Announcement of Grant Application Deadlines; Deadlines and Funding Levels, 29409-29414 [2014-11703]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 99 / Thursday, May 22, 2014 / Notices to restrictions imposed by the United States; (c) Trust Asset and Accounting Management System data, maintained by the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs; (d) Official maps of the Department of Hawaiian Homelands of the State of Hawaii identifying land that has been given the status of Hawaiian home lands under the provisions of section 204 of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, 1920; (e) Official records of the U.S. Department of the Interior, the State of Alaska, or such other documentation of ownership as the RUS may determine to be satisfactory, showing that title is owned by a Regional Corporation or a Village Corporation as such terms are defined in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. 1451 et seq.); and (f) Any other evidence submitted by the applicant that is satisfactory to RUS to establish that area where the end-user site is located is a trust area or a tribal jurisdictional area within the meaning of 38 U.S.C. 3765(1). mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES C. Review Standards 1. All applications for grants must be delivered to Rural Utilities Service at the address and by the date specified in this notice or electronically submitted by the deadline (see also 7 CFR 1739.2) to be eligible for funding. Rural Utilities Service will review each application for conformance with the provisions of this part. Rural Utilities Service may contact the applicant for additional information or clarification. 2. Incomplete applications as of the deadline for submission will not be considered. If an application is determined to be incomplete, the applicant will be notified in writing and the application will be returned with no further action. 3. Applications conforming with this part will then be evaluated competitively by a panel of Rural Utilities Service employees selected by the Administrator of Rural Utilities Service, and will be awarded points as described in the scoring criteria in 7 CFR 1739.17. Applications will be ranked and grants awarded in rank order until all grant funds are expended. D. Selection Process Grant applications are ranked by final score. Rural Utilities Service selects applications based on those rankings, subject to the availability of funds and consistent with 7 CFR 1739.17. VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:36 May 21, 2014 Jkt 232001 VI. Award Administration Information A. Award Notices Rural Utilities Service recognizes that each funded project is unique, and therefore may attach conditions to different projects’ award documents. Rural Utilities Service generally notifies applicants whose projects are selected for awards by emailing a scanned copy of an award letter. Rural Utilities Service follows the award letter with a grant agreement that contains all the terms and conditions for the grant. An applicant must execute and return the grant agreement, accompanied by any additional items required by the grant agreement. B. Administrative and National Policy Requirements The items listed in paragraph IV.B.2.l. of this notice, and the Community Connect Grant Program regulation, application guide and accompanying materials implement the appropriate administrative and national policy requirements. C. Reporting 1. Performance reporting. All recipients of Community Connect Grant Program financial assistance must provide annual performance activity reports to RUS until the project is complete and the funds are expended. A final performance report is also required; the final report may serve as the last annual report. The final report must include an evaluation of the success of the project. See 7 CFR 1739.19. 2. Financial reporting. All recipients of Community Connect Grant Program financial assistance must provide an annual audit, beginning with the first year a portion of the financial assistance is expended. Audits are governed by United States Department of Agriculture audit regulations. See 7 CFR 1739.20. 3. Recipient and Subrecipient Reporting. The applicant must have the necessary processes and systems in place to comply with the reporting requirements for first-tier sub-awards and executive compensation under the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 in the event the applicant receives funding unless such applicant is exempt from such reporting requirements pursuant to 2 CFR part 170, § 170.110(b). The reporting requirements under the Transparency Act pursuant to 2 CFR part 170 are as follows: a. First Tier Sub-Awards of $25,000 or more (unless they are exempt under 2 CFR Part 170) must be reported by the Recipient to https://www.fsrs.gov no later PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 29409 than the end of the month following the month the obligation was made. b. The Total Compensation of the Recipient’s Executives (5 most highly compensated executives) must be reported by the Recipient (if the Recipient meets the criteria under 2 CFR Part 170) to https://www.sam.gov by the end of the month following the month in which the award was made. c. The Total Compensation of the Subrecipient’s Executives (5 most highly compensated executives) must be reported by the Subrecipient (if the Subrecipient meets the criteria under 2 CFR Part 170) to the Recipient by the end of the month following the month in which the subaward was made. VII. Agency Contacts A. Web site: https://www.rurdev.usda. gov/utp_commconnect.html. This Web site maintains up-to-date resources and contact information for the Community Connect Grant Program. B. Phone: (202) 690–4673. C. Fax: (202) 690–4389. D. Main point of contact: Kenneth Kuchno, Director, Broadband Division, Rural Utilities Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dated: May 5, 2014. John Charles Padalino, Administrator, Rural Utilities Service. [FR Doc. 2014–11704 Filed 5–21–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Utilities Service Announcement of Grant Application Deadlines; Deadlines and Funding Levels Rural Utilities Service, USDA. Notice of Funds Availability. AGENCY: ACTION: The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announces its Public Television Station Digital Transition Grant Program application window for fiscal year (FY) 2014. The FY 2014 funding for the Public Television Station Digital Transition Grant Program is $2,000,000. DATES: You may submit completed applications for grants on paper or electronically according to the following deadlines: • Paper copies must carry proof of shipping no later than July 7, 2014 to be eligible for FY 2014 grant funding. Late applications are not eligible for FY 2014 grant funding. • Electronic copies must be received by July 7, 2014 to be eligible for FY 2014 SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\22MYN1.SGM 22MYN1 29410 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 99 / Thursday, May 22, 2014 / Notices grant funding. Late applications are not eligible for FY 2014 grant funding. ADDRESSES: You may obtain the application guide and materials for the Public Television Station Digital Transition Grant Program at the following sources: • The Internet at https://www.rurdev. usda.gov/UTP_DTV.html. • You may also request the application guide and materials from RUS by contacting the appropriate individual listed in Section VII of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice. Completed applications may be submitted the following ways: • Paper: Submit completed paper applications for grants to the: Telecommunications Program, Rural Utilities Service, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Room 2844, STOP 1550, Washington, DC 20250–1550. Applications should be marked ‘‘Attention: Director, Advanced Services Division.’’ • Electronic: Submit electronic grant applications to Grants.gov at the following Web address: https:// www.grants.gov/ (Grants.gov), and follow the instructions you find on that Web site. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Petra Schultze, Financial Analyst, Advanced Services Division, Telecommunications Program, Rural Utilities Service, email: petra.schultze@ wdc.usda.gov, telephone: (202) 690– 4493, fax: (202) 720–1051. Additional point of contact: Norberto Esteves, Acting Director, Advanced Services Division at norberto.esteves@ wdc.usda.gov or at same phone numbers listed previously. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Overview Federal Agency: Rural Utilities Service (RUS). Funding Opportunity Title: Public Television Station Digital Transition Grant Program. Announcement Type: Initial announcement. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 10.861. Dates: Deadline for completed grant applications submitted electronically or on paper no later than July 7, 2014. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Items in Supplementary Information I. Funding Opportunity: Brief introduction to the Public Television Station Digital Transition Grant Program. II. Award Information: Maximum amounts. III. Eligibility Information: Who is eligible, what kinds of projects are eligible, and what criteria determine basic eligibility. IV. Application and Submission Information: Where to get application VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:36 May 21, 2014 Jkt 232001 materials, what constitutes a completed application, how and where to submit applications, deadlines, and items that are eligible. V. Application Review Information: Considerations and preferences, scoring criteria, review standards, selection information. VI. Award Administration: Award notice information, award recipient reporting requirements. VII. Agency Contacts: Web, phone, fax, email, contact name. I. Funding Opportunity As part of the nation’s transition to digital television, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) required all television broadcasters to have converted their transmitters to broadcast digital signals by June 12, 2009. While stations must broadcast their main transmitter signal in digital, many rural stations have yet to complete a full digital transition of their stations across all equipment. Rural stations often have translators serving small or isolated areas and some of these have not completed the transition to digital. The 2009 FCC deadline did not apply to translators, and in 2011 the FCC adopted a final deadline for analog-todigital conversion of all translators by September 1, 2015. Because of this, translators have been allowed to continue broadcasting in analog, and stations are still in the process of converting some of their translators to digital. Some rural stations also have not fully converted their production and studio equipment to digital, which has impaired their ability to provide the same quality local programming that they provided in analog. The digital transition has also created some service gaps where households that received an analog signal are now unable to receive a digital signal. For rural households the digital transition has meant in some cases diminished over-the-air public television service. These rural households are the focus of the Agency’s Public Television Station Digital Transition Grant Program. Most applications to the Public Television Station Digital Transition Grant Program have sought assistance towards the goal of replicating analog coverage areas through transmitter and translator transitions. The first priority has been to initiate digital broadcasting from their main transmitters. As many stations have completed the digital transition of their transmitters, the focus has shifted to power upgrades and translators, as well as digital program production equipment and multicasting/data casting equipment. There are some rural stations that may need to install translators to provide fill- PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 in service to areas that previously received analog but are now unable to receive digital. In FY 2013, 7 awards were made, including the following project purposes: Transmitter equipment, translators, studio and production equipment, master control equipment, and microwave equipment. When compared with the first few years of the program, as the digital transition progresses, more applications were received for translators and master control and production equipment, than for transmitters. However, some stations may remain that have not achieved full analog parity in program management and creation. Continuation of reliable public television service to all current patrons understandably is still the focus for many broadcasters. It is important for public television stations to be able to tailor their programs and services (e.g., education services, public health, homeland security, and local culture) to the needs of their rural constituents. If public television programming is lost, many school systems may be left without educational programming they count on for curriculum compliance. This notice has been formatted to conform to a policy directive issued by the Office of Federal Financial Management (OFFM) of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), published in the Federal Register on June 23, 2003, (68 FR 37370). This Notice does not change the Public Television Station Digital Transition Grant Program regulation (7 CFR part 1740). II. Award Information A. Available Funds for Grants 1. The amount available for grants for FY 2014 is $2,000,000. The maximum amount for grants under this program is $750,000 per public television station per year. 2. Assistance instrument: Grant documents appropriate to the project will be executed with successful applicants prior to any advance of funds. B. Public Television Station Digital Transition Grants Prior grants cannot be renewed nor extended; however, past grantees may submit new applications for projects not covered under the prior grant. Award documents specify the term length of each award. E:\FR\FM\22MYN1.SGM 22MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 99 / Thursday, May 22, 2014 / Notices III. Eligibility Information A. Who is eligible for grants? (See 7 CFR 1740.3) 1. Public television stations which serve rural areas as defined in 7 CFR 1740.2 are eligible for Public Television Station Digital Transition Grants. A public television station is a noncommercial educational television broadcast station that is qualified for Community Service Grants by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting under section 396(k) of the Communications Act of 1934. 2. Individuals are not eligible for Public Television Station Digital Transition Grant Program financial assistance directly. 3. Corporations that have been convicted of a felony (or had an officer or agency acting on behalf of the corporation convicted of a felony) within the past 24 months are not eligible. Any corporation that has any unpaid federal tax liability that has been assessed, for which all judicial and administrative remedies have been exhausted or have lapsed, and that is not being paid in a timely manner pursuant to an agreement with the authority responsible for collecting the tax liability, is not eligible. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES B. What are the basic eligibility requirements for a project? 1. Grants shall be made to perform digital transition of television broadcasting stations serving rural areas. Grant funds may be used to acquire, lease, and/or install facilities and software necessary to the digital transition. Specific purposes include: a. Digital transmitters, translators, and repeaters, including all facilities required to initiate digital television (DTV) broadcasting. All broadcast facilities acquired with grant funds shall be capable of delivering DTV programming and high definition television (HDTV) programming, at both the interim and final channel and power authorizations. There is no limit to the number of transmitters or translators that may be included in an application; b. Power upgrades of existing DTV transmitter equipment, including replacement of existing low-power digital transmitters with digital transmitters capable of delivering the final authorized power level; c. Studio-to-transmitter links; d. Equipment to allow local control over digital content and programming, including master control equipment; e. Digital program production equipment, including cameras, editing, mixing and storage equipment; VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:36 May 21, 2014 Jkt 232001 f. Multicasting and data casting equipment; g. Cost of the lease of facilities, if any, for up to three years; and, h. Associated engineering and environmental studies necessary to implementation. 2. Matching contributions: There is no requirement for matching funds in this program (see 7 CFR 1740.5). 3. The following are not eligible for grant funding (see 7 CFR 1740.7): a. Funding for ongoing operations or for facilities that will not be owned by the applicant, except for leased facilities as provided above; b. Costs of salaries, wages, and employee benefits of public television station personnel unless they are for construction or installation of eligible facilities; c. Facilities for which other grant funding from any other source has been approved; and, d. Expenditures made prior to the application deadline specified in this Notice of Funds Availability. C. Summary Discussion of a Completed Application See paragraph IV.B of this notice for a summary discussion of the items that make up a completed application. You will find more complete information in the FY 2014 Public Television Station Digital Transition Grant Program Application Guide. You may also refer to 7 CFR 1740.9 for completed grant application requirements. IV. Application and Submission Information A. Where To Get Application Information The application guide, copies of necessary forms and samples, and the Public Television Station Digital Transition Grant Program regulation are available from these sources: 1. The Internet: https://www.rurdev. usda.gov/UTP_DTV.html, or https:// www.grants.gov. 2. The RUS Advanced Services Division, for paper copies of these materials call (202) 690–4493. B. What constitutes a completed application? 1. Detailed information on each item required can be found in the Public Television Station Digital Transition Grant Program regulation and application guide. Applicants are strongly encouraged to read and apply both the regulation and the application guide. This Notice does not change the requirements for a completed application specified in the program PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 29411 regulation. The program regulation and application guide provide specific guidance on each of the items listed and the application guide provides all necessary forms and sample worksheets. 2. A completed application must include the following documentation, studies, reports and information, in a form satisfactory to RUS. Applications should be prepared in conformance with the provisions in 2 CFR part 180, and 2 CFR part 182, 7 CFR part 1740, subpart A, and applicable USDA regulations including 7 CFR parts 3015, 3016, and 3019. Applicants must use the application guide for this program, which contains instructions and all necessary forms, as well as other important information, in preparing their application. Completed applications must include the following: a. An application for Federal assistance, Standard Form 424. b. An executive summary, not to exceed two pages, describing the public television station, its service area and offerings, its current digital transition status, and the proposed project. c. Evidence of the applicant’s eligibility to apply under this Notice, demonstrating that the applicant is a Public Television Station as defined in this Notice, and that it is required by the FCC to perform the digital transition. d. A spreadsheet showing the total project cost, with a breakdown of items sufficient to enable RUS to determine individual item eligibility. e. A coverage contour map showing the digital television coverage area of the application project. This map must show the counties (or county) comprising the Core Coverage Area by shading and by name. Partial counties included in the applicant’s Core Coverage Area must be identified as partial and must contain an attachment with the applicant’s estimate of the percentage that its coverage contour comprises of the total area of the county. If the application is for a translator, the coverage area may be estimated by the applicant through computer modeling or some other reasonable method, and this estimate is subject to acceptance by RUS. (In the Application Guide, see Section C.3, Project Core Coverage Area Map(s).) f. The applicant’s own calculation of its Rurality score, supported by a worksheet showing the population of its Core Coverage Area, and the urban and rural populations within the Core Coverage Area. The data source for the urban and rural components of that population must be identified. If the application includes computations made by a consultant or other organization outside the public E:\FR\FM\22MYN1.SGM 22MYN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 29412 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 99 / Thursday, May 22, 2014 / Notices television station, the application shall state the details of that collaboration. (In the Application Guide, see Section D. Scoring Documentation.) g. The applicant’s own calculation of its Economic Need score, supported by a worksheet showing the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) eligibility levels for all school districts within the Core Coverage Area and averaging these eligibility percentages. The application must include a statement from the state or local organization that administers the NSLP program certifying that the school district scores used in the computations are accurate. Applicants are to use the most recent data available. Some official NSLP data is posted on state and/or local government Web sites, in which case a printout of the data may be provided as long as it documents the Web site source. (In the Application Guide, see Section D. Scoring Documentation.) h. If applicable, a presentation not to exceed five pages demonstrating the Critical Need for the project. i. Evidence that the FCC has authorized the initiation of digital broadcasting at the project sites. In the event that an FCC construction permit has not been issued for one or more sites, RUS may include those sites in the grant, and make advance of funds for that site conditional upon the submission of a construction permit. j. Compliance with other Federal statutes. The applicant must provide evidence or certification that it is in compliance with all applicable Federal statutes and regulations, including, but not limited to the following (sample certifications are provided in the application guide): (i) Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination; (ii) Architectural barriers; (iii) Flood hazard area precautions; (iv) Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970; (v) Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1998 (41 U.S.C. 701); (vi) Debarment, Suspension; and Other Responsibility Matters—Primary Covered Transactions; (vii) Lobbying for Contracts, Grants, Loans, and Cooperative Agreements Byrd Anti-Lobbying Amendment (31 U.S.C. 1352). (viii) Representations Regarding Felony Conviction and Tax Delinquent Status for Corporate Applicants. k. Environmental impact and historic preservation. The applicant must provide details of the digital transition’s impact on the environment and historic preservation, and comply with 7 CFR VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:36 May 21, 2014 Jkt 232001 part 1794, which contains the Agency’s policies and procedures for implementing a variety of federal statutes, regulations, and executive orders generally pertaining to the protection of the quality of the human environment. This must be contained in a separate section entitled ‘‘Environmental Impact of the Digital Transition,’’ and must include the Environmental Questionnaire/ Certification, available from RUS, describing the impact of its digital transition. Submission of the Environmental Questionnaire/ Certification alone does not constitute compliance with 7 CFR part 1794. 3. DUNS Number. As required by the OMB, all applicants for grants must supply a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number when applying. The Standard Form 424 (SF–424) contains a field for you to use when supplying your DUNS number. The applicant can obtain the DUNS number free of charge by calling Dun and Bradstreet. Please see https:// fedgov.dnb.com/webform for more information on how to obtain a DUNS number or how to verify your organization’s number. 4. In accordance with 2 CFR part 25, all applicants, whether applying electronically or by paper, must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) (formerly Central Contractor Registry, (CCR)), prior to submitting an application. a. Applicants may register for the SAM at https://www.sam.gov/. b. The SAM registration must remain active with current information at all times while RUS is considering an application or while a Federal Grant Award or loan is active. To maintain the registration in the SAM database the applicant must review and update the information in the SAM database annually from date of initial registration or from the date of the last update. The applicant must ensure that the information in the database is current, accurate, and complete. C. How many copies of an application are required? 1. Applications submitted on paper: Submit the original application and two (2) copies to RUS. 2. Electronically submitted applications: The additional paper copies for RUS are not necessary if you submit the application electronically through https://www.grants.gov. D. How and where to submit an application? Grant applications may be submitted on paper or electronically. PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1. Submitting applications on paper. a. Address paper applications for grants to the Telecommunications Program, RUS, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Room 2844, STOP 1550, Washington, DC 20250–1550. Applications should be marked ‘‘Attention: Director, Advanced Services Division.’’ b. Paper applications must show proof of mailing or shipping consisting of one of the following: (i) A legibly dated postmark applied by the U.S. Postal Service; (ii) A legible mail receipt with the date of mailing stamped by the USPS; or (iii) A dated shipping label, invoice, or receipt from a commercial carrier. c. Non-USPS-applied postage dating, i.e. dated postage meter stamps, do not constitute proof of the date of mailing. d. Due to screening procedures at the Department of Agriculture, packages arriving via the USPS are irradiated, which can damage the contents. RUS encourages applicants to consider the impact of this procedure in selecting their application delivery method. 2. Electronically Submitted Applications. a. Applications will not be accepted via facsimile machine transmission or electronic mail. b. Electronic applications for grants will be accepted if submitted through the Federal government’s Grants.gov initiative at https://www.grants.gov. c. How to use Grants.gov: (i) Navigate your Web browser to https://www.grants.gov. (ii) Follow the instructions on that Web site to find grant information. (iii) Download a copy of the application package. (iv) Complete the package off-line. (v) Upload and submit the application via the Grants.gov Web site. d. Grants.gov contains full instructions on all required passwords, credentialing and software. e. RUS encourages applicants who wish to apply through Grants.gov to submit their applications in advance of the deadline. Difficulties encountered by applicants filing through Grants.gov will not justify filing deadline extensions. f. If a system problem occurs or you have technical difficulties with an electronic application, please use the customer support resources available at the Grants.gov Web site. E. Deadlines 1. Paper applications must be postmarked and mailed, shipped, or sent overnight no later than July 7, 2014 to be eligible for FY 2014 grant funding. Late applications are not eligible for FY 2014 grant funding. E:\FR\FM\22MYN1.SGM 22MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 99 / Thursday, May 22, 2014 / Notices 2. Electronic grant applications must be received by July 7, 2014 to be eligible for FY 2014 funding. Late applications are not eligible for FY 2014 grant funding. V. Application Review Information A. Criteria 1. Grant applications are scored competitively and subject to the criteria listed below. 2. Grant application scoring criteria are detailed in 7 CFR 1740.8. There are 100 points available, broken down as follows: a. The Rurality of the Project (up to 50 points); b. The Economic Need of the Project’s Service Area (up to 25 points), and; c. The Critical Need for the project, and of the applicant, including the benefits derived from the proposed service (up to 25 points). B. Review Standards 1. All applications for grants must be delivered to RUS at the address and by the date specified in this notice to be eligible for funding. RUS will review each application for conformance with the provisions of this part. RUS may contact the applicant for additional information or clarification. 2. Incomplete applications as of the deadline for submission will not be considered. If an application is determined to be incomplete, the applicant will be notified in writing and the application will be returned and will not be considered for FY 2014 funding. 3. Applications conforming with this part will be evaluated competitively by a panel of RUS employees selected by the Administrator of RUS, and will be awarded points as described in the scoring criteria in 7 CFR 1740.8. Applications will be ranked and grants awarded in rank order until all grant funds are expended. 4. Regardless of the score an application receives, if the RUS determines that the Project is technically or financially infeasible, the Agency will notify the applicant, in writing, and the application will be returned and will not be considered for FY 2014 funding. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES C. Scoring Guidelines 1. The applicant’s calculated scores in Rurality and Economic Need will be checked and, if necessary, corrected by RUS. 2. The Critical Need score will be determined by RUS based on information presented in the application. The Critical Need score is VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:36 May 21, 2014 Jkt 232001 based on the reviewer’s assessment of the supporting arguments made in the application. The score aims to assess how the specific digital transition purpose fits with the unique need of the television station as it moves all of its equipment through the digital transition. This score is intended to capture, from the rural public’s standpoint, the necessity and usefulness of the proposed project. This scoring category will also recognize that at a specific time, some transition purposes are perceived to be more essential than others and that, over time, this perception changes. For example, during the transition from analog to digital transmitters, which concluded on June 12, 2009, a first time transition of a primary transmitter was the most essential project that could be undertaken for most stations and would have been scored accordingly. Now that all transmitters have completed the transition to digital, the focus may shift to some of the other eligible purposes such as translators, studio and production equipment, and master control equipment. But what equipment specifically is most essential may vary from station to station. For example, local production equipment can be a high priority especially if it produces an area’s only local news or if the station has been historically active in producing local programming. Repositioning a digital transmitter on a tower can also be a high priority in cases where the original analog coverage area was not adequately replicated after the transition. The Critical Need score is also relative since each application is scored in comparison to other applications in the competition. These various factors explain why a similar application may receive a different Critical Need score in different years of this program. VI. Award Administration Information A. Award Notices The Agency generally notifies applicants whose projects are selected for awards by faxing an award letter or emailing a PDF facsimile of the award letter. The Agency follows the award letter with a grant agreement that contains the terms and conditions for the grant. A copy of the standard agreement is posted on the RUS Web site at https://www.rurdev.usda.gov/ UTP_DTVResources.html. An applicant must execute and return the grant agreement, accompanied by any additional items required by the grant agreement. B. Administrative and National Policy Requirements. The items listed in the PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 29413 program regulation at 7 CFR 1740.9(j) implement the appropriate administrative and national policy requirements. C. Reporting 1. All recipients of Public Television Station Digital Transition Grant Program financial assistance must provide semiannual performance activity reports to RUS until the project is complete and the funds are expended. A final performance report is also required; the final report may serve as the last semiannual report. The final report must include an evaluation of the success of the project. 2. Recipient and Subrecipient Reporting. The applicant must have the necessary processes and systems in place to comply with the reporting requirements for first-tier sub-awards and executive compensation under the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 in the event the applicant receives funding unless such applicant is exempt from such reporting requirements pursuant to 2 CFR part 170, § 170.110(b). The reporting requirements under the Transparency Act pursuant to 2 CFR part 170 are as follows: a. First Tier Sub-Awards of $25,000 or more in non-Recovery Act funds (unless they are exempt under 2 CFR part 170) must be reported by the Recipient to https://www.fsrs.gov no later than the end of the month following the month the obligation was made. Please note that currently underway is a consolidation of eight federal procurement systems, including the Sub-award Reporting System (FSRS), into one system, the System for Award Management (SAM). As a result the FSRS will soon be consolidated into and accessed through SAM at https://www. sam.gov/portal/public/SAM/. b. The Total Compensation of the Recipient’s Executives (5 most highly compensated executives) must be reported by the Recipient (if the Recipient meets the criteria under 2 CFR part 170) to www.sam.gov by the end of the month following the month in which the award was made. c. The Total Compensation of the Subrecipient’s Executives (5 most highly compensated executives) must be reported by the Subrecipient (if the Subrecipient meets the criteria under 2 CFR part 170) to the Recipient by the end of the month following the month in which the sub-award was made. 3. Systems Necessary to Meet Reporting Requirements. The applicant must have the necessary processes and systems in E:\FR\FM\22MYN1.SGM 22MYN1 29414 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 99 / Thursday, May 22, 2014 / Notices place to comply with the reporting requirements for first-tier sub-awards and executive compensation under the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparence Act of 2006 in the event the applicant receives funding unless such applicant is exempt from such reporting requirements pursuant to 2 CFR part 170, § 170.110(b). VII. Agency Contacts A. Web site: https://www.usda.gov/ rus/. The Web site maintains up-to-date resources and contact information for the Public Television Station Digital Transition Grant Program. B. Phone: (202) 690–4493. C. Fax: (202) 720–1051. D. Main points of contact: Petra Schultze, Financial Analyst, Advanced Services Division, Telecommunications Program, RUS, telephone: (202) 690– 4493, fax: (202) 720–1051, or email: petra.schultze@wdc.usda.gov. Additional point of contact at the same telephone number, or email: norberto.esteves@wdc.usda.gov: Norberto Esteves, Acting Director, Advanced Services Division. Dated: May 1, 2014. John Charles Padalino, Administrator, Rural Utilities Service. [FR Doc. 2014–11703 Filed 5–21–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Foreign-Trade Zones Board [B–39–2014] mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Foreign-Trade Zone 207—Richmond, Virginia; Application for Reorganization Under Alternative Site Framework An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) Board (the Board) by the Capital Region Airport Commission, grantee of FTZ 207, requesting authority to reorganize the zone under the alternative site framework (ASF) adopted by the Board (15 CFR Sec. 400.2(c)). The ASF is an option for grantees for the establishment or reorganization of general-purpose zones and can permit significantly greater flexibility in the designation of new ‘‘subzones’’ or ‘‘usage-driven’’ FTZ sites for operators/users located within a grantee’s ‘‘service area’’ in the context of the Board’s standard 2,000-acre activation limit for a general-purpose zone project. The application was submitted pursuant to the Foreign-Trade Zones Act, as amended (19 U.S.C. 81a– 81u), and the regulations of the Board VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:36 May 21, 2014 Jkt 232001 (15 CFR part 400). It was formally docketed on May 16, 2014. FTZ 207 was approved by the Board on March 31, 1995 (Board Order 733, 60 FR 18394–18395, 4/11/95) and expanded on September 9, 2005 (Board Order 1413, 70 FR 55107, 9/20/05). The current zone includes the following sites: Site 1 (2,044 acres)—Richmond International Airport Complex, 1 Richard E. Byrd Terminal Drive, Richmond, Henrico County; Site 2 (211 acres)—Southpoint Business Park, 8100 Quality Dr., Prince George, Prince George County; and, Site 3 (11 acres)— Lewiston Industrial Park, 11293 Central Drive, Ashland, Hanover County. The grantee’s proposed service area under the ASF would be the Counties of Amelia, Appomattox, Brunswick, Buckingham, Caroline, Charles City, Charlotte, Chesterfield, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Essex, Greensville, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, King and Queen, King George, King William, Lancaster, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Middlesex, New Kent, Northumberland, Nottoway, Powhatan, Prince Edward, Prince George, Richmond and Westmoreland and the Cities of Colonial Heights, Emporia, Hopewell, Petersburg and Richmond, as described in the application. If approved, the grantee would be able to serve sites throughout the service area based on companies’ needs for FTZ designation. The proposed service area is within and adjacent to the Richmond Customs and Border Protection port of entry. The applicant is requesting authority to reorganize its existing zone project to include all of the existing sites as ‘‘magnet’’ sites. The ASF allows for the possible exemption of one magnet site from the ‘‘sunset’’ time limits that generally apply to sites under the ASF, and the applicant proposes that Site 1 be so exempted. No subzones/usagedriven sites are being requested at this time. The application would have no impact on FTZ 207’s previously authorized subzones. In accordance with the Board’s regulations, Kathleen Boyce of the FTZ Staff is designated examiner to evaluate and analyze the facts and information presented in the application and case record and to report findings and recommendations to the Board. Public comment is invited from interested parties. Submissions (original and 3 copies) shall be addressed to the Board’s Executive Secretary at the address below. The closing period for their receipt is July 21, 2014. Rebuttal comments in response to material submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during the subsequent 15-day period to August 5, 2014. PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 A copy of the application will be available for public inspection at the Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Room 21013, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230–0002, and in the ‘‘Reading Room’’ section of the Board’s Web site, which is accessible via www.trade.gov/ftz. For further information, contact Kathleen Boyce at Kathleen.Boyce@trade.gov or (202) 482– 1346. Dated: May 16, 2014. Andrew McGilvray, Executive Secretary. [FR Doc. 2014–11889 Filed 5–21–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Foreign-Trade Zones Board [Order No. 1936] Reorganization/Expansion of ForeignTrade Zone 235 Under Alternative Site Framework, Lakewood, New Jersey Pursuant to its authority under the ForeignTrade Zones Act of June 18, 1934, as amended (19 U.S.C. 81a–81u), the ForeignTrade Zones Board (the Board) adopts the following Order: Whereas, the Board adopted the alternative site framework (ASF) (15 CFR 400.2(c)) as an option for the establishment or reorganization of zones; Whereas, the Township of Lakewood, grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone 235, submitted an application to the Board (FTZ Docket B–96–2013, docketed November 7, 2013) for authority to reorganize and expand under the ASF with a service area of the Counties of Ocean, Middlesex, Monmouth, Union and Burlington, within and adjacent to the Philadelphia Customs and Border Protection port of entry, FTZ 235’s existing Sites 1 and 2 would be categorized as magnet sites, and the grantee proposes two initial usagedriven sites (Sites 7 and 8); Whereas, notice inviting public comment was given in the Federal Register (78 FR 66813–68814, 11–15– 2013) and the application has been processed pursuant to the FTZ Act and the Board’s regulations; and, Whereas, the Board adopts the findings and recommendation of the examiner’s report, and finds that the requirements of the FTZ Act and the Board’s regulations are satisfied; Now, therefore, the Board hereby orders: E:\FR\FM\22MYN1.SGM 22MYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 99 (Thursday, May 22, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 29409-29414]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-11703]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Rural Utilities Service


Announcement of Grant Application Deadlines; Deadlines and 
Funding Levels

AGENCY: Rural Utilities Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of Funds Availability.

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SUMMARY: The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an agency of the United 
States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announces its Public 
Television Station Digital Transition Grant Program application window 
for fiscal year (FY) 2014. The FY 2014 funding for the Public 
Television Station Digital Transition Grant Program is $2,000,000.

DATES: You may submit completed applications for grants on paper or 
electronically according to the following deadlines:
     Paper copies must carry proof of shipping no later than 
July 7, 2014 to be eligible for FY 2014 grant funding. Late 
applications are not eligible for FY 2014 grant funding.
     Electronic copies must be received by July 7, 2014 to be 
eligible for FY 2014

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grant funding. Late applications are not eligible for FY 2014 grant 
funding.

ADDRESSES: You may obtain the application guide and materials for the 
Public Television Station Digital Transition Grant Program at the 
following sources:
     The Internet at https://www.rurdev.usda.gov/UTP_DTV.html.
     You may also request the application guide and materials 
from RUS by contacting the appropriate individual listed in Section VII 
of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.
    Completed applications may be submitted the following ways:
     Paper: Submit completed paper applications for grants to 
the: Telecommunications Program, Rural Utilities Service, 1400 
Independence Ave. SW., Room 2844, STOP 1550, Washington, DC 20250-1550. 
Applications should be marked ``Attention: Director, Advanced Services 
Division.''
     Electronic: Submit electronic grant applications to 
Grants.gov at the following Web address: https://www.grants.gov/ 
(Grants.gov), and follow the instructions you find on that Web site.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Petra Schultze, Financial Analyst, 
Advanced Services Division, Telecommunications Program, Rural Utilities 
Service, email: petra.schultze@wdc.usda.gov, telephone: (202) 690-4493, 
fax: (202) 720-1051. Additional point of contact: Norberto Esteves, 
Acting Director, Advanced Services Division at 
norberto.esteves@wdc.usda.gov or at same phone numbers listed 
previously.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Overview

    Federal Agency: Rural Utilities Service (RUS).
    Funding Opportunity Title: Public Television Station Digital 
Transition Grant Program.
    Announcement Type: Initial announcement.
    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 10.861.
    Dates: Deadline for completed grant applications submitted 
electronically or on paper no later than July 7, 2014.

Items in Supplementary Information

    I. Funding Opportunity: Brief introduction to the Public 
Television Station Digital Transition Grant Program.
    II. Award Information: Maximum amounts.
    III. Eligibility Information: Who is eligible, what kinds of 
projects are eligible, and what criteria determine basic 
eligibility.
    IV. Application and Submission Information: Where to get 
application materials, what constitutes a completed application, how 
and where to submit applications, deadlines, and items that are 
eligible.
    V. Application Review Information: Considerations and 
preferences, scoring criteria, review standards, selection 
information.
    VI. Award Administration: Award notice information, award 
recipient reporting requirements.
    VII. Agency Contacts: Web, phone, fax, email, contact name.

I. Funding Opportunity

    As part of the nation's transition to digital television, the 
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) required all television 
broadcasters to have converted their transmitters to broadcast digital 
signals by June 12, 2009. While stations must broadcast their main 
transmitter signal in digital, many rural stations have yet to complete 
a full digital transition of their stations across all equipment. Rural 
stations often have translators serving small or isolated areas and 
some of these have not completed the transition to digital.
    The 2009 FCC deadline did not apply to translators, and in 2011 the 
FCC adopted a final deadline for analog-to-digital conversion of all 
translators by September 1, 2015. Because of this, translators have 
been allowed to continue broadcasting in analog, and stations are still 
in the process of converting some of their translators to digital. Some 
rural stations also have not fully converted their production and 
studio equipment to digital, which has impaired their ability to 
provide the same quality local programming that they provided in 
analog. The digital transition has also created some service gaps where 
households that received an analog signal are now unable to receive a 
digital signal. For rural households the digital transition has meant 
in some cases diminished over-the-air public television service. These 
rural households are the focus of the Agency's Public Television 
Station Digital Transition Grant Program.
    Most applications to the Public Television Station Digital 
Transition Grant Program have sought assistance towards the goal of 
replicating analog coverage areas through transmitter and translator 
transitions. The first priority has been to initiate digital 
broadcasting from their main transmitters. As many stations have 
completed the digital transition of their transmitters, the focus has 
shifted to power upgrades and translators, as well as digital program 
production equipment and multicasting/data casting equipment. There are 
some rural stations that may need to install translators to provide 
fill-in service to areas that previously received analog but are now 
unable to receive digital. In FY 2013, 7 awards were made, including 
the following project purposes: Transmitter equipment, translators, 
studio and production equipment, master control equipment, and 
microwave equipment. When compared with the first few years of the 
program, as the digital transition progresses, more applications were 
received for translators and master control and production equipment, 
than for transmitters. However, some stations may remain that have not 
achieved full analog parity in program management and creation. 
Continuation of reliable public television service to all current 
patrons understandably is still the focus for many broadcasters.
    It is important for public television stations to be able to tailor 
their programs and services (e.g., education services, public health, 
homeland security, and local culture) to the needs of their rural 
constituents. If public television programming is lost, many school 
systems may be left without educational programming they count on for 
curriculum compliance.
    This notice has been formatted to conform to a policy directive 
issued by the Office of Federal Financial Management (OFFM) of the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB), published in the Federal 
Register on June 23, 2003, (68 FR 37370). This Notice does not change 
the Public Television Station Digital Transition Grant Program 
regulation (7 CFR part 1740).

II. Award Information

A. Available Funds for Grants

    1. The amount available for grants for FY 2014 is $2,000,000. The 
maximum amount for grants under this program is $750,000 per public 
television station per year.
    2. Assistance instrument: Grant documents appropriate to the 
project will be executed with successful applicants prior to any 
advance of funds.

B. Public Television Station Digital Transition Grants

    Prior grants cannot be renewed nor extended; however, past grantees 
may submit new applications for projects not covered under the prior 
grant. Award documents specify the term length of each award.

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III. Eligibility Information

A. Who is eligible for grants? (See 7 CFR 1740.3)

    1. Public television stations which serve rural areas as defined in 
7 CFR 1740.2 are eligible for Public Television Station Digital 
Transition Grants. A public television station is a noncommercial 
educational television broadcast station that is qualified for 
Community Service Grants by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting 
under section 396(k) of the Communications Act of 1934.
    2. Individuals are not eligible for Public Television Station 
Digital Transition Grant Program financial assistance directly.
    3. Corporations that have been convicted of a felony (or had an 
officer or agency acting on behalf of the corporation convicted of a 
felony) within the past 24 months are not eligible. Any corporation 
that has any unpaid federal tax liability that has been assessed, for 
which all judicial and administrative remedies have been exhausted or 
have lapsed, and that is not being paid in a timely manner pursuant to 
an agreement with the authority responsible for collecting the tax 
liability, is not eligible.

B. What are the basic eligibility requirements for a project?

    1. Grants shall be made to perform digital transition of television 
broadcasting stations serving rural areas. Grant funds may be used to 
acquire, lease, and/or install facilities and software necessary to the 
digital transition. Specific purposes include:
    a. Digital transmitters, translators, and repeaters, including all 
facilities required to initiate digital television (DTV) broadcasting. 
All broadcast facilities acquired with grant funds shall be capable of 
delivering DTV programming and high definition television (HDTV) 
programming, at both the interim and final channel and power 
authorizations. There is no limit to the number of transmitters or 
translators that may be included in an application;
    b. Power upgrades of existing DTV transmitter equipment, including 
replacement of existing low-power digital transmitters with digital 
transmitters capable of delivering the final authorized power level;
    c. Studio-to-transmitter links;
    d. Equipment to allow local control over digital content and 
programming, including master control equipment;
    e. Digital program production equipment, including cameras, 
editing, mixing and storage equipment;
    f. Multicasting and data casting equipment;
    g. Cost of the lease of facilities, if any, for up to three years; 
and,
    h. Associated engineering and environmental studies necessary to 
implementation.
    2. Matching contributions: There is no requirement for matching 
funds in this program (see 7 CFR 1740.5).
    3. The following are not eligible for grant funding (see 7 CFR 
1740.7):
    a. Funding for ongoing operations or for facilities that will not 
be owned by the applicant, except for leased facilities as provided 
above;
    b. Costs of salaries, wages, and employee benefits of public 
television station personnel unless they are for construction or 
installation of eligible facilities;
    c. Facilities for which other grant funding from any other source 
has been approved; and,
    d. Expenditures made prior to the application deadline specified in 
this Notice of Funds Availability.

C. Summary Discussion of a Completed Application

    See paragraph IV.B of this notice for a summary discussion of the 
items that make up a completed application. You will find more complete 
information in the FY 2014 Public Television Station Digital Transition 
Grant Program Application Guide. You may also refer to 7 CFR 1740.9 for 
completed grant application requirements.

IV. Application and Submission Information

A. Where To Get Application Information

    The application guide, copies of necessary forms and samples, and 
the Public Television Station Digital Transition Grant Program 
regulation are available from these sources:
    1. The Internet: https://www.rurdev.usda.gov/UTP_DTV.html, or 
https://www.grants.gov.
    2. The RUS Advanced Services Division, for paper copies of these 
materials call (202) 690-4493.

B. What constitutes a completed application?

    1. Detailed information on each item required can be found in the 
Public Television Station Digital Transition Grant Program regulation 
and application guide. Applicants are strongly encouraged to read and 
apply both the regulation and the application guide. This Notice does 
not change the requirements for a completed application specified in 
the program regulation. The program regulation and application guide 
provide specific guidance on each of the items listed and the 
application guide provides all necessary forms and sample worksheets.
    2. A completed application must include the following 
documentation, studies, reports and information, in a form satisfactory 
to RUS. Applications should be prepared in conformance with the 
provisions in 2 CFR part 180, and 2 CFR part 182, 7 CFR part 1740, 
subpart A, and applicable USDA regulations including 7 CFR parts 3015, 
3016, and 3019. Applicants must use the application guide for this 
program, which contains instructions and all necessary forms, as well 
as other important information, in preparing their application. 
Completed applications must include the following:
    a. An application for Federal assistance, Standard Form 424.
    b. An executive summary, not to exceed two pages, describing the 
public television station, its service area and offerings, its current 
digital transition status, and the proposed project.
    c. Evidence of the applicant's eligibility to apply under this 
Notice, demonstrating that the applicant is a Public Television Station 
as defined in this Notice, and that it is required by the FCC to 
perform the digital transition.
    d. A spreadsheet showing the total project cost, with a breakdown 
of items sufficient to enable RUS to determine individual item 
eligibility.
    e. A coverage contour map showing the digital television coverage 
area of the application project. This map must show the counties (or 
county) comprising the Core Coverage Area by shading and by name. 
Partial counties included in the applicant's Core Coverage Area must be 
identified as partial and must contain an attachment with the 
applicant's estimate of the percentage that its coverage contour 
comprises of the total area of the county. If the application is for a 
translator, the coverage area may be estimated by the applicant through 
computer modeling or some other reasonable method, and this estimate is 
subject to acceptance by RUS. (In the Application Guide, see Section 
C.3, Project Core Coverage Area Map(s).)
    f. The applicant's own calculation of its Rurality score, supported 
by a worksheet showing the population of its Core Coverage Area, and 
the urban and rural populations within the Core Coverage Area. The data 
source for the urban and rural components of that population must be 
identified. If the application includes computations made by a 
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television station, the application shall state the details of that 
collaboration. (In the Application Guide, see Section D. Scoring 
Documentation.)
    g. The applicant's own calculation of its Economic Need score, 
supported by a worksheet showing the National School Lunch Program 
(NSLP) eligibility levels for all school districts within the Core 
Coverage Area and averaging these eligibility percentages. The 
application must include a statement from the state or local 
organization that administers the NSLP program certifying that the 
school district scores used in the computations are accurate. 
Applicants are to use the most recent data available. Some official 
NSLP data is posted on state and/or local government Web sites, in 
which case a printout of the data may be provided as long as it 
documents the Web site source. (In the Application Guide, see Section 
D. Scoring Documentation.)
    h. If applicable, a presentation not to exceed five pages 
demonstrating the Critical Need for the project.
    i. Evidence that the FCC has authorized the initiation of digital 
broadcasting at the project sites. In the event that an FCC 
construction permit has not been issued for one or more sites, RUS may 
include those sites in the grant, and make advance of funds for that 
site conditional upon the submission of a construction permit.
    j. Compliance with other Federal statutes. The applicant must 
provide evidence or certification that it is in compliance with all 
applicable Federal statutes and regulations, including, but not limited 
to the following (sample certifications are provided in the application 
guide):
    (i) Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination;
    (ii) Architectural barriers;
    (iii) Flood hazard area precautions;
    (iv) Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition 
Policies Act of 1970;
    (v) Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1998 (41 U.S.C. 701);
    (vi) Debarment, Suspension; and Other Responsibility Matters--
Primary Covered Transactions;
    (vii) Lobbying for Contracts, Grants, Loans, and Cooperative 
Agreements Byrd Anti-Lobbying Amendment (31 U.S.C. 1352).
    (viii) Representations Regarding Felony Conviction and Tax 
Delinquent Status for Corporate Applicants.
    k. Environmental impact and historic preservation. The applicant 
must provide details of the digital transition's impact on the 
environment and historic preservation, and comply with 7 CFR part 1794, 
which contains the Agency's policies and procedures for implementing a 
variety of federal statutes, regulations, and executive orders 
generally pertaining to the protection of the quality of the human 
environment. This must be contained in a separate section entitled 
``Environmental Impact of the Digital Transition,'' and must include 
the Environmental Questionnaire/Certification, available from RUS, 
describing the impact of its digital transition. Submission of the 
Environmental Questionnaire/Certification alone does not constitute 
compliance with 7 CFR part 1794.
    3. DUNS Number. As required by the OMB, all applicants for grants 
must supply a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) 
number when applying. The Standard Form 424 (SF-424) contains a field 
for you to use when supplying your DUNS number. The applicant can 
obtain the DUNS number free of charge by calling Dun and Bradstreet. 
Please see https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform for more information on how to 
obtain a DUNS number or how to verify your organization's number.
    4. In accordance with 2 CFR part 25, all applicants, whether 
applying electronically or by paper, must be registered in the System 
for Award Management (SAM) (formerly Central Contractor Registry, 
(CCR)), prior to submitting an application.
    a. Applicants may register for the SAM at https://www.sam.gov/.
    b. The SAM registration must remain active with current information 
at all times while RUS is considering an application or while a Federal 
Grant Award or loan is active. To maintain the registration in the SAM 
database the applicant must review and update the information in the 
SAM database annually from date of initial registration or from the 
date of the last update. The applicant must ensure that the information 
in the database is current, accurate, and complete.

C. How many copies of an application are required?

    1. Applications submitted on paper: Submit the original application 
and two (2) copies to RUS.
    2. Electronically submitted applications: The additional paper 
copies for RUS are not necessary if you submit the application 
electronically through https://www.grants.gov.

D. How and where to submit an application?

    Grant applications may be submitted on paper or electronically.
    1. Submitting applications on paper.
    a. Address paper applications for grants to the Telecommunications 
Program, RUS, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Room 2844, STOP 1550, 
Washington, DC 20250-1550. Applications should be marked ``Attention: 
Director, Advanced Services Division.''
    b. Paper applications must show proof of mailing or shipping 
consisting of one of the following:
    (i) A legibly dated postmark applied by the U.S. Postal Service;
    (ii) A legible mail receipt with the date of mailing stamped by the 
USPS; or
    (iii) A dated shipping label, invoice, or receipt from a commercial 
carrier.
    c. Non-USPS-applied postage dating, i.e. dated postage meter 
stamps, do not constitute proof of the date of mailing.
    d. Due to screening procedures at the Department of Agriculture, 
packages arriving via the USPS are irradiated, which can damage the 
contents. RUS encourages applicants to consider the impact of this 
procedure in selecting their application delivery method.
    2. Electronically Submitted Applications.
    a. Applications will not be accepted via facsimile machine 
transmission or electronic mail.
    b. Electronic applications for grants will be accepted if submitted 
through the Federal government's Grants.gov initiative at https://www.grants.gov.
    c. How to use Grants.gov:
    (i) Navigate your Web browser to https://www.grants.gov.
    (ii) Follow the instructions on that Web site to find grant 
information.
    (iii) Download a copy of the application package.
    (iv) Complete the package off-line.
    (v) Upload and submit the application via the Grants.gov Web site.
    d. Grants.gov contains full instructions on all required passwords, 
credentialing and software.
    e. RUS encourages applicants who wish to apply through Grants.gov 
to submit their applications in advance of the deadline. Difficulties 
encountered by applicants filing through Grants.gov will not justify 
filing deadline extensions.
    f. If a system problem occurs or you have technical difficulties 
with an electronic application, please use the customer support 
resources available at the Grants.gov Web site.

E. Deadlines

    1. Paper applications must be postmarked and mailed, shipped, or 
sent overnight no later than July 7, 2014 to be eligible for FY 2014 
grant funding. Late applications are not eligible for FY 2014 grant 
funding.

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    2. Electronic grant applications must be received by July 7, 2014 
to be eligible for FY 2014 funding. Late applications are not eligible 
for FY 2014 grant funding.

V. Application Review Information

A. Criteria

    1. Grant applications are scored competitively and subject to the 
criteria listed below.
    2. Grant application scoring criteria are detailed in 7 CFR 1740.8. 
There are 100 points available, broken down as follows:
    a. The Rurality of the Project (up to 50 points);
    b. The Economic Need of the Project's Service Area (up to 25 
points), and;
    c. The Critical Need for the project, and of the applicant, 
including the benefits derived from the proposed service (up to 25 
points).

B. Review Standards

    1. All applications for grants must be delivered to RUS at the 
address and by the date specified in this notice to be eligible for 
funding. RUS will review each application for conformance with the 
provisions of this part. RUS may contact the applicant for additional 
information or clarification.
    2. Incomplete applications as of the deadline for submission will 
not be considered. If an application is determined to be incomplete, 
the applicant will be notified in writing and the application will be 
returned and will not be considered for FY 2014 funding.
    3. Applications conforming with this part will be evaluated 
competitively by a panel of RUS employees selected by the Administrator 
of RUS, and will be awarded points as described in the scoring criteria 
in 7 CFR 1740.8. Applications will be ranked and grants awarded in rank 
order until all grant funds are expended.
    4. Regardless of the score an application receives, if the RUS 
determines that the Project is technically or financially infeasible, 
the Agency will notify the applicant, in writing, and the application 
will be returned and will not be considered for FY 2014 funding.

C. Scoring Guidelines

    1. The applicant's calculated scores in Rurality and Economic Need 
will be checked and, if necessary, corrected by RUS.
    2. The Critical Need score will be determined by RUS based on 
information presented in the application. The Critical Need score is 
based on the reviewer's assessment of the supporting arguments made in 
the application. The score aims to assess how the specific digital 
transition purpose fits with the unique need of the television station 
as it moves all of its equipment through the digital transition. This 
score is intended to capture, from the rural public's standpoint, the 
necessity and usefulness of the proposed project. This scoring category 
will also recognize that at a specific time, some transition purposes 
are perceived to be more essential than others and that, over time, 
this perception changes. For example, during the transition from analog 
to digital transmitters, which concluded on June 12, 2009, a first time 
transition of a primary transmitter was the most essential project that 
could be undertaken for most stations and would have been scored 
accordingly. Now that all transmitters have completed the transition to 
digital, the focus may shift to some of the other eligible purposes 
such as translators, studio and production equipment, and master 
control equipment. But what equipment specifically is most essential 
may vary from station to station. For example, local production 
equipment can be a high priority especially if it produces an area's 
only local news or if the station has been historically active in 
producing local programming. Repositioning a digital transmitter on a 
tower can also be a high priority in cases where the original analog 
coverage area was not adequately replicated after the transition. The 
Critical Need score is also relative since each application is scored 
in comparison to other applications in the competition. These various 
factors explain why a similar application may receive a different 
Critical Need score in different years of this program.

VI. Award Administration Information

A. Award Notices

    The Agency generally notifies applicants whose projects are 
selected for awards by faxing an award letter or emailing a PDF 
facsimile of the award letter. The Agency follows the award letter with 
a grant agreement that contains the terms and conditions for the grant. 
A copy of the standard agreement is posted on the RUS Web site at 
https://www.rurdev.usda.gov/UTP_DTVResources.html.
    An applicant must execute and return the grant agreement, 
accompanied by any additional items required by the grant agreement.
    B. Administrative and National Policy Requirements. The items 
listed in the program regulation at 7 CFR 1740.9(j) implement the 
appropriate administrative and national policy requirements.

C. Reporting

    1. All recipients of Public Television Station Digital Transition 
Grant Program financial assistance must provide semiannual performance 
activity reports to RUS until the project is complete and the funds are 
expended. A final performance report is also required; the final report 
may serve as the last semiannual report. The final report must include 
an evaluation of the success of the project.
    2. Recipient and Subrecipient Reporting.
    The applicant must have the necessary processes and systems in 
place to comply with the reporting requirements for first-tier sub-
awards and executive compensation under the Federal Funding 
Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 in the event the applicant 
receives funding unless such applicant is exempt from such reporting 
requirements pursuant to 2 CFR part 170, Sec.  170.110(b). The 
reporting requirements under the Transparency Act pursuant to 2 CFR 
part 170 are as follows:
    a. First Tier Sub-Awards of $25,000 or more in non-Recovery Act 
funds (unless they are exempt under 2 CFR part 170) must be reported by 
the Recipient to https://www.fsrs.gov no later than the end of the month 
following the month the obligation was made. Please note that currently 
underway is a consolidation of eight federal procurement systems, 
including the Sub-award Reporting System (FSRS), into one system, the 
System for Award Management (SAM). As a result the FSRS will soon be 
consolidated into and accessed through SAM at https://www.sam.gov/portal/public/SAM/.
    b. The Total Compensation of the Recipient's Executives (5 most 
highly compensated executives) must be reported by the Recipient (if 
the Recipient meets the criteria under 2 CFR part 170) to www.sam.gov 
by the end of the month following the month in which the award was 
made.
    c. The Total Compensation of the Subrecipient's Executives (5 most 
highly compensated executives) must be reported by the Subrecipient (if 
the Subrecipient meets the criteria under 2 CFR part 170) to the 
Recipient by the end of the month following the month in which the sub-
award was made.
    3. Systems Necessary to Meet Reporting Requirements.
    The applicant must have the necessary processes and systems in

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place to comply with the reporting requirements for first-tier sub-
awards and executive compensation under the Federal Funding 
Accountability and Transparence Act of 2006 in the event the applicant 
receives funding unless such applicant is exempt from such reporting 
requirements pursuant to 2 CFR part 170, Sec.  170.110(b).

VII. Agency Contacts

    A. Web site: https://www.usda.gov/rus/ rus/. The Web site maintains up-
to-date resources and contact information for the Public Television 
Station Digital Transition Grant Program.
    B. Phone: (202) 690-4493.
    C. Fax: (202) 720-1051.
    D. Main points of contact: Petra Schultze, Financial Analyst, 
Advanced Services Division, Telecommunications Program, RUS, telephone: 
(202) 690-4493, fax: (202) 720-1051, or email: 
petra.schultze@wdc.usda.gov. Additional point of contact at the same 
telephone number, or email: norberto.esteves@wdc.usda.gov: Norberto 
Esteves, Acting Director, Advanced Services Division.

    Dated: May 1, 2014.
John Charles Padalino,
Administrator, Rural Utilities Service.
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