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.


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; 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: No 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.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

See Appendix IV of the Catalog for a listing of Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration regional office addresses.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
North Carolina Department Of Commerce $ 25,706   2020-09-302021-09-30
Public Utilities Commission Of Nevada $ 46,738   2020-09-302021-09-29
Public Regulation Commission, New Mexico State $ 46,738   2020-09-302021-09-29
State Fire Marshal, Nebraska $ 46,660   2020-09-302021-09-29
Tennessee Public Utility Commission $ 15,622   2020-09-302021-09-29
Public Service Commission, Wyoming $ 6,758   2020-09-302021-09-29
Public Service Commission, North Dakota $ 44,793   2020-09-302021-09-29
Public Utilities Commission, Rhode Island $ 46,738   2020-09-302021-09-29
Public Service Commission, New York State $ 46,738   2020-09-302021-09-29
Licensing And Regulatory Affairs, Department Of $ 46,738   2020-09-302021-09-29



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: PHMSA received 27 applications for the ?PHMSA Pipeline Safety Program One Call Grant? for CY 2016 totaling $1,018,271. Fiscal Year 2017: NPHMSA received 26 applications for the ?PHMSA Pipeline Safety Program One Call Grant? for CY2017 totaling $1,292,778. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

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.

Eligibility Requirements

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 early September and due early October. 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. 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 Procedures

Proposed projects are reviewed by a group of peers for their completeness with estimated project criteria as described in the criteria section (180) listed below.

Deadlines

Sep 13, 2017 to Oct 18, 2017 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.

Authorization

Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century, Public Law 105-178, 49 U.S.C 6106.

Range of Approval/Disapproval 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.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Period of performance is 12-18 months from the award date depending on the award date. 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.

A final progress report is due 45 days after the period of performance ends.

SF-270.

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.

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. 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.

Financial Information

Account Identification

69-5172-0-2-407.

Obigations

(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 16 $1,018,271; FY 17 est $1,292,778; and FY 18 est $0

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

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. 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, District of Columbia 20590 Phone: (405) 834-8344.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Eligibility is determined by 49 USC, Section 6104. Please describe criteria for selecting proposals: 1.1 Compliance Enforcement - Legal assistance with enforcement actions 1.2 Compliance Enforcement - Cost of enforcement and/or complaint investigations 1.3 Compliance Enforcement - Cost of enforcement actions (**NOTE: this does not include equipment**) 1.4 State agency collection and analysis of data - One Call center statistics 1.5 State agency collection and analysis of data - One Call center membership 1.6 State agency collection and analysis of data - Compliance/Noncompliance statistics 1.7 State agency collection and analysis of data - Causes of noncompliance 1.8 State agency collection and analysis of data - Frequency, cause, and consequences of dig-ins 1.9 State agency collection and analysis of data - Identification of problem areas or individuals 1.10 State agency collection and analysis of data - Incorporation of excavation damage data tools (such as DIRT, Virtual DIRT, etc.) into state monitoring and compliance program 1.11 State agency collection and analysis of data - Submission of state-collected excavation damage data to other data collection systems (such as DIRT and Virtual DIRT) 1.12 Legislation and Rulemaking - Obtaining input from affected interests 1.13 Legislation and Rulemaking - Assistance drafting language 1.14 Legislation and Rulemaking - Testimony before legislative/rulemaking bodies 1.15 Legislation and Rulemaking - Studies to identify legislative needs 1.16 Start-up costs for the state agency only - Mandated by new or amended law or rules 1.17 Start-up costs for the state agency only - Equipment Related to Start-up (Computer programming and software must be used exclusively for damage prevention activities. Computer upgrades for agency-wide activities are not eligible for funding.) 1.18 Start-up costs for the state agency only - Records Systems and databases 1.19 Start-up costs for the state agency only - Developing Procedures 1.20 Start-up costs for the state agency only - First-year information campaign on the new/changed law or rules (**A state cannot request grant funds to implement proposed legislation - the legislation must have already been enacted.**) 1.21 Other Priority 1 Priority 2 2.1 One Call Membership Initiatives for Operators - Initial Membership Fees 2.2 One Call Membership Initiatives for Operators - Fax Machines 2.3 One Call Membership Initiatives for Operators - Computer Equipment 2.4 One Call Membership Initiatives for Operators - Communication Improvements 2.5 One Call Membership Initiatives for Operators - E-mail Access 2.6 One Call Membership Initiatives for Operators - Dedicated Phone Line 2.7 One Call Membership Initiatives for Operators - Locating Equipment and training 2.8 Consolidation of Multiple One Call Centers (only costs incurred by the State agency) - State agency expense to encourage consolidation 2.9 Consolidation of Multiple One Call Centers (only costs incurred by the State agency) - One Call center consolidation expenses 2.10 Consolidation of Multiple One Call Centers (only costs incurred by the State agency) - First year awareness campaigns for new One Call center and/or phone number 2.11 Training of state inspection or enforcement personnel - Facility locating methods and technology 2.12 Training of state inspection or enforcement personnel - Provisions of state One Call law or regulations 2.13 Equipment to support on-going activities (Computer programming and software must be used exclusively for damage prevention activities. Computer upgrades for agency-wide activities are not eligible for funding.) (Computer programming and software. All requests for equipment will be requested under this priority beginning in 2014) 2.14 Location Capabilities - Development and/or conduct of training for locators 2.15 Location Capabilities - Field trials or demonstrations of new technology locating equipment 2.16 Efforts to encourage operators, excavators and others to contribute to data collection systems such as DIRT 2.17 Other Priority 2 Priority 3 3.1 Development and/or conduct of state-provided training programs for excavators (includes training DVDs) 3.2 Development and/or conduct of state-provided training programs for operators (includes training DVDs) 3.3 Development and/or distribution of educational items or materials (includes training DVDs) 3.4 Development and/or conduct of damage prevention awareness campaigns - Public Service Announcements 3.5 Development and/or conduct of damage prevention awareness campaigns - Informational Mailings 3.6 Development and/or conduct of damage prevention awareness campaigns ? Advertisements 3.7 Development and/or conduct of damage prevention awareness campaigns - One Call center awareness and outreach 3.8 Development and/or conduct of damage prevention awareness campaigns - Booths/exhibits for damage prevention outreach 3.9 Development and/or conduct of damage prevention awareness campaigns - 811 awareness campaigns 3.10 Record retention and recording capabilities for One Call notification systems; and making the data available to the state. 3.11 Other Priority 3.


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