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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

On February 17, 2009, President Barack Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (The “Stimulus Bill”). The following is a summary of provisions that you may find of interest.

Please note that many parts of this document are taken directly from the Stimulus Bill. Also note that clicking on any provision will bring you to the actual text of the bill, to the page where that provision is located. When the link opens, you may need to scroll down to find the provision.

FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION – SUPPLEMENTAL GRANTS FOR HIGHWAY INVESTMENT
$27.5B for restoration, repair, construction, and other activities eligible under paragraph (b) of 23 U.S.C. 133 (the Surface Transportation Program). Several conditions are attached.

FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION – CAPITAL ASSISTANCE FOR HIGH SPEED RAIL CORRIDORS AND INTERCITY PASSENGER RAIL SERVICE
$8B for related expenses. The Secretary of the Federal Railroad Administration is given flexibility in allocating resources between the programs to advance the goal of deploying intercity high speed rail systems in the United States.

FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION – SUPPLEMENTAL GRANTS FOR PUBLIC TRANSIT INVESTMENT
$6.9B for capital expenditures authorized by section 5302(a)(1) of title 49, United States Code. This would include intercity rail and bus improvements, along with many other capital projects.

FIXED GUIDEWAY INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT
$750M for infrastructure investment authorized under section 5309(b)(2) of title 49, United States Code. The funds will be apportioned in accordance with section 5337 of title 49, United States Code and grantees must enter into obligations to use not less than 50% of the funds awarded within 180 days after apportionment.

COMMUNITY PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT – COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FUND
$1B for the community development block grant program. Priority is given to projects that can award contracts based on bids within 120 days from the date the funds are made available to the recipients.
$2B for neighborhood stabilization activities related to emergency assistance for the redevelopment of abandoned and foreclosed homes as authorized under division B, title III of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008.

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE – WATERSHED AND FLOOD PREVENTION OPERATIONS
$290M for "Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations." $145M, or half of the $290M, is for purchasing and restoring floodplain easements under the authorities of the Emergency Watershed Protection Program.
A "floodplain restoration enrollment process" will be created to identify qualifying projects. Priority will be given to projects that most cost-effectively provide the greatest public safety, flood protection, economic, and environmental benefits. Funds will be provided for completing existing projects or for use on projects that are prepared to initiate work as soon as possible.

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE – WATERSHED REHABILITATION PROGRAM
$50M to rehabilitate aging flood-control infrastructure. Priority is given to projects that are at greatest risk of failure and present threats to public safety, and for projects that can obligate and expend funds both cost effectively and rapidly.

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE – BROADBAND TECHNOLOGY OPPORTUNITIES PROGRAM
$4.7B for competitive grants to accelerate broadband deployment in unserved and underserved areas.

ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS – CONSTRUCTION
$2B for construction projects, at least $200M of which will be used for "water-related environmental infrastructure assistance."

ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS – OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE
$2.075B to operate, maintain and care for existing projects.

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR – BUREAU OF RECLAMATION – WATER AND RELATED RESOURCES
$1B for management, development and restoration of water and related natural resources and for related activities.

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY – ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY
$16.8B for "Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy," including:

• $3.2B for Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (2.8B available through a formula, and the other $400M given based on competitive grant applications)
• $5B for the Weatherization Assistance Program (part A of title IV of the Energy Conservation and Production Act)
• $3.1B for the State Energy Program (part D of title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act)
• $400M for Transportation Electrification

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY – ELECTRICITY DELIVERY AND ENERGY RELIABILITY
$4.5B for necessary expenses, including:

• At least $100M for worker training activities
• $80M to conduct a resource assessment and analysis of future demand and transmission requirements
• $10M to implement the Smart Grid Interoperability Framework (sec. 1305 of P.L. 110-140).

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY – NON-DEFENSE ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANUP
$483M for related expenses.

DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY – COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS FUND PROGRAM ACCOUNT
$100M for qualified applicants of this program under the 2009 funding round.

GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION – REAL PROPERTY ACTIVITIES – FEDERAL BUILDINGS FUND
$5.55B to carry out the purposes of the fund, including:

• $750M for Federal Buildings and United States Courthouses
• $300M for border stations
• $4.5B to convert GSA facilities to High-Performance Green Buildings

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR – BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT – MANAGEMENT OF LANDS AND RESOURCES
$125M for related activities, with priority given to projects that promote job creation and lasting value for the American public.

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT – CONSTRUCTION
$180M for related activities, with priority given to projects that promote job creation and lasting value for the American public.

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE – CONSTRUCTION
$589M for related activities, including construction of facilities, including energy efficient retrofits of existing facilities; equipment replacement; preservation and repair of historical resources within the National Park System; cleanup of abandoned mine sites on park lands; and other critical infrastructure projects.

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION – OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY – SUPPLEMENTAL DISCRETIONARY GRANTS FOR A NATIONAL SURFACE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM
$1.5B for discretionary grants to be awarded to State and local governments on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant impact on the Nation, a metropolitan area, or a region. Several conditions and preferences are mentioned.

FEDERAL AVIATION ADMIN. – SUPPLEMENTAL DISCRETIONARY GRANTS FOR AIRPORT INVESTMENT
$1.1B for procurement, installation, and commissioning of runway incursion prevention devices and systems at airports.

DEPT. OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT – HOME INVESTMENTS PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM
$250M for funding under this program. $2B in additional funding will be made available under the HOME program to State housing finance agencies for low-income housing tax credit projects.

RURAL HOUSING SERVICE – RURAL COMMUNITY FACILITIES PROGRAM ACCOUNT
$130M for the cost of loans and grants for rural community facilities programs as authorized by section 306 and described in section 381E(d)(1) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act. This money will support $1.234M in loans and grants for essential rural community facilities including hospitals, health clinics, health and safety vehicles and equipment, public buildings, and child and elder care facilities.

RURAL UTILITIES SERVICE – RURAL WATER AND WASTE DISPOSAL PROGRAM ACCOUNT
$1.38B for the cost of loans, loan guarantees and grants for certain rural water, waste water, waste disposal, and solid waste management programs of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act. This money will support $3.788B in new loans and grants for water and waste disposal facilities in rural areas ($2.82B in loans, $968M in grants).

RURAL UTILITIES SERVICE – DISTANCE LEARNING, TELEMEDICINE, AND BROADBAND PROGRAM
$2.5B for direct loans and grants for this program to facilitate rural economic development through an expansion of broadband access and other services.

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