The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is one of eleven modal agencies within the United States (U.S.) Department of Transportation (DOT). FTA invests more than $12 billion annually to support and expand public transit through several different formula and discretionary funding programs authorized under Chapter 53 of Title 49 of the United States Code (49 U.S.C. Chapter 53).
CORTAP consists of two Comprehensive Review Programs, State Management Reviews and Triennial Reviews. CORTAP also awards Technical Assistance projects on an as-needed basis to assist FTA recipients with compliance issues.
FTA's State Management Review is a comprehensive oversight review of recipients designed to assess management practices and program implementation of the Metropolitan Planning and State Planning and Research programs (49 U.S.C. 5305), Capital Investment Program (49 U.S.C. 5309), Elderly Individuals and Individuals with Disabilities Program (49 U.S.C. 5310), Non-urbanized Area Formula Program (49 U.S.C. 5311), Job Access and Reverse Commute Program (49 U.S.C. 5316), and the New Freedom Program (49 U.S.C. 5317), to ensure that the programs are administered in accordance with 49 U.S.C. Chapter 53, Federal transit law provisions, and FTA requirements and are meeting program objectives.
Mandated by Congress in 1982, the Triennial Review occurs once every three years. It examines how recipients of Urbanized Area Formula Program funds (49 USC Section 5307) meet statutory and administrative requirements. The review currently examines up to 21 areas. Major areas of focus include financial management and capacity, technical capacity, maintenance, procurement, civil rights, and other award oversight functions. In addition to helping evaluate recipients, the review gives FTA an opportunity to provide technical assistance on FTA requirements and aids FTA in reporting to the Transportation Secretary, Congress, other oversight agencies, and the transit community on the Urbanized Area Formula Program. FTA has over 600 Section 5307 recipients that range in size and complexity and are located throughout all 50 states and in the U.S. territories.
State Management and Triennial Reviews encompass desk reviews in FTA Regions, preparing agenda packages, reviewing recipient documentation, conducting recipient and subrecipient/contractor/lessee site visits, issuing draft and final reports, distributing draft reports to a variety of FTA offices depending on the areas of deficiency found, and providing final worksheets/documentation to the respective FTA Regional Office. Qi Tech LLC has been providing contractor support to the FTA's Office of Program Oversight (now known as the Office of Safety and Oversight) since 2013.
Qi Tech provides the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA) with technical and analytical support for the Non-Traffic Surveillance (NTS) System. This system is a virtual data collection designed to provide counts and details regarding fatalities and injuries that occur in non-traffic crashes and in non-crash incidents. The non-crash incident portion consists of a non-crash injury database that contains data from a special study collected for NHTSA by the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC), National Electronic Injury Surveillance System-All Injury Program (NEISS-AIP). Our support produces a data set and analytical tables; and documents the processes used.
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