On March 6, 2015, the US Department of Transportation (Department) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to amend the Common Grant Rule (2 CFR Part 200) to permit the use of geographic hiring preferences in DOT grant programs. That same day the Department announced a one-year pilot program that permits recipients and subrecipients of Federal funding to apply to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Federal Highway Administration to utilize contracting requirements that generally have been disallowed due to concerns regarding adverse effects on full and open competition. The Department’s Office of the General Counsel and the FTA are holding a webinar on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, to discuss the proposed rulemaking and the pilot program.

The webinar will take place on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at 1:00 PM EST. You can view the webinar at https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/fta-localhiring_pilot/

Audio will be available through the webcast, but if you’d like to listen via telephone, please call 888-273-3658 at that time, using access code 4463947.

You can get more information about the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking at (http://www.dot.gov/regulations/nprm-geographic-based-hiring-preferences), and the pilot program at http://www.dot.gov/regulations/notice-contracting-initiative

FTA is committed to providing equal access to this event for all participants. If you need alternative formats or other reasonable accommodations due to a disability, please contact Tom Wilson at 202-366-5279 or via e-mail at thomas.wilson@dot.gov with your request by 5:00 PM EST on Monday, March 30, 2015.