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Highway Program Funding- Executive Session

PROGRAM AREA: Transportation Planning
Instructor-led Training (ILT)Instructor-led Training (ILT)
Calendar Year
Host Price
5 Hours
0 Units
$375 Per Participant

TRAINING LEVEL: Intermediate

CLASS SIZE: Minimum: 20 Maximum: 30


An overview of the Federal-Aid Highway Program, focusing on various aspects of highway program financing unique to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Topics include: the operation of the Highway Trust Fund and its significance to the funding level of the Federal-Aid Highway Program; the content and policy implication of authorizing and appropriating legislation; the FHWA apportionment process; discussion of obligation limitation, allocations, deductions, earmarking, and transferability; and the effect of policy and budget considerations on the use of Federal-Aid funds. This course has been updated to complement the new Federal-Aid authorization bill.


Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the flow of Federal funding from authorization to reimbursement
  • Explain authorization, appropriation, apportionment, allocation, and obligation limitation
  • Discuss the impact contract authority and obligation limitation have on the use of Federal funds
  • Explain how the Federal budgetary process applies to the Federal-aid Highway Program
  • Describe the significance of the Highway Trust Fund to the funding levels for the Federal-aid Highway Program


Executives, Consultants and Senior Managers-- who work for and with governmental agencies-- and seek a broad understanding of the framework for Federal-aid Highway Financing.

If you have questions about this NHI training, please contact NHI at or 877.558.6873.


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