National Geospatial Program: Building The National Map

To utilize stimulus funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to expand employment and business opportunities within a key sector of the geospatial industry while enabling America to revitalize its physical infrastructure, improve public safety, and adapt to climate change

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through the collection of high resolution lidar and orthoimagery data.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2008: Support for numerous and varied State and local lidar and orthoimagery programs.

Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available


Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

National Geospatial Program, Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MS 510, Reston, VA 20192.

Telephone: (703) 648-5519.



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2008: High resolution elevation data collection and orthoimagery collection for FY 08 and FY 09 has been accomplished with non-ARRA funds and without the use of assistance funds. Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Applications must be for data collection and research projects which are consistent with the objectives of the National Geospatial Program"s orthoimagery and elevation activities.

The majority of funds are used to support new data collections, existing, long-term collaborative projects that will enhance the datasets and research using those data.

Specific objectives are identified in the program announcement.

Applications for projects not covered by one of the objectives are not solicited.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State (includes District of Columbia, public institutions of higher education and hospitals): Natural Resources (mineral, water, wildlife, land).

Local (includes State-designated lndian Tribes, excludes institutions of higher education and hospitals: Natural Resources (mineral, water, wildlife, land)

Beneficiary Eligibility

Sponsored organization; Public nonprofit institution/organization; Other public institution/organization; Profit organization; Private nonprofit institution/organization; Quasi-public nonprofit organization; Other private institution/organization; Anyone/general public

Credentials/Documentation

Proposals must furnish evidence of the applicant"s qualifications for performance of the proposed research. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Notwithstanding the provision OMB Circular A-110, Subpart C, _.25(e)(1), discussions regarding funding availability and program interest are strongly encouraged, as limited funding is available for new projects.

Contracting officers are the individuals who have been delegated in writing by the USGS Office of Acquisition and Grants as the sole authority designated to obligate Federal funds and create terms and conditions of awards.

They are the only individuals who have authority to negotiate, enter into, and administer awards resulting for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

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Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

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Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. This program is subject to the Department of the Interior regulations at 43 CFR Part 12, Subparts C and D, or any subsequent revisions. The application requirements as contained in the Grants.gov announcement packages and the above regulations must be used for this program. Instructions for submitting applications are contained in each announcement package posted to www.grants.gov. Links to USGS program announcements are available through the www.usgs.gov/contracts.

Award Procedures

Notification of an award is cooperative agreement document signed by a contracting officer.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Outer Continental Shelf Resource Management, 43 U.S.C 36(d).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days. One to three months.

Appeals

Not applicable except that application may be revised and resubmitted.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Percent: 50.%. This program has no statutory requirement for matching funds. However, proposals with 50 percent or greater matching funds will receive the highest consideration in order to maximize benefits from these assistance funds. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Cooperative agreements will normally be awarded for, but not restricted to, 12-18 month budget periods. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: No information provided.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Annual and final technical and financial reports are required.

Projects funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will have additional reporting requirements as described in announcement packages at www.grants.gov.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. Applicants agree to give the sponsoring agency, the Comptroller General or other authorized audit agency access to and the right to examine records related to the award. Awards to educational institutions and nonprofit organizations are subject to the audit requirements of OMB Circular No. A-110, or superseding regulations. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations", nonfederal entities that receive financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 or more in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Records

All records must be maintained for 3 years after submission of the final financial report.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-0804-0-1-306 - TAFS Code: 14-0803 2009/2010.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 08 not reported.; FY 09 est not reported.; FY 10 est $8,775,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$50,000 to $500,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. National Geospatial Program, Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MS 510, Reston, VA 20192. Telephone: (703) 648-5519.

Headquarters Office

National Geospatial Program Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MS 510, Reston 20192 Phone: (703) 648-5519

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Panels of expert geographers, cartographers, physical scientists and geodesists within the Geological Survey will review and evaluate all applications consistent with authorized USGS program purposes. Criteria for judging applications will include scientific excellence and relevance to the mission of the National Geospatial Program of the Geological Survey. Other factors include geographic location and areal extent, value to potential partners, technical qualifications of the recipients, amount of matching funds, and adherence to goals of the ARRA such as number of jobs created or retained. Applications will be funded only to the extent permitted by available funds.



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