Buy American Exceptions Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, 61377-61378 [2011-25577]

Download as PDF 61377 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 192 / Tuesday, October 4, 2011 / Notices technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. This Notice also lists the following information: Title of Proposal: Tribal College and Universities Program. OMB Control Number: 2528–0215. Description of the Need for the Information and Proposed Use: The information is being collected to monitor performance of grantees to ensure they meet statutory and program goals and requirements. Agency Form Numbers: HUD_96010. Members of the Affected Public: Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU) that meet the definition of a TCU established in Title III of the 1998 Amendments to Higher Education Act of 1965 (Pub. L. 105–244, approved October 7, 1998). Estimation of the total number of hours needed to prepare the information collection including number of respondents, frequency of response, and hours of response: Information pursuant to grant award will be submitted once a year. The following chart details the respondent burden on an annual and semi-annual basis: Number of respondents Total annual responses Hours per response Total hours Applicants ........................................................................................................ Quarterly Reports ............................................................................................ Final Reports ................................................................................................... Recordkeeping ................................................................................................. 0 15 5 15 0 60 1 1 0 10 15 5 0 600 75 75 Total .......................................................................................................... ........................ ........................ 59 750 Status of the proposed information collection: Pending OMB approval. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Authority: Pub. L. 105–244. Dated: September 24, 2011. Raphael W. Bostic, Assistant Secretary for Policy Development. [FR Doc. 2011–25574 Filed 10–3–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT [Docket No. FR–5374–N–33] Buy American Exceptions Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing, HUD. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Pub. L. 111–05, approved February 17, 2009) (Recovery Act), and implementing guidance of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), this notice advises that certain exceptions to the Buy American requirement of the Recovery Act have been determined applicable for work using Capital Fund Recovery Formula and Competition (CFRFC) grant funds. Specifically, exceptions were granted to the Cambridge Housing Authority of Cambridge, MA for the purchase and installation of Venstar ColorTouch programmable limiting thermostats for the Harry S. Truman Apartments project, and to the Denver Housing Authority for the purchase and installation of refrigerators and microwave ovens for its 1099 Osage Apartments project. pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:03 Oct 03, 2011 Jkt 226001 Donald J. LaVoy, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Office of Field Operations, Office of Public and Indian Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street, SW., Room 4112, Washington, DC 20410– 4000, telephone number 202–402–8500 (this is not a toll-free number); or Dominique G. Blom, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Housing Investments, Office of Public Housing Investments, Office of Public and Indian Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street, SW., Room 4130, Washington, DC 20410–4000, telephone number 202– 402–8500 (this is not a toll-free number). Persons with hearing- or speech-impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the tollfree Federal Information Relay Service at 800–877–8339. Section 1605(a) of the Recovery Act provides that none of the funds appropriated or made available by the Recovery Act may be used for a project for the construction, alteration, maintenance, or repair of a public building or public work unless all of the iron, steel, and manufactured goods used in the project are produced in the United States. Section 1605(b) provides that the Buy American requirement shall not apply in any case or category in which the head of a Federal department or agency finds that: (1) Applying the Buy American requirement would be inconsistent with the public interest; (2) iron, steel, and the relevant manufactured goods are not produced in the U.S. in sufficient and reasonably available quantities or of satisfactory quality, or (3) inclusion of iron, steel, and manufactured goods will increase SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the cost of the overall project by more than 25 percent. Section 1605(c) provides that if the head of a Federal department or agency makes a determination pursuant to section 1605(b), the head of the department or agency shall publish a detailed written justification in the Federal Register. In accordance with section 1605(c) of the Recovery Act and OMB’s implementing guidance published on April 23, 2009 (74 FR 18449), this notice advises the public that, on August 19, 2011, the following exceptions were granted: 1. Cambridge Housing Authority. Upon request of the Cambridge Housing Authority, HUD granted an exception to applicability of the Buy American requirements with respect to work, using CFRFC grant funds, in connection with the Harry S. Truman Apartments project. The exception was granted by HUD on the basis that the relevant manufactured goods, Venstar ColorTouch programmable limiting thermostats, are not produced in the U.S. in sufficient and reasonably available quantities or of satisfactory quality. 2. Denver Housing Authority. Upon request of the Denver Housing Authority, HUD granted an exception to applicability of the Buy American requirements with respect to work, using CFRFC grant funds, in connection with its 1099 Osage Apartments project. The exception was granted by HUD on the basis that the relevant manufactured goods (refrigerators and microwaves) are not produced in the U.S. in sufficient and reasonably available quantities or of satisfactory quality. E:\FR\FM\04OCN1.SGM 04OCN1 61378 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 192 / Tuesday, October 4, 2011 / Notices Dated: September 27, 2011. Deborah Hernandez, General Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing. [FR Doc. 2011–25577 Filed 10–3–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R1–R–2011–N099; 1265–0000–10137– S3] Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, Clallam County, WA; Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of intent; request for comments. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), intend to prepare a comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) and environmental assessment (EA) for Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge or NWR) in Clallam County, Washington. We provide this notice in compliance with our CCP policy to advise other Federal and State agencies, Tribes, and the public of our intentions and to obtain suggestions and information on the scope of issues to consider in the planning process. DATES: To ensure consideration, please send your written comments by November 3, 2011. We will announce opportunities for public input in local news media throughout the CCP process. SUMMARY: Additional information concerning the refuge is available on our Web site: http://www.fws.gov/ washingtonmaritime/dungeness/. Send your comments or requests for more information by any of the following methods: E-mail: FW1PlanningComments@fws.gov. Include ‘‘Dungeness NWR CCP’’ in the subject line of the message. Fax: Attn: Kevin Ryan, Project Leader, (360) 457–9778. U.S. Mail: Kevin Ryan, Project Leader, Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, 715 Holgerson Road, Sequim, WA 98382. In-Person Drop-off: You may drop off comments during regular business hours at the above address. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kevin Ryan, Project Leader, phone (360) 457–8451, or e-mail kevin_ryan@fws.gov. pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES ADDRESSES: VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:03 Oct 03, 2011 Jkt 226001 Background encourage input in the form of issues, concerns, ideas, and suggestions for the future management of Dungeness Refuge. We will conduct the environmental review of this project and develop an EA in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.); NEPA regulations (40 CFR parts 1500–1508); other appropriate Federal laws and regulations; and our policies and procedures for compliance with those laws and regulations. The CCP Process Dungeness Refuge The National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 (16 U.S.C. 668dd–668ee) (Refuge Administration Act), as amended by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, requires us to develop a CCP for each national wildlife refuge. The purpose for developing a CCP is to provide refuge managers with a 15-year plan for achieving refuge purposes and contributing toward the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System, consistent with sound principles of fish and wildlife management, conservation, legal mandates, and our policies. In addition to outlining broad management direction on conserving wildlife and their habitats, CCPs identify compatible wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities available to the public, including opportunities for hunting, fishing, wildlife observation and photography, and environmental education and interpretation. We will review and update the CCP at least every 15 years in accordance with the Refuge Administration Act. Each unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System was established for specific purposes. We use these purposes as the foundation for developing and prioritizing the management goals and objectives for each refuge within the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS), and to determine how the public can use each refuge. The planning process is a way for us and the public to evaluate management goals and objectives that will ensure the best possible approach to wildlife, plant, and habitat conservation, while providing for wildlife-dependent recreation opportunities that are compatible with each refuge’s establishing purposes and the mission of the NWRS. Our CCP process provides participation opportunities for the public; Tribal, State, and local governments; agencies; and organizations. At this time we The refuge was established in 1915 as a ‘‘refuge, preserve, and breeding ground for native birds’’ (Executive Order 2123). The refuge’s approved boundary encompasses 773 acres of sand spit, tidelands, and upland forest habitat along Washington’s Strait of Juan de Fuca; of this, the Service manages 325 acres through perpetual easements and owns and manages approximately 448 acres. Habitat types found on the refuge include beach, bluffs, coastal strand, eelgrass beds, mudflats, coastal lagoon, salt marsh, natural and constructed freshwater wetlands, and mixed conifer forests. At 5.5-miles (8.9 kilometers), Dungeness Spit is the longest natural sand spit in the United States. Graveyard Spit, which is attached to Dungeness Spit, is designated as a Research Natural Area due to the quality of its native plant community, which provides an excellent representation of coastal strand. The refuge’s eelgrass beds are important over-wintering and staging areas for Brant. Numerous other birds use the refuge during migration and winter, including dabbling and diving ducks, shorebirds, and bald eagles. Dungeness Refuge also provides breeding habitat for black oystercatchers, pigeon guillemots, and forest birds. Harbor seals use the refuge to pup, haulout, and molt. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Introduction With this notice, we initiate our process for developing a CCP/EA for Dungeness NWR. This notice complies with our CCP policy to (1) Advise other Federal and State agencies, Tribes, and the public of our intention to conduct detailed planning on this refuge and (2) obtain suggestions and information on the scope of issues to consider in the environmental document and during development of the CCP. PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Scoping: Preliminary Issues, Concerns, and Opportunities We have identified preliminary issues, concerns, and opportunities that we may address in the CCP. We have briefly summarized these issues below. During public scoping, we may identify additional issues. • Should we actively manage the Dawley Unit’s forest to enhance old growth forest characteristics and/or marbled murrelet habitat, and if so, how? • Should we enhance the refuge’s eelgrass beds, and/or mitigate E:\FR\FM\04OCN1.SGM 04OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

[Docket No. FR-5374-N-33]


Buy American Exceptions Under the American Recovery and 
Reinvestment Act of 2009

AGENCY: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian 
Housing, HUD.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 
of 2009 (Pub. L. 111-05, approved February 17, 2009) (Recovery Act), 
and implementing guidance of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), 
this notice advises that certain exceptions to the Buy American 
requirement of the Recovery Act have been determined applicable for 
work using Capital Fund Recovery Formula and Competition (CFRFC) grant 
funds. Specifically, exceptions were granted to the Cambridge Housing 
Authority of Cambridge, MA for the purchase and installation of Venstar 
ColorTouch programmable limiting thermostats for the Harry S. Truman 
Apartments project, and to the Denver Housing Authority for the 
purchase and installation of refrigerators and microwave ovens for its 
1099 Osage Apartments project.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Donald J. LaVoy, Deputy Assistant 
Secretary for Office of Field Operations, Office of Public and Indian 
Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street, 
SW., Room 4112, Washington, DC 20410-4000, telephone number 202-402-
8500 (this is not a toll-free number); or Dominique G. Blom, Deputy 
Assistant Secretary for Public Housing Investments, Office of Public 
Housing Investments, Office of Public and Indian Housing, Department of 
Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street, SW., Room 4130, 
Washington, DC 20410-4000, telephone number 202-402-8500 (this is not a 
toll-free number). Persons with hearing- or speech-impairments may 
access this number through TTY by calling the toll-free Federal 
Information Relay Service at 800-877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 1605(a) of the Recovery Act provides 
that none of the funds appropriated or made available by the Recovery 
Act may be used for a project for the construction, alteration, 
maintenance, or repair of a public building or public work unless all 
of the iron, steel, and manufactured goods used in the project are 
produced in the United States. Section 1605(b) provides that the Buy 
American requirement shall not apply in any case or category in which 
the head of a Federal department or agency finds that: (1) Applying the 
Buy American requirement would be inconsistent with the public 
interest; (2) iron, steel, and the relevant manufactured goods are not 
produced in the U.S. in sufficient and reasonably available quantities 
or of satisfactory quality, or (3) inclusion of iron, steel, and 
manufactured goods will increase the cost of the overall project by 
more than 25 percent. Section 1605(c) provides that if the head of a 
Federal department or agency makes a determination pursuant to section 
1605(b), the head of the department or agency shall publish a detailed 
written justification in the Federal Register.
    In accordance with section 1605(c) of the Recovery Act and OMB's 
implementing guidance published on April 23, 2009 (74 FR 18449), this 
notice advises the public that, on August 19, 2011, the following 
exceptions were granted:
    1. Cambridge Housing Authority. Upon request of the Cambridge 
Housing Authority, HUD granted an exception to applicability of the Buy 
American requirements with respect to work, using CFRFC grant funds, in 
connection with the Harry S. Truman Apartments project. The exception 
was granted by HUD on the basis that the relevant manufactured goods, 
Venstar ColorTouch programmable limiting thermostats, are not produced 
in the U.S. in sufficient and reasonably available quantities or of 
satisfactory quality.
    2. Denver Housing Authority. Upon request of the Denver Housing 
Authority, HUD granted an exception to applicability of the Buy 
American requirements with respect to work, using CFRFC grant funds, in 
connection with its 1099 Osage Apartments project. The exception was 
granted by HUD on the basis that the relevant manufactured goods 
(refrigerators and microwaves) are not produced in the U.S. in 
sufficient and reasonably available quantities or of satisfactory 
quality.


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    Dated: September 27, 2011.
Deborah Hernandez,
General Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing.
[FR Doc. 2011-25577 Filed 10-3-11; 8:45 am]
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