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Following are some highlights from each session. For
more detailed information, visit www.irwaonline.org for
PowerPoint presentations from each Agency.
FHWA speakers included Nelson Castellanos, Director,
Office of Real Estate Services; Arnold Feldman,
Relocation Acquisition, Office of Real Estate Services;
and Marshall Wainright, Lead Realty Specialist, FHWA
Resource Center. The program kicked off with an
overview of the new Transportation Bill “Moving Ahead
for Progress in the 21st Century” (MAP 21). Highlights
of the bill were addressed, including key challenges,
opportunities and progress on its implementation. Those
changes that are specific to right of way are in the areas
of Early Acquisition, Uniform Act, Outdoor Advertising
and Junkyard Control. In 2012, the FHWA completed
research projects in Alternative Uses of the right of
way, Voluntary Acquisitions under the Uniform Act
and Incentive Payments. Projects that launched in 2012
include a Reverse Mortgage Study and a Tribal Lands
Workshop. For 2013, the FHWA has planned studies on
Turbo Relocation and electronic offers by email.
Pamela Peckham, FTA Realty Specialist, discussed newly
proposed Office of Management and Budget Uniform
Guidance. To deliver on President Obama’s promise
of a 21st Century government that is more efficient,
transparent and creative, the Office of Management and
Budget is seeking to adjust the Federal government’s
partnership with non-Federal stakeholders to best
achieve the program objectives, while ensuring the
financial integrity of the dollars spent. The effort is
designed to transform the Federal financial assistance
framework so that it meets a higher standard of
performance on behalf of the American people.
Streamlining the Federal grant-making process will help
maximize taxpayer dollars, ensure financial integrity and
deliver the most efficient outcome. Reform ideas will be
discussed in the Advance Notice of Proposed Guidance,
which can be found in the Federal Register.
HUD Relocation Specialists Janice Olu and Bryan
O’Neill provided an overview of HUD’s Disaster
Recovery efforts. Over the past decade, the agency
has provided funds to support recovery from disasters
such as Hurricanes Sandy, Ike, Gustav, Dolly, Katrina,
Rita and Wilma, and for post 9/11 recovery efforts.
Some of HUD’s primary funding sources, such as the
Community Development Block Grant were outlined,
and the presenters elaborated on the funding process,
eligible uses of funds, and common waivers and
suspensions of acquisition and relocation requirements.