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Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program Multiyear Plans

American Government Special Collections Reference Desk

American Government

Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program Multiyear Plans

T.F. Scott Darling, III
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
27 October 2016


[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 208 (Thursday, October 27, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 74862-74864]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-25980]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2016-0325]


Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program Multiyear Plans

AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice: Request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act 
requires the Secretary to prescribe procedures for a State to submit 
multiple-year plans for the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program 
(MCSAP) grants. FMCSA seeks information to improve development and 
implementation of multiple-year plans.

DATES: Responses to these questions must be received on or before 
November 28, 2016.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket 
Management System (FDMS) Docket ID FMCSA-2016-0325 using any of the 
following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.
     Mail: Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of 
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, 
Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
     Hand Delivery or Courier: West Building Ground Floor, Room 
W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 
5 p.m., ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays.
     Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
    Each submission must include the Agency name and the docket number 
for this notice. Note that DOT posts all comments received without 
change to www.regulations.gov, including any personal information 
included in a comment. Please see the Privacy Act heading below.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments, go to www.regulations.gov at any time or visit Room W12-140 
on the

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ground level of the West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., 
Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., ET, Monday through Friday, 
except Federal holidays. The on-line FDMS is available 24 hours each 
day, 365 days each year. If you want acknowledgment that we received 
your comments, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope or 
postcard or print the acknowledgement page that appears after 
submitting comments on-line.
    Privacy Act: In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits 
comments from the public to better inform its rulemaking process. DOT 
posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information 
the commenter provides, to www.regulations.gov, as described in the 
system of records notice (DOT/ALL-14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at 
www.dot.gov/privacy.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Thomas Liberatore, Chief, State 
Programs Division, FMCSA, (202) 366-3030 or by email at 
Thomas.Liberatore@dot.gov. Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 
p.m., E.T., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Public Participation and Request for Comments

    FMCSA encourages you to participate by submitting comments and 
related materials.

Submitting Comments

    If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this 
notice (FMCSA-2016-0325), indicate the specific section of this 
document to which each comment applies, and provide a reason for each 
suggestion or recommendation. You may submit your comments and material 
online or by fax, mail, or hand delivery, but please use only one of 
these means. FMCSA recommends that you include your name and a mailing 
address, an email address, or a phone number in the body of your 
document so the Agency can contact you if it has questions regarding 
your submission.
    To submit your comment online, go to http://www.regulations.gov and 
put the docket number, ``FMCSA-2016-0325'' in the ``Keyword'' box, and 
click ``Search.'' When the new screen appears, click on ``Comment 
Now!'' button and type your comment into the text box in the following 
screen. Choose whether you are submitting your comment as an individual 
or on behalf of a third party and then submit. If you submit your 
comments by mail or hand delivery, submit them in an unbound format, no 
larger than 8\1/2\ by 11 inches, suitable for copying and electronic 
filing. If you submit comments by mail and would like to know that they 
reached the facility, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard 
or envelope.
    FMCSA will consider all comments and material received during the 
comment period and may change this notice based on your comments.

Viewing Comments and Documents

    To view comments, as well as documents mentioned in this preamble 
as being available in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov and 
insert the docket number, ``FMCSA-2016-0325'' in the ``Keyword'' box 
and click ``Search.'' Next, click ``Open Docket Folder'' button and 
choose the document listed to review. If you do not have access to the 
Internet, you may view the docket online by visiting the Docket 
Management Facility in Room W12-140 on the ground floor of the DOT West 
Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 
a.m. and 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

Background

    As prescribed in the FAST Act, the goal of the MCSAP is to ensure 
that there is a partnership to establish programs to improve motor 
carrier, commercial motor vehicle (CMV), and driver safety to support a 
safe and efficient surface transportation system. MCSAP makes targeted 
investments to promote CMV safety, including the transportation of 
passengers and hazardous materials. FMCSA encourages the States and 
Territories to invest in activities likely to maximize reductions in 
the number and severity of CMV crashes and fatalities resulting from 
such crashes. This is accomplished by adopting and enforcing effective 
motor carrier, CMV, and driver safety regulations and practices 
consistent with Federal requirements, assessing and improving statewide 
performance by setting program goals, and meeting performance 
standards, measures, and benchmarks.
    Since Fiscal Year (FY) 1983, the Federal Highway Administration 
(FHWA), FMCSA's predecessor agency, or FMCSA have awarded MCSAP funds 
annually to the States after submission of a satisfactory Commercial 
Vehicle Safety Plan (CVSP). Pursuant to FMCSA regulation, CVSPs are due 
to the Agency on August 1 of the fiscal year preceding the requested 
funds.
    Often safety initiatives can only be properly evaluated after 
lengthy implementation periods. The removal of the annual CVSP 
requirement is intended to provide States/Territories with additional 
flexibility to continue these initiatives for a longer period, such 
that funding can be appropriate requested and CMV crash reduction 
benefits can be documented. In addition, the use of multiple-year plans 
will reduce the States'/Territories' administrative burdens associated 
with submitting the plan each year. With implementation of multi-year 
plans, an annual, full submission of the CVSP will no longer be 
required. Only annual data and budget updates might be needed, 
depending on changes in the States'/Territories' operations and/or 
annual MCSAP funding allocation.
    It is noted that the period of performance for MCSAP grants did not 
change under the FAST Act, so MCSAP funding will continue to be 
available to the State/Territory for the fiscal year of award and for 
the next fiscal year.
    FMCSA codified the FAST Act changes to remove the annual 
requirements for the plan in the final rule titled, ``Amendments to 
Implement Grants Provisions of the Fixing America's Surface 
Transportation Act.'' This rule was published in the Federal Register 
on October 14, 2016 [81 FR 71002].
    Additionally, the FAST Act requires that FMCSA publish each 
approved State/Territory multiple-year plan, and each annual update 
thereto, on a publically accessible Internet Web site of the Department 
of Transportation not later than 30 days after the date the Secretary 
approves the plan or update. 49 U.S.C. 311029(c)(3).

Questions

    To assist FMCSA in developing the information technology system, 
form, and procedures for submission of a multiple-year plan, FMCSA 
requests information primarily from the MCSAP agencies responsible for 
developing and submitting the plan in response to the following 
questions:
    1. How many years should a multi-year plan cover (i.e., 2 years, 3 
years, 5 years, etc.)? Please explain and provide a rationale for the 
specific length of time between full plans.
    2. Should the length (e.g., 2 years, 3 years, etc.) of a multi-year 
plan be fixed for all States/Territories or should States/Territories 
be able to vary the length? Please explain.
    3. How many years long is the State's Strategic Highway Safety Plan 
(SHSP)? Should the CVSP be aligned with length of the SHSP? Please 
explain.
    4. Can your State/Territory provide complete and accurate data to 
support a performance-based, multi-year plan? If so, how many years?

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    5. What data elements, certifications, and documents required under 
49 CFR part 350 should be revised from or added to the current CVSP 
format to capture multiple years (e.g., State certification, etc.)? 
Please explain how they should be revised.
    6. Would your State/Territory be confident submitting a multi-year 
plan knowing that FMCSA's program authorizations (i.e., U.S. 
Congressional legislation that continues one or more programs) are 
expiring in the next year? Two Years? If so or if not, please explain.
    7. Should a State/Territory be required to submit a full 
application on Grants.gov only once for a multi-year plan or annually? 
Please explain.
    8. Should FMCSA institute the multi-year CVSP at one time for all 
States/Territories, or is a phased-in approach, with a proportionate 
number of States submitting such plans over the time period of the 
multi-year plan (e.g., half of States over a two-year plan, a third of 
States for a three-year plan, etc.), be a more advantageous 
implementation method? Please explain.
    9. Are there other factors, concerns and/or elements that FMCSA 
should consider in the implementation of multi-year plans? Please 
provide specifics regarding these additional considerations.
    10. In moving to a multi-year CVSP with annual updates, in order to 
enhance usability of the electronic CVSP (eCVSP) application, what 
additional features should FMCSA add? Please be specific in providing 
recommendations for additional features.
    11. FMCSA is considering requiring certain CVSP data fields to be 
validated or updated annually. Examples of such data fields include 
prior-year activity objectives, current-year activity goals, current-
year spending plans, etc. What additional data fields do you believe 
should be updated annually and why?
    12. Should the annual update be a mechanism within the eCVSP tool's 
multi-year CVSP or a completely separate module with the eCVSP tool? 
Please explain.
    13. What data elements and documents should be revised from, or 
added to, the current CVSP format to capture the annual update? Please 
explain how they should be revised.
    14. Should the FMCSA require States/Territories to provide detailed 
spending plans or only require grantees to estimate their costs 
utilizing the SF-424A budget categories for the multi-year plan and 
annual update in the eCVSP tool? Please explain how your preference 
would enhance the CVSP planning process.
    After consideration of the information received in response to this 
notice, FMCSA will prescribe the procedures required by the FAST Act 
through a future Federal Register notice.

    Issued on: October 20, 2016.
T.F. Scott Darling, III,
Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2016-25980 Filed 10-26-16; 8:45 am]
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