Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety Grants, 45973-45981 [2013-18209]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 146 / Tuesday, July 30, 2013 / Notices mention OMB Control Number 1219– 0140. The OMB is particularly interested in comments that: • Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; • Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; • Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and • Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. Agency: DOL–MSHA. Title of Collection: High-Voltage Continuous Mining Machines Standards for Underground Coal Mines. OMB Control Number: 1219–0140. Affected Public: Private Sector— businesses or other for-profits. Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 5. Total Estimated Number of Responses: 8,510. Total Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 384. Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $0. educational and training programs to help identify, avoid, and prevent unsafe working conditions in and around mines. The focus of these grants for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 will be on training and training materials for mine emergency preparedness and mine emergency prevention for all underground mines. Applicants for the grants may be States and nonprofit (private or public) entities. The number of grants awarded will be determined by MSHA’s evaluation of grant applications. The amount of each individual grant will be at least $50,000.00. The maximum amount for a 12-month period of performance is $150,000. MSHA will not be awarding renewal (two-year) grants in FY 2013 under this solicitation for grant applications (SGA). This notice contains all of the information needed to apply for grant funding, including for those eligible grantees which were awarded a 2012 renewal grant. DATES: The closing date for applications will be August 31, 2013, (no later than 11:59 p.m. EDST). MSHA will award grants on or before September 30, 2013. ADDRESSES: Applications for grants submitted under this competition must be submitted electronically using the Government-wide site at http:// www.grants.gov. If applying online poses a hardship to any applicant, the MSHA Directorate of Educational Policy and Development will provide assistance to help applicants submit online. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Any questions regarding this solicitation for grant applications (SGA 13–3BS) should be directed to Robert Glatter at glatter.robert@dol.gov or at 202–693– 9570 (this is not a toll-free number) or the Grant Officer, Nancy Sloanhoffer, at sloanhoffer.nancy@dol.gov or at 202– 693–9839 (this is not a toll-free number). Mine Safety and Health Administration SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dated: July 24, 2013. Michel Smyth, Departmental Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2013–18242 Filed 7–29–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–43–P Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety Grants Mine Safety and Health Administration, Labor. ACTION: Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA). pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: Announcement Type: New. Funding Opportunity Number: SGA 13–3BS. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 17.603 The U.S. Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), is making $550,000 available in grant funds for SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:32 Jul 29, 2013 Jkt 229001 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: This solicitation provides background information and the requirements for projects funded under the solicitation. This solicitation consists of nine parts: • Part I provides background information on the Brookwood-Sago grants. • Part II describes the size and nature of the anticipated awards. • Part III describes the qualifications of an eligible applicant. • Part IV provides information on the application and submission process for FY 2013 annual grants. • Part V explains the review process and rating criteria that will be used to evaluate the FY 2013 applications. PO 00000 Frm 00067 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 45973 • Part VI provides information for FY 2012 renewal grantees to apply for FY 2013 funding. • Part VII provides award administration information. • Part VIII contains MSHA contact information. • Part IX addresses Office of Management and Budget information collection requirements. I. Funding Opportunity Description A. Overview of the Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety Grant Program Responding to several coal mine disasters, Congress enacted the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006 (MINER Act). When Congress passed the MINER Act, it expected that requirements for new and advanced technology, e.g., fireresistant lifelines and increased breathable air availability in escapeways, would increase safety in mines. The MINER Act also required that every underground coal mine have persons trained in emergency response. Congress emphasized its commitment to training for mine emergencies when it strengthened the requirements for the training of mine rescue teams. Recent events demonstrate that training is the key for proper and safe emergency response and that all miners working underground should be trained in emergency response. Under Section 14 of the MINER Act, the Secretary of Labor (Secretary) is required to establish a competitive grant program called the ‘‘Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety Grants’’ (Brookwood-Sago grants). This program provides funding of education and training programs to better identify, avoid, and prevent unsafe working conditions in and around mines. This program will use grant funds to establish and implement education and training programs or to create training materials and programs. The MINER Act requires the Secretary to give priority to mine safety demonstrations and pilot projects with broad applicability. It also mandates that the Secretary emphasize programs and materials that target miners in smaller mines, including training mine operators and miners on new MSHA standards, high-risk activities, and other identified safety priorities. B. Grant Structures MSHA has funded the BrookwoodSago grants annually for 12 months of performance through two types of grants. For the first type, ‘‘annual grants,’’ MSHA requires an applicant to compete each year for the available funds. For the second type, ‘‘renewal E:\FR\FM\30JYN1.SGM 30JYN1 45974 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 146 / Tuesday, July 30, 2013 / Notices grants,’’ MSHA awards a grant eligible for two separate years of funding with two separate 12-month performance periods. Under this SGA, MSHA will only fund the second-year of eligible FY 2012 renewal grantees and will not accept applications for new renewal grants for FY 2013. C. Educational and Training Program Priorities MSHA priorities for the FY 2013 funding of the annual Brookwood-Sago grants will focus on training or training materials for mine emergency preparedness and mine emergency prevention for all underground mines. MSHA expects Brookwood-Sago annual grantees to develop training materials or to develop and provide mine safety training or educational programs, recruit mine operators and miners for the training, and conduct and evaluate the training. MSHA expects Brookwood-Sago grantees to conduct follow-up evaluations with the people who received training in their programs to measure how the training promotes the Secretary’s goal of ensuring a safe and healthy workplace. The evaluation will focus on determining how effective their training was in either reducing hazards, improving skills for the selected training topics, or in improving the conditions in mines. Grantees must also cooperate fully with MSHA evaluators of their programs. II. Award Information A. Award Amount for FY 2013 MSHA is providing $550,000 to award new FY 2013 annual grants and to fund the second year of eligible FY 2012 renewal grants. The number of grants awarded will be determined by MSHA’s evaluation of grant applications. The amount of each individual grant will be no less than $50,000.00 for a 12-month performance period; and the maximum award for a 12-month performance period is $150,000. Applicants requesting less than $50,000 or more than $150,000 for a 12-month performance period will not be considered for funding. pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES B. Extension of Period of Performance For annual awards, MSHA may approve a request for a one time no-cost extension to grantees for an additional period of up to 12 months from the expiration date of the annual award based on the success of the project and other relevant factors. See 29 CFR 95.25(e)(2). At the end of the second year of funding for a FY 2012 renewal grant, MSHA may approve a request for VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:32 Jul 29, 2013 Jkt 229001 a no-cost extension for an additional period of performance of up to 12 months based on the success of the project and other relevant factors. III. Eligibility Information A. Eligible Applicants Applicants for the grants may be States and nonprofit (private or public) entities. Eligible entities may apply for funding independently or in partnership with other eligible organizations. For partnerships, a lead organization must be identified. Applicants other than States and State-supported or local governmentsupported institutions of higher education will be required to submit evidence of nonprofit status, preferably from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). A nonprofit entity as described in 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(4), which engages in lobbying activities, is not eligible for a grant award. See 2 U.S.C. 1611. B. Cost-Sharing or Matching Cost-sharing or matching of funds is not required for eligibility. C. Other Eligibility Requirements 1. Data Universal Number System (DUNS) Under 2 CFR 25.200(b)(3), every applicant for a Federal grant funding opportunity is required to include a DUNS with its application. The DUNS number is a nine-digit identification number that uniquely identifies business entities. An applicant’s DUNS number is to be entered into Block 8 of Standard Form (SF) 424. There is no charge for obtaining a DUNS number. To obtain a DUNS number, call 1–866– 705–5711 or access the following Web site: http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/ displayHomePage.do. After receiving a DUNS number, all grant applicants must also register as a vendor with the System for Award Management (SAM) through the Web site at https://www.sam.gov/. Grant applicants must create a user account and then complete and submit the online registration. Once you have completed the registration, it will take 48 to 72 hours to process. The applicant will receive an email notice that the registration is active. If you had an active record in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR), you have an active record in SAM. You do not need to do anything in SAM at this time, unless a change in your business circumstances requires a change in SAM in order for you to be paid or to receive an award. SAM will send notifications to the registered user via email 60, 30, and 15 days prior to expiration of the record. In PO 00000 Frm 00068 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 addition, under 2 CFR 25.200(b)(2), each grant applicant must maintain ‘‘an active registration with current information at all times.’’ The Grants.gov Web site, through which applicants must apply for MSHA grants, advises that it will reject all applications that have an expired SAM registration. 2. Legal Rules Pertaining to Inherently Religious Activities by Organizations That Receive Federal Financial Assistance The Government generally is prohibited from providing direct Federal financial assistance for inherently religious activities. See 29 CFR Part 2, Subpart D. Grants under this solicitation may not be used for religious instruction, worship, prayer, proselytizing, or other inherently religious activities. Neutral, nonreligious criteria that neither favor nor disfavor religion will be employed in the selection of grant recipients and must be employed by grantees in the selection of contractors and subcontractors. 3. Non-compliant Applications Applications for new FY 2013 annual grants that are lacking any of the required elements or do not follow the format prescribed in IV.B will not be reviewed. 4. Late Applications Applications received after the deadline will not be reviewed unless it is determined to be in the best interest of the Government. IV. Application and Submission Information for New FY 2013 Annual Grants A. Application Forms This announcement includes all information and links needed to apply for this funding opportunity. (The information regarding the second-year funding of the FY 2012 renewal grants is located in Part VI.) The full application is available through the Grants.gov Web site http:// www.grants.gov/ under ‘‘Apply for Grants’’. The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number needed to locate the appropriate application for this opportunity is 17.603. If an applicant has problems downloading the application package from Grants.gov, contact Grants.gov Contact Center at 1–800–518–4726 or by email at support@grants.gov. The full application package is also available on-line at www.msha.gov: Select ‘‘Education & Training Resources,’’ click on ‘‘Courses,’’ select ‘‘Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety Grants,’’ E:\FR\FM\30JYN1.SGM 30JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 146 / Tuesday, July 30, 2013 / Notices then select ‘‘SGA 13–3BS.’’ This Web site also includes all forms and all regulations that are referenced in this SGA. Applicants, however, must apply for this funding opportunity through the Grants.gov Web site. pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES B. Content and Form of the FY 2013 Application Each grant application must address mine emergency preparedness or mine emergency prevention for underground mines. The application must consist of three separate and distinct sections. The three required sections are: • Section 1—Project Forms and Financial Plan (No page limit). • Section 2—Executive Summary (Not to exceed two pages). • Section 3—Technical Proposal (Not to exceed 12 pages). Illustrative material can be submitted as an attachment. The following are mandatory requirements for each section. 1. Project Forms and Financial Plan This section contains the forms and budget section of the application. The Project Financial Plan will not count against the application page limits. A person with authority to bind the applicant must sign the grant application and forms. Applications submitted electronically through Grants.gov do not need to be signed manually; electronic signatures will be accepted. (a) Completed SF–424, ‘‘Application for Federal Assistance.’’ This form is part of the application package on Grants.gov and is also available at www.msha.gov. The SF–424 must identify the applicant clearly and be signed by an individual with authority to enter into a grant agreement. Upon confirmation of an award, the individual signing the SF–424 on behalf of the applicant shall be considered the representative of the applicant. (b) Completed SF–424A, ‘‘Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs.’’ The project budget should demonstrate clearly that the total amount and distribution of funds is sufficient to cover the cost of all major project activities identified by the applicant in its proposal, and must comply with the Federal cost principles and the administrative requirements set forth in this SGA. (Copies of all regulations that are referenced in this SGA are available on-line at http:// www.msha.gov. Select ‘‘Education & Training Resources,’’ click on ‘‘Courses,’’ then select ‘‘BrookwoodSago Mine Safety Grants.’’) (c) Budget Narrative. The applicant must provide a concise narrative explaining the request for funds. The VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:32 Jul 29, 2013 Jkt 229001 budget narrative should separately attribute the Federal funds to each of the activities specified in the technical proposal and it should discuss precisely how any administrative costs support the project goals. Administrative costs may not exceed 15% of the total grant budget. Indirect cost charges must be supported with a copy of an approved Indirect Cost Rate Agreement. If applicable, the applicant must provide a statement about its program income. The amount of Federal funding requested for the entire period of performance must be shown on the SF– 424 and SF–424A forms. (d) Completed SF–424B, ‘‘Assurances for Non-Construction Programs.’’ Each applicant for these grants must certify compliance with a list of assurances. This form is part of the application package on http://www.grants.gov and also is available at http:// www.msha.gov. (e) Supplemental Certification Regarding Lobbying Activities Form. If any funds have been paid or will be paid to any person for influencing or attempting to influence an officer or employee of any agency, a member of Congress, an officer or employee of Congress, or an employee of a member of Congress in connection with the making of a grant or cooperative agreement, the applicant shall complete and submit SF–LLL, ‘‘Disclosure Form to Report Lobbying,’’ in accordance with its instructions. This form is part of the application package on http:// www.grants.gov and is also available at http://www.msha.gov. Select ‘‘Education & Training Resources,’’ click on ‘‘Courses,’’ then select ‘‘BrookwoodSago Mine Safety Grants.’’ (f) Non-profit status. Applicants must provide evidence of non-profit status, preferably from the IRS, if applicable. (g) Accounting System Certification. An organization that receives less than $1 million annually in Federal grants must attach a certification stating that the organization (directly or through a designated qualified entity) has a functioning accounting system that meets the criteria below. The certification should attest that the organization’s accounting system provides for the following: (1) Accurate, current and complete disclosure of the financial results of each Federally sponsored project. (2) Records that identify adequately the source and application of funds for Federally sponsored activities. (3) Effective control over and accountability for all funds, property, and other assets. PO 00000 Frm 00069 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 45975 (4) Comparison of outlays with budget amounts. (5) Written procedures to minimize the time elapsing between transfers of funds. (6) Written procedures for determining the reasonableness, allocability, and allowability of cost. (7) Accounting records, including cost accounting records that are supported by source documentation. (h) Attachments. The application may include attachments such as resumes of key personnel or position descriptions, exhibits, information on prior government grants, and signed letters of commitment to the project. 2. Executive Summary The executive summary is a short one-to-two page abstract that succinctly summarizes the proposed project. MSHA will publish, as submitted, all grantees’ executive summaries on the DOL Web site. The executive summary must include the following information: (a) Applicant. Provide the organization’s full legal name and address. (b) Funding requested. List how much Federal funding is being requested. (c) Grant Topic. List the grant topic and the location and number of mine operators and miners that the organization has selected to train or describe the training materials or equipment to be created with these funds. (d) Program Structure. Identify the type of grant as annual. (e) Summary of the Proposed Project. Write a brief summary of the proposed project. This summary must identify the key points of the proposal, including an introduction describing the project activities and the expected results. 3. Technical Proposal The technical proposal must demonstrate the applicant’s capabilities to plan and implement a project or create educational materials or equipment to meet the objectives of this solicitation. MSHA’s focus for these grants is on training mine operators and miners and developing training materials for mine emergency preparedness or mine emergency prevention for underground mines. An Agency strategic goal is to ensure workplaces are safe and healthy for workers through strengthening and modernizing training and education and improving mine emergency response preparedness through training. MSHA has two program outcome goals, described below, that will be considered indicators of the success of the program as a whole. The following table explains E:\FR\FM\30JYN1.SGM 30JYN1 45976 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 146 / Tuesday, July 30, 2013 / Notices the types of data grantees must provide and their relationship with the Agency’s program goals and performance measures for the Brookwood-Sago grants. MSHA’s Performance measures DATA Grantees provide each reporting period 1. Agency creates more effective training to ensure workplaces are safe. Increase overall number of trainers trained. Increase the number of mine operators and miners trained. Provide quality training with clearly stated goals and objectives for improving safety. 2. Agency creates training materials to provide more effective training to ensure workplaces are safe. pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES MSHA’s Program goals Increase the number of quality educational materials developed. Provide quality training materials with clearly stated goals and objectives for improving safety. Develop training materials that are reproducible or adaptable. Number of training events. Number of trainers trained. Number of mine operators and miners trained. Number of course days of training provided to industry. Pre- and post-assessment results of trainees. Course evaluations of trainer and training materials. A description of the extent to which others replicate (i.e., adopt or adapt) or institutionalize and continue the training or educational programs after grant funding ends. Pre- and post-assessment results of the training materials. Evaluation of training materials to include the target audience, statement of goals and objectives, learning level, instructions for using additional materials, secondary purposes, adult learning principles, and usability in the mine training environment. A description of the extent to which others will replicate (i.e., adopt or adapt) the funded training materials. The technical proposal narrative is not to exceed 12 single-sided, doublespaced pages, using 12-point font, and must contain the following sections: Program Design, Overall Qualifications of the Applicant, and Output and Evaluation. Any pages over the 12-page limit will not be reviewed. Attachments to the technical proposal are not counted toward the 12-page limit. Major sections and sub-sections of the proposal should be divided and clearly identified. And as required in Section VII subpart I ‘‘Transparency,’’ a grantee’s final technical proposal will be posted as is on MSHA’s Web site unless MSHA receives a version redacting any proprietary, confidential business, or personally identifiable information by October 21, 2013. MSHA will review and rate the technical proposal in accordance with the selection criteria specified in Part V. (a) Program Design (1) Statement of the Problem/Need for Funds. Applicants must identify a clear and specific need for proposed activities. They must identify whether they are providing a training program or creating training materials or both. Applicants also must identify the number of individuals expected to benefit from their training and education program; this should include identifying the type of underground mines, the geographic locations, and the number of mine operators and miners. Applicants must also identify other Federal funds they receive for similar activities. (2) Quality of the Project Design. MSHA requires that each applicant include a 12-month workplan that correlates with the grant project period VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:32 Jul 29, 2013 Jkt 229001 that will begin September 30, 2013, and end September 29, 2014. (i) Plan Overview. Describe the plan for grant activities and the anticipated results. The plan should describe such things as the development of training materials, the training content, recruiting of trainees, where or how training will take place, and the anticipated benefits to mine operators and miners receiving the training. (ii) Activities. Break the plan down into activities or tasks. For each activity, explain what will be done, who will do it, when it will be done, and the anticipated results of the activity. For training, discuss the subjects to be taught, the length of the training sessions, type of training (e.g., Mine Emergency Response Development exercise), and training locations (e.g., classroom, worksites). Describe how the applicant will recruit mine operators and miners for the training. (Note: Any commercially developed training materials the applicant proposes to use in its training must undergo an MSHA review before being used.) (iii) Quarterly Projections. For training and other quantifiable activities, estimate the quantities involved using the table located in Part IV.B.3 for data required to meet the grant goals. For example, estimate how many classes will be conducted and how many mine operators and miners will be trained each quarter of the grant (grant quarters match calendar quarters, i.e., January to March, April to June; but the first quarter is the date of award to December 31, 2013). Also, provide the training number totals for the full year. Quarterly projections are used to measure the actual performance against the plan. Applicants planning to PO 00000 Frm 00070 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 conduct a train-the-trainer program should estimate the number of individuals to be trained during the grant period by those who received the train-the-trainer training. These secondtier training numbers should be included only if the organization is planning to follow up with the trainers to obtain this data during the grant period. (iv) Materials. Describe each educational material, including any piece of equipment (e.g., mine simulator) to be produced under the grant. Provide a timetable for developing and producing the material. The timetable must include provisions for an MSHA review of draft and camera-ready products or evaluation of equipment. MSHA must review and approve training materials or equipment for technical accuracy and suitability of content before use in the grant program. Whether or not an applicant’s project is to develop training materials only, the applicant should provide an overall plan that includes time for MSHA to review any materials produced. (b) Qualifications of the Applicant (1) Applicant’s Background. Describe the applicant, including its mission, and a description of its membership, if any. Provide an organizational chart (the chart may be included as a separate page which will not count toward the page limit). Identify the following: (i) Project Director. The Project Director is the person who will be responsible for the day-to-day operation and administration of the program. Provide the name, title, street address and mailing address (if it is different from the organization’s street address), E:\FR\FM\30JYN1.SGM 30JYN1 pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 146 / Tuesday, July 30, 2013 / Notices telephone and fax numbers, and email address of the Project Director. (ii) Certifying Representative. The Certifying Representative is the official in the organization who is authorized to enter into grant agreements. Provide the name, title, street address and mailing address (if it is different from the organization’s street address), telephone and fax numbers, and email address of the Certifying Representative. (2) Administrative and Program Capability. Briefly describe the organization’s functions and activities, i.e., the applicant’s management and internal controls. Relate this description of functions to the organizational chart. If the applicant has received any other government (Federal, State or local) grant funding, the application must have, as an attachment (which will not count towards the page limit), information regarding these previous grants. This information must include each organization for which the work was done and the dollar value of each grant. If the applicant does not have previous grant experience, it may partner with an organization that has grant experience to manage the grant. If the organization uses this approach, the management organization must be identified and its grant program experience discussed. Lack of past experience with Federal grants is not a determining factor, but an applicant should show a successful experience relevant to the opportunity offered in the application. Such experience could include staff members’ experiences with other organizations. (3) Program Experience. Describe the organization’s experience conducting the proposed mine training program or other relevant experience. Include program specifics such as program title, numbers trained, and duration of training. If creating training materials, include the title of other materials developed. Nonprofit organizations, including community-based and faithbased organizations that do not have prior experience in mine safety may partner with an established mine safety organization to acquire safety expertise. (4) Staff Experience. Describe the qualifications of the professional staff you will assign to the program. Attach resumes of staff already employed (resumes will not count towards the page limit). If some positions are vacant, include position descriptions and minimum hiring qualifications instead of resumes. Staff should have, at a minimum, mine safety experience, training experience, or experience working with the mining community. (c) Outputs and Evaluations. There are two types of evaluations that must VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:32 Jul 29, 2013 Jkt 229001 be conducted. First, describe the methods, approaches, or plans to evaluate the training sessions or training materials to meet the data requirements listed in the table above. Second, describe plans to assess the long-term effectiveness of the training materials or training conducted. The type of training given will determine whether the evaluation should include a processrelated outcome or a result-related outcome or both. This will involve following up with an evaluation, or onsite review, if feasible, of miners trained. The evaluation should focus on what changes the trained miners made to abate hazards and improve workplace conditions, or to incorporate the training in the workplace, or both. For training materials, include an evaluation from individuals trained on the clarity of the presentation, organization, and the quality of the information provided on the subject matter and whether they would continue to use the training materials. Include timetables for follow-up and for submitting a summary of the assessment results to MSHA. C. Submission Date, Times, and Addresses The closing date for receipt of applications under this announcement is August 31, 2013 (no later than 11:59 p.m. EDST). Grant applications must be submitted electronically through the Grants.gov Web site. The Grants.gov site provides all the information about submitting an application electronically through the site as well as the hours of operation. Interested parties can locate the downloadable application package by the CFDA number 17.603. Applications received by Grants.gov are electronically date and time stamped. An application must be fully uploaded and submitted (and must be date and time stamped by the Grants.gov system) before the application deadline date. Once an interested party has submitted an application, Grants.gov will notify the interested party with an automatic notification of receipt that contains a Grants.gov tracking number. MSHA then will retrieve the application from Grants.gov and send a second notification to the interested party by email. D. Intergovernmental Review The Brookwood-Sago grants are not subject to Executive Order 12372, ‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.’’ MSHA, however, reminds applicants that if they are not operating MSHA-approved State training grants, they should contact the State grantees PO 00000 Frm 00071 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 45977 and coordinate any training or educational program. Information about each state grant and the entity operating the state grant is provided online at: http://www.msha.gov/TRAINING/ STATES/STATES.asp. E. Funding Restrictions MSHA will determine whether costs are allowable under the applicable Federal cost principles and other conditions contained in the grant award. 1. Allowable Costs Grant funds may be spent on conducting training, conducting outreach and recruiting activities to increase the number of mine operators and miners participating in the program, developing educational materials, and on necessary expenses to support these activities. Allowable costs are determined by the applicable Federal cost principles identified in Part VII.B. Program income earned during the award period shall be retained by the recipient, added to funds committed to the award, and used for the purposes and under the conditions applicable to the use of the grant funds. 2. Unallowable Costs Grant funds may not be used for the following activities under this grant program: (a) Any activity inconsistent with the goals and objectives of this SGA; (b) Training on topics that are not targeted under this SGA; (c) Purchasing any equipment unless pre-approved and in writing by the MSHA grant officer; (d) Administrative costs that exceed 15% of the total grant budget; and (e) Any pre-award costs. Unallowable costs also include any cost determined by MSHA as not allowed according to the applicable cost principles or other conditions in the grant. V. Application Review Information for New FY 2013 Grants A. Evaluation Criteria. MSHA will screen all applications to determine whether all required proposal elements are present and clearly identifiable. Those that do not comply with mandatory requirements will not be evaluated. The technical panels will review grant applications using the following criteria: 1. Program Design—40 Points Total (a) Statement of the Problem/Need for Funds. (3 points) The proposed training and education program or training materials must address either mine emergency E:\FR\FM\30JYN1.SGM 30JYN1 pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 45978 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 146 / Tuesday, July 30, 2013 / Notices preparedness or mine emergency prevention. (b) Quality of the Project Design. (25 points) (1) The proposal to train mine operators and miners clearly estimates the number to be trained and clearly identifies the types of mine operators and miners to be trained. (2) If the proposal contains a train-thetrainer program, the following information must be provided: • What ongoing support the grantee will provide to new trainers; • The number of individuals to be trained as trainers; • The estimated number of courses to be conducted by the new trainers; • The estimated number of students to be trained by these new trainers and a description of how the grantee will obtain data from the new trainers documenting their classes and student numbers if conducted during the grant period. (3) The work plan activities and training are described. • The planned activities and training are tailored to the needs and levels of the mine operators and miners to be trained. Any special constituency to be served through the grant program is described, e.g., smaller mines, limited English proficiency miners, etc. Organizations proposing to develop materials in languages other than English also will be required to provide an English version of the materials. • If the proposal includes developing training materials, the work plan must include time during development for MSHA to review the educational materials for technical accuracy and suitability of content. If commercially developed training products will be used for a training program, applicants should also plan for MSHA to review the materials before using the products in their grant programs. • The utility of the educational materials is described. • The outreach or process to find mine operators, miners, or trainees to receive the training is described. (c) Replication. (4 points) The potential for a project to serve a variety of mine operators, miners, or mine sites, or the extent others may replicate the project. (d) Innovativeness. (3 points) The originality and uniqueness of the approach used. (e) MSHA’s Performance Goals. (5 points) The extent the proposed project will contribute to MSHA’s performance goals. 2. Budget—20 Points Total (a) The budget presentation is clear and detailed. (15 points) VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:32 Jul 29, 2013 Jkt 229001 (1) The budgeted costs are reasonable. (2) No more than 15% of the total budget is for administrative costs. (3) The budget complies with Federal cost principles (which can be found in the applicable Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circulars and with MSHA budget requirements contained in the grant application instructions). (b) The application demonstrates that the applicant has strong financial management and internal control systems. (5 points) 3. Overall Qualifications of the Applicant—25 Points Total. (a) Grant Experience. (6 points) The applicant has administered, or will work with an organization that has administered, a number of different Federal or State grants. The applicant may demonstrate this experience by having project staff that has experience administering Federal or State grants. (b) Mine Safety Training Experience. (13 points) The applicant applying for the grant demonstrates experience with mine safety teaching or providing mine safety educational programs. Applicants that do not have prior experience in providing mine safety training to mine operators or miners may partner with an established mine safety organization to acquire mine safety expertise. (1) Project staff has experience in mine safety, the specific topic chosen, or in training mine operators and miners. (2) Project staff has experience in recruiting, training, and working with the population the organization proposes to serve. (3) Applicant has experience in designing and developing mine safety training materials for a mining program. (4) Applicant has experience in managing educational programs. (c) Management. (6 points) Applicant demonstrates internal control and management oversight of the project. 4. Outputs and Evaluations—15 Points Total. The proposal should include provisions for evaluating the organization’s progress in accomplishing the grant work activities and accomplishments, evaluating training sessions, and evaluating the program’s effectiveness and impact to determine if the safety training and services provided resulted in workplace change or improved workplace conditions. The proposal should include a plan to follow up with trainees to determine the impact the program has had in abating hazards and reducing miner injuries and illnesses. PO 00000 Frm 00072 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 B. Review and Selection Process for New FY 2013 Grants A technical panel will rate each complete application against the criteria described in this SGA. One or more applicants may be selected as grantees on the basis of the initial application submission or a minimally acceptable number of points may be established. MSHA may request final revisions to the applications, and then evaluate the revised applications. MSHA may consider any information that comes to its attention in evaluating the applications. The panel recommendations are advisory in nature. The Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy for Mine Safety and Health will make a final selection determination based on what is most advantageous to the government, considering factors such as panel findings, geographic presence of the applicants or the areas to be served, Agency priorities, and the best value to the government, cost, and other factors. The Deputy Assistant Secretary’s determination for award under this SGA is final. C. Anticipated Announcement and Award Dates Announcement of these awards is expected to occur by September 29, 2013. The grant agreement will be signed no later than September 30, 2013. VI. FY 2012 Renewal Grantees’ Process For FY 2013 Funding A. General In this section, MSHA is providing the eligible FY 2012 renewal grantees the procedures and required documentation that they must submit to receive their FY 2013 funding. MSHA will notify all renewal grantees of their eligibility. The grantees are reminded that they are not required to apply for the second year of funding. If they do not wish to apply for the second-year funding, the grantees may apply for a new grant under the FY 2013 annual grant program instead. B. The Process and Required Documentation 1. Documentation Using its current grant number, each grantee must provide: (a) Revised SF–424 and SF–424A forms; and (b) If necessary, a revised workplan. 2. Submission Date, Times, and Addresses The closing date for receipt of applications under this announcement E:\FR\FM\30JYN1.SGM 30JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 146 / Tuesday, July 30, 2013 / Notices is August 31, 2013 (no later than 11:59 p.m. EDST). The renewal grantee must submit its application for FY 2013 funding electronically through the Grants.gov Web site. C. Award Information Announcement of these awards is expected to occur by September 29, 2013. The amendment to the FY 2012 grant agreement will be signed no later than September 30, 2013. VII. Award Administration Information A. Award Process Before September 29, 2013, organizations selected as potential grant recipients will be notified by a representative of the Deputy Assistant Secretary, usually the Grant Officer or her staff. An applicant whose proposal is not selected will be notified in writing. The fact that an organization has been selected as a potential grant recipient does not necessarily constitute approval of the grant application as submitted (revisions may be required). Before the actual grant award and the announcement of the award, MSHA may enter into negotiations with the potential grant recipient concerning such matters as program components, staffing and funding levels, and administrative systems. If the negotiations do not result in an acceptable submittal, the Deputy Assistant Secretary reserves the right to terminate the negotiations and decline to fund the proposal. pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES B. Administrative and National Policy Requirements All grantees will be subject to applicable Federal laws and regulations (including provisions of appropriations law) and applicable OMB Circulars. The grants awarded under this competitive grant program will be subject to the following administrative standards and provisions, if applicable: • 2 CFR Part 25, Universal Identifier and Central Contractor Registration. • 2 CFR Part 170, Reporting Subawards and Executive Compensation Information. • 2 CFR Part 175, Award Term for Trafficking in Persons. • 2 CFR Part 220, Cost Principles for Educational Institutions. (OMB Circular A–21). • 2 CFR Part 225, Cost Principles for State, Local, and Indian Tribal Governments (OMB Circular A–87). • 2 CFR Part 230, Cost Principles for Non-profit Organizations (OMB Circular A–122). • 29 CFR Part 2, Subpart D, Equal Treatment in Department of Labor VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:32 Jul 29, 2013 Jkt 229001 programs for Religious Organizations, Protection of Religious Liberty of Department of Labor Social Service Providers and Beneficiaries. • 29 CFR Part 31, Nondiscrimination in federally assisted programs of the Department of Labor—Effectuation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. • 29 CFR Part 32, Nondiscrimination on the basis of handicap in programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance. • 29 CFR Part 33, Enforcement of non-discrimination on the basis of handicap in programs or activities conducted by the Department of Labor. • 29 CFR Part 35, Nondiscrimination on the basis of age in programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance from the Department of Labor. • 29 CFR Part 36, Nondiscrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance. • 29 CFR Part 93, New Restrictions on lobbying. • 29 CFR Part 94, Governmentwide requirements for drug-free workplace (financial assistance). • 29 CFR Part 95, Grants and agreements with institutions of higher education, hospitals, and other nonprofit organizations, and with commercial organizations, foreign governments, organizations under the jurisdiction of foreign governments, and international organizations. • 29 CFR Part 96, Audit requirements for grants, contracts, and other agreements. • 29 CFR Part 97, Uniform administrative requirements for grants and cooperative agreements to state and local governments. • 29 CFR Part 98, Governmentwide debarment and suspension (nonprocurement). • 29 CFR Part 99, Audits of states, local governments, and non-profit organizations. • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Subpart 31.2, Contracts cost principles and procedures (Codified at 48 CFR Part 31.2). Administrative costs for these grants may not exceed 15%. Unless specifically approved, MSHA’s acceptance of a proposal or MSHA’s award of Federal funds to sponsor any program does not constitute a waiver of any grant requirement or procedure. For example, if an application identifies a specific sub-contractor to provide certain services, the MSHA award does not provide a basis to sole-source the procurement (to avoid competition). PO 00000 Frm 00073 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 45979 C. Special Program Requirements 1. MSHA Review of Educational Materials MSHA will review all granteeproduced educational and training materials for technical accuracy and suitability of content during development and before final publication. MSHA also will review training curricula and purchased training materials for technical accuracy and suitability of content before the materials are used. Grantees developing training materials must follow all copyright laws and provide written certification that their materials are free from copyright infringement. When grantees produce training materials, they must provide copies of completed materials to MSHA before the end of the grant period. Completed materials should be submitted to MSHA in hard copy and in digital format (CD– ROM/DVD) for publication on the MSHA Web site. Two copies of the materials must be provided to MSHA. Acceptable formats for training materials include Microsoft XP Word, PDF, PowerPoint, and any other format agreed upon by MSHA. 2. License As listed in 29 CFR 95.36, the Department of Labor reserves a royaltyfree, nonexclusive, and irrevocable right to reproduce, publish, or otherwise use for Federal purposes any work produced under a grant, and to authorize others to do so. Grantees must agree to provide the Department of Labor a paid-up, nonexclusive, and irrevocable license to reproduce, publish, or otherwise use for Federal purposes all products developed, or for which ownership was purchased, under an award. Such products include, but are not limited to, curricula, training models, technical assistance products, and any related materials. Such uses include, but are not limited to, the right to modify and distribute such products worldwide by any means, electronic, or otherwise. Title 29 CFR 97.34 provides DOL and MSHA with similar rights for any work produced or purchased under the grant. 3. Acknowledgement on Printed Materials All approved grant-funded materials developed by a grantee shall contain the following disclaimer: ‘‘This material was produced under grant number XXXXX from the Mine Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. It does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or E:\FR\FM\30JYN1.SGM 30JYN1 45980 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 146 / Tuesday, July 30, 2013 / Notices organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.’’ When issuing statements, press releases, request for proposals, bid solicitations, and other documents describing projects or programs funded in whole or in part with Federal money, all grantees receiving Federal funds must clearly state: (a) The percentage of the total costs of the program or project that will be financed with Federal money; (b) The dollar amount of Federal financial assistance for the project or program; and (c) The percentage and dollar amount of the total costs of the project or program that will be financed by nongovernmental sources. 4. Use of U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) and MSHA Logos The USDOL or the MSHA logo may be applied to the grant-funded material including posters, videos, pamphlets, research documents, national survey results, impact evaluations, best practice reports, and other publications. The grantees must consult with MSHA on whether the logo may be used on any such items prior to final draft or final preparation for distribution. In no event shall the USDOL or the MSHA logo be placed on any item until MSHA has given the grantee written permission to use either logo on the item. pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 5. Reporting Grantees are required by Departmental regulations to submit financial and project reports, as described below, each quarter (grant quarters match calendar quarters, i.e., January to March, April to June). (a) Financial Reports All financial reports are due no later than 30 days after the end of the quarter and shall be submitted to MSHA electronically. Grantees will be contacted with instructions on how to submit reports. (b) Technical Project Reports After signing the agreement, the grantee shall submit technical project reports to MSHA no later than 30 days after the end of each quarter. Technical project reports provide both quantitative and qualitative information and a narrative assessment of performance for the preceding three-month period. See 29 CFR 95.51 and 29 CFR 97.40. This should include the current grant progress against the overall grant goals as provided in Part IV.B.3. Between reporting dates, the grantee shall immediately inform MSHA of significant developments or problems affecting the organization’s ability to VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:32 Jul 29, 2013 Jkt 229001 accomplish the work. See 29 CFR 95.51(f) and 29 CFR 97.40(d). (c) Final Reports At the end of each 12-month performance period, each grantee must provide a final financial report, a summary of its technical project reports, and an evaluation report. These final reports are due no later than 90 days after the end of the 12-month performance period. H. Freedom of Information Any information submitted in response to this SGA will be subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, as appropriate. I. Transparency in the Grant Process DOL is committed to conducting a transparent grant award process and publicizing information about program outcomes. Posting awardees’ grant applications on public Web sites is a means of promoting and sharing innovative ideas. Under this SGA, DOL will publish the awardees’ Executive Summaries, selected information from their SF–424s, and a version of awardees’ Technical Proposals on the Department’s Web site or similar location. None of the Attachments to the Technical Proposal provided with the applications will be published. The Technical Proposals and Executive Summaries will not be published until after the grants are awarded. In addition, information about grant progress and results may also be made publicly available. DOL recognizes that grant applications sometimes contain information that an applicant may consider proprietary or business confidential information, or may contain personally identifiable information. Proprietary or business confidential information is information that is not usually disclosed outside your organization and disclosing this information is likely to cause you substantial competitive harm. Personally identifiable information is any information that can be used to distinguish or trace an individual’s identity, such as name, social security number, date and place of birth, mother‘s maiden name, or biometric records; and any other information that is linked or linkable to an individual, such as medical, educational, financial, and employment information.1 Executive Summaries will be published in the form originally 1 OMB Memorandum 07–16 and 06–19. GAO Report 08–536, Privacy: Alternatives Exist for Enhancing Protection of Personally Identifiable Information, May 2008, http://www.gao.gov/assets/ 280/275558.pdf. PO 00000 Frm 00074 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 submitted, without any redactions. Applicants should not include any proprietary or confidential business information or personally identifiable information in this summary. In the event that an applicant submits proprietary or confidential business information or personally identifiable information in the summary, DOL is not liable for the posting of this information contained in the Executive Summary. The submission of the grant application constitutes a waiver of the applicant’s objection to the posting of any proprietary or confidential business information contained in the Executive Summary. Additionally, the applicant is responsible for obtaining all authorizations from relevant parties for publishing all personally identifiable information contained within the Executive Summary. In the event the Executive Summary contains proprietary or confidential business or personally identifiable information, the applicant is presumed to have obtained all necessary authorizations to provide this information and may be liable for any improper release of this information. By submission of this grant application, the applicant agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the United States, the U.S. Department of Labor, its officers, employees, and agents against any liability or for any loss or damages arising from this application. By such submission of this grant application, the applicant further acknowledges having the authority to execute this release of liability. In order to ensure that proprietary or confidential business information or personally identifiable information is properly protected from disclosure when DOL posts the selected Technical Proposals, applicants whose Technical Proposals will be posted will be asked to submit a second redacted version of their Technical Proposal, with any proprietary or confidential business information and personally identifiable information redacted. All non-public information about the applicant’s staff or other individuals should be removed as well. The Department will contact the applicants whose Technical Proposals will be published by letter or email, and provide further directions about how and when to submit the redacted version of the Technical Proposal. Submission of a redacted version of the Technical Proposal will constitute permission by the applicant for DOL to make the redacted version publicly available. We will also assume that the applicant has obtained the agreement to the redacted version of the applicant’s E:\FR\FM\30JYN1.SGM 30JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 146 / Tuesday, July 30, 2013 / Notices Technical Proposal. If an applicant fails to provide a redacted version of the Technical Proposal by October 21, 2013, DOL will publish the original Technical Proposal in full, after redacting only personally identifiable information. (Note that the original, unredacted version of the Technical Proposal will remain part of the complete application package, including an applicant’s proprietary and confidential business information and any personally identifiable information.) Applicants are encouraged to disclose as much of the grant application information as possible, and to redact only information that clearly is proprietary, confidential commercial/ business information, or capable of identifying a person. The redaction of entire pages or sections of the Technical Proposal is not appropriate, and will not be allowed, unless the entire portion merits such protection. Should a dispute arise about whether redactions are appropriate, DOL will follow the procedures outlined in the Department’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regulations (29 CFR Part 70). Redacted information in grant applications will be protected by DOL from public disclosure in accordance with federal law, including the Trade Secrets Act (18 U.S.C. 1905), FOIA, and the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a). If DOL receives a FOIA request for your application, the procedures in DOL’s FOIA regulations for responding to requests for commercial/business information submitted to the government will be followed, as well as all FOIA exemptions and procedures. 29 CFR 70.26. Consequently, it is possible that application of FOIA rules may result in release of information in response to a FOIA request that an applicant redacted in its ‘‘redacted copy.’’ pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES VIII. Agency Contacts Any questions regarding this solicitation for grant applications (SGA 13–3BS) should be directed to Robert Glatter at glatter.robert@dol.gov or at 202–693–9570 (this is not a toll-free number) or the Grant Officer, Nancy Sloanhoffer at sloanhoffer.nancy@dol.gov or at 202– 693–9839 (this is not a toll-free number). MSHA’s Web page at www.msha.gov is a valuable source of background for this initiative. Control No. 1225–0086 (expires January 31, 2016). In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, no person is required to respond to a collection of information unless such collection displays a valid OMB control number. Public reporting burden for the grant application is estimated to average 20 hours per response, for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. Each recipient who receives a grant award notice will be required to submit nine progress reports to MSHA. MSHA estimates that each report will take approximately two and one-half hours to prepare. Send comments regarding the burden estimated or any other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden, to the OMB Desk Officer for MSHA, Office of Management and Budget Room 10235, Washington DC 20503 and MSHA, electronically to Robert Glatter at glatter.robert@dol.gov or the Grant Officer, Nancy Sloanhoffer at sloanhoffer.nancy@dol.gov or by mail to Robert Glatter, Room 2148, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22209. This information is being collected for the purpose of awarding a grant. The information collected through this ‘‘Solicitation for Grant Applications’’ will be used by the Department of Labor to ensure that grants are awarded to the applicant best suited to perform the functions of the grant. Submission of this information is required in order for the applicant to be considered for award of this grant. Unless otherwise specifically noted in this announcement, information submitted in the respondent’s application is not considered to be confidential. Authority: 30 U.S.C. 965. Dated: July 24, 2013. Patricia W. Silvey, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Operations, Mine Safety and Health. [FR Doc. 2013–18209 Filed 7–29–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–43–P IX. Office Of Management and Budget Information Collection Requirements This SGA requests information from applicants. This collection of information is approved under OMB VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:32 Jul 29, 2013 Jkt 229001 PO 00000 Frm 00075 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 45981 DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Occupational Safety and Health Administration [Docket No. OSHA–2010–0017] Occupational Exposure to Noise Standard; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor. ACTION: Request for public comments. AGENCY: OSHA solicits public comments concerning its proposal to extend OMB approval of the information collection requirements specified in the Occupational Exposure to Noise Standard (29 CFR 1910.95). The information collection requirements specified in the Noise Standard protect workers from suffering material hearing impairment. DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by September 30, 2013. ADDRESSES: Electronically: You may submit comments and attachments electronically at http:// www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Follow the instructions online for submitting comments. Facsimile: If your comments, including attachments, are not longer than 10 pages you may fax them to the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693–1648. Mail, hand delivery, express mail, messenger, or courier service: When using this method, you must submit a copy of your comments and attachments to the OSHA Docket Office, Docket No. OSHA–2010–0017, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Room N–2625, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210. Deliveries (hand, express mail, messenger, and courier service) are accepted during the Department of Labor’s and Docket Office’s normal business hours, 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., e.t. Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and OSHA docket number for the Information Collection Request (ICR) (OSHA–2010– 0017). All comments, including any personal information you provide, are placed in the public docket without change, and may be made available online at http://www.regulations.gov. For further information on submitting comments see the ‘‘Public Participation’’ heading in the section of SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\30JYN1.SGM 30JYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Mine Safety and Health Administration


Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety Grants

AGENCY: Mine Safety and Health Administration, Labor.

ACTION: Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA).

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    Announcement Type: New.
    Funding Opportunity Number: SGA 13-3BS.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 17.603

SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health 
Administration (MSHA), is making $550,000 available in grant funds for 
educational and training programs to help identify, avoid, and prevent 
unsafe working conditions in and around mines. The focus of these 
grants for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 will be on training and training 
materials for mine emergency preparedness and mine emergency prevention 
for all underground mines. Applicants for the grants may be States and 
nonprofit (private or public) entities.
    The number of grants awarded will be determined by MSHA's 
evaluation of grant applications. The amount of each individual grant 
will be at least $50,000.00. The maximum amount for a 12-month period 
of performance is $150,000. MSHA will not be awarding renewal (two-
year) grants in FY 2013 under this solicitation for grant applications 
(SGA). This notice contains all of the information needed to apply for 
grant funding, including for those eligible grantees which were awarded 
a 2012 renewal grant.

DATES: The closing date for applications will be August 31, 2013, (no 
later than 11:59 p.m. EDST). MSHA will award grants on or before 
September 30, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Applications for grants submitted under this competition 
must be submitted electronically using the Government-wide site at 
http://www.grants.gov. If applying online poses a hardship to any 
applicant, the MSHA Directorate of Educational Policy and Development 
will provide assistance to help applicants submit online.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any questions regarding this 
solicitation for grant applications (SGA 13-3BS) should be directed to 
Robert Glatter at glatter.robert@dol.gov or at 202-693-9570 (this is 
not a toll-free number) or the Grant Officer, Nancy Sloanhoffer, at 
sloanhoffer.nancy@dol.gov or at 202-693-9839 (this is not a toll-free 
number).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This solicitation provides background 
information and the requirements for projects funded under the 
solicitation. This solicitation consists of nine parts:
     Part I provides background information on the Brookwood-
Sago grants.
     Part II describes the size and nature of the anticipated 
awards.
     Part III describes the qualifications of an eligible 
applicant.
     Part IV provides information on the application and 
submission process for FY 2013 annual grants.
     Part V explains the review process and rating criteria 
that will be used to evaluate the FY 2013 applications.
     Part VI provides information for FY 2012 renewal grantees 
to apply for FY 2013 funding.
     Part VII provides award administration information.
     Part VIII contains MSHA contact information.
     Part IX addresses Office of Management and Budget 
information collection requirements.

I. Funding Opportunity Description

A. Overview of the Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety Grant Program

    Responding to several coal mine disasters, Congress enacted the 
Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006 (MINER Act). 
When Congress passed the MINER Act, it expected that requirements for 
new and advanced technology, e.g., fire-resistant lifelines and 
increased breathable air availability in escapeways, would increase 
safety in mines. The MINER Act also required that every underground 
coal mine have persons trained in emergency response. Congress 
emphasized its commitment to training for mine emergencies when it 
strengthened the requirements for the training of mine rescue teams. 
Recent events demonstrate that training is the key for proper and safe 
emergency response and that all miners working underground should be 
trained in emergency response.
    Under Section 14 of the MINER Act, the Secretary of Labor 
(Secretary) is required to establish a competitive grant program called 
the ``Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety Grants'' (Brookwood-Sago grants). This 
program provides funding of education and training programs to better 
identify, avoid, and prevent unsafe working conditions in and around 
mines. This program will use grant funds to establish and implement 
education and training programs or to create training materials and 
programs. The MINER Act requires the Secretary to give priority to mine 
safety demonstrations and pilot projects with broad applicability. It 
also mandates that the Secretary emphasize programs and materials that 
target miners in smaller mines, including training mine operators and 
miners on new MSHA standards, high-risk activities, and other 
identified safety priorities.

B. Grant Structures

    MSHA has funded the Brookwood-Sago grants annually for 12 months of 
performance through two types of grants. For the first type, ``annual 
grants,'' MSHA requires an applicant to compete each year for the 
available funds. For the second type, ``renewal

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grants,'' MSHA awards a grant eligible for two separate years of 
funding with two separate 12-month performance periods. Under this SGA, 
MSHA will only fund the second-year of eligible FY 2012 renewal 
grantees and will not accept applications for new renewal grants for FY 
2013.

C. Educational and Training Program Priorities

    MSHA priorities for the FY 2013 funding of the annual Brookwood-
Sago grants will focus on training or training materials for mine 
emergency preparedness and mine emergency prevention for all 
underground mines. MSHA expects Brookwood-Sago annual grantees to 
develop training materials or to develop and provide mine safety 
training or educational programs, recruit mine operators and miners for 
the training, and conduct and evaluate the training.
    MSHA expects Brookwood-Sago grantees to conduct follow-up 
evaluations with the people who received training in their programs to 
measure how the training promotes the Secretary's goal of ensuring a 
safe and healthy workplace. The evaluation will focus on determining 
how effective their training was in either reducing hazards, improving 
skills for the selected training topics, or in improving the conditions 
in mines. Grantees must also cooperate fully with MSHA evaluators of 
their programs.

II. Award Information

A. Award Amount for FY 2013

    MSHA is providing $550,000 to award new FY 2013 annual grants and 
to fund the second year of eligible FY 2012 renewal grants. The number 
of grants awarded will be determined by MSHA's evaluation of grant 
applications. The amount of each individual grant will be no less than 
$50,000.00 for a 12-month performance period; and the maximum award for 
a 12-month performance period is $150,000. Applicants requesting less 
than $50,000 or more than $150,000 for a 12-month performance period 
will not be considered for funding.

B. Extension of Period of Performance

    For annual awards, MSHA may approve a request for a one time no-
cost extension to grantees for an additional period of up to 12 months 
from the expiration date of the annual award based on the success of 
the project and other relevant factors. See 29 CFR 95.25(e)(2). At the 
end of the second year of funding for a FY 2012 renewal grant, MSHA may 
approve a request for a no-cost extension for an additional period of 
performance of up to 12 months based on the success of the project and 
other relevant factors.

III. Eligibility Information

A. Eligible Applicants

    Applicants for the grants may be States and nonprofit (private or 
public) entities. Eligible entities may apply for funding independently 
or in partnership with other eligible organizations. For partnerships, 
a lead organization must be identified.
    Applicants other than States and State-supported or local 
government-supported institutions of higher education will be required 
to submit evidence of nonprofit status, preferably from the Internal 
Revenue Service (IRS). A nonprofit entity as described in 26 U.S.C. 
501(c)(4), which engages in lobbying activities, is not eligible for a 
grant award. See 2 U.S.C. 1611.

B. Cost-Sharing or Matching

    Cost-sharing or matching of funds is not required for eligibility.

C. Other Eligibility Requirements

1. Data Universal Number System (DUNS)
    Under 2 CFR 25.200(b)(3), every applicant for a Federal grant 
funding opportunity is required to include a DUNS with its application. 
The DUNS number is a nine-digit identification number that uniquely 
identifies business entities. An applicant's DUNS number is to be 
entered into Block 8 of Standard Form (SF) 424. There is no charge for 
obtaining a DUNS number. To obtain a DUNS number, call 1-866-705-5711 
or access the following Web site: http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/displayHomePage.do.
    After receiving a DUNS number, all grant applicants must also 
register as a vendor with the System for Award Management (SAM) through 
the Web site at https://www.sam.gov/. Grant applicants must create a 
user account and then complete and submit the online registration. Once 
you have completed the registration, it will take 48 to 72 hours to 
process. The applicant will receive an email notice that the 
registration is active. If you had an active record in the Central 
Contractor Registration (CCR), you have an active record in SAM. You do 
not need to do anything in SAM at this time, unless a change in your 
business circumstances requires a change in SAM in order for you to be 
paid or to receive an award. SAM will send notifications to the 
registered user via email 60, 30, and 15 days prior to expiration of 
the record. In addition, under 2 CFR 25.200(b)(2), each grant applicant 
must maintain ``an active registration with current information at all 
times.'' The Grants.gov Web site, through which applicants must apply 
for MSHA grants, advises that it will reject all applications that have 
an expired SAM registration.
2. Legal Rules Pertaining to Inherently Religious Activities by 
Organizations That Receive Federal Financial Assistance
    The Government generally is prohibited from providing direct 
Federal financial assistance for inherently religious activities. See 
29 CFR Part 2, Subpart D. Grants under this solicitation may not be 
used for religious instruction, worship, prayer, proselytizing, or 
other inherently religious activities. Neutral, non-religious criteria 
that neither favor nor disfavor religion will be employed in the 
selection of grant recipients and must be employed by grantees in the 
selection of contractors and subcontractors.
3. Non-compliant Applications
    Applications for new FY 2013 annual grants that are lacking any of 
the required elements or do not follow the format prescribed in IV.B 
will not be reviewed.
4. Late Applications
    Applications received after the deadline will not be reviewed 
unless it is determined to be in the best interest of the Government.

IV. Application and Submission Information for New FY 2013 Annual 
Grants

A. Application Forms

    This announcement includes all information and links needed to 
apply for this funding opportunity. (The information regarding the 
second-year funding of the FY 2012 renewal grants is located in Part 
VI.) The full application is available through the Grants.gov Web site 
http://www.grants.gov/ under ``Apply for Grants''. The Catalog of 
Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number needed to locate the 
appropriate application for this opportunity is 17.603. If an applicant 
has problems downloading the application package from Grants.gov, 
contact Grants.gov Contact Center at 1-800-518-4726 or by email at 
support@grants.gov.
    The full application package is also available on-line at 
www.msha.gov: Select ``Education & Training Resources,'' click on 
``Courses,'' select ``Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety Grants,''

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then select ``SGA 13-3BS.'' This Web site also includes all forms and 
all regulations that are referenced in this SGA. Applicants, however, 
must apply for this funding opportunity through the Grants.gov Web 
site.

B. Content and Form of the FY 2013 Application

    Each grant application must address mine emergency preparedness or 
mine emergency prevention for underground mines. The application must 
consist of three separate and distinct sections. The three required 
sections are:
     Section 1--Project Forms and Financial Plan (No page 
limit).
     Section 2--Executive Summary (Not to exceed two pages).
     Section 3--Technical Proposal (Not to exceed 12 pages). 
Illustrative material can be submitted as an attachment.
    The following are mandatory requirements for each section.
1. Project Forms and Financial Plan
    This section contains the forms and budget section of the 
application. The Project Financial Plan will not count against the 
application page limits. A person with authority to bind the applicant 
must sign the grant application and forms. Applications submitted 
electronically through Grants.gov do not need to be signed manually; 
electronic signatures will be accepted.
    (a) Completed SF-424, ``Application for Federal Assistance.'' This 
form is part of the application package on Grants.gov and is also 
available at www.msha.gov. The SF-424 must identify the applicant 
clearly and be signed by an individual with authority to enter into a 
grant agreement. Upon confirmation of an award, the individual signing 
the SF-424 on behalf of the applicant shall be considered the 
representative of the applicant.
    (b) Completed SF-424A, ``Budget Information for Non-Construction 
Programs.'' The project budget should demonstrate clearly that the 
total amount and distribution of funds is sufficient to cover the cost 
of all major project activities identified by the applicant in its 
proposal, and must comply with the Federal cost principles and the 
administrative requirements set forth in this SGA. (Copies of all 
regulations that are referenced in this SGA are available on-line at 
http://www.msha.gov. Select ``Education & Training Resources,'' click 
on ``Courses,'' then select ``Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety Grants.'')
    (c) Budget Narrative. The applicant must provide a concise 
narrative explaining the request for funds. The budget narrative should 
separately attribute the Federal funds to each of the activities 
specified in the technical proposal and it should discuss precisely how 
any administrative costs support the project goals. Administrative 
costs may not exceed 15% of the total grant budget. Indirect cost 
charges must be supported with a copy of an approved Indirect Cost Rate 
Agreement.
    If applicable, the applicant must provide a statement about its 
program income.
    The amount of Federal funding requested for the entire period of 
performance must be shown on the SF-424 and SF-424A forms.
    (d) Completed SF-424B, ``Assurances for Non-Construction 
Programs.'' Each applicant for these grants must certify compliance 
with a list of assurances. This form is part of the application package 
on http://www.grants.gov and also is available at http://www.msha.gov.
    (e) Supplemental Certification Regarding Lobbying Activities Form. 
If any funds have been paid or will be paid to any person for 
influencing or attempting to influence an officer or employee of any 
agency, a member of Congress, an officer or employee of Congress, or an 
employee of a member of Congress in connection with the making of a 
grant or cooperative agreement, the applicant shall complete and submit 
SF-LLL, ``Disclosure Form to Report Lobbying,'' in accordance with its 
instructions. This form is part of the application package on http://www.grants.gov and is also available at http://www.msha.gov. Select 
``Education & Training Resources,'' click on ``Courses,'' then select 
``Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety Grants.''
    (f) Non-profit status. Applicants must provide evidence of non-
profit status, preferably from the IRS, if applicable.
    (g) Accounting System Certification. An organization that receives 
less than $1 million annually in Federal grants must attach a 
certification stating that the organization (directly or through a 
designated qualified entity) has a functioning accounting system that 
meets the criteria below. The certification should attest that the 
organization's accounting system provides for the following:
    (1) Accurate, current and complete disclosure of the financial 
results of each Federally sponsored project.
    (2) Records that identify adequately the source and application of 
funds for Federally sponsored activities.
    (3) Effective control over and accountability for all funds, 
property, and other assets.
    (4) Comparison of outlays with budget amounts.
    (5) Written procedures to minimize the time elapsing between 
transfers of funds.
    (6) Written procedures for determining the reasonableness, 
allocability, and allowability of cost.
    (7) Accounting records, including cost accounting records that are 
supported by source documentation.
    (h) Attachments. The application may include attachments such as 
resumes of key personnel or position descriptions, exhibits, 
information on prior government grants, and signed letters of 
commitment to the project.
2. Executive Summary
    The executive summary is a short one-to-two page abstract that 
succinctly summarizes the proposed project. MSHA will publish, as 
submitted, all grantees' executive summaries on the DOL Web site. The 
executive summary must include the following information:
    (a) Applicant. Provide the organization's full legal name and 
address.
    (b) Funding requested. List how much Federal funding is being 
requested.
    (c) Grant Topic. List the grant topic and the location and number 
of mine operators and miners that the organization has selected to 
train or describe the training materials or equipment to be created 
with these funds.
    (d) Program Structure. Identify the type of grant as annual.
    (e) Summary of the Proposed Project. Write a brief summary of the 
proposed project. This summary must identify the key points of the 
proposal, including an introduction describing the project activities 
and the expected results.
3. Technical Proposal
    The technical proposal must demonstrate the applicant's 
capabilities to plan and implement a project or create educational 
materials or equipment to meet the objectives of this solicitation. 
MSHA's focus for these grants is on training mine operators and miners 
and developing training materials for mine emergency preparedness or 
mine emergency prevention for underground mines. An Agency strategic 
goal is to ensure workplaces are safe and healthy for workers through 
strengthening and modernizing training and education and improving mine 
emergency response preparedness through training. MSHA has two program 
outcome goals, described below, that will be considered indicators of 
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the types of data grantees must provide and their relationship with the 
Agency's program goals and performance measures for the Brookwood-Sago 
grants.

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                                                                          DATA Grantees provide each reporting
         MSHA's Program goals             MSHA's Performance measures                    period
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1. Agency creates more effective        Increase overall number of      Number of training events.
 training to ensure workplaces are       trainers trained.              Number of trainers trained.
 safe.                                  Increase the number of mine     Number of mine operators and miners
                                         operators and miners trained.   trained.
                                        Provide quality training with   Number of course days of training
                                         clearly stated goals and        provided to industry.
                                         objectives for improving       Pre- and post-assessment results of
                                         safety.                         trainees.
                                                                        Course evaluations of trainer and
                                                                         training materials.
                                                                        A description of the extent to which
                                                                         others replicate (i.e., adopt or adapt)
                                                                         or institutionalize and continue the
                                                                         training or educational programs after
                                                                         grant funding ends.
2. Agency creates training materials    Increase the number of quality  Pre- and post-assessment results of the
 to provide more effective training to   educational materials           training materials.
 ensure workplaces are safe.             developed.                     Evaluation of training materials to
                                        Provide quality training         include the target audience, statement
                                         materials with clearly stated   of goals and objectives, learning
                                         goals and objectives for        level, instructions for using
                                         improving safety.               additional materials, secondary
                                        Develop training materials       purposes, adult learning principles,
                                         that are reproducible or        and usability in the mine training
                                         adaptable.                      environment.
                                                                        A description of the extent to which
                                                                         others will replicate (i.e., adopt or
                                                                         adapt) the funded training materials.
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    The technical proposal narrative is not to exceed 12 single-sided, 
double-spaced pages, using 12-point font, and must contain the 
following sections: Program Design, Overall Qualifications of the 
Applicant, and Output and Evaluation. Any pages over the 12-page limit 
will not be reviewed. Attachments to the technical proposal are not 
counted toward the 12-page limit. Major sections and sub-sections of 
the proposal should be divided and clearly identified. And as required 
in Section VII subpart I ``Transparency,'' a grantee's final technical 
proposal will be posted as is on MSHA's Web site unless MSHA receives a 
version redacting any proprietary, confidential business, or personally 
identifiable information by October 21, 2013.
    MSHA will review and rate the technical proposal in accordance with 
the selection criteria specified in Part V.
    (a) Program Design
    (1) Statement of the Problem/Need for Funds. Applicants must 
identify a clear and specific need for proposed activities. They must 
identify whether they are providing a training program or creating 
training materials or both. Applicants also must identify the number of 
individuals expected to benefit from their training and education 
program; this should include identifying the type of underground mines, 
the geographic locations, and the number of mine operators and miners. 
Applicants must also identify other Federal funds they receive for 
similar activities.
    (2) Quality of the Project Design. MSHA requires that each 
applicant include a 12-month workplan that correlates with the grant 
project period that will begin September 30, 2013, and end September 
29, 2014.
    (i) Plan Overview. Describe the plan for grant activities and the 
anticipated results. The plan should describe such things as the 
development of training materials, the training content, recruiting of 
trainees, where or how training will take place, and the anticipated 
benefits to mine operators and miners receiving the training.
    (ii) Activities. Break the plan down into activities or tasks. For 
each activity, explain what will be done, who will do it, when it will 
be done, and the anticipated results of the activity. For training, 
discuss the subjects to be taught, the length of the training sessions, 
type of training (e.g., Mine Emergency Response Development exercise), 
and training locations (e.g., classroom, worksites). Describe how the 
applicant will recruit mine operators and miners for the training. 
(Note: Any commercially developed training materials the applicant 
proposes to use in its training must undergo an MSHA review before 
being used.)
    (iii) Quarterly Projections. For training and other quantifiable 
activities, estimate the quantities involved using the table located in 
Part IV.B.3 for data required to meet the grant goals. For example, 
estimate how many classes will be conducted and how many mine operators 
and miners will be trained each quarter of the grant (grant quarters 
match calendar quarters, i.e., January to March, April to June; but the 
first quarter is the date of award to December 31, 2013). Also, provide 
the training number totals for the full year. Quarterly projections are 
used to measure the actual performance against the plan. Applicants 
planning to conduct a train-the-trainer program should estimate the 
number of individuals to be trained during the grant period by those 
who received the train-the-trainer training. These second-tier training 
numbers should be included only if the organization is planning to 
follow up with the trainers to obtain this data during the grant 
period.
    (iv) Materials. Describe each educational material, including any 
piece of equipment (e.g., mine simulator) to be produced under the 
grant. Provide a timetable for developing and producing the material. 
The timetable must include provisions for an MSHA review of draft and 
camera-ready products or evaluation of equipment. MSHA must review and 
approve training materials or equipment for technical accuracy and 
suitability of content before use in the grant program. Whether or not 
an applicant's project is to develop training materials only, the 
applicant should provide an overall plan that includes time for MSHA to 
review any materials produced.
(b) Qualifications of the Applicant
    (1) Applicant's Background. Describe the applicant, including its 
mission, and a description of its membership, if any. Provide an 
organizational chart (the chart may be included as a separate page 
which will not count toward the page limit). Identify the following:
    (i) Project Director. The Project Director is the person who will 
be responsible for the day-to-day operation and administration of the 
program. Provide the name, title, street address and mailing address 
(if it is different from the organization's street address),

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telephone and fax numbers, and email address of the Project Director.
    (ii) Certifying Representative. The Certifying Representative is 
the official in the organization who is authorized to enter into grant 
agreements. Provide the name, title, street address and mailing address 
(if it is different from the organization's street address), telephone 
and fax numbers, and email address of the Certifying Representative.
    (2) Administrative and Program Capability. Briefly describe the 
organization's functions and activities, i.e., the applicant's 
management and internal controls. Relate this description of functions 
to the organizational chart. If the applicant has received any other 
government (Federal, State or local) grant funding, the application 
must have, as an attachment (which will not count towards the page 
limit), information regarding these previous grants. This information 
must include each organization for which the work was done and the 
dollar value of each grant. If the applicant does not have previous 
grant experience, it may partner with an organization that has grant 
experience to manage the grant. If the organization uses this approach, 
the management organization must be identified and its grant program 
experience discussed. Lack of past experience with Federal grants is 
not a determining factor, but an applicant should show a successful 
experience relevant to the opportunity offered in the application. Such 
experience could include staff members' experiences with other 
organizations.
    (3) Program Experience. Describe the organization's experience 
conducting the proposed mine training program or other relevant 
experience. Include program specifics such as program title, numbers 
trained, and duration of training. If creating training materials, 
include the title of other materials developed. Nonprofit 
organizations, including community-based and faith-based organizations 
that do not have prior experience in mine safety may partner with an 
established mine safety organization to acquire safety expertise.
    (4) Staff Experience. Describe the qualifications of the 
professional staff you will assign to the program. Attach resumes of 
staff already employed (resumes will not count towards the page limit). 
If some positions are vacant, include position descriptions and minimum 
hiring qualifications instead of resumes. Staff should have, at a 
minimum, mine safety experience, training experience, or experience 
working with the mining community.
    (c) Outputs and Evaluations. There are two types of evaluations 
that must be conducted. First, describe the methods, approaches, or 
plans to evaluate the training sessions or training materials to meet 
the data requirements listed in the table above. Second, describe plans 
to assess the long-term effectiveness of the training materials or 
training conducted. The type of training given will determine whether 
the evaluation should include a process-related outcome or a result-
related outcome or both. This will involve following up with an 
evaluation, or on-site review, if feasible, of miners trained. The 
evaluation should focus on what changes the trained miners made to 
abate hazards and improve workplace conditions, or to incorporate the 
training in the workplace, or both.
    For training materials, include an evaluation from individuals 
trained on the clarity of the presentation, organization, and the 
quality of the information provided on the subject matter and whether 
they would continue to use the training materials. Include timetables 
for follow-up and for submitting a summary of the assessment results to 
MSHA.

C. Submission Date, Times, and Addresses

    The closing date for receipt of applications under this 
announcement is August 31, 2013 (no later than 11:59 p.m. EDST). Grant 
applications must be submitted electronically through the Grants.gov 
Web site. The Grants.gov site provides all the information about 
submitting an application electronically through the site as well as 
the hours of operation. Interested parties can locate the downloadable 
application package by the CFDA number 17.603.
    Applications received by Grants.gov are electronically date and 
time stamped. An application must be fully uploaded and submitted (and 
must be date and time stamped by the Grants.gov system) before the 
application deadline date. Once an interested party has submitted an 
application, Grants.gov will notify the interested party with an 
automatic notification of receipt that contains a Grants.gov tracking 
number. MSHA then will retrieve the application from Grants.gov and 
send a second notification to the interested party by email.

D. Intergovernmental Review

    The Brookwood-Sago grants are not subject to Executive Order 12372, 
``Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.'' MSHA, however, 
reminds applicants that if they are not operating MSHA-approved State 
training grants, they should contact the State grantees and coordinate 
any training or educational program. Information about each state grant 
and the entity operating the state grant is provided online at: http://www.msha.gov/TRAINING/STATES/STATES.asp.

E. Funding Restrictions

    MSHA will determine whether costs are allowable under the 
applicable Federal cost principles and other conditions contained in 
the grant award.
1. Allowable Costs
    Grant funds may be spent on conducting training, conducting 
outreach and recruiting activities to increase the number of mine 
operators and miners participating in the program, developing 
educational materials, and on necessary expenses to support these 
activities. Allowable costs are determined by the applicable Federal 
cost principles identified in Part VII.B.
    Program income earned during the award period shall be retained by 
the recipient, added to funds committed to the award, and used for the 
purposes and under the conditions applicable to the use of the grant 
funds.
2. Unallowable Costs
    Grant funds may not be used for the following activities under this 
grant program:
    (a) Any activity inconsistent with the goals and objectives of this 
SGA;
    (b) Training on topics that are not targeted under this SGA;
    (c) Purchasing any equipment unless pre-approved and in writing by 
the MSHA grant officer;
    (d) Administrative costs that exceed 15% of the total grant budget; 
and
    (e) Any pre-award costs.
    Unallowable costs also include any cost determined by MSHA as not 
allowed according to the applicable cost principles or other conditions 
in the grant.

V. Application Review Information for New FY 2013 Grants

A. Evaluation Criteria.

    MSHA will screen all applications to determine whether all required 
proposal elements are present and clearly identifiable. Those that do 
not comply with mandatory requirements will not be evaluated. The 
technical panels will review grant applications using the following 
criteria:
    1. Program Design--40 Points Total
    (a) Statement of the Problem/Need for Funds. (3 points)
    The proposed training and education program or training materials 
must address either mine emergency

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preparedness or mine emergency prevention.
    (b) Quality of the Project Design. (25 points)
    (1) The proposal to train mine operators and miners clearly 
estimates the number to be trained and clearly identifies the types of 
mine operators and miners to be trained.
    (2) If the proposal contains a train-the-trainer program, the 
following information must be provided:
     What ongoing support the grantee will provide to new 
trainers;
     The number of individuals to be trained as trainers;
     The estimated number of courses to be conducted by the new 
trainers;
     The estimated number of students to be trained by these 
new trainers and a description of how the grantee will obtain data from 
the new trainers documenting their classes and student numbers if 
conducted during the grant period.
    (3) The work plan activities and training are described.
     The planned activities and training are tailored to the 
needs and levels of the mine operators and miners to be trained. Any 
special constituency to be served through the grant program is 
described, e.g., smaller mines, limited English proficiency miners, 
etc. Organizations proposing to develop materials in languages other 
than English also will be required to provide an English version of the 
materials.
     If the proposal includes developing training materials, 
the work plan must include time during development for MSHA to review 
the educational materials for technical accuracy and suitability of 
content. If commercially developed training products will be used for a 
training program, applicants should also plan for MSHA to review the 
materials before using the products in their grant programs.
     The utility of the educational materials is described.
     The outreach or process to find mine operators, miners, or 
trainees to receive the training is described.
    (c) Replication. (4 points)
    The potential for a project to serve a variety of mine operators, 
miners, or mine sites, or the extent others may replicate the project.
    (d) Innovativeness. (3 points)
    The originality and uniqueness of the approach used.
    (e) MSHA's Performance Goals. (5 points)
    The extent the proposed project will contribute to MSHA's 
performance goals.
    2. Budget--20 Points Total
    (a) The budget presentation is clear and detailed. (15 points)
    (1) The budgeted costs are reasonable.
    (2) No more than 15% of the total budget is for administrative 
costs.
    (3) The budget complies with Federal cost principles (which can be 
found in the applicable Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circulars 
and with MSHA budget requirements contained in the grant application 
instructions).
    (b) The application demonstrates that the applicant has strong 
financial management and internal control systems. (5 points)
    3. Overall Qualifications of the Applicant--25 Points Total.
    (a) Grant Experience. (6 points)
    The applicant has administered, or will work with an organization 
that has administered, a number of different Federal or State grants. 
The applicant may demonstrate this experience by having project staff 
that has experience administering Federal or State grants.
    (b) Mine Safety Training Experience. (13 points)
    The applicant applying for the grant demonstrates experience with 
mine safety teaching or providing mine safety educational programs. 
Applicants that do not have prior experience in providing mine safety 
training to mine operators or miners may partner with an established 
mine safety organization to acquire mine safety expertise.
    (1) Project staff has experience in mine safety, the specific topic 
chosen, or in training mine operators and miners.
    (2) Project staff has experience in recruiting, training, and 
working with the population the organization proposes to serve.
    (3) Applicant has experience in designing and developing mine 
safety training materials for a mining program.
    (4) Applicant has experience in managing educational programs.
    (c) Management. (6 points)
    Applicant demonstrates internal control and management oversight of 
the project.
    4. Outputs and Evaluations--15 Points Total.
    The proposal should include provisions for evaluating the 
organization's progress in accomplishing the grant work activities and 
accomplishments, evaluating training sessions, and evaluating the 
program's effectiveness and impact to determine if the safety training 
and services provided resulted in workplace change or improved 
workplace conditions. The proposal should include a plan to follow up 
with trainees to determine the impact the program has had in abating 
hazards and reducing miner injuries and illnesses.

B. Review and Selection Process for New FY 2013 Grants

    A technical panel will rate each complete application against the 
criteria described in this SGA. One or more applicants may be selected 
as grantees on the basis of the initial application submission or a 
minimally acceptable number of points may be established. MSHA may 
request final revisions to the applications, and then evaluate the 
revised applications. MSHA may consider any information that comes to 
its attention in evaluating the applications.
    The panel recommendations are advisory in nature. The Deputy 
Assistant Secretary for Policy for Mine Safety and Health will make a 
final selection determination based on what is most advantageous to the 
government, considering factors such as panel findings, geographic 
presence of the applicants or the areas to be served, Agency 
priorities, and the best value to the government, cost, and other 
factors. The Deputy Assistant Secretary's determination for award under 
this SGA is final.

C. Anticipated Announcement and Award Dates

    Announcement of these awards is expected to occur by September 29, 
2013. The grant agreement will be signed no later than September 30, 
2013.

VI. FY 2012 Renewal Grantees' Process For FY 2013 Funding

A. General

    In this section, MSHA is providing the eligible FY 2012 renewal 
grantees the procedures and required documentation that they must 
submit to receive their FY 2013 funding. MSHA will notify all renewal 
grantees of their eligibility. The grantees are reminded that they are 
not required to apply for the second year of funding. If they do not 
wish to apply for the second-year funding, the grantees may apply for a 
new grant under the FY 2013 annual grant program instead.

B. The Process and Required Documentation

1. Documentation
    Using its current grant number, each grantee must provide:
    (a) Revised SF-424 and SF-424A forms; and
    (b) If necessary, a revised workplan.
2. Submission Date, Times, and Addresses
    The closing date for receipt of applications under this 
announcement

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is August 31, 2013 (no later than 11:59 p.m. EDST). The renewal grantee 
must submit its application for FY 2013 funding electronically through 
the Grants.gov Web site.

C. Award Information

    Announcement of these awards is expected to occur by September 29, 
2013. The amendment to the FY 2012 grant agreement will be signed no 
later than September 30, 2013.

VII. Award Administration Information

A. Award Process

    Before September 29, 2013, organizations selected as potential 
grant recipients will be notified by a representative of the Deputy 
Assistant Secretary, usually the Grant Officer or her staff. An 
applicant whose proposal is not selected will be notified in writing. 
The fact that an organization has been selected as a potential grant 
recipient does not necessarily constitute approval of the grant 
application as submitted (revisions may be required).
    Before the actual grant award and the announcement of the award, 
MSHA may enter into negotiations with the potential grant recipient 
concerning such matters as program components, staffing and funding 
levels, and administrative systems. If the negotiations do not result 
in an acceptable submittal, the Deputy Assistant Secretary reserves the 
right to terminate the negotiations and decline to fund the proposal.

B. Administrative and National Policy Requirements

    All grantees will be subject to applicable Federal laws and 
regulations (including provisions of appropriations law) and applicable 
OMB Circulars. The grants awarded under this competitive grant program 
will be subject to the following administrative standards and 
provisions, if applicable:
     2 CFR Part 25, Universal Identifier and Central Contractor 
Registration.
     2 CFR Part 170, Reporting Subawards and Executive 
Compensation Information.
     2 CFR Part 175, Award Term for Trafficking in Persons.
     2 CFR Part 220, Cost Principles for Educational 
Institutions. (OMB Circular A-21).
     2 CFR Part 225, Cost Principles for State, Local, and 
Indian Tribal Governments (OMB Circular A-87).
     2 CFR Part 230, Cost Principles for Non-profit 
Organizations (OMB Circular A-122).
     29 CFR Part 2, Subpart D, Equal Treatment in Department of 
Labor programs for Religious Organizations, Protection of Religious 
Liberty of Department of Labor Social Service Providers and 
Beneficiaries.
     29 CFR Part 31, Nondiscrimination in federally assisted 
programs of the Department of Labor--Effectuation of Title VI of the 
Civil Rights Act of 1964.
     29 CFR Part 32, Nondiscrimination on the basis of handicap 
in programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance.
     29 CFR Part 33, Enforcement of non-discrimination on the 
basis of handicap in programs or activities conducted by the Department 
of Labor.
     29 CFR Part 35, Nondiscrimination on the basis of age in 
programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance from the 
Department of Labor.
     29 CFR Part 36, Nondiscrimination on the basis of sex in 
education programs or activities receiving federal financial 
assistance.
     29 CFR Part 93, New Restrictions on lobbying.
     29 CFR Part 94, Governmentwide requirements for drug-free 
workplace (financial assistance).
     29 CFR Part 95, Grants and agreements with institutions of 
higher education, hospitals, and other non-profit organizations, and 
with commercial organizations, foreign governments, organizations under 
the jurisdiction of foreign governments, and international 
organizations.
     29 CFR Part 96, Audit requirements for grants, contracts, 
and other agreements.
     29 CFR Part 97, Uniform administrative requirements for 
grants and cooperative agreements to state and local governments.
     29 CFR Part 98, Governmentwide debarment and suspension 
(nonprocurement).
     29 CFR Part 99, Audits of states, local governments, and 
non-profit organizations.
     Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Subpart 31.2, 
Contracts cost principles and procedures (Codified at 48 CFR Part 
31.2).
Administrative costs for these grants may not exceed 15%. Unless 
specifically approved, MSHA's acceptance of a proposal or MSHA's award 
of Federal funds to sponsor any program does not constitute a waiver of 
any grant requirement or procedure. For example, if an application 
identifies a specific sub-contractor to provide certain services, the 
MSHA award does not provide a basis to sole-source the procurement (to 
avoid competition).

C. Special Program Requirements

1. MSHA Review of Educational Materials
    MSHA will review all grantee-produced educational and training 
materials for technical accuracy and suitability of content during 
development and before final publication. MSHA also will review 
training curricula and purchased training materials for technical 
accuracy and suitability of content before the materials are used. 
Grantees developing training materials must follow all copyright laws 
and provide written certification that their materials are free from 
copyright infringement.
    When grantees produce training materials, they must provide copies 
of completed materials to MSHA before the end of the grant period. 
Completed materials should be submitted to MSHA in hard copy and in 
digital format (CD-ROM/DVD) for publication on the MSHA Web site. Two 
copies of the materials must be provided to MSHA. Acceptable formats 
for training materials include Microsoft XP Word, PDF, PowerPoint, and 
any other format agreed upon by MSHA.
2. License
    As listed in 29 CFR 95.36, the Department of Labor reserves a 
royalty-free, nonexclusive, and irrevocable right to reproduce, 
publish, or otherwise use for Federal purposes any work produced under 
a grant, and to authorize others to do so. Grantees must agree to 
provide the Department of Labor a paid-up, nonexclusive, and 
irrevocable license to reproduce, publish, or otherwise use for Federal 
purposes all products developed, or for which ownership was purchased, 
under an award. Such products include, but are not limited to, 
curricula, training models, technical assistance products, and any 
related materials. Such uses include, but are not limited to, the right 
to modify and distribute such products worldwide by any means, 
electronic, or otherwise. Title 29 CFR 97.34 provides DOL and MSHA with 
similar rights for any work produced or purchased under the grant.
3. Acknowledgement on Printed Materials
    All approved grant-funded materials developed by a grantee shall 
contain the following disclaimer: ``This material was produced under 
grant number XXXXX from the Mine Safety and Health Administration, U.S. 
Department of Labor. It does not necessarily reflect the views or 
policies of the U.S. Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade 
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organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.''
    When issuing statements, press releases, request for proposals, bid 
solicitations, and other documents describing projects or programs 
funded in whole or in part with Federal money, all grantees receiving 
Federal funds must clearly state:
    (a) The percentage of the total costs of the program or project 
that will be financed with Federal money;
    (b) The dollar amount of Federal financial assistance for the 
project or program; and
    (c) The percentage and dollar amount of the total costs of the 
project or program that will be financed by non-governmental sources.
4. Use of U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) and MSHA Logos
    The USDOL or the MSHA logo may be applied to the grant-funded 
material including posters, videos, pamphlets, research documents, 
national survey results, impact evaluations, best practice reports, and 
other publications. The grantees must consult with MSHA on whether the 
logo may be used on any such items prior to final draft or final 
preparation for distribution. In no event shall the USDOL or the MSHA 
logo be placed on any item until MSHA has given the grantee written 
permission to use either logo on the item.
5. Reporting
    Grantees are required by Departmental regulations to submit 
financial and project reports, as described below, each quarter (grant 
quarters match calendar quarters, i.e., January to March, April to 
June).
    (a) Financial Reports
    All financial reports are due no later than 30 days after the end 
of the quarter and shall be submitted to MSHA electronically. Grantees 
will be contacted with instructions on how to submit reports.
    (b) Technical Project Reports
    After signing the agreement, the grantee shall submit technical 
project reports to MSHA no later than 30 days after the end of each 
quarter. Technical project reports provide both quantitative and 
qualitative information and a narrative assessment of performance for 
the preceding three-month period. See 29 CFR 95.51 and 29 CFR 97.40. 
This should include the current grant progress against the overall 
grant goals as provided in Part IV.B.3.
    Between reporting dates, the grantee shall immediately inform MSHA 
of significant developments or problems affecting the organization's 
ability to accomplish the work. See 29 CFR 95.51(f) and 29 CFR 
97.40(d).
    (c) Final Reports
    At the end of each 12-month performance period, each grantee must 
provide a final financial report, a summary of its technical project 
reports, and an evaluation report. These final reports are due no later 
than 90 days after the end of the 12-month performance period.

H. Freedom of Information

    Any information submitted in response to this SGA will be subject 
to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, as appropriate.

I. Transparency in the Grant Process

    DOL is committed to conducting a transparent grant award process 
and publicizing information about program outcomes. Posting awardees' 
grant applications on public Web sites is a means of promoting and 
sharing innovative ideas. Under this SGA, DOL will publish the 
awardees' Executive Summaries, selected information from their SF-424s, 
and a version of awardees' Technical Proposals on the Department's Web 
site or similar location. None of the Attachments to the Technical 
Proposal provided with the applications will be published. The 
Technical Proposals and Executive Summaries will not be published until 
after the grants are awarded. In addition, information about grant 
progress and results may also be made publicly available.
    DOL recognizes that grant applications sometimes contain 
information that an applicant may consider proprietary or business 
confidential information, or may contain personally identifiable 
information. Proprietary or business confidential information is 
information that is not usually disclosed outside your organization and 
disclosing this information is likely to cause you substantial 
competitive harm.
    Personally identifiable information is any information that can be 
used to distinguish or trace an individual's identity, such as name, 
social security number, date and place of birth, mother`s maiden name, 
or biometric records; and any other information that is linked or 
linkable to an individual, such as medical, educational, financial, and 
employment information.\1\
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    Executive Summaries will be published in the form originally 
submitted, without any redactions. Applicants should not include any 
proprietary or confidential business information or personally 
identifiable information in this summary. In the event that an 
applicant submits proprietary or confidential business information or 
personally identifiable information in the summary, DOL is not liable 
for the posting of this information contained in the Executive Summary. 
The submission of the grant application constitutes a waiver of the 
applicant's objection to the posting of any proprietary or confidential 
business information contained in the Executive Summary. Additionally, 
the applicant is responsible for obtaining all authorizations from 
relevant parties for publishing all personally identifiable information 
contained within the Executive Summary. In the event the Executive 
Summary contains proprietary or confidential business or personally 
identifiable information, the applicant is presumed to have obtained 
all necessary authorizations to provide this information and may be 
liable for any improper release of this information.
    By submission of this grant application, the applicant agrees to 
indemnify and hold harmless the United States, the U.S. Department of 
Labor, its officers, employees, and agents against any liability or for 
any loss or damages arising from this application. By such submission 
of this grant application, the applicant further acknowledges having 
the authority to execute this release of liability.
    In order to ensure that proprietary or confidential business 
information or personally identifiable information is properly 
protected from disclosure when DOL posts the selected Technical 
Proposals, applicants whose Technical Proposals will be posted will be 
asked to submit a second redacted version of their Technical Proposal, 
with any proprietary or confidential business information and 
personally identifiable information redacted. All non-public 
information about the applicant's staff or other individuals should be 
removed as well.
    The Department will contact the applicants whose Technical 
Proposals will be published by letter or email, and provide further 
directions about how and when to submit the redacted version of the 
Technical Proposal.
    Submission of a redacted version of the Technical Proposal will 
constitute permission by the applicant for DOL to make the redacted 
version publicly available. We will also assume that the applicant has 
obtained the agreement to the redacted version of the applicant's

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Technical Proposal. If an applicant fails to provide a redacted version 
of the Technical Proposal by October 21, 2013, DOL will publish the 
original Technical Proposal in full, after redacting only personally 
identifiable information. (Note that the original, unredacted version 
of the Technical Proposal will remain part of the complete application 
package, including an applicant's proprietary and confidential business 
information and any personally identifiable information.)
    Applicants are encouraged to disclose as much of the grant 
application information as possible, and to redact only information 
that clearly is proprietary, confidential commercial/business 
information, or capable of identifying a person. The redaction of 
entire pages or sections of the Technical Proposal is not appropriate, 
and will not be allowed, unless the entire portion merits such 
protection. Should a dispute arise about whether redactions are 
appropriate, DOL will follow the procedures outlined in the 
Department's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regulations (29 CFR Part 
70).
    Redacted information in grant applications will be protected by DOL 
from public disclosure in accordance with federal law, including the 
Trade Secrets Act (18 U.S.C. 1905), FOIA, and the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 
552a). If DOL receives a FOIA request for your application, the 
procedures in DOL's FOIA regulations for responding to requests for 
commercial/business information submitted to the government will be 
followed, as well as all FOIA exemptions and procedures. 29 CFR 70.26. 
Consequently, it is possible that application of FOIA rules may result 
in release of information in response to a FOIA request that an 
applicant redacted in its ``redacted copy.''

VIII. Agency Contacts

    Any questions regarding this solicitation for grant applications 
(SGA 13-3BS) should be directed to Robert Glatter at 
glatter.robert@dol.gov or at 202-693-9570 (this is not a toll-free 
number) or the Grant Officer, Nancy Sloanhoffer at 
sloanhoffer.nancy@dol.gov or at 202-693-9839 (this is not a toll-free 
number). MSHA's Web page at www.msha.gov is a valuable source of 
background for this initiative.

IX. Office Of Management and Budget Information Collection Requirements

    This SGA requests information from applicants. This collection of 
information is approved under OMB Control No. 1225-0086 (expires 
January 31, 2016).
    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, no person 
is required to respond to a collection of information unless such 
collection displays a valid OMB control number. Public reporting burden 
for the grant application is estimated to average 20 hours per 
response, for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, 
gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing 
the collection of information. Each recipient who receives a grant 
award notice will be required to submit nine progress reports to MSHA. 
MSHA estimates that each report will take approximately two and one-
half hours to prepare.
    Send comments regarding the burden estimated or any other aspect of 
this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this 
burden, to the OMB Desk Officer for MSHA, Office of Management and 
Budget Room 10235, Washington DC 20503 and MSHA, electronically to 
Robert Glatter at glatter.robert@dol.gov or the Grant Officer, Nancy 
Sloanhoffer at sloanhoffer.nancy@dol.gov or by mail to Robert Glatter, 
Room 2148, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22209.
    This information is being collected for the purpose of awarding a 
grant. The information collected through this ``Solicitation for Grant 
Applications'' will be used by the Department of Labor to ensure that 
grants are awarded to the applicant best suited to perform the 
functions of the grant. Submission of this information is required in 
order for the applicant to be considered for award of this grant. 
Unless otherwise specifically noted in this announcement, information 
submitted in the respondent's application is not considered to be 
confidential.

    Authority:  30 U.S.C. 965.

    Dated: July 24, 2013.
Patricia W. Silvey,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Operations, Mine Safety and Health.
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