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CHAPTER 1. PROGRAM OBJECTIVE AND FUNDS
SECTION 1. PURPOSE AND BACKGROUND OF PROGRAM
This handbook sets forth the policies, procedures and guidelines for administering the Federal-aid Airport Program. This program has been established by the FAA to carry out the provisions of Section 4 (a) of the Federal Airport Act (49 U.S.C. 1101) - i.e., to make grants of funds to sponsors for airport development to bring about, in conformity with the National Airport Plan, the establishment of a nationwide system of public airports adequate to meet the present and future needs of civil aeronautics.
Sections 5, 6 and 7 of the Federal Airport Act cover appropriations and funds. The Act was amended by P.L. 84-211, to grant contract authority for the Fiscal Years 1956 through 1959 which was extended by P.L. 86-72 through Fiscal Year 1961. P.L. 87-255, approved September 20, 1961, amended the Act to authorize appropriations for each of three fiscal years beginning with the year ending June 30, 1962, P.L. 88-280 approved March 11, 1964, amended the Act to authorize appropriations for each of three fiscal years beginning with the year ending June 30, 1965.
There are no regulations specifically covering these sections of the Act and this chapter sets forth policies and procedures in connection with appropriations, contract authorization, and funds. For all practical purposes, appropriations (other than administrative) will be treated in the same manner as contract authority and will not be dealt with separately in this chapter.
CONTRACT AUTHORITY. Contract authority is the authority to obligate funds by the execution of Grant Agreements prior to the time such fuds are appropriated by the Congress.
ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES. Section 5(e) of the Act covers administrative expenses of the Federal Aviation Agency, itself, relative to administration of the Federal Airport Act. As used herein, Section 5(e) includes expenses of the character specified in Section 303 of the Federal Aviation Act of 1958 (72 Stat. 731).
SECTION 2. PROGRAM FUNDS
9. GENERAL. Since contract authorization is essentially the same as available funds or appropriations, it will be referred to herein as either contract authority or funds. The funds authorized by the Congress for obligation under the Act shall be distributed in the manner set out in Paragraphs 10 through 14.
FUNDS AUTHORIZED PRIOR TO P.L. 07-255. Section 5(a) of the Act provides for continental U. S. contract authority in the amount of $40 million for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 1956, and for continental U. S. contract authority in the amount of $60 million for each of the Fiscal Years ending June 30, 1957, June 30, 1958, June 30, 1959, June 30, 1960, and June 30, 1961.
Section 5(b) of the Act provides contract authority for projects outside
These authorizations remain available until obligated.
to liquidate these obligations remain available until expended.
11. FUNDS AUTHORIZED BY P.L. 87-255 AND P.L. 88-280. Funds authorized by these laws are distributed as follows:
Sections 5(a)(1) and 5(a)(4) Funds. These sections of the amended Act authorize appropriations of $66,500,000 for each fiscal year for projects in the fifty states.
Sections 5(a)(2) and 5(a)(5) Funds. These sections authorize appropriations in addition to the amounts authorized by Sections 5(a)(1), 5(a)(3), 5(a) (4) and 5(a)(6), of $1,500,000 for each fiscal year for projects in Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Funds authorized under these sections are divided as follows: 40 per cent for Hawaii, 40 per cent for Puerto Rico and 20 per cent for the Virgin Islands.
Sections 5(a)(3) and 5(a)(6) Funds. These sections authorize appropriations of $7,000,000 for each of the fiscal years for the purpose of developing in the several states, airports the primary purpose
of which is to serve general aviation and to relieve congestion at
The appropriations made under Section 5(d) will remain available until expended.
STATE APPORTIONMENT FUNDS. As soon as possible after July 1 of each
Programming and Obligating Apportioned Funds. In programming, State
Notification. The Administrator will notify the executive head of each state, and any public agency which has requested such information, of the amounts apportioned for projects in each state.
special reservation for Government purposes. State Apportionment
Projects or advance planning proposals located in national parks, national recreation areas, national monuments, national forests, or a special reservation for Government purposes, and sponsored by a non-Federal public agency, may be financed from the State Apportionment Funds of the State.
Redistribution. Prior to the passage of P. L. 87-255, State
13. REGULAR DISCRETIONARY FUNDS. The remaining 25 per cent of the funds authorized by Sections 5(a), 5(d)(1) and 5(d) (4) of the Act constitutes a Discretionary Fund which is available, as the Administrator may deem most appropriate for carrying out the National Airport Plan, for projects in the several states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam. The same rules for the use of State Apportionment Funds (see Paragraph 12c) apply to the use of Regular Discretionary Funds except that the latter are also available for projects sponsored by Federal agencies regardless of whether such projects are located in a national recreation area, national park, national monument, national forest or special reservation for Government purposes.
14. GENERAL AVIATION DISCRETIONARY FUNDS.
General. Sections 5(d)(3) and 5(d)(6) of the Act, as amended, authorize $7,000,000 to be appropriated for each of the fiscal years ending June 30, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966 and 1967, for the purpose of developing airports, the primary purpose of which is to