PHMSA Pipeline Safety Program One Call Grant

 

To provide funding to State agencies in promoting damage prevention, including changes with their State underground damage prevention laws, related compliance activities, training and public education.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
20.721
Federal Agency/Office
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 PHMSA received 27 applications for the “PHMSA Pipeline Safety Program One Call Grant’ for CY 2016 totaling $1.22 million dollars PHMSA received 27 applications for the “PHMSA Pipeline Safety Program One Call Grant’ for CY 2016 totaling $1,018,271.
Fiscal Year 2017 PHMSA received 26 applications for the “PHMSA Pipeline Safety Program One Call Grant” for calendar year 2017 totaling $1,292,778.
Fiscal Year 2018 For FY18 the program provided $915,000 in funding for personnel costs related to One Call enforcement and $89,000 in funding for 811 education projects.
Authorization
Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century, Public Law 105-178, 49 U.S.C. 6106
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
A state is eligible if it qualifies under section 49 USC 6104 (b).
Beneficiary Eligibility
State (Includes District of Columbia and Puerto Rico) Also, State agency with a Certification or Agreement under 60105 or 60106 of Title 49 USC.
Credentials/Documentation
Appropriate State legal official must approve legality of agency application and agreement. Costs will be determined in accordance with 2 CFR 200, and "One Call Application Guidelines". Application (plan) is opened in October each year.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Pipeline Safety, PHP-50, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE Washington, DC 20590. Each State submits a detailed description of the proposed project activity in one of the three priority categories listed in the criteria section with estimated costs on how the money would be spent. The application will be specific regarding what the funding would buy, and what otherwise unmet need the funding would help resolve. If the proposed activity was previously submitted and approved, the applicant will be required to provide a description of results from previous action of the activity. Also see: 2 CRFR 200 at http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title02/2cfr200_main_02.tpl
Award Procedure
Proposed projects are reviewed by a group of peers for their completeness with estimated project criteria as described in the criteria section.
Deadlines
October 15, 2018 to November 15, 2018 Applications are submitted in October for the next calendar year. The Director of State Programs may extend or modify the dates based on good cause.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days. From 60 to 90 days of receipt. Award is contingent on a current fiscal year appropriation and enacted budget.
Appeals
Not applicable.
Renewals
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Eligibility is determined by 49 USC, Section 6104. Criterion 1. Relevance to the established funding priorities This criterion will be used to evaluate proposed work under each project addressed in the application and will be used to evaluate proposed projects that enhance public safety, protect the environment, minimize risks to excavators, and prevent disruption of vital public services by reducing the incidence of underground facilities during excavation through the voluntary adoption and efficient implementation by all states of state One-Call notification programs that meet the minimum standards. Funding priorities are established and communicated to all potential grantees by distribution of "One-Call Grant Application Guidelines." These guidelines are updated annually. Criterion 2. Costs and Project Scope This criterion will be used to evaluate proposed work under each element addressed in the application and will be used to evaluate proposed projects that: o Will produce tangible results within the project period o Establish clear goals, objectives, milestones, and estimates of project costs o Use funds efficiently and effectively. Criterion 3. Past Performance This criterion will be used to evaluate past performance of applicants that have received a PHMSA One-Call grant in the past. Past performance includes fulfillment of grant agreements in a timely manner and compliance with grant terms and conditions. Applicants that received funding previously for a project that is ongoing, and are requesting grant funding for the continuation of that project, should provide a summary of accomplishments and tasks completed during the previous grant period. The information provided should include measurable results and deliverables, and also include any information about tasks that were not completed or other challenges encountered during the grant period.
How may assistance be used?
Eligible programs will cover such areas as compliance enforcement, legal assistance with enforcement actions, new equipment to support on-going enforcement programs, compliance monitoring, one call center statistics, compliance/noncompliance statistics, One-call membership initiatives, computer equipment, communication improvements, development and/or conduct of state-provided training programs for locators, development and/or distribution of educational items or materials, damage prevention awareness campaigns, public service announcements, informational mailings, advertisements and One Call center educational items.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Performance Reports: Triennial grant review is performed on all States to assure funds were spent on proposed projects and in accordance with OMB requirements. Each State progress report is reviewed prior to award of future grant.
Auditing
Also see: 2 CFR 200 at http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title02/2cfr200_main_02.tpl
Records
All records relating to the projects must be retained for a period of not less than 3 years from the date of submission of fund expenditure report.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Period of performance is 12-18 months from the award date depending on the award date Electronic Funds Transfer
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Appendix IV of the Catalog for a listing of Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration regional office addresses.
Headquarters Office
Zach Barrett
1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, DC 20590 US
Zach.Barrett@dot.gov
Phone: (405) 834-8344.
Website Address
http://www.phmsa.dot.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
69-5172-0-2-407
Obligations
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 18$1,110,539.00; FY 19 est $1,218,889.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 17$1,237,942.00; FY 16$1,018,271.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The range for grants awarded $10,000 to $45,000
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Pipeline Safety Regulations, 49 CFR 190, 191, 192, 193, 195, 198 and 199. Individual copies available from the Transportation Safety Institute, PHMSA Training and Qualification, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73125. "Guidelines for States Participating in the Pipeline Safety Program." Also available on-line at http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title49/49tab_02.tpl
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 1. The overall quality and effectiveness of one-call notifications systems in the state; 2. Communications systems linking one-call notification systems; location capabilities, including training personnel and developing and using location technology; 3. Record retention and recording capabilities for one-call notification systems; 4. Public information and education; participation in one-call notification systems; and 5. Compliance and enforcement under the State one-call system 1. The overall quality and effectiveness of one-call notifications systems in the state; 2. Communications systems linking one-call notification systems; location capabilities, including training personnel and developing and using location technology; 3. Record retention and recording capabilities for one-call notification systems; 4. Public information and education; 5. Participation in one-call notification systems; and 6.. Compliance and enforcement under the State one-call system
Fiscal Year 2017 1. The overall quality and effectiveness of one-call notifications systems in the state; 2. Communications systems linking one-call notification systems; location capabilities, including training personnel and developing and using location technology; 3. Record retention and recording capabilities for one-call notification systems; 4. Public information and education; 5. Participation in one-call notification systems; and 6. Compliance and enforcement under the State one-call system
Fiscal Year 2018 As part of the technical review of the applications, PHMSA established three priority rankings for proposed projects: • Priority 1 has a maximum award amount of $60,000 and includes projects that address compliance and enforcement with state excavation damage prevention laws, state agency collection and analysis of data, legislation and rulemaking, and excavation damage law implementation; • Priority 2 has a maximum award amount of $20,000 and includes projects that address excavation damage prevention notification membership initiatives, consolidation of multiple excavation damage prevention notification centers, locating technology for underground facilities, and excavation damage prevention law training for enforcement personnel, the equipment-supporting the enforcement program, locator training and field testing for new underground facility locating equipment, and efforts to encourage contributions to data collection systems like the excavation damage information reporting tools; and • Priority 3 has a maximum award amount of $10,000 and includes projects that address excavation damage prevention notification center record retention and recording capabilities, as well as the development and execution of state outreach for underground facility operators and excavators such as public service announcements, booths and exhibits, the development and distribution of educational materials, informational mailings and advertisements, and awareness campaigns like Call 811.

 



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