSIC Grant Program Notice of Availability of Funds. DATES: This amendment to the Final Rule takes effect immediately. Each State and Territory continues to be required to submit its application and narrative no later than 11:59 p.m. on August 22, 2007. Each State and Territory, however, will now be required to submit its Statewide Communications Interoperability Plans and Investment Justification under the PSIC Grant Program no later than December 3, 2007. ADDRESSES: Please see 72 Fed. Reg. 40120. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura Pettus, Program Specialist, Public Safety Interoperable Communications, telephone: (202) 482–5802; fax: (202) 482–2156. Information about the PSIC can also be obtained electronically via the Internet at www.ntia.doc.gov/psic. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On July 23, 2007, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) published a Notice of Availability of Funds in the Federal Register, 72 Fed. Reg. 40120, for the Public Safety Interoperable Communications (PSIC) Grant Program. On August 3, 2007, the President signed into law the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007, Pub. L. No. 110-53. Title XXII of that Act, known as the Improving Emergency Communications Act of 2007, amended Section 3006 of the Deficit Reduction E:\FR\FM\20AUN1.SGM 20AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 160 / Monday, August 20, 2007 / Notices Act of 2005 which originally authorized the PSIC Grant Program. Specifically, Section 2201 of Pub. L. No. 110-53 expanded the PSIC Grant Program’s purpose by: (1) including planning and coordination as eligible costs; (2) explicitly permitting funds to be used for equipment and software; (3) allowing investments in other public safety communications spectrum bands; and (4) requiring the establishment and implementation of strategic technology reserve by public safety agencies. Accordingly, NTIA now amends the Notice of Availability of Funds as follows to include pre-positioning activities as a program and selection priority; to remove the restriction involving 700 MHz frequency band; to amend the Funding Availability section to set aside $75 million to fund prepositioning activities; and to exclude planning and coordination activities from the 20% cost share requirement. pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES Program Information The PSIC Grant Program will assist public safety agencies in the planning and coordination with, the acquisition of, deployment of, or training for the use of interoperable communications equipment, software, and systems that: (1) utilize reallocated public safety spectrum for radio communication1; (2) enable interoperability with communications systems that can utilize reallocated public safety spectrum for radio communications; or (3) otherwise improve or advance the interoperability of public safety communications systems that utilize other public safety spectrum bands. NTIA is seeking solutions from public safety agencies that (1) achieve meaningful and measurable improvements in the state of interoperability for public safety communications and (2) fill interoperability gaps identified in the Statewide Plans. NTIA recognizes that many solutions exist to achieve interoperability, and the PSIC Grant Program will not dictate a specific technology solution for public safety agencies. However, NTIA has identified the following technology and all hazards related priorities that States and Territories must consider when selecting projects for PSIC funding: 1. Technology a. Adopt advanced technological solutions b. Improve spectrum efficiency c. Use cost-effective measures 1 For purposes of this program, the term ‘‘reallocated public safety spectrum’’ will mean the band of spectrum located at 764–776 megahertz and 794–806 megahertz, inclusive. VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:53 Aug 17, 2007 Jkt 211001 2. All Hazards Mitigation a. Improve communications in areas at high risk for natural disasters b. Continue to improve interoperability efforts in urban and metropolitan areas at high risk for threats of terrorism c. Pre-position or secure interoperable communications in advance for immediate deployment in an emergency or major disaster Funding Availability Table 1 - PSIC State/Territory Allocation State/Territory PSIC Funding STR Funding Alabama .... Alaska ....... American Samoa ... Arizona ...... Arkansas ... California ... Colorado ... Connecticut Delaware ... District of Columbia Florida ....... Georgia ..... Guam ........ Hawaii ....... Idaho ......... Illinois ........ Indiana ...... Iowa .......... Kansas ...... Kentucky ... Louisiana .. Maine ........ Maryland ... Massachusetts ....... Michigan ... Minnesota Mississippi Missouri .... Montana .... Nebraska .. Nevada ..... New Hampshire ...... New Jersey New Mexico .......... New York .. North Carolina ......... North Dakota ....... Northern Mariana Islands ... Ohio .......... Oklahoma Oregon ...... Pennsylvania ...... Puerto Rico Rhode Island ....... $13,585,399 $7,250,345 $1,052,169 $561,529 $691,948 $17,713,050 $11,169,402 $94,034,510 $14,336,638 $12,999,879 $8,196,842 $53,590 $1,371,850 $865,054 $7,282,835 $1,110,352 $1,006,822 $634,833 $11,857,972 $42,888,266 $25,311,354 $2,600,678 $8,069,879 $7,289,795 $36,414,263 $18,291,735 $10,935,974 $10,667,169 $15,405,625 $19,672,287 $7,567,579 $22,934,593 $918,383 $3,321,633 $1,960,327 $201,419 $625,000 $564,584 $2,820,231 $1,416,668 $846,975 $826,157 $1,193,143 $1,523,590 $586,098 $1,776,251 $21,191,988 $25,039,781 $14,262,071 $10,989,345 $17,465,576 $6,549,685 $8,582,108 $12,042,417 $1,641,288 $1,939,294 $1,104,577 $851,109 $1,352,683 $507,263 $664,672 $932,668 $5,966,760 $30,806,646 $462,117 $2,385,930 $8,288,725 $60,734,783 $641,950 $4,703,820 $22,130,199 $1,713,952 $7,052,490 $546,205 $719,236 $29,377,337 $11,684,183 $12,182,532 $55,704 $2,275,232 $904,923 $943,519 $34,190,555 $9,590,025 $2,648,008 $742,733 $7,365,694 $570,462 PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 46443 Table 1 - PSIC State/Territory Allocation—Continued State/Territory South Carolina South Dakota ....... Tennessee Texas ........ U.S. Virgin Islands ... Utah .......... Vermont .... Virginia ...... Washington West Virginia ....... Wisconsin Wyoming ... Total ......... PSIC Funding STR Funding $13,499,308 $1,045,502 $6,549,691 $17,540,752 $65,069,247 $507,264 $1,358,506 $5,039,518 $856,907 $10,353,261 $4,476,761 $25,012,521 $19,180,347 $66,366 $801,845 $346,719 $1,937,183 $1,485,490 $8,429,484 $15,367,216 $5,952,187 $968,385,000 $652,851 $1,190,168 $460,988 $75,000,002 Pursuant to Section 2201 of Pub. L. No. 110-53, States and Territories will be required to establish and implement a strategic technology reserve (STR) to pre-position or secure interoperable communications in advance for immediate deployment in an emergency situation or major disaster. The PSIC Grant Program has apportioned a total of $75 million for STR Funding. Each State or Territory has been allocated a presumptive funding amount proportionate to its total allocation under the program. To be considered for PSIC funding, the STR must be capable of reestablishing communications when existing critical infrastructure is damaged or destroyed in an emergency or a major disaster. STR projects should include the following: (1) appropriate current, widely-used equipment, such as Land Mobile Radio Systems, cellular telephones and satellite-enabled equipment (and related communications service), Cells-OnWheels, Cells-On-Light Trucks, or other self-contained mobile cell sites that can be towed, backup batteries, generators, fuel, and computers; (2) equipment on hand for the Governor of each State, key emergency response officials, and appropriate State or local personnel; (3) contracts (including pre-negotiated contracts) for rapid delivery of the most current technology available from commercial sources; and (4) arrangements for training to ensure the personnel are familiar with the operation of the equipment and devices to be delivered pursuant to such contracts. States and Territories should ensure that they submit Investment Justifications reflecting projects that include at least the presumptive funding E:\FR\FM\20AUN1.SGM 20AUN1 46444 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 160 / Monday, August 20, 2007 / Notices pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES amount to establish and implement a strategic technology reserve (STR) to pre-position or secure interoperable communications in advance for immediate deployment in an emergency situation or major disaster. If a State or Territory is not submitting a PSIC Investment for the STR, it must submit a detailed written explanation along with its Investment Justification that demonstrates that it has already implemented such a strategic technology reserve or that other funded project proposals represent a higher priority for public safety communications. Upon a finding by the Assistant Secretary that the State or Territory has met the demonstration requirement, it may use the presumptive funding amount for other approved PSIC projects. Funding Priorities and Selection Factors NTIA recognizes that many solutions exist to achieve interoperability, and the PSIC Grant Program will not dictate the technology or approach for public safety agencies. However, NTIA has identified that when selecting projects for PSIC funding States and Territories must consider: (1) technology, including adoption of advanced technological solutions, improved spectrum efficiency, and cost-effective measures; and (2) solutions that support capabilities in response to all hazards approach regardless of their source or cause, including improving communications in areas at high risk for natural disasters and in urban and metropolitan areas at high risk for threats of terrorism, as well as prepositioning or securing interoperable communications in advance for immediate deployment in an emergency or major disaster. In addition, NTIA will review each Statewide Plan to ensure that States and Territories address the following PSIC requirements: how public safety agencies will plan and coordinate, acquire, deploy, and train on communications equipment, software, and systems that use - or enable interoperability with communications systems that use - in the reallocated public safety spectrum or otherwise improve or advance the interoperability with public safety communications systems that utilize other public safety spectrum bands; how a strategic technology reserve will be established and implemented to pre-position or secure interoperable communications in advance for immediate deployment in an emergency or major disaster; how local and tribal government entities’ interoperable communications needs VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:53 Aug 17, 2007 Jkt 211001 have been included in the planning process and how their needs are being addressed, if applicable; and how authorized nongovernmental organizations’ interoperable communications needs have been included in the planning process and how their needs are being addressed, if applicable. Cost Sharing Requirements The PSIC Grant Program requires cost sharing. By statute, each public safety agency receiving PSIC funds is required to meet and document the 20 percent statutory match requirement for each project. The SAA is required to track and report the 20 percent match requirement for each individual project that receives PSIC funds for efforts other than planning and coordination and training which do not require any match. The match requirements can be met through cash or in-kind sources consistent with 15 C.F.R. § § 24.3, 24.24. This documentation must demonstrate that match funds are from non-federal sources. As provided in 48 U.S.C. § 1469a, the requirement for local matching funds under $200,000 (including in-kind contributions) is waived for the Territorial governments in Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Applicants are exempt from the 20 percent match for all pre-award costs related to the Statewide Plans. Training activities can make up no more than 20 percent of a State’s or Territory’s total federal allocationfor the PSIC Program. Each STR project will be considered as an individual Investment and subject to the above cost sharing requirements. All other substantive provisions of the PSIC Grant Program Notice of Availability of Funds remain unchanged. Additional information on these changes is available in Modification 1 of the Federal Funding Opportunity Notice under CFDA Number 11.555 available at http:// www.grants.gov/search/ search.do?oppId=14878&mode=VIEW and in the Revised Grant Guidance available at www.ntia.doc.gov/. Executive Order 12866 The amendment to this rule has been determined not to be Economically Significant under Executive Order 12866. Executive Order 13132, Federalism It has been determined that this notice does not contain policies with PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Federalism implications as that term is defined in Executive Order 13132. Administrative Procedure Act/ Regulatory Flexibility Act Prior notice and opportunity for public comment are not required by the Administrative Procedure Act or any other law for this rule concerning 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 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. § 601 et seq.) are inapplicable. Therefore, a regulatory flexibility analysis has not been prepared. Congressional Review of Agency Rulemaking NTIA has not submitted this final rule to the Congress and the Government Accountability Office under the Congressional Review of Agency Rulemaking Act, 5 U.S.C. § 801 et seq. This amendment is not a ‘‘major rule’’ within the meaning of the Act. Dated: August 16, 2007. Kathy Smith, Chief Counsel, National Telecommunications and Information Administration. [FR Doc. 07–4083 Filed 8–16–07; 11:18 am] BILLING CODE 3510–60–S COMMITTEE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF TEXTILE AGREEMENTS Determination Under the Textile and Apparel Commercial Availability Provision of the Dominican RepublicCentral America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR Agreement) August 14, 2007. The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA). ACTION: Determination to add a product in unrestricted quantities to Annex 3.25 of the CAFTA-DR Agreement. AGENCY: EFFECTIVE DATE: August 20, 2007. SUMMARY: The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA) has determined that certain raschel knit open work crepe fabrics, as specified below, are not available in commercial quantities in a timely manner in the CAFTA-DR region. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Telecommunications and Information Administration


Public Safety Interoperable Communications (PSIC) Grant Program

AGENCY: National Telecommunications and Information Administration, 
Commerce

ACTION: Amendment to Notice of Availability of Funds

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SUMMARY: On July 23, 2007, the National Telecommunications and 
Information Administration (NTIA) published a Notice of Availability of 
Funds in the Federal Register, 72 Fed. Reg. 40120, for the Public 
Safety Interoperable Communications (PSIC) Grant Program. On August 3, 
2007, the President signed into law the Improving Emergency 
Communications Act of 2007, Pub. L. No. 110-53, which amended Section 
3006 of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 that authorized the PSIC 
Grant Program. This Notice provides amendments to PSIC Grant Program 
Notice of Availability of Funds.

DATES: This amendment to the Final Rule takes effect immediately. Each 
State and Territory continues to be required to submit its application 
and narrative no later than 11:59 p.m. on August 22, 2007. Each State 
and Territory, however, will now be required to submit its Statewide 
Communications Interoperability Plans and Investment Justification 
under the PSIC Grant Program no later than December 3, 2007.

ADDRESSES: Please see 72 Fed. Reg. 40120.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura Pettus, Program Specialist, 
Public Safety Interoperable Communications, telephone: (202) 482-5802; 
fax: (202) 482-2156. Information about the PSIC can also be obtained 
electronically via the Internet at www.ntia.doc.gov/psic.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On July 23, 2007, the National 
Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) published a 
Notice of Availability of Funds in the Federal Register, 72 Fed. Reg. 
40120, for the Public Safety Interoperable Communications (PSIC) Grant 
Program. On August 3, 2007, the President signed into law the 
Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007, Pub. 
L. No. 110-53. Title XXII of that Act, known as the Improving Emergency 
Communications Act of 2007, amended Section 3006 of the Deficit 
Reduction

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Act of 2005 which originally authorized the PSIC Grant Program.
    Specifically, Section 2201 of Pub. L. No. 110-53 expanded the PSIC 
Grant Program's purpose by: (1) including planning and coordination as 
eligible costs; (2) explicitly permitting funds to be used for 
equipment and software; (3) allowing investments in other public safety 
communications spectrum bands; and (4) requiring the establishment and 
implementation of strategic technology reserve by public safety 
agencies. Accordingly, NTIA now amends the Notice of Availability of 
Funds as follows to include pre-positioning activities as a program and 
selection priority; to remove the restriction involving 700 MHz 
frequency band; to amend the Funding Availability section to set aside 
$75 million to fund pre-positioning activities; and to exclude planning 
and coordination activities from the 20% cost share requirement.

Program Information

    The PSIC Grant Program will assist public safety agencies in the 
planning and coordination with, the acquisition of, deployment of, or 
training for the use of interoperable communications equipment, 
software, and systems that:
    (1) utilize reallocated public safety spectrum for radio 
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    \1\ For purposes of this program, the term ``reallocated public 
safety spectrum'' will mean the band of spectrum located at 764-776 
megahertz and 794-806 megahertz, inclusive.
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    (2) enable interoperability with communications systems that can 
utilize reallocated public safety spectrum for radio communications; or
    (3) otherwise improve or advance the interoperability of public 
safety communications systems that utilize other public safety spectrum 
bands.
    NTIA is seeking solutions from public safety agencies that (1) 
achieve meaningful and measurable improvements in the state of 
interoperability for public safety communications and (2) fill 
interoperability gaps identified in the Statewide Plans.
    NTIA recognizes that many solutions exist to achieve 
interoperability, and the PSIC Grant Program will not dictate a 
specific technology solution for public safety agencies. However, NTIA 
has identified the following technology and all hazards related 
priorities that States and Territories must consider when selecting 
projects for PSIC funding:

1. Technology

    a. Adopt advanced technological solutions
    b. Improve spectrum efficiency
    c. Use cost-effective measures

2. All Hazards Mitigation

    a. Improve communications in areas at high risk for natural 
disasters
    b. Continue to improve interoperability efforts in urban and 
metropolitan areas at high risk for threats of terrorism
    c. Pre-position or secure interoperable communications in advance 
for immediate deployment in an emergency or major disaster

Funding Availability

                Table 1 - PSIC State/Territory Allocation
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             State/Territory               PSIC Funding     STR Funding
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Alabama.................................     $13,585,399      $1,052,169
Alaska..................................      $7,250,345        $561,529
American Samoa..........................        $691,948         $53,590
Arizona.................................     $17,713,050      $1,371,850
Arkansas................................     $11,169,402        $865,054
California..............................     $94,034,510      $7,282,835
Colorado................................     $14,336,638      $1,110,352
Connecticut.............................     $12,999,879      $1,006,822
Delaware................................      $8,196,842        $634,833
District of Columbia....................     $11,857,972        $918,383
Florida.................................     $42,888,266      $3,321,633
Georgia.................................     $25,311,354      $1,960,327
Guam....................................      $2,600,678        $201,419
Hawaii..................................      $8,069,879        $625,000
Idaho...................................      $7,289,795        $564,584
Illinois................................     $36,414,263      $2,820,231
Indiana.................................     $18,291,735      $1,416,668
Iowa....................................     $10,935,974        $846,975
Kansas..................................     $10,667,169        $826,157
Kentucky................................     $15,405,625      $1,193,143
Louisiana...............................     $19,672,287      $1,523,590
Maine...................................      $7,567,579        $586,098
Maryland................................     $22,934,593      $1,776,251
Massachusetts...........................     $21,191,988      $1,641,288
Michigan................................     $25,039,781      $1,939,294
Minnesota...............................     $14,262,071      $1,104,577
Mississippi.............................     $10,989,345        $851,109
Missouri................................     $17,465,576      $1,352,683
Montana.................................      $6,549,685        $507,263
Nebraska................................      $8,582,108        $664,672
Nevada..................................     $12,042,417        $932,668
New Hampshire...........................      $5,966,760        $462,117
New Jersey..............................     $30,806,646      $2,385,930
New Mexico..............................      $8,288,725        $641,950
New York................................     $60,734,783      $4,703,820
North Carolina..........................     $22,130,199      $1,713,952
North Dakota............................      $7,052,490        $546,205
Northern Mariana Islands................        $719,236         $55,704
Ohio....................................     $29,377,337      $2,275,232
Oklahoma................................     $11,684,183        $904,923
Oregon..................................     $12,182,532        $943,519
Pennsylvania............................     $34,190,555      $2,648,008
Puerto Rico.............................      $9,590,025        $742,733
Rhode Island............................      $7,365,694        $570,462
South Carolina..........................     $13,499,308      $1,045,502
South Dakota............................      $6,549,691        $507,264
Tennessee...............................     $17,540,752      $1,358,506
Texas...................................     $65,069,247      $5,039,518
U.S. Virgin Islands.....................        $856,907         $66,366
Utah....................................     $10,353,261        $801,845
Vermont.................................      $4,476,761        $346,719
Virginia................................     $25,012,521      $1,937,183
Washington..............................     $19,180,347      $1,485,490
West Virginia...........................      $8,429,484        $652,851
Wisconsin...............................     $15,367,216      $1,190,168
Wyoming.................................      $5,952,187        $460,988
Total...................................    $968,385,000     $75,000,002
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    Pursuant to Section 2201 of Pub. L. No. 110-53, States and 
Territories will be required to establish and implement a strategic 
technology reserve (STR) to pre-position or secure interoperable 
communications in advance for immediate deployment in an emergency 
situation or major disaster. The PSIC Grant Program has apportioned a 
total of $75 million for STR Funding. Each State or Territory has been 
allocated a presumptive funding amount proportionate to its total 
allocation under the program.
    To be considered for PSIC funding, the STR must be capable of re-
establishing communications when existing critical infrastructure is 
damaged or destroyed in an emergency or a major disaster. STR projects 
should include the following:
    (1) appropriate current, widely-used equipment, such as Land Mobile 
Radio Systems, cellular telephones and satellite-enabled equipment (and 
related communications service), Cells-On-Wheels, Cells-On-Light 
Trucks, or other self-contained mobile cell sites that can be towed, 
backup batteries, generators, fuel, and computers;
    (2) equipment on hand for the Governor of each State, key emergency 
response officials, and appropriate State or local personnel;
    (3) contracts (including pre-negotiated contracts) for rapid 
delivery of the most current technology available from commercial 
sources; and
    (4) arrangements for training to ensure the personnel are familiar 
with the operation of the equipment and devices to be delivered 
pursuant to such contracts.
    States and Territories should ensure that they submit Investment 
Justifications reflecting projects that include at least the 
presumptive funding

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amount to establish and implement a strategic technology reserve (STR) 
to pre-position or secure interoperable communications in advance for 
immediate deployment in an emergency situation or major disaster. If a 
State or Territory is not submitting a PSIC Investment for the STR, it 
must submit a detailed written explanation along with its Investment 
Justification that demonstrates that it has already implemented such a 
strategic technology reserve or that other funded project proposals 
represent a higher priority for public safety communications. Upon a 
finding by the Assistant Secretary that the State or Territory has met 
the demonstration requirement, it may use the presumptive funding 
amount for other approved PSIC projects.

Funding Priorities and Selection Factors

    NTIA recognizes that many solutions exist to achieve 
interoperability, and the PSIC Grant Program will not dictate the 
technology or approach for public safety agencies. However, NTIA has 
identified that when selecting projects for PSIC funding States and 
Territories must consider: (1) technology, including adoption of 
advanced technological solutions, improved spectrum efficiency, and 
cost-effective measures; and (2) solutions that support capabilities in 
response to all hazards approach regardless of their source or cause, 
including improving communications in areas at high risk for natural 
disasters and in urban and metropolitan areas at high risk for threats 
of terrorism, as well as pre-positioning or securing interoperable 
communications in advance for immediate deployment in an emergency or 
major disaster.
    In addition, NTIA will review each Statewide Plan to ensure that 
States and Territories address the following PSIC requirements: how 
public safety agencies will plan and coordinate, acquire, deploy, and 
train on communications equipment, software, and systems that use - or 
enable interoperability with communications systems that use - in the 
reallocated public safety spectrum or otherwise improve or advance the 
interoperability with public safety communications systems that utilize 
other public safety spectrum bands; how a strategic technology reserve 
will be established and implemented to pre-position or secure 
interoperable communications in advance for immediate deployment in an 
emergency or major disaster; how local and tribal government entities' 
interoperable communications needs have been included in the planning 
process and how their needs are being addressed, if applicable; and how 
authorized nongovernmental organizations' interoperable communications 
needs have been included in the planning process and how their needs 
are being addressed, if applicable.

Cost Sharing Requirements

    The PSIC Grant Program requires cost sharing. By statute, each 
public safety agency receiving PSIC funds is required to meet and 
document the 20 percent statutory match requirement for each project. 
The SAA is required to track and report the 20 percent match 
requirement for each individual project that receives PSIC funds for 
efforts other than planning and coordination and training which do not 
require any match. The match requirements can be met through cash or 
in-kind sources consistent with 15 C.F.R. Sec.  Sec.  24.3, 24.24. This 
documentation must demonstrate that match funds are from non-federal 
sources.
    As provided in 48 U.S.C. Sec.  1469a, the requirement for local 
matching funds under $200,000 (including in-kind contributions) is 
waived for the Territorial governments in Guam, American Samoa, the 
U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana 
Islands.
    Applicants are exempt from the 20 percent match for all pre-award 
costs related to the Statewide Plans.
    Training activities can make up no more than 20 percent of a 
State's or Territory's total federal allocationfor the PSIC Program.
    Each STR project will be considered as an individual Investment and 
subject to the above cost sharing requirements.
    All other substantive provisions of the PSIC Grant Program Notice 
of Availability of Funds remain unchanged. Additional information on 
these changes is available in Modification 1 of the Federal Funding 
Opportunity Notice under CFDA Number 11.555 available at http://
www.grants.gov/search/search.do?oppId=14878&mode=VIEW and in the 
Revised Grant Guidance available at www.ntia.doc.gov/.

Executive Order 12866

    The amendment to this rule has been determined not to be 
Economically Significant under 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 opportunity for public comment are not required by 
the Administrative Procedure Act or any other law for this rule 
concerning grants, benefits, and contracts (5 U.S.C. Sec.  553(a) (2)). 
Because notice and opportunity for comment are not required pursuant to 
5 U.S.C. Sec.  553 or any other law, the analytical requirements of the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. Sec.  601 et seq.) are 
inapplicable. Therefore, a regulatory flexibility analysis has not been 
prepared.

Congressional Review of Agency Rulemaking

    NTIA has not submitted this final rule to the Congress and the 
Government Accountability Office under the Congressional Review of 
Agency Rulemaking Act, 5 U.S.C. Sec.  801 et seq. This amendment is not 
a ``major rule'' within the meaning of the Act.

    Dated: August 16, 2007.
Kathy Smith,
Chief Counsel, National Telecommunications and Information 
Administration.
[FR Doc. 07-4083 Filed 8-16-07; 11:18 am]
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