Major Actions Taken to Date
The Secretary of Agriculture utilized his statutory authority to interchange up to 7 percent of WIC Contingency ($28 million) and transferred to CAP/The Emergency Feeding Assistance Program.
NEPA for Poa/Sud Islands
ááPoa Island - habitat restoration
ááSud Island - habitat restoration
ááKanaga Island - habitat resoration
USDA awarded a $2,524,626.82 million design contract for the next phase of modernization to Shalom Baranes Associates, P.C./Syska & Hennessy Joint Venture on March 31, 2010. (AG-3142-D-10-0264)
The contract (AG-3142-C-09-0028) value to date totals- $16,875,720.00. USDA awarded a $16.575 million construction contract to Grunley Construction Company, Incorporated of Rockville, Maryland on September 21, 2009. The project is about 50% complete. To date, total outlays are $8,322,030.00 for construction activities. USDA is in the process of evaluating the five bids received on July 7, 2010 for replacement of a 350 ton Chiller. Award is expected for late August, 2010. USDA is in the process of evaluating the one bid received on July 15, 2010, for the roof replacement for the East and West arches. Award is expected for late August, 2010. USDA received eight bids on July 22 to waterproof Courts 2/3 and the Cafeteria Patio Roof. Award is expected by September 30, 2010.
The contract (AG-3142-C-10-0061) was awarded to Meltech Corporation to provide Court 2 and 3 Waterproofing and Cafeteria Terrace Re-roofing to USDA Headquarters
Continuing with the execution of the ARRA Program. To date, 286 contract actions have been processed for a cumulative total of $171,235,197.
The ARS Obesity and Metabolism Research Lab in Davis, CA, has received a Grant from the NIH, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases in support of the Identification of Muscle Specific Biomarkers of Fatty Acid beta-oxidation; $294,293.
ITS, 09IAFAD75, Maintenance Support, 6/2/2009, $232,509
áITS, 09IAFAD76, Software Purchase, 6/2/2009, $542,509
áITS, 10IAFAD18, Software Purchase, 10/21/2009, $35,402
áITS, 10IAFAD19, Operations and Maintenance Support, 10/26/2009 updated 9/14/10, $5,431,263
ITS provided contract procurement services on behalf of FSA IT S&E
áFY 2009 Expenses - Fully Expensed in November 2009 --2 contracts
á(Carasoft Technology & Merlin International, Inc.)
áFY 2010 Expenses --Fully Expensed $103,595 for 2-Contracts
á(Immix Technology and FCN, Inc); Remaining Ouststanding balances to be billed Monthly for 4 contracts (Unisys Corp, Carasoft Technology & 2-Natek, Inc.)
Approved Projects û The Forest Service continued implementing the projects approved by Secretary Vilsack under the Recovery Act. These projects total $1.15 billion for wildland fire management, construction and maintenance of facilities, roads and trails, and abandoned mine mitigation. The Agency obligated $1,148 billion (99.8 percent of allocated funds) through September 30, 2010. Expenditures total $1,071 million through November 2, and the Forest Service has completed 605 of its 705 approved projects.
áForest Service Confirms Recipient Reporting 2012 Second Quarter Job Numbers ûThe Forest Service confirmed just under 1,120 jobs were reported through the calendar year 2012 second quarter Recovery Act recipient reporting period that ended July 14. A project to reduce wildfire threat in central and southwest Oregon on the Deschutes, Ochoco, Rogue River-Siskiyou, and Umpqua national forests produced just over 70 jobs, the most reported for the quarter. The second highest job number reported was nearly 70 for an administrative facilities repair and replacement project at six locations throughout California.
áCapital Improvement and Maintenance
áò Recovery Act Capital Improvement and Maintenance (CIM) allocations to date are $650 million of which $629 million has been expended through November 2.
áò The Forest Service monitors program accomplishments achieved through Recovery Act funding using measures such as ômiles of trail maintained to standard.ö Over 9,100 miles of trail and 14,850 miles of roads have been maintained through September 24.
áò The Forest Service continues to implement more than $341 million of funding announced for Capital Improvement and Maintenance û trails and facilities.
áò The Agency continues to implement 120 Recovery Act roads maintenance and associated watershed and ecosystem restoration projects on Forest Service lands in 31 states totaling over $272 million.
áò Through the San Juan National Forest and Trails and Trail Bridges project, old extensively used facilities, including campgrounds, trailheads, scenic overlooks, picnic areas, cabins and boat ramps have been repaired. áSuch facilities, when left in disrepair have the potential for a great number of accidents, resulting either from the behavior of individuals or unsafe conditions. áThis project completed critical maintenance of these dilapidated sites, improved public health and safety, preserving the functionality and value for users and businesses. áThe San Juan National Forest receives an average of 1.7 million visitor days annually. áThis project contributed significantly to the tourism industry in the Four Corners area of Colorado. á
áWildland Fire Management
áò Recovery Act Wildland Fire Management (WFM) allocations to date are $500 million of which $442 million has been expended through November 2.
áò FS monitors program accomplishments achieved through Recovery Act funding using measures such as "the number of acres treated to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire." As a result of the Recovery Act, over 510,670 acres have been treated to reduce wildfire risk and 847 fuels reduction projects have been funded on nonfederal lands through September 24.
áò The Forest Service continues to implement projects supported by $306.5 million of Recovery Act funds to reduce hazardous fuels.
áò The Forest Service continues to support wood-to-energy grants and woody Biomass utilization projects totaling over $58 million in Recovery Act funds.
áò The Alaska Native Village Seed Production project is involved with adapted and native seed industry, whick is suited for rural villages in Alaska. áPotential village program locations include Kotzebue, Adak, Barrow and surrounds, Aniak, and Metlakatla. áThe Alaska PMC has a great deal of experience in rural Alaska and has actively worked in the regions and villages identified. áAll planting, production, harvest and cleaning has been supervised and monitored for several years. áAt the end of this period the local producers will be trained sufficiently and the markets firmly established. áAt this point the industry is self-supporting and as self-sufficient as any other seed producer in Alaska. áThe primary users of seed in Alaska are the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, the Department of Defense, mining companies, the oil industry, and US Department of Interior and the US Department of Agriculture for wildfire recovery. áAll these agencies are committed to the use of native species in restoration. áThe Alaska Plant Materials Center (PMC) is the primary source of information in Alaska for seed production, harvest and cleaning and is also the primary source of information on revegetation and seeding mixes used by the primary seed purchasers.
FNS - SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits are issued to participants in every state on an ongoing basis, and this issuance is reflected in the increased obligations and outlays.
áObligations for the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations are being made to Indian Tribal organizations (ITOs) and state agencies. These obligations are for budget amendments to their current agreements to reflect the use of ARRA funds for the purchase of equipment or for facilities upgrades.
Loan level obligations: Water and Environmental Loans/Grants: $3,109,383,054
á/ Business and Industries Loans - Guaranteed: $1,478,416,084
á/ Rural Business Enterprise Grants: $18,536,713
á/ Community Facilities Direct Loans/Grants: $1,269,941,656
á/ SFH - Direct: $1,378,999,228
á/ SFH - Guaranteed: $10,042,193,746
á/ Broadband Direct Loans/Grants: $3,254,924,286
Loan level obligation: Water and Environmental Circuit Rider Contract Modifications: $14,280,000
USDA has provided addition information regarding timing of construction activities related to water and waste disposal loans and grants awarded Recovery Act Funds. áTo access this information go to the following web location:
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Major Planned Actions
- NEPA for Poa/Sud Islands
áá- Poa Island - habitat restoration
áá- Kanaga Island - habitat resotration
áá- Sud Island - habitat restoration
Phase 4 b design is expected to be completed û December 2010.
ADD work associated with RFI 127 - Addition of Furniture Feeders as previously indicated in RFI response on I-Manage system and SKE 05-09 ADD work associated with RFI 128 - 3rd Floor Coordination as previously indicated in RFI response on I-Manage system;ADD work associated with RFI 130 - 2nd Floor Coordination as previously indicated in RFI response on I-Manage system;ADD work associated with RFI 72 - EAC Unit Condensate Piping & Drains as previously indicated in RFI response on I-Manage system;ADD work associated with providing the electrical rough-in for future hand dryers installed by USDA will include new homeruns pulled from nearby panelbox's and modifying existing marble and masonry walls in order to provide a wall box with cover plate. á
Continue with the administration of ongoing construction contracts.
Capital Improvement and Maintenance
áò Continued posting of major Recovery Act communications
áò Continued implementation of approved projects
áò The San Juan National Forest Recreation Site Maintenance to Improve Public Safety and Health project in the San Juan National Forest will repair hundreds of trail miles and numerous trail bridges to ensure resource protection and visitor safety. áWork will include tread and drainage improvements, stabilization, cribbing, clearing, brushing, bridge repair, and signing. áTrail work will be accomplished through an agreement with Southwest Conservation Corps, an established partner that trains crew leaders and maintains a ready pool of job applicants. áCrews include American Indian and Hispanic youths from low-income families. áThe bridge work will be accomplished by contract. áThis project will enhance visitor safety and experience, improve forest health, and preserve access for management and fire suppression. San Juan National Forest averages 1.7 million visitor days annually and contributes significantly to the tourism industry in the Four Corners area of Colorado. áThe 1,800 mile trail system attracts many visitors and includes major segments of the Continental Divide and Colorado trails.
áWildland Fire Management
áò Continued posting of major Recovery Act communications
áò Continued implementation of approved projects.
áò Smoke from wildfire is a human health hazard, particularly for those with asthma and other respiratory problems. áTimely, accurate smoke forecast can reduce these impacts. áPublic health officials use this information to alert individuals with health concerns, and fire fighters benefit from reduced risk of exposure to extreme fires. These health and safety benefits potentially reduce medical and fire costs. áThe Improve Health and Safety of Communities and Fire Fighters through Forecasting and Managing Smoke from Fires project maintains existing efforts to deliver accurate smoke forecasts from wild and prescribed fires and accelerates delivery of improved tools for smoke and fire management. áWorking with the University of Washington, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), and Sonoma Technology, Inc., this project will include about 20 undergraduate interns through HACU internship program. áHACU's intern pool spans the U.S. and Puerto Rico, providing opportunities to students from universities with substantial Hispanic enrollment. Interns and employees will gain experience that will prepare them for future "green" jobs targeted at improving environmental quality, especially air quality, with its ramifications to climate change.
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