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Download as PDF 74862 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 208 / Thursday, October 27, 2016 / Notices sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES request, the military’s training and licensing programs could be accepted as SDLA programs; i.e., military licenses could be treated as equivalent to a CDL. The Advocates pointed out that the current skills test exemption in § 383.77 requires applicants to provide evidence that they were regularly employed within the last 90 days in a military position requiring the operation of a CMV. Advocates expressed concern that the Missouri DOR application did not include a similar experience requirement for ex-military personnel seeking a knowledge test exemption. Such a requirement should be included if the Agency grants the application to ensure that the knowledge obtained in the military has not diminished over an extended period of time. However, Advocates argues that making this exemption available to all 50 States and the District of Columbia is a permanent and material revision of Federal regulations that must be done through formal rulemaking allowing for review and comment by the public, including SDLAs. V. FMCSA Response FMCSA disagrees with the North Dakota Department of Transportation comments that this exemption should not be granted until there are assurances that military training in lieu of the State knowledge tests meets the requirements in 49 CFR 383.111. The training provided by these specialized military programs includes many hours of classroom training (typically based on FMCSA’s own regulations, including all of the elements of § 383.111), practical skills training, and on-the-road training, followed by actual driving in support of the military mission. There is no reason to believe that military training is deficient compared to the requirements of § 383.111. FMCSA further disagrees with the Minnesota Department of Motor Vehicle Safety’s suggestion that in lieu of granting this exemption request, the military’s licensing and training program should be accepted as an SDLA program. Such an action would first require extensive legal analysis and would be very complex in any case. The limited exemption approved today allows the States to waive the CDL knowledge test but does not require them to do so. The Agency expects few SDLAs to participate due to a lack of demand in their geographical areas and the administrative burden involved. However, because FMCSA cannot predict which State SDLAs may want to use this exemption, the Agency has made it available to all States. SDLAs that choose to participate will be able to VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:43 Oct 26, 2016 Jkt 241001 establish their own administrative procedures to implement the exemption, e.g., policies for acceptable documentation showing that the applicant has received the required military heavy-vehicle operation training, and has been employed in the past year in a position requiring such duties. Although Missouri used the term ‘‘veterans’’ in its application, to add clarity and be consistent with similar programs, we have expanded the eligibility to include ‘‘current or former members of the military services (including Reserve and National Guard units), who have been regularly employed within the last year in a military position that requires operation of large trucks, and have received formal military training for that duty.’’ This is consistent with comments filed by Advocates. VI. FMCSA Decision VII. Terms and Conditions The following are the Terms and Conditions of this exemption: (1) SDLAs may, at their discretion, issue CLP/CDLs to qualifying applicants as described below, without these applicants being required to complete the knowledge test required by 49 CFR 383.71(a)(2)(ii). (2) ‘‘Qualifying applicants’’ must: (a) Be current or former members of the military services (including Reserve and National Guard units), (b) Have been regularly employed within the year prior to application in a military position that requires operation of large trucks, and (c) Have received formal military training for that duty. Frm 00101 Fmt 4703 Issued on: October 20, 2016. T.F. Scott Darling, III, Administrator. [FR Doc. 2016–25965 Filed 10–26–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2016–0325] Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program Multiyear Plans Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice: Request for comments. AGENCY: The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act requires the Secretary to prescribe procedures for a State to submit multiple-year plans for the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) grants. FMCSA seeks information to improve development and implementation of multiple-year plans. SUMMARY: FMCSA has evaluated Missouri DOR’s application and the public comments and decided to grant the exemption. FMCSA agrees with the reasons for the request made by the Missouri DOR. The two primary reasons were that the training provided by these specialized military programs includes many hours of classroom training, practical skills training, and on-the-road training that are essential for safe driving. In addition, the hours of training in these programs is in excess of the training proposed in FMCSA’s own entry-level driver training rule (81 FR 11944, March 7, 2016), and is comparable to the skills needed to pass the AAMVA CDL test model. FMCSA has concluded that the exemption would likely achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to or greater than the level that would be achieved absent such exemption, in accordance with § 381.305(a). PO 00000 (3) Participating SDLAs may establish their own requirements and administrative procedures for verifying the eligibility of applicants. Sfmt 4703 Responses to these questions must be received on or before November 28, 2016. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Docket ID FMCSA– 2016–0325 using any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001. • Hand Delivery or Courier: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. • Fax: 1–202–493–2251. Each submission must include the Agency name and the docket number for this notice. Note that DOT posts all comments received without change to www.regulations.gov, including any personal information included in a comment. Please see the Privacy Act heading below. Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments, go to www.regulations.gov at any time or visit Room W12–140 on the DATES: E:\FR\FM\27OCN1.SGM 27OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 208 / Thursday, October 27, 2016 / Notices ground level of the West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The on-line FDMS is available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. If you want acknowledgment that we received your comments, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope or postcard or print the acknowledgement page that appears after submitting comments on-line. Privacy Act: In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments from the public to better inform its rulemaking process. DOT posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information the commenter provides, to www.regulations.gov, as described in the system of records notice (DOT/ALL–14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at www.dot.gov/privacy. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Thomas Liberatore, Chief, State Programs Division, FMCSA, (202) 366– 3030 or by email at Thomas.Liberatore@ dot.gov. Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., E.T., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Public Participation and Request for Comments FMCSA encourages you to participate by submitting comments and related materials. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Submitting Comments If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this notice (FMCSA–2016–0325), indicate the specific section of this document to which each comment applies, and provide a reason for each suggestion or recommendation. You may submit your comments and material online or by fax, mail, or hand delivery, but please use only one of these means. FMCSA recommends that you include your name and a mailing address, an email address, or a phone number in the body of your document so the Agency can contact you if it has questions regarding your submission. To submit your comment online, go to http://www.regulations.gov and put the docket number, ‘‘FMCSA–2016–0325’’ in the ‘‘Keyword’’ box, and click ‘‘Search.’’ When the new screen appears, click on ‘‘Comment Now!’’ button and type your comment into the text box in the following screen. Choose whether you are submitting your comment as an individual or on behalf of a third party and then submit. If you submit your comments by mail or hand delivery, submit them in an unbound format, no larger than 81⁄2 by 11 inches, VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:43 Oct 26, 2016 Jkt 241001 suitable for copying and electronic filing. If you submit comments by mail and would like to know that they reached the facility, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard or envelope. FMCSA will consider all comments and material received during the comment period and may change this notice based on your comments. Viewing Comments and Documents To view comments, as well as documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov and insert the docket number, ‘‘FMCSA–2016– 0325’’ in the ‘‘Keyword’’ box and click ‘‘Search.’’ Next, click ‘‘Open Docket Folder’’ button and choose the document listed to review. If you do not have access to the Internet, you may view the docket online by visiting the Docket Management Facility in Room W12–140 on the ground floor of the DOT West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Background As prescribed in the FAST Act, the goal of the MCSAP is to ensure that there is a partnership to establish programs to improve motor carrier, commercial motor vehicle (CMV), and driver safety to support a safe and efficient surface transportation system. MCSAP makes targeted investments to promote CMV safety, including the transportation of passengers and hazardous materials. FMCSA encourages the States and Territories to invest in activities likely to maximize reductions in the number and severity of CMV crashes and fatalities resulting from such crashes. This is accomplished by adopting and enforcing effective motor carrier, CMV, and driver safety regulations and practices consistent with Federal requirements, assessing and improving statewide performance by setting program goals, and meeting performance standards, measures, and benchmarks. Since Fiscal Year (FY) 1983, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), FMCSA’s predecessor agency, or FMCSA have awarded MCSAP funds annually to the States after submission of a satisfactory Commercial Vehicle Safety Plan (CVSP). Pursuant to FMCSA regulation, CVSPs are due to the Agency on August 1 of the fiscal year preceding the requested funds. Often safety initiatives can only be properly evaluated after lengthy implementation periods. The removal of the annual CVSP requirement is PO 00000 Frm 00102 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 74863 intended to provide States/Territories with additional flexibility to continue these initiatives for a longer period, such that funding can be appropriate requested and CMV crash reduction benefits can be documented. In addition, the use of multiple-year plans will reduce the States’/Territories’ administrative burdens associated with submitting the plan each year. With implementation of multi-year plans, an annual, full submission of the CVSP will no longer be required. Only annual data and budget updates might be needed, depending on changes in the States’/Territories’ operations and/or annual MCSAP funding allocation. It is noted that the period of performance for MCSAP grants did not change under the FAST Act, so MCSAP funding will continue to be available to the State/Territory for the fiscal year of award and for the next fiscal year. FMCSA codified the FAST Act changes to remove the annual requirements for the plan in the final rule titled, ‘‘Amendments to Implement Grants Provisions of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act.’’ This rule was published in the Federal Register on October 14, 2016 [81 FR 71002]. Additionally, the FAST Act requires that FMCSA publish each approved State/Territory multiple-year plan, and each annual update thereto, on a publically accessible Internet Web site of the Department of Transportation not later than 30 days after the date the Secretary approves the plan or update. 49 U.S.C. 311029(c)(3). Questions To assist FMCSA in developing the information technology system, form, and procedures for submission of a multiple-year plan, FMCSA requests information primarily from the MCSAP agencies responsible for developing and submitting the plan in response to the following questions: 1. How many years should a multiyear plan cover (i.e., 2 years, 3 years, 5 years, etc.)? Please explain and provide a rationale for the specific length of time between full plans. 2. Should the length (e.g., 2 years, 3 years, etc.) of a multi-year plan be fixed for all States/Territories or should States/Territories be able to vary the length? Please explain. 3. How many years long is the State’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP)? Should the CVSP be aligned with length of the SHSP? Please explain. 4. Can your State/Territory provide complete and accurate data to support a performance-based, multi-year plan? If so, how many years? E:\FR\FM\27OCN1.SGM 27OCN1 sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES 74864 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 208 / Thursday, October 27, 2016 / Notices 5. What data elements, certifications, and documents required under 49 CFR part 350 should be revised from or added to the current CVSP format to capture multiple years (e.g., State certification, etc.)? Please explain how they should be revised. 6. Would your State/Territory be confident submitting a multi-year plan knowing that FMCSA’s program authorizations (i.e., U.S. Congressional legislation that continues one or more programs) are expiring in the next year? Two Years? If so or if not, please explain. 7. Should a State/Territory be required to submit a full application on Grants.gov only once for a multi-year plan or annually? Please explain. 8. Should FMCSA institute the multiyear CVSP at one time for all States/ Territories, or is a phased-in approach, with a proportionate number of States submitting such plans over the time period of the multi-year plan (e.g., half of States over a two-year plan, a third of States for a three-year plan, etc.), be a more advantageous implementation method? Please explain. 9. Are there other factors, concerns and/or elements that FMCSA should consider in the implementation of multi-year plans? Please provide specifics regarding these additional considerations. 10. In moving to a multi-year CVSP with annual updates, in order to enhance usability of the electronic CVSP (eCVSP) application, what additional features should FMCSA add? Please be specific in providing recommendations for additional features. 11. FMCSA is considering requiring certain CVSP data fields to be validated or updated annually. Examples of such data fields include prior-year activity objectives, current-year activity goals, current-year spending plans, etc. What additional data fields do you believe should be updated annually and why? 12. Should the annual update be a mechanism within the eCVSP tool’s multi-year CVSP or a completely separate module with the eCVSP tool? Please explain. 13. What data elements and documents should be revised from, or added to, the current CVSP format to capture the annual update? Please explain how they should be revised. 14. Should the FMCSA require States/ Territories to provide detailed spending plans or only require grantees to estimate their costs utilizing the SF– 424A budget categories for the multiyear plan and annual update in the eCVSP tool? Please explain how your VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:43 Oct 26, 2016 Jkt 241001 preference would enhance the CVSP planning process. After consideration of the information received in response to this notice, FMCSA will prescribe the procedures required by the FAST Act through a future Federal Register notice. Issued on: October 20, 2016. T.F. Scott Darling, III, Administrator. [FR Doc. 2016–25980 Filed 10–26–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration [Docket Number FRA–2016–0098] Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System In accordance with part 235 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations and 49 U.S.C. 20502(a), this document provides the public notice that by a document dated October 3, 2016, CSX Transportation (CSX) petitioned the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) seeking approval for the discontinuance or modification of a signal system. FRA assigned the petition Docket Number FRA–2016–0098. Applicant: CSX Transportation, Mr. Jody Cox, Chief Engineer, Communications & Signals, 500 Water Street, Speed Code J–350, Jacksonville, FL 32202 CSX proposes to retire CSX rules for Control Point (CP) 511, Traffic Control (TC) 510, and Yard Limit (YL–S) 508 on all tracks and operate under Rule 502, Other Than Main Track, between Milepost (MP) CA–664.9 and RH West MP BB–4.7, on the Cincinnati Terminal Subdivision, Louisville Division, Cincinnati, OH. All existing power switches would remain in place, controlled by the yard master, and all existing signals would be retired and replaced with switch position indicators. In support of its request, CSX indicates the signal system, CSX rules TC–510 and YL–S 508, is no longer needed for present-day operation. A copy of the petition, as well as any written communications concerning the petition, is available for review online at www.regulations.gov and in person at the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Docket Operations Facility, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., W12–140, Washington, DC 20590. The Docket Operations Facility is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. PO 00000 Frm 00103 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 Interested parties are invited to participate in these proceedings by submitting written views, data, or comments. FRA does not anticipate scheduling a public hearing in connection with these proceedings since the facts do not appear to warrant a hearing. If any interested party desires an opportunity for oral comment, they should notify FRA, in writing, before the end of the comment period and specify the basis for their request. All communications concerning these proceedings should identify the appropriate docket number and may be submitted by any of the following methods: • Web site: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: 202–493–2251. • Mail: Docket Operations Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., W12–140, Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. Communications received by December 12, 2016 will be considered by FRA before final action is taken. Comments received after that date will be considered as far as practicable. Anyone is able to search the electronic form of any written communications and comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the document, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments from the public to better inform its processes. DOT posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information the commenter provides, to www.regulations.gov as described in the system of records notice (DOT/ALL–14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at www.dot.gov/privacy. See also https:// www.regulations.gov/privacyNotice for the privacy notice of regulations.gov. Robert C. Lauby, Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety, Chief Safety Officer. [FR Doc. 2016–25975 Filed 10–26–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–06–P E:\FR\FM\27OCN1.SGM 27OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2016-0325]


Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program Multiyear Plans

AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice: Request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act 
requires the Secretary to prescribe procedures for a State to submit 
multiple-year plans for the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program 
(MCSAP) grants. FMCSA seeks information to improve development and 
implementation of multiple-year plans.

DATES: Responses to these questions must be received on or before 
November 28, 2016.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket 
Management System (FDMS) Docket ID FMCSA-2016-0325 using any of the 
following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.
     Mail: Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of 
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, 
Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
     Hand Delivery or Courier: West Building Ground Floor, Room 
W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 
5 p.m., ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays.
     Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
    Each submission must include the Agency name and the docket number 
for this notice. Note that DOT posts all comments received without 
change to www.regulations.gov, including any personal information 
included in a comment. Please see the Privacy Act heading below.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments, go to www.regulations.gov at any time or visit Room W12-140 
on the

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ground level of the West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., 
Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., ET, Monday through Friday, 
except Federal holidays. The on-line FDMS is available 24 hours each 
day, 365 days each year. If you want acknowledgment that we received 
your comments, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope or 
postcard or print the acknowledgement page that appears after 
submitting comments on-line.
    Privacy Act: In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits 
comments from the public to better inform its rulemaking process. DOT 
posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information 
the commenter provides, to www.regulations.gov, as described in the 
system of records notice (DOT/ALL-14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at 
www.dot.gov/privacy.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Thomas Liberatore, Chief, State 
Programs Division, FMCSA, (202) 366-3030 or by email at 
Thomas.Liberatore@dot.gov. Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 
p.m., E.T., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Public Participation and Request for Comments

    FMCSA encourages you to participate by submitting comments and 
related materials.

Submitting Comments

    If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this 
notice (FMCSA-2016-0325), indicate the specific section of this 
document to which each comment applies, and provide a reason for each 
suggestion or recommendation. You may submit your comments and material 
online or by fax, mail, or hand delivery, but please use only one of 
these means. FMCSA recommends that you include your name and a mailing 
address, an email address, or a phone number in the body of your 
document so the Agency can contact you if it has questions regarding 
your submission.
    To submit your comment online, go to http://www.regulations.gov and 
put the docket number, ``FMCSA-2016-0325'' in the ``Keyword'' box, and 
click ``Search.'' When the new screen appears, click on ``Comment 
Now!'' button and type your comment into the text box in the following 
screen. Choose whether you are submitting your comment as an individual 
or on behalf of a third party and then submit. If you submit your 
comments by mail or hand delivery, submit them in an unbound format, no 
larger than 8\1/2\ by 11 inches, suitable for copying and electronic 
filing. If you submit comments by mail and would like to know that they 
reached the facility, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard 
or envelope.
    FMCSA will consider all comments and material received during the 
comment period and may change this notice based on your comments.

Viewing Comments and Documents

    To view comments, as well as documents mentioned in this preamble 
as being available in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov and 
insert the docket number, ``FMCSA-2016-0325'' in the ``Keyword'' box 
and click ``Search.'' Next, click ``Open Docket Folder'' button and 
choose the document listed to review. If you do not have access to the 
Internet, you may view the docket online by visiting the Docket 
Management Facility in Room W12-140 on the ground floor of the DOT West 
Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 
a.m. and 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

Background

    As prescribed in the FAST Act, the goal of the MCSAP is to ensure 
that there is a partnership to establish programs to improve motor 
carrier, commercial motor vehicle (CMV), and driver safety to support a 
safe and efficient surface transportation system. MCSAP makes targeted 
investments to promote CMV safety, including the transportation of 
passengers and hazardous materials. FMCSA encourages the States and 
Territories to invest in activities likely to maximize reductions in 
the number and severity of CMV crashes and fatalities resulting from 
such crashes. This is accomplished by adopting and enforcing effective 
motor carrier, CMV, and driver safety regulations and practices 
consistent with Federal requirements, assessing and improving statewide 
performance by setting program goals, and meeting performance 
standards, measures, and benchmarks.
    Since Fiscal Year (FY) 1983, the Federal Highway Administration 
(FHWA), FMCSA's predecessor agency, or FMCSA have awarded MCSAP funds 
annually to the States after submission of a satisfactory Commercial 
Vehicle Safety Plan (CVSP). Pursuant to FMCSA regulation, CVSPs are due 
to the Agency on August 1 of the fiscal year preceding the requested 
funds.
    Often safety initiatives can only be properly evaluated after 
lengthy implementation periods. The removal of the annual CVSP 
requirement is intended to provide States/Territories with additional 
flexibility to continue these initiatives for a longer period, such 
that funding can be appropriate requested and CMV crash reduction 
benefits can be documented. In addition, the use of multiple-year plans 
will reduce the States'/Territories' administrative burdens associated 
with submitting the plan each year. With implementation of multi-year 
plans, an annual, full submission of the CVSP will no longer be 
required. Only annual data and budget updates might be needed, 
depending on changes in the States'/Territories' operations and/or 
annual MCSAP funding allocation.
    It is noted that the period of performance for MCSAP grants did not 
change under the FAST Act, so MCSAP funding will continue to be 
available to the State/Territory for the fiscal year of award and for 
the next fiscal year.
    FMCSA codified the FAST Act changes to remove the annual 
requirements for the plan in the final rule titled, ``Amendments to 
Implement Grants Provisions of the Fixing America's Surface 
Transportation Act.'' This rule was published in the Federal Register 
on October 14, 2016 [81 FR 71002].
    Additionally, the FAST Act requires that FMCSA publish each 
approved State/Territory multiple-year plan, and each annual update 
thereto, on a publically accessible Internet Web site of the Department 
of Transportation not later than 30 days after the date the Secretary 
approves the plan or update. 49 U.S.C. 311029(c)(3).

Questions

    To assist FMCSA in developing the information technology system, 
form, and procedures for submission of a multiple-year plan, FMCSA 
requests information primarily from the MCSAP agencies responsible for 
developing and submitting the plan in response to the following 
questions:
    1. How many years should a multi-year plan cover (i.e., 2 years, 3 
years, 5 years, etc.)? Please explain and provide a rationale for the 
specific length of time between full plans.
    2. Should the length (e.g., 2 years, 3 years, etc.) of a multi-year 
plan be fixed for all States/Territories or should States/Territories 
be able to vary the length? Please explain.
    3. How many years long is the State's Strategic Highway Safety Plan 
(SHSP)? Should the CVSP be aligned with length of the SHSP? Please 
explain.
    4. Can your State/Territory provide complete and accurate data to 
support a performance-based, multi-year plan? If so, how many years?

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    5. What data elements, certifications, and documents required under 
49 CFR part 350 should be revised from or added to the current CVSP 
format to capture multiple years (e.g., State certification, etc.)? 
Please explain how they should be revised.
    6. Would your State/Territory be confident submitting a multi-year 
plan knowing that FMCSA's program authorizations (i.e., U.S. 
Congressional legislation that continues one or more programs) are 
expiring in the next year? Two Years? If so or if not, please explain.
    7. Should a State/Territory be required to submit a full 
application on Grants.gov only once for a multi-year plan or annually? 
Please explain.
    8. Should FMCSA institute the multi-year CVSP at one time for all 
States/Territories, or is a phased-in approach, with a proportionate 
number of States submitting such plans over the time period of the 
multi-year plan (e.g., half of States over a two-year plan, a third of 
States for a three-year plan, etc.), be a more advantageous 
implementation method? Please explain.
    9. Are there other factors, concerns and/or elements that FMCSA 
should consider in the implementation of multi-year plans? Please 
provide specifics regarding these additional considerations.
    10. In moving to a multi-year CVSP with annual updates, in order to 
enhance usability of the electronic CVSP (eCVSP) application, what 
additional features should FMCSA add? Please be specific in providing 
recommendations for additional features.
    11. FMCSA is considering requiring certain CVSP data fields to be 
validated or updated annually. Examples of such data fields include 
prior-year activity objectives, current-year activity goals, current-
year spending plans, etc. What additional data fields do you believe 
should be updated annually and why?
    12. Should the annual update be a mechanism within the eCVSP tool's 
multi-year CVSP or a completely separate module with the eCVSP tool? 
Please explain.
    13. What data elements and documents should be revised from, or 
added to, the current CVSP format to capture the annual update? Please 
explain how they should be revised.
    14. Should the FMCSA require States/Territories to provide detailed 
spending plans or only require grantees to estimate their costs 
utilizing the SF-424A budget categories for the multi-year plan and 
annual update in the eCVSP tool? Please explain how your preference 
would enhance the CVSP planning process.
    After consideration of the information received in response to this 
notice, FMCSA will prescribe the procedures required by the FAST Act 
through a future Federal Register notice.

    Issued on: October 20, 2016.
T.F. Scott Darling, III,
Administrator.
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