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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 217 / Friday, November 9, 2007 / Notices practice in a changing health care system. The objectives of the meeting are to: (1) Examine the most effective and relevant teaching and learning methods and strategies focusing on Competency Outcomes and Performance Assessment for students in the practice disciplines; (2) identify knowledge, skills, and abilities needed by the 21st century RN workforce as seen through the eyes of employers and consumers; and (3) examine nursing curricula among all three basic RN programs {associate degree, diploma and baccalaureate programs} to understand similarities and differences in the respective programs and their ability to prepare the 21st century nursing student for professional practice. During this meeting, the NACNEP council members will deliberate as workgroups on the content presented and formulate recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Congress on teaching and learning strategies for future nursing students and nursing competencies required by employers and consumers. This meeting and the meeting held in April 2008 will form the basis for NACNEP’s congressionally mandated Ninth Annual Report. For Further Information Contact: Anyone interested in obtaining a roster of members, minutes of the meeting, or other relevant information should write or contact Dr. Joan Weiss, Executive Secretary, National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice, Parklawn Building, Room 9–35, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20857, telephone (301) 443–5688. Due to a delay in confirming several key speakers, this notice will publish in the Federal Register less than 15 days before the date of the meeting. Dated: November 5, 2007. Alexandra Huttinger, Acting Director, Division of Policy Review and Coordination. [FR Doc. E7–21978 Filed 11–8–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4165–15–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard [Docket No. USCG–2007–0049] National Boating Safety Activities: Funding for National Nonprofit Public Service Organizations Coast Guard, DHS. Notice of funds availability. AGENCY: mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES ACTION: SUMMARY: The Coast Guard seeks applications for fiscal year 2008 grants and cooperative agreements from national, nongovernmental, nonprofit public service organizations. These grants and cooperative agreements would be used to fund projects on various subjects promoting recreational boating safety on a national scope. This VerDate Aug<31>2005 23:48 Nov 08, 2007 Jkt 214001 notice provides information about the grant and cooperative agreement application process and some of the subjects of particular interest to the Coast Guard. DATES: You may obtain application packages on or after November 1, 2007. Proposals for the fiscal year 2008 grant cycle must be received before 3 p.m. Eastern time, January 22, 2008. ADDRESSES: You may obtain application packages by calling the Coast Guard at 202–372–1060. Submit proposals to: Commandant (CG–54221), U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, 2100 Second Street, SW., Room 3100, Washington, DC 20593–0001. This notice is available from the Coast Guard and on the Internet at the Web site for the Boating Safety Division at http:// www.uscgboating.org and at http:// www.regulation.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Vickie Hartberger, Boating Safety Division, U.S. Coast Guard (CG–54221), 2100 Second Street, SW., Room 3100, Washington, DC 20593–0001; 202–372– 1060; e-mail Vickie.L.Hartberger@uscg.mil. The points of contact for the nine project areas are listed at the end of each project description. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title 46, United States Code, Chapter 131, provides for the allocation of available funds from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund for State recreational boating safety grants. The majority of funds are allocated to the states and up to 5 percent of these funds may be distributed by the Coast Guard for grants and cooperative agreements for national recreational boating safety activities of national nonprofit public service organizations. We anticipate we will allocate approximately $5,400,000 among several organizations for fiscal year 2008. Thirty-seven awards totaling $5,219,380 were made in fiscal year 2007 ranging from $10,000 to $650,000. Nothing in this notice should be construed as committing the Coast Guard to dividing available funds among qualified applicants or awarding any specified amount. Applicants must be national, nongovernmental, nonprofit public-service organizations and must establish that their activities are national in scope. You may obtain an application package by writing or calling the point of contact listed in ADDRESSES on or after November 1, 2007. The application package contains all necessary forms, an explanation of how the grant program is administered, and a checklist for submitting a grant application. You can obtain specific information on organization eligibility, PO 00000 Frm 00073 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 63619 proposal requirements, award procedures, and financial administration procedures by contacting the person listed in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. The Boating Safety Financial Assistance Program is listed in section 97.012 of the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance. Prospective grantees may propose up to a 5-year grant with 12-month (fiscal year) increments identified. In effect, an award would be made for the first year and thereafter renewal is optional. Each annual increment would not be guaranteed. Under a continuation (multi-year) type of award, the Coast Guard agrees to support a grant project at a specific level of effort for a specified period of time, with a statement of intention to provide additional future support, provided funds are available, the project continues to support the needs of the government, and the achieved results warrant further support. Award of continuation grants will be made on a strict case-by-case basis to assist planning in certain large scale projects and ensure continuity. Procedures also provide for awarding noncompetitive grants or cooperative agreements on a case-by-case basis. This authority is judiciously used to fund recurring annual projects or events which can only be carried out by one organization, and projects that present targets of opportunity for timely action on new or emerging program requirements or issues. The following list includes items of specific interest to the Coast Guard, however, potential applicants should not be constrained by the list. We welcome any initiative that supports the mission of the USCG Office of Boating Safety, which is: To ensure the public has a safe, secure, and enjoyable recreational boating experience by implementing programs that minimize the loss of life, personal injury, and property damage while cooperating with environmental and national security efforts. The performance goal of the National Recreational Boating Safety Program is to reduce recreational boating casualties. To achieve this goal, our objectives, for which we need additional expertise from grant recipients, include: • Improving the reliability of boating accident reporting, which assists in identifying causal factors that could then be addressed through education and/or regulation. • Tracking and Increasing Awareness of Safe Boating Practices. • Increasing lifejacket wear. • Decreasing the number of alcoholinvolved accidents. E:\FR\FM\09NON1.SGM 09NON1 mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 63620 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 217 / Friday, November 9, 2007 / Notices • Increasing operator compliance with Navigation Rules. • Increasing operator compliance with USCG safety equipment carriage requirements. • Tracking completion of advanced boating education courses with the future goal of using this data to increase said training. • Tracking and increasing the number of NASBLA-approved boating safety education certificates issued annually. Some project areas of continuing and particular interest for grant funding include the following: 1. Develop and Conduct a National, Year-Round, Safe Boating Campaign that addresses areas identified through the National RBS Program’s Strategic Plan. The Coast Guard seeks a grantee to plan, develop and implement a 2008 National Safe Boating Campaign that promotes a concentrated effort to target specific boater market segments and recreational boating safety topics. This year-round campaign must coincide with the objectives of the National RBS Program. The nationwide activities of this public awareness campaign should be based on the support of the volunteers and professional groups at the grassroots (local) level. Key to this collaborative effort is how it will complement the Coast Guard’s national outreach initiatives. The major focus of the effort will be to modify the behavior of all boaters with special focus on boat operators being responsible for their own safety as well as the safety of their passengers. Significant emphasis should be placed on lifejacket wear, boater education, safety and security issues, propeller injury prevention, and the dangers of carbon monoxide, as well as boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Efforts will also be coordinated, year-round, with other national safety initiatives and special media events. Point of Contact: Ms. Jo Calkin, 202–372–1065. 2. Develop and Conduct a National Recreational Boating Safety Outreach and Awareness Conference. The Coast Guard seeks a grantee to plan, implement, oversee, and conduct a National Recreational Boating Safety Outreach and Awareness Conference that supports the organizational objectives of the National Recreational Boating Safety Program. The overall conference focus should have promotional strategies with special emphasis on boat operators being responsible for their own safety as well as the safety of their passengers. Significant emphasis should be placed on offering multiple subjects that afford the participants professional development opportunities and VerDate Aug<31>2005 23:48 Nov 08, 2007 Jkt 214001 educational enhancement. Subjects should focus on, but not be limited to: Lifejacket wear, safety and security issues, propeller injury prevention, the dangers of carbon monoxide, boater education, vessel safety, outreach and awareness efforts, as well as boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Point of Contact: Ms. Jo Calkin, 202– 372–1065. 3. Federal/State Cooperative Partnering Efforts. The Coast Guard seeks a grantee to provide programs to measurably enhance uniformity and reciprocity in state boating safety laws/ regulations and other state boating safety efforts. The grantee would provide a forum to encourage such uniformity and reciprocity among jurisdictions, and closer cooperation and assistance in developing, administering, and enforcing state laws and regulations pertaining to boating safety. The grantee would further provide a forum to encourage sufficient patrol and other activities to ensure adequate enforcement of state boating safety laws and regulations, provision of an adequate USCG recognized state boating safety education program, enhanced maintenance of USCG approved vessel numbering system and enhanced implementation of a USCG approved marine casualty reporting system. Point of Contact: Mr. W. Vann Burgess, 202–372–1071. 4. Develop and Conduct Boating Accident Investigation Seminars. The Coast Guard seeks a grantee to develop, provide instructional material, and conduct training courses nationwide for boating accident investigators, including four courses at the U.S. Coast Guard’s Maritime Law Enforcement Academy in Charleston, South Carolina. Point of Contact: Mr. Mike Jendrossek, 202–372– 1052. 5. National Estimate of Personal Flotation Device Wear Rate. The Coast Guard seeks a grantee to provide reliable and valid national estimates of personal flotation device (PFD or lifejacket) wear by recreational boaters. Wear rates of PFDs should be based on actual observations taken from a representative sample of boaters across a range of water venues that include lakes, rivers, and bays. It is essential that observation methods remain as close as possible to those used in previous years so the number of boats, types of boats, length of boats, operation and activity of boats, as well as the age and gender of the boaters observed remain consistent. Using the design of the National PFD Wear Rate Study as a base, a supplemental observational study is solicited to determine if PFD wear rates are higher in an area after the roll-out of PO 00000 Frm 00074 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the annual Safe Boating Campaign. The grantee shall conduct observations in areas around the country that have relatively high boating activity in the summer and therefore may be expected to have a reasonable level of activity to make conclusions about changes in wear rates more stable. Observation data for 2007 will be collected for inclusion in the baseline measure. In the summer of 2008, the post-campaign measurement will be conducted. Point of Contact: Mr. Jeff Ludwig, 202–372– 1061. 6. Voluntary Standards Development Support. The Coast Guard seeks a grantee to carry out a program to encourage active participation by members of the public and other qualified persons in the development of technically sound voluntary safety standards for boats and associated equipment. Point of Contact: Mr. Po Chang, 202–372–1075. 7. Inflatable Lifejacket Testing for Children. The Coast Guard seeks a grantee to develop a test program and conduct appropriate testing to determine if children under 16 years of age are capable of safely using automatic inflatable lifejackets. At least two age groups should be considered, (a) Children from 6–12 years old; and (b) Children from 12 to 16 years old. Point of Contact: Mr. Dan McCormick, 202– 372–1078. 8. Navigation Rules and State Violations. The Coast Guard seeks a grantee to conduct a survey or study of each state and territory to determine such things as, ‘‘Has the state adopted the COLREGS/Navigation Rules within their state code? If not, have they created their own set of Navigation Rules?’’ If not, do they at least use the Navigation Rules to determine other violations of state law (i.e. reckless operation, failure to have proper look out, etc.) How do they document such cases? The outcome of this survey should help (clarify) how the Coast Guard determines the most common Navigation Rules violations (documented) in terms of a common definition. Point of Contact: Mr. W. Vann Burgess, 202–372–1071. 9. Practical ‘‘on the water’’ Course. The Coast Guard seeks a grantee to carry out a program to encourage and develop a small boat practical ‘‘on the water’’ course curriculum. The basic boat handling skills should take into consideration all types of weather conditions such as heavy winds and sea conditions. Close quarter maneuvering in congested harbor and waterways should also be taught. The operation of different types of vessels should also be taken into consideration, such as twin E:\FR\FM\09NON1.SGM 09NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 217 / Friday, November 9, 2007 / Notices or single inboard engines with rudder steerage which would be considerably different from inboard/outboard engines or outboard motors. The course should address all these issues. Point of Contact: Mr. Wayne Stacey, 202–372– 1067. We encourage proposals addressing other boating safety concerns. Potential grantees should focus on partnership, e.g., exploring other sources, linkages, in-kind contributions, cost sharing, and partnering with other organizations or corporations. With your application, we encourage you to list and describe the tools you will use to measure your grant’s performance toward achieving the goals of the National RBS Program Strategic Plan or toward achieving a specific objective that will result in the achievement of these goals. The Strategic Plan for the National RBS Program can be found on the Boating Safety Division Web site at http://www.uscgboating.org. For some examples of tools, we invite you to explore this CDC Web site: http:// www.cdc.gov/ncipc/pub-res/ demonstr.htm. This announcement is also available on the www.grants.gov Web site; we are also publishing the information in the Federal Register again this year to provide information to the public in a timely manner. Dated: October 31, 2007. Francis J. Sturm, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Acting Director of Prevention Policy. [FR Doc. E7–21972 Filed 11–8–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–15–P South Loop East, Houston, Texas 77011–1747, (713) 645–9620. This notice is available on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Commander Hal R. Pitts, Executive Secretary of HOGANSAC, telephone (713) 671–5164, e-mail hal.r.pitts@uscg.mil, or Lieutenant Sean Hughes, Assistant to the Executive Secretary of HOGANSAC, telephone (713) 678–9001, e-mail sean.p.hughes@uscg.mil. Notice of this meeting is given pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. (Pub. L. 92–463). Agenda of the Meeting: Houston/Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee (HOGANSAC). The tentative agenda includes the following: (1) Opening remarks by Executive Director (CAPT Diehl) or Executive Director’s representative. (2) HOGANSAC membership election of chairperson and vice-chairperson. (3) Membership election of seven (07) subcommittee chairpersons. Information On Services For The Handicapped: For information on facilities or services for the handicapped or to request special assistance at the meetings, contact the Executive Secretary or Assistant to the Executive Secretary as soon as possible. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: November 5, 2007. J.R. Whitehead, Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District. [FR Doc. 07–5606 Filed 11–06–07; 2:13 pm] BILLING CODE 4910–15–M DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard [Docket No.CGD08–07–041] U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Houston/Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee [CIS No. 2433–07; DHS Docket No. USCIS– 2007–0059] Coast Guard, DHS. Notice of Meeting. RIN 1615–ZA63 AGENCY: ACTION: Filing Location for H–2A Petitions The Houston/Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee (HOGANSAC) will meet to elect a new committee chairperson, vicechairperson and chairpersons for subcommittees. The meeting will not be a working meeting. This meeting will be open to the public. DATES: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 27, 2007 from 9–10 a.m. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Houston Pilots Association, 8150 mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 23:48 Nov 08, 2007 Jkt 214001 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, DHS. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This Notice announces that employers petitioning for temporary or seasonal agricultural workers coming to the United States under the H–2A nonimmigrant classification must file their petitions at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s California Service Center. Receiving all H–2A petitions at the designated California Service Center PO 00000 Frm 00075 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 63621 will enable U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to reduce overall petition processing times and better monitor the adjudication of H–2A petitions. DATES: This Notice is effective December 10, 2007. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Hiroko Witherow, Service Center Operations, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, 111 Massachusetts Avenue, NW., Suite 3000, Washington, DC 20529, telephone (202) 272–8410. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background The H–2A nonimmigrant classification applies to alien workers coming to the United States temporarily to perform agricultural labor or services of a temporary or seasonal nature. Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) sec. 101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(a), 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(a); see 8 CFR 214.1(a)(2) (H–2A classification designation). As part of the process to obtain H–2A nonimmigrant status, a U.S. employer must file Form I–129, ‘‘Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker,’’ on the workers’’ behalf. On October 17, 2007, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it was centralizing the processing of Forms I– 129 filed under the H–2A nonimmigrant classification (hereinafter ‘‘H–2A petitions’’) to its California Service Center (CSC). See http://www.uscis.gov/ files/pressrelease/ H2AUpdate17Oct07.pdf. USCIS also issued Form I–129 Supplemental Filing Instructions for filing H–2A petitions at the CSC. The October 17 announcement encouraged employers to begin filing H– 2A petitions at the CSC address. Previously, employers were required to file H–2A petitions either with USCIS’ California Service Center (CSC) or Vermont Service Center (VSC), depending on the location of the temporary employment. See Form I–129 Instructions (Rev. 07/30/07), at pages 13 through 16. The change in filing location of H–2A petitions to the CSC was prompted by USCIS’ establishment of a special unit at the California Service Center dedicated to process all H–2A petitions. USCIS believes that receiving all H–2A petitions at the designated CSC address will help speed the feereceipt, data-entry, and adjudication processes. In so doing, USCIS will be able to reduce overall petition processing times and better monitor the adjudication of H–2A petitions. USCIS has been forwarding H–2A petitions to the CSC for processing if a E:\FR\FM\09NON1.SGM 09NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

[Docket No. USCG-2007-0049]


National Boating Safety Activities: Funding for National 
Nonprofit Public Service Organizations

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Notice of funds availability.

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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard seeks applications for fiscal year 2008 grants 
and cooperative agreements from national, nongovernmental, nonprofit 
public service organizations. These grants and cooperative agreements 
would be used to fund projects on various subjects promoting 
recreational boating safety on a national scope. This notice provides 
information about the grant and cooperative agreement application 
process and some of the subjects of particular interest to the Coast 
Guard.

DATES: You may obtain application packages on or after November 1, 
2007. Proposals for the fiscal year 2008 grant cycle must be received 
before 3 p.m. Eastern time, January 22, 2008.

ADDRESSES: You may obtain application packages by calling the Coast 
Guard at 202-372-1060. Submit proposals to: Commandant (CG-54221), U.S. 
Coast Guard Headquarters, 2100 Second Street, SW., Room 3100, 
Washington, DC 20593-0001. This notice is available from the Coast 
Guard and on the Internet at the Web site for the Boating Safety 
Division at http://www.uscgboating.org and at http://
www.regulation.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Vickie Hartberger, Boating Safety 
Division, U.S. Coast Guard (CG-54221), 2100 Second Street, SW., Room 
3100, Washington, DC 20593-0001; 202-372-1060; e-mail 
Vickie.L.Hartberger@uscg.mil. The points of contact for the nine 
project areas are listed at the end of each project description.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title 46, United States Code, Chapter 131, 
provides for the allocation of available funds from the Sport Fish 
Restoration and Boating Trust Fund for State recreational boating 
safety grants. The majority of funds are allocated to the states and up 
to 5 percent of these funds may be distributed by the Coast Guard for 
grants and cooperative agreements for national recreational boating 
safety activities of national nonprofit public service organizations. 
We anticipate we will allocate approximately $5,400,000 among several 
organizations for fiscal year 2008. Thirty-seven awards totaling 
$5,219,380 were made in fiscal year 2007 ranging from $10,000 to 
$650,000. Nothing in this notice should be construed as committing the 
Coast Guard to dividing available funds among qualified applicants or 
awarding any specified amount. Applicants must be national, 
nongovernmental, nonprofit public-service organizations and must 
establish that their activities are national in scope. You may obtain 
an application package by writing or calling the point of contact 
listed in ADDRESSES on or after November 1, 2007. The application 
package contains all necessary forms, an explanation of how the grant 
program is administered, and a checklist for submitting a grant 
application. You can obtain specific information on organization 
eligibility, proposal requirements, award procedures, and financial 
administration procedures by contacting the person listed in FOR 
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.
    The Boating Safety Financial Assistance Program is listed in 
section 97.012 of the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance. 
Prospective grantees may propose up to a 5-year grant with 12-month 
(fiscal year) increments identified. In effect, an award would be made 
for the first year and thereafter renewal is optional. Each annual 
increment would not be guaranteed. Under a continuation (multi-year) 
type of award, the Coast Guard agrees to support a grant project at a 
specific level of effort for a specified period of time, with a 
statement of intention to provide additional future support, provided 
funds are available, the project continues to support the needs of the 
government, and the achieved results warrant further support. Award of 
continuation grants will be made on a strict case-by-case basis to 
assist planning in certain large scale projects and ensure continuity. 
Procedures also provide for awarding noncompetitive grants or 
cooperative agreements on a case-by-case basis. This authority is 
judiciously used to fund recurring annual projects or events which can 
only be carried out by one organization, and projects that present 
targets of opportunity for timely action on new or emerging program 
requirements or issues. The following list includes items of specific 
interest to the Coast Guard, however, potential applicants should not 
be constrained by the list. We welcome any initiative that supports the 
mission of the USCG Office of Boating Safety, which is: To ensure the 
public has a safe, secure, and enjoyable recreational boating 
experience by implementing programs that minimize the loss of life, 
personal injury, and property damage while cooperating with 
environmental and national security efforts. The performance goal of 
the National Recreational Boating Safety Program is to reduce 
recreational boating casualties. To achieve this goal, our objectives, 
for which we need additional expertise from grant recipients, include:
     Improving the reliability of boating accident reporting, 
which assists in identifying causal factors that could then be 
addressed through education and/or regulation.
     Tracking and Increasing Awareness of Safe Boating 
Practices.
     Increasing lifejacket wear.
     Decreasing the number of alcohol-involved accidents.

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     Increasing operator compliance with Navigation Rules.
     Increasing operator compliance with USCG safety equipment 
carriage requirements.
     Tracking completion of advanced boating education courses 
with the future goal of using this data to increase said training.
     Tracking and increasing the number of NASBLA-approved 
boating safety education certificates issued annually.
    Some project areas of continuing and particular interest for grant 
funding include the following:
    1. Develop and Conduct a National, Year-Round, Safe Boating 
Campaign that addresses areas identified through the National RBS 
Program's Strategic Plan. The Coast Guard seeks a grantee to plan, 
develop and implement a 2008 National Safe Boating Campaign that 
promotes a concentrated effort to target specific boater market 
segments and recreational boating safety topics. This year-round 
campaign must coincide with the objectives of the National RBS Program. 
The nationwide activities of this public awareness campaign should be 
based on the support of the volunteers and professional groups at the 
grassroots (local) level. Key to this collaborative effort is how it 
will complement the Coast Guard's national outreach initiatives. The 
major focus of the effort will be to modify the behavior of all boaters 
with special focus on boat operators being responsible for their own 
safety as well as the safety of their passengers. Significant emphasis 
should be placed on lifejacket wear, boater education, safety and 
security issues, propeller injury prevention, and the dangers of carbon 
monoxide, as well as boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs. 
Efforts will also be coordinated, year-round, with other national 
safety initiatives and special media events. Point of Contact: Ms. Jo 
Calkin, 202-372-1065.
    2. Develop and Conduct a National Recreational Boating Safety 
Outreach and Awareness Conference. The Coast Guard seeks a grantee to 
plan, implement, oversee, and conduct a National Recreational Boating 
Safety Outreach and Awareness Conference that supports the 
organizational objectives of the National Recreational Boating Safety 
Program. The overall conference focus should have promotional 
strategies with special emphasis on boat operators being responsible 
for their own safety as well as the safety of their passengers. 
Significant emphasis should be placed on offering multiple subjects 
that afford the participants professional development opportunities and 
educational enhancement. Subjects should focus on, but not be limited 
to: Lifejacket wear, safety and security issues, propeller injury 
prevention, the dangers of carbon monoxide, boater education, vessel 
safety, outreach and awareness efforts, as well as boating under the 
influence of alcohol or drugs. Point of Contact: Ms. Jo Calkin, 202-
372-1065.
    3. Federal/State Cooperative Partnering Efforts. The Coast Guard 
seeks a grantee to provide programs to measurably enhance uniformity 
and reciprocity in state boating safety laws/regulations and other 
state boating safety efforts. The grantee would provide a forum to 
encourage such uniformity and reciprocity among jurisdictions, and 
closer cooperation and assistance in developing, administering, and 
enforcing state laws and regulations pertaining to boating safety. The 
grantee would further provide a forum to encourage sufficient patrol 
and other activities to ensure adequate enforcement of state boating 
safety laws and regulations, provision of an adequate USCG recognized 
state boating safety education program, enhanced maintenance of USCG 
approved vessel numbering system and enhanced implementation of a USCG 
approved marine casualty reporting system. Point of Contact: Mr. W. 
Vann Burgess, 202-372-1071.
    4. Develop and Conduct Boating Accident Investigation Seminars. The 
Coast Guard seeks a grantee to develop, provide instructional material, 
and conduct training courses nationwide for boating accident 
investigators, including four courses at the U.S. Coast Guard's 
Maritime Law Enforcement Academy in Charleston, South Carolina. Point 
of Contact: Mr. Mike Jendrossek, 202-372-1052.
    5. National Estimate of Personal Flotation Device Wear Rate. The 
Coast Guard seeks a grantee to provide reliable and valid national 
estimates of personal flotation device (PFD or lifejacket) wear by 
recreational boaters. Wear rates of PFDs should be based on actual 
observations taken from a representative sample of boaters across a 
range of water venues that include lakes, rivers, and bays. It is 
essential that observation methods remain as close as possible to those 
used in previous years so the number of boats, types of boats, length 
of boats, operation and activity of boats, as well as the age and 
gender of the boaters observed remain consistent. Using the design of 
the National PFD Wear Rate Study as a base, a supplemental 
observational study is solicited to determine if PFD wear rates are 
higher in an area after the roll-out of the annual Safe Boating 
Campaign. The grantee shall conduct observations in areas around the 
country that have relatively high boating activity in the summer and 
therefore may be expected to have a reasonable level of activity to 
make conclusions about changes in wear rates more stable. Observation 
data for 2007 will be collected for inclusion in the baseline measure. 
In the summer of 2008, the post-campaign measurement will be conducted. 
Point of Contact: Mr. Jeff Ludwig, 202-372-1061.
    6. Voluntary Standards Development Support. The Coast Guard seeks a 
grantee to carry out a program to encourage active participation by 
members of the public and other qualified persons in the development of 
technically sound voluntary safety standards for boats and associated 
equipment. Point of Contact: Mr. Po Chang, 202-372-1075.
    7. Inflatable Lifejacket Testing for Children. The Coast Guard 
seeks a grantee to develop a test program and conduct appropriate 
testing to determine if children under 16 years of age are capable of 
safely using automatic inflatable lifejackets. At least two age groups 
should be considered, (a) Children from 6-12 years old; and (b) 
Children from 12 to 16 years old. Point of Contact: Mr. Dan McCormick, 
202-372-1078.
    8. Navigation Rules and State Violations. The Coast Guard seeks a 
grantee to conduct a survey or study of each state and territory to 
determine such things as, ``Has the state adopted the COLREGS/
Navigation Rules within their state code? If not, have they created 
their own set of Navigation Rules?'' If not, do they at least use the 
Navigation Rules to determine other violations of state law (i.e. 
reckless operation, failure to have proper look out, etc.) How do they 
document such cases? The outcome of this survey should help (clarify) 
how the Coast Guard determines the most common Navigation Rules 
violations (documented) in terms of a common definition. Point of 
Contact: Mr. W. Vann Burgess, 202-372-1071.
    9. Practical ``on the water'' Course. The Coast Guard seeks a 
grantee to carry out a program to encourage and develop a small boat 
practical ``on the water'' course curriculum. The basic boat handling 
skills should take into consideration all types of weather conditions 
such as heavy winds and sea conditions. Close quarter maneuvering in 
congested harbor and waterways should also be taught. The operation of 
different types of vessels should also be taken into consideration, 
such as twin

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or single inboard engines with rudder steerage which would be 
considerably different from inboard/outboard engines or outboard 
motors. The course should address all these issues. Point of Contact: 
Mr. Wayne Stacey, 202-372-1067.
    We encourage proposals addressing other boating safety concerns.
    Potential grantees should focus on partnership, e.g., exploring 
other sources, linkages, in-kind contributions, cost sharing, and 
partnering with other organizations or corporations. With your 
application, we encourage you to list and describe the tools you will 
use to measure your grant's performance toward achieving the goals of 
the National RBS Program Strategic Plan or toward achieving a specific 
objective that will result in the achievement of these goals. The 
Strategic Plan for the National RBS Program can be found on the Boating 
Safety Division Web site at http://www.uscgboating.org. For some 
examples of tools, we invite you to explore this CDC Web site: http://
www.cdc.gov/ncipc/pub-res/demonstr.htm.
    This announcement is also available on the www.grants.gov Web site; 
we are also publishing the information in the Federal Register again 
this year to provide information to the public in a timely manner.

    Dated: October 31, 2007.
Francis J. Sturm,
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Acting Director of Prevention Policy.
[FR Doc. E7-21972 Filed 11-8-07; 8:45 am]
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