Surface Transportation _ Discretionary Grants for Capital Investment

The purposes of the Recovery Act include, among other things: (i) to preserve and create jobs and promote economic recovery and (ii) to invest in transportation infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits.

The Act requires that grants be provided for surface transportation projects
that will have a significant impact on the Nation, a metropolitan area, or a region.

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2012: No newly funded projects.

On February 17, 2009, the Department announced 51 grant awards through the TIGER program.

A list of projects with project descriptions is available at http://www.dot.gov/sites/dot.dev/files/docs/Tiger_I_Awards.pdf.

Fiscal Year 2013: No newly funded projects.

Fiscal Year 2014: No newly funded projects.


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.



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2012: The program continued to fund transit, railroad, road, bicycle/pedestrian, and port projects. Fiscal Year 2013: The program continues to fund transit, railroad, road, bicycle/pedestrian, and port projects. Fiscal Year 2014: The program will continue to fund transit, railroad, road, bicycle/pedestrian, and port projects.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Under this program, $1,500,000,000 was available through September 30, 2011, for the Department to make grants on a competitive basis for projects that would have a significant impact on the Nation, a metropolitan area, or a region.

Projects eligible for funding provided under this program included, but were not limited to, highway or bridge projects eligible under title 23, United States Code, including interstate rehabilitation, improvements to the rural collector road system, the reconstruction of overpasses and interchanges, bridge replacements, seismic retrofit projects for bridges, and road realignments; public transportation projects eligible under chapter 53 of title 49, United States Code, included investments in projects participating in the New Starts or Small Starts programs that would expedite the completion of those projects and their entry into revenue service; passenger and freight rail transportation projects; and port infrastructure investments, including projects that connect ports to other modes of transportation and improve the efficiency of freight movement.

The Department also used an amount not to exceed $200,000,000 for the purpose of paying the subsidy and administrative costs of projects eligible for federal credit assistance under chapter 6 of title 23, United States Code, if the Department finds that such use of the funds would advance the purposes of this program.

In distributing funds available under this program, the Department must take measures to ensure an equitable geographic distribution of funds and an appropriate balance in addressing the needs of urban and rural communities.

Grants provided under this program generally were not less than $20,000,000 and not greater than $300,000,000, however, the Department waived the $20,000,000 minimum grant size for the purpose of funding significant projects in smaller cities, regions, or States.

Not more than 20 percent of the funds made available under this program would be awarded to projects in a single State.

The Federal share of the costs for which an expenditure was made under this program may be up to 100 percent, however, the Department gave priority to projects that require a contribution of Federal funds in order to complete an overall financing package, and to projects were expected to be completed by February 17, 2012.

Not more than 20 percent of the funds made available under this program will be awarded to projects in a single State.

Not more than 20 percent of the funds made available under this program will be awarded to projects in a single State.

The Federal share of the costs for which an expenditure is made under this program may be up to 100 percent, however, the Department will give priority to projects that require a contribution of Federal funds in order to complete an overall financing package, and to projects that are expected to be completed by February 17, 2012.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The Federal share of the costs for which an expenditure is made under this program may be up to 100 percent, however, the Department will give priority to projects that require a contribution of Federal funds in order to complete an overall financing package, and to projects that are expected to be completed by February 17, 2012.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The ultimate benefits of this program may be received by, among others, State or local governments, transit agencies, builders/contractors/developers, major metropolises, and other urban, suburban, or rural areas.

Credentials/Documentation

Recipients and their first-tier sub-awardees were required to have a DUNS number (www.dnb.com) and a current registration in the Central Contractor Registration (www.ccr.gov). Recipients of Recovery Act funds had to have systems and internal controls that allow them to separately track and report Recovery Act funds even if the funds are being used to fund an existing project/activity. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Complete applications for TIGER Discretionary Grants must be submitted by September 15, 2009 (the ""Application Deadline ). While applicants are encouraged to submit applications in advance of the Application Deadline, applications will not be evaluated, and awards will not be made, until after the Application Deadline. Due to the need to expedite the grant award process to meet the requirements and purposes of the Recovery Act (as defined below), the Department will evaluate all applications and announce the projects that have been selected to receive Grant Funds (as defined below) as soon as possible after the Application Deadline, but no later than February 17, 2010. In addition, in the event that this solicitation does not result in the award and obligation of all available funds, the Department may decide to publish an additional solicitation.

Award Procedures

TIGER Discretionary Grants will be awarded to projects with a demonstrated or potential ability to: ""(i) Deliver programmatic results; (ii) achieve economic stimulus by optimizing economic activity and the number of jobs created or saved in relation to the Federal dollars obligated; (iii) achieve long-term public benefits by, for example, investing in technological advances in science and health to increase economic efficiency and improve quality of life; investing in transportation, environmental protection, and other infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits; fostering energy independence; or improving educational quality; and (iv) satisfy the Recovery Act s transparency and accountability objectives. .

Deadlines

Not Applicable.

Authorization

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 ("Recovery Act"), Title XII - Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, Department of Transportation, Office of the Secretary, Supplemental Discretionary Grants for a National Surface Transportation System., Public Law 111-5, 123 Stat. 115.

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.
This program has no matching requirements. This program has no statutory formula. Not more than 20 percent of the funds made available under this program will be awarded to projects in a single State. The Federal share of the costs for which an expenditure is made under this program may be up to 100 percent, however, the Department will give priority to projects that require a contribution of Federal funds in order to complete an overall financing package. While this program does not require a State match, the Maintenance of Effort provisions of section 1201 of the Act apply to projects that receive funding under this program to the extent that a State planned to expend State funds on such a project as of February 17, 2009. Specifically, section 1201(a) requires that for amounts distributed to a State or State agency from an appropriation in the Act for a covered program (including this program), the Governor of the State shall certify to the Secretary of Transportation that the State will maintain its effort with regard to State funding for the types of projects funded by the appropriation. As part of this certification, the Governor was required to submit a statement identifying the amount of funds the State planned to expend from State sources as of February 17, 2009, during the period beginning on February 17, 2009, through September 30, 2010, for the types of projects funded by the appropriation.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funds available under this program are available through September 30, 2011. The Department will give priority to projects that are expected to be completed by February 17, 2012. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

All ARRA reporting requirements.

All ARRA reporting requirements.

To include all ARRA reporting requirements.

SF 425.

Monitoring with be conducted based on OMB ARRA guidance.

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.

Records

Any awarding procedures, documentation of expenditures and copies of reports as well as policies and procedures for the life of the grant.

Financial Information

Account Identification

69-0106-0-1-407.

Obigations

(Salaries) FY 12 $0; FY 13 est $0; and FY 14 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Grants provided under this program generally were not less than $20,000,000 and not greater than $300,000,000, however, some cases the Department waived the minimum grant size for the purpose of funding significant projects in smaller cities, regions, or States.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Howard Hill 1200 New Jersey Ave, SE, Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Email: Howard.Hill@dot.gov Phone: 202-366-0301 Fax: 202-366-0263

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

TIGER Discretionary Grants was awarded based on the selection criteria as outlined below. There were two categories of selection criteria, ""Primary Selection Criteria and ""Secondary election Criteria. The Primary Selection Criteria include (1) Long-Term Outcomes and (2) Jobs Creation & Economic Stimulus. The Secondary Selection Criteria include (1) Innovation and (2) Partnership. The Primary selection Criteria were intended to capture the primary objectives of the TIGER Discretionary Grants provision of the Recovery Act, which include near-term economic recovery and job creation, maximization of long-term economic benefits and impacts on the Nation, a region, or a metropolitan area, and assistance for those most affected by the current economic downturn. The Secondary Selection Criteria were intended to capture the benefits of new and/or innovative approaches to achieving programmatic objectives.



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