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:
If you have a question or problem related to registration: call 202-366-3079 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.
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).