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enhance the quality, utility and clarity will be used to issue air carrier Estimated Total Annual Burden:
of the information collection; and (d) operating certificates and to establish 8,865 hours.
ways that the burden could be minimum safety standards for the Issued in Fort Worth, TX, on April 4, 2018.
minimized without reducing the quality operation of the air carriers to whom Barbara Hall,
of the collected information. The agency such certificates are issued. The Federal
FAA Information Collection Clearance
will summarize and/or include your Register Notice with a 60-day comment Officer, Performance, Policy, and Records
comments in the request for OMB’s period soliciting comments on the Management Branch, ASP–110.
clearance of this information collection. following collection of information was
published on December 28, 2017. There [FR Doc. 2018–07661 Filed 4–12–18; 8:45 am]
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Barbara Hall at (940) 594–5913, or by were no responses to the 60-day Federal BILLING CODE 4910–13–P

email at: Barbara.L.Hall@faa.gov. Register Notice.


SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DATES: Written comments should be
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
OMB Control Number: 2120–0042. submitted by May 14, 2018.
Title: Aircraft Registration. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are Federal Highway Administration
Form Numbers: 8050–1, 8050–2, invited to submit written comments on
8050–4, 8050–98, 8050–88, 8050–88A, [FHWA Docket No. FHWA–2018–0008]
the proposed information collection to
8050–117, 8050–117. the Office of Information and Regulatory
Type of Review: Renewal of an Surface Transportation Project
Affairs, Office of Management and Delivery Program; Utah Department of
information collection. Budget. Comments should be addressed
Background: Public Law 103–272 Transportation Audit Report
to the attention of the Desk Officer,
states that all aircraft must be registered Department of Transportation/FAA, and AGENCY: Federal Highway
before they may be flown. It sets forth sent via electronic mail to oira_ Administration (FHWA), U.S.
registration eligibility requirements and submission@omb.eop.gov, or faxed to Department of Transportation (DOT).
provides for application for registration (202) 395–6974, or mailed to the Office ACTION: Notice; Request for comment.
as well as suspension and/or revocation of Information and Regulatory Affairs,
of registration. The information Office of Management and Budget, SUMMARY: The Moving Ahead for
collected is used by the FAA to register Docket Library, Room 10102, 725 17th Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP–
an aircraft or hold an aircraft in trust. Street NW, Washington, DC 20503. 21) established the Surface
The information requested is required to Public Comments Invited: You are Transportation Project Delivery Program
register and prove ownership. asked to comment on any aspect of this that allows a State to assume FHWA’s
Respondents: Approximately 146,757 information collection, including (a) environmental responsibilities for
registrants. Whether the proposed collection of environmental review, consultation, and
Frequency: Information is collected information is necessary for FAA’s compliance under the National
on occasion. performance; (b) the accuracy of the Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for
Estimated Average Burden per estimated burden; (c) ways for FAA to Federal highway projects. When a State
Response: 32 minutes. enhance the quality, utility and clarity assumes these Federal responsibilities,
Estimated Total Annual Burden: of the information collection; and (d) the State becomes solely responsible
103,982 hours. ways that the burden could be and liable for carrying out the
Issued in Fort Worth, TX, on April 4, 2018. minimized without reducing the quality responsibilities it has assumed, in lieu
Barbara Hall, of the collected information. The agency of FHWA. This program mandates
FAA Information Collection Clearance will summarize and/or include your annual audits during each of the first 4
Officer, Performance, Policy, and Records comments in the request for OMB’s years of State participation to ensure
Management Branch, ASP–110. clearance of this information collection. compliance with program requirements.
[FR Doc. 2018–07659 Filed 4–12–18; 8:45 am] FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
This notice announces and solicits
BILLING CODE 4910–13–P Barbara Hall at (940) 594–5913, or by comments on the first audit report for
email at: Barbara.L.Hall@faa.gov. the Utah Department of Transportation
(UDOT).
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION DATES: Comments must be received on
OMB Control Number: 2120–0593.
Title: Certification: Air Carriers and or before May 14, 2018.
Federal Aviation Administration ADDRESSES: Mail or hand deliver
Commercial Operators.
Form Numbers: FAA Form 8400–6. comments to Docket Management
Agency Information Collection Facility: U.S. Department of
Activities: Requests for Comments; Type of Review: Renewal of an
information collection. Transportation, 1200 New Jersey
Clearance of Renewed Approval of Avenue SE, Room W12–140,
Background: The request for clearance
Information Collection: Certification: Washington, DC 20590. You may also
reflects requirements necessary under
Air Carriers and Commercial Operators submit comments electronically at
parts 135, 121, and 125 to comply with
AGENCY: Federal Aviation part 119. The FAA will use the www.regulations.gov. All comments
Administration (FAA), DOT. information it collects and reviews to should include the docket number that
ACTION: Notice and request for ensure compliance and adherence to appears in the heading of this
comments. regulations and, if necessary, to take document. All comments received will
enforcement action on violators of the be available for examination and
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SUMMARY: In accordance with the regulations. copying at the above address from 9
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FAA Respondents: Approximately 2,177 air a.m. to 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through
invites public comments about our carriers and commercial operators. Friday, except Federal holidays. Those
intention to request the Office of Frequency: Information is collected desiring notification of receipt of
Management and Budget (OMB) on occasion. comments must include a self-
approval to renew an information Estimated Average Burden per addressed, stamped postcard or you
collection. The information collected Response: 2.45 hours. may print the acknowledgment page

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that appears after submitting comments assumed FHWA’s responsibilities under CE Program Assignment. This audit
electronically. Anyone can search the NEPA, and the responsibilities for does not cover the CE Program
electronic form of all comments in any NEPA-related Federal environmental Assignment responsibilities and
of our dockets by the name of the laws described in the MOU. projects.
individual submitting the comment (or Section 327(g) of Title 23, U.S.C., As part of its review responsibilities
signing the comment, if submitted on requires the Secretary to conduct annual under 23 U.S.C. 327, FHWA formed a
behalf of an association, business, or audits during each of the first 4 years of team in April 2017 to plan and conduct
labor union). The DOT posts these State participation. After the fourth an audit of NEPA responsibilities UDOT
comments, without edits, including any year, the Secretary shall monitor the assumed. Prior to the on-site visit, the
personal information the commenter State’s compliance with the written Audit Team reviewed UDOT’s NEPA
provides, to www.regulations.gov, as agreement. The results of each audit project files, UDOT’s response to
described in the system of records must be made available for public FHWA’s pre-audit information request
notice (DOT/ALL–14 FDMS), which can comment. This notice announces the (PAIR), and UDOT’s self-assessment of
be reviewed at www.dot.gov/privacy. availability of the first audit report for its NEPA Program. The Audit Team
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. UDOT and solicits public comment on reviewed additional documents and
Deirdre Remley, Office of Project same. conducted interviews with UDOT staff
Development and Environmental Authority: Section 1313 of Pub. L. 112– in Utah on June 5–9, 2017.
141; Section 6005 of Pub. L. 109–59; 23 The UDOT entered into NEPA
Review, (202) 366–0524,
U.S.C. 327; 23 CFR 773. Assignment Program after almost 9
Deirdre.Remley@dot.gov, or Mr. Jomar
years of experience making FHWA
Maldonado, Office of the Chief Counsel, Issued on: April 4, 2018.
NEPA CE determinations pursuant to 23
(202) 366–1373, Jomar.Maldanado@ Brandye L. Hendrickson, U.S.C. 326 (beginning August 2008).
dot.gov, Federal Highway Acting Administrator, Federal Highway The UDOT’s environmental review
Administration, U.S. Department of Administration. procedures are compliant for CEs, and
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey UDOT is implementing procedures and
Surface Transportation Project Delivery
Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. processes for DCEs, EAs, and EISs as
Program
Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 part of its new responsibilities under the
p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, Draft FHWA Audit of the Utah
NEPA Assignment Program. Overall, the
except Federal holidays. Department of Transportation
Audit Team found that UDOT is
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: January 17–June 9, 2017 successfully adding DCE, EA, and EIS
Electronic Access Executive Summary project review responsibilities to an
already successful CE review program.
An electronic copy of this notice may This report summarizes the results of The Audit Team did not identify any
be downloaded from the specific docket the Federal Highway Administration’s non-compliance observations. This
page at www.regulations.gov. (FHWA) first audit of the Utah report describes five observations as
Department of Transportation’s (UDOT) well as several successful practices the
Background National Environmental Policy Act Audit Team found. The Audit Team
The Surface Transportation Project (NEPA) review responsibilities and finds UDOT is carrying out the
Delivery Program, codified at 23 United obligations that FHWA has assigned and responsibilities it has assumed and is in
States Code (U.S.C.) 327, commonly UDOT has assumed pursuant to 23 substantial compliance with the
known as the NEPA Assignment United States Code (U.S.C.) 327. provisions of the MOU.
Program, allows a State to assume Throughout this report, FHWA uses the
FHWA’s environmental responsibilities term ‘‘NEPA Assignment Program’’ to Background
for review, consultation, and refer to the program codified at 23 The NEPA Assignment Program
compliance for Federal highway U.S.C. 327. Under the authority of 23 allows a State to assume FHWA’s
projects. When a State assumes these U.S.C. 327, UDOT and FHWA executed environmental responsibilities for
Federal responsibilities, the State a memorandum of understanding review, consultation, and compliance
becomes solely liable for carrying out (MOU) on January 17, 2017, to for Federal-aid highway projects. Under
the responsibilities it has assumed, in memorialize UDOT’s NEPA 23 U.S.C. 327, a State that assumes these
lieu of the FHWA. The UDOT published responsibilities and liabilities for Federal responsibilities becomes solely
its application for NEPA assumption on Federal-aid highway projects and responsible and solely liable for
October 9, 2015, and made it available certain other FHWA approvals for carrying them out. Effective January 17,
for public comment for 30 days. After transportation projects in Utah. Except 2017, UDOT assumed FHWA’s
considering public comments, UDOT for one project, which FHWA retained, responsibilities under NEPA and other
submitted its application to FHWA on FHWA’s only NEPA responsibilities in related environmental laws. Examples
December 1, 2015. The application Utah are oversight and review of how of responsibilities UDOT has assumed
served as the basis for developing a UDOT executes its NEPA Assignment in addition to NEPA include section 7
memorandum of understanding (MOU) Program obligations. The section 327 consultation under the Endangered
that identifies the responsibilities and MOU covers environmental review Species Act and consultation under
obligations that UDOT would assume. responsibilities for projects that require section 106 of the National Historic
The FHWA published a notice of the the preparation of environmental Preservation Act.
draft MOU in the Federal Register on assessments (EAs), environmental Following this first audit, FHWA will
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November 16, 2016, with a 30-day impact statements (EIS), and non- conduct three more annual audits to
comment period to solicit the views of designated documented categorical satisfy provisions of 23 U.S.C. 327(g)
the public and Federal agencies. After exclusions (DCE). A separate MOU, and Part 11 of the MOU. Audits are the
the close of the comment period, FHWA pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 326, authorizes primary mechanism through which
and UDOT considered comments and UDOT’s environmental review FHWA may oversee UDOT’s compliance
proceeded to execute the MOU. responsibilities for other categorical with the MOU and the NEPA
Effective January 17, 2017, UDOT exclusions (CE), commonly known as Assignment Program requirements. This

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includes ensuring compliance with executive management to participate to Program Management


applicable Federal laws and policies, ensure the interviews represented a The UDOT has made progress toward
evaluating UDOT’s progress toward diverse range of staff expertise, meeting the initial requirements of the
achieving the performance measures experience, and program responsibility. MOU for the NEPA Assignment Program
identified in MOU Section 10.2, and Throughout the document reviews under 23 U.S.C. 327, including
collecting information needed for the and interviews, the Audit Team verified implementing the updated Manual of
Secretary’s annual report to Congress. information on the UDOT section 327 Instruction (MOI), a QA/QC Plan, a
The FHWA must present the results of NEPA Assignment Program including Training Plan, and addressing the
each audit in a report and make it UDOT policies, guidance, manuals, and findings from a Self-Assessment Report.
available for public comment in the reports. This included the NEPA QA/QC
Federal Register. Guidance, the NEPA Assignment Successful Practices
The Audit Team consisted of NEPA Training Plan, and the NEPA The Audit Team found that UDOT
subject matter experts (SME) from the Assignment Self-Assessment Report. understands its project-level
FHWA Utah Division, as well as from The Audit Team compared the responsibility for DCEs, EAs, and EISs
FHWA offices in Sacramento, procedures outlined in UDOT that FHWA assigned to UDOT through
California, Washington, District of environmental manuals and policies to the NEPA Assignment Program. The
Columbia, Atlanta, Georgia, and Austin, the information obtained during UDOT has established a vision and
Texas. These experts received training interviews and project file reviews to direction for incorporating the NEPA
on how to evaluate implementation of determine if there are discrepancies Assignment Program into its overall
the NEPA Assignment Program. In between UDOT’s performance and project development process. This was
addition, the FHWA Utah Division documented procedures. The team clear in the PAIR responses and in
designated an environmental specialist documented observations under the six interviews with staff in the regions and
to serve as a NEPA Assignment Program NEPA Assignment Program topic areas.
at UDOT’s central office, commonly
liaison to UDOT. Below are the audit results.
known as ‘‘the Complex.’’
Overall, UDOT has carried out the
Scope and Methodology The UDOT reorganized environmental
environmental responsibilities it
staff to align employee roles with the
The Audit Team conducted an assumed through the MOU and the
new responsibilities under the NEPA
examination of UDOT’s NEPA project application for the NEPA Assignment
Assignment Program. Staff at the
files, UDOT responses to the PAIR, and Program, and as such the Audit Team
Complex are responsible for EAs and
UDOT self-assessment. The audit also finds that UDOT is substantially
EISs. Regional environmental staff
included interviews with staff and compliant with the provisions of the
reviews of UDOT policies, guidance, coordinate their NEPA work through
MOU.
and manuals pertaining to NEPA Program Managers at the Complex.
Observations and Successful Environmental staff also share resources
responsibilities. All reviews focused on
Practices and use the subject matter expertise of
objectives related to the six NEPA
Assignment Program elements: program This section summarizes the Audit staff in other regional offices or at the
management; documentation and Team’s observations of UDOT’s NEPA Complex. Some staff responsibilities
records management; quality assurance/ Assignment Program implementation, have changed under the NEPA
quality control (QA/QC); legal including successful practices UDOT Assignment Program, but positions have
sufficiency; training; and performance may want to continue or expand. remained the same. Prior to assuming
measurement. Successful practices are positive results responsibilities under the NEPA
The focus of the audit was on UDOT’s that FHWA would like to commend Assignment Program, regional staff
process and program implementation. UDOT on developing. These may reported to the pre-construction
Therefore, while the Audit Team include ideas or concepts that UDOT department in their regional office.
reviewed project files to evaluate has planned but not yet implemented. Following assumption of the NEPA
UDOT’s NEPA process and procedures, Observations are items the Audit Team Assignment Program, Environmental
the team did not evaluate UDOT’s would like to draw UDOT’s attention to, Managers in the regions report to
project-specific decisions to determine which may benefit from revisions to Environmental Program Managers at the
if they were, in FHWA’s opinion, improve processes, procedures, or Complex. In anticipation of assuming
correct or not. The Audit Team outcomes. The UDOT may have already NEPA responsibilities, UDOT hired an
reviewed 14 NEPA Project files with taken steps to address or improve upon Environmental Performance Manager
DCEs, EAs, and EISs, representing all the Audit Team’s observations, but at who is responsible for overseeing
projects in process or initiated after the the time of the audit they appeared to UDOT’s policies, manuals, guidance,
MOU’s effective date. The Audit Team be areas where UDOT could make and training under the NEPA
also interviewed environmental staff in improvements. This report addresses all Assignment Program.
all four UDOT regions as well as their six MOU topic areas as separate Observations
headquarters office. discussions. Under each area, this report
The PAIR consisted of 24 questions discusses successful practices followed Observation #1: Communication of
about specific elements in the MOU. by observations. UDOT policy and procedures to staff
The Audit Team used UDOT’s response This audit report provides an Most SMEs and regional
to the PAIR to develop specific follow- opportunity for UDOT to begin environmental staff were not aware of
up questions for the on-site interviews implementing actions to improve their the latest policies and procedures
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with UDOT staff. program. The FHWA will consider the regarding the NEPA Assignment
The Audit Team conducted 18 on-site status of areas identified for potential Program. During interviews, some staff
and 3 phone interviews. Interview improvement in this audit’s at the regional offices and at the
participants included staff from each of observations as part of the scope of Complex said they heard about changes
UDOT’s four regional offices and UDOT Audit #2. The second Audit Report will at quarterly environmental meetings.
headquarters. The Audit Team invited include a summary discussion that Some regional staff said they expect to
UDOT staff, middle management, and describes progress since the last audit. hear about changes from their Managers

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in the regional office, but they often feel and the Audit Team verified that the Successful Practices
they do not receive all necessary minimum documentation is in NEPA The UDOT has implemented some
information. Other regional staff said Project file reviews. successful practices to ensure the
they receive updated memoranda and In interviews, some UDOT staff quality of its NEPA documents. The
other communications about the NEPA shared that they document decisions UDOT developed a QA/QC plan to help
Assignment Program through their made verbally for the project record. environmental staff and consultants
Program Manager at the Complex. Some This shows that some staff understand ensure documents are developed,
SMEs indicated they were unaware of the importance of having a written reviewed, and approved in accordance
how their specialty fits into the overall record of decision points in the NEPA with QA/QC procedures. The UDOT’s
NEPA process. There does not seem to processes that may happen through use of DCE, EA, and EIS QA/QC
be a clear understanding among all staff phone conversations and in-person checklists supports process
about the differences between UDOT’s meetings. standardization. Though regional
responsibilities under 23 U.S.C. 326 and environmental staff do not manage EAs
Environmental Managers at the
23 U.S.C. 327 and how this affects staff or EISs under the NEPA Assignment
Complex have taken steps to implement
members’ roles and responsibilities in Program, several staff said they were
consistent records management on EAs
carrying out section 327. aware there is a QA/QC checklist for
and EISs in ProjectWise by adding
Observation #2: Section 4(f) terms stipulations to consultant contracts that reviewing these documents. They were
regarding determinations of use require them to follow records also aware that Managers at the
management protocols in their final Complex review and submit the
During review of the NEPA Project
project files. checklist and final document to UDOT’s
files, the Audit Team found some
Deputy Director for final approval.
determinations labeled ‘‘n/a,’’ Observations Regional environmental staff can
suggesting Section 4(f) was not contact Program Managers at the
applicable when there was a historic Observation #3: UDOT recordkeeping
and file management Complex to get procedural and technical
site/historic property identified in the assistance on topics or documentation
Section 106 determination of eligibility/ Some environmental staff interviewed requirements outside of their technical
finding of effect (DOE/FOE). In other during the audit said they store draft expertise area. Throughout the audit
examples, the files correctly indicate files, supporting information, and interviews, several staff said they felt
‘‘yes’’ or ‘‘no’’ whether there is or is not deliberative documentation on personal comfortable calling Managers at the
a Section 4(f) use. When the DOE/FOE drives, on local servers, and/or in Complex with questions.
identifies historic properties that are hardcopy filing cabinets. Thus, outside
eligible for inclusion in the National Observations
of ProjectWise, UDOT recordkeeping
Register of Historic Places, UDOT would and file management is inconsistent, Observation #4: QA/QC documentation
also need to evaluate whether the action which may indicate the lack of specific Although most environmental staff
will constitute a use under Section 4(f), protocols for managing supporting were aware of the QA/QC plan and
per FHWA policy (see ‘‘3.2 Assessing documents that inform NEPA decisions checklists, the Audit Team learned
Use of Section 4(f) Properties’’ in FHWA and other environmental through interviews that there is varied
‘‘Section 4(f) Policy Paper,’’ 2012). determinations. Such practices can understanding about roles and
Therefore, the correct determination make document retrieval and review procedures as they relate to
should be ‘‘yes’’ or ‘‘no’’ instead of difficult because the location of UDOT’s documenting QA/QC approvals.
‘‘n/a’’. file of record is unclear. This issue can Managers demonstrated that they
Documentation and Records also raise concerns about document understand the various roles and
Management retention practices and the procedures for obtaining signature
completeness of administrative records approval for final documents, but
The Audit Team reviewed UDOT’s
for projects needing them. regional staff had a varied
NEPA Project documents for 14 projects
under the NEPA Assignment Program. Staff at the regional offices and at the understanding of these procedures.
The UDOT maintains a complete final Complex said ProjectWise does not Environmental staff outside of the
record for DCEs, EAs, and EISs. There include organizational tools such as Complex were also uncertain of whether
are inconsistencies about how, when, subfolders or adequate search a new checklist was developed for
and where staff maintain supporting capabilities. ProjectWise was not DCEs, or if the EA/EIS checklist is used
draft and deliberative documentation, created specifically for environmental for DCE QA/QC.
and staff either do not have or are not documentation. It is a document Legal Sufficiency
aware of protocols for recordkeeping. management system, and although it
allows for subfolders with Successful Practices
Successful Practices environmental documents storage, Through interviews, the Audit Team
ProjectWise is a document database UDOT does not use this function nor learned of the following successful
UDOT uses to maintain final project does it have adequate functionality for practices: UDOT has extended the legal
records for DCEs, EAs, and EISs. searching files or tracking project sufficiency process it has in place for
Though it was not developed environmental process milestones. Section 326 CE assignment to
specifically for producing and Quality Assurance/Quality Control accommodate the section 327 NEPA
maintaining environmental documents, Assignment Program by contracting
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ProjectWise is accessible to all staff and The UDOT is in the early stages of the with outside counsel who have
can store complete NEPA section 327 program, and because there extensive experience in NEPA, other
documentation. During interviews, is not yet sufficient data on project environmental laws, and Federal
UDOT environmental staff approvals, the team was not able to fully environmental litigation. The UDOT
demonstrated they understood the evaluate the effectiveness of the QA/QC Environmental Managers can work
minimum documentation that should be component of the program. The Audit directly with outside counsel without
included in the final ProjectWise record, Team made the following observations. the need to go through the Utah

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Attorney General’s (AG) Office. An Program training plan is not integrated Treasury Borrowing Advisory
Assistant AG assigned to UDOT is kept into ‘‘UDOT U.’’ Committee of the Securities Industry
apprised of all communications between and Financial Markets Association.
Performance Measures The agenda for the meeting provides
UDOT staff and outside counsel.
Outside counsel expects early legal The Environmental Performance for a charge by the Secretary of the
involvement for all controversial Manager has begun collecting and Treasury or his designate that the
projects. The UDOT, an Assistant AG, tracking performance data, such as the Committee discuss particular issues and
and outside counsel held an completeness of project records, conduct a working session. Following
‘‘organizational meeting’’ earlier this timeline for completion of the working session, the Committee will
year and expect to hold regular, environmental documents, and whether present a written report of its
quarterly meetings. QA/QC was performed for each recommendations. The meeting will be
document. The Environmental closed to the public, pursuant to 5
Training Performance Manager indicated that the U.S.C. App. 2, section 10(d) and Public
The UDOT’s Training Coordinator is results of this audit will be used to help Law 103–202, section 202(c)(1)(B) (31
in the early stages of establishing a revise manuals and procedures and that U.S.C. 3121 note).
Training Management Program (‘‘UDOT the self-assessment informed some This notice shall constitute my
U’’) for all UDOT employees. This changes. For example, the MOI has been determination, pursuant to the authority
program will include the following updated to clarify which documents placed in heads of agencies by 5 U.S.C.
components: (1) core competencies for need to be updated and uploaded in App. 2, section 10(d) and vested in me
all UDOT employees; (2) training for all projects files. by Treasury Department Order No. 101–
UDOT employees through UDOT U; (3) 05, that the meeting will consist of
Successful Practices discussions and debates of the issues
a portal for tracking training completed
by UDOT employees; (4) SME The UDOT surveyed resource agency presented to the Committee by the
identification and validation of training partners about how it is implementing Secretary of the Treasury and the
needs; and (5) leadership input on responsibilities under the NEPA making of recommendations of the
priorities and budgets for all disciplines. Assignment Program. Managers said Committee to the Secretary, pursuant to
The UDOT could incorporate NEPA they are striving to improve UDOT’s Public Law 103–202, section
Assignment Program training needs into relationships with partner agencies 202(c)(1)(B). Thus, this information is
UDOT U in the future, and the Training despite having different missions and exempt from disclosure under that
Coordinator has plans to work with the perspectives. The environmental group provision and 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(3)(B). In
environmental group on its specific will continue to survey its partners in addition, the meeting is concerned with
needs. the future, and will modify the survey information that is exempt from
as needed to help improve UDOT’s disclosure under 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(9)(A).
Successful Practices environmental processes and The public interest requires that such
Through interviews and the PAIR relationships with resource agencies. meetings be closed to the public because
response, the Audit Team learned that the Treasury Department requires frank
Next Steps and full advice from representatives of
UDOT delivered several discipline-
based (e.g., Noise, Section 4f, Section 7, The FHWA provided this draft audit the financial community prior to
Air Quality, and Legal Sufficiency) report to UDOT for a 14-day review and making its final decisions on major
training courses to staff and consultants. comment period. The Audit Team financing operations. Historically, this
The Audit Team learned that UDOT has considered UDOT comments in advice has been offered by debt
used the annual conference to inform developing this draft audit report. The management advisory committees
staff and consultants about the NEPA FHWA will publish a notice in the established by the several major
Assignment Program and the Federal Register for a 30-day comment segments of the financial community.
responsibilities that UDOT has period in accordance with 23 U.S.C. When so utilized, such a committee is
327(g). No later than 60 days after the recognized to be an advisory committee
assumed.
close of the comment period, FHWA under 5 U.S.C. App. 2, section 3.
Observations will respond to all comments submitted Although the Treasury’s final
to finalize this draft audit report announcement of financing plans may
Observation #5: UDOT’s training plan
pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327(g)(B). The not reflect the recommendations
coordination
FHWA will publish the final audit provided in reports of the Committee,
The UDOT developed a NEPA report in the Federal Register. premature disclosure of the Committee’s
Assignment Program Training Plan, as deliberations and reports would be
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required by the MOU, but through likely to lead to significant financial
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interviews the Audit Team found that speculation in the securities market.
Environmental Managers developed the Thus, this meeting falls within the
plan with minimal coordination with exemption covered by 5 U.S.C.
the UDOT Training Coordinator, SMEs, DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY 552b(c)(9)(A).
or regional staff. In interviews, the Treasury staff will provide a technical
Departmental Offices Debt
Audit Team learned that some SMEs did briefing to the press on the day before
Management Advisory Committee
not get opportunities to attend training the Committee meeting, following the
Meeting
on topics outside their subject area, release of a statement of economic
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