Grant Availability to Federally Recognized Indian Tribes To Implement Traffic Safety Programs and Projects on Indian Reservations, 19236-19238 [2016-07634]

Download as PDF 19236 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 64 / Monday, April 4, 2016 / Notices 497, 25 U.S.C. 2701 et seq. All TribalState Class III compacts are subject to review and approval by the Secretary under 25 CFR 293.4. The Secretary took no action on the Pueblo of Sandia-State of New Mexico compact within 45 days of its submission. Therefore, the compact is considered to have been approved, but only to the extent the compact is consistent with IGRA. See 25 U.S.C. 2710(d)(8)(C). Dated: March 17, 2016. Lawrence S. Roberts, Acting Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. 2016–07622 Filed 4–1–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4337–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs [167 A2100DD/AAKC001030/ A0A501010.999900] Indian Gaming; Extension of TribalState Class III Gaming Compact (Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe and the State of South Dakota) AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice. This notice announces the extension of the Class III gaming compact between the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe and the State of South Dakota. SUMMARY: This extension is effective on April 4, 2016. DATES: Ms. Paula L. Hart, Director, Office of Indian Gaming, Office of the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs, Washington, DC 20240, (202) 219–4066. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Pursuant to 25 CFR 293.5, an extension to an existing Tribal-State Class III gaming compact does not require approval by the Secretary if the extension does not modify any other terms of the compact. The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe and the State of South Dakota have reached an agreement to extend the expiration of their existing Tribal-State Class III gaming compact until September 7, 2016. This publishes notice of the new expiration date of the compact. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dated: March 25, 2016. Lawrence S. Roberts, Acting Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. 2016–07632 Filed 4–1–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4337–15–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:03 Apr 01, 2016 Jkt 238001 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs [167 A2100DD/AAKC001030/ A0A501010.999900] Indian Gaming; Notice of Tribal-State Class III Gaming Compact Taking Effect in the State of New Mexico Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Pueblo of San Felipe and State of New Mexico entered into a Tribal-State compact governing Class III gaming; this notice announces that the compact is taking effect. DATES: Effective April 4, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Paula L. Hart, Director, Office of Indian Gaming, Office of the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs, Washington, DC 20240, (202) 219–4066. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 11 of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) requires the Secretary of the Interior to publish in the Federal Register notice of approved Tribal-State compacts that are for the purpose of engaging in Class III gaming activities on Indian lands. See Public Law 100– 497, 25 U.S.C. 2701 et seq. All TribalState Class III compacts are subject to review and approval by the Secretary under 25 CFR 293.4. The Secretary took no action on the Pueblo of San Felipe– State of New Mexico compact within 45 days of its submission. Therefore, the compact is considered to have been approved, but only to the extent the compact is consistent with IGRA. See 25 U.S.C. 2710(d)(8)(C). SUMMARY: Dated: March 17, 2016. Lawrence S. Roberts, Acting Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. 2016–07620 Filed 4–1–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4337–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs [167A2100DD/AAKC001030/ A0A501010.999900 253G] Grant Availability to Federally Recognized Indian Tribes To Implement Traffic Safety Programs and Projects on Indian Reservations Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice is intended to inform federally-recognized Indian SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00125 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Tribes of the application process and due date for the Indian Highway Safety Program for Fiscal Year 2017. In accordance with Federal law and as authorized by the Secretary of Transportation, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, through its Indian Highway Safety Program (IHSP), will make funds available to federally recognized Indian Tribes on an annual basis for implementing traffic safety programs and projects that are designed to reduce the number of traffic crashes, death, injuries and property damage within Indian country. All project applications received on or before the deadline will be reviewed and selected on a competitive basis. DATES: IHSP mailed application packets to all Tribal leaders by February 15, 2016. Applications for program and/or project funds must be received on or before May 2, 2016. Applications not received by the IHSP by close of business on May 2, 2016, will not be considered and will be returned unopened. Each Tribe must submit their application to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services, Attention: Indian Highway Safety Program Director, 1001 Indian School NE., Suite 251, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tribes should direct questions or requests for copies of the application packet to: Kimberly Belone, Indian Highway Safety Program, 1001 Indian School NE., Suite 251, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104; telephone (505) 563–3900. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: Background The Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1973 (Pub. L. 93–87) provides for U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) funding, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to assist Indian Tribes in implementing traffic safety projects. Any program or project request must be designed to reduce the number of motor vehicle traffic crashes and their resulting fatalities, injuries, and property damage on Indian reservations and within Indian communities. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death to American Indians/Alaska Natives for ages 1 to 44. Nationwide, 511 American Indians/Alaska Natives were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2013. Of this total, 180 died on reservations. For additional American Indians/Alaska Natives fatality data, you can access the NHTSA fatality Web site at: http://www- E:\FR\FM\04APN1.SGM 04APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 64 / Monday, April 4, 2016 / Notices nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/departments/nrd-30/ ncsa/STSI/NA_Report.htm. This notice solicits applications from federally recognized Indian Tribes eligible to receive this assistance. Grant funds awarded to Tribes as a result of this announcement are reimbursed for eligible costs incurred under the terms of 23 U.S.C. 402 and subsequent amendments. Responsibilities For the purposes of application of this grant and the collection and distribution of the funds, Indian reservations are collectively considered a ‘‘State’’ and the Secretary of the Interior is considered the ‘‘Governor of a State.’’ The Secretary of the Interior delegated the authority to administer the programs for all the Indian Tribes in the United States to the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs. The Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs further delegated the responsibility for administration of the Indian Highway Safety Program to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services, located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Program Director of the IHSP has staff members available to provide program and technical assistance to Indian Tribes. The IHSP maintains contact with NHTSA with respect to program approval, funding, and technical assistance. NHTSA is responsible for ensuring that the IHSP is carried out in accordance with 23 CFR part 1200 and other applicable Federal statutes and regulations. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES National Priority Program Areas The following highway safety program areas have been identified as priority program areas eligible for funding under 23 CFR 1200.11 on Tribal lands: a. Impaired driving b. Occupant protection c. Traffic records Other fundable program areas may be considered based upon well documented problem identification from the Tribes. Indian Highway Safety Program Funding Areas Proposals are being solicited for the following program areas: 1. Impaired Driving: Programs directed at reducing injuries and death attributed to impaired driving on the reservations such as: Selective traffic enforcement programs (STEP) to apprehend impaired drivers, specialized law enforcement training (such as standardized field sobriety testing), public information programs on alcohol/other drug use and driving, VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:03 Apr 01, 2016 Jkt 238001 education programs for convicted DWI/ DUI offenders, various youth alcohol education programs promoting traffic safety, DUI courts, and programs or projects directed toward judicial training. Proposals for projects that enhance the development and implementation of innovative programs to combat impaired driving are also solicited. 2. Occupant Protection: Programs directed at decreasing injuries and deaths attributed to the lack of safety belt and child restraint usage such as: Surveys to determine usage rates and to identify high-risk non-users, comprehensive programs to promote correct usage of child safety seats and other occupant restraints, enforcement of safety belt ordinances or laws, specialized training (e.g., Operation Kids, traffic occupant protection strategies (TOPS), Standardized Child Passenger Safety Technician Training), and evaluations. 3. Traffic Records: Programs to help Tribes develop or update electronic traffic records systems which will assist with analysis of crash information, causational factors, and support joint efforts with other agencies to improve the Tribe’s traffic records system. Project Guidelines Each Tribe that would like to be considered for funding in FY 2017 must fill out and submit the project application that was mailed to the Tribal leaders. Applications will adhere to the following guidelines: (1) Problem Identification. Highway traffic safety problems shall be based upon accurate Tribal data. Data should be complete and accurate and should show problems and/or trends. These data should be available in Tribal enforcement and traffic crash records. (2) Goals, Performance Measures and Strategies. Tribes must provide the overall goals of the project as well as a list of performance measures and strategies to be used to evaluate performance. All goals, performance measures and strategies must have base line numbers and will be expressed in clearly defined, time-framed, and measurable terms. (Example: To decrease alcohol related motor vehicle crashes by _% from the 2015 number of __ to __ by the end of FY17). Performance measures should be aggressive but attainable and based on available data and trends. (3) Training. Training identified in the application must relate directly to the project being proposed. (4) Equipment. Any equipment identified in the application must relate directly to the project being proposed. PO 00000 Frm 00126 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 19237 (5) Line Item Budget. The activities to be funded must be outlined in detail according to the following object groups: Personnel services; travel and training, operating costs and equipment. All Tribes applying for grants must attach a copy of the Tribe’s indirect cost rate to the application. (6) Funding Requirements. With the enactment of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), the IHSP is required, in order to receive funds, to certify, on behalf of the Tribes, that the program will meet certain conditions and comply with all applicable rules and regulations for administering a highway safety program. In addition to program oversight and technical assistance, the BIA must certify that it will implement the following activities in support of national highway safety goals: a. Participate in the national law enforcement mobilizations; b. Encourage sustained enforcement of impaired driving, occupant protection and speeding; c. Conduct an annual safety belt survey in accordance with criteria established by the Secretary to measure safety belt usage rates; and d. Develop data systems to provide timely and effective data analysis to support allocation of highway traffic safety resources. (7) In order to comply with the provisions of the FAST Act and the State Certifications and Assurances, the IHSP will allocate funds on behalf of the Tribes to implement the provisions listed in (6) above. Copies of the State Certifications and Assurances are available upon request or at: http:// www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?c=ecfr& rgn=div5&view=text&node=23:1.0. 2.13.1&idno=23#ap23.1.1200_162.a. (8) Funding Length. Traffic safety program funding is designed primarily as the source of invention and motivation. As a result, all projects are funded for a 12 month period of time. This program is not intended for long term financial support of continuing and on-going operations. (9) Project monitoring length may exceed the grant period in the cases where distribution of purchase equipment is necessary. Certifications A list of certifications is attached to the grant application and must be initialed to show acceptance by the Tribe. These certifications are required by the either the funding agency and/or the IHSP and include: Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act, Nondiscrimination, Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988, Equipment, Buy E:\FR\FM\04APN1.SGM 04APN1 19238 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 64 / Monday, April 4, 2016 / Notices America Act, Political Activity (Hatch Act), Federal Lobbying, Restriction of State Lobbying, Lower Tier Certification, and Policy to Ban Text Messaging While Driving. Submission Deadline Each Tribe must send its funding request on the appropriate application form to the BIA IHSP office in Albuquerque, New Mexico, by the close of business May 2, 2016. Request can be received by U.S. Mail or via email to: indian_highway_safety@bia.gov. Selection Criteria A selection committee will review and evaluate each application requesting funding. Each member of the selection committee, by assigning points to the following four criteria, will rank each of the proposals based on the following criteria: Criterion (1), the General Information section will include information on the type of grant, location, population and size of reservation, type of law enforcement and pertinent contact information. (10 points maximum). Criterion (2), the strength of the Problem Identification based on verifiable, current and applicable data to indicate the extent of the traffic safety problem. (45 points maximum). Criterion (3), the quality of the proposed solution plan based on aggressive but attainable Performance Measures and Strategies. (35 points maximum). Criterion (4), details on necessity and reasonableness of the budget requested. (10 points maximum). Notification of the Selection Once the selection committee concludes its evaluation, it will notify those Tribes it recommends for participation and funding by letter. Upon notification, each selected Tribe must provide a duly authorized Tribal resolution. The resolution must be on file before grants funds can be expended by or reimbursed to the Tribe. Notification of Non-Selection The Program Director will notify each Tribe of non-selection. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grant-In-Aid Uniform grant administration procedures have been established on a national basis for all grant-in-aid programs by the Office of Management and Budget under 2 CFR part 200 ‘‘Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards’’ and the DOT under 2 CFR part 1201. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:03 Apr 01, 2016 Jkt 238001 NHTSA has codified uniform procedures for State Highway Safety Programs in 23 CFR part 1200. 2 CFR part 200 and the ‘‘Highway Safety Grant Funding Guidance for NHTSA Field Administered Grants are the established cost principles applicable to grants and contracts through BIA and with Tribal governments. A copy of the Grant Funding Policy document can be obtained from the BIA IHSP office or at http://www.nhtsa.gov/About+NHTSA/ Highway+Safety+Grant+Programs/ HSGrantFunding_Guidance#_ Toc363830148. The BIA IHSP office has been established and is designated to establish operating procedures consistent with the applicable provisions of these rules and any others that govern these grant funds. Auditing of Highway Safety Projects will be included in the Tribal A–133 single audit requirement. Copies of Tribal audits must be available for inspection by the highway safety program staff. Tribes must provide monthly program status reports and a corresponding reimbursement claim to the BIA Indian Highway Safety Program, 1001 Indian School, Suite 251, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104, in order to be reimbursed for program costs. These are to be submitted no later than 15 working days beyond the reporting month. Project Monitoring During the program year, it is the responsibility of the BIA IHSP office to review the implementation of Tribal traffic safety plans and programs, monitor the progress of their activities and expenditures and provide technical assistance as needed. This assistance may be on-site, by telephone, and/or a review of monthly progress claims. Project Evaluation Each project funded is required to submit an annual report that meets the minimum criteria as set forth in 23 CFR part 1200.35. This information will be contained in the annual report that is required to be submitted to NHTSA. The BIA IHSP will conduct an annual performance evaluation for each Highway Safety Project funded. Pursuant to 23 CFR part 1200.35, the evaluation will measure the actual accomplishments to the planned activity and how the project and activities funded contributed to the overall goal of the IHSP. Program staff will evaluate progress from baseline data as reported by the Tribe. BIA IHSP staff will evaluate the project on-site at the discretion of the IHSP Director. PO 00000 Frm 00127 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Dated: March 21, 2016. Lawrence S. Roberts, Acting Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. 2016–07634 Filed 4–1–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4337–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [NPS–SERO–NCPTT–20415; PPWOCRADS2][PCU00PT14.GT0000] Request for Nominations for the Preservation Technology and Training Board National Park Service, Interior. Request for nominations. AGENCY: ACTION: The National Park Service (NPS), U.S. Department of the Interior, proposes to appoint new members to the Preservation Technology and Training Board (Board). The NPS is requesting nominations for qualified persons to serve as members of the Board. DATES: Written nominations must be received by May 4, 2016. ADDRESSES: Kirk A. Cordell, Executive Director, National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, National Park Service, 645 University Parkway, Natchitoches, LA 71457, by telephone (318) 356–7444. In addition to U.S. mail or commercial delivery, written comments may be sent by fax to Mr. Cordell at (318) 356–9119, or submitted electronically on the center Web site: ncptt@nps.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kirk A. Cordell, Executive Director, National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, National Park Service, 645 University Parkway, Natchitoches, LA 71457, by telephone (318) 356–7444. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Board, established by Title IV, Section 404 of Public Law 102–575, October 30, 1992 (54 U.S.C. 305303), provides advice and professional oversight to the Secretary of the Interior and the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training regarding the activities of the Center. Established within the Department of the Interior, the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training is located at Northwestern State University of Louisiana in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Title IV, Section 404 of Public Law 102– 575, October 30, 1992, established the Board to provide advice and professional oversight to the Secretary of the Interior and the Center regarding the activities of the Center and to submit an annual report to the President and the Congress. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\04APN1.SGM 04APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Indian Affairs

[167A2100DD/AAKC001030/A0A501010.999900 253G]


Grant Availability to Federally Recognized Indian Tribes To 
Implement Traffic Safety Programs and Projects on Indian Reservations

AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice is intended to inform federally-recognized Indian 
Tribes of the application process and due date for the Indian Highway 
Safety Program for Fiscal Year 2017. In accordance with Federal law and 
as authorized by the Secretary of Transportation, the Bureau of Indian 
Affairs, through its Indian Highway Safety Program (IHSP), will make 
funds available to federally recognized Indian Tribes on an annual 
basis for implementing traffic safety programs and projects that are 
designed to reduce the number of traffic crashes, death, injuries and 
property damage within Indian country. All project applications 
received on or before the deadline will be reviewed and selected on a 
competitive basis.

DATES: IHSP mailed application packets to all Tribal leaders by 
February 15, 2016. Applications for program and/or project funds must 
be received on or before May 2, 2016. Applications not received by the 
IHSP by close of business on May 2, 2016, will not be considered and 
will be returned unopened.

ADDRESSES: Each Tribe must submit their application to the Bureau of 
Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services, Attention: Indian Highway 
Safety Program Director, 1001 Indian School NE., Suite 251, 
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tribes should direct questions or 
requests for copies of the application packet to: Kimberly Belone, 
Indian Highway Safety Program, 1001 Indian School NE., Suite 251, 
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104; telephone (505) 563-3900.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    The Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1973 (Pub. L. 93-87) provides for 
U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) funding, through the National 
Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to assist Indian Tribes 
in implementing traffic safety projects. Any program or project request 
must be designed to reduce the number of motor vehicle traffic crashes 
and their resulting fatalities, injuries, and property damage on Indian 
reservations and within Indian communities. Motor vehicle crashes are 
the leading cause of death to American Indians/Alaska Natives for ages 
1 to 44. Nationwide, 511 American Indians/Alaska Natives were killed in 
motor vehicle crashes in 2013. Of this total, 180 died on reservations. 
For additional American Indians/Alaska Natives fatality data, you can 
access the NHTSA fatality Web site at: http://www-

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nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/departments/nrd-30/ncsa/STSI/NA_Report.htm.
    This notice solicits applications from federally recognized Indian 
Tribes eligible to receive this assistance. Grant funds awarded to 
Tribes as a result of this announcement are reimbursed for eligible 
costs incurred under the terms of 23 U.S.C. 402 and subsequent 
amendments.

Responsibilities

    For the purposes of application of this grant and the collection 
and distribution of the funds, Indian reservations are collectively 
considered a ``State'' and the Secretary of the Interior is considered 
the ``Governor of a State.'' The Secretary of the Interior delegated 
the authority to administer the programs for all the Indian Tribes in 
the United States to the Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs. The 
Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs further delegated the 
responsibility for administration of the Indian Highway Safety Program 
to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services, located in 
Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Program Director of the IHSP has staff 
members available to provide program and technical assistance to Indian 
Tribes. The IHSP maintains contact with NHTSA with respect to program 
approval, funding, and technical assistance. NHTSA is responsible for 
ensuring that the IHSP is carried out in accordance with 23 CFR part 
1200 and other applicable Federal statutes and regulations.

National Priority Program Areas

    The following highway safety program areas have been identified as 
priority program areas eligible for funding under 23 CFR 1200.11 on 
Tribal lands:

a. Impaired driving
b. Occupant protection
c. Traffic records

    Other fundable program areas may be considered based upon well 
documented problem identification from the Tribes.

Indian Highway Safety Program Funding Areas

    Proposals are being solicited for the following program areas:
    1. Impaired Driving: Programs directed at reducing injuries and 
death attributed to impaired driving on the reservations such as: 
Selective traffic enforcement programs (STEP) to apprehend impaired 
drivers, specialized law enforcement training (such as standardized 
field sobriety testing), public information programs on alcohol/other 
drug use and driving, education programs for convicted DWI/DUI 
offenders, various youth alcohol education programs promoting traffic 
safety, DUI courts, and programs or projects directed toward judicial 
training. Proposals for projects that enhance the development and 
implementation of innovative programs to combat impaired driving are 
also solicited.
    2. Occupant Protection: Programs directed at decreasing injuries 
and deaths attributed to the lack of safety belt and child restraint 
usage such as: Surveys to determine usage rates and to identify high-
risk non-users, comprehensive programs to promote correct usage of 
child safety seats and other occupant restraints, enforcement of safety 
belt ordinances or laws, specialized training (e.g., Operation Kids, 
traffic occupant protection strategies (TOPS), Standardized Child 
Passenger Safety Technician Training), and evaluations.
    3. Traffic Records: Programs to help Tribes develop or update 
electronic traffic records systems which will assist with analysis of 
crash information, causational factors, and support joint efforts with 
other agencies to improve the Tribe's traffic records system.

Project Guidelines

    Each Tribe that would like to be considered for funding in FY 2017 
must fill out and submit the project application that was mailed to the 
Tribal leaders. Applications will adhere to the following guidelines:
    (1) Problem Identification. Highway traffic safety problems shall 
be based upon accurate Tribal data. Data should be complete and 
accurate and should show problems and/or trends. These data should be 
available in Tribal enforcement and traffic crash records.
    (2) Goals, Performance Measures and Strategies. Tribes must provide 
the overall goals of the project as well as a list of performance 
measures and strategies to be used to evaluate performance. All goals, 
performance measures and strategies must have base line numbers and 
will be expressed in clearly defined, time-framed, and measurable 
terms. (Example: To decrease alcohol related motor vehicle crashes by 
_% from the 2015 number of __ to __ by the end of FY17). Performance 
measures should be aggressive but attainable and based on available 
data and trends.
    (3) Training. Training identified in the application must relate 
directly to the project being proposed.
    (4) Equipment. Any equipment identified in the application must 
relate directly to the project being proposed.
    (5) Line Item Budget. The activities to be funded must be outlined 
in detail according to the following object groups: Personnel services; 
travel and training, operating costs and equipment. All Tribes applying 
for grants must attach a copy of the Tribe's indirect cost rate to the 
application.
    (6) Funding Requirements. With the enactment of the Fixing 
America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), the IHSP is required, 
in order to receive funds, to certify, on behalf of the Tribes, that 
the program will meet certain conditions and comply with all applicable 
rules and regulations for administering a highway safety program. In 
addition to program oversight and technical assistance, the BIA must 
certify that it will implement the following activities in support of 
national highway safety goals:
    a. Participate in the national law enforcement mobilizations;
    b. Encourage sustained enforcement of impaired driving, occupant 
protection and speeding;
    c. Conduct an annual safety belt survey in accordance with criteria 
established by the Secretary to measure safety belt usage rates; and
    d. Develop data systems to provide timely and effective data 
analysis to support allocation of highway traffic safety resources.
    (7) In order to comply with the provisions of the FAST Act and the 
State Certifications and Assurances, the IHSP will allocate funds on 
behalf of the Tribes to implement the provisions listed in (6) above. 
Copies of the State Certifications and Assurances are available upon 
request or at: http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?c=ecfr&rgn=div5&view=text&node=23:1.0.2.13.1&idno=23#ap23.1.1200_162.a.
    (8) Funding Length. Traffic safety program funding is designed 
primarily as the source of invention and motivation. As a result, all 
projects are funded for a 12 month period of time. This program is not 
intended for long term financial support of continuing and on-going 
operations.
    (9) Project monitoring length may exceed the grant period in the 
cases where distribution of purchase equipment is necessary.

Certifications

    A list of certifications is attached to the grant application and 
must be initialed to show acceptance by the Tribe. These certifications 
are required by the either the funding agency and/or the IHSP and 
include: Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act, 
Nondiscrimination, Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988, Equipment, Buy

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America Act, Political Activity (Hatch Act), Federal Lobbying, 
Restriction of State Lobbying, Lower Tier Certification, and Policy to 
Ban Text Messaging While Driving.

Submission Deadline

    Each Tribe must send its funding request on the appropriate 
application form to the BIA IHSP office in Albuquerque, New Mexico, by 
the close of business May 2, 2016. Request can be received by U.S. Mail 
or via email to: indian_highway_safety@bia.gov.

Selection Criteria

    A selection committee will review and evaluate each application 
requesting funding. Each member of the selection committee, by 
assigning points to the following four criteria, will rank each of the 
proposals based on the following criteria:
    Criterion (1), the General Information section will include 
information on the type of grant, location, population and size of 
reservation, type of law enforcement and pertinent contact information. 
(10 points maximum).
    Criterion (2), the strength of the Problem Identification based on 
verifiable, current and applicable data to indicate the extent of the 
traffic safety problem. (45 points maximum).
    Criterion (3), the quality of the proposed solution plan based on 
aggressive but attainable Performance Measures and Strategies. (35 
points maximum).
    Criterion (4), details on necessity and reasonableness of the 
budget requested. (10 points maximum).

Notification of the Selection

    Once the selection committee concludes its evaluation, it will 
notify those Tribes it recommends for participation and funding by 
letter. Upon notification, each selected Tribe must provide a duly 
authorized Tribal resolution. The resolution must be on file before 
grants funds can be expended by or reimbursed to the Tribe.

Notification of Non-Selection

    The Program Director will notify each Tribe of non-selection.

Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grant-In-Aid

    Uniform grant administration procedures have been established on a 
national basis for all grant-in-aid programs by the Office of 
Management and Budget under 2 CFR part 200 ``Uniform Administrative 
Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal 
Awards'' and the DOT under 2 CFR part 1201. NHTSA has codified uniform 
procedures for State Highway Safety Programs in 23 CFR part 1200. 2 CFR 
part 200 and the ``Highway Safety Grant Funding Guidance for NHTSA 
Field Administered Grants are the established cost principles 
applicable to grants and contracts through BIA and with Tribal 
governments. A copy of the Grant Funding Policy document can be 
obtained from the BIA IHSP office or at http://www.nhtsa.gov/About+NHTSA/Highway+Safety+Grant+Programs/HSGrantFunding_Guidance#_Toc363830148. The BIA IHSP office has been 
established and is designated to establish operating procedures 
consistent with the applicable provisions of these rules and any others 
that govern these grant funds.
    Auditing of Highway Safety Projects will be included in the Tribal 
A-133 single audit requirement. Copies of Tribal audits must be 
available for inspection by the highway safety program staff. Tribes 
must provide monthly program status reports and a corresponding 
reimbursement claim to the BIA Indian Highway Safety Program, 1001 
Indian School, Suite 251, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104, in order to be 
reimbursed for program costs. These are to be submitted no later than 
15 working days beyond the reporting month.

Project Monitoring

    During the program year, it is the responsibility of the BIA IHSP 
office to review the implementation of Tribal traffic safety plans and 
programs, monitor the progress of their activities and expenditures and 
provide technical assistance as needed. This assistance may be on-site, 
by telephone, and/or a review of monthly progress claims.

Project Evaluation

    Each project funded is required to submit an annual report that 
meets the minimum criteria as set forth in 23 CFR part 1200.35. This 
information will be contained in the annual report that is required to 
be submitted to NHTSA. The BIA IHSP will conduct an annual performance 
evaluation for each Highway Safety Project funded. Pursuant to 23 CFR 
part 1200.35, the evaluation will measure the actual accomplishments to 
the planned activity and how the project and activities funded 
contributed to the overall goal of the IHSP. Program staff will 
evaluate progress from baseline data as reported by the Tribe. BIA IHSP 
staff will evaluate the project on-site at the discretion of the IHSP 
Director.

    Dated: March 21, 2016.
Lawrence S. Roberts,
Acting Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs.
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