State Management Review (SMR) Workshop - June 3 & 4, 2014 - Denver CO


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REGION 8 BULLETIN NO: 2014-08

Subject:† State Management Review (SMR) Workshop - June 3 & 4, 2014 - Denver CO

Date: ††††† April 22, 2014

Dear Grantees:

You are invited to attend the FY14 State Management Review (SMR) Workshop being held in Denver, CO at the Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel, 918 17th Street, June 3 & 4, 2014.†

The SMR is one of the Federal Transit Administrationís (FTA) management tools for examining performance of a state or territory's management practices and program implementation of the FTA funded transit and planning programs.† It ensures that the programs are administered in accordance with 49†U.S.C. Chapter 53, Federal transit law provisions. As the Common Rule gives states and territories more flexibility in managing aspects of their FTA funded programs, the workshop also clarifies requirements as they apply to states and their sub-recipients.

In 2012, the State Management Review Program was streamlined to reflect the recommendations of the 2011 FTA Oversight Task Force to develop a risk-based approach to oversight of transit grant programs. The new, risk-based approach, which was successfully utilized during the 2012 and 2013 SMR cycles, will continue during the 2014 State Management Reviews. The risk-based approach is designed to allow more time to examine grantee practices in areas such as procurement, financial capacity, grant administration and Civil Rights to ensure that grantees are meeting FTA requirements and providing the appropriate oversight of their FTA grant programs and their sub-recipients.

In 2012, the State Management Review Program was streamlined to reflect the recommendations of the 2011 FTA Oversight Task Force to develop a risk-based approach to oversight of transit grant programs. The new, risk-based approach, which was successfully utilized during the 2012 and 2013 SMR cycles, will continue during the 2014 State Management Reviews. The risk-based approach is designed to allow more time to examine grantee practices in areas such as procurement, financial capacity, grant administration and Civil Rights to ensure that grantees are meeting FTA requirements and providing the appropriate oversight of their FTA grant programs and their sub-recipients.

Who Should Attend?

These workshops are designed for State DOT professionals who manage FTA funded programs or projects, or manage transit service or compliance programs. The workshops are designed to help attendees broaden their understanding of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and other federal rules and regulations that shape and define their programs. Priority for space will be given to those grantees scheduled for a State Management Review in 2014.

Workshop Leaders

Each workshop will be conducted by transit professionals who are reviewers for the FTA's SMR program. The instructors will provide guidance in each of the areas to be reviewed, answer questions and share industry best practices. Staff from the FTA attend the workshops to answer questions about the SMR, assist grantees in any area related to their FTA grant program, and refer to printed guidelines or other resources should you require additional information.

Please contact Donna Douville, Region 8 at 720.963.3332 or donna.douville@dot.gov with any questions or concerns about the workshop.†

Sincerely,

Linda M. Gehrke
Regional Administrator

Attachment:†SMR Workshop (includes workshop agenda, registration form, and logistics/hotel information) (MS Word)