FY 2013 Certifications and Assurances

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The Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Certifications and Assurances (C&As) were published in the Federal Register today and may be found at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-02-13/pdf/2013-03335.pdf. They are also listed in the Transportation Electronic Award and Management (TEAM) system’s homepage, https://ftateamweb.fta.dot.gov, under TEAM Legal Documents and soon will be available to access the annual list of C&As on our web site http://www.fta.dot.gov/grants/12825.html.

The C&As are binding legal commitments for the applicant to comply with Federal law and regulations. The C&As apply to all FTA programs, including Tribal Transit and Over the Road grants. The twenty-four categories in the C&As may be needed for all projects that will be awarded to you in the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) (October 2012-September 2013). If you only receive Tribal Transit grants, you need to check only items 1 and 18 out of the 24 possible. A 2013 C&A is required for a grant application that was started in FFY12 but will be awarded in FFY13.

The C&As execution is electronic through the TEAM system. The 2013 C&As are currently in the TEAM system. The basic process is to check the boxes that apply to the funding sources you will be applying for in FFY13 and have the designated personnel sign electronically by entering their Personal Identification Number (PIN) in the C&A in TEAM. There are two approval actions needed to execute the C&As in TEAM, which are displayed as the Official’s Name and the Attorney’s Name. The Official MUST electronically sign by entering their PIN before or on the same day as the Attorney. If the Attorney electronically signs before the Official, we cannot accept the C&A and you will need to electronically sign again.

Current FTA grantees and applicants for new funds are required to submit (“PIN”) their FY 2013 Certifications and Assurances within ninety (90) days from the date of this publication.

To approve the Certifications and Assurances in the TEAM system:

1. Have your Official log into TEAM with their unique user name and password. This official will have been provided with a PIN Number, and the authority to use it.
2. Click Recipients to open the Query Recipients screen.
3. Enter your recipient ID, or all or part of your recipient name.
4. Click Submit Query to locate your record.
5. From the left menu, click View/Modify Recipient. This opens the Recipient record for editing.
6. Click on the third tab in the window, entitled “Cert's and Assurances.” Review each of the certifications under each category. The text is viewable under the yellow “Text” icon on the right.
7. For each category, you must check either Applicable or N/A.
8. In order to sign off on your selections, please have the Official enter their PIN number in the box at the bottom, and click the green CERTIFY button.
9. Once the Official has entered their PIN, he/she must exit TEAM and the Attorney must log on – following steps 1-6 above, with the Attorney’s individual user name and password and enter the Attorney PIN and again click on the CERTIFY button to complete the process.
10. If the Official has the rights to electronically sign as both Official and Attorney, once he/she enters the PIN, the process is completed.

If you require a TEAM password and/or PIN resets, please send an email to our Region 10 mailbox at fta.tro10mail@dot.gov FIRST before asking the TEAM Help Desk. Also, please include your agency’s four-digit Recipient ID code so we may find your information more quickly. Please do not ask someone else in your organization to send messages on your behalf to reset your password. Security protocols require that the individuals requiring assistance MUST send the message explaining the problem and asking for resets.

The 2013 Master Agreement has also been posted in TEAM and is enclosed with this bulletin. The Master Agreement includes many updates to previous versions due to the passage of MAP-21. Please print this out at http://www.fta.dot.gov/documents/19-Master.pdf, review and maintain a copy in your office.

For further information, contact Region 10’s Annette Lee at 206-220-4461 or email annette.lee@dot.gov.


/s/ Kenneth A Feldman for

R.F. Krochalis
Regional Administrator

Encl:  2013 Certs & Assurances 
           2013 Master Agreement