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

Compliance Enforcement and Monitoring, One Call Membership Inittiatives for Operators, Implementation of One Call Laws and Regulations, Excavator and Public Awareness, Public Service Annoucements, Equipment to support on-going enforcement program.


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


Program Accomplishments

Thirty-seven State agencies requested $1,695,592 and received allocations for fiscal year 2007 for the optional one call grant fund in the amount of $1,021,000. No eligible State applicant was rejected. State agencies are awarded grants funds to help educate the public and contractors about the prevention of damage to all underground facilities. This awareness program and other similar projects assisted in reducing accidents and damages from occurring on natural gas and liquid pipeline systems.

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 promotional items or materials, damage prevention awareness campaigns, public service annoucements, informational mailings, advertisements and One Call center promotional items.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

This optional grant is only open for states that have a certification or agreement with US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to do pipeline safety inspections.

State agencies who participate in the pipeline safety program are eligible to apply for One Call grant funding on an annual basis.

This optional grant program has a maximum amount request of $50,000 per state and supports initiatives to further promote efforts specifically for damage prevention, including one-call legislation, related compliance activities, training and public education.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State agency.

Credentials/Documentation

Appropriate State legal official must approve legality of agency application and agreement. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular Number A-87 for State and local governments, and "One Call Application Instructions". Application (plan) is opened on October 15 and due November 15.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

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

Each State submits a detailed description of the proposed project activity in one or more of the three priority categories available with requested costs on how the money would be spent and why. The maximum amount requested per state is limited to $50,000. 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 required to provide a description of results from previous action of the activity.

Award Procedures

Awards are made by the DOT, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Washington, DC.

Deadlines

Applications are submitted by November 15 for the next calendar year. A later date for filing applications is established if appropriations are not available by November 15.

Authorization

Federal Hazardous Materials Transportation Act, 49 U.S.C. 5105 et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days of receipt.

Appeals

Not applicable.

Renewals

Not applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

The maximum amount requested per state is limited to $50,000. A state can not request grant funds to implement proposed legislation - the legislation must have already been passed. Additional instructions and guidelines for applying to this opportunity will be given to the earmarked applicant group when the opportunity approaches its availability. The grant allocation is determined by reviewing the total amounts in priority one, two and three projects and distributing funds across all projects based on the total grant amount.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Expenditures must be used during the calendar year when the grant is awarded. Funds not used will be deducted from the State agencies Pipeline Safety Program End-Year reimbursement request.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Annual activity report.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit 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 thae expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in OMB Circular No.A-133.

Records

All records relating to the projects shall 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

FY 07 $1,021,000; FY 08 est $1,043,000; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$3,666 to $35,400.

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."

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

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

Headquarters Office

Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington, DC 20590. Contact: State Program Director. Telephone: (202) 366-4595.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

All proposals from eligible State utility regulatory agencies are considered for funding to the limit of available grant money. The maximum amount requested per state is limited to $50,000.



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