FY 2018 Competitive Funding Opportunity: Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program; Tribal Transit Program, 32185-32189 [2018-14748]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 133 / Wednesday, July 11, 2018 / Notices allows external users to register and gain secure access to SAS functions for initial certification, configuration, and to collaborate with their FAA counterparts in the execution of these functions. There will be extensive use of the External Portal for submittal of electronic documents from certificate holders and applicants. SAS External Portal is now accessible to all users via the internet, regardless of geographical location of the certificate holder or applicant, thus making it easier for applicants and certificate holders to collaborate with the FAA. Respondents: 300 respondents. Frequency: On occasion. Estimated Average Burden per Response: 146 hours. Estimated Total Annual Burden: 43,800 hours. Issued in Washington, DC, on June 28, 2018. Barbara Hall, FAA Information Collection Clearance Officer, IT Enterprises Business Services Division, ASP–110. [FR Doc. 2018–14784 Filed 7–10–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION website at http://www.grants.gov. The program is located in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) under 20.509. DATES: Complete proposals for the TTP announced in this Notice must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EDT on September 10, 2018. All proposals must be submitted electronically through the GRANTS.GOV APPLY function. Any applicant intending to apply should initiate the process of registering on the GRANTS.GOV site immediately to ensure completion of registration before the submission deadline. Instructions for applying can be found on FTA’s website at http://www.transit.dot.gov and in the ‘‘FIND’’ module of GRANTS.GOV. Mail and fax submissions will not be accepted. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact the appropriate FTA Regional Office at http://www.transit.dot.gov for proposal-specific information and issues. For general program information, contact Douglas Moore, Office of Program Management, (202) 366–0876, email: douglas.moore@dot.gov. A TDD is available at 1–800–877–8339 (TDD/ FIRS). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Table of Contents Federal Transit Administration FY 2018 Competitive Funding Opportunity: Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program; Tribal Transit Program Federal Transit Administration (FTA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of funding opportunity (NOFO). AGENCY: The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of approximately $5 million in funding provided by the Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program (Tribal Transit Program). This notice is a national solicitation for project proposals and includes the selection criteria and program eligibility information for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 projects. FTA may fund the program for more or less than the full year appropriation when made available, and may include other funding if available from prior fiscal years toward project proposals received in response to this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). This announcement is available on the FTA website at: http:// www.transit.dot.gov. Additionally, a synopsis of the funding opportunity, FTA–2018–001–TPM–TR, will be posted in the FIND module of the government-wide electronic grants daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:26 Jul 10, 2018 Jkt 244001 A. Program Description B. Federal Award Information C. Eligibility Information D. Application and Submission Information E. Application Review F. Federal Award Administration G. Federal Awarding Agency Contacts Appendix A: Registering in SAM and Grants.gov A. Program Description The Tribal Transit Program is authorized by Federal Transit law 49 U.S.C. 5311(c)(1)(A), as amended by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, Public Law 114–94 (December 4, 2015), contingent on full appropriations. The FAST Act increased the Tribal Transit formula program from $25 million to $30 million and continued the $5 million competitive program authorized under 49 U.S.C. 5311(c)(1). The program authorizes grants ‘‘under such terms and conditions as may be established by the Secretary’’ to Indian tribes for any purpose eligible under FTA’s Formula Grants for Rural Areas Program, 49 U.S.C. 5311. Tribes may apply for this funding directly. The primary purpose of these competitively selected grants is to support planning, capital, and, in limited circumstances, operating assistance for tribal public transit services. Funds distributed to Indian PO 00000 Frm 00114 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 32185 tribes under the TTP should NOT replace or reduce funds that Indian tribes receive from States through FTA’s Formula Grants for Rural Areas Program. Specific project eligibility under this competitive allocation is described in Section C of this notice. B. Federal Award Information Five million dollars is authorized for the Tribal Transit competitive allocation in FY 2018 to projects selected pursuant to the process described in the following sections. Federal awards under this competitive program will be in the form of grants. Additionally, there is a $25,000 cap on planning grant awards, and FTA has the discretion to cap capital and operating awards. C. Eligibility Information 1. Eligible Applicants Eligible applicants include federally recognized Indian tribes or Alaska Native villages, groups, or communities as identified by the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). As evidence of Federal recognition, an Indian tribe may submit a copy of the most up-to-date Federal Register notice published by BIA: Entities Recognized and Eligible to Receive Service from the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs. To be an eligible recipient, an Indian tribe must have the requisite legal, financial and technical capabilities to receive and administer Federal funds under this program. Additionally, applicants must be located and provide service in a rural area with a population of 50,000 or less. A service area can include some portions of urban areas, as long as the tribal transit service begins in and serves rural areas. An applicant must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) database and maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by FTA. 2. Cost Sharing or Matching There is a 90 percent Federal share for projects selected under the TTP competitive program, unless the Indian tribe can demonstrate a financial hardship in its application. FTA is interested in the Indian tribe’s financial commitment to the proposed project, thus the proposal should include a description of the Indian tribe’s financial commitment. Tribes may use any eligible local match under Chapter 53. E:\FR\FM\11JYN1.SGM 11JYN1 32186 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 133 / Wednesday, July 11, 2018 / Notices 3. Eligible Projects Eligible projects include public transportation planning and capital expenses. Operating projects are eligible in limited circumstances. In FY 2018, FTA will only consider operating assistance requests from tribes without existing transit service, or those tribes who received a TTP formula allocation of less than $20,000. Public transportation includes regular, continuing shared-ride surface transportation services open to the public or open to a segment of the public defined by age, disability, or low income. FTA will award grants to eligible Indian tribes located in rural areas. Applicants may submit one proposal for each project or one proposal containing multiple projects. Specific types of projects include: Capital projects for start-ups, replacement or expansion needs; operating assistance for start-ups; and planning projects up to $25,000. Indian tribes applying for capital replacement or expansion needs must demonstrate a sustainable source of operating funds for existing or expanded services. D. Application and Submission Information 1. Address To Request Application Package A complete proposal submission will consist of at least two files: (1) The SF 424 Mandatory form (downloaded from GRANTS.GOV); and (2) the Tribal Transit supplemental form found on the FTA website at http:// www.transit.dot.gov. The Tribal Transit supplemental form provides guidance and a consistent format for applicants to respond to the criteria outlined in this NOFO. 2. Content and Form of Application Submission daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES (i) Proposal Submission A complete proposal submission will consist of at least two files: (1) The SF 424 Mandatory form (downloaded from GRANTS.GOV); and (2) the Tribal Transit supplemental form found on the FTA website at http:// www.transit.dot.gov. The applicant must place the supplemental form in the attachments section of the SF–424 Mandatory form. Applicants must use the supplemental form designated for TTP and attach the form to their submission in GRANTS.GOV to complete the application process. A proposal submission may include additional supporting documentation as attachments. Within 24 to 48 hours after submitting an electronic application, the VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:26 Jul 10, 2018 Jkt 244001 applicant should receive three email messages from GRANTS.GOV: (1) Confirmation of successful or unsuccessful transmission to GRANTS.GOV; (2) confirmation of successful validation by GRANTS.GOV; and (3) confirmation of successful validation by FTA. If the applicant does not receive confirmations of successful validation or instead receives a notice of failed validation or incomplete materials, the applicant must address the reason(s) for the failed validation or incomplete materials, as described in the notice, and resubmit the proposal before the submission deadline. If making a resubmission for any reason, the applicant must include all original attachments regardless of which attachments were updated and check the box on the supplemental form indicating this is a resubmission. Complete instructions on the application process can be found at http://www.transit.dot.gov. Important: FTA urges applicants to submit their project proposals at least 72 hours prior to the due date to allow time to receive the validation message and to correct any problems that may have caused a rejection notification. FTA will not accept submissions after the stated submission deadline. GRANTS.GOV scheduled maintenance and outage times are announced on the GRANTS.GOV website http:// www.GRANTS.GOV. The deadline will not be extended due to scheduled maintenance or outages. Applicants are encouraged to begin the process of registration on the Grants.gov site well in advance of the submission deadline. Registration is a multi-step process which may take several weeks to complete before an application can be submitted. Registered proposers may still be required to take steps to keep their registration up to date before submissions can be made successfully: (1) Registration in the SAM is renewed annually; and (2) persons making submissions on behalf of the Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) must be authorized in Grants.gov by the AOR to make submissions. Instructions on the Grants.gov registration process are provided at https://www.grants.gov/ web/grants/applicants.html. Applicants may submit one proposal for each project or one proposal containing multiple projects. Applicants submitting multiple projects in one proposal must be sure to clearly define each project by completing a supplemental form for each project. Additional supplemental forms must be added within the proposal by clicking PO 00000 Frm 00115 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the ‘‘add project’’ button in Section II of the supplemental form. Information such as applicant name, Federal amount requested, description of areas served, and other information may be requested in varying degrees of detail on both the SF 424 form and supplemental form. Applicants must fill in all fields unless stated otherwise on the forms. Applicants should use both the ‘‘Check Package for Errors’’ and the ‘‘Validate Form’’ validation buttons on both forms to check all required fields on the forms, and ensure that the Federal and local amounts specified are consistent. (ii) Application Content The SF 424 Mandatory Form and the Supplemental Form will prompt applicants for the required information, including: a. Name of federally recognized tribe and, if appropriate, the specific tribal agency submitting the application. b. Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number if available. (Note: If selected, applicant will be required to provide DUNS number prior to grant award.) c. Contact information including: Contact name, title, address, fax and phone number, email address if available. d. Description of public transportation services including areas currently served by the tribe, if any. e. Name of person(s) authorized to apply on applicant’s behalf must accompany the proposal (attach a signed transmittal letter). f. Complete Project Description: Indicate the category for which funding is requested (i.e., project type: capital, operating or planning), and then indicate the project purpose (i.e., startup, expansion or replacement). Describe the proposed project and what it will accomplish (e.g., number and type of vehicles, routes, service area, schedules, type of services, fixed route or demand responsive, safety aspects), route miles (if fixed route), ridership numbers expected (actual if an existing system, estimated if a new system), major origins and destinations, population served, and whether the tribe provides the service directly, contracts for services, and note vehicle maintenance plans. g. Project Timeline: Include significant milestones such as date of contract for purchase of vehicle(s), actual or expected delivery date of vehicles; facility project phases (e.g., NEPA compliance, design, construction); or dates for completion of planning studies. If applying for operational funding for new services, E:\FR\FM\11JYN1.SGM 11JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 133 / Wednesday, July 11, 2018 / Notices daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES indicate the period of time funds are used to operate the system (e.g., one year). This section should also include any needed timelines for tribal council project approvals, if applicable. h. Budget: Provide a detailed budget for each proposed purpose noting the Federal amount requested and any additional funds that will be used. An Indian tribe may use up to fifteen percent of a grant award for capital projects for specific project-related planning and administration, and the indirect cost rate may not exceed ten percent (if necessary add as an attachment) of the total amount requested/awarded. Indian tribes must also provide their annual operating budget as an attachment or under the Financial Commitment and Operating Capacity section of the supplemental form. i. Technical, Legal, Financial Capacity: Applicants must be able to demonstrate adequate technical, legal and financial capacity to be considered for funding. Every proposal MUST describe this capacity to implement the proposed project. 1. Technical Capacity: Provide examples of management of other Federal projects, including previously funded FTA projects and/or similar types of projects for which funding is being requested. Describe the resources available to implement the proposed transit project. 2. Legal Capacity: Provide documentation or other evidence to demonstrate status as a federally recognized Indian tribe. Further, demonstrate evidence of an authorized representative with authority to bind the applicant and execute legal agreements with FTA. If applying for capital or operating funds, identify whether appropriate Federal or State operating authority exists. 3. Financial Capacity: Provide documentation or other evidence demonstrating current adequate financial systems to receive and manage a Federal grant. Fully describe: (1) All financial systems and controls; (2) other sources of funds currently managed; and (3) the long-term financial capacity to maintain the proposed or existing transit services. application or plan under consideration by FTA. These requirements do not apply if the applicant: (1) Is an individual; (2) is excepted from the requirements under 2 CFR 25.110(b) or (c); or (3) has an exception approved by FTA under 2 CFR 25.110(d). FTA may not make an award until the applicant has complied with all applicable unique entity identifier and SAM requirements. If an applicant has not fully complied with the requirements by the time FTA is ready to make an award, FTA may determine that the applicant is not qualified to receive an award and use that determination as a basis for making a Federal award to another applicant. SAM registration takes approximately 3–5 business days, but FTA recommends allowing ample time, up to several weeks, for completion of all steps. 3. Unique Entity Identifier and System for Award Management (SAM) Each applicant is required to: (1) Be registered in SAM before submitting an application; (2) provide a valid unique entity identifier in its application; and (3) continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which the applicant has an active Federal award or an The E-Business Point of Contact (EBiz POC) at your organization must login to Grants.gov to confirm an Authorized Organization Representative (AOR). Please note that there can be more than one AOR for your organization. In some cases the E-Biz POC is also the AOR for an organization. *Time depends on responsiveness of your E-Biz POC. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:26 Jul 10, 2018 Jkt 244001 Step 1: Obtain DUNS Number If requested by phone (1–866–705– 5711) DUNS is provided immediately. If your organization does not have one, you will need to go to the Dun & Bradstreet website at http:// fedgov.dnb.com/webform to obtain the number. Step 2: Register With SAM Three to five business days or up to two weeks. If you already have a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), your SAM registration will take three to five business days to process. If you are applying for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) please allow up to two weeks. Ensure that your organization is registered with the System for Award Management (SAM) at https:// www.sam.gov. If your organization is not, an authorizing official of your organization must register. 32187 Step 5: Track AOR Status At any time, you can track your AOR status by logging in with your username and password. Login as an Applicant (enter your username & password you obtained in Step 3) using the following link: applicant_profile.jsp. 4. Submission Dates and Times Project proposals must be submitted electronically through GRANTS.GOV by 11:59 p.m. EDT on September 10, 2018. Mail and fax submissions will not be accepted. Proposals submitted after the deadline will not be considered under any circumstance. Applications are time and date stamped by the FTA’s Discretionary Grants System (DGS) upon successful submission. 5. Funding Restrictions Funds must be used only for the specific purposes requested in the application. Funds under this NOFO cannot be used to reimburse projects for otherwise eligible expenses incurred prior to FTA award under this program. 6. Other Submission Requirements FTA requires that all project proposals be submitted electronically through http://www.GRANTS.GOV by 11:59 p.m. EDT on September 10, 2018. Mail and fax submissions will not be accepted. E. Application Review 1. Selection Criteria FTA will use the following primary selection criteria when evaluating competing capital and operating assistance projects eligible under this program. Applications will be evaluated based on the quality and extent to which the following evaluation criteria are addressed. Step 3: Establish an Account in Grants.gov—Username & Password i. Planning and Local/Regional Prioritization Complete your Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) profile in Grants.gov and create your username and password. You will need to use your organization’s DUNS Number to complete this step. https:// apply07.grants.gov/apply/OrcRegister. Applications will be evaluated based on the degree to which the applicant: (1) Describes how the proposed project was developed; (2) demonstrates that a sound basis for the project exists; and (3) demonstrates that the applicant is ready to implement the project if funded. Information may vary depending upon how the planning process for the project was conducted and what is being requested. Planning and local/regional prioritization should: a. Describe the planning document and/or the planning process conducted to identify the proposed project; b. Provide a detailed project description including the proposed service, vehicle and facility needs, and other pertinent characteristics of the Step 4: Grants.gov—AOR Authorization PO 00000 Frm 00116 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\11JYN1.SGM 11JYN1 32188 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 133 / Wednesday, July 11, 2018 / Notices proposed or existing service implementation; c. Identify existing transportation services in and near the proposed service area, and document in detail whether the proposed project will provide opportunities to coordinate service with existing transit services, including human service agencies, intercity bus services, or other public transit providers; d. Discuss the level of support by the community and/or tribal government for the proposed project; e. Describe how the mobility and client-access needs of tribal human services agencies were considered in the planning process; f. Describe what opportunities for public participation were provided in the planning process and how the proposed transit service or existing service has been coordinated with transportation provided for the clients of human services agencies, with intercity bus transportation in the area, or with any other rural public transit providers; g. Describe how the proposed service complements rather than duplicates any currently available services; h. Describe the implementation schedule for the proposed project, including time period, staffing, and procurement; and i. Describe any other planning or coordination efforts not mentioned above. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES ii. Project Readiness Applications will be evaluated on the degree to which the applicant describes readiness to implement the project. The project readiness factor involves assessing whether: a. Project is a Categorical Exclusion (CE) or the required environmental work has been initiated or completed for construction projects requiring an Environmental Assessment (EA) or Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) under, among others, the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as Amended; b. Project implementation plans are complete, including initial design of facilities Projects; c. Project funds can be obligated and the project can be implemented quickly, if selected; and d. Applicant demonstrates the ability to carry out the proposed project successfully. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:26 Jul 10, 2018 Jkt 244001 iii. Demonstration of Need Applications will be evaluated based on the degree to which the applicant identifies the need for transit resources. In addition to project-specific criteria, FTA will consider the project’s impact on service delivery and whether the project represents a one-time or periodic need that cannot reasonably be funded from the FTA program formula allocations or State and/or local resources. FTA will evaluate how the proposal demonstrates the transit needs of the Indian tribe as well as how the proposed transit improvements or the new service will address identified transit needs. Proposals should include information such as destinations and services not currently accessible by transit, needs for access to jobs or health care, safety enhancements or special needs of elders, individuals with disabilities, behavioral health care needs of youth, income-based community needs, or other mobility needs. If an applicant received a planning grant in previous fiscal years, it should indicate the status of the planning study and how the proposed project relates to that study. Applicants applying for capital expansion or replacement projects should also address the following factors in their proposal. If the proposal is for capital funding associated with an expansion or expanded service, the applicant should describe how current or growing demand for the service necessitates the expansion (and therefore, more capital) and/or the degree to how the project is addressing a current capacity constraint. Capital replacement projects should include information about the age, condition, and performance of the asset to be replaced by the proposed project and/or how the replacement may be necessary to maintain the transit system in a state of good repair. iv. Demonstration of Benefits Applications will be evaluated based on the degree to which the applicant identifies expected or, in the case of existing service, achieved project benefits. FTA is particularly interested in how these investments will improve the quality of life for the tribe and surrounding communities in which it is located. Applicants should describe how the transportation service or capital investment will provide greater access to employment opportunities, educational centers, healthcare, or other PO 00000 Frm 00117 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 needs that profoundly impact the quality of life for the community, as described in the program purpose above. Possible examples include increased or sustained ridership and daily trips, improved service, elimination of gaps in service, improved operations and coordination, increased reliability, health care, education, and economic benefits to the community. Benefits can be demonstrated by identifying the population of tribal members and non-tribal members in the proposed project service area and estimating the number of daily one-way trips the proposed transit service will provide or the actual number of individual riders served. Applicants are encouraged to consider qualitative and quantitative benefits to the Indian tribe and to the surrounding communities that are meaningful to them. Based on the information provided under the demonstration of benefits, FTA will rate proposals based on the quality and extent to which they discuss the following four factors: a. The project’s ability to improve transit efficiency or increase ridership; b. Whether the project will improve or maintain mobility, or eliminate gaps in service for the Indian tribe; c. Whether the project will improve or maintain access to important destinations and services; d. Any other qualitative benefits, such as greater access to jobs, education and health care services. v. Financial Commitment and Operating Capacity Applications must identify the source of local match (10 percent is required for all operating and capital projects), and any other funding sources used by the Indian tribe to support proposed transit services, including human service transportation funding, FHWA’s Tribal Transportation Program funding, or other FTA programs. If requesting that FTA waive the local match based on financial hardship, the applicant must submit budgets and sources of other revenue to demonstrate hardship. FTA will review this information and notify tribes at the time of award if the waiver is approved. If applicable, the applicant also should describe how prior year TTP funds were spent to date to support the service. Additionally, Indian tribes applying to operate new services should provide a sustainable funding plan that demonstrates how it intends to maintain operations. E:\FR\FM\11JYN1.SGM 11JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 133 / Wednesday, July 11, 2018 / Notices In evaluating proposals, FTA will consider any other resources the Indian tribe will contribute to the project, including in-kind contributions, commitments of support from local businesses, donations of land or equipment, and human resources. The proposal should describe to what extent the new project or funding for existing service leverages other funding. Based upon the information provided, the proposals will be rated on the extent to which the proposal demonstrates that: a. TTP funding does not replace existing funding; b. The Indian tribe will provide nonfinancial support to the project; c. The Indian tribe is able to demonstrate a sustainable funding plan; and d. Project funds are used in coordination with other services for efficient utilization of funds. vi. Evaluation Criteria for Planning Proposals F. Federal Award Administration For planning grants, the proposal must describe the need for and a general scope of the proposed study. Applications will be evaluated based on the degree to which the applicant addresses the following: 1. The tribe’s long-term commitment to transit; and 2. The method used to implement the proposed study and/or further tribal transit. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES 2. Review and Selection Process An FTA technical evaluation committee will review proposals under the project evaluation criteria. Members of the technical evaluation committee and other involved FTA staff reserve the right to screen, rate the applications, and seek clarification about any statement in an application. After consideration of the findings of the technical evaluation committee, the FTA Administrator will determine the final selection and amount of funding for each project. Geographic diversity and the applicant’s receipt and management of other Federal transit funds may be considered in FTA’s award decisions. After applying the above preferences, the FTA Administrator will consider the following key Departmental objectives: (A) Supporting economic vitality at the national and regional level; (B) Utilizing alternative funding sources and innovative financing models to attract non-Federal sources of infrastructure investment; VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:29 Jul 10, 2018 Jkt 244001 (C) Accounting for the life-cycle costs of the project to promote the state of good repair; (D) Using innovative approaches to improve safety and expedite project delivery; and, (E) Holding grant recipients accountable for their performance and achieving specific, measurable outcomes identified by grant applicants. Prior to making an award, FTA is required to review and consider any information about the applicant that is in the designated integrity and performance system accessible through SAM (currently FAPIIS). An applicant, at its option, may review information in the designated integrity and performance systems accessible through SAM and comment on any information about itself that a Federal awarding agency previously entered and is currently in the designated integrity and performance system accessible through SAM. 1. Federal Award Notice FTA will publish a list of the selected projects, including Federal dollar amounts and award recipients on the FTA’s website. Project recipients should contact their FTA Regional Offices and tribal liaison for information about setting up grants in FTA’s Transit Award Management System (TrAMS). 2. Award Administration Successful proposals will be awarded through FTA’s TrAMS as grant agreements. The appropriate FTA Regional Office and tribal liaison will manage project agreements. 3. Administrative and National Policy Requirements Except as otherwise provided in this NOFO, TTP grants are subject to the requirements of 49 U.S.C. 5311(c)(1) as described in the latest FTA Circular 9040 for the Formula Grants for Rural Areas Program. 4. Reporting The post award reporting requirements include submission of the Federal Financial Report (FFR) and Milestone Progress Report in TrAMs, and FTA’s National Transit Database (NTD) reporting as appropriate (see FTA Circular 9040). Reports to TrAMS and NTD are due annually. 32189 (202) 366–0876, email: douglas.moore@ dot.gov. A TDD is available at 1–800– 877–8339 (TDD/FIRS). H. Other Information This program is not subject to Executive Order 12372, ‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.’’ FTA will consider applications for funding only from eligible recipients for eligible projects listed in Section C–2. Due to funding limitations, applicants that are selected for funding may receive less than the amount requested. Additionally, to assist tribes with understanding requirements under the TTP, FTA has conducted Tribal Transit Technical Assistance Workshops and will continue those efforts in FY 2018. FTA has expanded its technical assistance to tribes receiving funds under this program. Through the Tribal Transit Technical Assistance Assessments Initiative, FTA collaborates with Tribal Transit Leaders to review processes and identify areas in need of improvement and then assists to offer solutions to address these needs—all in a supportive and mutually beneficial manner that results in technical assistance. FTA has completed thirty assessments to date and expects to conduct fifteen assessments in FY 2018. These assessments include discussions of compliance areas pursuant to the Master Agreement, a site visit, promising practices reviews, and technical assistance from FTA and its contractors. These workshops and assessments have received exemplary feedback from Tribal Transit Leaders and provided FTA with invaluable opportunities to learn more about Tribal Transit Leaders’ perspectives and better honor the sovereignty of tribal nations. FTA will post information about upcoming workshops to its website and will disseminate information about the assessments through its regional offices. Contact information for FTA’s regional offices can be found on FTA’s website at www.transit.dot.gov. Applicants may also receive technical assistance by contacting their FTA regional Tribal Liaison. A list of Tribal Liaisons is available on FTA’s website at www.transit.dot.gov. Issued in Washington, DC. G. Federal Awarding Agency Contacts K. 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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 133 (Wednesday, July 11, 2018)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Transit Administration


FY 2018 Competitive Funding Opportunity: Public Transportation on 
Indian Reservations Program; Tribal Transit Program

AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration (FTA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of funding opportunity (NOFO).

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SUMMARY: The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the 
availability of approximately $5 million in funding provided by the 
Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program (Tribal Transit 
Program). This notice is a national solicitation for project proposals 
and includes the selection criteria and program eligibility information 
for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 projects. FTA may fund the program for more 
or less than the full year appropriation when made available, and may 
include other funding if available from prior fiscal years toward 
project proposals received in response to this Notice of Funding 
Opportunity (NOFO).
    This announcement is available on the FTA website at: http://www.transit.dot.gov. Additionally, a synopsis of the funding 
opportunity, FTA-2018-001-TPM-TR, will be posted in the FIND module of 
the government-wide electronic grants website at http://www.grants.gov. 
The program is located in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance 
(CFDA) under 20.509.

DATES: Complete proposals for the TTP announced in this Notice must be 
submitted by 11:59 p.m. EDT on September 10, 2018. All proposals must 
be submitted electronically through the GRANTS.GOV APPLY function. Any 
applicant intending to apply should initiate the process of registering 
on the GRANTS.GOV site immediately to ensure completion of registration 
before the submission deadline. Instructions for applying can be found 
on FTA's website at http://www.transit.dot.gov and in the ``FIND'' 
module of GRANTS.GOV. Mail and fax submissions will not be accepted.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact the appropriate FTA Regional 
Office at http://www.transit.dot.gov for proposal-specific information 
and issues. For general program information, contact Douglas Moore, 
Office of Program Management, (202) 366-0876, email: 
[email protected]. A TDD is available at 1-800-877-8339 (TDD/FIRS).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Table of Contents

A. Program Description
B. Federal Award Information
C. Eligibility Information
D. Application and Submission Information
E. Application Review
F. Federal Award Administration
G. Federal Awarding Agency Contacts
Appendix A: Registering in SAM and Grants.gov

A. Program Description

    The Tribal Transit Program is authorized by Federal Transit law 49 
U.S.C. 5311(c)(1)(A), as amended by the Fixing America's Surface 
Transportation (FAST) Act, Public Law 114-94 (December 4, 2015), 
contingent on full appropriations. The FAST Act increased the Tribal 
Transit formula program from $25 million to $30 million and continued 
the $5 million competitive program authorized under 49 U.S.C. 
5311(c)(1). The program authorizes grants ``under such terms and 
conditions as may be established by the Secretary'' to Indian tribes 
for any purpose eligible under FTA's Formula Grants for Rural Areas 
Program, 49 U.S.C. 5311. Tribes may apply for this funding directly.
    The primary purpose of these competitively selected grants is to 
support planning, capital, and, in limited circumstances, operating 
assistance for tribal public transit services. Funds distributed to 
Indian tribes under the TTP should NOT replace or reduce funds that 
Indian tribes receive from States through FTA's Formula Grants for 
Rural Areas Program. Specific project eligibility under this 
competitive allocation is described in Section C of this notice.

B. Federal Award Information

    Five million dollars is authorized for the Tribal Transit 
competitive allocation in FY 2018 to projects selected pursuant to the 
process described in the following sections. Federal awards under this 
competitive program will be in the form of grants. Additionally, there 
is a $25,000 cap on planning grant awards, and FTA has the discretion 
to cap capital and operating awards.

C. Eligibility Information

1. Eligible Applicants

    Eligible applicants include federally recognized Indian tribes or 
Alaska Native villages, groups, or communities as identified by the 
U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). 
As evidence of Federal recognition, an Indian tribe may submit a copy 
of the most up-to-date Federal Register notice published by BIA: 
Entities Recognized and Eligible to Receive Service from the United 
States Bureau of Indian Affairs. To be an eligible recipient, an Indian 
tribe must have the requisite legal, financial and technical 
capabilities to receive and administer Federal funds under this 
program. Additionally, applicants must be located and provide service 
in a rural area with a population of 50,000 or less. A service area can 
include some portions of urban areas, as long as the tribal transit 
service begins in and serves rural areas. An applicant must be 
registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) database and 
maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all 
times during which it has an active Federal award or an application or 
plan under consideration by FTA.

2. Cost Sharing or Matching

    There is a 90 percent Federal share for projects selected under the 
TTP competitive program, unless the Indian tribe can demonstrate a 
financial hardship in its application. FTA is interested in the Indian 
tribe's financial commitment to the proposed project, thus the proposal 
should include a description of the Indian tribe's financial 
commitment. Tribes may use any eligible local match under Chapter 53.

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3. Eligible Projects

    Eligible projects include public transportation planning and 
capital expenses. Operating projects are eligible in limited 
circumstances. In FY 2018, FTA will only consider operating assistance 
requests from tribes without existing transit service, or those tribes 
who received a TTP formula allocation of less than $20,000.
    Public transportation includes regular, continuing shared-ride 
surface transportation services open to the public or open to a segment 
of the public defined by age, disability, or low income. FTA will award 
grants to eligible Indian tribes located in rural areas. Applicants may 
submit one proposal for each project or one proposal containing 
multiple projects. Specific types of projects include: Capital projects 
for start-ups, replacement or expansion needs; operating assistance for 
start-ups; and planning projects up to $25,000. Indian tribes applying 
for capital replacement or expansion needs must demonstrate a 
sustainable source of operating funds for existing or expanded 
services.

D. Application and Submission Information

1. Address To Request Application Package

    A complete proposal submission will consist of at least two files: 
(1) The SF 424 Mandatory form (downloaded from GRANTS.GOV); and (2) the 
Tribal Transit supplemental form found on the FTA website at http://www.transit.dot.gov. The Tribal Transit supplemental form provides 
guidance and a consistent format for applicants to respond to the 
criteria outlined in this NOFO.

2. Content and Form of Application Submission

(i) Proposal Submission
    A complete proposal submission will consist of at least two files: 
(1) The SF 424 Mandatory form (downloaded from GRANTS.GOV); and (2) the 
Tribal Transit supplemental form found on the FTA website at http://www.transit.dot.gov. The applicant must place the supplemental form in 
the attachments section of the SF-424 Mandatory form. Applicants must 
use the supplemental form designated for TTP and attach the form to 
their submission in GRANTS.GOV to complete the application process. A 
proposal submission may include additional supporting documentation as 
attachments. Within 24 to 48 hours after submitting an electronic 
application, the applicant should receive three email messages from 
GRANTS.GOV: (1) Confirmation of successful or unsuccessful transmission 
to GRANTS.GOV; (2) confirmation of successful validation by GRANTS.GOV; 
and (3) confirmation of successful validation by FTA. If the applicant 
does not receive confirmations of successful validation or instead 
receives a notice of failed validation or incomplete materials, the 
applicant must address the reason(s) for the failed validation or 
incomplete materials, as described in the notice, and resubmit the 
proposal before the submission deadline. If making a resubmission for 
any reason, the applicant must include all original attachments 
regardless of which attachments were updated and check the box on the 
supplemental form indicating this is a resubmission.
    Complete instructions on the application process can be found at 
http://www.transit.dot.gov. Important: FTA urges applicants to submit 
their project proposals at least 72 hours prior to the due date to 
allow time to receive the validation message and to correct any 
problems that may have caused a rejection notification. FTA will not 
accept submissions after the stated submission deadline. GRANTS.GOV 
scheduled maintenance and outage times are announced on the GRANTS.GOV 
website http://www.GRANTS.GOV. The deadline will not be extended due to 
scheduled maintenance or outages.
    Applicants are encouraged to begin the process of registration on 
the Grants.gov site well in advance of the submission deadline. 
Registration is a multi-step process which may take several weeks to 
complete before an application can be submitted. Registered proposers 
may still be required to take steps to keep their registration up to 
date before submissions can be made successfully: (1) Registration in 
the SAM is renewed annually; and (2) persons making submissions on 
behalf of the Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) must be 
authorized in Grants.gov by the AOR to make submissions. Instructions 
on the Grants.gov registration process are provided at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants.html.
    Applicants may submit one proposal for each project or one proposal 
containing multiple projects. Applicants submitting multiple projects 
in one proposal must be sure to clearly define each project by 
completing a supplemental form for each project. Additional 
supplemental forms must be added within the proposal by clicking the 
``add project'' button in Section II of the supplemental form.
    Information such as applicant name, Federal amount requested, 
description of areas served, and other information may be requested in 
varying degrees of detail on both the SF 424 form and supplemental 
form. Applicants must fill in all fields unless stated otherwise on the 
forms. Applicants should use both the ``Check Package for Errors'' and 
the ``Validate Form'' validation buttons on both forms to check all 
required fields on the forms, and ensure that the Federal and local 
amounts specified are consistent.
(ii) Application Content
    The SF 424 Mandatory Form and the Supplemental Form will prompt 
applicants for the required information, including:
    a. Name of federally recognized tribe and, if appropriate, the 
specific tribal agency submitting the application.
    b. Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) 
number if available. (Note: If selected, applicant will be required to 
provide DUNS number prior to grant award.)
    c. Contact information including: Contact name, title, address, fax 
and phone number, email address if available.
    d. Description of public transportation services including areas 
currently served by the tribe, if any.
    e. Name of person(s) authorized to apply on applicant's behalf must 
accompany the proposal (attach a signed transmittal letter).
    f. Complete Project Description: Indicate the category for which 
funding is requested (i.e., project type: capital, operating or 
planning), and then indicate the project purpose (i.e., start-up, 
expansion or replacement). Describe the proposed project and what it 
will accomplish (e.g., number and type of vehicles, routes, service 
area, schedules, type of services, fixed route or demand responsive, 
safety aspects), route miles (if fixed route), ridership numbers 
expected (actual if an existing system, estimated if a new system), 
major origins and destinations, population served, and whether the 
tribe provides the service directly, contracts for services, and note 
vehicle maintenance plans.
    g. Project Timeline: Include significant milestones such as date of 
contract for purchase of vehicle(s), actual or expected delivery date 
of vehicles; facility project phases (e.g., NEPA compliance, design, 
construction); or dates for completion of planning studies. If applying 
for operational funding for new services,

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indicate the period of time funds are used to operate the system (e.g., 
one year). This section should also include any needed timelines for 
tribal council project approvals, if applicable.
    h. Budget: Provide a detailed budget for each proposed purpose 
noting the Federal amount requested and any additional funds that will 
be used. An Indian tribe may use up to fifteen percent of a grant award 
for capital projects for specific project-related planning and 
administration, and the indirect cost rate may not exceed ten percent 
(if necessary add as an attachment) of the total amount requested/
awarded. Indian tribes must also provide their annual operating budget 
as an attachment or under the Financial Commitment and Operating 
Capacity section of the supplemental form.
    i. Technical, Legal, Financial Capacity: Applicants must be able to 
demonstrate adequate technical, legal and financial capacity to be 
considered for funding. Every proposal MUST describe this capacity to 
implement the proposed project.
    1. Technical Capacity: Provide examples of management of other 
Federal projects, including previously funded FTA projects and/or 
similar types of projects for which funding is being requested. 
Describe the resources available to implement the proposed transit 
project.
    2. Legal Capacity: Provide documentation or other evidence to 
demonstrate status as a federally recognized Indian tribe. Further, 
demonstrate evidence of an authorized representative with authority to 
bind the applicant and execute legal agreements with FTA. If applying 
for capital or operating funds, identify whether appropriate Federal or 
State operating authority exists.
    3. Financial Capacity: Provide documentation or other evidence 
demonstrating current adequate financial systems to receive and manage 
a Federal grant. Fully describe: (1) All financial systems and 
controls; (2) other sources of funds currently managed; and (3) the 
long-term financial capacity to maintain the proposed or existing 
transit services.

3. Unique Entity Identifier and System for Award Management (SAM)

    Each applicant is required to: (1) Be registered in SAM before 
submitting an application; (2) provide a valid unique entity identifier 
in its application; and (3) continue to maintain an active SAM 
registration with current information at all times during which the 
applicant has an active Federal award or an application or plan under 
consideration by FTA. These requirements do not apply if the applicant: 
(1) Is an individual; (2) is excepted from the requirements under 2 CFR 
25.110(b) or (c); or (3) has an exception approved by FTA under 2 CFR 
25.110(d). FTA may not make an award until the applicant has complied 
with all applicable unique entity identifier and SAM requirements. If 
an applicant has not fully complied with the requirements by the time 
FTA is ready to make an award, FTA may determine that the applicant is 
not qualified to receive an award and use that determination as a basis 
for making a Federal award to another applicant. SAM registration takes 
approximately 3-5 business days, but FTA recommends allowing ample 
time, up to several weeks, for completion of all steps.
Step 1: Obtain DUNS Number
    If requested by phone (1-866-705-5711) DUNS is provided 
immediately. If your organization does not have one, you will need to 
go to the Dun & Bradstreet website at http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform to 
obtain the number.
Step 2: Register With SAM
    Three to five business days or up to two weeks. If you already have 
a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), your SAM registration will take 
three to five business days to process. If you are applying for an 
Employer Identification Number (EIN) please allow up to two weeks. 
Ensure that your organization is registered with the System for Award 
Management (SAM) at https://www.sam.gov. If your organization is not, 
an authorizing official of your organization must register.
Step 3: Establish an Account in Grants.gov--Username & Password
    Complete your Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) profile 
in Grants.gov and create your username and password. You will need to 
use your organization's DUNS Number to complete this step. https://apply07.grants.gov/apply/OrcRegister.
Step 4: Grants.gov--AOR Authorization
    The E-Business Point of Contact (E-Biz POC) at your organization 
must login to Grants.gov to confirm an Authorized Organization 
Representative (AOR). Please note that there can be more than one AOR 
for your organization. In some cases the E-Biz POC is also the AOR for 
an organization. *Time depends on responsiveness of your E-Biz POC.
Step 5: Track AOR Status
    At any time, you can track your AOR status by logging in with your 
username and password. Login as an Applicant (enter your username & 
password you obtained in Step 3) using the following link: 
applicant_profile.jsp.

4. Submission Dates and Times

    Project proposals must be submitted electronically through 
GRANTS.GOV by 11:59 p.m. EDT on September 10, 2018. Mail and fax 
submissions will not be accepted. Proposals submitted after the 
deadline will not be considered under any circumstance. Applications 
are time and date stamped by the FTA's Discretionary Grants System 
(DGS) upon successful submission.

5. Funding Restrictions

    Funds must be used only for the specific purposes requested in the 
application. Funds under this NOFO cannot be used to reimburse projects 
for otherwise eligible expenses incurred prior to FTA award under this 
program.

6. Other Submission Requirements

    FTA requires that all project proposals be submitted electronically 
through http://www.GRANTS.GOV by 11:59 p.m. EDT on September 10, 2018. 
Mail and fax submissions will not be accepted.

E. Application Review

1. Selection Criteria

    FTA will use the following primary selection criteria when 
evaluating competing capital and operating assistance projects eligible 
under this program. Applications will be evaluated based on the quality 
and extent to which the following evaluation criteria are addressed.
i. Planning and Local/Regional Prioritization
    Applications will be evaluated based on the degree to which the 
applicant: (1) Describes how the proposed project was developed; (2) 
demonstrates that a sound basis for the project exists; and (3) 
demonstrates that the applicant is ready to implement the project if 
funded. Information may vary depending upon how the planning process 
for the project was conducted and what is being requested. Planning and 
local/regional prioritization should:
    a. Describe the planning document and/or the planning process 
conducted to identify the proposed project;
    b. Provide a detailed project description including the proposed 
service, vehicle and facility needs, and other pertinent 
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proposed or existing service implementation;
    c. Identify existing transportation services in and near the 
proposed service area, and document in detail whether the proposed 
project will provide opportunities to coordinate service with existing 
transit services, including human service agencies, intercity bus 
services, or other public transit providers;
    d. Discuss the level of support by the community and/or tribal 
government for the proposed project;
    e. Describe how the mobility and client-access needs of tribal 
human services agencies were considered in the planning process;
    f. Describe what opportunities for public participation were 
provided in the planning process and how the proposed transit service 
or existing service has been coordinated with transportation provided 
for the clients of human services agencies, with intercity bus 
transportation in the area, or with any other rural public transit 
providers;
    g. Describe how the proposed service complements rather than 
duplicates any currently available services;
    h. Describe the implementation schedule for the proposed project, 
including time period, staffing, and procurement; and
    i. Describe any other planning or coordination efforts not 
mentioned above.
ii. Project Readiness
    Applications will be evaluated on the degree to which the applicant 
describes readiness to implement the project. The project readiness 
factor involves assessing whether:
    a. Project is a Categorical Exclusion (CE) or the required 
environmental work has been initiated or completed for construction 
projects requiring an Environmental Assessment (EA) or Environmental 
Impact Statement (EIS) under, among others, the National Environmental 
Policy Act of 1969, as Amended;
    b. Project implementation plans are complete, including initial 
design of facilities Projects;
    c. Project funds can be obligated and the project can be 
implemented quickly, if selected; and
    d. Applicant demonstrates the ability to carry out the proposed 
project successfully.
iii. Demonstration of Need
    Applications will be evaluated based on the degree to which the 
applicant identifies the need for transit resources. In addition to 
project-specific criteria, FTA will consider the project's impact on 
service delivery and whether the project represents a one-time or 
periodic need that cannot reasonably be funded from the FTA program 
formula allocations or State and/or local resources. FTA will evaluate 
how the proposal demonstrates the transit needs of the Indian tribe as 
well as how the proposed transit improvements or the new service will 
address identified transit needs. Proposals should include information 
such as destinations and services not currently accessible by transit, 
needs for access to jobs or health care, safety enhancements or special 
needs of elders, individuals with disabilities, behavioral health care 
needs of youth, income-based community needs, or other mobility needs. 
If an applicant received a planning grant in previous fiscal years, it 
should indicate the status of the planning study and how the proposed 
project relates to that study.
    Applicants applying for capital expansion or replacement projects 
should also address the following factors in their proposal. If the 
proposal is for capital funding associated with an expansion or 
expanded service, the applicant should describe how current or growing 
demand for the service necessitates the expansion (and therefore, more 
capital) and/or the degree to how the project is addressing a current 
capacity constraint. Capital replacement projects should include 
information about the age, condition, and performance of the asset to 
be replaced by the proposed project and/or how the replacement may be 
necessary to maintain the transit system in a state of good repair.
iv. Demonstration of Benefits
    Applications will be evaluated based on the degree to which the 
applicant identifies expected or, in the case of existing service, 
achieved project benefits. FTA is particularly interested in how these 
investments will improve the quality of life for the tribe and 
surrounding communities in which it is located. Applicants should 
describe how the transportation service or capital investment will 
provide greater access to employment opportunities, educational 
centers, healthcare, or other needs that profoundly impact the quality 
of life for the community, as described in the program purpose above. 
Possible examples include increased or sustained ridership and daily 
trips, improved service, elimination of gaps in service, improved 
operations and coordination, increased reliability, health care, 
education, and economic benefits to the community. Benefits can be 
demonstrated by identifying the population of tribal members and non-
tribal members in the proposed project service area and estimating the 
number of daily one-way trips the proposed transit service will provide 
or the actual number of individual riders served. Applicants are 
encouraged to consider qualitative and quantitative benefits to the 
Indian tribe and to the surrounding communities that are meaningful to 
them.
    Based on the information provided under the demonstration of 
benefits, FTA will rate proposals based on the quality and extent to 
which they discuss the following four factors:
    a. The project's ability to improve transit efficiency or increase 
ridership;
    b. Whether the project will improve or maintain mobility, or 
eliminate gaps in service for the Indian tribe;
    c. Whether the project will improve or maintain access to important 
destinations and services;
    d. Any other qualitative benefits, such as greater access to jobs, 
education and health care services.
v. Financial Commitment and Operating Capacity
    Applications must identify the source of local match (10 percent is 
required for all operating and capital projects), and any other funding 
sources used by the Indian tribe to support proposed transit services, 
including human service transportation funding, FHWA's Tribal 
Transportation Program funding, or other FTA programs. If requesting 
that FTA waive the local match based on financial hardship, the 
applicant must submit budgets and sources of other revenue to 
demonstrate hardship. FTA will review this information and notify 
tribes at the time of award if the waiver is approved. If applicable, 
the applicant also should describe how prior year TTP funds were spent 
to date to support the service. Additionally, Indian tribes applying to 
operate new services should provide a sustainable funding plan that 
demonstrates how it intends to maintain operations.

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    In evaluating proposals, FTA will consider any other resources the 
Indian tribe will contribute to the project, including in-kind 
contributions, commitments of support from local businesses, donations 
of land or equipment, and human resources. The proposal should describe 
to what extent the new project or funding for existing service 
leverages other funding. Based upon the information provided, the 
proposals will be rated on the extent to which the proposal 
demonstrates that:
    a. TTP funding does not replace existing funding;
    b. The Indian tribe will provide non-financial support to the 
project;
    c. The Indian tribe is able to demonstrate a sustainable funding 
plan; and
    d. Project funds are used in coordination with other services for 
efficient utilization of funds.
vi. Evaluation Criteria for Planning Proposals
    For planning grants, the proposal must describe the need for and a 
general scope of the proposed study. Applications will be evaluated 
based on the degree to which the applicant addresses the following:
    1. The tribe's long-term commitment to transit; and
    2. The method used to implement the proposed study and/or further 
tribal transit.

2. Review and Selection Process

    An FTA technical evaluation committee will review proposals under 
the project evaluation criteria. Members of the technical evaluation 
committee and other involved FTA staff reserve the right to screen, 
rate the applications, and seek clarification about any statement in an 
application. After consideration of the findings of the technical 
evaluation committee, the FTA Administrator will determine the final 
selection and amount of funding for each project. Geographic diversity 
and the applicant's receipt and management of other Federal transit 
funds may be considered in FTA's award decisions. After applying the 
above preferences, the FTA Administrator will consider the following 
key Departmental objectives:
    (A) Supporting economic vitality at the national and regional 
level;
    (B) Utilizing alternative funding sources and innovative financing 
models to attract non-Federal sources of infrastructure investment;
    (C) Accounting for the life-cycle costs of the project to promote 
the state of good repair;
    (D) Using innovative approaches to improve safety and expedite 
project delivery; and,
    (E) Holding grant recipients accountable for their performance and 
achieving specific, measurable outcomes identified by grant applicants.
    Prior to making an award, FTA is required to review and consider 
any information about the applicant that is in the designated integrity 
and performance system accessible through SAM (currently FAPIIS). An 
applicant, at its option, may review information in the designated 
integrity and performance systems accessible through SAM and comment on 
any information about itself that a Federal awarding agency previously 
entered and is currently in the designated integrity and performance 
system accessible through SAM.

F. Federal Award Administration

1. Federal Award Notice

    FTA will publish a list of the selected projects, including Federal 
dollar amounts and award recipients on the FTA's website. Project 
recipients should contact their FTA Regional Offices and tribal liaison 
for information about setting up grants in FTA's Transit Award 
Management System (TrAMS).

2. Award Administration

    Successful proposals will be awarded through FTA's TrAMS as grant 
agreements. The appropriate FTA Regional Office and tribal liaison will 
manage project agreements.

3. Administrative and National Policy Requirements

    Except as otherwise provided in this NOFO, TTP grants are subject 
to the requirements of 49 U.S.C. 5311(c)(1) as described in the latest 
FTA Circular 9040 for the Formula Grants for Rural Areas Program.

4. Reporting

    The post award reporting requirements include submission of the 
Federal Financial Report (FFR) and Milestone Progress Report in TrAMs, 
and FTA's National Transit Database (NTD) reporting as appropriate (see 
FTA Circular 9040). Reports to TrAMS and NTD are due annually.

G. Federal Awarding Agency Contacts

    For further information concerning this notice, please contact 
Douglas Moore, Office of Program Management, (202) 366-0876, email: 
[email protected]. A TDD is available at 1-800-877-8339 (TDD/FIRS).

H. Other Information

    This program is not subject to Executive Order 12372, 
``Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.'' FTA will consider 
applications for funding only from eligible recipients for eligible 
projects listed in Section C-2. Due to funding limitations, applicants 
that are selected for funding may receive less than the amount 
requested.
    Additionally, to assist tribes with understanding requirements 
under the TTP, FTA has conducted Tribal Transit Technical Assistance 
Workshops and will continue those efforts in FY 2018. FTA has expanded 
its technical assistance to tribes receiving funds under this program. 
Through the Tribal Transit Technical Assistance Assessments Initiative, 
FTA collaborates with Tribal Transit Leaders to review processes and 
identify areas in need of improvement and then assists to offer 
solutions to address these needs--all in a supportive and mutually 
beneficial manner that results in technical assistance. FTA has 
completed thirty assessments to date and expects to conduct fifteen 
assessments in FY 2018. These assessments include discussions of 
compliance areas pursuant to the Master Agreement, a site visit, 
promising practices reviews, and technical assistance from FTA and its 
contractors. These workshops and assessments have received exemplary 
feedback from Tribal Transit Leaders and provided FTA with invaluable 
opportunities to learn more about Tribal Transit Leaders' perspectives 
and better honor the sovereignty of tribal nations.
    FTA will post information about upcoming workshops to its website 
and will disseminate information about the assessments through its 
regional offices.
    Contact information for FTA's regional offices can be found on 
FTA's website at www.transit.dot.gov. Applicants may also receive 
technical assistance by contacting their FTA regional Tribal Liaison. A 
list of Tribal Liaisons is available on FTA's website at 
www.transit.dot.gov.

    Issued in Washington, DC.
K. Jane Williams,
Acting Administrator.
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