Agency Information Collection Activities: Renewed Approval of Information Collection, 67484-67487 [2018-28237]

Download as PDF amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 67484 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 248 / Friday, December 28, 2018 / Notices 19. US 69/FM 779 Interchange in Wood County, Texas. The project will construct a grade-separated interchange along US 69 over the existing intersection at FM 779. US 69 would be widened from a two-lane roadway to a four-lane divided roadway with depressed median. The project length is approximately 2.17 miles. The actions by TxDOT and Federal agencies and the laws under which such actions were taken are described in the Final Categorical Exclusion approved on December 7, 2017, and other documents in the TxDOT project file. The Categorical Exclusion Determination and other documents in the TxDOT project file are available by contacting TxDOT at the address provided above or the TxDOT Tyler District Office at 2709 W. Front St., Tyler, TX 75702; telephone (903) 510–9100. 20. IH–20 Ramps from CR 433 to CR 431, in Smith County, Texas. The project will construct westbound and eastbound frontage roads for IH–20 and will include entrance and exit ramp reconfigurations for the IH–20 and US 69 intersection. The project length is approximately 4.0 miles. The actions by TxDOT and Federal agencies and the laws under which such actions were taken are described in the Final Categorical Exclusion approved on March 19, 2018, and other documents in the TxDOT project file. The Categorical Exclusion Determination and other documents in the TxDOT project file are available by contacting TxDOT at the address provided above or the TxDOT Tyler District Office at 2709 W. Front St., Tyler, TX 75702; telephone (903) 510–9100. 21. US 69 from IH10 to Tram Road, in Jefferson County, Texas. The project will widen US 69 from 4 to 6 lanes as a divided highway with a concrete median barrier, add merging lanes, remove the US69 north bound exit ramp to Delaware Street, relocate ramps at Chinn and Tram Roads and widen overpass bridges. The project length is approximately 5.9 miles. The actions by TxDOT and Federal agencies and the laws under which such actions were taken are described in the Final Categorical Exclusion approved on June 1, 2018, and other documents in the TxDOT project file. The Categorical Exclusion Determination and other documents in the TxDOT project file are available by contacting TxDOT at the address provided above or the TxDOT Beaumont District Office at 8350 Eastex Freeway, Beaumont, TX 77708; telephone (409) 892–7311. 22. I–10 from FM 365 East to Walden Road (CR 131), in Jefferson County, Texas. The project will reconstruct and widen I–10 to a six-lane highway, with 12-foot wide travel lanes, 10-foot wide outside shoulders, 10-foot wide inside shoulders, and a concrete median barrier. In addition, the Brooks Road Overpass will be replaced and the Boyt Road Overpass will be removed. The project length is approximately 9.9 miles. The actions by TxDOT and Federal agencies and the laws under which such actions were taken are described in the Final Categorical Exclusion approved on June 1, 2018, and other documents in the TxDOT project file. The Categorical Exclusion Determination and other documents in the TxDOT project file are available by contacting TxDOT at the VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:13 Dec 27, 2018 Jkt 247001 address provided above or the TxDOT Beaumont District Office at 8350 Eastex Freeway, Beaumont, TX 77708; telephone (409) 892–7311. Authority: 23 U.S.C. 139(l)(1). Issued on: December 17, 2018. Michael T. Leary, Director, Planning and Program Development, Federal Highway Administration. [FR Doc. 2018–27698 Filed 12–27–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–22–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Office of the Secretary [Docket No. DOT–OST–2015–0061] Agency Information Collection Activities: Renewed Approval of Information Collection AGENCY: Office of the Secretary (OST), DOT. 60-Day Notice and Request for Comments. ACTION: The Department of Transportation (DOT) invites public comments on our intention to request Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval to renew an information collection (OMB Control Number 2105–0563) in accordance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The collection is necessary for administration of the BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grants Program. BUILD Transportation grants support surface transportation infrastructure projects that have a significant local or regional impact. DATES: Written comments should be submitted by February 26, 2019. ADDRESSES: To ensure that you do not duplicate your docket submissions, please submit them by only one of the following means: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, West Building Ground Floor, Room, W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001. • Hand delivery: West Building Ground Floor, Room W–12–140 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The telephone number is 202–366–9329. Instructions: To ensure proper docketing of your comment, please include the agency name and docket number [DOT–OST–2015–0061] at the beginning of your comments. All SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00274 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 comments received will be posted without change to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Howard Hill, Office of the Under Secretary for Transportation Policy, at 202–366–0301 or BUILDgrants@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: OMB Control Number: 2105–0563. Title: National Infrastructure Investments or ‘‘BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grants’’. Form Numbers: None. Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection. Background: The Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development or ‘‘BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grants’’ program was created as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Through the Recovery Act and nine appropriations acts, Congress provided DOT with funding for ten rounds of competitive grants totaling nearly $5.6 billion for capital and planning investments in surface transportation infrastructure. DOT published a notice in the Federal Register on April 27, 2018 announcing the availability of $1.5 billion for the latest round of BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grants (83 FR 18651–01). BUILD recipients provide information to the Government so that the Government may monitor the financial conditions and construction progress of BUILDsupported projects and the effectiveness of those projects using performance measurement metrics negotiated between the recipients and the Government. This notice seeks comments on the existing information collection, which collects information from grantees that is necessary for grant applications and the reporting requirements agreed to by recipients of TIGER and BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grants. The reporting requirements for the program is as follows: In order to be considered to receive a BUILD grant, a project sponsor must submit an application to DOT containing a project narrative, as detailed in the Notice of Funding Opportunity. The project narrative should include the information necessary for the Department to determine that the project satisfies eligibility requirements as warranted by law. This request renews the existing clearance to cover applications solicited for future National Infrastructure Investments appropriations, solicited in a manner similar to the solicitation for TIGER and BUILD applications. Following the announcement of a funding award, the recipient and DOT E:\FR\FM\28DEN1.SGM 28DEN1 amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 248 / Friday, December 28, 2018 / Notices will negotiate and sign a grant agreement. In the grant agreement, the recipient must describe the project that DOT agreed to fund, which is typically the project that was described in the TIGER/BUILD application or a reducedscope version of that project. The grant agreement must also include a detailed breakdown of the project schedule and a budget listing all major activities that will be completed as part of the project. During the project management stage, grantees will submit reports on the financial condition of the project and the project’s progress. Grantees will submit progress and monitoring reports to the Government on a quarterly basis, beginning on the 20th of the first month of the calendar-year quarter following the execution of a grant agreement, and on the 20th of the first month of each calendar-year quarter thereafter until completion of the project. The report will include an executive summary and sections to show: Project activities; outstanding issues; project schedule; project cost; project funding status; and project quality, along with an SF–425 Federal Financial Report. This information will be used to monitor grantees’ use of Federal funds, ensuring accountability and financial transparency in the TIGER/BUILD program. Grantees will also submit reports on project performance using certain performance measures that the grantee and the Government select through negotiations. The Grantees will submit a Pre-project Report that will consist of current baseline data for each of the performance measures specified in the grant agreement. The Pre-project Report will include a detailed description of data sources, assumptions, variability, and the estimated level of precision for each measure. The Grantees will submit annual interim Project Performance Measurement Reports to the Government for each of the performance measures. Grantees will submit reports for three years. The Grantees will submit a Project Outcomes Report after the project is completed that will consist of a narrative discussion detailing project successes and/or the influence of external factors on project expectations. This information collected will be used to analyze project performance. The Department’s estimated burden for this information collection is the following: Expected Number of Respondents: 850 applications. Frequency: Quarterly, and Yearly. Estimated Average Burden per Response: 100 hours for each Application, 1 hour for each Grant VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:13 Dec 27, 2018 Jkt 247001 Agreement, 6.5 hours for each request for Quarterly Progress and Monitoring Report; 6 hours for each Quarterly Performance Measurement Report. Estimated Total Annual Burden: 106,325 hours. The following is detailed information and instructions regarding the specific reporting requirements for each report identified above: Application In order to be considered to receive a BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grant, prospective grantees must submit an application to DOT containing a project narrative, as detailed in the Notice of Funding Opportunity, with the following timing and frequency requirements: Æ Frequency: Typically annually, as funding is appropriated by Congress. Æ Application covers: Project narrative and information necessary for the Department to determine that the project satisfies eligibility requirements. Æ Start: At the opening date of the Notice of Funding Opportunity. Æ End: At the closing date of the Notice of Funding Opportunity. Grant Agreement BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grant program grantees will negotiate and sign a grant agreement with DOT, with the following timing and frequency requirements: Æ Frequency: One time. Æ Grant agreement covers: Detailed project scope, schedule, and budget, and terms of agreement between DOT and the grantee. Æ Start: After funding announcements have been made by DOT. Æ End: At the end of the obligation period, as set by Congress, typically two or three years after funding has been appropriated. Project Progress and Monitoring Report BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grant program grantees will submit a Project Progress and Monitoring Report to the Government with the following timing and frequency requirements: Æ Frequency: Quarterly. Æ Report covers: Previous quarter. Æ Start: Upon award of grant. Æ End: Once construction is complete. Grantees use the following structure when preparing this report: The following list enumerates the required sections in the quarterly progress reports. At the discretion of the USDOT, modifications or additions can be made to produce a quarterly reporting format that will most effectively serve both the Recipient and PO 00000 Frm 00275 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 67485 the USDOT. Some projects will have a more extensive quarterly status than others. For smaller projects, the USDOT may determine that the content of the quarterly reports will be streamlined and project status meetings will be held on a less-frequent basis. The first quarterly progress report should include a detailed description, and where appropriate, drawings, of the items funded. (a) Project Overall Status. This section provides an overall status of the project’s scope, schedule and budget. The Recipient shall note and explain any deviations from the scope of work described in Attachment A, the schedule described in Attachment B, or the budget described in Attachment C. (b) Project Significant Activities and Issues. This section provides highlights of key activities, accomplishments, and issues occurring on the project during the previous quarter. Activities and deliverables to be reported on should include meetings, audits and other reviews, design packages submitted, advertisements, awards, construction submittals, construction completion milestones, submittals related to any applicable Recovery Act requirements, media or Congressional inquiries, value engineering/constructability reviews, and other items of significance. (c) Action Items/Outstanding Issues. This section should draw attention to, and track the progress of, highly significant or sensitive issues requiring action and direction in order to resolve. In general, issues and administrative requirements that could have a significant or adverse impact to the project’s scope, budget, schedule, quality, safety, and/or compliance with Federal requirements should be included. Status, responsible person(s), and due dates should be included for each action item/outstanding issue. Action items requiring action or direction should be included in the quarterly status meeting agenda. The action items/outstanding issues may be dropped from this section upon full implementation of the remedial action, and upon no further monitoring anticipated. (d) Project Scope Overview. The purpose of this section is to provide a further update regarding the project scope. If the original scope contained in the grant agreement is still accurate, this section can simply state that the scope is unchanged. (e) Project Schedule. An updated master program schedule reflecting the current status of the program activities should be included in this section. A Gantt (bar) type chart is probably the most appropriate for quarterly reporting E:\FR\FM\28DEN1.SGM 28DEN1 amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 67486 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 248 / Friday, December 28, 2018 / Notices purposes, with the ultimate format to be agreed upon between the Recipient and the USDOT. It is imperative that the master program schedule be integrated, i.e., the individual contract milestones tied to each other, such that any delays occurring in one activity will be reflected throughout the entire program schedule, with a realistic completion date being reported. Narratives, tables, and/or graphs should accompany the updated master program schedule, basically detailing the current schedule status, delays and potential exposures, and recovery efforts. The following information should also be included: • Current overall project completion percentage vs. latest plan percentage. • Completion percentages vs. latest plan percentages for major activities such as right-of-way, major or critical design contracts, major or critical construction contracts, and significant force accounts or task orders. A schedule status description should also be included for each of these major or critical elements. • Any delays or potential exposures to milestone and final completion dates. The delays and exposures should be quantified, and overall schedule impacts assessed. The reasons for the delays and exposures should be explained, and initiatives being analyzed or implemented in order to recover the schedule should be detailed. (f) Project Cost. An updated cost spreadsheet reflecting the current forecasted cost vs. the latest approved budget vs. the baseline budget should be included in this section. One way to track project cost is to show: (1) Baseline Budget, (2) Latest Approved Budget, (3) Current Forecasted Cost Estimate, (4) Expenditures or Commitments to Date, and (5) Variance between Current Forecasted Cost and Latest Approved Budget. Line items should include all significant cost centers, such as prior costs, right-ofway, preliminary engineering, environmental mitigation, general engineering consultant, section design contracts, construction administration, utilities, construction packages, force accounts/task orders, wrap-up insurance, construction contingencies, management contingencies, and other contingencies. The line items can be broken-up in enough detail such that specific areas of cost change can be sufficiently tracked and future improvements made to the overall cost estimating methodology. A Program Total line should be included at the bottom of the spreadsheet. Narratives, tables, and/or graphs should accompany the updated cost spreadsheet, basically detailing the current cost status, reasons VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:13 Dec 27, 2018 Jkt 247001 for cost deviations, impacts of cost overruns, and efforts to mitigate cost overruns. The following information should be provided: • Reasons for each line item deviation from the approved budget, impacts resulting from the deviations, and initiatives being analyzed or implemented in order to recover any cost overruns. • Transfer of costs to and from contingency line items, and reasons supporting the transfers. • Speculative cost changes that potentially may develop in the future, a quantified dollar range for each potential cost change, and the current status of the speculative change. Also, a comparison analysis to the available contingency amounts should be included, showing that reasonable and sufficient amounts of contingency remain to keep the project within the latest approved budget. • Detailed cost breakdown of the general engineering consultant (GEC) services (if applicable), including such line items as contract amounts, task orders issued (amounts), balance remaining for tasks, and accrued (billable) costs. • Federal obligations and/or disbursements for the project, compared to planned obligations and disbursements. (g) Federal Financial Report (SF–425). The Federal Financial Report (SF–425) is a financial reporting form used throughout the Federal Government Grant system. Recipients shall complete this form and attach it to each quarterly Project Progress and Monitoring Report. The form is available at http:// www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/ omb/assets/grants_forms/SF-425.pdf. (h) Certifications. A certification that the Recipient is in compliance with 2 CFR 200.303 (Internal Controls) and 2 CFR part 200, subpart F (Audit Requirements). Performance Measurement Reports BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grant program grantees will submit Performance Measure Reports on the performance (or projected performance) of the project using the performance measures that the grantee and the Government selected through negotiations with the following timing and frequency requirements: Æ Frequency: Quarterly. Æ Report covers: Previous year. Æ Start: Once, upon award of grant; Annual, for three years after construction completes; once, no later than four years after construction completes. PO 00000 Frm 00276 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Æ End: At the end of agreed upon performance measurement period. Grantees should use the following structure when preparing this report: 1. Performance Measure Data Collection. The Recipient shall collect the data necessary to report on each performance measure that is identified in the grant agreement. Grantees may select performance measures from the list available at https:// www.transportation.gov/ administrations/office-policy/tigerperformance-measurement-guidanceappendix, according to the type of project. 2. Pre-project Performance Measurement Report. The Recipient shall submit to DOT, on or before the Pre-project Report Date that is stated in the grant agreement, a Pre-project Performance Measurement Report that contains: (1) Baseline data for each performance measure that is identified in the grant agreement, accurate as of the Pre-project Measurement Date; and (2) a detailed description of the data sources, assumptions, variability, and estimated levels of precision for each measure. 3. Interim Performance Measurement Reports. After project completion, the Recipient shall submit to DOT on or before each of the periodic reporting dates specified in the Performance Measurement Table in the grant agreement, an Interim Performance Measurement Report containing data for each performance measure that is identified in that table, accurate as of the final date of the measurement period specified in that table. If an external factor significantly affects the value of a performance measure during a measurement period, then in the Interim Performance Measurement Report the Recipient shall identify that external factor and discuss its influence on the performance measure. 4. Project Outcomes Report. The Recipient shall submit to DOT, on or before the Project Outcomes Report Date that is stated in the grant agreement, a Project Outcomes Report that contains: (1) A narrative discussion detailing project successes and the influence of external factors on project expectations; (2) all baseline and interim performance measurement data that the Recipient reported in the Pre-project Performance Measurement Report and the Interim Performance Measurement Reports; and (3) an ex post examination of project effectiveness relative to the baseline data that the Recipient reported in the Pre-project Performance Measurement Report. E:\FR\FM\28DEN1.SGM 28DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 248 / Friday, December 28, 2018 / Notices Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of this information collection, including (a) whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for OST’s performance; (b) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (c) ways for OST to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information collection; and (d) ways that the burden could be minimized without reducing the quality of the collected information. The agency will summarize and/or include your comments in the request for OMB’s clearance of this information collection. Authority: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995; 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended; and 49 CFR 1:48. Issued in Washington, DC, on December, 20, 2018. John Augustine, Director of the Office of Infrastructure Finance and Innovation, Office of the Under Secretary for Transportation Policy. [FR Doc. 2018–28237 Filed 12–27–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–XX–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Financial Crimes Enforcement Network; Bank Secrecy Act Advisory Group; Solicitation of Application for Membership Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (‘‘FinCEN’’), Treasury. ACTION: Notice and request for nominations. AGENCY: FinCEN is inviting the public to nominate financial institutions, trade groups, and non-federal regulators or law enforcement agencies for membership on the Bank Secrecy Act Advisory Group. New members will be selected for three-year membership terms. SUMMARY: Nominations must be received by January 28, 2019. ADDRESSES: Nominations must be emailed to BSAAG@fincen.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: FinCEN Resource Center at 800–767– 2825. DATES: The Annunzio-Wylie Anti-Money Laundering Act of 1992 required the Secretary of the Treasury to establish a Bank Secrecy Act Advisory Group (BSAAG) consisting of representatives from federal regulatory and law enforcement agencies, financial institutions, and trade groups with members subject to the requirements of the Bank Secrecy Act, 31 CFR 1000– 1099 et seq. or Section 6050I of the amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:13 Dec 27, 2018 Jkt 247001 Internal Revenue Code of 1986. The BSAAG is the means by which the Treasury receives advice on the operations of the Bank Secrecy Act. As chair of the BSAAG, the Director of FinCEN is responsible for ensuring that relevant issues are placed before the BSAAG for review, analysis, and discussion. BSAAG membership is open to financial institutions, trade groups, and non-federal regulators and law enforcement agencies. Membership is granted to organizations, not to individuals. Organizational members will be selected to serve a three-year term and must designate one individual to represent that member at plenary meetings. The designated representative should be knowledgeable about Bank Secrecy Act requirements and the representative’s organization must be able and willing to devote the necessary personnel time and effort. Examples of expected effort include actively sharing not just anecdotal perspectives, but also quantifiable insights, on BSA requirements and industry trends in BSAAG discussions. The organization’s representative must be able to attend biannual plenary meetings, generally conducted over one or two days, held in Washington, DC, in May and October. Additional BSAAG meetings are held by phone or in person. It is important to provide complete answers to the following items, as nominations will be evaluated on the information provided through this application process. There is no formal application; interested organizations may submit their nominations via email or email attachment. Nominations should consist of: • Name of the organization requesting membership • Point of contact, title, address, email address and phone number • Description of the financial institution or trade group and its involvement with the Bank Secrecy Act, 31 CFR 1000–1099 et seq. • Reasons why the organization’s participation on the BSAAG will bring value to the group Organizations may nominate themselves, but nominations for individuals who are not representing an organization will not be considered. Members will not be remunerated for their time, services, or travel. In making the selections, FinCEN will seek to complement current BSAAG members in terms of affiliation, industry, and geographic representation. The Director of FinCEN retains full discretion on all membership decisions. The Director may consider prior years’ applications PO 00000 Frm 00277 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 67487 when making selections and does not limit consideration to institutions nominated by the public when making selections. Dated: December 20, 2018. Kenneth A. Blanco, Director, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. [FR Doc. 2018–28178 Filed 12–27–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4810–02–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Agency Information Collection Activities; Emergency Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Quarterly Dealer Agenda Survey Departmental Offices, U.S. Department of the Treasury. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Department of the Treasury has submitted the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance utilizing emergency review procedures in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. Emergency review and approval of this collection has been requested from OMB by January 10, 2019. The public is invited to submit comments on this request. DATES: Comments should be received on or before January 10, 2019 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: Send comments regarding the burden estimate, or any other aspect of the information collection, including suggestions for reducing the burden, to (1) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Attention: Desk Officer for Treasury, New Executive Office Building, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503, or email at OIRA_Submission@ OMB.EOP.gov and (2) Treasury PRA Clearance Officer, 1750 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 8100, Washington, DC 20220, or email at PRA@treasury.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Copies of the submissions may be obtained from Jennifer Quintana by emailing PRA@treasury.gov, calling (202) 622–0489, or viewing the entire information collection request at www.reginfo.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Treasury Departmental Offices (DO) Title: Quarterly Dealer Agenda Survey. OMB Control Number: 1505–NEW. Type of Review: Request for a New OMB Control Number. Description: The Department of the Treasury (Treasury), Office of Debt E:\FR\FM\28DEN1.SGM 28DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Office of the Secretary

[Docket No. DOT-OST-2015-0061]


Agency Information Collection Activities: Renewed Approval of 
Information Collection

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary (OST), DOT.

ACTION: 60-Day Notice and Request for Comments.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Transportation (DOT) invites public comments 
on our intention to request Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
approval to renew an information collection (OMB Control Number 2105-
0563) in accordance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995. The collection is necessary for administration of the 
BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grants Program. BUILD Transportation 
grants support surface transportation infrastructure projects that have 
a significant local or regional impact.

DATES: Written comments should be submitted by February 26, 2019.

ADDRESSES: To ensure that you do not duplicate your docket submissions, 
please submit them by only one of the following means:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and follow the online instructions for submitting 
comments.
     Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of 
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, West Building Ground Floor, 
Room, W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
     Hand delivery: West Building Ground Floor, Room W-12-140 
1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through 
Friday, except Federal holidays. The telephone number is 202-366-9329.
    Instructions: To ensure proper docketing of your comment, please 
include the agency name and docket number [DOT-OST-2015-0061] at the 
beginning of your comments. All comments received will be posted 
without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal 
information provided.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Howard Hill, Office of the Under 
Secretary for Transportation Policy, at 202-366-0301 or 
BUILDgrants@dot.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: OMB Control Number: 2105-0563.
    Title: National Infrastructure Investments or ``BUILD 
Transportation Discretionary Grants''.
    Form Numbers: None.
    Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection.
    Background: The Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage 
Development or ``BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grants'' program 
was created as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 
2009. Through the Recovery Act and nine appropriations acts, Congress 
provided DOT with funding for ten rounds of competitive grants totaling 
nearly $5.6 billion for capital and planning investments in surface 
transportation infrastructure. DOT published a notice in the Federal 
Register on April 27, 2018 announcing the availability of $1.5 billion 
for the latest round of BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grants (83 
FR 18651-01). BUILD recipients provide information to the Government so 
that the Government may monitor the financial conditions and 
construction progress of BUILD-supported projects and the effectiveness 
of those projects using performance measurement metrics negotiated 
between the recipients and the Government.
    This notice seeks comments on the existing information collection, 
which collects information from grantees that is necessary for grant 
applications and the reporting requirements agreed to by recipients of 
TIGER and BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grants.
    The reporting requirements for the program is as follows:
    In order to be considered to receive a BUILD grant, a project 
sponsor must submit an application to DOT containing a project 
narrative, as detailed in the Notice of Funding Opportunity. The 
project narrative should include the information necessary for the 
Department to determine that the project satisfies eligibility 
requirements as warranted by law. This request renews the existing 
clearance to cover applications solicited for future National 
Infrastructure Investments appropriations, solicited in a manner 
similar to the solicitation for TIGER and BUILD applications.
    Following the announcement of a funding award, the recipient and 
DOT

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will negotiate and sign a grant agreement. In the grant agreement, the 
recipient must describe the project that DOT agreed to fund, which is 
typically the project that was described in the TIGER/BUILD application 
or a reduced-scope version of that project. The grant agreement must 
also include a detailed breakdown of the project schedule and a budget 
listing all major activities that will be completed as part of the 
project.
    During the project management stage, grantees will submit reports 
on the financial condition of the project and the project's progress. 
Grantees will submit progress and monitoring reports to the Government 
on a quarterly basis, beginning on the 20th of the first month of the 
calendar-year quarter following the execution of a grant agreement, and 
on the 20th of the first month of each calendar-year quarter thereafter 
until completion of the project. The report will include an executive 
summary and sections to show: Project activities; outstanding issues; 
project schedule; project cost; project funding status; and project 
quality, along with an SF-425 Federal Financial Report.
    This information will be used to monitor grantees' use of Federal 
funds, ensuring accountability and financial transparency in the TIGER/
BUILD program.
    Grantees will also submit reports on project performance using 
certain performance measures that the grantee and the Government select 
through negotiations. The Grantees will submit a Pre-project Report 
that will consist of current baseline data for each of the performance 
measures specified in the grant agreement. The Pre-project Report will 
include a detailed description of data sources, assumptions, 
variability, and the estimated level of precision for each measure. The 
Grantees will submit annual interim Project Performance Measurement 
Reports to the Government for each of the performance measures. 
Grantees will submit reports for three years. The Grantees will submit 
a Project Outcomes Report after the project is completed that will 
consist of a narrative discussion detailing project successes and/or 
the influence of external factors on project expectations.
    This information collected will be used to analyze project 
performance.
    The Department's estimated burden for this information collection 
is the following:
    Expected Number of Respondents: 850 applications.
    Frequency: Quarterly, and Yearly.
    Estimated Average Burden per Response: 100 hours for each 
Application, 1 hour for each Grant Agreement, 6.5 hours for each 
request for Quarterly Progress and Monitoring Report; 6 hours for each 
Quarterly Performance Measurement Report.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 106,325 hours.
    The following is detailed information and instructions regarding 
the specific reporting requirements for each report identified above:

Application

    In order to be considered to receive a BUILD Transportation 
Discretionary Grant, prospective grantees must submit an application to 
DOT containing a project narrative, as detailed in the Notice of 
Funding Opportunity, with the following timing and frequency 
requirements:
    [cir] Frequency: Typically annually, as funding is appropriated by 
Congress.
    [cir] Application covers: Project narrative and information 
necessary for the Department to determine that the project satisfies 
eligibility requirements.
    [cir] Start: At the opening date of the Notice of Funding 
Opportunity.
    [cir] End: At the closing date of the Notice of Funding 
Opportunity.

Grant Agreement

    BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grant program grantees will 
negotiate and sign a grant agreement with DOT, with the following 
timing and frequency requirements:
    [cir] Frequency: One time.
    [cir] Grant agreement covers: Detailed project scope, schedule, and 
budget, and terms of agreement between DOT and the grantee.
    [cir] Start: After funding announcements have been made by DOT.
    [cir] End: At the end of the obligation period, as set by Congress, 
typically two or three years after funding has been appropriated.

Project Progress and Monitoring Report

    BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grant program grantees will 
submit a Project Progress and Monitoring Report to the Government with 
the following timing and frequency requirements:
    [cir] Frequency: Quarterly.
    [cir] Report covers: Previous quarter.
    [cir] Start: Upon award of grant.
    [cir] End: Once construction is complete.

Grantees use the following structure when preparing this report:
    The following list enumerates the required sections in the 
quarterly progress reports. At the discretion of the USDOT, 
modifications or additions can be made to produce a quarterly reporting 
format that will most effectively serve both the Recipient and the 
USDOT. Some projects will have a more extensive quarterly status than 
others. For smaller projects, the USDOT may determine that the content 
of the quarterly reports will be streamlined and project status 
meetings will be held on a less-frequent basis. The first quarterly 
progress report should include a detailed description, and where 
appropriate, drawings, of the items funded.
    (a) Project Overall Status. This section provides an overall status 
of the project's scope, schedule and budget. The Recipient shall note 
and explain any deviations from the scope of work described in 
Attachment A, the schedule described in Attachment B, or the budget 
described in Attachment C.
    (b) Project Significant Activities and Issues. This section 
provides highlights of key activities, accomplishments, and issues 
occurring on the project during the previous quarter. Activities and 
deliverables to be reported on should include meetings, audits and 
other reviews, design packages submitted, advertisements, awards, 
construction submittals, construction completion milestones, submittals 
related to any applicable Recovery Act requirements, media or 
Congressional inquiries, value engineering/constructability reviews, 
and other items of significance.
    (c) Action Items/Outstanding Issues. This section should draw 
attention to, and track the progress of, highly significant or 
sensitive issues requiring action and direction in order to resolve. In 
general, issues and administrative requirements that could have a 
significant or adverse impact to the project's scope, budget, schedule, 
quality, safety, and/or compliance with Federal requirements should be 
included. Status, responsible person(s), and due dates should be 
included for each action item/outstanding issue. Action items requiring 
action or direction should be included in the quarterly status meeting 
agenda. The action items/outstanding issues may be dropped from this 
section upon full implementation of the remedial action, and upon no 
further monitoring anticipated.
    (d) Project Scope Overview. The purpose of this section is to 
provide a further update regarding the project scope. If the original 
scope contained in the grant agreement is still accurate, this section 
can simply state that the scope is unchanged.
    (e) Project Schedule. An updated master program schedule reflecting 
the current status of the program activities should be included in this 
section. A Gantt (bar) type chart is probably the most appropriate for 
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purposes, with the ultimate format to be agreed upon between the 
Recipient and the USDOT. It is imperative that the master program 
schedule be integrated, i.e., the individual contract milestones tied 
to each other, such that any delays occurring in one activity will be 
reflected throughout the entire program schedule, with a realistic 
completion date being reported. Narratives, tables, and/or graphs 
should accompany the updated master program schedule, basically 
detailing the current schedule status, delays and potential exposures, 
and recovery efforts. The following information should also be 
included:
     Current overall project completion percentage vs. latest 
plan percentage.
     Completion percentages vs. latest plan percentages for 
major activities such as right-of-way, major or critical design 
contracts, major or critical construction contracts, and significant 
force accounts or task orders. A schedule status description should 
also be included for each of these major or critical elements.
     Any delays or potential exposures to milestone and final 
completion dates. The delays and exposures should be quantified, and 
overall schedule impacts assessed. The reasons for the delays and 
exposures should be explained, and initiatives being analyzed or 
implemented in order to recover the schedule should be detailed.
    (f) Project Cost. An updated cost spreadsheet reflecting the 
current forecasted cost vs. the latest approved budget vs. the baseline 
budget should be included in this section. One way to track project 
cost is to show: (1) Baseline Budget, (2) Latest Approved Budget, (3) 
Current Forecasted Cost Estimate, (4) Expenditures or Commitments to 
Date, and (5) Variance between Current Forecasted Cost and Latest 
Approved Budget. Line items should include all significant cost 
centers, such as prior costs, right-of-way, preliminary engineering, 
environmental mitigation, general engineering consultant, section 
design contracts, construction administration, utilities, construction 
packages, force accounts/task orders, wrap-up insurance, construction 
contingencies, management contingencies, and other contingencies. The 
line items can be broken-up in enough detail such that specific areas 
of cost change can be sufficiently tracked and future improvements made 
to the overall cost estimating methodology. A Program Total line should 
be included at the bottom of the spreadsheet. Narratives, tables, and/
or graphs should accompany the updated cost spreadsheet, basically 
detailing the current cost status, reasons for cost deviations, impacts 
of cost overruns, and efforts to mitigate cost overruns. The following 
information should be provided:
     Reasons for each line item deviation from the approved 
budget, impacts resulting from the deviations, and initiatives being 
analyzed or implemented in order to recover any cost overruns.
     Transfer of costs to and from contingency line items, and 
reasons supporting the transfers.
     Speculative cost changes that potentially may develop in 
the future, a quantified dollar range for each potential cost change, 
and the current status of the speculative change. Also, a comparison 
analysis to the available contingency amounts should be included, 
showing that reasonable and sufficient amounts of contingency remain to 
keep the project within the latest approved budget.
     Detailed cost breakdown of the general engineering 
consultant (GEC) services (if applicable), including such line items as 
contract amounts, task orders issued (amounts), balance remaining for 
tasks, and accrued (billable) costs.
     Federal obligations and/or disbursements for the project, 
compared to planned obligations and disbursements.
    (g) Federal Financial Report (SF-425). The Federal Financial Report 
(SF-425) is a financial reporting form used throughout the Federal 
Government Grant system. Recipients shall complete this form and attach 
it to each quarterly Project Progress and Monitoring Report. The form 
is available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/assets/grants_forms/SF-425.pdf.
    (h) Certifications. A certification that the Recipient is in 
compliance with 2 CFR 200.303 (Internal Controls) and 2 CFR part 200, 
subpart F (Audit Requirements).

Performance Measurement Reports

    BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grant program grantees will 
submit Performance Measure Reports on the performance (or projected 
performance) of the project using the performance measures that the 
grantee and the Government selected through negotiations with the 
following timing and frequency requirements:
    [cir] Frequency: Quarterly.
    [cir] Report covers: Previous year.
    [cir] Start: Once, upon award of grant; Annual, for three years 
after construction completes; once, no later than four years after 
construction completes.
    [cir] End: At the end of agreed upon performance measurement 
period.

Grantees should use the following structure when preparing this report:
    1. Performance Measure Data Collection. The Recipient shall collect 
the data necessary to report on each performance measure that is 
identified in the grant agreement. Grantees may select performance 
measures from the list available at https://www.transportation.gov/administrations/office-policy/tiger-performance-measurement-guidance-appendix, according to the type of project.
    2. Pre-project Performance Measurement Report. The Recipient shall 
submit to DOT, on or before the Pre-project Report Date that is stated 
in the grant agreement, a Pre-project Performance Measurement Report 
that contains:
    (1) Baseline data for each performance measure that is identified 
in the grant agreement, accurate as of the Pre-project Measurement 
Date; and
    (2) a detailed description of the data sources, assumptions, 
variability, and estimated levels of precision for each measure.
    3. Interim Performance Measurement Reports. After project 
completion, the Recipient shall submit to DOT on or before each of the 
periodic reporting dates specified in the Performance Measurement Table 
in the grant agreement, an Interim Performance Measurement Report 
containing data for each performance measure that is identified in that 
table, accurate as of the final date of the measurement period 
specified in that table. If an external factor significantly affects 
the value of a performance measure during a measurement period, then in 
the Interim Performance Measurement Report the Recipient shall identify 
that external factor and discuss its influence on the performance 
measure.
    4. Project Outcomes Report. The Recipient shall submit to DOT, on 
or before the Project Outcomes Report Date that is stated in the grant 
agreement, a Project Outcomes Report that contains:
    (1) A narrative discussion detailing project successes and the 
influence of external factors on project expectations;
    (2) all baseline and interim performance measurement data that the 
Recipient reported in the Pre-project Performance Measurement Report 
and the Interim Performance Measurement Reports; and
    (3) an ex post examination of project effectiveness relative to the 
baseline data that the Recipient reported in the Pre-project 
Performance Measurement Report.

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    Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of 
this information collection, including (a) whether the proposed 
collection of information is necessary for OST's performance; (b) the 
accuracy of the estimated burden; (c) ways for OST to enhance the 
quality, utility and clarity of the information collection; and (d) 
ways that the burden could be minimized without reducing the quality of 
the collected information. The agency will summarize and/or include 
your comments in the request for OMB's clearance of this information 
collection.

    Authority: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995; 44 U.S.C. 
Chapter 35, as amended; and 49 CFR 1:48.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on December, 20, 2018.
John Augustine,
Director of the Office of Infrastructure Finance and Innovation, Office 
of the Under Secretary for Transportation Policy.
[FR Doc. 2018-28237 Filed 12-27-18; 8:45 am]
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