US Department of Labor Assistance to Reduce Time Required for Processing FTA Grants

Number C-00-19

U.S. Department
of Transportation
Federal Transit


400 Seventh St. S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20590

Dear Colleague:

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is taking steps to shorten the length of time required to process and approve FTA grant applications. In that regard, we are working with the Department of Labor (DOL) to help ensure that all grant applications submitted to DOL for Section 5333(b) employee protection certification contain the information required by DOL. When DOL determines that an application is incomplete, it stops processing the application and sends a letter to FTA requesting the necessary information. FTA, in turn, passes the request on to the applicant and coordinates the response back to DOL.

To assist you in preparing applications that contain the information required for DOL processing and certification, DOL has prepared an application checklist. This checklist is enclosed for your information and use. Please be aware that this checklist is not a complete checklist for an FTA grant. Rather, it serves to highlight information DOL must have in order to review and certify FTA grant applications. Please refer to the various FTA circulars for complete information on FTA requirements.

Much of this information is routinely included in applications when the applicant provides the service and/or carries out the project. When there is a subrecipient or contractor, however, the applicant may fail to provide the necessary information regarding the sub-recipient or contractor. Please note that information must also be provided on other transit providers in the service area and their employees, whether or not these transit providers are being funded under the grant. This information permits DOL to ensure that all transit employees in the service area of an FTA project are identified and receive appropriate protections. For this reason, it is also important to identify labor organizations that represent employees of the grantee as well as other transit providers in the service area.

If you have questions about the information that the Department of Labor requires in order to certify the Section 5333(b) employee protections, please contact DOL, Division of Statutory Programs, at (202) 693-0126 or your FTA Regional Office.


Nuria I. Fernandez
Acting Administrator

Related Item: Enclosure - C-00-19