Fiscal Year 2013 Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Grants to the National Railroad Passenger Corporati

To provide supplemental assistance to the National Passenger Railroad Coropration for disaster assistance related to Hurricane Sandy.



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.

Website Address

http://www.fra.dot.gov



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

As specified in individual Grant Opportunity announcements, assistance may be used to fund repair expenses or resiliency projects.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

As directed by authorizing and appropriating statute, assistance is available only to the National Railroad Passenger Corporation.

Beneficiary Eligibility

As directed by authorizing and appropriating statute, assistance is available only to the National Railroad Passenger Corporation.

Credentials/Documentation

See Application Procedures. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

An environmental impact assessment is required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. The applicant must submit the following information: Application for Federal Assistance SF-424; US Department of Transportation Federal Railroad Administration Assurances and Certification forms http://www.fra.dot.gov/downloads/admin/assurancesandcertifications.pdf; Certification Regarding Debarment, suspension, and other Responsibility Matters - Primary Covered Transactions; Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, Ineligibility and Voluntary Exclusion - Lower Tier Covered Transactions; Certification Regarding Drug-Free Workplace Requirements; Certification Regarding Lobbying; Assurances - Non-Construction Programs, SF 424B or Assurances - Construction, SF424D (whichever is specified in the announcement); Certificate of Indirect Costs; Detailed project descriptions, statement of work, and budgets.

Award Procedures

Review the application package to ensure that all required documents have been submitted and are complete and signed by the appropriate person. Review the statement of work (SOW) and budget to ensure the appropriation language requirements are met. Review SOW for technical issues and budget for appropriate costs, including compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and related laws and orders. After the application package is acceptable to both parties, a grant agreement is drafted, reviewed, and signed upon agreement by both parties.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013 (Public Law No. 113-2).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Timing of Approval/Disapproval typically ranges from between 2-6 weeks.

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 has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Length and time phasing of assistance is dependent on the specific appropriating and/or authorizing law governing the grant opportunity. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Reimbursement.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

The grantee shall submit the following reports: Monthly progress reports giving an account of significant progress (findings, events, trends, etc.) made during the reporting period, and a description of any technical and/or cost problems encountered or anticipated that will affect completion of the grant.

Monthly financial status reports using SF 425, Federal Financial Report.

Monthly Federal Cash Transactions reports using SF 425, Federal Cash Transaction Report.

Through the grant agreement, the grantee may be required to submit various other reports.

Final report giving details of the results and benefits of the Grantee"s activites.

Monthly Federal Financial Status Report SF 425, Federal Cash Transaction Report.

The grantee is required to submit the following reports: Monthly progress reports giving an account of significant progress (findings, events, trends, etc.) made during the reporting period, and a description of any technical and/or cost problems encountered or anticipated that will affect completion of the grant.

Monthly Federal Financial Status Report; Federal Cash Transaction Report.

Monthly detailed reports regarding performance against project budgets and schedules.

Final report giving details of the results and benefits of the Grantee"s activities.

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.

Records

During the course of its activities under a grant agreement and for 3 years thereafter, the applicant must agree to retain intact and to provide any data, documents, reports, records, contracts, and supporting materials relating to its performance under the agreement as FRA may require. Reporting and record-keeping requirements are set forth in 49 CFR Part 19 for private non-profit and for-profit Grantees. Closeout does not alter these requirements. Additional audit requirements are dependent on the specific appropriating and/or authorizing law governing the grant opportunity.

Financial Information

Account Identification

69-0704-0-1-401.

Obigations

(Salaries) FY 12 Not Available(Exp: New program for FY2013.); FY 13 est $112,100,000; and FY 14 Estimate Not Available - New program.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Funding available under this program is currently projected to range from $30 million to $86 million. Because this is a new program, awards have not been made in the past under this CFDA program.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Federal Railroad Administration 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Phone: (202) 493-6454

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposals for projects must support the stated strategic goals of the applicant organization, align with the priorities identified in authorization or appropriation statutes, and of the Secretary of Transportation, and be accompanied by detailed scope, schedule and budget documentation. Quantitative or qualitative justification of project prioritization must be provided.



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