Standard Bus Procurement Guidelines (SBPG) compliance with FTA Circular 4220.1D

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Number C-98-16

U.S. Department
Of Transportation
The Administrator

400 Seventh St. S.W.
    Washington, D.C. 20590

Federal Transit

Dear Colleague:

With the Publication of the Standard Bus Procurement Guidelines (SBPG), I issued a letter pronouncing my support of the collaborative efforts of the American Public Transit Association (APTA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). In that letter I assured APTA members that any FTA funded procurement in conformance with the Phase I guidelines would be deemed to comply with FTA's third party procurement guidelines with respect to the areas addressed.

Recently, it has come to my attention that my letter has created some confusion regarding its application and impact on the requirements of third party contracting set forth in the FTA Circular 4220.lD. To clarify this issue, I wish to reiterate that the requirements for FTA funded procurements are covered in FTA Circular 4220.ID. I strongly urge grantees desiring to conduct FTA funded bus procurements utilizing the SBPG to ensure there are no conflicts with the FTA circular. Should clarification be required, grantees should contact their appropriate FTA regional office for guidance.

In closing, I hope this clarifies any confusion relating to FTA procurement requirements, and I offer my continued support to this effort and those in the future.

Gordon J. Linton

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