Agency Request for Approval of a New Information Collection: Mariner Survey Pre-Test

CourtMaritime Administration,Transportation Department
Citation86 FR 51224
Publication Date14 Sep 2021
Record Number2021-19808
Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 175 / Tuesday, September 14, 2021 / Notices
2. Administrative and National Policy
a. Pre-Award Authority
FTA will issue specific guidance to
recipients regarding pre-award authority
at the time of selection. FTA does not
provide pre-award authority for
competitive funds until projects are
selected and even then, there are
Federal requirements that must be met
before costs are incurred. Funds under
this NOFO cannot be used to reimburse
applicants for otherwise eligible
expenses incurred prior to FTA award
of a Grant Agreement until FTA has
issued pre-award authority for selected
projects, or unless FTA has issued a
‘‘Letter of No Prejudice’’ for the project
before the expenses are incurred. For
more information about FTA’s policy on
pre-award authority, please see the most
recent Apportionment Notice at: https://
b. Grant Requirements
If selected, awardees will apply for a
grant through FTA’s Transit Award
Management System (TrAMS). All
competitive grants, regardless of award
amount, will be subject to the
Congressional Notification and release
process. Technical assistance regarding
these requirements is available from
each FTA regional office.
c. Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
FTA requires its recipients receiving
planning, capital, or operating
assistance that will award prime
contracts exceeding $250,000 in FTA
funds in a Federal fiscal year comply
with the U.S. Department of
Transportation’s Disadvantaged
Business Enterprise (DBE) program
regulations (49 CFR part 26). Applicants
should expect to include any funds
awarded in setting their overall DBE
d. Planning
FTA encourages applicants to notify
the appropriate metropolitan planning
organizations in areas likely to be served
by the funds made available under this
program. Selected projects must be
incorporated into the unified planning
work programs of metropolitan areas
before they are eligible for FTA funding
or pre-award authority.
e. Standard Assurances
If selected, the applicant must assure
that it will comply with all applicable
Federal statutes, regulations, executive
orders, directives, FTA circulars, and
other Federal administrative
requirements in carrying out any project
supported by the FTA grant. The
applicant acknowledges that it will be
under a continuing obligation to comply
with the terms and conditions of the
grant agreement issued for its project
with FTA. The applicant understands
that Federal laws, regulations, policies,
and administrative practices might be
modified from time to time and may
affect the implementation of the project.
The most recent Federal requirements
will apply to the project unless FTA
issues a written determination
otherwise. The applicant must submit
the Certifications and Assurances before
receiving a grant if it does not have
current certifications on file.
3. Reporting
Post-award reporting requirements
include submission of Federal Financial
Reports and Milestone Progress Reports
in FTA’s electronic grants management
system on a quarterly basis. Applicants
should include any goals, targets, and
indicators referenced in their
application to the project in the
Executive Summary of the TrAMS
application. Awardees must also submit
copies of the substantial deliverables
identified in the work plan to the FTA
regional office at the corresponding
As part of completing the annual
Certifications and Assurances required
of FTA grant recipients, a successful
applicant must report on the suspension
or debarment status of itself and its
If the award recipient’s active grants,
cooperative agreements, and
procurement contracts from all Federal
awarding agencies exceed $10,000,000
for any period of time during the period
of performance of an award made
pursuant to this Notice, the recipient
must maintain the currency of
information reported to the System for
Award Management (SAM) that is made
available in the designated integrity and
performance system (currently the
Federal Awardee Performance and
Integrity Information System (FAPIIS))
about civil, criminal, or administrative
proceedings in connection with the
award or performance of a grant,
cooperative agreement, or procurement
contract from the Federal Government.
See Appendix XII to 2 CFR part 200 for
more information.
G. Federal Awarding Agency Contacts
For program-specific questions, please
contact Colby McFarland, Office of
Planning and Environment, (202) 366–
1648, email:
A TDD is available at 1–800–877–8339
(TDD/FIRS). Any addenda that FTA
releases on the application process will
be posted at
To ensure applicants receive accurate
information about eligibility or the
program, the applicant is encouraged to
contact FTA directly, rather than
through intermediaries or third parties.
FTA staff may also conduct briefings on
the FY 2021 competitive grants
selection and award process upon
request. Contact information for FTA’s
regional offices can be found on FTA’s
website at
For assistance with GRANTS.GOV,
please contact GRANTS.GOV by phone
at 1–800–518–4726 or by email at
H. Other Program Information
This program is not subject to
Executive Order 12372,
‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Federal
Nuria I. Fernandez,
[FR Doc. 2021–19735 Filed 9–13–21; 8:45 am]
Maritime Administration
[Docket Number MARAD–2021–0209]
Agency Request for Approval of a New
Information Collection: Mariner Survey
: Maritime Administration,
Department of Transportation.
: Notice and request for
: The Maritime Administration
(MARAD) invites public comments
about our intention to request the Office
of Management and Budget (OMB)
approval for a new information
collection. This Mariner Survey Pre-Test
collection provides for cognitive
interviews and a pilot survey of a
sample of appropriately credentialed
U.S. merchant mariners to validate and
improve the study design for a
subsequent Mariner Survey.
: Written comments should be
submitted by November 15, 2021.
MARAD will consider comments filed
after this date to the extent practicable.
: You may submit comments
identified by Docket No. MARAD–
2021–0209 through one of the following
Electronic Submission: Go to http:// Search by using
the docket number (provided above).
Follow the instructions for submitting
comments on the electronic docket site.
Mail: Docket Management Facility;
U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200
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Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 175 / Tuesday, September 14, 2021 / Notices
New Jersey Avenue SE, Room PL–401,
Washington, DC 20590–0001.
Hand Delivery: Room PL–401 of the
Department of Transportation, 1200
New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington,
DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday
through Friday, except Federal
Instructions: All submissions must
include the agency name and docket
Note: All comments received, including
any personal information, will be posted
without change to the docket and is
accessible via .
Input submitted online via is not immediately
posted to the site. It may take several
business days before your submission is
Docket: For access to the docket to
read background documents or
comments received, go to http:// at any time or to
Room PL–401 of the Department of
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey
Avenue SE, Washington, DC, between 9
a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through
Friday, except Federal Holidays. The
Federal Docket Management Facility’s
telephone number is 202–366–9826 or
202–366–9317, the fax number is 202–
: You
may contact Nuns Jain, Maritime
Administration, at 757–322–5801 or by
electronic mail at
You may send mail to Nuns Jain at
Maritime Administration, Building 19,
Suite 300, 7737 Hampton Boulevard,
Norfolk, Virginia 23505. If you have
questions on viewing the Docket, call
Docket Operations, telephone: 202–366–
9826 or 202–366–9317.
Title of Collection: Mariner Survey
OMB Control Number: 2133–NEW.
Form Number: Not Applicable.
Type of Review: New information
Background: This voluntary Mariner
Survey Pre-Test information collection
is limited to cognitive interviews and a
pilot survey of a sample of appropriately
credentialed U.S. merchant mariners to
validate and improve the design of the
questionnaire and other survey
components for a subsequent full
Mariner Survey. The cognitive
interviews will be conducted online or
via telephone. The pilot survey
responses will be primarily collected via
an online survey, with a mail survey
Upon completion of this Pre-Test
collection and analysis, MARAD
intends to request separate approval for
the full biennial Mariner Survey of all
appropriately credentialed U.S.
merchant mariners to determine the
number of qualified mariners who are
available and willing to serve on short
notice on U.S. government-owned
sealift ships or commercial ships during
a period of national need. The most
recent survey of this scope was
completed in 2002. The availability of a
reliable, current estimate on the number
of mariners willing to serve in times of
war, armed conflict, or national
emergency is critical to the U.S. national
Respondents: Appropriately
credentialed U.S. merchant mariners.
Affected Public: Individuals or
Total Estimated Number of
Responses: 690 (40 for cognitive
interviews; 650 for pilot survey).
Frequency: One-time.
Estimated Time per Respondent: 45
minutes for cognitive interviews; 20
minutes for pilot survey.
Total Estimated Number of Annual
Burden Hours: 247.
Public Comments Invited: You are
asked to comment on any aspect of this
information collection, including (a)
Whether the proposed collection of
information is necessary for the
Department’s performance; (b) the
accuracy of the estimated burden; (c)
ways for the Department to enhance the
quality, utility and clarity of the
information collection; and (d) ways
that the burden could be minimized
without reducing the quality of the
collected information. The agency will
summarize and/or include your
comments in the request for OMB’s
clearance of this information collection.
(Authority: The Paperwork Reduction Act of
1995; 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended; and
49 CFR 1.93.)
By Order of the Acting Maritime
T. Mitchell Hudson, Jr.,
Secretary, Maritime Administration.
[FR Doc. 2021–19808 Filed 9–13–21; 8:45 am]
Internal Revenue Service
Proposed Extension of Information
Collection Request Submitted for
Public Comment; Comment Request
on Burden Related to Interest Rates
and Appropriate Foreign Loss
Payment Patterns of Certain Controlled
: Internal Revenue Service (IRS),
: Notice and request for
: The Internal Revenue Service,
as part of its continuing effort to reduce
paperwork and respondent burden,
invites the public and other Federal
agencies to take this opportunity to
comment on proposed and/or
continuing information collections, as
required by the Paperwork Reduction
Act of 1995. Currently, the IRS is
soliciting comments concerning the
burden related to the interest rates and
appropriate foreign loss payment
patterns for determining the qualified
insurance income of certain controlled
corporations under section 954(f).
: Written comments should be
received on or before November 15,
2021 to be assured of consideration.
: Direct all written comments
to Kinna Brewington, Internal Revenue
Service, Room 6529, 1111 Constitution
Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20224.
Requests for additional information or
copies of the regulations should be
directed to R. Joseph Durbala, at Internal
Revenue Service, Room 6129, 1111
Constitution Avenue NW, Washington
DC 20224, or through the internet, at
Title: Interest Rates and Appropriate
Foreign Loss Payment Patterns for
Determining the Qualified Insurance
Income of Certain Controlled
Corporations under Section 954(f).
OMB Number: 1545–1799.
Regulation/Project Number: Notice
Abstract: Notice 2002–69 (2002–43
I.R.B. 730) published October 28, 2002,
provides interim guidance for
determining the interest rates and
appropriate foreign loss payment
patterns to be used by controlled foreign
corporations in calculating their
qualified insurance income under
section 954(i) of the Internal Revenue
Code. Taxpayers may rely on the
guidance in this notice until regulations
or other guidance are published.
Current Actions: There is no change to
the burden previously approved.
Type of Review: Extension of a
currently approved collection.
Affected Public: Individuals or
households, business, or other for-profit
Estimated Number of Responses: 300.
Estimated Time per Respondent: 1
Estimated Total Annual Burden
Hours: 300.
The following paragraph applies to all
the collections of information covered
by this notice:
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