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 FoundationAnnie E. Casey FoundationFord FoundationRockefeller 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


Amtrak Acela Request for Proposals

Amtrak Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Provision of Tier III Next Generation Trainsets and Other Related Goods and Services. RFP NO. X-034-14182 — July 1, 2014

Amtrak Acela U.S. Employment Plan EXHIBIT C, FORMS – July 1, 2014

Chicago Transit Authority’s 7000 Series Request for Proposals

City of Chicago, Mayor Emanuel Press Release – July 24, 2014 

CTA Request for Proposals, Instructions to Proposers and General Specifications For Rapid Transit Cars, Requisition: C14FI1 01554098, Specification: CTA 7000-14

Coalition Letter to CTA President Forrest Claypool April 2015

Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority Request for Proposals

LA Metro Heavy Rail RFP May 2015