U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
EMS TRANSMISSION 03/23/2006
Instruction Memorandum No. 2006-117
To: AD’s, SD’s, CD’s, and D-OF&A
From: Assistant Director, Minerals, Realty and Resource Protection
Subject: Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act – A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), Transportation Planning Project Proposals DD: 03/31/2006
Program Area: Transportation Planning
Purpose: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) submitted a request to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2006 transportation planning funds to support the BLM SAFETEA-LU Implementation Plan/FY 2006 Program Proposal (Attachment 1). States are now requested to submit individual proposals for SAFETEA-LU transportation planning projects for FY 2006 to the Protection and Response Group (WO-360). Proposals from the States will be used to distribute funds that BLM anticipates receiving this year from the FHWA.
Policy/Action: Submit SAFETEA-LU proposed FY 2006 projects for transportation planning following the instructions and using the format found at Attachment 1. Attachment 2 provides the new FHWA Eligibility Guidelines for projects pursuant to 23 United States Code 204(i)(2).
Timeframe: We are requesting that the States electronically submit their respective transportation planning project proposals to the Washington Office by March 31, 2006.
Budget Impact: None.
Background: The SAFETEA-LU, through Public Law 109-59, was passed in August 2005. Through Title 23 United States Code Section 204, the BLM is entitled to apply for transportation planning funds each year. A letter, along with the BLM’s Implementation Plan/FY 2006 Program Proposal, was sent to the FHWA requesting funding in the amount of $2,200,000 for FY 2006 transportation planning projects. This funding amount included $1,500,000 for FY 2006 and an additional $700,000 for funding not received in FY 2005 under the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century. In the summer of 2005, the FHWA withheld a portion of the BLM’s TEA-21 funding request just prior to enactment of the SAFETEA-LU based on the uncertainty of when the transportation bill would be signed, and to maintain internal operational costs. BLM was informed that its FY 2006 funding request should include the amount that was not provided last fiscal year.
If funds are received, they will be transferred in varying amounts to the State Offices based on State priorities for the transportation planning projects submitted by the BLM SAFETEA-LU Coordinators. Typically, many of the coordinators work with State departments of transportation, counties, the FHWA, or other partners on planning and design issues that are mutually beneficial to all parties.
Submission Requirements: Review Attachment 1 to ensure proposed projects capture the intent of the SAFETEA-LU BLM Implementation Plan/ FY 2006 Program Proposal. Attachment 2 is the FHWA’s project Eligibility Guidelines. The FHWA has informed BLM that purchase of traffic counters are endorsed through Item 7 of the Eligibility Guidelines. The FHWA has also made the determination that kiosks and signs are considered construction and are therefore not allowed. Use the Attachment 3 form (BLM’s Transportation Planning Project Proposals for FY 2006) to submit your project proposals. Send the proposals electronically to Linda_Force@blm.gov.
Coordination: Each of the State Engineers and SAFETEA-LU Coordinators is fully cognizant of the requirement for submitting project proposals for transportation planning projects to be accomplished in FY 2006. The Protection and Response Group (WO-360) will be working with the Budget Office (WO-880) on the distribution of funds once they are received.
Contact: If you have any questions in regard to this request, or need any help in preparing your proposal, please contact Linda Force at (202) 557-3567.