Solicitation of Applications for FY 2008, Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Operator Safety Training Grant Opportunity, 67339-67340 [E7-23108]

Download as PDF ebenthall on PRODPC61 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 228 / Wednesday, November 28, 2007 / Notices assistance should be continued. In addition, inspection data and reports are submitted electronically by the inspecting officer from the field to the FMCSA at the time of completion of the inspection. SAFETEA–LU provides that States may now conduct traffic enforcement activities against non-CMVs to promote the safe operation of CMVs. The States have been routinely conducting traffic enforcement activities on CMVs and have been reimbursed, provided an appropriate inspection was conducted at the time. Previously, non-CMV traffic enforcement was not an eligible MCSAP activity for reimbursement so the States have not captured activity levels for this type of enforcement. It is anticipated that the number of non-CMV enforcement activities conducted by the States will be minimal since SAFETEA– LU limits the amount of MCSAP grant funding that can be used for non-CMV traffic enforcement activities to no more than five percent of the basic amount the State receives annually. The quarterly report is created by the State and submitted to the FMCSA using inspection data and other information. The collection of uniform data permits analysis and comparison of State programs and facilitates program administration and reporting; e.g., comparison of the data from a single State to the national average, equipment violation and out-of-service trends, etc. The FMCSA routinely uses quarterly report information to measure individual and collective State program accomplishment and to assist with future program development. Description of MCSAP forms: a. Form MCSAP–1, Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program: The MCSAP–1 form is submitted with the CVSP grant application. It specifies the name of the applicant agency, the amount applied for, and contains the signatures of the responsible State authorities. b. Form MCSAP–2, Grant Agreement: The MCSAP–2 form is the grant agreement that specifies the total amount of the State Program, the State and Federal participating shares, the period of the grant, and the signatures of the responsible State official and the FMCSA Division Administrator. The reverse side of the MCSAP–2 contains the ‘‘General Provisions for the Agreement.’’ c. Form MCSAP–2A, Grant Amendment for Fiscal Year_: The MCSAP–2A form is used to modify the terms of the grant. It is used to increase or decrease the amount of the grant, or to extend the period of the grant. It contains the signatures of the VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:18 Nov 27, 2007 Jkt 214001 responsible State official and the FMCSA Division Administrator. In addition, the following documents are provided as part of the CVSP package: a. State Training Plan (optional format): This document is a request for commercial vehicle training courses. It is used by the FMCSA’s National Training Center to more effectively schedule training courses to meet the needs of State enforcement agencies. b. State Certification: The CVSP must contain a State Certification signed by the Governor, the State Attorney General, or other specially designated State official. The Certification contains requirements of conditions that must be met by the State to receive MCSAP grant funds. Virtually all (99%) of the information required by the MCSAP grant program is submitted electronically. This includes over three million inspection reports, which are uploaded electronically from laptop computers at inspection sites in the field to the FMCSA annually. The near-universal use of laptops for submitting these inspection reports has resulted in a dramatic cut of the time burden. The annual CVSPs require signed certifications by State personnel and are not, therefore, electronically transmitted. The FMCSA is the only Federal agency given authority to enforce safety regulations applicable to commercial trucks and buses in interstate commerce. The type of information to be gathered from the States through this information collection is unique to the MCSAP. No duplication was identified through the rulemaking process to implement relevant sections of SAFETEA–LU. The legislative requirement is that grants be extended to the States predicated on annual submission of CVSPs. The FMCSA has determined that although monthly or bimonthly reports are not needed, a semiannual report would not be sufficiently frequent to allow for timely evaluation and changes in State program direction. Therefore, quarterly reports were determined to be the most appropriate, considering burden and Federal need. If the reports were submitted less frequently, the FMCSA would be unable to exercise appropriate oversight and administration of the program as envisioned by the Congress. On September 21, 2007, FMCSA published a Federal Register notice (72 FR 54096) allowing for a 60-day comment period on the proposed revision of this ICR. One comment was received from a private citizen that did PO 00000 Frm 00074 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 67339 not discuss the revised burden hours and cost aspects related to this ICR. Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of this information collection, including: (1) Whether the proposed collection is necessary for the performance of FMCSA’s functions; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways for the FMCSA to enhance the quality, usefulness, and clarity of the collected information; and (4) ways that the burden could be minimized without reducing the quality of the collected information. Issued on: November 20, 2007. Terry Shelton, Associate Administrator for Research and Information Technology. [FR Doc. E7–23078 Filed 11–27–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Solicitation of Applications for FY 2008, Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Operator Safety Training Grant Opportunity Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: FMCSA announces that it has published an opportunity to apply for FY 2008 funding for the CMV Operator Safety Training Grant on the grants.gov Web site (http://www.grants.gov). This opportunity was established by Section 4134 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA–LU, Pub. L. 109–59). This legislation requires grant recipients to train current and future drivers in the safe operation of CMVs, as defined in Section 31301 of Title 49, United States Code. Funding priority will be given to regional or multi-state educational or nonprofit associations serving economically distressed regions of the United States. Eligible awardees can also include State governments, local governments, and accredited postsecondary educational institutions (public or private) such as colleges, universities, vocational-technical schools and truck driver training schools. To apply for funding, applicants must first be registered with grants.gov at the following link: http:// www.grants.gov/applicants/ get_registered.jsp. Note that grants.gov registration takes three to five business days to process your information before you can apply. Applications for grant E:\FR\FM\28NON1.SGM 28NON1 67340 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 228 / Wednesday, November 28, 2007 / Notices funding must be submitted electronically to the FMCSA through the grants.gov Web site following the instructions provided on the site. The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number for the CMV Safety Training Grant Opportunity 20.235. DATES: FMCSA will initially consider funding of applications submitted by January 5, 2008 from qualified applicants. If additional funding remains available, applications submitted after January 5, 2008 will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Funds will not be available for allocation until such time as FY 2008 appropriations legislation is passed and signed into law. Funding is subject to reductions resulting from obligation limitations or rescissions as specified in SAFETEA–LU or other legislation. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Julie Otto, Transportation Specialist, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Office of Safety Programs, State Programs Division (MC– ESS), 202–366–0710, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., EST, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Issued on: November 19, 2007. Michael Lamm, Acting Associate Administrator for Enforcement and Program Delivery. [FR Doc. E7–23108 Filed 11–27–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket Nos. FMCSA–99–5578, FMCSA–99– 6480, FMCSA–00–7363, FMCSA–01–9561, FMCSA–03–15892] Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Renewals; Vision Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of final disposition. ebenthall on PRODPC61 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: FMCSA previously announced its decision to renew the exemptions from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for 19 individuals. FMCSA has statutory authority to exempt individuals from the vision requirement if the exemptions granted will not compromise safety. The Agency has reviewed the comments submitted in response to the previous announcement and concluded that granting these exemptions will provide a level of safety that will be equivalent to, or greater VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:18 Nov 27, 2007 Jkt 214001 than, the level of safety maintained without the exemptions for these commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Mary D. Gunnels, Chief, Physical Qualifications Division, (202) 366–4001, fmcsamedical@dot.gov, FMCSA, Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Room W64– 224, Washington, DC 20590–0001. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Electronic Access You may see all the comments online through the Federal Document Management System (FDMS) at http:// www.regulations.gov. Background Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA may grant an exemption for a 2year period if it finds ‘‘such exemption would likely achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be achieved absent such exemption.’’ The statutes also allow the Agency to renew exemptions at the end of the 2-year period. The Notice was published on October 15, 2007. The comment period ended on November 14, 2007. Discussion of Comments FMCSA received no comments in this proceeding. Conclusion The Agency has not received any adverse evidence on any of these drivers that indicates that safety is being compromised. Based upon its evaluation of the 27 renewal applications, FMCSA renews the Federal vision exemptions for Lauren C. Allen, Tracey A. Ammons, Randy B. Combs, Robert L. Cross, Jr., James D. Davis, Edward J. Genovese, Dewayne E. Harms, Mark D. Kraft, David F. LeClerc, Charles L. Lovern, Jimmy R. Millage, Carson E. Rohrbaugh, Robert E. Sanders, Donald J. Snider, John A. Sortman, Jesse L. Townsend, James A. Welch, Edward W. Yeates, Jr., and Michael E. Yount. In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, each renewal exemption will be valid for 2 years unless revoked earlier by FMCSA. The exemption will be revoked if: (1) The person fails to comply with the terms and conditions of the exemption; (2) the exemption has resulted in a lower level of safety than was maintained before it was granted; or (3) continuation of the exemption would not be consistent with the goals and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31136 and 31315. PO 00000 Frm 00075 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Issued on: November 19, 2007. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy and Program Development. [FR Doc. E7–23105 Filed 11–27–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket ID FMCSA–2007–0017] Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of applications for exemptions; request for comments. AGENCY: SUMMARY: FMCSA announces receipt of applications from 28 individuals for exemptions from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. If granted, the exemptions would enable these individuals to qualify as drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce without meeting the Federal vision standard. Comments must be received on or before December 28, 2007. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Docket ID FMCSA– 2007–0017 using any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001. • Hand Delivery: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. • Fax: 1–202–493–2251. Each submission must include the Agency name and the docket ID for this Notice. Note that DOT posts all comments received without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information included in a comment. Please see the Privacy Act heading below. Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments, go to http:// www.regulations.gov at any time or Room W12–140 on the ground level of the West Building, 1200 New Jersey DATES: E:\FR\FM\28NON1.SGM 28NON1

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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 228 (Wednesday, November 28, 2007)]
[Notices]
[Pages 67339-67340]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E7-23108]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration


Solicitation of Applications for FY 2008, Commercial Motor 
Vehicle (CMV) Operator Safety Training Grant Opportunity

AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: FMCSA announces that it has published an opportunity to apply 
for FY 2008 funding for the CMV Operator Safety Training Grant on the 
grants.gov Web site (http://www.grants.gov). This opportunity was 
established by Section 4134 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, 
Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU, 
Pub. L. 109-59). This legislation requires grant recipients to train 
current and future drivers in the safe operation of CMVs, as defined in 
Section 31301 of Title 49, United States Code. Funding priority will be 
given to regional or multi-state educational or nonprofit associations 
serving economically distressed regions of the United States. Eligible 
awardees can also include State governments, local governments, and 
accredited post-secondary educational institutions (public or private) 
such as colleges, universities, vocational-technical schools and truck 
driver training schools. To apply for funding, applicants must first be 
registered with grants.gov at the following link: http://
www.grants.gov/applicants/get_registered.jsp. Note that grants.gov 
registration takes three to five business days to process your 
information before you can apply. Applications for grant

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funding must be submitted electronically to the FMCSA through the 
grants.gov Web site following the instructions provided on the site. 
The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number for the CMV 
Safety Training Grant Opportunity 20.235.

DATES: FMCSA will initially consider funding of applications submitted 
by January 5, 2008 from qualified applicants. If additional funding 
remains available, applications submitted after January 5, 2008 will be 
considered on a case-by-case basis. Funds will not be available for 
allocation until such time as FY 2008 appropriations legislation is 
passed and signed into law. Funding is subject to reductions resulting 
from obligation limitations or rescissions as specified in SAFETEA-LU 
or other legislation.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Julie Otto, Transportation 
Specialist, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Office of 
Safety Programs, State Programs Division (MC-ESS), 202-366-0710, 1200 
New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590. Office hours are from 
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., EST, Monday through Friday, except Federal 
holidays.

    Issued on: November 19, 2007.
Michael Lamm,
Acting Associate Administrator for Enforcement and Program Delivery.
[FR Doc. E7-23108 Filed 11-27-07; 8:45 am]
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