To assist States in providing safety and health training
and developing programs to improve mine health and safety conditions.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
Project Grants. Place Cursor Here for Definition
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Provides grants (1) To assist States in developing and
enforcing effective coal or other mine health and safety laws and regulations
consistent with the provisions of section 506 of the Federal Mine Safety and
Health Act of 1977; (2) to improve State workers' compensation and
occupational disease laws and programs related to coal or other mine
employment; and (3) to provide Federal- State coordination and cooperation in
improving the health and safety conditions in the coal or other mines.
Applicant Eligibility: Any
mining State of the United States.
In addition to items as stated in Grant Solicitation from Mine Safety and
Health Administration (MSHA), State official mine inspection or safety agency
has or will employ an adequate and competent staff of qualified trainers to
provide health and safety training for miners and trained inspectors qualified
under the laws of the State to make mine inspections within the State. Costs
will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87, Cost Principles
for State, Local, and Indian Tribal Governments.
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
Application Procedure: The
standard application forms furnished by the Federal agency and required by OMB
Circular No. A-102 must be used for this program. The application will be
submitted in an original and two copies to the Assistant Secretary of Labor
for Mine Safety and Health. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB
Circular No. A-110.
Notification will be made by the Office responsible for monitoring
Deadlines: Applications are
due in May each year.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:
Within 3 months.
Appeals: Within 30 days
from the final decision date, an appeal may be filed with the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the District of Columbia.
Renewals: Renewals may be
made on a fiscal year basis, or a portion thereof when necessary, in the same
manner as that required for the original request.
Formula and Matching Requirements:
A maximum of 80 percent of the amount expended by any mining State for a
fiscal year is paid from Federal funds and at least 20 percent is paid by the
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:
Length of assistance is on a fiscal year basis or a portion thereof. Time
phasing of assistance is on a cost reimbursable basis, normally quarterly.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: Semi-annual Technical
reports as required by MSHA shall be furnished to the Assistant Secretary of
Labor for Mine Safety and Health stating work accomplished, benefits derived,
project status. Quarterly Financial Reports listing expenditures and amounts
obligated are required.
Audits: In accordance with
the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 133, "Audits of States, Local
Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that
expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more within the State's fiscal year
shall have an audit made for that year. On-site audits will be made by
representatives of the Secretary of Labor and the Comptroller General of the
Records: Records relating
to each grant shall be retained and made available until the expiration of 3
years after the grantees' last disbursement of such funds. Prescribed
guidelines are set forth in attachment C, OMB Circular No. A-102 (revised).
Obligations: (Grants) FY 01
$7,639,000; FY 02 est $7,799,000; and FY 03 est $7,799,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance:
From $26,000 to $602,000. Average: $173,311.
New and renewal grants for programs in fiscal year 2002
have been made in the following amounts: Alabama - $184,000; Alaska - $43,000;
Arizona - $275,000; Arkansas - $96,000; California - $326,000; Colorado -
$202,000; Connecticut - $43,000; Florida - $155,000; Georgia - $184,000; Idaho
- $89,000; Illinois - $213,000; Indiana - $178,000; Iowa - $109,000; Kansas -
$77,000; Kentucky $602,000; Maine - $51,000; Massachusetts - $63,000; Michigan
- $206,000; Minnesota - $261,000; Mississippi - $59,000; Missouri - $193,000;
Montana - $121,000; Nebraska - $63,000; Nevada - $223,000; New Hampshire -
$37,000; New Jersey - $49,000; New Mexico - $139,000; New York - $250,000;
North Carolina - $146,000; North Dakota - $57,000; Ohio - $251,000; Oklahoma -
$97,000; Oregon - $99,000; Pennsylvania - $492,000; South Carolina - $64,000;
Tennessee - $133,000; Texas - $396,000; Utah - $165,000; Vermont - $68,000;
Virginia - $256,000; Washington - $141,000; West Virginia - $534,000;
Wisconsin - $207,000; Wyoming - $176,000; and Navajo Nation - $26,000.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
29 CFR, Part 97.
Regional or Local Office:
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health, Mine Safety and
Health Administration, Department of Labor, 4015 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington,
VA 22203. Telephone: (703) 235-1515. Contacts: Jeffrey A. Duncan. Telephone:
(703) 235-1515 or Doug Altizer. Telephone: (703) 235-1400.
Web Site Address: http://www.msha.gov
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
1) Training and retraining of miners by State
instructors; 2) mine emergency operations; 3) assisting States in training
miners in health related injury; 4) assisting in maintaining mine rescue teams
at State mine rescue stations; and 5) development and implementation of
accident prevention programs.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
Responses related to the following proposal criteria
enable the applicant to show that the proposed grant is consistent with the
purposes of the Act: (a) Programs, policies, and methods to be followed in
administering the grant, (b) designation of the State mining agency as the
sole agency with authority and responsibility for administering the grant
throughout the State, (c) assurances that such agency has an adequate and
competent staff of trained and qualified inspectors, (d) use of the grant will
extend and improve mine health and safety in the State while providing for no
advance notice of an inspection, (e) assurances that grant will supplement not
supplant existing State mine health and safety programs, (f) period over which
program will be pursued, (g) financial plan, (h) fiscal control and accounting
procedures, (i) name and title of person who will direct the program, (j)
approximate number of qualified personnel who will work on the program, (k)
location or locations where program will be pursued, (1) assurance that
matching funds from nonfederal sources will be forthcoming, (m) indication of
whether the programs or any part have been or will be submitted to other
organizations for the purpose of obtaining a grant, and (n) agreement that the
official State mine agency shall make required reports.