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A Grants Management Framework and Stakeholder Agreements Are Key to Fully Implementing FRA’s High Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Program

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House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
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On December 6, 2012, the Assistant Inspector General for Rail, Maritime, and Economic Analysis, Mr. Mitchell Behm, testified before the House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure regarding the Office of Inspector General’s work on the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) implementation of its High Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Program (HSIPR).  Mr. Behm discussed the progress FRA has made since the Program’s creation dramatically expanded the Agency’s role from primarily providing railroad safety regulations to overseeing $10.1 billion in grant funds.  Mr. Behm also described the challenges FRA faces as it works to establish a grants management framework that ensures effective Program implementation and the integrity of grant funds.