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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 54 / Wednesday, March 19, 2008 / Notices National Marine Sanctuary and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary), the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve and the U.S. Coast Guard sit as non-voting members. Four working groups support the Advisory Council: The Research Activity Panel (‘‘RAP’’) chaired by the Research Representative, the Sanctuary Education Panel (‘‘SEP’’) chaired by the Education Representative, the Conservation Working Group (‘‘CWG’’) chaired by the Conservation Representative, and the Business and Tourism Activity Panel (’’BTAP’’) cochaired by the Business/Industry and Tourism Representatives, each dealing with matters concerning research, education, conservation and human use. The working groups are composed of experts from the appropriate fields of interest and meet monthly, or bimonthly, serving as invaluable advisors to the Advisory Council and the Sanctuary Superintendent. 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(Federal Domestic Assistance Catalog Number 11.429 Marine Sanctuary Program) Dated: March 11, 2008. Daniel J. Basta, Director, National Marine Sanctuary Program, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [FR Doc. E8–5436 Filed 3–18–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–NK–M VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:50 Mar 18, 2008 Jkt 214001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Public Hearing on the Proposed St. Louis River Site for a Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve in Wisconsin The Estuarine Reserves Division, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. ACTION: Public Hearing Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the University of Wisconsin—Extension, the WI Department of Administration’s Coastal Management Program and the WI Department of Natural Resources with the support of the Estuarine Reserves Division of the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce, will hold a public hearing for the purpose of receiving comments on the preliminary recommendation that the St. Louis River Estuary be proposed for designation as a National Estuarine Research Reserve in Wisconsin. The state agencies will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on April 3rd, 2008 at the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College—Superior Conference Center, 600 North 21st Street, Superior, WI 78701. The views of interested persons and organizations on the proposed site recommendation are solicited, and may be expressed orally and/or in written statements. An informational presentation on the St. Louis River Estuary and the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) is scheduled for 7 p.m. All comments received at the hearing will be considered in a formal nomination by the state to NOAA. The NERRS is a federal-state partnership that is administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The system protects more than 1.3 million acres of estuarine habitat for long-term research, monitoring, education and stewardship throughout the coastal United States. Established by the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended, each reserve is managed by a lead state agency or university, with input from local partners. NOAA provides funding and national programmatic guidance. The NERR site selection effort is a culmination of several years of local, PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 14777 grassroots support for a Wisconsin NERR on Lake Superior. The recommendation of the St. Louis site follows a year-long process to gather information about all of the freshwater estuaries on Lake Superior’s south shore. The site selection process involved dozens of meetings with scientists, agency land managers, public officials and citizens. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Laurie McGilvray (301) 713–3155 extension 158, Estuarine Reserves Division, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National Ocean Service, NOAA, 1305 East West Highway, N/ORM2, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Dated: March 13, 2008. David M. Kennedy, Director, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management. Federal Domestic Assistance Catalog Number 11.420 (Coastal Zone Management) Research Reserves. [FR Doc. E8–5457 Filed 3–18–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–08–M DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Telecommunications and Information Administration Pan-Pacific Education and Communications Experiments by Satellite (PEACESAT): Closing Date National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of availability of funds. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008, Public Law 110–161, 121 Stat. 1844 (2007), the U.S. Department of Commerce announces the solicitation of applications for a grant for the Pan-Pacific Education and Communications Experiments by Satellite (PEACESAT) Program. Projects funded pursuant to this Notice are intended to support the PEACESAT Program’s acquisition of satellite communications to service Pacific Basin communities and to manage the operations of this network. Applications for the PEACESAT Program grant will compete for funds from the Public Broadcasting, Facilities, Planning and Construction Funds account. DATES: Applications must be received on or before 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, April 18, 2008. Applications submitted by facsimile are not acceptable. NTIA will not accept applications received after the deadline. However, if an application is received after the Closing Date due to (1) carrier E:\FR\FM\19MRN1.SGM 19MRN1 14778 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 54 / Wednesday, March 19, 2008 / Notices error, when the carrier accepted the package with a guarantee for delivery by the Closing Date and Time, or (2) significant weather delays or natural disasters, NTIA will, upon receipt of proper documentation, consider the application as having been received by the deadline. ADDRESSES: To obtain a printed application package, submit completed applications, or send any other correspondence, write to: NTIA/PTFP, Room H–4812, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230. Application materials may be obtained electronically via the Internet at http:// www.grants.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Cooperman, Director, Public Broadcasting Division, telephone: (202) 482–5802; fax: (202) 482–2156. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Electronic Access The full funding opportunity announcement for the PEACESAT Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 grant cycle is available through http:// www.Grants.gov or by contacting the PTFP office at the address noted above. Application materials may be obtained electronically via the Internet at http:// www.grants.gov. Funding Availability Funding for the PEACESAT Program is provided pursuant to the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008, Public Law 110–161, 121 Stat. 1844 (2007), and Public Law 106–113, ‘‘The Consolidated Appropriations Act, Fiscal Year 2000.’’ Public Law 106–113 provides ‘‘That, hereafter, notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Pan-Pacific Education and Communications Experiments by Satellite (PEACESAT) Program is eligible to compete for Public Broadcasting Facilities, Planning and Construction funds.’’ The Congress has appropriated $16.8 million for FY 2008 Public Telecommunications Facilities Program (PTFP) and PEACESAT awards. Of this amount, NTIA anticipates making a single award for approximately $500,000 for the PEACESAT Program in FY 2008. For FY 2007, NTIA issued one award for the PEACESAT project in the amount of $499,351. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Statutory and Regulatory Authority The PEACESAT Program was authorized under Public Law 100–584 (102 Stat. 2970) and also Public Law 101–555 (104 Stat. 2758) to acquire satellite communications services to VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:50 Mar 18, 2008 Jkt 214001 provide educational, medical, and cultural needs of Pacific Basin communities. The PEACESAT Program has been operational since 1971 and has received funding from NTIA for support of the project since 1988. Applications submitted in response to this solicitation for PEACESAT applications are not subject to the PTFP regulations at 15 CFR Part 2301. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance: N/A. Eligibility Eligible applicants will include any for-profit or non-profit organization, public or private entity, other than an agency or division of the Federal government. Individuals are not eligible to apply for the PEACESAT Program funds. Evaluation and Selection Process Each eligible application is evaluated by three independent reviewers who have demonstrated expertise in the programmatic and technological aspects of the application. The reviewers will evaluate applications according to the criteria in the following section and provide individual written ratings of each application. No consensus advice will be provided by the reviewers. State Single Point of Contact (SPOC) offices, per Executive Order 12372, may provide recommendations on applications under consideration. The Public Broadcasting Division (PBD) administers the PEACESAT Program and places a summary of applications received on the Internet. Listing an application merely acknowledges receipt of an application to compete for funding with other applications. Listing does not preclude subsequent return of the application or disapproval of the application, nor does it assure that the application will be funded. The listing will also include a request for comments on the applications from any interested party. The reviewer’s ratings are provided to the PBD staff and a rank order is prepared according to score. The PBD program staff prepares summary recommendations for the Director of the Public Broadcasting Division. These recommendations incorporate the outside reviewers’ ratings and incorporate analysis based on the degree to which a proposed project meets the PEACESAT Program purposes and cost eligibility. Staff recommendations also consider (1) project impact, (2) the cost/ benefit of a project, and (3) whether the reviewers consistently applied the evaluation criteria. The analysis by program staff is provided to the Director PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 of the Public Broadcasting Division in writing. The Director considers the summary recommendations prepared by program staff in accord with the funding priorities and selection factors referenced in the next section and recommends the funding order of the applications for the PEACESAT Programs in three categories: ‘‘Recommended for Funding,’’ ‘‘Recommended for Funding If Funds Are Available,’’ and ‘‘Not Recommended for Funding.’’ The Director presents recommendations to the Associate Administrator, Office of Telecommunications and Information Applications (OTIA), for review and approval. Upon review and approval based on the funding priorities and selection factors referenced in the next section by the Associate Administrator of the Office of Telecommunications and Information Applications (OTIA), the Associate Administrator’s and the Director’s recommendations are presented to the Selecting Official, the Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information, who is the NTIA Administrator. The NTIA Administrator selects the applications to be negotiated for possible grant award, taking into consideration the outside reviewers’ ratings, the Director’s recommendations, and the degree to which the slate of applications, taken as a whole, satisfies the PEACESAT Program’s stated purposes. The selected applications are negotiated between NTIA staff and the applicant. The negotiations are intended to resolve whatever differences might exist between the applicant’s original request and what NTIA is considering funding. Negotiation does not ensure that an award will be made. When the negotiations are completed, the Director recommends final selections to the NTIA Administrator, applying the same selection factors described above. The Administrator then makes the final award selections from the negotiated applications taking into consideration the Director’s recommendations and the degree to which the slate of applications, taken as a whole, satisfies the stated purposes for the PEACESAT Program. Funding Priorities and Selection Factors The PBD Director will consider the summary evaluations prepared by program staff, rank the applications, and present recommendations to the OTIA Associate Administrator for review and approval. The Director’s recommendations and the OTIA E:\FR\FM\19MRN1.SGM 19MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 54 / Wednesday, March 19, 2008 / Notices jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Associate Administrator’s review and approval will take into account the following selection factors: (1) The program staff evaluations, including the outside reviewers. (2) Whether the applicant has any current NTIA grants. (3) The geographic distribution of the proposed grant awards. (4) The availability of funds. Upon approval by the OTIA Associate Administrator, the Director’s recommendations will then be presented to the Selecting Official, the NTIA Administrator. The Administrator makes final award selections taking into consideration the Director’s recommendations and the degree to which the slate of applications, taken as a whole, satisfies the program’s stated purposes. No grant will be awarded until confirmation has been received from the Federal Communications Commission that any necessary authorization will be issued. After final award selections have been made, the Agency will notify the applicant of one of the following actions: (1) Selection of the application for funding, in whole or in part; (2) Deferral of the application for subsequent consideration; or (3) Rejection of the application with an explanation and the reason, if an applicant is not eligible or if the proposed project does not fall within the purposes of the PEACESAT program. Evaluation Criteria Each eligible application that is timely received, is materially complete, and proposes an eligible project will be considered under the evaluation criteria described here. The first three criteria— 1. Meeting the Purposes of the PEACESAT Program, 2. Extent of Need for the Project, and 3. Plan of Operation for the Project—are each worth 25 points. Criterion 4, Budget and Cost Effectiveness, is worth 20 points. Criterion 5, Quality of Key Personnel, is worth 5 points. Criterion 1. Meeting the Purposes of the PEACESAT Program, including (i) how well the proposal meets the objectives of the PEACESAT Program and (ii) how the objectives of the proposal further the purposes of the PEACESAT Program. Criterion 2. Extent of Need for the Project. The extent to which the project meets the needs of the PEACESAT Program, including consideration of: (i) The needs addressed by the project; (ii) how the applicant identifies those needs; (iii) how those needs will be met VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:50 Mar 18, 2008 Jkt 214001 by the project; and (iv) the benefits to be gained by meeting those needs. Criterion 3. Plan of Operation for the Project, including (i) the quality of the design of the project; (ii) the extent to which the plan of management is effective and ensures proper and efficient administration of the project; (iii) how well the objectives of the project relate to the purposes of the PEACESAT Program; (iv) the quality of the applicant’s plan to use its resources and personnel to achieve each objective; and (v) how the applicant will ensure that project participants who are otherwise eligible to participate are selected without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, or handicapped condition. Criterion 4. Budget and Cost Effectiveness. The extent to which (i) the budget is adequate to support the project; and (ii) costs are reasonable in relation to the objectives of the project. Criterion 5. Quality of Key Personnel the applicant plans to use on the project, Including (i) the qualifications of the project director if one is to be used; (ii) the qualifications of each of the other key personnel to be used in the project; (iii) the time that each person will commit to the project; and (iv) how the applicant, as part of its nondiscriminatory employment practices, will ensure that its personnel are selected for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, or handicapped condition. In this section, ‘‘qualifications’’ refers to experience and training in fields related to the objectives of the project, and any other qualifications that pertain to the quality of the project. Cost Sharing Requirements Grant recipients under this program will not be required to provide matching funds toward the total project cost. The costs allowable under this Notice are not subject to the limitation on costs contained in the January 10, 2008, Notice regarding the PTFP Program, see 73 FR 1864 (2008). Intergovernmental Review PEACESAT applications are subject to Executive Order 12372, ‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs,’’ if the state in which the applicant organization is located participates in the process. Usually submission to the State Single Point of Contact (SPOC) needs to be only the first two pages of the Application Form, but applicants should contact their own SPOC offices to find out about and comply with its requirements. The names and addresses of the SPOC offices are listed on the PTFP Web site PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 14779 and at the Office of Management and Budget’s home page at http:// www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants/ spoc.html. Universal Identifier All applicants (nonprofit, state, local government, universities, and tribal organizations) will be required to provide a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number during the application process. See the October 30, 2002 (67 FR 66177) and April 8, 2003 (68 FR 17000) Federal Register notices for additional information. Organizations can receive a DUNS number at no cost by calling the dedicated toll-free DUNS Number request line 1–866–705–5711 or via the Internet at www.dnb.com/us/. The Department of Commerce PreAward Notification Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements The Department of Commerce PreAward Notification of Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements contained in the Federal Register notice of February 11, 2008 (73 FR 7696) is applicable to this solicitation. Limitation of Liability In no event will the Department of Commerce be responsible for proposal preparation costs if this program fails to receive funding or is cancelled because of other agency priorities. Publication of this announcement does not oblige the agency to award any specific project or to obligate any available funds. Paperwork Reduction Act Notwithstanding any other provision of the 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 Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), unless that collection displays a currently valid Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number. The PEACESAT application package requires the use of the following forms: SF–424, SF–424A, SF–424B, SF–LLL, CD–511. These forms have been approved under OMB Control Nos. 4040–0004, 4040–0006, 4040–007, and 0348–0046. Executive Order 13132 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 E:\FR\FM\19MRN1.SGM 19MRN1 14780 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 54 / Wednesday, March 19, 2008 / Notices Administrative Procedure Act or any other law for rules 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. Bernadette McGuire-Rivera, Associate Administrator, Office of Telecommunications and Information Applications. [FR Doc. E8–5604 Filed 3–18–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–60–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION [OMB Control No. 9000–0141] Federal Acquisition Regulation; Information Collection; Buy American Act—Construction Department of Defense (DOD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). ACTION: Notice of request for comments regarding an extension to an existing OMB clearance (9000–0141). jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES AGENCIES: SUMMARY: Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Secretariat will be submitting to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve an extension of a currently approved information collection requirement concerning the Buy American Act— Construction (Grimberg Decision). The clearance currently expires on September 30, 2008. Public comments are particularly invited on: Whether this collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of functions of the FAR, and whether it will have practical utility; whether our estimate of the public burden of this collection of information is accurate, and based on valid assumptions and methodology; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways in which we can minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, through the use of appropriate VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:50 Mar 18, 2008 Jkt 214001 technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. DATES: Submit comments on or before May 19, 2008. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT Meredith Murphy, Contract Policy Division, GSA (202) 208–6925. ADDRESSES: Submit comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden to the General Services Administration, FAR Secretariat (VPR), 1800 F Street, NW, Room 4035, Washington, DC 20405. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A. Purpose The clauses at FAR 52.225–9, Buy American Act—Construction Materials, and FAR 52.225–11, Buy American Act—Construction Materials under Trade Agreements, provide that offerors/contractors requesting to use foreign construction material, other than construction material eligible under a trade agreement, shall provide adequate information for Government evaluation of the request. These regulations implement the Buy American Act for construction (41 U.S.C. 10a–10d). B. Annual Reporting Burden Respondents: 500. Responses Per Respondent: 2. Annual Responses: 1,000. Hours Per Response: 2.5. Total Burden Hours: 2,500. Obtaining Copies Of Proposals: Requesters may obtain a copy of the information collection documents from the General Services Administration, FAR Secretariat (VPR), Room 4035, Washington, DC 20405, telephone (202) 501–4755. Please cite OMB Control No. 9000–0141, Buy American Act— Construction (Grimberg Decision), in all correspondence. Dated: March 11, 2008. Al Matera, Director, Office of Acquisition Policy. [FR Doc. E8–5478 Filed 3–18–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820–EP–S DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests Department of Education. The IC Clearance Official, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of Management, invites comments on the proposed information collection requests as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. AGENCY: SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before May 19, 2008. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 3506 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35) requires that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) provide interested Federal agencies and the public an early opportunity to comment on information collection requests. OMB may amend or waive the requirement for public consultation to the extent that public participation in the approval process would defeat the purpose of the information collection, violate State or Federal law, or substantially interfere with any agency’s ability to perform its statutory obligations. The IC Clearance Official, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of Management, publishes that notice containing proposed information collection requests prior to submission of these requests to OMB. Each proposed information collection, grouped by office, contains the following: (1) Type of review requested, e.g., new, revision, extension, existing or reinstatement; (2) Title; (3) Summary of the collection; (4) Description of the need for, and proposed use of, the information; (5) Respondents and frequency of collection; and (6) Reporting and/or Recordkeeping burden. OMB invites public comment. The Department of Education is especially interested in public comment addressing the following issues: (1) Is this collection necessary to the proper functions of the Department; (2) will this information be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) how might the Department enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (5) how might the Department minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, including through the use of information technology. DATES: Dated: March 13, 2008. Angela C. Arrington, IC Clearance Official, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of Management. Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools Type of Review: New. Title: Partnerships in Character Education Program Data Collection. Frequency: Annually. Affected Public: Individuals or household; Businesses or other forprofit; State, Local, or Tribal Gov’t, SEAs or LEAs. Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden: Responses: 450. E:\FR\FM\19MRN1.SGM 19MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Telecommunications and Information Administration


Pan-Pacific Education and Communications Experiments by Satellite 
(PEACESAT): Closing Date

AGENCY: National Telecommunications and Information Administration 
(NTIA), Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of availability of funds.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008, Public 
Law 110-161, 121 Stat. 1844 (2007), the U.S. Department of Commerce 
announces the solicitation of applications for a grant for the Pan-
Pacific Education and Communications Experiments by Satellite 
(PEACESAT) Program. Projects funded pursuant to this Notice are 
intended to support the PEACESAT Program's acquisition of satellite 
communications to service Pacific Basin communities and to manage the 
operations of this network. Applications for the PEACESAT Program grant 
will compete for funds from the Public Broadcasting, Facilities, 
Planning and Construction Funds account.

DATES: Applications must be received on or before 5 p.m. Eastern 
Standard Time, April 18, 2008. Applications submitted by facsimile are 
not acceptable. NTIA will not accept applications received after the 
deadline. However, if an application is received after the Closing Date 
due to (1) carrier

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error, when the carrier accepted the package with a guarantee for 
delivery by the Closing Date and Time, or (2) significant weather 
delays or natural disasters, NTIA will, upon receipt of proper 
documentation, consider the application as having been received by the 
deadline.

ADDRESSES: To obtain a printed application package, submit completed 
applications, or send any other correspondence, write to: NTIA/PTFP, 
Room H-4812, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue, 
NW., Washington, DC 20230. Application materials may be obtained 
electronically via the Internet at http://www.grants.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Cooperman, Director, Public 
Broadcasting Division, telephone: (202) 482-5802; fax: (202) 482-2156.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Electronic Access

    The full funding opportunity announcement for the PEACESAT Fiscal 
Year (FY) 2008 grant cycle is available through http://www.Grants.gov 
or by contacting the PTFP office at the address noted above. 
Application materials may be obtained electronically via the Internet 
at http://www.grants.gov.

Funding Availability

    Funding for the PEACESAT Program is provided pursuant to the 
Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008, Public Law 110-161, 121 Stat. 
1844 (2007), and Public Law 106-113, ``The Consolidated Appropriations 
Act, Fiscal Year 2000.'' Public Law 106-113 provides ``That, hereafter, 
notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Pan-Pacific Education 
and Communications Experiments by Satellite (PEACESAT) Program is 
eligible to compete for Public Broadcasting Facilities, Planning and 
Construction funds.''
    The Congress has appropriated $16.8 million for FY 2008 Public 
Telecommunications Facilities Program (PTFP) and PEACESAT awards. Of 
this amount, NTIA anticipates making a single award for approximately 
$500,000 for the PEACESAT Program in FY 2008. For FY 2007, NTIA issued 
one award for the PEACESAT project in the amount of $499,351.

Statutory and Regulatory Authority

    The PEACESAT Program was authorized under Public Law 100-584 (102 
Stat. 2970) and also Public Law 101-555 (104 Stat. 2758) to acquire 
satellite communications services to provide educational, medical, and 
cultural needs of Pacific Basin communities. The PEACESAT Program has 
been operational since 1971 and has received funding from NTIA for 
support of the project since 1988.
    Applications submitted in response to this solicitation for 
PEACESAT applications are not subject to the PTFP regulations at 15 CFR 
Part 2301.
    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance: N/A.

Eligibility

    Eligible applicants will include any for-profit or non-profit 
organization, public or private entity, other than an agency or 
division of the Federal government. Individuals are not eligible to 
apply for the PEACESAT Program funds.

Evaluation and Selection Process

    Each eligible application is evaluated by three independent 
reviewers who have demonstrated expertise in the programmatic and 
technological aspects of the application. The reviewers will evaluate 
applications according to the criteria in the following section and 
provide individual written ratings of each application. No consensus 
advice will be provided by the reviewers.
    State Single Point of Contact (SPOC) offices, per Executive Order 
12372, may provide recommendations on applications under consideration.
    The Public Broadcasting Division (PBD) administers the PEACESAT 
Program and places a summary of applications received on the Internet. 
Listing an application merely acknowledges receipt of an application to 
compete for funding with other applications. Listing does not preclude 
subsequent return of the application or disapproval of the application, 
nor does it assure that the application will be funded. The listing 
will also include a request for comments on the applications from any 
interested party.
    The reviewer's ratings are provided to the PBD staff and a rank 
order is prepared according to score. The PBD program staff prepares 
summary recommendations for the Director of the Public Broadcasting 
Division. These recommendations incorporate the outside reviewers' 
ratings and incorporate analysis based on the degree to which a 
proposed project meets the PEACESAT Program purposes and cost 
eligibility. Staff recommendations also consider (1) project impact, 
(2) the cost/benefit of a project, and (3) whether the reviewers 
consistently applied the evaluation criteria. The analysis by program 
staff is provided to the Director of the Public Broadcasting Division 
in writing.
    The Director considers the summary recommendations prepared by 
program staff in accord with the funding priorities and selection 
factors referenced in the next section and recommends the funding order 
of the applications for the PEACESAT Programs in three categories: 
``Recommended for Funding,'' ``Recommended for Funding If Funds Are 
Available,'' and ``Not Recommended for Funding.'' The Director presents 
recommendations to the Associate Administrator, Office of 
Telecommunications and Information Applications (OTIA), for review and 
approval.
    Upon review and approval based on the funding priorities and 
selection factors referenced in the next section by the Associate 
Administrator of the Office of Telecommunications and Information 
Applications (OTIA), the Associate Administrator's and the Director's 
recommendations are presented to the Selecting Official, the Assistant 
Secretary for Communications and Information, who is the NTIA 
Administrator. The NTIA Administrator selects the applications to be 
negotiated for possible grant award, taking into consideration the 
outside reviewers' ratings, the Director's recommendations, and the 
degree to which the slate of applications, taken as a whole, satisfies 
the PEACESAT Program's stated purposes.
    The selected applications are negotiated between NTIA staff and the 
applicant. The negotiations are intended to resolve whatever 
differences might exist between the applicant's original request and 
what NTIA is considering funding. Negotiation does not ensure that an 
award will be made. When the negotiations are completed, the Director 
recommends final selections to the NTIA Administrator, applying the 
same selection factors described above. The Administrator then makes 
the final award selections from the negotiated applications taking into 
consideration the Director's recommendations and the degree to which 
the slate of applications, taken as a whole, satisfies the stated 
purposes for the PEACESAT Program.

Funding Priorities and Selection Factors

    The PBD Director will consider the summary evaluations prepared by 
program staff, rank the applications, and present recommendations to 
the OTIA Associate Administrator for review and approval. The 
Director's recommendations and the OTIA

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Associate Administrator's review and approval will take into account 
the following selection factors:
    (1) The program staff evaluations, including the outside reviewers.
    (2) Whether the applicant has any current NTIA grants.
    (3) The geographic distribution of the proposed grant awards.
    (4) The availability of funds.
    Upon approval by the OTIA Associate Administrator, the Director's 
recommendations will then be presented to the Selecting Official, the 
NTIA Administrator.
    The Administrator makes final award selections taking into 
consideration the Director's recommendations and the degree to which 
the slate of applications, taken as a whole, satisfies the program's 
stated purposes.
    No grant will be awarded until confirmation has been received from 
the Federal Communications Commission that any necessary authorization 
will be issued.
    After final award selections have been made, the Agency will notify 
the applicant of one of the following actions:
    (1) Selection of the application for funding, in whole or in part;
    (2) Deferral of the application for subsequent consideration; or
    (3) Rejection of the application with an explanation and the 
reason, if an applicant is not eligible or if the proposed project does 
not fall within the purposes of the PEACESAT program.

Evaluation Criteria

    Each eligible application that is timely received, is materially 
complete, and proposes an eligible project will be considered under the 
evaluation criteria described here. The first three criteria--1. 
Meeting the Purposes of the PEACESAT Program, 2. Extent of Need for the 
Project, and 3. Plan of Operation for the Project--are each worth 25 
points. Criterion 4, Budget and Cost Effectiveness, is worth 20 points. 
Criterion 5, Quality of Key Personnel, is worth 5 points.
    Criterion 1. Meeting the Purposes of the PEACESAT Program, 
including (i) how well the proposal meets the objectives of the 
PEACESAT Program and (ii) how the objectives of the proposal further 
the purposes of the PEACESAT Program.
    Criterion 2. Extent of Need for the Project. The extent to which 
the project meets the needs of the PEACESAT Program, including 
consideration of: (i) The needs addressed by the project; (ii) how the 
applicant identifies those needs; (iii) how those needs will be met by 
the project; and (iv) the benefits to be gained by meeting those needs.
    Criterion 3. Plan of Operation for the Project, including (i) the 
quality of the design of the project; (ii) the extent to which the plan 
of management is effective and ensures proper and efficient 
administration of the project; (iii) how well the objectives of the 
project relate to the purposes of the PEACESAT Program; (iv) the 
quality of the applicant's plan to use its resources and personnel to 
achieve each objective; and (v) how the applicant will ensure that 
project participants who are otherwise eligible to participate are 
selected without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, 
or handicapped condition.
    Criterion 4. Budget and Cost Effectiveness. The extent to which (i) 
the budget is adequate to support the project; and (ii) costs are 
reasonable in relation to the objectives of the project.
    Criterion 5. Quality of Key Personnel the applicant plans to use on 
the project, Including (i) the qualifications of the project director 
if one is to be used; (ii) the qualifications of each of the other key 
personnel to be used in the project; (iii) the time that each person 
will commit to the project; and (iv) how the applicant, as part of its 
nondiscriminatory employment practices, will ensure that its personnel 
are selected for employment without regard to race, color, national 
origin, gender, age, or handicapped condition. In this section, 
``qualifications'' refers to experience and training in fields related 
to the objectives of the project, and any other qualifications that 
pertain to the quality of the project.

Cost Sharing Requirements

    Grant recipients under this program will not be required to provide 
matching funds toward the total project cost.
    The costs allowable under this Notice are not subject to the 
limitation on costs contained in the January 10, 2008, Notice regarding 
the PTFP Program, see 73 FR 1864 (2008).

Intergovernmental Review

    PEACESAT applications are subject to Executive Order 12372, 
``Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs,'' if the state in which 
the applicant organization is located participates in the process. 
Usually submission to the State Single Point of Contact (SPOC) needs to 
be only the first two pages of the Application Form, but applicants 
should contact their own SPOC offices to find out about and comply with 
its requirements. The names and addresses of the SPOC offices are 
listed on the PTFP Web site and at the Office of Management and 
Budget's home page at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants/spoc.html.

Universal Identifier

    All applicants (nonprofit, state, local government, universities, 
and tribal organizations) will be required to provide a Dun and 
Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number during the 
application process. See the October 30, 2002 (67 FR 66177) and April 
8, 2003 (68 FR 17000) Federal Register notices for additional 
information. Organizations can receive a DUNS number at no cost by 
calling the dedicated toll-free DUNS Number request line 1-866-705-5711 
or via the Internet at www.dnb.com/us/.

The Department of Commerce Pre-Award Notification Requirements for 
Grants and Cooperative Agreements

    The Department of Commerce Pre-Award Notification of Requirements 
for Grants and Cooperative Agreements contained in the Federal Register 
notice of February 11, 2008 (73 FR 7696) is applicable to this 
solicitation.

Limitation of Liability

    In no event will the Department of Commerce be responsible for 
proposal preparation costs if this program fails to receive funding or 
is cancelled because of other agency priorities. Publication of this 
announcement does not oblige the agency to award any specific project 
or to obligate any available funds.

Paperwork Reduction Act

    Notwithstanding any other provision of the 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 Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), unless that 
collection displays a currently valid Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) control number. The PEACESAT application package requires the use 
of the following forms: SF-424, SF-424A, SF-424B, SF-LLL, CD-511. These 
forms have been approved under OMB Control Nos. 4040-0004, 4040-0006, 
4040-007, and 0348-0046.

Executive Order 13132

    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 
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Administrative Procedure Act or any other law for rules 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.

Bernadette McGuire-Rivera,
Associate Administrator, Office of Telecommunications and Information 
Applications.
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