49 CFR 17.7 - How does the Secretary communicate with state and local officials concerning the Department's programs and activities?
(a) For those programs and activities covered by a state process under § 17.6, the Secretary, to the extent permitted by law:
(1) Uses the state process to determine views of state and local elected officials; and,
(2) Communicates with state and local elected officials, through the state process, as early in a program planning cycle as is reasonably feasible to explain specific plans and actions.
(b) The Secretary provides notice to directly affected state, areawide, regional, and local entities in a state of proposed Federal financial assistance or direct Federal development if:
(1) The state has not adopted a process under the Order; or
(2) The assistance or development involves a program or activity not selected for the state process.