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Notice Of Grant Award

Title: PHMSA One Call Grants
DOT Agency Disbursing Funds: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration
Project Name/Number: State of Georgia
Award Recipient Georgia Public Service Commission
City/Country/State , GA
Place of Performance State of Georgia
State Congressional District 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
Entitle Amount $ 0.00
Discretionary Amount $ 0.00
CARES Amount $ 0.00
Total Grant Amount $ 45,000.00
DOT Regional Office/Telephone Number Patricia Klinger

Grantee will use funds to hire a software developer/contractor to create a GUFPA database to ensure the maximum enforcement capabilities for the agency. GPSC's current GUFPA database has been in place since 2002. There have been numerous updates and changes based on any regulatory changes or other requests. However, this current system is very inefficient and ineffective in capturing a complete number of damages to underground facilities located in Georgia. The GPSC's current database receives on average 3,400 reported damages from utilities and the excavators . However, Georgia 811 (One Call center) averages over 10,000 reported damages on an annual basis. A new database/software program would greatly assist the GPSC in closing that gap and increasing our enforcement capabilities.

The PHMSA awards One Call Grants to State pipeline safety programs under 49 U.S.C. Chapter 61, "One Call Notification Programs." The grants were authorized in 1995 in response to several serious accidents caused by excavation damage to underground facilities. Projects supported by One Call Grants are prioritized and aligned with 49 U.S.C. 6106(a) goals for improving state damage prevention programs. Goals of the program are to improve: the overall quality and effectiveness of one-call notification systems in the State; communications systems linking one-call notification systems; location capabilities, including training personnel and developing and using location technology; record retention and recording capabilities for one-call notification systems; public information and education; participation in one-call notification systems; and compliance and enforcement under the State one-call notification program. The PHMSA' s fiscal year 2015 One Call Grant is $1,069,000.

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