The U.S. Employment Plan was developed by a team of experts from Jobs to Move America, LAANE, the Brookings Institution, the University of Southern California’s Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst’s Political Economy Research Institute, with funding from the Surdna Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and Living Cities.
The U.S. Employment Plan includes three types of policy tools:
Disclosure: requires transit vehicle manufacturers disclose the number and quality of U.S. jobs supported in connection to a contract, facilities, and commitments to hiring workers facing multiple and significant barriers through recruiting and training efforts.
Evaluation: provides a system of voluntary price credits and/or a scoring method to help transit agencies to evaluate the quality of proposals submitted in response to a request for procurements.
Compliance & Implementation: contract and enforcement language that ensures transparency and accountability of U.S. jobs commitments on a contract.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has reviewed the U.S. Employment Plan and state, county, and city transportation departments can now ask to include the U.S. Employment Plan in their rolling stock procurement on a case-by-case basis. It is strongly suggested that transit agencies consult with Federal Transit Administration Chief Counsel or the U.S. Department of Transportation prior to incorporating the USEP into a request for proposals.
In February 2016, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx sent a letter to transportation stakeholders that recognized the USEP as an innovative approach to using public transportation funds to create good jobs in the United States.
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U.S. Employment Plan Full Request For Proposals Language – Policy Language or Request for Proposals (RFP) procurements
Conformance of U.S. Employment Plan with Federal Laws, Legal Memo to Robert S. Rivkin, former United States Department of Transportation General Counsel
SAMPLE U.S. EMPLOYMENT PLAN LANGUAGE ADOPTED BY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITIES
Amtrak Acela Request for Proposals
Chicago Transit Authority’s 7000 Series Request for Proposals
Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority Request for Proposals