NHTSA Webinar Summary - FAST Act: What States Need to Know for 2018

From: Russ Martin
Sent: February 24, 2017
Subject: NHTSA Webinar Summary - FAST Act: What States Need to Know for 2018 

GHSA Members and webinar participants,
Yesterday, GHSA hosted a webinar presentation from NHTSA - FAST Act: What States Need to Know for 2018 - to help prepare states for FY 2018 applications. A recording of the webinar and slides from NHTSA are available on GHSA’s Member Portal here: https://my.ghsa.org/content.asp?contentid=41.   
Below are a number of highlights from the webinar prepared by Betty Mercer, but we strongly encourage you to reference the full webinar for complete details and coordinate closely with your NHTSA Regional Office to prepare your 2018 application.

  • During the webinar, NHTSA reviewed the basic qualification requirements for Section 402, all Section 405 grant programs, and Section 1906.

  • For FY2018 States must follow 23 CFR Part 1300 for the HSP and Section 405 application requirements (it is no longer an option to use Part 1200). In some cases, this should relieve the State from past paperwork burdens when applying for Section 405 grants.

  • States will be using the new GMSS template for the FY18 submission. It is currently projected that GMSS will be available for use at the end of March.

  • Because July 1 is a Saturday, the application deadline this year will be Monday, July 3.

  • NHTSA has a reduced review timeline: 45 days.  SHSOs are asked to respond quickly to NHTSA questions.

  • States will receive HSP questions from the Regions and Section 405 questions from the program leads. All questions however will be handled within the GMSS. Instructions will be provided during GMSS training.

  • GMSS should ease some of the application burden as the HSP can be flagged as a reference for Section 405 supporting material.

  • Each State’s GMSS template will be customized for the Section 405 programs. This means the State will automatically be categorized where applicable as low, medium, high range, etc. and will only be asked for the information that they must supply.

  • Automated Enforcement Requirements: The SHSO must either certify within the FY18 HSP that they have no such systems within the State (whether operated by local or State government) or beginning March 1, 2018, must conduct a biennial survey which meets the FAST Act requirements. There will be no further guidance from NHTSA on the contents of the survey until the IFR is finalized but their intention is to closely follow the statutory language.  Tom Gianni, chair of the Federal Relations Committee, will share upon request his State’s plan for their survey.

  • Maintenance of Effort (MOE): NHTSA has determined that for purposes of compliance with MOE for FAST Act funds, the “lead State Agency” will be determined for each of the three programs by the Governor’s Representative (GR). The GR will use the following criteria in making these determinations: amount of State expenditures, program involvement and leadership (control or authority for program). These determinations will be subject to review by the Regional Administrator, so document them. The first FAST Act MOE calculation is due March 31, 2018. NOTE: If a State is still expending MAP-21 funds in FY18, a second MOE report must be submitted but using the MAP-21 MOE criteria (baseline year 2010-11). NHTSA will be taking a stricter approach on MOE waiver requests and will only grant them in extremely exceptional or uncontrollable circumstances, such as if no State budget is available.

  • HSP Performance Report: States should use the most recent data available for developing this section, including data sources other than FARS, such as State fatality data. If the fatality numbers in the State are increasing, the Report should include an explanation of what actions the State will be taking to respond.

  • The Section 405(b) Occupant Protection grant program requires certain information be provided in tables regarding projected numbers of CPS technicians and classes.  States must include the required information for all stations being used by the State to meet the application requirements. For classes, the State is expected to determine what the training needs will be for the next year based on the projected coverage needs of the State and plan for those classes.

  • The Section 405 qualifications should be reviewed for each grant program within 23 CFR Part 1300 to be aware of any changes and opportunities for submitting less or different information than required in the past.

Russ Martin
Director of Government Relations
Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA)
444 N. Capitol Street, NW Suite 722
Washington, DC  20001-1534
202-789-0942, ext. 180