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  • Question & Answer Session 2 - March 25 - 2021 Virtual State RBS Workshop

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    Question & Answer Session 2 - March 25, 2021

    Questions and answers for these two sessions:

    Grant Reporting: Performance Report Part II
    Reading the Allocation Table

    Vann Burgess

    USCG RBS Specialist

    U.S. Coast Guard (CG-522), Office of Auxiliary & Boating Safety

    Vann Burgess retired from the United States Coast Guard in February of 2000 after serving more than 21 years on active duty. During his career, Burgess’s primary fields were Law Enforcement and Search and Rescue. His last tour of duty was as the coordinator and lead instructor for the Marine Patrol Officer’s Course and a regulatory subject matter expert for the Boarding Officer’s Course at the Coast Guard’s Maritime Law Enforcement School, Yorktown, Virginia.

     In July 2000, Burgess came to the U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Division, Coast Guard Headquarters, where he now serves as the Coast Guard’s Senior Recreational Boating Safety (RBS) Specialist. In his current position, Burgess oversees the programmatic operation of the State RBS Grant Program, provided under the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund and administered by the U.S. Coast Guard. This grant program provides funding to all U.S. states and territories for the purposes of vessel numbering, RBS law enforcement, RBS education, search and rescue and boating accident investigation and reporting. Burgess also serves as the programmatic lead for the Vessel Identification System (VIS), a national database for state numbered and Coast Guard documented vessels for the purposes of law enforcement and security.

     Vann Burgess is the Coast Guard’s Boating Safety liaison to the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and serves on the Boat Accident and Training (BOAT) Program Advisory Board.

    Lynne McMahan

    Grant Management Specialist

    U.S. Coast Guard (CG-522), Office of Auxiliary & Boating Safety

    Lynne Carliss McMahan has almost 30 years in Federal service. The last 20 years have been served as a Grant Management Specialist with the Division of Boating Safety. During that time she was the State coordinator for more than 35 States and Territories. Lynne began her Federal career as an auditor for the Department of Transportation’s, Office of Inspector General, where she performed audits of Coast Guard as well as other DOT components. Lynne works at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC and lives in Northern Virginia.

  • Question & Answer Session 1 - March 25 - 2021 Virtual State RBS Workshop

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    Question & Answer Session 1 - March 25, 2021

    Questions and answers for these two sessions:

    Allowable Costs
    Using the Budget Tool

    Lynne McMahan

    Grant Management Specialist

    U.S. Coast Guard (CG-522), Office of Auxiliary & Boating Safety

    Lynne Carliss McMahan has almost 30 years in Federal service. The last 20 years have been served as a Grant Management Specialist with the Division of Boating Safety. During that time she was the State coordinator for more than 35 States and Territories. Lynne began her Federal career as an auditor for the Department of Transportation’s, Office of Inspector General, where she performed audits of Coast Guard as well as other DOT components. Lynne works at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC and lives in Northern Virginia.

    Gary Jensen

    Grants Management Specialist, Grants Management Branch, USCG Boating Safety Division

    Gary Jensen has served as a Grant Management Specialist in the Coast Guard’s Boating Safety Division since October of 2007. Prior to beginning his second career in federal civil service, Jensen spent nearly 27 years on active duty in the Coast Guard. He retired from active duty in 2005 as a Master Chief Boatswain’s Mate.

  • Understanding Allowable Costs - 2021 Virtual State RBS Workshop

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    An overview of the State Boating Safety Program grant allowable costs

    In this video, you learn to understand the State Boating Safety Program grant allowable costs.  Items covered include:

    1. Terms & definitions
    2. Classifications of costs 
    3. Direct Cost 
    4. Indirect Cost 
    5. Allowable costs 
    6. Non-Allowable cost 
    7. Public Access 
    8. Equipment 

    Lynne McMahan

    Grant Management Specialist

    U.S. Coast Guard (CG-522), Office of Auxiliary & Boating Safety

    Lynne Carliss McMahan has almost 30 years in Federal service. The last 20 years have been served as a Grant Management Specialist with the Division of Boating Safety. During that time she was the State coordinator for more than 35 States and Territories. Lynne began her Federal career as an auditor for the Department of Transportation’s, Office of Inspector General, where she performed audits of Coast Guard as well as other DOT components. Lynne works at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC and lives in Northern Virginia.

  • Using the Budget Tool - 2021 Virtual State RBS Workshop

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    An overview of the State Boating Safety Program grant budget tool

    The budget tool is a very extensive tool with a lot of intricacies.  This training will cover a few highlights:

    1. Understand entries Budget Information Sheet. (SF-424a Pg 1)
    2. Understand data entry restrictions on the Budget Information Sheet. (SF-424a Pg 1)
    3. Understand how to eliminate negative numbers in Section A of the Budget Information Sheet
    4. Understand the built-in integrity checks

    Gary Jensen

    Grants Management Specialist, Grants Management Branch, USCG Boating Safety Division

    Gary Jensen has served as a Grant Management Specialist in the Coast Guard’s Boating Safety Division since October of 2007. Prior to beginning his second career in federal civil service, Jensen spent nearly 27 years on active duty in the Coast Guard. He retired from active duty in 2005 as a Master Chief Boatswain’s Mate.

  • Grant Reporting: Performance Report Part II - 2021 Virtual State RBS Workshop

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    An overview of the State Boating Safety Program annual Performance Report Part II

    This training will cover the annual Performance Report Part II (PRPII) that must be submitted within 90 days after the end of the period of performance (by December 31).  Data reported from PRPII is used to measure a state's RBS Program activities related to requirements of the grant.

    Vann Burgess

    USCG RBS Specialist

    U.S. Coast Guard (CG-522), Office of Auxiliary & Boating Safety

    Vann Burgess retired from the United States Coast Guard in February of 2000 after serving more than 21 years on active duty. During his career, Burgess’s primary fields were Law Enforcement and Search and Rescue. His last tour of duty was as the coordinator and lead instructor for the Marine Patrol Officer’s Course and a regulatory subject matter expert for the Boarding Officer’s Course at the Coast Guard’s Maritime Law Enforcement School, Yorktown, Virginia.

     In July 2000, Burgess came to the U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Division, Coast Guard Headquarters, where he now serves as the Coast Guard’s Senior Recreational Boating Safety (RBS) Specialist. In his current position, Burgess oversees the programmatic operation of the State RBS Grant Program, provided under the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund and administered by the U.S. Coast Guard. This grant program provides funding to all U.S. states and territories for the purposes of vessel numbering, RBS law enforcement, RBS education, search and rescue and boating accident investigation and reporting. Burgess also serves as the programmatic lead for the Vessel Identification System (VIS), a national database for state numbered and Coast Guard documented vessels for the purposes of law enforcement and security.

     Vann Burgess is the Coast Guard’s Boating Safety liaison to the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and serves on the Boat Accident and Training (BOAT) Program Advisory Board.

  • Reading the Allocation Table - 2021 Virtual State RBS Workshop

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/25/2021

    An overview of the State Boating Safety Program grant allocation chart

    In this video, you learn to understand the State Boating Safety Program grant allocation chart.  Items covered include the funding formula to determine the allocation for each state, a bit about where the funds come from and how the chart is developed each year.

    Lynne McMahan

    Grant Management Specialist

    U.S. Coast Guard (CG-522), Office of Auxiliary & Boating Safety

    Lynne Carliss McMahan has almost 30 years in Federal service. The last 20 years have been served as a Grant Management Specialist with the Division of Boating Safety. During that time she was the State coordinator for more than 35 States and Territories. Lynne began her Federal career as an auditor for the Department of Transportation’s, Office of Inspector General, where she performed audits of Coast Guard as well as other DOT components. Lynne works at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC and lives in Northern Virginia.

  • Wake-Related Activity & Definitions - 2021 Virtual State RBS Workshop

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    Learn about the work of the Ad Hoc Committee on Wake-related Activities, the executive board and NASBLA's Enforcement & Training Committee on definitions of wake surfing, wake boats and proposed updates to the NASBLA Model Act for Towed Watersports.

    In this session you will learn about the work of the Ad Hoc Committee on Wake-related Activities, the executive board and NASBLA's Enforcement & Training Committee on definitions of wake surfing, wake boats and proposed updates to the NASBLA Model Act for Towed Watersport


    Tim Dunleavy

    Captain, Boating Law Administrator

    New Hampshire State Police – Marine Patrol

    As a 32-year veteran of the New Hampshire State Police Marine Patrol Unit, Captain Tim Dunleavy has been the unit’s Commander and NH Boating Law Administrator for the last ten years. Overseeing 75 sworn and civilian employees, Dunleavy’s oversight includes law enforcement operations, the boating education program, patrol fleet maintenance, and aids to navigation deployment and repair. Dunleavy also serves as the unit’s legislative liaison where he has served on various legislative commissions. Most recently, he was a member of the state’s Commission to Study Wake Boats and the Study of Shoreland Structures.

    Captain Dunleavy is currently a member of the New Hampshire Port Security Committee and Sector Northern New England’s Area Maritime Security-Executive Steering Committee. He is currently serving his third term as a member of the Nation Boating Safety Advisory Committee (NBSAC) and is the chair of NASBLA’s Executive Board.

    Adam Block

    Boating Law Administrator

    Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

    Adam Block grew up in southern Minnesota, graduating from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a Bachelor of Science degree in law enforcement. Adam spent his first four years working for the Saint Peter Police Department before being hired with the Minnesota DNR as a State Conservation Officer in 2005. Adam spent 8 years in the Prior Lake field station, becoming an academy instructor, background investigator and a field training officer. In 2013, Adam was promoted to Water Resource Enforcement Officer, serving the East and West Metro districts. In 2015, Adam was promoted to Lieutenant, serving as the District Supervisor for the East Metro district, transferring to the West Metro District in 2016. In October of 2017 Adam began his role as the State Boating Law Administrator. During Adam’s career with the DNR, he has received two lifesaving awards and the Boat and Water Safety Officer of the Year award. Adam lives in Scott County with his wife Melissa and their two young boys, Parker and Grayson. In his free time he enjoys golfing, fishing, hunting and spending time with his family.

  • Grant & Narrative Writing - 2021 Virtual State RBS Workshop

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    Learn about changes to this year's grant requirements and how this should be addressed in state program narratives.

    This session will cover:

    Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)
    FY 2021 NOFO Key Changes
    What to include in the grant narrative
    Drafting the narrative in order, by topic


    Cynthia Dudzinski

    Grants Management Specialist, Grants Management Branch, U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Division

    U.S. Coast Guard (CG-522), Office of Auxiliary & Boating Safety

    Cynthia Dudzinski is a Grants Management Specialist in the Boating Safety Division. She has over 13 years of federal grants experience previously working at the U.S. Departments of Education and State, as well as the Corporation for National and Community Service. Cynthia marks her four year anniversary at Coast Guard on April 2nd.

  • NASBLA Programs & Projects - 2021 Virtual State RBS Workshop

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    Learn about current and upcoming NASBLA programs and projects

    This session will cover:

    BOAT Program
    NASBLA Awards
    National Boating Education Standards
    Education Highlights
    CRBP
    NASBLA Connect
    eLearning Center
    NASBLA Weekly
    Annual Conference


  • New Federal Legislation - Mandatory Engine Cutoff Switch (ECOS) wear for Recreational Boaters - 2021 Virtual State RBS Workshop

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    Learn about the recently adopted amendment to 46 USC 4312 that requires the use of an ECOS by the operators of certain recreational vessels.

    This session will cover:

    Definitions
    How an ECOS works
    Owner requirements
    Installation requirements
    Enforcement

    Joseph Carro

    Program and Operations Analyst

    U.S. Coast Guard (CG-522), Office of Auxiliary & Boating Safety

    Mr. Carro retired from the United States Coast Guard as a Chief Boatswains Mate in August of 2002, after serving more than 24 years on active duty. Primary duties included Maritime Law Enforcement, Training, and Search and Rescue. His last tour of duty was as an instructor at the Maritime Law Enforcement School, Yorktown, Virginia where he was a Regulations Subject Matter Specialist and the Senior Instructor for the Marine Patrol Officer Course.

    Mr. Carro's qualifications include Boarding Officer, Deck Watch Officer, Coxswain, Cutterman, Navy Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist, and Small Arms Instructor. His awards include three CG Commendation Medals and the Coast Guards Office of Boating Safety Compass Award. Mr. Carro has conducted over 1000 Law Enforcement Boarding's, and is a Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Dockside Examiner.

    Mr. Carro also served on the instructor staff for Black Water International conducting firearms and force protection training for U. S. Navy personnel.

    In August of 2002, Mr Carro became the Recreational Boating Safety Specialist, Law Enforcement Liaison, and Marine Patrol Officer Course Manager for the Office of Boating Safety, Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington DC. Mr. Carro currently serves as the Program and Operations Analyst, of the Programs Operations Branch, Bo