Pipeline Safety Program State Base Grant

To develop, support and maintain inspection and enforcement activities for State gas and hazardous liquid pipeline safety programs.


Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: There were 50 State Pipeline Safety Programs that participate in the grant resulting in safety oversight for over 2 million miles of pipeline.

The State Base Grant is to support State Pipeline Safety Programs which are certified through PHMSA to inspect and enforce the pipeline safety regulations under the State?s safety authority.

All States currently participate in the pipeline safety program except Alaska and Hawaii.

This is a recurring grant which has been in place for over 30 years.

The Grantees are provided with specific notification of the grant availability and webinars supporting their grant applications Budget Fiscal Year:.

Fiscal Year 2017: There are 50 State Pipeline Safety Programs that participate in the grant resulting in safety oversight for over 2 million miles of pipeline.

The State Base Grant is to support State Pipeline Safety Programs which are certified through PHMSA to inspect and enforce the pipeline safety regulations under the State?s safety authority.

All States currently participate in the pipeline safety program except Alaska and Hawaii.

This is a recurring grant which has been in place for over 30 years.

The Grantees are provided with specific notification of the grant availability and webinars supporting their grant applications.

Fiscal Year 2018: No current data is 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.




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Commerce And Economic Opportunity, Illinois Department Of $ 1,835,448   2020-01-012021-12-31
Public Service Commission, Mississippi $ 451,105   2020-01-012021-12-31
Licensing And Regulatory Affairs, Department Of $ 1,657,588   2020-01-012021-12-31
Natural Resources, Louisiana Department Of $ 1,857,158   2020-01-012021-12-31
Corporation Commission, Kansas $ 373,259   2020-01-012021-12-31
California Public Utilities Commission $ 5,270,670   2020-01-012021-12-31
Montana Public Service Commission $ 168,044   2020-01-012021-12-31
Military, Nebraska Department Of $ 272,295   2020-01-012021-12-31
Public Utilities Commission, Maine $ 346,005   2020-01-012021-12-31
Public Health, Alabama Department Of $ 965,426   2020-01-012021-12-31



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: PHMSA received fifty applications from the State agencies for calendar year 2016 Natural Gas and Hazardous Liquid Safety Programs. Fiscal Year 2017: For calendar year 2017 PHMSA received 49 applications from the State agencies for the Gas program and 14 applications from the State agencies for the Hazardous Liquid Safety Program. Budget Fiscal Year: 2018. Fiscal Year 2018: No current data is available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The Federal Pipeline Safety Law authorizes Federal reimbursement of up to 80 percent of a State's expenditure during the year for personnel, equipment, and activities reasonably required by the State agency for the conduct of its pipeline safety program.

The Law further stipulates the State expenditures in any given year, without Federal assistance, cannot be less than the average amount expended by the State for gas and hazardous liquid safety programs for the 3 fiscal years prior to the fiscal year in which the Secretary makes the payment, except when the Secretary waives this requirement.

The State agency must also agree to provide the remaining cost of the safety program(s).

Within these limitations, the available funds are allocated by a method designed to reflect the degree to which a State has met certain established goals.

The allocation is determined by assigning point values to the States for having achieved certain levels of program participation, dividing this point score by the sum of the States' point scores, and multiplying this ratio by the funding amount available for the distribution.

PHMSA distributes remaining funds according to certain criteria designed to seek improvements in State programs.

The criteria used by PHMSA is the extent of intrastate jurisdiction, inspector qualifications, recommended number of inspection person-days, State adoption of applicable Federal regulations, and other relevant criteria.

In 2016, the Federal allocations represented 67.42 percent of the total estimated State requests in the natural gas program.

The Federal allocation in the hazardous liquid program represented 67.34 percent of the total estimated State requests.

Funds must be dedicated to the Certified Pipeline Safety Program and are based on the State performance scores.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State must have a 60105 Certification or 60106 Agreement with PHMSA.

The Department provides Federal funds (limited to congressional appropriations), up to 80 percent of the State's total program costs to any State agency with a certificate under Section 60105 of Title 49, United States Code, an agreement under Section 60106 of Title 49, United States Code, or to any State acting as a DOT agent on interstate pipelines.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

Credentials/Documentation

Appropriate State legal official must approve legality of agency application and agreement. Costs will be determined in accordance with 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements, and 'Guidelines for States Participating in the Pipeline Safety Program' Application (plan) due date is September 30. 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. Each State submits with its annual application a summary of estimated program costs by calendar year covering the State gas and/or hazardous liquid pipeline safety activities to PHMSA. The State Certifies it is complying with the requirements of the Certification and/or Agreements under 49 USC Sections 60105 and 60106. The estimated budgets and Certification/Agreements are reviewed by State Program Staff for reasonableness and completeness. Applications are due by September 30th of each year. All State Programs Certifying to PHMSA they are meeting the program requirements applications are accepted. The Certification and/or Agreement requirements are specified in 49 USC Sections 60105(b) and 60106(a). If a State?s Certification or Agreement is not accepted the State is notified in writing of the reason for rejection. Also see: 2 CFR 200 at http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title02/2cfr200_main_02.tpl

Award Procedures

Awards are made by the Secretary of Transportation by approving the grant award amounts. ? PHMSA makes the Grant Application available to each state agency in August of each year. The deadline for filing this application is September 30th. (Note: This deadline is established in 49 USC 60107). ? Grant Applications are submitted on-line through the Federal State Tracking and Reporting ?FedSTAR?) database. ? Grant Applications are reviewed by PHMSA State Program staff to assure the costs submitted are necessary and reasonable expenses for the proper and efficient administration of the pipeline safety program. ? The appropriated grant funding, contingent on an enacted budget, is allocated (awarded) to individual State Pipeline Safety Programs in May based on each State?s most recent Program Evaluation and Progress Report scores and the grant allocation formula. ? Payment Agreements are sent to the individual state agencies in May notifying them of the amount of the State Base Grant available to them to pay the individual state?s cost for the calendar year. ? States may request reimbursement of their program costs based on actual expenses 'to date' in June (Mid-year Payment). ? In January of each year, PHMSA makes available through FedSTAR the OMB Standard Form 270 - Request for Advance or Reimbursement to each State agency for submission of their total pipeline safety program costs for the previous calendar year. ? Requests for reimbursement (End of Year Payments) submitted by each State agency are reviewed and approved by PHMSA before being forwarded to the DOT accounting office for payment. ? Grant funds will be electronically deposited into a bank account established for receipt of Federal funds.

Deadlines

Aug 15, 2017 to Sep 30, 2017 Applications are due by September 30 for the next calendar year.

Authorization

Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act of 1968; Revision of Title 49, US Code, Annotated, Transportation, Public Law 103-272.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days. From 60 to 90 days from date of receipt.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Title 49 C.F.R., Part 198, Subpart 13. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Expenditures made by a State during the calendar year are eligible for Federal reimbursement. States receiving Federal assistance submit claims for reimbursement in February for the Federal share of the cost of actual expenditures between January 1 and December 31 of the year. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic Funds Transfer.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

No program reports are required.

SF-270.

An annual detailed progress report is required outlining each programs jurisdiction status, operators inspected, inspection days completed, compliance activities, incidents investigated and program accomplishments.

SF-270 End of Year Payment Report.

List State Actual Costs and reasons for deviation from estimated program costs.

Program Evaluation and Progress Report.

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 relating to the program shall be retained for a period of not less than 3 years from the date of submission of the End of Year Payment Report. Also see: 2 CFR 200 at http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text- idx?tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title02/2cfr200_main_02.tpl.

Financial Information

Account Identification

69-5172-0-2-407.

Obigations

(Formula Grants (Health Incentive Grants)) FY 16 $47,882,989; FY 17 est $46,559,000; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The range of grants awarded $ $16,283 - $. $5,023,033 Average -- $. $769,976.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Pipeline Safety Regulations, 49 CFR 190, 191, 192, 193, 195, 198 and 199. Individual copies available from the Training and Qualifications Center, Pipeline Safety Program, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73125. 'Procedural Guide for the Pipeline Safety Grant Program.' 'Guidelines for States Participating in the Pipeline Safety Program.' 'Guidance Manual for Operators of Small Gas Systems.'

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Zach Barrett, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E, Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Phone: (405) 834-8344.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

All reasonable expenses from Certified State pipeline safety regulatory agencies are considered for funding to the limit of available grant funding. Indirect cost reimbursement is limited to 20% of the actual total direct program costs per the Guidelines for States Participating in the Pipeline Safety Program. This is a formula grant and funding is distributed among Certified State Pipeline Safety Programs based on their performance scores. Pipeline Safety Grants are awarded based on the following formula: Grant Award = State Budget Amount*State Performance Score*Percent Allocation Where Percent Allocation(80%Maximum)_= Total Available Funding/Sum of All Programs (State Score*State Budget) State Budget Amount = Calendar Year Budget Estimate Submitted by each State with Grant Application Annual State Performance Score Outlined in Section 9.7.2 Percent Allocation ? This is the maximum percentage of total program costs that can be applied to each grantee. There is an 80% maximum funding limited required by Section 60107 of the Pipeline Safety Act. This formula provides for an equal distribution of available funds in the event appropriated funding is less than required for maximum funding. Total Available Funding - This is the annual funding provided by congressional appropriation. This would also include any unexpended (carryover) funds available from previous fiscal years. The combined sum of each State Performance Score multiplied by each State Budget Estimate for all Natural Gas and Hazardous Liquid programs.


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