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General Government: Grants for Transit Resilience

To mitigate the negative effects of fragmentation across federal funding streams, the Department of Transportation should examine the $3.6 billion in funding the Federal Transit Administration awarded toward transit resilience projects for potential duplication with other resilience efforts.

Action:

The Department of Transportation (DOT) should examine the projects the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funded under its discretionary transit resilience grant program for potential duplication with other resilience efforts and determine whether it is appropriate to realign unobligated funds for FTA-supported projects for other authorized purposes or request that Congress rescind unobligated funds from FTA-supported projects.

Progress:

In December 2017, DOT reported that it had undertaken a study and coordinated with federal agency coordination groups to determine whether there is any potential duplication of resilience efforts in the region, as recommended by GAO in its December 2016 report. Completing this study, which GAO is reviewing, was the first step in identifying cases where FTA-supported projects may need to be revised or may no longer be needed. This effort can help ensure that FTA-supported projects are effectively coordinated with other resilience efforts and minimize the fragmentation of the federal government’s disaster resilience efforts.

Implementing Entity:

Department of Transportation