Recreational Boating Safety Projects, Programs, and Activities Funded Under Provisions of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century; Fiscal Year 2015, 76297-76298 [2015-30884]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 235 / Tuesday, December 8, 2015 / Notices Evaluation criteria Budget and Budget Justification. Maximum point values 10 points. 2. Changes in Sub-criteria: ANA will streamline the evaluation sub-criteria, and reorganize specific elements, to clarify instructions to panel reviewers: (a) A new sub-criterion related to the required Problem Statement will be included in the Need for Assistance criterion. (b) Reference to Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound (S.M.A.R.T.) objectives will be included in the sub-criteria for Objectives and not overall for the Outcomes Expected sections in the Section IV.2. Project Description. Therefore, project outcomes and the impact indicator, which are also elements of the Outcomes Expected subcriteria, are not required to be S.M.A.R.T. (c) A new sub-criterion on the Current Status of Language will be added to the Approach section Language Preservation and Maintenance and the EMI FOAs. The Current Status of the Language is currently a requirement in the Approach section of the Project Description. No additional information will be required from the applicant. Lhorne on DSK9F6TC42PROD with NOTICES E. Change to Recipient Reporting Requirements for All FOAs (FOA Section VI.3.); 45 CFR 75.342 F. Relocation of ANA Offices ANA has relocated its offices to the Mary E. Switzer Memorial Building, 330 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20201. 14:17 Dec 07, 2015 Jkt 238001 Statutory Authority: Section 814 of the Native American Programs Act of 1974 (NAPA), as amended. Lillian Sparks Robinson, Commissioner, Administration for Native American. [FR Doc. 2015–30868 Filed 12–7–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4184–34–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard [Docket No. USCG–2010–1066] Recreational Boating Safety Projects, Programs, and Activities Funded Under Provisions of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century; Fiscal Year 2015 Coast Guard, Homeland Security. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In 1999, the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century made $5 million per year available for the payment of Coast Guard expenses for personnel and activities directly related to coordinating and carrying out the national recreational boating safety program. In 2005, the law was amended, and the amount was increased to $5.5 million. The Coast Guard is publishing this notice to satisfy a requirement of the Act that a detailed accounting of the projects, programs, and activities funded under the national recreational boating safety program provision of the Act be published annually in the Federal Register. This notice specifies the funding amounts the Coast Guard has committed, obligated, or expended during fiscal year 2015, as of September 30, 2015. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions on this notice, call Jeff Ludwig, Regulations Development Manager, telephone 202–372–1061. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: 1. Annual Data Report: ANA intends to add an Annual Data Report (ADR) to the reporting requirements for all funded projects. ANA has reduced its reporting requirements to twice—semiannually and annually. ANA recently streamlined the Objective Progress Report (OPR), and determined that some information previously collected on the OPR is not necessary for project monitoring; however is important when analyzing project data. The ADR will capture this project data throughout the life of the project, versus just asking at the end of the project. The ADR also includes additional program-specific and project assessment questions. The report will supplement the annual OPR and will not deviate from the annual reporting cycle of the OPR, therefore still requiring grantees only report twice annually as stated previously. The report will be due 30 days after the end of each budget period and 90 days after the end of the project period. VerDate Sep<11>2014 Our phone numbers and email addresses will remain the same. Phone: (877) 922–9262 Fax: (202) 690–7441 Email: anacomments@acf.hhs.gov URL: www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ana. Contact information in all FY 2016 FOAs will be updated to provide mailing and physical location addresses for the new building. Background and Purpose The Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century became law on June 9, 1998 (Pub. L. 105–178; 112 Stat. 107). The Act required that of the $5 million made available to carry out the national PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 76297 recreational boating safety program each year, $2 million shall be available only to ensure compliance with Chapter 43 of Title 46, U.S. Code. On September 29, 2005, the Sportfishing and Recreational Boating Safety Amendments Act of 2005 was enacted (Public Law 109–74; 119 Stat. 2031). This Act increased the funds available to the national recreational boating safety program from $5 million to $5.5 million annually, and stated that ‘‘not less than’’ $2 million shall be available only to ensure compliance with Chapter 43 of Title 46, U.S. Code. These funds are available to the Secretary from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund established under 26 U.S.C. 9504(a) for payment of Coast Guard expenses for personnel and activities directly related to coordinating and carrying out the national recreational boating safety program. Under 46 U.S.C. 13107(c), no funds available to the Secretary under this subsection may be used to replace funding traditionally provided through general appropriations, nor for any purposes except those purposes authorized; namely, for personnel and activities directly related to coordinating and carrying out the national recreational boating safety program. Amounts made available under 46 U.S.C. 13107(c) remain available during the two succeeding fiscal years. Any amount that is unexpended or unobligated at the end of the 3-year period during which it is available, shall be withdrawn by the Secretary and allocated to the States in addition to any other amounts available for allocation in the fiscal year in which they are withdrawn or the following fiscal year. Use of these funds requires compliance with standard Federal contracting rules with associated lead and processing times resulting in a lag time between available funds and spending. The total amount of funding transferred to the Coast Guard from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund and committed, obligated, and/or expended during fiscal year 2015 for each activity is shown below. Specific Accounting of Funds Manufacturer Compliance Inspection Program/Boat Testing Program: Funding was provided to continue the national recreational boat compliance inspection program, initiated in January 2001. During the Fiscal Year contracted personnel, acting on behalf of the Coast Guard, visit recreational boat manufacturers, recreational boat dealers, and recreational boat shows to inspect for compliance with the Federal regulations. During the 2015 reporting E:\FR\FM\08DEN1.SGM 08DEN1 Lhorne on DSK9F6TC42PROD with NOTICES 76298 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 235 / Tuesday, December 8, 2015 / Notices year, inspectors performed 350 factory visits, 218 dealer visits, and 10 boat show visits resulting in 2,800 boats being inspected. Funding was also provided for testing of certain associated equipment and in-water testing of atypical and used recreational boats for compliance with capacity and flotation standards. ($1,587,370). Additional expenditures regarding this topic that are accounted for in the topics below are Contract Personnel Support ($103,253), Reimbursable Salaries ($143,222) and New Recreational Boating Safety Associated Travel ($5,526). Collectively, these expenditures, along with other potential projects, are considered to be applicable to the legal requirement that ‘‘not less than’’ $2 million be available to ensure compliance with Chapter 43 of Title 46, U.S. Code. Boating Accident Report Database (BARD) Web System: Funding was allocated to continue providing the BARD Web System, which enables reporting authorities in the 50 States, five U.S. Territories, and the District of Columbia to submit their accident reports electronically over a secure Internet connection. The system also enables the user community to generate statistical reports that show the frequency, nature, and severity of boating accidents. Funds supported system maintenance, development, and technical (hotline) support. ($367,332). Contract Personnel Support: Funding was provided for contract personnel to support the appropriate cost/benefit analyses for potential new regulations and to conduct general boating safetyrelated research and analysis and to assist the manufacturer compliance program. ($660,562). Boating Accident News Clipping Services: Funding was provided to continue to gather daily news stories of recreational boating accidents nationally for more real time accident information and to identify accidents that may involve regulatory non-compliances or safety defects. ($25,000). New Recreational Boating Safety Associated Travel: Funding was provided to facilitate travel by employees of the Boating Safety Division to carry out additional recreational boating safety actions and to gather background and planning information for new recreational boating safety initiatives. ($17,564). Recreational Boating Safety Outreach Initiatives: Funding was provided to produce signage promoting recreational boating safety at the U.S. Coast Guard’s Douglas A. Munro Headquarters Building, and to provide appropriate recognition to select individuals for VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:17 Dec 07, 2015 Jkt 238001 outstanding achievements in promoting boating safety. ($2,487). Reimbursable Salaries: Funding was provided to carry out the work as prescribed in 46 U.S.C. 13107(c) and as described herein. The first position was that of a professional mathematician/ statistician to conduct necessary national surveys and studies on recreational boating activities as well as to serve as a liaison to other Federal agencies that are conducting boating surveys so that we can pool our resources and reduce costs. The second position was that of a Recreational Boating Safety Specialist/Marine Investigator with responsibilities that include overseeing and managing RBS projects related to carbon monoxide poisoning, propeller injury mitigation, and manufacturer compliance initiatives. The third position was that of a Legislative and Strategic Planning Manager, with responsibilities that include analyzing proposed and enacted legislation for RBS impacts, and managing the development and implementation of the National Recreational Boating Safety Program’s strategic plan. The fourth position was that of a Division Administrative Assistant, with responsibilities that include providing administrative support for the Boating Safety Division. ($513,045). Technical Support and Analysis for the Recreational Boating Safety Program: The purpose of this contract is to obtain Contractor professional, technical, and management support for services relating to the national survey development, nonprofit grants grading assessments, and other analysis as needed for the enhancement of the administration of the National Recreational Boating Safety Program. Projects covered by the contract include statistical analyses of data collected in the 2012 National Recreational Boating Survey and research on the implications of the findings relative to boating safety and the National Recreational Boating Safety Program; a review of scientific literature covering various measures of risk exposure in other transportation related fields; support in designing the next National Recreational Boating Survey; and development of a webbased system for review of national nonprofit organization grant submissions. ($130,847). Of the $5.5 million made available to the Coast Guard in fiscal year 2015, $2,120,466 has been committed, obligated, or expended and an additional $1,183,741 of prior fiscal year funds have been committed, obligated, or expended, as of September 30, 2015. The remainder of the FY14 and FY15 PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 funds made available to the Coast Guard (approximately $5,132,275) may be retained for the allowable period for the National Recreational Boating Survey or transferred into the pool of money available for allocation through the state grant program. Authority This notice is issued pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552 and 46 U.S.C. 13107(c)(4). Dated: December 2, 2015. V.B. Gifford, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Director of Inspections & Compliance. 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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 235 (Tuesday, December 8, 2015)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

[Docket No. USCG-2010-1066]


Recreational Boating Safety Projects, Programs, and Activities 
Funded Under Provisions of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st 
Century; Fiscal Year 2015

AGENCY: Coast Guard, Homeland Security.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In 1999, the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century 
made $5 million per year available for the payment of Coast Guard 
expenses for personnel and activities directly related to coordinating 
and carrying out the national recreational boating safety program. In 
2005, the law was amended, and the amount was increased to $5.5 
million. The Coast Guard is publishing this notice to satisfy a 
requirement of the Act that a detailed accounting of the projects, 
programs, and activities funded under the national recreational boating 
safety program provision of the Act be published annually in the 
Federal Register. This notice specifies the funding amounts the Coast 
Guard has committed, obligated, or expended during fiscal year 2015, as 
of September 30, 2015.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions on this notice, call 
Jeff Ludwig, Regulations Development Manager, telephone 202-372-1061.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background and Purpose

    The Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century became law on 
June 9, 1998 (Pub. L. 105-178; 112 Stat. 107). The Act required that of 
the $5 million made available to carry out the national recreational 
boating safety program each year, $2 million shall be available only to 
ensure compliance with Chapter 43 of Title 46, U.S. Code. On September 
29, 2005, the Sportfishing and Recreational Boating Safety Amendments 
Act of 2005 was enacted (Public Law 109-74; 119 Stat. 2031). This Act 
increased the funds available to the national recreational boating 
safety program from $5 million to $5.5 million annually, and stated 
that ``not less than'' $2 million shall be available only to ensure 
compliance with Chapter 43 of Title 46, U.S. Code.
    These funds are available to the Secretary from the Sport Fish 
Restoration and Boating Trust Fund established under 26 U.S.C. 9504(a) 
for payment of Coast Guard expenses for personnel and activities 
directly related to coordinating and carrying out the national 
recreational boating safety program. Under 46 U.S.C. 13107(c), no funds 
available to the Secretary under this subsection may be used to replace 
funding traditionally provided through general appropriations, nor for 
any purposes except those purposes authorized; namely, for personnel 
and activities directly related to coordinating and carrying out the 
national recreational boating safety program. Amounts made available 
under 46 U.S.C. 13107(c) remain available during the two succeeding 
fiscal years. Any amount that is unexpended or unobligated at the end 
of the 3-year period during which it is available, shall be withdrawn 
by the Secretary and allocated to the States in addition to any other 
amounts available for allocation in the fiscal year in which they are 
withdrawn or the following fiscal year.
    Use of these funds requires compliance with standard Federal 
contracting rules with associated lead and processing times resulting 
in a lag time between available funds and spending. The total amount of 
funding transferred to the Coast Guard from the Sport Fish Restoration 
and Boating Trust Fund and committed, obligated, and/or expended during 
fiscal year 2015 for each activity is shown below.

Specific Accounting of Funds

    Manufacturer Compliance Inspection Program/Boat Testing Program: 
Funding was provided to continue the national recreational boat 
compliance inspection program, initiated in January 2001. During the 
Fiscal Year contracted personnel, acting on behalf of the Coast Guard, 
visit recreational boat manufacturers, recreational boat dealers, and 
recreational boat shows to inspect for compliance with the Federal 
regulations. During the 2015 reporting

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year, inspectors performed 350 factory visits, 218 dealer visits, and 
10 boat show visits resulting in 2,800 boats being inspected. Funding 
was also provided for testing of certain associated equipment and in-
water testing of atypical and used recreational boats for compliance 
with capacity and flotation standards. ($1,587,370). Additional 
expenditures regarding this topic that are accounted for in the topics 
below are Contract Personnel Support ($103,253), Reimbursable Salaries 
($143,222) and New Recreational Boating Safety Associated Travel 
($5,526). Collectively, these expenditures, along with other potential 
projects, are considered to be applicable to the legal requirement that 
``not less than'' $2 million be available to ensure compliance with 
Chapter 43 of Title 46, U.S. Code.
    Boating Accident Report Database (BARD) Web System: Funding was 
allocated to continue providing the BARD Web System, which enables 
reporting authorities in the 50 States, five U.S. Territories, and the 
District of Columbia to submit their accident reports electronically 
over a secure Internet connection. The system also enables the user 
community to generate statistical reports that show the frequency, 
nature, and severity of boating accidents. Funds supported system 
maintenance, development, and technical (hotline) support. ($367,332).
    Contract Personnel Support: Funding was provided for contract 
personnel to support the appropriate cost/benefit analyses for 
potential new regulations and to conduct general boating safety-related 
research and analysis and to assist the manufacturer compliance 
program. ($660,562).
    Boating Accident News Clipping Services: Funding was provided to 
continue to gather daily news stories of recreational boating accidents 
nationally for more real time accident information and to identify 
accidents that may involve regulatory non-compliances or safety 
defects. ($25,000).
    New Recreational Boating Safety Associated Travel: Funding was 
provided to facilitate travel by employees of the Boating Safety 
Division to carry out additional recreational boating safety actions 
and to gather background and planning information for new recreational 
boating safety initiatives. ($17,564).
    Recreational Boating Safety Outreach Initiatives: Funding was 
provided to produce signage promoting recreational boating safety at 
the U.S. Coast Guard's Douglas A. Munro Headquarters Building, and to 
provide appropriate recognition to select individuals for outstanding 
achievements in promoting boating safety. ($2,487).
    Reimbursable Salaries: Funding was provided to carry out the work 
as prescribed in 46 U.S.C. 13107(c) and as described herein. The first 
position was that of a professional mathematician/statistician to 
conduct necessary national surveys and studies on recreational boating 
activities as well as to serve as a liaison to other Federal agencies 
that are conducting boating surveys so that we can pool our resources 
and reduce costs. The second position was that of a Recreational 
Boating Safety Specialist/Marine Investigator with responsibilities 
that include overseeing and managing RBS projects related to carbon 
monoxide poisoning, propeller injury mitigation, and manufacturer 
compliance initiatives. The third position was that of a Legislative 
and Strategic Planning Manager, with responsibilities that include 
analyzing proposed and enacted legislation for RBS impacts, and 
managing the development and implementation of the National 
Recreational Boating Safety Program's strategic plan. The fourth 
position was that of a Division Administrative Assistant, with 
responsibilities that include providing administrative support for the 
Boating Safety Division. ($513,045).
    Technical Support and Analysis for the Recreational Boating Safety 
Program: The purpose of this contract is to obtain Contractor 
professional, technical, and management support for services relating 
to the national survey development, nonprofit grants grading 
assessments, and other analysis as needed for the enhancement of the 
administration of the National Recreational Boating Safety Program. 
Projects covered by the contract include statistical analyses of data 
collected in the 2012 National Recreational Boating Survey and research 
on the implications of the findings relative to boating safety and the 
National Recreational Boating Safety Program; a review of scientific 
literature covering various measures of risk exposure in other 
transportation related fields; support in designing the next National 
Recreational Boating Survey; and development of a web-based system for 
review of national nonprofit organization grant submissions. 
($130,847).
    Of the $5.5 million made available to the Coast Guard in fiscal 
year 2015, $2,120,466 has been committed, obligated, or expended and an 
additional $1,183,741 of prior fiscal year funds have been committed, 
obligated, or expended, as of September 30, 2015. The remainder of the 
FY14 and FY15 funds made available to the Coast Guard (approximately 
$5,132,275) may be retained for the allowable period for the National 
Recreational Boating Survey or transferred into the pool of money 
available for allocation through the state grant program.

Authority

    This notice is issued pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552 and 46 U.S.C. 
13107(c)(4).

    Dated: December 2, 2015.
V.B. Gifford,
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Director of Inspections & Compliance.
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