Fiscal Year 2013 Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Grants to the National Railroad Passenger Corporation

To provide supplemental assistance to the National Passenger Railroad Corporation for disaster assistance related to Hurricane Sandy.


Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Examples of projects with funds obligated in FY 13 include: 1) Disaster relief for repairs addressing equipment issues, failures, and problems, and 2) Disaster relief for the extension of the encasement under the Hudson Yards, NY.

Fiscal Year 2017: An example of a project obligated in FY13 that will be completed in FY 2017 is the Hudson Yards Concrete Encasement Project that consists of the construction of an underground, sealed, watertight rectangular structure. An example of a project obligated in FY14 that will be completed in FY 2017 is the extension of the encasement.

Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available


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.

Website Address

http://www.fra.dot.gov




Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: The grant for Amtrak Sandy Repairs helped Amtrak pay for recovery activities pursued immediately following Superstorm Sandy and begin to pursue projects to replace damages infrastructure and equipment. Immediate repairs to restore service utilized two thirds of the grant, mitigating the economic damage caused by the unavailability of a critical piece of infrastructure along the NEC rail network. The grant for the Hudson Yards Concrete Encasement Project consists of the construction of an underground, sealed, watertight rectangular structure 800 feet long, 50 feet wide, and approximately 35 feet tall in the Eastern Rail Yard portion of the Hudson Yards rail yard in New York City. Fiscal Year 2017: Two projects remain to be completed in FY 2017 for Amtrak to repair damage caused by Hurricane Sandy along its heavily-traveled Northeast Corridor. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

As specified in individual Grant Opportunity announcements, assistance may be used to fund repair expenses or resiliency projects.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

As directed by authorizing and appropriating statute, assistance is available only to the National Railroad Passenger Corporation.

Beneficiary Eligibility

As directed by authorizing and appropriating statute, assistance is available only to the National Railroad Passenger Corporation.

Credentials/Documentation

See Application Procedures. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

An environmental impact assessment is required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. The applicant submitted the following information: Application for Federal Assistance SF-424; US Department of Transportation Federal Railroad Administration Assurances and Certification forms; Certification Regarding Debarment, suspension, and other Responsibility Matters - Primary Covered Transactions; Certification Regarding Drug-Free Workplace Requirements; Certification Regarding Lobbying; Assurances - Non-Construction Programs, SF 424B or Assurances ? Construction, SF424D (whichever is specified in the announcement); Certificate of Indirect Costs; Detailed project descriptions, statement of work, and budgets.

Award Procedures

FRA reviewed the application package to ensure that all required documents had been submitted and were completed and signed by the appropriate person. Reviewed the statement of work (SOW) and budget to ensure the appropriation language requirements are met. Reviewed SOW for technical issues and budget for appropriate costs, including compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and related laws and orders. 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

The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013 , Public Law 113-2.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Timing of Approval/Disapproval typically ranged from between 2-6 weeks.

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 MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Length and time phasing of assistance is dependent on the specific appropriating and/or authorizing law governing the grant opportunity. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Reimbursement.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

The grantee shall submit the following reports: Monthly 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.

Through the grant agreement, the grantee may be required to submit various other reports.

Final report giving details of the results and benefits of the Grantee's activities.

Request for Advance or Reimbursement SF-270.

The grantee is required to submit the following reports: Monthly 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.

Monthly Federal Financial Status Report SF-425.

Monthly detailed reports regarding performance against project budgets and schedules.

Final report giving details of the results and benefits of the Grantee's activities.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. In accordance with the provisions of 2 C.F.R. Part 200, nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 C.F.R. Part 200.

Records

During the course of its activities under a grant agreement and for three years thereafter, the applicant must agree to retain intact and to provide any data, documents, reports, records, contracts, and supporting materials relating to its performance under the agreement as FRA may require. Reporting and record-keeping requirements are set forth in 2 C.F.R. Part 200 for private non-profit and for-profit Grantees. Closeout does not alter these requirements.

Financial Information

Account Identification

69-0704-0-1-401; 69-0723-0-1-401.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 $32,000,000; FY 17 est $71,491,500; and FY 18 est $13,479,978

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

There were no awards in FY 2016. Future awards are expected to range from $13,479,978 to $40,200,000 with an average of $28,323,826.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Federal Railroad Administration 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Phone: (202) 493-6454

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposals for projects must support the stated strategic goals of the applicant organization, align with the priorities identified in authorization or appropriation statutes, and of the Secretary of Transportation, and be accompanied by detailed scope, schedule and budget documentation. Quantitative or qualitative justification of project prioritization must be provided.


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