Acronym Guide

  1. A - F
  2. G - L
  3. M - Q
  4. R - Z


Continuing, Comprehensive and Cooperative Planning Process


Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
Prohibits private employers, state and local governments, employment agencies and labor unions from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities in job application procedures, hiring, firing, advancement, compensation, job training, and other terms, conditions and privileges of employment.


Code of Federal Regulations
The Code of Federal Regulations is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the United States Federal Government. It is divided into 50 titles that represent broad areas subject to Federal Regulation: each volume of the CFR is updated once each calendar year and is issued on a quarterly basis.


Council of Governments
A COG is typically charged with addressing regional issues and opportunities in the regional planning area.

CAA 1990

Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990
The Clean Air Act (CAA) is the comprehensive federal law that regulates air emissions from stationary and mobile sources. Among other things, this law authorizes EPA to establish National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) to protect public health and public welfare and to regulate emissions of hazardous air pollutants.  The Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 was signed into law by President George H. W. Bush.


Environmental Justice
Services and benefits should allow for meaningful participation and be fairly distributed to avoid discrimination.


Environmental Impact Statement
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires all federal agencies to prepare an environmental impact statement for proposed major actions that significantly affect the quality of the human environment. The EIS requirement includes the public in the federal agency decision-making process. Major actions generally are those actions that require substantial planning, timing, resources, or expense. Federal involvement usually means either funding of a project or required permits.


Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act
On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act (Pub. L. No. 114-94) into law—the first federal law in over a decade to provide long-term funding certainty for surface transportation infrastructure planning and investment. The FAST Act authorizes $305 billion over fiscal years 2016 through 2020 for highway, highway and motor vehicle safety, public transportation, motor carrier safety, hazardous materials safety, rail, and research, technology, and statistics programs. The FAST Act maintains a focus on safety, keeps intact the established structure of the various highway-related programs we manage, continues efforts to streamline project delivery and, for the first time, provides a dedicated source of federal dollars for freight projects.


Federal Highway Administration
The FHWA is a branch of the U.S. Department of Transportation that administers the federal-aid Highway Program, providing financial assistance to states to construct and improve highways, urban and rural roads, and bridges. The FHWA also administers the Federal Lands Highway Program, including survey, design, and construction of forest highway system roads, parkways and park roads, Indian reservation roads, defense access roads, and other Federal lands roads.


Federal Transit Administration
The FTA is a branch of the U.S. Department of Transportation that is the principal source of federal financial assistance to America's communities for planning, development, and improvement of public or mass transportation systems. The FTA provides leadership, technical assistance, and financial resources for safe, technologically advanced public transportation to enhance mobility and accessibility, to improve communities and natural environment, and to strengthen the national economy.