What is a Triennial Review? Every three years, FTA Region II reviews how well its grant recipients complies with Federal requirements in 24 areas. The review is thorough. There is much effort required to put together the written submission (Mar 1), have a technical assistance meeting with the reviewer (March 12) and complete the site visit (April 19-20).
The review is a valuable tool for realigning local practices and procedures with Federal requirements. In our case, Tompkins County is the local FTA grant recipient. Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit, Inc. is the largest subrecipient. Other subrecipients include all of the agencies who receive FTA JARC and New Freedom funding through the Coordinated Planing process. We need to build an effective local partnership to successfully implement Federal requirements. Our 2012 Triennial Review looks to be the best one yet. I'll report back when the results are official.
P.S. May 5, 2012
FTA confirmed today that Tompkins County/TCAT complied with all 24 Fedreal requirements. So, we got a perfect score, 24 for 24. This is the first time in 6 Triennial Reviews.