[FTA Funding Commitment for Transit Grants]

B-251179: Mar 3, 1993

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The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) requested a decision concerning fund commitments under the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act to a county commission. GAO held that: (1) legislation directed the Secretary of Transportation to grant the commission separate funds for fiscal years (FY) 1993 through 1997 and FY 1998 through 2000; (2) the Secretary of Transportation was not required to charge amounts against the current statutory limits on grants awarded through 1997; and (3) the amendment to the commission's full funding contract will create a contingent commitment of future budget authority subject to the statutory limits on commitments. Accordingly, FTA may make the commitments depending upon the availability of funds.