23 U.S.C. § 201 - Federal lands and tribal transportation programs

Cite as:23 U.S.C. § 201
Currency:Current through P.L. 116-135 (03/26/2020)
 
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(a) PURPOSE.-Recognizing the need for all public Federal and tribal transportation facilities to be treated under uniform policies similar to the policies that apply to Federal-aid highways and other public transportation facilities, the Secretary of Transportation, in collaboration with the Secretaries of the appropriate Federal land management agencies, shall coordinate a uniform policy for all public Federal and tribal transportation facilities that shall apply to Federal lands transportation facilities, tribal transportation facilities, and Federal lands access transportation facilities.

(b) AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS.-

(1) AVAILABILITY.-Funds authorized for the tribal transportation program, the Federal lands transportation program, and the Federal lands access program shall be available for contract upon apportionment, or on October 1 of the fiscal year for which the funds were authorized if no apportionment is required.

(2) AMOUNT REMAINING.-Any amount remaining unexpended for a period of 3 years after the close of the fiscal year for which the funds were authorized shall lapse.

(3) OBLIGATIONS.-The Secretary of the department responsible for the administration of funds under this subsection may incur obligations, approve projects, and enter into contracts under such authorizations, which shall be considered to be contractual obligations of the United States for the payment of the cost thereof, the funds of which shall be considered to have been expended when obligated.

(4) EXPENDITURE.-

(A) IN GENERAL.-Any funds authorized for any fiscal year after the date of enactment of this section under the Federal lands transportation program, the Federal lands access program, and the tribal transportation program shall be considered to have been expended if a sum equal to the total of the sums authorized for the fiscal year and previous fiscal years have been obligated.

(B) CREDITED FUNDS.-Any funds described in subparagraph (A) that are released by payment of final voucher or modification of project authorizations shall be-

(i) credited to the balance of unobligated authorizations; and

(ii) immediately available for expenditure.

(5) APPLICABILITY.-This section shall not apply to funds authorized before the date of enactment of this paragraph.

(6) CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATION.-

(A) IN GENERAL.-Notwithstanding any other provision of law (including regulations), the authorization by the Secretary, or the Secretary of the appropriate Federal land management agency if the agency is the contracting office, of engineering and related work for the development, design, and acquisition associated with a construction project, whether performed by contract or agreement authorized by law, or the approval by the Secretary of plans, specifications, and estimates for construction of a project, shall be considered to constitute a contractual obligation of the Federal Government to pay the total eligible cost of-

(i) any project funded under this title; and

(ii) any project funded pursuant to agreements authorized by this title or any other title.

(B) EFFECT.-Nothing in this paragraph-

(i) affects the application of the Federal share associated with the project being undertaken under this section; or

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