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• Publication Date: 05/01/2017
• Publication Type: Notice
• Fed Register #: 82:20388-20394
• Title: OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Center; Notice of Competition and Request for Applications


  [Federal Register Volume 82, Number 82 (Monday, May 1, 2017)]
  [Notices]
  [Pages 20388-20394]
  From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
  [FR Doc No: 2017-08686]


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  DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

  Occupational Safety and Health Administration


  OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Center; Notice of
  Competition and Request for Applications

  AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.

  ACTION: Notice of competition and request for applications for the OSHA
  Training Institute Education Centers Program.

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  SUMMARY: This notice announces the opportunity for interested non-
  profit organizations, including qualifying educational institutions,
  trade associations, labor unions, and community-based and faith-based
  organizations that are not an agency of a state or local government to
  submit applications to become an OSHA Training Institute Education
  Center and deliver standard classroom instruction on a regional basis.
  State or local government-supported institutions of higher education
  are eligible to apply. Eligible organizations can apply independently
  or in partnership with other eligible organizations, but in such a
  case, a lead organization must be identified along with a list of any
  consortium partners. Current OSHA-authorized OSHA Training Institute
  Education Centers required to renew their status must submit a new
  application in order to maintain their OSHA Training Institute
  Education Center status. If the corporate identity of an applicant, or
  its membership have changed, the new entity must submit an application.
  Applications will only be accepted during the solicitation period and
  will be rated on a competitive basis. Complete application instructions
  are contained in this notice.
      This notice also contains information on a proposal conference
  designed to provide potential applicants with information about the
  OSHA Training Institute Education Centers Program. The conference will
  clarify OSHA expectations for OSHA Training Institute Education
  Centers, courses and methods of instruction, as well as administrative
  and program requirements for OSHA Training Institute Education Centers
  and the OSHA Outreach Training Program. Applicants are strongly
  encouraged to attend the proposal conference.
      OSHA will enter into five-year, non-financial cooperative
  agreements with successful applicants. These authorization agreements
  are intended solely to facilitate the ongoing monitoring and evaluation
  of safety training provided by authorized OSHA Training Institute
  Education Centers. These cooperative agreements will not constitute a
  grant or financial assistance instrument, and OSHA will provide no
  compensation to authorized OSHA Training Institute Education Centers.
  Such non-financial cooperative agreements are renewable, at the
  Government's sole option, for one five-year period, if the organization
  has performed satisfactorily during the initial term.

  DATES: Applications (three copies) must be received no later than 4:30
  p.m. Central Time on June 30, 2017. Requests for extension of this
  application deadline will not be granted.
      A proposal conference will be held on May 17, 2017, at the OSHA
  Directorate of Training and Education, 2020 South Arlington Heights
  Rd., Arlington Heights, Illinois 60005-4102. Attendees are required to
  pre-register for this conference. Specific details are discussed in the
  Proposal Conference section of this notice.

  ADDRESSES: Submit applications (three copies) to the OSHA Directorate
  of Training and Education, Office of Training Programs and
  Administration, Attn: James Brock, 2020 South Arlington Heights Rd.,
  Arlington Heights, Illinois 60005-4102.
      Applicants selected to be OSHA Training Institute Education Centers
  must attend a mandatory orientation meeting to be held at the OSHA
  Directorate of Training and Education, 2020 South Arlington Heights
  Rd., Arlington Heights, Illinois 60005-4102 at a time and date to be
  determined.

  FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any questions regarding this
  opportunity should be directed to: James Brock, OSHA Training Institute
  Education Centers Program Manager, email address brock.james.e@dol.gov,
  or Annette Braam, Assistant Director, Training Programs, OSHA
  Directorate of Training and Education, email address
  braam.annette@dol.gov. Both can be reached at: (847) 759-7700.

  SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The supplementary information contains
  details concerning the following:

   Background Information
      Overview of the OSHA Directorate of Training and Education (DTE)
      Overview of the OSHA Training Institute (OTI)
      Overview of the OTI Education Centers Program
      Overview of the OSHA Outreach Training Program
   Organizational Responsibilities
      OTI Education Centers Responsibilities
      OSHA DTE Responsibilities
   OSHA Jurisdiction
   Geographic Distribution
   Application Submission Requirements
   Selection Guidelines
   Selection Criteria
   Consortia and Partnerships
   Funding Provisions
   Cooperative Agreement Duration
   Proposal Conference
   Application Submission
   Application Deadline
   Application Evaluation and Selection Process
   Notification of Selection
   Freedom of Information Act
   Paperwork Reduction Act
   Transparency
   Notification of Non-Selection
   Non-Selection Appeal
   Appendix A--Current List of Required, Elective, and Short
  Courses

  Background Information

  Overview of the OSHA Directorate of Training and Education (DTE)

      DTE, located in Arlington Heights, Illinois, supports the Agency's
  mission and performance goals of securing safe and healthy workplaces
  and increasing workers' voice in the workplace through the development
  and delivery of training courses and educational programs. The
  Directorate has three distinct functional areas: the OSHA Training
  Institute (OTI), the Office of Training Programs and Administration,
  and the Office of Training Educational Development. The Directorate
  provides training for federal and state compliance officers and state
  consultants. The Directorate administers three distinct external
  training programs including the OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education
  Centers Program, the Outreach Training Program, and the Susan Harwood
  Training Grants Program. The Directorate also develops training and
  educational materials that support OTI courses and the Agency's
  compliance assistance initiatives.

  Overview of the OSHA Training Institute (OTI)

      OTI, located in Arlington Heights, Illinois, is OSHA's primary
  training provider. OTI conducts over 50 unique course offerings on an
  annual basis. Training includes job hazard recognition as well as OSHA
  standards, policies, and procedures for persons responsible for
  enforcing or directly

  supporting the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. The OTI's
  primary responsibility is to federal and state compliance officers and
  state consultation program staff. The OTI Education Centers are the
  primary training providers for private and public sector personnel, and
  federal personnel from agencies other than OSHA.

  Overview of OTI Education Centers Program

      The OTI Education Centers are a national network of non-profit
  organizations authorized by OSHA to deliver occupational safety and
  health training to private and public sector workers, supervisors, and
  employers on behalf of OSHA. The OTI Education Centers Program was
  initiated in 1992 when OSHA began partnering with other training and
  educational institutions to conduct OSHA courses. The OTI Education
  Centers Program supports OSHA's training and education mission through
  a variety of safety and health programs.
      OTI Education Center courses include OSHA standards and Outreach
  Training Program trainer and update courses. The OTI Education Centers
  offer more than 50 courses on various safety and health topics
  including recordkeeping, machine guarding, confined space, electrical
  standards, ergonomics, safety and health management, and fall
  protection. Information regarding the OTI Education Centers Program
  background, including a complete list of current organizations, OSHA
  numbered course offerings, and descriptions can be found on the OSHA
  Web site at: http://www.osha.gov/otiec.
      OTI Education Centers are selected through a national competitive
  process and receive no funding from OSHA; they support their OSHA
  training through their normal tuition and fee structures. OTI Education
  Centers are located in all OSHA Regions and work closely with OSHA
  Regional and Area offices to meet the needs of the regional
  constituency. OTI Education Centers are encouraged to conduct courses
  at host site organizations in addition to their own facilities and are
  required to conduct courses in all states and U.S. territories within
  their Region. Host site organizations must be non-profit organizations.
  OTI Education Centers are responsible for authorizing Outreach
  trainers, processing Outreach trainer card requests, and conducting
  Outreach trainer monitoring activity for the OSHA Outreach Training
  Program.

  Overview of the OSHA Outreach Training Program

      The OSHA Outreach Training Program was established during the early
  years of the Agency to provide an overview of OSHA and to disseminate
  basic occupational safety and health workplace hazard information to
  workers using independent authorized trainers. Courses are intended to
  provide information on worker rights and employer responsibilities, and
  focus on work-related hazards. Outreach Training Program courses do not
  focus on or teach OSHA standards. Workers who complete the construction
  industry, general industry, maritime industry, or disaster site worker
  Outreach courses receive OSHA student course completion cards from the
  authorized trainer who conducted the training. OSHA Outreach Trainers
  are authorized exclusively through the OTI Education Centers. OTI
  Education Centers are responsible for administering the Outreach
  Training Program, including issuing course completion cards to
  authorized Outreach trainers and conducting monitoring activity such as
  record audits and training observations.
      The Outreach Training Program is a voluntary program. OSHA
  recommends Outreach Training Program courses as an introduction to
  occupational safety and health hazard recognition for workers. Although
  a voluntary program, some cities and states have enacted laws mandating
  the training. In addition, some employers, unions, organizations, or
  other jurisdictions may also require this training. Please note that
  Outreach Training Program courses do not meet specific training
  requirements contained in OSHA standards. The OSHA Outreach Training
  Program requirements and procedures contain instructions and
  information for Outreach Trainers. Among the items addressed in the
  requirements and procedures are course topic requirements, minimum
  lengths for course topics, advertising restrictions, records retention,
  and reporting requirements. OSHA Outreach Training Program requirements
  and procedures are located at: http://www.osha.gov/dte/outreach/index.html.

  Organizational Responsibilities

  OTI Education Centers Responsibilities

      OTI Education Centers are responsible for the following:
      (1) Adhere to all OSHA/DTE program requirements, policies, and
  procedures.
      (2) Develop and update course curriculum to support learning
  objectives determined by OSHA/DTE.
      (3) Ensure instructors are qualified in the courses/subjects they
  will be teaching in accordance with OSHA instructor qualification
  policies.
      (4) Meet annual program goals that include the following:
      (a) Conduct a minimum number of courses per month and achieve
  annual student training goals and objectives as established by OSHA/
  DTE. Program goals are evaluated and revised on an annual basis. For
  the federal fiscal year 2017, each OTI Education Center is expected to
  train 1,700 students annually.
      (b) Provide standard classroom instruction training throughout
  their Region and target underserved areas identified by OSHA/DTE.
      (c) Conduct courses on a year-round basis with each required,
  elective, and short course being offered in accordance with annual
  program goals. Required, elective, and short courses are subject to
  change.
      (5) Publicize and promote the availability of courses to ensure
  attendance and the delivery of the scheduled courses.
      (6) Register students, provide course materials, and issue course
  completion certificates to students. This includes:
      (a) Ensuring students have met all prerequisites prior to
  registration.
      (b) Collecting and retaining student registration and attendance
  records in accordance with OSHA/DTE guidelines.
      (7) Comply with reporting requirements as identified by OSHA/DTE.
  This includes:
      (a) Providing OSHA/DTE with monthly training summary reports.
      (b) Providing OSHA/DTE with training and instructor records for
  quarterly audits, semi-annual, and annual performance reporting.
      (c) Collecting student surveys from students in accordance with
  OSHA procedures and providing that data to OSHA as requested.
      (8) Administer Outreach Training Program activities. This includes:
      (a) Distributing student cards to authorized Outreach Training
  Program trainers.
      (b) Monitoring OSHA Outreach trainers including conducting record
  audits and training observations.
      (c) Responding and processing exception requests in accordance with
  Outreach Training Program requirements.
      (9) Attend the semiannual OSHA Training Institute Education Centers
  Directors' Meetings.
      (10) Collaborate with other OTI Education Centers including
  mandatory participation on project teams and providing financial and
  personnel

  support for OTI Education Center marketing initiatives.
      (11) Provide dedicated staff for the program management and
  administration.

  OSHA DTE Responsibilities

      DTE is responsible for the following:
      (1) Develop program policies, procedures, and requirements.
      (2) Provide answers and technical assistance on questions regarding
  OSHA policy and program requirements.
      (3) Provide OTI Education Centers with learning objectives for
  courses to be presented.
      (4) For select courses, provide curriculum and test questions.
      (5) Coordinate the development of new OTI Education Center courses.
      (6) Monitor the performance of the OTI Education Centers through
  on-site program visits, conference calls, training observations, and
  examination of course reports and attendance records.
      (7) Coordinate the efforts of the OTI Education Center Program
  Executive Committee.
      (8) Evaluate the effectiveness of the OTI Education Centers and
  provide each organization with an annual performance appraisal.
      (9) Conduct investigations of alleged OTI Education Center non-
  compliance with the Non-Financial Cooperative Agreement and OSHA
  policies and procedures.

  OSHA Jurisdiction

      OSHA is a federal agency within the United States. The Agency
  covers workers and employers in the 50 United States and certain
  territories and jurisdictions under federal authority. Those
  jurisdictions include the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin
  Islands, American Samoa, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana
  Islands, Wake Island, Johnston Island, and the Outer Continental Shelf
  Lands as defined in the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act.

  Geographic Distribution

      There is currently at least one OTI Education Center in each OSHA
  Region. However, OSHA may elect to select more than one OTI Education
  Center in some or all OSHA Regions. The OSHA Regions contain the
  following states and U.S. territories.
      Region I: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode
  Island, and Vermont.
      Region II: New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands.
      Region III: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania,
  Virginia, and West Virginia.
      Region IV: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North
  Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
      Region V: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and
  Wisconsin.
      Region VI: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.
      Region VII: Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska.
      Region VIII: Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah,
  and Wyoming.
      Region IX: American Samoa, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii,
  Nevada, and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
      Region X: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.
      For this notice of competition, special consideration may be given
  to applicant organizations with physical locations in the following
  major metropolitan areas that may be underserved by existing OTI
  Education Centers (the list is in alpha order, not order of
  preference):
  1. Austin-Round Rock, TX
  2. Boston-Cambridge-Newton-Quincy, MA-NH
  3. Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, NC-SC
  4. Cleveland-Elyria, OH
  5. Columbus, OH
  6. Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT
  7. Houston-The Woodlands-Sugarland, TX
  8. Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN
  9. Jacksonville, FL
  10. Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV
  11. Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN
  12. Memphis, TN-MS-AR
  13. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
  14. Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
  15. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
  16. New Orleans-Metairie, LA
  17. Oklahoma City, OK
  18. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL
  19. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
  20. Pittsburgh, PA
  21. Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
  22. Providence-Warwick, RI-MA
  23. Richmond, VA
  24. Sacramento-Roseville-Arden Arcade, CA
  25. Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  Application Submission Requirements

      Submissions that are not in accordance with the application
  submission requirements listed below will not be considered. The
  application must include the following:
      (1) Program Summary: The program summary is a one-to-two page
  double-spaced abstract that succinctly summarizes the applicant
  organization and any consortium partners' background, experience, and
  qualifications in occupational safety and health and training. The
  program summary must also provide:
      (a) Contact information including the following:
       The name, address, and phone number of the lead
  organization and all consortium partners. A post office box will not be
  accepted.
       The name, title, address, telephone number, and email
  address of the program director who can answer questions regarding the
  application.
      (b) Information on which OTI Education Center courses may be
  offered and any relevant language or target audience information.
      (2) Program Narrative: The program narrative must be numbered and
  not exceed 30 double-spaced pages. Attachments will not be included in
  the page count.
      (3) Applicant Eligibility: In order to be eligible, each
  organization must document the following. Organizations that do not
  address the following will not be given further consideration.
      (a) Non-Profit Status: Include evidence of non-profit status of the
  lead organization and each member organization if applying as a
  consortium. A letter from the Internal Revenue Service, State, or a
  statement included in a recent audit report is preferred. In the
  absence of these, a copy of the articles of incorporation showing the
  non-profit status will be accepted.
      (b) Authority to Apply: Provide a copy of the resolution by company
  president, Chief Executive Officer, Board of Directors, Board of
  Regents, or other governing body of the organization approving the
  submittal of an application to OSHA to become an OTI Education Center.
      (c) Occupational Safety and Health Training Experience: Demonstrate
  previous experience delivering occupational safety and health training
  to adults.
      (d) Status as a Training Organization: (This applies only to
  applicants that are not colleges or universities.) Document that
  training or education is a principal activity of the organization.
  Through audit reports, annual reports, or other documentation, the
  applicant must clearly demonstrate that for the last two calendar years
  more than 50 percent of the organization's funds have been used for
  training and education activities and more than 50 percent of staff
  resources have also been used for this purpose.
      (e) Curriculum Development: Explain the organization's process for

  developing and updating occupational safety and health curriculum to
  meet learning objectives provided by OSHA.
      (f) Training Facilities: Provide detail regarding classrooms,
  laboratories, and testing facilities available. The organization must
  have training facilities that are under their purview.
      (g) Training Throughout the OSHA Region: Provide details regarding
  the organization's ability to provide standard in-person classroom
  training across the OSHA Region in which the organization is physically
  located. Training conducted through video-conferencing and webinars are
  not accepted as in-person classroom training.
      (h) Nondiscrimination: Provide copies of the organization's
  nondiscrimination policies covering staff and students. In the absence
  of a written policy, explain how the organization will ensure that
  staff and students are selected without regard to race, color,
  religion, national origin, gender, age, or disability.

  Selection Guidelines

      OSHA does not have a predetermined number of organizations to be
  selected to act as authorized OTI Education Centers. The number of
  organizations selected will be determined on a competitive basis using
  the selection criteria contained in this announcement.

  Selection Criteria

      Applications that meet the factors listed in the "Applicant
  Eligibility" section above will be reviewed by a technical panel based
  on the criteria listed below.
  (1) Organizational Commitment (10 Points)
      (a) Explicit commitment of company president, Chief Executive
  Officer, Board of Directors, Board of Regents, or other governing body
  of the organization to fully utilize all available organizational
  resources necessary to support a large-scale occupational safety and
  health training program.
      (b) To fully address this element, the proposal must:
      (i) Include a signed Letter of Commitment from company president,
  Chief Executive Officer, Board of Directors, Board of Regents, or other
  governing body of the organization detailing how they will support the
  initial startup, the short-term viability and the long-term growth of
  an OTI Education Center.
      (ii) Clearly state the metrics and outcomes your organization will
  use to formally evaluate and assess the success of an OTI Education
  Center program.
  (2) Organizational Experience and Qualifications (20 Points)
      (a) Experience delivering occupational safety and health training
  in the construction, general, and maritime industries.
      (b) Experience training adults.
      (c) Ability to deliver required, elective, and short OTI Education
  Center courses; (See Appendix A for a current list of required,
  elective and short OTI Education Center courses).
      (d) Provision for a systematic process for developing and updating
  occupational safety and health curriculum to support learning
  objectives provided by OSHA.
      (e) Resources for supporting a large-scale occupational safety and
  health training program, such as appropriate management, instructional
  staff, and administrative staff to fulfill all program requirements
  including marketing, registration, student training materials,
  instruction, reporting, and Outreach card administration.
      (f) To fully address this element, the proposal must:
      (i) Describe experience delivering occupational safety and health
  training including the number of classes offered, number of students
  taught in each class, and number of student contact hours for each
  course during the last three calendar years.
      (ii) Include copies of catalogs and other marketing materials that
  provide descriptive material about occupational safety and health
  training courses.
      (iii) Describe ability to deliver OTI Education Center courses
  including required, elective, and short courses. Please note the
  required, elective and short course offerings are subject to change. A
  current list of required, elective and short courses may be found at
  Appendix A. The complete list of courses and descriptions is available
  online at http://www.osha.gov/dte/edcenters/course_description.html.
      (iv) Indicate the number of occupational safety and health courses
  for which your organization has developed curriculum, including the
  title and student contact hours for each course, within the last three
  calendar years.
      (v) Indicate the number of instructor-led in-person classroom
  training occupational safety and health courses your organization has
  conducted, including title, student contact hours, and number of
  trainees within the last three calendar years.
      (vi) Describe organization's process for evaluating course content
  as it relates to student learning outcomes and process for reviewing
  and updating curriculum and course materials.
      (vii) Demonstrate that your organization is capable of providing
  in-person classroom training throughout the OSHA Region in which the
  lead organization and consortium partner(s) are physically located.
  (3) Staff Experience and Qualifications (15 Points)
      (a) Staff experience in delivering training courses to adults in
  occupational safety and health in construction, general industry, and
  maritime.
      (b) Staff experience in occupational safety and health subjects
  including the application of OSHA standards to the recognition,
  avoidance, abatement, and prevention of workplace hazards.
      (c) Professional certifications related to occupational safety and
  health held by staff such as such as Certified Safety Professional,
  Professional Engineer, or Certified Industrial Hygienist.
      (d) Staff experience in managing and administering a training
  program including student registration and enrollment, student
  communications, course preparation, records maintenance, and marketing.
      (e) To fully address this element, the proposal must:
      (i) Include an organizational chart of the department responsible
  for training. Indicate number and titles of staff positions that will
  be dedicated to the OTI Education Center Program along with the
  expected annual number of man-hours that will be allocated to the
  Program.
      (ii) Describe staff knowledge of and experience with OSHA standards
  and their application to hazard recognition and hazard abatement.
      (iii) Describe organization's process for evaluating instructors'
  effectiveness in the classroom. Provide copies of evaluation measures,
  checklists, and forms used to evaluate instructors.
      (iv) Include resumes for instructors responsible for conducting
  OSHA courses and current staff. Provide position descriptions for
  positions to be filled.
  (4) Location and Training Facilities (10 Points)
      (a) Ability to conduct standard classroom instruction training in
  multiple locations within the OSHA Region.
      (b) Classroom facilities available for presentation of the courses,
  including room capacity, availability of audiovisual equipment, and
  appropriate laboratories and other facilities available for hands-on
  exercises.

      (c) Availability of testing center, evaluation center, or
  comparable facility.
      (d) Provisions for accessibility for persons with disabilities.
      (e) Accessibility of the training facility to population centers,
  including such factors as distance from a major airport, transportation
  from the airport to hotels, and distance from the interstate system.
      (f) Availability and affordability of lodging and accommodations,
  food service, and restaurants available both in the area in which the
  classes will be held and in the area where the hotels are located.
  Lodging rates are based on GSA per diem rates located at https://www.gsa.gov/perdiem.
      (g) Availability of local transportation, including how students
  will be transported between the hotels and classes using hotel
  shuttles, public transportation, or other means.
      (h) To fully address this element, the proposal must:
      (i) Describe the accessibility of the training facility for
  students within local commuting area.
      (ii) Clearly identify that your organization has classrooms,
  laboratories, and testing facilities available. Training facilities
  must be under the direct control of the applicant. Floor plans are
  encouraged and may be included as an attachment.
      (iii) Include such items as distance from a major airport, number
  of airlines serving the airport, transportation from the airport to
  hotels, and distance from the interstate system.
      (iv) Provide a representative listing of hotels available for
  student accommodation and give sample room rates. Explain how students
  will be transported between the hotels and classes. Describe the food
  service and restaurants available both in the area in which the classes
  will be held and in the area where the hotels are located.
      (v) Describe the organization's ability and plan to provide off-
  site host-site training within their respective Region including
  procedures to assure that classroom facilities and accommodations are
  adequate. Off-site training includes the ability to conduct courses at
  sites other than your own facility and in other states and U.S.
  territories within your OSHA region. Host-site training organizations
  must be non-profit organizations and proof of non-profit status is
  required.
  (5) Marketing (15 Points)
      (a) Experience in marketing training to adults.
      (b) Ability to effectively market occupational safety and health
  training programs.
      (c) Utilization of various media to support marketing efforts.
      (d) Ability to solicit and deliver training on a contract basis.
      (e) Resources sufficient to support participation in national
  industry conferences in order to market training programs.
      (f) To fully address this element, the proposal must:
      (i) Explain the procedures for marketing your organization's
  training courses and recruiting adult learners.
      (ii) Include examples of current course marketing materials such as
  catalogs, flyers, brochures, emails, Web site urls and screen shots,
  postcards, use of social media, and any other associated relevant
  materials.
      (iii) Explain how your organization will promote its status as an
  OTI Education Center.
      (iv) Describe your organization's experience in exhibiting at
  conferences and trade shows.
  (6) Administrative Capabilities (20 Points)
      (a) Ability to administer a large-scale occupational safety and
  health training program, including clerical and support staff, and
  customer service capabilities, to fulfill all program requirements and
  meet customer needs.
      (b) Ability to administer the Outreach Training Program, including
  processing card requests for Outreach trainers and conducting Outreach
  monitoring activities such as record audits and training observations.
      (c) Ability to compile and submit reports and other training data.
      (d) Applicants must be capable of providing mandatory reports
  consistent with current OSHA requirements, including the capability to
  submit reports in Excel format on a template provided by OSHA/DTE.
  Please note, OSHA periodically revises reporting requirements.
      (e) Ability to respond to inquiries from OSHA and the public.
      (f) Ability to manage student records.
      (g) To fully address this element, the proposal must:
      (i) Describe registration procedures including provisions for
  course cancellation, furnishing students with course materials,
  verifying course prerequisites are met in advance of registration, and
  tuition or fee collection processes.
      (ii) Describe capabilities to process and issue course completion
  documents to students and collect related fees.
      (iii) Describe personnel and resources available to conduct
  Outreach monitoring activities, including record audits and training
  observations.
      (iv) Include information about organization's record retention
  policy, ability to issue replacement course completion documents, and
  collect related fees. Please note OSHA requires records to be
  maintained for a minimum of five years. OTI Education Centers may
  establish a longer retention policy.
      (v) Explain what procedures will be implemented for reporting to
  OSHA/DTE.
      (vi) Provide specific details regarding the organization's full-
  time customer service staff, capabilities, and/or planned approach for
  responding to questions from students; handling questions and concerns
  related to occupational safety and health; resolving problems
  associated with a course, whether received via student satisfaction
  surveys or direct communication from a student; and issuing replacement
  course completion certificates in a timely manner, including
  verification of student identity and training completion.
      (vii) Provide a copy of the organization's tuition and fee
  schedule; explain how tuition or fees will be computed for each OTI
  Education Center numbered course, referencing the organization's
  tuition and fee schedule; and describe tuition and fee procedures
  including provisions for the collection of tuition, cancellation fees,
  and issuing refunds.
  (7) Evaluation (10 Points)
      OSHA utilizes Kirkpatrick's Levels of Evaluation as described
  below. Each OTI Education Center is responsible for collecting and
  submitting student surveys.
      Satisfaction Survey (Level I Evaluation) to Measure Reaction: Each
  student must receive a satisfaction survey to assess the students'
  reactions and perceptions of the quality of the training.
      Testing (Level II Evaluation) to Measure Learning: Learning
  assessments measure the skills and knowledge that the trainee retains
  as a result of the training. Testing is mandatory at the end of many
  courses.
      Follow-up Impact Survey (Level III Evaluation) to Measure Results:
  Each applicant must have the capability of issuing a follow-up impact
  survey to assess the effectiveness of the training after an elapsed
  time period (e.g., 6-months) using survey questions provided by OSHA.
      (a) Ability to administer student surveys in a classroom setting.
      (b) Ability to administer exams and ensure test integrity.

      (c) Ability to assess the effectiveness of the training after an
  elapsed time period using a follow-up impact survey.
      (d) Ability to summarize and report evaluation results.
      (e) To fully address this element, the proposal must:
      (i) Describe the organization's experience in conducting evaluation
  of training programs.
      (ii) Describe organization's experience in administering student
  surveys. Provide examples of student surveys presently in use.
      (iii) Describe organization's experience in administering classroom
  exams and the process for ensuring test integrity.
      (iv) Describe organization's experience conducting follow-up
  evaluations that measure behavior and/or results.

  Consortia and Partnerships

      Applicants may join with one or more other non-profit organizations
  in their Region to apply as a consortium. A training or education
  institution may elect to apply for this program in partnership with a
  safety and health organization that is not primarily a training
  organization. For example, a university could enter into an agreement
  with a labor union that provides for the use of university classrooms
  and faculty supplemented by union safety and health professionals. All
  consortium partners must be physically located in the same OSHA region.
  Partners must designate a lead organization that will be responsible
  for program reporting and Outreach Training Program administration
  including Outreach card distribution.

  Funding Provisions

      OSHA provides no funding to OTI Education Centers. OTI Education
  Centers Program participants are expected to support their training
  through their normal tuition and fee structures.

  Cooperative Agreement Duration

      Selected applicants will sign five-year non-financial cooperative
  agreements with OSHA. Such an agreement may be renewed without
  additional competition for just one additional five-year period,
  provided that: (1) OSHA found the OTI Education Center's performance
  during the cooperative agreement to be satisfactory; and (2) the OTI
  Education Center has not altered its existing membership of constituent
  organizations (i.e., the member organizations that comprise its
  consortium).
      The agency reserves the right to revoke the authorization of an OTI
  Education Center. Either party may terminate the cooperative agreement
  with advance written notice, provided both parties continue to meet all
  obligations of the agreement for the duration of the advance notice
  period.

  Proposal Conference

      A proposal conference will be held to provide potential applicants
  with information about the OTI Education Centers Program. The
  conference will also clarify OSHA expectations for OTI Education
  Centers, courses and methods of instruction, as well as administrative
  and program requirements for OTI Education Centers and the OSHA
  Outreach Training Program. Attendance at the proposal conference is not
  mandatory, but applicants are strongly encouraged to attend.
      The proposal conference is scheduled for May 17, 2017, at the OSHA
  Directorate of Training and Education, 2020 S. Arlington Heights Rd.,
  Arlington Heights, Illinois 60005-4102.
      It is required for all attendees to register for this proposal
  conference. Applicants interested in attending this conference must
  register through the following link: https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0019-0016-075F22DDCF7C46E18441F0ACF45847A0. Required
  registration information includes:
      (1) Name and street address of the organization;
      (2) Name, title, telephone number, and email address of the
  attendees
      Registration information must be submitted no later than June 30,
  2017.

  Application Submission

      Applications must be submitted to the attention of James Brock,
  Program Manager, Office of Training Programs and Administration, OSHA
  Directorate of Training and Education, 2020 S. Arlington Heights Rd.,
  Arlington Heights, Illinois 60005-4102.
      The submission is to consist of three copies of the application.
  Applications may be bound. The program narrative must not exceed 30
  double-spaced pages. Attachments will not be included in the page
  count. Applications must be double-spaced, in 12-point font, with all
  pages numbered, including attachments. Attachments must only include
  essential documents that are relevant to this program.

  Application Deadline

      Applications must be received by the OSHA Directorate of Training
  and Education no later than 4:30 p.m., Central Time, on June 30, 2017.
  Requests for extension to this application deadline will not be
  granted.

  Application Evaluation and Selection Process

      Applications will be reviewed by technical panels comprised of OSHA
  staff. The technical panels will review applications based on criteria
  listed in this notice to determine which applicants best meet the
  stated requirements. As part of the evaluation and selection process,
  OSHA may request additional information from applicants. This may
  include written requests for clarification, phone or in-person
  interviews, access to existing programs, and on-site visits of
  applicant facilities. OSHA will attempt to select qualified applicants
  who have the ability to provide training throughout their region based
  on program needs. The panels' recommendations to the Assistant
  Secretary are advisory in nature. The final decision will be made by
  the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.

  Notification of Selection

      Applicants will be notified by a representative of the Assistant
  Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health if their
  organization is selected as an OSHA Training Institute Education
  Center. Applicants selected to be OSHA Training Institute Education
  Centers must attend a mandatory orientation meeting at the Directorate
  of Training and Education in Arlington Heights, Illinois at a time and
  date to be provided after selection.
      An organization may not deliver OSHA Training Institute Education
  Center courses until the program has been authorized, the organization
  has signed a non-financial cooperative agreement with OSHA, and the
  organization has participated in the orientation meeting.

  Freedom of Information Act

      Information submitted in the respondent's application is not
  considered confidential. Organization's application data may be
  releasable under the Freedom of Information Act.

  Paperwork Reduction Act

      Interested parties must submit an application as discussed under
  section "Application Submission Requirements." According to the
  Paperwork Reduction Act, an Agency may not conduct or sponsor, and no
  persons are required to respond to, a collection of information unless
  such collection displays a valid OMB control

  number. The application provides to OSHA basic information about the
  applicant organization and application. Information will be used to
  evaluate the qualifications of the applicants, and their ability to
  serve the regional population and to determine ability to conduct OSHA
  courses for private sector personnel and federal personnel from
  agencies other than OSHA; and, to evaluate the applicant organization's
  competence to provide the proposed training (including the
  qualifications of the personnel to manage and implement the training).
  OSHA estimates employer burden for the completion of this application
  is sixty hours per application. These estimates include the time for
  reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and
  maintaining the data needed, and, completing and reviewing the
  collection of information.
      The application was previously reviewed and approved for use by the
  Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the provisions of the
  Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13). The assigned OMB
  control number is 1218-0262.

  Transparency

      The Department of Labor is committed to conducting a transparent
  selection process and publicizing information about program outcomes.
  Applications or abstracts may be posted on public Web sites as a means
  of promoting and sharing innovative ideas.

  Notification of Non-Selection

      Applicants will be notified in writing if their organization is not
  selected to be an OSHA Training Institute Education Center.

  Non-Selection Appeal

      All decisions by the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational
  Safety and Health are final. The Department of Labor does not provide
  an appeal procedure for applicants that are not selected.

  Authority and Signature

      Section 21 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (29
  U.S.C. 670)

      Signed at Washington, DC, on April 24, 2017.
  Dorothy Dougherty,
  Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.

  Appendix A--Current List of Required, Elective and Short Courses \1\
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      \1\ Subject to change based on Agency initiatives, yearly annual
  performance criteria and national emphasis programs.
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  (1) Present OTI Courses:
      (a) FY 2017 rating criterion is 95 courses conducted annually
  with a minimum of four in-person courses per month.
      (b) Present all OTI Courses as follows:
      (i) OTI Education Centers are required to present the following
  ten courses annually:
      (1) #500 Trainer Course in Occupational Safety and Health
  Standards for the Construction Industry
      (2) #501 Trainer Course in Occupational Safety and Health
  Standards for General Industry
      (3) #502 Update for Construction Industry Outreach Trainers
      (4) #503 Update for General Industry Outreach Trainers
      (5) #510 Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the
  Construction Industry
      (6) #511 Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General
  Industry
      (7) #3095 Electrical Standards
      (8) #3115 Fall Protection
      (9) #7500 Introduction to Safety and Health Management
      (10) #7845 Recordkeeping Rule Seminar
      (ii) OTI Education Centers are required to present at least five
  of the following elective courses annually:
      (1) #521 OSHA Guide to Industrial Hygiene
      (2) #2015 Hazardous Materials
      (3) #2045 Machinery and Machine Guarding Standards
      (4) #2055 Cranes in Construction
      (5) #2225 Respiratory Protection
      (6) #2255 Principles of Ergonomics
      (7) #2264 Permit-Required Confined Space Entry
      (8) #3015 Excavation, Trenching, and Soil Mechanics
      (9) #3085 Principles of Scaffolding
      (10) #5029 Cal/OSHA Update for Construction Industry Outreach
  Trainers
      (11) #5039 Cal/OSHA Update for General Industry Outreach
  Trainers
      (12) #5109 Cal/OSHA Standards for the Construction Industry
      (13) #5119 Cal/OSHA Standards for General Industry
      (14) #5400 Trainer Course in Occupational Safety and Health for
  the Maritime Industry
      (15) #5402 Update for Maritime Industry Outreach Trainers
      (16) #5410 Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the
  Maritime Industry
      (17) #5600 Disaster Site Worker Trainer Course
      (18) #5602 Update for Disaster Site Worker Trainers
      (19) #5810 Hazard Recognition and Standards for On Shore Oil and
  Gas Exploration and Production
      (20) #6000 Collateral Duty Course for Other Federal Agencies
      (21) #6010 Occupational Safety and Health Course for Other
  Federal Agencies
      (iii) OTI Education Centers are required to present at least
  three of the following short courses annually:
      (1) #7000 OSHA Training Guidelines for Safe Patient Handling
      (2) #7005 Public Warehousing and Storage
      (3) #7100 Introduction to Machinery and Machine Safeguarding
      (4) #7105 Introduction to Evacuation and Emergency Planning
      (5) #7110 Introduction to Safe Bolting: Principles and Practices
      (6) #7115 Lockout/Tagout
      (7) #7120 Introduction to Combustible Dust Hazards
      (8) #7125 Seminar on Combustible Dust Hazards
      (9) #7200 Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control for Healthcare
  Facilities
      (10) #7205 Health Hazard Awareness
      (11) #7210 Pandemic Influenza Workplace Preparedness
      (12) #7225 Transitioning to Safer Chemicals
      (13) #7300 Understanding OSHA's Permit-Required Confined Space
  Standard
      (14) #7400 Noise in the Construction Industry
      (15) #7405 Fall Hazard Awareness for the Construction Industry
      (16) #7410 Managing Excavation Hazards
      (17) #7415 OSHA Construction Industry Requirements (Major
  Hazards and Prevention Strategies)
      (18) #7505 Introduction to Incident (Accident) Investigation
      (19) #7510 Introduction to OSHA for Small Business

  [FR Doc. 2017-08686 Filed 4-28-17; 8:45 am]
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