Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training Grants

Promote the safe operation of Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMVs), as defined in 49 U.S.C.

31301, through financial assistance to persons who train current and future drivers in the safe operation of CMVs.


Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: All projects provided accredited organizations with funding for tuition assistance to veterans and members of the US armed forces.

Fiscal Year 2017: N/A applications are still under review; no substantive changes to the program?s priorities is expected at this time.

Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available


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.




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Lone Star College System $ 76,493   2018-09-172019-09-30
Orangeburg-calhoun Technical College $ 95,726   2018-09-172019-09-30
Lehigh Carbon Community College $ 85,000   2018-09-172019-09-30
Louisiana Delta Community College $ 96,000   2018-09-172019-09-30
Tidewater Community College $ 97,336   2018-09-172019-09-30
Hawkeye Community College $ 108,200   2018-09-172019-09-30
Technical College System Of Georgia $ 111,427   2018-09-172019-09-30
Sage Corporation, The $ 89,413   2018-09-172019-09-30
Houston Community College, Inc. $ 102,008   2018-09-172019-09-30
Northampton Community College $ 138,397   2018-09-172019-09-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Awards were not issued until late September 2016; no data available; projected students to be trained during the current calendar year using FY 2016 funds: 250. Fiscal Year 2017: N/A applications are still under review. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Provide tuition assistance to eligible accredited applicants .

Priority is given to programs that train former members of the armed forces (defined in 10 U.S.C.

Section 101) in safe CMV operation.

Applicant must adhere to eligibility criteria and project plan to be considered.

Direct tuition assistance is not available.

Every grant must serve a public purpose.

Availability of funds are announced on Grants.gov (www.grants.gov).

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants must be accredited by a government organization such as the Department of Education.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Eligible applicants must be accredited by a government organization such as the Department of Education.

Credentials/Documentation

Evidence of eligibility and of negotiated indirect rates and audit by cognizant agency; demonstration of accreditation; . documentation of requested amounts and how those figures were calculated. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

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

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants must register with Grants.gov to apply for funding. Applications should be submitted in accordance with the instructions provided and must be submitted electronically to FMCSA through the Grants.gov website.

Award Procedures

90-120 days of the submission deadline (subject to availability of funds) or as soon thereafter as administratively practicable.

Deadlines

Nov 30, -0001 The deadline for application submission is included in each year?s Notice of Funding Opportunity posted in Grants.gov.

Authorization

FAST Act, Pub. L. No. 114-94, 5101(b) and 5101(c) (2015). 49 U.S.C. 31103, 31104 (2016), as amended. No CFR reference., Public Law 114-94, 49 U.S.C 31103.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days.

Appeals

Formal protests are not an option; unsuccessful applicants are notified in writing and may request a debriefing.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: Percent: 15%. The Federal share of the grant is 85 percent of the approved expenditures in the project plan. A 15 percent matching share by the recipient is required. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The maximum period of performance for a CMVOST grant is two fiscal years, including the fiscal year in which the grant agreement is executed. All new application proposals will be evaluated to ensure that proposed projects can be achieved within the requested timeframe. There is no mandatory minimum grant duration. Additionally, FMCSA may award a grant agreement with a period of performance for less than maximum period of performance timeframe, depending upon project complexity, reasonableness, and necessity. Amendment requests to extend the period of performance beyond the period of availability described above will not be approved. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Reimbursement.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Quarterly progress reports showing project accomplishments are required.

No cash reports are required.

Quarterly reports showing expenditures and pending requests for reimbursement are required.

The SF-425 Federal Financial Report is used for financial quarterly reporting.

The SF-PPR Performance Progress Report is used for project performance reporting.

FMCSA may require reporting more frequently than once per quarter at its discretion.

A separate SF-425 and Performance Progress Report is required for each grant.

Grantees must be current on required reporting to receive reimbursement.

Routine monitoring includes regular communication with Grantees regarding the status of projects, reviewing quarterly reports, and site visits or conference calls as appropriate.

No cash reports are required.

Project activity reports (SF-PPR) as described above must be submitted quarterly to the FMCSA Division office.

SF-425 as described above must be submitted quarterly to the FMCSA Division office.

Through reports and regular contact with the Grantee by phone and site visits by Federal staff.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. See www.grants.gov for individual award announcements.

Records

During the course of the grant project and for three years after the final voucher (invoice) is submitted, grant recipients must retain intact and to provide any data, documents, reports, records, contracts, and supporting materials relating to the project as FMCSA may require in addition to the reporting and record-keeping requirements set forth in 2 C.F.R. 200.333.

Financial Information

Account Identification

69-8159-0-7-401.

Obigations

(Salaries) FY 16 $996,947; FY 17 est $1,000,000; and FY 18 est $1,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The average award was $100,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

2 CFR 200 formerly OMB Circulars 2 CFR 215, A-122, A-133, A-110 and A-21, Regulations, Executive Orders, and related policy are on the public website at: www.fmcsa.dot.gov. A solicitation package (notice of funding availability) containing the appropriate forms and directions are made available through www.grants.gov.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

FMCSA Grants Management Office 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE, Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Email: FMCSA_GrantMgmtHelpDesk@dot.gov Phone: (202) 366-0621

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

All discretionary (competitive) grant program applications undergo a series of reviews prior to award selection as required in 2 CFR 200.204 and 205. These reviews include: 1) technical review that provides an independent assessment of the technical/programmatic merit of an application. At least three qualified individuals are selected to review each application to ensure diversity of perspective and knowledge. Individuals are selected based on their technical education and experience and the extent to which the individual has engaged in relevant work, the capacities in which the individual has done so, and the quality of such work; 2) suitability review that provides a risk assessment on each applicant?s organization to ensure the applicant is suitable to receive and manage Federal funds. The risk assessment is conducted in several parts: 1) a debarment and suspension review that included a review of the applicant?s administrative capability self-certification and a check against the applicant?s records in the System for Award Management (www.sam.gov); 2) a review of the applicant?s history with other Federal agencies in the Single Audit Clearinghouse Database; and 3) an evaluation of the applicant?s Single Audit in accordance with the Single Audit Act; 3) past performance review that provides information that is considered as a possible indicator for predicting future performance. Many applicants for FMCSA programs have received FMCSA funding in the past and will be evaluated against their ability to complete prior year awards on-time, compliance with grant terms and conditions, and results from FMCSA grant monitoring activities. Applicants with no prior FMCSA grant awards will not be eliminated from funding consideration; and 4) budget/cost analysis that provides an assessment of allowable costs in accordance with Federal grant requirements, the cost realism of the budget estimate, appropriateness and reasonableness of resources, and reasonableness and feasibility of the schedule relative to the application timeline. Importantly, the budget evaluation provides initial insight to project-related risk, beyond those dealing with technical uncertainty, which is considered prior to recommendation. Application budgets are evaluated based on the same standards to which recipients will be held after award, which are outlined in the cost principles at 2 CFR part 200.101(c) Subpart E for all non-Federal entities, including commercial organizations.



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