[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 71 (Thursday, April 12, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 22058-22059]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-8772]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2012-0091]


Notice of Fiscal Year 2012 Cooperative Agreement Solicitation for 
Applications; Specialized Heavy Vehicle Inspection (SHVI) Study

AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice; request for applications.

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SUMMARY: This notice is to inform the public of a FY 2012 cooperative 
agreement opportunity being offered by the FMCSA in cooperation with 
the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to State agencies responsible 
for large truck roadside safety inspections. The FMCSA announces this 
cooperative agreement opportunity based on authorities provided for in 
the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act: 
A Legacy of Users (Pub. L. 109-59). The cooperative agreement 
opportunity is to support the FMCSA and the FHWA to collect data for a 
Specialized Heavy Vehicle Inspection (SHVI) Study.

DATES: Applications are due by May 4, 2012.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Please contact the following FMCSA 
staff with questions or information on this cooperative agreement 
opportunity: Luke Loy, luke.loy@dot.gov, 202-366-0676. FMCSA staff may 
be reached at 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. Office 
hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., EST, Monday through Friday, except 
Federal holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background and Purpose

    In an effort to better understand the safety performance of heavier 
vehicles, the FMCSA and the FHWA are partnering to implement the 
Specialized Heavy Vehicle Inspection (SHVI) Study Cooperative 
Agreement. The SHVI Study Cooperative Agreement will provide funding to 
State agencies responsible for large truck roadside safety inspections. 
The purpose of the

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Study is to collect safety data from roadside inspections on vehicles 
exceeding certain weight levels to determine if there are any 
associations between higher vehicle weights and motor carrier safety 
violations, particularly those with out-of-service conditions.
    Detailed information on applicant expectations and the application 
process for these cooperative agreements will be provided in a Notice 
of Funding Availability to be released April 16, 2012 or soon 
thereafter. The FMCSA intends to enter into these cooperative 
agreements by June 1, 2012 or as soon thereafter as administratively 
practicable.
    The FMCSA uses the standard grant application form and quarterly 
reporting process. The FMCSA requires the Standard Form 424 
(Application for Federal Assistance). Applicants for this cooperative 
agreement will be expected to also complete a Project Narrative and 
Budget Narrative to support their application. FMCSA uses 
GrantSolutions, a grants management information technology system, to 
provide all cooperative agreement documents electronically to its 
financial processing office. GrantSolutions is a comprehensive grants 
management system provided by the Grants Center of Excellence (COE). 
The Grants COE serves as one of three consortia leads under the Grants 
Management Line of Business E-Gov initiative offering government-wide 
grants management system support services. Electronic signature of 
grant documents in GrantSolutions is the Agency's preferred method for 
executing grant agreement. Additional information will be provided to 
grantees during the grant award process. Grantees will, however, be 
required to submit the completed Automated Clearing House (ACH) Vendor 
Payment Form (SF-3881) directly to FMCSA's financial processing office 
by U.S. Postal Service, courier service or secure fax. All SHVI Study 
cooperative agreement applications must be submitted electronically 
through Grants.gov.

Application Information for FY 2012 Grants

    Eligible Entities: State agencies with the responsibility to 
conduct large truck roadside safety inspections.
    Evaluation Factors: The following evaluation factors will be used 
in reviewing the applications for all FMCSA discretionary grants:
    (1) Prior performance--Completion of identified programs and goals 
per the project plan.
    (2) Effective Use of Prior Grants--Demonstrated timely use and 
expensing of available funds.
    (3) Ability of the applicant to support the strategies and 
activities in the proposal for the entire project period of 
performance.
    (4) Use of innovative approaches in executing a project plan to 
address identified safety issues.
    (5) Feasibility of overall program coordination and implementation 
based upon the project plan.
    Application Due Date: May 4, 2012.
    Applications submitted after due dates may be considered on a case-
by-case basis and are subject to availability of funds.

    Issued on: April 5, 2012.
Kelly Leone,
Associate Administrator, Research and Information Technology.
[FR Doc. 2012-8772 Filed 4-11-12; 8:45 am]
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