Sneak Preview: Detailed High-Speed Rail Grants Guidance Sought

January 18, 2013 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

(The following was excerpted from an article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) The Federal Railroad Administration must establish grants management guidance with clear goals and performance measures to ensure that its High Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Program is implemented effectively, an official with the Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General recently told a House committee.

The Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 directed FRA to establish a grant program to fund intercity passenger rail improvements, as well as its oversight of Amtrak. Soon after the act was enacted, FRA received some $8 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to implement the high-speed rail program.

Michel Behm, assistant inspector general for rail, maritime and economic analysis for DOT OIG, told members of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure that although FRA completed its Grant Management Manual for HSIPR grant administration in April 2012, it has not developed sufficient guidance for grantees and FRA staff to comply with the procedures in the manual. “At the same time, FRA has yet to develop clear goals, measures and other mechanisms for assessing programs and grantee performance,” Behm said.


Post a Comment

Your email is never shared. Required fields are marked *