The Office of Federal Lands Highway (FLH) works with numerous Federal agencies and Indian Tribes. Approximately 30 percent of the land in the United States is under jurisdiction of the Federal government. The Federal Land Management Agencies (FLMAs) include: the Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Tennessee Valley Authority, Bureau of Reclamation, and the Department of Defense, including the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Navy, and Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command.
FLH also works closely with States and Territorial partners to deliver projects. Some examples include the O'Callaghan-Tillman Memorial Bridge in Arizona and Nevada, the completion of the Fairfax County Parkway in Virginia, and the Christiansted Bypass in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
On October 1, 2012, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) established the Federal Lands and Tribal Transportation Program (FLTTP). The FLTTP was continued under the FAST Act. Prior to 2013, the transportation needs of the FLMAs were addressed under the Federal Lands Highway Program (FLHP). The FLHP was created with the 1982 Surface Transportation Assistance Act and was reauthorized with each new Transportation bill until MAP-21.
The continued success of the Federal Lands Transportation Programs hinges in very large part on intergovernmental cooperation between FLMAs and the Federal Highway Administration. Leveraging the strengths of each agency to support and advance their respective missions continues to be just as important today as it was in the early 1900’s when these relationships began. Recently in 2017, the FLH has continued this successful practice by entering into a new intergovernmental agreement with the Bureau of Reclamation and updating past agreements with the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. These agreements identify the roles and responsibilities of each party and how we work together, as stewards of taxpayers’ dollars, to deliver services and projects efficiently for the American people.