National Priority Safety Programs

 

To encourage States to address national priorities for reducing highway deaths and injuries through occupant protection programs, state traffic safety information system improvements, impaired driving countermeasures, passage of effective laws to reduce distracted driving, implementation of motorcyclist safety programs, and the implementation of graduated driving licensing laws.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
20.616
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Transportation
Office: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Formula Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: States are spending the MAP-21 grant awards in accordance with guidance provided in the January 23, 2013 Interim Final Rule. Fiscal Year 2015: States are spending the MAP-21 National Priority Safety Programs grant awards in accordance with the guidance provided in the January 23, 2013 Interim Final Rule. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Authorization
Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (P.L. 112-141), Title I- Motor Vehicle and Highway Safety Improvement Act of 2012, Section 31105, Public Law 112-141.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
With the exception of the Motorcyclist Safety Program, the 50 States, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. territories (American Samoa, Guam, Northern Marianas, and Virgin Islands) are eligible for funding. Under the Motorcyclist Safety Program, the 50 States, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico are eligible for grant awards.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Funding is provided to State Highway Safety agencies.
Credentials/Documentation
A State submits certification and application materials that meet eligibility requirements. After being informed by NHTSA that it is eligible for a grant, the State submits to the agency a plan that describes the programs the Sate will implement using the funds. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. 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
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Application materials and applicable certifications, signed by the Governor’s Representative for Highway Safety, are due to NHTSA on July 1 of each year.
Award Procedure
Applications are reviewed by subject matter experts to determine if the State meets the specified eligibility requirements. After being informed that the State has been approved for grant award, the State submits to the agency a plan that describes the programs the State will implement using the funds. NHTSA notifies the Governor in a letter that the State has met the requirements for a Section 405 grant award. The letter also describes the amount of the grant award. Federal share is reimbursed on claims submitted in vouchers covering costs incurred. All participants have converted to the Electronic Transfer of Funds method.
Deadlines
Jul 01, 2015 July 1 of each year.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
MAP-21 authorizes the National Priority Safety Programs for FY 2014 & FY 2015.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria outlined in statute and regulation and vary for each program.
(a) Occupant Protection: meet requirements for a high or low seat belt use categories.
(b) State Traffic Safety Information System Improvements: have traffic records coordinating committee that meet 3 times a year; designated TRCC coordinator; an approved State traffic records strategic plan; certify that assessment was done in preceding 5 years; and demonstrate quantitative measureable progress to program attribute of accuracy, completeness, timeliness, uniformity, accessibility or integration.
(c) Impaired Driving Countermeasures: meet requirements for low-range state, mid-range state, or high-range state; State can also receive funding for adoption and enforcement a mandatory alcohol-ignition interlock law.
(d) Distracted Driving Grant: enacts and enforces a law that prohibits texting while driving or prohibits youth cell phone use while driving.
(e) Motorcyclist Safety: meet 2 of the following criteria—motorcycle rider training course, motorcyclist awareness program, reduction of fatalities and crashes involving motorcycles, impaired driving program, reduction of fatalities and accidents involving impaired motorcyclists, and fees collected from motorcyclists for motorcycle programs
(f) State graduated driver licensing incentive grant: State has a graduated driver licensing law that requires novice drivers younger than 21 years of age to comply with the 2-stage licensing process.
How may assistance be used?
Funding can be used to address national highway safety priority programs to reduce the number of highway deaths and injuries. Yes- Funds are available only to States, DC, Territories and the BIA and must be used as defined in the MAP-21 legislation and implementing regulation.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Funding recipients are required to provide an annual program report detailing program activities and accomplishments. Cash reports are not applicable. Funding recipients are required to provide an annual program report detailing program activities and accomplishments. Voucher and back up documentation as defined in NHTSA’s implementing regulation. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
Auditing
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
Project sponsor shall retain records for 3 years following submission of a final expenditure report and other project deliverables, all project contract documents, financial records, and supporting documents pending resolution of audit findings.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title 23, Chapter 4, Part 405.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 80.%. For all program under Section 405, the Federal share of the costs of the activities funded using amounts from grants awarded under this subsection may not exceed 80 percent for each fiscal year for which a State receives a grant.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The Federal share is reimbursed on claims submitted in vouchers covering costs incurred; all participants have converted to the electronic transfer of funds method of payment. Funds placed in obligation are available until expended. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. See Appendix IV of the Catalog for addresses of Regional Offices of the National Highway Safety Administration.
Headquarters Office
Mary D. Gunnels 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., NTI-200, Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Email: maggi.gunnels@dot.gov Phone: (202) 366-2121.
Website Address
http://nhtsa.dot.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
69-8020-0-7-401.
Obligations
(Formula Grants) FY 14 $272,000,000; FY 15 est $210,268,055; and FY 16 est $0 - Actual -- FY 2014 - $272,000,000
Budget -- FY 2015 -- $ 210,268,055.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$33,125 - $8,046,147.33.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (P.L. 112-141), Title I- Motor Vehicle and Highway Safety Improvement Act of 2012,, Section 31105; to be codified in 23 USC, chapter 4, section 405.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: In FY 2014, one (1) State qualified for the stricter distracted driving grants available that year, and 4 for ignition interlock grants. Fiscal Year 2015: In FY 2015, again only one (1) State qualified for the stricter distracted driving grants available, and 4 for ignition interlock grants. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available

 



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