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Geodetic Surveys and Services (Geodesy and Applications of the National Geodetic Reference System)

Number: 11.400
Agency: Department of Commerce
Office: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
11.400 Geodetic Surveys and Services (Geodesy and Applications of the National Geodetic Reference System)
Federal Agency (030):
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce
Authorization (040):
Commerce and Trade, 15 U.S.C 1525; Coast and Geodetic Survey Act,, Public Law 80-373, 33 U.S.C 892; Coast and Geodetic Survey Act,, Public Law 80-373, 33 U.S.C 883 (a,d,e).
Objectives (050):
To provide national, coordinated spatial reference system at various specified intervals which provide scale, orientation, coordinated positions, and elevations of specific points for use in surveying, boundary delineations and demarcation, mapping, planning, and development; to provide assistance to State, local, municipal, and regional agencies in the development and implementation of Multipurpose Land Information Systems (MPLIS)/Geographic Information Systems (GIS) pilot projects and spatial reference system development and/or enhancement, and Height Modernization. For the Joint Hydrographic Center (JHC) improve the techniques and technology of hydrographic surveying, hydrographic services, and ocean mapping.
Types of Assistance (060):
PROJECT GRANTS
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
Extend National Spatial Reference System into areas not adequately covered to meet infrastructure needs. Use of basic data for survey system in local densification is unrestricted. Spatial Reference System coordinates and elevations describe baselines from which restricted coastal boundaries are delineated and other boundaries are marked. The National Spatial Reference System forms the standard of measurement on which State plane coordinate systems, land and utility records, and boundary delineations are based. Federal funding (grants) are restricted to those State, local, municipal, or regional, and or universities specifically selected by the U.S. Congress, in annual Federal appropriations legislation. To conduct research and carry out development programs at the Joint Hydrographic Center at the University of New Hampshire to improve the techniques and technology of hydrographic surveying, hydrographic services, and ocean mapping, and to conduct bathymetric research in support of delineation of an extended continental shelf.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
State, local, municipal, universities and/or regional agencies. For the JHC, limited to the University of New Hampshire by Congress and through Joint Institute relationship with NOAA.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
State, local, municipal, universities and/or regional agencies. For the JHC limited to the University of New Hampshire by Congress and through Joint Institute relationship with NOAA.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
Annual Congressional appropriations legislation. An official of the State, local, municipal, university and/or regional agency should certify as the official authorized, in accordance with State, local, municipal, or regional agency law, to commit the State, local, municipal, university and/or regional agency to participate in the grant program, to sign project documents, and to receive payments. Eligibility of costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments. For the JHC, an approved official of the University of New Hampshire should certify the application to commit the University to participate in the cooperative agreement and to receive payments in accordance with OMB Circulars A-110 and A-21. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedures (092):
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Proposals are submitted through Grants.gov. Applicants will need to enter the Funding Opportunity number and/or CFDA number to access the application package and instructions. Submission of grant application on Standard Form 424 to the Director, National Geodetic Survey listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog. This program is subject to the provisions of 15 CFR Part 24, and OMB Circular No. A-110. For the JHC, submission of grant application on Standard Form 424 to the NOAA Co-Director, Joint Hydrographic Center.
Award Procedure (093):
Applications are reviewed by the National Geodetic Survey and processed and awarded by the NOAA Grants Division. For the JHC, Applications are reviewed by the NOAA National Ocean Service and processed and awarded by the NOAA Grants Division.
Deadlines (094):
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
From 45 to 90 working days from date of receipt of proposal in the National Geodetic Survey. For the JHC, from 45 to 90 working days from date of receipt of proposal in the Joint Hydrographic Center.
Appeals (096):
No formal appeal procedure for grant applications. If grant applications are unacceptable, the reasons are fully stated to the applicants. If the applicants desire to resubmit grant applications, projects must be revised in accordance with recommended changes.
Renewals (097):
No renewal, however, an approved on-going project can be extended by submission of an amendment request for continuation and/or supplemental funding, providing the request for extension is received 60 days prior to the end of the award period. For the JHC, An approved on-going project can be extended by submission of an amendment request for continuation and/or supplemental funding.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
Grants are normally issued for a 12-month period. For JHC, the cooperative agreement is normally issued for a one to five year period. The funds are released as required. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: The funds are released as required.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. Semi-annual and final progress reports are required for Federally financed multi-year pilot projects. Progress reports may be in the form of a manuscript. Quarterly financial reports are also required. For JHC, semi-annual and final progress reports and financial reports are required. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
Audits (112):
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Records (113):
All financial and programmatic records, supporting documents, statistical reports, and other records of grantees or sub-grantees are required to be maintained by the terms of the agreement. The grantee must retain records for three years from the date when the final expenditure report is submitted.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Project Grants) FY 13 $7,512,965; FY 14 est $7,167,720; and FY 15 est $8,225,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
No Data Available.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: Continued work necessary for remote sensing subsidence study. LIDAR from the various instruments will be evaluated for its use in determining elevation and to monitor elevation change. Continued densification and life cycle replacement of Mississippi Real Time Continuously Operating Reference Stations (CORS) Network. Enhanced Mississippi CORS by replacing GPS CORS with Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) stations where appropriate. Provided support for re-leveling projects and provided data to support Mississippi Department of Transportation Projects. This work is essential to study the rates of subsidence on benchmarks in critical areas of Mississippi, establish currently accurate vertical control in these critical areas and build the capacity of local Mississippi surveying firms to do this type of work. Studying the accuracy of the vertical solutions obtained from Real-Time Kinematic (RTK).

Developed improved technology for assessment and application of water column sound speed profiles for hydrographic surveys and ocean bathymetry. Developed improved capability for extracting recon bathymetry from satellite imagery. Fiscal Year 2014: The Hydrographic Center intention is to improve technology for seafloor characterization and habitat mapping using multi-beam backscatter data, develop technology for parallel processing and creation of multi-resolution depth grids with multi-beam echo sounding data. Fiscal Year 2015: The Hydrographic Center will transition multi-resolution grid technology to operational use in hydrographic survey data processing and data management. Develop improved technology for chart updating and improved concepts for display of currents data on electronic navigation charts.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
Allowable cost will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular A-87 for State and local governments and Indian Tribes; OMB Circular A-122 for nonprofit and for- profit organizations; OMB Circular A-21 for institutions of higher education; and 48 CFR Part 31 for commercial organizations. Financial assistance management will be in accordance with 15 CFR Part 14 for institutions of higher education, hospitals, and other non-profit and commercial organizations, and with 15 CRF Part 24 for state and local governments. For JHC, allowable cost will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular A-21 for institutions of higher education.
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
None.
Headquarters Office (152):
Juliana P. Blackwell National Geodetic Survey
1315 East West Highway
SSMC3, Station 8657, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 Phone: (301) 713-3228
Website Address (153):
http://www.ngs.noaa.gov/http://www.nauticalcharts.gov
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Fiscal Year 2013: Establishment of ten new CORs Stations in Texas.

Data analysis, modeling, Mississippi SRC, data integration of National Geodetic Survey Real Time Networks (RTN) and CORS.

The NOAA/University of New Hampshire Joint Hydrographic Center. Fiscal Year 2014: Establishment of ten new CORs Stations in Texas.

Data analysis, modeling, Mississippi SRC, data integration of National Geodetic Survey Real Time Networks (RTN) and CORS.

The NOAA/University of New Hampshire Joint Hydrographic Center. Fiscal Year 2015: Continuation of the Joint Hydrogrpahic Center at an academic institution to be selected by competitive award.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
Projects are selected by Congress. The State, local, municipal, universities and/or regional agency designated to conduct the project is specified. The Joint Hydrographic Center was established by funding specifically designated by Congress. The University designated to conduct the project is specified.