Agency Information Collection Activities: Reinstatement of a Previously Approved Collection of Information, 52365-52368 [2015-21337]

Download as PDF Lhorne on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 167 / Friday, August 28, 2015 / Notices (the Railroad Assets), a distance of approximately 4.6 miles. According to MassDOT, the acquisition of the Railroad Assets will promote continued use (and potential growth) of freight traffic due in part to physical plant improvements that MassDOT is already undertaking, and will facilitate use of the property for railroad passenger excursion operations. MassDOT also states that it will not acquire the right, nor will it have the ability, to provide rail freight common carrier service over the Railroad Assets, and that PAS will retain a permanent, exclusive freight operating easement over the Railroad Assets.2 Under the terms of the governing agreements, MassDOT maintains that it will be entitled to conduct entirely intrastate passenger rail excursion service over the Railroad Assets. MassDOT states that the proposed transaction has been agreed upon pursuant to a June 26, 2015 Purchase and Sale Contract. According to MassDOT, the agreements governing the subject asset sale and posttransaction railroad operations preclude MassDOT from interfering materially with PAS’s provision of railroad common carrier service over the Railroad Assets. MassDOT also states that the proposed transaction does not involve any provision or agreement that would limit future interchange with a third-party connecting carrier. MassDOT certifies that it would not conduct freight operations over the Railroad Assets, and therefore, MassDOT’s prospective annual common carrier revenues will not result in the creation of a Class I or Class II carrier. MassDOT also states that the parties intend to consummate the transaction on or about September 28, 2015, subject to a Board decision on the concurrently filed motion to dismiss. The earliest this transaction may be consummated is September 13, 2015 (30 days after the verified notice was filed). If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, the exemption is void ab initio. Petitions to revoke the exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502(d) may be filed at any time. The filing of a petition to revoke will not automatically stay the effectiveness of the exemption. Petitions to stay must be filed no later than September 4 2015 (at least seven days before the exemption becomes effective). An original and ten copies of all pleadings, referring to Docket No. FD 2A motion to dismiss the notice of exemption on grounds that the transaction does not require authorization from the Board was concurrently filed with this notice of exemption. The motion to dismiss will be addressed in a subsequent Board decision. VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:19 Aug 27, 2015 Jkt 235001 35943, must be filed with the Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20423–0001. In addition, a copy of each pleading must be served on Robert A. Wimbish, Fletcher & Sippel LLC, 29 North Wacker Drive, Suite 920, Chicago, IL 60606– 2832. Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at ‘‘WWW.STB.DOT.GOV.’’ Decided: August 25, 2015. By the Board, Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of Proceedings. Kenyatta Clay, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. 2015–21316 Filed 8–27–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Office of the Secretary [Docket No. DOT–OST–2015–0061] Agency Information Collection Activities: Reinstatement of a Previously Approved Collection of Information Office of the Secretary (OST), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: The Department of Transportation (DOT) invites public comments on a request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve the reinstatement of a previously approved Information Collection Request (OMB Control # 2105–0563) in accordance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub L. 104–13, 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). The previous approval granted the Department of Transportation authority to collect information involving National Infrastructure Investments or TIGER Discretionary Grants pursuant to Title I of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for 2010 (the ‘‘FY 2010 Appropriations Act). The Office of the Secretary of Transportation (‘‘OST’’) is referring to these grants as TIGER Discretionary Grants. The original collection of information was necessary in order to receive applications for grant funds pursuant to the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2010 (‘‘FY 2010 Appropriations Act’’), Title I— Department of Transportation, Office of the Secretary, National Infrastructure SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00121 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 52365 Investments, Public Law 111–117, 123 Stat. 3034. The purpose of the TIGER Discretionary Grants program is to advance projects that will have a significant impact on the Nation, Metropolitan area or a region. This request for reinstatement advances the previously approved request of an information collection. The information to be collected will be used to, receive applications for grant funds, to evaluate the effectiveness of projects that have been awarded grant funds and to monitor project financial conditions and project progress in support of the National Infrastructure Investments, referred to by the Department as ‘‘Grants for Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery’’, or ‘‘TIGER’’ Discretionary Grants program authorized and implemented pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the ‘‘Recovery Act’’) (OMB Control Number: 2105–0563) and the grants for National Infrastructure Investments under the FY 2010 Appropriations Act or TIGER Discretionary Grant programs include promoting economic recovery and supporting projects that have a significant impact on the Nation, a metropolitan area, or a region. A 60-day Federal Register notice was published on April 6, 2015 (FR 2015– 07856). Since the publication of the 60day Federal Register notice, no comments were received to the Docket (DOT–OST–2015–0061) and therefore no review of comments was required, so none was performed by the Department. DATES: Written comments should be submitted by September 28, 2015. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments [identified by Docket No. DOT–OST– 2015–0061] to the DOT/OST Desk Officer through one of the following methods: • Email: oira_submissions@ omb.eop.gov. • Fax: 1–202–395–5806—Attention: DOT/OST Desk Officer. • Mail: Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Docket Library, Room 10102, 725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503 with the associated OMB Control Number 2105– 0563 and Dockets (DOT–OST–2011– 0019). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Mariner, U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy, at 202–366–8914, or Robert.Mariner@ dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\28AUN1.SGM 28AUN1 Lhorne on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 52366 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 167 / Friday, August 28, 2015 / Notices OMB Control Number: 2105–0563 Title: National Infrastructure Investments Grant Program or TIGER Discretionary Grants. Form Numbers: None Type of Request: Reinstatement of a previously approved collection Target Audience: Eligible Applicants’’ for TIGER Discretionary Grants are State, local, and tribal governments, including U.S. territories, transit agencies, port authorities, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), other political subdivisions of State or local governments, and multi-State or multijurisdictional groups applying through a single lead applicant (for multijurisdictional groups, each member of the group, including the lead applicant, must be an otherwise eligible applicant as described in this paragraph). Estimated Number of Responses: 5,570. Estimated Number of Respondents: 500. Total Estimated Burden: $4,259,310 Costs. Frequency: Quarterly, and Yearly. Estimated Average Burden per Response: 8 hours for each request for Quarterly Progress and Monitoring Report; 8 hours for each Annual Budget Review; 8 hours for each Quarterly Performance Measurement Report. Estimated Total Annual Burden: 144,070 hours. Obligation to Respond: Required To Obtain Benefits. The following is detailed information and instructions regarding the specific reporting requirements for each report identified above: TIGER Discretionary Grant program grantees will submit a Project Progress and Monitoring Report and the Federal Financial Report (SF–425) to the Government on a quarterly basis. Grantees should use the following structure when preparing the quarterly Project Progress and Monitoring Report. • Project Progress and Monitoring Report. Æ Frequency: Quarterly (on the 20th of the first month of the calendar quarter). Æ Report covers: Previous quarter, along with a two-quarter forecast. Æ Start: Upon award of grant. Æ End: Once construction is complete. Æ Format/Fields and accompanying instructions (beyond project ID information): 1. Executive Summary.—A clear and concise summary of the current status of the project, including identification of any major issues that have an impact on the project’s scope, budget, schedule, quality, or safety, including: VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:19 Aug 27, 2015 Jkt 235001 • Current total project cost (forecast) vs. latest budget vs. baseline budget. Include an explanation of the reasons for any deviations from the approved budget. • Current overall project completion percentage vs. latest plan percentage. • Any delays or exposures to milestone and final completion dates. Include an explanation of the reasons for the delays and exposures. • A summary of the projected and actual dates for notices to proceed for significant contracts, start of construction, start of expenditure of TIGER Discretionary Grant funds, and project completion date. Include an explanation of the reasons for any discrepancies from the corresponding project milestone dates included in the Agreement. • Any Federal obligations and/or TIFIA disbursements occurring during the month versus planned obligations or disbursements. • Any significant contracts advertised, awarded, or completed. • Any significant scope of work changes. • Any significant items identified as having deficient quality. • Any significant safety issues. • Any significant Federal issues such as environmental compliance, Buy America/Buy American (whichever is applicable to this Project), Davis Bacon Act Prevailing Wage requirements, etc. 2. Project Activities and Deliverables.—Highlighting the project activities and deliverables occurring during the previous quarter (reporting period), and (2) define the activities and deliverables planned for the next two reporting periods. Activities and deliverables to be reported on should include meetings, audits and other reviews, design packages submitted, advertisements, awards, construction submittals, construction completion milestones, submittals related to Recovery Act requirements, media or Congressional inquiries, value engineering/constructability reviews, and other items of significance. The two reporting period ‘‘look ahead schedule’’ will enable the Government to accommodate any activities requiring input or assistance. 3. Action Items/Outstanding Issues.— Drawing attention to, and tracking the progress of, highly significant or sensitive issues requiring action and direction in order to resolve. In general, issues and administrative requirements that could have a significant or adverse impact to the project’s scope, budget, schedule, quality, safety, and/or compliance with Federal requirements should be included. Status, responsible PO 00000 Frm 00122 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 person(s), and due dates should be included for each action item/ outstanding issue. Action items requiring action or direction should be included in the quarterly status meeting agenda. The action items/outstanding issues may be dropped from this section upon full implementation of the remedial action, and upon no further monitoring anticipated. 4. Project Schedule.—An updated master program schedule reflecting the current status of the program activities should be included in this section. A Gantt (bar) type chart is probably the most appropriate for quarterly reporting purposes, with the ultimate format to be agreed upon between the grantee and the Government. It is imperative that the master program schedule be integrated, i.e., the individual contract milestones tied to each other, such that any delays occurring in one activity will be reflected throughout the entire program schedule, with a realistic completion date being reported. Narratives, tables, and/or graphs should accompany the updated master program schedule, basically detailing the current schedule status, delays and potential exposures, and recovery efforts. The following information should also be included: • Current overall project completion percentage vs. latest plan percentage. • Completion percentages vs. latest plan percentages for major activities such as right-of-way, major or critical design contracts, major or critical construction contracts, and significant force accounts or task orders. A schedule status description should also be included for each of these major or critical elements. • Any delays or potential exposures to milestone and final completion dates. The delays and exposures should be quantified and overall schedule impacts assessed. The reasons for the delays and exposures should be explained, and initiatives being analyzed or implemented in order to recover the schedule should be detailed. 5. Project Cost.—An updated cost spreadsheet reflecting the current forecasted cost vs. the latest approved budget vs. the baseline budget should be included in this section. One way to track project cost is to show: (1) Baseline Budget, (2) Latest Approved Budget, (3) Current Forecasted Cost Estimate, (4) Expenditures or Commitments to Date, and (5) Variance between Current Forecasted Cost and Latest Approved Budget. Line items should include all significant cost centers, such as prior costs, right-ofway, preliminary engineering, environmental mitigation, general engineering consultant, section design E:\FR\FM\28AUN1.SGM 28AUN1 Lhorne on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 167 / Friday, August 28, 2015 / Notices contracts, construction administration, utilities, construction packages; force accounts/task orders, wrap-up insurance, construction contingencies, management contingencies, and other contingencies. The line items can be broken-up in enough detail such that specific areas of cost change can be sufficiently tracked and future improvements made to the overall cost estimating methodology. A Program Total line should be included at the bottom of the spreadsheet. Narratives, tables, and/or graphs should accompany the updated cost spreadsheet, basically detailing the current cost status, reasons for cost deviations, impacts of cost overruns, and efforts to mitigate cost overruns. The following information should be provided: • Reasons for each line item deviation from the approved budget, impacts resulting from the deviations, and initiatives being analyzed or implemented in order to recover any cost overruns. • Transfer of costs to and from contingency line items, and reasons supporting the transfers. • Speculative cost changes that potentially may develop in the future, a quantified dollar range for each potential cost change, and the current status of the speculative change. Also, a comparison analysis to the available contingency amounts should be included, showing that reasonable and sufficient amounts of contingency remain to keep the project within the latest approved budget. • Detailed cost breakdown of the general engineering consultant (GEC) services (if applicable), including such line items as contract amounts, task orders issued (amounts), balance remaining for tasks, and accrued (billable) costs. • Federal obligations and/or TIFIA disbursements for the project, compared to planned obligations and disbursements. 6. Project Funding Status.—The purpose of this section is to provide a status report on the non-TIGER Discretionary Grant funds necessary to complete the project. This report section should include a status update of any legislative approvals or other actions necessary to provide the non-TIGER Discretionary Grant funds to the project. Such approvals might include legislative authority to charge user fees or set toll rates, or the commitment of local funding revenues to the project. In the event that there is an anticipated or actual project cost increase, the project funding status section should include a report on the anticipated or actual source of funds to cover the cost VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:19 Aug 27, 2015 Jkt 235001 increase and any significant issues identified with obtaining additional funding. 7. Project Quality.—The purpose of this section is to: (1) Summarize the Quality Assurance/Quality Control activities during the previous month (reporting period), and (2) highlight any significant items identified as being deficient in quality. Deficient items noted should be accompanied by reasons and specifics concerning the deficiencies, and corrective actions taken or planned. In addition, the agency or firm responsible for the corrective action should be documented. Planned corrective actions should then be included as Action Items/Outstanding Issues. 8. Federal Financial Report (SF– 425).—The Federal Financial Report (SF–425) is a financial reporting form used throughout the Federal Government Grant system. Grantees should complete this form and attach it to each quarterly Project Progress and Monitoring Report. TIGER Discretionary Grant program grantees will submit an Annual Budget Review and Program Plan to the Government 60 days prior to the end of each Agreement year that they are receiving grant funds. Grantees should use the following structure when preparing the Annual Budget Review Report. • Annual Budget Review Report Æ Frequency: Yearly (60 days before the end of the Agreement year). Æ Report covers: Upcoming Agreement year. Æ Start: 60 days before first anniversary of grant award. Æ End: Once construction is complete. Æ Format/Fields and accompanying instructions (beyond project ID information): 1. Detailed Schedule of Activities.— An updated master program schedule reflecting the current status of the program activities should be included in this section. A Gantt (bar) type chart is probably the most appropriate for annual reporting purposes. 2. Estimate of Specific Performance Objectives.—This section will discuss, what, if any performance objectives of the project will be achieved over the course of the upcoming Agreement Year and note any differences from the original project plan. 3. Forecasted Expenditures.—This section will discuss financial outlays that will occur in support of the project over the course of the upcoming Agreement Year and note any differences from the original project plan. PO 00000 Frm 00123 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 52367 4. Schedule of Milestones for the Upcoming Agreement Year.—This section will discuss, what, if any project milestones will be achieved over the course of the upcoming Agreement Year and the obligations associated with each milestone, noting any differences from the original project plan. If there are no proposed deviations from the Approved Detailed Project Budget, the Annual Budget Review shall contain a statement stating such. The grantee will meet with the Government to discuss the Annual Budget Review and Program Plan. If there is an actual or projected project cost increase, the annual submittal should include a written plan for providing additional sources of funding to cover the project budget shortfall or supporting documentation of committed funds to cover the cost increase. To the extent the annual budget update deviates from the approved project budget by more than 10 percent, then work proposed under the Annual Budget Review and Program Plan shall not commence until written approval from the Government is received. TIGER Discretionary Grant program grantees will submit Performance Measure Reports on the performance (or projected performance) of the project using the performance measures that the grantee and the Government selected through negotiations. • Performance Measurement Reports Æ Frequency: Quarterly (on the 20th of the first month of the calendar quarter). Æ Report covers: Previous quarter. Æ Start: Once, upon award of grant; Quarterly, once construction complete. Æ End: At the end of agreed upon performance measurement period. Æ Format/Fields and accompanying instructions (beyond project ID information): 1. Performance Measures Narrative.— Including a detailed description of data sources, assumptions, variability, and the estimated level of precision for each measure. 2. Performance Measures Spreadsheet.—Government and grantee will agree on the format of the spreadsheet for each individual project. Measures (to be negotiated between grantees and the Government, individually) may include, but are not limited to: Average tons handled/day; average daily gross ton-miles (GTM); average container lifts per day (TEUs); containers transported on lines (TEUs); transit passenger miles and hours of travel; transit passenger & nonpassenger counts; transit rider characteristics; average bike and or pedestrian users at key locations; E:\FR\FM\28AUN1.SGM 28AUN1 Lhorne on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 52368 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 167 / Friday, August 28, 2015 / Notices average daily traffic (ADT) and average daily truck traffic (ADTT); average daily total train delay (minutes); average daily total (all vehicles) vehicle delay at crossings; transit service level; facility service level; average hourly (or peak & off-peak) vehicle travel time; average hourly (or peak & off-peak) buffer index; annual crash rates by type/severity; average slow order miles and average daily delay minutes due to slow orders; bridge condition (Sufficiency Rating); road closure/lost capacity time (lanehours). Project Outcomes.—Detailing Project successes and/or the influence of external factors on Project expectations, including an ex post examination of project effectiveness in relation to the Pre-project Report baselines. Background: On February 17, 2009, the President of the United States signed the Recovery Act to, among other purposes, (1) preserve and create jobs and promote economic recovery, (2) invest in transportation infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits, and (3) assist those most affected by the current economic downturn. The Recovery Act appropriated $1.5 billion of discretionary grant funds to be awarded by the Department of Transportation for capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure. The Department refers to these grants as ‘‘Grants for Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery’’ or ‘‘TIGER’’ Discretionary Grants. Funding for 51 projects totaling nearly $1.5 billion under the TIGER program was announced on February 17, 2010. Projects were selected based on their alignment with the selection criteria specified in the Federal Register notice for the TIGER Discretionary Grant program. On December 16, 2009 the President signed the FY 2010 Appropriations Act. The FY 2010 Appropriations Act appropriated $600 million for National Infrastructure Investments using language that is very similar, but not identical to the language in the Recovery Act authorizing the TIGER Discretionary Grants. The Department is referring to the grants for National Infrastructure Investments as TIGER Discretionary Grants. TIGER Discretionary Grants are for capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure and are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant impact on the Nation, a metropolitan area, or a region. Funding for 72 projects totaling nearly $600 million under the TIGER program was announced on September 12, 2014. Projects were selected based on their alignment with the selection criteria VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:19 Aug 27, 2015 Jkt 235001 specified in the Federal Register notice for the TIGER Discretionary Grant program. As announced in the Federal Register notices for TIGER Discretionary Grant programs, grantees are expected to provide information to the Government so that the Government may monitor the financial conditions and progress of projects, as well as the effectiveness of projects using performance measurement metrics negotiated between the grantees and the Government. This request reinstates a previously approved information collection that is necessary to receive applications for grant funds, to evaluate the effectiveness of projects that have been awarded grant funds and to monitor project financial conditions and project progress. The reporting requirements for the program are as follows: Grantees will submit reports on the financial condition of the project and the project’s progress. Grantees will submit progress reports and the Federal Financial Report (SF–425) to the Government on a quarterly basis, beginning on the 20th of the first month of the calendar-year quarter following the execution of a grant agreement, and on the 20th of the first month of each calendar-year quarter thereafter until completion of the project. The initial report will include a detailed description, and, where appropriate, drawings, of the items funded. Grantees will also submit an Annual Budget Review and Program Plan to the Government via email 60 days prior to the end of each Agreement year that they are receiving grant funds. The Annual Budget Review and Program Plan will provide a detailed schedule of activities, estimate of specific performance objectives, include forecasted expenditures, and schedule of milestones for the upcoming year. If there is an actual or projected project cost increase, the Annual Budget Review will include a written plan for providing additional sources of funding to cover the project budget shortfall or supporting documentation of committed funds to cover the cost increase. This information will be used to monitor grantees’ use of Federal funds, ensuring accountability and financial transparency in the TIGER programs. Grantees will also submit reports on the performance (or projected performance) of the project on performance measures that the grantee and the Government select through negotiations. The Grantees will submit a Pre-project Report that will consist of current baseline data for each of the performance measures specified in the Performance Measurement Table in the PO 00000 Frm 00124 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 grant agreement negotiated between the grantee and the Government. The Preproject Report will include a detailed description of data sources, assumptions, variability, and the estimated level of precision for each measure. The Grantees will submit interim Project Performance Measurement Reports to the Government for each of the performance measures specified in the Performance Measurement Table in the grant agreement negotiated between the grantee and the Government. Grantees will submit reports at each of the intervals identified for the duration of the time period specified in the Performance Measurement Table in the grant agreement negotiated between the grantee and the Government. The Grantees will submit a Project Outcomes Report after the project is completed that will consist of a narrative discussion detailing project successes and/or the influence of external factors on project expectations. This information collected will be used to evaluate and compare projects and the monitor results that grant funds achieve, ensuring that grant funds achieved the outcomes targeted by the TIGER Discretionary Grant program. Authority: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995; 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended; and 49 CFR 148. Issued in Washington, DC on August 19, 2015. Patricia Lawton, DOT Paperwork Reduction Act Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer. 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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Office of the Secretary

[Docket No. DOT-OST-2015-0061]


Agency Information Collection Activities: Reinstatement of a 
Previously Approved Collection of Information

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary (OST), U.S. Department of 
Transportation (DOT).

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Transportation (DOT) invites public comments 
on a request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve 
the reinstatement of a previously approved Information Collection 
Request (OMB Control # 2105-0563) in accordance with the requirements 
of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. 3501 
et seq.).
    The previous approval granted the Department of Transportation 
authority to collect information involving National Infrastructure 
Investments or TIGER Discretionary Grants pursuant to Title I of the 
Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies 
Appropriations Act for 2010 (the ``FY 2010 Appropriations Act). The 
Office of the Secretary of Transportation (``OST'') is referring to 
these grants as TIGER Discretionary Grants. The original collection of 
information was necessary in order to receive applications for grant 
funds pursuant to the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, 
and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2010 (``FY 2010 
Appropriations Act''), Title I--Department of Transportation, Office of 
the Secretary, National Infrastructure Investments, Public Law 111-117, 
123 Stat. 3034. The purpose of the TIGER Discretionary Grants program 
is to advance projects that will have a significant impact on the 
Nation, Metropolitan area or a region.
    This request for reinstatement advances the previously approved 
request of an information collection. The information to be collected 
will be used to, receive applications for grant funds, to evaluate the 
effectiveness of projects that have been awarded grant funds and to 
monitor project financial conditions and project progress in support of 
the National Infrastructure Investments, referred to by the Department 
as ``Grants for Transportation Investment Generating Economic 
Recovery'', or ``TIGER'' Discretionary Grants program authorized and 
implemented pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 
2009 (the ``Recovery Act'') (OMB Control Number: 2105-0563) and the 
grants for National Infrastructure Investments under the FY 2010 
Appropriations Act or TIGER Discretionary Grant programs include 
promoting economic recovery and supporting projects that have a 
significant impact on the Nation, a metropolitan area, or a region.
    A 60-day Federal Register notice was published on April 6, 2015 (FR 
2015-07856). Since the publication of the 60-day Federal Register 
notice, no comments were received to the Docket (DOT-OST-2015-0061) and 
therefore no review of comments was required, so none was performed by 
the Department.

DATES: Written comments should be submitted by September 28, 2015.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments [identified by Docket No. DOT-OST-
2015-0061] to the DOT/OST Desk Officer through one of the following 
methods:
     Email: oira_submissions@omb.eop.gov.
     Fax: 1-202-395-5806--Attention: DOT/OST Desk Officer.
     Mail: Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office 
of Management and Budget, Docket Library, Room 10102, 725 17th Street 
NW., Washington, DC 20503 with the associated OMB Control Number 2105-
0563 and Dockets (DOT-OST-2011-0019).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Mariner, U.S. Department of 
Transportation, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Transportation 
Policy, at 202-366-8914, or Robert.Mariner@dot.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

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    OMB Control Number: 2105-0563
    Title: National Infrastructure Investments Grant Program or TIGER 
Discretionary Grants.
    Form Numbers: None
    Type of Request: Reinstatement of a previously approved collection
    Target Audience: Eligible Applicants'' for TIGER Discretionary 
Grants are State, local, and tribal governments, including U.S. 
territories, transit agencies, port authorities, metropolitan planning 
organizations (MPOs), other political subdivisions of State or local 
governments, and multi-State or multi-jurisdictional groups applying 
through a single lead applicant (for multi-jurisdictional groups, each 
member of the group, including the lead applicant, must be an otherwise 
eligible applicant as described in this paragraph).
    Estimated Number of Responses: 5,570.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 500.
    Total Estimated Burden: $4,259,310 Costs.
    Frequency: Quarterly, and Yearly.
    Estimated Average Burden per Response: 8 hours for each request for 
Quarterly Progress and Monitoring Report; 8 hours for each Annual 
Budget Review; 8 hours for each Quarterly Performance Measurement 
Report.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 144,070 hours.
    Obligation to Respond: Required To Obtain Benefits.
    The following is detailed information and instructions regarding 
the specific reporting requirements for each report identified above:
    TIGER Discretionary Grant program grantees will submit a Project 
Progress and Monitoring Report and the Federal Financial Report (SF-
425) to the Government on a quarterly basis. Grantees should use the 
following structure when preparing the quarterly Project Progress and 
Monitoring Report.
     Project Progress and Monitoring Report.
    [cir] Frequency: Quarterly (on the 20th of the first month of the 
calendar quarter).
    [cir] Report covers: Previous quarter, along with a two-quarter 
forecast.
    [cir] Start: Upon award of grant.
    [cir] End: Once construction is complete.
    [cir] Format/Fields and accompanying instructions (beyond project 
ID information):
    1. Executive Summary.--A clear and concise summary of the current 
status of the project, including identification of any major issues 
that have an impact on the project's scope, budget, schedule, quality, 
or safety, including:
     Current total project cost (forecast) vs. latest budget 
vs. baseline budget. Include an explanation of the reasons for any 
deviations from the approved budget.
     Current overall project completion percentage vs. latest 
plan percentage.
     Any delays or exposures to milestone and final completion 
dates. Include an explanation of the reasons for the delays and 
exposures.
     A summary of the projected and actual dates for notices to 
proceed for significant contracts, start of construction, start of 
expenditure of TIGER Discretionary Grant funds, and project completion 
date. Include an explanation of the reasons for any discrepancies from 
the corresponding project milestone dates included in the Agreement.
     Any Federal obligations and/or TIFIA disbursements 
occurring during the month versus planned obligations or disbursements.
     Any significant contracts advertised, awarded, or 
completed.
     Any significant scope of work changes.
     Any significant items identified as having deficient 
quality.
     Any significant safety issues.
     Any significant Federal issues such as environmental 
compliance, Buy America/Buy American (whichever is applicable to this 
Project), Davis Bacon Act Prevailing Wage requirements, etc.
    2. Project Activities and Deliverables.--Highlighting the project 
activities and deliverables occurring during the previous quarter 
(reporting period), and (2) define the activities and deliverables 
planned for the next two reporting periods. Activities and deliverables 
to be reported on should include meetings, audits and other reviews, 
design packages submitted, advertisements, awards, construction 
submittals, construction completion milestones, submittals related to 
Recovery Act requirements, media or Congressional inquiries, value 
engineering/constructability reviews, and other items of significance. 
The two reporting period ``look ahead schedule'' will enable the 
Government to accommodate any activities requiring input or assistance.
    3. Action Items/Outstanding Issues.--Drawing attention to, and 
tracking the progress of, highly significant or sensitive issues 
requiring action and direction in order to resolve. In general, issues 
and administrative requirements that could have a significant or 
adverse impact to the project's scope, budget, schedule, quality, 
safety, and/or compliance with Federal requirements should be included. 
Status, responsible person(s), and due dates should be included for 
each action item/outstanding issue. Action items requiring action or 
direction should be included in the quarterly status meeting agenda. 
The action items/outstanding issues may be dropped from this section 
upon full implementation of the remedial action, and upon no further 
monitoring anticipated.
    4. Project Schedule.--An updated master program schedule reflecting 
the current status of the program activities should be included in this 
section. A Gantt (bar) type chart is probably the most appropriate for 
quarterly reporting purposes, with the ultimate format to be agreed 
upon between the grantee and the Government. It is imperative that the 
master program schedule be integrated, i.e., the individual contract 
milestones tied to each other, such that any delays occurring in one 
activity will be reflected throughout the entire program schedule, with 
a realistic completion date being reported. Narratives, tables, and/or 
graphs should accompany the updated master program schedule, basically 
detailing the current schedule status, delays and potential exposures, 
and recovery efforts. The following information should also be 
included:
     Current overall project completion percentage vs. latest 
plan percentage.
     Completion percentages vs. latest plan percentages for 
major activities such as right-of-way, major or critical design 
contracts, major or critical construction contracts, and significant 
force accounts or task orders. A schedule status description should 
also be included for each of these major or critical elements.
     Any delays or potential exposures to milestone and final 
completion dates. The delays and exposures should be quantified and 
overall schedule impacts assessed. The reasons for the delays and 
exposures should be explained, and initiatives being analyzed or 
implemented in order to recover the schedule should be detailed.
    5. Project Cost.--An updated cost spreadsheet reflecting the 
current forecasted cost vs. the latest approved budget vs. the baseline 
budget should be included in this section. One way to track project 
cost is to show: (1) Baseline Budget, (2) Latest Approved Budget, (3) 
Current Forecasted Cost Estimate, (4) Expenditures or Commitments to 
Date, and (5) Variance between Current Forecasted Cost and Latest 
Approved Budget. Line items should include all significant cost 
centers, such as prior costs, right-of-way, preliminary engineering, 
environmental mitigation, general engineering consultant, section 
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contracts, construction administration, utilities, construction 
packages; force accounts/task orders, wrap-up insurance, construction 
contingencies, management contingencies, and other contingencies. The 
line items can be broken-up in enough detail such that specific areas 
of cost change can be sufficiently tracked and future improvements made 
to the overall cost estimating methodology. A Program Total line should 
be included at the bottom of the spreadsheet. Narratives, tables, and/
or graphs should accompany the updated cost spreadsheet, basically 
detailing the current cost status, reasons for cost deviations, impacts 
of cost overruns, and efforts to mitigate cost overruns. The following 
information should be provided:
     Reasons for each line item deviation from the approved 
budget, impacts resulting from the deviations, and initiatives being 
analyzed or implemented in order to recover any cost overruns.
     Transfer of costs to and from contingency line items, and 
reasons supporting the transfers.
     Speculative cost changes that potentially may develop in 
the future, a quantified dollar range for each potential cost change, 
and the current status of the speculative change. Also, a comparison 
analysis to the available contingency amounts should be included, 
showing that reasonable and sufficient amounts of contingency remain to 
keep the project within the latest approved budget.
     Detailed cost breakdown of the general engineering 
consultant (GEC) services (if applicable), including such line items as 
contract amounts, task orders issued (amounts), balance remaining for 
tasks, and accrued (billable) costs.
     Federal obligations and/or TIFIA disbursements for the 
project, compared to planned obligations and disbursements.
    6. Project Funding Status.--The purpose of this section is to 
provide a status report on the non-TIGER Discretionary Grant funds 
necessary to complete the project. This report section should include a 
status update of any legislative approvals or other actions necessary 
to provide the non-TIGER Discretionary Grant funds to the project. Such 
approvals might include legislative authority to charge user fees or 
set toll rates, or the commitment of local funding revenues to the 
project. In the event that there is an anticipated or actual project 
cost increase, the project funding status section should include a 
report on the anticipated or actual source of funds to cover the cost 
increase and any significant issues identified with obtaining 
additional funding.
    7. Project Quality.--The purpose of this section is to: (1) 
Summarize the Quality Assurance/Quality Control activities during the 
previous month (reporting period), and (2) highlight any significant 
items identified as being deficient in quality. Deficient items noted 
should be accompanied by reasons and specifics concerning the 
deficiencies, and corrective actions taken or planned. In addition, the 
agency or firm responsible for the corrective action should be 
documented. Planned corrective actions should then be included as 
Action Items/Outstanding Issues.
    8. Federal Financial Report (SF-425).--The Federal Financial Report 
(SF-425) is a financial reporting form used throughout the Federal 
Government Grant system. Grantees should complete this form and attach 
it to each quarterly Project Progress and Monitoring Report.
    TIGER Discretionary Grant program grantees will submit an Annual 
Budget Review and Program Plan to the Government 60 days prior to the 
end of each Agreement year that they are receiving grant funds. 
Grantees should use the following structure when preparing the Annual 
Budget Review Report.
     Annual Budget Review Report
    [cir] Frequency: Yearly (60 days before the end of the Agreement 
year).
    [cir] Report covers: Upcoming Agreement year.
    [cir] Start: 60 days before first anniversary of grant award.
    [cir] End: Once construction is complete.
    [cir] Format/Fields and accompanying instructions (beyond project 
ID information):
    1. Detailed Schedule of Activities.--An updated master program 
schedule reflecting the current status of the program activities should 
be included in this section. A Gantt (bar) type chart is probably the 
most appropriate for annual reporting purposes.
    2. Estimate of Specific Performance Objectives.--This section will 
discuss, what, if any performance objectives of the project will be 
achieved over the course of the upcoming Agreement Year and note any 
differences from the original project plan.
    3. Forecasted Expenditures.--This section will discuss financial 
outlays that will occur in support of the project over the course of 
the upcoming Agreement Year and note any differences from the original 
project plan.
    4. Schedule of Milestones for the Upcoming Agreement Year.--This 
section will discuss, what, if any project milestones will be achieved 
over the course of the upcoming Agreement Year and the obligations 
associated with each milestone, noting any differences from the 
original project plan.
    If there are no proposed deviations from the Approved Detailed 
Project Budget, the Annual Budget Review shall contain a statement 
stating such. The grantee will meet with the Government to discuss the 
Annual Budget Review and Program Plan. If there is an actual or 
projected project cost increase, the annual submittal should include a 
written plan for providing additional sources of funding to cover the 
project budget shortfall or supporting documentation of committed funds 
to cover the cost increase. To the extent the annual budget update 
deviates from the approved project budget by more than 10 percent, then 
work proposed under the Annual Budget Review and Program Plan shall not 
commence until written approval from the Government is received.
    TIGER Discretionary Grant program grantees will submit Performance 
Measure Reports on the performance (or projected performance) of the 
project using the performance measures that the grantee and the 
Government selected through negotiations.
     Performance Measurement Reports
    [cir] Frequency: Quarterly (on the 20th of the first month of the 
calendar quarter).
    [cir] Report covers: Previous quarter.
    [cir] Start: Once, upon award of grant; Quarterly, once 
construction complete.
    [cir] End: At the end of agreed upon performance measurement 
period.
    [cir] Format/Fields and accompanying instructions (beyond project 
ID information):
    1. Performance Measures Narrative.--Including a detailed 
description of data sources, assumptions, variability, and the 
estimated level of precision for each measure.
    2. Performance Measures Spreadsheet.--Government and grantee will 
agree on the format of the spreadsheet for each individual project. 
Measures (to be negotiated between grantees and the Government, 
individually) may include, but are not limited to: Average tons 
handled/day; average daily gross ton-miles (GTM); average container 
lifts per day (TEUs); containers transported on lines (TEUs); transit 
passenger miles and hours of travel; transit passenger & non-passenger 
counts; transit rider characteristics; average bike and or pedestrian 
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average daily traffic (ADT) and average daily truck traffic (ADTT); 
average daily total train delay (minutes); average daily total (all 
vehicles) vehicle delay at crossings; transit service level; facility 
service level; average hourly (or peak & off-peak) vehicle travel time; 
average hourly (or peak & off-peak) buffer index; annual crash rates by 
type/severity; average slow order miles and average daily delay minutes 
due to slow orders; bridge condition (Sufficiency Rating); road 
closure/lost capacity time (lane-hours).
    Project Outcomes.--Detailing Project successes and/or the influence 
of external factors on Project expectations, including an ex post 
examination of project effectiveness in relation to the Pre-project 
Report baselines.
    Background: On February 17, 2009, the President of the United 
States signed the Recovery Act to, among other purposes, (1) preserve 
and create jobs and promote economic recovery, (2) invest in 
transportation infrastructure that will provide long-term economic 
benefits, and (3) assist those most affected by the current economic 
downturn. The Recovery Act appropriated $1.5 billion of discretionary 
grant funds to be awarded by the Department of Transportation for 
capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure. The 
Department refers to these grants as ``Grants for Transportation 
Investment Generating Economic Recovery'' or ``TIGER'' Discretionary 
Grants. Funding for 51 projects totaling nearly $1.5 billion under the 
TIGER program was announced on February 17, 2010. Projects were 
selected based on their alignment with the selection criteria specified 
in the Federal Register notice for the TIGER Discretionary Grant 
program. On December 16, 2009 the President signed the FY 2010 
Appropriations Act. The FY 2010 Appropriations Act appropriated $600 
million for National Infrastructure Investments using language that is 
very similar, but not identical to the language in the Recovery Act 
authorizing the TIGER Discretionary Grants. The Department is referring 
to the grants for National Infrastructure Investments as TIGER 
Discretionary Grants. TIGER Discretionary Grants are for capital 
investments in surface transportation infrastructure and are to be 
awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a 
significant impact on the Nation, a metropolitan area, or a region. 
Funding for 72 projects totaling nearly $600 million under the TIGER 
program was announced on September 12, 2014. Projects were selected 
based on their alignment with the selection criteria specified in the 
Federal Register notice for the TIGER Discretionary Grant program. As 
announced in the Federal Register notices for TIGER Discretionary Grant 
programs, grantees are expected to provide information to the 
Government so that the Government may monitor the financial conditions 
and progress of projects, as well as the effectiveness of projects 
using performance measurement metrics negotiated between the grantees 
and the Government.
    This request reinstates a previously approved information 
collection that is necessary to receive applications for grant funds, 
to evaluate the effectiveness of projects that have been awarded grant 
funds and to monitor project financial conditions and project progress.
    The reporting requirements for the program are as follows:
    Grantees will submit reports on the financial condition of the 
project and the project's progress. Grantees will submit progress 
reports and the Federal Financial Report (SF-425) to the Government on 
a quarterly basis, beginning on the 20th of the first month of the 
calendar-year quarter following the execution of a grant agreement, and 
on the 20th of the first month of each calendar-year quarter thereafter 
until completion of the project. The initial report will include a 
detailed description, and, where appropriate, drawings, of the items 
funded.
    Grantees will also submit an Annual Budget Review and Program Plan 
to the Government via email 60 days prior to the end of each Agreement 
year that they are receiving grant funds. The Annual Budget Review and 
Program Plan will provide a detailed schedule of activities, estimate 
of specific performance objectives, include forecasted expenditures, 
and schedule of milestones for the upcoming year. If there is an actual 
or projected project cost increase, the Annual Budget Review will 
include a written plan for providing additional sources of funding to 
cover the project budget shortfall or supporting documentation of 
committed funds to cover the cost increase.
    This information will be used to monitor grantees' use of Federal 
funds, ensuring accountability and financial transparency in the TIGER 
programs.
    Grantees will also submit reports on the performance (or projected 
performance) of the project on performance measures that the grantee 
and the Government select through negotiations. The Grantees will 
submit a Pre-project Report that will consist of current baseline data 
for each of the performance measures specified in the Performance 
Measurement Table in the grant agreement negotiated between the grantee 
and the Government. The Pre-project Report will include a detailed 
description of data sources, assumptions, variability, and the 
estimated level of precision for each measure. The Grantees will submit 
interim Project Performance Measurement Reports to the Government for 
each of the performance measures specified in the Performance 
Measurement Table in the grant agreement negotiated between the grantee 
and the Government. Grantees will submit reports at each of the 
intervals identified for the duration of the time period specified in 
the Performance Measurement Table in the grant agreement negotiated 
between the grantee and the Government. The Grantees will submit a 
Project Outcomes Report after the project is completed that will 
consist of a narrative discussion detailing project successes and/or 
the influence of external factors on project expectations.
    This information collected will be used to evaluate and compare 
projects and the monitor results that grant funds achieve, ensuring 
that grant funds achieved the outcomes targeted by the TIGER 
Discretionary Grant program.

    Authority: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995; 44 U.S.C. 
Chapter 35, as amended; and 49 CFR 148.

    Issued in Washington, DC on August 19, 2015.
Patricia Lawton,
DOT Paperwork Reduction Act Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief 
Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2015-21337 Filed 8-27-15; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4910-9X-P