Request for Information on Conceptual Public Private Partnership (P3) Delivery of Specific U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Projects, 1084-1085 [2019-00709]

Download as PDF 1084 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 22 / Friday, February 1, 2019 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army, Army Corps of Engineers Request for Information on Conceptual Public Private Partnership (P3) Delivery of Specific U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Projects AGENCY: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD. ACTION: Notice; request for information. The Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) has directed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to establish a Public Private Partnership (P3) pilot program with the goals of demonstrating the viability of new delivery methods that can significantly reduce the cost and time of project delivery. The Corps is to identify up to 10 additional P3 pilot projects and has been provided guidance on the screening and selection criteria. DATES: Information must be submitted to Headquarters U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on or before April 2, 2019. ADDRESSES: You may submit information by any of the following methods: • Mail: Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Directorate of Civil Works, Infrastructure Team, Attn: John Coho 3F65, 441 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20314. • Email: CW.Infrastructure.Team@ usace.army.mil. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Aaron Snyder, USACE Infrastructure Funding and Financing Lead, at 651– 290–5489, or email: aaron.m.snyder@ usace.army.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: To develop the pilot program and identify up to 10 additional P3 pilot projects, information will need to be submitted based on the initial screening and selection criteria. The Corps will use a matrix to evaluate the project information that will be the basis for coordination and discussions for possible development of P3 delivery of specific U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works projects. Submittors are encouraged, but not required, to coordinate with the local Corps of Engineers District prior to providing information for this request. The criteria are as follows: SUMMARY: Initial Screening Criteria (1) The P3 proposal: (a) Has a construction cost in excess of $50 million; (b) Has non-Federal sponsor support; (c) Includes design, build, finance, operation and maintenance (DBFOM) or VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:23 Jan 31, 2019 Jkt 247001 some combination thereof for Federally authorized projects; (d) Accelerates project delivery; and (e) Has the ability to generate revenue or leverage non-Federal funding sources. (2) Existing authorities are sufficient to allow the P3 project to be completed. (3) A qualitative assessment demonstrating that the P3 will deliver the project faster and/or more cost effectively than traditional delivery. Selection Criteria (1) Return on Federal Investment. (a) P3 project proposals will be evaluated and ranked on the basis of Return on Federal Investment (ROFI). ROFI will be calculated by annualizing the total project benefits and Federal costs utilizing the current discount rate, and applying the formula: (Benefits ¥ Federal Costs)/(Federal Costs). (b) For any P3 project where it has been determined that a reduction in the non-Federal share is warranted with authority provided in 33 U.S.C. 2213, the ROFI calculation will be adjusted to account for those modifications and address concerns pertaining to equity. (2) Replicability: Project proposals that are replicable, meaning the proposed P3 structure or underlying concepts may be applied to other prospective projects. (3) Reliable Funding Sources: Reliable non-Federal funding sources for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of Federally authorized water resource projects are identified. (4) Risk Allocation: Project effectively allocates delivery and performance risk to non-Federal entities and minimizes Federal direct and contingent liabilities associated with the project. The USACE has developed implementation guidance that will guide the development, coordination, and selections for this P3 pilot program. That implementation guidance and other relevant information can be obtained at: https:// www.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Infrastructure/Infra_P3_program/ . Projects carried out under the P3 pilot program will be subject to the costsharing requirements included in the project authorization. The USACE intends to conduct follow up discussions and coordination with interested parties to gain a better understanding of the P3 proposals, understand obstacles to implementation and to inform project selection. Existing Challenges Significant research and analysis has been completed to date on the PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 challenges facing the use of P3 projects on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Projects, particularly projects that are owned and operated by USACE. Reports documenting some of this information can be found at: https:// www.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Infrastructure/Infra_P3_program/ and should be considered when providing a response to this request. The report from the Harvard Kennedy School, citation below, can be used as a resource for information. Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. (2017). Tapping Private Financing and Delivery to Modernize America’s Federal Water Resources. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Kennedy School. Key known challenges are: (1) Inability to collect, retain and reinvest fees; (2) inability to make commitments on future appropriations; and (3) enabling framework and authorities to implement P3 projects. The Corps has explored options for utilization of P3 on Federally owned assets to include the navigation system and hydropower, both of which have existing challenges pertaining to authorities and budget scoring. These challenges should be considered and understood when providing a response to this request. Entities Submitting Information on a Project Must Include the Following Information 1. Project Name. 2. Project Location. 3. Name of the project sponsor. 4. Statement of support from nonFederal sponsor, or likely non-Federal sponsor. 5. The type of project (i.e., Flood Risk Management, Ecosystem Restoration, Navigation, etc). 6. The authority that authorized the project. 7. Clearly identify if existing authorities are sufficient to allow the P3 to be completed (State and Federal). 8. Identification of additional authorities necessary to carry out the project as a P3. 9. The investment size of the project (i.e., $70,000,000) 10. Anticipated activities included in the proposed P3 (i.e., design, build, finance, operate and maintain) 11. Anticipated revenue sources for funding the P3 component of the project. 12. Ability to leverage non-Federal funding sources. 13. Expected impact on the project delivery schedule and costs. 14. A qualitative assessment demonstrating that the P3 will deliver the project faster and/or more cost effectively than traditional delivery. E:\FR\FM\01FEN1.SGM 01FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 22 / Friday, February 1, 2019 / Notices 15. Anticipated Return on Federal Investment. ROFI will be calculated by annualizing the total project benefits and Federal costs utilizing the current discount rate, and applying the formula: (Benefits ¥ Federal Costs)/(Federal Costs). 16. Statement on replicability and how this approach may be applied to other prospective projects. 17. Statement on risk allocation and how this approach will effectively allocate delivery and performance risk to non-Federal entities and minimize Federal direct and contingent liabilities associated with the project. 18. Socioeconomic information to address concerns of equity which include: Population Benefited, Number of existing jobs in benefited area, Median Family Income, Unemployment Rate, and trends on population growth. Although not required as part of the submittal the Corps is interested in gathering input on how equity issues can be addressed as part of the P3 program development. This could include means, methods, analysis, or other modifiers that could allow for an equitable distribution of projects. Dated: January 29, 2019. John W. Coho, USACE Infrastructure Team, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. [FR Doc. 2019–00709 Filed 1–31–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3720–58–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION [Docket No.: ED–2018–ICCD–0118] Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Student Assistance General Provisions—Annual Fire Safety Report Federal Student Aid (FSA), Department of Education (ED). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing an extension of an existing information collection. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before March 4, 2019. ADDRESSES: To access and review all the documents related to the information collection listed in this notice, please use http://www.regulations.gov by searching the Docket ID number ED– 2018–ICCD–0118. Comments submitted in response to this notice should be submitted electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http:// SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:23 Jan 31, 2019 Jkt 247001 www.regulations.gov by selecting the Docket ID number or via postal mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery. If the regulations.gov site is not available to the public for any reason, ED will temporarily accept comments at ICDocketMgr@ed.gov. Please include the docket ID number and the title of the information collection request when requesting documents or submitting comments. Please note that comments submitted by fax or email and those submitted after the comment period will not be accepted. Written requests for information or comments submitted by postal mail or delivery should be addressed to the Director of the Information Collection Clearance Division, U.S. Department of Education, 550 12th Street SW, PCP, Room 9086, Washington, DC 20202–0023. For specific questions related to collection activities, please contact Beth Grebeldinger, 202–377–4018. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Department of Education (ED), in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), provides the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed, revised, and continuing collections of information. This helps the Department assess the impact of its information collection requirements and minimize the public’s reporting burden. It also helps the public understand the Department’s information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. ED is soliciting comments on the proposed information collection request (ICR) that is described below. The Department of Education is especially interested in public comment addressing the following issues: (1) Is this collection necessary to the proper functions of the Department; (2) will this information be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) how might the Department enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (5) how might the Department minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, including through the use of information technology. Please note that written comments received in response to this notice will be considered public records. Title of Collection: Student Assistance General Provisions—Annual Fire Safety Report. OMB Control Number: 1845–0097. Type of Review: An extension of an existing information collection. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1085 Respondents/Affected Public: State, Local, and Tribal Governments; Private Sector. Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 4,310. Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 4,313. Abstract: The Department of Education regulations at 34 CFR 668.49 require institutions to collect statistics on fires occurring in on-campus student housing facilities, including the number and cause of each fire, the number of injuries related to each fire that required treatment at a medical facility, the number of deaths related to each fire, and the value of property damage caused by each fire. Institutions must also publish an annual fire safety report containing the institution’s policies regarding fire safety and the fire statistics information. Further institutions are required to maintain a fire log that records the date, time, nature, and general location of each fire in on-campus student housing facilities. This request is to extend the current approval of reporting requirements contained in the regulations. 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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 22 (Friday, February 1, 2019)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army, Army Corps of Engineers


Request for Information on Conceptual Public Private Partnership 
(P3) Delivery of Specific U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works 
Projects

AGENCY: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD.

ACTION: Notice; request for information.

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SUMMARY: The Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) has directed 
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to establish a Public Private 
Partnership (P3) pilot program with the goals of demonstrating the 
viability of new delivery methods that can significantly reduce the 
cost and time of project delivery. The Corps is to identify up to 10 
additional P3 pilot projects and has been provided guidance on the 
screening and selection criteria.

DATES: Information must be submitted to Headquarters U.S. Army Corps of 
Engineers on or before April 2, 2019.

ADDRESSES: You may submit information by any of the following methods:
     Mail: Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 
Directorate of Civil Works, Infrastructure Team, Attn: John Coho 3F65, 
441 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20314.
     Email: CW.Infrastructure.Team@usace.army.mil.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Aaron Snyder, USACE Infrastructure 
Funding and Financing Lead, at 651-290-5489, or email: 
aaron.m.snyder@usace.army.mil.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: To develop the pilot program and identify up 
to 10 additional P3 pilot projects, information will need to be 
submitted based on the initial screening and selection criteria. The 
Corps will use a matrix to evaluate the project information that will 
be the basis for coordination and discussions for possible development 
of P3 delivery of specific U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works 
projects. Submittors are encouraged, but not required, to coordinate 
with the local Corps of Engineers District prior to providing 
information for this request. The criteria are as follows:

Initial Screening Criteria

    (1) The P3 proposal:
    (a) Has a construction cost in excess of $50 million;
    (b) Has non-Federal sponsor support;
    (c) Includes design, build, finance, operation and maintenance 
(DBFOM) or some combination thereof for Federally authorized projects;
    (d) Accelerates project delivery; and
    (e) Has the ability to generate revenue or leverage non-Federal 
funding sources.
    (2) Existing authorities are sufficient to allow the P3 project to 
be completed.
    (3) A qualitative assessment demonstrating that the P3 will deliver 
the project faster and/or more cost effectively than traditional 
delivery.

Selection Criteria

    (1) Return on Federal Investment.
    (a) P3 project proposals will be evaluated and ranked on the basis 
of Return on Federal Investment (ROFI). ROFI will be calculated by 
annualizing the total project benefits and Federal costs utilizing the 
current discount rate, and applying the formula: (Benefits - Federal 
Costs)/(Federal Costs).
    (b) For any P3 project where it has been determined that a 
reduction in the non-Federal share is warranted with authority provided 
in 33 U.S.C. 2213, the ROFI calculation will be adjusted to account for 
those modifications and address concerns pertaining to equity.
    (2) Replicability: Project proposals that are replicable, meaning 
the proposed P3 structure or underlying concepts may be applied to 
other prospective projects.
    (3) Reliable Funding Sources: Reliable non-Federal funding sources 
for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of Federally 
authorized water resource projects are identified.
    (4) Risk Allocation: Project effectively allocates delivery and 
performance risk to non-Federal entities and minimizes Federal direct 
and contingent liabilities associated with the project.
    The USACE has developed implementation guidance that will guide the 
development, coordination, and selections for this P3 pilot program. 
That implementation guidance and other relevant information can be 
obtained at: https://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Infrastructure/Infra_P3_program/.
    Projects carried out under the P3 pilot program will be subject to 
the cost-sharing requirements included in the project authorization. 
The USACE intends to conduct follow up discussions and coordination 
with interested parties to gain a better understanding of the P3 
proposals, understand obstacles to implementation and to inform project 
selection.

Existing Challenges

    Significant research and analysis has been completed to date on the 
challenges facing the use of P3 projects on U.S. Army Corps of 
Engineers Civil Works Projects, particularly projects that are owned 
and operated by USACE. Reports documenting some of this information can 
be found at: https://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Infrastructure/Infra_P3_program/ and should be considered when 
providing a response to this request. The report from the Harvard 
Kennedy School, citation below, can be used as a resource for 
information.
    Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. (2017). 
Tapping Private Financing and Delivery to Modernize America's Federal 
Water Resources. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Kennedy School.
    Key known challenges are: (1) Inability to collect, retain and 
reinvest fees; (2) inability to make commitments on future 
appropriations; and (3) enabling framework and authorities to implement 
P3 projects. The Corps has explored options for utilization of P3 on 
Federally owned assets to include the navigation system and hydropower, 
both of which have existing challenges pertaining to authorities and 
budget scoring. These challenges should be considered and understood 
when providing a response to this request.

Entities Submitting Information on a Project Must Include the Following 
Information

    1. Project Name.
    2. Project Location.
    3. Name of the project sponsor.
    4. Statement of support from non-Federal sponsor, or likely non-
Federal sponsor.
    5. The type of project (i.e., Flood Risk Management, Ecosystem 
Restoration, Navigation, etc).
    6. The authority that authorized the project.
    7. Clearly identify if existing authorities are sufficient to allow 
the P3 to be completed (State and Federal).
    8. Identification of additional authorities necessary to carry out 
the project as a P3.
    9. The investment size of the project (i.e., $70,000,000)
    10. Anticipated activities included in the proposed P3 (i.e., 
design, build, finance, operate and maintain)
    11. Anticipated revenue sources for funding the P3 component of the 
project.
    12. Ability to leverage non-Federal funding sources.
    13. Expected impact on the project delivery schedule and costs.
    14. A qualitative assessment demonstrating that the P3 will deliver 
the project faster and/or more cost effectively than traditional 
delivery.

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    15. Anticipated Return on Federal Investment. ROFI will be 
calculated by annualizing the total project benefits and Federal costs 
utilizing the current discount rate, and applying the formula: 
(Benefits - Federal Costs)/(Federal Costs).
    16. Statement on replicability and how this approach may be applied 
to other prospective projects.
    17. Statement on risk allocation and how this approach will 
effectively allocate delivery and performance risk to non-Federal 
entities and minimize Federal direct and contingent liabilities 
associated with the project.
    18. Socioeconomic information to address concerns of equity which 
include: Population Benefited, Number of existing jobs in benefited 
area, Median Family Income, Unemployment Rate, and trends on population 
growth.
    Although not required as part of the submittal the Corps is 
interested in gathering input on how equity issues can be addressed as 
part of the P3 program development. This could include means, methods, 
analysis, or other modifiers that could allow for an equitable 
distribution of projects.

    Dated: January 29, 2019.
John W. Coho,
USACE Infrastructure Team, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
[FR Doc. 2019-00709 Filed 1-31-19; 8:45 am]
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