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AGENCY: ACTION: The Denali Commission (Commission) is an independent federal agency based on an innovative federalstate partnership designed to provide critical utilities, infrastructure and support for economic development and SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:00 May 22, 2012 Jkt 226001 in training in Alaska by delivering federal services in the most costeffective manner possible. The Commission was created in 1998 with passage of the October 21, 1998 Denali Commission Act (Act) (Title III of Public Law 105–277, 42 USC 3121). The Denali Commission Act requires that the Commission develop proposed work plans for future spending and that the annual Work Plan be published in the Federal Register, providing an opportunity for a 30-day period of public review and written comment. The Commission is republishing the May 17, 2012 notice in full with corrections included. This Federal Register notice serves to announce the 30-day opportunity for public comment on the Denali Commission Draft Work Plan for Federal Fiscal Year 2012. DATES: Comments and related material to be received by June 20, 2012. ADDRESSES: Submit comments to the Denali Commission, Attention: Sabrina Hoppas, 510 L Street, Suite 410, Anchorage, AK 99501. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Sabrina Hoppas, Denali Commission, 510 L Street, Suite 410, Anchorage, AK 99501. Telephone: (907) 271–1414. Email: shoppas@denali.gov. Background The Denali Commission (Commission) is an independent federal agency based on an innovative federalstate partnership designed to provide critical utilities, infrastructure and support for economic development and training in Alaska by delivering federal services in the most cost-effective manner possible. The Commission was created in 1998 with passage of the October 21, 1998, Denali Commission Act (Act) (Title III of Pub. L. 105–277, 42 USC 3121). The Commission’s mission is to partner with tribal, federal, state, and local governments and collaborate with all Alaskans to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of government services, to develop a welltrained labor force employed in a diversified and sustainable economy, and to build and ensure the operation and maintenance of Alaska’s basic infrastructure. By creating the Commission, Congress mandated that all parties involved partner together to find new and innovative solutions to the unique infrastructure and economic development challenges in America’s most remote communities. Pursuant to the Denali Commission Act, as amended, the Commission PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 30509 determines its own basic operating principles and funding criteria on an annual federal fiscal year (October 1 to September 30) basis. The Commission outlines these priorities and funding recommendations in an annual Work Plan. The Work Plan is adopted on an annual basis in the following manner, which occurs sequentially as listed: • Commissioners first forward an approved draft version of the Work Plan to the Federal Co-Chair. • The Federal Co-Chair approves the draft Work Plan for publication in the Federal Register providing an opportunity for a 30-day period of public review and written comment. During this time, the draft Work Plan is also disseminated widely to Commission program partners including, but not limited to the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), the Economic Development Administration (EDA), and the United States Department of Agriculture—Rural Development (USDA–RD). • Public comment concludes and Commission staff provides the Federal Co-Chair with a summary of public comment and recommendations, if any, associated with the draft Work Plan. • If no revisions are made to the draft, the Federal Co-Chair provides notice of approval of the Work Plan to the Commissioners, and forwards the Work Plan to the Secretary of Commerce for approval; or, if there are revisions the Federal Co-Chair provides notice of modifications to the Commissioners for their consideration and approval, and upon receipt of approval from Commissioners, forwards the Work Plan to the Secretary of Commerce for approval. • The Secretary of Commerce approves the Work Plan. FY 2012 Annual Work Plan (Amended) In FY 2011, the typical annual Work Plan process was not carried out. Several factors contributed to this including continuing resolutions (CRs) passed by Congress late in the fiscal year resulting in latent consideration of the FY 2011 annual Work Plan by the Commissioners (Commissioners met on June 2, 2011 to consider the FY 2011 annual Work Plan). In addition, the final FY 2011 budget included a rescission of $15,000,000 in prior year unobligated funds and uncertainty on how the rescission may impact the FY 2011 Work Plan was not resolved until September 2011. With concurrence from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Secretary of Commerce, the amended FY 2011 Work Plan will be processed concurrently with the FY 2012 Work E:\FR\FM\23MYN1.SGM 23MYN1 30510 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 100 / Wednesday, May 23, 2012 / Notices Plan. The FY 2011 Work Plan and the amended budget for the FY 2011 Work Plan are not included as part of this FY 2012 Work Plan document. FY 2012 Appropriations Summary The Denali Commission has historically received several federal funding sources (identified by the varying colors in the table below). These fund sources are governed by the following general principles: • In FY 2012 no project specific earmarks were directed. • The Energy and Water Appropriation is eligible for use in all programs, but has historically been used substantively to fund the Energy Program. • All other funds outlined below may be used only for the specific program area and may not be used across programs. For instance, Federal Transit Administration funding, which has in the past been appropriated for the Transportation Program, may not be moved to the Energy Program. • Final transportation funds received may be reduced due to agency modifications, reductions and fees determined by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Final program available figures may not be provided until later this spring. • All Energy and Water Appropriation funds, including operational funds, designated as ‘‘up to’’ may be reassigned to the Legacy Energy Program, Bulk Fuel and Rural Power System Upgrades, if they are not fully expended in a program component area or a specific project. • Total FY 2012 Budgetary Resources provided: These are the figures that appear in the rows entitled ‘‘FY 2012 Appropriation’’ and are the original appropriations amounts which do not include Commission overhead deductions. These funds are identified by their source name (i.e., Energy and Water Appropriation, USDA–RUS, etc.). The grand total for all appropriations appears at the end of the FY 2012 Funding Table. • Total FY 2012 Program Available Funding: These are the figures that appear in the rows entitled ‘‘FY 2012 Appropriations—Program Available’’ and are the amounts of funding available for program(s) activities after Commission overhead has been deducted. The grand total for all program available funds appears at the end of the FY 2012 Funding Table. • Program Funding: These are the figures that appear in the rows entitled with the specific Program and Sub-Program area, and are the amounts of funding the Draft FY 2012 Work Plan recommends, within each program fund source for program components. • Subtotal of Program Funding: These are the figures that appear in rows entitled ‘‘subtotal’’ and are the subtotals of all program funding within a given fund source. The subtotal must always equal the Total FY 2012 Program Available Funding. DENALI COMMISSION FY 2012 FUNDING TABLE Totals mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES FY 2012 Energy & Water Appropriation .............................................................................................................................. FY 2012 Energy & Water Appropriation—Administrative Funds ........................................................................................ FY 2012 Energy & Water Appropriation—Program Available ............................................................................................ Total Energy Projects .......................................................................................................................................................... Health ................................................................................................................................................................................... Training Program ................................................................................................................................................................. Economic Development ....................................................................................................................................................... Solid Waste Program ........................................................................................................................................................... Sponsorship Program .......................................................................................................................................................... Sub-total $ .................................................................................................................................................................... FY 2012 USDA, Rural Utilities Service (RUS)—pending estimate ..................................................................................... FY 2012 USDA, Rural Utilities Service (RUS)—Program Available (less 4% overhead) .................................................. Bulk Fuel/RPSU Planning, Design & Construction ............................................................................................................. Sub-total $ .................................................................................................................................................................... FY 2012 Trans Alaska Pipeline Liability (TAPL) Trust ........................................................................................................ FY 2012 Trans Alaska Pipeline Liability (TAPL)—Program Available (less 5% overhead) ............................................... Bulk Fuel Planning, Design & Construction ........................................................................................................................ Sub-total $ .................................................................................................................................................................... FY 2012 Federal Transit Administration (FTA)—Estimate .................................................................................................. $5,000,000 from section 3011 (FTA) for docks and harbors. FY 2012 Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)—Estimate ........................................................................................... For necessary, expenses for the Denali Access System Program as authorized under Section 1960 of Public Law 109–59 FY 2012 Transportation Program Available—(less 5%) ..................................................................................................... Transportation Program: Docks & Harbors ......................................................................................................................... Transportation Program: Roads –Estimate ......................................................................................................................... Sub-total $ .................................................................................................................................................................... Total FY 2012 Federal Program Available ........................................................................................................... FY 12 Program Details and General Information The following section provides narrative discussion, by each of the Commission Programs identified for funding in the FY 2012 funding table above. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:00 May 22, 2012 Jkt 226001 Energy Program Basic Rural Energy Infrastructure The Energy Program is the Commission’s original program and focuses on bulk fuel facilities (BFU) and rural power system upgrades/power generation (RPSU) across rural Alaska. PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 $10,679,000 3,294,000 7,385,000 7,385,000 0 0 0 0 0 7,385,000 2,900,000 2,784,000 2,784,000 2,784,000 6,800,000 6,460,000 6,460,000 6,460,000 5,000,000 0–24,700,000 4,750,000–28,215,000 4,750,000 0–23,465,000 4,750,000–28,215,000 21,379,000–44,844,000 About 94% of electricity in rural communities is produced by diesel generators and about half the fuel storage in most villages is used for these power plants for distribution. Alternative means of generating power can reduce the capacity needed for fuel E:\FR\FM\23MYN1.SGM 23MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 100 / Wednesday, May 23, 2012 / Notices 30511 FY 2012 Program and Project Policy Issues are provided to EAC for feedback prior to final grant execution. Alternative/Renewable Program and Emerging Technologies The Energy Policy Act of 2005 established new authorities for the Commission’s Energy Program with an emphasis on alternative and renewable energy projects. Although the 2005 Energy Policy Act did not include appropriations, the Commission is expected to carry out the intent of the Act through a portion of its Energy and Water Appropriation funding. To date, the Commission has co-funded a number of renewable projects and each year new initiatives are considered. After providing seed funding toward the initiative, in 2007, the State of Alaska passed legislation and funded the Renewable Energy Fund (REF). With the advent of the REF, State resources to meet commercial-ready renewable technology needs are available, yet a gap in meeting the emerging energy technology needs was identified. Similar to the REF partnership, the newly established Emerging Energy Technology Fund (EETF) was provided seed funding to support demonstration projects for applied research and further technologies focusing on deployment in rural Alaska. The EETF has since passed the State Legislature, has formed its selection process and is proceeding with project selection. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES storage and ultimately reduce the cost of power to the community. The approved FY 2008 Denali Commission Policy Document requires and prioritizes cost share match for funded projects. In implementing this policy, 10%, match was required in FY 2010 and FY 2011. In FY 2012 new statutory match is required in the amounts of 50% for non-distressed and 20% for distressed communities and only applies toward construction projects using Energy and Water Appropriation funding. In future funding years, the Commission will require consistent match for energy projects funded with other funding (TAPL, RUS). For FY 2012 funding, the Commission will apply the 10% match for RUS and TAPL funding and the 50% and 20% match requirements for Energy and Water Appropriation funding. Transportation Section 309 of the Denali Commission Act 1998 (amended), created the Commission’s Transportation Program, including the Transportation Advisory Committee. The advisory committee is composed of nine members appointed by the Governor of the State of Alaska including the Chairman of the Denali Commission; four members who represent existing regional native corporations, native nonprofit entities, or tribal governments, including one member who is a civil engineer; and four members who represent rural Alaska regions or villages, including one member who is a civil engineer. The Transportation Program addresses two areas of rural Alaska transportation infrastructure: roads and waterfront development. There is consensus among agencies and communities that the program is successfully addressing improvements to local and regional transportation systems. This is largely a function of the TAC’s success at project selection and monitoring, and the success of the program’s project development partners. The program is generally a competitively-bid contractor or materials-based project opportunity grounded in Title 23 CFR. These strict project development and construction guidelines have presented some challenges to the Commission’s ability to respond quickly to targets of opportunity, but they have also had the positive effect of ensuring project design and construction is executed at a professional level. The program operates under a reimbursable payment system that requires local and program partner sponsors to pay close attention to accounting procedures prior to their payments to contractors and vendors. This system helps ensure project payments are eligible when submitted to the Commission. In FY 2012 the program will continue its focus on barge landings and mooring points in rural communities. These projects range from one or two mooring points to secure a barge, to small dock structures, depending on community size and barge operation characteristics. The value of these structures lies in improved fuel/freight transfer operations and improved worker and environmental safety. The Commission and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will continue to work through the prioritized list of barge landing and mooring point projects which were identified in a formal analysis conducted in FY 2009 and FY 2010. The Other Renewable Initiatives As the Renewable Energy Fund and Emerging Energy Technology Fund proceed, the Commission strives to support their success. In 2011, the Commission funded $300,000 toward Renewable Energy Technical Assistance, which resulted in match funding from the Department of Energy toward the newly established State Technical Assistance Response Team (START). The START effort provides technical assistance to a select number of communities to help assess energy needs, deal with barriers and identify funding options. To keep with the 2005 direction to fund renewable and alternative energy, the FY 2012 Work Plan includes $300,000 toward this effort in 2012. The FY 2011 Work Plan outlines a strategy to balance the Energy Program in both legacy and renewable components, providing up to $2.4 million of available program funds specifically toward the emerging technology program pending state match. If match for this program is not provided, this funding shall be reallocated to legacy projects. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:00 May 22, 2012 Jkt 226001 Sustainability Policy All energy construction grants will proceed after business plans are reviewed and approved by Commission. FY 2012 Project Selection Process The Energy Advisory Committee (EAC) provides guidance to Commissioners and staff on the program, and is comprised of members involved in energy development in Alaska. Members include representatives of Associated General Contractors, Alaska AFL–CIO, Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Lab, the University of Alaska Institute of Northern Engineering, USDA, Kotzebue Electric Association and two public members representing rural Alaska. The EAC provided general recommendations supporting the ongoing priority for funding Bulk Fuel/Rural Power System Upgrade planning, design and construction, providing match funding for the emerging energy technology program and for renewable energy regional planning in coordination with the Alaska Energy Authority’s initiative to meet statewide energy infrastructure needs for all of the above. Legacy Program (Bulk Fuel/RPSU) Due to the nature of the due diligence requirement of energy projects, seasonal logistics in Alaska and funding restrictions (i.e. TAPL funds may only be used for bulk fuel projects)—a project may not progress as quickly as another. Given the late timing of funding in FY 2011, summer construction grants are not anticipated. A final project list will be developed based on available funds, project readiness, available match and other due diligence. Final project lists PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\23MYN1.SGM 23MYN1 30512 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 100 / Wednesday, May 23, 2012 / Notices universe of need for the first generation of projects is in the range of $40,000,000. The TAC met on January 26–27, 2012 to select waterfront projects and will meet in early summer to select road project priorities for FY 2012. Final project approvals and funding amounts have been approved by the Federal CoChair and are available on the Commission’s Web site. As shown in the FY 2012 Funding Table, the estimate for FHWA funding ranges from $0 to $24,700,000. In 2011 continuing resolution language, the US Secretary of Transportation was assigned the responsibility by Congress to identify FHWA projects and programs that were sufficiently funded (i.e. completed). In following this assignment, the Secretary determined that the Denali Access Program was sufficiently funded and $13,300,000 in FY 2011 FHWA funding was assigned to the Alaska Department of Transportation. At the request of the Denali Commission Inspector General, GAO is presently considering whether the Secretary had the authority to make this determination regarding the Denali Access Program. At the time of drafting this 2012 annual Work Plan, the GAO Comptroller General has not yet issued an opinion. Therefore, depending upon the forthcoming opinion the Commission may receive no FHWA funding or potentially receive both FY 2011 and FY 2012 FHWA funding – totaling $24,740,000. Joel Neimeyer, Federal Co-Chair. [FR Doc. 2012–12462 Filed 5–22–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3300–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests; Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development; Strategies for Preparing At-Risk Youth for Postsecondary Success Strategies for Preparing AtRisk Youth for Postsecondary Success focuses on preventing students from dropping out and preparing them for postsecondary education or training. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before July 23, 2012. ADDRESSES: Written comments regarding burden and/or the collection activity requirements should be electronically mailed to ICDocketMgr@ed.gov or mailed to U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:00 May 22, 2012 Jkt 226001 Avenue SW., LBJ, Washington, DC 20202–4537. Copies of the proposed information collection request may be accessed from http://edicsweb.ed.gov, by selecting the ‘‘Browse Pending Collections’’ link and by clicking on link number 04858. When you access the information collection, click on ‘‘Download Attachments’’ to view. Written requests for information should be addressed to U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., LBJ, Washington, DC 20202–4537. Requests may also be electronically mailed to ICDocketMgr@ed.gov or faxed to 202–401–0920. Please specify the complete title of the information collection and OMB Control Number when making your request. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877– 8339. Section 3506 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35) requires that Federal agencies provide interested parties an early opportunity to comment on information collection requests. The Acting Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Privacy, Information and Records Management Services, Office of Management, publishes this notice containing proposed information collection requests at the beginning of the Departmental review of the information collection. 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. Please note that written comments received in response to this notice will be considered public records. Title of Collection: Strategies for Preparing At-Risk Youth for Postsecondary Success. OMB Control Number: Pending. Type of Review: New. Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 132. Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 114. Abstract: Educators are increasingly concerned about poor high school graduation rates, especially among atrisk youth. Many of the programs SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 adopted by districts and schools to decrease the dropout rate traditionally set the goal of completing high school. Programs that meet the dual goals of supporting at-risk youth to graduate from high school and then enroll in and succeed in postsecondary education are not commonly found in most school districts and few studies of dropout prevention programs have a postsecondary focus. This study aims to fill a gap by conducting qualitative case studies of up to 15 sites. This study will systematically analyze qualitative data across multiple respondents to generate portraits of programs and strategies that the sites use, lessons based on implementation successes and challenges, and evidence suggesting their effectiveness in improving the outcomes of interest. To complete the study, the U.S. Department of Education is requesting OMB approval of two related qualitative data collection activities: (1) A phone screen with local program managers to determine the final sample of case studies and (2) up to 15 site visits to a purposive case study sample. Although the lessons are not generalizable to a larger population because the sample is purposive and small, the case studies will provide rich contextual information to help practitioners assess the applicability of the lessons in their own schools or districts. Dated: May 18, 2012. 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DENALI COMMISSION


Fiscal Year 2012 Draft Work Plan

AGENCY: Denali Commission.

ACTION: Notice; Correction.

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SUMMARY: The Denali Commission (Commission) is an independent federal 
agency based on an innovative federal-state partnership designed to 
provide critical utilities, infrastructure and support for economic 
development and in training in Alaska by delivering federal services in 
the most cost-effective manner possible. The Commission was created in 
1998 with passage of the October 21, 1998 Denali Commission Act (Act) 
(Title III of Public Law 105-277, 42 USC 3121). The Denali Commission 
Act requires that the Commission develop proposed work plans for future 
spending and that the annual Work Plan be published in the Federal 
Register, providing an opportunity for a 30-day period of public review 
and written comment. The Commission is republishing the May 17, 2012 
notice in full with corrections included.
    This Federal Register notice serves to announce the 30-day 
opportunity for public comment on the Denali Commission Draft Work Plan 
for Federal Fiscal Year 2012.

DATES: Comments and related material to be received by June 20, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments to the Denali Commission, Attention: Sabrina 
Hoppas, 510 L Street, Suite 410, Anchorage, AK 99501.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Sabrina Hoppas, Denali Commission, 
510 L Street, Suite 410, Anchorage, AK 99501. Telephone: (907) 271-
1414. Email: shoppas@denali.gov.

Background

    The Denali Commission (Commission) is an independent federal agency 
based on an innovative federal-state partnership designed to provide 
critical utilities, infrastructure and support for economic development 
and training in Alaska by delivering federal services in the most cost-
effective manner possible. The Commission was created in 1998 with 
passage of the October 21, 1998, Denali Commission Act (Act) (Title III 
of Pub. L. 105-277, 42 USC 3121).
    The Commission's mission is to partner with tribal, federal, state, 
and local governments and collaborate with all Alaskans to improve the 
effectiveness and efficiency of government services, to develop a well-
trained labor force employed in a diversified and sustainable economy, 
and to build and ensure the operation and maintenance of Alaska's basic 
infrastructure.
    By creating the Commission, Congress mandated that all parties 
involved partner together to find new and innovative solutions to the 
unique infrastructure and economic development challenges in America's 
most remote communities.
    Pursuant to the Denali Commission Act, as amended, the Commission 
determines its own basic operating principles and funding criteria on 
an annual federal fiscal year (October 1 to September 30) basis. The 
Commission outlines these priorities and funding recommendations in an 
annual Work Plan. The Work Plan is adopted on an annual basis in the 
following manner, which occurs sequentially as listed:
     Commissioners first forward an approved draft version of 
the Work Plan to the Federal Co-Chair.
     The Federal Co-Chair approves the draft Work Plan for 
publication in the Federal Register providing an opportunity for a 30-
day period of public review and written comment. During this time, the 
draft Work Plan is also disseminated widely to Commission program 
partners including, but not limited to the Bureau of Indian Affairs 
(BIA), the Economic Development Administration (EDA), and the United 
States Department of Agriculture--Rural Development (USDA-RD).
     Public comment concludes and Commission staff provides the 
Federal Co-Chair with a summary of public comment and recommendations, 
if any, associated with the draft Work Plan.
     If no revisions are made to the draft, the Federal Co-
Chair provides notice of approval of the Work Plan to the 
Commissioners, and forwards the Work Plan to the Secretary of Commerce 
for approval; or, if there are revisions the Federal Co-Chair provides 
notice of modifications to the Commissioners for their consideration 
and approval, and upon receipt of approval from Commissioners, forwards 
the Work Plan to the Secretary of Commerce for approval.
     The Secretary of Commerce approves the Work Plan.

FY 2012 Annual Work Plan (Amended)

    In FY 2011, the typical annual Work Plan process was not carried 
out. Several factors contributed to this including continuing 
resolutions (CRs) passed by Congress late in the fiscal year resulting 
in latent consideration of the FY 2011 annual Work Plan by the 
Commissioners (Commissioners met on June 2, 2011 to consider the FY 
2011 annual Work Plan). In addition, the final FY 2011 budget included 
a rescission of $15,000,000 in prior year unobligated funds and 
uncertainty on how the rescission may impact the FY 2011 Work Plan was 
not resolved until September 2011.
    With concurrence from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and 
the Secretary of Commerce, the amended FY 2011 Work Plan will be 
processed concurrently with the FY 2012 Work

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Plan. The FY 2011 Work Plan and the amended budget for the FY 2011 Work 
Plan are not included as part of this FY 2012 Work Plan document.

FY 2012 Appropriations Summary

    The Denali Commission has historically received several federal 
funding sources (identified by the varying colors in the table below). 
These fund sources are governed by the following general principles:
     In FY 2012 no project specific earmarks were directed.
     The Energy and Water Appropriation is eligible for use in 
all programs, but has historically been used substantively to fund the 
Energy Program.
     All other funds outlined below may be used only for the 
specific program area and may not be used across programs. For 
instance, Federal Transit Administration funding, which has in the past 
been appropriated for the Transportation Program, may not be moved to 
the Energy Program.
     Final transportation funds received may be reduced due to 
agency modifications, reductions and fees determined by the U.S. 
Department of Transportation. Final program available figures may not 
be provided until later this spring.
     All Energy and Water Appropriation funds, including 
operational funds, designated as ``up to'' may be reassigned to the 
Legacy Energy Program, Bulk Fuel and Rural Power System Upgrades, if 
they are not fully expended in a program component area or a specific 
project.
     Total FY 2012 Budgetary Resources provided:
    These are the figures that appear in the rows entitled ``FY 2012 
Appropriation'' and are the original appropriations amounts which do 
not include Commission overhead deductions. These funds are identified 
by their source name (i.e., Energy and Water Appropriation, USDA-RUS, 
etc.). The grand total for all appropriations appears at the end of the 
FY 2012 Funding Table.
     Total FY 2012 Program Available Funding:
    These are the figures that appear in the rows entitled ``FY 2012 
Appropriations--Program Available'' and are the amounts of funding 
available for program(s) activities after Commission overhead has been 
deducted. The grand total for all program available funds appears at 
the end of the FY 2012 Funding Table.
     Program Funding:
    These are the figures that appear in the rows entitled with the 
specific Program and Sub-Program area, and are the amounts of funding 
the Draft FY 2012 Work Plan recommends, within each program fund source 
for program components.
     Subtotal of Program Funding:
    These are the figures that appear in rows entitled ``subtotal'' and 
are the subtotals of all program funding within a given fund source. 
The subtotal must always equal the Total FY 2012 Program Available 
Funding.

                 Denali Commission FY 2012 Funding Table
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                                                          Totals
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FY 2012 Energy & Water Appropriation...........              $10,679,000
FY 2012 Energy & Water Appropriation--                         3,294,000
 Administrative Funds..........................
FY 2012 Energy & Water Appropriation--Program                  7,385,000
 Available.....................................
Total Energy Projects..........................                7,385,000
Health.........................................                        0
Training Program...............................                        0
Economic Development...........................                        0
Solid Waste Program............................                        0
Sponsorship Program............................                        0
    Sub-total $................................                7,385,000
FY 2012 USDA, Rural Utilities Service (RUS)--                  2,900,000
 pending estimate..............................
FY 2012 USDA, Rural Utilities Service (RUS)--                  2,784,000
 Program Available (less 4% overhead)..........
Bulk Fuel/RPSU Planning, Design & Construction.                2,784,000
    Sub-total $................................                2,784,000
FY 2012 Trans Alaska Pipeline Liability (TAPL)                 6,800,000
 Trust.........................................
FY 2012 Trans Alaska Pipeline Liability (TAPL)--               6,460,000
 Program Available (less 5% overhead)..........
Bulk Fuel Planning, Design & Construction......                6,460,000
    Sub-total $................................                6,460,000
FY 2012 Federal Transit Administration (FTA)--                 5,000,000
 Estimate......................................
$5,000,000 from section 3011 (FTA) for docks
 and harbors...................................
FY 2012 Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)--             0-24,700,000
 Estimate......................................
For necessary, expenses for the Denali Access
 System Program as authorized under Section
 1960 of Public Law 109-59
FY 2012 Transportation Program Available--(less     4,750,000-28,215,000
 5%)...........................................
Transportation Program: Docks & Harbors........                4,750,000
Transportation Program: Roads -Estimate........             0-23,465,000
    Sub-total $................................     4,750,000-28,215,000
        Total FY 2012 Federal Program Available    21,379,000-44,844,000
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FY 12 Program Details and General Information

    The following section provides narrative discussion, by each of the 
Commission Programs identified for funding in the FY 2012 funding table 
above.

Energy Program

Basic Rural Energy Infrastructure
    The Energy Program is the Commission's original program and focuses 
on bulk fuel facilities (BFU) and rural power system upgrades/power 
generation (RPSU) across rural Alaska. About 94% of electricity in 
rural communities is produced by diesel generators and about half the 
fuel storage in most villages is used for these power plants for 
distribution. Alternative means of generating power can reduce the 
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storage and ultimately reduce the cost of power to the community.
Alternative/Renewable Program and Emerging Technologies
    The Energy Policy Act of 2005 established new authorities for the 
Commission's Energy Program with an emphasis on alternative and 
renewable energy projects. Although the 2005 Energy Policy Act did not 
include appropriations, the Commission is expected to carry out the 
intent of the Act through a portion of its Energy and Water 
Appropriation funding. To date, the Commission has co-funded a number 
of renewable projects and each year new initiatives are considered. 
After providing seed funding toward the initiative, in 2007, the State 
of Alaska passed legislation and funded the Renewable Energy Fund 
(REF).
    With the advent of the REF, State resources to meet commercial-
ready renewable technology needs are available, yet a gap in meeting 
the emerging energy technology needs was identified. Similar to the REF 
partnership, the newly established Emerging Energy Technology Fund 
(EETF) was provided seed funding to support demonstration projects for 
applied research and further technologies focusing on deployment in 
rural Alaska. The EETF has since passed the State Legislature, has 
formed its selection process and is proceeding with project selection.
Other Renewable Initiatives
    As the Renewable Energy Fund and Emerging Energy Technology Fund 
proceed, the Commission strives to support their success. In 2011, the 
Commission funded $300,000 toward Renewable Energy Technical 
Assistance, which resulted in match funding from the Department of 
Energy toward the newly established State Technical Assistance Response 
Team (START). The START effort provides technical assistance to a 
select number of communities to help assess energy needs, deal with 
barriers and identify funding options. To keep with the 2005 direction 
to fund renewable and alternative energy, the FY 2012 Work Plan 
includes $300,000 toward this effort in 2012.
    The FY 2011 Work Plan outlines a strategy to balance the Energy 
Program in both legacy and renewable components, providing up to $2.4 
million of available program funds specifically toward the emerging 
technology program pending state match. If match for this program is 
not provided, this funding shall be reallocated to legacy projects.
FY 2012 Program and Project Policy Issues
    The approved FY 2008 Denali Commission Policy Document requires and 
prioritizes cost share match for funded projects. In implementing this 
policy, 10%, match was required in FY 2010 and FY 2011. In FY 2012 new 
statutory match is required in the amounts of 50% for non-distressed 
and 20% for distressed communities and only applies toward construction 
projects using Energy and Water Appropriation funding. In future 
funding years, the Commission will require consistent match for energy 
projects funded with other funding (TAPL, RUS). For FY 2012 funding, 
the Commission will apply the 10% match for RUS and TAPL funding and 
the 50% and 20% match requirements for Energy and Water Appropriation 
funding.
Sustainability Policy
    All energy construction grants will proceed after business plans 
are reviewed and approved by Commission.
FY 2012 Project Selection Process
    The Energy Advisory Committee (EAC) provides guidance to 
Commissioners and staff on the program, and is comprised of members 
involved in energy development in Alaska. Members include 
representatives of Associated General Contractors, Alaska AFL-CIO, 
Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Lab, the University of 
Alaska Institute of Northern Engineering, USDA, Kotzebue Electric 
Association and two public members representing rural Alaska. The EAC 
provided general recommendations supporting the ongoing priority for 
funding Bulk Fuel/Rural Power System Upgrade planning, design and 
construction, providing match funding for the emerging energy 
technology program and for renewable energy regional planning in 
coordination with the Alaska Energy Authority's initiative to meet 
statewide energy infrastructure needs for all of the above.
Legacy Program (Bulk Fuel/RPSU)
    Due to the nature of the due diligence requirement of energy 
projects, seasonal logistics in Alaska and funding restrictions (i.e. 
TAPL funds may only be used for bulk fuel projects)--a project may not 
progress as quickly as another. Given the late timing of funding in FY 
2011, summer construction grants are not anticipated. A final project 
list will be developed based on available funds, project readiness, 
available match and other due diligence. Final project lists are 
provided to EAC for feedback prior to final grant execution.

Transportation

    Section 309 of the Denali Commission Act 1998 (amended), created 
the Commission's Transportation Program, including the Transportation 
Advisory Committee. The advisory committee is composed of nine members 
appointed by the Governor of the State of Alaska including the Chairman 
of the Denali Commission; four members who represent existing regional 
native corporations, native nonprofit entities, or tribal governments, 
including one member who is a civil engineer; and four members who 
represent rural Alaska regions or villages, including one member who is 
a civil engineer.
    The Transportation Program addresses two areas of rural Alaska 
transportation infrastructure: roads and waterfront development. There 
is consensus among agencies and communities that the program is 
successfully addressing improvements to local and regional 
transportation systems. This is largely a function of the TAC's success 
at project selection and monitoring, and the success of the program's 
project development partners. The program is generally a competitively-
bid contractor or materials-based project opportunity grounded in Title 
23 CFR. These strict project development and construction guidelines 
have presented some challenges to the Commission's ability to respond 
quickly to targets of opportunity, but they have also had the positive 
effect of ensuring project design and construction is executed at a 
professional level. The program operates under a reimbursable payment 
system that requires local and program partner sponsors to pay close 
attention to accounting procedures prior to their payments to 
contractors and vendors. This system helps ensure project payments are 
eligible when submitted to the Commission.
    In FY 2012 the program will continue its focus on barge landings 
and mooring points in rural communities. These projects range from one 
or two mooring points to secure a barge, to small dock structures, 
depending on community size and barge operation characteristics. The 
value of these structures lies in improved fuel/freight transfer 
operations and improved worker and environmental safety. The Commission 
and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will continue to work 
through the prioritized list of barge landing and mooring point 
projects which were identified in a formal analysis conducted in FY 
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universe of need for the first generation of projects is in the range 
of $40,000,000.
    The TAC met on January 26-27, 2012 to select waterfront projects 
and will meet in early summer to select road project priorities for FY 
2012. Final project approvals and funding amounts have been approved by 
the Federal Co-Chair and are available on the Commission's Web site.
    As shown in the FY 2012 Funding Table, the estimate for FHWA 
funding ranges from $0 to $24,700,000. In 2011 continuing resolution 
language, the US Secretary of Transportation was assigned the 
responsibility by Congress to identify FHWA projects and programs that 
were sufficiently funded (i.e. completed). In following this 
assignment, the Secretary determined that the Denali Access Program was 
sufficiently funded and $13,300,000 in FY 2011 FHWA funding was 
assigned to the Alaska Department of Transportation. At the request of 
the Denali Commission Inspector General, GAO is presently considering 
whether the Secretary had the authority to make this determination 
regarding the Denali Access Program. At the time of drafting this 2012 
annual Work Plan, the GAO Comptroller General has not yet issued an 
opinion. Therefore, depending upon the forthcoming opinion the 
Commission may receive no FHWA funding or potentially receive both FY 
2011 and FY 2012 FHWA funding - totaling $24,740,000.

Joel Neimeyer,
Federal Co-Chair.
[FR Doc. 2012-12462 Filed 5-22-12; 8:45 am]
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