Hazardous Materials Instructor Training Grants Program; Availability of Funds, 19934-19936 [E8-7703]

Download as PDF 19934 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 71 / Friday, April 11, 2008 / Notices retrieval help guidelines are available under the help section of the Web site. An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded from the Federal Register’s home page at https:// www.archives.gov and the Government Printing Office’s database at https:// www.access.gpo.gov/nara. Please note that even after the comment closing date, we will continue to file relevant information in the docket as it becomes available. E-mail: drew.dawson@dot.gov or susan.mchenry@dot.gov Fax: (202) 366–7149 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Drew Dawson, Director, Office of Emergency Medical Services, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., NTI–140, Washington, DC 20590, Telephone number (202) 366–9966; E-mail Drew.Dawson@dot.gov. Notice of this meeting is given under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), Public Law 92–463, as amended (5 U.S.C. App. 1 et seq.) 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Persons with disabilities who require special assistance should advise Drew Dawson VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:21 Apr 10, 2008 Jkt 214001 Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration [Docket No. PHMSA–2008–22720 (Notice No. 08–04)] Hazardous Materials Instructor Training Grants Program; Availability of Funds Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, DOT. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announces the availability of funds and solicitation of applications for grants to be awarded under the Hazardous Materials Instructor Training (HMIT) Grants Program for fiscal year 2009. The HMIT Grants Program is open to non-profit hazardous materials (hazmat) employee organizations demonstrating expertise in conducting a training program for hazmat employees, and the ability to reach a target population of hazmat employees. For PO 00000 Frm 00133 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the purposes of the HMIT Grants program, an ‘‘employee organization’’ is a labor union, association, group, or similar organization the members of which are hazmat employees and the stated purpose of which is to represent hazmat employees. DATES: Application packages will be available April 15, 2008. Completed applications must be submitted by July 15, 2008. Grants will be awarded in September 2008. ADDRESSES: Applications may be submitted electronically at https:// www.grants.gov or mailed to Charles G. Rogoff, HMIT Grants Manager, Office of Hazardous Materials Planning and Analysis; Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration; U.S. Department of Transportation; Room E23–301; East Building 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE., Washington, DC 20590. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Charles G. Rogoff, HMIT Grants Manager; Office of Hazardous Materials Planning and Analysis; Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration; U.S. Department of Transportation; Room E23–301; East Building 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE., Washington, DC 20590; Telephone: 202–366–0001. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Availability of Funds. The Hazardous Materials Transportation Safety and Security Reauthorization Act of 2005 (the Act; Title VII of Pub. L. 109–59, 119 Stat. 1144 (August 10, 2005)) provides for the Secretary of Transportation, subject to the availability of funds, to make grants for training instructors to train hazardous materials employees (hazmat employees) and, to the extent determined appropriate, for such instructors to train hazmat employees. The Hazardous Materials Instructor Training (HMIT) Grants Program is funded by registration fees collected from certain hazardous materials shippers and carriers in accordance with 49 CFR Part 107, Subpart G. Approximately $4,000,000 will be awarded in September 2008 for the HMIT Grants Program. These awards are available for use during a twelve-month budget period [October 1, 2008 to September 30, 2009]. We expect grant awards to range from $250,000 to $500,000 depending upon the number and quality of applications received. We encourage the addition of non-Federal funds to support the training program, but cost-sharing or matching funding is not required. Objective of the HMIT Grants Program. The objective of the HMIT Grants Program is to ‘‘train the trainer’’—that is, to train hazmat E:\FR\FM\11APN1.SGM 11APN1 mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 71 / Friday, April 11, 2008 / Notices instructors who will then train hazmat employees in the proper handling of hazardous materials. Properly planned and maintained training programs are essential to ensuring that hazmat employees receive an initial and continuing understanding of the risks involved in transporting hazardous materials, the relevant requirements that have to be met, and the need for performing their duties in a way that will ensure their safety and the safety of others. Experience shows that effective training of employees can effectively reduce risk and the likelihood of hazmat incidents. Effective training of employees is key to ensuring that hazardous materials are transported safely. Due to budget and other limitations, many hazmat employees cannot leave their employment locations for extended periods of time to attend training courses. Instructors trained under this grant program can offer training to a large number of hazmat employees at locations within close proximity to the hazmat employees’ places of employment, thereby significantly minimizing employee travel cost and training time. As provided by the Act, funds awarded to an organization in accordance with the HMIT Grants Program may be used to train hazmat instructors and, to the extent determined to be appropriate, for such instructors to train hazmat employees. PHMSA has determined that, because we have limited funding available, grants awarded for FY 2009 (October 1, 2008–September 30, 2009) must be used exclusively for ‘‘train the trainer’’ programs. Grant funds are not authorized to be used to fund an organization’s existing hazmat training program. Eligibility. The HMIT Grants Program is open to non-profit hazardous materials employee organizations demonstrating: (1) Expertise in conducting a training program for hazmat employees, and (2) the ability to reach a target population of hazmat employees. For the purposes of the HMIT Grants program, an ‘‘employee organization’’ is a labor union, association, group, or similar organization the members of which are hazardous materials employees and the stated purpose of which is to represent hazmat employees. Two or more non-profit hazmat employee organizations may team together to submit a joint grant application. A hazmat employee, as defined under the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171– 180), is a person who, in the course of VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:21 Apr 10, 2008 Jkt 214001 full time, part time, or temporary employment, directly affects hazardous materials transportation safety. Hazmat employees include self-employed persons, including owner-operators of motor vehicles, vessel, or aircraft crewmembers and employees, and railroad signalmen and maintenance-ofway employees. The term includes a person who: (1) Loads, unloads, or handles hazardous materials; (2) Designs, manufactures, fabricates, inspects, marks, maintains, reconditions, repairs, or tests a package, container or packaging component that is represented, marked, certified, or sold as qualified for use in transporting hazardous material in commerce. (3) Prepares hazardous materials for transportation; (4) Is responsible for safety of transporting hazardous materials; or (5) Operates a vehicle used to transport hazardous materials. In accordance with § 172.704 of the HMR hazmat employees must be trained in four areas: (1) General awareness/familiarization training providing familiarity with the requirements of the HMR and enabling the hazmat employee to recognize and identify hazardous materials consistent with the hazard communication requirements of the HMR, (2) Function-specific training concerning the requirements of the HMR specifically applicable to the functions performed by the hazmat employee, (3) Safety training including measures to protect the employee from the hazards associated with the hazardous materials to which he or she may be exposed in the workplace, and (4) Security awareness training providing an awareness of the security risks associated with hazardous materials transportation and measures to enhance transportation security. For example, function-specific training would include training for persons who are responsible for preparing shipments for transportation, including selecting an appropriate packaging, filling the packaging, applying applicable package marks and labels, and preparing shipping documentation. Function-specific training would also include training for persons responsible for performing transportation functions, such as loading or unloading of containers and transport conveyances. Safety training would address training related to the specific hazards associated with the materials to which a hazmat employee may be exposed and protective measures in the event of an emergency, PO 00000 Frm 00134 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 19935 such as hazards and protective measures associated with ethanol fuel blends. Application requirements. The requirements in 49 CFR Part 19, ‘‘Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and other Non-Profit Organizations’’ apply to the HMIT grant program. An applicant must address the following factors: (1) Qualification as a non-profit hazmat employee organization, including the type or types of hazmat employees represented and the number of employees represented. (2) Expertise and experience in conducting hazmat employee trainer education programs. (3) Ability to train hazmat instructors to reach and involve a target population of hazmat employees. (4) Training needs assessment for the target population of hazmat instructors and employees. The purpose of a needs assessment is to assess the level of understanding held by students and compare this with the desired level of understanding at the completion of training. Also required is an estimate of the numbers of instructors and employees requiring training. The training curriculum and delivery methods must be flexible enough to address the needs of the students as determined by the needs assessment. (5) Prioritization of training needs based on the needs assessment. (6) A training curriculum for the instructors to be trained in the program and an explanation of how the training will be provided (e.g., classroom instruction, self-directed training using booklets, CD or DVD modules, or computer-based programs). The training curriculum must include details on the specific HMR training requirements that will be covered. (7) A process for assessing the effectiveness of the training program(s) and evaluating students. This process will involve a continuous system for evaluating and monitoring employee competencies including changes in regulatory requirements, business or operational practices, introduction of new equipment or procedures or any change in business processes that require revised or new competencies on the part of hazmat employees. Course evaluation involves the evaluation of student performance as well the evaluation of the trainer, and the training program. (8) A process to validate that the training program accomplished its intended purpose and its objectives were achieved in the most cost effective E:\FR\FM\11APN1.SGM 11APN1 19936 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 71 / Friday, April 11, 2008 / Notices manner. Validation involves the hazmat employer, the hazmat employee and the trainer and the training organization. (9) A statement-of-work describing the amount of funding requested and the activities for which the funding will be used. Review and selection process. A committee of Federal agency representatives with expertise in hazmat instructor training programs will evaluate the grant applications. Each grant application will be evaluated in accordance with the following criteria: (1) Organization demonstrates quantified need for training (15%). (2) Degree to which the proposed training program meets the identified training needs (15%). (3) Number of instructors to be trained (15%). (4) Projected number of hazmat employees each instructor is expected to train (10%). (5) Projected impact of the training in reducing risk and enhancing hazmat transportation safety (15%). (6) Organization’s prior experience in providing hazmat instructor and employee training and the facilities/ mechanisms in place to conduct the training (10%). (7) Efficiency and cost associated with conducting the training (10%) (8) Ability to account for program expenditures and program outcomes (10%). The PHMSA Administrator will have the final approval to evaluate and select applicants and award financial assistance. The agency may ask an applicant to modify its objectives, work plan, or budget and provide supplemental information prior to award. The Administrator’s decision is final. Issued in Washington, DC on April 7, 2008. Theodore L. Willke, Associate Administrator for Hazardous Materials Safety. [FR Doc. E8–7703 Filed 4–10–08; 8:45 am] Comments must be filed by May 27, 2008. Applicants may file a reply by June 10, 2008. If no comments are filed by May 27, 2008, this notice is effective on that date. DATES: Send an original and 10 copies of any comments referring to STB Docket No. MC–F–21027 to: Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20423–0001. In addition, send one copy of comments to Applicants’ representative: David H. Coburn, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, 1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20036. ADDRESSES: Julia Farr (202) 245–0359 [Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) for the hearing impaired: 1–800–877–8339]. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Surface Transportation Board. Notice Tentatively Approving Finance Transaction. Stagecoach is a public limited company organized under the laws of Scotland. It is one of the world’s largest providers of passenger transportation services and had annual revenues for the fiscal year ending April 30, 2007, of over $3 billion. Stagecoach and certain intermediate subsidiaries acquired control of Coach in September 1999.1 Coach, a Delaware corporation, controls numerous federally regulated motor passenger carriers. The motor carriers controlled by Coach had gross operating revenues for the 12-month period ending with the date of this application greater than the $2 million threshold required for Board jurisdiction. SUMMARY: On March 13, 2008, Stagecoach Group PLC (Stagecoach) and its subsidiary, Coach USA, Inc. (Coach), 1 See Stagecoach Holdings PLC—Control—Coach USA, Inc., et al., STB Docket No. MC–F–29048 (STB served July 22, 1999). BILLING CODE 4910–60–P Surface Transportation Board [STB Docket No. MC–F–21027] Stagecoach Group PLC and Coach USA, Inc., et al.—Control—Megabus Northeast LLC mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES noncarriers, and various subsidiaries of each (collectively, applicants) filed an application under 49 U.S.C. 14303 to acquire control of the newly created Megabus Northeast LLC (Northeast), which is owned by co-applicant Independent Bus Company, Inc. (Independent), a motor passenger carrier and wholly owned subsidiary of Coach. Independent also wholly owns Megabus USA, LLC, a motor carrier of passengers. Applicants state that currently Northeast does not hold federally issued authority to operate as a motor common carrier of passengers. Applicants supplemented the application in a March 19, 2008 filing. This application is filed on the premise that Northeast actually obtains the authority it seeks. Persons wishing to oppose this application must follow the rules at 49 CFR 1182.5 and 1182.8. The Board has tentatively approved the transaction, and, if no opposing comments are timely filed, this notice will be the final Board action. AGENCY: ACTION: VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:21 Apr 10, 2008 Jkt 214001 PO 00000 Frm 00135 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Northeast is currently a noncarrier, but plans to seek authorization from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to operate as a motor common carrier of passengers. Once authorization is granted, Northeast will utilize a fleet of motorcoaches to provide scheduled express bus service over regular routes between New York and several cities in the Northeast and Middle Atlantic states, including Washington and Boston. Applicants state that initially, Megabus USA may provide this service under its operating authority. Once Northeast obtains authority, Northeast would assume responsibility for conducting these operations in the Northeast and Middle Atlantic states, and Megabus USA will continue to provide service outside the Northeast and Middle Atlantic regions. Under 49 U.S.C. 14303(b), the Board must approve and authorize a transaction found to be consistent with the public interest, taking into consideration at least: (1) The effect of the transaction on the adequacy of transportation to the public; (2) the total fixed charges that result; and (3) the interest of affected carrier employees. Applicants have submitted information, as required by 49 CFR 1182.2, including the information to demonstrate that the proposed transaction is consistent with the public interest under 49 U.S.C. 14303(b). Applicants state that the proposed transaction will not adversely impact the adequacy of transportation services available to the public, the fixed charges incurred by Northeast, or the interests of any motor carrier employees. Additional information, including a copy of the application, may be obtained from the Applicants’ representative. On the basis of the application, and if Northeast does in fact obtain the authority as described above, we find that the proposed acquisition is consistent with the public interest and should be authorized. If any opposing comments are timely filed, this finding will be deemed vacated, and unless a final decision can be made on the record as developed, a procedural schedule will be adopted to reconsider the application. See 49 CFR 1182.6(c). If no opposing comments are filed by the expiration of the comment period, this notice will take effect automatically and will be the final Board action. Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at https:// www.stb.dot.gov. This decision will not significantly affect either the quality of the human environment or the conservation of energy resources. It is ordered: E:\FR\FM\11APN1.SGM 11APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

[Docket No. PHMSA-2008-22720 (Notice No. 08-04)]


Hazardous Materials Instructor Training Grants Program; 
Availability of Funds

AGENCY: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, DOT.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 
(PHMSA) announces the availability of funds and solicitation of 
applications for grants to be awarded under the Hazardous Materials 
Instructor Training (HMIT) Grants Program for fiscal year 2009. The 
HMIT Grants Program is open to non-profit hazardous materials (hazmat) 
employee organizations demonstrating expertise in conducting a training 
program for hazmat employees, and the ability to reach a target 
population of hazmat employees. For the purposes of the HMIT Grants 
program, an ``employee organization'' is a labor union, association, 
group, or similar organization the members of which are hazmat 
employees and the stated purpose of which is to represent hazmat 
employees.

DATES: Application packages will be available April 15, 2008. Completed 
applications must be submitted by July 15, 2008. Grants will be awarded 
in September 2008.

ADDRESSES: Applications may be submitted electronically at https://
www.grants.gov or mailed to Charles G. Rogoff, HMIT Grants Manager, 
Office of Hazardous Materials Planning and Analysis; Pipeline and 
Hazardous Materials Safety Administration; U.S. Department of 
Transportation; Room E23-301; East Building 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE., 
Washington, DC 20590.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Charles G. Rogoff, HMIT Grants 
Manager; Office of Hazardous Materials Planning and Analysis; Pipeline 
and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration; U.S. Department of 
Transportation; Room E23-301; East Building 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE., 
Washington, DC 20590; Telephone: 202-366-0001.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Availability of Funds. The Hazardous Materials Transportation 
Safety and Security Reauthorization Act of 2005 (the Act; Title VII of 
Pub. L. 109-59, 119 Stat. 1144 (August 10, 2005)) provides for the 
Secretary of Transportation, subject to the availability of funds, to 
make grants for training instructors to train hazardous materials 
employees (hazmat employees) and, to the extent determined appropriate, 
for such instructors to train hazmat employees. The Hazardous Materials 
Instructor Training (HMIT) Grants Program is funded by registration 
fees collected from certain hazardous materials shippers and carriers 
in accordance with 49 CFR Part 107, Subpart G. Approximately $4,000,000 
will be awarded in September 2008 for the HMIT Grants Program. These 
awards are available for use during a twelve-month budget period 
[October 1, 2008 to September 30, 2009]. We expect grant awards to 
range from $250,000 to $500,000 depending upon the number and quality 
of applications received. We encourage the addition of non-Federal 
funds to support the training program, but cost-sharing or matching 
funding is not required.
    Objective of the HMIT Grants Program. The objective of the HMIT 
Grants Program is to ``train the trainer''--that is, to train hazmat

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instructors who will then train hazmat employees in the proper handling 
of hazardous materials. Properly planned and maintained training 
programs are essential to ensuring that hazmat employees receive an 
initial and continuing understanding of the risks involved in 
transporting hazardous materials, the relevant requirements that have 
to be met, and the need for performing their duties in a way that will 
ensure their safety and the safety of others. Experience shows that 
effective training of employees can effectively reduce risk and the 
likelihood of hazmat incidents. Effective training of employees is key 
to ensuring that hazardous materials are transported safely.
    Due to budget and other limitations, many hazmat employees cannot 
leave their employment locations for extended periods of time to attend 
training courses. Instructors trained under this grant program can 
offer training to a large number of hazmat employees at locations 
within close proximity to the hazmat employees' places of employment, 
thereby significantly minimizing employee travel cost and training 
time.
    As provided by the Act, funds awarded to an organization in 
accordance with the HMIT Grants Program may be used to train hazmat 
instructors and, to the extent determined to be appropriate, for such 
instructors to train hazmat employees. PHMSA has determined that, 
because we have limited funding available, grants awarded for FY 2009 
(October 1, 2008-September 30, 2009) must be used exclusively for 
``train the trainer'' programs. Grant funds are not authorized to be 
used to fund an organization's existing hazmat training program.
    Eligibility. The HMIT Grants Program is open to non-profit 
hazardous materials employee organizations demonstrating: (1) Expertise 
in conducting a training program for hazmat employees, and (2) the 
ability to reach a target population of hazmat employees. For the 
purposes of the HMIT Grants program, an ``employee organization'' is a 
labor union, association, group, or similar organization the members of 
which are hazardous materials employees and the stated purpose of which 
is to represent hazmat employees.
    Two or more non-profit hazmat employee organizations may team 
together to submit a joint grant application. A hazmat employee, as 
defined under the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 
171-180), is a person who, in the course of full time, part time, or 
temporary employment, directly affects hazardous materials 
transportation safety. Hazmat employees include self-employed persons, 
including owner-operators of motor vehicles, vessel, or aircraft 
crewmembers and employees, and railroad signalmen and maintenance-of-
way employees. The term includes a person who:
    (1) Loads, unloads, or handles hazardous materials;
    (2) Designs, manufactures, fabricates, inspects, marks, maintains, 
reconditions, repairs, or tests a package, container or packaging 
component that is represented, marked, certified, or sold as qualified 
for use in transporting hazardous material in commerce.
    (3) Prepares hazardous materials for transportation;
    (4) Is responsible for safety of transporting hazardous materials; 
or
    (5) Operates a vehicle used to transport hazardous materials.
    In accordance with Sec.  172.704 of the HMR hazmat employees must 
be trained in four areas:
    (1) General awareness/familiarization training providing 
familiarity with the requirements of the HMR and enabling the hazmat 
employee to recognize and identify hazardous materials consistent with 
the hazard communication requirements of the HMR,
    (2) Function-specific training concerning the requirements of the 
HMR specifically applicable to the functions performed by the hazmat 
employee,
    (3) Safety training including measures to protect the employee from 
the hazards associated with the hazardous materials to which he or she 
may be exposed in the workplace, and
    (4) Security awareness training providing an awareness of the 
security risks associated with hazardous materials transportation and 
measures to enhance transportation security.
    For example, function-specific training would include training for 
persons who are responsible for preparing shipments for transportation, 
including selecting an appropriate packaging, filling the packaging, 
applying applicable package marks and labels, and preparing shipping 
documentation. Function-specific training would also include training 
for persons responsible for performing transportation functions, such 
as loading or unloading of containers and transport conveyances. Safety 
training would address training related to the specific hazards 
associated with the materials to which a hazmat employee may be exposed 
and protective measures in the event of an emergency, such as hazards 
and protective measures associated with ethanol fuel blends.
    Application requirements. The requirements in 49 CFR Part 19, 
``Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with 
Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and other Non-Profit 
Organizations'' apply to the HMIT grant program.
    An applicant must address the following factors:
    (1) Qualification as a non-profit hazmat employee organization, 
including the type or types of hazmat employees represented and the 
number of employees represented.
    (2) Expertise and experience in conducting hazmat employee trainer 
education programs.
    (3) Ability to train hazmat instructors to reach and involve a 
target population of hazmat employees.
    (4) Training needs assessment for the target population of hazmat 
instructors and employees. The purpose of a needs assessment is to 
assess the level of understanding held by students and compare this 
with the desired level of understanding at the completion of training. 
Also required is an estimate of the numbers of instructors and 
employees requiring training. The training curriculum and delivery 
methods must be flexible enough to address the needs of the students as 
determined by the needs assessment.
    (5) Prioritization of training needs based on the needs assessment.
    (6) A training curriculum for the instructors to be trained in the 
program and an explanation of how the training will be provided (e.g., 
classroom instruction, self-directed training using booklets, CD or DVD 
modules, or computer-based programs). The training curriculum must 
include details on the specific HMR training requirements that will be 
covered.
    (7) A process for assessing the effectiveness of the training 
program(s) and evaluating students. This process will involve a 
continuous system for evaluating and monitoring employee competencies 
including changes in regulatory requirements, business or operational 
practices, introduction of new equipment or procedures or any change in 
business processes that require revised or new competencies on the part 
of hazmat employees. Course evaluation involves the evaluation of 
student performance as well the evaluation of the trainer, and the 
training program.
    (8) A process to validate that the training program accomplished 
its intended purpose and its objectives were achieved in the most cost 
effective

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manner. Validation involves the hazmat employer, the hazmat employee 
and the trainer and the training organization.
    (9) A statement-of-work describing the amount of funding requested 
and the activities for which the funding will be used.
    Review and selection process. A committee of Federal agency 
representatives with expertise in hazmat instructor training programs 
will evaluate the grant applications. Each grant application will be 
evaluated in accordance with the following criteria:
    (1) Organization demonstrates quantified need for training (15%).
    (2) Degree to which the proposed training program meets the 
identified training needs (15%).
    (3) Number of instructors to be trained (15%).
    (4) Projected number of hazmat employees each instructor is 
expected to train (10%).
    (5) Projected impact of the training in reducing risk and enhancing 
hazmat transportation safety (15%).
    (6) Organization's prior experience in providing hazmat instructor 
and employee training and the facilities/mechanisms in place to conduct 
the training (10%).
    (7) Efficiency and cost associated with conducting the training 
(10%)
    (8) Ability to account for program expenditures and program 
outcomes (10%).
    The PHMSA Administrator will have the final approval to evaluate 
and select applicants and award financial assistance. The agency may 
ask an applicant to modify its objectives, work plan, or budget and 
provide supplemental information prior to award. The Administrator's 
decision is final.

    Issued in Washington, DC on April 7, 2008.
Theodore L. Willke,
Associate Administrator for Hazardous Materials Safety.
 [FR Doc. E8-7703 Filed 4-10-08; 8:45 am]
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