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State Management Review Workshop

Number 2015-08


Subject: State Management Review (SMR) Workshop – May 27-28, 2015 - Denver CO

Date: March 17, 2015

Dear Grantees:

You are invited to attend the FY15 State Management Review (SMR) Workshop being held at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, 1550 Court Place, Denver, CO 80202, May 27-28, 2015

The State Management Review (SMR) is one of the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) management tools for examining performance of a state or territory's management practices and program implementation of the FTA funded transit and planning programs. It ensures that the programs are administered in accordance with 49 U.S.C. Chapter 53, Federal transit law provisions. As the Common Rule gives states and territories more flexibility in managing aspects of their FTA funded programs, the workshop also clarifies requirements as they apply to states and their sub-recipients.

In 2012, the SMR Program was streamlined to reflect the recommendations of the 2011 FTA Oversight Task Force to develop a risk-based approach to oversight of transit grant programs. The new, risk-based approach, which was successfully utilized during the 2012-2014 SMR cycles, will continue during the 2015 State Management Reviews. It is designed to allow more time to examine grantee practices in historically high risk areas such as program management, procurement, financial capacity, grant administration and Civil Rights to ensure that grantees are meeting FTA requirements and providing the appropriate oversight of their FTA grant programs and of their subrecipients. In addition, some requirements of the new MAP-21 are addressed, as applicable to states.

Who Should Attend?

These workshops are designed for State DOT professionals who manage FTA funded programs or projects, or manage transit service or compliance programs. The workshops will help attendees broaden their understanding of the FTA and other federal rules and regulations that shape and define their programs. Priority for space will be given to those grantees scheduled for a State Management Review in 2015.

Workshop Leaders

Each workshop will be conducted by transit professionals who are reviewers for the FTA's SMR program. The instructors will provide guidance in each of the areas to be reviewed, answer questions and share industry best practices. Staff from the FTA also attend the workshops to answer questions about the SMR, assist grantees in any area related to their FTA grant program, and refer to printed guidelines or other resources should you require additional information.

Workshop Agenda

Participants should check-in no later than 8:00 am. The workshop will begin promptly each morning at 8:30 am and end at 4:30 pm. Breaks are provided during both the morning and afternoon sessions and participants are free to have lunch on their own. The workshop content will cover each of the review areas of the SMR over the two-day period. Participant questions and group discussion will be accommodated as time allows

For questions or more information regarding registration please contact Sharon Ahmad of Reid Consulting, LLC at (301) 974-7567 or

You may also contact Donna Douville, Region 8 at 720.963.3332 or with any questions regarding the workshop.


David Beckhouse
Deputy Regional Administrator

Attachment: FY15 SMR Workshop Registration (MS Word)

Updated: Wednesday, March 16, 2016
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