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Two State Infrastructure Bank (SIB) pilot programs currently exist. The first pilot program was authorized by the National Highway System Designation Act of 1995 (NHS Act), section 350 (enacted November 28, 1995). The second pilot program was authorized by the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), section 1511 (enacted June 9, 1998). Thirty-one States (including Puerto Rico) established NHS Act SIBs and two additional States established TEA-21 SIBs (see Table 1). No additional States may establish SIB pilot programs. Congress in 2005 authorized a permanent SIB program that is codified in 23 U.S.C. 610.
|State||Year(s) of Federal Capitalization||Amount of Federal Capitalization|
|1||Florida||1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003||$101,065,437|
|2||Missouri||1996, 1997, 1999||$48,410,000|
|NHS Act SIBs|
|2||Arizona||1996 and 1997||$46,185,974|
|11||Minnesota||1997 & 1999||$35,069,200|
|17||Ohio||1996 & 1997||$87,000,000|
|18||Oregon||1996 & 1997||$14,483,000|
|20||Puerto Rico||1997 & 1998||$12,008,588|
|25||Texas||1996 & 1997||$171,288,804|
|28||Virginia||1996 & 1997||$18,000,000|
Source: FMIS, March 31, 2011.
States participating in the SIB pilot programs have executed cooperative agreements with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), as applicable, establishing the basic requirements of the SIB. The cooperative agreement outlines the structure of the SIB, including the administering agency, financial assistance policies, accounting and audit procedures, and sanctions and compliance.
Federal funding for the NHS Act SIB pilot programs was limited to funds authorized in fiscal years 1996 and 1997, including $150 million from the General Fund of the U.S. Treasury. No additional Federal funds are available to capitalize NHS Act SIB pilot programs. Federal funding for the TEA-21 SIB pilot programs was limited to funds authorized by TEA-21 as well as the funds eligible for the NHS Act SIB pilot programs. According to FHWA reports, about $661 million in Federal funding from fiscal years 1996 through 2003 was provided to capitalize the pilot program SIBs. No additional Federal funds are available to capitalize either of the SIB pilot programs.
States wishing to establish a new SIB or expand their SIB using Federal funds may do so in accordance with the provisions of 23 U.S.C. 610.
These Stewardship Practices only apply to SIB accounts capitalized with Federal-aid highway funds. SIB accounts receiving Federal transit funds are subject to FTA procedures.
SIB pilot programs may offer highway and transit capital project sponsors the following forms of assistance, which are broadly defined:
TEA-21 SIB pilot programs also may assist railroad projects if 49 U.S.C. Subtitle V funds were used to capitalize the bank. Despite the ability to offer other forms of credit enhancement, SIB pilot programs have provided direct loans almost exclusively.
FHWA's Center for Innovative Finance Support (formerly Innovative Program Delivery) is responsible for ensuring that the SIB pilot programs and other related innovative revenue and credit programs are effectively administered, and for providing technical assistance to the States and FHWA Division Offices with respect to these programs. This document provides a summary discussion of stewardship practices for managing the SIB pilot programs. The practices included in this document are based on legislative requirements, existing SIB Guidance, and a survey conducted of all FHWA Division Offices regarding program use by the States.
This document includes examples of best practices related to the SIB pilot programs identified in a 2011 review of the program, along with some tools that may aid FHWA Division Offices and the States in carrying out their stewardship responsibilities.
The Division Office in each State with a SIB pilot program carries out certain stewardship and oversight functions related to the SIB pilot programs to ensure the State is complying with the statutorily required cooperative agreement and the policies and procedures relating to the SIB pilot program. It is considered a best practice to address any material changes to a SIB pilot program via an addendum to the cooperative agreement jointly approved by the FHWA Division Office and the State. Provided below is a summary of stewardship and oversight practices for NHS Act SIB pilot programs and TEA-21 SIB pilot programs.
In accordance with the SIB Guidance, each SIB pilot program submits an Annual Report to the FHWA Division Office no later than 90 days after the end of each Federal fiscal year. This report provides a history of the SIB activity as well as a more detailed update regarding the activity of the immediately preceding year. To aid in the conformity of these annual reports, the Center for Innovative Finance Support has prepared an electronic spreadsheet that States may use as an alternative and streamlined means of satisfying the annual reporting requirement. Appendix A provides a suggested format for the report that can be completed electronically via a spreadsheet provided by FHWA.
The FHWA Division Office oversight of a SIB pilot program includes a variety of items related to Federal regulations and requirements. Additional detail on the SIB pilot program requirements can be found in the SIB Guidance, Section 350 of the NHS Act, and Section 1511 of TEA-21. The FHWA Division Office should monitor compliance with the following requirements of Section 350 of the NHS Act and Section 1511 of TEA-21 as a best practice:
If, at any time, FHWA or FTA, as applicable, determines that the State has not complied with the terms of its cooperative agreement, the requirements of the NHS Act or TEA-21, as applicable, or other Federal requirements, in accordance with existing guidance, the appropriate agency will notify the State of the non-compliance and request the State to take appropriate corrective action or submit a compliance plan to FHWA and FTA, as applicable, within 60 days.
FHWA Division Office should ensure that projects receiving assistance from the SIB pilot program are eligible for such assistance and comply with Federal requirements.
Section 350 of the NHS Act requires all projects receiving assistance from an NHS Act SIB pilot program to comply with the Federal requirements that apply to projects under title 23 or title 49 (as appropriate) when the assistance is derived from: (1) the Federal funds deposited into the SIB; (2) the non-Federal matching funds; (3) all repayment amounts from Federal sources; and (4) any investment income generated from these funds. Under Section 350, repayments to an NHS Act SIB pilot program not derived from Federal funds may be treated as State funds. Projects receiving assistance from non-Federal repayments must be eligible for assistance under title 23 or title 49 but may be administered as State or local funded projects. Such projects are not subject to Federal requirements.
Section 1511 of TEA-21 requires all projects receiving assistance from a TEA-21 SIB pilot program Federal account to comply with the Federal requirements that apply to projects under title 23 or title 49 as appropriate. Therefore, Federal requirements apply to all rounds of lending by a TEA-21 SIB. States will sometimes create separate SIB accounts wholly funded with State monies. These accounts are not subject to Federal requirements.
SIB borrowers may use SIB loans to provide the local match share on a Federal-aid project. In such instances non-Federal funds will need to be used to repay the loan. This applies to both pilot programs.
If a SIB borrower intends to use Federal-aid funds to make SIB loan payments for the Federal share of a project, then the use of Federal-aid funds for debt service payments makes the borrowing a Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicle (GARVEE) project under 23 U.S.C. 122, Payments to States for Bond and Other Debt Instrument Financing. If the project is approved as a GARVEE project, the provisions of 23 U.S.C. 115 and 122 and any related guidance will apply. Project sponsors should refer to FHWA procedures relating to GARVEE projects to determine how to obtain Federal approval for these projects. For information on GARVEEs go to:
If a State seeks to sell all or a portion of its SIB loan portfolio to a third party, the State should contact its FHWA Division Office and the Center for Innovative Finance Support for consultation and concurrence.
A State with an NHS Act SIB pilot program may cease operation by closing the Federal highway account(s). A Federal highway account is one in which Federal capitalization funds and required State matching funds were deposited. The account maintains its Federal identity if SIB assistance is repaid with Federal funds. Summarized below is a process for a State to follow if it elects to close-out the Federal highway account(s) of its pilot program.
Closing the Federal highway account will end Federal oversight and terminate the cooperative agreement executed between FHWA and the State for its SIB pilot program. (A State, however, continues to have the option to maintain its NHS Act SIB pilot program as is and comply with all associated Federal requirements.) Close-out may be accomplished consistent with the termination requirements in 49 CFR 18.44(b) and 18.50. The State should submit a request to FHWA providing all necessary information to determine the status of the SIB pilot program funds, including the following:
Once the State has submitted its request to close out the NHS Act SIB's Federal highway account along with the information described above, it is considered a best practice for the following steps to be taken:
A State with an NHS Act SIB pilot program or a TEA-21 SIB pilot program has the option to convert the SIB's Federal highway account(s) to a SIB administered under 23 U.S.C. 610. A Federal highway account is one in which Federal capitalization funds and required State matching funds were deposited. Summarized below is a process for a State to follow if it elects to convert the Federal highway account(s) of its pilot program. [A State wishing to convert the Federal transit account of its pilot program should contact FTA.] Completing the conversion process will result in a new cooperative agreement between FHWA and the State to govern the 23 U.S.C. SIB. A State continues to have the option to maintain its NHS Act or TEA-21 SIB pilot program as is and comply with all associated Federal requirements under those applicable provisions.
To execute the conversion of a SIB pilot program's Federal highway account, the State should submit a request to FHWA providing all necessary information to determine the status of the SIB pilot program funds, including the following:
Once the State has submitted its request to convert the Pilot SIB's Federal highway account, best practices that foster a seamless transition include the following steps:
A suggested format for an annual report is provided below which may be submitted via an electronic spreadsheet. The electronic spreadsheet provided by the Center for Innovative Finance Support will include some pre-populated data on the SIB, but would be subject to review and correction by the Division Office.
[As of September 30, XXXX]
1) Please verify data for your SIB. Provide corrections and updates where data is inaccurate.
2) For each data item, please note the source from which you obtained the information.
3) For questions, please contact the Center for Innovative Finance Support.
|2||SIB Administering Entity (State DOT
or Other Entity, as applicable)
|Capitalization||Data Source||Federal Highway Account||Federal Transit Account||Federal Rail Account||All Other (non-Federal) Accounts||Total All Accounts (calculated)|
|6||What is the total amount of Federal
grant capitalization funding?
|7||What is the total amount of State capitalization funding from current revenues/reserves (not borrowed)?|
|8||What is the total amount of State capitalization funding from borrowed funds (bond proceeds)?|
|9||What is the total amount of other sources (non-state or Federal) capitalization funding?|
|Total Capitalization Funding (calculated)|
|Respond to the following questions, if SIB has borrowed funds (issued bonds) for capitalization:|
|10||Was the underlying (uninsured) credit rating at time of all bond issuances investment grade (BBB or higher)?|
|11||What was the outstanding principal balance on all bonds issued for SIB capitalization at end of recently completed FFY?|
|Disbursed and Committed Loans||Federal Highway Account||Federal Transit Account||Federal Rail Account||All Other (non-Federal) Accounts||Total All Accounts (calculated)|
|12||What is the total number of loans disbursed since SIB inception to end of recently completed FFY?|
|13||What is the total number of loans committed but not yet disbursed at end of recently completed FFY?|
|14||What is the total dollar amount of loans disbursed since SIB inception to end of recently completed FFY?|
|15||What is the total dollar amount of loans committed but not yet disbursed at end of recently completed FFY?|
|Loan Repayments||Federal Highway Account||Federal Transit Account||Federal Rail Account||All Other (non-Federal) Accounts||Total All Accounts (calculated)|
|16||What is the total number of loans fully repaid since SIB inception to end of recently completed FFY|
|17||What is the total dollar amount of principal (not including interest) repayments since SIB inception to end of recently completed FFY|
|18||Have there been any late payments or loan defaults?|
|Outstanding Loans||Federal Highway Account||Federal Transit Account||Federal Rail Account||All Other (non-Federal) Accounts||Total All Accounts (calculated)|
|19||What is the total number of loans outstanding at end of recently completed FFY?|
|20||What is the total dollar amount of loans outstanding at end of recently completed FFY?|
|21||What is the latest final maturity of all outstanding loans?|
|Available Funds||Federal Highway Account||Federal Transit Account||Federal Rail Account||All Other (non-Federal) Accounts||Total All Accounts (calculated)|
|22||What is the total dollar amount of SIB funds that are available to lend at end of recently completed FFY?|
|Project Costs Assisted||Federal Highway Account||Federal Transit Account||Federal Rail Account||All Other (non-Federal) Accounts||Total All Accounts (calculated)|
|23||What is the total cost of all projects that have received SIB loans since SIB inception to end of recently completed FFY?|
|24||What is the total cost of all projects that have received other forms of SIB assistance (loan guarantees, capital reserves, letter of credit, line of credit, other) since SIB inception to end of recently completed FFY?|
FHWA has long required the States to submit annual reports on their SIBs. Both the NHS Act and TEA-21 authorized the Secretary to require "other reports." SAFETEA-LU specifically requires an annual report. The following references apply:
Both the NHS Act and TEA-21 specifically refer to 2% of Federal funds. After questions were raised regarding the language in the NHS Act, FHWA inserted clarifying language in TEA-21 to make it clear that the 2% did not apply to State funds. If a State has spent more than 2% of State funds on administration, it would be difficult at this time to undo that. Note the following references: