[Federal Register: February 25, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 37)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Availability of Commercial Driver's License Information System
(CDLIS) Modernization Grant Funds
AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.
SUMMARY: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
announces the availability of Commercial Driver's License Information
System (CDLIS) modernization grant funding as authorized by Section
4123 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation
Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). This law included an
appropriation of $28 million (FY 2006-2009) towards modernization of
CDLIS. The FY 2006 and FY 2007 funding of $5 million and $7 million was
awarded to the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators for
development costs. The FY 2008 funding of $8 million being made
available in this notice will be awarded to the States. The program is
a discretionary grant program that provides funding for States to
upgrade their driver licensing information systems to make them
compatible with the new modernized CDLIS specifications. The grant
funds under this program may be used for personnel, computer hardware
and software, publications, testing, training, and quality control. The
grant funds may not be used to rent, lease, or buy land or buildings.
The agency in each State designated as the primary driver licensing
agency responsible for the development, implementation, and maintenance
of the Commercial Driver's License (CDL) program is eligible to apply
for grant funding. The Federal share of the funds is established by
SAFETEA-LU as 80 percent. There is a 20 percent matching requirement.
The grant period for any grant awarded under this program is effective
from the date the agreement is executed until September 30, 2010. Funds
are available to any State that is in substantial compliance with the
requirements of 49 U.S.C. 31311 and submits a grant proposal that
qualifies under the conditions in this notice, including assuming the
responsibility of incorporating the new CDLIS specifications and
improving its commercial driver licensing system. State grant proposals
must include a detailed budget explaining how the funds will be used
and how the State will meet the matching requirements.
To apply for funding, applicants must register with the grants.gov
Web site (http://www.grants.gov/applicants/get_registered.jsp) and
submit an application in accordance with instructions provided.
Applications for grant funding must be submitted electronically to the
FMCSA through the grants.gov web site.
DATES: FMCSA will initially consider funding for applications submitted
by April 30, 2008, by qualified applicants. If additional funding
remains available, applications submitted after April 30, 2008, will be
considered on a case-by-case basis. The grant period is in effect from
the date the agreement is executed until September 30, 2010.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Visit http://www.grants.gov. Information on
the grant, application process, and additional contact information is
available at that Web site. General information about the CDLIS
modernization grant program is available in The Catalog of Federal
Domestic Assistance (CFDA) which can be found on the internet at http://www.cfda.gov. The CFDA number for the CDLIS modernization grant program is 20.238. You may also contact Ms. Margaret Jones, Federal
Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Office of Safety Programs, CDL
Division (MC-ESL), 202-493-0439, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Suite
W65-228, Washington, DC 20590. Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 4:30
p.m., ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
Issued on: February 15, 2008.
William A. Quade,
Associate Administrator for Enforcement and Program Delivery.
[FR Doc. E8-3413 Filed 2-22-08; 8:45 am]
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