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Highway Training and Education

National Highway Institute NHI Training Program Local Technical Assistance Program/Tribal Technical Assistance Program LTAP, TTAP Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program DDETFP Transportation Education Development Program TEDP Garrett A Morgan Technology and Transportation Education Program GAMTTEP
Number: 20.215
Agency: Department of Transportation
Office: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
20.215 Highway Training and Education
Federal Agency (030):
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Department of Transportation
Authorization (040):
Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century , Public Law 112-141, 23 U.S.C 504.
Objectives (050):
National Highway Institute (NHI) Training Program: To develop and administer, in cooperation with those in the highway community, educational, training, and technical assistance for the Federal Highway Administration, State and local highway agency employees, as well as the private sector and members of international organizations. Local Technical Assistance Program: To provide training, technology transfer, and professional development services to local agencies and tribal governments with road management and safety responsibilities. Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program (DDETFP): To attract qualified students to the field of transportation education and research, and advance transportation workforce development. Transportation Education Development Program: To develop and implement innovative transportation education and workforce development programs at all levels of transportation. Garrett A. Morgan Technology and Transportation Education Program (GAMTTEP): To improve the preparation of K-12 students, particularly women and minorities, in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through curriculum development and other transportation-related activities.
Types of Assistance (060):
Cooperative Agreements; TRAINING
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
National Highway Institute: Funds provided to support program/course development and delivery. Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP): Funds provided to support an LTAP Center in each state, Puerto Rico, and seven regional Tribal Technical Assistance Centers. Eisenhower Fellowship Program: Funds provided to primarily university graduate students to support studies in transportation related areas. Transportation Education Development Program: Funds are provided on a competitive basis to “institutions of higher education” defined as an institution that provides at least 2 years of curriculum and offers, as a minimum, a certificate upon completion of the course work. GAMTTEP: Funds are provided on a competitive basis to state and local education agencies. NHI, LTAP, DDETFP, TEDP, GAMTTEP: Funds provided by statute to implement programs based on statutory requirements. NHI, LTAP, DDETFP, TEDP and GAMTTEP: State may use core program funds, with FHWA approval, from any one of four core programs that include the National Highway Performance Program, Surface Transportation Program, Highway Safety Improvement Program, and Congestion Mitigation/Air Quality at 100% federal funding to support transportation workforce development at all levels including the NHI, LTAP, DDETFP, TEDP, and GAMTTFEP programs. LTAP/TTAP State Planning and Research (SP&R) funds are also available, at the discretion of the state, to support LTAP/TTAP Centers Program.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
NHI Training Program: Employees of State and local transportation agencies, private sector transportation company employees participate in NHI courses. DDETFP: Some restrictions apply. Undergraduate (juniors and seniors at Minority Institutes of Higher Education (MIHE)) and graduate students matriculating full-time at a U.S. university or college in a transportation-related discipline participate. TEDP: Private sector entities may enter into a partnership agreement with TEDP grantees. GAMTTEP: Local educational agencies and State educational agencies, which may enter into a partnership agreement with institutions of higher education, businesses, or other entities.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
None.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedures (092):
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. LTAP: LTAP Centers established through 5 year agreements with state transportation departments. DDETFP, TEDP, GAMTTEP provided in Request for Applications set forth on Grants.gov. Cooperative Agreements for TTAP Centers are directly with FHWA on a five year cycle. TEDP and GAMTTEP application procedures through Office of Acquisitions established processes. The Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program (DDETFP): Students may apply to compete for three award categories; annually for the Eisenhower Graduate, Grants for Research Fellowships, and Eisenhower Intern Fellowships. The remaining Eisenhower Fellowships are competed at participating MIHEs, Community Colleges and universities designed for “People Living with Disabilities”. MIHEs include the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), and Tribal Colleges (TCs) and selected applications are forwarded to the Program Manager, Universities and Grants Programs of Technology Partnership Programs (TPP) for final selection.
Award Procedure (093):
LTAP funds are allocated to state transportation agencies for acquisitions through this procedure. Tribal Transportation Assistance Program Center (TTAP) awards are made directly to the TTAP managing institutions through the FHWA acquisitions process. Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program awards are made annually for the academic year for the by the Director, Technology Partnership Programs of the Office of Technical Services based on recommendations by an application review panel. Awards for the Transportation Education Development Program are made on the basis of competitive review by the Office of Acquisitions. Awards for the Garrett A. Morgan Technology and Transportation Education Program are made on the basis of competitive review by the Office of Acquisitions.
Deadlines (094):
Feb 15, 2014: DDETFP Graduate Fellowships, HBCUs, HSIs, TCs, PWDs and Community Colleges support student undergraduate and graduate transportation studies in each category. NHI Training Program: None; TEDP, Garrett Morgan Programs varies depending on Request for Application releases.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
DDETFP: Seven months. NHI course development and delivery selected through competitive process; LTAP through competitive process for those LTAP Centers that are managed by universities (12 Centers are managed by State DOTs); TTAP, TEDP, GAMTTEP through competitive process.
Appeals (096):
Through FHWA acquisitions process for NHI, TEDP, GAMTTEP, TTAP; State DOT processes for LTAP.
Renewals (097):
Not Applicable.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: LTAP -100%; TEDP - 25% in 4th year of 4 year Cooperative Agreement.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
DDETFP on-site assignments, 6 to 12 months with extension upon approval from the Program Manager, Universities and Grants Programs; Masters degree awards, up to 2 years, not to exceed 3 years, in duration; and PhD Awards, up to 3 years-not to exceed 5 years in duration; and Bachelors degree, 1 year. NHI, LTAP, TEDP based on contract/cooperative agreement requirements. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: NHI, LTAP, DDETFP, TEDP, GAMTTEP funds are allotted to Office of Technical Services (OTS) through an Advice of Funds. LTAP: OTS Technology Partnership Programs allocates funds in equal amounts to FHWA Divisions that in turn provide to state transportation departments for LTAP Center management through agreements between the state and Center organization. TTAP through Cooperative Agreement; DDETFP: Through grant agreement with universities; TEDP and GAMTTEP awards are provided for in Cooperative Agreement on a reimbursable basis with funds released to grantees based on invoices submitted and approved through the FHWA Office of Acquisitions.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
LTAP; State transportation agency reports generally required on a annual basis. DDETFP, TEDP, GAMTTEP final projects reports required, based on Cooperative Agreements requirements. Cash reports are not applicable. TEDP, Garrett Morgan, and TTAP: Quarterly reports required per Cooperative Agreements. LTAP: Reports may be required as part of contract agreement between the state transportation agency and the LTAP Center. OTS TPP requires LTAP/TTAP Centers to report annually on number Center program activity. NHI, LTAP, DDETFP, TEDP, GAMTTEP required according to contract/agreements with awardee or service provider. NHI, LTAP, TEDP, GAMTTEP: Yes, by FHWA Office of Acquisitions and OTS Program Managers. DDETFP by OTS Program Managers.
Audits (112):
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. Yes, discretionary through FHWA Office of Acquisitions.
Records (113):
Awardee organizations and FHWA Office of Acquisitions must keep records of expenditures/accomplishments as applicable to Federal requirements.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Formula Grants) FY 13 $18,252,274; FY 14 est $19,986,958; and FY 15 est $27,000,000 - FY 2014 -- FY13 and 14 funding provided through MAP-21 legislation. Remaining unobligated balances from prior years may be available.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
Not Applicable.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: NHI trained 45,000 participates classroom and on-line training. LTAP/TTAP trained 110,000 participants. DDETFP provided 206 grants. Fiscal Year 2014: NHI, LTAP/TTAP expects a similar number of participants to receive training as were trained in 2013. DDETFP expects approximately 200 fellowship awards as in 2014. Fiscal Year 2015: NHI, LTAP/TTAP expects a similar number of participants to receive training as were trained in 2014. DDETFP expects approximately 200 fellowship awards as in 2015.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
NHI Training Program: 23 CFR, "Highways." DDETFP: The first guidelines for the DDETFP were issued in August 1992. National guidelines are reissued annually in the program announcement by the University and Grants Programs, Technology Partnership Programs, Office of Technical Services. TEDP, LTAP/TTAP Garrett Morgan Program requirements provided in statute and as part of grant application. NHI, LTAP, DDETFP, TEDP, Garrett Morgan programs described in FHWA literature and websites.
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
See Regional Agency Offices. LTAP Program supported through oversight of state DOT LTAP Agreements by Federal Highway Administration Division Offices.
Headquarters Office (152):
David M. Burk 1310 N. Courthouse Rd, Suite 300, Arlington, Virginia 22201 Phone: (703) 235-0500.
Website Address (153):
http://www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Fiscal Year 2013: NHI developed and delivery technical and policy training courses; LTAP trained local agency employees on highway safety and infrastructure management; Eisenhower Program provided fellowships to students to support education for transportation careers. TEDP provided grants supported state transportation agency model program for skills set and training needs, on-line technician training, model transportation academies for high school students and model transportation institute for incumbent transportation workers; program for regional coordination among workforce organization in transportation, education and workforce organizations, community college distribution and logistics curriculum, post graduate traffic management curriculum. Garrett Morgan Program provided grants to support program objectives leveraging STEM initiatives in K-12 through agreements with Local Education Agencies. Fiscal Year 2014: NHI, LTAP, Eisenhower programs are expected to continue with similar success and contribution. Garrett Morgan Program will support a GM Clearinghouse to promote successful programs/practices related to transportation in the STEM disciplines at the K-12 grade levels; TEDP to support 5 Region Surface Transportation Workforce Centers. Fiscal Year 2015: NHI, LTAP, Eisenhower programs are expected to continue with similar success and contribution. Garrett Morgan Program will have established and support operation of a GM Clearinghouse to promote successful programs/practices related to transportation in the STEM disciplines at the K-12 grade levels; TEDP will have established and support operation of 5 Region Surface Transportation Workforce Centers.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
National Highway Institute: Proposals are selected based on quality of technical proposal, past performance and budget plan. LTAP: Ability to staff, develop and deliver an effective training and professional development program for local agencies; TTAP: Ability to staff, develop and deliver an effective training and professional development program for tribal governments. DDETFP: fellowships are awarded on competition on the basis of demonstrated merit, including pursuit of transportation related careers, academic credentials, academic recommendations, and study proposal. TEDP: Selections through competition based on quality of proposals and ability to develop and/or delivery innovative workforce development programs at all levels of transportation. GAMTTEP: Selections through competitions based on quality of proposals relative to innovative transportation education programs for underrepresented groups at K-12 grade levels and to meet programs objectives.