Review and Comment FY20 UPWP Amendment

What is the UPWP and Why does it need to be Amended?

The Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) serves as the annual work program for FAMPO staff. It provides details of the transportation-related planning activities that FAMPO staff intends to accomplish during the fiscal year (FY) utilizing federal, state, and local resources.

Included in the UPWP is a budget, which details how each fund source will be utilized. This permits the UPWP to act as a grant application for federal funds and also as a management tool for directing the staff activities throughout the year. The UPWP is reviewed and updated annually. 

An amendment to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 UPWP is necessary to “deprogram”  funds from the FY20 UPWP and have them carry over directly to the FY21 UPWP, which will go into effect July 2020.  Specifically, FAMPO would like to carry over Federal Highway Administration Planning (PL) funds not used in FY20. PL funds are metropolitan planning funds that originate with the Federal Highway Administration and require a 10% state and 10% local match. The proposed amendment contains a deprogramming request for excess PL funds to be carried over to FY21. The original PL budget for FY20 was $431,972 including federal, state, and local funding. Based on fiscal year-end projections, staff requests to deprogram $126,700 in PL funds ($112,622 in federal, $14,078 in state), leaving a new total for FY20 PL funds of $291,101 after accounting for the local match carryover.

Normally, any excess PL funds automatically carry over two fiscal years out. For instance, excess FY20 funds would be applied to FY22 budgets. However, FAMPO may request to deprogram projected excess funds and carry them over directly to the next fiscal year– rather than waiting for them to carry over automatically in two years. This is what the amendment seeks to do.

Why should you review and comment?

The public comment period for the FY20 UPWP amendment is an opportunity for the public to review transportation funding decisions and express their concerns or support for how funds are being used. Before the FAMPO Policy Committee can adopt the amendment, there must be a 30-day public comment period. Your comments on the proposed amendment will help Policy Committee members make informed decisions. 

How to Review and Comment

The comment period opens May 20, 2020, and ends June 19, 2020.

Suggested review and comment steps:

  • Learn about the FY20 UPWP and proposed amendment by watching this webinar.
  • Review the FY20 UPWP with proposed changes highlighted here. Page 12 of the PDF explains PL funds, while page 38 shows a chart of PL amounts for FY20. Page 39 has a statement on the proposed amount to be deprogrammed and moved to FY21.
  • Comment and provide feedback by taking this short survey

You may also send written or verbal public comments to fampo@gwregion.org or call (540) 642-1235 to give your comments over the phone. You may also convey your comments via social media. Search Twitter and Facebook for “FAMPO”; our social media logo is a gold star. Be sure to specify that your comments are in regard to the proposed FY20 UPWP amendment and provide us with your name and preferred contact information so we can reply to your comment as needed. 

Public Hearing

The public will be able to address the Policy Committee at a formal hearing on June 15, 2020, at 7:15 p.m. Due to evolving COVID-19 concerns, the format of the meeting (in-person or virtual) has not yet been decided. Check the FAMPO homepage three days prior for meeting participation instructions. You may give a verbal comment at the hearing, or send a comment for FAMPO staff to read at the hearing. Send written comments at least two hours prior to, fampo@gwregion.org.

Questions?

You can contact the FAMPO Public Involvement Coordinator, Stacey Feindt at (540) 642-1235 or Feindt@gwregion.org

 

Participation Assistance

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status.  Persons who require special accommodations under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact FAMPO at 540-373-2890 or fampo@gwregion.org. If hearing impaired, telephone 1-800-552-7917 (TTY) or 7-1-1.