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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 Fixed Residential Moving Cost Schedule for the States and Territories of Alabama, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming as provided for by section 202(b) of the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970, as amended. The schedule amounts for the States and Territories not listed above Start Printed Page 44183remain unchanged. 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.

DATES:

The provisions of this notice are effective August 24, 2015, or on such earlier date as an agency elects to begin operating under this schedule.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Mary Jane Daluge, Office of Real Estate Services, (202) 366-2035, email address: Maryjane.daluge@dot.gov ; Robert Black, Office of the Chief Counsel, (202) 366-1359, email address: Robert.Black@dot.gov; Federal Highway Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

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Background

The Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 4601-4655 (Uniform Act), 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 governmentwide implementing regulations at 49 CFR part 24.

The following 17 Federal departments and agencies have, by cross-reference, adopted the governmentwide regulations: Department of Agriculture; Department of Commerce; Department of Defense; Department of Education; Department of Energy; Department of Homeland Security; 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; Tennessee Valley Authority.

Section 202(b) of the Uniform Act provides that as an alternative to being paid for actual residential 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 governmentwide 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 May 23, 2012, at 77 FR 30586.

The schedule is being updated to reflect the increased costs associated with moving personal property and was developed from data provided by State highway agencies. This update increases the schedule amounts in the States and Territories of Alabama, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. The schedule amounts for the States and Territories not listed above remain unchanged. The payments listed in the table below apply on a State-by-State basis. Two exceptions and limitations apply to all States and Territories. Payment is limited to $100.00 if either of the following conditions applies:

(a) A person has minimal possessions and occupies a dormitory style room, or

(b) A person's residential move is performed by an agency at no cost to the person.

The schedule continues to be based on the “number of rooms of furniture”owned by a displaced individual or family. 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 agency 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 is 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 1.85 and 24.302.

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Issued on: July 17, 2015.

Gregory G. Nadeau,

Acting Administrator, Federal Highway Administration.

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Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970, as Amended Fixed Residential Moving Cost Schedule (2015)

StateOccupant owns furnitureOccupant does not own furniture
Number of rooms of furniture1 room/ no furn.Addt'l room no furn.
1 room2 rooms3 rooms4 rooms5 rooms6 rooms7 rooms8 roomsAddt'l room
Alabama60080010001200140016001800200020040050
Alaska700900112513501550172519002075300500200
American Samoa2823955086217067908759608522628
Arizona7008009001000110012001300140010039560
Arkansas55082511001350160018252050227520030070
California72593011651375166519252215250526547590
Colorado67589511151270142515801735189015538555
Connecticut62081010001180142516701910215015022560
Delaware5007108801110126014101560171016040060
DC8001000120015001700190021002300200500100
Florida750900107512501400155016001850300500150
Georgia600975130016001875212523252525200375100
Guam600950130016001900215024002650200300150
Hawaii600950130016001900215024002650200300150
Idaho600800100012001400160018002000200350100
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Illinois8501000115012501400160017502050450650150
Indiana50070090011001300150017001900200400100
Iowa550700800900100011001225135012550050
Kansas4006008001000120014001600180020025050
Kentucky5007009001100130015001700190020035050
Louisiana60080010001200130015501700190030040070
Maine650900115014001650190021502400250400100
Maryland700900110013001500170019002100200500100
Massachusetts700850100012001350150016501800250450150
Michigan700950115013001450160017501900300500200
Minnesota57572592511251325152517251925275450100
Mississippi750850100012001400155017001850300400100
Missouri800900100011001200130014001500200400100
Montana50070090011001300150017001900200350100
Nebraska39054570085597010751205132512031040
Nevada5007009001100130015001700190020035060
New Hampshire50070090011001300150017001900200200150
New Jersey6507508501000115013001400160020020050
New Mexico65085010501250145016501850205020040060
New York600800100012001400160018002000200350100
North Carolina55075010501200135016001700190015035050
North Dakota4957159001080126514151510169518543065
N. Mariana Is.2823955086217067908759608522628
Ohio600800100011501300145016001750150400100
Oklahoma700900110013001500170018502000200350100
Oregon600800100012001400160018002000200350100
Pennsylvania50075010001200140016001800200020040070
Puerto Rico350550700850100011001200130010030050
Rhode Island600850100012001400160018002000150300100
South Carolina70080510951285157517351890207522550075
South Dakota500650800950105012001400160020030040
Tennessee500750100012501500175020002250250400100
Texas60080010001200140016001750190015040050
Utah65080095011001250140015501700150500100
Vermont400550650850100011001200130015030075
Virgin Islands5007008509501150130014501600150425100
Virginia70090011001300150017001900210030040075
Washington60080010001200140016001800200020030050
West Virginia75090010501200135015001650180015035050
Wisconsin55073093511401350156017651975260440105
Wyoming5408008701020117013251500167020037060
Exceptions: 1. The payment to a person with minimal possession who is in occupancy of a dormitory style room or whose residential move is performed by an agency at no cost to the person is limited to $100.00.
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.
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[FR Doc. 2015-18159 Filed 7-23-15; 8:45 am]

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