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A. The BPPM discusses real estate contracts generally in section 220.127.116.11.
FTA Circular 5010.1C – Grants Management, Chapter II-2, paragraph 3, deals with appraisals. We would suggest that you contact your regional FTA office grants manager for further details as to what they might need to see in an appraisal.
A. You can contact the FTA office that manages FTA documents at 202-366-2479.
A. The full text of proposed Circular 4220.1F can be accessed at www.regulations.gov. Search for the following docket: FTA-2007-29125.
Also accessible at that location is FTA's notice printed at page 55630 in the September 28, 2007, edition of the Federal Register. The notice contains a chapter-by-chapter analysis of the proposed circular, highlighting changes from the current guidance.
A. The FTA Master Agreements may be accessed here. You can find the current year's MA as well as those of last several years there. The US Code may also be accessed online at: www.gpoaccess.gov/uscode/index.html.
The DPW's Office of Transportation along with the government's attorney are working on a Settlement Agreement with the ADA AD HOC Committee (Plaintiffs). In this agreement the attorney for the Department of Public Works is seeking to understand the requirements of this Code in order to intelligently respond to the claims of the ADA AD Hoc Committee's attorneys.
A. The CFRs can be accessed online at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collectionCfr.action?collectionCode=CFR. The subpart you are referring to is at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/search/pagedetails.action?granuleId=CFR-2009-title49-vol1-sec37-137&packageId=CFR-2009-title49-vol1. If you need to speak with an FTA attorney, you may call FTA Chief Counsel's Office at 202-366-1936.
A. Please contact Mr. James Harper at FTA at (202) 366-1127. Mr. Harper will be able to assist you with the information you are looking for.
A. We do not have an actual summary of negotiations, but the Pricing Guide for FTA Grantees has an excellent sample format and narrative that should be helpful. You may access the Guide here, under "Online Tools & Resources."
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A. The current rules for drug and alcohol testing are in 49 CFR Part 655.
A. We would suggest that you contact several transit agencies that operate and maintain buses. They could share with you examples of solicitations and contracts they have used for painting buses. We believe this would be the most helpful place to obtain guidance. We will be in touch with you to furnish the names of individuals we believe may be able to help you. We would also suggest you review the "Best Practices Procurement Manual" (BPPM). The BPPM was developed as a service to FTA grantees to assist them in their procurement operations. The "Requirements" referred to in the BPPM would pertain to those agencies spending Federal grant funds. Although these requirements may not be relevant to your procurement, you may find much that is useful in terms of "best industry practices."
A. The Circular you reference (C2015.1) is an old UMTA publication and is no longer valid. We are not aware of any superceding publication by FTA. We noted that the three certifications in Circular 2015.1 are different than the most recent certifications specified in 49 CFR Part 29.
Appendix A of 49 CFR Part 29 contains the "Instructions and Certification" required for "Primary Covered Transactions," which are non-procurement transactions such as grants. Appendix A would pertain to the certification signed by the grantee itself and not to contractors submitting bids or proposals to grantees for third party procurement contracts.
A. The most recent version of the Master Agreement is available on FTA's website.
A. The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is available on the internet at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collectionCfr.action?collectionCode=CFR. The references in the Circular 4220.1D to 49 CFR parts 18 and 19 deal with the common grant rules, not the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR). The FAR are part of the CFR but they are in Title 48 ("Federal Acquisition Regulations") of the CFR, not Title 49 ("Transportation"). You may access all of the CFR at the address above, including the FAR at Title 48 and the Transportation regulations at Title 49.
A. The Best Practices Procurement Manual may be accessed and downloaded at the FTA website.
A. Per your request here is an ACH Form so you can update your Transit Administration. The form is located on the Treasury web bank information for your project(s) with the Federal site, Office of Financial Management Services: www.fms.treas.gov
A. Attached please find the current SSMP Handbook (Draft guidance, January 5, 2002). However, FTA is in the process of revising the guidance by issuing a new Circular. We are also attaching the Draft SSMP Circular to this e-mail, and a checklist containing the proposed SSMP sections. Additional information on the Draft Circular is available at DOT's Docket Management System (www.regulations.gov) by entering docket number 25471 in the search field.
If there are any specific questions regarding requirements or applicability, please do not hesitate to contact the FTA's Office of Engineering at 202-366-6471.
A. The current FTA Master Agreement is available online.
A. FTA only publishes the BPPM online, so hard copies are not available.
A. We would suggest that you contact your regional FTA office for assistance. They can advise you of other transit agencies in your region that are procuring transit services. You may want to ask these agencies for the RFPs they have used to contract for these types of services.
A. FTA does not have printed copies of the United States Code (U.S.C.) available; however, if you wish to have a printed copy of the U.S.C. you may obtain it from the Government Printing Office: http://uscode.house.gov/about/uscaddr.shtml or http://bookstore.gpo.gov/actions/GeneralSearch.do?criteria='United+States+Code'
To download and print the relevant material, visit 31 U.S.C. 3801 - Definitions.
A. The only list of federal enclaves we can find dates is from the 1950s published by the US GPO. You might contact the Government Printing Office to see if they have any such current listing but it appears that you may have to research every location on a case-by-case basis. One researcher on Google several years ago wrote that she had the same problem – she could find no listings.
A. The FTA public website has the Circular 4220.1F. (Posted: March 2009)
A. We believe you may want FTA Procurement Circular 4220.1F, which prescribes FTA requirements for grantee procurements, including A&E contracts. (Posted: January 2010)
A. This request for technical assistance should go to the FTA Regional Office in Atlanta, which should have some ARRA specialists on hand. The Master Agreement is online, as is information concerning ARRA-funded projects. (Posted: July 2010)
A. The ISO 9000 Quality Standards Manual is not an FTA document. You can obtain this document from the American National Standards Institute. (Posted: September, 2010)
A. The current version of the Circular is Circular 4220.1F with revisions through March 2013. (Posted: August, 2013)