Notice of Indirect Cost Rates for the Damage Assessment, Remediation, and Restoration Program for Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017

 
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration
Notice of Indirect Cost Rates for the
Damage Assessment, Remediation,
and Restoration Program for Fiscal
Years 2016 and 2017
AGENCY
: National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),
Commerce.
ACTION
: Notice of Indirect Cost Rates for
the Damage Assessment, Remediation,
and Restoration Program for Fiscal
Years 2016 and 2017.
SUMMARY
: The National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration’s
(NOAA’s) Damage Assessment,
Remediation, and Restoration Program
(DARRP) is announcing new indirect
cost rates on the recovery of indirect
costs for its component organizations
involved in natural resource damage
assessment and restoration activities for
fiscal years (FY) 2016 and 2017. The
indirect cost rates for this fiscal year and
date of implementation are provided in
this notice. More information on these
rates and the DARRP policy can be
found at the DARRP website at
www.darrp.noaa.gov.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
: For further
information, contact LaTonya Burgess at
240–533–0428, by fax at 301–713–4389,
or email at LaTonya.Burgess@noaa.gov.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
: The
mission of the DARRP is to restore
natural resource injuries caused by
releases of hazardous substances or oil
under the Comprehensive
Environmental Response,
Compensation, and Liability Act
(CERCLA) (42 U.S.C. 9601 et seq.) and
the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA) (33
U.S.C. 2701 et seq.), and to support
restoration of physical injuries to
National Marine Sanctuary resources
under the National Marine Sanctuaries
Act (NMSA) (16 U.S.C. 1431 et seq.).
The DARRP consists of three component
organizations: The Office of Response
and Restoration (ORR) within the
National Ocean Service; the Restoration
Center within the National Marine
Fisheries Service; and the Office of the
General Counsel Natural Resources
Section (GCNRS). The DARRP conducts
Natural Resource Damage Assessments
(NRDAs) as a basis for recovering
damages from responsible parties, and
uses the funds recovered to restore
injured natural resources.
Consistent with federal accounting
requirements, the DARRP is required to
account for and report the full costs of
its programs and activities. Further, the
DARRP is authorized by law to recover
reasonable costs of damage assessment
and restoration activities under
CERCLA, OPA, and the NMSA. Within
the constraints of these legal provisions
and their regulatory applications, the
DARRP has the discretion to develop
indirect cost rates for its component
organizations and formulate policies on
the recovery of indirect cost rates
subject to its requirements.
The DARRP’s Indirect Cost Effort
In December 1998, the DARRP hired
the public accounting firm Rubino &
McGeehin, Chartered (R&M) to: Evaluate
the DARRP cost accounting system and
allocation practices; recommend the
appropriate indirect cost allocation
methodology; and determine the
indirect cost rates for the three
organizations that comprise the DARRP.
A Federal Register notice on R&M’s
effort, their assessment of the DARRP’s
cost accounting system and practice,
and their determination regarding the
most appropriate indirect cost
methodology and rates for FYs 1993
through 1999 was published on
December 7, 2000 (65 FR 76611).
R&M continued its assessment of
DARRP’s indirect cost rate system and
structure for FYs 2000 and 2001. A
second federal notice specifying the
DARRP indirect rates for FYs 2000 and
2001 was published on December 2,
2002 (67 FR 71537).
In October 2002, DARRP hired the
accounting firm of Cotton and Company
LLP (Cotton) to review and certify
DARRP costs incurred on cases for
purposes of cost recovery and to
develop indirect rates for FY 2002 and
subsequent years. As in the prior years,
Cotton concluded that the cost
accounting system and allocation
practices of the DARRP component
organizations are consistent with federal
accounting requirements. Consistent
with R&M’s previous analyses, Cotton
also determined that the most
appropriate indirect allocation method
continues to be the Direct Labor Cost
Base for all three DARRP component
organizations. The Direct Labor Cost
Base is computed by allocating total
indirect cost over the sum of direct labor
dollars, plus the application of NOAA’s
leave surcharge and benefits rates to
direct labor. Direct labor costs for
contractors from ERT, Inc. (ERT),
Freestone Environmental Services, Inc.
(Freestone), and Genwest Systems, Inc.
(Genwest) were included in the direct
labor base because Cotton determined
that these costs have the same
relationship to the indirect cost pool as
NOAA direct labor costs. ERT,
Freestone, and Genwest provided on-
site support to the DARRP in the areas
of injury assessment, natural resource
economics, restoration planning and
implementation, and policy analysis.
Subsequent federal notices have been
published in the Federal Register as
follows:
FY 2002, published on October 6,
2003 (68 FR 57672)
FY 2003, published on May 20, 2005
(70 FR 29280)
FY 2004, published on March 16,
2006 (71 Fed Reg. 13356)
FY 2005, published on February 9,
2007 (72 FR 6221)
FY 2006, published on June 3, 2008
(73 FR 31679)
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FY 2007 and FY 2008, published on
November 16, 2009 (74 FR 58948)
FY 2009 and FY 2010, published on
October 20, 2011 (76 FR 65182)
FY 2011, published on September 17,
2012 (77 FR 57074)
FY 2012, published on August 29,
2013 (78 FR 53425)
FY 2013, published on October 14,
2014 (79 FR 61617)
FY 2014, published on December 17,
2015 (80 FR 78718)
FY 2015, published on August 22,
2016 (81 FR 56580)
Cotton’s reports on these indirect rates
can be found on the DARRP website at
www.darrp.noaa.gov.
Empirical Concepts developed the
DARRP indirect rates for FY 2016 and
2017. Empirical reaffirmed that the
Direct Labor Cost Base is the most
appropriate indirect allocation method
for the development of the FY 2016 and
2017 indirect cost rates.
The DARRP’s Indirect Cost Rates and
Policies
The DARRP will apply the indirect
cost rates for FY 2016 and 2017 as
recommended by Empirical for each of
the DARRP component organizations as
provided in the following table:
DARRP component
organization
FY 2016
Indirect
rate
(percent)
FY 2017
Indirect
rate
(percent)
Office of Response
and Restoration
(ORR) .................... 133.62 137.45
Restoration Center
(RC) ....................... 64.46 73.26
General Counsel,
Natural Resources
Section (GCNRS) .. 62.67 77.30
These rates are based on the Direct
Labor Cost Base allocation methodology.
The FY 2016 rates will be applied to
all damage assessment and restoration
case costs incurred between October 1,
2015 and September 30, 2016. The FY
2017 rates will be applied to all damage
assessment and restoration case costs
incurred between October 1, 2016 and
September 30, 2017. DARRP will use
the FY 2017 indirect cost rates for future
fiscal years, beginning with FY 2018,
until subsequent year-specific rates can
be developed.
For cases that have settled and for
cost claims paid prior to the effective
date of the fiscal year in question, the
DARRP will not re-open any resolved
matters for the purpose of applying the
revised rates in this policy for these
fiscal years. For cases not settled and
cost claims not paid prior to the
effective date of the fiscal year in
question, costs will be recalculated
using the revised rates in this policy for
these fiscal years. Where a responsible
party has agreed to pay costs using
previous year’s indirect rates, but has
not yet made the payment because the
settlement documents are not finalized,
the costs will not be recalculated.
David Westerholm,
Director, Office of Response and Restoration.
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Performance Review Board
Membership
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Commerce.
ACTION
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In accordance with 5 U.S.C.
4314(c)(4), the Office of the Under
Secretary for Economic Affairs (OUS/
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members who will serve on the OUS/EA
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and impartial review of senior executive
service and senior professional
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DATES
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
:
Latasha Ellis, Program Manager,
Executive Resources Office, Human
Resources Division, Census Bureau,
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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
: The
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members of the PRB are set forth below:
John M. Abowd, Associate Director for
Research and Methodology, Census Bureau
Ali M. Ahmad, Associate Director for
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Mary E. Bohman, Deputy Director, Bureau of
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Gregory Capella, Deputy Director, National
Technical Information Service
Paul Farello, Associate Director for
International Economics, BEA
Albert Fontenot, Jr., Associate Director for
Decennial Census Programs, Census
Bureau
Thomas F. Howells III, Associate Director for
Industry Accounts, BEA
Kathleen James, Chief Administrative Officer,
BEA
Ron Jarmin, Deputy Director, Census Bureau
Enrique Lamas, Senior Advisor to the Deputy
Director, Census Bureau
Edith J. McCloud, Associate Director for
Management, Minority Business
Development Agency
Timothy Olson, Associate Director for Field
Operations, Census Bureau
Nick Orsini, Associate Director for Economic
Programs, Census Bureau
Benjamin J. Page, Chief Financial Officer,
Census Bureau
Jeremy Pelter, Senior Advisor for Policy and
Program Integration, Office of the Secretary
(OS)
Joel D. Platt, Associate Director for Regional
Economics, BEA
Joseph Semsar, Chief of Staff to the Deputy
Secretary, OS
Kevin Smith, Chief Information Officer,
Census Bureau
Erich Strassner, Associate Director for
National Economic Accounts, BEA
Victoria Velkoff, Associate Director for
Demographic Programs, Census Bureau
David R. Ziaya, Chief Administrative Officer,
Census Bureau
Ron S. Jarmin,
Deputy Director, Census Bureau, Chair, OUS/
EA Performance Review Board.
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