Why I Should Attend?

Federal highway legislation has been undergoing tremendous changes in recent years — especially after the 2012 passage of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) legislation. President Obama, on July 6, 2012, signed into law, Public Law 112-141, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” (MAP-21). MAP-21 went into full effect on October 1, 2012, to provide over $105 billion for fiscal years 2013 and 2014 for national transportation programs including Tribal Transportation Programs.

MAP-21 replaces the former Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act – A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) funding formula with a new formula to replace the Tribal Transportation Allocation Methodology (TTAM), and attempts to continue/improve the benefits and rights of tribal nations granted under SAFETEA-LU. Nonetheless, with the MAP-21 legislation set to expire in 2014, and high-level transportation officials suggesting that Congress may pursue the easier option of a continuing resolution, it is essential that tribes learn about the various MAP-21 transportation programs available, the current funding formula, and their contracting rights to shape and improve their transportation programs. Many states with large tribal populations have yet to start implementation of their MAP-21 programs; thus, it is a critical time for tribes to have their voices heard relevant to funding eligibility and equity issues, and to take advantage of tribal-specific funding streams.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs recently sent out proposed 25 CFR Part 170 regulations to implement MAP-21; and proposed a series of tribal consultation sessions with tribal nations. Tribes need to become aware of the proposed regulations so they can weigh in on making positive improvements to their transportation programs.

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed for elected tribal officials, tribal transportation committees, transportation consortia, civil engineers, road managers, transportation planners, finance and accounting staff; BIA and FHWA road managers, federal awarding officials, private contractors and consultants.

What Will I Learn?

  • Tribal provisions under MAP-21
  • Comparison of tribal provisions under MAP-21 and
  • A Review of Draft 25 CFR Part 170 Regulations
  • Discussion on extension of MAP 21, or new legislation.
  • New MAP-21 Funding Formula.
  • Types of Funding such as Tribal Transportation Programs (formerly IRR), High Priority Projects, ERFO, Tribal Transit, Public Lands Highway Discretionary Grants, Transportation Planning.
  • Tribal Transit Program and other grant programs.
  • Contracting and Compacting with BIA under the Indian Self-Determination.
  • Contracting with Federal Highway Administration.
  • Special construction rules under the Indian Self-Determination Act.
  • Transportation Planning, Design, Environmental Assessment & Construction Processes.
  • How to develop your tribal transportation programs.