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.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: 47 States, DC and 2 Territories were awarded Occupant Protection grants; 50 States, DC, PR and 4 territories received Data grants; 50 States, DC and PR received Impaired Driving grants; 5 States were awarded Ignition Interlock grants; 1 State qualified for a Distracted driving grant; 45 States and PR received Motorcyclist Safety grants; and no States qualified for a graduated Driver Licensing Law grant.

Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available


Agency - Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportation's mission is to ensure fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation that meets vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

See Appendix IV of the Catalog for addresses of Regional Offices of the National Highway Safety Administration.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Law & Public Safety, New Jersey Department Of $ 104,210   2017-10-012018-09-30
Transportation, Maryland Department Of $ 426,513   2017-10-012018-09-30
Transportation, Wyoming Department Of $ 314,142   2017-10-012018-09-30
Motor Vehicles, Nevada Department Of $ 314,142   2017-10-012018-09-30
Public Safety, South Dakota Department Of $ 314,142   2017-10-012018-09-30
Public Safety, Utah Department Of $ 301,800   2017-10-012018-09-30
Public Safety, Utah Department Of $ 234,635   2017-10-012018-09-30
Public Safety, Iowa Department Of $ 62,049   2017-10-012018-09-30
State Police, Arkansas $ 57,507   2017-10-012018-09-30
Transportation, Maryland Department Of $ 67,528   2017-10-012018-09-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: 2016 States are spending their grant funds in accordance with the regulations published in the Federal Register January 23, 2013 as an Interim Final Rule. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

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.

Eligibility Requirements

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 State will implement using the funds. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

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 Procedures

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 Procedures

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

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

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.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

MAP-21 authorizes the National Priority Safety Programs for FY 2014 & FY 2015.

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.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

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.

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

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.

Financial Information

Account Identification

69-8020-0-7-401.

Obigations

(Formula Grants) FY 16 $270,230,987; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $0 - In FY 2016, States spent a total of $270,230,987.01 in Section 402 funds authorized by MAP-21.

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.

Information Contacts

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, Ph.D. 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., NRO-100, Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Email: maggi.gunnels@dot.gov Phone: (202) 366-2121.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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.



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