Rail Line Relocation and Improvement


Agency - Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportation's mission is to ensure fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation that meets vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

If necessary to contact a regional office, the contact information will be in a grant agreement.


Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The financial assistance may fund, but is not limited to, rehabilitation, relocation or construction of railroads, including planning activities.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Government - General: Transportation

Beneficiary Eligibility

State

Credentials/Documentation

US Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Assurances and Certification forms http://www.fra.dot.gov/downloads/admin/assurancesandcertifications.pdf. Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, and Other Responsibility Matters-Primary Covered Transactions o Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, Ineligibility and Voluntary Exclusion-Lower Tier Covered Transactions o Certification Regarding Drug-Free Workplace Requirements o Certification Regarding Lobbying o Assurances-Non-Construction Programs, SF 424E o Certificate of Indirect Costs Assurances - Construction Programs SF-424D. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

The applicant must submit the following information to the FRA through www.grants.gov: Application for Federal Assistance SF-424 Department of Transportation Federal Railroad Administration Assurances and Certification forms http://www.fra.dot.gov/downloads/admin/assurancesandcertifications.pdf: Certification Regarding Debarment, suspension, and other Responsibility Matters Primary Covered Transactions.

o Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, Ineligibility and Voluntary Exclusion Lower Tier Covered Transactions.

Certification Regarding Drug-Free Workplace Requirements.

o Certification Regarding Lobbying.

o Assurances Non-Construction Programs, SF 424E Certificate of Indirect Costs.

Assurances - Construction Programs SF-424D Statement of Work Budget.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. The applicant must submit the following information: Application for Federal Assistance SF-424; US Department of Transportation Federal Railroad Administration Assurances and Certification forms http://www.fra.dot.gov/downloads/admin/assurancesandcertifications.pdf; Certification Regarding Debarment, suspension, and other Responsibility Matters - Primary Covered Transactions; Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, Ineligibility and Voluntary Exclusion - Lower Tier Covered Transactions; Certification Regarding Drug-Free Workplace Requirements; Certification Regarding Lobbying; Assurances - Non-Construction Programs, SF 424E; Certificate of Indirect Costs; Detailed project descriptions, statement of work, and budgets; Description of work completed to date; and description of type and source of matching funds.

Award Procedures

Review the application package to ensure that all required documents are complete and signed by the appropriate person. Review the statement of work (SOW) and budget to ensure the appropriation language requirements are met. Review SOW for technical issues and budget for appropriate costs, including compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and related laws and orders. Compare applications to determine relative satisfaction of published selection criteria. Select the applicants that are most qualified. After the application package is acceptable to both parties, a grant agreement is drafted, reviewed, and signed upon agreement by both parties.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), Public Law 109-59.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.

Matching Requirements: Percent: 10.%. This program has no statutory formula. All grantees will be required to provide at least a 10% match from non-program funds toward the grant budget.

This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

No restriction on period of time the assistance normally is available. Assistance is usually awarded upon request for reimbursement. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

The grantee shall submit the following reports: Quarterly progress reports giving an account of significant progress (findings, events, trends, etc.) made during the reporting period, and a description of any technical and/or cost problems encountered or anticipated that will affect completion of the grant.

Quarterly financial status reports using SF 269 or 269A, Financial Status Report..

Quarterly Federal Cash Transactions reports using SF 272, Federal Cash Transaction Report.

Final report giving details of the results and benefits of the Grantee"s improvement efforts.

Quarterly Federal Cash Transactions reports using SF 272.

Quarterly progress reports giving an account of significant progress (findings, events, trends, etc.) made during the reporting period, and a description of any technical and/or cost problems encountered or anticipated that will affect completion of the grant.

Quarterly financial status reports using SF 269 or 269A, Financial Status Report.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular A-1 33 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards (or receive property, or a combination of both, within the fiscal year) will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular A-133. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency, submitted through the Federal Audit Clearinghouse, not later than 9 months after the end of the grantees fiscal year.

Records

The grantee must keep satisfactory records with regard to the use of the property, equipment, and supplies and submit these records to FRA upon request.

Financial Information

Account Identification

69-0716-0-1-401.

Obigations

(Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 08 $0; FY 09 est $27,458,000; FY 10 est $17,190,200

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Non applicable at this time as there is not enough historic information as yet to generate this range and average.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

These two Acts and associated regulations provide the primary guidance for this program: The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), and related laws Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (Public Law 109-59).

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. If necessary to contact a regional office, the contact information will be in a grant agreement.

Headquarters Office

Jon Winkle, 1200 New Jersey Ave SE., Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Phone: (202)493-6067 Fax: (202)493-6067

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

For the grants competed, the selection criteria will be specified in the final regulations, and shall include, but shall not be limited to, prioritizing criteria defined in relevant authorizing and appropriations law, and criteria intended to ensure the timely completion of funding projects. For the earmarks, the work and cost estimates are reasonable and are within the scope of the program regulations and the appropriation language.



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