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2004. In 2005, the Appeal Deciding period on the draft Supplement will be DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Officer affirmed both decisions. 45 days from the date the
Environmental Protection Agency Rural Utilities Service
Purpose and Need for Action
publishes the notice of availability in
The Supplement will not change the the Federal Register. The Forest Service Household Water Well System Grant
purpose and need for the North Sheep believes, at this early stage, it is Program Announcement of Application
Final EIS which was described on page important to give reviewers notice of Deadlines and Funding
1–5. several court rulings related to public AGENCY: Rural Utilities Service, USDA.
Proposed Action participation in the environmental ACTION: Notice of funding availability
The Supplement will not change the review process. First, reviewers of draft and solicitation of applications.
proposed action for the North Sheep environmental impact statements must
structure their participation in the SUMMARY: USDA Rural Development
Final EIS which was described on pages
environmental review of the proposal so administers rural utilities programs
1–5 through 1–6.
that it is meaningful and alerts an through the Rural Utilities Service.
Responsible Official agency to the reviewer’s position and USDA Rural Development announces its
There are two Responsible Officials contentions. Vermont Yankee Nuclear fiscal year (FY) 2007 funding and
involved. For decisions regarding the Power Corp. v. NRDC, 435 U.S. 519, 553 application window for the Household
Baker Creek and North Fork-Boulder (1978). Also, environmental objections Water Well System (HWWS) Grant
allotments, the Responsible Official is that could be raised at the draft Program. The HWWS Grant Program is
the District Ranger, Ketchum Ranger environmental impact statement stage authorized under Section 6012 of the
District, P.O. Box 2356 (206 Sun Valley but that are not raised until after Farm Security and Rural Investment Act
Road), Ketchum, Idaho 83340. For the completion of the final environmental of 2002 (The Act), Public Law 107–171.
Smiley Creek and Fisher Creek impact statement may be waived or The Act authorizes USDA Rural
allotments, the Area Ranger of the dismissed by the courts. City of Angoon Development to make grants to qualified
SNRA is the Responsible Official—5 private non-profit organizations to
v. Hodel, 803 F.2d 1016, 1022 (9th Cir.
North Fork Canyon Road; Ketchum, ID establish lending programs for
1986) and Wisconsin Heritages, Inc. v.
83340. household water wells. For FY 2007, the
Harris, 490 F. Supp. 1334, 1338 (E.D.
HWWS grant funding available is
Nature of Decision To Be Made Wis. 1980). Because of these court
$990,000. The non-profit organizations
rulings, it is very important that those
Each Responsible Official will review will use the grants to make loans to
interested in this proposed action
the information on the Supplement and individual homeowners to construct or
determine if their 2004 Record of participate by the close of the 45-day upgrade a household water well system
Decision based on the North Sheep comment period so that substantive for an existing home. The organizations
Final EIS should be modified or if the comments and objections are made must contribute an amount equal to at
original decision is to remain in effect available to the Forest Service at a time least 10 percent of the grant request to
and unchanged. when it can meaningfully consider them capitalize the loan fund. Applications
and respond to them in the final may be submitted in paper or electronic
Scoping Process Supplement. To assist the Forest Service format. The HWWS Grant Program
Public scoping for the Supplement in identifying and considering issues regulations are contained in 7 CFR part
will commence with the publication of and concerns on the proposed action, 1776.
this Notice of Intent. Public notices will comments on the draft Supplement
DATES: The deadline for completed
be placed in local newspapers. Press should be as specific as possible. It is
applications for a HWWS grant is May
releases will be distributed to the media. also helpful if comments refer to
31, 2007. Applications in either paper or
specific pages or chapters of the draft
Comment Requested electronic format must be postmarked or
Supplement. Comments may also time-stamped electronically on or before
This notice of intent initiates the address the adequacy of the draft
scoping process which guides the the deadline. Late applications will be
Supplement or the merits of the ineligible for grant consideration.
development of the Supplement to the alternatives formulated and discussed in
North Sheep EIS. The comment period ADDRESSES: Submit electronic grant
the statement. Reviewers may wish to
for scoping is 30 days from the date the applications through http://
refer to the Council on Environmental
EPA publishes this notice of intent in (, following
Quality Regulations for implementing
the Federal Register. A legal notice will the instructions on that Web site.
the procedural provisions of the
be published in the newspaper of record Submit completed paper applications to
National Environmental Policy Act at 40
and a Notice of Availability will be the U.S. Department of Agriculture,
CFR 1503.3 in addressing these points.
published in the Federal Register to USDA Rural Development Utilities
Comments received, including the
inform the public when supplemental Programs, Mail Stop #1570, Room 2233–
names and addresses of those who
information is available for review and S, 1400 Independence Ave., SW.,
comment, will be considered part of the
comment. The draft Supplement will be Washington, DC 20250–1570.
public record on this proposal and will Applications should be marked
distributed to all parties that received be available for public inspection.
the 2004 North Sheep Final EIS and ‘‘Attention: Water and Environmental
record of decision and to those parties (Authority: 40 CFR 1501.7 and 1508.22; Programs.’’
that filed an appeal of the 2004 North Forest Service Handbook 1909.15, Section Application guides and materials for
Sheep RODs. 21) the HWWS Grant Program may be
Dated: March 6, 2007. obtained electronically through http://
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Early Notice of Importance of Public Call

Participation in Subsequent Jane Kollmeyer,
(202) 720–9589 to request paper copies
Environmental Review Sawtooth Forest Supervisor. of application guides and materials from
A draft Supplement to the EIS will be [FR Doc. 07–1533 Filed 3–28–07; 8:45 am] the Water and Environmental Programs
prepared for comment. The comment BILLING CODE 3410–11–M staff.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: B. Background II. Award Information

Cheryl Francis, Loan Specialist, U.S. The USDA Rural Development Funding Instrument Type: Grant.
Department of Agriculture, Rural supports the sound development of Anticipated Total Priority Area
Development Programs, Water and rural communities and the growth of Funding: $990,000.
Environmental Programs, telephone: our economy without endangering the Anticipated Number of Awards: 1 or
(202) 720–1937, fax: (202) 690–0649, e- environment. The USDA Rural 2.
mail: Development provides financial and Length of Project Periods: 12-month
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: technical assistance to help project.
communities bring safe drinking water Assistance Instrument: Grant
Overview Agreement with successful applicants
and sanitary, environmentally sound
Federal Agency: Rural Utilities before any grant funds are disbursed.
waste disposal facilities to rural
Service (RUS).
Americans in greatest need. III. Eligibility Information
Funding Opportunity Title:
Central water systems may not be the
Household Water Well System Grant A. Who Is Eligible for Grants?
only or best solution to drinking water
Announcement Type: Grant—Initial. problems. Distance or physical barriers 1. An organization is eligible to
Catalog of Federal Domestic make public central water systems receive a Household Water Well grant if
Assistance (CFDA) Number: 10.862. expensive in remote areas. A significant it:
Due Date for Applications: May 31, number of geographically isolated a. Is a private, non-profit organization
2007. households without water service might that has tax-exempt status from the
require individual wells rather than United States Internal Revenue Service
Items in Supplementary Information connections to new or existing (IRS). Faith-based organizations are
I. Funding Opportunity: Description of the community systems. The goal of the eligible and encouraged to apply for this
Household Water Well System Grant USDA Rural Development is not only to program.
Program. b. Is legally established and located
make funds available to those
II. Award Information: Available funds. within one of the following:
III. Eligibility Information: Who is eligible, communities most in need of potable
water but also to ensure that facilities (1) A State within the United States
what kinds of projects are eligible, what
criteria determine basic eligibility. used to deliver drinking water are safe (2) The District of Columbia
IV. Application and Submission Information: and affordable. There is a role for (3) The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
Where to get application materials, what private wells in reaching this goal. (4) A United States territory
constitutes a completed application, how c. Has the legal capacity and authority
and where to submit applications, C. Purpose to carry out the grant purpose;
deadlines, items that are eligible. The purpose of the HWWS Grant d. Has sufficient expertise and
V. Application Review Information: Program is to provide funds to non- experience in lending activities;
Considerations and preferences, scoring e. Has sufficient expertise and
criteria, review standards, selection profit organizations to assist them in
experience in promoting the safe and
information. establishing loan programs from which
productive use of individually-owned
VI. Award Administration Information: individuals may borrow money for
household water well systems and
Award notice information, award recipient household water well systems.
ground water;
reporting requirements. Applicants must show that the project
VII. Agency Contacts: Web, phone, fax, e- f. Has no delinquent debt to the
will provide technical and financial
mail, contact name. Federal Government or no outstanding
assistance to eligible individuals to
judgments to repay a Federal debt;
I. Funding Opportunity remedy household well problems. g. Demonstrates that it possesses the
Priority will be given to the non-profit financial, technical, and managerial
A. Program Description organizations that: capability to comply with Federal and
The Household Water Well System 1. Demonstrate experience in State laws and requirements.
(HWWS) Grant Program has been promoting safe, productive uses of 2. An individual is ineligible to
established to help individuals with low household water wells and ground receive a Household Water Well grant.
to moderate incomes finance the costs of water An individual may receive only a loan.
household water wells that they own or 2. Demonstrate significant
will own. The HWWS Grant Program is management experience in making and B. What are the basic eligibility
authorized under Section 6012 of the servicing loans to individuals. requirements for a project?
Farm Security and Rural Investment Act 3. Contribute more than 50 percent of 1. Project Eligibility. To be eligible for
of 2002 (The Act), Public Law 107–171. the grant amount in cash or other liquid a grant, the project must:
The Act authorizes the USDA Rural assets in order to capitalize the a. Be a revolving loan fund created to
Development through the Rural Utilities revolving loan fund. provide loans to eligible individuals to
Service to make grants to qualified 4. Propose to serve rural areas construct, refurbish, and service
private non-profit organizations to containing the smallest communities individually-owned household water
establish lending programs for with a high percentage of low-income well systems (see 7 CFR 1776.11 and
household water wells. individuals eligible for loans. 1776.12). Loans may not be provided for
As the grant recipients, non-profit 5. Target areas which lack running home sewer or septic system projects.
organizations will receive HWWS grants water, flush toilets, and modern sewage b. Be established and maintained by
to establish lending programs that will disposal systems. a private, non-profit organization.
provide water well loans to individuals. Due to the limited amount of funds c. Be located in a rural area. Rural
The individuals, as loan recipients, may available under the HWWS Program, area is defined as locations other than
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use the loans to construct, refurbish, one or two applications may be funded cities or towns of more than 50,000
and service their household well from FY 2007 funds. Previously funded people and the adjacent urbanized area
systems. A loan may not exceed $8,000 grant recipients must apply for a of such towns and cities.
and will have a term of up to 20 years different target area to be considered for 2. Required Matching Contributions.
at a one percent annual interest rate. funding under this announcement. Grant applicants must provide written

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evidence of a matching contribution of (6) Not be suspended or debarred Application Items

at least 10 percent from sources other from participation in Federal programs. 1. SF–424, ‘‘Application for Federal
than the proceeds of a HWWS grant. In- Assistance’’.
IV. Application and Submission
kind contributions will not be 2. SF–424A, ‘‘Budget Information—Non-
considered for the matching Construction Programs’’.
requirement. Please see 7 CFR 1776.9 A. Where To Get Application 3. SF–424B, ‘‘Assurances—Non-
for the requirement. Information Construction Programs’’.
3. Other—Requirements
The application guide, copies of 4. SF–LLL, ‘‘Disclosure of Lobbying
a. DUNS Number. An organization
necessary forms and samples, and the Activity’’.
must have a Dun and Bradstreet Data
HWWS Grant regulation are available 5. Form RD 400–1, ‘‘Equal Opportunity
Universal Numbering System (DUNS)
from these sources: Agreement’’.
number. A DUNS number will be
6. Form RD 400–4, ‘‘Assurance
required whether an applicant is 1. On-line for electronic copies: Agreement (Under Title VI, Civil
submitting a paper application or an or http:// Rights Act of 1964).
electronic application through http://, and 7. Project Proposal: To verify that your 2. USDA Rural Development for paper Project Summary.
organization has a DUNS number or to copies: USDA Rural Development Needs Assessment.
receive one at no cost, call the dedicated Utilities Programs, Water Programs Project Goals and Objectives.
toll-free request line at 1–866–705–5711 Division, Room 2234 South, Stop 1570, Project Narrative.
or request one on-line at http:// 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., 8. Work Plan. Washington, DC 20250–1570, 9. Budget and Budget Justification.
b. Eligibility for Loans. Individuals Telephone: (202) 720–9589; Fax: (202) 10. Evidence of Legal Authority and
are not eligible for grants but are eligible 690–0649. Existence.
for loans. To be eligible for a loan, an 11. Documentation of non-profit status
individual must: B. Content and Form of Application
and IRS Tax Exempt Status.
(1) Be a member of a household of Submission
12. List of Directors and Officers.
which the combined household income
1. Rules and Guidelines 13. Financial Information and
of all members does not exceed 100
a. Detailed information on each item Sustainability (narrative).
percent of the median non-metropolitan 14. Assurances and Certifications of
household income for the State or required can be found in the Household
Compliance with Other Federal
territory in which the individual Water Well System Grant Program
resides. Household income is the total regulation and the Household Water
income from all sources received by Well System Grant Application Guide. 3. Compliance With Other Federal
each adult household member for the Applicants are strongly encouraged to Statutes. The applicant must provide
most recent 12-month period for which read and apply both the regulation and evidence of compliance with other
the information is available. It does not the application guide. This Notice does Federal statutes and regulations,
include income earned or received by not change the requirements for a including, but not limited to, the
dependent children under 18 years old completed application for any form of following:
or other benefits that are excluded by HWWS financial assistance specified in a. 7 CFR part 15, subpart A—
Federal law. The non-metropolitan the regulation. The regulation and Nondiscrimination in Federally
household income must be based on the application guide provide specific Assisted Programs of the Department of
most recent decennial census of the guidance on each of the items listed. Agriculture—Effectuation of Title VI of
United States. b. Applications should be prepared in the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
USDA Rural Development publishes a conformance with the provisions in 7 b. 7 CFR part 3015—Uniform Federal
list of income exclusions in 7 CFR CFR part 1776, subpart B, and Assistance Regulations.
3550.54(b). Also, a list of federally applicable USDA regulations including c. 7 CFR part 3017—Governmentwide
Mandated Exclusions from Income, 7 CFR parts 3015 and 3019. Applicants Debarment and Suspension (Non-
published by the Department of Housing should use the Household Water Well procurement).
and Urban Development may be found System Grant Application Guide which d. 7 CFR part 3018—New Restrictions
in the Federal Register, April 20, 2001 contains instructions and other on Lobbying.
at 66 FR 20318. important information in preparing their e. 7 CFR part 3021—Governmentwide
(2) Own and occupy the home being application. Completed applications Requirements for Drug-Free Workplace
improved with the proceeds of the must include the items found in the (Financial Assistance).
Household Water Well loan or be checklist in the next paragraph. f. Executive Order 13166, ‘‘Improving
purchasing the home to occupy under a Access to Services for Persons with
2. Checklist of Items in Completed Limited English Proficiency.’’ For
legally enforceable land purchase
Application Packages information on limited English
contract which is not in default by
either the seller or the purchaser. The forms in items 1 through 6 must proficiency and agency-specific
(3) Own the home in a rural area. be completed and signed where guidance, go to
(4) Not use the loan for a water well appropriate by an official of your g. Federal Obligation Certification on
system associated with the construction organization who has authority to Delinquent Debt.
of a new dwelling. obligate the organization legally. The
(5) Not use the loan to substitute a forms may be found on-line at the C. How Many Copies of an Application
well for water service available from USDA Rural Development Web site: Are Required?
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collective water systems. (For example, 1. Applications Submitted on Paper.

a loan may not be used to restore an old wwforms.htm. See section V, Submit one signed original and two
well that was abandoned when a ‘‘Application Review Information,’’ for additional copies. The original and each
dwelling was connected to a water instructions and guidelines on of the two copies must include all
district’s water line.) preparing Items 7 through 13. required forms, certifications,

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assurances, and appendices, be signed (2) Download a copy of an application F. Funding Restrictions
by an authorized representative, and package.
1. Eligible Grant Purposes
have original signatures. Do not include (3) Complete the package off-line.
organizational brochures or promotional (4) Upload and submit the application a. Grant funds must be used to
materials. via the Web site. establish and maintain a revolving loan
2. Applications Submitted f. You must be registered with fund to provide loans to eligible
Electronically. The additional paper before you can submit a individuals for household water well
copies are unnecessary if the grant application. systems.
application is submitted electronically (1) You will need a DUNS number to b. Individuals may use the loans to
through access or register at any of the services. construct, refurbish, rehabilitate, or
In addition to the DUNS number replace household water well systems
D. How and Where to Submit an up to the point of entry of a home. Point
Application required of all grant applicants, your
organization must be listed in the of entry for the well system is the
1. Submitting Paper Applications Central Contractor Registry (CCR). If you junction where water enters into a home
have not used before, you water delivery system after being
a. For paper applications mail or
will need to register with the CCR and pumped from a well.
ensure delivery of an original paper
the Credential Provider. Setting up a c. Grant funds may be used to pay
application (no stamped, photocopied,
CCR listing (a one-time procedure with administrative expenses associated with
or initialed signatures) and two copies
annual updates) takes up to five providing Household Water Well loans.
by the deadline date to: USDA Rural
Development Utilities Programs, Water business days. USDA Rural 2. Ineligible Grant Purposes
Programs Division, Room 2234 South, Development recommends that you
obtain your organization’s DUNS a. Administrative expenses incurred
Stop 1570, 1400 Independence Avenue, in any calendar year that exceed 10
SW., Washington, DC 20250–1570. number and CCR listing well in advance
of the deadline specified in this notice. percent of the HWWS loans made
b. Applications must show proof of during the same period do not qualify
mailing or shipping by one of the (2) The CCR registers your
organization, housing your for reimbursement.
following: b. Administrative expenses incurred
(1) A legibly dated U.S. Postal Service organizational information and allowing to use it to verify your before USDA Rural Development
(USPS) postmark; executes a grant agreement with the
(2) A legible mail receipt with the identity. You may register for the CCR
by calling the CCR Assistance Center at recipient do not qualify for
date of mailing stamped by the USPS; or reimbursement.
(3) A dated shipping label, invoice, or 1–888–227–2423 or you may register
online at c. Delinquent debt owed to the
receipt from a commercial carrier.
(3) The Credential Provider gives you Federal Government.
c. If a deadline date falls on a
or your representative a username and d. Grant funds may not be used to
weekend, it will be extended to the
password, as part of the Federal provide loans for household sewer or
following Monday. If the date falls on a
Government’s e-Authentication to septic systems.
Federal holiday, it will be extended to
ensure a secure transaction. You will e. Household Water Well loans may
the next business day.
need the username and password when not be used to pay the costs of water
d. Due to screening procedures at the
you register with or use well systems for the construction of a
Department of Agriculture, packages to submit your application. new house.
arriving via the USPS are irradiated,
You must register with the Central f. Household Water Well loans may
which can damage the contents. USDA
Provider through at https:// not be used to pay the costs of a home
Rural Development encourages plumbing system.
applicants to consider the impact of this
procedure in selecting an application (4) If a system problem or technical V. Application Review Information
delivery method. difficulty occurs with an electronic
A. Criteria
application, please use the customer
2. Submitting Electronic Applications support resources available at the This section contains instructions and
a. Applications will not be accepted Web site. guidelines on preparing the project
via facsimile machine transmission or proposal, work plan, and budget
electronic mail. E. Deadlines sections of the application. Also,
b. Electronic applications for grants The deadline for paper and electronic guidelines are provided on the
will be accepted if submitted through submissions is May 31, 2007. Paper additional information required for at applications must be postmarked and USDA Rural Development to determine
c. Applicants who apply through mailed, shipped, or sent overnight no eligibility and financial feasibility. should submit their later than the closing date to be 1. Project Proposal. The project
applications before the deadline. considered for FY 2007 grant funding. proposal should outline the project in
d. contains full Electronic applications must have an sufficient detail to provide a reader with
instructions on all required passwords, electronic date and time stamp by a complete understanding of the loan
credentialing, and software. Follow the midnight of May 31, 2007, to be program. Explain what will be
instructions at for registering considered on time. USDA Rural accomplished by lending funds to
and submitting an electronic Development will not accept individual well owners. Demonstrate
application. USDA Rural Development applications by fax or e-mail. the feasibility of the proposed loan
may request original signatures on Applications that do not meet the program in meeting the objectives of
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electronically submitted documents criteria above are considered late this grant program. The proposal should
later. applications and will not be considered. include the following elements:
e. To use USDA Rural Development will notify a. Project Summary. Present a brief
(1) Follow the instructions on the each late applicant that its application project overview. Explain the purpose of
Web site to find grant information. will not be considered. the project, how it relates to USDA

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Rural Development’s purposes, how the activities that will be accomplished d. The indirect cost category should
project will be executed, what the with available resources during the be used only when the grant applicant
project will produce, and who will grant period. It must include who will currently has an indirect cost rate
direct it. carry out the activities and services to approved by the Department of
b. Needs Assessment. To show why be performed and specific timeframes Agriculture or another cognizant
the project is necessary, clearly identify for completion. Describe any unusual or Federal agency. A grant applicant that
the economic, social, financial, or other unique features of the project such as will charge indirect costs to the grant
problems that require solutions. innovations, reductions in cost or time, must enclose a copy of the current rate
Demonstrate the well owners’ need for or extraordinary community agreement. If the grant applicant is in
financial and technical assistance. involvement. the process of initially developing or
Quantify the number of prospective 3. Budget and Budget Justification. renegotiating a rate, the grant applicant
borrowers or provide statistical or Both Federal and non-Federal resources shall submit its indirect cost proposal to
narrative evidence that a sufficient shall be detailed and justified in the the cognizant agency immediately after
number of borrowers will exist to justify budget and narrative justification. the applicant is advised that an award
the grant award. Describe the service ‘‘Federal resources’’ refers only to the will be made. In no event, shall the
area. Provide information on the HWWS grant for which you are indirect cost proposal be submitted later
household income of the area and other applying. ‘‘Non Federal resources’’ are than three months after the effective
demographical information. Address all other Federal and non-Federal date of the award. Consult OMB
community needs. resources. Circular A–122 for information about
c. Project Goals and Objectives. a. Provide a budget with line item indirect costs.
Clearly state the project goals. The detail and detailed calculations for each
objectives should clearly describe the 4. Evidence of Legal Authority and
budget object class identified in section Existence. The applicant must provide
goals and be concrete and specific B of the Budget Information form (SF–
enough to be quantitative or observable. satisfactory documentation that it is
424A). Detailed calculations must legally recognized under State and
They should also be feasible and relate include estimation methods, quantities,
to the purpose of the grant and loan Federal law as a non-profit organization.
unit costs, and other similar quantitative The documentation also must show that
program. detail sufficient for the calculation to be
d. Project Narrative. The narrative it has the authority to enter into a grant
duplicated. Also include a breakout by agreement with USDA Rural
should cover in more detail the items
the funding sources identified in Block Development and to perform the
briefly described in the Project
15 of the SF–424. activities proposed under the grant
Summary. Demonstrate the grant
b. Provide a narrative budget application. Satisfactory documentation
applicant’s experience and expertise in
justification that describes how the includes, but is not limited to,
promoting the safe and productive use
categorical costs are derived for all certificates from the Secretary of State,
of individually-owned household water
capital and administrative expenditures, or copies of State statutes or laws
well systems. The narrative should
the matching contribution, and other establishing your organization. Letters
address the following points:
(1) Document the grant applicant’s sources of funds necessary to complete from the IRS awarding tax-exempt status
ability to manage and service a the project. Discuss the necessity, are not considered adequate evidence.
revolving fund. The narrative may reasonableness, and allocability of the
5. List of Directors and Officers. The
describe the systems that are in place for proposed costs. Consult OMB Circular
applicant must submit a certified list of
the full life cycle of a loan from loan A–122: ‘‘Cost Principles for Non-Profit
directors and officers with their
origination through servicing. If a Organizations’’ for information about
respective terms.
servicing contractor will service the appropriate costs for each budget
category. 6. IRS Tax Exempt Status. The
loan portfolio, the arrangement and applicant must submit evidence of tax
services provided must be discussed. c. If the grant applicant will use a
servicing contractor, the fees may be exempt status from the Internal Revenue
(2) Show evidence that the Service.
organization can commit financial reimbursed as an administrative
resources the organization controls. This expense as provided in 7 CFR 1776.13. 7. Financial Information and
documentation should describe the These fees must be discussed in the Sustainability. The applicant must
sources of funds other than the HWWS budget narrative. If the grant applicant submit pro forma balance sheets,
grant that will be used to pay your will hire a servicing contractor, it must income statements, and cash flow
operational costs and provide financial demonstrate that all procurement statements for the last three years and
assistance for projects. transactions will be conducted in a projections for three years. Additionally,
(3) Demonstrate that the organization manner to provide, to the maximum the most recent audit of the applicant’s
has secured commitments of significant extent practical, open and free organization must be submitted.
financial support from other funding competition. Recipients must justify any B. Evaluation Criteria
sources, if appropriate. anticipated procurement action that is
(4) List the fees and charges that expected to be awarded without Grant applications that are complete
borrowers will be assessed. competition and exceed the simplified and eligible will be scored
2. Work Plan. The work plan or scope acquisition threshold fixed at 41 U.S.C. competitively based on the following
of work must describe the tasks and 403(11) (currently set at $100,000). scoring criteria:

Scoring criteria Points

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Degree of expertise and experience in promoting the safe and productive use of individually-owned household water well Up to 30 points.
systems and ground water.
Degree of expertise and successful experience in making and servicing loans to individuals ................................................. Up to 20 points.

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Scoring criteria Points

Percentage of applicant contributions. Points allowed under this paragraph will be based on written evidence of the avail-
ability of funds from sources other than the proceeds of a HWWS grant to pay part of the cost of a loan recipient’s
project. In-kind contributions will not be considered. Funds from other sources as a percentage of the HWWS grant and
points corresponding to such percentages are as follows:
0 to 9 percent ....................................................................................................................................................................... Ineligible.
10 to 25 percent ................................................................................................................................................................... 5 points.
26 to 30 percent ................................................................................................................................................................... 10 points.
31 to 50 percent ................................................................................................................................................................... 15 points.
51 percent or more .............................................................................................................................................................. 20 points.
Extent to which the work plan demonstrates a well thought out, comprehensive approach to accomplishing the objectives Up to 20 points.
of this part, clearly defines who will be served by the project, and appears likely to be sustainable.
Lowest ratio of projected administrative expenses to loans advanced ...................................................................................... Up to 10 points.
Administrator’s discretion, taking into consideration such factors as: ........................................................................................ Up to 10 points.
Creative outreach ideas for marketing HWWS loans to rural residents;
Amount of funds requested in relation to the amount of needs demonstrated in the proposal;
Excellent utilization of a previous revolving loan fund; and
Optimizing the use of agency resources.
Description of the service area, particularly the range of the area:
State ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 10 points.
Regional ............................................................................................................................................................................... 15 points.
National ................................................................................................................................................................................ 20 points.
Extent to which the problem or issue being addressed in the Needs Assessment is defined clearly and supported by data Up to 15 points.
Extent to which the goals and objectives are clearly defined, tied to the need as defined in the Needs Assessment, and Up to 15 points.
are measurable.
Extent to which the evaluation methods are specific to the program, clearly defined, measurable, with expected program Up to 20 points.

C. Review Standards VI. Award Administration Information

or 7 CFR part 16.
1. Incomplete applications as of the A. Award Notices
deadline for submission will not be C. Reporting
USDA Rural Development will notify
considered. If an application is a successful applicant by an award letter 1. Performance Reporting. All
determined to be incomplete, the accompanied by a grant agreement. The recipients of HWWS Grant Program
applicant will be notified in writing and grant agreement will contain the terms financial assistance must provide
the application will be returned with no and conditions for the grant. The quarterly performance activity reports to
further action. applicant must execute and return the USDA Rural Development until the
2. Ineligible applications will be grant agreement, accompanied by any project is complete and the funds are
additional items required by the award expended. A final performance report is
returned to the applicant with an
letter or grant agreement. also required. The final report may serve
as the last annual report. The final
3. Complete, eligible applications will B. Administrative and National Policy report must include an evaluation of the
be evaluated competitively by a review Requirements success of the project.
team, composed of at least two USDA 2. Financial Reporting. All recipients
Rural Development employees selected 1. This notice, the 7 CFR part 1776, of Household Water Well System Grant
from the Water Programs Division. They and Household Water Well System Program financial assistance must
will make overall recommendations Grant Program Application Guide provide an annual audit, beginning with
based on the program elements found in implement the appropriate the first year a portion of the financial
7 CFR part 1776 and the review criteria administrative and national policy assistance is expended. The grantee will
presented in this notice. They will requirements. Grant recipients are provide an audit report or financial
award points as described in the scoring subject to the requirements in 7 CFR statements as follows:
criteria in 7 CFR 1776.9 and this notice. part 1776. a. Grantees expending $500,000 or
Each application will receive a score 2. Direct Federal grants, sub-award more Federal funds per fiscal year will
based on the averages of the reviewers’ funds, or contracts under the HWWS submit an audit conducted in
scores and discretionary points awarded Program shall not be used to fund accordance with OMB Circular A–133.
by the Rural Utilities Service inherently religious activities, such as The audit will be submitted within 9
Administrator. worship, religious instruction, or months after the grantee’s fiscal year.
proselytization. Therefore, organizations Additional audits may be required if the
4. Applications will be ranked and that receive direct USDA assistance project period covers more than one
grants awarded in rank order until all should take steps to separate, in time or fiscal year.
grant funds are expended. location, their inherently religious b. Grantees expending less than
5. Regardless of the score an activities from the services funded $500,000 will provide annual financial
application receives, if USDA Rural under the HWWS Program. USDA statements covering the grant period,
Development determines that the regulations pertaining to the Equal consisting of the organization’s
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project is technically infeasible, USDA Treatment for Faith-based statement of income and expense and
Rural Development will notify the Organizations, which includes the balance sheet signed by an appropriate
applicant, in writing, and the prohibition against Federal funding of official of the organization. Financial
application will be returned with no inherently religious activities, can be statements will be submitted within 90
further action. found either at the USDA Web site at days after the grantee’s fiscal year.

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VII. Agency Contacts calling or writing Diana Hynek, communities in Southwest Alaska. The
A. Web site: Departmental Paperwork Clearance respondents in this survey will be the
water. The USDA Rural Development’s Officer, (202) 482–0266, Department of owners of the vessels landing fish at
web site maintains up-to-date resources Commerce, Room 6625, 14th and ports in Southwest Alaska.
and contact information for the Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, Affected Public: Business or other for-
Household Water Well program. DC 20230 (or via the Internet at profit organizations.
B. Phone: 202–720–9589. Frequency: One-time only.
C. Fax: 202–690–0649. Written comments and Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary.
D. E-mail: recommendations for the proposed OMB Desk Officer: David Rostker, information collection should be sent (202) 395–3897.
E. Main point of contact: Cheryl within 30 days of publication of this Copies of the above information
Francis, Loan Specialist, Water and notice to David Rostker, OMB Desk collection proposal can be obtained by
Environmental Programs, Water Officer, FAX number (202) 395–7285, or calling or writing Diana Hynek,
Programs Division, USDA Rural Departmental Paperwork Clearance
Development Utilities Programs, U.S. Dated: March 23, 2007.
Officer, (202) 482–0266, Department of
Department of Agriculture. Commerce, Room 6625, 14th and
Gwellnar Banks,
Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington,
Dated: March 12, 2007. Management Analyst, Office of the Chief DC 20230 (or via the Internet at
James M. Andrew, Information Officer.
Administrator, Rural Utilities Service. [FR Doc. E7–5722 Filed 3–28–07; 8:45 am] Written comments and
[FR Doc. E7–5751 Filed 3–28–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P recommendations for the proposed
BILLING CODE 3410–15–P information collection should be sent
within 30 days of publication of this
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE notice to David Rostker, OMB Desk
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Submission for OMB Review; Officer, FAX number (202) 395–7285, or
Comment Request
Submission for OMB Review; Dated: March 23, 2007.
Comment Request The Department of Commerce will
Gwellnar Banks,
submit to the Office of Management and
The Department of Commerce will Management Analyst, Office of the Chief
Budget (OMB) for clearance the
submit to the Office of Management and Information Officer.
following proposal for collection of
Budget (OMB) for clearance the [FR Doc. E7–5723 Filed 3–28–07; 8:45 am]
information under the provisions of the
following proposal for collection of BILLING CODE 3510–22–P
Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C.
information under the provisions of the
Chapter 35).
Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C.
Agency: National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Agency: National Oceanic and
Title: Regional Economic Data Submission for OMB Review;
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Title: NOAA Community-based Collection Program for Southwest Comment Request
Restoration Program Progress Reports. Alaska.
Form Number(s): None. Form Number(s): None. The Department of Commerce (DOC)
OMB Approval Number: 0648–0329. OMB Approval Number: None. will submit to the Office of Management
Type of Request: Regular submission. Type of Request: Regular submission. and Budget (OMB) for clearance the
Burden Hours: 36. Burden Hours: 207. following proposal for collection of
Number of Respondents: 6. Number of Respondents: 623. information under the provision of the
Average Hours per Response: 30 Average Hours per Response: Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995,
minutes. Fishermen’s surveys, 20 minutes; local Public Law 104–13.
Needs and Uses: The foreign fishing business surveys, 15 minutes; and fish Bureau: International Trade
vessels engaged in processing and processor surveys, 40 minutes. Administration.
support of U.S. fishing vessels within Needs and Uses: The data to be Title: U.S. Government Trade Event
the internal waters of a state, in collected via this project will be used Information Request.
compliance with the terms and for developing regional economic OMB Number: 0625–0238.
conditions set by the authorizing models for Southwest Alaska fisheries. Agency Form Number: ITA–4136P.
governor, are required to report the Much of the data required for regional Type of Request: Regular submission.
tonnage and location of fish received economic analysis associated with Burden: 20 hours.
from U.S. vessels. This reporting is Southwest Alaska fisheries are either Number of Respondents: 20.
required by the Magnuson-Stevens unavailable or unreliable. The accurate Average Hours per Response: 1 hour.
Fishery Conservation and Management fishery-level data on employment, labor Needs and Uses: The International
Act. Weekly reports are submitted to the income, and expenditures in the Trade Administration’s Advocacy
NMFS Regional Administrator to allow Southwest Alaska fishery and related Center marshals federal resources to
monitoring of the quantity of fish industries are not currently available assist U.S. firms competing for foreign
received by foreign vessels. but are needed to estimate the effects of government procurements worldwide.
Affected Public: Business or other for- fisheries on the economy of Southwest The Advocacy Center works closely
profit organizations. Alaska. In this survey effort, data on with the Trade Promotion Coordination
Frequency: Weekly. these important regional economic Committee (TPCC), which is chaired by
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Respondent’s Obligation: Manadatory. variables will be collected and used to the Secretary of Commerce and includes
OMB Desk Officer: David Rostker, develop models that will provide more 19 federal agencies involved in export
(202) 395–3897. reliable estimates and significantly promotion. Advocacy assistance is wide
Copies of the above information improve policymakers’ ability to assess and varied, but most often is employed
collection proposal can be obtained by policy effects on fishery-dependent to assist U.S. commercial interests that

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