August 13, 2018 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) invites public comments on their intention to request the Office of Management and Budget’s approval to renew an information collection entitled “U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Candidate Application for Admission.” The information to be collected will be used to apply for admission to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Collection of information is completed digitally through an online candidate portal. Part I of the Candidate Application is used to establish initial eligibility. The Academic Information Request, Candidate Activities Record, School Official Evaluations and Biographical Essay are used by the USMMA admission staff and its Candidate Evaluation Board to select the best qualified candidates for the Academy. Results from the administration of the Candidate Fitness Assessment are used to determine physical qualification. Candidates may also submit an optional resume and additional recommendation letters with their application. Comments accepted. 83 FR 27369, (June 12, 2018), (MARAD-2018-0086).
October 1, 2018 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) invites public comments on their intention to request the Office of Management and Budget’s approval to renew an information collection entitled “Maritime Administration Annual Service Obligation Compliance Report.” The information to be collected will be used to determine if a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy or a State maritime academy student incentive payment graduate is complying with the terms of the service obligation. Comments accepted. 83 FR 37614, (August 1, 2018), (MARAD-2018-0122).
October 5, 2018 The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, signed by the President on March 23, 2018, appropriated $7,000,000 to the Short Sea Transportation Program, commonly referred to as the America’s Marine Highway Program (AMHP). The purpose of the appropriation is to make grants to previously designated Marine Highway Projects that support the development and expansion of documented vessels, or of port and landside infrastructure. This notice announces the availability of funding for grants and establishes selection criteria and application requirements. The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (Department) will award Marine Highway Grants to implement projects or components of projects previously designated by the Secretary of Transportation (Secretary) under AMHP. Only Marine Highway projects designated by the Secretary are eligible for funding as described in the notice. Applications accepted. 83 FR 30214, (June 27, 2018).