Areas of Expertise
Regulatory Compliance

RLS & Associates, Inc. (RLS) has developed a strong reputation for assessing, monitoring, and assisting State and local governments and transit systems in achieving regulatory compliance with Federal Transit Administration regulations and requirements.  RLS performs these activities in three basic areas:  1) performing compliance audits, 2) assisting areas with achieving regulatory compliance following a State and/or Federal audit, and 3) developing user friendly, regulatory compliance guidebooks. 

For the first area, RLS provides a thorough audit of an entity’s processes and procedures to determine its compliance with various Federal regulations, including but not limited to, Americans With Disabilities to Charter and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations.  These audits have been performed for State DOTS across the country as well as for the Federal Transit Administration, and can be for one particular area, or multiple compliance areas.  Following the audit, RLS produces a compliance report with findings and recommendations.  Second, RLS has been called in, and, if requested, assists the entity with achieving compliance following a State or Federal compliance audit.  In these cases, RLS works one-on-one with the transit system, providing sample forms, best practices, training, etc. to assist the entity with achieving complete compliance.  Finally, RLS develops guidebooks both for whole programs (Section 5311, Section 5310, etc.) as well as on specific topic areas to assist states and their subgrantees with regulatory compliance.


RLS has conducted RLS has developed and executed more than 2,000 general compliance or single topic compliance reviews since 1990, including more than 319 compliance reviews of nonurbanized grant recipients across the States of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Oregon, and Tennessee; and specialized compliance reviews in specific topics, including Drug and Alcohol reviews (more than 1,700 individual program or policy reviews), financial management or indirect cost allocation reviews (20), Title VI reviews (12), charter service reviews (4), and ADA reviews.