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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 245 / Friday, December 20, 2013 / Notices emcdonald on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES project/technical progress updates, with a final written report addressing components outlined in the scope of work. Quarterly written progress and financial status reports are to be submitted to the DEMD project monitor named in the award letter for the project. The quarterly reports are on a calendar basis with the first reporting quarter being that in which the project funds are transferred to the applicant. This date will be established by DEMD’s project monitor once there has been an award. The quarterly status report can be a one- to two-page summary of events, accomplishments, problems and results that took place during the quarter. The status report should also include a listing of the funds expended during the quarter, how the funds were spent, and the amount remaining. Quarterly reports are due two weeks after the end of a project’s quarter. Applicants should also forward a copy of their reports to their own BIA Agency and Regional offices. 2. Final Reporting Requirements • Delivery Schedules. The applicant must deliver all products and data generated under the EMDP project to DEMD within two weeks after project completion. • Digital Format Requirement for Reports and Data. DEMD maintains a repository of all energy and mineral data on Indian lands, much of it derived from these EMDP reports. As these projects produce large amounts of raw and processed data, analyses and assays (in addition to the summary report itself); DEMD requires that all deliverable products to be in digital format, along with printed hard copies. Reports and data can be provided in either Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat PDF format. Spreadsheet data can be provided in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, or Adobe PDF formats. All vector figures should be converted to PDF format. Raster images can be provided in PDF, JPEG, TIFF, or any of the Windows metafile formats. • Number of Copies. The applicant’s EMDP proposal should account for our requirement that all final products be delivered in the format described above, including six digital and six printed copies, distributed as follows: (a) The applicant retains two printed and two digital copies of the EMDP report. (b) DEMD requires four printed copies and four digital copies of the EMDP report. DEMD will transmit one of these copies to the tribe’s BIA Regional Office, and one copy to the tribe’s BIA Agency Office. Two printed and two digital VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:44 Dec 19, 2013 Jkt 232001 copies will then reside with DEMD. All DEMD’s copies should be forwarded to its office in Lakewood, Colorado, to the attention of the ‘‘Energy and Mineral Development Program.’’ All products generated by EMDP studies belong to the applicant and cannot be released to the public without the applicant’s written approval. Products include all reports and technical data obtained during the study such as geophysical data, geochemical analyses, core data, lithologic logs, assay data of samples tested, results of special tests, maps and cross sections, status reports, and the final report. J. Requests for Technical Assistance DEMD staff can provide applicants with a good deal of technical help, such as working directly with tribal staff on a proposed project, providing support documentation and data, and suggesting ways a tribe may obtain other assistance, such as from a company or consultant with special expertise. The applicant or its consultant must design, organize, and write the EMDP grant proposal, however, including its proposed budget. DEMD staff cannot objectively help an applicant prepare an application when DEMD has primary responsibility for evaluating it. If an applicant needs DEMD’s assistance with some aspect of the EMDP grant application process, and DEMD’s help would not create a conflict of interest, please ask in writing. Submit requests to DEMD’s Division Chief well in advance of the proposal deadline established in the DATES section of this solicitation to allow DEMD staff time to provide the appropriate assistance. Applicants not seeking technical assistance should also submit their EMDP proposals as far as possible in advance of the application deadline, to allow DEMD staff time to provide feedback concerning any possible deficiencies, and allow for timely application revisions if necessary. K. Paperwork Reduction Act Statement The information collection requirements contained in this notice have been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under 44 U.S.C. 3504(h). The OMB control number is 1076–0174. The authorization expires on June 30, 2016. An agency may not sponsor, and you are not required to respond to, any information collection that does not display a currently valid OMB Control Number. The information collected is used to identify eligible recipients of EMDP grants and to obtain progress reports from selected EMDP grant recipients. The information is supplied by the PO 00000 Frm 00068 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 77161 respondents to obtain a benefit. The public reporting burden is estimated to be 40 hours per application and 1.5 hours per progress report per respondent. This includes the time needed to understand the requirements, gather the information, complete the application and progress report, and submit to the Department. Comments regarding the burden or other aspects of the information collection may be directed to the Information Collection Clearance Officer—Indian Affairs, 1849 C Street NW., MS–4141, Washington, DC 20240. Dated: December 6, 2013. Kevin K. Washburn, Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. 2013–30282 Filed 12–19–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–4M–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs [134D0102DRDS5B800000DR. 5B811.IA000913DLB000000.000000] Grant Program To Build Tribal Energy Development Capacity Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Solicitation of Proposals. AGENCY: The Secretary of the Interior (Secretary), through the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED), is soliciting grant proposals from Indian tribes for projects to build tribal capacity for energy resource development under the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Tribal Energy Development Capacity (TEDC) grant program. Under the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Act), Congress appropriates funds on a year-to-year basis to DOI for grants of funds to Indian tribes for use in assessing, developing, and obtaining the managerial and technical capacity needed to develop energy resources on Indian land and properly account for energy resource production and revenues. We will use a competitive evaluation process based on criteria stated in the Supplementary Information section of this notice to select projects for funding awards. DATES: Submit grant proposals by February 18, 2014. Grant proposals must be postmarked by this date or they may not be considered. ADDRESSES: Mail or hand-carry grant proposals to the Department of the Interior, Office of Indian Energy & Economic Development, Attention: Ashley Stockdale, 1951 Constitution Ave. NW., MS 20–SIB, Washington, DC SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\20DEN1.SGM 20DEN1 77162 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 245 / Friday, December 20, 2013 / Notices 20245, or email to Ashley Stockdale at Ashley.Stockdale@bia.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions about the TEDC program, or have technical questions about the tribal energy resource capacity you wish to develop, please contact David B. Johnson at the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development, 1951 Constitution Avenue NW., MS 20– SIB, Washington, DC 20245, telephone 202–208–3026, fax 202–208–4564, email DavidB.Johnson@bia.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: emcdonald on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES A. Background IEED implements the Indian Energy Resource Development Program under Title V of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to assist Indian tribes in the development of energy resources and further the goal of Indian selfdetermination. This includes the TEDC grant program for the benefit of Indian tribes that wish to build capacity to develop conventional or renewable energy resources on Indian lands. The TEDC grant program helps tribes in assessing, developing, or obtaining the managerial and technical capacity needed to develop energy resources on Indian land and to properly account for resulting energy production and revenues, as provided for in Title V, Section 503, of the Energy Policy Act. Title V, Section 503 of the Act also amended Title XXVI (Indian Energy) of the Energy Policy Act of 1992 to provide for Tribal Energy Resource Agreements (TERAs). TERAs are agreements between federally-recognized Indian tribes and the Secretary of the Interior that allow the tribe, at its discretion, to enter into leases, business agreements, and rights-of-way for energy resource development on tribal lands without further review and approval by the Secretary. The Act and the implementing regulations provide that the Secretary must determine that a tribe has the capacity to regulate the development of its energy resource(s) before approving a TERA. TEDC grants are, therefore, particularly useful to tribes that may wish to pursue a TERA, since the funds are used to help fulfill one of the key requirements for TERA approval—demonstrating capacity to perform the administrative and technical functions included in a TERA. Tribes that are not considering entering into a TERA may also benefit from a TEDC grant for energy resource development on Indian land under other options available to tribes, such as Indian Mineral Development Agreements or self-determination contracts or compacts. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:44 Dec 19, 2013 Jkt 232001 The information collection requirements contained in this notice have been reviewed and approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3504(h). The OMB control number is 1076–0177. The authorization expires on July 31, 2014. General Requirements for TEDC Grant Proposals 1. TEDC grant proposals must be submitted to IEED in digital format and postmarked by the date in the DATES section. 2. Proposals should be presented succinctly, yet in enough detail to allow the TEDC grant evaluation team to quickly and thoroughly understand the purpose, scope and objectives of the proposal. 3. Projects proposed under the TEDC grant program must be capable of being completed within one year of a grant award. 4. TEDC grant projects may not duplicate previous or ongoing energy resource development capacity building projects. 5. TEDC grant projects may not include any activities that duplicate efforts of other projects for which federal funds have previously been awarded. 6. Tribes currently under Bureau of Indian Affairs sanction resulting from non-compliance with the Single Audit Act may be ineligible for consideration of a grant award. 7. TEDC grant proposals will be deemed incomplete, or, at a minimum, points will be deducted, if all mandatory components are not included. B. Purposes of TEDC Grants TEDC grants are intended to help Indian tribes and tribal energy resource development organizations meet the following goals as they relate to assessing, developing, or obtaining tribal energy resource development capacity for energy resource(s) they intend to or are developing on Indian land: 1. Determine the current level of the tribe’s or tribal energy resource development organization’s technical, administrative, or management capacity for identified energy resource development activities; 2. Determine which technical, administrative, or management capacities for tribal energy resource development need enhancement; 3. Determine what process(es) and/or procedure(s) may be used to eliminate capacity gaps or obtain the development of energy resource development PO 00000 Frm 00069 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 capacity (including training and policy and code development); 4. Determine how the process(es) and/ or procedure(s) identified in paragraph (c) will be implemented. C. Definitions for Purpose of TEDC Grants 1. Indian Tribe. The term ‘‘Indian tribe’’ for purposes of this announcement means any Indian tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, including any Alaska Native village or regional or village corporation as defined in or established pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (85 Stat. 688) [43 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.], which is recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians; 2. Tribal Energy Resource Development Organization. The term ‘‘tribal energy resource development organization’’ for purposes of this announcement means an organization of two or more entities, at least one of which is an Indian tribe, that has the written consent of the governing bodies of all Indian tribes participating in the organization to apply for a grant, loan, or other assistance under 25 U.S.C. 3502. 3. Indian land. The term ‘‘Indian land’’ for the purposes of this announcement means: (a) Any land located within the boundaries of an Indian reservation, pueblo, or rancheria; (b) any land not located within the boundaries of an Indian reservation, pueblo, or rancheria, the title to which is held: (i) In trust by the United States for the benefit of an Indian tribe or an individual Indian; (ii) by an Indian tribe or an individual Indian, subject to restriction against alienation under laws of the United States; or (iii) by a dependent Indian community; and (c) land that is owned by an Indian tribe and was conveyed by the United States to a Native Corporation pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), or that was conveyed by the United States to a Native Corporation in exchange for such land. D. Activities Eligible for TEDC Grant Funding Examples of activities eligible for TEDC grants include, but are not limited to, assessing or determining how to develop or obtain the tribe’s or tribal E:\FR\FM\20DEN1.SGM 20DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 245 / Friday, December 20, 2013 / Notices energy resources development organization’s capacity for: • Reviewing proposals for leases, business agreements, or rights-of-way; • Negotiating and reviewing leases, business agreements, or rights-of-way; • Evaluating the environmental effects of energy resource development projects the applicant may enter into, including those related to cultural resources; • Monitoring the compliance of a third party with the terms and conditions of any leases, business agreements, and rights of-way the applicant may enter into; • Establishing or managing energy development-related departments or administrative divisions within the tribe or tribal energy resource development organization; • Providing for energy developmentrelated technical, scientific, and/or engineering expertise within the tribe or tribal energy resource development organization; • Developing or enhancing tribal policies, codes, regulations, or ordinances related to regulating energy resource development; and • Accounting for energy resource production and revenues. emcdonald on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES E. Activities Ineligible for TEDC Grant Funding • Feasibility studies and energy resource assessments; • Purchase of resource assessment data; • Research and development of speculative or unproven technologies; • Purchase or lease of equipment for the development of energy resources; • Payment of fees or procurement of any services associated with energy assessment or exploration or development activity; • Payment of tribal salaries for employees not directly involved in conducting the assessment project and payment of salaries beyond the one-year project; • Establishment or operation of a tribal office or purchasing office equipment not specific to the capacity building project; • Indirect costs and overhead as defined by the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR); • Purchase or lease of project equipment such as computers, vehicles, field gear, etc; • Legal fees; • Contract negotiation fees; and • Any other activities not authorized by the tribal resolution or by the approved proposal. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:44 Dec 19, 2013 Jkt 232001 F. TEDC Grant Proposal Mandatory Components Component 1—Tribal Resolution Provide a current tribal resolution or other formal official action of the tribe’s governing entity or tribal energy resource development organization. This document should be signed by a duly authorized tribal official representing the tribe’s governing body or evidence of the authority of a tribal energy resource development organization to apply for grants. Component 2—TEDC Grant Project Description (a) Applicant point of contact, including name, title, mailing address, telephone and fax numbers, and email address; (b) Name and title of responsible party(ies) for technical execution and administration of the project; (c) Amount of funding requested for the project; (d) Description of the identified energy resource(s); (e) Scope of work describing the proposed project, including: Capacity areas related to the identified energy resource on which the proposal’s assessment(s) will focus and the approach and justification of the approach to be used in assessing, developing, or sustaining the tribe’s or tribal energy resource development organization’s capacity to manage energy resource development activities and to determine next steps to be taken to eliminate any identified capacity gaps; (f) Objectives of the proposal describing how the proposed project will contribute to the tribe’s or tribal energy resource development organization’s capacity (in assessing, developing or obtaining particular identified areas to be included in the project); (g) Method of measurement of meeting stated objectives of the proposed project, including data collection and analysis; (h) Description of deliverable products the proposed project will generate; (i) Completion date for proposed project, date for interim progress report, and date for final report (see Section I— Post-Award Requirements below); (j) Resumes of key personnel (tribal or tribal energy resource development organization’s employees, consultants, subcontractors) who will work on the proposed project, including information on expertise; and (k) Description of the tribe’s or tribal energy resource development PO 00000 Frm 00070 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 77163 organization’s current staff and/or tribal financial resources the applicant plans to apply to performance or completion of the objectives in its TEDC grant proposal. Component 3—Existing and Prior Energy Resource Development Experience (a) Description and examples of the tribe’s or tribal energy resource development organization’s experience with energy resource development activities, including any previous or current capacity assessment and energy resource assessment, feasibility studies, exploration for or development of specific energy resource(s); (b) Description of the tribe’s or tribal energy resource development organization’s experience and level of existing capacity to manage and regulate energy resource development in areas including, but not limited to: (1) Land and lease management (including evaluation, negotiation, and enforcement of terms); (2) Technical, scientific, and engineering evaluation; (3) Financial and revenue management; (4) Production accounting; (5) Environmental review, monitoring, compliance, and enforcement; (6) Regulatory monitoring (federal, state, and tribal environmental and safety regulations); and (7) Tribal environmental code, regulation, or ordinance development or enhancement. (c) List of all previous or on-going energy resource development capacity building projects for which the tribe or tribal energy resource development organization has received Federal funds, the source or the funds (e.g., Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, or Department of the Interior), the year(s) for which funds were awarded, and whether such projects were completed and completion dates. Component 4—Planned Energy Resource Development (a) Description of the tribe’s or tribal energy resource development organization’s planned energy resource development activities including energy plan, capacity assessment, energy resource assessment, feasibility studies, exploration for or development of specific energy resource(s); and (b) Description of the tribe’s or tribal energy resource development organization’s plans for managing energy resource development and growth (including plans to develop or E:\FR\FM\20DEN1.SGM 20DEN1 77164 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 245 / Friday, December 20, 2013 / Notices enhance tribal offices or independent tribal business entities related to energy resource development, if any). emcdonald on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Component 5—Detailed Budget Estimate (1) Provide a detailed, line-by-line budget, including all projected and anticipated expenditures under the TEDC grant proposal, covering the amount of funding requested. (2) Provide in the budget a breakdown for the proposal’s line items that involve several components or contain numerous sub-functions to include, at a minimum: (a) Itemized costs for all contracted personnel and consultants, their respective positions and time (staff hour) allocations for the proposed functions of the project or part(s) of the project; (b) documentation of professional qualifications necessary to perform the work for tribal personnel to be funded and attach position descriptions; (c) documentation that clearly identifies the qualifications and utilization of any proposed consultants; (d) itemized consultant fees and include a line item breakdown of costs associated with each consultant activity. If a consultant is to be hired for a fixed fee, itemize the consultant’s expenses as part of the project budget; (e) itemized travel estimates by airfare, vehicle rental, training and conference fees (if any), and lodging and per diem, based on the current Federal Government per diem schedule; (f) itemized data collection and analysis costs in sufficient detail for the IEED TEDC grant evaluation team to evaluate the proposed expenses; and (g) other expenses such as computer and other equipment rental, report generation, drafting, and advertising costs for a proposal. G. Evaluation and Ranking Criteria The IEED TEDC grant evaluation team will review and evaluate grant proposals on a 100 point system based on the following factors (Mandatory Component 1, the Tribal Resolution will not be evaluated): (1) Mandatory Component 2—TEDC Grant Project Description—30 points The IEED TEDC grant evaluation team will use the grant project description objectives, measurement methods, deliverables, and commitment of Indian tribe or tribal energy resource development organization and/or resources to the project as part of its evaluation of the project proposal to determine how likely the project is to result in quantifiable results to the applicant in terms of capacity building VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:44 Dec 19, 2013 Jkt 232001 to benefit its future energy resource development. (2) Mandatory Component 3—Existing and Prior Energy Resource Development Experience—20 points The IEED TEDC grant evaluation team will use the tribe’s or tribal energy resource development organization’s existing and prior energy resource development experience as part of its evaluation of the project proposal to determine the applicant’s current level of capacity. Prior or current energy resource development will not, by itself, result in fewer or more assigned points. Please include an accurate description of the applicant’s baseline capacity. (3) Mandatory Component 4— Planned Energy Resource Development—25 points The IEED TEDC grant evaluation team will use the tribe’s or tribal energy resources development organization’s planned energy resource development as part of its evaluation of the project proposal to determine the applicant’s potential for proceeding with planned energy resource development, whether or not it has prior or current energy resource development experience. (4) Mandatory Component 5— Detailed Budget Estimate—25 points The IEED TEDC grant evaluation team will use the budget proposal as part of its evaluation of the project to determine whether the budget is reasonable and can produce the results outlined in the proposal under Mandatory Component 2. A TEDC grant proposal budget that includes sound budget projections directly related to the project objectives will receive a more favorable ranking than those proposals that fail to provide appropriate budget projections or that fail to reasonably relate budget projections to the project objectives. H. Award Notification Process 1. The TEDC grant evaluation team will forward the ranked proposals to the Director of IEED for approval. 2. The Director will notify in writing tribes and tribal energy development organizations of selection or nonselection of proposals for awards. I. Funding and Transfer of Funds Our obligation under this solicitation is contingent on receipt of congressionally appropriated funds. No liability on the part of the U.S. Government for any payment may arise until funds are made available to the Contracting Officer for this grant and until the recipient receives notice of such availability, to be confirmed in writing by the Contracting Officer. All Payments under this agreement will be made by the U.S. Government by PO 00000 Frm 00071 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 electronic funds transfer (through the Treasury Fedline Payment System (FEDLINE)). The recipient must submit an official invoice to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Division of Fiscal Services, 12220 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20191. After the invoice is reviewed and approved, payment will be processed. Invoices should be based on progress and should not be submitted more than once a month. All payments will be deposited in accordance with the banking information designated for the applicant in the System for Award Management (SAM). J. Post-Award Requirements Applicants awarded grants for TEDC projects must adhere to the following requirements: 1. Expend TEDC grant funds only on approved project functions. Tribes and tribal energy resource development organizations are subject to forfeiture of any remaining funds in the project year as well as sanctions against award of any future year TEDC grant funding for expenditures which are not approved; 2. Prepare and submit an interim report (which may consist of a summary of events, accomplishments, problems, and/or results) to the IEED project coordinator by the date the applicant states in its TEDC grant project description; 3. Complete the TEDC project within one year of the award date; 4. Prepare and submit a final report, including all deliverable products generated by the TEDC project within two weeks of completion of the TEDC project or the anniversary of the award date, whichever comes first; and 5. Provide all reports and deliverable products and data generated by the TEDC project to IEED by providing one digital form and two printed copies to IEED at: TEDC Project Coordinator, IEED, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1951 Constitution Avenue NW, South Interior Building—Room 20, Washington, DC 20245. K. Submission of Proposal Submit proposals in digital form to the following electronic address: Ashley.Stockdale@bia.gov. Save files with filenames that clearly identify the file being submitted. File extensions must clearly indicate the software application used for preparation of the documents, (i.e., wpd, doc, pdf). Documents requiring an original signature, such as cover letters, tribal resolutions, or other letters of tribal authorization, must also be submitted in paper form to: ATTN: Tribal Energy Development Capacity Proposal, TEDC E:\FR\FM\20DEN1.SGM 20DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 245 / Friday, December 20, 2013 / Notices Project Coordinator, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1951 Constitution Avenue NW., South Interior Building—Room 20, Washington, DC 20245. Dated: December 6, 2013. Kevin K. Washburn, Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. 2013–30281 Filed 12–19–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–4M–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLUTG01100–14–L13100000–EJ0000] Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Monument Butte Area Oil and Gas Development Project, Duchesne and Uintah Counties, UT Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, as amended, and associated regulations, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that evaluates, analyzes, and discloses to the public the direct, indirect, and cumulative environmental impacts of a proposal to develop oil and natural gas in Duchesne and Uintah Counties, Utah. This notice announces a 45-day public comment period to meet the requirements of NEPA and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. DATES: The Draft EIS will be available for public review for 45 calendar days following the date that the Environmental Protection Agency publishes its Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. The BLM can best use comments and resource information submitted within this 45-day review period. Three public meetings will be held during the 45-day public comment period in Roosevelt, Salt Lake City, and Vernal, Utah. The dates, times, and places will be announced at least 15 days prior to the meeting dates through the local news media and the BLM Web site: http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/ newsroom.html. ADDRESSES: Comments on the Draft EIS may be submitted by any of the following methods: • Mail: Bureau of Land Management, Attn: Stephanie Howard, Vernal Field Office, 170 South 500 East, Vernal, UT 84078. • Email: BLM_UT_Vernal_Comments@blm.gov. emcdonald on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:44 Dec 19, 2013 Jkt 232001 • Fax: 435–781–4410. Please reference the ‘‘Monument Butte EIS’’ when submitting comments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stephanie Howard, Project Manager, BLM, Vernal Field Office, 170 South 500 East, Vernal, UT 84078. Ms. Howard may also be reached at 435–781–4400. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339 to leave a message or question for the above individual. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Draft EIS is located online at http:// www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/vernal/ planning/nepa_.html. In response to a proposal submitted by Newfield Exploration Company (Newfield), the BLM published in the August 25, 2010, Federal Register a Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS (75 FR 52362). The Monument Butte Project Area (MBPA) encompasses approximately 119,743 acres in an existing oil and gas producing area located primarily on BLM-administered land south of Myton in Duchesne and Uintah Counties, Utah. Of the 119,743 acres within the MBPA, approximately 87 percent is on Federal lands administered by the BLM; 11 percent is owned by the State of Utah and administered by the Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration; and 2 percent is privately owned. The Draft EIS analyzes a proposal by Newfield to further develop Federal oil and natural gas resources on its leases. This proposal is located within a highly developed field that currently contains approximately 3,395 producing oil and gas wells. The Proposed Action includes drilling up to 5,750 new oil and gas wells over a 16-year period, and constructing and operating associated ancillary transportation, transmission, processing, and treatment facilities within the MBPA. The productive life of each well is estimated to be approximately 20–30 years. The wells would be drilled to productive formations, including but not limited to, the Green River, Wasatch, Mesaverde, Blackhawk/Mancos, and/or Frontier/ Dakota formations. Target depths would range from approximately 4,500–18,000 feet. Infill drilling would be performed on 40-acre surface spacing throughout the MBPA, which is equivalent to a density of 16 two- to five-acre well pads per square mile. The Proposed Action and alternatives incorporate best management practices for oil and gas PO 00000 Frm 00072 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 77165 development and other measures necessary to adequately address impacts to transportation, public safety, cultural resources, recreational opportunities, wildlife, threatened and endangered species, visual resources, air quality, and other relevant issues. The Draft EIS describes and analyzes the impacts of Newfield’s Proposed Action and three alternatives, including the No Action Alternative. The following is a summary of the alternatives: 1. Proposed Action—Up to 5,750 new oil or gas wells would be drilled over a period of 16 years. Additionally, approximately 243 miles of new roads and pipelines would be constructed within the same corridor; 21 new compressor stations would be constructed; 3 existing compressor stations would be expanded; 1 gas processing plant would be constructed; 7 new water treatment and injection facilities would be built; 6 existing water treatment and injection facilities would be expanded; 12 gas and oil separation plants would be constructed; 1 freshwater collector well would be drilled; and 6 water pump stations would be built. Total new surface disturbance under the proposed action would be approximately 16,129 acres. 2. No Action Alternative—Drilling and completion of development wells and infrastructure would continue as previously analyzed in other NEPA decision documents and the proposed natural gas development on BLM lands as described in the Proposed Action would not be implemented. Based on the foregoing documents and a review of information from the Utah Division of Oil, Gas, and Mining, the BLM has estimated that, as of December 31, 2012, 788 wells remain to be drilled. Total new surface disturbance under the No Action Alternative would be 870 acres of new disturbance, including construction of roads, pipelines, and additional support facilities. 3. Field-Wide Electrification Alternative—This alternative is identical to the Proposed Action, in that it would allow the drilling of up to 5,750 new wells in addition to the existing producing wells, with associated facilities. However, this alternative also incorporates a phased field-wide electrification component which consists of construction of 34 miles of overhead cross-country 69kV transmission lines, 156 miles of distribution lines, and 11 substations. Total new surface disturbance under this alternative would be approximately 16,308 acres. 4. 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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Indian Affairs

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Grant Program To Build Tribal Energy Development Capacity

AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.

ACTION: Solicitation of Proposals.

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SUMMARY: The Secretary of the Interior (Secretary), through the Office 
of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED), is soliciting grant 
proposals from Indian tribes for projects to build tribal capacity for 
energy resource development under the Department of the Interior's 
(DOI) Tribal Energy Development Capacity (TEDC) grant program. Under 
the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Act), Congress appropriates funds on a 
year-to-year basis to DOI for grants of funds to Indian tribes for use 
in assessing, developing, and obtaining the managerial and technical 
capacity needed to develop energy resources on Indian land and properly 
account for energy resource production and revenues. We will use a 
competitive evaluation process based on criteria stated in the 
Supplementary Information section of this notice to select projects for 
funding awards.

DATES: Submit grant proposals by February 18, 2014. Grant proposals 
must be postmarked by this date or they may not be considered.

ADDRESSES: Mail or hand-carry grant proposals to the Department of the 
Interior, Office of Indian Energy & Economic Development, Attention: 
Ashley Stockdale, 1951 Constitution Ave. NW., MS 20-SIB, Washington, DC

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20245, or email to Ashley Stockdale at Ashley.Stockdale@bia.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions about the TEDC 
program, or have technical questions about the tribal energy resource 
capacity you wish to develop, please contact David B. Johnson at the 
Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development, 1951 Constitution 
Avenue NW., MS 20-SIB, Washington, DC 20245, telephone 202-208-3026, 
fax 202-208-4564, email DavidB.Johnson@bia.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

    IEED implements the Indian Energy Resource Development Program 
under Title V of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to assist Indian tribes 
in the development of energy resources and further the goal of Indian 
self-determination. This includes the TEDC grant program for the 
benefit of Indian tribes that wish to build capacity to develop 
conventional or renewable energy resources on Indian lands. The TEDC 
grant program helps tribes in assessing, developing, or obtaining the 
managerial and technical capacity needed to develop energy resources on 
Indian land and to properly account for resulting energy production and 
revenues, as provided for in Title V, Section 503, of the Energy Policy 
Act.
    Title V, Section 503 of the Act also amended Title XXVI (Indian 
Energy) of the Energy Policy Act of 1992 to provide for Tribal Energy 
Resource Agreements (TERAs). TERAs are agreements between federally-
recognized Indian tribes and the Secretary of the Interior that allow 
the tribe, at its discretion, to enter into leases, business 
agreements, and rights-of-way for energy resource development on tribal 
lands without further review and approval by the Secretary. The Act and 
the implementing regulations provide that the Secretary must determine 
that a tribe has the capacity to regulate the development of its energy 
resource(s) before approving a TERA. TEDC grants are, therefore, 
particularly useful to tribes that may wish to pursue a TERA, since the 
funds are used to help fulfill one of the key requirements for TERA 
approval--demonstrating capacity to perform the administrative and 
technical functions included in a TERA. Tribes that are not considering 
entering into a TERA may also benefit from a TEDC grant for energy 
resource development on Indian land under other options available to 
tribes, such as Indian Mineral Development Agreements or self-
determination contracts or compacts.
    The information collection requirements contained in this notice 
have been reviewed and approved by the Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) under the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3504(h). The OMB 
control number is 1076-0177. The authorization expires on July 31, 
2014.

General Requirements for TEDC Grant Proposals

    1. TEDC grant proposals must be submitted to IEED in digital format 
and postmarked by the date in the DATES section.
    2. Proposals should be presented succinctly, yet in enough detail 
to allow the TEDC grant evaluation team to quickly and thoroughly 
understand the purpose, scope and objectives of the proposal.
    3. Projects proposed under the TEDC grant program must be capable 
of being completed within one year of a grant award.
    4. TEDC grant projects may not duplicate previous or ongoing energy 
resource development capacity building projects.
    5. TEDC grant projects may not include any activities that 
duplicate efforts of other projects for which federal funds have 
previously been awarded.
    6. Tribes currently under Bureau of Indian Affairs sanction 
resulting from non-compliance with the Single Audit Act may be 
ineligible for consideration of a grant award.
    7. TEDC grant proposals will be deemed incomplete, or, at a 
minimum, points will be deducted, if all mandatory components are not 
included.

B. Purposes of TEDC Grants

    TEDC grants are intended to help Indian tribes and tribal energy 
resource development organizations meet the following goals as they 
relate to assessing, developing, or obtaining tribal energy resource 
development capacity for energy resource(s) they intend to or are 
developing on Indian land:
    1. Determine the current level of the tribe's or tribal energy 
resource development organization's technical, administrative, or 
management capacity for identified energy resource development 
activities;
    2. Determine which technical, administrative, or management 
capacities for tribal energy resource development need enhancement;
    3. Determine what process(es) and/or procedure(s) may be used to 
eliminate capacity gaps or obtain the development of energy resource 
development capacity (including training and policy and code 
development);
    4. Determine how the process(es) and/or procedure(s) identified in 
paragraph (c) will be implemented.

C. Definitions for Purpose of TEDC Grants

    1. Indian Tribe. The term ``Indian tribe'' for purposes of this 
announcement means any Indian tribe, band, nation, or other organized 
group or community, including any Alaska Native village or regional or 
village corporation as defined in or established pursuant to the Alaska 
Native Claims Settlement Act (85 Stat. 688) [43 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.], 
which is recognized as eligible for the special programs and services 
provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as 
Indians;
    2. Tribal Energy Resource Development Organization. The term 
``tribal energy resource development organization'' for purposes of 
this announcement means an organization of two or more entities, at 
least one of which is an Indian tribe, that has the written consent of 
the governing bodies of all Indian tribes participating in the 
organization to apply for a grant, loan, or other assistance under 25 
U.S.C. 3502.
    3. Indian land. The term ``Indian land'' for the purposes of this 
announcement means:
    (a) Any land located within the boundaries of an Indian 
reservation, pueblo, or rancheria;
    (b) any land not located within the boundaries of an Indian 
reservation, pueblo, or rancheria, the title to which is held:
    (i) In trust by the United States for the benefit of an Indian 
tribe or an individual Indian;
    (ii) by an Indian tribe or an individual Indian, subject to 
restriction against alienation under laws of the United States; or
    (iii) by a dependent Indian community; and
    (c) land that is owned by an Indian tribe and was conveyed by the 
United States to a Native Corporation pursuant to the Alaska Native 
Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), or that was conveyed by 
the United States to a Native Corporation in exchange for such land.

D. Activities Eligible for TEDC Grant Funding

    Examples of activities eligible for TEDC grants include, but are 
not limited to, assessing or determining how to develop or obtain the 
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energy resources development organization's capacity for:
     Reviewing proposals for leases, business agreements, or 
rights-of-way;
     Negotiating and reviewing leases, business agreements, or 
rights-of-way;
     Evaluating the environmental effects of energy resource 
development projects the applicant may enter into, including those 
related to cultural resources;
     Monitoring the compliance of a third party with the terms 
and conditions of any leases, business agreements, and rights of-way 
the applicant may enter into;
     Establishing or managing energy development-related 
departments or administrative divisions within the tribe or tribal 
energy resource development organization;
     Providing for energy development-related technical, 
scientific, and/or engineering expertise within the tribe or tribal 
energy resource development organization;
     Developing or enhancing tribal policies, codes, 
regulations, or ordinances related to regulating energy resource 
development; and
     Accounting for energy resource production and revenues.

E. Activities Ineligible for TEDC Grant Funding

     Feasibility studies and energy resource assessments;
     Purchase of resource assessment data;
     Research and development of speculative or unproven 
technologies;
     Purchase or lease of equipment for the development of 
energy resources;
     Payment of fees or procurement of any services associated 
with energy assessment or exploration or development activity;
     Payment of tribal salaries for employees not directly 
involved in conducting the assessment project and payment of salaries 
beyond the one-year project;
     Establishment or operation of a tribal office or 
purchasing office equipment not specific to the capacity building 
project;
     Indirect costs and overhead as defined by the Federal 
Acquisition Regulations (FAR);
     Purchase or lease of project equipment such as computers, 
vehicles, field gear, etc;
     Legal fees;
     Contract negotiation fees; and
     Any other activities not authorized by the tribal 
resolution or by the approved proposal.

F. TEDC Grant Proposal Mandatory Components

Component 1--Tribal Resolution

    Provide a current tribal resolution or other formal official action 
of the tribe's governing entity or tribal energy resource development 
organization. This document should be signed by a duly authorized 
tribal official representing the tribe's governing body or evidence of 
the authority of a tribal energy resource development organization to 
apply for grants.

Component 2--TEDC Grant Project Description

    (a) Applicant point of contact, including name, title, mailing 
address, telephone and fax numbers, and email address;
    (b) Name and title of responsible party(ies) for technical 
execution and administration of the project;
    (c) Amount of funding requested for the project;
    (d) Description of the identified energy resource(s);
    (e) Scope of work describing the proposed project, including: 
Capacity areas related to the identified energy resource on which the 
proposal's assessment(s) will focus and the approach and justification 
of the approach to be used in assessing, developing, or sustaining the 
tribe's or tribal energy resource development organization's capacity 
to manage energy resource development activities and to determine next 
steps to be taken to eliminate any identified capacity gaps;
    (f) Objectives of the proposal describing how the proposed project 
will contribute to the tribe's or tribal energy resource development 
organization's capacity (in assessing, developing or obtaining 
particular identified areas to be included in the project);
    (g) Method of measurement of meeting stated objectives of the 
proposed project, including data collection and analysis;
    (h) Description of deliverable products the proposed project will 
generate;
    (i) Completion date for proposed project, date for interim progress 
report, and date for final report (see Section I--Post-Award 
Requirements below);
    (j) Resumes of key personnel (tribal or tribal energy resource 
development organization's employees, consultants, subcontractors) who 
will work on the proposed project, including information on expertise; 
and
    (k) Description of the tribe's or tribal energy resource 
development organization's current staff and/or tribal financial 
resources the applicant plans to apply to performance or completion of 
the objectives in its TEDC grant proposal.

Component 3--Existing and Prior Energy Resource Development Experience

    (a) Description and examples of the tribe's or tribal energy 
resource development organization's experience with energy resource 
development activities, including any previous or current capacity 
assessment and energy resource assessment, feasibility studies, 
exploration for or development of specific energy resource(s);
    (b) Description of the tribe's or tribal energy resource 
development organization's experience and level of existing capacity to 
manage and regulate energy resource development in areas including, but 
not limited to:
    (1) Land and lease management (including evaluation, negotiation, 
and enforcement of terms);
    (2) Technical, scientific, and engineering evaluation;
    (3) Financial and revenue management;
    (4) Production accounting;
    (5) Environmental review, monitoring, compliance, and enforcement;
    (6) Regulatory monitoring (federal, state, and tribal environmental 
and safety regulations); and
    (7) Tribal environmental code, regulation, or ordinance development 
or enhancement.
    (c) List of all previous or on-going energy resource development 
capacity building projects for which the tribe or tribal energy 
resource development organization has received Federal funds, the 
source or the funds (e.g., Department of Energy, U.S. Department of 
Agriculture, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, or Department of the 
Interior), the year(s) for which funds were awarded, and whether such 
projects were completed and completion dates.

Component 4--Planned Energy Resource Development

    (a) Description of the tribe's or tribal energy resource 
development organization's planned energy resource development 
activities including energy plan, capacity assessment, energy resource 
assessment, feasibility studies, exploration for or development of 
specific energy resource(s); and
    (b) Description of the tribe's or tribal energy resource 
development organization's plans for managing energy resource 
development and growth (including plans to develop or

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enhance tribal offices or independent tribal business entities related 
to energy resource development, if any).

Component 5--Detailed Budget Estimate

    (1) Provide a detailed, line-by-line budget, including all 
projected and anticipated expenditures under the TEDC grant proposal, 
covering the amount of funding requested.
    (2) Provide in the budget a breakdown for the proposal's line items 
that involve several components or contain numerous sub-functions to 
include, at a minimum:
    (a) Itemized costs for all contracted personnel and consultants, 
their respective positions and time (staff hour) allocations for the 
proposed functions of the project or part(s) of the project;
    (b) documentation of professional qualifications necessary to 
perform the work for tribal personnel to be funded and attach position 
descriptions;
    (c) documentation that clearly identifies the qualifications and 
utilization of any proposed consultants;
    (d) itemized consultant fees and include a line item breakdown of 
costs associated with each consultant activity. If a consultant is to 
be hired for a fixed fee, itemize the consultant's expenses as part of 
the project budget;
    (e) itemized travel estimates by airfare, vehicle rental, training 
and conference fees (if any), and lodging and per diem, based on the 
current Federal Government per diem schedule;
    (f) itemized data collection and analysis costs in sufficient 
detail for the IEED TEDC grant evaluation team to evaluate the proposed 
expenses; and
    (g) other expenses such as computer and other equipment rental, 
report generation, drafting, and advertising costs for a proposal.

G. Evaluation and Ranking Criteria

    The IEED TEDC grant evaluation team will review and evaluate grant 
proposals on a 100 point system based on the following factors 
(Mandatory Component 1, the Tribal Resolution will not be evaluated):
    (1) Mandatory Component 2--TEDC Grant Project Description--30 
points
    The IEED TEDC grant evaluation team will use the grant project 
description objectives, measurement methods, deliverables, and 
commitment of Indian tribe or tribal energy resource development 
organization and/or resources to the project as part of its evaluation 
of the project proposal to determine how likely the project is to 
result in quantifiable results to the applicant in terms of capacity 
building to benefit its future energy resource development.
    (2) Mandatory Component 3--Existing and Prior Energy Resource 
Development Experience--20 points
    The IEED TEDC grant evaluation team will use the tribe's or tribal 
energy resource development organization's existing and prior energy 
resource development experience as part of its evaluation of the 
project proposal to determine the applicant's current level of 
capacity. Prior or current energy resource development will not, by 
itself, result in fewer or more assigned points. Please include an 
accurate description of the applicant's baseline capacity.
    (3) Mandatory Component 4--Planned Energy Resource Development--25 
points
    The IEED TEDC grant evaluation team will use the tribe's or tribal 
energy resources development organization's planned energy resource 
development as part of its evaluation of the project proposal to 
determine the applicant's potential for proceeding with planned energy 
resource development, whether or not it has prior or current energy 
resource development experience.
    (4) Mandatory Component 5--Detailed Budget Estimate--25 points
    The IEED TEDC grant evaluation team will use the budget proposal as 
part of its evaluation of the project to determine whether the budget 
is reasonable and can produce the results outlined in the proposal 
under Mandatory Component 2. A TEDC grant proposal budget that includes 
sound budget projections directly related to the project objectives 
will receive a more favorable ranking than those proposals that fail to 
provide appropriate budget projections or that fail to reasonably 
relate budget projections to the project objectives.

H. Award Notification Process

    1. The TEDC grant evaluation team will forward the ranked proposals 
to the Director of IEED for approval.
    2. The Director will notify in writing tribes and tribal energy 
development organizations of selection or non-selection of proposals 
for awards.

I. Funding and Transfer of Funds

    Our obligation under this solicitation is contingent on receipt of 
congressionally appropriated funds. No liability on the part of the 
U.S. Government for any payment may arise until funds are made 
available to the Contracting Officer for this grant and until the 
recipient receives notice of such availability, to be confirmed in 
writing by the Contracting Officer.
    All Payments under this agreement will be made by the U.S. 
Government by electronic funds transfer (through the Treasury Fedline 
Payment System (FEDLINE)). The recipient must submit an official 
invoice to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Division of Fiscal Services, 
12220 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20191. After the invoice is 
reviewed and approved, payment will be processed. Invoices should be 
based on progress and should not be submitted more than once a month. 
All payments will be deposited in accordance with the banking 
information designated for the applicant in the System for Award 
Management (SAM).

J. Post-Award Requirements

    Applicants awarded grants for TEDC projects must adhere to the 
following requirements:
    1. Expend TEDC grant funds only on approved project functions. 
Tribes and tribal energy resource development organizations are subject 
to forfeiture of any remaining funds in the project year as well as 
sanctions against award of any future year TEDC grant funding for 
expenditures which are not approved;
    2. Prepare and submit an interim report (which may consist of a 
summary of events, accomplishments, problems, and/or results) to the 
IEED project coordinator by the date the applicant states in its TEDC 
grant project description;
    3. Complete the TEDC project within one year of the award date;
    4. Prepare and submit a final report, including all deliverable 
products generated by the TEDC project within two weeks of completion 
of the TEDC project or the anniversary of the award date, whichever 
comes first; and
    5. Provide all reports and deliverable products and data generated 
by the TEDC project to IEED by providing one digital form and two 
printed copies to IEED at: TEDC Project Coordinator, IEED, U.S. 
Department of the Interior, 1951 Constitution Avenue NW, South Interior 
Building--Room 20, Washington, DC 20245.

K. Submission of Proposal

    Submit proposals in digital form to the following electronic 
address: Ashley.Stockdale@bia.gov. Save files with filenames that 
clearly identify the file being submitted. File extensions must clearly 
indicate the software application used for preparation of the 
documents, (i.e., wpd, doc, pdf). Documents requiring an original 
signature, such as cover letters, tribal resolutions, or other letters 
of tribal authorization, must also be submitted in paper form to: ATTN: 
Tribal Energy Development Capacity Proposal, TEDC

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Project Coordinator, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1951 Constitution 
Avenue NW., South Interior Building--Room 20, Washington, DC 20245.

    Dated: December 6, 2013.
Kevin K. Washburn,
Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs.
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