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SAFETEA-LU Section 1503. Overview of FHWA’s Notice of Proposed Rule Making FHWA Environmental Conference June 28, 2006. Agenda. Background S. 1503 Provisions NPRM issues Implementation of S.1503 Other design-build provisions Potential future use.

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Safetea lu section 1503

SAFETEA-LU Section 1503

Overview of FHWA’s

Notice of Proposed Rule Making

FHWA Environmental Conference

June 28, 2006


Agenda

Agenda

  • Background

  • S. 1503 Provisions

  • NPRM issues

    • Implementation of S.1503

    • Other design-build provisions

  • Potential future use


Design build experience in us as of 12 31 2002

Design-Build Experience in USas of 12/31/2002


Agenda1

Agenda


Historical dates

Historical Dates

  • February 1990 - FHWA establishes SEP-14

  • June 1998 - TEA-21, Section 1307, requires:

    • FHWA to issue design-build regulations

    • Report to Congress on DB effectiveness

  • Final Rule Published 12/10/2002;

  • August 10, 2005 – SAFETEA-LU enacted


Nepa project development

NEPA / Project Development

DEIS

EIS

ROD / FONSI

NEPA

PS&E Approval

Constr Auth.

Oblg $

Design-Bid-Build

Bid Opening

Prelim Design

Final Design.

Construction


Nepa project development1

NEPA / Project Development

DEIS

EIS

ROD FONSI

NEPA

PS&E Approval

Constr Auth.

Oblg $

Design-Bid-Build

Bid Opening

Prelim Design

Final Design.

Construction

RFP Approval

Design & Construction Auth.

Obligate $

Draft RFP Release

Design-Build 2002

RFP Release

Prelim Design

Final Design.

Construction


Three years ago fhwa s december 10 2002 final rule

Three years ago . . . FHWA’s December 10, 2002 Final Rule . . .

  • 23 CFR 636.109(b) - “The RFP must not be release prior to the conclusion of the NEPA process”

  • Why? –

    • NEPA related issues

      • Maintain independent, unbiased NEPA decision making process (no-build option must be fully considered!)

      • Public perception

      • Ensure environmental impact information is available for decision making and before actions are taken.

    • Cost-effective issues

      • Responsibility to provide an adequate Scope of Work in RFP

      • Reduce risk to proposers (reduce contingencies in price proposals)


Three years ago fhwa s december 10 2002 final rule1

Three years ago . . . FHWA’s December 10, 2002 Final Rule . . .

  • §636.109 provided for flexibility

    • RFQ may be released prior to NEPA conclusion

    • Draft RFP may be released prior to NEPA conclusion as long as the RFP provides for:

      • Status of NEPA process

      • List all alternatives under consideration (including no-build)


Enactment of safetea lu 8 10 2005 an excerpt from safetea lu section 1503

Enactment of SAFETEA-LU 8/10/2005An excerpt from SAFETEA-LU Section 1503*

‘‘ . . . Not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of the SAFETEA–LU, the Secretary shall issue revised regulations . . . that—

(i) do not preclude a State transportation department or local transportation agency, prior to compliance with section 102 of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4332), from—

(I) issuing requests for proposals;

(II) proceeding with awards of design-build contracts; or

(III) issuing notices to proceed with preliminary design work under design-build contracts;

(ii) require that the State transportation department or local transportation agency receive concurrence from the Secretary before carrying out an activity under clause (i); and

(iii) preclude the design-build contractor from proceeding with final design or construction of any permanent improvement prior to completion of the process under such section 102.’’.

*bold and underlining added for emphasis


Safetea lu section 1503

From the Design-Build Institute of America’s July-August 2005 Dateline newsletter . . .

“DBIA worked hard to include in the bill language to expand the use of design-build on federal highway projects. This language was supported by The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), Texas Department of Transportation(DOT), Louisiana DOT, Georgia DOT, Colorado DOT, Delaware DOT, and Virginia DOT. Without this language, states have been hindered in their use of innovative contracting by the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) rule promulgated in 2002 to implement design-build, which imposes procurement restrictions affecting states wishing to use such contracts for Title 23 projects. “*

*underlining added for emphasis


Nepa project development2

NEPA / Project Development

DEIS

EIS

ROD / FONSI

NEPA

PS&E Approval

Constr Auth.

Oblg $

Design-Bid-Build

Bid Opening

Prelim Design

Final Design.

Construction

RFP Approval

Design & Constr Auth.

Oblg $

Design-Build 2002

Draft RFP Release

RFP Release

Prelim Design

Final Design.

Construction

FHWA

Concurrence

FHWA Final Design and Construction Authorization

Obligate $

SAFETEA-LU S. 1503

RFP Release

Award, NTP

Prelim Design

Final Design.

Construction


5 25 2006 nprm new definitions rev 23 cfr 636 103

5/25/ 2006 NPRM – New Definitions (Rev. 23 CFR 636.103)

  • Qualified project means any design-build project (including intermodal projects) funded under Title 23 USC which meets the requirements of this part and for which the contracting agency deems to be appropriate on the basis of project delivery time, cost, construction schedule and/or quality.

    Comments:

    • Effectively removes the TEA-21 threshold for SEP-14 for design-build.

    • SEP-14 is only necessary for projects that do not comply with Part 636.

    • Contracting agencies may use design-build for any project.


New definitions continued

New Definitions (continued) . . .

  • Preliminary design means all design activities necessary to complete the NEPA alternatives analysis and review process.

  • Final design means any design activities following preliminary design. Final design activities are not necessary to complete the NEPA process as outlined in 23 CFR 771.

  • Comments: the NPRM specifically asks for comments on the “preliminary design” definition; however, the definitions are consistent with FHWA traditional interpretation of issues under 23 CFR 771.113(a) -

    (“ . . . However, final design activities, property acquisition . . . or project construction shall not proceed until the following have been completed . . .”)


New definitions continued1

New definitions (continued)

  • Developer means each entity with whom the contracting agency has executed a public-private agreement for the development, design, construction, financing, operation, and maintenance of one or more projects under a public-private partnership. Depending on the context of the public-private agreement, the term “developer” may include affiliated entities of the developer.

  • Public-private agreement means an agreement between a public agency and a private party under which the private party shares in the responsibilities, risks and benefits of constructing a project. Such agreement may involve an at-risk equity investment by the private party in the project.


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Revised Section: 23 CFR 636.107 “May contracting agencies use geographic preference in Federal-aid design-build or public-private partnership projects?”

No

  • Must not use geographic preferences (including contractual provisions, preferences or incentives for hiring, contracting, proposing or bidding)

  • Consistent with long-standing FHWA policy prohibiting state / local preferences for contracting, subcontracting, hiring, employment, materials, etc.


Safetea lu section 1503

Revised Section: 23 CFR 636.109 – “How does the NEPA process relate to the design-build procurement process?”

  • §109(a) - allows S. 1503 steps

  • §109(b) – provides conditions for use of (a)

    • Contract hold points or multi-step approvals to prevent final design from proceeding;

    • Ensure that no commitment is made to any NEPA alternative being evaluated;

    • Ensure that all environmental mitigation measures will be implemented;

    • The design-builder (or developer) must not prepare the NEPA document or have any decisionmaking responsibility with respect to the NEPA process;

    • Any consultant who prepares the NEPA decision document must be selected by and subject to the exclusive direction and control of the contracting agency;

    • Preliminary design work performed by the design-builder (or developer) may be used in the NEPA analysis; and

    • Include termination provisions in the event that the no-build alternative is selected.


Revised organizational conflict of interest provisions rev 23 cfr 636 116

Revised Organizational Conflict of Interest Provisions (Rev. 23 CFR 636.116)

  • The design-builder (or developer) must not prepare the NEPA document or have any decisionmaking responsibility with respect to the NEPA process; (as noted on previous slide – see: revised 23 CFR 636.109(b)(4))

  • However, if the final RFP is released after NEPA, then NEPA consultants may propose on a design-build team

  • Note: CEQ policies:

    • Conflict of interest disclosure required by 40 CFR 1506.5(c) - “Contractors shall execute a disclosure statement prepared by the lead agency, or where appropriate the cooperating agency, specifying that they have no financial or other interest in the outcome of the project.”

    • CEQ Guidance “NEPA’s Forty Most Asked Questions” (http://www.nepa.gov/nepa/regs/40/11-19.HTM#17)

      “17b. If the firm in fact has no promise of future work or other interest in the outcome of the proposal, may the firm later bid in competition with others for future work on the project if the proposed action is approved?

      A. Yes.”


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Rev. 23 CFR 636.119 – “How does this part apply to a project developed under a public-private partnership?”

  • Allows contracting agencies to use State-approved procedures to procure the services of the “developer” for public-private partnerships

  • Why?

    • SEP-15 experience and approvals

    • Policy should be consistent with practice


Safetea lu section 1503

Revised Sec. 636.119 How does this Part apply to public-private agreements?Conditions for using state-procedures for PPPs

  • Procurement procedures must be approved by the FHWA;

  • Procedures must be fair and transparent to all proposers;

  • If an unsolicited proposal is received, the contracting agency must offer adequate public notice and advertisement for competing proposals before considering an individual proposal for award;

  • Transparent procedures for sharing any proposer’s ideas

  • Selection of the developer may be based on a best value determination;

  • Request FHWA approval of:

    • the public-private agreement,

    • timetable showing the major steps in the procurement process,

    • a summary of the rationale for the selection,

    • a description of any major changes made during any negotiations, and

    • price reasonableness


Revised sec 636 302

Revised Sec. 636.302

  • For projects where the design-builder is selected before the conclusion of NEPA:

    • Selection of the design-builder may be based on a best value determination; (ie. it is not necessary to evaluate total contract price)

    • Price reasonableness must be shown for any Federal-aid project developed under that contract.


S 1503 implementation

S. 1503 Implementation

  • More flexibility for States in using design-build

  • Fewer barriers for PPPs

  • Fewer SEP-15 applications

  • New “challenges” for:

    • State DOTs in developing appropriate project development and contracting procedures

    • FHWA in protecting the “Federal interest”


Questions

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