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CMAQ Programming and Management Policies

Because of a persistent problem of slow project accomplishment and the risk of losing federal funds due to our region's large unobligated balance, the MPO Policy Committee and CMAP Board have approved a revised set of policies for the program.

CMAQ Programming and Management Policies (June 2012)

They include:

1. Phase 1 engineering will not be eligible for CMAQ funding. Remaining phases will programmed at 100% federal funding with a few exceptions. Note: The recently passed federal transportation authorization legislation, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), does not extend the authority to fund CMAQ projects at 100% federal in FFY 2013 and beyond. CMAQ funded phases will require a minimum of 20% local match.

2. A firm deadline of two years past the programmed year will be instituted for the accomplishment of each phase. If the phase is not completed on time, regardless of the reasons, the funding for remaining phases will be removed and that work placed on a deferred project list. The deferred phases may be brought back into the program when the delayed work is complete, if funding is available.

3. An annual obligation goal will be set and if the region is not meeting it, other "ready" projects will be moved into the program to ensure the region meets its spending goals.

These policies will apply to the next call for projects which is anticipated to begin in December 2012, with final program approval anticipated for the fall of 2013. That call will be for projects in federal fiscal years 2017-2018.

The accomplishment sunset will apply to all currently programmed projects. Some projects have already accumulated years of delay. If you have questions on where your project stands, contact your Planning Liaison.

For questions, information and guidance:
Sponsors are encouraged to work with their regional contact or Planning Liaison if guidance is needed.


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