Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety Grants, 37017-37025 [2015-15858]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 124 / Monday, June 29, 2015 / Notices Subsidiary, Inc, (collectively ‘‘Debtors’’), MPC’s non-debtor parent Phosphate Holdings Inc. (‘‘PHI’’), and the Lenders of the Debtors for environmental conditions at MPC’s Facility in Pascagoula, Mississippi (the ‘‘Facility’’), and for possible related causes of action against the Lenders for fraud, equitable subordination and debt recharacterization. The Settlement Agreement, in general terms, provides: (a) Either (i) a sales process for all or substantially all of the assets of the bankruptcy estates, which will result in the assumption of environmental liabilities to the Environmental Agencies related to the Debtors’ assets, including satisfaction of the financial assurance requirements of the Environmental Agencies under nonbankruptcy law or, (ii) in the alternative, a transfer of the assets of the bankruptcy estates to two trusts (the Liquidation Trust and Environmental Trust) one of which, the Liquidation Trust, receives substantially all assets other than the phosphogypsum stacks (‘‘Gyp Stacks’’) to market for sale with a distribution structure for sales proceeds for payment of the claims of the Lenders, and for funding environmental actions taken by the Environmental Trust (which takes ownership of the Gyp Stacks), and for distribution to the bankruptcy estates. The publication of this notice opens a period for public comment on the Settlement Agreement. Comments should be addressed to the Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division, and should refer to In re Mississippi Phosphates Corporation, D.J. Ref. No. 90–7–1– 08388/18. All comments must be submitted no later than fifteen (15) days after the publication date of this notice. Comments may be submitted either by email or by mail: To submit comments: Send them to: By email ....... pubcomment-ees.enrd@ usdoj.gov. Assistant Attorney General, U.S. DOJ–ENRD, P.O. Box 7611, Washington, DC 20044–7611. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES By mail ......... Under section 7003(d) of RCRA, a commenter may request an opportunity for a public meeting in the affected area. During the public comment period, the Settlement Agreement may be examined and downloaded at this Justice Department Web site: http:// www.justice.gov/enrd/consent-decrees. We will provide a paper copy of the Settlement Agreement upon written request and payment of reproduction costs. Please mail your request and VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:13 Jun 26, 2015 Jkt 235001 payment to: Consent Decree Library, U.S. DOJ–ENRD, P.O. Box 7611, Washington, DC 20044–7611. Please enclose a check or money order for $19.25 (25 cents per page reproduction cost) payable to the United States Treasury. Maureen Katz, Assistant Section Chief, Environmental Enforcement Section, Environment and Natural Resources Division. [FR Doc. 2015–15808 Filed 6–26–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410–15–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Mine Safety and Health Administration Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety Grants Mine Safety and Health Administration, Labor. ACTION: Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA). AGENCY: Announcement Type: New. Funding Opportunity Number: SGA 15–3BS. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 17.603. SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), is making $1,000,000 available in grant funds for education and training programs to help identify, avoid, and prevent unsafe working conditions in and around mines. The focus of these grants for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 will be on training and training materials for mine emergency preparedness and mine emergency prevention for all underground mines. Applicants for the grants may be States and nonprofit (private or public) entities, including U.S. territories, Indian tribes, tribal organizations, Alaska Native entities, Indian-controlled organizations serving Indians, and Native Hawaiian organizations. MSHA will award no more than 20 grants. The amount of each individual grant will be at least $50,000.00 and the maximum individual award will be $250,000. This notice contains all of the information needed to apply for grant funding. DATES: The closing date for applications will be August 29, 2015, (no later than 11:59 p.m. EDST). MSHA will award grants on or before September 30, 2015. ADDRESSES: Grant applications for this competition must be submitted electronically through the Grants.gov site at www.grants.gov. If applying online poses a hardship to any applicant, the MSHA Directorate of Educational Policy and Development PO 00000 Frm 00057 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 37017 will provide assistance to help applicants submit online. Any questions regarding this solicitation for grant applications (SGA 15–3BS) should be directed to Janice Oates at Oates.Janice@dol.gov or 202–693–9573 (this is not a toll-free number) or Teresa Rivera at Rivera.Teresa@dol.gov or 202– 693–9581 (this is not a toll-free number). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This solicitation provides background information and the requirements for projects funded under the solicitation. This solicitation consists of eight parts: • Part I provides background information on the Brookwood-Sago grants. • Part II describes the size and nature of the anticipated awards. • Part III describes the qualifications of an eligible applicant. • Part IV provides information on the application and submission process. • Part V explains the review process and rating criteria that will be used to evaluate the applications. • Part VI provides award administration information. • Part VII contains MSHA contact information. • Part VIII addresses Office of Management and Budget (OMB) information collection requirements. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: I. Program Description A. Overview of the Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety Grant Program Responding to several coal mine disasters, Congress enacted the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006 (MINER Act). When Congress passed the MINER Act, it expected that requirements for new and advanced technology, e.g., fireresistant lifelines and increased breathable air availability in escapeways, would increase safety in mines. The MINER Act also required that every underground coal mine have persons trained in emergency response. Congress emphasized its commitment to training for mine emergencies when it strengthened the requirements for the training of mine rescue teams. Recent events demonstrate that training is the key for proper and safe emergency response and that all miners working in underground mines should be trained in emergency response. Under Section 14 of the MINER Act, the Secretary of Labor (Secretary) is required to establish a competitive grant program called the ‘‘Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety Grants’’ (Brookwood-Sago grants). This program provides funding for education and training programs to E:\FR\FM\29JNN1.SGM 29JNN1 37018 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 124 / Monday, June 29, 2015 / Notices better identify, avoid, and prevent unsafe working conditions in and around mines. This program will use grant funds to establish and implement education and training programs or to create training materials and programs. The MINER Act requires the Secretary to give priority to mine safety demonstrations and pilot projects with broad applicability. It also mandates that the Secretary emphasize programs and materials that target miners in smaller mines, including training mine operators and miners on new MSHA standards, high-risk activities, and other identified safety priorities. B. Education and Training Program Priorities MSHA priorities for the FY 2015 funding of the annual Brookwood-Sago grants will focus on training or training materials for mine emergency preparedness and mine emergency prevention for all underground mines. MSHA expects Brookwood-Sago grantees to develop training materials or to develop and provide mine safety training or educational programs, recruit mine operators and miners for the training, and conduct and evaluate the training. MSHA expects Brookwood-Sago grantees to conduct follow-up evaluations with the people who received training in their programs to measure how the training promotes the Secretary’s goal to ‘‘lmprove workplace safety and health’’ and MSHA’s goal to ‘‘Prevent death, disease and injury from mining and promote safe and healthful workplaces for the Nation’s miners.’’ Evaluations will focus on determining how effective their training was in either reducing hazards, improving skills for the selected training topics, or in improving the conditions in mines. Grantees must also cooperate fully with MSHA evaluators of their programs. II. Federal Award Information mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES A. Award Amount for FY 2015 MSHA is providing $1,000,000 for the 2015 Brookwood-Sago grant program which could be awarded in a maximum of 20 separate grants of no less than $50,000 each. Applicants requesting less than $50,000 or more than $250,000 for a 12-month performance period will not be considered for funding. B. Period of Performance MSHA may approve a request for a one time no-cost extension to grantees for an additional period from the expiration date of the annual award based on the success of the project and VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:13 Jun 26, 2015 Jkt 235001 other relevant factors. See 2 CFR 200.308(d)(2). III. Eligibility Information A. Eligible Applicants Applicants for the grants may be States and nonprofit (private or public) entities, including U.S. territories, Indian tribes, tribal organizations, Alaska Native entities, Indian-controlled organizations serving Indians, and Native Hawaiian organizations. Eligible entities may apply for funding independently or in partnership with other eligible organizations. For partnerships, a lead organization must be identified. Applicants other than States (including U.S. territories) and Statesupported or local governmentsupported institutions of higher education will be required to submit evidence of nonprofit status, preferably from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). A nonprofit entity as described in 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(4), which engages in lobbying activities, is not eligible for a grant award. See 2 U.S.C. 1611. Legal Rules Pertaining to Inherently Religious Activities by Organizations that Receive Federal Financial Assistance. The government generally is prohibited from providing direct Federal financial assistance for inherently religious activities. See 29 CFR part 2, subpart D. Grants under this solicitation may not be used for religious instruction, worship, prayer, proselytizing, or other inherently religious activities. Neutral, nonreligious criteria that neither favor nor disfavor religion will be employed in the selection of grant recipients and must be employed by grantees in the selection of contractors and subcontractors. B. Cost-Sharing or Matching Cost-sharing or matching of funds is not required for eligibility. IV. Application and Submission Information A. Application Forms This announcement includes all information and links needed to apply for this funding opportunity. The full application is available through the Grants.gov Web site, www.grants.gov. Click the ‘‘Applicants’’ tab, then click ‘‘Apply for Grants’’. The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number needed to locate the appropriate application for this opportunity is 17.603. If an applicant has problems downloading the application package from Grants.gov, contact the Grants.gov PO 00000 Frm 00058 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Contact Center at 1–800–518–4726 or by email at support@grants.gov. The full application package is also available online at www.msha.gov: Select ‘‘Education & Training Resources,’’ click on ‘‘Courses,’’ select ‘‘Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety Grants,’’ then select ‘‘SGA 15–3BS.’’ This Web site also includes all forms and all regulations that are referenced in this SGA. Applicants, however, must apply for this funding opportunity through the Grants.gov Web site. You may request paper copies of the material by contacting the Directorate of Educational Policy and Development at 202–693–9570. B. Content and Form of the FY 2015 Application Each grant application must address mine emergency preparedness or mine emergency prevention for underground mines. The application must consist of three separate and distinct sections. The three required sections are: • Section 1—Project Forms and Financial Plan (No page limit). • Section 2—Executive Summary (Not to exceed two pages). • Section 3—Technical Proposal (Not to exceed 12 pages). Illustrative material can be submitted as an attachment. The following are mandatory requirements for each section. 1. Project Forms and Financial Plan This section contains the forms and budget section of the application. The Project Financial Plan will not count against the application page limits. A person with authority to bind the applicant must sign the grant application and forms. Applications submitted electronically through Grants.gov do not need to be signed manually; electronic signatures will be accepted. (a) Completed SF–424, ‘‘Application for Federal Assistance,’’ (OMB No. 4040–0004, expiration: 8/31/2016). This form is part of the application package on Grants.gov and is also available at www.msha.gov. The SF–424 must identify the applicant clearly and be signed by an individual with authority to enter into a grant agreement. Upon confirmation of an award, the individual signing the SF–424 on behalf of the applicant shall be considered the representative of the applicant. (b) Completed SF–424A, ‘‘Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs,’’ (OMB No. 4040–0006, expiration: 6/30/2014). The project budget should demonstrate clearly that the total amount and distribution of funds is sufficient to cover the cost of all major project activities identified by E:\FR\FM\29JNN1.SGM 29JNN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 124 / Monday, June 29, 2015 / Notices the applicant in its proposal, and must comply with the Federal cost principles and the administrative requirements set forth in this SGA. (Copies of all regulations that are referenced in this SGA are available online at www.msha.gov. Select ‘‘Education & Training Resources,’’ click on ‘‘Courses,’’ then select ‘‘BrookwoodSago Mine Safety Grants.’’) (c) Budget Narrative. The applicant must provide a concise narrative explaining the request for funds. The budget narrative should separately attribute the Federal funds to each of the activities specified in the technical proposal and it should discuss precisely how any administrative costs support the project goals. Indirect administrative costs for these grants may not exceed 15%. These charges must be supported with a copy of an approved Indirect Cost Rate Agreement. Indirect costs are those that are not readily identifiable with a particular cost objective but nevertheless are necessary to the general operation of an organization. If applicable, the applicant must provide a statement about its program income. See 2 CFR 200.80 and 200.307 and this SGA, Part IV.F.1(a) and (b). The amount of Federal funding requested for the entire period of performance must be shown on the SF– 424 and SF–424A forms. (d) Completed SF–424B, ‘‘Assurances for Non-Construction Programs,’’ (OMB No. 4040–0007, expiration: 6/30/2014). Each applicant for these grants must certify compliance with a list of assurances. This form is part of the application package on www.grants.gov and also is available at www.msha.gov. (e) Supplemental Certification Regarding Lobbying Activities Form. If any funds have been paid or will be paid to any person for influencing or attempting to influence an officer or employee of any agency, a member of Congress, an officer or employee of Congress, or an employee of a member of Congress in connection with the making of a grant or cooperative agreement, the applicant shall complete and submit SF–LLL, ‘‘Disclosure Form to Report Lobbying,’’ in accordance with its instructions. This form is part of the application package on www.grants.gov and is also available at www.msha.gov. Select ‘‘Education & Training Resources,’’ click on ‘‘Courses,’’ then select ‘‘Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety Grants.’’ (f) Non-profit status. Applicants must provide evidence of non-profit status, preferably from the IRS, if applicable. (g) Accounting System Certification. Under the authority of 2 CFR 200.207, MSHA requires that a new applicant VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:13 Jun 26, 2015 Jkt 235001 that receives less than $1 million annually in Federal grants attach a certification stating that the organization (directly or through a designated qualified entity) has a functioning accounting system that meets the criteria below. The certification should attest that the organization’s accounting system provides for the following: (1) Accurate, current, and complete disclosure of the financial results of each federally sponsored project. (2) Records that adequately identify the source and application of funds for federally sponsored activities. (3) Effective control over and accountability for all funds, property, and other assets. (4) Comparison of outlays with budget amounts. (5) Written procedures to minimize the time elapsing between transfers of funds. (6) Written procedures for determining the reasonableness, allocability, and allowability of costs. (7) Accounting records, including cost accounting records that are supported by source documentation. (h) Attachments. The application may include attachments such as resumes of key personnel or position descriptions, exhibits, information on prior government grants, and signed letters of commitment to the project. 2. Executive Summary The executive summary is a short one-to-two page abstract that succinctly summarizes the proposed project. MSHA will publish, as submitted, all grantees’ executive summaries on the DOL Web site. The executive summary must include the following information: (a) Applicant. Provide the organization’s full legal name and address. (b) Funding requested. List how much Federal funding is being requested. (c) Grant Topic. List the grant topic and the location and number of mine operators and miners that the organization has selected to train or describe the training materials or equipment to be created with these funds. (d) Program Structure. Identify the type of grant as ‘‘annual.’’ (e) Summary of the Proposed Project. Write a brief summary of the proposed project. This summary must identify the key points of the proposal, including an introduction describing the project activities and the expected results. 3. Technical Proposal The technical proposal must demonstrate the applicant’s capabilities to plan and implement a project or PO 00000 Frm 00059 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 37019 create educational materials to meet the objectives of this solicitation. MSHA’s focus for these grants is on training mine operators and miners and developing training materials for mine emergency preparedness or mine emergency prevention for underground mines. A Department of Labor Strategic Goal is to ‘‘improve workplace safety and health’’. MSHA has a performance goal to ‘‘prevent death, disease, and injury from mining and promote safe and healthful workplaces for the Nation’s miners’’ and supporting strategies to ‘‘strengthen and modernize training and education’’ and ‘‘improve mine emergency response preparedness.’’ MSHA’s award of the Brookwood-Sago grants supports these goals and strategies. To show how the grant projects promote these goals and strategies, grantees must report, on a quarterly basis, the following information (as applicable): Number of trainers trained Number of mine operators and miners trained Number trained as responsible persons Number of persons trained in smoke Number of training events Number of course days of training provided to industry Course evaluations of trainer and training material Description of training materials created, to include target audience, goals and objectives, and usability in the mine training environment. The technical proposal narrative must not exceed 12 single-sided, doublespaced pages, using 12-point font, and must contain the following sections: Program Design, Overall Qualifications of the Applicant, and Output and Evaluation. Any pages over the 12-page limit will not be reviewed. Attachments to the technical proposal are not counted toward the 12-page limit. Major sections and sub-sections of the proposal should be divided and clearly identified. As required in Part VI subpart E ‘‘Transparency,’’ a grantee’s final technical proposal will be posted ‘‘as is’’ on MSHA’s Web site unless MSHA receives a version redacting any proprietary, confidential business, or personally identifiable information no later than two weeks after receipt of the Notice of Award. MSHA will review and rate the technical proposal in accordance with the selection criteria specified in Part V. (a) Program Design (1) Statement of the Problem/Need for Funds. Applicants must identify a clear and specific need for proposed activities. They must identify whether E:\FR\FM\29JNN1.SGM 29JNN1 37020 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 124 / Monday, June 29, 2015 / Notices they are providing a training program, creating training materials, or both. Applicants also must identify the number of individuals expected to benefit from their training and education program; this should include identifying the type of underground mines, the geographic locations of the training, and the number of mine operators and miners. Applicants must also identify other Federal funds they receive for similar activities. (2) Quality of the Project Design. MSHA requires that each applicant include a 12-month workplan that correlates with the grant project period that will begin no later than September 30, 2015 and end no later than September 29, 2016. (i) Plan Overview Describe the plan for grant activities and the anticipated results. The plan should describe such things as the development of training materials, the training content, recruiting of trainees, where or how training will take place, and the anticipated benefits to mine operators and miners receiving the training. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES (ii) Activities Break the plan down into activities or tasks. For each activity, explain what will be done, who will do it, when it will be done, and the anticipated results of the activity. For training, discuss the subjects to be taught, the length of the training sessions, type of training (e.g., Mine Emergency Response Development exercise), and training locations (e.g., classroom, worksites). Describe how the applicant will recruit mine operators and miners for the training. (Note: Any commercially developed training materials the applicant proposes to use in its training must undergo an MSHA review before being used). (iii) Quarterly Projections For training and other quantifiable activities, estimate the quantities involved for data required to meet the grant goals located in Part IV.B.3. For example, estimate how many classes will be conducted and how many mine operators and miners will be trained each quarter of the grant (grant quarters match calendar quarters, i.e., January to March, April to June, July to September, and October to December); except the first quarter is the date of award to the end of that calendar quarter). Also, provide the training number totals for the full year. Quarterly projections are used to measure the actual performance against the plan. Applicants planning to conduct a train-the-trainer program VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:13 Jun 26, 2015 Jkt 235001 should estimate the number of individuals to be trained during the grant period by those who received the train-the-trainer training. These secondtier training numbers should be included only if the organization is planning to follow up with the trainers to obtain this data during the grant period. (iv) Materials Describe each educational material to be produced under this grant. Provide a timetable for developing and producing the material. The timetable must include provisions for an MSHA review of draft and camera-ready products or evaluation of equipment. MSHA must review and approve training materials or equipment for technical accuracy and suitability of content before use in the grant program. Whether or not an applicant’s project is to develop training materials only, the applicant should provide an overall plan that includes time for MSHA to review any materials produced. (b) Qualifications of the Applicant (1) Applicant’s Background Describe the applicant, including its mission, and a description of its membership, if any. Provide an organizational chart (the chart may be included as a separate page which will not count toward the page limit). Identify the following: (i) Project Director The Project Director is the person who will be responsible for the day-to-day operation and administration of the program. Provide the name, title, street address and mailing address (if it is different from the organization’s street address), telephone and fax numbers, and email address of the Project Director. (ii) Certifying Representative The Certifying Representative is the official in the organization who is authorized to enter into grant agreements. Provide the name, title, street address and mailing address (if it is different from the organization’s street address), telephone and fax numbers, and email address of the Certifying Representative. (2) Administrative and Program Capability Briefly describe the organization’s functions and activities, i.e., the applicant’s management and internal controls. Relate this description of functions to the organizational chart. If the applicant has received any other government (Federal, State or local) PO 00000 Frm 00060 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 grant funding, the application must have, as an attachment (which will not count towards the page limit), information regarding these previous grants. This information must include each organization for which the work was done and the dollar value of each grant. If the applicant does not have previous grant experience, it may partner with an organization that has grant experience to manage the grant. If the organization uses this approach, the management organization must be identified and its grant program experience discussed. Lack of past experience with Federal grants is not a determining factor, but an applicant should show a successful experience relevant to the opportunity offered in the application. Such experience could include staff members’ experiences with other organizations. (3) Program Experience Describe the organization’s experience conducting the proposed mine training program or other relevant experience. Include program specifics such as program title, numbers trained, and duration of training. If creating training materials, include the title of other materials developed. Nonprofit organizations, including communitybased and faith-based organizations that do not have prior experience in mine safety may partner with an established mine safety organization to acquire safety expertise. (4) Staff Experience Describe the qualifications of the professional staff you will assign to the program. Attach resumes of staff already employed (resumes will not count towards the page limit). If some positions are vacant, include position descriptions and minimum hiring qualifications instead of resumes. Staff should have, at a minimum, mine safety experience, training experience, or experience working with the mining community. (c) Outputs and Evaluations There are two types of evaluations that must be conducted. First, describe the methods, approaches, or plans to evaluate the training sessions or training materials to meet the data requirements in Part IV.B.3. Second, describe plans to assess the long-term effectiveness of the training materials or training conducted. The type of training given will determine whether the evaluation should include a process-related outcome or a result-related outcome or both. This will involve following up with an evaluation, or on-site review, if feasible, of miners trained. The E:\FR\FM\29JNN1.SGM 29JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 124 / Monday, June 29, 2015 / Notices evaluation should focus on what changes the trained miners made to abate hazards and improve workplace conditions, or to incorporate this training in the workplace, or both. For training materials, include an evaluation from individuals trained on the clarity of the presentation, organization, and the quality of the information provided on the subject matter and whether they would continue to use the training materials. Include timetables for follow-up and for submitting a summary of the assessment results to MSHA. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES C. Dunn and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number and System for Award Management (SAM)— Required Under 2 CFR 25.200(b)(3), every applicant for a Federal grant is required to include a DUNS number with its application. The DUNS number is a nine-digit identification number that uniquely identifies business entities. An applicant’s DUNS number is to be entered into Block 8 of Standard Form (SF) 424. There is no charge for obtaining a DUNS number. To obtain a DUNS number, call 1–866–705–5711 or access the following Web site: http:// fedgov.dnb.com/webform. After receiving a DUNS number, all grant applicants must register as a vendor with the System for Award Management (SAM) through the Web site www.sam.gov. Grant applicants must create a user account and register online. Submitted registrations will take up to 10 business days to process, after which the applicant will receive an email notice that the registration is active. Once the registration is active in SAM it takes an additional 24–48 hours for the registration to be active in grants.gov. Registrations expire after one year. SAM will send notifications to the registered user via email prior to expiration of the registration. Under 2 CFR 25.200(b)(2), each grant applicant must maintain an active registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application under active consideration. D. Submission Date, Times, and Addresses The closing date for applications will be August 25, 2015, (no later than 11:59 p.m. EDST). MSHA will award grants on or before September 30, 2015. Grant applications must be submitted electronically through the Grants.gov Web site. The Grants.gov site provides all the information about submitting an application electronically through the site as well as the hours of operation. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:13 Jun 26, 2015 Jkt 235001 Interested parties can locate the downloadable application package by the CFDA No. 17.603. 1. Non-Compliant Applications (a) Applications that are lacking any of the required elements or do not follow the format prescribed in IV.B. will not be reviewed. (b) Late Applications You are cautioned that applications should be submitted before the deadline to ensure that the risk of late receipt of the application is minimized. Applications received after the deadline will not be reviewed unless it is determined to be in the best interest of the Government. Applications received by Grants.gov are date and time stamped electronically. Once an interested party has submitted an application, Grants.gov will notify the interested party with two emails: The first is an automatic notification of receipt that provides the applicant with a tracking number and the second notifies applicants that the application has been validated by Grants.gov and is being prepared for Agency retrieval. The DOL E-Grants system then receives the application automatically from Grants.gov for Agency review. An application must be fully uploaded and validated by the Grants.gov system before the application deadline date. E. Intergovernmental Review The Brookwood-Sago grants are not subject to Executive Order 12372, ‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.’’ MSHA however, reminds applicants that if they are not operating MSHA-approved State training grants, they should contact the State grantees and coordinate any training or educational program. Information about each state grant and the entity operating the state grant is provided online at: www.msha.gov/TRAINING/STATES/ STATES.asp. F. Funding Restrictions MSHA will determine whether costs are allowable under the applicable Federal cost principles and other conditions contained in the grant award. 1. Allowable Costs Grant funds may be spent on conducting training and outreach, developing educational materials, recruiting activities (to increase the number of participants in the program), and on necessary expenses to support these activities. Allowable costs are determined by the applicable Federal PO 00000 Frm 00061 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 37021 cost principles identified in Part VI.B, which are attachments in the application package, or are located online at www.msha.gov: Select ‘‘Education & Training Resources’’, click on ‘‘Courses’’, select ‘‘Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety Grants’’. Paper copies of the material may be obtained by contacting the Directorate of Educational Policy and Development at 202–693–9570. (a) If an applicant anticipates earning program income during the grant period, the application must include an estimate of the income that will be earned. Program income earned must be reported on a quarterly basis. (b) Program income is gross income earned by the grantee which is directly generated by a supported activity, or earned as a result of the award. Program income earned during the award period shall be retained by the recipient, added to funds committed to the award, and used for the purposes and under the conditions applicable to the use of the grant funds. See 2 CFR 200.80 and 200.307. 2. Unallowable Costs Grant funds may not be used for the following activities under this grant program: (a) Any activity inconsistent with the goals and objectives of this SGA (b) Training on topics that are not targeted under this SGA (c) Purchasing any equipment unless pre-approved and in writing by the MSHA grant officer (d) Indirect administrative costs that exceed 15% of the total grant budget (e) Any pre-award costs Unallowable costs also include any cost determined by MSHA as not allowed according to the applicable cost principles or other conditions in the grant. V. Application Review Information for FY 2015 Grants A. Evaluation Criteria MSHA will screen all applications to determine whether all required proposal elements are present and clearly identifiable. Those that do not comply with mandatory requirements will not be evaluated. The technical panels will review grant applications using the following criteria: 1. Program Design—40 Points Total (a) Statement of the Problem/Need for Funds (3 Points) The proposed training and education program or training materials must address either mine emergency preparedness or mine emergency prevention. E:\FR\FM\29JNN1.SGM 29JNN1 37022 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 124 / Monday, June 29, 2015 / Notices 2. Budget—20 Points Total (b) Quality of the Project Design (25 Points) (1) The proposal to train mine operators and miners clearly estimates the number to be trained and clearly identifies the types of mine operators and miners to be trained. (2) If the proposal contains a train-thetrainer program, the following information must be provided: • What ongoing support the grantee will provide to new trainers • The number of individuals to be trained as trainers • The estimated number of courses to be conducted by the new trainers • The estimated number of students to be trained by these new trainers and a description of how the grantee will obtain data from the new trainers documenting their classes and student numbers if conducted during the grant period (3) The work plan activities and training are described. • The planned activities and training are tailored to the needs and levels of the mine operators and miners to be trained. Any special constituency to be served through the grant program is described, e.g., smaller mines, limited English proficiency miners, etc. Organizations proposing to develop materials in languages other than English also will be required to provide an English version of the materials. • If the proposal includes developing training materials, the work plan must include time during development for MSHA to review the educational materials for technical accuracy and suitability of content. If commercially developed training products will be used for a training program, applicants should also plan for MSHA to review the materials before using the products in their grant programs. • The utility of the educational materials is described. • The outreach or process to find mine operators, miners, or trainees to receive the training is described. (c) Replication (4 Points) The potential for a project to serve a variety of mine operators, miners, or mine sites, or the extent others may replicate the project. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES (d) Innovation (3 Points) The originality and uniqueness of the approach used. (e) MSHA’s Performance Goals (5 Points) The extent the proposed project will contribute to MSHA’s performance goals. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:13 Jun 26, 2015 Jkt 235001 (a) The budget presentation is clear and detailed. (15 points) The budgeted costs are reasonable. • No more than 15% of the total budget is for administrative costs. • The budget complies with Federal cost principles (which can be found in the applicable Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circulars and with MSHA budget requirements contained in the grant application instructions). (b) The application demonstrates that the applicant has strong financial management and internal control systems. (5 points) 3. Overall Qualifications of the Applicant—25 Points Total (a) Grant Experience (6 Points) The applicant has administered, or will work with an organization that has administered, a number of different Federal or State grants. The applicant may demonstrate this experience by having project staff that has experience administering Federal or State grants. (b) Mine Safety Training Experience (13 Points) • The applicant applying for the grant demonstrates experience with mine safety teaching or providing mine safety educational programs. Applicants that do not have prior experience in providing mine safety training to mine operators or miners may partner with an established mine safety organization to acquire mine safety expertise. • Project staff has experience in mine safety, the specific topic chosen, or in training mine operators and miners. • Project staff has experience in recruiting, training, and working with the population the organization proposes to serve. • Applicant has experience in designing and developing mine safety training materials for a mining program. • Applicant has experience in managing educational programs. (c) Management (6 Points) Applicant demonstrates internal control and management oversight of the project. 4. Outputs and Evaluations—15 Points Total The proposal should include provisions for evaluating the organization’s progress in accomplishing the grant work activities and accomplishments, evaluating training sessions, and evaluating the program’s effectiveness and impact to determine if the safety training and services provided resulted in workplace PO 00000 Frm 00062 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 change or improved workplace conditions. The proposal should include a plan to follow up with trainees to determine the impact the program has had in abating hazards and reducing miner illnesses and injuries. B. Review and Selection Process for FY 2015 Grants A technical panel will rate each complete application against the criteria described in this SGA. One or more applicants may be selected as grantees on the basis of the initial application submission or a minimally acceptable number of points may be established. MSHA may request final revisions to the applications, and then evaluate the revised applications. MSHA may consider any information that comes to its attention in evaluating the applications. The panel recommendations are advisory in nature. The Deputy Assistant Secretary for Operations for Mine Safety and Health will make a final selection determination based on what is most advantageous to the government, considering factors such as panel findings, geographic presence of the applicants or the areas to be served, Agency priorities, and the best value to the government, cost, and other factors. The Deputy Assistant Secretary’s determination for award under this SGA is final. C. Anticipated Announcement and Award Dates Announcement of these awards is expected to occur before September 30, 2015. The grant agreement will be signed no later than September 30, 2015. VI. Award Administration Information A. Award Process Before September 29, 2015, organizations selected as potential grant recipients will be notified by a representative of the Deputy Assistant Secretary. An applicant whose proposal is not selected will be notified in writing. The fact that an organization has been selected as a potential grant recipient does not necessarily constitute approval of the grant application as submitted (revisions may be required). Before the actual grant award and the announcement of the award, MSHA may enter into negotiations with the potential grant recipient concerning such matters as program components, staffing and funding levels, and administrative systems. If the negotiations do not result in an acceptable submittal, the Deputy Assistant Secretary reserves the right to E:\FR\FM\29JNN1.SGM 29JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 124 / Monday, June 29, 2015 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES terminate the negotiations and decline to fund the proposal. B. Administrative and National Policy Requirements All grantees will be subject to applicable Federal laws and regulations (including provisions of appropriations law) and applicable OMB Circulars. These requirements are attachments in the application package or are located online at www.msha.gov: Select ‘‘Education & Training Resources’’, click on ‘‘Courses’’, select ‘‘Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety Grants’’. The grants awarded under this competitive grant program will be subject to the following administrative standards and provisions, if applicable: • 2 CFR Part 25, Universal Identifier and System of Award Management. • 2 CFR Part 170, Reporting Subawards and Executive Compensation Information. • 2 CFR Part 175, Award Term for Trafficking in Persons. • 2 CFR Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. • 29 CFR Part 2, Subpart D, Equal Treatment in Department of Labor Programs for Religious Organizations; Protection of Religious Liberty of Department of Labor Social Service Providers and Beneficiaries. • 29 CFR Part 31, Nondiscrimination in federally assisted programs of the Department of Labor—Effectuation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. • 29 CFR Part 32, Nondiscrimination on the basis of handicap in programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance. • 29 CFR Part 35, Nondiscrimination on the basis of age in programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance from the Department of Labor. • 29 CFR Part 36, Nondiscrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance. • 29 CFR Part 93, New restrictions on lobbying. • 29 CFR Part 94, Government-wide requirements for drug-free workplace (financial assistance). • 29 CFR Part 98, Government-wide debarment and suspension (nonprocurement). • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 31, Subpart 31.2, Contract cost principles and procedures (Codified at 48 CFR Subpart 31.2). Indirect administrative costs for these grants may not exceed 15%. Unless specifically approved, MSHA’s acceptance of a proposal or MSHA’s VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:13 Jun 26, 2015 Jkt 235001 award of Federal funds to sponsor any program does not constitute a waiver of any grant requirement or procedure. For example, if an application identifies a specific sub-contractor to provide certain services, the MSHA award does not provide a basis to sole-source the procurement (to avoid competition). C. Special Program Requirements 1. MSHA Review of Educational Materials MSHA will review all granteeproduced educational and training materials for technical accuracy and suitability of content during development and before final publication. MSHA also will review training curricula and purchased training materials for technical accuracy and suitability of content before the materials are used. Grantees developing training materials must follow all copyright laws and provide written certification that their materials are free from copyright infringement. When grantees produce training materials, they must provide copies of completed materials to MSHA before the end of the grant period. Completed materials should be submitted to MSHA in hard copy and in digital format for publication on the MSHA Web site. Two copies of the materials must be provided to MSHA. Acceptable formats for training materials include Microsoft XP Word, PDF, PowerPoint, and any other format agreed upon by MSHA. 2. License As stated in 2 CFR 200.315, the Department of Labor has a royalty-free, nonexclusive, and irrevocable right to reproduce, publish, or otherwise use for Federal purposes any work produced, or for which ownership was acquired, under a grant, and to authorize others to do so. Such products include, but are not limited to, curricula, training models, and any related materials. Such uses include, but are not limited to, the right to modify and distribute such products worldwide by any means, electronic, or otherwise. 3. Acknowledgement on Printed Materials All approved grant-funded materials developed by a grantee shall contain the following disclaimer: ‘‘This material was produced under grant number XXXXX from the Mine Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. It does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or PO 00000 Frm 00063 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 37023 organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.’’ When issuing statements, press releases, request for proposals, bid solicitations, and other documents describing projects or programs funded in whole or in part with Federal money, all grantees receiving Federal funds must clearly state: (a) The percentage of the total costs of the program or project that will be financed with Federal money; (b) The dollar amount of Federal financial assistance for the project or program; and (c) The percentage and dollar amount of the total costs of the project or program that will be financed by nongovernmental sources. 4. Use of U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) With written permission from MSHA, the USDOL logo may be applied to the grant-funded materials including posters, videos, pamphlets, research documents, national survey results, impact evaluations, best practice reports, and other publications. The grantees must consult with MSHA on whether the logo may be used on any such items prior to final draft or final preparation for distribution. In no event shall the DOL logo be placed on any item until MSHA has given the grantee written permission to use the logo on the item. 5. Reporting Grantees are required by Departmental regulations to submit financial and project reports, as described below. Grantees are also required to submit final reports no later than 90 days after the end of the grant period. (a) Financial Reports The grantee shall submit financial reports on a quarterly basis. Recipients are required to use the U.S. Department of Labor’s Grantee Reporting Systems’ electronic SF–425 (Federal Financial Report), at www.etareports.doleta.gov, to report the status of all funds awarded and, if applicable, program income received and expended, during the funding period. All reports are due no later than 30 days after the end of the reporting period. (b) Technical Project Reports A grantee must submit a technical project report to MSHA no later than 30 days after December 31, 2015, March 31, 2016, June 30, 2016, and September 30, 2016, respectively. Technical project reports provide both quantitative and qualitative information and a narrative E:\FR\FM\29JNN1.SGM 29JNN1 37024 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 124 / Monday, June 29, 2015 / Notices assessment of performance for the preceding three-month period. This should include the current grant progress against the overall grant goals as provided in Part IV.B.3. Between reporting dates, the grantee shall immediately inform MSHA of significant developments or problems affecting the organization’s ability to accomplish the work. See 2 CFR 200.328(d). (c) Final Reports At the end of the grant period, each grantee must provide a project summary of its technical project reports, an evaluation report, and a close-out financial report. These final reports are due no later than 90 days after the end of the 12-month performance period. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES D. Freedom of Information Any information submitted in response to this SGA will be subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, as appropriate. E. Transparency in the Grant Process DOL is committed to conducting a transparent grant award process and publicizing information about program outcomes. Posting awardees’ grant applications on public Web sites is a means of promoting and sharing innovative ideas. Under this SGA, DOL will publish the awardees’ Executive Summaries, selected information from their SF–424s, and a version of awardees’ Technical Proposals on the Department’s Web site or similar location. None of the Attachments to the Technical Proposal provided with the applications will be published. The Technical Proposals and Executive Summaries will not be published until after the grants are awarded. In addition, information about grant progress and results may also be made publicly available. DOL recognizes that grant applications sometimes contain information that an applicant may consider proprietary or business confidential information, or may contain personally identifiable information. Proprietary or business confidential information is information that is not usually disclosed outside your organization and disclosing this information is likely to cause you substantial competitive harm. Personally identifiable information is any information that can be used to distinguish or trace an individual’s identity, such as name, social security number, date and place of birth, mother’s maiden name, or biometric records; and any other information that is linked or linkable to an individual, VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:13 Jun 26, 2015 Jkt 235001 such as medical, educational, financial, and employment information. Executive Summaries will be published in the form originally submitted, without any redactions. Applicants should not include any proprietary or confidential business information or personally identifiable information in this summary. In the event that an applicant submits proprietary or confidential business information or personally identifiable information in the summary, DOL is not liable for the posting of this information contained in the Executive Summary. The submission of the grant application constitutes a waiver of the applicant’s objection to the posting of any proprietary or confidential business information contained in the Executive Summary. Additionally, the applicant is responsible for obtaining all authorizations from relevant parties for publishing all personally identifiable information contained within the Executive Summary. In the event the Executive Summary contains proprietary or confidential business or personally identifiable information, the applicant is presumed to have obtained all necessary authorizations to provide this information and may be liable for any improper release of this information. By submission of this grant application, the applicant agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the United States, the U.S. Department of Labor, its officers, employees, and agents against any liability or for any loss or damages arising from this application. By such submission of this grant application, the applicant further acknowledges having the authority to execute this release of liability. In order to ensure that proprietary or confidential business information or personally identifiable information is properly protected from disclosure when DOL posts the selected Technical Proposals, applicants whose Technical Proposals will be posted will be asked to submit a second redacted version of their Technical Proposal, with any proprietary or confidential business information and personally identifiable information redacted. All non-public information about the applicant’s staff or other individuals should be removed as well. The Department will contact the applicants whose Technical Proposals will be published by letter or email, and provide further directions about how and when to submit the redacted version of the Technical Proposal. Submission of a redacted version of the Technical Proposal will constitute permission by the applicant for DOL to PO 00000 Frm 00064 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 make the redacted version publicly available. We will also assume that the applicant has obtained the agreement to the redacted version of the applicant’s Technical Proposal. If an applicant fails to provide a redacted version of the Technical Proposal within two weeks after receipt of Notice of Award, DOL will publish the original Technical Proposal in full, after redacting only personally identifiable information. (Note that the original, unredacted version of the Technical Proposal will remain part of the complete application package, including an applicant’s proprietary and confidential business information and any personally identifiable information.) Applicants are encouraged to disclose as much of the grant application information as possible, and to redact only information that clearly is proprietary, confidential commercial/ business information, or capable of identifying a person. The redaction of entire pages or sections of the Technical Proposal is not appropriate, and will not be allowed, unless the entire portion merits such protection. Should a dispute arise about whether redactions are appropriate, DOL will follow the procedures outlined in the Department’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regulations (29 CFR Part 70). Redacted information in grant applications is protected from public disclosure in accordance with federal law, including the Trade Secrets Act (18 U.S.C. 1905), FOIA, and the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a). If DOL receives a FOIA request for your application, DOL will follow the procedures in its FOIA regulations; procedures governing commercial/business information submitted to the government are set forth in 29 CFR 70.26. It is possible that application of these rules may result in release of information that an applicant redacted. VII. Agency Contacts Any questions regarding this Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA 15–3BS) should be directed to Janice Oates at Oates.Janice@dol.gov or 202– 693–9570 (this is not a toll-free number) or Teresa Rivera at Rivera.Teresa@ dol.gov or 202–693–9581 (this is not a toll-free number). MSHA’s Web page at www.msha.gov is a valuable source of background for this initiative. VIII. Office Of Management And Budget Information Collection Requirements This SGA requests information from applicants. This collection of information is approved under (OMB No. 1225–0086, expiration: 01/31/2016). E:\FR\FM\29JNN1.SGM 29JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 124 / Monday, June 29, 2015 / Notices Except as otherwise noted, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, no person is required to respond to a collection of information unless such collection displays a valid OMB control number. Public reporting burden for the grant application is estimated to average 20 hours per response, for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. Each recipient who receives a grant award notice will be required to submit nine progress reports to MSHA. MSHA estimates that each report will take approximately two and one-half hours to prepare. Send comments regarding the burden estimated or any other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden, to the OMB Desk Officer for MSHA, Office of Management and Budget Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503 and MSHA, electronically to Janice Oates at Oates.Janice@dol.gov or Teresa Rivera at Rivera.Teresa@dol.gov or by mail to Janice Oates, 5th floor, 201 12th Street South, Arlington, VA 22202. This information is being collected for the purpose of awarding a grant. The information collected through this ‘‘Solicitation for Grant Applications’’ will be used by the Department of Labor to ensure that grants are awarded to the applicant best suited to perform the functions of the grant. Submission of this information is required in order for the applicant to be considered for award of this grant. Authority: 30 U.S.C. 965. Dated: June 24, 2015. Patricia W. Silvey, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Operations, Mine Safety and Health. [FR Doc. 2015–15858 Filed 6–26–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–43–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Occupational Safety and Health Administration mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES [Docket No. OSHA–2015–0014] Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor. ACTION: Notice of MACOSH meeting. AGENCY: This Federal Register notice announces meetings of the full SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:13 Jun 26, 2015 Jkt 235001 Committee and the workgroups on September 1 and 2, 2015 in Tampa, FL. DATES: MACOSH meeting: MACOSH will meet from 9 a.m. until approximately 5 p.m. on September 1 and 2, 2015. Submission of comments, requests to speak, and requests for special accommodation: Submit comments, requests to speak at the full Committee meeting, and requests for special accommodations for these meetings (postmarked, sent, or transmitted) by August 10, 2015. ADDRESSES: The Committee and workgroups will meet at the University of South Florida, Marshall Student Center, 4103 USF Cedar Circle, Tampa, FL 33620, in Rooms 3708 and 3709. Meeting attendees should use the main building entrance off of USF Cedar Drive. Submission of comments and requests to speak: Submit comments and requests to speak at the MACOSH meetings, identified by the docket number for this Federal Register notice (Docket No. OSHA 2015–0014), by one of the following methods: Electronically: Submit comments and attachments electronically at http:// www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Follow the instructions online for submitting comments. Facsimile: If comments, including attachments, are not longer than 10 pages, commenters may fax them to the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693–1648. Regular mail, express mail, hand (courier) delivery, and messenger service: When using this method, submit a copy of comments and attachments to the OSHA Docket Office, Docket No. OSHA–2015–0014, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Room N–2625, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210. The Docket Office accepts deliveries (express mail, hand (courier) delivery, and messenger service) during the Department of Labor’s and Docket Office’s normal business hours, 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., e.t. Requests for special accommodations: Submit requests for special accommodations for MACOSH and its workgroup meetings by hard copy, telephone, or email to: Gretta Jameson, OSHA, Office of Communications, Room N–3647, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693–1999; email: jameson.grettah@ dol.gov. Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and docket PO 00000 Frm 00065 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 37025 number for this Federal Register notice (Docket No. OSHA–2015–0014). Because of security-related procedures, submissions by regular mail may result in a significant delay in receipt. Please contact the OSHA Docket Office for information about security procedures for making submissions by express mail, hand (courier) delivery, and messenger service. OSHA will place comments and requests to speak, including personal information, in the public docket which may be available online. Therefore, OSHA cautions interested parties about submitting personal information such as Social Security numbers and birthdates. Docket: To read or download documents in the public docket for this MACOSH meeting, go to http:// www.regulations.gov. All documents in the public docket are listed in the index; however, some documents (e.g., copyrighted material) are not publicly available to read or download through http://www.regulations.gov. All submissions are available for inspection and, when permitted, copying at the OSHA Docket Office at the above address. For information on using http://www.regulations.gov to make submissions or to access the docket, click on the ‘‘Help’’ tab at the top of the Home page. Contact the OSHA Docket Office for information about materials not available through that Web site and for assistance in using the Internet to locate submissions and other documents in the docket. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For press inquiries: Frank Meilinger, Director, OSHA Office of Communications, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N–3647, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693–1999; email: meilinger.frank2@dol.gov. For general information about MACOSH and this meeting: Amy Wangdahl, Director, Office of Maritime and Agriculture, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N–3609, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693–2066; email: wangdahl.amy@ dol.gov. Copies of this Federal Register notice: Electronic copies of this Federal Register notice are available at http:// www.regulations.gov. This notice, as well as news releases and other relevant information, are also available at OSHA’s Web page at: http:// www.osha.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: All MACOSH committee and workgroup meetings are open to the public. Interested persons may attend the full E:\FR\FM\29JNN1.SGM 29JNN1

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Mine Safety and Health Administration


Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety Grants

AGENCY: Mine Safety and Health Administration, Labor.

ACTION: Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA).

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    Announcement Type: New.
    Funding Opportunity Number: SGA 15-3BS.
    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 17.603.

SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Mine Safety and Health 
Administration (MSHA), is making $1,000,000 available in grant funds 
for education and training programs to help identify, avoid, and 
prevent unsafe working conditions in and around mines. The focus of 
these grants for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 will be on training and training 
materials for mine emergency preparedness and mine emergency prevention 
for all underground mines. Applicants for the grants may be States and 
nonprofit (private or public) entities, including U.S. territories, 
Indian tribes, tribal organizations, Alaska Native entities, Indian-
controlled organizations serving Indians, and Native Hawaiian 
organizations. MSHA will award no more than 20 grants. The amount of 
each individual grant will be at least $50,000.00 and the maximum 
individual award will be $250,000. This notice contains all of the 
information needed to apply for grant funding.

DATES: The closing date for applications will be August 29, 2015, (no 
later than 11:59 p.m. EDST). MSHA will award grants on or before 
September 30, 2015.

ADDRESSES: Grant applications for this competition must be submitted 
electronically through the Grants.gov site at www.grants.gov. If 
applying online poses a hardship to any applicant, the MSHA Directorate 
of Educational Policy and Development will provide assistance to help 
applicants submit online.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any questions regarding this 
solicitation for grant applications (SGA 15-3BS) should be directed to 
Janice Oates at Oates.Janice@dol.gov or 202-693-9573 (this is not a 
toll-free number) or Teresa Rivera at Rivera.Teresa@dol.gov or 202-693-
9581 (this is not a toll-free number).

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

I. Program Description

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

    Responding to several coal mine disasters, Congress enacted the 
Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006 (MINER Act). 
When Congress passed the MINER Act, it expected that requirements for 
new and advanced technology, e.g., fire-resistant lifelines and 
increased breathable air availability in escapeways, would increase 
safety in mines. The MINER Act also required that every underground 
coal mine have persons trained in emergency response. Congress 
emphasized its commitment to training for mine emergencies when it 
strengthened the requirements for the training of mine rescue teams. 
Recent events demonstrate that training is the key for proper and safe 
emergency response and that all miners working in underground mines 
should be trained in emergency response.
    Under Section 14 of the MINER Act, the Secretary of Labor 
(Secretary) is required to establish a competitive grant program called 
the ``Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety Grants'' (Brookwood-Sago grants). This 
program provides funding for education and training programs to

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better identify, avoid, and prevent unsafe working conditions in and 
around mines. This program will use grant funds to establish and 
implement education and training programs or to create training 
materials and programs. The MINER Act requires the Secretary to give 
priority to mine safety demonstrations and pilot projects with broad 
applicability. It also mandates that the Secretary emphasize programs 
and materials that target miners in smaller mines, including training 
mine operators and miners on new MSHA standards, high-risk activities, 
and other identified safety priorities.

B. Education and Training Program Priorities

    MSHA priorities for the FY 2015 funding of the annual Brookwood-
Sago grants will focus on training or training materials for mine 
emergency preparedness and mine emergency prevention for all 
underground mines. MSHA expects Brookwood-Sago grantees to develop 
training materials or to develop and provide mine safety training or 
educational programs, recruit mine operators and miners for the 
training, and conduct and evaluate the training.
    MSHA expects Brookwood-Sago grantees to conduct follow-up 
evaluations with the people who received training in their programs to 
measure how the training promotes the Secretary's goal to ``lmprove 
workplace safety and health'' and MSHA's goal to ``Prevent death, 
disease and injury from mining and promote safe and healthful 
workplaces for the Nation's miners.'' Evaluations will focus on 
determining how effective their training was in either reducing 
hazards, improving skills for the selected training topics, or in 
improving the conditions in mines. Grantees must also cooperate fully 
with MSHA evaluators of their programs.

II. Federal Award Information

A. Award Amount for FY 2015

    MSHA is providing $1,000,000 for the 2015 Brookwood-Sago grant 
program which could be awarded in a maximum of 20 separate grants of no 
less than $50,000 each. Applicants requesting less than $50,000 or more 
than $250,000 for a 12-month performance period will not be considered 
for funding.

B. Period of Performance

    MSHA may approve a request for a one time no-cost extension to 
grantees for an additional period from the expiration date of the 
annual award based on the success of the project and other relevant 
factors. See 2 CFR 200.308(d)(2).

III. Eligibility Information

A. Eligible Applicants

    Applicants for the grants may be States and nonprofit (private or 
public) entities, including U.S. territories, Indian tribes, tribal 
organizations, Alaska Native entities, Indian-controlled organizations 
serving Indians, and Native Hawaiian organizations. Eligible entities 
may apply for funding independently or in partnership with other 
eligible organizations. For partnerships, a lead organization must be 
identified.
    Applicants other than States (including U.S. territories) and 
State-supported or local government-supported institutions of higher 
education will be required to submit evidence of nonprofit status, 
preferably from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). A nonprofit entity 
as described in 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(4), which engages in lobbying 
activities, is not eligible for a grant award. See 2 U.S.C. 1611.
    Legal Rules Pertaining to Inherently Religious Activities by 
Organizations that Receive Federal Financial Assistance.
    The government generally is prohibited from providing direct 
Federal financial assistance for inherently religious activities. See 
29 CFR part 2, subpart D. Grants under this solicitation may not be 
used for religious instruction, worship, prayer, proselytizing, or 
other inherently religious activities. Neutral, non-religious criteria 
that neither favor nor disfavor religion will be employed in the 
selection of grant recipients and must be employed by grantees in the 
selection of contractors and subcontractors.

B. Cost-Sharing or Matching

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

IV. Application and Submission Information

A. Application Forms

    This announcement includes all information and links needed to 
apply for this funding opportunity. The full application is available 
through the Grants.gov Web site, www.grants.gov. Click the 
``Applicants'' tab, then click ``Apply for Grants''. The Catalog of 
Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number needed to locate the 
appropriate application for this opportunity is 17.603. If an applicant 
has problems downloading the application package from Grants.gov, 
contact the Grants.gov Contact Center at 1-800-518-4726 or by email at 
support@grants.gov.
    The full application package is also available online at 
www.msha.gov: Select ``Education & Training Resources,'' click on 
``Courses,'' select ``Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety Grants,'' then select 
``SGA 15-3BS.'' This Web site also includes all forms and all 
regulations that are referenced in this SGA. Applicants, however, must 
apply for this funding opportunity through the Grants.gov Web site. You 
may request paper copies of the material by contacting the Directorate 
of Educational Policy and Development at 202-693-9570.

B. Content and Form of the FY 2015 Application

    Each grant application must address mine emergency preparedness or 
mine emergency prevention for underground mines. The application must 
consist of three separate and distinct sections. The three required 
sections are:
     Section 1--Project Forms and Financial Plan (No page 
limit).
     Section 2--Executive Summary (Not to exceed two pages).
     Section 3--Technical Proposal (Not to exceed 12 pages). 
Illustrative material can be submitted as an attachment.
    The following are mandatory requirements for each section.
1. Project Forms and Financial Plan
    This section contains the forms and budget section of the 
application. The Project Financial Plan will not count against the 
application page limits. A person with authority to bind the applicant 
must sign the grant application and forms. Applications submitted 
electronically through Grants.gov do not need to be signed manually; 
electronic signatures will be accepted.
    (a) Completed SF-424, ``Application for Federal Assistance,'' (OMB 
No. 4040-0004, expiration: 8/31/2016). This form is part of the 
application package on Grants.gov and is also available at 
www.msha.gov. The SF-424 must identify the applicant clearly and be 
signed by an individual with authority to enter into a grant agreement. 
Upon confirmation of an award, the individual signing the SF-424 on 
behalf of the applicant shall be considered the representative of the 
applicant.
    (b) Completed SF-424A, ``Budget Information for Non-Construction 
Programs,'' (OMB No. 4040-0006, expiration: 6/30/2014). The project 
budget should demonstrate clearly that the total amount and 
distribution of funds is sufficient to cover the cost of all major 
project activities identified by

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the applicant in its proposal, and must comply with the Federal cost 
principles and the administrative requirements set forth in this SGA. 
(Copies of all regulations that are referenced in this SGA are 
available online at www.msha.gov. Select ``Education & Training 
Resources,'' click on ``Courses,'' then select ``Brookwood-Sago Mine 
Safety Grants.'')
    (c) Budget Narrative. The applicant must provide a concise 
narrative explaining the request for funds. The budget narrative should 
separately attribute the Federal funds to each of the activities 
specified in the technical proposal and it should discuss precisely how 
any administrative costs support the project goals. Indirect 
administrative costs for these grants may not exceed 15%. These charges 
must be supported with a copy of an approved Indirect Cost Rate 
Agreement. Indirect costs are those that are not readily identifiable 
with a particular cost objective but nevertheless are necessary to the 
general operation of an organization.
    If applicable, the applicant must provide a statement about its 
program income. See 2 CFR 200.80 and 200.307 and this SGA, Part 
IV.F.1(a) and (b).
    The amount of Federal funding requested for the entire period of 
performance must be shown on the SF-424 and SF-424A forms.
    (d) Completed SF-424B, ``Assurances for Non-Construction 
Programs,'' (OMB No. 4040-0007, expiration: 6/30/2014). Each applicant 
for these grants must certify compliance with a list of assurances. 
This form is part of the application package on www.grants.gov and also 
is available at www.msha.gov.
    (e) Supplemental Certification Regarding Lobbying Activities Form. 
If any funds have been paid or will be paid to any person for 
influencing or attempting to influence an officer or employee of any 
agency, a member of Congress, an officer or employee of Congress, or an 
employee of a member of Congress in connection with the making of a 
grant or cooperative agreement, the applicant shall complete and submit 
SF-LLL, ``Disclosure Form to Report Lobbying,'' in accordance with its 
instructions. This form is part of the application package on 
www.grants.gov and is also available at www.msha.gov. Select 
``Education & Training Resources,'' click on ``Courses,'' then select 
``Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety Grants.''
    (f) Non-profit status. Applicants must provide evidence of non-
profit status, preferably from the IRS, if applicable.
    (g) Accounting System Certification. Under the authority of 2 CFR 
200.207, MSHA requires that a new applicant that receives less than $1 
million annually in Federal grants attach a certification stating that 
the organization (directly or through a designated qualified entity) 
has a functioning accounting system that meets the criteria below. The 
certification should attest that the organization's accounting system 
provides for the following:
    (1) Accurate, current, and complete disclosure of the financial 
results of each federally sponsored project.
    (2) Records that adequately identify the source and application of 
funds for federally sponsored activities.
    (3) Effective control over and accountability for all funds, 
property, and other assets.
    (4) Comparison of outlays with budget amounts.
    (5) Written procedures to minimize the time elapsing between 
transfers of funds.
    (6) Written procedures for determining the reasonableness, 
allocability, and allowability of costs.
    (7) Accounting records, including cost accounting records that are 
supported by source documentation.
    (h) Attachments. The application may include attachments such as 
resumes of key personnel or position descriptions, exhibits, 
information on prior government grants, and signed letters of 
commitment to the project.
2. Executive Summary
    The executive summary is a short one-to-two page abstract that 
succinctly summarizes the proposed project. MSHA will publish, as 
submitted, all grantees' executive summaries on the DOL Web site. The 
executive summary must include the following information:
    (a) Applicant. Provide the organization's full legal name and 
address.
    (b) Funding requested. List how much Federal funding is being 
requested.
    (c) Grant Topic. List the grant topic and the location and number 
of mine operators and miners that the organization has selected to 
train or describe the training materials or equipment to be created 
with these funds.
    (d) Program Structure. Identify the type of grant as ``annual.''
    (e) Summary of the Proposed Project. Write a brief summary of the 
proposed project. This summary must identify the key points of the 
proposal, including an introduction describing the project activities 
and the expected results.
3. Technical Proposal
    The technical proposal must demonstrate the applicant's 
capabilities to plan and implement a project or create educational 
materials to meet the objectives of this solicitation. MSHA's focus for 
these grants is on training mine operators and miners and developing 
training materials for mine emergency preparedness or mine emergency 
prevention for underground mines. A Department of Labor Strategic Goal 
is to ``improve workplace safety and health''. MSHA has a performance 
goal to ``prevent death, disease, and injury from mining and promote 
safe and healthful workplaces for the Nation's miners'' and supporting 
strategies to ``strengthen and modernize training and education'' and 
``improve mine emergency response preparedness.'' MSHA's award of the 
Brookwood-Sago grants supports these goals and strategies. To show how 
the grant projects promote these goals and strategies, grantees must 
report, on a quarterly basis, the following information (as 
applicable):

Number of trainers trained
Number of mine operators and miners trained
Number trained as responsible persons
Number of persons trained in smoke
Number of training events
Number of course days of training provided to industry
Course evaluations of trainer and training material
Description of training materials created, to include target audience, 
goals and objectives, and usability in the mine training environment.

    The technical proposal narrative must not exceed 12 single-sided, 
double-spaced pages, using 12-point font, and must contain the 
following sections: Program Design, Overall Qualifications of the 
Applicant, and Output and Evaluation. Any pages over the 12-page limit 
will not be reviewed. Attachments to the technical proposal are not 
counted toward the 12-page limit. Major sections and sub-sections of 
the proposal should be divided and clearly identified. As required in 
Part VI subpart E ``Transparency,'' a grantee's final technical 
proposal will be posted ``as is'' on MSHA's Web site unless MSHA 
receives a version redacting any proprietary, confidential business, or 
personally identifiable information no later than two weeks after 
receipt of the Notice of Award.
    MSHA will review and rate the technical proposal in accordance with 
the selection criteria specified in Part V.
(a) Program Design
    (1) Statement of the Problem/Need for Funds. Applicants must 
identify a clear and specific need for proposed activities. They must 
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they are providing a training program, creating training materials, or 
both. Applicants also must identify the number of individuals expected 
to benefit from their training and education program; this should 
include identifying the type of underground mines, the geographic 
locations of the training, and the number of mine operators and miners. 
Applicants must also identify other Federal funds they receive for 
similar activities.
    (2) Quality of the Project Design. MSHA requires that each 
applicant include a 12-month workplan that correlates with the grant 
project period that will begin no later than September 30, 2015 and end 
no later than September 29, 2016.
(i) Plan Overview
    Describe the plan for grant activities and the anticipated results. 
The plan should describe such things as the development of training 
materials, the training content, recruiting of trainees, where or how 
training will take place, and the anticipated benefits to mine 
operators and miners receiving the training.
(ii) Activities
    Break the plan down into activities or tasks. For each activity, 
explain what will be done, who will do it, when it will be done, and 
the anticipated results of the activity. For training, discuss the 
subjects to be taught, the length of the training sessions, type of 
training (e.g., Mine Emergency Response Development exercise), and 
training locations (e.g., classroom, worksites). Describe how the 
applicant will recruit mine operators and miners for the training. 
(Note: Any commercially developed training materials the applicant 
proposes to use in its training must undergo an MSHA review before 
being used).
(iii) Quarterly Projections
    For training and other quantifiable activities, estimate the 
quantities involved for data required to meet the grant goals located 
in Part IV.B.3. For example, estimate how many classes will be 
conducted and how many mine operators and miners will be trained each 
quarter of the grant (grant quarters match calendar quarters, i.e., 
January to March, April to June, July to September, and October to 
December); except the first quarter is the date of award to the end of 
that calendar quarter). Also, provide the training number totals for 
the full year. Quarterly projections are used to measure the actual 
performance against the plan. Applicants planning to conduct a train-
the-trainer program should estimate the number of individuals to be 
trained during the grant period by those who received the train-the-
trainer training. These second-tier training numbers should be included 
only if the organization is planning to follow up with the trainers to 
obtain this data during the grant period.
(iv) Materials
    Describe each educational material to be produced under this grant. 
Provide a timetable for developing and producing the material. The 
timetable must include provisions for an MSHA review of draft and 
camera-ready products or evaluation of equipment. MSHA must review and 
approve training materials or equipment for technical accuracy and 
suitability of content before use in the grant program. Whether or not 
an applicant's project is to develop training materials only, the 
applicant should provide an overall plan that includes time for MSHA to 
review any materials produced.
(b) Qualifications of the Applicant
(1) Applicant's Background
    Describe the applicant, including its mission, and a description of 
its membership, if any. Provide an organizational chart (the chart may 
be included as a separate page which will not count toward the page 
limit). Identify the following:
(i) Project Director
    The Project Director is the person who will be responsible for the 
day-to-day operation and administration of the program. Provide the 
name, title, street address and mailing address (if it is different 
from the organization's street address), telephone and fax numbers, and 
email address of the Project Director.
(ii) Certifying Representative
    The Certifying Representative is the official in the organization 
who is authorized to enter into grant agreements. Provide the name, 
title, street address and mailing address (if it is different from the 
organization's street address), telephone and fax numbers, and email 
address of the Certifying Representative.
(2) Administrative and Program Capability
    Briefly describe the organization's functions and activities, i.e., 
the applicant's management and internal controls. Relate this 
description of functions to the organizational chart. If the applicant 
has received any other government (Federal, State or local) grant 
funding, the application must have, as an attachment (which will not 
count towards the page limit), information regarding these previous 
grants. This information must include each organization for which the 
work was done and the dollar value of each grant. If the applicant does 
not have previous grant experience, it may partner with an organization 
that has grant experience to manage the grant. If the organization uses 
this approach, the management organization must be identified and its 
grant program experience discussed. Lack of past experience with 
Federal grants is not a determining factor, but an applicant should 
show a successful experience relevant to the opportunity offered in the 
application. Such experience could include staff members' experiences 
with other organizations.
(3) Program Experience
    Describe the organization's experience conducting the proposed mine 
training program or other relevant experience. Include program 
specifics such as program title, numbers trained, and duration of 
training. If creating training materials, include the title of other 
materials developed. Nonprofit organizations, including community-based 
and faith-based organizations that do not have prior experience in mine 
safety may partner with an established mine safety organization to 
acquire safety expertise.
(4) Staff Experience
    Describe the qualifications of the professional staff you will 
assign to the program. Attach resumes of staff already employed 
(resumes will not count towards the page limit). If some positions are 
vacant, include position descriptions and minimum hiring qualifications 
instead of resumes. Staff should have, at a minimum, mine safety 
experience, training experience, or experience working with the mining 
community.
(c) Outputs and Evaluations
    There are two types of evaluations that must be conducted. First, 
describe the methods, approaches, or plans to evaluate the training 
sessions or training materials to meet the data requirements in Part 
IV.B.3. Second, describe plans to assess the long-term effectiveness of 
the training materials or training conducted. The type of training 
given will determine whether the evaluation should include a process-
related outcome or a result-related outcome or both. This will involve 
following up with an evaluation, or on-site review, if feasible, of 
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evaluation should focus on what changes the trained miners made to 
abate hazards and improve workplace conditions, or to incorporate this 
training in the workplace, or both.
    For training materials, include an evaluation from individuals 
trained on the clarity of the presentation, organization, and the 
quality of the information provided on the subject matter and whether 
they would continue to use the training materials. Include timetables 
for follow-up and for submitting a summary of the assessment results to 
MSHA.

C. Dunn and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number and 
System for Award Management (SAM)--Required

    Under 2 CFR 25.200(b)(3), every applicant for a Federal grant is 
required to include a DUNS number with its application. The DUNS number 
is a nine-digit identification number that uniquely identifies business 
entities. An applicant's DUNS number is to be entered into Block 8 of 
Standard Form (SF) 424. There is no charge for obtaining a DUNS number. 
To obtain a DUNS number, call 1-866-705-5711 or access the following 
Web site: http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform.
    After receiving a DUNS number, all grant applicants must register 
as a vendor with the System for Award Management (SAM) through the Web 
site www.sam.gov. Grant applicants must create a user account and 
register online. Submitted registrations will take up to 10 business 
days to process, after which the applicant will receive an email notice 
that the registration is active. Once the registration is active in SAM 
it takes an additional 24-48 hours for the registration to be active in 
grants.gov. Registrations expire after one year. SAM will send 
notifications to the registered user via email prior to expiration of 
the registration. Under 2 CFR 25.200(b)(2), each grant applicant must 
maintain an active registration with current information at all times 
during which it has an active Federal award or an application under 
active consideration.

D. Submission Date, Times, and Addresses

    The closing date for applications will be August 25, 2015, (no 
later than 11:59 p.m. EDST). MSHA will award grants on or before 
September 30, 2015.
    Grant applications must be submitted electronically through the 
Grants.gov Web site. The Grants.gov site provides all the information 
about submitting an application electronically through the site as well 
as the hours of operation. Interested parties can locate the 
downloadable application package by the CFDA No. 17.603.
1. Non-Compliant Applications
    (a) Applications that are lacking any of the required elements or 
do not follow the format prescribed in IV.B. will not be reviewed.
(b) Late Applications
    You are cautioned that applications should be submitted before the 
deadline to ensure that the risk of late receipt of the application is 
minimized. Applications received after the deadline will not be 
reviewed unless it is determined to be in the best interest of the 
Government.
    Applications received by Grants.gov are date and time stamped 
electronically. Once an interested party has submitted an application, 
Grants.gov will notify the interested party with two emails: The first 
is an automatic notification of receipt that provides the applicant 
with a tracking number and the second notifies applicants that the 
application has been validated by Grants.gov and is being prepared for 
Agency retrieval. The DOL E-Grants system then receives the application 
automatically from Grants.gov for Agency review.
    An application must be fully uploaded and validated by the 
Grants.gov system before the application deadline date.

E. Intergovernmental Review

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

F. Funding Restrictions

    MSHA will determine whether costs are allowable under the 
applicable Federal cost principles and other conditions contained in 
the grant award.
1. Allowable Costs
    Grant funds may be spent on conducting training and outreach, 
developing educational materials, recruiting activities (to increase 
the number of participants in the program), and on necessary expenses 
to support these activities. Allowable costs are determined by the 
applicable Federal cost principles identified in Part VI.B, which are 
attachments in the application package, or are located online at 
www.msha.gov: Select ``Education & Training Resources'', click on 
``Courses'', select ``Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety Grants''. Paper copies 
of the material may be obtained by contacting the Directorate of 
Educational Policy and Development at 202-693-9570.
    (a) If an applicant anticipates earning program income during the 
grant period, the application must include an estimate of the income 
that will be earned. Program income earned must be reported on a 
quarterly basis.
    (b) Program income is gross income earned by the grantee which is 
directly generated by a supported activity, or earned as a result of 
the award. Program income earned during the award period shall be 
retained by the recipient, added to funds committed to the award, and 
used for the purposes and under the conditions applicable to the use of 
the grant funds. See 2 CFR 200.80 and 200.307.
2. Unallowable Costs
    Grant funds may not be used for the following activities under this 
grant program:

(a) Any activity inconsistent with the goals and objectives of this SGA
(b) Training on topics that are not targeted under this SGA
(c) Purchasing any equipment unless pre-approved and in writing by the 
MSHA grant officer
(d) Indirect administrative costs that exceed 15% of the total grant 
budget
(e) Any pre-award costs

Unallowable costs also include any cost determined by MSHA as not 
allowed according to the applicable cost principles or other conditions 
in the grant.

V. Application Review Information for FY 2015 Grants

A. Evaluation Criteria

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

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(b) Quality of the Project Design (25 Points)
    (1) The proposal to train mine operators and miners clearly 
estimates the number to be trained and clearly identifies the types of 
mine operators and miners to be trained.
    (2) If the proposal contains a train-the-trainer program, the 
following information must be provided:

 What ongoing support the grantee will provide to new trainers
 The number of individuals to be trained as trainers
 The estimated number of courses to be conducted by the new 
trainers
 The estimated number of students to be trained by these new 
trainers and a description of how the grantee will obtain data from the 
new trainers documenting their classes and student numbers if conducted 
during the grant period

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

B. Review and Selection Process for FY 2015 Grants

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

C. Anticipated Announcement and Award Dates

    Announcement of these awards is expected to occur before September 
30, 2015. The grant agreement will be signed no later than September 
30, 2015.

VI. Award Administration Information

A. Award Process

    Before September 29, 2015, organizations selected as potential 
grant recipients will be notified by a representative of the Deputy 
Assistant Secretary. An applicant whose proposal is not selected will 
be notified in writing. The fact that an organization has been selected 
as a potential grant recipient does not necessarily constitute approval 
of the grant application as submitted (revisions may be required).
    Before the actual grant award and the announcement of the award, 
MSHA may enter into negotiations with the potential grant recipient 
concerning such matters as program components, staffing and funding 
levels, and administrative systems. If the negotiations do not result 
in an acceptable submittal, the Deputy Assistant Secretary reserves the 
right to

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terminate the negotiations and decline to fund the proposal.

B. Administrative and National Policy Requirements

    All grantees will be subject to applicable Federal laws and 
regulations (including provisions of appropriations law) and applicable 
OMB Circulars. These requirements are attachments in the application 
package or are located online at www.msha.gov: Select ``Education & 
Training Resources'', click on ``Courses'', select ``Brookwood-Sago 
Mine Safety Grants''. The grants awarded under this competitive grant 
program will be subject to the following administrative standards and 
provisions, if applicable:
     2 CFR Part 25, Universal Identifier and System of Award 
Management.
     2 CFR Part 170, Reporting Subawards and Executive 
Compensation Information.
     2 CFR Part 175, Award Term for Trafficking in Persons.
     2 CFR Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost 
Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
     29 CFR Part 2, Subpart D, Equal Treatment in Department of 
Labor Programs for Religious Organizations; Protection of Religious 
Liberty of Department of Labor Social Service Providers and 
Beneficiaries.
     29 CFR Part 31, Nondiscrimination in federally assisted 
programs of the Department of Labor--Effectuation of Title VI of the 
Civil Rights Act of 1964.
     29 CFR Part 32, Nondiscrimination on the basis of handicap 
in programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance.
     29 CFR Part 35, Nondiscrimination on the basis of age in 
programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance from the 
Department of Labor.
     29 CFR Part 36, Nondiscrimination on the basis of sex in 
education programs or activities receiving federal financial 
assistance.
     29 CFR Part 93, New restrictions on lobbying.
     29 CFR Part 94, Government-wide requirements for drug-free 
workplace (financial assistance).
     29 CFR Part 98, Government-wide debarment and suspension 
(non-procurement).
     Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 31, Subpart 
31.2, Contract cost principles and procedures (Codified at 48 CFR 
Subpart 31.2).
    Indirect administrative costs for these grants may not exceed 15%. 
Unless specifically approved, MSHA's acceptance of a proposal or MSHA's 
award of Federal funds to sponsor any program does not constitute a 
waiver of any grant requirement or procedure. For example, if an 
application identifies a specific sub-contractor to provide certain 
services, the MSHA award does not provide a basis to sole-source the 
procurement (to avoid competition).

C. Special Program Requirements

1. MSHA Review of Educational Materials
    MSHA will review all grantee-produced educational and training 
materials for technical accuracy and suitability of content during 
development and before final publication. MSHA also will review 
training curricula and purchased training materials for technical 
accuracy and suitability of content before the materials are used. 
Grantees developing training materials must follow all copyright laws 
and provide written certification that their materials are free from 
copyright infringement.
    When grantees produce training materials, they must provide copies 
of completed materials to MSHA before the end of the grant period. 
Completed materials should be submitted to MSHA in hard copy and in 
digital format for publication on the MSHA Web site. Two copies of the 
materials must be provided to MSHA. Acceptable formats for training 
materials include Microsoft XP Word, PDF, PowerPoint, and any other 
format agreed upon by MSHA.
2. License
    As stated in 2 CFR 200.315, the Department of Labor has a royalty-
free, nonexclusive, and irrevocable right to reproduce, publish, or 
otherwise use for Federal purposes any work produced, or for which 
ownership was acquired, under a grant, and to authorize others to do 
so. Such products include, but are not limited to, curricula, training 
models, and any related materials. Such uses include, but are not 
limited to, the right to modify and distribute such products worldwide 
by any means, electronic, or otherwise.
3. Acknowledgement on Printed Materials
    All approved grant-funded materials developed by a grantee shall 
contain the following disclaimer: ``This material was produced under 
grant number XXXXX from the Mine Safety and Health Administration, U.S. 
Department of Labor. It does not necessarily reflect the views or 
policies of the U.S. Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade 
names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the 
U.S. Government.''
    When issuing statements, press releases, request for proposals, bid 
solicitations, and other documents describing projects or programs 
funded in whole or in part with Federal money, all grantees receiving 
Federal funds must clearly state:
    (a) The percentage of the total costs of the program or project 
that will be financed with Federal money;
    (b) The dollar amount of Federal financial assistance for the 
project or program; and
    (c) The percentage and dollar amount of the total costs of the 
project or program that will be financed by non-governmental sources.
4. Use of U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL)
    With written permission from MSHA, the USDOL logo may be applied to 
the grant-funded materials including posters, videos, pamphlets, 
research documents, national survey results, impact evaluations, best 
practice reports, and other publications. The grantees must consult 
with MSHA on whether the logo may be used on any such items prior to 
final draft or final preparation for distribution. In no event shall 
the DOL logo be placed on any item until MSHA has given the grantee 
written permission to use the logo on the item.
5. Reporting
    Grantees are required by Departmental regulations to submit 
financial and project reports, as described below. Grantees are also 
required to submit final reports no later than 90 days after the end of 
the grant period.
(a) Financial Reports
    The grantee shall submit financial reports on a quarterly basis. 
Recipients are required to use the U.S. Department of Labor's Grantee 
Reporting Systems' electronic SF-425 (Federal Financial Report), at 
www.etareports.doleta.gov, to report the status of all funds awarded 
and, if applicable, program income received and expended, during the 
funding period. All reports are due no later than 30 days after the end 
of the reporting period.
(b) Technical Project Reports
    A grantee must submit a technical project report to MSHA no later 
than 30 days after December 31, 2015, March 31, 2016, June 30, 2016, 
and September 30, 2016, respectively. Technical project reports provide 
both quantitative and qualitative information and a narrative

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assessment of performance for the preceding three-month period. This 
should include the current grant progress against the overall grant 
goals as provided in Part IV.B.3.
    Between reporting dates, the grantee shall immediately inform MSHA 
of significant developments or problems affecting the organization's 
ability to accomplish the work. See 2 CFR 200.328(d).
(c) Final Reports
    At the end of the grant period, each grantee must provide a project 
summary of its technical project reports, an evaluation report, and a 
close-out financial report. These final reports are due no later than 
90 days after the end of the 12-month performance period.

D. Freedom of Information

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

E. Transparency in the Grant Process

    DOL is committed to conducting a transparent grant award process 
and publicizing information about program outcomes. Posting awardees' 
grant applications on public Web sites is a means of promoting and 
sharing innovative ideas. Under this SGA, DOL will publish the 
awardees' Executive Summaries, selected information from their SF-424s, 
and a version of awardees' Technical Proposals on the Department's Web 
site or similar location. None of the Attachments to the Technical 
Proposal provided with the applications will be published. The 
Technical Proposals and Executive Summaries will not be published until 
after the grants are awarded. In addition, information about grant 
progress and results may also be made publicly available.
    DOL recognizes that grant applications sometimes contain 
information that an applicant may consider proprietary or business 
confidential information, or may contain personally identifiable 
information. Proprietary or business confidential information is 
information that is not usually disclosed outside your organization and 
disclosing this information is likely to cause you substantial 
competitive harm.
    Personally identifiable information is any information that can be 
used to distinguish or trace an individual's identity, such as name, 
social security number, date and place of birth, mother's maiden name, 
or biometric records; and any other information that is linked or 
linkable to an individual, such as medical, educational, financial, and 
employment information.
    Executive Summaries will be published in the form originally 
submitted, without any redactions. Applicants should not include any 
proprietary or confidential business information or personally 
identifiable information in this summary. In the event that an 
applicant submits proprietary or confidential business information or 
personally identifiable information in the summary, DOL is not liable 
for the posting of this information contained in the Executive Summary. 
The submission of the grant application constitutes a waiver of the 
applicant's objection to the posting of any proprietary or confidential 
business information contained in the Executive Summary. Additionally, 
the applicant is responsible for obtaining all authorizations from 
relevant parties for publishing all personally identifiable information 
contained within the Executive Summary. In the event the Executive 
Summary contains proprietary or confidential business or personally 
identifiable information, the applicant is presumed to have obtained 
all necessary authorizations to provide this information and may be 
liable for any improper release of this information.
    By submission of this grant application, the applicant agrees to 
indemnify and hold harmless the United States, the U.S. Department of 
Labor, its officers, employees, and agents against any liability or for 
any loss or damages arising from this application. By such submission 
of this grant application, the applicant further acknowledges having 
the authority to execute this release of liability.
    In order to ensure that proprietary or confidential business 
information or personally identifiable information is properly 
protected from disclosure when DOL posts the selected Technical 
Proposals, applicants whose Technical Proposals will be posted will be 
asked to submit a second redacted version of their Technical Proposal, 
with any proprietary or confidential business information and 
personally identifiable information redacted. All non-public 
information about the applicant's staff or other individuals should be 
removed as well.
    The Department will contact the applicants whose Technical 
Proposals will be published by letter or email, and provide further 
directions about how and when to submit the redacted version of the 
Technical Proposal.
    Submission of a redacted version of the Technical Proposal will 
constitute permission by the applicant for DOL to make the redacted 
version publicly available. We will also assume that the applicant has 
obtained the agreement to the redacted version of the applicant's 
Technical Proposal. If an applicant fails to provide a redacted version 
of the Technical Proposal within two weeks after receipt of Notice of 
Award, DOL will publish the original Technical Proposal in full, after 
redacting only personally identifiable information. (Note that the 
original, unredacted version of the Technical Proposal will remain part 
of the complete application package, including an applicant's 
proprietary and confidential business information and any personally 
identifiable information.)
    Applicants are encouraged to disclose as much of the grant 
application information as possible, and to redact only information 
that clearly is proprietary, confidential commercial/business 
information, or capable of identifying a person. The redaction of 
entire pages or sections of the Technical Proposal is not appropriate, 
and will not be allowed, unless the entire portion merits such 
protection. Should a dispute arise about whether redactions are 
appropriate, DOL will follow the procedures outlined in the 
Department's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regulations (29 CFR Part 
70).
    Redacted information in grant applications is protected from public 
disclosure in accordance with federal law, including the Trade Secrets 
Act (18 U.S.C. 1905), FOIA, and the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a). If DOL 
receives a FOIA request for your application, DOL will follow the 
procedures in its FOIA regulations; procedures governing commercial/
business information submitted to the government are set forth in 29 
CFR 70.26. It is possible that application of these rules may result in 
release of information that an applicant redacted.

VII. Agency Contacts

    Any questions regarding this Solicitation for Grant Applications 
(SGA 15-3BS) should be directed to Janice Oates at Oates.Janice@dol.gov 
or 202-693-9570 (this is not a toll-free number) or Teresa Rivera at 
Rivera.Teresa@dol.gov or 202-693-9581 (this is not a toll-free number). 
MSHA's Web page at www.msha.gov is a valuable source of background for 
this initiative.

VIII. Office Of Management And Budget Information Collection 
Requirements

    This SGA requests information from applicants. This collection of 
information is approved under (OMB No. 1225-0086, expiration: 01/31/
2016).

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    Except as otherwise noted, in accordance with the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995, no person is required to respond to a collection 
of information unless such collection displays a valid OMB control 
number. Public reporting burden for the grant application is estimated 
to average 20 hours per response, for reviewing instructions, searching 
existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and 
completing and reviewing the collection of information. Each recipient 
who receives a grant award notice will be required to submit nine 
progress reports to MSHA. MSHA estimates that each report will take 
approximately two and one-half hours to prepare.
    Send comments regarding the burden estimated or any other aspect of 
this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this 
burden, to the OMB Desk Officer for MSHA, Office of Management and 
Budget Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503 and MSHA, electronically to 
Janice Oates at Oates.Janice@dol.gov or Teresa Rivera at 
Rivera.Teresa@dol.gov or by mail to Janice Oates, 5th floor, 201 12th 
Street South, Arlington, VA 22202.
    This information is being collected for the purpose of awarding a 
grant. The information collected through this ``Solicitation for Grant 
Applications'' will be used by the Department of Labor to ensure that 
grants are awarded to the applicant best suited to perform the 
functions of the grant. Submission of this information is required in 
order for the applicant to be considered for award of this grant.

    Authority: 30 U.S.C. 965.

    Dated: June 24, 2015.
Patricia W. Silvey,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Operations, Mine Safety and Health.
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