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File #: 2021-0343   
Type: Motion / Motion Response Status: Passed
File created: 5/14/2021 In control: Board of Directors - Regular Board Meeting
On agenda: 5/27/2021 Final action: 5/27/2021
Title: APPROVE Motion by Directors Butts, Solis, Najarian, Dupont-Walker, and Dutra that the proposed FY 22 Budget be amended to reflect the addition of three (3) FTEs for Grants Management reflecting a total of four (4) FTEs for the Grants Management Team.
Sponsors: Board of Directors - Regular Board Meeting
Indexes: Ara Najarian, Budget, East San Fernando Valley Light Rail Project, Federal Transit Administration, Fernando Dutra, Grant Aid, Hilda Solis, Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker, James Butts, Motion / Motion Response, San Fernando, San Fernando Valley Service Sector, West Santa Ana Branch Transit Corridor (WSAB) Project
Related files: 2021-0208, 2021-0440
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FINANCE, BUDGET, AND AUDIT COMMITTEE
MAY 19, 2021

Preamble
Motion by:

DIRECTORS BUTTS, SOLIS, NAJARIAN, DUPONT-WALKER, AND DUTRA

Related to Item 8: Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) Budget

Last month this Board authorized Grants Management staff to develop and implement targeted CIG/ EPD legislative and FTA engagement strategies that support securing grants for the three priority projects; the West Santa Ana Branch (WSAB) Transit Corridor and Sepulveda Transit Corridor Projects and the East San Fernando Valley (ESFV) Transit Corridor Project as Metro's priority for pursuing grant funding from the FTA.

In addition to these priorities, this Board has before it proposals for the FSI, Better Bus, CAPTI, and Programs / projects that also will require further Federal and State grant funding.

Currently there is a team of six (6) FTEs managing an overall Federal and State grant awards portfolio of $13B. The number and amount of Federal and State grants and the Grants team's workload have increased dramatically in the last 5 years given the team's unparalleled success in securing the awards of $9B in competitive and $4B in formula grants for Los Angeles. Since 2017 the State grant program alone has increased six-fold with the introduction and implementation of SB1, with no new FTEs assigned to its management and compliance activities. On the Federal Grants team, the three staff members focused on the Federal grants manage approximately $2.2B of grants activities each.

Industry best practice at the agencies with whom we compete directly for these funds limits the dollars managed per grant manager to around $500M. This disparity puts at direct risk Metro's ability to continue to maintain its place as the leading transit agency acquirer and administrator of federal grant dollars in the country.

Given the current Grants Management under-staffing and Metro's broad scope of grant funding ambitions, there just aren't enough FTEs on the team to handle the work...

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