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Final Approved Earmark Repurposing Project List

Caltrans DLA 2016 Earmark Repurposing Webpage:

FHWA has completed their approval of California’s Earmark Repurposing transfer requests. Below is the list of approved projects with the appropriate funding (with Federal Program Codes). Once funds have been programmed into the FSTIP, authorization may begin following the Department’s Request for Authorization (RFA) procedures in the Local Assistance Procedures Manual (LAPM).

Final Approved Earmark Repurposing Project List

A couple of things to note:

  • Repurposing amounts may differ than what was originally requested for transfer.1 Refer to the Final Approved Earmark Repurposing Project List for the final amounts transferred by FHWA.
  • All funds associated with the program codes shown in the list will come with their own special OA, except for the RPF9 funds. If a local agency/Region chooses to utilize the transferred RPF9 apportionment, the region’s Formula OA would need to be used to obligate that apportionment.2
  1. In some instances, FHWA determined that the amounts included in the initial Earmark Repurposing lists differed from the actual amounts in their FMIS database. In most instances the differences were small, or there were some increases. 

  2. Since a region’s Formula OA is normally tied to projects funded with their own regular apportionments, it’s anticipated that most will only request obligation of the apportionments that come with special OA. 

Federal Program Codes

Have you ever wondered what that code associated with your project authorization and Finance Letter was?

The program codes correspond to the year and federal transportation bill the funds originate from. We try to obligate the oldest funds first, but depending on available balances at time of authorization, you may see a variety of program codes even though you only have one type of federal fund for your project. Here’s a helpful table that provides a quick reference:

Program Code Federal Fiscal Years
H_ _ _ FY2004 – FY2005
L_ _ _ FY2006 – FY2009
L_ _ E FY2010 – FY2012
M_ _ _ FY2013 – FY2014
M_ _ E FY2015 – FY2016
Z_ _ _ FY2016 – FY2017

Project Terminology

Whether you’re administering your first federal-aid project or considered the expert for your agency, the terms and acronyms used in Local Assistance and the Federal-aid Highway Program can be overwhelming.

I’ve created this page to help.

Reclassifying PoCIs as PoDIs

FHWA Stewardship and Oversight Team:

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: To improve efficiency of the agency’s stewardship and oversight of projects and to reduce burden on staff resources, FHWA will no longer identify a subset of Projects of Division Interest (PoDIs) as Projects of Corporate Interest (PoCIs). From this point forward all projects that were considered PoCIs will be viewed as PoDIs or more simply, all projects of interest will be considered Projects of Division Interest (PoDIs). This action should simplify how we do business, while maintaining the effectiveness of our project involvement. Major Projects will still be identified separately and recorded in the resource deployment tool. A separate call will be sent out from the Major Projects Team to identify/verify these projects for PY18.

Selected Shorts Video Series Launch

Local Assistance Blog:

The Caltrans Division of Local Assistance is excited to announce a new informational tool for local agencies – the Selected Shorts Video Series. These videos will be 1 to 2 minutes long and cover selected topics or issues we hope will help local agencies participating in federal-aid.

An innovative way to help agencies with common questions. My good friend, Felicia Haslem, launches the series by advising agencies what to do if you only receive one A&E proposal with her video and accompanying reference material1?

  1. Quick answer - Assuming the solicitation was not restrictive, document the situation with a Public Interest Finding.