Innovative Public Transportation Workforce Development Program (Ladders of Opportunity Initiative), 53095-53099 [2014-21155]

Download as PDF rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 172 / Friday, September 5, 2014 / Notices • Describing the potential environmental impacts associated with the reasonable alternatives and mitigation to address significant impacts. FRA, in cooperation with TxDOT, will prepare the EIS for the Dallas–Fort Worth Core Express service. The Proposed Action would provide a passenger rail connection between Dallas and Fort Worth by means of an as-yet undetermined rail technology and establish connectivity with other transportation services in Dallas and Fort Worth, including two planned high-speed rail systems: Dallas–Houston (the Central Texas High Speed Rail Project) and Oklahoma City–Dallas–Fort Worth–Austin–San Antonio (the Texas Oklahoma Passenger Rail Service). As a part of the EIS, the impacts of various alternatives and route alignments will be analyzed including shared corridors with other existing linear infrastructure, such as railroads, roads, and utilities. In addition, the EIS will analyze the potential impacts of stations, power facilities and maintenance facilities to support Core Express operations. This EIS will build upon and incorporate the forthcoming findings of the Texas Oklahoma Passenger Rail Service Tier 1 EIS, and its decisions and recommendations for the Fort Worth– Dallas connection. FRA hosts Web sites for the related passenger rail projects in the region, which can be found on FRA’s Web site at http:// www.fra.dot.gov/Page/P0715. The EIS will describe an analysis of technology-neutral alternatives in the study area and evaluate the specific environmental impacts of reasonable alternatives in sufficient detail to allow FRA to make decisions incorporating environmental concerns consistent with NEPA goals and procedures. The evaluation will be conducted using a combination of Geographic Information System (GIS) data, field investigations, site visits and sampling. The primary environmental resources located within the study area that may be affected are: Residential, commercial, and industrial properties; streams and floodplains; wetlands and wildlife habitat; cultural resources; protected lands; and open space. FRA and TxDOT will develop alternatives that avoid and minimize impacts to these resources. Minimization and mitigation measures will be identified within the EIS where appropriate. In accordance with NEPA, the FRA and TxDOT invite comments and suggestions regarding the scope of the EIS from all interested parties to ensure that all issues are addressed related to this proposal, all reasonable alternatives VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:29 Sep 04, 2014 Jkt 232001 considered, and any significant impacts are identified. Letters describing the project’s NEPA process and soliciting comments will be sent to appropriate federal, state, and local agencies, Native American tribes, and private organizations who might have previously expressed or who are known to have an interest in the Proposed Action. Federal agencies with jurisdiction by law or special expertise with respect to potential environmental issues will be requested to act as a Cooperating Agency in accordance with 40 CFR 1501.16. In coordination with FRA, TxDOT will lead the outreach activities beginning with scoping meetings (dates to be determined). Public involvement initiatives including public meetings, access to a Web site, and outreach will continue throughout the EIS process. Opportunities for public participation will be announced through mailings, notices, advertisements, press releases and a FRA-hosted EIS Web page, accessible at http://www.fra.dot.gov/ Page/P0214. One or more public hearings will be held after the Draft EIS is released and made available for public and agency review. Public notice will be given for the time and place of public hearings. Comments or questions concerning the Proposed Action and the scope of the EIS are invited from all interested parties and should be directed to the FRA at the address provided above. Authority: 42 U.S.C. 4321 et. seq. Issued in Washington, DC, on August 28, 2014. Corey Hill, Director, Office of Program Delivery. [FR Doc. 2014–21173 Filed 9–4–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–06–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Transit Administration Innovative Public Transportation Workforce Development Program (Ladders of Opportunity Initiative) Federal Transit Administration (FTA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of funding availability. AGENCY: The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Innovative Public Transportation Workforce Development Program Ladders of Opportunity Initiative. FTA will make available approximately $7.85 million in funds appropriated in Fiscal Year 2013 and Prior Years, in support of this effort. This NOFA solicits proposals SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00081 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 53095 that promote innovative nationally and regionally significant public transportation workforce development models and programs that invest in America’s economic growth and help build ladders of opportunity into the middle class for American workers. DATES: Complete proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. EDT on November 4, 2014. ADDRESSES: All proposals must be submitted electronically through the GRANTS.GOV ‘‘APPLY’’ function. All entities intending to apply should initiate the process of registering on the GRANTS.GOV Web site immediately to ensure completion of registration before the submission deadline. Instructions for applying can be found on FTA’s Web site at http://www.fta.dot.gov/grants/ 13093_3561.html and in the ‘‘FIND’’ module of GRANTS.GOV. Mail and fax submissions will not be accepted. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific information regarding the areas of research targeted within this NOFA, please contact Betty Jackson, Workforce Development Program Manager, Office of Research, Demonstration and Innovation, phone: (202) 366–1730, fax: (202) 366–3765, or email: betty.jackson@dot.gov. A TDD is available at 1–800–877–8339 (TDD/ FIRS). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Discretionary Program Overview A. Authority Section 5322(b) of Title 49, United States Code authorizes FTA’s discretionary Innovative Public Transportation Workforce Development Program, pursuant to which FTA makes grants to transit agencies and other entities to undertake workforce development activities, including those that create employment training programs, increase minority and female employment in transit, conduct research on public transportation and training needs, and provide training and assistance for minority business opportunities. Under this authority, FTA is issuing this funding opportunity for the Innovative Public Transportation Workforce Development, Ladders of Opportunity Initiative. FTA plans to fund nationally or regionally significant public transportation workforce projects that will assist in building ladders of opportunity for American workers to move into the middle class, as well as build the critical skillset needed in the public transportation industry. B. Policy Priorities Supporting a highly-skilled transit workforce is critical to maintaining a E:\FR\FM\05SEN1.SGM 05SEN1 rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 53096 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 172 / Friday, September 5, 2014 / Notices competitive and efficient public transportation system. As public transportation experiences significant growth in the United States and investments continue in the physical capital of the nation’s transit systems, it is essential to build and maintain the nation’s human capital in public transportation as well. FTA is seeking projects that create a new nationally or regionally significant workforce development program, or augment or replicate a successful existing program that will have benefits for transit agencies or the transit industry. While either type of effort will be considered, programs or approaches with an existing track record of success are likely to receive significant consideration. FTA is prioritizing applications that focus on one or more of the following activity areas: • Targeting areas with high rates of unemployment; • ensuring that persons in local communities directly benefit from employment opportunities created by the construction and operation of new transit capital projects or other public transportation activities within their region; • providing career pathways that support the movement of targeted populations (e.g. new transit entrants and other underserved populations, etc.) from initial or short-term employment opportunities to sustainable careers; • giving priority to minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, low income populations and other underserved populations; • addressing gaps in areas with current or projected workforce shortages in fields related to public transportation; • pre-employment training/ preparation/tracking; and/or • recruitment and hiring. FTA also is requiring that applications provide sufficient evidence of a partnership between the primary applicant and at least one other unrelated entity, such as an educational institution, a public workforce investment system, a labor organization or a non-profit organization. A primary applicant that is not a transit agency or consortium of transit agencies must partner with at least one transit agency. FTA will assess the strength of these partnerships in its evaluation of applications by contacting each partner to determine its level of involvement and financial commitment in the proposed application. VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:29 Sep 04, 2014 Jkt 232001 II. Program Information A. Program Description and Purpose The Innovative Public Transportation Workforce Development Program assists in the development of innovative programs and activities in public transportation that address the human resources needs of public transportation operators, as well as build pathways to long-term careers in the public transportation industry. B. Eligibility Information 1. Eligible Applicants Eligible applicants are urban and rural transit agencies; state departments of transportation (DOTs) providing public transportation services; Metropolitan Planning Organizations; Indian Tribes; nonprofit institutions; institutions of higher education; and private corporations. Only these types of organizations are eligible to apply to this program. The cooperative agreement will be between FTA and the selected organization, which must have a substantial interest in the project and must not simply act as a pass-through for funds. Applicants may apply individually or in a consortium of eligible applicants. The consortium of eligible applicants must include a lead applicant as the primary recipient of federal funds. Individuals, for-profit entities, and Federal agencies are not eligible to apply to this Program. 2. Strategic Partnerships To be eligible for funding under this NOFA, applicants must demonstrate that the proposed project is supported by the primary applicant in partnership with one or more external strategic partner(s) with a substantial interest and involvement in the project. An external partner must be an entity that has no direct relationship to the primary applicant. For example, the external partner may not be a department within the applicant’s organization. If the primary applicant is not a transit agency or consortia of transit agencies, the external partners must include at least one transit agency as an external partner. In addition to transit agencies, an external partner entity could include, but is not limited to: 1. Educational institutions, which include entities providing professional accreditation, degree, and/or certification programs, such as universities, community colleges, or trade schools, either non-profit or forprofit. 2. Public workforce investment systems, such as local Workforce PO 00000 Frm 00082 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Investment Boards and their one-stop systems. 3. Labor organizations, such as labor unions and labor management organizations. 4. Non-profit organizations that support the mission of transit and transportation workforce development. Applicants should include a letter of confirmed support from each potential partner as part of their application. Applicants must include sufficient evidence of the partnership. Sufficient evidence may include a memorandum of agreement or letter of intent signed by all parties that describes the parties’ roles, responsibilities and financial commitment in the proposed project. 3. Cost Sharing There are two sources of funds used for this NOFA. SAFETEA–LU and MAP–21. In accordance with 49 U.S.C. Section 5322(c) of MAP–21, there is a minimum 50 percent non-Federal cost share for all funds awarded. Regardless of minimum share requirements, cost sharing is an evaluation criterion and proposals with higher cost share will be considered more favorably. The FTA Administrator will decide the source of funds to be awarded to each applicant. Cash and other high-quality match will be considered more favorably than inkind cost matching, though all are acceptable. FTA will not approve deferred local share. Recipients must comply with all applicable FTA requirements. a. Eligible sources of matching funds include: i. Cash from non-governmental sources other than revenues from providing public transportation services; ii. Non-farebox revenues from the operation of public transportation service, such as the sale of advertising and concession revenues. A voluntary or mandatory fee that a college, university, or similar institution imposes on all its students for free or discounted transit service is not farebox revenue; iii. Amounts received under a service agreement with a State or local social service agency or private social service organization; iv. Undistributed cash surpluses, replacement or depreciation cash funds, reserves available in cash, or new capital; v. In-kind contributions, such as the market value of in-kind contributions integral to the project may be counted as a contribution toward local share. E:\FR\FM\05SEN1.SGM 05SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 172 / Friday, September 5, 2014 / Notices 4. Other Eligibility Requirements a. Allowable Activities Projects must provide direct support to workforce development projects. Capital expenses such as equipment purchases are not considered to be eligible costs unless they directly relate to the workforce development program being supported by FTA funds. Acceptable costs can include, but are not limited to: Faculty/instructors, including salaries and fringe benefits, support staff, classroom space, books, materials and supplies, transportation stipends for students. b. Unallowable Costs FTA funds under this program are not intended as an offset to regular transit agency employee salaries and may not be used to cover the regular or overtime salaries of employees at transit agencies offering training. Funds may be used to cover the costs of staff directly engaged in a program management or training role at an agency. C. Evaluation Criteria, Review and Selection 1. Project Evaluation Criteria FTA will evaluate the applications submitted according to the criteria set forth below. Proposals must have a minimum threshold of $200,000 and a maximum of $1,000,000. FTA will assess the extent to which a proposal addresses the following criteria: a. National Applicability FTA will evaluate whether the project has national or regional applicability and will provide a replicable model of workforce development practices. rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES b. Statement of Need FTA will evaluate the extent to which the project identifies a clear and specific industry need for the Federal investment in the proposed transit workforce development activities. An applicant must submit data and provide evidence of the industry need and value for the proposed program. c. Innovation FTA will evaluate the extent to which a project identifies a unique, significant, or innovative approach to address workforce development issues in a transit agency. d. Project Management and Organizational Capacity FTA will evaluate the capacity of the applicant and its required partners to effectively staff the proposed initiative and deliver the proposed outcomes, as VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:29 Sep 04, 2014 Jkt 232001 well as the fiscal, administrative, and performance management capacity to implement the key components of this project. FTA also will evaluate the track record of the applicant and its required partners to implement projects of similar focus, size, and scope. e. Strategy and Project Work Plan FTA anticipates awarding proposals for projects that will be completed within 18 to 24 months of receipt of the funding award. The period of performance will be up to 24 months from the date of execution of the grant documents. This performance period includes all necessary implementation and start-up activities, execution of the program, and completion of final deliverables as specified in the applicant’s Scope of Work. FTA will evaluate the project work plan pursuant to the following factors: (1) The presentation of a coherent plan that demonstrates the applicant’s complete understanding of all the activities, responsibilities, and costs required to implement each phase of the project and achieve projected outcomes; (2) the demonstrated feasibility and reasonableness of the timeline for accomplishing all necessary implementation activities, including the ability to expeditiously begin training; and (3) the extent to which the budget aligns with the proposed work plan and is justified with respect to the adequacy and reasonableness of resources requested. f. Outcomes and Deliverables FTA will evaluate the extent to which the applicant and required partners demonstrate a results-oriented approach to managing and operating the project by providing projections for all applicable outcome categories relevant to measuring the success or impact of the project, describing the products and deliverables that will be produced as a result of the project activities, and fully demonstrating the appropriateness and feasibility of achieving these results. The applicant must include projected outcomes, which will be used as goals for the project. g. Furthering Ladders of Opportunity FTA has prioritized and will use the following activity areas of: (1) Targeting areas with high rates of unemployment; (2) ensuring that persons in local communities directly benefit from employment opportunities created by the construction and operation of new transit capital projects or other public transportation activities within their region; (3) providing career pathways that support the movement of targeted PO 00000 Frm 00083 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 53097 populations (e.g. new transit entrants and other underserved populations, etc. from initial or short-term employment opportunities to sustainable careers; (4) giving priority to minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, low income populations and other underserved populations; (5) addressing gaps in areas with current or projected workforce shortages in fields related to public transportation; (6) preemployment training/preparation/ tracking; and/or (7) recruitment and hiring. Further, these activity areas will be used to evaluate the extent to which an applicant and its required partners demonstrate how this program or project can assist in building ladders of opportunity to the middle class; how the proposed program can connect people and economic opportunities in public transportation; and how it can build pathways to new job opportunities in the transit field. D. Review and Selection Process A technical evaluation committee will review proposals under the project selection criteria. Members of the technical evaluation committee and the FTA Workforce Program Manager reserve the right to screen and rate the applications it receives and to seek clarification from any applicant about any statement in its application that FTA finds ambiguous and/or to request additional documentation to be considered during the evaluation process to clarify information contained within the proposal. After consideration of the findings of the technical evaluation committee, the FTA Administrator will determine the final selection and amount of funding for each project. FTA may consider geographic diversity and the applicant’s receipt of other discretionary awards in its award decisions. III. Proposal Preparation and Submission A. Proposal Submission Process Applicants may submit more than one proposal. However, each proposal must support a new idea or program and not be duplicative. Submission of multiple proposals from a single entity will not increase that entity’s chances of being awarded a grant. Complete proposals for the Innovative Public Transportation Workforce Development Program Ladders of Opportunity Initiative must be submitted electronically through the GRANTS.GOV Web site by 11:59 EDT on November 4, 2014. Late applications will not be accepted. Proposers are encouraged to begin the process of E:\FR\FM\05SEN1.SGM 05SEN1 53098 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 172 / Friday, September 5, 2014 / Notices registration on the GRANTS.GOV site well in advance of the submission deadline. Registration is a multi-step process, which may take several weeks to complete before an application can be submitted. Registered proposers may still be required to take steps to keep their registration up to date before submissions can be made successfully: (1) Registration in the Systems for Award Management (SAM) (formerly the Central Contracting Registry (CCR) system) is required; and (2) persons making submissions on behalf of the Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) must be authorized in GRANTS.GOV by the AOR to make submissions. Eligible entities must have or must secure a DUNS number for the purposes of formal application and potential entry into a cooperative agreement with FTA. The DUNS number is a unique nine-character number that identifies your organization. It is a tool of the federal government to track how federal money is distributed. Each FTA applicant’s DUNS number will be maintained as part of the applicant’s profile. This number can be obtained free through the Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) Web site (http://www.dnb.com/ US/duns_update/). In addition, each entity that applies and does not have an exemption under 2 CFR § 25.110 should: (1) Be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) prior to submitting an application or plan (www.sam.gov), and (2) Maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by an agency. 1. Project Title, Objective(s), and Contact Person At the top of the document, state the title of the project and provide 2–3 sentences describing the intended project goals and outcomes. List the contact person for this application along with his or her address, title, phone number, fax number, and email address. 2. Statement of the Problem(s) Provide a description of the new or existing program to be supported by the proposed project. Describe the national or regional impact of this project. Characterize the workforce issue or problem present in the public transportation industry that the project directly addresses. Describe how the project will specifically address the issue for the applying organization. Explain why the specified approach is being taken as opposed to others, and how its innovative aspects have potential for nationwide or regional application. In addition to innovative workforce practices, cite the unique features of the project, such as design or technological innovations, reductions in cost or time, environmental benefits, benefits to riders, or social and community involvement. Finally, identify uncertainties and external factors that could affect the schedule, cost, or success of the program. Supporting documentation may be provided as an attachment that will not count toward the total page limit. Such information will be considered supplementary and will not necessarily be considered by FTA in the project selection process. rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES B. Proposal Content The applicant should submit a project narrative statement describing the project objectives, proposed work tasks, outputs, and benefits of the proposed project for which Federal assistance is being requested. If the project is a proposal seeking support for an existing program, it should describe the proposed FTA-supported project within the context of the larger effort. The narrative also should indicate whether matching funds will be provided, the expected duration of the project, and other information that would assist FTA to understand and evaluate the project. Each submission for a project narrative statement should not exceed 12 pages (single-spaced, single-sided, 12 point font on 8.5x11 inch paper) and must include the information listed below: 3. Geographic Location, Target Groups, and Emphasis Areas Give a precise location or locations of the project and identify the area(s), and target group(s) to be directly served by the proposed effort. Maps or other graphic aids may be attached as needed. 4. Strategic Partners Provide a list of the strategic partner(s) that will be participating in the project, as well as a description of each organization, the unique skill sets and capacity they will bring to the project, and the activities they will carry out. Also provide documentation of the strategic partnership, such as a memorandum of agreement or letter of intent signed by all parties that describes the parties’ roles, responsibilities and financial commitment in the proposed project. VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:29 Sep 04, 2014 Jkt 232001 5. Scope of Work Outline a plan of action, organized by work task, pertaining to the scope and PO 00000 Frm 00084 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 detail of how the proposed work will be accomplished. List estimated milestone dates for major activities and products. Activities should be justified in terms of eligible program activities and proposals should clearly demonstrate the connection between the planned work and at least one of the specific program activities cited. The Scope of Work also should address supporting activities, such as marketing plans for engaging participants and/or dissemination strategies for sharing the results, if such are critical to the success of the supported program. Proposals must describe at least one final project deliverable and how it will improve the state of the practice. Final products and project deliverables must be made available at no cost to FTA and other agencies at the project’s close for dissemination and sharing throughout the industry. Acceptable final products and deliverables include, but are not limited to, class materials, Web sites or software, recruitment materials, flyers, brochures and reports. This product is in addition to the performance reporting requirements described in Section 6 below. Additionally, a written Final Report that is consistent with FTA Report guidelines: http:// ftanet.fta.dot.gov/TRI/Documents/ Preparation%20Instructions%20 for%20FTA%20Final%20Reports.pdf is required. If a phased plan is being proposed, describe the context and additional phases on a separate page or separate pages. 6. Period of Performance Provide a schedule for completion of tasks assuming a total period of performance of up to 24 months. If a phased plan is being proposed, describe schedule for additional phases on a separate page or separate pages (not counted toward the page maximum). 7. Cost/Budget Proposal Provide the Federal amount requested, and a cost proposal indicating staffing levels, hours, and direct costs for the total project and amount of funding requested from FTA. The proposal must describe the source and amount of matching funds. As appropriate, the cost proposal also must set forth the nature and value of in-kind resources that team members will contribute to meet the match requirement. Provide a line-item budget for the total project, with enough detail to indicate the various key components of the project. As FTA may elect to fund only a portion of a proposal rather than the full amount requested by the E:\FR\FM\05SEN1.SGM 05SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 172 / Friday, September 5, 2014 / Notices applicant, the budget should set forth the minimum amount necessary to fund specific project components. As funding for the Innovative Public Transportation Workforce Development Program (Ladders of Opportunity Initiative) is limited, an application that can be scaled may receive additional consideration for funding. rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 8. Performance Measurement Provide an approach for demonstrating the local, nationwide or regional impact of the project on the transit industry and broader employment opportunities, including the number of jobs directly supported or created by the program. The proposal should include a description of the applicant’s plan for recording the outcomes and reporting in a Final Report, at a minimum, the following to FTA at the end of the project: • The number of individuals affected by the project. Applicants should define ‘‘affected individuals’’ in terms that make sense for the proposed project. Æ For example, other common reported outcomes include: D Target Individuals (Veterans, Women, Youth, Incumbent Workers, etc.); D Number of eligible individuals entered into program; D Number of successful completers (completed training program, achieved applicable credential, etc.); D Number of placed new workers and/or advanced incumbent workers; D Number of retained workers after 90 days. • The costs of the project and the share of federal investment. • At least one measure of quality. Quantitative metrics are preferred, but qualitative metrics will be considered provided they are based on the experiences of those affected by the program (as opposed to the selfassessment of the applicant or partner agencies). Metrics could include, but are not limited to, survey results; exit interviews; longitudinal tracking of staff (during the period of performance only). • A 1–2 page project description that will state the project’s initial goals and measure achievements against those goals. This statement can also include ‘‘lessons learned.’’ • A 1–2 page statement of applicability to other entities. Once the program is complete, the applicant must describe how the project could be scaled and/or altered for application elsewhere, and what types of benefits could be realized by doing so. • Any other performance measure that the applicant determines would VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:29 Sep 04, 2014 Jkt 232001 describe the strengths and weaknesses of the project. As part of the proposal, provide projections (for quantitative measures) or short hypotheses (for qualitative measures) of what type of impact/ performance FTA could expect from the project. 9. Project Management Describe the applicant’s approach for managing and staffing the project, including the distribution of responsibilities among partner entities and an organizational chart, if applicable. Include responsibilities such as regular reporting, performance measurement, and technical/ management interactions with FTA. Quarterly cost and activity progress reporting is required and can be submitted in the FTA electronics grant award system and by email submission to the FTA Workforce Program Manager. A template can be provided by FTA. 10. Project Staff List each organization, operator, consultant, or other key individuals who will work on the project, along with short descriptions of their appropriate technical expertise and experience (such as past, relevant research). Attach resumes or curriculum vitae if available. Project staff resumes or curriculum vitae will not count towards the total page count for proposal submissions. IV. Award Information FTA will award grants of a minimum of $200,000 and a maximum of $1,000,000. FTA intends to award as many meritorious projects as possible, and may elect to award less than the amount requested by an applicant. In addition, geographic diversity and the applicant’s receipt of other discretionary awards may be considered in FTA’s award decisions. a. Notification. After FTA has selected the proposals to be funded, successful applicants will be notified by email or telephone of their status. Upon notification of intent to award funds, FTA may withdraw its offer to provide Federal assistance if the recipient does not provide a formal application consistent with its proposal submission within 90 days following the date of the offer. b. Execution of the FTA Agreement. Successful applicants will be instructed by FTA on how to execute their cooperative agreements in FTA’s electronic grants management system. c. Start Date and Incurred Costs. Absent special circumstances, costs incurred prior to FTA award are not PO 00000 Frm 00085 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 53099 eligible as project expenses. Absent highly unusual circumstances, FTA cannot retroactively approve a project. The recipient may begin to incur project costs as of the date the award letter is signed by FTA and the awardee executes the final signature. FTA expects grantees to implement the projects awarded as soon as possible and to fully expend grant funds during the period of performance, recognizing that full transparency and accountability are required for all expenditures. V. Contacts for Additional Information Prospective applicants may visit the following Web sites for more information: • http://www.fta.dot.gov. • For more on managing projects in accordance with FTA Circular 6100.1D: Transit Research and Technology Programs: Application Instructions and Program Management Guidelines: http://fta.dot.gov/legislation_law/ 12349_12669.html. This Circular includes requirements on project management and administration including quarterly reporting, financial management, and payment. For general program information, please use the contact information identified in the front of this notice. Please contact the Grants.gov Helpdesk for assistance with electronic applications at http://www.grants.gov. You also may contact support@ grants.gov or call toll-free (800) 518– 4726. Therese W. McMillan, Acting Administrator. [FR Doc. 2014–21155 Filed 9–4–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–57–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [Docket No. EP 519 (Sub-No. 4)] National Grain Car Council Meeting AGENCY: Surface Transportation Board, DOT. ACTION: Notice of meeting. Notice is hereby given of a meeting of the National Grain Car Council (NGCC), pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C., app. 2 section 10(a)(2). DATES: The meeting will be held on Thursday, September 11, 2014, beginning at 1 p.m. (CDT), and is expected to conclude at 5 p.m. (CDT). ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Radisson Blu Minneapolis, 35 South SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\05SEN1.SGM 05SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Transit Administration


Innovative Public Transportation Workforce Development Program 
(Ladders of Opportunity Initiative)

AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration (FTA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of funding availability.

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SUMMARY: The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces a Notice of 
Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Innovative Public Transportation 
Workforce Development Program Ladders of Opportunity Initiative. FTA 
will make available approximately $7.85 million in funds appropriated 
in Fiscal Year 2013 and Prior Years, in support of this effort. This 
NOFA solicits proposals that promote innovative nationally and 
regionally significant public transportation workforce development 
models and programs that invest in America's economic growth and help 
build ladders of opportunity into the middle class for American 
workers.

DATES: Complete proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. EDT on November 4, 
2014.

ADDRESSES: All proposals must be submitted electronically through the 
GRANTS.GOV ``APPLY'' function. All entities intending to apply should 
initiate the process of registering on the GRANTS.GOV Web site 
immediately to ensure completion of registration before the submission 
deadline. Instructions for applying can be found on FTA's Web site at 
http://www.fta.dot.gov/grants/130933561.html and in the 
``FIND'' module of GRANTS.GOV. Mail and fax submissions will not be 
accepted.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific information regarding the 
areas of research targeted within this NOFA, please contact Betty 
Jackson, Workforce Development Program Manager, Office of Research, 
Demonstration and Innovation, phone: (202) 366-1730, fax: (202) 366-
3765, or email: betty.jackson@dot.gov. A TDD is available at 1-800-877-
8339 (TDD/FIRS).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Discretionary Program Overview

A. Authority

    Section 5322(b) of Title 49, United States Code authorizes FTA's 
discretionary Innovative Public Transportation Workforce Development 
Program, pursuant to which FTA makes grants to transit agencies and 
other entities to undertake workforce development activities, including 
those that create employment training programs, increase minority and 
female employment in transit, conduct research on public transportation 
and training needs, and provide training and assistance for minority 
business opportunities. Under this authority, FTA is issuing this 
funding opportunity for the Innovative Public Transportation Workforce 
Development, Ladders of Opportunity Initiative. FTA plans to fund 
nationally or regionally significant public transportation workforce 
projects that will assist in building ladders of opportunity for 
American workers to move into the middle class, as well as build the 
critical skillset needed in the public transportation industry.

B. Policy Priorities

    Supporting a highly-skilled transit workforce is critical to 
maintaining a

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competitive and efficient public transportation system. As public 
transportation experiences significant growth in the United States and 
investments continue in the physical capital of the nation's transit 
systems, it is essential to build and maintain the nation's human 
capital in public transportation as well.
    FTA is seeking projects that create a new nationally or regionally 
significant workforce development program, or augment or replicate a 
successful existing program that will have benefits for transit 
agencies or the transit industry. While either type of effort will be 
considered, programs or approaches with an existing track record of 
success are likely to receive significant consideration.
    FTA is prioritizing applications that focus on one or more of the 
following activity areas:
     Targeting areas with high rates of unemployment;
     ensuring that persons in local communities directly 
benefit from employment opportunities created by the construction and 
operation of new transit capital projects or other public 
transportation activities within their region;
     providing career pathways that support the movement of 
targeted populations (e.g. new transit entrants and other underserved 
populations, etc.) from initial or short-term employment opportunities 
to sustainable careers;
     giving priority to minorities, women, individuals with 
disabilities, veterans, low income populations and other underserved 
populations;
     addressing gaps in areas with current or projected 
workforce shortages in fields related to public transportation;
     pre-employment training/preparation/tracking; and/or
     recruitment and hiring.
    FTA also is requiring that applications provide sufficient evidence 
of a partnership between the primary applicant and at least one other 
unrelated entity, such as an educational institution, a public 
workforce investment system, a labor organization or a non-profit 
organization. A primary applicant that is not a transit agency or 
consortium of transit agencies must partner with at least one transit 
agency. FTA will assess the strength of these partnerships in its 
evaluation of applications by contacting each partner to determine its 
level of involvement and financial commitment in the proposed 
application.

II. Program Information

A. Program Description and Purpose

    The Innovative Public Transportation Workforce Development Program 
assists in the development of innovative programs and activities in 
public transportation that address the human resources needs of public 
transportation operators, as well as build pathways to long-term 
careers in the public transportation industry.

B. Eligibility Information

1. Eligible Applicants
    Eligible applicants are urban and rural transit agencies; state 
departments of transportation (DOTs) providing public transportation 
services; Metropolitan Planning Organizations; Indian Tribes; nonprofit 
institutions; institutions of higher education; and private 
corporations. Only these types of organizations are eligible to apply 
to this program. The cooperative agreement will be between FTA and the 
selected organization, which must have a substantial interest in the 
project and must not simply act as a pass-through for funds. Applicants 
may apply individually or in a consortium of eligible applicants. The 
consortium of eligible applicants must include a lead applicant as the 
primary recipient of federal funds.
    Individuals, for-profit entities, and Federal agencies are not 
eligible to apply to this Program.
2. Strategic Partnerships
    To be eligible for funding under this NOFA, applicants must 
demonstrate that the proposed project is supported by the primary 
applicant in partnership with one or more external strategic partner(s) 
with a substantial interest and involvement in the project. An external 
partner must be an entity that has no direct relationship to the 
primary applicant. For example, the external partner may not be a 
department within the applicant's organization. If the primary 
applicant is not a transit agency or consortia of transit agencies, the 
external partners must include at least one transit agency as an 
external partner.
    In addition to transit agencies, an external partner entity could 
include, but is not limited to:
    1. Educational institutions, which include entities providing 
professional accreditation, degree, and/or certification programs, such 
as universities, community colleges, or trade schools, either non-
profit or for-profit.
    2. Public workforce investment systems, such as local Workforce 
Investment Boards and their one-stop systems.
    3. Labor organizations, such as labor unions and labor management 
organizations.
    4. Non-profit organizations that support the mission of transit and 
transportation workforce development.
    Applicants should include a letter of confirmed support from each 
potential partner as part of their application.
    Applicants must include sufficient evidence of the partnership. 
Sufficient evidence may include a memorandum of agreement or letter of 
intent signed by all parties that describes the parties' roles, 
responsibilities and financial commitment in the proposed project.
3. Cost Sharing
    There are two sources of funds used for this NOFA. SAFETEA-LU and 
MAP-21. In accordance with 49 U.S.C. Section 5322(c) of MAP-21, there 
is a minimum 50 percent non-Federal cost share for all funds awarded. 
Regardless of minimum share requirements, cost sharing is an evaluation 
criterion and proposals with higher cost share will be considered more 
favorably. The FTA Administrator will decide the source of funds to be 
awarded to each applicant. Cash and other high-quality match will be 
considered more favorably than in-kind cost matching, though all are 
acceptable. FTA will not approve deferred local share. Recipients must 
comply with all applicable FTA requirements.
    a. Eligible sources of matching funds include:
    i. Cash from non-governmental sources other than revenues from 
providing public transportation services;
    ii. Non-farebox revenues from the operation of public 
transportation service, such as the sale of advertising and concession 
revenues. A voluntary or mandatory fee that a college, university, or 
similar institution imposes on all its students for free or discounted 
transit service is not farebox revenue;
    iii. Amounts received under a service agreement with a State or 
local social service agency or private social service organization;
    iv. Undistributed cash surpluses, replacement or depreciation cash 
funds, reserves available in cash, or new capital;
    v. In-kind contributions, such as the market value of in-kind 
contributions integral to the project may be counted as a contribution 
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4. Other Eligibility Requirements
a. Allowable Activities
    Projects must provide direct support to workforce development 
projects. Capital expenses such as equipment purchases are not 
considered to be eligible costs unless they directly relate to the 
workforce development program being supported by FTA funds. Acceptable 
costs can include, but are not limited to: Faculty/instructors, 
including salaries and fringe benefits, support staff, classroom space, 
books, materials and supplies, transportation stipends for students.
b. Unallowable Costs
    FTA funds under this program are not intended as an offset to 
regular transit agency employee salaries and may not be used to cover 
the regular or overtime salaries of employees at transit agencies 
offering training. Funds may be used to cover the costs of staff 
directly engaged in a program management or training role at an agency.

C. Evaluation Criteria, Review and Selection

1. Project Evaluation Criteria
    FTA will evaluate the applications submitted according to the 
criteria set forth below. Proposals must have a minimum threshold of 
$200,000 and a maximum of $1,000,000.
    FTA will assess the extent to which a proposal addresses the 
following criteria:
a. National Applicability
    FTA will evaluate whether the project has national or regional 
applicability and will provide a replicable model of workforce 
development practices.
b. Statement of Need
    FTA will evaluate the extent to which the project identifies a 
clear and specific industry need for the Federal investment in the 
proposed transit workforce development activities. An applicant must 
submit data and provide evidence of the industry need and value for the 
proposed program.
c. Innovation
    FTA will evaluate the extent to which a project identifies a 
unique, significant, or innovative approach to address workforce 
development issues in a transit agency.
d. Project Management and Organizational Capacity
    FTA will evaluate the capacity of the applicant and its required 
partners to effectively staff the proposed initiative and deliver the 
proposed outcomes, as well as the fiscal, administrative, and 
performance management capacity to implement the key components of this 
project. FTA also will evaluate the track record of the applicant and 
its required partners to implement projects of similar focus, size, and 
scope.
e. Strategy and Project Work Plan
    FTA anticipates awarding proposals for projects that will be 
completed within 18 to 24 months of receipt of the funding award. The 
period of performance will be up to 24 months from the date of 
execution of the grant documents. This performance period includes all 
necessary implementation and start-up activities, execution of the 
program, and completion of final deliverables as specified in the 
applicant's Scope of Work.
    FTA will evaluate the project work plan pursuant to the following 
factors: (1) The presentation of a coherent plan that demonstrates the 
applicant's complete understanding of all the activities, 
responsibilities, and costs required to implement each phase of the 
project and achieve projected outcomes; (2) the demonstrated 
feasibility and reasonableness of the timeline for accomplishing all 
necessary implementation activities, including the ability to 
expeditiously begin training; and (3) the extent to which the budget 
aligns with the proposed work plan and is justified with respect to the 
adequacy and reasonableness of resources requested.
f. Outcomes and Deliverables
    FTA will evaluate the extent to which the applicant and required 
partners demonstrate a results-oriented approach to managing and 
operating the project by providing projections for all applicable 
outcome categories relevant to measuring the success or impact of the 
project, describing the products and deliverables that will be produced 
as a result of the project activities, and fully demonstrating the 
appropriateness and feasibility of achieving these results. The 
applicant must include projected outcomes, which will be used as goals 
for the project.
g. Furthering Ladders of Opportunity
    FTA has prioritized and will use the following activity areas of: 
(1) Targeting areas with high rates of unemployment; (2) ensuring that 
persons in local communities directly benefit from employment 
opportunities created by the construction and operation of new transit 
capital projects or other public transportation activities within their 
region; (3) providing career pathways that support the movement of 
targeted populations (e.g. new transit entrants and other underserved 
populations, etc. from initial or short-term employment opportunities 
to sustainable careers; (4) giving priority to minorities, women, 
individuals with disabilities, veterans, low income populations and 
other underserved populations; (5) addressing gaps in areas with 
current or projected workforce shortages in fields related to public 
transportation; (6) pre-employment training/preparation/tracking; and/
or (7) recruitment and hiring. Further, these activity areas will be 
used to evaluate the extent to which an applicant and its required 
partners demonstrate how this program or project can assist in building 
ladders of opportunity to the middle class; how the proposed program 
can connect people and economic opportunities in public transportation; 
and how it can build pathways to new job opportunities in the transit 
field.

D. Review and Selection Process

    A technical evaluation committee will review proposals under the 
project selection criteria. Members of the technical evaluation 
committee and the FTA Workforce Program Manager reserve the right to 
screen and rate the applications it receives and to seek clarification 
from any applicant about any statement in its application that FTA 
finds ambiguous and/or to request additional documentation to be 
considered during the evaluation process to clarify information 
contained within the proposal.
    After consideration of the findings of the technical evaluation 
committee, the FTA Administrator will determine the final selection and 
amount of funding for each project. FTA may consider geographic 
diversity and the applicant's receipt of other discretionary awards in 
its award decisions.

III. Proposal Preparation and Submission

A. Proposal Submission Process

    Applicants may submit more than one proposal. However, each 
proposal must support a new idea or program and not be duplicative. 
Submission of multiple proposals from a single entity will not increase 
that entity's chances of being awarded a grant.
    Complete proposals for the Innovative Public Transportation 
Workforce Development Program Ladders of Opportunity Initiative must be 
submitted electronically through the GRANTS.GOV Web site by 11:59 EDT 
on November 4, 2014. Late applications will not be accepted. Proposers 
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registration on the GRANTS.GOV site well in advance of the submission 
deadline. Registration is a multi-step process, which may take several 
weeks to complete before an application can be submitted. Registered 
proposers may still be required to take steps to keep their 
registration up to date before submissions can be made successfully: 
(1) Registration in the Systems for Award Management (SAM) (formerly 
the Central Contracting Registry (CCR) system) is required; and (2) 
persons making submissions on behalf of the Authorized Organization 
Representative (AOR) must be authorized in GRANTS.GOV by the AOR to 
make submissions.
    Eligible entities must have or must secure a DUNS number for the 
purposes of formal application and potential entry into a cooperative 
agreement with FTA. The DUNS number is a unique nine-character number 
that identifies your organization. It is a tool of the federal 
government to track how federal money is distributed. Each FTA 
applicant's DUNS number will be maintained as part of the applicant's 
profile. This number can be obtained free through the Dun and 
Bradstreet (D&B) Web site (http://www.dnb.com/US/dunsupdate/).
    In addition, each entity that applies and does not have an 
exemption under 2 CFR Sec.  25.110 should:
    (1) Be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) prior to 
submitting an application or plan (www.sam.gov), and
    (2) Maintain an active SAM registration with current information at 
all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application 
or plan under consideration by an agency.

B. Proposal Content

    The applicant should submit a project narrative statement 
describing the project objectives, proposed work tasks, outputs, and 
benefits of the proposed project for which Federal assistance is being 
requested. If the project is a proposal seeking support for an existing 
program, it should describe the proposed FTA-supported project within 
the context of the larger effort.
    The narrative also should indicate whether matching funds will be 
provided, the expected duration of the project, and other information 
that would assist FTA to understand and evaluate the project. Each 
submission for a project narrative statement should not exceed 12 pages 
(single-spaced, single-sided, 12 point font on 8.5x11 inch paper) and 
must include the information listed below:
1. Project Title, Objective(s), and Contact Person
    At the top of the document, state the title of the project and 
provide 2-3 sentences describing the intended project goals and 
outcomes. List the contact person for this application along with his 
or her address, title, phone number, fax number, and email address.
2. Statement of the Problem(s)
    Provide a description of the new or existing program to be 
supported by the proposed project. Describe the national or regional 
impact of this project. Characterize the workforce issue or problem 
present in the public transportation industry that the project directly 
addresses. Describe how the project will specifically address the issue 
for the applying organization. Explain why the specified approach is 
being taken as opposed to others, and how its innovative aspects have 
potential for nationwide or regional application. In addition to 
innovative workforce practices, cite the unique features of the 
project, such as design or technological innovations, reductions in 
cost or time, environmental benefits, benefits to riders, or social and 
community involvement. Finally, identify uncertainties and external 
factors that could affect the schedule, cost, or success of the 
program. Supporting documentation may be provided as an attachment that 
will not count toward the total page limit. Such information will be 
considered supplementary and will not necessarily be considered by FTA 
in the project selection process.
3. Geographic Location, Target Groups, and Emphasis Areas
    Give a precise location or locations of the project and identify 
the area(s), and target group(s) to be directly served by the proposed 
effort. Maps or other graphic aids may be attached as needed.
4. Strategic Partners
    Provide a list of the strategic partner(s) that will be 
participating in the project, as well as a description of each 
organization, the unique skill sets and capacity they will bring to the 
project, and the activities they will carry out. Also provide 
documentation of the strategic partnership, such as a memorandum of 
agreement or letter of intent signed by all parties that describes the 
parties' roles, responsibilities and financial commitment in the 
proposed project.
5. Scope of Work
    Outline a plan of action, organized by work task, pertaining to the 
scope and detail of how the proposed work will be accomplished. List 
estimated milestone dates for major activities and products. Activities 
should be justified in terms of eligible program activities and 
proposals should clearly demonstrate the connection between the planned 
work and at least one of the specific program activities cited. The 
Scope of Work also should address supporting activities, such as 
marketing plans for engaging participants and/or dissemination 
strategies for sharing the results, if such are critical to the success 
of the supported program.
    Proposals must describe at least one final project deliverable and 
how it will improve the state of the practice. Final products and 
project deliverables must be made available at no cost to FTA and other 
agencies at the project's close for dissemination and sharing 
throughout the industry. Acceptable final products and deliverables 
include, but are not limited to, class materials, Web sites or 
software, recruitment materials, flyers, brochures and reports. This 
product is in addition to the performance reporting requirements 
described in Section 6 below. Additionally, a written Final Report that 
is consistent with FTA Report guidelines: http://ftanet.fta.dot.gov/TRI/Documents/Preparation%20Instructions%20for%20FTA%20Final%20Reports.pdf is 
required.
    If a phased plan is being proposed, describe the context and 
additional phases on a separate page or separate pages.
6. Period of Performance
    Provide a schedule for completion of tasks assuming a total period 
of performance of up to 24 months. If a phased plan is being proposed, 
describe schedule for additional phases on a separate page or separate 
pages (not counted toward the page maximum).
7. Cost/Budget Proposal
    Provide the Federal amount requested, and a cost proposal 
indicating staffing levels, hours, and direct costs for the total 
project and amount of funding requested from FTA. The proposal must 
describe the source and amount of matching funds. As appropriate, the 
cost proposal also must set forth the nature and value of in-kind 
resources that team members will contribute to meet the match 
requirement.
    Provide a line-item budget for the total project, with enough 
detail to indicate the various key components of the project. As FTA 
may elect to fund only a portion of a proposal rather than the full 
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applicant, the budget should set forth the minimum amount necessary to 
fund specific project components. As funding for the Innovative Public 
Transportation Workforce Development Program (Ladders of Opportunity 
Initiative) is limited, an application that can be scaled may receive 
additional consideration for funding.
8. Performance Measurement
    Provide an approach for demonstrating the local, nationwide or 
regional impact of the project on the transit industry and broader 
employment opportunities, including the number of jobs directly 
supported or created by the program. The proposal should include a 
description of the applicant's plan for recording the outcomes and 
reporting in a Final Report, at a minimum, the following to FTA at the 
end of the project:
     The number of individuals affected by the project. 
Applicants should define ``affected individuals'' in terms that make 
sense for the proposed project.
    [cir] For example, other common reported outcomes include:
    [ssquf] Target Individuals (Veterans, Women, Youth, Incumbent 
Workers, etc.);
    [ssquf] Number of eligible individuals entered into program;
    [ssquf] Number of successful completers (completed training 
program, achieved applicable credential, etc.);
    [ssquf] Number of placed new workers and/or advanced incumbent 
workers;
    [ssquf] Number of retained workers after 90 days.
     The costs of the project and the share of federal 
investment.
     At least one measure of quality. Quantitative metrics are 
preferred, but qualitative metrics will be considered provided they are 
based on the experiences of those affected by the program (as opposed 
to the self-assessment of the applicant or partner agencies). Metrics 
could include, but are not limited to, survey results; exit interviews; 
longitudinal tracking of staff (during the period of performance only).
     A 1-2 page project description that will state the 
project's initial goals and measure achievements against those goals. 
This statement can also include ``lessons learned.''
     A 1-2 page statement of applicability to other entities. 
Once the program is complete, the applicant must describe how the 
project could be scaled and/or altered for application elsewhere, and 
what types of benefits could be realized by doing so.
     Any other performance measure that the applicant 
determines would describe the strengths and weaknesses of the project.
    As part of the proposal, provide projections (for quantitative 
measures) or short hypotheses (for qualitative measures) of what type 
of impact/performance FTA could expect from the project.
9. Project Management
    Describe the applicant's approach for managing and staffing the 
project, including the distribution of responsibilities among partner 
entities and an organizational chart, if applicable. Include 
responsibilities such as regular reporting, performance measurement, 
and technical/management interactions with FTA. Quarterly cost and 
activity progress reporting is required and can be submitted in the FTA 
electronics grant award system and by email submission to the FTA 
Workforce Program Manager. A template can be provided by FTA.
10. Project Staff
    List each organization, operator, consultant, or other key 
individuals who will work on the project, along with short descriptions 
of their appropriate technical expertise and experience (such as past, 
relevant research). Attach resumes or curriculum vitae if available. 
Project staff resumes or curriculum vitae will not count towards the 
total page count for proposal submissions.

IV. Award Information

    FTA will award grants of a minimum of $200,000 and a maximum of 
$1,000,000. FTA intends to award as many meritorious projects as 
possible, and may elect to award less than the amount requested by an 
applicant. In addition, geographic diversity and the applicant's 
receipt of other discretionary awards may be considered in FTA's award 
decisions.
    a. Notification. After FTA has selected the proposals to be funded, 
successful applicants will be notified by email or telephone of their 
status. Upon notification of intent to award funds, FTA may withdraw 
its offer to provide Federal assistance if the recipient does not 
provide a formal application consistent with its proposal submission 
within 90 days following the date of the offer.
    b. Execution of the FTA Agreement. Successful applicants will be 
instructed by FTA on how to execute their cooperative agreements in 
FTA's electronic grants management system.
    c. Start Date and Incurred Costs. Absent special circumstances, 
costs incurred prior to FTA award are not eligible as project expenses. 
Absent highly unusual circumstances, FTA cannot retroactively approve a 
project. The recipient may begin to incur project costs as of the date 
the award letter is signed by FTA and the awardee executes the final 
signature. FTA expects grantees to implement the projects awarded as 
soon as possible and to fully expend grant funds during the period of 
performance, recognizing that full transparency and accountability are 
required for all expenditures.

V. Contacts for Additional Information

    Prospective applicants may visit the following Web sites for more 
information:
     http://www.fta.dot.gov.
     For more on managing projects in accordance with FTA 
Circular 6100.1D: Transit Research and Technology Programs: Application 
Instructions and Program Management Guidelines: http://fta.dot.gov/
legislationlaw/1234912669.html. This Circular 
includes requirements on project management and administration 
including quarterly reporting, financial management, and payment.
    For general program information, please use the contact information 
identified in the front of this notice. Please contact the Grants.gov 
Helpdesk for assistance with electronic applications at http://www.grants.gov. You also may contact support@grants.gov or call toll-
free (800) 518-4726.

Therese W. McMillan,
Acting Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2014-21155 Filed 9-4-14; 8:45 am]
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