Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Training Grants

Promote the safe operation of Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMVs), as defined in 49 U.S.C. 31301, through financial assistance to persons who train current and future drivers in the safe operation of CMVs.

Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
20.235
Federal Agency
Agency: Department of Transportation
Office: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
Types of Assistance
Project Grants (Discretionary)
Uses and Use Restrictions
Expand the number of Commercial Drivers License holders possessing enhanced operator safety training in order to reduce the severity and number of crashes on U.S. roads involving CMV; and assist economically distressed regions of the U.S. by proving workforce training opportunities for qualified individuals to become CMV operators. Applicant must adhere to eligibility criteria and project plan to be considered. Availability of funds are announced on Grants.gov (www.grants.gov).
Authorization
Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century,, Public Law 112-141, 126 Stat. 405, 808, 49 U.S.C 31301.
Eligibility Requirements
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants must be accredited and recognized by the Department of Education.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Eligible applicants must be accredited and recognized by the Department of Education.
Credentials/Documentation
State government agencies, local government agencies or accredited postsecondary educational institutions must be accredited and recognized by the Department of Education. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Application and Award Process
Preapplication Coordination
In accordance with the FMCSA Financial General Provisions and Assurances the recipient agrees to comply, as applicable, with environmental standards which may be prescribed pursuant to the following: (a) institution of environmental quality control measures under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (P.L. 91-190) and Executive Order (EO) 11514; (b) notification of violating facilities pursuant to EO 11738; (c) protection of wetlands pursuant to EO 11990; (d) evaluation of flood hazards in floodplains in accordance with EO 11988; (e) assurance of project consistency with the approved State management program developed under the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 (16 U.S.C. 1451 et seq.); (f) conformity of Federal actions to State (Clean Air) Implementation Plans under Section 176(c) of the Clean Air Act of 1955, as amended (42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.); (g) protection of underground sources of drinking water under the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974, as amended (P.L. 93-523); and, (h) protection of endangered species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (P.L. 93-205). Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. All applications must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov. Detailed application instructions are provided in the Grants.gov opportunity announcement and through the Federal Register notice.
Award Procedure
An application is submitted and evaluated to determine if funds will be awarded.
Deadlines
Nov 01, 2013 to Feb 01, 2014 Applications must be filed with an FMCSA Division office or through Grants.gov in accordance with FMCSA guidance issued through a Federal Register notice.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
From 90 to 120 days.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
Renewals to standard assistance agreements, if any, will be in the form of a new grant with a new grant number. Costs incurred under the previous grant cannot be transferred to the new grant. Residual funds remaining in the previous grant cannot be transferred to the new grant.
Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 20.%. The Federal share of the grant shall not exceed 80 percent of the approved expenditures in the project plan. A 20 percent matching share by the recipient is required.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants are available for one year upon execution of the grant agreement. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: upon execution of the grant agreement (electronic signature).
Post Assistance Requirements
Reports
Reporting requirements for CMV-OST recipients are outlined in the grant agreement terms and conditions and consists of quarterly performance progress status and financial reports. Progress Reports include the Performance Progress Report Coversheet (SF-PPR), together with SF-PPR-B attachment. Financial Reporting requirements include quarterly submission of the Federal Financial Report (SF-FFR, also known as the SF-425) and at least quarterly submission of the Request of reimbursement form. Reports are to be submitted quarterly to the FMCSA Headquarters. No cash reports are required. Yes. Reporting requirements for CMV-OST recipients are outlined in the grant agreement terms and conditions and consists of quarterly performance progress status and financial reports. Progress Reports include the Performance Progress Report Coversheet (SF-PPR), together with SF-PPR-B attachment. Financial Reporting requirements include quarterly submission of the Federal Financial Report (SF-FFR, also known as the SF-425) and at least quarterly submission of the Request of reimbursement form. Reports are to be submitted quarterly to the FMCSA Headquarters. Reporting requirements for CMV-OST recipients are outlined in the grant agreement terms and conditions and consists of quarterly performance progress status and financial reports. Progress Reports include the Performance Progress Report Coversheet (SF-PPR), together with SF-PPR-B attachment. Financial Reporting requirements include quarterly submission of the Federal Financial Report (SF-FFR, also known as the SF-425) and at least quarterly submission of the Request of reimbursement form. Reports are to be submitted quarterly to the FMCSA Headquarters. Reporting requirements for CMV-OST recipients are outlined in the grant agreement terms and conditions and consists of quarterly performance progress status and financial reports. Progress Reports include the Performance Progress Report Coversheet (SF-PPR), together with SF-PPR-B attachment. Financial Reporting requirements include quarterly submission of the Federal Financial Report (SF-FFR, also known as the SF-425) and at least quarterly submission of the Request of reimbursement form. Reports are to be submitted quarterly to the FMCSA Headquarters.
Audits
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. Completion of the FMCSA Administrative Capability Questionnaire for Non-Profit Organizations.
Records
Records of all program activities, including financial and programmatic records, statistical records and any other records, covered in the approved project plan must be kept for a period of three (3) years after the close of the grant.
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: Anticipated to be the same as FY 2014 and FY 2015. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Financial Information
Account Identification
69-8159-0-7-401.
Obligations
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 12 $1,000,000; FY 13 est $973,461; and FY 14 est $1,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 2012 Awards ranged from $160,000 to $230,000. The average award was $100,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), Pub. L. No.112141, 32603(g) (2012), 49 U.S.C. 31301, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circulars A-87 (Cost Principles for State, Local, and Indian Tribal Governments), A-21 (Cost Principles for Educational Institutions), or A-122 (Cost Principles for Non Profit Organizations), depending upon applicant type.
Information Contacts
Regional or Local Office
None.
Headquarters Office
Crystal Polk, 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE, Washington , District of Columbia 20590 Email: crystal.polk@dot.gov Phone: 202-366-0734 Fax: 202-366-7980
Website Address
http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov .
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: It is anticipated that awards will be made similar to FY 2014 and FY 2015 applicants. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Criteria used to select proposals includes:

Is the applicant an accredited training institution or institution of higher education?
Does the applicant have a valid training program?
Does the applicant serve recruit and train current or former members of the United States Armed Forces (including Guard members and Reservists) and their spouse?
Does the applicant target the unemployed and underemployed?
Does the applicant provide job placement opportunities for the drivers?
Does the applicant have a monitoring and evaluation program in place?.
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