Technical Assistance and Workforce Development

The Federal Transit Administration?s Technical Assistance, Standards Development, and Workforce development programs are authorized by 49 U.S.C.

Section 5314 Technical Assistance and Workforce Development.

Per the legislation, the goals of the program are to more effectively and efficiently
provide public transportation service; administer funds received under this chapter in compliance with Federal law; and improve public transportation.
Key activities include:
? Technical assistance;
? The development of voluntary and consensus-based standards and best practices by the public transportation industry, including standards and best practices for safety, fare collection, Intelligent Transportation Systems, accessibility, procurement, security, asset management to maintain a state of good repair, operations, maintenance, vehicle propulsion, communications, and vehicle electronics.
? Training through the National Transit Institute.
The Technical Assistance and Standards activities provide resources and direct assistance to support compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); human services transportation coordination requirements; the transportation needs of elderly individuals; increase transit ridership; address transportation equity; facilitate best practices to promote bus driver safety; meet the requirements 5323(j) (Buy America) and 5323(m) (Pre and Post-Award Audits); assist with the development and deployment of low or no emission vehicles; and any other technical assistance activities the Secretary of Transportation determines is necessary to advance the interests of public transportation.

Human Resources and Training Innovative Public Transportation Frontline Workforce Development Program.

As funding is available, FTA will award competitive grants to assist the development of innovative activities to support:
(1) Employment training programs;
(2) Outreach to specific under-represented populations in the workforce;
(3) Research on public transportation personnel and training needs;
(4) Training and assistance for veteran and minority business opportunities; and
(5) Consensus-based national training standards and certifications in partnership with industry stakeholders.
Eligible frontline workforce program activities include:
i. developing apprenticeships, on-the job training, and instructional training for public transportation maintenance and operations occupations;
ii. building local, regional, and statewide public transportation training partnerships with local public transportation operators, labor union organizations, workforce development boards, and State workforce agencies to identify and address workforce skill gaps;
iii. improving safety, security, and emergency preparedness in local public transportation systems through improved safety culture and workforce communication with first responders and the riding public; and
iv. addressing current or projected workforce shortages by developing partnerships with high schools, community colleges, and other community organizations.

FTA will also directly fund the National Transit Institute.

NTI will develop and conduct training and educational programs for Federal, State, and local transportation employees, United States citizens and foreign nationals engaged or to be engaged in Government-aid public transportation work.
Related Programs20.514 Public Transportation ResearchExamples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Project examples for this section are included in CFDA 20.514.

Fiscal Year 2017: Project examples for this section are included in CFDA 20.514.

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.




Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Accomplishments for this section are included in CFDA 20.514. Fiscal Year 2017: Accomplishments for this section are included in CFDA 20.514. Fiscal Year 2018: Detailed project planning has not yet begun for FY 2018.

Uses and Use Restrictions

See Objectives.

Generally, the program supports technical assistance, training, workforce projects, and standards development not undertaken by the private sector.

Funding will provide for training and educational programs which may include courses in recent developments, techniques, and procedures related to intermodal and public transportation planning; management; environmental factors; acquisition and joint use rights-of-way; engineering and architectural design; procurement strategies for public transportation systems; new technologies; emission reduction technologies; way to make public transportation access to individuals with disabilities; construction, construction management, insurance, and risk management, maintenance; contract administration; inspection; innovative finance; workplace safety; and public transportation security.

This program funds technical assistance to assist providers of public transportation to: Comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); comply with human services transportation coordination requirements and enhance the coordination of related Federal resources; meet the transportation needs of elderly individuals; and address transportation equity. The program can also fund innovative workforce development activities in the areas with special emphasis on targeting areas with high unemployment; provide advanced training related to maintenance of alternative energy efficient or zero emission vehicle; and address current or projected workforce shortages in areas that require technical expertise.

In addition, it will provide for the development of voluntary and consensus-based standards and best practices by the public transportation industry, including standards and best practices for safety, fare collection, Intelligent Transportation Systems, accessibility, procurement, security, asset management to maintain a state of good repair, operations, maintenance, vehicle propulsion, communications, and vehicle electronics.

Depending on the specific funding program, the eligibility of recipients, projects, and federal share may vary.

To the extent FTA allocates the funding through a competitive notice of funding availability, FTA will specify eligibility and requirements in a notice of funding availability (NOFA).

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Federal Government departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the Government; Metropolitan Planning Organizations; State and local governmental entities; providers of public transportation; and national non-profit organizations (that have the appropriate demonstrated capacity to provide public transportation-related technical assistance); public four-year degree-granting institutions of higher education, as defined in section 101(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C.

1001(a)) to carry-out the duties of the institute.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State, Local, Public nonprofit institution/organization and Private nonprofit institution/organization.

Credentials/Documentation

FTA will specify the credentials and documentation in the individual notices of funding availability published to support the various sections and program purposes. At a minimum, the initial proposal should include projects objectives, background, and project description, including time schedule, budget, and applicant?s organizational experience. Legal opinion and compliance with labor requirements are required later. Costs will be determined in accordance with 2 CFR 200. Contracts, Cooperative Agreements, Interagency Agreements, and grants are awarded in response to specific requests for proposal in which applicants will respond to a solicitation that FTA will conduct after funds become available. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

To the extent funding is available for discretionary activities; FTA will publish specific application instructions in a notice of funding availability or a request for proposals.

An environmental impact statement is required for this program.

An environmental impact assessment is 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

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards apply to this program. 2 CFR 200 apply. In addition, FTA guidance for these programs can be found in FTA Circular 6100.1D, ?Transit Research and Technology Programs: Application and Program Management Guidelines.? Potential applicants should follow the instructions in this Circular, which may be found at the FTA website at www.fta.dot.gov.

Award Procedures

An FTA grant award obligating Federal funds is reflected in a grant agreement and/or cooperative agreement. Cooperative Agreements and Grants are awarded electronically using FTAs Transit Award Management System (TrAMS). A pre-requisite to work with the government and apply for Federal funds, you must have a valid Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and register with the System for Award Management (SAM). To access this system, a user name and password are needed and can be obtained by contacting the appropriate FTA staff. The Federal Transit Administrator makes the final decision to approve a project. An FTA grant or cooperative agreement award obligating Federal funds is reflected in a grant agreement or cooperative agreement. To access funds, the recipient must execute the grant agreement or cooperative agreement. For demonstration and deployment projects receiving assistance an evaluation of the success or failure of projects is required.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

The Fixing America?s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act (Public Law No. 114-94), signed into law on December 4, 2015, and effective October 11, 2015, 49 U.S.C. Section 5314/FAST Section 3009. , Public Law 114-94, 49 U.S.C 5314.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Varies.

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 does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The period of time varies with the complexity of the project . Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

(1) Quarterly financial reports; (2) Quarterly milestone progress reports; (3) Interim and Final reports are required and must be submitted electronically.

Federal Financial Form, SF-425 is required and filed electronically. FTA also has a number of Congressional reports it submits using the program reports from the applicants.

The Federal Financial Report SF-425 is filed electronically. The Request for Advance or Reimbursement, SF-270 is filed electronically. Quarterly Federal Financial reports are submitted electronically.

(1) Quarterly Milestone Progress reports (2) Interim report and Final report.

(1) Quarterly A Request for Reimbursement or Advance, SF-270. (2) The Federal Financial Report SF-425.

(1) Quarterly Federal Financial reports; (2) Quarterly Milestone Progress report; (3) Interim progress report; and (4) Final technical report.

All reports must be submitted electronically.

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.

Records

Grant recipients shall retain records for 3 years following submission of a final expenditure report, pending resolution of audit findings, all project contracts documents, financial records, and supporting records.

Financial Information

Account Identification

69-1137-0-1-401.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 $0; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $9,000,000 - FY 2018 will be the first year where obligations will be made under this CFDA. Obligations for FY 2016 and FY 2017 are referenced in CFDA 20.514.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

None established.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Most Federal transit laws are codified at Title 49, United States Code, Chapter 53 (49 U.S.C. chapter 53). Authorizing legislation is substantive legislation enacted by Congress that establishes or continues the legal operation of a Federal program or agency. FTA?s most recent authorizing legislation is Fixing America?s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, (Public Law No. 114-94), signed into law on December 4, 2015, and effective October 11, 2015, 49 U.S.C. Section 5314/FAST Section 3009. Fiscal Year 2016 Annual List of Certifications and Assurances for Federal Transit Administration Grants and Cooperative Agreements; FTA Circular 6100.1E for Research Projects; FTA Circular 4220.1F for Third-Party Procurements; and FTA Circular 5010.1D for Grants Management. In certain circumstances and in other fiscal years, contact the FTA Office of Research, Demonstration and Innovation is necessary. Also, consult FTA website www.fta.dot.gov. Other information will be made available upon request.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Mary Leary 1200 New Jersey Ave. S.E., , Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Phone: 202-366-2204

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Guidance contained in Federal Register Notice, published Notices of Funding Availability (NOFA) and Requests for proposals. FTA published notices between FY 2016 and 2017; and either has allocated the funding or is in the process of allocating funds for support.



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