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Included in Circular Section 2.2.3 are suggested topics for trainings that focus on the important aspects of a quality investigation. FTA does not require specific courses or training centers. It is up to the local agency to ensure that the trainings the EEO investigators take are sufficient to perform their required tasks as required by the Circular.

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Oversight contractors will use the old Circular requirements for the FY 2017 Comprehensive and Specialized Reviews. FTA will not hold an entity to the updated Circular requirements until the FY 2018 reviews. However, if the oversight contractors find EEO deficiencies during the FY 2017 reviews (using the old Circular requirements), then FTA will tailor the requested corrective actions to align with the updated Circular requirements.

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Yes. In TrAMS you may have the opportunity to consolidate grant application that contains funding from multiple programs. When an application contains more than one fund program it is referred to as a “super grant.” FTA will issue guidance outlining when you might consider using a super grant option and what you might consider. To review the draft guidance on super grants, visit the TrAMS Guidance page. (Revised 1/2015)

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Yes. Your agency User Manager can assign user access to TrAMS. (Added 5/20/2015)

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Yes, you will still be able to make budget revisions, consistent with rules of Circular 5010, to any active TEAM grant migrated into TrAMS.

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Yes. It is expected that the majority of active grants currently in TEAM will be migrated over to TrAMS. Therefore you do not need to close out all active grants prior to TrAMS; we expect active TEAM grants will be closed out in the future in the new TrAMS system.

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It is not anticipated that there will be an upload feature to import applications. FTA is exploring upload functionality, but is not anticipated at go-live. (Revised 5/20/2015)

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Yes. Similar to TEAM, you can view and print a hard copy of applications and other documents, and the documents will be in “Word” to be easily modified or saved.

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No. Neither vehicles nor purchased services (capital cost of contracting) will be eligible under the VTCLI grant program. Communities in need of accessible vehicles or services are encouraged to identify additional FTA funding and indicate this in their application when asked about leveraging additional funding.

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Yes. You will have access to run reports and generate data similar to TEAM data queries functions; which reports you can general will depend on your role in the system.

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No. Organizations, such as State Departments of Transportation, who are required to submit subaward reports pursuant to FFATA, will continue to submit this information via www.fsrs.gov. This is an Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requirement.

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Yes. TEAM allows document uploads up to 6 MB; in TrAMS you will be able to upload attachments up to 1 Gig. Large file sizes that are extremely voluminous ones (such as large Environmental Impact Statements) you may consider breaking into several files. (Revised 1/2015)

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Yes. TrAMS will work well with the following common browsers: Internet Explorer (for the best user experience, a version higher than 8 is optimal, but you can still use prior versions), Firefox, Safari, and Chrome. It is anticipated to function correctly on mobile devices including iPhone, iPad, Blackberries, and Android devices. (Revised 1/2015)

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Yes. FTA intends to cross-walk users’ TEAM roles with the comparable role in TrAMS.

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Yes. TrAMS will assign you a new user name; this will be your (work) email address that is currently listed in TEAM. The first time you log in to the new system, it will prompt you to set your own password.

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Yes. TrAMS functions to send automatic alerts when you have business to perform in TrAMS, such as when FTA has reviewed a draft application and is returning it to you with comments and requests changes, or when your organization needs to execute an awarded grant or submit a required report.

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Yes. ECHO is being modified to communicate with TrAMS and accommodate the changes associated with the system, and will continue to be used for reimbursements/drawdowns.

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Yes. ECHO will recognize and give you the option to drawdown on a TEAM or a TrAMS grant. (Added 5/20/15)

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Yes. TrAMS will automatically transmit information on awarded grants to www.usaspending.gov.

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Yes. Closed grants will also be migrated and can be re-opened in TrAMS if necessary.

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