The Grantee shall commence, carry out, and complete its work with all practicable dispatch, in a sound, economical, and efficient manner, and in accordance with the provisions hereof, the Grant Agreement, the Reporting Requirements for University Transportation Centers (UTCs), the activities outlined in the Grantee's application for funding including a revised, updated budget to be approved by the RITA grants administrator, and all applicable laws, regulations, Department of Transportation (DOT) directives, and published Federal policies.
The Grantee shall immediately notify the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) of any change in local law, conditions, or any other event, including any litigation challenging the validity of or seeking interpretation of any Federal law or regulation applicable to the UTC Program, which may significantly affect the Grantee's ability to perform in accordance with the terms of this Grant. In addition, the Grantee shall immediately notify RITA of any decision pertaining to the Grantee's conduct of litigation that may affect DOT interests or DOT administration or enforcement of applicable Federal laws or regulations. Before the Grantee may join DOT, or any of its Operating Administrations, as a named party to litigation, for any reason, the Grantee agrees first to inform RITA; this proviso applies to any type of litigation whatsoever, in any form.
The terms of DOT regulations, http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-2010-title49-vol1, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Non‐Profit Organizations" (OMB Circular No. A‐110), apply to this Grant. These regulations set forth standards for financial and program management, matching funds, property standards, procurement standards, reports and records, and termination and enforcement.
The Grantee shall comply with the government‐wide principles contained in OMB Circular A‐ 21, "Cost Principles for Educational Institutions," for determining costs applicable to research and development and to training and other educational services performed by colleges and universities under Federal government grants.
The Grantee shall comply with the uniform audit requirements for non‐Federal entities contained in OMB Circular A‐133, "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non‐Profit Institutions." The Grantee shall also permit authorized Federal representatives to inspect all of its own or a subgrantee's work, materials, payrolls, and other data related to the UTC Program.
The Grantee shall apply all applicable sections of these Provisions to any subgrant(s) executed under this Grant.
DOT cannot assume any liability for accidents, illnesses, or claims arising out of any work supported by an award or for unauthorized use of patented or copyrighted materials. The Grantee is advised to take such steps as may be deemed necessary to insure or protect itself, its employees, and its property.
As a recipient of DOT assistance, the Grantee must review the list of parties excluded from Federal procurement or non‐procurement programs located on the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS) website: https://www.sam.gov/portal/public/SAM/ before entering into a sub‐ agreement or contract. The Grantee must also inform RITA when it takes action to suspend or debar a contractor, person, or entity. DOT Order 4200.5E has further information about this requirement which can be found at: http://www.dot.gov/sites/dot.dev/files/docs/Suspension_Debarment_Order_2010.pdf
As a recipient of Federal assistance, the Grantee shall comply with the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (FFATA). The FFATA legislation requires information on Federal awards (Federal financial assistance and expenditures) be made available to the public. The FFATA Subaward Reporting System (FSRS, http://www.fsrs.gov/) is the reporting tool Federal prime awardees (i.e., prime contractors and prime grant recipients) use to capture and report subaward and executive compensation data regarding their first‐tier subawards in order to meet the FFATA reporting requirements.
Executive Order 13513 (October 1, 2009) requires each Federal agency, in grants and cooperative agreements, to encourage recipients and sub‐recipients to adopt and enforce policies that ban text messaging while driving company‐owned or ‐rented vehicles or while driving privately owned vehicles when on official business or when performing any work for or on behalf of the Government. RITA encourages all of its grant recipients and sub‐recipients to undertake initiatives to consider new rules and programs, and reevaluate existing programs, to prohibit text messaging while driving, and to conduct education, awareness, and other outreach for employees about the safety risks associated with texting while driving. These initiatives should encourage voluntary compliance with the organization's text messaging policy while off duty.