FHWA Webinar – Local Labor Hiring Preference Pilot Program – 6/18/2015

On Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 9:00 AM PDT, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will host an outreach web meeting to provide an overview of a new “Contracting Initiative” pilot program.  Staff from any public transportation agency, including local agencies who are involved in the Federal-aid Highway program and have an interest in using local, economic, or veterans labor hiring preference provisions are encouraged to register for the webinar at the following link:

https://collaboration.fhwa.dot.gov/dot/fhwa/WC/Lists/Seminars/DispForm.aspx?ID=637

If you have a question or problem related to registration:  call 202-366-3079 or e-mail webconferencing@dot.gov .

Background

On March 3, 2015, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced a proposal for a new pilot program that will explore new ways to make it easier for states and cities to promote the hiring of local residents to work on local transportation construction projects.

A March 6, 2015 Federal Register Notice formally announced that that the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration are conducting a “Contracting Initiative” pilot program that will allow recipients and subrecipients to utilize social and/or economic contracting requirements (such as a local or other geographic labor hiring preferences, economic-based labor hiring preferences, and veteran’s labor hiring preferences) to evaluate the impacts to the competitive bidding process.

Also, on March 6, 2015, the USDOT published a Notice of Proposed Rule Making to propose amending the USDOT’s adoption of the Common Grant Rule to permit all recipients and sub-recipients to utilize geographic hiring provisions for labor on DOT-assisted projects when such use is otherwise consistent with applicable statutory authority.

For FHWA, the year-long pilot is proposed as an experiment under FHWA’s “Special Experimental Project No. 14 (SEP-14) provisions made possible by Congress to allow the agencies leeway in finding new and more effective means of building, maintaining and managing federal transportation projects.

Reference: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/construction/cqit/sep14local.cfm

Questions regarding the Pilot Program may be directed to the FHWA California Division Office, Jerry Yakowenko (202-366-1562) or John Huyer (651-291-6111).