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Crapo: Proposed Transportation Rule Would Provide Greater Autonomy to Idaho Tribes

Rule would reduce burdensome and costly regulatory red tape

Washington, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) earlier this week announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to establish a Tribal Transportation Self-Governance Program at DOT.  The announcement is the culmination of a three-year negotiated rulemaking process among representatives of Indian tribes, the DOT and the Department of the Interior (DOI).  

“The proposed rulemaking recognizes the unique self-governance capabilities of Idaho’s tribes to strengthen infrastructure and reduce administrative red tape from the federal government,” said Crapo.  “Tribal leaders know best the needs of their communities and members, and the proposed rule would provide for greater autonomy in the management and delivery of transportation programs in their communities.” 

“The Tribal Transportation Self-Governance Program will strengthen transportation infrastructure and reduce administrative red tape for Tribes receiving funding from the Department,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.  

The proposal will streamline the DOT’s approach to the distribution of transportation funding to Indian tribes, and reduce burdensome and costly regulatory requirements.  This will both reduce the administrative burden on the Tribes and promote greater self-sufficiency.  By providing funding to local Tribal communities under a less onerous framework, DOT will partner with Tribes to ensure more program funds are used to improve the quality of life in Indian communities. 

DOT is seeking comments on the proposed rule and will hold additional Tribal consultations before the close of public comment 60 days after date of publication in the Federal Register. Read the full proposed rule here