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DOT/FHWA RIN: 2125-AF44 Publication ID: Spring 2014 
Title: Administration of Engineering and Design Related Service Contracts (RRR) 
Abstract: This rulemaking would revise and update regulations governing the procurement, management, and administration of engineering- and design-related services directly related to a highway construction project and reimbursed with Federal-aid highway program funding. To comply with statutory amendments, this rulemaking would remove all references to alternative or equivalent procedures contained in the existing regulations. This rulemaking proposes to revise existing small purchase procurement procedures to reflect an increase in the Federal threshold. This rulemaking would also address certain findings and recommendations contained in a 2008 Government Accountability Office regarding increased State DOT reliance on consultants and a 2009 DOT Office of the Inspector General audit regarding consultant indirect costs. This rulemaking would clarify existing Federal requirements in support of enhancing consistency with other Federal laws and applicable regulations, and addressing evolutions in industry practices to improve the procurement, management, and administration of consultant services. 
Agency: Department of Transportation(DOT)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 23 CFR 172 
Legal Authority: 23 USC 106, 112, 114(a), 302, 315, and 402; 40 USC 1101; 49 CFR 1.48(b) 
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  09/04/2012  77 FR 53802 
Comment Period End  11/05/2012   
Final Rule  05/00/2014   
Additional Information: SB - No; IC - No; SLT - No. Actual or Target Completion Date - An NPRM was published on 9/4/12 at 77 FR 53902. Progress Updates and Anticipated Accomplishments - An NPRM has been published. Anticipated savings in costs and/or information collection burdens, together with any anticipated changes in benefits - The proposed changes to part 172 will provide additional clarification, guidance, and flexibility to stakeholders implementing these regulations. As these proposed amendments are required by changes in authorizing legislation, other applicable regulations, and industry practices, the FHWA anticipates that the economic impact of this rulemaking would be minimal. Notes - None.
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL: www.regulations.gov   Public Comment URL: www.regulations.gov  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Scott Wolf
Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE,
Washington, DC 20590
Phone:202-366-1332
Email: scott.wolf@dot.gov

 
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