- Briefing Room
U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590
This guidance defines the steps necessary to implement the statutory requirements to request earmarks to be repurposed. The address for FHWA’s Earmark Repurposing website is http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/cfo/earmarkrepurposing/. Questions should be submitted to the “Repurposed Earmarks” mailbox (RepurposedEarmarks@dot.gov).
If the funds are not allocated in the Fiscal Management Information System (FMIS), then a written request must first be made by the State to the FHWA division office. A Demo ID must also be requested to be assigned to the funds which must be included on the repurposing form. The FHWA division office will send the request to the appropriate FHWA program office to allocate the funds following the normal process. The request should note that the funds will be used for repurposing and a Demo ID is needed. This process may take 30 days which should be included in the timeline to meet the September 12, 2017 deadline and must be received before August redistribution submittals; States should account for this when prioritizing the preparation of repurposing requests.
Once the funds are allocated in FMIS and a Demo ID assigned, the State may continue to step 2 of this process.
The State submits a request to repurpose eligible earmarks to the FHWA division office for concurrence utilizing the modified transfer form (FHWA-1575(ERP 2017)). An example form is attached. A separate transfer form must be submitted for each Demo ID to be repurposed. The left side of the form contains the information on the earmark (i.e., the Demo ID) to be repurposed. The right side of the form provides the information needed to identify the new project(s) and the amount of funds for each project.
When submitting repurposing requests, use a file naming convention for the transfer forms that includes the Demo ID, whether the request is new or a revision, and the date of the request (Demo ID – [new/revision]_XX-XX-2017).
The submission must contain sufficient information to demonstrate that each requested earmark is eligible for repurposing and each new project meets the requirements. Below are specific requirements for completing the modified transfer form:
The top portion of the modified transfer form includes:
The left side of the modified transfer form must include information concerning the original earmark, including:
The right side of the modified transfer form must include the new project descriptions that comply with the statutory requirement, including:
Include the following in the “Comments” box of the modified transfer form:
The State must certify the earmark is eligible for repurposing and will be obligated for the identified purposes by marking the “YES” in the certification box. The State will sign the form and submit it to the FHWA division office. The State must submit a text readable (e.g., MS Excel) version of the form.
The Division Administrator (DA) or, if designated, the Assistant Division Administrator (ADA) or the Chief Operating Officer (COO) will either approve the transfer request form and submit it to the “FHWA Transfers” mailbox (FHWA_Transfers@dot.gov) or reject the transfer request form and notify the State. The DA may delegate this authority only to the ADA or COO. The DA’s approval represents the FHWA’s concurrence on eligibility of each earmark requested for repurposing and the requirements for project selection. The DA is responsible for confirming the following:
The FHWA division office is also responsible for verifying the amount of funds available for repurposing. The total unobligated balance of applicable funds must be checked. The balance can be checked in FMIS on either the M58A or W10A report. The N25A is another resource but may show a “demo” project (a type of earmark in the system) with an unobligated balance of funds but those funds may have been used on another demo when allowable in certain situations, causing a negative unobligated balance on the other demo. Only the net balance of the projects is available. If funds have not been allocated in FMIS, the repurposing request cannot be submitted.
The email to the FHWA Transfers mailbox should include the following information in the subject line: that it is for FY 2017 earmark repurposing, the name of the State, and the Demo IDs. If a correction is necessary, that must be clearly identified in the subject of the email along with the State and Demo ID.
HCF will evaluate the request and verify the amount of funds and obligation limitation, if applicable, available to transfer with the applicable earmark, dependent on its original obligation limitation. The demo description will be revised in FMIS to reflect “Repurposing” and one or more program codes will be used to re-allocate the funds for the new description.
When complete, HCF will notify the FHWA division office official mailbox and submitter that the transfer is processed and the funds may be obligated to the projects. Once the division office is notified that a transfer has been processed, the division office should review and verify the accuracy of the transfer. If discrepancies are identified, the division office should promptly inform HCF.
FHWA will facilitate the quarterly reporting required by the States in the Repurposing Provision. The FHWA HCF will consolidate the list of repurposed projects received during the quarter. The timeline for HCF to provide the quarterly list of projects to the FHWA division offices to then be provided to the States will be determined and communicated to the division offices and States at a later date.
The State will provide a letter to the FHWA division office confirming the list of projects and certifying that the earmarks were eligible for repurposing and the projects identified are within 100 miles of the earmark location within the State and will be obligated for eligible purposes as required in the Repurposing Provision. The State will attach the list of projects to the letter. The timeline the FHWA division office to provide the State’s certification to the “Repurposed Earmarks” mailbox will be determined and communicated to the division offices and States at a later date.
HCF will consolidate the reports for the required quarterly report to Congress.
The State will obligate the funds in FMIS for the eligible projects as identified on the modified transfer form. The State has until the end of FY 2020 to establish project agreements and make the obligations for earmarks repurposed in the 2017 process. Note, this does not change the availability period for previously repurposed earmarks. The funds may not be used for other projects. The project title and description need to clearly reflect the purpose of the project as identified on the modified transfer form.
If transfers to Federal Lands or other agencies are desired, the repurpose transfer process should be followed first. Then, a request to transfer the repurposed funding to Federal Lands or another agency should be submitted following the normal process after the funds are repurposed.
When the funds are obligated on a project agreement in FMIS, the FHWA division office must ensure the project description clearly reflects the use of the funds for the new project and is consistent with the repurpose request on the modified transfer form. The project must use the associated demo ID.
If an obligated project is completed and excess funds are deobligated, the unobligated funds may be used only on another project from the same earmark identified on the modified transfer request form submitted before September 12, 2017.