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TDOT's Approach to Economic Stimulus Funding: Early Planning, Implementation & Successes Ralph Comer Tennessee Department of Transportation January 19, 2010 The Association of government accountants
Pre-Planning • During Fall 2008, TDOT developed a list of potential projects: • Ready to let in 180 days (Sept. 1, 2009) • List of projects provided to FHWA (Dec. 11, 2008) • List totaled $850 million (road and bridge) and $100 million (resurfacing) • Posted on the TDOT website (Dec. 19, 2008)
Project Selection Criteria • The final version of the ARRA was signed into law on February 17, 2009 • Based on the Act and guidance from FHWA, the following criteria were used in selecting highway and enhancement projects: • Eligible for funding under federal aid guidelines • Minimum of 80% of the funds will be utilized on projects that can be awarded in 120 days
Project Selection Criteria Con’t • Minimum of 70% of the funds for projects projected for completion within 3 years • Minimum of 60% of the funds on projects that are located in economically distressed areas under either of the following: • Counties with unemployment rate 1% above national average • Counties with per capita income of 80% or less of the national average
Project Selection Criteria Con’t • Coordination with other projects under construction in the area • Projects across an array of construction activities (bridges, resurfacing, reconstruction, stage construction, paving, etc.) • Balance geographically (east-west, north-south, urban-rural) • Off-system bridges given priority consideration
Recovery Act Grant AwardsState of Tennessee • The “Big Picture”:
TDOT-Administered FundingHighway Infrastructure Investment Available Funding Obligations $486,035,876 as of December 31, 2009 Percentage Obligation: 99.8% TDOT Projects Obligated: 315
TDOT-Administered FundingTransit Capital Assistance Available Funding Obligations $17,993,437 as of December 31, 2009 Percentage Obligation: 85%
TDOT-Administered FundingGrants-in-Aid for Airports Available Funding Obligations $4,568,353 as of November 20, 2009 Percentage Obligation: 100% Sub-recipient: Greeneville-Greene County Municipal Airport
Recovery Act Expenditures Data as of December 31, 2009
Recovery Act Discretionary GrantsAwarded • EPA Truck Stop Electrification - $2,000,000 • TDOT currently in competitive process to sub-award grant money to truck stops • Recovery Act Ferry Boat Discretionary - $3,000,000 • Cumberland City Ferry, Stewart County • On-the-Job Training/Support Services - $800,000
TIGER Grant Applications • $1.5 billion available nationwide • Tennessee participated in a 5-state joint application with PA, AL, MS, VA for the Norfolk-Southern Railway Crescent Corridor project • TN portion of the Crescent Corridor request was $81.0 million
Recovery Act JobsHighway Infrastructure Investment • Payrollpaid to date: $28,309,407 • Total Hours Worked: 1,484,912 Data is cumulative through December 31, 2009
Obligations by Type of WorkAs of November 20, 2009 * ARRA Obligation Total includes MPO Obligations
Recovery Act Reporting • Weekly • Updates to Notice to Proceed/Contract Award Dates • Monthly • Project Status Report to FHWA • Employment Status Report to FHWA • T&I Committee Status Report • TRAM Status Reports • Status Report to FAA • Status Report to EPA • Quarterly • Section 1512 Report to OMB • Financial Status Report to EPA • Status Report to FTA • Periodic • Maintenance of Effort Status Report to FHWA • Initial Project Information Report to FHWA • Section 1511 Certifications on new Recovery Act projects • QA/QC Report Reviews by TDOT Staff
Major Milestone: Section 1512 Q4 Report • State of Tennessee reports centrally on behalf of all state agencies • Section 1512 reports are to be submitted to the Office of Management & Budget (OMB) every quarter • For Q3 2009 report due October 10, 2009 • Total reports submitted: 309TDOT reports submitted: 259 • For Q4 2009 report due January 15, 2009 • Total reports submitted: 329TDOT reports submitted: 271
Transparency & Accountability Reviews, Inspections, and Audits • Federal • DOT OIG Fraud Awareness Training – May & Oct 2009 • DOT OIG In-Depth Project & Field Reviews– Nov 2009 • FHWA National Review Team – Nov 2009 • FHWA Project Field Reviews & Inspections – On-going • State Comptroller • Continual review of ARRA compliance • TDOT Internal Audit • Project Review of 2 contractors for ARRA compliance
Next Steps • Prepare for Q1 2010 Section 1512 report submittal to OMB • Enhanced coordination with MPOs to ensure obligation requirements will be met • Monitor congressional actions for potential second stimulus • Prepare for award of TIGER Grants in January 2010
Questions? Check out TDOT’s Recovery Act Website for more information: www.tn.gov/tdot/recovery