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
áPoa Island - habitat restoration
áSud Island - habitat restoration
áKanaga Island - habitat resoration
AG-3142-C-10-0051 AWARDED TO PARAMOUNT MECHANICAL CORPORATION FOR REPLACEMENT OF USDA CHILLER 1 SYSTEM.
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
Loan level obligations: Water and Environmental Loans/Grants: $3,115,600,161
/ Business and Industries Loans - Guaranteed: $1,478,416,084
/ Rural Business Enterprise Grants: $18,536,713
/ Community Facilities Direct Loans/Grants: $1,276,117,766
/ SFH - Direct: $1,378,999,228
/ SFH - Guaranteed: $10,042,193,746
/ 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. To access this information go to the following web location:
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.
Forest 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.
Capital Improvement and Maintenance
ò Recovery Act Capital Improvement and Maintenance (CIM) allocations to date are $650 million of which $629 million has been expended through November 2.
ò 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.
ò The Forest Service continues to implement more than $341 million of funding announced for Capital Improvement and Maintenance û trails and facilities.
ò 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.
ò For more than 25 years, employees of the Angeles National Forest's headquarters, in Arcadia, were housed in trailers. The group of 22 modular units are now gone. In their place is an environmentally efficient 24,000 square-foot administrative facility at 701 N. Santa Anita Ave. On Tuesday, about 150 people came together to celebrate the completion of the roughly $12 million project and take tours of the rustic Supervisor's Office, which houses about 80 employees.
"This new facility has really special features and conforms to green construction standards such as using smaller amounts of energy and water than used by the previous building," said Thomas Contreras, supervisor for the Angeles National Forest. The project was paid for with funding from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. It is one of 10 federal stimulus-funded projects in the Angeles National Forest, Contreras said.
Another product of federal stimulus dollars is a new roughly $1.5 million solar-powered system at the U.S. Forest Service's San Dimas Technology and Development Center, a national research facility. The photovoltaic power system will produce more renewable energy per year than the center needs to operate. "The facility has been around since the 1960s and it was originally designed to develop equipment for firefighters," said L'Tanga Watson, Angeles National Forest Service recreation officer. "Over the years, it has expanded to different programs and areas in the Forest Service and the main focus is to develop technology for the grounds of the Forest Service." The excess energy generated from the center will create energy credits to cover electricity costs at the new Forest Service headquarters, officials said. On Tuesday afternoon, community members and Forest Service employees came together for a special ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception. The building, which houses administrative functions including public affairs, finance and engineering, has a redwood exterior and exposed redwood beams and panels in the interior.
Wildland Fire Management
ò Recovery Act Wildland Fire Management (WFM) allocations to date are $500 million of which $442 million has been expended through November 2.
ò 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.
ò The Forest Service continues to implement projects supported by $306.5 million of Recovery Act funds to reduce hazardous fuels.
ò The Forest Service continues to support wood-to-energy grants and woody biomass utilization projects totaling over $58 million in Recovery Act funds.
ò In August 2009 Recovery Act funds were made available to the State of Maine to help rural and economically depressed counties support the conversion of heating systems to wood/dual-fuel heating systems for public buildings. This will result in greater fuel efficiency and use of a renewable energy source. Recovery Act funds were awarded to schools, universities, medical centers, and other public buildings around Maine for the installation of wood-energy boilers.
ò The Grand Island National Recreation Area (NRA) on the Hiawatha NF had significant problems with invasive plants destroying the habitat for important native species. This project employed crews to remove problem plants, prepare sites, and return desirable species to viability in historically significant locations within the NRA. Immediate jobs were created and skills developed for long-term careers in ecological restoration and natural resource management in an economically depressed area. Activities included one year of maintenance to ensure establishment of the newly planted areas. Monitoring of effectiveness of treatments allowed dissemination of recommended treatment approaches to other, similar sites. The project is a joint effort among the Hiawatha NF, the Northern Research Station, the Superior Watershed Partnership, Michigan State Extension, and Alger County schools.
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.
Obligations 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.
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
ITS, 09IAFAD76, Software Purchase, 6/2/2009, $542,509
ITS, 10IAFAD18, Software Purchase, 10/21/2009, $35,402
ITS, 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
FY 2009 Expenses - Fully Expensed in November 2009 --2 contracts
(Carasoft Technology & Merlin International, Inc.)
FY 2010 Expenses --Fully Expensed $103,595 for 2-Contracts
(Immix Technology and FCN, Inc); Remaining Ouststanding balances to be billed Monthly for 4 contracts (Unisys Corp, Carasoft Technology & 2-Natek, Inc.)
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