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.
Reports that provide technical and environmental data necessary to evaluate the potential rehabilitation of the St. Mary Storage Unit facilities, Milk River Project, Montana.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Cost ceiling of $500,000.
Cooperative agreements may be awarded to the State of Montana and/or the Blackfeet Tribe to carry out the project if the Secretary of the Interior determines such agreements would be cost-effective and efficient.
The State of Montana and the Blackfeet Tribe of Montana.
The citizens of the State of Montana and the Blackfeet Tribe of Montana.
Aplication and Award Process
If requested, the Bureau of Reclamation's Great Plains Region will assist both the State of Montana and the Blackfeet Tribe of Montana in preparing their respective proposals.
This program is excluded form coverage under E.O.
Applicants must submit all applicable SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance forms, along with (1) A detailed written technical proposal including background data regarding the applicant, technical approach proposed to accomplish the work, a scope of work that separates the work into major tasks, type of personnel implementing the proposal, experience in performing this type of work, timeline(s), the level of cooperation with other parties involved in the proposal, and other information that may be useful for proposal evaluation. (2) A detailed project cost proposal, including a budget with the estimated project costs, including salaries and wages, fringe benefits, travel, equipment, supplies, contracts, and indirect costs, and the value of any inkind contributions of goods and services.
Once the parties agree with their respective scopes of work, Reclamation's Great Plains Region will negotiate and enter into cooperative agreements with both the State of Montana and the Blackfeet Tribe. The Tribe may choose to enter into an agreement under Public Law 93-638 the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act.
Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2006, Title II, Public Law 109-103.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Funding is available until all currently appropriated funds have been expended for this program. Additional funding for the program is at the discretion of Congress. Any request for a time extension must be in writing in accordance with the provisions stated in the agreement.
Formula and Matching Requirements
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
There is no time restriction placed on the use of the funds. A schedule will be established between the Bureau of Reclamation and the recipient at the time of award. Any request for a time extension must be in writing in accordance with the provisions stated in the agreement.
Post Assistance Requirements
Draft and final technical reports; SF-269A (quarterly), financial reports (quarterly), progress reports (quarterly); annual report; reports on significant developments (as necessary).
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 ($500,000 for fiscal years ending after December 1, 2003) or more a year in Federal awards will have a single or a program specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than ($500,000 for fiscal years ending after December 1, 2003) a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
State, local and Indian Tribal governments shall maintain project records in accordance with 43 CFR 12.82. All other recipients shall maintain project records in accordance with 43 CFR 12.953.
FY 07 $452,453; FY 08 $0; and FY 09 $0.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
43 CFR 12, http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/cfr-table-search.html#page1; OMB Circulars, http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants/grants_circulars.html; These documents may also be obtained by contacting the Bureau of Reclamation Office listed below.
Regional or Local Office
Montana Area Office: Mr. Dan Jewell, Area Manager, Bureau of Reclamation, Address: PO Box 30137, Billings, MT, 59107-0137, Telephone: (406) 247-7298, E-mail: email@example.com.
Great Plains Region Office: Mr. Kimball M. Banks, Tribal and Financial Assistance Officer, Bureau of Reclamation, P.O. Box 36900, 316 North 26th Street, Billings, MT 59101, Telephone: (406) 247-7710, Fax: (406) 247-7695, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
The scopes of work must address and be responsive to the authorizing legislation and the appropriation ceiling.
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