GRANTS & FEDERAL RULES NOTIFICATION: WEEK ENDING NOVEMBER 21, 2014

Federal Grants & Rules Notification:
Week Ending November 21, 2014

Corporation for National & Community Service

 

Grants

Operation AmeriCorps
Deadline: Letter of Intent – 12/29/14; Application – 1/13/15, 5:00 pm ET both dates
Award Size: NA
Summary: Operation AmeriCorps is a new initiative created by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). For the first time, applicants may request AmeriCorps State and National, AmeriCorps VISTA, and AmeriCorps NCCC resources in a single application to use national service as the transformative catalyst to address a community’s most pressing local problem. Through Operation AmeriCorps, tribal and local leaders will identify a high priority local challenge which AmeriCorps resources can holistically address in a relatively short period of time (no more than two years). The Fiscal Year 2015 Operation AmeriCorps competition has two funding priorities. Applicants may choose to apply to either of the priorities. The first priority focuses is narrowly tailored and focus on specific post-secondary outcomes for students. The second priority is more flexible and allows localities to identify their most pressing challenge. The proposed solution may be a new program, or it may use national service to scale up an existing successful effort.
Publication Date: 11/21/14

Education

 

Office of Innovation & Improvement

Rules

Proposed Priorities, Requirements, Definitions, and Selection Criteria-Charter Schools Program Grants to State Educational Agencies
Deadline: Comments – 1/5/15
Summary: The Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement proposes priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria under the Charter Schools Program (CSP) Grants to State educational agencies (SEAs). The Assistant Deputy Secretary may use one or more of these priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria for competitions in fiscal year (FY) 2015 and later years. We take this action in order to support the development of high-quality charter schools throughout the Nation by strengthening several components of this program, including grantee accountability; accountability and oversight for authorized public chartering agencies; and support to educationally disadvantaged students.
Publication Date: 11/19/14

Office of Special Education & Rehabilitation Services

Grants

Applications for New Awards; Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals With Disabilities-Stepping-up Technology Implementation
Deadline: 1/20/15, 4:30 pm ET
Award Size: $475,000 – $500,000 per yr.
Summary: The purposes of the Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals with Disabilities Program are to: (1) Improve results for students with disabilities by promoting the development, demonstration, and use of technology; (2) support educational activities designed to be of educational value in the classroom for students with disabilities; (3) provide support for captioning and video description that is appropriate for use in the classroom; and (4) provide accessible educational materials to students with disabilities in a timely manner.
Publication Date: 11/21/15

Health & Human Services

 

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) with
Administration for Children & Families (ACF)

Rules

Flexibility, Efficiency, and Modernization in Child Support Enforcement Programs
Type of Rule: Proposed Rulel with Comments
Deadline: Comments – 1/16/15
Summary: This NPRM is intended to carry out the President’s directives in Executive Order 13563: Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review. The NPRM proposes revisions to make Child Support Enforcement program operations and enforcement procedures more flexible, more effective, and more efficient by recognizing the strength of existing state enforcement programs, advancements in technology that can enable improved collection rates, and the move toward electronic communication and document management. This NPRM proposes to improve and simplify program operations, and remove outmoded limitations to program innovations to better serve families. In addition, changes are proposed to clarify and correct technical provisions in existing regulations.
Publiation Date: 11/17/14

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health

Grants

FY14 Minority Youth Violence Prevention: Integrating Public Health and Community Policing Approaches 
Deadline: 11/21/14, 5:00 pm ET
Award Size: $300,000 – $400,000
Summary: OMH, in partnership with the COPS Office, is supporting a national initiative to integrate public health and violence prevention approaches. OMH is seeking applications from organizations that can serve as demonstration sites for addressing both the disparities in access to public health and the elevated risk of violence and crime that exists in many of our nation’s most distressed neighborhoods. The MYVP intends to demonstrate the effectiveness of integrating public health and community policing approaches to reduce disparities in access to public health services and violent crimes and improve the health and wellbeing of communities of color. This demonstration program requires a coordinated strategy and multi-partner approach. Applications to the MYVP must be comprised of collaborative partnerships, which, at a minimum, include one public health agency and one law enforcement agency; one of which may be the lead applicant. Applicants should demonstrate a partnership among disciplines, and include public health, law enforcement, and other criminal justice/public safety stakeholders, and organizations that specifically provide minority youth violence prevention services (e.g. community policing programs, juvenile services and the courts).
Publication Date: 11/21/14

Interior

 

Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)

Notices

Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Snow Mountain Solar Project on the Las Vegas Paiute Indian Reservation, Clark County, Nevada
Type of Notice: Intent with Comments & Scoping Meetings
Deadline: Comments – 12/19/14; Scoping Meetings – TBD.
Summary: BIA with the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe (Tribe), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and other Federal agencies, intend to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) that will evaluate a proposed photovoltaic (PV) solar energy generation project on the Las Vegas Paiute Indian Reservation and a transmission line located on tribal lands, private lands and/or Federal lands administered and managed by BLM in Clark County, NV. This notice announces the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify potential issues related to the EIS. It also announces that public scoping meetings will be held in Nevada to identify potential issues, alternatives, and mitigation to be considered in the EIS.
Publication Date: 11/19/14

Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Aiya Solar Project on the Moapa River Indian Reservation, Clark County, NV
Type of Notice: Scoping Process
Deadline: Comments – 12/22/14
Summary: BIA, as lead agency in cooperation with the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians (Moapa Band), BLM, and other Federal agencies, intend to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) that will evaluate a photovoltaic solar energy generation project on the Moapa River Indian Reservation and a transmission line located on tribal lands, private lands and Federal lands administered and managed by BLM in Clark County, Nevada. This notice announces the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify potential issues related to the EIS. It also announces that two public scoping meetings will be held in Nevada to identify potential issues, alternatives, and mitigation to be considered in the EIS
Publication Date: 11/21/14

Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

Notices

Filing of Plats of Survey; NV
Type of Notice: Filing of Plats
Deadline:
Summary: The purpose of this notice is to inform the public and interested State and local government officials of the filing of Plats of Survey in Nevada. The surveys listed within the full text of this notice are now the basic record for describing the lands for all authorized purposes. These surveys have been placed in the open files in the BLM Nevada State Office and are available to the public as a matter of information. Copies of the surveys and related field notes may be furnished to the public upon payment of the appropriate fees.
Publication Date: 11/17/14

Notice of Realty Action: Non-Competitive Direct Sale of the Reversionary Interest in a Recreation and Public Purpose Act (R&PP) Patent, in Clark County, NV (N-90426)
Type of Notice: Realty Action
Deadline: Comments – 1/5/15
Summary: The reversionary interest held by the United States in a 5.22-acre parcel of public land is determined suitable for direct sale and release to the Paradise Bible Baptist Church, under the authority of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, as amended. The purpose of the direct sale is to dispose of the reversionary interest clause in the patented lands, which represents certain restrictions and conditions that prevents the Paradise Bible Baptist Church from using the land for other purposes.
Publication Date: 11/21/14

Rules

Competitive Processes, Terms, and Conditions for Leasing Public Lands for Solar and Wind Energy Development and Technical Changes and Corrections
Type of Rule: Proposed Rule
New Deadline: 12/16/14
Summary: BLM published in the Federal Register with a 60-day comment period a proposed rule, to facilitate responsible solar and wind energy development and to receive fair market value for such development. The proposed rule would promote the use of preferred areas for solar and wind energy development and establish competitive processes, terms, and conditions (including rental and bonding requirements) for solar and wind energy development rights-of-way both inside and outside these preferred areas. The proposed rule would also make technical changes, corrections, and clarifications to existing rights-of-way regulations. Some of these changes would affect all rights-of-way and some provisions would affect particular types of actions, such as transmission lines with a capacity of 100 Kilovolts (kV) or more, or pipelines 10 inches or more in diameter. The BLM received requests to extend the comment period of this proposed rule. In response to these requests, the BLM is extending the comment period for 15 days beyond the end of the initial comment period.
Publication Date: 11/21/14

Bureau of Reclamation

Notices

Notice of Availability of Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Newlands Project, Nevada
Type of Notice: Availability
Summary: The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) has prepared the Resource Management Plan/Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final RMP/EIS) for the Newlands Project. This Final RMP/EIS provides a range of alternatives for managing Reclamation-administered lands in the Newlands Project Planning Area, which is in the west-central Nevada counties of Washoe, Storey, Lyon, and Churchill. Reclamation will not make a decision on the proposed action until at least 30 days after release of the Final RMP/EIS. After the 30-day waiting period, Reclamation will complete a Record of Decision (ROD). The ROD will state the action that will be implemented and will discuss all factors leading to the decision.
Publication Date: 11/18/14

Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Aiya Solar Project on the Moapa River Indian Reservation, Clark County, NV
Type of Notice: Scoping Process
Deadline: Comments – 12/22/14
Summary: BIA, as lead agency in cooperation with the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians (Moapa Band), BLM, and other Federal agencies, intend to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) that will evaluate a photovoltaic solar energy generation project on the Moapa River Indian Reservation and a transmission line located on tribal lands, private lands and Federal lands administered and managed by BLM in Clark County, Nevada. This notice announces the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify potential issues related to the EIS. It also announces that two public scoping meetings will be held in Nevada to identify potential issues, alternatives, and mitigation to be considered in the EIS.
Publication Date: 11/21/14

National Park Service (NPS)

Grants

Land and Water Conservation Fund State and Local Assistance Program
Deadline: 8/11/15
Award Size: $5,000 – $2.5M
Summary: NPS provides matching grants to states and through states to local governments for the acquisition and development of land and water for outdoor recreation purposes.
Publication Date: 11/17/14

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS)

Grants

TRPA, SNPLMA Funded Project 12-19 #W013
Deadline: 12/5/14
Award Size: $675,000
Summary: The Secretary of the Interior competed and selected project, Round 12, Project 19, BLM award #W013 for Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.
Publication Date: 11/20/14

Justice

 

Rules

National Instant Criminal Background Check System Regulation
Type of Rule: Final Rule
Effective: 1/20/15
Summary: The United States Department of Justice (“the Department”) is publishing this final rule to amend the regulations implementing the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (“NICS”) pursuant to the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (“Brady Act”). This final rule authorizes tribal criminal justice agencies to access the NICS Index for purposes of issuing firearm-related permits and licenses, authorizes criminal justice agencies to access the NICS Index for purposes of disposing of firearms in their possession, and updates the storage location of NICS Audit Log records relating to denied transactions.
Publication Date: 11/20/14

National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

Notices

Criminal Justice Restraints Standard, NIJ Standard-1001.00
Type of Notice: Availability
Deadline: 1/1/15
Summary: NIJ announces publication of Criminal Justice Restraints Standard, NIJ Standard 1001.00. Conformity assessment organizations are invited to review the document and provide any feedback to the point of contact listed below. This standard is planned to supersede NIJ Standard for Metallic Handcuffs, NIJ Standard 0307.01. The effective date that this will occur will be given six months prior through a notice in the Federal Register. For more information about NIJ standards, please visit the NIJ Standards website.
Publication Date: 11/19/14

National Science Foundation

 

Grants

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations
Deadline: 2/20/15, 5:00 pm local time
Award Size: $4M – $6M
Summary: RII Track-2 FEC builds inter-jurisdictional collaborative teams of EPSCoR investigators in themes consistent with NSF priorities. Projects are investigator-driven and must involve a collaborative team of investigators from at least two EPSCoR jurisdictions. The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) research and education activities should specifically broaden participation through the inclusion and integration of different types of individuals, institutions, and sectors throughout the project. Proposals must describe a comprehensive and integrated vision to drive discovery and build sustainable STEM capacity that exemplifies diversity of all types (individual, institutional, geographic, and disciplinary).
Publication Date: 11/17/14

NSF/Intel Partnership on Visual and Experiential Computing
Deadline: 2/20/15, 5:00 pm local time
Award Size: Small Projects: $500,000 – $1,000,000; Medium Projects: $1,000,001 – $2,000,000; Large Projects: $2,000,001 – $3,000,000.
Summary: The goal of this joint solicitation between NSF and Intel is to foster novel, transformative, multidisciplinary approaches that promote research in VEC technologies, taking into consideration the various challenges present in this field. This solicitation aims to foster a research community committed to advancing research and education at the confluence of VEC technologies, and to transitioning its findings into practice. Intel will support three types of projects, each three years in duration: small, medium, and large projects. NSF and It is intended that NSF and Intel will cofund each project in equal amounts.
Publication Date: 11/18/14

National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure
Deadline:Letter of Intent – 2/2/15; Application – 4/3/15, 5:00 pm local time both dates
Award Size: $500,000 – $2M
Summary: Over the past decade of its authorized award life, the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) has enabled major discoveries, innovations, and contributions to education and commerce by providing researchers from academia, small and large companies, and government with open access to university user facilities with leading-edge fabrication and characterization tools, instrumentation, and expertise within all disciplines of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. The National Science Foundation is now moving forward with the new National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) as the successor to the NNIN. This solicitation establishes a competition for individual university user facility sites positioned across the nation. A Coordinating Office will then be selected competitively at a later stage from among the selected sites to enhance their impact as a national infrastructure of user facility sites. The ultimate selection of user facility sites will include capabilities and instrumentation addressing current and anticipated future user needs across the broad areas of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology.
Publication Date: 11/18/14

Research on the Science and Technology Enterprise: Statistics and Surveys – R&D, U.S. S&T Competitiveness, STEM Education, S&T Workforce
Deadline: 2/18/15, 5:00 pm local time
Award Size:
Summary: NCSES welcomes efforts by the research community to use NCSES data for research on the science and technology enterprise, to develop improved survey methodologies for NCSES surveys, to create and improve indicators of S&T activities and resources, and strengthen methodologies to analyze and disseminate S&T statistical data. To that end, NCSES invites proposals for individual or multi-investigator research projects, doctoral dissertation improvement awards, workshops, experimental research, survey research and data collection and dissemination projects under its program for Research on the Science and Technology Enterprise: Statistics and Surveys.
Publication Date: 11/20/14

Genealogy of Life
Deadline: 3/25/15, 5:00 pm local time
Award Size: Up to $2.5M
Summary: Projects submitted to this program should emphasize increased efficiency in contributing to a complete Genealogy of Life and strategic integration of various types of organismal and environmental data with phylogenies. This program also seeks to broadly train next generation, integrative phylogenetic biologists, creating the human resource infrastructure and workforce needed to tackle emerging research questions in comparative biology. Projects should train students for diverse careers by exposing them to the multidisciplinary areas of research within the proposal.
Publication Date: 11/20/14

Structural and Architectural Engineering
Deadline: 2/1/15 – 2/17/15
Award Size: NA
Summary: The overall goal of the Structural and Architectural Engineering (SAE) program is to evolve sustainable structures, such as buildings, that can be continuously occupied and /or operational during the structure’s useful life. It supports fundamental research for advancing knowledge and innovation in structural and architectural engineering that enables holistic approach to design, construction, operation, maintenance, retrofit, repair and end-of-life disposal of structures. For buildings, holistic approach incorporates the foundation-structure-envelope-nonstructural system, as well as the façade and roofing. Research topics of interest for sustainable structures include the following: strategies for structures that over their lifecycle are cost-effective, make efficient use of resources and energy, and incorporate sustainable structural and architectural materials; deterioration due to fatigue and corrosion; serviceability concerns due to large deflections and vibrations; and advances in physics-based computational modeling and simulation. Research is encouraged that integrates discoveries from other science and engineering fields, such as materials science, building science, mechanics of materials, dynamic systems and control, reliability, risk analysis, architecture, economics and human factors. The program also supports research in sustainable and holistic foundation-structure-envelope-nonstructural systems and materials.
Publication Date: 11/21/14

Mechanics of Materials and Structures
Deadline: 2/1/15 – 2/17/15
Award Size: NA
Summary: The Mechanics of Materials and Structures program supports fundamental research in mechanics as related to the behavior of deformable solid materials and respective structures under internal and external actions. A diverse and interdisciplinary spectrum of research is supported with emphasis on research that leads to advances in i) theory, experimental, and/or computational methods in mechanics, and/or ii) uses contemporary mechanics methods to address modern challenges in materials and structures. Proposed research can focus on existing or emerging materials and structural systems, across time and length scales.
Publication Date: 11/21/14

Civil Infrastructure Systems
Deadline: 2/1/15 – 2/17/15
Award Size: NA
Summary: The Civil Infrastructure Systems (CIS) program supports fundamental and innovative research necessary for designing, constructing, managing, maintaining, operating and protecting efficient, resilient and sustainable civil infrastructure systems. Research that recognizes the role that these systems play in societal functioning and accounts for how human behavior and social organizations contribute to and affect the performance of these systems is encouraged. While component-level, subject-matter knowledge may be crucial in many research efforts, this program focuses on the civil infrastructure as a system in which interactions between spatially-distributed components and intersystem connections exist. Thus, intra- and inter-physical, information and behavioral dependencies of these systems are also of particular interest. Topics pertaining to transportation systems, construction engineering, infrastructure systems and infrastructure management are a focus of this program. Research that considers either or both ordinary and disrupted operating environments is relevant.
Publication Date: 11/21/14

Engineering for Natural Hazards
Deadline: 2/1/15 – 2/17/15
Award Size: NA
Summary: The goals of the Engineering for Natural Hazards (ENH) program are to prevent natural hazards from becoming disasters, and to broaden consideration of natural hazards independently to the consideration of the multi-hazard environment within which the constructed civil infrastructure exists. The ENH program, PD 15-7396, replaces the annual George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) research (NEESR) program solicitations to enable proposal submissions during the two CMMI unsolicited proposal submission windows each year, with the due dates shown above, and to support fundamental research for a broader range of natural hazards, including earthquakes, windstorms (tornadoes and hurricanes), tsunamis and landslides. The ENH program also supports natural hazards engineering research that had been supported under the Hazard Mitigation and Structural Engineering Program (HMSE) (PD 13-1637) and the Geotechnical Engineering (GTE) Program (PD 12-1636).
Publication Date: 11/21/14

Transportation

 

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Notices

Notice of Release From Federal Grant Assurance Obligations for Reno-Tahoe International Airport, Reno, Nevada
Type of Notice: Request to Release Land
Deadline: Comments – 12/22/14
Summary: The FAA proposes to rule and invites public comment on the application for a release of 23,974 square feet (approximately .55 acres) of airport property at Reno-Tahoe International Airport, Reno, Nevada from all conditions contained in the Grant Assurances since the parcel of land is not needed for airport purposes. The property consists of narrow strip of land approximately 25 feet wide by 850 feet long. The property is located approximately 2,500 feet east of the departure end of Reno-Tahoe Airport Runway 7/25. The property is separated from the airport operations area to the west by a public road and several non-aeronautical leaseholds and parking lots. The east side of the property is adjacent to East McCarran Boulevard. The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority (RTAA) and the Nevada Department of Transportation propose to use the land to widen East McCarran Boulevard, a major arterial road that serves the Reno/Sparks Communities. The widening of the road represents a compatible land use that will not interfere with the airport or its operation. The interest of civil aviation continues to be served by the release. The property will be sold at an appraised fair market value to the State of Nevada, Department of Transportation and the proceeds deposited in the airport account.
Publication Date: 11/20/14

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Grants

Value Pricing Pilot Program
Deadline: 1/16/15, COB
Award Size: NA
Summary: FHWA is primarily seeking non-toll congestion pricing proposals in order to address the legislative requirement that a minimum amount of VPPP funds be “set-aside for projects not involving highway tolls.” FHWA is particularly interested in “non-toll” projects in the following areas:
• PAYDI, where the majority of fixed insurance premiums are converted to variable premiums based upon miles or minutes of driving;
• Untested parking pricing innovations, such as occupancy-based on-street residential parking pricing;
• City-level enactment of parking cash-out ordinances; and
• Implementation of other innovative non-toll concepts
Publication Date: 11/21/14

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

Grants

FY 2015 Commercial Drivers License Program Implementation Grant Notice of Funding Availability
Deadline: 1/6/15
Award Size: $500,000 $2M
Summary: The Commercial Driver’s License Program Implementation Grant (CDLPI) provides financial assistance to States to achieve compliance with the requirements of 49 CFR Parts 383 and 384, and to other eligible entities for High Priorityand/or Emerging Issues projects as described below. Additionally, the CDLPI grant program provides financial assistance for other entities capable of executing national projects that aid States in their compliance efforts and that will improve the national CDL (Commercial Drivers License) program.
Publication Date: 11/17/14
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