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Office of Federal Assistance Education & Engagement

The Office of Federal Assistance Education & Engagement (OFAEE) is one of five offices within the Office of Ports & Waterways. Our major responsibilities are to 

•    Provide technical assistance to Maritime Administration financial assistance (grant) recipients and program staff to increase awareness through educational outreach activities of Federal statutory laws, regulations, policies, procedures, and program requirements pertaining to their federal award.

•    Monitor and evaluate Single Audit reports submitted by MARAD discretionary grant programs recipients to the Federal Audit Clearinghouse for discretionary grant program audit findings and to identify targeted areas for future training opportunities.  

•    Evaluate the effectiveness and efficiencies of Port & Waterways program operations and provide advisory recommendations for program improvement to management.

•    Provide program support and coordination for internal controls activities, internal and external information and data requests, and audit engagements.

Mission: To deliver quality, customer-focused technical assistance, and program support services to Federal and private sector stakeholders to assistance them in maintaining compliance and successful implementation of Department of Transportation and Maritime Administration Discretionary Grant programs.

Vision:  Our program will be known as the model of excellence within the Federal Government for its innovative strategies to target areas of non-compliance through education and continuous improvement.

Our Goal:  To provide technical assistance to Office of Ports & Waterways discretionary grant program stakeholders to help them effectively mitigate non-compliance risks, reduce audit findings, and ultimately improve transparency and accountability in use of Federal award funds.
      

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Key Technical Assistance Areas

 

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In pursuit of this mission, we provide technical assistance to – 

  • Educate our financial assistance grant recipients (recipients) and staff on Federal laws, regulations, policies, procedures, and program requirements and provide educational tools to give them the greatest opportunity to be succeed in being compliant with the terms and conditions of their federal award.  
  • Monitor and evaluate Single Audit reports submitted by MARAD recipients to the Federal Audit Clearinghouse for discretionary grant program audit findings and trends that may impact successful completion of DOT Infrastructure project grants. We also identify targeted areas for future training opportunities.
  • Assess and improve the effectiveness and efficiencies of Ports & Waterways operations and review program policies, processes, and procedures to better quantify the outcomes of the programs and assist in establishing outcome-based performance measures (program evaluation).
  • Coordinate activities for successful implementation of MARAD’s Internal Control Program (MICP) by serving as Ports & Waterways Internal Controls Offices as designated by the MARAD’s Office of Financial Policy and Compliance.
  • Provide program support and coordination activities in response to departmental and agency information and data requests and audit engagement requests.

Contact Us:

US/DOT Maritime Administration
Office of Federal Assistance Education & Engagement
1200 New Jersey Avenue S.E. 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20590
United States
Email:  FederalAssitanceEducation@dot.gov
Business Hours: 8:00am-5:00pm EST, M-F