ARRA Disbursement

11/17/2011

[PDF version of signed letter] 

Dear Colleague:

As the recipient of a grant funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), I applaud your efforts to support the creation of jobs in your community as you implement President Obama's vision for economic recovery by strengthening transportation. However, it has come to my attention that your ARRA grant carries a large balance of undisbursed funds. Therefore, I am asking you to review the progress of your grant closely and take any measures you can to accelerate the spending while continuing to exercise prudent stewardship and adequate controls to minimize risk.

Specific measures that may assist in expediting your project include the following:

Your prompt attention to this matter will help to ensure that FT A and the U.S. Department of Transportation continue to invest wisely and efficiently in transportation projects that matter to America. As you know, ARRA afforded the FT A an unprecedented opportunity to responsibly administer over $8 billion for a variety of critical transportation projects that created tens of thousands of jobs around the United States at a time when they were needed most.

To date, over 70 percent of FTA's obligated ARRA funds have been spent and grantees have been reimbursed. FTA's outstanding performance is reflected in President Obama's American Jobs Act, which would entrust FTA with an additional $9 billion to invest in critical infrastructure needs. My staff and I are eager to work with you to accelerate the spending of ARRA funds you received, so that we can ensure that these taxpayer dollars are used to benefit public transit as intended. Please contact your regional FTA office for further assistance on this matter.

Thank you.

Yours truly,

Peter Rogoff