Alaska Native Science and Engineering

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) program provides major economic and energy benefits on a national and local level to the taxpayers and states.

The Agency oversees the exploration and development of oil, natural gas and other materials and renewable energy alternatives
on the Nation's outer continental shelf.

BSEE continues to look for better ways to serve the American people and to ensure that the Nation receives the best oversight and regulation of National resource development now and into the future.

The program not only supports decisions made within the Department of the Interior, but also provides coastal states and local governments with the information necessary to ensure that all stages of offshore energy and mineral activities are conducted in a manner to protect both the human and natural environments.


Through this cooperative agreement, training and learning opportunities will be provided to young people in order to develop the next generation of lifelong conservation stewards and protect, restore, and enhance America?s Great Outdoors.

Specifically, this cooperative agreement will give young people the opportunity to learn about the importance of the BSEE mission to promote safety, protect the environment and conserve resources offshore through vigorous regulatory oversight and enforcement while exploring future career options with BSEE.
The Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP) are designated as tax exempt under the IRS for Institutions of Higher Education.

ANSEP moves Native American and Alaskan Native students into science, technology, engineering and mathematics degree programs, and fosters a stronger Indigenous American representation within the science workforce of BSEE.

Established in 1995, ANSEP has evolved into a longitudinal education model that provides a continuous string of components beginning with students in sixth grade and continuing on through high school, into science and engineering undergraduate and graduate degree programs through PhD.

ANSEP has received numerous recognitions for successfully preparing students for professional science and engineering careers including the U.S.

Department of Energy?s Minorities in Energy Initiative, the U.S.

Department of the Interior Partners in Conservation Award, and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard University-Top 25 Innovations in Government.

ANSEP, through this cooperative agreement, provides an opportunity to further engage Alaska?s Native professionals, and develop the future scientific and engineering employment pool required to support the BSEE mission.


The overall objective is to expand the professional science employment preparedness of ANSEP students and to develop a more diversified pool of highly educated professionals with the BSEE workforce to reflect the rich diversity of the Nation.

Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Scott Carr, 3801 Centerpoint Drive, Suite 500, AE 500, Anchorage, Alaska 99503, w.scott.carr@bsee.gov, 907-334-5316.
Website Address

http://www.bsee.gov/




Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Recipient of the assistance is the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP), and the assistance must be used to provide work and training opportunities to young people between the ages of 16 and 25 working on appropriate conservation projects associated with oil and gas, renewable energy and marine mineral development on the Alaskan outer continental shelf within the BSEE area of responsibility.

The majority of funds will be used to support conservation projects that will enhance the understanding of exploration and production techniques to enhance safe operations and oil-spill prevention and cleanup from oil and gas, and marine minerals.

The young participants will receive classroom and on-the-job training in oil and gas operational safety and environmental conservation requirements through selected training seminars, meetings, or other organizational activities.

The purpose of the training will be to provide experience in the practical application of basic petroleum engineering principles, techniques, and concepts.

Funds will not be used for capitalization.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

None.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Research scientists, Federal, State and local decision-makers, the youth participants, BSEE, and the general public will ultimately benefit from the program.

Credentials/Documentation

Documentation that ANSEP is a ?qualified youth or conservation corp? pursuant to 16 U.S.C. 1722(10). Documentation that ANSEP is able to provide eligible youth participants pursuant to 16 U.S.C. 1723(b). 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication 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 Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program.

Award Procedures

All youth participants must be between the ages of 16 and 25 and satisfy the criteria specified in section 12591(b) of title 42, as required by 16 U.S.C. 1723(b). Youth participant selection will be made on the basis of; participation in ANSEP, enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an engineering degree or certificate program at a qualifying educational institution, be in good academic standing (at least a 2.0 GPA), and enrolled in or have completed at least one engineering course. It is anticipated that two applications will be received and up to two applicants will be selected in FY 2016 through FY 2020.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Public Lands Corps Act (PLCA), 16 U.S.C. 1723(c)(1).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Renewals can be made through submission and approval of a project agreement.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: Cost sharing of 1:1 is encouraged; services in kind are encouraged. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Cooperative agreements will normally be awarded for 1 to 5 years, with funding awarded as a lump sum, or added as funds become available. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Annual reports including: a comparison of actual accomplishments to the goals established for the period; reasons why established goals were not met; and other pertinent information as applicable.

No cash reports are required.

Progress meetings and reports may be required as applicable; additional requirements maybe identified in a specific Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA).

Annual financial reports using the Federal Financial Report SF-425 are also required.

May be determined unnecessary on a case by case basis.

No performance monitoring is required.

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

All records must be maintained for 3 years after submission of the final financial report.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-1700-0-1-302.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $50,000; FY 17 est $50,000; and FY 18 est $50,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range is $50,000 to $250,000; Average $300,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

16 U.S.C. 1721 et seq; 43 U.S.C. 1331(a); 43 U.S.C. 1345(e); 43 U.S.C. 1346 Sec 20; 209 DM 7; 219 DM 1 The Offshore Regulatory Programs are described in 30 CFR 250, Oil and Gas and Sulphur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf. Final reports are available online in the BSEE website at: http://www.bsee.gov

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Scott Carr, 3801 Centerpoint Drive, Suite 500, AE 500, Anchorage, Alaska 99503, w.scott.carr@bsee.gov, 907-334-5316.

Headquarters Office

Eric Turner 45600 Woodlawn Road, HE 2126, Sterling, Virginia 20166 Email: eric.turner@bsee.gov Phone: 703-787-1630

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applicants will be evaluated by a panel of BSEE Regional leadership and management to ensure compliance with minimum position requirements. Criteria for judging applicants include BSEE mission needs, applicant?s academic merit, and communication skills. Additional evaluation criteria maybe posted in a specific Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) on Grants.gov.



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