The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (i.e., the Federal Economic Stimulus Bill), provided $430 million in highway funding and $66 million in transit funding for Louisiana. The program consisted of 117 roadway improvement projects, including 63 Federal Aid Projects (FAPs) within the state Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs). As a result, DOTD selected CSRS to provide program assistance and ensure compliance with the federal government’s oversight, transparency, and accountability requirements,
CSRS provided management with real-time financial tracking, audits, analysis, reporting of ARRA funded to DOTD, MPOs, Enhancement, Transit Projects, and all competitive funding allocations. These services included accounting reviews, systems development, compliance reviews, deadline and report monitoring, performance evaluation, and performance measures. The results in the data collection and reporting provided post-audit entities, the federal government, the state, and the public, with useful information on ARRA projects in Louisiana. In addition, the project needed real-time financial analysis and tracking assistance for project managers throughout the state.
The diverse assortment of projects, processes, and stakeholders required CSRS to establish clear lines of authority and responsibility among funding recipients, including agencies, consultants, and contractors. The implementation of a robust, user-friendly, and efficient information management system ensured transparency and accurate real-time reporting per ARRA requirements to interested parties.
Michael Songy, a founding Principal and CEO at CSRS, Inc., has more than 37 years of experience leading and developing the firm’s technical teams with civil engineering experience in designing, reviewing, surveying, and managing multiple types of projects for both public and private sectors. Mr. Songy has undertaken various consulting assignments including transportation planning and management of capital improvement programs such as the East Baton Rouge City-Parish Green Light Plan, feasibility analyses for land development strategies, engineering and storm water management, and impact assessments for local governing authorities, such as the Regional Impact Study for Southwest Louisiana.Contact