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                                            (Committee) and to maintain adequate                    accept and further process untreated                  shipped, or sent overnight no later than
                                            records on such activities. The                         almonds and entities interested in being              May 18, 2010 to be eligible for FY 2010
                                            establishment of the data collection,                   auditors. The information collected                   grant funding. Late or incomplete
                                            reporting and recordkeeping                             would be used only by authorized                      applications will not be eligible for FY
                                            requirements for entities not subject to                representatives of USDA, including the                2010 grant funding.
                                            the order is required pursuant to the                   Agricultural Marketing Service, Fruit                    Electronic submissions: Electronic
                                            Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act                    and Vegetable Programs’ regional and                  copies must be received by May 18,
                                            of 1937, as amended; 7 U.S.C. 601–674,                  headquarters’ staff, and authorized                   2010 to be eligible for FY 2010 grant
                                            and as further amended by Public Law                    employees and agents of the board.                    funding. Late or incomplete
                                            106–78, 113 Stat. 1171 (Act).                             Description of Respondents: Business                applications will not be eligible for FY
                                              Need and Use of the Information: The                  or other for-profit; Individuals.                     2010 grant funding.
                                            Committee has developed forms ICIR A–                     Number of Respondents: 175.                         ADDRESSES: Copies of the FY 2010
                                            D ‘‘Importer Cranberry Inventory                          Frequency of Responses:                             Application Guides and materials for
                                            Report’’ and HPCIR A–D ‘‘Second-                        Recordkeeping; Reporting: Annually;                   the DLT grant program may be obtained
                                            Handler/Processor Cranberry Inventory                   On occasion.                                          at the following sources:
                                            Report’’ as a convenience to persons                      Total Burden Hours: 4,200.                             (1) The DLT Web site: http://
                                            who are required to file information                    Charlene Parker,                                      www.usda.gov/rus/telecom/dlt/dlt.htm,
                                            with the Committee relating to sales,                   Departmental Information Collection                   and
                                            acquisition, and inventory information                  Clearance Officer.                                       (2) You may also request application
                                            needed to effectively carry out the                     [FR Doc. 2010–6004 Filed 3–18–10; 8:45 am]            guides and materials from RUS by
                                            administration of the program. These                                                                          contacting the DLT Program at 202–
                                                                                                    BILLING CODE 3410–02–P
                                            forms require the minimum information                                                                         720–0413.
                                            necessary (name, address, variety                                                                                Completed applications may be
                                            imported, variety acquired, amount sold                 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE                             submitted the following ways:
                                            to and received by brokers, processors,                                                                          (1) Paper: Paper applications are to be
                                            and handlers, domestic/foreign sales,                   Rural Utilities Service                               submitted to the Rural Utilities Service,
                                            acquisitions, and the beginning and                                                                           Telecommunications Program, 1400
                                            ending inventories of cranberries held                  Announcement of Funds Availability                    Independence Ave., SW., Room 2845,
                                            by the importer) to effectively carry out               and Grant Application Deadlines                       STOP 1550, Washington, DC 20250–
                                            the requirements and fulfill the intent of              AGENCY:   Rural Utilities Service, USDA.              1550. Applications should be marked
                                            the Act as expressed in Part 926.                                                                             ‘‘Attention: Acting Director, Advanced
                                              Description of Respondents: Business                  ACTION:   Notice of funds availability.
                                                                                                                                                          Services Division.’’
                                            or other for-profit.                                    SUMMARY: The Rural Utilities Service                     (2) Electronic: Electronic applications
                                              Number of Respondents: 6.                             (RUS), an agency of the United States                 may be submitted through Grants.gov.
                                              Frequency of Responses: Reporting.                                                                          Information on how to submit
                                                                                                    Department of Agriculture (USDA),
                                              Total Burden Hours: 1.                                                                                      applications electronically is available
                                                                                                    announces its Distance Learning and
                                            Agricultural Marketing Service                          Telemedicine (DLT) grant program                      on the Grants.gov Web site (http://
                                                                                                    application window for Fiscal Year (FY)               www.grants.gov). Applicants must
                                              Title: Almonds Grown in California (7
                                                                                                    2010. In addition to announcing the                   successfully pre-register with Grants.gov
                                            CFR part 981).
                                              OMB Control Number: 0581–0242.                        application window, RUS announces                     to use the electronic applications
                                              Summary of Collection: Marketing                      the anticipated amount of funding                     option. Application information may be
                                            Order No. 981 (7 CFR part 981) regulates                available, the minimum and maximum                    downloaded from Grants.gov without
                                            the handling of almonds grown in                        amounts for DLT grants applicable for                 preregistration.
                                            California and emanates from the                        the fiscal year, and a change in scoring              FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
                                            Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act                    necessitated by the expiration of the                 Acting Director, Advanced Services
                                            of 1937, (Act) Secs. 1–19, 48 Stat. 31, as              Empowerment Zone and Enterprise                       Division, Telecommunications
                                            amended (7 U.S.C. 601–674) to provide                   Community (EZ/EC) designations.                       Programs, Rural Utilities Service.
                                            the respondents the type of service they                Finally, the Agency notes that the Food,              Telephone: 202–720–0413, fax: 202–
                                            request, and to administer the California               Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008                  720–1051.
                                            almond marketing order program. The                     (Pub. L. 110–234) expressly added the                 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
                                            board has developed forms as a means                    category of libraries under Sec. 2333
                                            for persons to file required information                (c)(1) of the Food, Agriculture,                      Overview
                                            with the board relating to the treatment                Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 (7                  Federal Agency: Rural Utilities
                                            of almonds to reduce the potential for                  U.S.C. S950aaa-2(a)(1)) in order to                   Service (RUS)
                                            Salmonella bacteria prior to shipment.                  clearly establish that libraries are                    Funding Opportunity Title: Distance
                                              Need and Use of the Information:                      eligible to be recipients of DLT Loans                Learning and Telemedicine Grants.
                                            Almond handlers are required to submit                  and Grants. This confirms the                           Announcement Type: Notice of Funds
                                            annual treatment plans to the board and                 longstanding Agency policy of                         Availability.
                                            inspection agency to ensure such plans                  considering libraries to be eligible                    Catalog of Federal Domestic
                                            are complete and auditable regarding                    entities under the DLT Program. The                   Assistance (CFDA) Number: 10.855.
                                            how they plan to treat their almonds to                 regulation for the DLT Grant Program                    Dates: You may submit completed
                                                                                                    can be found at 7 CFR 1703, subpart E.
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                                            reduce the potential for Salmonella. The                                                                      applications for grants on paper or
                                            plan will be approved by the Board and                  DATES: You may submit completed                       electronically according to the following
                                            must address specific parameters for the                applications for grants on paper or                   deadlines:
                                            handler to ship almonds. The Board also                 electronically in accordance with the                   • Paper copies must be postmarked
                                            gathers information from entities                       following deadlines:                                  and mailed, shipped, or sent overnight
                                            interested in being almond process                         • Paper submissions: Paper copies                  no later than May 18, 2010 to be eligible
                                            authorities that validate technologies, to              must be postmarked and mailed,                        for FY 2010 grant funding. Late or


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                                            incomplete applications are not eligible                applicants must carefully review and                  kind (new, non-depreciated items), of at
                                            for FY 2010 grant funding.                              exactly follow the FY 2010 Application                least fifteen (15) percent of the total
                                              Electronic copies must be received by                 Guide and sample materials when                       amount of financial assistance
                                            May 18, 2010 to be eligible for FY 2010                 compiling a DLT grant application.                    requested. Matching contributions must
                                            grant funding. Late or incomplete                                                                             be used for eligible purposes of DLT
                                                                                                    II. Maximum and Minimum Amount of
                                            applications are not eligible for FY 2010                                                                     grant assistance (see 7 CFR 1703.121,
                                                                                                    Applications
                                            grant funding.                                                                                                paragraphs IV.H.1.b of this Notice and
                                              Items in Supplementary Information:                      Under 7 CFR 1703.124, the                          the FY 2010 Application Guide).
                                               I. Funding Opportunity: Brief introduction           Administrator has determined the                         b. Greater amounts of eligible
                                            to the DLT program.                                     maximum amount of a grant to be made                  matching contributions may increase an
                                               II. Minimum and Maximum Application                  available to an application in FY 2010                applicant’s score (see 7 CFR
                                            Amounts: Projected Available Funding.                   is $500,000, and the minimum amount                   1703.126(b)(4), paragraph V.B.2.c of this
                                               III. Eligibility Information: Who is eligible,       of a grant is $50,000. The anticipated                notice, and the FY 2010 Application
                                            what kinds of projects are eligible, what               amount available to fund grant awards                 Guide).
                                            criteria determine basic eligibility.                   in FY 2010 is $30,255,000.                               c. Applications that do not provide
                                               IV. Application and Submission                          The Agency will make awards and                    evidence of the required fifteen percent
                                            Information: Where to get application                   execute documents appropriate to the
                                            materials, what constitutes a completed                                                                       match will be declared ineligible and
                                            application, how and where to submit
                                                                                                    project prior to any advance of funds to              returned. See paragraphs IV.H.1.c and
                                            applications, deadlines, items that are                 successful applicants.                                V.B.2.c of this Notice, and the FY 2010
                                            eligible.                                                  DLT grants cannot be renewed. Award                Application Guide for specific
                                               V. Application Review Information:                   documents specify the term of each                    information on documentation of
                                            Considerations and preferences, scoring                 award. The Agency will make awards                    matching contributions.
                                            criteria, review standards, selection                   and execute documents appropriate to                     d. Applications that do not document
                                            information.                                            the project prior to any advance of funds             all matching contributions in form and
                                               VI. Award Administration Information:                to successful applicants. Applications
                                            Award notice information, award recipient
                                                                                                                                                          substance satisfactory to the Agency as
                                                                                                    from existing DLT awardees are                        described in the Application Guide are
                                            reporting requirements.
                                               VII. Agency Contacts: Web, phone, fax,
                                                                                                    acceptable (grant applications must be                subject to budgetary adjustment by the
                                            email, contact name.                                    submitted during the application                      Agency, which may result in rejection of
                                                                                                    window) and will be evaluated as new                  an application as ineligible due to
                                            I. Funding Opportunity                                  applications.                                         insufficient match.
                                               Distance learning and telemedicine                   III. Eligibility Information                             2. The DLT grant program is designed
                                            grants are specifically designed to                                                                           to bring the benefits of distance learning
                                            provide access to education, training                   A. Who is eligible for a grant ? (See 7               and telemedicine to residents of rural
                                            and health care resources for people in                 CFR 1703.103.)                                        America (see 7 CFR 1703.103(a)(2)).
                                            rural America.                                             1. Only entities legally organized as              Therefore, in order to be eligible,
                                               The Distance Learning and                            one of the following are eligible for DLT             applicants must:
                                            Telemedicine (DLT) Program provides                     financial assistance:                                    a. Operate a rural community facility;
                                            financial assistance to encourage and                      a. An incorporated organization or                 or
                                            improve telemedicine services and                       partnership,                                             b. Deliver distance learning or
                                            distance learning services in rural areas                  b. An Indian tribe or tribal                       telemedicine services to entities that
                                            through the use of telecommunications,                  organization, as defined in 25 USC 450b               operate a rural community facility or to
                                            computer networks, and related                          (b) and (c),                                          residents of rural areas, at rates
                                            advanced technologies to be used by                        c. A State or local unit of government,            calculated to ensure that the benefit of
                                            students, teachers, medical                                d. A consortium, as defined in 7 CFR               the financial assistance is passed
                                            professionals, and rural residents.                     1703.102, or                                          through to such entities or to residents
                                               The grants, which are awarded                           e. Other legal entity, including a                 of rural areas.
                                            through a competitive process, may be                   private corporation organized on a for-                  3. Rurality.
                                            used to fund telecommunications-                        profit or not-for-profit basis.                          a. All projects proposed for DLT grant
                                            enabled information, audio and video                       2. Individuals are not eligible for DLT            assistance must meet a minimum
                                            equipment and related advanced                          program financial assistance directly.                rurality threshold, to ensure that
                                            technologies which extend educational                      3. Electric and telecommunications                 benefits from the projects flow to rural
                                            and medical applications into rural                     borrowers under the Rural                             residents. The minimum eligibility
                                            locations. Grants are made for projects                 Electrification Act of 1936 (7 U.S.C.                 score is 20 points. Please see Section IV
                                            where the benefit is primarily delivered                950aaa et seq.) are not eligible for grants.          of this notice, 7 CFR 1703.126(a)(2), and
                                            to end users that are not at the same                                                                         the FY 2010 Application Guide for an
                                            location as the source of the education                 B. What are the basic eligibility                     explanation of the rurality scoring and
                                            or health care service.                                 requirements for a project?                           eligibility criterion.
                                               As in years past, the FY 2010 grant                    1. Required matching contributions                     b. Each application must apply the
                                            Application Guide has been updated                      for grants: See 7 CFR 1703.125(g) and                 following criteria to each of its end-user
                                            based on Program experience. Details of                 the FY 2010 Application Guide for                     sites, and hubs that are also proposed as
                                            changes from the FY 2009 Application                    information on required matching                      end-user sites, in order to determine a
                                            Guide are highlighted throughout this                   contributions.                                        rurality score. The rurality score is the
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                                            Notice and are described in full in the                   a. Grant applicants must demonstrate                average of all end-user sites’ rurality
                                            FY 2010 Application Guide. All                          matching contributions, in cash or in                 scores.

                                                        Criterion                                               Character                                                Population                       DLT points

                                            Exceptionally Rural Area .........     Area not within an Urbanized Area or Urban Cluster ................    ≤ 5000 ......................................           45



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                                                           Criterion                                                          Character                                                         Population                       DLT points

                                            Rural Area ................................    Area in an Urban Cluster ...........................................................   > 5000 and ≤ 10,000 ...............                    30
                                            Mid-Rural Area .........................       Area in an Urban Cluster ...........................................................   >10,000 and ≤ 20,000 .............                     15
                                            Urban Area ...............................     Area in an Urbanized Area or Urban Cluster .............................               > 20,000 ...................................            0



                                               c. The rurality score is one of the                             Community (EZ/EC) expired on                                       listed requirement. For example, to
                                            competitive scoring criteria applied to                            December 31, 2009. As a consequence,                               confirm Champion Community
                                            grant applications.                                                unless there is a statutory extension, the                         designations, applicants use printouts
                                               4. Projects located in areas covered by                         EZ/EC scoring category, will no longer                             from the official USDA website.
                                            the Coastal Barrier Resources Act (16                              award points under these designations.                             Leveraging documentation generally
                                            U.S.C. 3501 et seq.) are not eligible for                          Please refer to the FY 2010 Application                            will be letters of commitment from the
                                            financial assistance from the DLT                                  Guide for complete details on this                                 funding sources. In-kind matches must
                                            Program. Please see 7 CFR                                          change.                                                            be items purchased after the application
                                            1703.123(a)(11), 7 CFR 1703.132(a)(5),                                2. Applicants are reminded that end                             deadline date that are essential to the
                                            and 7 CFR 1703.142(b)(3).                                          user sites are to be rural facilities. See                         project and documentation from the
                                                                                                               7 CFR 1703.102, Definitions, ‘‘End User’’                          donor must demonstrate the
                                            C. Where To Find Full Discussion of a                              and ‘‘End User Site’’. We have                                     relationship of each item to the project’s
                                            Complete Application                                               experienced an increase in the number                              function. Evidence of legal existence is
                                               See Section IV of this Notice and the                           of applications which attempt to                                   sometimes proven by submitting articles
                                            FY 2010 Application Guide for a                                    include urban educational and medical                              of incorporation. The examples here are
                                            discussion of the items that comprise a                            facilities as end user sites. Urban                                not intended to limit the types of
                                            complete application. For requirements                             facilities can serve as hub sites, but not                         documentation that must be submitted
                                            of completed applications you may also                             end user sites. For projects with non-                             to fulfill a requirement. DLT Program
                                            refer to 7 CFR 1703.125 for grant                                  fixed end user sites, only those end user                          regulations and the Application Guide
                                            applications. The FY 2010 Application                              sites outside urban areas can be funded.                           provide specific guidance on each of the
                                            Guide provides specific, detailed                                  The FY 2010 Application Guide again                                items in the table.
                                            instructions for each item that                                    contains clarifying language to elaborate                             b. The DLT Application Guide and
                                            constitutes a complete application. The                            on this provision of the regulation.                               ancillary materials provide all necessary
                                            Agency strongly emphasizes the                                        3. If a grant application includes a site                       sample forms and worksheets.
                                            importance of including every required                             that is included in any other DLT grant
                                                                                                                                                                                     c. While the table in paragraph
                                            item (as explained in the FY 2010                                  application for FY 2010, or a site that
                                                                                                                                                                                  IV.C.1.g of this Notice includes all items
                                            Application Guide) and strongly                                    has been included in any DLT grant
                                                                                                                                                                                  of a completed application, the Agency
                                            encourages applicants to follow the                                funded in FY 2009 or FY 2008, the
                                                                                                                                                                                  may ask for additional or clarifying
                                            instructions carefully, using the                                  application should contain a detailed
                                                                                                                                                                                  information for applications which, as
                                            examples and illustrations in the FY                               explanation of the related applications
                                                                                                                                                                                  submitted by the deadline, appear to
                                            2010 Application Guide. Applications                               or grants. The Agency must make a
                                                                                                                                                                                  clearly demonstrate that they meet
                                            which do not include all items that                                nonduplication finding for each grant
                                                                                                                                                                                  eligibility requirements. The Agency
                                            determine project eligibility and                                  approved, and apparent but
                                                                                                                                                                                  will not solicit or accept eligibility or
                                            applicant eligibility by the application                           unexplained duplication of funding for
                                                                                                                                                                                  scoring information submitted after the
                                            deadline will be returned as ineligible.                           a site can prevent such a finding.
                                                                                                                                                                                  application deadline.
                                            Scoring and eligibility information not                            C. What Constitutes a Completed                                       d. Submit the required application
                                            provided by the application deadline                               Application?                                                       items in the order provided in the FY
                                            will not be solicited or considered by                                                                                                2010 Application Guide. The FY 2010
                                                                                                                 1. For DLT Grants:
                                            the Agency. Applications that do not                                                                                                  Application Guide specifies the format
                                                                                                                 a. Detailed information on each item
                                            include all items necessary for scoring                                                                                               and order of all required items.
                                                                                                               in the table in paragraph IV.C.1.g. of this
                                            will be scored as is. Please see the FY                                                                                               Applications that are not assembled and
                                                                                                               Notice can be found in the sections of
                                            2010 Application Guide for a full                                                                                                     tabbed in the order specified prevent
                                                                                                               the DLT Program regulation listed in the
                                            discussion of each required item and for                                                                                              timely determination of eligibility.
                                                                                                               table, and the DLT grant Application
                                            samples and illustrations.                                                                                                            Given the high volume of program
                                                                                                               Guide. Applicants are strongly
                                            IV. Application and Submission                                     encouraged to read and apply both the                              interest, incorrectly assembled
                                            Information                                                        regulation and the Applications Guide,                             applications, and applications with
                                                                                                               which elaborates and explains the                                  inconsistency among submitted copies,
                                            A. Where To Get Application                                                                                                           will be returned as ineligible.
                                                                                                               regulation.
                                            Information                                                          (1). When the table refers to a                                     e. DUNS Number. As required by the
                                               FY 2010 Application Guides, copies                              narrative, it means a written statement,                           OMB, all applicants for grants must
                                            of necessary forms and samples, and the                            description or other written material                              supply a Dun and Bradstreet Data
                                            DLT Program regulation are available                               prepared by the applicant, for which no                            Universal Numbering System (DUNS)
                                            from these sources:                                                form exists. The Agency recognizes that                            number when applying. The Standard
                                               1. The Internet: http://www.usda.gov/                           each project is unique and requests                                Form 424 (SF–424) contains a field for
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                                            rus/telecom/dlt/dlt.htm.                                           narratives to allow applicants to explain                          you to use when supplying your DUNS
                                              2. The DLT Program for paper copies                              their request for financial assistance.                            number. Obtaining a DUNS number
                                            of these materials: 202–720–0413.                                    (2). When documentation is                                       costs nothing and requires a short
                                                                                                               requested, it means letters,                                       telephone call to Dun and Bradstreet.
                                            B. New and Emphasized in FY 2010                                   certifications, legal documents or other                           Please see http://www.grants.gov/
                                             1. The USDA designations of                                       third-party documentation that provide                             applicants/request_duns_number.jsp for
                                            Empowerment Zone and Enterprise                                    evidence that the applicant meets the                              more information on how to obtain a


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                                            DUNS number or how to verify your                                          Assisted Programs of the Department of                          (v) 7 CFR part 3021—Government-
                                            organization’s number.                                                     Agriculture—Effectuation of Title VI of                       wide Requirements for Drug-Free
                                              f. Compliance with other Federal                                         the Civil Rights Act of 1964.                                 Workplace.
                                            statutes. The applicant must provide                                         (ii) 7 CFR part 3015—Uniform Federal
                                                                                                                                                                                       g. Table of Required Elements of a
                                            evidence of compliance with other                                          Assistance Regulations.
                                            Federal statutes and regulations,                                            (iii) 7 CFR part 3017— Government-                          Completed Grant Application.
                                            including, but not limited to the                                          wide Debarment and Suspension (Non-
                                            following:                                                                 procurement).
                                              (i) 7 CFR part 15, subpart A—                                              (iv) 7 CFR part 3018—New
                                            Nondiscrimination in Federally                                             Restrictions on Lobbying.

                                                                                                                                                                                     Required items

                                                                                                                                                    Grants
                                                                                                                                                    (7 CFR
                                                                                 Application item                                                  1703.125                                     Comment
                                                                                                                                                     and 7
                                                                                                                                                     CFR
                                                                                                                                                   1703.126)

                                            SF–424 (Application for Federal Assistance form) .........................                             Yes .........     Completely filled out.
                                            Site Worksheet ...............................................................................         Yes .........     Agency worksheet.
                                            Survey on Ensuring Equal Opportunity for Applicants ...................                                Optional          OMB Form.
                                            Evidence of Legal Authority to Contract with the Government ......                                     Yes .........     Documentation.
                                            Evidence of Legal Existence ..........................................................                 Yes .........     Documentation.
                                            Executive Summary ........................................................................             Yes .........     Narrative.
                                            Telecommunications System Plan and Scope of Work .................                                     Yes .........     Narrative & documentation such as maps and diagrams.
                                            Budget .............................................................................................   Yes .........     Agency Worksheets with documentation.
                                            Financial Information/Sustainability ................................................                  Yes .........     Narrative.
                                            Statement of Experience ................................................................               Yes .........     Narrative 3-page, single-spaced limit.
                                            Rurality Worksheet ..........................................................................          Yes .........     Agency worksheet with documentation.
                                            National School Lunch Program (NSLP) Worksheet .....................                                   Yes .........     Agency worksheet with documentation.
                                            Leveraging Evidence and Funding Commitments from all                                                   Yes .........     Agency worksheet and source documentation.
                                              Sources.
                                            Champion Communities designation ..............................................                        Yes .........     Documentation.
                                            Request for Additional NSLP ..........................................................                 Optional          Agency Worksheet and narrative.
                                            Need for and Benefits derived from Project ...................................                         Yes .........     Narrative & documentation.
                                            Innovativeness of the Project .........................................................                Yes .........     Narrative & documentation.
                                            Cost Effectiveness of Project ..........................................................               Yes .........     Narrative & documentation.
                                            Consultation with the USDA State Director, Rural Development,                                          Yes .........     Documentation.
                                              and evidence that application conforms to State Strategic Plan,
                                              if any.
                                            Certifications:
                                                 Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination ...............................                           Yes   .........   Recommend   using   Agency’s   sample   form.
                                                 Architectural Barriers ...............................................................            Yes   .........   Recommend   using   Agency’s   sample   form.
                                                 Flood Hazard Area Precautions ..............................................                      Yes   .........   Recommend   using   Agency’s   sample   form.
                                                 Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition                                       Yes   .........   Recommend   using   Agency’s   sample   form.
                                                    Policies Act of 1970.
                                                 Drug-Free Workplace ..............................................................                Yes .........     Recommend using Agency’s sample form.
                                                 Debarment, Suspension, and Other Responsibility Matters—                                          Yes .........     Recommend using Agency’s sample form.
                                                    Primary Covered Transactions.
                                                 Lobbying for Contracts, Grants, Loans, and Cooperative                                            Yes .........     Recommend using Agency’s sample form.
                                                    Agreements.
                                                 Non-Duplication of Services ....................................................                  Yes .........     Recommend using Agency’s sample form.
                                                 Environmental Impact/Historic Preservation Certification .......                                  Yes .........     Recommend using Agency’s sample form.



                                            D. How many copies of an application                                       submitted electronically. Please                              www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants/
                                            are required?                                                              carefully read the FY 2010 Application                        spoc.html for an updated listing of State
                                              1. Applications submitted on paper.                                      Guide for guidance on submitting an                           government single points of contact.
                                              a. Submit the original application and                                   electronic application. In particular, we
                                                                                                                                                                                     E. How and Where To Submit an
                                            two (2) copies to RUS.                                                     ask that you identify and number each
                                                                                                                                                                                     Application
                                              b. Submit one (1) additional copy to                                     page in the same way you would a
                                            the state government single point of                                       paper application so that we can                                Grant applications may be submitted
                                            contact (SPOC) (if one has been                                            assemble them as you intended.                                on paper or electronically.
                                            designated) at the same time as you                                          a. The additional paper copies are not                        1. Submitting applications on paper.
                                                                                                                       necessary if you submit the application
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                                            submit the application to the Agency.                                                                                                      a. Address paper applications to the
                                            See http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/                                         electronically through Grants.gov.                            Telecommunications Program, RUS,
                                            grants/spoc.html for an updated listing                                      b. Submit one (1) copy to the state                         United States Department of
                                            of State government single points of                                       government single point of contact (if                        Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave.,
                                            contact.                                                                   one has been designated) at the same                          SW., Room 2845, STOP 1550,
                                              2. Electronically submitted                                              time as you submit the application to                         Washington, DC 20250–1550.
                                            applications. Grant applications may be                                    the Agency. See http://                                       Applications should be marked


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                                            ‘‘Attention: Director, Advanced Services                                procedures may take several business                                     ‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Federal
                                            Division.’’                                                             days to complete, further emphasizing                                    Programs.’’ As stated in paragraph
                                               b. Paper grant applications must show                                the need for early action by applicants                                  IV.D.1. of this Notice, a copy of a DLT
                                            proof of mailing or shipping by the                                     to complete the sign-up, credentialing                                   grant application must be submitted to
                                            deadline consisting of one of the                                       and authorization procedures at                                          the State single point of contact if one
                                            following:                                                              Grants.gov before you submit an                                          has been designated. Please see http://
                                               (i) A legibly dated U.S. Postal Service                              application at that Web site.                                            www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants/
                                            (USPS) postmark;                                                          (iv) Some or all of the CCR and                                        spoc.html to determine whether your
                                               (ii) A legible mail receipt with the                                 Grants.gov registration, credentialing
                                            date of mailing stamped by the USPS; or                                                                                                          state has a single point of contact.
                                                                                                                    and authorizations require updates. If
                                               (iii) A dated shipping label, invoice,                               you have previously registered at                                        H. Funding Restrictions
                                            or receipt from a commercial carrier.                                   Grants.gov to submit applications
                                               c. Due to screening procedures at the                                electronically, please ensure that your                                     1. Eligible purposes.
                                            Department of Agriculture, packages                                     registration, credentialing and                                             a. For grants, rural end-user sites may
                                            arriving via regular mail through the                                   authorizations are up to date well in                                    receive financial assistance; hub sites
                                            USPS are irradiated, which can damage                                   advance of the grant application                                         (rural or non-rural) may also receive
                                            the contents and delay delivery to the                                  deadline.                                                                financial assistance if they are necessary
                                            DLT Program. RUS encourages                                               d. RUS encourages applicants who                                       to provide DLT services to end-user
                                            applicants to consider the impact of this                               wish to apply through Grants.gov to
                                                                                                                                                                                             sites. Please see the Application Guide
                                            procedure in selecting their application                                submit their applications in advance of
                                            delivery method.                                                                                                                                 and 7 CFR 1703.101(h).
                                                                                                                    the deadlines.
                                               2. Electronically submitted                                            e. If a system problem occurs or you                                      b. To fulfill the policy goals laid out
                                            applications.                                                           have technical difficulties with an                                      for the DLT Program in 7 CFR 1703.101,
                                               a. Applications will not be accepted                                 electronic application, please use the                                   the following table lists purposes for
                                            via fax or electronic mail.                                             customer support resources available at                                  financial assistance and whether each
                                               b. Electronic applications for grants                                the Grants.gov Web site.                                                 purpose is generally considered to be
                                            will be accepted if submitted through                                                                                                            eligible for the form of financial
                                            the Federal government’s Grants.gov                                     F. Deadlines
                                                                                                                                                                                             assistance. Please consult the FY 2010
                                            initiative at http://www.grants.gov.                                       1. Paper grant applications must be                                   Application Guide and the regulations
                                               c. How to use Grants.gov.                                            postmarked and mailed, shipped, or
                                               (i) Grants.gov contains full                                                                                                                  (7 CFR 1703.102 for definitions, in
                                                                                                                    sent overnight no later than May 18,
                                            instructions on all required passwords,                                                                                                          combination with the portions of the
                                                                                                                    2010 to be eligible for FY 2010 grant
                                            credentialing and software.                                                                                                                      regulation cited in the table) for detailed
                                                                                                                    funding. Late applications, applications
                                               (ii) Central Contractor Registry.                                    which do not include proof of mailing                                    requirements for the items in the table.
                                            Submitting an application through                                       or shipping as described in paragraph                                    RUS strongly recommends that
                                            Grants.gov requires that you list your                                  IV.E.1.b., and incomplete applications                                   applicants exclude ineligible items from
                                            organization in the Central Contractor                                  are not eligible for FY 2010 grant                                       the grant and match portions of grant
                                            Registry (CCR). Setting up a CCR listing                                funding.                                                                 application budgets. However, some
                                            takes up to five business days, so the                                     2. Electronic grant applications must                                 items ineligible for funding or matching
                                            Agency strongly recommends that you                                     be received by May 18, 2010 to be                                        contributions may be vital to the project.
                                            obtain your organization’s DUNS                                         eligible for FY 2010 funding. Late or                                    RUS encourages applicants to document
                                            number and CCR listing well in advance                                  incomplete applications will not be                                      those costs in the application’s budget.
                                            of the deadline specified in this notice.                               eligible for FY 2010 grant funding.                                      Please see the FY 2010 Application
                                               (iii) Credentialing and authorization                                                                                                         Guide for a recommended budget
                                            of applicants. Grants.gov will also                                     G. Intergovernmental Review
                                                                                                                                                                                             format, and detailed budget compilation
                                            require some credentialing and online                                     The DLT grant program is subject to                                    instructions.
                                            authentication procedures. These                                        Executive Order 12372,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Grants

                                            Lease or purchase of eligible DLT equipment and facilities ....................................................................                         Yes, equipment only.
                                            Acquire instructional programming that is capital asset ..........................................................................                      Yes.
                                            Technical assistance, develop instructional programming that is a capital asset, engineering or envi-                                                   Yes, up to 10% of the grant.
                                               ronmental studies.
                                            Medical or education equipment or facilities necessary to the project ....................................................                              Yes.
                                            Vehicles using distance learning or telemedicine technology to deliver services ...................................                                     No.
                                            Teacher-student links located at the same facility. ..................................................................................                  No.
                                            Links between medical professionals located at the same facility ..........................................................                             No.
                                            Site development or building alteration ...................................................................................................             No.
                                            Land of building purchase ........................................................................................................................      No.
                                            Building Construction ...............................................................................................................................   No.
                                            Acquiring telecommunications transmission facilities. .............................................................................                     No.
                                            Internet services, telecommunications services or other forms of connectivity ......................................                                    No.
                                            Salaries, wages, benefits for medical or educational personnel .............................................................                            No.
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                                            Salaries or administrative expenses of applicant or project ....................................................................                        No.
                                            Recurring project costs or operating expenses .......................................................................................                   No, (equipment & facility leases are not
                                                                                                                                                                                                      recurring project costs).
                                            Internet services, telecom services, and other forms of connectivity ......................................................                             No.
                                            Equipment to be owned by the LEC or other telecommunications service provider, if the provider is                                                       No.
                                               the applicant.
                                            Duplicative distance learning or telemedicine services ...........................................................................                      No.



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                                            Any project that for its success depends on additional DLT financial assistance or other financial as-                                             No.
                                              sistance that is not assured.
                                            Application Preparation Costs ..................................................................................................................   No.
                                            Other project costs not in regulation ........................................................................................................     No.
                                            Cost (amount) of facilities providing distance learning broadcasting ......................................................                        No.
                                            Reimburse applicants or others for costs incurred prior to RUS receipt of completed application ........                                           No.



                                               c. Discounts. The DLT Program                                      V. Application Review Information                                     the application deadline, the 10 points
                                            regulation has long stated that                                                                                                             previously earned for an EZ or EC
                                                                                                                  A. Special Considerations or Preferences
                                            manufacturers’ and service providers’                                                                                                       designation will not be awarded. Most
                                            discounts are not eligible matches. The                                  1. American Samoa, Guam, Virgin                                    of the Champion Community
                                            Agency will not consider as eligible any                              Islands, and Northern Mariana Islands                                 designations have expired. Those that
                                            proposed match from a vendor,                                         applications are exempt from the                                      have made arrangements with USDA to
                                            manufacturer, or service provider whose                               matching requirement up to a match                                    maintain an active designation continue
                                            products or services will be used in the                              amount of $200,000 (see 48 U.S.C.                                     to be listed. The 5 points for a site in
                                                                                                                  1469a; 91 Stat. 1164).                                                an existing CC will continue to be
                                            DLT project as described in the
                                                                                                                     2. 7 CFR 1703.112 directs that RUS                                 awarded. Please refer to the FY 2010
                                            application. In recent years, the Agency
                                                                                                                  Telecommunications Borrowers receive                                  Application Guide for complete details
                                            has noted a trend of vendors,                                         expedited consideration of a loan
                                            manufacturers and other service                                                                                                             on this change.
                                                                                                                  application or advance under the Rural                                  e. Need for services proposed in the
                                            providers offering their own products                                 Electrification Act of 1936 (7 U.S.C.                                 application, and the benefits that will be
                                            and services as in-kind matches for a                                 901–950aa, et seq.) if the loan funds in                              derived if the application receives a
                                            project when their products or services                               question are to be used in conjunction                                grant (up to 55 points).
                                            will also be purchased with either grant                              with a DLT grant (See 7 CFR 1737 for                                    (i) Additional NSLP category—up to
                                            or cash match funds for that project.                                 loans and 7 CFR 1744 for advances).                                   10 of the possible 55 possible points are
                                            Such activity is a discount and is                                                                                                          to recognize economic need not
                                            therefore not an eligible match.                                      B. Criteria
                                                                                                                                                                                        reflected in the project’s National
                                            Similarly, if a vendor, manufacturer or                                  1. Grant application scoring criteria                              School Lunch Program (NSLP) score,
                                            other service provider proposes a cash                                (total possible points: 215). See 7 CFR                               and can be earned only by applications
                                            match (or any in-kind match) when                                     1703.125 for the items that will be                                   whose overall NSLP eligibility is less
                                            their products or services will be                                    reviewed during scoring, and 7 CFR                                    than 50 percent. To be eligible to receive
                                            purchased with grant or match funds,                                  1703.126 for scoring criteria.                                        points under this, the application must
                                            such activity is a discount and is not an                                2. Grant applications are scored                                   include an affirmative request for
                                            eligible match. The Agency actively                                   competitively subject to the criteria                                 consideration of the possible 10 points,
                                            discourages such matching proposals                                   listed below.                                                         and compelling documentation of
                                                                                                                     a. Rurality category —Rurality of the                              reasons why the NSLP eligibility
                                            and will adjust budgets as necessary to
                                                                                                                  proposed service area (up to 45 points).                              percentage does not represent the
                                            remove any such matches, which may                                       b. NSLP category —percentage of
                                            reduce an application’s score or result                                                                                                     economic need of the proposed project
                                                                                                                  students eligible for the NSLP in the                                 beneficiaries.
                                            in the application’s ineligibility due to                             proposed service area (objectively
                                            insufficient match.                                                                                                                           (ii) Needs and Benefits category—up
                                                                                                                  demonstrates economic need of the                                     to 45 of the 55 possible points under
                                               2. Eligible Equipment & Facilities.                                area) (up to 35 points).                                              this criterion are available to all
                                            Please see the FY 2010 Application                                       c. Leveraging category—matching                                    applicants. Points are awarded based on
                                            Guide which supplies a wealth of                                      funds above the required matching level                               the required narrative crafted by the
                                            information and examples of eligible                                  (up to 35 points). Please see paragraph                               applicant. RUS encourages applicants to
                                            and ineligible items. In addition, see 7                              III.B of this Notice for a brief                                      carefully read the cited portions of the
                                            CFR 1703.102 for definitions of eligible                              explanation of matching contributions.                                Program regulation and the FY 2010
                                            equipment, eligible facilities and                                       d. EZ/EC category—project overlap                                  Application Guide for full discussions
                                            telecommunications transmission                                       with Empowerment Zone (EZ),                                           of this criterion.
                                            facilities as used in the table above.                                Enterprise Communities (EC) or                                          f. Innovativeness category—level of
                                                                                                                  Champion Communities (CC)                                             innovation demonstrated by the project
                                               3. Apportioning budget items. Many                                 designations current as of the                                        (up to 15 points).
                                            DLT applications propose to use items                                 application deadline, May 18, 2010. In                                  g. Cost Effectiveness category—system
                                            for a blend of specific DLT eligible                                  the past, an applicant could earn up to                               cost-effectiveness (up to 35 points).
                                            project purposes and other purposes.                                  15 points in this category; 10 points for
                                            RUS will now fund such items, if the                                  one or more sites located in either an EZ                             C. Grant Review Standards
                                            applicants attribute the proportion (by                               or EC and 5 points for one or more sites                                1. In addition to the scoring criteria
                                            percentage of use) of the costs of each                               located in a Champion Community.                                      that rank applications against each
                                            item to the project’s DLT purpose or to                               However, the USDA designations of                                     other, the Agency evaluates grant
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                                            other purposes to enable consideration                                Empowerment Zone and Enterprise                                       applications for possible awards on the
                                            for a grant of the portion of the item that                           Community expired on December 31,                                     following items, according to 7 CFR
                                            is for DLT usage. See the FY 2010                                     2009. The Champion Community                                          1703.127:
                                            Application Guide for detailed                                        designation continues. As a                                             a. Financial feasibility.
                                            information on how to apportion use                                   consequence, unless there is a statutory                                b. Technical considerations. If the
                                            and apportioning illustrations.                                       extension of the EZ and/or EC                                         application contains flaws that would
                                                                                                                  designations that becomes law before                                  prevent the successful implementation,


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                                            operation or sustainability of a project,               VI. Award Administration Information                    Dated: March 12, 2010.
                                            the Agency will not award a grant.                                                                            Jonathan Adelstein,
                                                                                                    A. Award Notices
                                               c. Other aspects of proposals that                                                                         Administrator, Rural Utilities Service.
                                            contain inadequacies that would                            RUS generally notifies by mail                     [FR Doc. 2010–6007 Filed 3–18–10; 8:45 am]
                                            undermine the ability of the project to                 applicants whose projects are selected                BILLING CODE P
                                            comply with the policies of the DLT                     for awards. The Agency follows the
                                            Program.                                                award letter with an agreement that
                                               2. Applications which do not include                 contains all the terms and conditions for             DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
                                            all items that determine project                        the grant.
                                            eligibility and applicant eligibility by                                                                      Forest Service
                                                                                                       RUS recognizes that each funded
                                            the application deadline will be
                                                                                                    project is unique, and therefore may                  Notice of Mineral County Resource
                                            returned as ineligible. Applications that
                                                                                                    attach conditions to different projects’              Advisory Committee Meeting
                                            do not include all items necessary for
                                                                                                    award documents. An applicant must
                                            scoring will be scored as is. Please see                                                                      AGENCY:   Forest Service, USDA.
                                                                                                    execute and return the agreement,
                                            the FY 2010 Application Guide for a full                                                                      ACTION:   Notice of meeting.
                                                                                                    accompanied by any additional items
                                            discussion of each required item and for
                                                                                                    required by the agreement, within the
                                            samples and illustrations. The Agency                                                                         SUMMARY: Pursuant to the authorities in
                                                                                                    number of days shown in the selection
                                            will not solicit or consider eligibility or                                                                   the Federal Advisory Committee Act
                                                                                                    notice letter.
                                            scoring information submitted after the                                                                       (Pub. L. 92–463) and under the Secure
                                            application deadline.                                   B. Administrative and National Policy                 Rural Schools and Community Self-
                                               3. The FY 2010 grant Application                     Requirements                                          Determination Act of 2000 (Pub. L. 106–
                                            Guide specifies the format and order of                                                                       393, as amended by H.R. 1424 January
                                            all required items. Applications that are                 The items listed in Section IV of this              3, 2008) the Lolo National Forest’s
                                            not assembled and tabbed in the order                   notice, and the DLT Program regulation,               Mineral County Resource Advisory
                                            specified and incorrectly assembled                     FY 2010 Application Guide and                         Committee will meet on April 6, May 4
                                            applications will be returned as                        accompanying materials implement the                  and May 12, 2010 at 6 p.m. until 8:30
                                            ineligible.                                             appropriate administrative and national               p.m. in Superior, Montana for a
                                               4. Most DLT grant projects contain                   policy requirements.                                  business meeting. The meeting is open
                                            numerous project sites. The Agency                      C. Reporting                                          to the public.
                                            requires that site information be                                                                             DATES: April 6, 2010, May 4, 2010 and
                                            consistent throughout an application.                      1. Performance reporting. All                      May 12, 2010.
                                            Sites must be referred to by the same                   recipients of DLT financial assistance                ADDRESSES: The meetings will be held at
                                            designation throughout all parts of an                  must provide annual performance                       the Superior Ranger District Office, 209
                                            application. The Agency has provided a                  activity reports to RUS until the project             W. Riverside Ave. Superior, MT 59872.
                                            site worksheet that requests the                        is complete and the funds are expended.
                                                                                                                                                          FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
                                            necessary information, and can be used                  A final performance report is also
                                                                                                                                                          Sharon Sweeney, Designated Federal
                                            as a guide by applicants. RUS strongly                  required; the final report may serve as
                                                                                                                                                          Official (DFO), District Ranger, Superior
                                            recommends that applicants complete                     the last annual report. The final report
                                                                                                                                                          District, Lob National Forest at (406)
                                            the site worksheet, listing all requested               must include an evaluation of the
                                                                                                                                                          822–4233.
                                            information for each site. Applications                 success of the project in meeting DLT
                                                                                                    Program objectives. See 7 CFR 1703.107.               SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Agenda
                                            without consistent site information will
                                                                                                                                                          topics for these meeting include the
                                            be returned as ineligible.                                 2. Financial reporting. All recipients             presentation of new project proposals
                                               5. DLT grant applications which have                 of DLT financial assistance must                      and selection of proposals. If the
                                            non-fixed end-user sites, such as                       provide an annual audit, beginning with               meeting location is changed, notice will
                                            ambulance and home health care                          the first year in which a portion of the              be posted in local newspapers,
                                            services, are now scored using a                        financial assistance is expended. Audits              including the Mineral Independent.
                                            simplified scoring method that finds the                are governed by United States
                                            relative rurality of the applicant’s entire             Department of Agriculture audit                         Dated: March 3, 2010.
                                            service area. See the FY 2010                           regulations. Please see 7 CFR 1703.108.               Sharon Sweeney,
                                            Application Guide for specific guidance                    3. Record Keeping and Accounting.
                                                                                                                                                          Designated Federal Official.
                                            on this method of scoring. When an                      The grant contract will contain                       [FR Doc. 2010–6034 Filed 3–18–10; 8:45 am]
                                            application contains non-fixed sites, it                provisions relating to record keeping                 BILLING CODE 3410–11–M
                                            must be scored using the non-fixed site                 and accounting requirements.
                                            scoring method.
                                                                                                    VII. Agency Contacts                                  DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
                                            D. Selection Process
                                               1. Grants. Applications are ranked by                   A. Web site: http://www.usda.gov/rus/              Forest Service
                                            final score, and by application purpose                 telecom/dlt/dlt.htm. The DLT Web site
                                            (education or medical). RUS selects                     maintains up-to-date resources and                    Notice of Lincoln County Resource
                                            applications based on those rankings,                   contact information for DLT programs.                 Advisory Committee Meeting
                                            subject to the availability of funds. RUS                  B. Telephone: 202–720–0423.                        AGENCY:   Forest Service, USDA.
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                                            may allocate grant awards between                          C. Fax: 202–720–1051.                              ACTION:   Notice of meeting.
                                            medical and educational purposes, but
                                            is not required to do so. In addition, the                 D. E-mail: dltinfo@wdc.usda.gov.                   SUMMARY: Pursuant to the authorities in
                                            Agency has the authority to limit the                      E. Main point of contact: Director,                the Federal Advisory Committee Act
                                            number of applications selected in any                  Advanced Services Division,                           (Pub. L. 92–463) and under the Secure
                                            one State, or for one project, during a                 Telecommunications Program, Rural                     Rural Schools and Community Self-
                                            fiscal year. See 7 CFR 1703.127.                        Utilities Service.                                    Determination Act of 2000 (Public Law


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