Cooperative Research and Development Agreement: Evaluating Unmanned Surface Vessel Characteristics for Coast Guard Platforms

CourtCoast Guard
Citation86 FR 30968
Publication Date10 Jun 2021
Record Number2021-12162
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The statute confers this authority on the head of
each Federal agency. The Secretary of DHS’s
authority is delegated to the Coast Guard and other
DHS organizational elements by DHS Delegation
No. 0160.1, para. II.B.34.
Nag, M, Weisberg, AS, and Moss, B.
Zinc-finger antiviral protein (ZAP) is a
restriction factor for replication of
modified vaccinia virus Ankara (MVA)
in human cells. PLoS Pathog. 2020,
accepted for publication.
Intellectual Property: HHS Reference
No. E–076–2019; International
Application No. PCT/US20/33788.
Licensing Contact: To license this
technology, please contact Benjamin
Hurley at 240–669–5092 or
benjamin.hurley@nih.gov, and reference
E–076–2019.
Collaborative Research Opportunity:
The National Institute of Allergy and
Infectious Diseases is seeking statements
of capability or interest from parties
interested in collaborative research to
further develop, evaluate or
commercialize this invention. For
collaboration opportunities, please
contact Benjamin Hurley; 240–669–
5092, benjamin.hurley@nih.gov.
Dated: June 2, 2021.
Surekha Vathyam,
Deputy Director, Technology Transfer and
Intellectual Property Office, National Institute
of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND
SECURITY
Coast Guard
[Docket No. USCG–2021–0236]
Cooperative Research and
Development Agreement: Evaluating
Unmanned Surface Vessel
Characteristics for Coast Guard
Platforms
AGENCY
: Coast Guard, DHS.
ACTION
: Notice of intent; request for
comments.
SUMMARY
: The Coast Guard is
announcing its intent to enter into a
Cooperative Research and Development
Agreement (CRADA) with Sea Machines
Robotics. Sea Machines Robotics will
work with the USCG Research and
Development Center (RDC) to modify
the currently existing SM300 system
installed on the USCG RDC unmanned
surface vessel (USV) to determine what
parameters and behaviors would be
beneficial for USCG mission sets.
Additionally, the agreement will
investigate the current state of collision
avoidance in autonomous unmanned
surface vessels (USVs), to develop a
better understanding of how these
capabilities should be evaluated/
regulated in the future. The Coast Guard
invites other potential non-Federal
participants, who have the interest and
capability to bring similar contributions
to this type of research, to submit
proposals for consideration in similar
CRADAs.
DATES
: Comments must be submitted to
the online docket via http://
www.regulations.gov, or reach the
Docket Management Facility, on or
before July 12, 2021.
Synopses of proposals regarding
future CRADAs must reach the Coast
Guard (see
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
CONTACT
) on or before July 12, 2021.
ADDRESSES
: Submit comments online at
http://www.regulations.gov following
website instructions.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
: If
you have questions on this notice or
wish to submit proposals for future
CRADAs, contact Derek Meier, Project
Official, Surface Branch, U.S. Coast
Guard Research and Development
Center, 1 Chelsea Street, New London,
CT 06320, telephone 860–271–2600,
email RDC-Info@uscg.mil.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
:
Public Participation and Request for
Comments
We request public comments on this
notice. Although we do not plan to
respond to comments in the Federal
Register, we will respond directly to
commenters and may modify our
proposal in light of comments.
Comments should be marked with
docket number USCG–2021–0236 and
should provide a reason for each
suggestion or recommendation. You
should provide personal contact
information so that we can contact you
if we have questions regarding your
comments; but please note that all
comments will be posted to the online
docket without change and that any
personal information you include can be
searchable online (see the Federal
Register Privacy Act notice regarding
our public dockets, 73 FR 3316, Jan. 17,
2008). We also accept anonymous
comments.
We encourage you to submit
comments through the Federal
eRulemaking Portal at http://
www.regulations.gov. If your material
cannot be submitted using http://
www.regulations.gov, contact the Coast
Guard (see
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
CONTACT
). Documents mentioned in this
notice, and all public comments, are in
our online docket at http://
www.regulations.gov and can be viewed
by following that website’s instructions.
Additionally, if you go to the online
docket and sign up for email alerts, you
will be notified when comments are
posted or a final rule is published.
Do not submit detailed proposals for
future CRADAs to the Docket
Management Facility. Instead, submit
them directly to the Coast Guard (see
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
).
Discussion
CRADAs are authorized under 15
U.S.C. 3710(a).
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A CRADA promotes the
transfer of technology to the private
sector for commercial use, as well as
specified research or development
efforts that are consistent with the
mission of the Federal parties to the
CRADA. The Federal party or parties
agree with one or more non-Federal
parties to share research resources, but
the Federal party does not contribute
funding.
CRADAs are not procurement
contracts. Care is taken to ensure that
CRADAs are not used to circumvent the
contracting process. CRADAs have a
specific purpose and should not be
confused with procurement contracts,
grants, and other type of agreements.
Under the proposed CRADA, the R&D
Center will collaborate with one non-
Federal participant. Together, the R&D
Center and the non-Federal participant
will evaluate which USV characteristics
and parameters would be beneficial to
the USCG mission set. Additionally,
both partners will evaluate how
collision avoidance technology should
be validated on these platforms in the
future. We anticipate that the Coast
Guard’s contributions under the
proposed CRADA will include the
following:
1. Provide appropriate staff with
expertise to accomplish the above
mentioned tasks.
2. Draft test plan.
3. Provide all support resources,
including travel for Coast Guard staff
that support this CRADA.
4. Obtain, transport, and provide all of
the parts, tools, and equipment
necessary to prepare the platform for
Sea Machines Robotics modifications.
5. Provide the 29RDC and qualified
crew for the testing.
6. Provide all resources required for
the conduct of the testing on the 29RDC.
7. Execute the testing IAW with the
agreed upon test plan.
We anticipate that the non-Federal
participants’ contributions under the
proposed CRADA will include the
following:
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1. Provide appropriate staff with
expertise to support the above
mentioned tasks.
2. Provide all support resources,
including travel for Sea Machines
Robotics staff who support this CRADA,
if required.
3. Provide the technical data package
for all equipment, including
dimensions, weight, power
requirements, and other technical
considerations for the additional
components to be utilized under this
CRADA.
4. Review test plan.
5. Provide any specific training, along
with technical support, to those Coast
Guard members evaluating the
technology proposals submitted for this
CRADA.
The Coast Guard will provide no
funding for reimbursement of proposal
development costs. Proposals and any
other material submitted in response to
this notice will not be returned.
Proposals submitted are expected to be
unclassified and have not more than
five single-sided pages (excluding cover
page, DD 1494, JF–12, etc.). The Coast
Guard will select proposals at its sole
discretion on the basis of:
(1) How well they communicate an
understanding, of and ability to meet,
the proposed CRADA’s goal; and
(2) How well they address the
following criteria:
(a) Technical capability to support the
non-Federal party contributions
described, and
(b) Resources available for supporting
the non-Federal party contributions
described.
Currently, the Coast Guard is
considering Sea Machines Robotics for
participation in this CRADA. This
consideration is based on the fact that
Sea Machines has demonstrated its
technical ability for autonomous USVs
and the USCG RDC currently has one of
their systems installed aboard their 29
foot vessel. However, we do not wish to
exclude other viable participants from
this or future similar CRADAs.
This is a technology assessment effort.
The goal of the Coast Guard for this
CRADA is to determine what USV
characteristics/parameters would be
recommended for the operational use of
a Coast Guard platform of this size, and
also to gain a better understanding of
how collision avoidance of USVs should
be validated and regulated in the future.
Special consideration will be given to
small business firms/consortia, and
preference will be given to business
units located in the U.S. This notice is
issued under the authority of 5 U.S.C.
552(a).
Daniel P. Keane,
Commanding Officer, U.S. Coast Guard
Research and Development Center.
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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND
SECURITY
Federal Emergency Management
Agency
[Docket ID FEMA–2021–0002; Internal
Agency Docket No. FEMA–B–2137]
Proposed Flood Hazard
Determinations
AGENCY
: Federal Emergency
Management Agency, Department of
Homeland Security.
ACTION
: Notice.
SUMMARY
: Comments are requested on
proposed flood hazard determinations,
which may include additions or
modifications of any Base Flood
Elevation (BFE), base flood depth,
Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA)
boundary or zone designation, or
regulatory floodway on the Flood
Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), and
where applicable, in the supporting
Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports for
the communities listed in the table
below. The purpose of this notice is to
seek general information and comment
regarding the preliminary FIRM, and
where applicable, the FIS report that the
Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA) has provided to the affected
communities. The FIRM and FIS report
are the basis of the floodplain
management measures that the
community is required either to adopt
or to show evidence of having in effect
in order to qualify or remain qualified
for participation in the National Flood
Insurance Program (NFIP). In addition,
the FIRM and FIS report, once effective,
will be used by insurance agents and
others to calculate appropriate flood
insurance premium rates for new
buildings and the contents of those
buildings.
DATES
: Comments are to be submitted
on or before September 8, 2021.
ADDRESSES
: The Preliminary FIRM, and
where applicable, the FIS report for
each community are available for
inspection at both the online location
https://hazards.fema.gov/femaportal/
prelimdownload and the respective
Community Map Repository address
listed in the tables below. Additionally,
the current effective FIRM and FIS
report for each community are
accessible online through the FEMA
Map Service Center at https://
msc.fema.gov for comparison.
You may submit comments, identified
by Docket No. FEMA–B–2137, to Rick
Sacbibit, Chief, Engineering Services
Branch, Federal Insurance and
Mitigation Administration, FEMA, 400
C Street SW, Washington, DC 20472,
(202) 646–7659, or (email)
patrick.sacbibit@fema.dhs.gov.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
: Rick
Sacbibit, Chief, Engineering Services
Branch, Federal Insurance and
Mitigation Administration, FEMA, 400
C Street SW, Washington, DC 20472,
(202) 646–7659, or (email)
patrick.sacbibit@fema.dhs.gov; or visit
the FEMA Mapping and Insurance
eXchange (FMIX) online at https://
www.floodmaps.fema.gov/fhm/fmx_
main.html.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
: FEMA
proposes to make flood hazard
determinations for each community
listed below, in accordance with section
110 of the Flood Disaster Protection Act
of 1973, 42 U.S.C. 4104, and 44 CFR
67.4(a).
These proposed flood hazard
determinations, together with the
floodplain management criteria required
by 44 CFR 60.3, are the minimum that
are required. They should not be
construed to mean that the community
must change any existing ordinances
that are more stringent in their
floodplain management requirements.
The community may at any time enact
stricter requirements of its own or
pursuant to policies established by other
Federal, State, or regional entities.
These flood hazard determinations are
used to meet the floodplain
management requirements of the NFIP
and are used to calculate the
appropriate flood insurance premium
rates for new buildings built after the
FIRM and FIS report become effective.
The communities affected by the
flood hazard determinations are
provided in the tables below. Any
request for reconsideration of the
revised flood hazard information shown
on the Preliminary FIRM and FIS report
that satisfies the data requirements
outlined in 44 CFR 67.6(b) is considered
an appeal. Comments unrelated to the
flood hazard determinations also will be
considered before the FIRM and FIS
report become effective.
Use of a Scientific Resolution Panel
(SRP) is available to communities in
support of the appeal resolution
process. SRPs are independent panels of
experts in hydrology, hydraulics, and
other pertinent sciences established to
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