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Highlights

Congress has provided funding for numerous highway demonstration projects in legislation authorizing surface transportation programs as well as in annual appropriations acts for the Department of Transportation (DOT). In some cases, the projects are identified in the legislation itself. In others, they are identified in committee reports accompanying the legislation. These projects are all designated for specific geographic locations within states and for specific purposes, and funds made available for them generally remain available for them until expended. This report includes information we provided to Congress on July 14, 2004, on unobligated funds no longer needed that could be rescinded from highway demonstration projects and also includes a recommendation to the Secretary of Transportation.

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Recommendations

Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Transportation 1. The Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator, Federal Highway Administration, to regularly compile a list of highway demonstration projects that have unneeded, unobligated balances available for rescission.
Closed - Implemented
FHWA staff stated that they had a long-term plan to compile a list of highway demonstration projects that have unneeded, unobligated balances available for rescission. In June 2006, FHWA staff indicated that per our recommendation they had begun to compile this list.

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