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Recreational Boating Safety Projects, Programs, and Activities Funded Under Provisions of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act; Fiscal Year 2018

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SUMMARY:

The Coast Guard is publishing this notice to satisfy a requirement of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act that a detailed accounting of the projects, programs, and activities funded under the national recreational boating safety program provision of the Act be published annually in the Federal Register. This notice specifies the funding amounts the Coast Guard has committed, obligated, or expended during fiscal year 2018, as of September 30, 2018.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

For questions on this notice please contact Mr. Jeff Ludwig, U.S. Coast Guard, Regulations Development Manager, (202) 372-1061.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background and Purpose

Since 1998, Congress has passed a series of laws providing funding for projects, programs, and activities funded under the national recreational boating safety program, which is administered by the U.S. Coast Guard. For a detailed description of the legislative history, please see the Recreational Boating Safety Projects, Programs, and Activities Funded Under Provisions of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act; Fiscal Year 2017 Notice published in the Federal Register on November 24, 2017 (82 FR 17671).

These funds are available to the Secretary from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund (Trust Fund) established under 26 U.S.C. 9504(a) for payment of Coast Guard expenses for personnel and activities directly related to coordinating and carrying out the national recreational boating safety program. Amounts made available under this subsection remain available during the two succeeding fiscal years. Any amount that is unexpended or unobligated at the end of the 3-year period during which it is available, shall be withdrawn by the Secretary and allocated to the States in addition to any other amounts available for allocation in the fiscal year in which they are withdrawn or the following fiscal year.

Use of these funds requires compliance with standard Federal contracting rules with associated lead and processing times resulting in a lag time between available funds and spending. The total amount of funding transferred to the Coast Guard from the Trust Fund, and committed, obligated, and/or expended during fiscal year 2018 for each project is shown below.

Specific Accounting of Funds

The total amount of funding transferred to the Coast Guard from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund and committed, obligated, and/or expended during fiscal year 2018 for each project is shown in the chart below.

ProjectDescriptionCost
46 U.S.C. 43 Compliance: Inspection Program/Boat Testing ProgramProvided for continuance of the national recreational boat compliance inspection program, which began in January 2001$1,801,974
46 U.S.C. 43 Compliance: Staff Salaries and TravelProvided for personnel to oversee manufacturer compliance with 46 U.S.C. 43 requirements538,685
Administrative OverheadOffice supplies63,640
Boating Accident Report Database (BARD) Web SystemProvided for maintaining the BARD Web System, which enables reporting authorities in the 50 States, five U.S. Territories, and the District of Columbia to submit their accident reports electronically over a secure internet connection327,195
Contract Personnel SupportProvided contract personnel to conduct boating safety-related research and analysis653,167
Boating Accident News Clipping ServicesProvided for the collection of news stories of recreational boating accidents for more real time accident information and to identify accidents that may involve regulatory non-compliances or safety defects25,000
National Boating Safety Advisory CouncilProvided for member travel and meeting costs for the 96th & 97th National Boating Safety Advisory Council meetings52,496
Grant Management TrainingProvided to facilitate staff training on new grant management requirements121,770
Recreational Boating Safety Program TravelProvided for travel by employees of the Boating Safety Division to gather background and planning information for new recreational boating safety initiatives182,164
Reimbursable SalariesProvided for 18 personnel directly related to coordinating and carrying out the national recreational boating safety program2,429,557

Of the $7.984 million made available to the Coast Guard in fiscal year 2018, $2,696,985 has been committed, obligated, or expended and an additional $3,498,663 of prior fiscal year funds have been committed, obligated, or expended, as of September 30, 2018. The remainder of the FY17 and FY18 funds made available to the Coast Guard (approximately $5,329,880) may be retained for the allowable period for the National Recreational Boating Survey, other projects, or transferred into the pool of money available for allocation through the State grant program.

Authority

This notice is issued pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552 and 46 U.S.C. 13107(c)(4).

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Dated: December 19, 2018.

Jennifer F. Williams,

Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Director of Inspections & Compliance.

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[FR Doc. 2018-27843 Filed 12-21-18; 8:45 am]

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