Commercial Driver License State Programs

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s objective is to achieve the goals of SAFETEA-LU and the FMCSA mission of reducing the number and severity of crashes, fatalities, and injuries involving large trucks and buses by ensuring that States comply with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations related to commercial driver’s license testing, issuance, and disqualification.

Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
20.232
Federal Agency
Agency: Department of Transportation
Office: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
Types of Assistance
Cooperative Agreements; Project Grants; Project Grants (Discretionary)
Uses and Use Restrictions
A State may use grants only for expenses directly related to its compliance with 49 USC 31311 (49 CFR Parts 383 and 384); but a State that is making good faith efforts toward substantial compliance with the requirements of 31311 and 31313 of SAFETEA-LU may use grants to improve implementation of the State's commercial driver's license program, including expenses for computer hardware and software, publications, testing, personnel, training, fraud prevention, and quality control. The grant may not be used to rent, lease, or buy land or buildings. States, local governments, and other persons for projects involving research, development, demonstration projects, public education, and other special activities and projects relating to commercial driver licensing and motor vehicle safety that are of benefit to all jurisdictions of the United States or are designed to address national safety concerns and circumstances. States, local governments, and other persons may use grant funds to address emerging issues relating to commercial driver's license improvements. The grant may not be used to rent, lease, or buy land or buildings. 100% funding; no match required.
Authorization
Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, Pub. L. No.112–141, §§ 32603(c), 32604 (c)(1)., Public Law 112-141, 126 Stat. 405, 807- 809.
Eligibility Requirements
Applicant Eligibility
States may receive grant funds to comply with the requirements of section 31311 of SAFETEA-LU or if making good faith efforts toward substantial compliance with the requirements of section 31311 and 31313 receive grant funds to improve implementation of the commercial driver's license program. States, local governments, and other persons for projects involving research, development, demonstration projects, public education, and other special activities and projects relating to commercial driver licensing and motor vehicle safety that are of benefit to all jurisdictions of the United States or are designed to address national safety concerns and circumstances. States, local governments, and other persons may use grant funds to address emerging issues relating to commercial driver's license improvements.
Beneficiary Eligibility
14 - State (includes District of Columbia, public institutions of higher education and hospitals)
15 – Local (includes State-designated Indian Tribes, excludes institutions of higher education and hospitals)
20 – Public nonprofit institution/organization
38 – other private institutions/organizations
39 – anyone/general public.
Credentials/Documentation
Certification by the State that it meets the conditions for grant approval. States must submit a self assessment of their CDL program and agree to maintain CDL program expenditures at a level at least equal to the average of the past two State fiscal years that ended prior to August 10, 2005. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular 2 CFR 200. Non-State grantees must adhere to the applicable OMB Circular.. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
Application and Award Process
Preapplication Coordination
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Detailed application instructions and forms are available on Grants.gov. Applications must be submitted using Grants.gov
Award Procedure
The amount of the CDL grant to a qualifying State will be determined by the CDL Division based on the documented needs of the State and the availability of funds. The Federal Register Notice will outline the current year's priorities. All proposals will be evaluated by a panel to determine which proposals have the greatest impact on the effectiveness of the CDL program in improving highway safety and reducing commercial motor vehicle related fatalities. States will be required to sign a grant agreement. This is a 90 day process.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
This is a 90 day process.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
Grant period of performance may be renewed without additional funding according to the requirements of the FMCSA Financial Assistance Agreement General Provisions and Assurance and other applicable OMB Circulars and Federal law.
Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
This program has no matching requirements.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants must be obligated in the same fiscal year that funding is made available. Obligations remain available until expended within the constraints of the FMCSA Financial Assistance Agreement General Provisions and Assurance and other applicable OMB Circulars and Federal law. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Reimbursement of actual expenditures.
Post Assistance Requirements
Reports
SF-425 and SF-PPR-B. No cash reports are required. Project activity reports (SF-PPR) must be submitted quarterly to the FMCSA Division office. SF-425. Through reports and site visits.
Audits
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
Records
Records of all program activities covered in the grant proposal. Such records must be kept for 3 years following the end of the grant project period.
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: The FMCSA awarded $30,000,000 for projects that provide: 1) training and/or technical assistance; 2) facilitate timeliness, accuracy, and completeness of data exchange; 3) offer direct guidance or consultation to CDL stakeholders on best practices; 4) support national CDL stakeholder meetings related to commercial driver licensing; or 5) that demonstrate an innovative approach with potential benefit to the nationwide CDLPI program. Additionally, FMCSA plans to fund projects that enhance the expertise of court officers in prosecuting, adjudicating, and transmitting CDL violations and projects to comply with CDL regulations includes addressing existing or repeat open findings shown in the Automated Compliance Review System (ACRS) and proposed strategies for mitigating those findings.The FMCSA awarded $30,000,000. Fiscal Year 2015: The FMCSA plans to awarded $30,000,000 for projects that provide: 1) training and/or technical assistance; 2) facilitate timeliness, accuracy, and completeness of data exchange; 3) offer direct guidance or consultation to CDL stakeholders on best practices; 4) support national CDL stakeholder meetings related to commercial driver licensing; or 5) that demonstrate an innovative approach with potential benefit to the nationwide CDLPI program. Additionally, FMCSA plans to fund projects that enhance the expertise of court officers in prosecuting, adjudicating, and transmitting CDL violations and projects to comply with CDL regulations includes addressing existing or repeat open findings shown in the Automated Compliance Review System (ACRS) and proposed strategies for mitigating those findings. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Financial Information
Account Identification
69-8158-0-7-401.
Obligations
(Salaries) FY 14 $30,000,000; FY 15 est $30,000,000; and FY 16 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$20,000 - $1,500,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
49 CFR Part 383 and 384
Information Contacts
Regional or Local Office
None.
Headquarters Office
Julie Otto 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE, Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Email: julie.otto@dot.gov Phone: (202) 366-0710 Fax: (202) 366-7980
Website Address
http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety-security/grants/CDLPI/index.aspx
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Projects that promoted partnership efforts that lead to higher levels of substantial compliance, for example: partnerships among several states to resolve compliance issues that are common among the partner states, partnerships between State Driver Licensing Agencies (SDLAs) and courts
within the same state, partnerships among SDLAs and Federal or non-federal stakeholders,
partnerships among law enforcement agencies across several jurisdictions to promote CDL
compliance, and/or partnerships between SDLAs and employers, including military CDL
employers to ease the transition from military service and to assist veterans in obtaining a
CDL. Fiscal Year 2015: Projects that will continue to promote partnership efforts that lead to higher levels of substantial compliance, for example: partnerships among several states to resolve compliance issues that are common among the partner states, partnerships between State Driver Licensing Agencies (SDLAs) and courts
within the same state, partnerships among SDLAs and Federal or non-federal stakeholders,
partnerships among law enforcement agencies across several jurisdictions to promote CDL
compliance, and/or partnerships between SDLAs and employers, including military CDL
employers to ease the transition from military service and to assist veterans in obtaining a
CDL. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
• Addresses the program’s national priorities and demonstrates knowledge of the program and potential barriers to successfully meeting those priorities.
• Defines specific, measureable, and feasible program goals and objectives.
• Outlines activities and accompanying timelines to achieve the project’s goals.
• Defines a plan to monitor the effective implementation of the strategies and plans to document the project outcomes.
• Documents infrastructure and other organizational information to demonstrate an ability to perform the activities proposed in the application.
• Includes proposed costs that are allocable, allowable, reasonable, and necessary.
• Addresses program-specific requirements established in the Notice of Funding Availability.
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