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FTA Updates Grant Awardee Guidelines

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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The U.S. government agency overseeing federal aid for public transit projects has issued a newly revised document to help those who have been awarded grants to understand their responsibilities and reporting requirements.

The Federal Transit Administration’s Award Management Circular, formerly known as the Grant Management Requirements Circular, incorporates updates based on recent legislative changes, including the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act and Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act.

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The Federal Transit Administration has updated a circular outlining the roles and responsibilities of the awardees of its grants.

Other changes include provisions related to the Department of Transportation’s “Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.”

Roles and Responsibilities

The circular provides details on awardees’ roles and responsibilities, including civil rights and reporting requirements. It outlines the life cycle of the FTA award process, from application through funds obligation, project execution and closing.

The new circular is effective Feb. 13, 2017, and supersedes the previous Grant Management Requirements Circular, which was adopted in 2012.

About the FTA

The FTA, part of the DOT, oversees federal funding for public-transit projects nationwide. The agency’s areas of concentration right now include upgrades to urban transit and rural transit, repair and upgrades to existing public transit systems, and development of training and standards related to transit development.

The FTA works with the DOT to administer the Surface Transportation Block Grant Program, Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act Program, and Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER Grant) programs, among others.


Tagged categories: Department of Transportation (DOT); Grants; Infrastructure; Mass transit; North America; Program/Project Management; Public Transit; Regulations

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