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Executive Summary for the Guidebook on Understanding FAA Grant Assurance Obligations (2018)

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Suggested Citation:"Section 1 - What Is the Guidebook About?." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Executive Summary for the Guidebook on Understanding FAA Grant Assurance Obligations. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25123.
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1 More than 3,000 airports in the United States have received, at one time or another, an Air- port Improvement Program (AIP) grant from FAA for airport planning or development, and many of these airports received grants on a yearly basis. Each AIP grant currently issued by FAA comes with certain requirements that must be met. The 39 numbered requirements, called “grant assurances,” cover a broad range of topics, from construction wages paid on an AIP- funded project to fees charged for the use of an airport. To complicate the issue, many of these 39 grant assurances themselves contain multiple requirements. Complying with each require- ment can be challenging for airports, especially small airports with minimal staff, but failure to comply can disqualify airports from federal funding. The Guidebook on Understanding FAA Grant Assurance Obligations (the Guidebook)—published as ACRP Web-Only Document 44, Volume 1—is intended to provide a comprehensive summary of all requirements included in the 39 grant assurances applicable to airport sponsors (owners or operators of the airport that execute the AIP grant agreements containing the grant assurances). The Guidebook describes the requirements, identifies actions that are required and those that are prohibited, identifies exceptions, describes the duration and the applicability of the require- ments, and discusses the potential consequences of noncompliance. The technical appendices in Volume 2 of ACRP Web-Only Document 44 are intended to provide supplemental information that may assist airport staff and other stakeholders in understanding which grant assurances apply to a particular situation and what is required to achieve or maintain compliance. Airport sponsors are not the only entities that receive AIP grants. Planning agencies also receive grants, and jurisdictions adjacent to airports may receive noise compatibility grants. The Guidebook does not address the grant assurances associated with these categories of sponsors. In addition, federal obligations may be imposed on airport sponsors through donation of federal land to the airport. The Guidebook does not address the obligations associated with donations of federal land. S e c t i o n 1 What Is the Guidebook About?

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TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Research Report 184: Executive Summary for the Guidebook on Understanding FAA Grant Assurance Obligations is the executive summary of the Guidebook on Understanding FAA Grant Assurance Obligations (published as ACRP Web-Only Document 44, Volume 1) and explains each of the 39 grant assurances. This summary includes a matrix that outlines major aspects of the program such as duration and applicability, and it provides a list of related assurances. The matrix is included in ACRP Web-Only Document 44, Volume 1, where it includes links to specific sections of the Guidebook that discuss each grant assurance in more detail. The detailed discussions, which include lists of required practices, prohibited practices, permitted practices, and exceptions, are available in additional volumes of ACRP Web-Only Document 44:

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