Geodetic Surveys and Services (Geodesy and Applications of the National Geodetic Reference System)

To provide national, coordinated spatial reference system at various specified intervals which provide scale, orientation, coordinated positions, and elevations of specific points for use in surveying, boundary delineations and demarcation, mapping, planning, and development; to provide assistance to
State, local, municipal, and regional agencies in the development and implementation of Multipurpose Land Information Systems (MPLIS)/Geographic Information Systems (GIS) pilot projects and spatial reference system development and/or enhancement, and Height Modernization.

For the Joint Hydrographic Center (JHC) improve the techniques and technology of hydrographic surveying, hydrographic services, and ocean mapping.

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Projects involving applications of the NSRS.

The Joint Hydrographic Center.


Agency - Department of Commerce

The Department of Commerce fosters and promotes the nation's economic development and technological advancement through vigilance in international trade policy, domestic business policy and growth, and promoting economic progress at all levels.

Office - Not applicable.

Joint Hydrographic Center, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824.

Telephone: (603) 862-4559.


Program Accomplishments

Funding was provided in FY 2004 to the California Spatial Reference Center, the Louisiana Spatial Reference Center, the States of Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Texas, Kentucky, Alabama and Washington. In addition to these states, a grant is planned for FY 2006 to Arizona. For FY 2006 funding was not received to continue grant activities in Louisiana and Washington. Sponsored a meeting of experts to discuss models used in the Prince William Sound Science Center(PWSSC) for a Nowcast-Forcast System (NFS). The proposed project will complete the implementation of a Prince William Sound (PWS) Nowcast-Forecast Information System (PWS NFS) in Prince William Sound. Focus areas are 1) integration and coupling of ongoing modeling efforts at a new and enhanced computing and communications environment at the PWSSC/Oil Spill Recovery Institute (OSRI) in Cordova, Alaska; 2) development of new information products for users in a variety of media including new Internet web pages; and 3) expansion of near real-time observational network elements in support of the model and user requirements. Examples of funded projects are more observation systems and experimentation to test models. The Joint Hydrographic Center has developed several new technologies for ocean mapping and hydrographic surveying that will greatly increase the quality and productivity of hydrographic surveying and ocean mapping in the United States. In particular, new techniques for multibeam sonar data processing will have major positive impacts. 3-D visualization techniques have been developed and demonstrated that will greatly improve the study of whale behavior below the surface.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Extend National Spatial Reference System into areas not adequately covered to meet infrastructure needs.

Use of basic data for survey system in local densification is unrestricted.

Spatial Reference System coordinates and elevations describe baselines from which restricted coastal boundaries are delineated and other boundaries are marked.

The National Spatial Reference System forms the standard of measurement on which State plane coordinate systems, land and utility records, and boundary delineations are based.

Federal funding (grants) are restricted to those State, local, municipal, or regional, and or universities specifically selected by the U. S. Congress, in annual Federal appropriations legislation.

To conduct research and carry out development programs at the Joint Hydrographic Center at the University of New Hampshire to improve the techniques and technology of hydrographic surveying, hydrographic services, and ocean mapping, and to conduct bathymetric research in support of delineation of an extended continental shelf.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State, local, municipal, universities and/or regional agencies.

For the JHC, limited to the University of New Hampshire by Congress and through Joint Institute relationship with NOAA.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State, local, municipal, universities and/or regional agencies. For the JHC limited to the University of New Hampshire by Congress and through Joint Institute relationship with NOAA.

Credentials/Documentation

Annual Congressional appropriations legislation. An official of the State, local, municipal, university and/or regional agency should certify as the official authorized, in accordance with State, local, municipal, or regional agency law, to commit the State, local, municipal, university and/or regional agency to participate in the grant program, to sign project documents, and to receive payments. Eligibility of costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments. For the JHC, an approved official of the University of New Hampshire should certify the application to commit the University to participate in the cooperative agreement and to receive payments in accordance with OMB circularsA-110 and A-21.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

The standard application forms, as furnished by NOAA and required by 15 CFR Part 24, must be used when applying for Federal funding.

These forms can be obtained from the NOAA Grants Management Division.

Informal preapplication conferences are recommended.

Consultation and assistance is available from NOAA in the preparation of an application.

These programs are 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 information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

For the JHC, the standard application forms, as furnished by NOAA and required by 15 CFR Part 24, must be used when applying for Federal funding.

These forms can be obtained from the NOAA Grants Management Division.

Application Procedures

Proposals are submitted through Grants.gov. Applicants will need to enter the Funding Opportunity number and/or CFDA number to access the application package and instructions. Submission of grant application on Standard Form 424 to the Director, National Geodetic Survey listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog. This program is subject to the provisions of 15 CFR Part 24, and OMB Circular No. A-110. For the JHC, submission of grant application on Standard Form 424 to the NOAA Co-Director, Joint Hydrographic Center.

Award Procedures

Applications are reviewed by the National Geodetic Survey and processed and awarded by the NOAA Grants Division. For the JHC, Applications are reviewed by the NOAA National Ocean Service and processed and awarded by the NOAA Grants Division.

Deadlines

Grant applications must be submitted to the National Geodetic Survey, a minimum of 90 working days in advance of the desired effective date. For the JHC, grant applications should be submitted to the NOAA Co-Director of the Joint Hydrographic Center, a minimum of 90 working days in advance of the desired effective date.

Authorization

Coast and Geodetic Survey Act, Public Law 80-373, 33 U.S.C. 883a, 883d, 883e, 33 U.S.C. 892, and 15 U.S.C. 1525.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 45 to 90 working days from date of receipt of proposal in the National Geodetic Survey. For the JHC, from 45 to 90 working days from date of receipt of proposal in the Joint Hydrographic Center.

Appeals

No formal appeal procedure for grant applications. If grant applications are unacceptable, the reasons are fully stated to the applicants. If the applicants desire to resubmit grant applications, projects must be revised in accordance with recommended changes.

Renewals

No renewal, however, an approved on-going project can be extended by submission of an amendment request for continuation and/or supplemental funding, providing the request for extension is received 60 days prior to the end of the award period. For the JHC, An approved on-going project can be extended by submission of an amendment request for continuation and/or supplemental funding.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Specific cost-sharing or matching requirements is generally defined in the legislation providing funds. For the JHC, not applicable.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants are normally issued for a 12-month period. The funds are released as required. For JHC, the cooperative agreement is normally issued for a one to five year period. The funds are released as required.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Semi-annual and final progress reports are required for Federally financed multi-year pilot projects.

Progress reports may be in the form of a manuscript.

Quarterly financial reports are also required.

For JHC, semi-annual and final progress reports and financial reports are required.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), recipients that are States, Local Governments, Nonprofit Organizations, (to include Hospitals), and Institutions of Higher Learning shall be subject to the audit requirements contained in the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996 (31 U.S.C. 7501-7507). Commercial organizations shall be subject to the audit requirements as stipulated in the award document.

Records

All financial and programmatic records, supporting documents, statistical reports, and other records of grantees or sub-grantees are required to be maintained by the terms of the agreement. The grantee must retain records for three years from the date when the final expenditure report is submitted.

Financial Information

Account Identification

13-1450-0-1-306.

Obigations

(Grants-NGS) FY 07 $9,342,000; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported. FY 07 $7,200,000; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported. Alabama Freight Mobility Study: FY 07 $675,921; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Allowable cost will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular A-87 for State and local governments and Indian Tribes; OMB Circular A-122 for nonprofit and for- profit organizations; OMB Circular A-21 for institutions of higher education; and 48 CFR Part 31 for commercial organizations. Financial assistance management will be in accordance with 15 CFR Part 14 for institutions of higher education, hospitals, and other non-profit and commercial organizations, and with 15 CRF Part 24 for state and local governments. For JHC, allowable cost will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular A-21 for institutions of higher education.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Not applicable. Joint Hydrographic Center, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824. Telephone: (603) 862-4559.

Headquarters Office

Grant Program Office/Geodetic Service Division, National Geodetic Survey, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Telephone: (301) 713-3228. For JHC, not applicable.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Projects are selected by Congress. The State, local, municipal, universities and/or regional agency designated to conduct the project is specified. The Joint Hydrographic Center was established by funding specifically designated by Congress. The University designated to conduct the project is specified.



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