Documents for Comment and Review

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Public Notifications, Information for Grant Applicants and Recipients, and Documents for Comment

Each person has an important perspective on the management of grant activities sponsored by the National Park Service through the State, Tribal, and Local Plans & Grants Division.

The National Park Service consults with interested parties, state governments, and tribal governments on the effects of proposed actions (called undertakings) on historic properties and the environment as required by Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, and the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended. As per 36 CFR Part 800.2(d) and Director's Order 75A, individuals or governments interested in the effects of these undertaking upon historic resources, or items identified within programmatic agreements, may contact the National Park Service for more information or to offer their comments. For more information on opportunities for public comment, please see the Public Planning Documents section below.

In some cases, policy or law may require that we notify the public of certain actions or our intent to undertake certain actions, like funding a grant or sub-grant that has the potential to yield archeological information. In other cases, governmentwide transparency initiatives may require that we post or otherwise make available the text of grant agreements. For more information on these types of notifications, please see the Agreement Documents section below.

In addition to being guided by public comments on our grant programs, the Department of the Interior applies law and policy to all grant programs. Potential applicants, as well as those already receiving funds, should review these terms and conditions in addition to any stipulations of the funding opportunity announcement, an executed grant agreement, and other relevant sources of information. For more information on the departmental conditions for grants, please see the Terms and Conditions for Financial Assistance Agreements section below.

Opportunities for public comment, notification of pending or current undertakings, and Department of the Interior global conditions on grants may be found on one of the three sections of this website:

Public comments must be submitted in writing, preferably using the National Park Service online comment database. Those unable to use this system may submit comments in writing to the address below.
Technical Reviewer: [add project name or reference]
State, Tribal, and Local Plans & Grants Division
National Park Service
1849 C Street, NW Mail Stop 7360
Washington, DC 20240

Public Planning Documents

Public Input and Comments Accepted

This division uses the National Park Service Planning, Environment & Public Comment (PEPC) database to collect public comment on projects. To comment on open projects, follow the links below to specific documents in the PEPC database. A username and password are not required to comment.

Projects for which comments are not currently being accepted are still visible within the PEPC database. To view older projects or those not yet available for comment, follow the link under the Other Plans and Projects.

Documents Open for Public Review

    Other Plans and Projects

    An archive of completed projects as well as projects without documents open for comment may be found on the PEPC website.

    Agreement Documents

    Cover Page of Hurricane Sandy Programmatic Agreement

    Hurricane Sandy Programmatic Agreement

    Through a programmatic agreement, the National Park Service, 12 states, and two tribes developed a framework for actions associated with disaster relief grants related to damages to historic buildings, sites, and landscapes resulting from Hurricane Sandy as required by Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended.

    As per 36 CFR Part 800.2(d) and Director's Order 75A, individuals or governments interested in the effects of this undertaking upon historic resources, or items identified within this Programmatic Agreement, may contact the National Park Service for more information.

    You may view and comment now on the Programmatic Agreement for the Hurricane Sandy grant program through the Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) database.

    The programmatic agreement between the States and Tribes receiving assistance from the Emergency Supplemental Historic Preservation Fund appropriation, the National Park Service, and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation has been executed. A copy is available here and evidences the signatures received to date of State and Tribal governments, as well as concurring parties.

    Hurricane Sandy Programmatic Agreement (PDF)

    The signatures in this document, mostly received as images converted to a PDF, make it unlikely to function well for those using assistive technologies. A more accessible version of the text of the programmatic agreement is available on the PEPC site for this grant program, located at parkplanning.nps.gov/sandy.

    Terms & Conditions for Financial Assistance Agreements

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    Standard Terms and Conditions

    Acceptance of a Federal Financial Assistance award from the Department of the Interior (DOI) carries with it the responsibility to be aware of and comply with the terms and conditions of award. Acceptance is defined as the start of work, drawing down funds, or accepting the award via electronic means. Awards are based on the application submitted to and as approved by the National Park Service and are subject to the terms and conditions incorporated either directly or by reference in the following:

    • Program legislation/regulation.
    • Grant terms and conditions.
    • Code of Federal Regulations/Regulatory Requirements, as applicable (Contact your program officer with any questions regarding the applicability of the following):
      • 2 CFR Part 25 Central Contractor Registration and Data Universal Numbering System
      • 2 CFR Part 170 Reporting Subawards and Executive Compensation
      • 2 CFR Part 1400 Governmentwide Debarment and Suspension (Nonprocurement)
      • 2 CFR Part 175 Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000
      • 43 CFR 12 (A) Administrative and Audit Requirements and Cost Principles for Assistance Programs
      • 43 CFR 12 (E) Buy American Requirements for Assistance Programs
      • 43 CFR 12 (C) Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local
      • 43 CFR 12 (F) Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, other Non-Profit and Commercial Organizations
      • 49 CFR 43 Governmentwide Requirements for a Drug-Free Workplace
      • 43 CFR 18 New Restrictions on Lobbying
    Please see the preservation law page for many frequently accessed laws, executive orders, and regulations related to historic preservation and the Federal government. Note that the laws that govern most aspects of the National Park Service were re-organized and re-codified in late 2014 and moved into a new title in the United States Code, Title 54. References in grant documents and sub-grant documents to 16 USC XXX should be updated with the appropriate citation drawn from Title 54.
    last updated: Mar. 24, 2015

    Impacts of Financial Assistance Reform on Grant Awards

    The Office of Management and Budget has undertaken a comprehensive review of the policies that govern financial assistance programs. Under the "Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards" (2 CFR 200) guidance, several substantive changes to existing policies have been put in place.

    Recipients of existing financial assistance awards (grants) should continue to use 2 CFR 220, 225, and 230 until December 2014, even though these regulations have been removed from the Code of Federal Regulations. The terms and conditions of the award as issued govern even once the Uniform Guidance goes into effect.

    Last updated: May 4, 2017

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