Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review, 51811-51812 [2013-20282]

Download as PDF mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 162 / Wednesday, August 21, 2013 / Notices transit agency in the State’s jurisdiction to prepare and implement a System Safety Program Plan (SSPP) and System Security Plan (SSP). The SSO agency also requires the rail transit agencies in its jurisdiction to conduct specific activities, such as accident investigation, implementation of a hazard management program, and the management of an internal safety and security audit process. SSO agencies review and approve the SSPPs and SSPs of the rail transit agencies. Once every three years, States conduct an on-site review of the rail transit agencies in their jurisdictions to assess SSPP/SSP implementation and to determine whether these plans are effective and if they need to be updated. SSO agencies develop final reports documenting the findings from these on-site reviews and require corrective actions. SSO agencies also review and approve accident investigation reports, participate in the rail transit agency’s hazard management program, and oversee implementation of the rail transit agency’s internal safety and security audit process. SSO agencies review and approve corrective action plans and track and monitor rail transit agency activities to implement them. Collection of this information enables each SSO agency to monitor each rail transit agency’s implementation of the State’s requirements as specified in the Program Standard approved by FTA. Without this information, States would not be able to oversee the rail transit agencies in their jurisdictions. Recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) have encouraged States and rail transit agencies to devote additional resources to these safety activities and safety oversight in general. SSO agencies also submit an annual certification to FTA that the State is in compliance with Section 5330 and an annual report documenting the State’s safety and security oversight activities. States also submit annual grant applications for Federal transit assistance and report quarterly on the progress of those activities. FTA uses the annual information submitted by the States to monitor implementation of the program. If a State fails to comply with Section 5330, FTA may withhold up to five percent of the funds appropriated for use in a State or urbanized area in the State under section 5307. The information submitted by the States ensures FTA’s compliance with applicable federal laws, OMB Circular A–102, and 49 CFR Part 18, ‘‘Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:29 Aug 20, 2013 Jkt 229001 and Cooperative Agreements with State and Local Governments.’’ Estimated Total Annual Burden: 177,820 hours. ADDRESSES: All written comments must refer to the docket number that appears at the top of this document and be submitted to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 725—17th Street NW. Washington, DC 20503, Attention: FTA Desk Officer. Comments are Invited On: Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Department, including whether the information will have practical utility; the accuracy of the Department’s estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Matthew M. Crouch, Deputy Associate Administrator for Administration. [FR Doc. 2013–20283 Filed 8–20–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Transit Administration [FTA Docket No. FTA–2013–0032] Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration, DOT. ACTION: Notice of request for comments. The Federal Transit Administration invites public comment about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) approval to renew the following information collection: Transit Investments in Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) Program. The information collected is necessary to ensure that recipients of TIGGER funds are meeting program objectives and are complying with FTA Circular 5010.1D, ‘‘Grant Management Requirements’’ and other federal requirements. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments was published on May 17, 2013. DATES: Comments must be submitted before September 20, 2013 A comment to OMB is most effective if OMB SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00106 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 51811 receives it within 30 days of publication. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: LaStar Matthews, Office of Administration, Office of Management Planning, (202) 366–2295. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Transit Investments in Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) Program (OMB Number: 2132–0566). Abstract: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) established the Transit Investments in Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) Program with $100 million in new discretionary grant program funding to support public transit agencies in making capital investments that would assist in the reduction of energy consumption or greenhouse gas emissions within their public transportation systems. In two subsequent years, The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, Related Agencies Appropriations Act, The Department of Defense and FullYear Continuing Appropriations Act appropriated an additional $75 million and $49.9 million, respectively, for FY 2010 and FY 2011. The TIGGER Program has awarded 87 competitively selected projects, implementing a wide variety of technologies to meet program goals. The awarded projects are geographically diverse, covering 35 states and 67 different transit agencies in both urban and rural settings. The information that’s currently being collected for this program is submitted as part of the Project Management reporting requirements for TIGGER. The collection of Project Management information provides documentation that the recipients of TIGGER funds are meeting program objectives and are complying with FTA Circular 5010.1D, ‘‘Grant Management Requirements’’ and other federal requirements. Estimated Total Annual Burden: 17,052 hours. ADDRESSES: All written comments must refer to the docket number that appears at the top of this document and be submitted to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 725—17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503, Attention: FTA Desk Officer. Comments are Invited On: Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Department, including whether the information will have practical utility; the accuracy of the Department’s estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be E:\FR\FM\21AUN1.SGM 21AUN1 51812 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 162 / Wednesday, August 21, 2013 / Notices collected; and ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Matthew M. Crouch, Deputy Associate Administrator for Administration. [FR Doc. 2013–20282 Filed 8–20–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Transit Administration Urbanized Area Formula Grants; Passenger Ferry Grant Program Federal Transit Administration (FTA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA): Solicitation of Project Proposals for the Passenger Ferry Grant Program. AGENCY: The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of Section 5307 Urbanized Area Formula Grant program funds in support of the Discretionary Passenger Ferry Grant program. This grant opportunity will be funded using $29.9 million in FY 2013 Urbanized Area Formula Grants program funds authorized by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP– 21), Public Law 112–141, July 6, 2012. The Passenger Ferry Grant program (Ferry program), as authorized, is available to urbanized areas for the same general authority provided under 49 U.S.C. 5307 (Section 5307). However, within the authority provided to the Secretary of Transportation to develop a competitive process, FTA is limiting this discretionary opportunity to capital projects. These funds constitute a core investment in the enhancement and revitalization of public ferry systems in the Nation’s urbanized areas. This notice solicits proposals to compete for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 funding under the Ferry program and may include additional funds made available under future appropriations. This notice also includes priorities established by FTA for these discretionary funds, criteria FTA will use to identify meritorious projects for funding, and the process to apply for funding. This announcement is available on the FTA Web site at: http// www.fta.dot.gov. FTA may announce final selections on the Web site and in the Federal Register. Additionally, a synopsis of this funding opportunity will be posted in the FIND module of the government-wide electronic grants mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:29 Aug 20, 2013 Jkt 229001 (GRANTS.GOV) Web site at http:// www.grants.gov. DATES: Complete proposals for Ferry program projects must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EDT on October 21, 2013. All proposals must be submitted electronically through the GRANTS.GOV APPLY function. Any agency intending to apply should initiate the process of registering on the GRANTS.GOV site immediately to ensure completion of registration before the submission deadline. Instructions for applying can be found on FTA’s Web site at http://www.fta.dot.gov/grants/ 13093_3561.html and in the ‘‘FIND’’ module of GRANTS.GOV. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact the appropriate FTA Regional Office found at http://www.fta.dot.gov for proposal-specific information and issues. For program-specific questions, please contact Vanessa Williams, Office of Program Management, (202) 366– 4818, email: Vanessa.williams@dot.gov. A TDD is available at 1–800–877–8339 (TDD/FIRS). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Table Of Contents A. FTA Ferry Program Authority B. Program Description and Purpose C. Program Information 1. Eligible Proposers 2. Eligible Projects 3. Cost Sharing and Matching 4. Eligible Sources of Match D. Proposal Submission Process E. Proposal Information F. Proposal Content G. Evaluation Criteria H. Review and Selection Process I. Award Information J. Award Administration K. Technical Assistance and Other Program Information Appendix A: Registration in GRANTS.GOV A. FTA Ferry Program Authority Section 5307(h) of Title 49, United States Code, as established by MAP–21, authorizes FTA’s Passenger Ferry Grant program. The program authorizes FTA to solicit grant applications and make grants for eligible projects on a competitive basis subject to the Section 5307 terms and conditions, unless noted otherwise in the competitive solicitation. B. Program Description and Purpose Improving and maintaining the Nation’s public ferry systems is a key strategic goal of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and FTA. The Ferry program is intended to contribute to the improvement of the condition of the public ferry systems by providing financial assistance for capital projects. As part of the program and as evidenced PO 00000 Frm 00107 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 in the criteria established for the program, FTA intends to prioritize ferry projects that aim to improve a system’s state of good repair and that support the connection of ferry service with multiple modes of transportation, including but not limited to: rail, bus, intercity bus, and private transportation providers. C. Program Information 1. Eligible Proposers Eligible proposers and eventual grant applicants under this initiative must be eligible direct recipients of Section 5307 funds engaged in providing a public transportation passenger ferry service. Ferry systems that accommodate cars must also accommodate walk-on passengers. 2. Eligible Projects Under this competitive program, eligible projects are capital projects including ferries, terminals, and related infrastructure. Capital projects include, but are not limited to, the purchase, replacement, or rehabilitation of, ferries and terminals and related equipment. Funds made available under this Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) may not be used to fund operating expenses, planning, or preventive maintenance. FTA’s Section 5307 formula funds may be used for these activities. 3. Cost Sharing or Matching Costs will be shared at the following ratio: i. The Federal share is 80 percent for capital projects with exceptions explained below: Æ The Federal share is 85 percent for net project costs for acquiring vehicles (including clean-fuel or alternative fuel) attributable to compliance with the Clean Air Act (CAA) or attributable to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. Æ The Federal share is 90 percent for net project costs for vehicle-related equipment or facilities (including cleanfuel or alternative-fuel vehicle-related equipment or facilities) attributable to compliance with the Clean Air Act (CAA) or Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. FTA considers vehicle-related equipment to be equipment on and attached to the vehicle. The award recipient may itemize the cost of specific, discrete, vehicle-related equipment being purchased to be in compliance with ADA or CAA. 4. Eligible Sources of Match After the appropriate Federal share is established, the applicant must provide the local share of the net project cost in E:\FR\FM\21AUN1.SGM 21AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 162 (Wednesday, August 21, 2013)]
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[Pages 51811-51812]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-20282]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Transit Administration

[FTA Docket No. FTA-2013-0032]


Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review

AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration, DOT.

ACTION: Notice of request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Federal Transit Administration invites public comment 
about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget's 
(OMB) approval to renew the following information collection: Transit 
Investments in Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) Program.
    The information collected is necessary to ensure that recipients of 
TIGGER funds are meeting program objectives and are complying with FTA 
Circular 5010.1D, ``Grant Management Requirements'' and other federal 
requirements. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period 
soliciting comments was published on May 17, 2013.

DATES: Comments must be submitted before September 20, 2013 A comment 
to OMB is most effective if OMB receives it within 30 days of 
publication.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: LaStar Matthews, Office of 
Administration, Office of Management Planning, (202) 366-2295.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Title: Transit Investments in Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction 
(TIGGER) Program (OMB Number: 2132-0566).
    Abstract: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) 
established the Transit Investments in Greenhouse Gas and Energy 
Reduction (TIGGER) Program with $100 million in new discretionary grant 
program funding to support public transit agencies in making capital 
investments that would assist in the reduction of energy consumption or 
greenhouse gas emissions within their public transportation systems. In 
two subsequent years, The Transportation, Housing and Urban 
Development, Related Agencies Appropriations Act, The Department of 
Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act appropriated an 
additional $75 million and $49.9 million, respectively, for FY 2010 and 
FY 2011. The TIGGER Program has awarded 87 competitively selected 
projects, implementing a wide variety of technologies to meet program 
goals. The awarded projects are geographically diverse, covering 35 
states and 67 different transit agencies in both urban and rural 
settings.
    The information that's currently being collected for this program 
is submitted as part of the Project Management reporting requirements 
for TIGGER. The collection of Project Management information provides 
documentation that the recipients of TIGGER funds are meeting program 
objectives and are complying with FTA Circular 5010.1D, ``Grant 
Management Requirements'' and other federal requirements. Estimated 
Total Annual Burden: 17,052 hours.

ADDRESSES: All written comments must refer to the docket number that 
appears at the top of this document and be submitted to the Office of 
Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 
725--17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503, Attention: FTA Desk 
Officer.
    Comments are Invited On: Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the Department, including whether the information will have practical 
utility; the accuracy of the Department's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed information collection; ways to enhance the quality, utility, 
and clarity of the information to be

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collected; and ways to minimize the burden of the collection of 
information on respondents, including the use of automated collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology.

Matthew M. Crouch,
Deputy Associate Administrator for Administration.
[FR Doc. 2013-20282 Filed 8-20-13; 8:45 am]
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