In December of 2015, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act Section 5101 consolidated several previously stand-alone FMCSA grant programs. PRISM was included in this consolidation effort. Under the FAST Act, States may fund PRISM development, deployment, as well as operations and maintenance (O&M) costs under MCSAP and High Priority (HP) grant programs, provided they meet certain eligibility requirements.
The FAST Act made participation in the PRISM program a requirement of the MCSAP. MCSAP grant recipients must “fully participate” in PRISM or demonstrate participation in an FMCSA-approved alternative approach no later than October 1, 2020 for identifying and immobilizing a motor carrier with serious safety deficiencies in a manner that provides an equivalent level of safety. States that fail to fully participate in PRISM by the October 1, 2020 deadline will jeopardize MCSAP funding beginning in fiscal year 2021.
As a result of existing legislation, regulations and FMCSA practices, the US Territories are unable to fully participate in the PRISM program or an equivalent approach for identifying and immobilizing an unsafe motor carrier, as defined by FMCSA. FMCSA has waived the October 1, 2020 PRISM participation deadline for the Territories until such a time as legislation, rulemaking and or a Territorial action requires that it achieve compatibility with the PRISM program.
MCSAP lead agencies are encouraged to use MCSAP formula funds for costs for operation and maintenance and projects that will aid the State in achieving full participation, even if the program is administered by a non-MCSAP lead agency. In general, PRISM projects for systems and networks deployment and operational activities to achieve and/or exceed full participation for MCSAP lead agencies are eligible under the MCSAP grant.
Non-MCSAP lead agencies, who are responsible for administering the State’s PRISM program may receive sub-awards from their State’s MCSAP lead agency for all projects to reach or exceed full PRISM participation. In addition, non-lead agencies may receive sub-awards to implement PRISM requirements.
High Priority Funds
MCSAP lead and non-MCSAP lead agencies may apply for HP funds. MCSAP lead agencies may apply for HP funding to achieve full participation prior to October 1, 2020. Once full participation has been achieved, or on October 1, 2020 (whichever is sooner), MCSAP lead agencies may ONLY request HP funds for projects that exceed full participation. Lead agencies may continue to use MCSAP funds after October 1, 2020 for any PRISM project regardless of their implementation level.
Grant Eligibility Summary
Non-MCSAP lead agencies, who are responsible for administering the State’s PRISM program, may request HP grant funds for all PRISM projects, regardless of their implementation level. In addition, non-lead agencies may receive sub-awards from their State’s MCSAP lead agency to implement PRISM requirements.
This chart summarizes eligibility requirements by agency type for PRISM projects.
FMCSA may award PRISM project funds to agencies of States, the District of Columbia, or any jurisdiction that is subject to PRISM. Individuals and businesses are not eligible to apply. A jurisdiction newly participating in PRISM must or that wishes to demonstrate participation in an alternative approach for identifying and immobilizing a motor carrier with serious safety deficiencies that provides an equivalent level of safety, must have an FMCSA-approved implementation plan prior to receiving grant funding.
The applicant must download the grant application to complete and submit the final package through Grants.gov. Proposals must include specific, quantifiable descriptions, benchmarks, timelines, and supporting data as applicable when addressing each program element.
For more information on the MCSAP and High Priority Grant Programs and PRISM’s role within it, please review the MCSAP Comprehensive Policy PRISM sections 2.6, 4.3.1 and 5.8. FMCSA now has an online grant training available to provide information about the entire grant process from application, implementation, to closeout. Information on the training can be located on the FMCSA Analysis & Information site.
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