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Notice

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Subject
Federal-Aid Highway Program Obligations -
Fiscal Year (FY) 2003 Redistribution After
August 1, 2003

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Classification CodeDateOffice of Primary Interest
N 4520.170July 9, 2003HABF-10

  1. What is the purpose of this Notice? This Notice provides procedures governing the determination and redistribution of unneeded balances of FY 2003 obligation authority subject to lapse on September 30, 2003, under Section 1102(d) of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), and the Consolidated Appropriations Resolution, 2003, Public Law, 108-7.

  2. What is the background information?

    1. Section 1102(d) of TEA-21 provides for the redistribution after August 1, 2003, of any authority distributed to a State for FY 2003 that is subject to lapse on September 30, 2003, if the State will not obligate the authority by September 30, 2003.

    2. A total of $23.5 billion in obligation authority was distributed by formula to the States for FY 2003. This obligation authority is available for FY 2003 only and subject to lapse on September 30, 2003. An additional $4.2 billion was reserved for distribution as special limitation for the Minimum Guarantee, Appalachian Development Highway Program, High Priority Projects Program, and the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge. These amounts remain available until expended and are not subject to redistribution. The remaining $3.8 billion was reserved from the distribution and used to support the allocation of nonformula (allocated), Federal Lands Highway Program, Transportation Research, and administrative funds.

    3. Section 1102(e) of TEA-21 provides the applicability of obligation authority made available for Transportation Research Programs carried out under Chapter 5 of Title 23, U.S.C., and under Title V of TEA-21. The obligation authority shall remain available for three fiscal years. However, FY 2001 obligation authority is subject to lapse if the obligation authority is not obligated by September 30, 2003.

    4. Amounts of unneeded obligation authority initially distributed by formula will be identified separately from unneeded balances of authority reserved from formula distribution and used to support obligation of FY 2003 allocations of nonformula, Federal Lands Highway and administrative funds. States should not report on special limitation provided for the Minimum Guarantee, Appalachian Development Highway Program, High Priority Projects Program, and the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge, such funds are not subject to lapse.

  3. How is the unobligated FY 2003 authority initially distributed by formula redistributed?

    1. To provide a basis for determining (1) the amount of FY 2003 obligation authority initially distributed by formula that will be available for redistribution among the other States after August 1, 2003, and (2) those States that are able to obligate amounts in addition to that previously distributed, each State must submit a plan by August 4, 2003, to the Division Administrator showing the:

      1. July 31, 2003, unobligated balance of obligation authority (formula),

      2. projects and/or Federal funds that will be obligated, or could be obligated by the State no later than September 30, 2003, if additional authority is provided, and

      3. obligation authority (formula) that is in excess and is released by the State.

    2. The Division Administrator must review the plan submitted by the State and reach an agreement with the State on those projects that could be approved and authorized by the Division Office on or before September 30, 2003.

    3. By August 11, 2003, the Division Administrator must submit a report to Headquarters, Office of Budget and Finance (HABF-10), via email to: Budget Division, FHWA (official mailbox), showing (1) the amount of FY 2003 formula authority that is in excess and is released by the State, or (2) that the State and Division Administrator have reached an agreement that the State's remaining unobligated FY 2003 formula authority can be obligated by September 30, 2003.

  4. How is the unobligated FY 2003 authority distributed to support obligation of nonformula (allocated) funds released?

    1. The amount of FY 2003 obligation authority distributed to support obligation of nonformula (allocated) funds that will not be obligated by September 30, 2003, should be determined by the Division Administrator, in consultation with the State.

    2. Nonformula (allocated) funds and associated obligation limitation that will not be obligated by September 30, 2003, should be returned to the appropriate Headquarters program office no later than August 6, 2003.

    3. By August 11, 2003, the Division Administrator must submit a report to Headquarters, Office of Budget and Finance (HABF-10), via email to: Budget Division, FHWA, (official mailbox), showing (1) the amount of nonformula authority (allocated), by program, released by the State that was returned to the appropriate Headquarters program office on August 6, 2003, or (2) that the State and Division Administrator have reached an agreement that the State will obligate available nonformula (allocated) funds by September 30, 2003.

  5. How is the FY 2003 authority reserved for Federal Lands Highway and Headquarters controlled programs redistributed?

    1. Any nonformula (allocated) funds and associated obligation limitation not obligated by July 31, 2003, must be withdrawn and made available for August redistribution, unless Federal Lands Highway and Headquarters offices have firm commitments that the unobligated amounts will be obligated by September 30, 2003.

    2. Each Director and Program Manager should report the total obligations for each program and the amount that will not be obligated by September 30, 2003, to the Budget Division (HABF-10) no later than August 11, 2003.

  6. How will the released obligation authority be redistributed? The formula for redistribution of released obligation authority is based on the requirements of Section 1102(d) of TEA-21. Priority will be given to those States having large unobligated balances of funds apportioned under Sections 104,144 and 160 of Title 23, U.S.C., and under Section 1015 of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991.

  7. Is there program monitoring? Yes. Headquarters will monitor the program on a national basis to ensure that all available authority subject to lapse on September 30, 2003, is fully used.

  8. What action is required? Division Administrators should ensure that copies of this Notice are provided to State departments of transportation.

Signature: Mary E. Peters
Mary E. Peters
Administrator

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