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Type of Request: Extension of SUMMARY: In accordance with the quality, utility, and clarity of the
currently approved information Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this information to be collected. All
collection. notice announces the Maritime comments received will be available for
OMB Control Number: 2133–0514. Administration’s (MARAD’s) intentions examination at the above address
Form Numbers: None. to request extension of approval for between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT (or
Expiration Date of Approval: Three three years of a currently approved EST), Monday through Friday, except
years from date of OMB approval. information collection. Federal Holidays. An electronic version
Summary of Collection of DATES: Comments should be submitted of this document is available on the
Information: This collection of on or before January 6, 2003. World Wide Web at
information requires U.S.-flag operators FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: By Order of the Maritime Administrator.
to submit vessel operating costs and Richard Walker, Maritime Dated: October 29, 2002.
capital costs data to MARAD officials on Administration, MAR–810, 400 7th Joel C. Richard,
an annual basis. Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590. Secretary, Maritime Administration.
Need and Use of the Information: Telephone: 202–366–5076, FAX: 202– [FR Doc. 02–28087 Filed 11–4–02; 8:45 am]
This information is needed by MARAD 366–6988 or E-MAIL: BILLING CODE 4910–81–P
to establish fair and reasonable Copies
guideline rates for carriage of specific of this collection can also be obtained
cargoes on U.S. vessels. from that office. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Description of Respondents: U.S.
citizens who own and operate U.S.-flag Bureau of Transportation Statistics
Title of Collection: Inventory of
American Intermodal Equipment.
Annual Responses: 175. Grant Program for Research and
Type of Request: Extension of
Annual Burden: 700 hours. Development in the Field of
currently approved information
Comments: Comments should refer to Transportation Statistics
the docket number that appears at the OMB Control Number: 2133–0503.
top of this document. Written comments AGENCY: Bureau of Transportation
Form Numbers: None. Statistics, DOT.
may be submitted to the Docket Clerk, Expiration Date of Approval: Three
U.S. DOT Dockets, Room PL–401, 400 years from date of approval by Office of ACTION: Announcement of grant
Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC Management and Budget. program.
20590. Comments may also be Summary of Collection of
submitted by electronic means via the Information: This collection consists of SUMMARY: The Bureau of Transportation
Internet at an intermodal equipment inventory that Statistics (BTS) supports its goal of
Specifically address whether this provides data essential to both the advancing the field of transportation
information collection is necessary for government and the transportation statistics through the Transportation
proper performance of the functions of industry in planning for the most Statistics Research Grants program. This
the agency and will have practical efficient use of intermodal equipment. notice solicits applications for projects
utility, accuracy of the burden Further, this collection is intended to that (1) support the development of the
estimates, ways to minimize this assure that containers and related field of transportation statistics; and/or
burden, and ways to enhance the intermodal equipment are obtainable in (2) involve research or development in
quality, utility, and clarity of the the event of a national emergency. transportation statistics. It outlines the
information to be collected. All Need and Use of the Information: The purpose, goals, and general procedures
comments received will be available for information contained in the inventory for application and award. For this
examination at the above address provides data about U.S.-based cycle, BTS will make available up to
between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT (or companies that own or lease intermodal approximately $500,000 in grant funds
EST), Monday through Friday, except equipment and is essential to both to eligible organizations.
Federal Holidays. An electronic version government and industry in planning DATES: For BTS to consider your
of this document is available on the for contingency operations. application, we must receive it by
World Wide Web at Description of Respondents: Owners January 31, 2003, at 5:00 P.M. Eastern
By Order of the Maritime Administrator. of U.S. steamship and intermodal Standard Time. Applications received
Dated: October 29, 2002. equipment leasing companies. after January 31, 2003, will be held for
Joel C. Richard, Annual Responses: 22. the next cycle, which is anticipated to
Annual Burden: 66 hours. be every six to twelve months, unless
Secretary, Maritime Administration.
Comments: Comments should refer to you request in writing that your
[FR Doc. 02–28086 Filed 11–4–02; 8:45 am] the docket number that appears at the application be returned.
BILLING CODE 4910–81–P top of this document. Written comments
ADDRESSES: You must send six copies of
may be submitted to the Docket Clerk,
the application package to the BTS
U.S. DOT Dockets, Room PL–401, 400
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Grants Program, Room 3117, Bureau of
Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC
Transportation Statistics, U.S.
Maritime Administration 20590. Comments may also be
Department of Transportation, 400
submitted by electronic means via the
[Docket No. MARAD–2002–13701]
Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC
Internet at
Specifically address whether this
Information Collection Available for information collection is necessary for FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Public Comments and proper performance of the functions of Promod Chandhok, Office of Statistical
Recommendations the agency and will have practical Programs, Bureau of Transportation
utility, accuracy of the burden Statistics, Room 3117, 400 Seventh
ACTION: Notice and request for
estimates, ways to minimize this Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590;
burden, and ways to enhance the phone (202) 366–2158; fax: (202) 493–

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0568; e-mail: II. Eligibility Requirements application package must include the following:
What Organizations May Apply? (1) A Project Narrative. This must not
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: BTS invites applications from public exceed 12 letter-size pages, single-sided
I. Background—Advancing the and private non-profit entities. We and double-spaced. Use at least 12-point
Discipline of Transportation Statistics strongly encourage organizations type and one inch margins. In general,
serving minorities, who have been the information you provide should be
The purpose of this grant program is traditionally under-represented in in sufficient detail so BTS understands
to provide financial assistance to transportation statistics, to submit the proposed work and its anticipated
eligible organizations to help advance applications. If organizations partner on benefits. It should also demonstrate that
the discipline of transportation a project, the participants should submit you have the necessary experience and
statistics. These grants are authorized by a single application. You may submit resources to accomplish it. The
section 5109 of the Transportation more than one application as long as the narrative must identify the organization;
Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA– applications are for separate and how it meets the eligibility criteria; its
21) (Public Law 105–178 (1998), distinct projects. experience and accomplishments in
codified at 49 U.S.C. 111(g)). BTS collecting, analyzing, and/or
anticipates awarding up to $500,000 per What Projects Are Eligible for Funding? disseminating transportation data; and
year in grants for projects that (1) Proposals should serve the broad the qualifications of the principals
support development of the field of transportation interests of the country, proposed to conduct the activities. The
transportation statistics; and/or (2) and we are particularly interested in narrative must also describe the
advance research or development in high-quality proposals that treat one or proposed activity, including how you
transportation statistics. more of the following areas: would accomplish it, a timeline listing
BTS is a separate operating (1) Quantifying the ‘‘safety culture’’ of major milestones associated with the
administration within the U.S. transportation companies; assessing the project, and a list of specific products
Department of Transportation (DOT). Its predictive power of ‘‘safety culture’’ in and/or services with the dates they will
mission is to lead in developing predicting accident risk; identifying be delivered.
transportation data and information of minimum data required in quantifying (2) An Application for Federal
high quality, and to advance their the ‘‘safety culture’’ of a transportation Assistance. Submit OMB SF–424
effective use in public and private company; and suggesting specific (Application for Federal Assistance),
transportation decision-making. In measures or attributes of a company that which is the official form required for
accomplishing this mission, BTS works are strong predictors of accident risk. all Federal grants. It requests basic
to improve six key attributes of (2) Researching the utility of narrative information about the grantee and the
transportation data and analysis— text in accident and near-miss reports in proposed project. Under Part 10 of this
quality, comparability, completeness, identifying precursors to an accident; form, use 20.920 and Transportation
timeliness, relevance, and utility. evaluating text mining techniques; and Statistics Research Grants for the
Our ultimate goal is to make developing text mining tools specific for Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
transportation better—to enhance safety, extracting information from Police Number and Title. Also submit OMB
mobility, economic growth, the human Accident Reports. SF–424A (Budget Information—
(3) Measuring the vulnerability of the Nonconstruction Programs). You can
and natural environment, and national
transportation system and its users to download these forms from the OMB
security (the five strategic goals of the
crime and terrorism. Internet site at http://
Department of Transportation). BTS’s
This list is not exhaustive, and we are
role in this goal is to put together data
eager to consider any innovative (3) An Evaluation Plan. Include a
and information that others need to
proposal that supports the development brief description of how you will
make decisions concerning
of the field of transportation statistics or evaluate and measure the success of the
transportation. We collect data and
involves research and development in project, including the anticipated
compile, analyze, and publish statistics.
transportation statistics. benefits and challenges in completing it.
Many others, both within and outside
What Are the Cost Sharing This can be part of the Project Narrative.
DOT, are involved in building this
(4) Resumes. Include resumes from up
knowledge base and BTS could not do Requirements?
to three key personnel who would be
it alone. For awards of $100,000 or more, the significantly involved in the project.
While there are many excellent recipient shall fund at least 50 percent (5) Letters of Commitment. If your
transportation data programs and many of the project’s costs. The nonfederal proposal includes the significant
excellent statistics programs, few are match must come from sources other involvement of other eligible
devoted to the intersection of these two than the project sponsor, and must be organizations, your application must
disciplines. Bringing a better cash contributions rather than in-kind include letters of commitment from
understanding of statistics to contributions. In reviewing all them.
transportation data will improve data applications, even those requesting less
quality, increase utility (e.g., by IV. Application Review Process and
than $100,000, the degree of cost-
improving measures of travel), and Selection Criteria
sharing will be considered, with more
reduce costs (e.g., by using techniques weight given to cash contributions than The Transportation Statistics
to make data collection, analysis, and in-kind services. Research Grants program uses a
dissemination more efficient). BTS competitive process and applications
wants to foster the transportation III. Application Contents will be evaluated based on the merit and
statistics discipline and increase its For more information about relevance of the proposed project in
quality and usefulness to the submitting an application, please refer relation to the other applications
transportation community. This grants to the ADDRESSES and DATES sections received. BTS anticipates making
program is one way BTS is working listed above. In order to be considered multiple awards based on this
toward this goal. for funding under this program, your solicitation. While BTS will select the

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most meritorious proposals, we may necessary to complete the required involvement, you must note this in your
choose to not award all available funds. tasks? project narrative and any support BTS
Upon receiving an application, BTS (6) To what degree does the proposal provides will be specified in the award
will conduct an initial review to include cost-sharing? More weight will agreement. BTS will assign a liaison to
determine if it meets the eligibility be given to proposals with cash serve as the primary contact regarding
criteria and contains all of the items contributions than in-kind services. For the grant.
specified under the Application awards of $100,000 or more, BTS
Contents section of this announcement. requires cash contributions of 50 VII. Terms and Conditions of Award
A BTS evaluation committee will then percent toward the total project’s cost.
review each complete application from (1) Prior to award, each grantee will
V. Amount of Funds Available and be required to complete additional
an eligible recipient using the
Period of Support government application forms, such as
evaluation criteria listed below (the
order of criteria does not designate We anticipate that approximately OMB SF–424B (Assurances—
priority) and the BTS Director will $500,000 per year will be designated to Nonconstruction Programs) and with
select the final grants. The evaluation support grants over the next five years, the certification requirements of 49 CFR
criteria are: subject to the availability of Part 20, Department of Transportation
(1) How well does the proposal appropriated funds. This estimate does New Restrictions on Lobbying, and 49
support BTS’s strategic goals of not bind BTS to a specific number of CFR Part 29, Department of
improving the quality, comparability, offers or awards, nor to a specific Transportation Government-Wide
completeness, timeliness, relevance, amount of funding support for Debarment and Suspension (Non-
and utility of transportation data? How particular awards or awards in Procurement) and Government-Wide
well does the proposal serve the broad aggregate. It is anticipated that Requirements for Drug Free Workplace
transportation interests of the United individual award amounts, based upon (Grants).
States? demonstrated needs, will likely range
(2) How innovative is the proposed from $50,000 to $200,000, though BTS (2) Each grantee shall submit a
activity? To what extent is the work has not established minimum or program implementation plan no more
being accomplished elsewhere? maximum funding levels. than one month after award. The BTS
(3) How much experience has the Given the amount of funds available, liaison will review and comment, if
applicant demonstrated in one or more applicants are strongly encouraged to necessary.
of the following areas—collecting, seek other funding opportunities to (3) Each grantee shall submit
analyzing, storing, or disseminating supplement the federal funds. quarterly progress reports, a draft final
transportation data, particularly data Preference will be given to applicants report, and a final report that reflects the
collected or disseminated by BTS, and with cost sharing proposals from within BTS liaison’s comments.
working with theoretical statistical or outside their organizations.
issues concerning transportation data? The period of time of awards will vary Thank you for your interest in our
(4) Does the applicant have the with the complexity of the project and Transportation Statistics Research
professional qualifications and team it is possible that grants will be awarded Grants program.
members necessary for satisfactory for periods greater than one year. Ashish Sen,
performance of the proposed activity?
(5) How well does the technical VI. BTS Involvement Director.
approach and proposed costs reflect an BTS involvement, if any, will vary by [FR Doc. 02–28092 Filed 11–4–02; 8:45 am]
understanding of the procedures award. If you anticipate BTS BILLING CODE 4910–HY–P

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