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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 101 / Friday, May 26, 2017 / Notices III. Request for Comments In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA requests public comment from all interested persons on the exemption petitions described in this notice. We will consider all comments received before the close of business on the closing date indicated in the date section of the notice. FMCSA notes that section 4129 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible and Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users requires the Secretary to revise its diabetes exemption program established on September 3, 2003 (68 FR 52441).1 The revision must provide for individual assessment of drivers with diabetes mellitus, and be consistent with the criteria described in section 4018 of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (49 U.S.C. 31305). Section 4129 requires: (1) Elimination of the requirement for 3 years of experience operating CMVs while being treated with insulin; and (2) establishment of a specified minimum period of insulin use to demonstrate stable control of diabetes before being allowed to operate a CMV. In response to section 4129, FMCSA made immediate revisions to the diabetes exemption program established by the September 3, 2003 notice. FMCSA discontinued use of the 3-year driving experience and fulfilled the requirements of section 4129 while continuing to ensure that operation of CMVs by drivers with ITDM will achieve the requisite level of safety required of all exemptions granted under 49 U.S.C. 31136 (e). Section 4129(d) also directed FMCSA to ensure that drivers of CMVs with ITDM are not held to a higher standard than other drivers, with the exception of limited operating, monitoring and medical requirements that are deemed medically necessary. The FMCSA concluded that all of the operating, monitoring and medical requirements set out in the September 3, 2003 notice, except as modified, were in compliance with section 4129(d). Therefore, all of the requirements set out in the September 3, 2003 notice, except as modified by the notice in the Federal Register on November 8, 2005 (70 FR 67777), remain in effect. IV. Submitting Comments You may submit your comments and material online or by fax, mail, or hand delivery, but please use only one of 1 Section 4129(a) refers to the 2003 notice as a ‘‘final rule.’’ However, the 2003 notice did not issue a ‘‘final rule’’ but did establish the procedures and standards for issuing exemptions for drivers with ITDM. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:14 May 25, 2017 Jkt 241001 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 that FMCSA can contact you if there are questions regarding your submission. To submit your comment online, go to http://www.regulations.gov and in the search box insert the docket number FMCSA–2017–0036 and click the search button. When the new screen appears, click on the blue ‘‘Comment Now!’’ button on the right hand side of the page. On the new page, enter information required including the specific section of this document to which each comment applies, and provide a reason for each suggestion or recommendation. If you submit your comments by mail or hand delivery, submit them in an unbound format, no larger than 81⁄2 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, selfaddressed postcard or envelope. We will consider all comments and material received during the comment period. FMCSA may issue a final determination at any time after the close of the comment period. V. Viewing Comments and Documents To view comments, as well as any documents mentioned in this preamble, go to http://www.regulations.gov and in the search box insert the docket number FMCSA–2017–0036 and click ‘‘Search.’’ Next, click ‘‘Open Docket Folder’’ and you will find all documents and comments related to this notice. Issued on: May 18, 2017. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2017–10764 Filed 5–25–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology; University Transportation Centers (UTC) Program, Competition for Regions 1, 2, and 3 Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology (OST–R), DOT. ACTION: Notice of Funding Availability. AGENCY: The United States Department of Transportation (the Department) is publishing this notice to give eligible nonprofit institutions of higher learning in Standard Federal Regions 1, 2, and 3 advance notice that they will have an SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00171 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 24445 opportunity to submit, through a recompetition, grant applications as a Regional Center, for Standard Federal Regions 1, 2 and 3, in the University Transportation Centers (UTCs) program (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance number 20.701). Funds for this grant program were authorized beginning on October 1, 2015. In the near future, the Department, via the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology (OST–R), will release a grant solicitation through Grants.gov, and the UTC Program’s Web site, http:// utc.dot.gov, describing the competition and deadlines for applications. Proposals will be evaluated through a competitive process on the basis of demonstrated ability, research, technology transfer and education resources, leadership, multimodal research capability, commitment to transportation workforce development programs, dissemination of results, and the use of peer review, cost effectiveness and partnerships to advance diversity. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Kevin Womack, Director, Office of Research, Development and Technology, mail code RDT–10, OST–R, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. Telephone Number (405) 954–7312 or Email: Kevin.Womack@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Table of Contents I. Background II. Eligibility III. Matching Requirements IV. Application Process V. Program Funding and Award VI. Use of Grant Funds I. Background The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act; Pub. L. 114–94, Sec. 6002(a)(5); December 4, 2015) authorizes $72.5 million for Federal fiscal year (FY) 2016, $75 million for FY 2017 and FY 2018, and $77.5 million for FY 2019 and FY 2020 for up to 35 competitive grants for UTCs. The FY 2016 through FY 2020 funds are subject to appropriations and to an annual obligation limitation. The amount of budget authority available in a given year may be less than the amount authorized for that fiscal year. The FAST Act authorizes the Secretary of Transportation to make grants to eligible nonprofit institutions of higher education to establish and operate UTCs. Nonprofit institutions of higher education may include qualifying two-year institutions (20 U.S.C. 1001(a)). OST–R will manage the UTC Program for the Department. The E:\FR\FM\26MYN1.SGM 26MYN1 24446 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 101 / Friday, May 26, 2017 / Notices Department will solicit competitive grant applications for three Regional University Transportation Centers, one each in Standard Federal Regions 1, 2, and 3. Previously, the Department solicited competitive grant applications for these three regions; however, the Department did not select any of the submitted applications. UTCs will be selected by the Secretary, in consultation as appropriate with the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology, and the Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration and other modal administrators as appropriate. (49 U.S.C. 5505(b)(4)(B) as amended by Pub. L. 114–94, Sec. 6016). The Department plans to competitively select three Regional UTCs, one in each Standard Federal Regions 1, 2, and 3, with an initial annual award ofup to $2,570,600 each. The role of each UTC is to advance transportation expertise and technology in the varied disciplines that comprise the field of transportation through education, research, and technology transfer activities; to provide for a critical transportation knowledge base outside of the Department of Transportation; and to address critical workforce needs and educate the next generation of transportation leaders. year institutions may be members of a consortium if they meet the definition of ‘‘institution of higher learning’’ in 20 U.S.C. 1001(a). The grantee institution (lead institution of a consortium of institutions) will be the direct and primary recipient of UTC program funds. The grantee institution must perform a substantive role in carrying out UTC activities, and not serve merely as a conduit for awards to other parties. Applicants are reminded of the following restriction (49 U.S.C. 5505(b)(2)(A) as amended by Public Law 114–94, § 6016): A lead institution of a consortium of nonprofit institutions of higher education may only receive one grant per fiscal year for each type of Center. Thus, a lead institution may receive grants as a National Center, a Regional Center, and a Tier 1 Center, but not more than one grant in each category. II. Eligibility A UTC must be located in the United States or territories. A change in the UTC Program from prior authorizations is that each UTC must be a consortium of two or more nonprofit institutions of higher learning (49 U.S.C. 5505(b)(1) as amended by Public Law 114–94, § 6016). A Regional UTC must be located in the region for which the grant is sought. (49 U.S.C. 5505(c)(3)(B)(ii) as amended by Pub. L. 114–94, § 6016). All members of a Regional UTC consortium must be located in the region for which the grant is sought. For Region 1, the eligible states are: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. For Region 2, the eligible states/territories are: New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For Region 3, the eligible states are: Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Institutions may collaborate with state and local departments of transportation, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, the private sector and non-governmental organizations; however, these organizations or others that are not U.S. nonprofit institutions of higher learning may not be considered members of a consortium. A change from previous UTC Program competitions is that two- IV. Application Process VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:14 May 25, 2017 Jkt 241001 Ill. Matching Requirements Each UTC is required to obtain matching funds from non-federal sources. The amount of matching funds required for a Regional UTC is 100 percent of the Federal award. The matching amounts may include the amounts made available to a grant recipient under 23 U.S.C. 504(b) or 505. Full and Open Competition. The Department will conduct the UTC program selection based on principles of full and open competition. Three Regional Centers will be selected from the pool of applicants. Subject Matter Focus. A change to the UTC Program in this competition is that applicants must address the following selected research priorities taken from section 6503, Subtitle III of title 49 as amended by Public Law 114–94, § 6016: A. Improving mobility of people and goods; B. Reducing congestion; C. Promoting safety; D. Improving the durability and extending the life of transportation infrastructure; and E. Preserving the existing transportation system. The Secretary has selected nonexclusive candidate topic areas that will fall within these priority areas. Each UTC will be awarded a grant based on its ability to address one of the priorities and the topic areas that fall within the priority area selected. Regional UTCs: One UTC will be selected in each of Standard Federal Regions 1, 2, and 3. Regional UTCs are required to focus on transportation research and education (49 U.S.C. 5505(c)(3)(B) as amended by Pub. L. PO 00000 Frm 00172 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 114–94, § 6016). Regional UTCs must be able to conduct research in an area of focus from among nonexclusive candidate topic areas established by the Secretary that address the research priorities identified in section 6503, Subtitle III of title 49 as amended by Public Law 114–94, § 6016. An applicant for a Regional UTC must designate the region in which it is applying. Selection criteria. The Department will evaluate and select UTC applicants based on the nine selection criteria outlined in the FAST Act: ‘‘(i) the demonstrated ability of the recipient to address each specific topic area described in the research and strategic plans of the recipient; ‘‘(ii) the demonstrated research, technology transfer, and education resources available to the recipient to carry out this section; ‘‘(iii) the ability of the recipient to provide leadership in solving immediate and longrange national and regional transportation problems; ‘‘(iv) the ability of the recipient to carry out research, education, and technology transfer activities that are multimodal and multidisciplinary in scope; ‘‘(v) the demonstrated commitment of the recipient to carry out transportation worliforce development programs through‘‘(!) degree-granting programs or programs that provide other industry-recognized credentials; and ‘‘(II) outreach activities to attract new entrants into the transportation field including women and underrepresented populations; ‘‘(vi) the demonstrated ability of the recipient to disseminate results and spur the implementation of transportation research and education programs through national or statewide continuing education programs; ‘‘(vii) the demonstrated commitment ofthe recipient to the use of peer review principles and other research best practices in the selection, management, and dissemination of research projects; ‘‘(viii) the strategic plan submitted by the recipient describing the proposed research to be carried out by the recipient and the performance metrics to be used in assessing the performance of the recipient in meeting the stated research, technology transfer, education, and outreach goals; and ‘‘(ix) the ability of the recipient to implement the proposed program in a costefficient manner, such as through cost sharing and overall reduced overhead, facilities, and administrative costs. ’’ (49 U.S.C. 5505(b)(4)(B) as amended by Pub. L. 114–94, § 6016). The following additional selection criteria also apply to Regional UTCs: Regional UTCs. The lead institution in a Regional consortium must have a well-established, nationally recognized program in research and education, as shown by: (i) recent expenditures by the institution in highway or public transportation research; E:\FR\FM\26MYN1.SGM 26MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 101 / Friday, May 26, 2017 / Notices (ii) a historical track record of awarding graduate degrees in professional fields closely related to highways and public transportation; and (iii) an experienced faculty who specialize in professional fields closely related to highways and public transportation. (49 U.S.C. 5505(c)(3)(B) (iii) as amended by Pub. L. 114–94, § 6016). Past Performance. The Department is required by 2 CFR part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, Section 205, to review risk posed by applicants. This may be done through such publicly available information collections as the System for Award Management (SAM.gov) and/ or through specifically collected information about the applicant’s record in managing Federal awards. External Stakeholders. The Department will consult with external stakeholders (including the Transportation Research Board ofthe National Academy of Sciences, among others), to the maximum extent practicable, to evaluate and review all proposals. (49 U.S.C. 5505(b)(6) as amended by Pub. L. 114–94, § 6016). V. Program Funding and Award UTCs will be selected by the Secretary, in consultation as appropriate with the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology, the Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration and other modal administrators as appropriate. Awards will be made no later than December 4, 2017, with Federal FY 2016 funds awarded at that time. Subsequent Federal FY 2017–FY 2020 funding will be awarded approximately annually after that date, subject to availability of funds and grantee compliance with grant terms and conditions. VI. Use of Grant Funds Grantees will have until September 30, 2023 to expend all funds, assuming availability of annual appropriations. Issued in Washington, DC, on May 23, 2017. Elaine L. Chao, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–10927 Filed 5–25–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–9X–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:14 May 25, 2017 Jkt 241001 DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Internal Revenue Service Proposed Collection; Comment Request for Forms 1065, 1065–B, 1066, 1120, 1120–C, 1120–F, 1120–FSC, 1120–H, 1120–L, 1120–ND, 1120–PC, 1120–POL, 1120–S, 1120–SF, 1120– REIT, 1120–RIC, and Related Attachments Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. 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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION


Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology; 
University Transportation Centers (UTC) Program, Competition for 
Regions 1, 2, and 3

AGENCY: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology 
(OST-R), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of Funding Availability.

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SUMMARY: The United States Department of Transportation (the 
Department) is publishing this notice to give eligible nonprofit 
institutions of higher learning in Standard Federal Regions 1, 2, and 3 
advance notice that they will have an opportunity to submit, through a 
re-competition, grant applications as a Regional Center, for Standard 
Federal Regions 1, 2 and 3, in the University Transportation Centers 
(UTCs) program (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance number 20.701).
    Funds for this grant program were authorized beginning on October 
1, 2015. In the near future, the Department, via the Office of the 
Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology (OST-R), will release a 
grant solicitation through Grants.gov, and the UTC Program's Web site, 
http://utc.dot.gov, describing the competition and deadlines for 
applications. Proposals will be evaluated through a competitive process 
on the basis of demonstrated ability, research, technology transfer and 
education resources, leadership, multimodal research capability, 
commitment to transportation workforce development programs, 
dissemination of results, and the use of peer review, cost 
effectiveness and partnerships to advance diversity.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Kevin Womack, Director, Office of 
Research, Development and Technology, mail code RDT-10, OST-R, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. Telephone Number (405) 954-
7312 or Email: Kevin.Womack@dot.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Table of Contents

I. Background
II. Eligibility
III. Matching Requirements
IV. Application Process
V. Program Funding and Award
VI. Use of Grant Funds

I. Background

    The Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act; Pub. L. 
114-94, Sec. 6002(a)(5); December 4, 2015) authorizes $72.5 million for 
Federal fiscal year (FY) 2016, $75 million for FY 2017 and FY 2018, and 
$77.5 million for FY 2019 and FY 2020 for up to 35 competitive grants 
for UTCs. The FY 2016 through FY 2020 funds are subject to 
appropriations and to an annual obligation limitation. The amount of 
budget authority available in a given year may be less than the amount 
authorized for that fiscal year.
    The FAST Act authorizes the Secretary of Transportation to make 
grants to eligible nonprofit institutions of higher education to 
establish and operate UTCs. Nonprofit institutions of higher education 
may include qualifying two-year institutions (20 U.S.C. 1001(a)). OST-R 
will manage the UTC Program for the Department. The

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Department will solicit competitive grant applications for three 
Regional University Transportation Centers, one each in Standard 
Federal Regions 1, 2, and 3. Previously, the Department solicited 
competitive grant applications for these three regions; however, the 
Department did not select any of the submitted applications. UTCs will 
be selected by the Secretary, in consultation as appropriate with the 
Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology, and the Administrator 
of the Federal Highway Administration and other modal administrators as 
appropriate. (49 U.S.C. 5505(b)(4)(B) as amended by Pub. L. 114-94, 
Sec. 6016).
    The Department plans to competitively select three Regional UTCs, 
one in each Standard Federal Regions 1, 2, and 3, with an initial 
annual award ofup to $2,570,600 each.
    The role of each UTC is to advance transportation expertise and 
technology in the varied disciplines that comprise the field of 
transportation through education, research, and technology transfer 
activities; to provide for a critical transportation knowledge base 
outside of the Department of Transportation; and to address critical 
workforce needs and educate the next generation of transportation 
leaders.

II. Eligibility

    A UTC must be located in the United States or territories. A change 
in the UTC Program from prior authorizations is that each UTC must be a 
consortium of two or more nonprofit institutions of higher learning (49 
U.S.C. 5505(b)(1) as amended by Public Law 114-94, Sec.  6016). A 
Regional UTC must be located in the region for which the grant is 
sought. (49 U.S.C. 5505(c)(3)(B)(ii) as amended by Pub. L. 114-94, 
Sec.  6016). All members of a Regional UTC consortium must be located 
in the region for which the grant is sought.
    For Region 1, the eligible states are: Connecticut, Maine, 
Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. For Region 2, 
the eligible states/territories are: New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, 
and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For Region 3, the eligible states are: 
Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia 
and West Virginia.
    Institutions may collaborate with state and local departments of 
transportation, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, the private sector 
and non-governmental organizations; however, these organizations or 
others that are not U.S. nonprofit institutions of higher learning may 
not be considered members of a consortium. A change from previous UTC 
Program competitions is that two-year institutions may be members of a 
consortium if they meet the definition of ``institution of higher 
learning'' in 20 U.S.C. 1001(a). The grantee institution (lead 
institution of a consortium of institutions) will be the direct and 
primary recipient of UTC program funds. The grantee institution must 
perform a substantive role in carrying out UTC activities, and not 
serve merely as a conduit for awards to other parties.
    Applicants are reminded of the following restriction (49 U.S.C. 
5505(b)(2)(A) as amended by Public Law 114-94, Sec.  6016):
    A lead institution of a consortium of nonprofit institutions of 
higher education may only receive one grant per fiscal year for each 
type of Center. Thus, a lead institution may receive grants as a 
National Center, a Regional Center, and a Tier 1 Center, but not more 
than one grant in each category.

Ill. Matching Requirements

    Each UTC is required to obtain matching funds from non-federal 
sources. The amount of matching funds required for a Regional UTC is 
100 percent of the Federal award. The matching amounts may include the 
amounts made available to a grant recipient under 23 U.S.C. 504(b) or 
505.

IV. Application Process

    Full and Open Competition. The Department will conduct the UTC 
program selection based on principles of full and open competition. 
Three Regional Centers will be selected from the pool of applicants.
    Subject Matter Focus. A change to the UTC Program in this 
competition is that applicants must address the following selected 
research priorities taken from section 6503, Subtitle III of title 49 
as amended by Public Law 114-94, Sec.  6016:

    A. Improving mobility of people and goods; B. Reducing congestion;
    C. Promoting safety;
    D. Improving the durability and extending the life of 
transportation infrastructure; and
    E. Preserving the existing transportation system.

    The Secretary has selected nonexclusive candidate topic areas that 
will fall within these priority areas. Each UTC will be awarded a grant 
based on its ability to address one of the priorities and the topic 
areas that fall within the priority area selected.
    Regional UTCs: One UTC will be selected in each of Standard Federal 
Regions 1, 2, and 3. Regional UTCs are required to focus on 
transportation research and education (49 U.S.C. 5505(c)(3)(B) as 
amended by Pub. L. 114-94, Sec.  6016). Regional UTCs must be able to 
conduct research in an area of focus from among nonexclusive candidate 
topic areas established by the Secretary that address the research 
priorities identified in section 6503, Subtitle III of title 49 as 
amended by Public Law 114-94, Sec.  6016. An applicant for a Regional 
UTC must designate the region in which it is applying.
    Selection criteria. The Department will evaluate and select UTC 
applicants based on the nine selection criteria outlined in the FAST 
Act:

    ``(i) the demonstrated ability of the recipient to address each 
specific topic area described in the research and strategic plans of 
the recipient;
    ``(ii) the demonstrated research, technology transfer, and 
education resources available to the recipient to carry out this 
section;
    ``(iii) the ability of the recipient to provide leadership in 
solving immediate and long-range national and regional 
transportation problems;
    ``(iv) the ability of the recipient to carry out research, 
education, and technology transfer activities that are multimodal 
and multidisciplinary in scope;
    ``(v) the demonstrated commitment of the recipient to carry out 
transportation worliforce development programs through-
    ``(!) degree-granting programs or programs that provide other 
industry-recognized credentials; and
    ``(II) outreach activities to attract new entrants into the 
transportation field including women and underrepresented 
populations;
    ``(vi) the demonstrated ability of the recipient to disseminate 
results and spur the implementation of transportation research and 
education programs through national or statewide continuing 
education programs;
    ``(vii) the demonstrated commitment ofthe recipient to the use 
of peer review principles and other research best practices in the 
selection, management, and dissemination of research projects;
    ``(viii) the strategic plan submitted by the recipient 
describing the proposed research to be carried out by the recipient 
and the performance metrics to be used in assessing the performance 
of the recipient in meeting the stated research, technology 
transfer, education, and outreach goals; and
    ``(ix) the ability of the recipient to implement the proposed 
program in a cost-efficient manner, such as through cost sharing and 
overall reduced overhead, facilities, and administrative costs. ''

(49 U.S.C. 5505(b)(4)(B) as amended by Pub. L. 114-94, Sec.  6016).
    The following additional selection criteria also apply to Regional 
UTCs:
    Regional UTCs. The lead institution in a Regional consortium must 
have a well-established, nationally recognized program in research and 
education, as shown by:

    (i) recent expenditures by the institution in highway or public 
transportation research;

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    (ii) a historical track record of awarding graduate degrees in 
professional fields closely related to highways and public 
transportation; and
    (iii) an experienced faculty who specialize in professional 
fields closely related to highways and public transportation.

(49 U.S.C. 5505(c)(3)(B) (iii) as amended by Pub. L. 114-94, Sec.  
6016).
    Past Performance. The Department is required by 2 CFR part 200, 
Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit 
Requirements for Federal Awards, Section 205, to review risk posed by 
applicants. This may be done through such publicly available 
information collections as the System for Award Management (SAM.gov) 
and/or through specifically collected information about the applicant's 
record in managing Federal awards.
    External Stakeholders. The Department will consult with external 
stakeholders (including the Transportation Research Board ofthe 
National Academy of Sciences, among others), to the maximum extent 
practicable, to evaluate and review all proposals. (49 U.S.C. 
5505(b)(6) as amended by Pub. L. 114-94, Sec.  6016).

V. Program Funding and Award

    UTCs will be selected by the Secretary, in consultation as 
appropriate with the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology, 
the Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration and other modal 
administrators as appropriate. Awards will be made no later than 
December 4, 2017, with Federal FY 2016 funds awarded at that time. 
Subsequent Federal FY 2017-FY 2020 funding will be awarded 
approximately annually after that date, subject to availability of 
funds and grantee compliance with grant terms and conditions.

VI. Use of Grant Funds

    Grantees will have until September 30, 2023 to expend all funds, 
assuming availability of annual appropriations.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on May 23, 2017.
Elaine L. Chao,
Secretary.
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