Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety Grants, 11127-11135 [2019-05594]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 57 / Monday, March 25, 2019 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Mine Safety and Health Administration Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety Grants Mine Safety and Health Administration, Labor. ACTION: Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). AGENCY: Announcement Type: New. Funding Opportunity Number: FOA BS–2019–1. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 17.603. SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), is making up to $400,000 available in grant funds for education and training programs to help identify, avoid, and prevent unsafe working conditions in and around mines. The focus of these grants for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 will be training programs and training materials on powered haulage safety (i.e. reducing vehicle-on-vehicle collisions, increasing seat belt use, and improving belt conveyor safety), examinations of working places at metal and nonmetal mines, mine emergency prevention and preparedness, or other programs to prevent unsafe conditions in and around mines. This notice contains all of the information needed to apply for grant funding. The closing date for applications will be no later than 11:59:00 p.m. EDST, 60 days after the published date of this FOA. MSHA will award grants on or before September 30, 2019. ADDRESSES: Grant applications for this competition must be submitted electronically through the Grants.gov site at www.grants.gov. If applying online poses a hardship to any applicant, the MSHA Directorate of Educational Policy and Development will provide assistance Monday–Friday from 8:00:00 a.m. to 5:00:00 p.m. EDST to help applicants submit online. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any questions regarding this FOA BS–2019– 1 should be directed to Janice Oates at oates.janice@dol.gov or 202–693–9573 (this is not a toll-free number) or Cindy Hennigan at hennigan.cindy@dol.gov or 202–693–9570 (this is not a toll-free number). DATES: This solicitation provides background information and the requirements for projects funded under the solicitation. This solicitation consists of eight parts: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:47 Mar 22, 2019 Jkt 247001 • Part I provides background information on the Brookwood-Sago grants. • Part II describes the size and nature of the anticipated awards. • Part III describes the qualifications of an eligible applicant. • Part IV provides information on the application and submission process. • Part V explains the review process and rating criteria that will be used to evaluate the applications. • Part VI provides award administration information. • Part VII contains MSHA contact information. • Part VIII addresses Freedom of Information Act requests and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) information collection requirements. Applicants for the grants may be States and Territories (to include the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands) and private or public nonprofit entities, to include Indian tribes, tribal organizations, Alaska Native entities, Indian-controlled organizations serving Indians, and Native Hawaiian organizations. MSHA could award as many as eight grants. The amount of each individual grant will be at least $50,000, and the maximum individual award will be $400,000. In addition, the General Services Administration (GSA) has implemented new procedures for the System for Award Management (SAM) registration process to prevent fraud. All applicants need an active SAM registration to apply for a grant under this FOA and should plan accordingly because these procedures may increase the time before an applicant may receive an active registration notice. I. Program Description A. Overview of the Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety Grant Program Under Section 14 of the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006 (MINER Act), the Secretary of Labor (Secretary) is required to establish a competitive grant program called the ‘‘Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety Grants’’ (Brookwood-Sago grants). 30 U.S.C. 965. This program provides funding for education and training programs to better identify, avoid, and prevent unsafe working conditions in and around mines. The program uses grant funds to establish and implement education and training programs or to create training materials and programs. The MINER Act requires PO 00000 Frm 00083 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 11127 the Secretary to give priority to mine safety demonstrations and pilot projects with broad applicability. The MINER Act also mandates that the Secretary emphasize programs and materials that target miners in smaller mines, including training mine operators and miners on new MSHA standards, highrisk activities, and other identified safety priorities. B. Education and Training Program Priorities MSHA priorities for the FY 2019 funding of the annual Brookwood-Sago grants will focus on powered haulage safety (i.e. reducing vehicle-on-vehicle collisions, increasing seat belt use, and improving belt conveyor safety), examinations of working places at metal and nonmetal mines, mine emergency prevention and preparedness, or other programs to prevent unsafe conditions in and around mines. MSHA expects Brookwood-Sago grantees to develop training materials or to develop and provide mine safety training or educational programs, recruit mine operators and miners for the training, and conduct and evaluate the training. MSHA will give special emphasis to programs and materials that target workers at smaller mines, including training miners and employers about new MSHA standards, high-risk activities, or hazards identified by MSHA. MSHA expects Brookwood-Sago grantees to conduct follow-up evaluations with the people who received training in their programs to measure how the training promotes the Secretary’s goal to ‘‘promote safe jobs and fair workplaces for all Americans’’ and MSHA’s goal to ‘‘prevent fatalities, disease, and injury from mining and secure safe and healthful working conditions for America’s miners.’’ Evaluations will focus on determining how effective the subject training was in either reducing hazards, improving skills for the selected training topics, or in improving the conditions in mines. Grantees must also cooperate fully with MSHA evaluators of their programs, which may include data collection or provision of training curricula, materials, or mechanisms. II. Federal Award Information A. Award Amount for FY 2019 MSHA is providing up to $400,000 for the 2019 Brookwood-Sago grant program which could be awarded in a maximum of eight separate grants of no less than $50,000 each. Applicants requesting less than $50,000 or more than $400,000 for a 12-month E:\FR\FM\25MRN1.SGM 25MRN1 11128 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 57 / Monday, March 25, 2019 / Notices performance period will not be considered for funding. IV. Application and Submission Information B. Period of Performance A. Application Package This announcement includes all information, including forms, regulations, and links needed to apply for this funding opportunity. The full application is available through the Grants.gov website, www.grants.gov and the FedConnect.net portal. Applicants, however, must apply for this funding opportunity through the Grants.gov website. You may request paper copies of the package by contacting the Directorate of Educational Policy and Development at 202–693–9570. For Grants.gov, click ‘‘Search Grants,’’ and enter the ‘‘Opportunity Number,’’ the ‘‘Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance’’ (CFDA), or both, and click the Search button. The Opportunity Number is BS–2019–1. The CFDA number for this opportunity is 17.603. If an applicant has problems downloading the application package from Grants.gov, contact the Grants.gov Contact Center at 1–800–518–4726, or by email at support@grants.gov. The full application package is also available online at FedConnect.net portal, https://www.fedconnect.net. Click the ‘‘Search Public Opportunities Only’’ section, enter the Title or FOA number of the document, and click search to find the application package. If applying online poses a hardship to any applicant, please notify the MSHA Directorate of Educational Policy and Development as early as possible and we will provide assistance to help applicants submit online and provide any applicable notices. For the FedConnect.net portal, an applicant will register in FedConnect at https://www.fedconnect.net. To create an organization account, your organization’s SAM Marketing Partner ID number (MPIN) is required. (See Section IV.C regarding new procedures for SAM Entity Administrator.) Only the SAM Entity Administrator for an entity may view the MPIN. For more information about registering in FedConnect, review DOL’s Grant Management System Modernization Guide at https://www.msha.gov/sites/ default/files/Training_Education/Grants %20Management%20System %20Modernization.pdf or on MSHA’s website, www.msha.gov (Select ‘‘Training and Education,’’ click ‘‘Training Programs and Courses,’’ then select ‘‘Grant Management System Modernization’’). The performance period for these grants will begin when the grant is awarded. MSHA may approve one nocost period of performance extension upon reviewing the success of the project and other relevant factors. See 2 CFR 200.308(d)(2). III. Eligibility Information A. Eligible Applicants Applicants for the grants may be States and Territories (to include the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands) and private or public nonprofit entities, to include Indian tribes, tribal organizations, Alaska Native entities, Indian-controlled organizations serving Indians, and Native Hawaiian organizations. Eligible entities may apply for funding independently or in partnership with other eligible organizations. For partnerships, a lead organization must be identified. Applicants other than States, Territories, State-supported or local government-supported institutions of higher education, and tribal governments and tribal-supported institutions of higher education will be required to submit evidence of nonprofit status, preferably from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). A nonprofit entity, as described in 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(4), which engages in lobbying activities, is not eligible for a grant award. See 2 U.S.C. 1611. B. Legal Rules Pertaining to Inherently Religious Activities by Organizations That Receive Federal Financial Assistance The government generally is prohibited from providing direct Federal financial assistance for inherently religious activities. See 29 CFR part 2, subpart D. Grants under this solicitation may not be used for religious instruction, worship, prayer, proselytizing, or other inherently religious activities. Neutral, nonreligious criteria that neither favor nor disfavor religion will be employed in the selection of grant recipients and must be employed by grantees in the selection of contractors and subcontractors. C. Cost-Sharing or Matching Cost-sharing or matching of funds is not required for eligibility. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:47 Mar 22, 2019 Jkt 247001 1. FOA Modifications MSHA will post any modifications to this announcement on Grants.gov and PO 00000 Frm 00084 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the FedConnect.net portal. FedConnect.net will provide an email notice of a modification or an announcement message if an applicant registers in FedConnect.net as an interested party for this FOA. If you request paper copies of the FOA, or notify MSHA regarding hardship in applying online, MSHA will attempt to timely notify you of any modifications with the contact information provided. 2. Questions Questions regarding the content of the announcement must be submitted through the FedConnect.net portal. You must register with FedConnect to submit questions, and to view responses to questions. It is recommended that you register as soon after release of the FOA as possible. Questions relating to the Grants.gov registration process, system requirements, how an application form works, or the submittal process must be directed to Grants.gov at 1–800–518– 4726, or support@grants.gov. If applying online poses a hardship to any applicant, please notify the MSHA Directorate of Educational Policy and Development as early as possible. Program questions should be submitted to the MSHA contacts listed in Section VII of this FOA. B. Content and Form of the FY 2019 Application Each grant application must address powered haulage safety (i.e. reducing vehicle-on-vehicle collisions, increasing seat belt use, and improving belt conveyor safety), mine emergency prevention and preparedness, examinations of working places at metal and nonmetal mines, or other programs to prevent unsafe conditions in and around mines. The application must consist of three separate and distinct sections. The three required sections are: • Section 1—Project Forms and Financial Plan (No page limit). • Section 2—Executive Summary (Not to exceed two pages). • Section 3—Technical Proposal (Not to exceed 12 pages). Illustrative material can be submitted as an attachment. The following are mandatory requirements for each section: 1. Project Forms and Financial Plan This section contains the forms and budget section of the application. The Project Financial Plan will not count against the application page limits. A person with authority to bind the applicant must sign the grant application and forms. Applications E:\FR\FM\25MRN1.SGM 25MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 57 / Monday, March 25, 2019 / Notices submitted electronically through Grants.gov do not need to be signed manually; electronic signatures will be accepted. All the following forms are part of the application package on Grants.gov, the FedConnect.net portal, and on MSHA’s website, www.msha.gov (Select ‘‘Training and Education,’’ click on ‘‘Training Programs and Courses,’’ then select ‘‘Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety Grants’’): (a) Completed SF–424, ‘‘Application for Federal Assistance,’’ (OMB No. 4040–0004, expiration: 12/31/2019). The SF–424 must identify the applicant clearly and be signed by an individual with authority to enter into a grant agreement. Upon confirmation of an award, the individual signing the SF– 424 on behalf of the applicant shall be considered the representative of the applicant. (b) Completed SF–424A, ‘‘Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs,’’ (OMB No. 4040–0006, expiration: 02/28/2022) and budget narrative. The project budget should demonstrate clearly that the total amount and distribution of funds is sufficient to cover the cost of all major project activities identified by the applicant in its proposal, and must comply with the Federal cost principles and the administrative requirements set forth in this FOA. (Copies of all regulations that are referenced in this FOA are available online at Grants.gov, FedConnect.net portal, and on MSHA’s website, www.msha.gov [Select ‘‘Training and Education,’’ click on ‘‘Training Programs and Courses,’’ then select ‘‘Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety Grants’’]). The applicant must provide a concise narrative explaining the request for funds. The budget narrative should separately attribute the Federal funds to each of the activities specified in the technical proposal and if charging administrative costs as direct costs to the program, the budget narrative should discuss precisely how any administrative costs support the project goals. See 2 CFR 200.413(c). If applicable, the applicant must provide a statement about its program income. See 2 CFR 200.80 and 200.307 and this FOA, Part IV.F.1(a) and (b). The amount of Federal funding requested for the entire period of performance must be shown on the SF– 424 and SF–424A forms. (c) Completed SF–424B, ‘‘Assurances for Non-Construction Programs,’’ (OMB No. 4040–0007, expiration: 02/28/2022). Each applicant for these grants must certify compliance with a list of assurances. (d) Completed Supplemental Certification Regarding Lobbying VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:47 Mar 22, 2019 Jkt 247001 Activities Form, if applicable. If any funds have been paid or will be paid to any person for influencing or attempting to influence an officer or employee of any agency, a member of Congress, an officer or employee of Congress, or an employee of a member of Congress in connection with the making of a grant or cooperative agreement, the applicant shall complete and submit SF–LLL, ‘‘Disclosure Form to Report Lobbying,’’ (OMB No. 4040–0013, expiration: 02/ 28/2022) in accordance with its instructions. (e) Nonprofit status. Applicants must provide evidence of nonprofit status, preferably from the IRS, if applicable. (f) Accounting System Certification. Under the authority of 2 CFR 200.207, MSHA requires that a new applicant that receives less than $1 million annually in Federal grants attach a certification stating that the organization (directly or through a designated qualified entity) has a functioning accounting system that meets the criteria below. The certification should attest that the organization’s accounting system provides for the following: (1) Accurate, current, and complete disclosure of the financial results of each federally-sponsored project. (2) Records that adequately identify the source and application of funds for federally-sponsored activities. (3) Effective control over and accountability for all funds, property, and other assets. (4) Comparison of outlays with budget amounts. (5) Written procedures to minimize the time elapsing between transfers of funds. (6) Written procedures for determining the reasonableness, allocability, and allowability of costs. (7) Accounting records, including cost accounting records that are supported by source documentation. (g) Attachments. The application may include attachments, such as resumes of key personnel or position descriptions, exhibits, information on prior government grants, and signed letters of commitment to the project. 2. Executive Summary The executive summary is a short one- to two-page abstract that succinctly summarizes the proposed project. The executive summary must include the following information: (a) Applicant. Provide the organization’s full legal name and address. (b) Funding requested. List how much Federal funding is being requested. (c) Grant Topic. List the grant topic and the location and number of mine PO 00000 Frm 00085 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 11129 operators and miners that the organization has selected to train or describe the training materials or equipment to be created with these funds. (d) Program Structure. Identify the type of grant as ‘‘annual.’’ (e) Summary of the Proposed Project. Write a brief summary of the proposed project. This summary must identify the key points of the proposal, including an introduction describing the project activities and each milestone with the expected results. 3. Technical Proposal The technical proposal must demonstrate the applicant’s capabilities to plan and implement a project or create educational materials to meet the objectives of this solicitation. MSHA’s focus for these grants is on training mine operators and miners and developing training materials on powered haulage safety (i.e. reducing vehicle-on-vehicle collisions, increasing seat belt use, and improving belt conveyor safety), examinations of working places in metal and nonmetal mines, mine emergency prevention and preparedness, or other programs to prevent unsafe conditions in and around mines. MSHA shall give special emphasis to programs and materials that target miners at smaller mines, including training miners and employers about new MSHA standards, high-risk activities, or hazards identified by MSHA. A Department of Labor Strategic Goal is to ‘‘promote safe jobs and fair workplaces for all Americans, ’’ and MSHA’s goal is to ‘‘prevent fatalities, disease, and injury from mining and secure safe and healthful working conditions for America’s miners.’’ MSHA’s award of the Brookwood-Sago grants supports these goals and strategies. To show how the grant projects promote these goals and strategies, grantees must report, at the end of each quarter, the following information (as applicable): • Number of trainers trained • Number of mine operators and miners trained • Number of training events • Number of course days of training provided to industry • Course evaluations of trainer and training material • Description of training materials created, to include target audience, goals and objectives, and usability in the mine training environment The technical proposal narrative must not exceed 12 single-sided, doublespaced pages, using 12-point font, and must contain the following sections: E:\FR\FM\25MRN1.SGM 25MRN1 11130 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 57 / Monday, March 25, 2019 / Notices Program Design, Overall Qualifications of the Applicant, and Output and Evaluation. Any pages over the 12-page limit will not be reviewed. Attachments to the technical proposal are not counted toward the 12-page limit. Major sections and sub-sections of the proposal should be divided and clearly identified. MSHA will review and rate the technical proposal in accordance with the selection criteria specified in Part V. (a) Program Design (1) Statement of the Problem/Need for Funds Applicants must identify a clear and specific need for proposed activities. They must identify whether they are providing a training program, creating training materials, or both. Applicants also must identify the number of individuals expected to benefit from their training and education program; this should include identifying the type of mines, the geographic locations of the training, and the number of mine operators and miners. (i) Quality of the Project Design MSHA requires that each applicant include a 12-month workplan that correlates with the grant project period that will begin no later than TBD and end no later than TBD. (ii) Plan Overview Describe the plan for grant activities and the anticipated results. The plan should describe such aspects as the development of training materials, the training content, recruiting of trainees, where or how training will take place, and the anticipated benefits to mine operators and miners receiving the training. (iii) Activities Break the plan down into activities or tasks for each quarter. For each activity, explain what will be done, who will do it, when it will be done, and the anticipated results of the activity. For training, discuss the subjects to be taught, length of the training sessions, type of training (i.e. powered haulage safety, examinations of working places at metal and nonmetal mines, and mine emergency prevention and preparedness), and training locations (i.e. classroom, worksites). Describe how the applicant will recruit mine operators and miners for the training. (Note: Any commercially developed training materials the applicant proposes to use in its training must undergo an MSHA review before being used). VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:47 Mar 22, 2019 Jkt 247001 (iv) Quarterly Projections For training and other quantifiable activities, estimate the quantities involved for data required to meet the grant goals located in Part IV.B.3. For example, estimate how many classes will be conducted and how many mine operators and miners will be trained each quarter of the grant. Also, provide the training number totals for the full year. Quarterly projections are used to measure the actual performance against the plan. A quarterly technical project report is due 30 days after the end of each quarter. Applicants planning to conduct a train-the-trainer program should estimate the number of individuals to be trained during the grant by those who received the trainthe-trainer training. These second-tier training numbers should be included only if the organization is planning to follow up with the trainers to obtain this data during the grant. (v) Materials Describe each educational material to be produced under this grant. Provide a timetable, including milestones, for developing and producing the material. The timetable must include provisions for an MSHA review of draft and camera-ready products or evaluation of equipment. MSHA must review and approve training materials or equipment for technical accuracy and suitability of content before use in the grant program. Whether or not an applicant’s project is to develop training materials only, the applicant should provide an overall plan that includes time for MSHA to review any materials produced. (b) Qualifications of the Applicant (1) Applicant’s Background Describe the applicant, including its mission and a description of its membership, if any. Provide an organizational chart (the chart may be included as a separate page which will not count toward the page limit). Identify the following: (i) Project Director The Project Director is the person who will be responsible for the day-to-day operation and administration of the program. Provide the name, title, street address and mailing address (if it is different from the organization’s street address), telephone and fax numbers, and email address of the Project Director. PO 00000 Frm 00086 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (ii) Certifying Representative or Authorizing Organization Representative (AOR) The Certifying Representative, or the AOR, is the official in the organization who is authorized to enter into grant agreements. Provide the name, title, street address and mailing address (if it is different from the organization’s street address), telephone and fax numbers, and email address of the Certifying Representative or AOR. (2) Administrative and Program Capability Briefly describe the organization’s functions and activities, i.e., the applicant’s management and internal controls. Relate this description of functions to the organizational chart. If the applicant has received any other government (Federal, State or local) grant funding, the application must have, as an attachment (which will not count towards the page limit), information regarding these previous grants. This information must include each organization for which the work was done and the dollar value of each grant. If the applicant does not have previous grant experience, it may partner with an organization that has grant experience to manage the grant. If the organization uses this approach, the management organization must be identified and its grant program experience discussed. Lack of past experience with Federal grants is not a determining factor, but an applicant should show a successful experience relevant to the opportunity offered in the application. Such experience could also include staff members’ experiences with other organizations. (3) Program Experience Describe the organization’s experience conducting the proposed mine training program or other relevant experience. Include program specifics, such as program title, numbers trained, and duration of training. If creating training materials, include the title of other materials developed. Nonprofit organizations, including communitybased and faith-based organizations that do not have prior experience in mine safety, may partner with an established mine safety organization to acquire safety expertise. (4) Staff Experience Describe the qualifications of the professional staff you will assign to the program. Attach resumes of staff already employed (resumes will not count towards the page limit). If some positions are vacant, include position descriptions and minimum hiring E:\FR\FM\25MRN1.SGM 25MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 57 / Monday, March 25, 2019 / Notices qualifications instead of resumes. Staff should have, at a minimum, mine safety experience, training experience, or experience working with the mining community. (c) Outputs and Evaluations There are two types of evaluations that must be conducted. First, describe the methods, approaches, or plans to evaluate the training sessions or training materials to meet the data requirements in Part IV.B.3. Second, describe plans to assess the long-term effectiveness of the training materials or training conducted. The type of training given will determine whether the evaluation should include a process-related outcome, result-related outcome, or both. This will involve following up with an evaluation, or on-site review, if feasible, of miners trained. The evaluation should focus on what changes the trained miners made to abate hazards and improve workplace conditions, incorporate this training in the workplace, or both. For training materials, include an evaluation from individuals trained on the clarity of the presentation, organization, and the quality of the information provided on the subject matter and whether they would continue to use the training materials. Include timetables for follow-up and for submitting a summary of the assessment results to MSHA. C. Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number and SAM—Required Under 2 CFR 25.200(b)(3), every applicant for a Federal grant is required to include a DUNS number with its application. The DUNS number is a nine-digit identification number that uniquely identifies business entities. An applicant’s DUNS number is to be entered into Block 8 of Standard Form (SF) 424. There is no charge for obtaining a DUNS number. To obtain a DUNS number, call 1–866–705–5711, or access the following website: https:// fedgov.dnb.com/webform. After receiving a DUNS number, all grant applicants must register as a vendor with the SAM through the website https://www.sam.gov/SAM/. Grant applicants must create a user account and register online. In addition, GSA has implemented new procedures for the SAM registration process to prevent fraud. One of these procedures requires new entities and entities renewing or updating their registration to submit an original, signed notarized letter confirming the authorized Entity Administrator https://www.sam.gov/ SAM/. All applicants need an active VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:47 Mar 22, 2019 Jkt 247001 SAM registration to apply for a grant under this FOA and should plan accordingly because these procedures may increase the time before an applicant may receive an active registration notice. Submitted registrations will take up to 10 business days to process, after which time the applicant will receive an email notice that the registration is active. Once the registration is active in SAM, it takes an additional 24—48 hours for the registration to be active in Grants.gov. SAM registrations must be renewed annually. SAM will send notifications to the registered user via email prior to expiration of the registration. Under 2 CFR 25.200(b)(2), each grant applicant must maintain an active registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application under active consideration. D. Submission Date, Times, and Addresses The closing date for applications will be 60 days after the published date of this FOA (no later than 11:59:00 p.m. EDST). MSHA will award grants on or before September 30, 2019. Grant applications must be submitted electronically through the Grants.gov website. The Grants.gov site provides all the information about submitting an application electronically through the site as well as the hours of operation. Interested parties can locate the downloadable application package by the FOA Number: BS–2019–1, or by the CFDA Number: 17.603. 1. Non-Compliant Applications 11131 E. Intergovernmental Review The Brookwood-Sago grants are not subject to Executive Order 12372, ‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.’’ MSHA reminds applicants that if they are not operating MSHAapproved State training grants, they should contact the State grantees and coordinate any training or educational program. Information about each state grant and the entity operating the state grant is provided online at: https:// arlweb.msha.gov/TRAINING/STATES/ STATES.asp F. Funding Restrictions MSHA will determine whether costs are allowable under applicable Federal cost principles and other conditions contained in the grant award. 1. Allowable Costs Grant funds may be spent on conducting training and outreach, developing educational materials, recruiting activities (to increase the number of participants in the program), and on necessary expenses to support these activities. Allowable costs are determined by the applicable Federal cost principles identified in Part VI.B, which are attachments in the application package, or are located online at https://www.fedconnect.net. Click the ‘‘Search Public Opportunities Only’’ section, enter the Title or FOA number of the document, and click ‘‘Search.’’ These documents are also located on www.msha.gov (Select ‘‘Training and Education,’’ click on ‘‘Training Programs and Courses,’’ then select ‘‘Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety Grants’’). Paper copies of the material may be obtained by contacting the Directorate of Educational Policy and Development at 202–693–9570. (a) If an applicant anticipates earning program income during the grant, the application must include an estimate of the income that will be earned. Program income earned must be reported on a quarterly basis. (b) Program income is gross income earned by the grantee, which is directly generated by a supported activity, or earned as a result of the award. Program income earned during the award period shall be retained by the grantee, added to funds committed to the award, and used for the purposes and under the conditions applicable to the use of the grant funds. See 2 CFR 200.80 and 200.307. (a) Applications that are lacking any of the required elements or do not follow the format prescribed in Part IV.B will not be reviewed. (b) Late Applications. Applications should be submitted before the deadline to minimize the risk of late receipt. Applications received after the deadline will not be reviewed unless it is determined to be in the best interest of the Government. Applications received by Grants.gov are date and time stamped electronically. See https:// www.grants.gov/help/html/help/ index.htm?callingApp=custom#t= ManageWorkspaces%2FDetails Tab.htm&rhsearch=date %20stamp&rhhlterm= date%20stamp&rhsyns=%20 2. Unallowable Costs An application must be fully Grant funds may not be used for the uploaded and validated by the Grants.gov system before the application following activities under this grant program: deadline date. PO 00000 Frm 00087 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\25MRN1.SGM 25MRN1 11132 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 57 / Monday, March 25, 2019 / Notices (a) Any activity inconsistent with the goals and objectives of this FOA. (b) Training on topics that are not targeted under this FOA. (c) Purchasing any equipment unless pre-approved and in writing by the MSHA grant officer. (d) Direct administrative costs that exceed 15 percent of the total grant budget. (e) Indirect costs that exceed 10 percent of the modified total direct costs (as defined in 2 CFR 200.68), or the grantee’s federally negotiated indirect cost rate reimbursement. (f) Any pre-award costs. (g) Building an information technology (IT) system. If a learning management system is proposed, an existing system from a partnering institution or USALearning.gov must be used. Unallowable costs also include any cost determined by MSHA as not allowed according to the applicable cost principles or other conditions in the grant. V. Application Review Information for FY 2019 Grants A. Evaluation Criteria MSHA will screen all applications to determine whether all required proposal elements are present and clearly identifiable. Those that do not comply with these mandatory requirements will not be evaluated. The technical panel will review grant applications and score them. Panel reviewers will award each application up to 100 points based on the evaluation criteria described below: 1. Program Design—40 Points Total (a) Statement of the Problem/Need for Funds (3 Points) The proposed training and education program or training materials must address powered haulage safety (i.e. reducing vehicle-on-vehicle collisions, increasing seat belt use, and improving belt conveyor safety), examinations of working places at metal and nonmetal mines, mine emergency prevention and preparedness, or other programs to prevent unsafe conditions in and around mines. (b) Quality of the Project Design (25 Points) (1) The proposal to train mine operators and miners clearly estimates the number to be trained and clearly identifies the types of mine operators and miners to be trained. (2) If the proposal contains a train-thetrainer program, the following information must be provided: • Name or type of support the grantee will provide to new trainers. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:47 Mar 22, 2019 Jkt 247001 • The number of individuals to be trained as trainers. • The estimated number of courses to be conducted by the new trainers. • The estimated number of students to be trained by these new trainers and a description of how the grantee will obtain data from the new trainers documenting their classes and student numbers if conducted during the grant. (3) The work plan activities and training are described. • The planned activities and training are tailored to the needs and levels of the mine operators and miners to be trained. Any special constituency to be served through the grant program is described, i.e. smaller mines, limited English proficiency miners, etc. Organizations proposing to develop materials in languages other than English also will be required to provide an English version of the materials. • If the proposal includes developing training materials, the work plan must include time during development for MSHA to review the educational materials for technical accuracy and suitability of content. If commercially developed training products will be used for a training program, applicants should also plan for MSHA to review the materials before using the products in their grant programs. • The utility of the educational materials is described. • The outreach or process to find mine operators, miners, or trainees to receive the training is described. (c) Replication (4 Points) The potential for a project to serve a variety of mine operators, miners, or mine sites, or the extent others may replicate the project. (d) Innovation (3 Points) The originality and uniqueness of the approach used. (e) MSHA’s Performance Goals (5 Points) The extent the proposed project will contribute to MSHA’s performance goals. 2. Budget—20 Points Total (a) The budget presentation is clear and detailed. (15 points) The budgeted costs are reasonable. • No more than 15 percent of the total budget is for direct administrative costs. • Indirect costs do not exceed 10 percent of the modified total direct costs (as defined in 2 CFR 200.68) or the grantee’s federally negotiated indirect cost rate reimbursement. • The budget complies with Federal cost principles (which can be found in PO 00000 Frm 00088 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the applicable Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards and with MSHA budget requirements contained in the grant application instructions). (b) The application demonstrates that the applicant has strong financial management and internal control systems. (5 points) 3. Overall Qualifications of the Applicant—25 Points Total (a) Grant Experience (6 Points) The applicant has administered, or will work with an organization that has administered, a number of different Federal or State grants. The applicant may demonstrate this experience by having project staff that has experience administering Federal or State grants. (b) Mine Safety Training Experience (13 Points) • The applicant applying for the grant demonstrates experience with mine safety teaching or providing mine safety educational programs. Applicants that do not have prior experience in providing mine safety training to mine operators or miners may partner with an established mine safety organization to acquire mine safety expertise. • Project staff has experience in mine safety, the specific topic chosen, or in training mine operators and miners. • Project staff has experience in recruiting, training, and working with the population the organization proposes to serve. • Applicant has experience in designing and developing mine safety training materials for a mining program. • Applicant has experience in managing educational programs. (c) Management (6 Points) Applicant demonstrates internal control and management oversight of the project. 4. Outputs and Evaluations—15 Points Total The proposal should include provisions for evaluating the organization’s progress in accomplishing the grant work activities and accomplishments, evaluating training sessions, and evaluating the program’s effectiveness and impact to determine if the safety training and services provided resulted in workplace change or improved workplace conditions. The proposal should include a plan to follow up with trainees to determine the impact the program has had in abating hazards and reducing miner illnesses and injuries. E:\FR\FM\25MRN1.SGM 25MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 57 / Monday, March 25, 2019 / Notices B. Review and Selection Process for FY 2019 Grants A technical panel will rate each complete application against the criteria described in this FOA. One or more applicants may be selected as grantees on the basis of the initial application submission, or a minimally acceptable number of points may be established. MSHA may request final revisions to the applications, and then evaluate the revised applications. MSHA may consider any information that comes to its attention in evaluating the applications. The panel recommendations are advisory in nature. The Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health will make a final selection determination based on what is most advantageous to the government, considering factors such as panel findings, geographic presence of the applicants or the areas to be served, Agency priorities, and the best value to the government, cost, and other factors. The Assistant Secretary’s determination for award under this FOA is final. C. Anticipated Announcement and Award Dates Announcement of the awards is expected to occur before September 30, 2019. The grant agreement will be signed no later than September 30, 2019. VI. Award Administration Information A. Award Process Before September 30, 2019, organizations selected as potential grant recipients will be notified by a representative of the Assistant Secretary. An applicant whose proposal is not selected will be notified in writing. The fact that an organization has been selected as a potential grant recipient does not necessarily constitute approval of the grant application as submitted (revisions may be required). Before the actual grant award and the announcement of the award, MSHA may enter into negotiations with the potential grant recipient concerning such matters as program components, staffing and funding levels, and administrative systems. If the negotiations do not result in an acceptable submittal, the Assistant Secretary reserves the right to terminate the negotiations and decline to fund the proposal. B. Administrative and National Policy Requirements All grantees will be subject to applicable Federal laws and regulations (including provisions of appropriations VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:47 Mar 22, 2019 Jkt 247001 law). These requirements are attachments in the application package and are also located online at https:// www.fedconnect.netwww.msha.gov (Click the ‘‘Search Public Opportunities Only’’ section, enter the Title or FOA number of the document, and click ’’Search’’) or at www.msha.gov (Select ‘‘Training and Education,’’ click on ‘‘Training Programs and Courses,’’ then select ‘‘Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety Grants’’). The grants awarded under this competitive grant program will be subject to the following administrative standards and provisions, if applicable: • 2 CFR part 25, Universal Identifier and System for Award Management. • 2 CFR part 170, Reporting Subawards and Executive Compensation Information. • 2 CFR part 175, Award Term for Trafficking in Persons. • 2 CFR part 180, OMB Guidelines to Agencies on Governmentwide Debarment and Suspension (Nonprocurement) (Nov. 15, 2006). • 2 CFR part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Dec. 19, 2014). • 2 CFR part 2900, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. • 2 CFR part 2998, Nonprocurement Debarment and Suspension. • 29 CFR part 2, subpart D, Equal Treatment in Department of Labor Programs for Religious Organizations; Protection of Religious Liberty of Department of Labor Social Service Providers and Beneficiaries. • 29 CFR part 31, Nondiscrimination in federally assisted programs of the Department of Labor—Effectuation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. • 29 CFR part 32, Nondiscrimination on the basis of handicap in programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance. • 29 CFR part 33, Enforcement of nondiscrimination on the basis of handicap in programs or activities conducted by the Department of Labor. • 29 CFR part 35, Nondiscrimination on the basis of age in programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance from the Department of Labor. • 29 CFR part 36, Nondiscrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance. • 29 CFR part 93, New restrictions on lobbying. • 29 CFR part 94, Government-wide requirements for drug-free workplace (financial assistance). • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 31, Subpart 31.2, Contract PO 00000 Frm 00089 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 11133 cost principles and procedures (Codified at 48 CFR Subpart 31.2). Unless specifically approved, MSHA’s acceptance of a proposal or award of Federal funds to sponsor any program does not constitute a waiver of any grant requirement or procedure. For example, if an application identifies a specific sub-contractor to provide certain services, the MSHA award does not provide a basis to sole-source the procurement (to avoid competition). C. Special Program Requirements 1. MSHA Review of Educational Materials MSHA will review all granteeproduced educational and training materials for technical accuracy and suitability of content during development and before final publication. MSHA also will review training curricula and purchased training materials for technical accuracy and suitability of content before the materials are used. Grantees developing training materials must follow all copyright laws and provide written certification that their materials are free from copyright infringement. When grantees produce training materials, they must provide copies of completed materials to MSHA before the end of the grant. Completed materials should be submitted to MSHA in hard copy and in digital format for publication on the MSHA website. Two copies of the materials must be provided to MSHA. Acceptable formats for training materials include Microsoft Word, PDF, PowerPoint, and any other format agreed upon by MSHA. 2. License As stated in 2 CFR 200.315 and 2 CFR 2900.13, the Department of Labor has a royalty-free, nonexclusive, and irrevocable right to reproduce, publish, or otherwise use for Federal purposes any work produced, or for which ownership was acquired, under a grant, and to authorize others to do so. Such products include, but are not limited to, curricula, training models, and any related materials. Such uses include, but are not limited to, the right to modify and distribute such products worldwide by any means, electronic, or otherwise. 3. Acknowledgement on Printed Materials All approved grant-funded materials developed by a grantee shall contain the following disclaimer: ‘‘This material was produced under grant number [insert grant number] from the Mine Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. It does not E:\FR\FM\25MRN1.SGM 25MRN1 11134 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 57 / Monday, March 25, 2019 / Notices necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.’’ When issuing statements, press releases, request for proposals, bid solicitations, and other documents describing projects or programs funded in whole or in part with Federal money, all grantees receiving Federal funds must clearly state: (a) The percentage of the total costs of the program or project that will be financed with Federal money; (b) The dollar amount of Federal financial assistance for the project or program; and (c) The percentage and dollar amount of the total costs of the project or program that will be financed by nongovernmental sources. 4. Use of U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) or MSHA Logo With written permission from MSHA, the USDOL and MSHA logos may be applied to the grant-funded materials including posters, videos, pamphlets, research documents, national survey results, impact evaluations, best practice reports, and other publications. The grantees must consult with MSHA on whether the logos may be used on any such items prior to final draft or final preparation for distribution. In no event shall the DOL or MSHA logo be placed on any item until MSHA has given the grantee written permission to use the logos on the item. 5. Reporting Grantees are required by Departmental regulations to submit financial and project reports, as described below. Grantees are also required to submit final reports no later than 90 days after the end of the grant. (a) Financial Reports The grantee shall submit financial reports on a quarterly basis. Recipients are required to use the U.S. Department of Labor’s Grantee Reporting Systems’ electronic SF–425 (Federal Financial Report), (OMB No. 4040–0014, expiration: 02/28/2022), at https:// www.fedconnect.net, to report the status of all funds awarded and, if applicable, program income received and expended, during the funding period. To create an organization account, your organization’s SAM Marketing Partner ID number (MPIN) is required. (See Section IV.C regarding new procedures for SAM Entity Administrator.) Only the SAM Entity Administrator for an entity may view the MPIN. For more VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:47 Mar 22, 2019 Jkt 247001 information about registering in FedConnect, review DOL’s Grant Management System Modernization Guide at https://www.msha.gov/sites/ default/files/Training_Education/Grants %20Management%20System%20 Modernization.pdf or on MSHA’s website, www.msha.gov. FedConnect will send a SF–425 form at the end of each quarter to be filled out, saved, and uploaded to submit to MSHA. All reports are due no later than 30 days after the end of the reporting period. 693–9833, (202) 693–9801 (FAX), Munnerlyn.Travis@dol.gov.. Emmanuel Ekwo, Grant Officer, Mine Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 201 12th Street South, Suite 401, Arlington, Virginia 22202, (202) 693–9635, (202) 693–9801 (FAX), Ekwo.Emmanuel.M@dol.gov. The telephone numbers listed above are not toll-free numbers. (b) Technical Project Reports A. Freedom of Information Act A grantee must submit a quarterly technical project report to MSHA no later than 30 days after established reporting periods. MSHA will provide the reporting periods upon the awarding of the grants. Technical project reports provide both quantitative and qualitative information and a narrative assessment of performance for the preceding three-month period. This should include the current grant progress against the overall grant goals as provided in Part IV.B.3. Between reporting dates, the grantee shall immediately inform MSHA of significant developments or problems affecting the organization’s ability to accomplish the work. See 2 CFR 200.328(d). Any information submitted in response to this FOA will be subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, as appropriate. (c) Final Reports At the end of the grant, each grantee must provide a project summary of its technical project reports, an evaluation report, and a close-out financial report. These final reports are due no later than 90 days after the end of the grant. VII. Agency Contacts Program Office Janice Oates, Grants Program Manager, Educational Policy and Development, Mine Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 201 12th Street South, Suite 401, Arlington, Virginia 22202, (202) 693–9573, (202) 693–9571 (FAX), Oates.Janice@dol.gov. Cindy Hennigan, Management Officer, Educational Policy and Development, Mine Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 201 12th Street South, Suite 401, Arlington, Virginia 22202, (202) 693–9581, (202) 693–9571 (FAX), Hennigan.Cindy@dol.gov. Grants Office Travis Munnerlyn, Grants Management Specialist, Mine Safety and Health Administration.U.S. Department of Labor, 201 12th Street South, Suite 401, Arlington, Virginia 22202, (202) PO 00000 Frm 00090 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 VIII. Other Information B. Office of Management and Budget Information Collection Requirements This FOA requests information from applicants. This collection of information is approved under OMB Control No. 1225–0086 (expiration: May 31, 2019). In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, no person is required to respond to a collection of information unless such collection displays a valid OMB control number. Public reporting burden for the grant application is estimated to average 10 hours per response, for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. Each recipient who receives a grant award will be required to submit four technical performance reports and a final report to MSHA. Send comments about the burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden, to the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Attention: Departmental Clearance Officer, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Room N1301, Washington, DC 20210. Comments may also be emailed to DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@ dol.gov. Please do not return your grant application to this address. Only send comments about the burden caused by the collection of information to this address. Send your grant application to the sponsoring agency as specified earlier in this announcement. This information is being collected for the purpose of awarding a grant. DOL will use the information collected through this ‘‘Funding Opportunity Announcement’’ to ensure that grants are awarded to the applicants best suited to perform the functions of the E:\FR\FM\25MRN1.SGM 25MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 57 / Monday, March 25, 2019 / Notices grant. This information is required to be considered for this grant. David G. Zatezalo, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health. before or after the meeting. If you plan to attend, please submit your name and affiliation no later than Thursday, April 5, 2019 to MCCAdvisoryCouncil@ mcc.gov to be placed on an attendee list. Dated: March 19, 2019. Jeanne M. Hauch, VP/General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. 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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Mine Safety and Health Administration


Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety Grants

AGENCY:  Mine Safety and Health Administration, Labor.

ACTION:  Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).

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    Announcement Type: New.
    Funding Opportunity Number: FOA BS-2019-1.
    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 17.603.

SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Mine Safety and Health 
Administration (MSHA), is making up to $400,000 available in grant 
funds for education and training programs to help identify, avoid, and 
prevent unsafe working conditions in and around mines. The focus of 
these grants for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 will be training programs and 
training materials on powered haulage safety (i.e. reducing vehicle-on-
vehicle collisions, increasing seat belt use, and improving belt 
conveyor safety), examinations of working places at metal and nonmetal 
mines, mine emergency prevention and preparedness, or other programs to 
prevent unsafe conditions in and around mines.
    This notice contains all of the information needed to apply for 
grant funding.

DATES: The closing date for applications will be no later than 11:59:00 
p.m. EDST, 60 days after the published date of this FOA. MSHA will 
award grants on or before September 30, 2019.

ADDRESSES: Grant applications for this competition must be submitted 
electronically through the Grants.gov site at www.grants.gov. If 
applying online poses a hardship to any applicant, the MSHA Directorate 
of Educational Policy and Development will provide assistance Monday-
Friday from 8:00:00 a.m. to 5:00:00 p.m. EDST to help applicants submit 
online.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any questions regarding this FOA BS-
2019-1 should be directed to Janice Oates at oates.janice@dol.gov or 
202-693-9573 (this is not a toll-free number) or Cindy Hennigan at 
hennigan.cindy@dol.gov or 202-693-9570 (this is not a toll-free 
number).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This solicitation provides background 
information and the requirements for projects funded under the 
solicitation.
    This solicitation consists of eight parts:
     Part I provides background information on the Brookwood-
Sago grants.
     Part II describes the size and nature of the anticipated 
awards.
     Part III describes the qualifications of an eligible 
applicant.
     Part IV provides information on the application and 
submission process.
     Part V explains the review process and rating criteria 
that will be used to evaluate the applications.
     Part VI provides award administration information.
     Part VII contains MSHA contact information.
     Part VIII addresses Freedom of Information Act requests 
and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) information collection 
requirements.
    Applicants for the grants may be States and Territories (to include 
the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin 
Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern 
Mariana Islands) and private or public nonprofit entities, to include 
Indian tribes, tribal organizations, Alaska Native entities, Indian-
controlled organizations serving Indians, and Native Hawaiian 
organizations. MSHA could award as many as eight grants. The amount of 
each individual grant will be at least $50,000, and the maximum 
individual award will be $400,000.
    In addition, the General Services Administration (GSA) has 
implemented new procedures for the System for Award Management (SAM) 
registration process to prevent fraud. All applicants need an active 
SAM registration to apply for a grant under this FOA and should plan 
accordingly because these procedures may increase the time before an 
applicant may receive an active registration notice.

I. Program Description

A. Overview of the Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety Grant Program

    Under Section 14 of the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response 
Act of 2006 (MINER Act), the Secretary of Labor (Secretary) is required 
to establish a competitive grant program called the ``Brookwood-Sago 
Mine Safety Grants'' (Brookwood-Sago grants). 30 U.S.C. 965. This 
program provides funding for education and training programs to better 
identify, avoid, and prevent unsafe working conditions in and around 
mines. The program uses grant funds to establish and implement 
education and training programs or to create training materials and 
programs. The MINER Act requires the Secretary to give priority to mine 
safety demonstrations and pilot projects with broad applicability. The 
MINER Act also mandates that the Secretary emphasize programs and 
materials that target miners in smaller mines, including training mine 
operators and miners on new MSHA standards, high-risk activities, and 
other identified safety priorities.

B. Education and Training Program Priorities

    MSHA priorities for the FY 2019 funding of the annual Brookwood-
Sago grants will focus on powered haulage safety (i.e. reducing 
vehicle-on-vehicle collisions, increasing seat belt use, and improving 
belt conveyor safety), examinations of working places at metal and 
nonmetal mines, mine emergency prevention and preparedness, or other 
programs to prevent unsafe conditions in and around mines. MSHA expects 
Brookwood-Sago grantees to develop training materials or to develop and 
provide mine safety training or educational programs, recruit mine 
operators and miners for the training, and conduct and evaluate the 
training. MSHA will give special emphasis to programs and materials 
that target workers at smaller mines, including training miners and 
employers about new MSHA standards, high-risk activities, or hazards 
identified by MSHA.
    MSHA expects Brookwood-Sago grantees to conduct follow-up 
evaluations with the people who received training in their programs to 
measure how the training promotes the Secretary's goal to ``promote 
safe jobs and fair workplaces for all Americans'' and MSHA's goal to 
``prevent fatalities, disease, and injury from mining and secure safe 
and healthful working conditions for America's miners.'' Evaluations 
will focus on determining how effective the subject training was in 
either reducing hazards, improving skills for the selected training 
topics, or in improving the conditions in mines. Grantees must also 
cooperate fully with MSHA evaluators of their programs, which may 
include data collection or provision of training curricula, materials, 
or mechanisms.

II. Federal Award Information

A. Award Amount for FY 2019

    MSHA is providing up to $400,000 for the 2019 Brookwood-Sago grant 
program which could be awarded in a maximum of eight separate grants of 
no less than $50,000 each. Applicants requesting less than $50,000 or 
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performance period will not be considered for funding.

B. Period of Performance

    The performance period for these grants will begin when the grant 
is awarded. MSHA may approve one no-cost period of performance 
extension upon reviewing the success of the project and other relevant 
factors. See 2 CFR 200.308(d)(2).

III. Eligibility Information

A. Eligible Applicants

    Applicants for the grants may be States and Territories (to include 
the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin 
Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern 
Mariana Islands) and private or public nonprofit entities, to include 
Indian tribes, tribal organizations, Alaska Native entities, Indian-
controlled organizations serving Indians, and Native Hawaiian 
organizations. Eligible entities may apply for funding independently or 
in partnership with other eligible organizations. For partnerships, a 
lead organization must be identified.
    Applicants other than States, Territories, State-supported or local 
government-supported institutions of higher education, and tribal 
governments and tribal-supported institutions of higher education will 
be required to submit evidence of nonprofit status, preferably from the 
Internal Revenue Service (IRS). A nonprofit entity, as described in 26 
U.S.C. 501(c)(4), which engages in lobbying activities, is not eligible 
for a grant award. See 2 U.S.C. 1611.

B. Legal Rules Pertaining to Inherently Religious Activities by 
Organizations That Receive Federal Financial Assistance

    The government generally is prohibited from providing direct 
Federal financial assistance for inherently religious activities. See 
29 CFR part 2, subpart D. Grants under this solicitation may not be 
used for religious instruction, worship, prayer, proselytizing, or 
other inherently religious activities. Neutral, non-religious criteria 
that neither favor nor disfavor religion will be employed in the 
selection of grant recipients and must be employed by grantees in the 
selection of contractors and subcontractors.

C. Cost-Sharing or Matching

    Cost-sharing or matching of funds is not required for eligibility.

IV. Application and Submission Information

A. Application Package

    This announcement includes all information, including forms, 
regulations, and links needed to apply for this funding opportunity. 
The full application is available through the Grants.gov website, 
www.grants.gov and the FedConnect.net portal. Applicants, however, must 
apply for this funding opportunity through the Grants.gov website. You 
may request paper copies of the package by contacting the Directorate 
of Educational Policy and Development at 202-693-9570.
    For Grants.gov, click ``Search Grants,'' and enter the 
``Opportunity Number,'' the ``Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance'' 
(CFDA), or both, and click the Search button. The Opportunity Number is 
BS-2019-1. The CFDA number for this opportunity is 17.603. If an 
applicant has problems downloading the application package from 
Grants.gov, contact the Grants.gov Contact Center at 1-800-518-4726, or 
by email at support@grants.gov.
    The full application package is also available online at 
FedConnect.net portal, https://www.fedconnect.net. Click the ``Search 
Public Opportunities Only'' section, enter the Title or FOA number of 
the document, and click search to find the application package.
    If applying online poses a hardship to any applicant, please notify 
the MSHA Directorate of Educational Policy and Development as early as 
possible and we will provide assistance to help applicants submit 
online and provide any applicable notices.
    For the FedConnect.net portal, an applicant will register in 
FedConnect at https://www.fedconnect.net. To create an organization 
account, your organization's SAM Marketing Partner ID number (MPIN) is 
required. (See Section IV.C regarding new procedures for SAM Entity 
Administrator.) Only the SAM Entity Administrator for an entity may 
view the MPIN. For more information about registering in FedConnect, 
review DOL's Grant Management System Modernization Guide at https://www.msha.gov/sites/default/files/Training_Education/Grants%20Management%20System%20Modernization.pdf or on MSHA's website, 
www.msha.gov (Select ``Training and Education,'' click ``Training 
Programs and Courses,'' then select ``Grant Management System 
Modernization'').
1. FOA Modifications
    MSHA will post any modifications to this announcement on Grants.gov 
and the FedConnect.net portal. FedConnect.net will provide an email 
notice of a modification or an announcement message if an applicant 
registers in FedConnect.net as an interested party for this FOA. If you 
request paper copies of the FOA, or notify MSHA regarding hardship in 
applying online, MSHA will attempt to timely notify you of any 
modifications with the contact information provided.
2. Questions
    Questions regarding the content of the announcement must be 
submitted through the FedConnect.net portal. You must register with 
FedConnect to submit questions, and to view responses to questions. It 
is recommended that you register as soon after release of the FOA as 
possible.
    Questions relating to the Grants.gov registration process, system 
requirements, how an application form works, or the submittal process 
must be directed to Grants.gov at 1-800-518-4726, or 
support@grants.gov.
    If applying online poses a hardship to any applicant, please notify 
the MSHA Directorate of Educational Policy and Development as early as 
possible. Program questions should be submitted to the MSHA contacts 
listed in Section VII of this FOA.

B. Content and Form of the FY 2019 Application

    Each grant application must address powered haulage safety (i.e. 
reducing vehicle-on-vehicle collisions, increasing seat belt use, and 
improving belt conveyor safety), mine emergency prevention and 
preparedness, examinations of working places at metal and nonmetal 
mines, or other programs to prevent unsafe conditions in and around 
mines. The application must consist of three separate and distinct 
sections. The three required sections are:
     Section 1--Project Forms and Financial Plan (No page 
limit).
     Section 2--Executive Summary (Not to exceed two pages).
     Section 3--Technical Proposal (Not to exceed 12 pages). 
Illustrative
    material can be submitted as an attachment.
    The following are mandatory requirements for each section:
1. Project Forms and Financial Plan
    This section contains the forms and budget section of the 
application. The Project Financial Plan will not count against the 
application page limits. A person with authority to bind the applicant 
must sign the grant application and forms. Applications

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submitted electronically through Grants.gov do not need to be signed 
manually; electronic signatures will be accepted. All the following 
forms are part of the application package on Grants.gov, the 
FedConnect.net portal, and on MSHA's website, www.msha.gov (Select 
``Training and Education,'' click on ``Training Programs and Courses,'' 
then select ``Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety Grants''):
    (a) Completed SF-424, ``Application for Federal Assistance,'' (OMB 
No. 4040-0004, expiration: 12/31/2019). The SF-424 must identify the 
applicant clearly and be signed by an individual with authority to 
enter into a grant agreement. Upon confirmation of an award, the 
individual signing the SF-424 on behalf of the applicant shall be 
considered the representative of the applicant.
    (b) Completed SF-424A, ``Budget Information for Non-Construction 
Programs,'' (OMB No. 4040-0006, expiration: 02/28/2022) and budget 
narrative. The project budget should demonstrate clearly that the total 
amount and distribution of funds is sufficient to cover the cost of all 
major project activities identified by the applicant in its proposal, 
and must comply with the Federal cost principles and the administrative 
requirements set forth in this FOA. (Copies of all regulations that are 
referenced in this FOA are available online at Grants.gov, 
FedConnect.net portal, and on MSHA's website, www.msha.gov [Select 
``Training and Education,'' click on ``Training Programs and Courses,'' 
then select ``Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety Grants'']). The applicant must 
provide a concise narrative explaining the request for funds. The 
budget narrative should separately attribute the Federal funds to each 
of the activities specified in the technical proposal and if charging 
administrative costs as direct costs to the program, the budget 
narrative should discuss precisely how any administrative costs support 
the project goals. See 2 CFR 200.413(c).
    If applicable, the applicant must provide a statement about its 
program income. See 2 CFR 200.80 and 200.307 and this FOA, Part 
IV.F.1(a) and (b).
    The amount of Federal funding requested for the entire period of 
performance must be shown on the SF-424 and SF-424A forms.
    (c) Completed SF-424B, ``Assurances for Non-Construction 
Programs,'' (OMB No. 4040-0007, expiration: 02/28/2022). Each applicant 
for these grants must certify compliance with a list of assurances.
    (d) Completed Supplemental Certification Regarding Lobbying 
Activities Form, if applicable. If any funds have been paid or will be 
paid to any person for influencing or attempting to influence an 
officer or employee of any agency, a member of Congress, an officer or 
employee of Congress, or an employee of a member of Congress in 
connection with the making of a grant or cooperative agreement, the 
applicant shall complete and submit SF-LLL, ``Disclosure Form to Report 
Lobbying,'' (OMB No. 4040-0013, expiration: 02/28/2022) in accordance 
with its instructions.
    (e) Nonprofit status. Applicants must provide evidence of nonprofit 
status, preferably from the IRS, if applicable.
    (f) Accounting System Certification. Under the authority of 2 CFR 
200.207, MSHA requires that a new applicant that receives less than $1 
million annually in Federal grants attach a certification stating that 
the organization (directly or through a designated qualified entity) 
has a functioning accounting system that meets the criteria below. The 
certification should attest that the organization's accounting system 
provides for the following:
    (1) Accurate, current, and complete disclosure of the financial 
results of each federally-sponsored project.
    (2) Records that adequately identify the source and application of 
funds for federally-sponsored activities.
    (3) Effective control over and accountability for all funds, 
property, and other assets.
    (4) Comparison of outlays with budget amounts.
    (5) Written procedures to minimize the time elapsing between 
transfers of funds.
    (6) Written procedures for determining the reasonableness, 
allocability, and allowability of costs.
    (7) Accounting records, including cost accounting records that are 
supported by source documentation.
    (g) Attachments. The application may include attachments, such as 
resumes of key personnel or position descriptions, exhibits, 
information on prior government grants, and signed letters of 
commitment to the project.
2. Executive Summary
    The executive summary is a short one- to two-page abstract that 
succinctly summarizes the proposed project. The executive summary must 
include the following information:
    (a) Applicant. Provide the organization's full legal name and 
address.
    (b) Funding requested. List how much Federal funding is being 
requested.
    (c) Grant Topic. List the grant topic and the location and number 
of mine operators and miners that the organization has selected to 
train or describe the training materials or equipment to be created 
with these funds.
    (d) Program Structure. Identify the type of grant as ``annual.''
    (e) Summary of the Proposed Project. Write a brief summary of the 
proposed project. This summary must identify the key points of the 
proposal, including an introduction describing the project activities 
and each milestone with the expected results.
3. Technical Proposal
    The technical proposal must demonstrate the applicant's 
capabilities to plan and implement a project or create educational 
materials to meet the objectives of this solicitation. MSHA's focus for 
these grants is on training mine operators and miners and developing 
training materials on powered haulage safety (i.e. reducing vehicle-on-
vehicle collisions, increasing seat belt use, and improving belt 
conveyor safety), examinations of working places in metal and nonmetal 
mines, mine emergency prevention and preparedness, or other programs to 
prevent unsafe conditions in and around mines. MSHA shall give special 
emphasis to programs and materials that target miners at smaller mines, 
including training miners and employers about new MSHA standards, high-
risk activities, or hazards identified by MSHA. A Department of Labor 
Strategic Goal is to ``promote safe jobs and fair workplaces for all 
Americans, '' and MSHA's goal is to ``prevent fatalities, disease, and 
injury from mining and secure safe and healthful working conditions for 
America's miners.'' MSHA's award of the Brookwood-Sago grants supports 
these goals and strategies. To show how the grant projects promote 
these goals and strategies, grantees must report, at the end of each 
quarter, the following information (as applicable):

 Number of trainers trained
 Number of mine operators and miners trained
 Number of training events
 Number of course days of training provided to industry
 Course evaluations of trainer and training material
 Description of training materials created, to include target 
audience, goals and objectives, and usability in the mine training 
environment

    The technical proposal narrative must not exceed 12 single-sided, 
double-spaced pages, using 12-point font, and must contain the 
following sections:

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Program Design, Overall Qualifications of the Applicant, and Output and 
Evaluation. Any pages over the 12-page limit will not be reviewed. 
Attachments to the technical proposal are not counted toward the 12-
page limit. Major sections and sub-sections of the proposal should be 
divided and clearly identified.
    MSHA will review and rate the technical proposal in accordance with 
the selection criteria specified in Part V.
(a) Program Design
(1) Statement of the Problem/Need for Funds
    Applicants must identify a clear and specific need for proposed 
activities. They must identify whether they are providing a training 
program, creating training materials, or both. Applicants also must 
identify the number of individuals expected to benefit from their 
training and education program; this should include identifying the 
type of mines, the geographic locations of the training, and the number 
of mine operators and miners.
(i) Quality of the Project Design
    MSHA requires that each applicant include a 12-month workplan that 
correlates with the grant project period that will begin no later than 
TBD and end no later than TBD.
(ii) Plan Overview
    Describe the plan for grant activities and the anticipated results. 
The plan should describe such aspects as the development of training 
materials, the training content, recruiting of trainees, where or how 
training will take place, and the anticipated benefits to mine 
operators and miners receiving the training.
(iii) Activities
    Break the plan down into activities or tasks for each quarter. For 
each activity, explain what will be done, who will do it, when it will 
be done, and the anticipated results of the activity. For training, 
discuss the subjects to be taught, length of the training sessions, 
type of training (i.e. powered haulage safety, examinations of working 
places at metal and nonmetal mines, and mine emergency prevention and 
preparedness), and training locations (i.e. classroom, worksites). 
Describe how the applicant will recruit mine operators and miners for 
the training. (Note: Any commercially developed training materials the 
applicant proposes to use in its training must undergo an MSHA review 
before being used).
(iv) Quarterly Projections
    For training and other quantifiable activities, estimate the 
quantities involved for data required to meet the grant goals located 
in Part IV.B.3. For example, estimate how many classes will be 
conducted and how many mine operators and miners will be trained each 
quarter of the grant. Also, provide the training number totals for the 
full year. Quarterly projections are used to measure the actual 
performance against the plan. A quarterly technical project report is 
due 30 days after the end of each quarter. Applicants planning to 
conduct a train-the-trainer program should estimate the number of 
individuals to be trained during the grant by those who received the 
train-the-trainer training. These second-tier training numbers should 
be included only if the organization is planning to follow up with the 
trainers to obtain this data during the grant.
(v) Materials
    Describe each educational material to be produced under this grant. 
Provide a timetable, including milestones, for developing and producing 
the material. The timetable must include provisions for an MSHA review 
of draft and camera-ready products or evaluation of equipment. MSHA 
must review and approve training materials or equipment for technical 
accuracy and suitability of content before use in the grant program. 
Whether or not an applicant's project is to develop training materials 
only, the applicant should provide an overall plan that includes time 
for MSHA to review any materials produced.
(b) Qualifications of the Applicant
(1) Applicant's Background
    Describe the applicant, including its mission and a description of 
its membership, if any. Provide an organizational chart (the chart may 
be included as a separate page which will not count toward the page 
limit). Identify the following:
(i) Project Director
    The Project Director is the person who will be responsible for the 
day-to-day operation and administration of the program. Provide the 
name, title, street address and mailing address (if it is different 
from the organization's street address), telephone and fax numbers, and 
email address of the Project Director.
(ii) Certifying Representative or Authorizing Organization 
Representative (AOR)
    The Certifying Representative, or the AOR, is the official in the 
organization who is authorized to enter into grant agreements. Provide 
the name, title, street address and mailing address (if it is different 
from the organization's street address), telephone and fax numbers, and 
email address of the Certifying Representative or AOR.
(2) Administrative and Program Capability
    Briefly describe the organization's functions and activities, i.e., 
the applicant's management and internal controls. Relate this 
description of functions to the organizational chart. If the applicant 
has received any other government (Federal, State or local) grant 
funding, the application must have, as an attachment (which will not 
count towards the page limit), information regarding these previous 
grants. This information must include each organization for which the 
work was done and the dollar value of each grant. If the applicant does 
not have previous grant experience, it may partner with an organization 
that has grant experience to manage the grant. If the organization uses 
this approach, the management organization must be identified and its 
grant program experience discussed. Lack of past experience with 
Federal grants is not a determining factor, but an applicant should 
show a successful experience relevant to the opportunity offered in the 
application. Such experience could also include staff members' 
experiences with other organizations.
(3) Program Experience
    Describe the organization's experience conducting the proposed mine 
training program or other relevant experience. Include program 
specifics, such as program title, numbers trained, and duration of 
training. If creating training materials, include the title of other 
materials developed. Nonprofit organizations, including community-based 
and faith-based organizations that do not have prior experience in mine 
safety, may partner with an established mine safety organization to 
acquire safety expertise.
(4) Staff Experience
    Describe the qualifications of the professional staff you will 
assign to the program. Attach resumes of staff already employed 
(resumes will not count towards the page limit). If some positions are 
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qualifications instead of resumes. Staff should have, at a minimum, 
mine safety experience, training experience, or experience working with 
the mining community.
(c) Outputs and Evaluations
    There are two types of evaluations that must be conducted. First, 
describe the methods, approaches, or plans to evaluate the training 
sessions or training materials to meet the data requirements in Part 
IV.B.3. Second, describe plans to assess the long-term effectiveness of 
the training materials or training conducted. The type of training 
given will determine whether the evaluation should include a process-
related outcome, result-related outcome, or both. This will involve 
following up with an evaluation, or on-site review, if feasible, of 
miners trained. The evaluation should focus on what changes the trained 
miners made to abate hazards and improve workplace conditions, 
incorporate this training in the workplace, or both.
    For training materials, include an evaluation from individuals 
trained on the clarity of the presentation, organization, and the 
quality of the information provided on the subject matter and whether 
they would continue to use the training materials. Include timetables 
for follow-up and for submitting a summary of the assessment results to 
MSHA.

C. Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number and 
SAM--Required

    Under 2 CFR 25.200(b)(3), every applicant for a Federal grant is 
required to include a DUNS number with its application. The DUNS number 
is a nine-digit identification number that uniquely identifies business 
entities. An applicant's DUNS number is to be entered into Block 8 of 
Standard Form (SF) 424. There is no charge for obtaining a DUNS number. 
To obtain a DUNS number, call 1-866-705-5711, or access the following 
website: https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform.
    After receiving a DUNS number, all grant applicants must register 
as a vendor with the SAM through the website https://www.sam.gov/SAM/. 
Grant applicants must create a user account and register online. In 
addition, GSA has implemented new procedures for the SAM registration 
process to prevent fraud. One of these procedures requires new entities 
and entities renewing or updating their registration to submit an 
original, signed notarized letter confirming the authorized Entity 
Administrator https://www.sam.gov/SAM/. All applicants need an active 
SAM registration to apply for a grant under this FOA and should plan 
accordingly because these procedures may increase the time before an 
applicant may receive an active registration notice.
    Submitted registrations will take up to 10 business days to 
process, after which time the applicant will receive an email notice 
that the registration is active. Once the registration is active in 
SAM, it takes an additional 24_48 hours for the registration to be 
active in Grants.gov. SAM registrations must be renewed annually. SAM 
will send notifications to the registered user via email prior to 
expiration of the registration. Under 2 CFR 25.200(b)(2), each grant 
applicant must maintain an active registration with current information 
at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an 
application under active consideration.

D. Submission Date, Times, and Addresses

    The closing date for applications will be 60 days after the 
published date of this FOA (no later than 11:59:00 p.m. EDST). MSHA 
will award grants on or before September 30, 2019.
    Grant applications must be submitted electronically through the 
Grants.gov website. The Grants.gov site provides all the information 
about submitting an application electronically through the site as well 
as the hours of operation. Interested parties can locate the 
downloadable application package by the FOA Number: BS-2019-1, or by 
the CFDA Number: 17.603.
1. Non-Compliant Applications
    (a) Applications that are lacking any of the required elements or 
do not follow the format prescribed in Part IV.B will not be reviewed.
    (b) Late Applications.
    Applications should be submitted before the deadline to minimize 
the risk of late receipt. Applications received after the deadline will 
not be reviewed unless it is determined to be in the best interest of 
the Government.
    Applications received by Grants.gov are date and time stamped 
electronically. See https://www.grants.gov/help/html/help/index.htm?callingApp=custom#t=ManageWorkspaces%2FDetailsTab.htm&rhsearch=date%20stamp&rhhlterm=date%20stamp&rhsyns=%20
    An application must be fully uploaded and validated by the 
Grants.gov system before the application deadline date.

E. Intergovernmental Review

    The Brookwood-Sago grants are not subject to Executive Order 12372, 
``Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.'' MSHA reminds 
applicants that if they are not operating MSHA-approved State training 
grants, they should contact the State grantees and coordinate any 
training or educational program. Information about each state grant and 
the entity operating the state grant is provided online at: https://arlweb.msha.gov/TRAINING/STATES/STATES.asp

F. Funding Restrictions

    MSHA will determine whether costs are allowable under applicable 
Federal cost principles and other conditions contained in the grant 
award.
1. Allowable Costs
    Grant funds may be spent on conducting training and outreach, 
developing educational materials, recruiting activities (to increase 
the number of participants in the program), and on necessary expenses 
to support these activities. Allowable costs are determined by the 
applicable Federal cost principles identified in Part VI.B, which are 
attachments in the application package, or are located online at 
https://www.fedconnect.net. Click the ``Search Public Opportunities 
Only'' section, enter the Title or FOA number of the document, and 
click ``Search.'' These documents are also located on www.msha.gov 
(Select ``Training and Education,'' click on ``Training Programs and 
Courses,'' then select ``Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety Grants''). Paper 
copies of the material may be obtained by contacting the Directorate of 
Educational Policy and Development at 202-693-9570.
    (a) If an applicant anticipates earning program income during the 
grant, the application must include an estimate of the income that will 
be earned. Program income earned must be reported on a quarterly basis.
    (b) Program income is gross income earned by the grantee, which is 
directly generated by a supported activity, or earned as a result of 
the award. Program income earned during the award period shall be 
retained by the grantee, added to funds committed to the award, and 
used for the purposes and under the conditions applicable to the use of 
the grant funds. See 2 CFR 200.80 and 200.307.
2. Unallowable Costs
    Grant funds may not be used for the following activities under this 
grant program:

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    (a) Any activity inconsistent with the goals and objectives of this 
FOA.
    (b) Training on topics that are not targeted under this FOA.
    (c) Purchasing any equipment unless pre-approved and in writing by 
the MSHA grant officer.
    (d) Direct administrative costs that exceed 15 percent of the total 
grant budget.
    (e) Indirect costs that exceed 10 percent of the modified total 
direct costs (as defined in 2 CFR 200.68), or the grantee's federally 
negotiated indirect cost rate reimbursement.
    (f) Any pre-award costs.
    (g) Building an information technology (IT) system. If a learning 
management system is proposed, an existing system from a partnering 
institution or USALearning.gov must be used.
    Unallowable costs also include any cost determined by MSHA as not 
allowed according to the applicable cost principles or other conditions 
in the grant.

V. Application Review Information for FY 2019 Grants

A. Evaluation Criteria

    MSHA will screen all applications to determine whether all required 
proposal elements are present and clearly identifiable. Those that do 
not comply with these mandatory requirements will not be evaluated. The 
technical panel will review grant applications and score them. Panel 
reviewers will award each application up to 100 points based on the 
evaluation criteria described below:
1. Program Design--40 Points Total
(a) Statement of the Problem/Need for Funds (3 Points)
    The proposed training and education program or training materials 
must address powered haulage safety (i.e. reducing vehicle-on-vehicle 
collisions, increasing seat belt use, and improving belt conveyor 
safety), examinations of working places at metal and nonmetal mines, 
mine emergency prevention and preparedness, or other programs to 
prevent unsafe conditions in and around mines.
(b) Quality of the Project Design (25 Points)
    (1) The proposal to train mine operators and miners clearly 
estimates the number to be trained and clearly identifies the types of 
mine operators and miners to be trained.
    (2) If the proposal contains a train-the-trainer program, the 
following information must be provided:
     Name or type of support the grantee will provide to new 
trainers.
     The number of individuals to be trained as trainers.
     The estimated number of courses to be conducted by the new 
trainers.
     The estimated number of students to be trained by these 
new trainers and a description of how the grantee will obtain data from 
the new trainers documenting their classes and student numbers if 
conducted during the grant.
    (3) The work plan activities and training are described.
     The planned activities and training are tailored to the 
needs and levels of the mine operators and miners to be trained. Any 
special constituency to be served through the grant program is 
described, i.e. smaller mines, limited English proficiency miners, etc. 
Organizations proposing to develop materials in languages other than 
English also will be required to provide an English version of the 
materials.
     If the proposal includes developing training materials, 
the work plan must include time during development for MSHA to review 
the educational materials for technical accuracy and suitability of 
content. If commercially developed training products will be used for a 
training program, applicants should also plan for MSHA to review the 
materials before using the products in their grant programs.
     The utility of the educational materials is described.
     The outreach or process to find mine operators, miners, or 
trainees to receive the training is described.
(c) Replication (4 Points)
    The potential for a project to serve a variety of mine operators, 
miners, or mine sites, or the extent others may replicate the project.
(d) Innovation (3 Points)
    The originality and uniqueness of the approach used.
(e) MSHA's Performance Goals (5 Points)
    The extent the proposed project will contribute to MSHA's 
performance goals.
2. Budget--20 Points Total
    (a) The budget presentation is clear and detailed. (15 points)
    The budgeted costs are reasonable.
     No more than 15 percent of the total budget is for direct 
administrative costs.
     Indirect costs do not exceed 10 percent of the modified 
total direct costs (as defined in 2 CFR 200.68) or the grantee's 
federally negotiated indirect cost rate reimbursement.
     The budget complies with Federal cost principles (which 
can be found in the applicable Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit 
Requirements for Federal Awards and with MSHA budget requirements 
contained in the grant application instructions).
    (b) The application demonstrates that the applicant has strong 
financial management and internal control systems. (5 points)
3. Overall Qualifications of the Applicant--25 Points Total
(a) Grant Experience (6 Points)
    The applicant has administered, or will work with an organization 
that has administered, a number of different Federal or State grants. 
The applicant may demonstrate this experience by having project staff 
that has experience administering Federal or State grants.
(b) Mine Safety Training Experience (13 Points)
     The applicant applying for the grant demonstrates 
experience with mine safety teaching or providing mine safety 
educational programs. Applicants that do not have prior experience in 
providing mine safety training to mine operators or miners may partner 
with an established mine safety organization to acquire mine safety 
expertise.
     Project staff has experience in mine safety, the specific 
topic chosen, or in training mine operators and miners.
     Project staff has experience in recruiting, training, and 
working with the population the organization proposes to serve.
     Applicant has experience in designing and developing mine 
safety training materials for a mining program.
     Applicant has experience in managing educational programs.
(c) Management (6 Points)
    Applicant demonstrates internal control and management oversight of 
the project.
4. Outputs and Evaluations--15 Points Total
    The proposal should include provisions for evaluating the 
organization's progress in accomplishing the grant work activities and 
accomplishments, evaluating training sessions, and evaluating the 
program's effectiveness and impact to determine if the safety training 
and services provided resulted in workplace change or improved 
workplace conditions. The proposal should include a plan to follow up 
with trainees to determine the impact the program has had in abating 
hazards and reducing miner illnesses and injuries.

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B. Review and Selection Process for FY 2019 Grants

    A technical panel will rate each complete application against the 
criteria described in this FOA. One or more applicants may be selected 
as grantees on the basis of the initial application submission, or a 
minimally acceptable number of points may be established. MSHA may 
request final revisions to the applications, and then evaluate the 
revised applications. MSHA may consider any information that comes to 
its attention in evaluating the applications.
    The panel recommendations are advisory in nature. The Assistant 
Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health will make a final 
selection determination based on what is most advantageous to the 
government, considering factors such as panel findings, geographic 
presence of the applicants or the areas to be served, Agency 
priorities, and the best value to the government, cost, and other 
factors. The Assistant Secretary's determination for award under this 
FOA is final.

C. Anticipated Announcement and Award Dates

    Announcement of the awards is expected to occur before September 
30, 2019. The grant agreement will be signed no later than September 
30, 2019.

VI. Award Administration Information

A. Award Process

    Before September 30, 2019, organizations selected as potential 
grant recipients will be notified by a representative of the Assistant 
Secretary. An applicant whose proposal is not selected will be notified 
in writing. The fact that an organization has been selected as a 
potential grant recipient does not necessarily constitute approval of 
the grant application as submitted (revisions may be required).
    Before the actual grant award and the announcement of the award, 
MSHA may enter into negotiations with the potential grant recipient 
concerning such matters as program components, staffing and funding 
levels, and administrative systems. If the negotiations do not result 
in an acceptable submittal, the Assistant Secretary reserves the right 
to terminate the negotiations and decline to fund the proposal.

B. Administrative and National Policy Requirements

    All grantees will be subject to applicable Federal laws and 
regulations (including provisions of appropriations law). These 
requirements are attachments in the application package and are also 
located online at https://www.fedconnect.netwww.msha.gov (Click the 
``Search Public Opportunities Only'' section, enter the Title or FOA 
number of the document, and click ''Search'') or at www.msha.gov 
(Select ``Training and Education,'' click on ``Training Programs and 
Courses,'' then select ``Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety Grants''). The 
grants awarded under this competitive grant program will be subject to 
the following administrative standards and provisions, if applicable:
     2 CFR part 25, Universal Identifier and System for Award 
Management.
     2 CFR part 170, Reporting Subawards and Executive 
Compensation Information.
     2 CFR part 175, Award Term for Trafficking in Persons.
     2 CFR part 180, OMB Guidelines to Agencies on 
Governmentwide Debarment and Suspension (Nonprocurement) (Nov. 15, 
2006).
     2 CFR part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost 
Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Dec. 19, 2014).
     2 CFR part 2900, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost 
Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
     2 CFR part 2998, Nonprocurement Debarment and Suspension.
     29 CFR part 2, subpart D, Equal Treatment in Department of 
Labor Programs for Religious Organizations; Protection of Religious 
Liberty of Department of Labor Social Service Providers and 
Beneficiaries.
     29 CFR part 31, Nondiscrimination in federally assisted 
programs of the Department of Labor--Effectuation of Title VI of the 
Civil Rights Act of 1964.
     29 CFR part 32, Nondiscrimination on the basis of handicap 
in programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance.
     29 CFR part 33, Enforcement of nondiscrimination on the 
basis of handicap in programs or activities conducted by the Department 
of Labor.
     29 CFR part 35, Nondiscrimination on the basis of age in 
programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance from the 
Department of Labor.
     29 CFR part 36, Nondiscrimination on the basis of sex in 
education programs or activities receiving federal financial 
assistance.
     29 CFR part 93, New restrictions on lobbying.
     29 CFR part 94, Government-wide requirements for drug-free 
workplace (financial assistance).
     Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 31, Subpart 
31.2, Contract cost principles and procedures (Codified at 48 CFR 
Subpart 31.2).
    Unless specifically approved, MSHA's acceptance of a proposal or 
award of Federal funds to sponsor any program does not constitute a 
waiver of any grant requirement or procedure. For example, if an 
application identifies a specific sub-contractor to provide certain 
services, the MSHA award does not provide a basis to sole-source the 
procurement (to avoid competition).

C. Special Program Requirements

1. MSHA Review of Educational Materials
    MSHA will review all grantee-produced educational and training 
materials for technical accuracy and suitability of content during 
development and before final publication. MSHA also will review 
training curricula and purchased training materials for technical 
accuracy and suitability of content before the materials are used. 
Grantees developing training materials must follow all copyright laws 
and provide written certification that their materials are free from 
copyright infringement.
    When grantees produce training materials, they must provide copies 
of completed materials to MSHA before the end of the grant. Completed 
materials should be submitted to MSHA in hard copy and in digital 
format for publication on the MSHA website. Two copies of the materials 
must be provided to MSHA. Acceptable formats for training materials 
include Microsoft Word, PDF, PowerPoint, and any other format agreed 
upon by MSHA.
2. License
    As stated in 2 CFR 200.315 and 2 CFR 2900.13, the Department of 
Labor has a royalty-free, nonexclusive, and irrevocable right to 
reproduce, publish, or otherwise use for Federal purposes any work 
produced, or for which ownership was acquired, under a grant, and to 
authorize others to do so. Such products include, but are not limited 
to, curricula, training models, and any related materials. Such uses 
include, but are not limited to, the right to modify and distribute 
such products worldwide by any means, electronic, or otherwise.
3. Acknowledgement on Printed Materials
    All approved grant-funded materials developed by a grantee shall 
contain the following disclaimer: ``This material was produced under 
grant number [insert grant number] from the Mine Safety and Health 
Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. It does not

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necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of 
Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or 
organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.''
    When issuing statements, press releases, request for proposals, bid 
solicitations, and other documents describing projects or programs 
funded in whole or in part with Federal money, all grantees receiving 
Federal funds must clearly state:
    (a) The percentage of the total costs of the program or project 
that will be financed with Federal money;
    (b) The dollar amount of Federal financial assistance for the 
project or program; and
    (c) The percentage and dollar amount of the total costs of the 
project or program that will be financed by non-governmental sources.
4. Use of U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) or MSHA Logo
    With written permission from MSHA, the USDOL and MSHA logos may be 
applied to the grant-funded materials including posters, videos, 
pamphlets, research documents, national survey results, impact 
evaluations, best practice reports, and other publications. The 
grantees must consult with MSHA on whether the logos may be used on any 
such items prior to final draft or final preparation for distribution. 
In no event shall the DOL or MSHA logo be placed on any item until MSHA 
has given the grantee written permission to use the logos on the item.
5. Reporting
    Grantees are required by Departmental regulations to submit 
financial and project reports, as described below. Grantees are also 
required to submit final reports no later than 90 days after the end of 
the grant.
(a) Financial Reports
    The grantee shall submit financial reports on a quarterly basis. 
Recipients are required to use the U.S. Department of Labor's Grantee 
Reporting Systems' electronic SF-425 (Federal Financial Report), (OMB 
No. 4040-0014, expiration: 02/28/2022), at https://www.fedconnect.net, 
to report the status of all funds awarded and, if applicable, program 
income received and expended, during the funding period. To create an 
organization account, your organization's SAM Marketing Partner ID 
number (MPIN) is required. (See Section IV.C regarding new procedures 
for SAM Entity Administrator.) Only the SAM Entity Administrator for an 
entity may view the MPIN. For more information about registering in 
FedConnect, review DOL's Grant Management System Modernization Guide at 
https://www.msha.gov/sites/default/files/Training_Education/Grants%20Management%20System%20Modernization.pdf or on MSHA's website, 
www.msha.gov. FedConnect will send a SF-425 form at the end of each 
quarter to be filled out, saved, and uploaded to submit to MSHA. All 
reports are due no later than 30 days after the end of the reporting 
period.
(b) Technical Project Reports
    A grantee must submit a quarterly technical project report to MSHA 
no later than 30 days after established reporting periods. MSHA will 
provide the reporting periods upon the awarding of the grants. 
Technical project reports provide both quantitative and qualitative 
information and a narrative assessment of performance for the preceding 
three-month period. This should include the current grant progress 
against the overall grant goals as provided in Part IV.B.3.
    Between reporting dates, the grantee shall immediately inform MSHA 
of significant developments or problems affecting the organization's 
ability to accomplish the work. See 2 CFR 200.328(d).
(c) Final Reports
    At the end of the grant, each grantee must provide a project 
summary of its technical project reports, an evaluation report, and a 
close-out financial report. These final reports are due no later than 
90 days after the end of the grant.

VII. Agency Contacts

Program Office

Janice Oates, Grants Program Manager, Educational Policy and 
Development, Mine Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of 
Labor, 201 12th Street South, Suite 401, Arlington, Virginia 22202, 
(202) 693-9573, (202) 693-9571 (FAX), Oates.Janice@dol.gov.
Cindy Hennigan, Management Officer, Educational Policy and Development, 
Mine Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 201 
12th Street South, Suite 401, Arlington, Virginia 22202, (202) 693-
9581, (202) 693-9571 (FAX), Hennigan.Cindy@dol.gov.

Grants Office

Travis Munnerlyn, Grants Management Specialist, Mine Safety and Health 
Administration.U.S. Department of Labor, 201 12th Street South, Suite 
401, Arlington, Virginia 22202, (202) 693-9833, (202) 693-9801 (FAX), 
Munnerlyn.Travis@dol.gov..
Emmanuel Ekwo, Grant Officer, Mine Safety and Health Administration, 
U.S. Department of Labor, 201 12th Street South, Suite 401, Arlington, 
Virginia 22202, (202) 693-9635, (202) 693-9801 (FAX), 
Ekwo.Emmanuel.M@dol.gov.

    The telephone numbers listed above are not toll-free numbers.

VIII. Other Information

A. Freedom of Information Act

    Any information submitted in response to this FOA will be subject 
to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, as appropriate.

B. Office of Management and Budget Information Collection Requirements

    This FOA requests information from applicants. This collection of 
information is approved under OMB Control No. 1225-0086 (expiration: 
May 31, 2019).
    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, no person 
is required to respond to a collection of information unless such 
collection displays a valid OMB control number. Public reporting burden 
for the grant application is estimated to average 10 hours per 
response, for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, 
gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing 
the collection of information. Each recipient who receives a grant 
award will be required to submit four technical performance reports and 
a final report to MSHA.
    Send comments about the burden estimate or any other aspect of this 
collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this 
burden, to the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Chief 
Information Officer, Attention: Departmental Clearance Officer, 200 
Constitution Avenue NW, Room N1301, Washington, DC 20210. Comments may 
also be emailed to DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov.
    Please do not return your grant application to this address. Only 
send comments about the burden caused by the collection of information 
to this address. Send your grant application to the sponsoring agency 
as specified earlier in this announcement.
    This information is being collected for the purpose of awarding a 
grant. DOL will use the information collected through this ``Funding 
Opportunity Announcement'' to ensure that grants are awarded to the 
applicants best suited to perform the functions of the

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grant. This information is required to be considered for this grant.

David G. Zatezalo,
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health.
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