Public Transportation Emergency Relief Funds for Transit Systems Affected by Major Declared Disasters Occurring in Calendar Year 2018

 
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Federal Register, Volume 84 Issue 232 (Tuesday, December 3, 2019)
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 232 (Tuesday, December 3, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 66271-66276]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-26068]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Federal Transit Administration
Public Transportation Emergency Relief Funds for Transit Systems
Affected by Major Declared Disasters Occurring in Calendar Year 2018
AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration (FTA), DOT.
ACTION: Notice of Availability of Emergency Relief Funding (NAERF).
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SUMMARY: The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the
opportunity to apply for $10,462,935 in non-competitive grants under
the Public
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Transportation Emergency Relief Program (Emergency Relief Program) to
States, Territories, local governmental authorities, Indian tribes, and
other FTA recipients affected by major declared disasters occurring in
calendar year 2018. Projects may include costs for disaster response,
recovery, and rebuilding activities. FTA will distribute these funds in
a manner consistent with the eligibility requirements of this program
on a non-competitive basis, subject to the priorities set forth below.
DATES: Complete proposals must be submitted electronically through the
GRANTS.GOV ``APPLY'' function by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on January 17,
2020. Prospective applicants should initiate the process by registering
on the GRANTS.GOV website promptly to ensure completion of the
application process before the submission deadline. Instructions for
applying can be found on FTA's website at http://transit.dot.gov/howtoapply and in the ``FIND'' module of GRANTS.GOV. The funding
opportunity ID is FTA-2020-002-TPM-ER. Mail and fax submissions will
not be accepted.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For program-specific questions about
applying for the funds through GRANTS.GOV as outlined in this notice,
please contact Thomas Wilson, Office of Program Management, 1200 New
Jersey Ave SE, Washington, DC 20590, phone: (202) 366-5279, or email,
[email protected]. For legal questions, contact Bonnie Graves,
Office of Chief Counsel, 90 Seventh St., Ste 15-300, San Francisco, CA
94103, phone: (202) 366-0944, or email, [email protected].
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
Table of Contents
I. Considerations for Recipients of Emergency Relief Funds
    A. Program Description
    B. Federal Award Information
    C. Eligibility Information
    D. Application and Submission Information
    E. Allocation Methodology
    F. Pre-Award Authority
    G. Waiver of Remaining Useful Life Requirement
    H. Treatment of Insurance Proceeds
    I. Emergency Relief from FTA Regulatory Requirements
II. Federal Award Administration
    A. TrAMS Grant Application
    B. Payment
    C. Grant Requirements
    D. Reporting
    E. Oversight and Audits
    F. Federal Awarding Agency Contact
A. Program Description
    Extreme weather and other destructive events occurring during
calendar year 2018 resulted in 62 major disasters across the United
States. Transit systems in some of the disaster-affected areas provided
emergency transportation services or sustained damage to capital
assets.
    FTA's Emergency Relief Program provides FTA with primary
responsibility for reimbursing public transportation emergency response
and recovery costs after an emergency or major disaster that affects
public transportation systems. As such, public transportation agencies,
States, Territories, local governmental authorities, Indian tribes, and
other FTA grant recipients that provide or fund public transportation
service in the affected areas are eligible for Emergency Relief funding
under the program. FTA will allocate funds consistent with the
requirements of the final rule for the Emergency Relief Program (49 CFR
part 602), published in the Federal Register on October 7, 2014.
B. Federal Award Information
    The Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act
of 2019 (Disaster Relief Act) (Pub. L. 116-20), signed into law on June
6, 2019, appropriated $10,542,000 for FTA's Emergency Relief Program
(49 U.S.C. 5324) for transit systems affected by major declared
disasters occurring in calendar year 2018.
    Of the $10,542,000 million appropriated, three-quarters of 1
percent, or a total of $79,065 is set aside for administrative expenses
and ongoing program management oversight activities as authorized under
the Disaster Relief Act, leaving $10,462,935 available for allocation
to eligible recipients.
C. Eligibility Information
1. Eligible Applicants
    Public transportation agencies, States, Territories, local
governmental authorities, Indian tribes, and other FTA grant recipients
that provide or fund public transportation service are eligible for
Emergency Relief funding under the program. To be considered eligible
to apply for the funding described in this NAERF, such entities must
provide or fund public transportation services in counties designated
as eligible for any category of Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA) Public Assistance for a major declared disaster with an incident
period partially or entirely occurring within calendar year 2018.
Entities that generally receive transit funding directly from FTA may
apply for these funds according to the instructions in this NAERF.
Public transit systems that are not FTA direct recipients (i.e., are
subrecipients) but have incurred eligible expenses may receive
Emergency Relief funding through a pass-through entity, such as a State
or designated recipient. Please see www.fema.gov/disasters for a list
of major disaster declarations, areas designated for Public Assistance,
and incident periods.
2. Cost Sharing or Matching
    The maximum Federal share for all grants awarded via this NAERF is
80 percent with the following exceptions:
    1. The project is for the purposes of complying with or maintaining
compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 or the
Clean Air Act (49 U.S.C. 5323(i)).
    a. Vehicles procured for such purposes are eligible for a Federal
share of 85 percent.
    b. Vehicle-related equipment and facilities (or parts thereof)
procured or constructed for such purposes are eligible for a Federal
share of 90 percent.
    2. The project is in response to or recovery from a major declared
disaster in an insular area. Such projects are eligible for a Federal
share of 100 percent (48 U.S.C. 1469a).
    3. The project is in response to or recovery from the following
major declared disasters: Oklahoma Wildfires (FEMA Disaster No. DR-
4373), California Wildfires (FEMA Disaster No. DR-4382), or California
Wildfires (FEMA Disaster No. DR-4407). To be consistent with the FEMA
Public Assistance special cost-sharing arrangements authorized for
these major disaster declarations, debris removal, emergency protective
measures, emergency repairs, and emergency operations expenses are
eligible for a Federal share of 90 percent.
    4. The project is in response to or recovery from major declared
disaster Florida Hurricane Michael (FEMA Disaster No. DR-4399). To be
consistent with the FEMA Public Assistance special cost-sharing
arrangements authorized for this major disaster declaration, debris
removal, emergency protective measures, emergency repairs, and
emergency operations:
    a. Completed on or before November 24, 2018 are eligible for a
Federal share of 100 percent.
    b. Completed on or after November 25, 2018 are eligible for a
Federal share of 90 percent.
    5. In the event FEMA increases the Public Assistance Federal share
for any
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other major declared disasters occurring in calendar year 2018, FTA
will increase the Federal share for Emergency Relief grants so that it
is consistent with FEMA.
    The non-Federal share of Emergency Relief grants may be provided
from an undistributed cash surplus, a replacement or depreciation cash
fund or reserve, or new capital. In addition, recipients may utilize
the following provisions for complying with the non-Federal share
requirement.
    The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program (42 U.S.C.
5305(a)(9)) provides that ``payment of the non-Federal share required
in connection with a Federal grant-in-aid program undertaken as part of
activities assisted under [chapter 53 of title 42]'' is an eligible
activity. Since the CDBG statute specifically states it is available to
fund the ``non-Federal share'' of other Federal grant programs, if the
activity is eligible under the CDBG program, FTA will accept CDBG funds
as local match.
    Recipients may also utilize Transportation Development Credits
(TDCs), formerly known as Toll Revenue Credits, in place of the non-
Federal share. The use of TDCs must be approved by the State, which
must send a letter to the FTA regional office certifying the
availability of sufficient TDCs and approving their use prior to
submitting a grant application. Recipients are advised that the use of
TDCs means that no local funds will be required for projects in the
grant, and that the funds allocated by the FTA may not alone be
sufficient to fund the entirety of the proposed Emergency Relief
projects. FTA may not allocate additional Federal funds to recipients
that use TDCs in place of the non-Federal share, so sufficient
alternative funds may need to be located to fully finance projects
utilizing TDCs. FTA will not approve a retroactive application of TDCs.
Recipients are advised to contact the applicable FTA regional office
regarding any questions about eligible sources of local matching funds.
3. Eligible Projects
    Eligible projects include public transportation emergency
operations, emergency protective measures, emergency repairs, and
permanent repairs. Recipients are strongly encouraged to review FTA's
Emergency Relief Manual, found at https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/grant-programs/emergency-relief-program/emergency-relief-manual-reference-manual-states to assist in the identification of potentially
eligible projects and emergency expenses.
4. Transferring Unreimbursed Projects From FEMA to FTA
    FTA's Emergency Relief Program provides FTA with primary
responsibility for reimbursing public transportation emergency response
and recovery costs after an emergency or major disaster that affects
public transportation systems when appropriations for FTA's Emergency
Relief Program are available. Per the March 2013 Memorandum of
Agreement between FTA and FEMA, entities seeking funding for 2018 major
declared disaster-related public transportation expenses from FEMA
should transfer funding requests for eligible expenses that have not
been disbursed or drawn down to FTA via the grant application process
outlined in this NAERF. This includes expenses that are in an obligated
but undisbursed FEMA Public Assistance grant. Documentation developed
for the FEMA Public Assistance program may be used to satisfy
applicable FTA grant application requirements.
D. Application and Submission Information
    The application process will occur in two stages. First, applicants
will submit proposals requesting reimbursement of eligible costs.
Applications for funding must be submitted between the date of
publication of this notice and January 17, 2020 through GRANTS.GOV.
Second, after the application period closes, FTA will announce
allocations of funds on its website at www.transit.dot.gov. Recipients
with allocations will then enter a grant application in the FTA's
Transit Award Management System (TrAMS).
1. Address To Request Application
    Applications must be submitted electronically through GRANTS.GOV.
General information for submitting applications through GRANTS.GOV can
be found at www.fta.dot.gov/howtoapply along with specific instructions
for the forms and attachments required for submission. Mail and fax
submissions will not be accepted. The SF-424 Application for Federal
Assistance is available at GRANTS.GOV and the supplemental form for
Public Transportation Emergency Relief Funds for Transit Systems
Affected by Major Declared Disasters Occurring in Calendar Year 2018
can be downloaded from GRANTS.GOV or the FTA website at https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/grant-programs/emergency-relief-program.
Failure to submit the information as requested may delay review or
disqualify the application.
2. Content and Form of GRANTS.GOV Application Submission
    A complete proposal submission consists of two forms and supporting
documentation. The two required forms are: (1) The SF-424 Application
for Federal Assistance; and (2) the supplemental form for the Public
Transportation Emergency Relief Funds for Transit Systems Affected by
Major Declared Disasters Occurring in Calendar Year 2018 Program. The
supplemental form and any supporting documents must be attached to the
``Attachments'' section of the SF-424. The application must include
responses to all sections of the SF-424 Application for Federal
Assistance and the supplemental form, unless indicated as optional. The
information on the supplemental form will be used to determine
applicant and project eligibility for the program. FTA encourages
applicants to demonstrate the responsiveness of their application with
the most relevant information the applicant can provide, regardless of
whether FTA has specifically requested such information in this notice.
If information is copied into the supplemental form from another
source, applicants should verify that pasted text is fully captured on
the supplemental form and has not been truncated by the character
limits built into the form. Applicants should use both the ``Check
Package for Errors'' and the ``Validate Form'' validation buttons on
both forms to check all required fields on the forms, and ensure that
the Federal and local amounts specified are consistent.
    A list of projects must be included in the submission to GRANTS.GOV
that identifies emergency operations, emergency protective measures,
and emergency repairs completed as well as permanent repairs needed to
repair, reconstruct or replace the seriously damaged or destroyed
rolling stock, equipment, facilities, and infrastructure to a state of
good repair. FTA will then assess the extent to which the application
addresses each of the three criteria below.
a. Documentation To Support Emergency Operating Requests
    Applications to GRANTS.GOV must include the purpose of the
emergency public transportation service provided, which may include:
Evacuations; rescue operations; moving rolling stock to higher ground
to protect it from storm surges; additional bus or ferry service to
replace inoperable rail service or to detour around damaged areas;
returning evacuees to their homes after the disaster; and the net
project costs
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related to reestablishing, expanding, or relocating public
transportation service before, during, or after the disaster. The
application must include the dates, hours, number and type of vehicles,
and information relating to fares received for the emergency service.
Only net project costs may be reimbursed.
b. Documentation To Support Capital Requests
    Applications to GRANTS.GOV must include copies of detailed damage
assessments to support the request for assistance for capital projects.
Some applicants may have previously worked with FTA or FEMA to develop
damage assessments which may be included in the application. Typically,
a damage assessment involves on-the-ground visits to the damage sites
to verify the extent of the damage and to estimate the cost of repairs
eligible for Emergency Relief funding. The damage assessment should
document: (1) The specific location, type of facility or equipment,
nature and extent of damage; (2) the most feasible and practical method
of repair or replacement; and (3) the estimated repair and replacement
cost.
c. Other Relevant Items
    Applicants must provide supporting documentation showing any other
sources of funding available to address the damage resulting from a
disaster, including, but not limited to, insurance policies and grant
agreements with FEMA. FTA will not fund activities for which grant
recipients have already drawn down funds obligated by FEMA. Any
applicant to FTA's Emergency Relief Program that has also applied to
FEMA for emergency funding must document the scope of any agreements
with FEMA, including amounts obligated and drawn down, the dates for
which FEMA agreed to fund any operating costs, and a list of any
capital projects included in the FEMA application or equivalent
document.
3. Unique Entity Identifier and System for Award Management (SAM)
    Each applicant is required to: (1) Be registered in SAM before
submitting an application; (2) provide a valid unique entity identifier
in its application; and (3) continue to maintain an active SAM
registration with current information at all times during which the
applicant has an active Federal award or an application or plan under
consideration by FTA. Registration in SAM may take as little as 3-5
business days, but since there could be unexpected steps or delays (for
example, if there is a need to obtain an Employer Identification
Number), FTA recommends allowing ample time, up to several weeks, for
completion of all steps. For additional information on obtaining a
unique entity identifier, please visit https://www.sam.gov/SAM/.
4. Submission Dates and Times
    Project proposals must be submitted electronically through
GRANTS.GOV by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on January 17, 2020. GRANTS.GOV
attaches a time stamp to each application at the time of submission.
Proposals submitted after the deadline will only be considered under
extraordinary circumstances not under the applicant's control. Mail and
fax submissions will not be accepted.
    Within 48 hours after submitting an electronic application, the
applicant should receive two email messages from GRANTS.GOV: (1)
Confirmation of successful transmission to GRANTS.GOV, and (2)
confirmation of successful validation by GRANTS.GOV. If confirmations
of successful validation are not received or a notice of failed
validation or incomplete materials is received, the applicant must
address the reason for the failed validation, as described in the email
notice, and resubmit before the submission deadline. If making a
resubmission for any reason, include all original attachments
regardless of which attachments were updated and check the box on the
supplemental form indicating this is a resubmission.
    FTA urges applicants to submit applications at least 72 hours prior
to the due date to allow time to receive the validation messages and to
correct any problems that may have caused a rejection notification.
GRANTS.GOV scheduled maintenance and outage times are announced on the
GRANTS.GOV website. Deadlines will not be extended due to scheduled
website maintenance.
    Applicants are encouraged to begin the process of registration on
the GRANTS.GOV site well in advance of the submission deadline.
Registration is a multi-step process, which may take several weeks to
complete before an application can be submitted. Registered applicants
may still be required to take steps to keep their registration up to
date before submissions can be made successfully: (1) Registration in
the System for Award Management (SAM) is renewed annually, and (2)
persons making submissions on behalf of the Authorized Organization
Representative (AOR) must be authorized in GRANTS.GOV by the AOR to
make submissions.
5. Funding Restrictions
    FTA Emergency Relief Program funds may not be used to reimburse
project costs for which a transit system has received funding from
payments from insurance policies or from another Federal agency,
including FEMA. Please see the FTA's Emergency Relief Manual for a
complete list and description of ineligible expenses.
6. Webinar
    FTA will conduct a webinar that includes an overview of the
application process for FTA recipients interested in applying for FTA
Emergency Relief funds on a date to be determined. The webinar will be
announced on FTA's website and through an email announcement to those
who have signed up at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDOTFTA/subscriber/new to receive email updates from FTA regarding the
Emergency Relief Program.
E. Allocation Methodology
    Of the $10,542,000 million appropriated, three-quarters of 1
percent, or a total of $79,065 is set aside for administrative expenses
and ongoing program management oversight activities as authorized under
the Disaster Relief Act, leaving $10,462,935 available for allocation
to eligible recipients.
    FTA will allocate funds on a non-competitive basis. The FTA
Administrator will determine the final allocation of funding for each
applicant after validating damage assessments and cost estimates. FTA
reserves the right to request additional information prior to making a
determination as to Emergency Relief funding eligibility of any
particular project. FTA may also seek clarification from any applicant
about any statement in its proposal that FTA finds ambiguous. FTA
intends to announce final allocations on the FTA website.
F. Pre-Award Authority
    Pre-award authority allows recipients to incur certain project
costs before grant approval and retain the eligibility of those costs
for subsequent reimbursement after grant approval. Pre-award authority
as it relates to the Emergency Relief Program is described in the
Emergency Relief Program final rule (49 CFR 602.11). In considering the
use of pre-award authority, recipients should be aware of the
following:
    1. Pre-award authority is not a legal or implied commitment that
the subject project will be approved for FTA assistance or that FTA
will obligate Federal funds. Furthermore, it is not a
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legal or implied commitment that all activities undertaken by the
applicant will be eligible for inclusion in the project.
    2. Except as waived pursuant to the waiver process described in
Section I.I.5 of this notice, all FTA statutory, procedural, and
contractual requirements must be met.
    3. The recipient must take no action that prejudices the legal and
administrative findings that FTA must make in order to approve a
project.
    4. The Federal amount of any future FTA assistance awarded to the
recipient for the project will be determined on the basis of the
overall scope of activities and the prevailing statutory provisions
with respect to the Federal/non-Federal match ratio at the time the
funds are obligated.
    5. When FTA subsequently awards a grant for the project, the
Federal Financial Report in TrAMS indicates the use of pre-award
authority.
    FTA grants pre-award authority to affected recipients for response,
recovery, and rebuilding expenses incurred as a result of major
declared disasters occurring in calendar year 2018. Pre-award authority
applies to expenses incurred in preparation for such disasters when
forecasts specific to the disasters were available. Expenses incurred
for general disaster preparedness are not eligible.
    If a recipient intends to use pre-award authority for recovery and
rebuilding expenses, FTA recommends the recipient work with the
appropriate FTA regional office to verify that all of the proposed
costs are eligible under the Emergency Relief Program in advance of
incurring any costs to the extent practicable. FTA regional office
contact information can be found at https://www.transit.dot.gov/about/regional-offices/regional-offices.
G. Waiver of Remaining Useful Life Requirement
    FTA is implementing a blanket waiver to relieve FTA recipients from
its useful life requirement with respect to assets that were destroyed
as a result of a major declared disaster in calendar year 2018 and
taken out of service before the end of their useful life. Such assets
are presumed to have no remaining useful life. As a result of this
waiver, recipients may apply for funds to replace assets without regard
to the Federal interest remaining in the destroyed asset.
    Although FTA has determined that Federally-funded assets destroyed
by major declared disasters have no remaining useful life, recipients
may have a financial obligation to FTA for assets that have a fair
market value (FMV) in excess of $5,000 at the time of disposition. For
disposition requirements, please see FTA Circular 5010.1E, ``Award
Management Requirements,'' Chapter IV, subsection 4.
H. Treatment of Insurance Proceeds
    As described in the Emergency Relief Program Manual, and consistent
with the Emergency Relief Program final rule (49 CFR part 602) and FTA
Circular 5010.1E: ``Award Management Requirements'', if a recipient
receives or allocates insurance proceeds to a cost for which FTA either
allocated or awarded Emergency Relief Program funds, the recipient will
be required to amend the grant to reflect a reduced Federal amount, and
will be required to reimburse FTA for any FTA payments (drawdown of
funds) in excess of the new Federal amount. FTA will deobligate any
excess or unliquidated funds from the grant. FTA may subsequently
reallocate these funds through the Emergency Relief Program for other
eligible projects.
    In the event a recipient receives insurance proceeds for an asset
and decides not to replace that asset, the waiver of useful life
described in Section I.G does not apply, and the recipient must
reimburse FTA the remaining Federal interest in that asset in
accordance with FTA Circular 5010.1E.
I. Emergency Relief From FTA Regulatory Requirements
    Certain FTA regulatory requirements are waived during and after
major declared disasters.
1. Charter
    Transit agencies may take actions, such as providing service for
evacuations, returning evacuees from shelters to their homes,
transporting utility workers, and providing service to shelter
residents, as long as these actions are directly related to a
declaration of emergency by the President, governor, or mayor, without
triggering the charter rule. Transit agencies may provide such services
for up to 45 days from the declaration of emergency.
    If transit agencies need to provide the type of emergency
transportation services described above past those dates, they must
follow the procedures described in Section I.I.5 below.
2. The National Environment Policy Act (NEPA)
    FTA has determined that certain activities related to repairing
transportation facilities damaged by an incident resulting in a
Presidential disaster or emergency declaration are categorical
exclusions and normally do not require any further NEPA approvals by
FTA (23 CFR 771.118(c)(11)). These actions include:
    a. Emergency repairs performed under FTA's Emergency Relief Program
(49 U.S.C. 5324).
    b. The repair, reconstruction, restoration, retrofitting, or
replacement of any road, highway, bridge, tunnel, or transit facility
(such as a ferry dock or bus transfer station), including ancillary
transportation facilities (such as pedestrian/bicycle paths and bike
lanes), that is in operation or under construction when damaged and the
action occurs within the existing right-of-way and in a manner that
substantially conforms to the preexisting design, function, and
location as the original (which may include upgrades to meet existing
codes and standards as well as upgrades warranted to address conditions
that have changed since the original construction).
3. Planning
    In accordance with the planning regulation (23 CFR part 450),
emergency relief projects that do not involve substantial functional,
locational, or capacity changes are not required to be in the
Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) or Statewide Transportation
Improvement Program (STIP).
4. Procurement
    Generally, procurement of goods and services by transit agencies
must be completed via a competitive procurement. However, Federal
regulations (2 CFR 200.320) permit sole source contracting when the
public exigency or emergency for the requirement will not permit a
delay resulting from competitive solicitation; or the federal awarding
agency expressly authorizes noncompetitive proposals in response to a
written request from the transit agency.
    The recipient must document its sole source justification in
writing at the time of the procurement. FTA encourages grant recipients
considering a sole source based on exigency or emergency to contact
their FTA regional office for technical assistance and/or express
authorization of a noncompetitive proposal.
5. Waiver Process
    Recipients may request waivers of FTA administrative requirements
by submitting a request to www.regulations.gov, FTA docket
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number FTA-2019-0001, as described in the Emergency Relief Program
final rule (49 CFR 602.15), however, recipients should not proceed with
a project with the expectation that waivers will be provided. It is
recommended that recipients discuss waiver requests with their FTA
regional office prior to submission to the docket.
II. Federal Award Administration
A. TrAMS Grant Application
    Once FTA allocates Emergency Relief funds to a recipient, the
recipient will be required to submit a grant application electronically
via FTA's TrAMS system.
    FTA will assign distinct project identification numbers for
recovery/rebuilding projects.
    Recipients are required to maintain records, including but not
limited to all invoices, contracts, time sheets, and other evidence of
expenses to assist FTA in validating the eligibility and completeness
of a recipient's reimbursement requests under the Improper Payment
Information Act.
    Upon application, the eligible recipient should provide the
information outlined in the Emergency Relief final rule (49 CFR
602.17). For grant applications for reimbursement for emergency
operations costs, applicants should include summary information as
described in the final rule (dates, hours, number of vehicles, and
total fare revenues, if any, received for the emergency service), as
well as cost and a description of services in sufficient detail for FTA
to identify the costs as reasonable and eligible under the Emergency
Relief Program. Back-up or supporting documentation may be requested
upon FTA's review of the application or at a later date. Any costs
determined to be ineligible after disbursement of funds must be
refunded to the FTA.
B. Payment
    Upon award, payments to recipients will be made by electronic
transfer to the recipient's financial institution through the FTA's
Electronic Clearing House Operation (ECHO) system.
C. Grant Requirements
    Emergency Relief funds may only be used for eligible purposes as
defined in Federal public transportation law (49 U.S.C. 5324) and as
described in the Emergency Relief Program final rule (49 CFR part 602)
and this notice. Additional grant requirement information can be found
in FTA's Emergency Relief Manual.
    Recipients of Emergency Relief funds must comply with all
applicable Federal requirements, including FTA's Master Agreement. Each
grant for Emergency Relief funds will include special grant conditions,
including but not limited to, application of insurance proceeds,
application of any FEMA funds received, and Federal share. These
special conditions will be incorporated into the grant agreement for
all Emergency Relief funds obligated for 2018 disaster response and
recovery.
D. Reporting
    Post-award reporting requirements include submission of the Federal
Financial Reports (FFRs) and Milestone Progress Reports (MPRs) in TrAMS
consistent with the FTA's grants management Circular 5010.1E.
E. Oversight and Audits
    FTA will provide oversight of grants funded through the Emergency
Relief Program using its standard oversight programs, including
Triennial Reviews and State Management Reviews. FTA may assign program
level reviews such as Procurement System Reviews or Financial
Management Oversight reviews. FTA will monitor the use of insurance
proceeds to ensure the recipient meets program requirements. FTA may
undertake other reviews of projects, such as Technical Capacity and
Capability Assessments; Risk Assessments; Cost, Schedule, and Scope
Reviews; and other reviews FTA determines are necessary.
F. Federal Awarding Agency Contact
    For program-specific questions about applying for the funds through
GRANTS.GOV as outlined in this notice, please contact Thomas Wilson,
Office of Program Management, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, Washington, DC
20590, phone: (202) 366-5279, or email, [email protected]. For
legal questions, contact Bonnie Graves, Office of Chief Counsel, 90
Seventh St., Ste 15-300, San Francisco, CA 94103, phone: (202) 366-
0944, or email, [email protected].
K. Jane Williams,
Acting Administrator.
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