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 Regulatory Update: U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Extends Comment Period for Geographic-Based Hiring Preferences

USDOT has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register to modify the "common grant" rule geographic preference provision as it is applied to U.S. DOT programs. On Wednesday, April 8, U.S. DOT announced that they would be extending the comment period to May 6, 2015. While federal contracting rules have traditionally prohibited contract provisions that do not relate to work performance, such as provisions that may be based on social or economic initiatives, including local and other geographic-based labor hiring preferences, the NPRM would permit recipients and subrecipients of federal funds administered by the USDOT to impose geographic-based hiring preferences not otherwise prohibited by federal statute.
We encourage all APTA members to review the provisions of the pilot program and proposed regulatory change at this link, and to provide their individual comments to the docket at this link.  

Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Announces Public Comment on Interim Policy Guidance for the Capital Investment Grant (CIG) Program

On Wednesday, April 8, the FTA announced they would be inviting public comment on interim policy guidance the agency is proposing for the CIG program. If adopted, the FTA would provide a deeper level of detail about the methods for applying the project justification and local financial commitment criteria for rating and evaluating New Starts, Small Starts, and Core Capacity Improvement projects, and the procedures for getting through the steps required by law. The 30-day public comment period will end on May 8, 2015. The notice of this comment period can be found at this link, and individual comments can be made at this link.

Upcoming Rulemaking Conference Calls
On Thursday, April 9, we will hold two separate conference calls to consider comments on:
Please invite all interested APTA members. For each, please call in on (866) 951-1151 and use Conference room 9375720 (all times Eastern).
Upcoming Comment Deadline

Instructions on how to submit comments before these deadlines can be found at this link.

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