ESC Tracks Status of CARES Act Distributions for the Department of Transportation
Vol.6 Issue 7

Keeping track of other people’s money is a huge responsibility, especially when it involves helping the entire country distribute an economic relief package. Accustomed to providing sound budgeting and financial management, the Enterprise Services Center (ESC) Reporting and Analysis Branch, (AMK-330) was recently tasked with providing the daily Status of Funds for the Department of Transportation (DOT) pertaining to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the "CARES Act". The CARES Act was signed into law March 27, 2020, and Congress funded the DOT with $36.1 Billion of Emergency Direct Appropriations for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Health Relief Response and Agency Operations. The CARES Act provides fast and direct economic assistance for American workers, families, and small businesses while preserving jobs in our American industries.

The ESC Administrative Payments (AP) Branch (AMK-310) is responsible for providing assistance to all federal agencies that were recipients of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding.

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The DOT received direct appropriations of $36.1 Billion, which were comprised as follows:

  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) $10B
  • Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) $1B
  • Federal Transit Administration (FTA) $25B
  • Maritime Administration (MARAD) $4.1 Million
  • Office of Inspector General (OIG) $5M
  • Office of the Secretary of Transportation (OST) $58M

As of September 29th, the DOT’s cumulative commitments and obligations totaled $33.7B, including FAA $9.3B, FRA $1B, FTA $23.3B and MARAD $4M

The DOT’s remaining available funds to obligate totaled $2.4B including FAA $641M, FTA $1.7B, MARAD $931K, OIG $4.9M, and OST $56M.

To date, the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Administrative Payments sections have processed FAA CARES Act grant payments totaling $3.3B.

The Federal Railroad Administration’s $1B emergency funding is being utilized to assist AMTRAK with railroad activities in its response to the global health crisis. Recently, staff from AMK-315, with the approval of FRA, disbursed $1B in emergency assistance to AMTRAK for aid in their efforts to plan, prepare and enact their response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Federal Transit Administration’s $25B COVID emergency funding is for Transit Infrastructure Grants, of which $23.3B has been obligated.

The Maritime Administration in cooperation with the ESC AP branch issued CARES Act support payments to the State Maritime Academies from the $4M authorized funding, to remain available until September 30, 2021, for operations and training to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the Coronavirus.

The Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) received $50M of direct appropriations for grants to states, territories, and tribes to expand their digital network access and provide technical support services. To date, IMLS obligated $45.3M, with $4.7M remaining available funds to obligate.

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) received $75M of direct appropriations. NEA has obligated $74.3M, leaving $700K available funds to obligate.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) received $12.1M CARES Act funding in support of technologies for digital case management, short-term methods to allow electronic submissions of retirement application packages in support of paper based business operations, and increased telecommunications.

Many thanks to the ESC Administrative Payments Branch for delivering services in a transparent and comprehensive manner, while deploying solid financial management to all federal counterparts. Their efforts provide confidence and demonstrate responsibility in being effective stewards of taxpayers’ money.

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