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Uniform Relocation and Real Property Acquisition for Federal and Federally-Assisted Programs; Fixed Payment for Moving Expenses; Residential Moves

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AGENCY:

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The purpose of this notice is to publish changes in the residential moving expense and dislocation allowance schedule for the States and Territories of Alabama, American Samoa, California, Colorado, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, North Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming as provided for by Section 202(b) of the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970. The Uniform Act applies to all programs or projects undertaken by Federal agencies or with Federal financial assistance that cause the displacement of any person.

DATE:

The provisions of this notice are effective September 27, 2001, or on such earlier date as an agency elects to begin operating under this schedule.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ronald E. Fannin, Office of Real Estate Services, (202) 366-2042, email address: ronald.fannin@fhwa.dot.gov; or Reid Alsop, Office of the Chief Counsel, (202) 366-2043, Federal Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590. Office hours are from 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p. m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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Background

The Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquistion Policies Act of 1970, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 4601-4655, established a program, which includes the payment of moving and related expenses, to assist persons who move because of Federal or federally assisted projects. The FHWA is the lead agency for implementing the provisions of the Uniform Act, and has issued government-wide implementing regulations at 49 CFR part 24. The government-wide regulations also apply to other agencies within the U.S. DOT that are covered by the Uniform Act.

The following 17 Federal departments and agencies have, by cross-reference, adopted the government-wide regulations:

Department of Agriculture

Department of Commerce

Department of Defense

Department of Education

Department of Energy

Environmental Protection Agency

Federal Emergency Management Agency

General Services Administration

Department of Health and Human Services

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Department of the Interior

Department of Justice

Department of Labor

Department of Veterans Affairs

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation

Tennessee Valley Authority

Section 202(b) of the Uniform Act provides that as an alternative to being paid for actual moving and related expenses, a displaced individual or family may elect payment for moving expenses on the basis of a moving expense schedule established by the head of the lead agency. The government-wide regulations at 49 CFR 24.302 provide that the FHWA will develop, approve, maintain and update this schedule, as appropriate.

The purpose of this notice is to update the schedule published on December 12, 1996 (61 FR 65425). The schedule is being updated to reflect the increased costs associated with moving personal property and is developed from data provided by State highway agencies. This update increases the schedule amounts in the States and Territories of Alabama, American Samoa, California, Colorado, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, North Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming. The following exceptions and limitations apply to this schedule:

1. The expense and dislocation allowance provided to a person who is an occupant of a dormitory style room shared by two or more other unrelated persons, and whose residential move is performed by an agency at no cost to the person, is limited to $50.00. (Several States have requested that in such a case the allowance be increased to $100.00. The $50.00 limit cannot be revised or eliminated by this notice because it is established by regulation (49 CFR 24.302). However, we note that State agencies may request a waiver of the $50.00 limit on a case-by-case basis pursuant to 49 CFR 24.7.)

2. An occupant will be paid on an actual cost basis for moving his or her mobile home from the displacement site. In addition, a reasonable payment to the occupant for packing and securing property for the move may be paid at the agency's discretion.

3. An occupant who moves from a mobile home may be paid for the removal of personal property from the mobile home in accordance with the moving and dislocation allowance payment schedule.

The schedule continues to be based on the “number of rooms of furniture” owned by a displaced individual or family and was developed from data provided by State highway agencies. In the interest of fairness and accuracy, and to encourage the use of the schedule (and thereby simplify the computation and payment of moving expenses), an Start Printed Page 45360agency should increase the room count for the purpose of applying the schedule if the amount of possessions in a single room or space actually constitutes more than the normal contents of one room of furniture or other personal property. For example, a basement may count as two rooms if the equivalent of two rooms worth of possessions are located in the basement. In addition, an agency may elect to pay for items stored outside the dwelling unit by adding the appropriate number of rooms.

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Authority: 42 U.S.C. 4622(b) and 4633(b); 49 CFR 1.48 and 24.302.

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Issued on: August 22, 2001.

Vincent F. Schimmoller,

Deputy Executive Director.

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Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act—Residential Moving Expenses and Dislocation allowance Payment Schedule

StateOccupant owns furniture (1) and (2)Occupant does not own furniture (3)
Number of rooms of funitureEach addit'l room1 room not furn.Addit'l room
1 room2 rooms3 rooms4 rooms5 rooms6 rooms7 rooms8 rooms
Alabama40052565077590010251150127512530050
Alaska5257509751200140015751750192515035050
American Samoa2823955086217067908759608522628
Arizona50060070080090010001100122010030050
Arkansas2503504505506257007758507520025
California5757509251100132515501775200020037560
Colorado400550700850100011501300145015030050
Connecticut250400550650750850950105010022535
Delaware250400550650750850950105010022535
DC250400550650750850950105010022535
Florida5006508251000115013001450160015040075
Georgia4506508501000122013501500160012525035
Guam2823955086217067908759608522628
Hawaii550900125015501850210023502600200300100
Idaho40055070085095010501150125010030050
Illinois40055070080090010001100122010032535
Indiana250400550650750850950105010022535
Iowa550700800900100011001220130012525025
Kansas30050070085090010001100122015025050
Kentucky450620790960113013001470164017035050
Louisiana2503504505506257007758507520025
Maine3504505506507258008759507520025
Maryland35050065080092510501175130010022535
Massachusetts250400550650750850950105010022535
Michigan4256258259001025115013001400200375100
Minnesota400550700850100011501300140010027550
Mississippi4005006007008009001000110010030050
Missouri50060070080090010001100122010030050
Montana3254505757258259001000110010025035
Nebraska3454856207608659651070117510527535
Nevada360540720900108012601440162018030060
New Hampshire4506007509001050122013501500150200150
New Jersey350500700850100011501250140025022535
New Mexico4006508801040122013601520168016036055
New York4005507008501000115013001450150300100
North Carolina3505006507508509501050115015025050
North Dakota35050065077590010251100122512530045
N. Mariana Is2823955086217067908759608522628
Ohio400600800950110012501400155015025050
Oklahoma450600750900102511501275140010030050
Oregon350500700900107512501425160017530050
Pennsylvania250400550650750850950105010022535
Puerto Rico2503504505506257007758507520025
Rhode Island4005006007008009001000110010030025
South Carolina5506258501000122013501475165015040050
South Dakota35050065080090012201400160020030040
Tennessee450600750900105012201350150015030050
Texas35050065080095010501150125010030050
Utah2503504505506257007758507520025
Vermont35050065080095010501150125010030050
Virgin Islands2503504505506257007758507520025
Virginia3005006007008009001000110010022535
Washington450600750900105012201350150015030050
West Virginia500650775900107512251350150015022535
Wisconsin3505006507508509501050115012532560
Wyoming300400500600700800900100010020035
Exceptions: See exceptions and limitations Paragraphs 1-3 on page 4.
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[FR Doc. 01-21723 Filed 8-27-01; 8:45 am]

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