States operate administratively under different guidelines allowing certain expenses to be charged to federal programs. Budgetary decision makers are asking questions on how States are currently using FTA Administrative Funds identified in 49 United States Code (USC) Chapter 53. Studying how administrative resources are utilized by states could help justify the promotion of more efficient, effective approaches to FTA program management. Research is needed to document current practices on whether or not states are able to use federal funds for various expenses including salaries, travel, operating expenses and contracting. The research should also address the percentages of funding used from FTA programs (i.e., the FTA grant program may allow for 10% for state administrative expenses, but the state only utilizes 5%) and should also detail amount/percentage for the various types of expenses. Results among those managing FTA programs will certainly vary, but findings may show consistent patterns which plant seeds for uniform improvement. If states are not allowed to utilize federal funds or elect to supplement the available federal funds with additional funds from other sources for administrative costs, it would be helpful to know the sources of those funds utilized versus federal.
The objective of this research is to inform state FTA program management models employed by state FTA program managers. Specifically, the project will result in documentation of the current uses of federal funds at the state oversight level.