Development and Promotion of Ports and Intermodal Transportation

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Administered by:

US Federal Government Agency (see all agencies)
Department of Transportation , Maritime Administration
CFDA #: 20.801

Purpose of this program:

To promote and plan for the development and utilization of domestic waterways, ports, and port facilities, to provide technical advice and information to Government agencies, private industry and State and municipal governments; to support the laws reserving domestic waterborne commerce to U.S. built, owned, and registered vessels for reasons of national security and economic development, examine opportunities for expanding Maritime trade and service; to plan for the utilization and control of ports and port facilities under national mobilization conditions; to promote development and improved utilization of marine related intermodal transportation systems; to provide technical information and advice to other agencies and organizations concerned with intermodal development; to formulate national and regional policies and objectives for development and use of intermodal transportation systems including containerization and container size standards; to develop plans, coordinate pilot operations concerned with improved techniques in marine-related intermodal transportation; to assist in planning and development of intermodal transport systems under national mobilization conditions.

Possible uses and use restrictions...

Federal personnel are used to conduct cost-shared studies with public ports, trade associations, State universities, National Maritime Enhancement Institutes, agencies, and private industry and to advise and consult at national, regional, and local levels with port authorities, marine terminal operators, intermodal transport interests including governmental units, trade associations and private industry.

Who is eligible to apply...

State and local government agencies, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), public port and intermodal authorities, trade associations and private terminal and intermodal operators are eligible.

Eligible Applicant Categories:
Eligible Functional Categories:
Credentials/Documentation

Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments, and metropolitan planning organizations.

Note:This is a brief description of the credentials or documentation required prior to, or along with, an application for assistance.

About this section:

This section indicates who can apply to the Federal government for assistance and the criteria the potential applicant must satisfy. For example, individuals may be eligible for research grants, and the criteria to be satisfied may be that they have a professional or scientific degree, 3 years of research experience, and be a citizen of the United States. Universities, medical schools, hospitals, or State and local governments may also be eligible. Where State governments are eligible, the type of State agency will be indicated (State welfare agency or State agency on aging) and the criteria that they must satisfy.

Certain federal programs (e.g., the Pell Grant program which provides grants to students) involve intermediate levels of application processing, i.e., applications are transmitted through colleges or universities that are neither the direct applicant nor the ultimate beneficiary. For these programs, the criteria that the intermediaries must satisfy are also indicated, along with intermediaries who are not eligible.

How to apply...

Application Procedure:

Personal conference or explanation of problem. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A- 102.

Note: Each program will indicate whether applications are to be submitted to the Federal headquarters, regional or local office, or to a State or local government office.

Award Procedure:

Not applicable.

Note: Grant payments may be made by a letter of credit, advance by Treasury check, or reimbursement by Treasury check. Awards may be made by the headquarters office directly to the applicant, an agency field office, a regional office, or by an authorized county office. The assistance may pass through the initial applicant for further distribution by intermediate level applicants to groups or individuals in the private sector.

Deadlines and process...

Deadlines

Not applicable.

Note: When available, this section indicates the deadlines for applications to the funding agency which will be stated in terms of the date(s) or between what dates the application should be received. When not available, applicants should contact the funding agency for deadline information.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not applicable.

Preapplication Coordination

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102.

Note: This section indicates whether any prior coordination or approval is required with governmental or nongovernmental units prior to the submission of a formal application to the federal funding agency.

Appeals

Not applicable.

Note: In some cases, there are no provisions for appeal. Where applicable, this section discusses appeal procedures or allowable rework time for resubmission of applications to be processed by the funding agency. Appeal procedures vary with individual programs and are either listed in this section or applicants are referred to appeal procedures documented in the relevant Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

Renewals

Not applicable.

Note: In some instances, renewal procedures may be the same as for the application procedure, e.g., for projects of a non-continuing nature renewals will be treated as new, competing applications; for projects of an ongoing nature, renewals may be given annually.

Who can benefit...

State and local government agencies, metropolitan planning organizations, regional development organizations, public port and intermodal authorities, trade associations, and private terminal and intermodal operators.

Beneficiaries
About this section:

This section lists the ultimate beneficiaries of a program, the criteria they must satisfy and who specifically is not eligible. The applicant and beneficiary will generally be the same for programs that provide assistance directly from a Federal agency. However, financial assistance that passes through State or local governments will have different applicants and beneficiaries since the assistance is transmitted to private sector beneficiaries who are not obligated to request or apply for the assistance.

What types of assistance...

Advisory Services and Counseling

Programs which provide Federal specialists to consult, advise, or counsel communities or individuals to include conferences, workshops, or personal contacts. This may involve the use of published information, but only in a secondary capacity.

Dissemination of Technical Information

Programs which provide for the publication and distribution of information or data of a specialized or technical nature frequently through clearinghouses or libraries. This does not include conventional public information services designed for general public consumption.

How much financial aid...

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.

Note: This section lists the representative range (smallest to largest) of the amount of financial assistance available. These figures are based upon funds awarded in the past fiscal year and the current fiscal year to date. Also indicated is an approximate average amount of awards which were made in the past and current fiscal years.

Obligations

(Research) FY 03 $0; FY 0 $0; and FY 05 est $0. (Salaries and expenses) FY 03 $138,245; FY 04 $141,010; and FY 05 est $143,125.

Note: The dollar amounts listed in this section represent obligations for the past fiscal year (PY), estimates for the current fiscal year (CY), and estimates for the budget fiscal year (BY) as reported by the Federal agencies. Obligations for non-financial assistance programs indicate the administrative expenses involved in the operation of a program.

Account Identification

69-1750-0-1-403.

Note: Note: This 11-digit budget account identification code represents the account which funds a particular program. This code should be consistent with the code given for the program area as specified in Appendix III of the Budget of the United States Government.

Examples of funded projects...

No projects funded under these programs.

About this section

This section indicates the different types of projects which have been funded in the past. Only projects funded under Project Grants or Direct Payments for Specified Use should be listed here. The examples give potential applicants an idea of the types of projects that may be accepted for funding. The agency should list at least five examples of the most recently funded projects.

Program accomplishments...

In the Port Planning Area: Projects and activities relating to adequacy and condition of U.S. ports to handle waterborne commerce; technical planning assistance to State and local port agencies; port economic impact model; analytical port planning methodologies and data bases: financial aspects of port development (Public Port Financing in the United States, Port Risk Management Manual, Port Capital Expenditure Survey); and international activities (Inter-American Port and Harbor Conferences, Inter-American Port Management and Security Training). In the Port Operations Area: Projects and activities pertaining to vessel and terminal operations (Container Transport by Inland Waterways); advanced terminal management systems; port emergency planning: port and terminal cargo protection and security (Maritime Security Report); and port safety and environmental management. Projects and activities pertaining to intermodal transport systems and cargo handling capability: Automation of Inventory of American Intermodal Equipment; Marine-Rail Intermodal System Study and Demonstration; projects initiated under the Cargo Handling Cooperative Program - Emergency Container Requirement Study; Tape Container Seal Project; Video Container Recognition System; The Assessment of Bar Code Technology; Land Transportation Access Outreach Program; Technical Intermodal transport, planning assistance to State and local government agencies, intermodal transport providers, shippers, and public and private intermodal port and terminal operators. Domestic Shipping Project Areas: In the promotion of increased utilization of the domestic waterways, projects related to expanding the knowledge base concerning modal environmental advantages and safe, efficient operations have been completed.

Criteria for selecting proposals...

Not applicable.

Assistance considerations...

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Not applicable.

Formula and Matching Requirements

Not applicable.

Note:
A formula may be based on population, per capita income, and other statistical factors. Applicants are informed whether there are any matching requirements to be met when participating in the cost of a project. In general, the matching share represents that portion of the project costs not borne by the Federal government. Attachment F of OMB Circular No. A-102 (Office of Management and Budget) sets forth the criteria and procedures for the evaluation of matching share requirements which may be cash or in-kind contributions made by State and local governments or other agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals to satisfy matching requirements of Federal grants or loans.

Cash contributions represent the grantees' cash outlay, including the outlay of money contributed to the grantee by other public agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals. When authorized by Federal regulation, Federal funds received from other grants may be considered as the grantees' cash contribution.

In-kind contributions represent the value of noncash contributions provided by the grantee, other public agencies and institutions, private organizations or individuals. In-kind contributions may consist of charges for real property and equipment, and value of goods and services directly benefiting and specifically identifiable to the grant program. When authorized by Federal legislation, property purchased with Federal funds may be considered as grantees' in-kind contribution.

Maintenance of effort (MOE) is a requirement contained in certain legislation, regulations, or administrative policies stating that a grantee must maintain a specified level of financial effort in a specific area in order to receive Federal grant funds, and that the Federal grant funds may be used only to supplement, not supplant, the level of grantee funds.

Post assistance requirements...

Reports

None.

Note: This section indicates whether program reports, expenditure reports, cash reports or performance monitoring are required by the Federal funding agency, and specifies at what time intervals (monthly, annually, etc.) this must be accomplished.

Audits

None.

Note: This section discusses audits required by the Federal agency. The procedures and requirements for State and local governments and nonprofit entities are set forth in OMB Circular No. A-133. These requirements pertain to awards made within the respective State's fiscal year - not the Federal fiscal year, as some State and local governments may use the calendar year or other variation of time span designated as the fiscal year period, rather than that commonly known as the Federal fiscal year (from October 1st through September 30th).

Records

None.

Note: This section indicates the record retention requirements and the type of records the Federal agency may require. Not included are the normally imposed requirements of the General Accounting Office. For programs falling under the purview of OMB Circular No. A-102, record retention is set forth in Attachment C. For other programs, record retention is governed by the funding agency's requirements.

Regulations...

Authorization

Merchant Marine Act of 1920, Section 8, as amended; Merchant Marine Act of 1936, Sections 212 and 209, as amended; Section 2, Public Law 96-371; Defense Production Act of 1950, as amended; Executive Order 10480; Executive Order 12656.

Note: This section lists the legal authority upon which a program is based (acts, amendments to acts, Public Law numbers, titles, sections, Statute Codes, citations to the U.S. Code, Executive Orders, Presidential Reorganization Plans, and Memoranda from an agency head).

Regulations, Guidelines, And Literature

46 CFR Parts 340, 345, 346, and 347. Department of Transportation Order 1100.69A.

Contact information...

Web Sites
Regional Or Local Office

See Maritime Administration Regional Offices listed in Additional Contact Information - FMR Help.

Note: This section lists the agency contact person, address and telephone number of the Federal Regional or Local Office(s) to be contacted for detailed information regarding a program such as: (1) current availability of funds and the likelihood of receiving assistance within a given period; (2) pre-application and application forms required; (3) whether a pre-application conference is recommended; (4) assistance available in preparation of applications; (5) whether funding decisions are made at the headquarters, regional or local level; (6) application renewal procedures (including continuations and supplementals) or appeal procedures for rejected applications; and (7) recently published program guidelines and material. However, for most federal programs, this section will instruct the reader to consult the so-called Appendix IV of the Catalog due to the large volume of Regional and Local Office Contacts for most agencies. This information is provided in Additional Contact Information (see below).

Headquarters Office

Ports - Raymond R. Barberesi, Director, Office of Ports and Domestic Shipping, Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation, Washington, DC 20590. Telephone: (202) 366-4357. FAX: (202)366-6988. Intermodal - Richard L. Walker, Director, Office of Intermodal Development, Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation, Washington, DC 20590. Telephone: (202) 366-8888. FAX: (202) 366-6988.

Note: This section lists names and addresses of the office at the headquarters level with direct operational responsibility for managing a program. A telephone number is provided in cases where a Regional or Local Office is not normally able to answer detailed inquiries concerning a program. Also listed are the name(s) and telephone number(s) of the information contact person(s) who can provide additional program information to applicants.

Additional Contact Information (Appendix IV)

Due to the large volume of regional and local office contacts for most agencies, full contact information is also provided separately here in a PDF format: