- Briefing Room
U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590
Effective Date: March 6, 2015
(for awards effective after June 22, 2015)
Performance under this Agreement will be governed by and in compliance with the following regulations:
2 CFR Part 200, "Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards."
Cost Principles For-profit Organizations: 48 CFR 31 (Federal Acquisition Regulations) Subpart 31.2
While the requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, do not apply to assistance agreements, the FHWA is subject to the Act's requirements that all documents posted on an FHWA or FHWA-hosted website comply with the accessibility standards of the Act. Accordingly, final deliverable reports prepared under this Agreement and submitted in electronic format must be submitted in a format whereby FHWA can easily meet the requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.
NOTE: Quarterly Progress Reports and financial reports are not considered final deliverables and therefore the following requirements do not apply.
All electronic documents prepared under this Agreement must meet the requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. The act requires that all electronic products prepared for the Federal Government be accessible to persons with disabilities, including those with vision, hearing, cognitive, and mobility impairments. View Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (http://www.access-board.gov/508/508standards.htm) - PART 1194 and the Federal IT Accessibility Initiative Home Page (http://section508.gov) for detailed information.
The following paragraphs summarize the requirements for preparing FHWA reports in conformance with Section 508 for eventual posting by FHWA to an FHWA-sponsored website.
Electronic documents with images
Provide a text equivalent for every non-text element (including photographs, charts and equations) in all publications prepared in electronic format. Use descriptions such as "alt" and "longdesc" for all non-text images or place them in element content. For all documents prepared, vendors must prepare one standard HTML format as described in this statement of work AND one text format that includes descriptions for all non-text images. "Text equivalent" means text sufficient to reasonably describe the image. Images that are merely decorative require only a very brief "text equivalent" description. However, images that convey information that is important to the content of the report require text sufficient to reasonably describe that image and its purpose within the context of the report.
Electronic documents with complex charts or data tables
When preparing tables that are heavily designed, prepare adequate alternate information so that assistive technologies can read them out. Identify row and column headers for data tables. Provide the information in a non-linear form. Markups will be used to associate data cells and header cells for data tables that have two or more logical levels of row and column headers.
Electronic documents with forms
When electronic forms are designed to be completed on-line, the form will allow people using assistive technology to access the information, field elements, and functionality required for completion and submission of the form, including all directions and cues.
Draft documents developed under this Agreement will be delivered as electronic files compatible with Microsoft Word 2000, or verified to be error free when read using Microsoft Word 2000 and Adobe PDF formats. Any other electronic format will receive prior approval from the AOR. With prior approval of the AOR, artwork or graphics not embedded in the electronic (MS Word) document may be submitted in camera ready format. Deliverables must follow the Turner Fairbanks Highway Research Center (TFHRC) Communications Reference Guide (https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/publications/research/general/03074/index.cfm) unless otherwise indicate in this scope of work.
The final deliverables under this Agreement must comply with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Access Board Standards available online at: http://www.section508.gov/. Unless otherwise indicated, the Recipient represents by signature on this Agreement that all deliverables will comply with the Access Board Standards. Final documents will be delivered in Microsoft Word 2000, PDF, and HTML formats. These documents will be prepared in electronic GPO-required format and will meet the Section 508 requirements to allow them to be posted and viewed on the Internet. Files should be organized so that they are readable without requiring an associated style sheet. The html versions will include a text equivalent description (e.g., via "alt", "longdesc", or in element content) for every non-text (e.g., graph, table, photo, diagram, etc.) element in the document. The best location for information on regulations for 36 CFR 1194, which implements Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, is at http://www.access-board.gov/sec508/guide/index.htm.
If the information center website existed before the effective date of this Agreement, information presented prior to the date of execution of this Agreement does not need to be modified to comply with Federal accessibility requirements. However, if a web page is modified or updated during this Agreement's period of performance, the modified or updated page must be presented in accessible format.
All non-domestic travel must be approved in writing by the AO prior to incurring costs. Travel requirements under this Agreement will be met using the most economical form of transportation available. If economy class transportation is not available, the request for payment vouchers must be submitted with justification for use of higher class travel indicating dates, times, and flight numbers.
This Agreement and any amendments executed by the AO constitute the entire agreement between the parties. Discussions and understandings concerning such scope and subject matter are superseded by this Agreement and any executed amendments. All changes to the terms and conditions of this Agreement will be in writing, issued as an Amendment and signed by the AO pursuant to 2 CRF 200.308.
The AO may designate an AOR to assist in monitoring the work under this Agreement. The AOR will oversee the technical administration of this Agreement and act as technical liaison with the performing organization. The AOR is not authorized to change the scope of work or specifications as stated in the Agreement, to make any commitments or otherwise obligate the FHWA or authorize any changes which affect the Agreement funding, delivery schedule, period of performance or other terms or conditions.
The AO is the only individual who can legally commit or obligate the FHWA for the expenditure of public funds. The technical administration of this Agreement will not be construed to authorize the revision of the terms and conditions of performance. The AO will authorize any such revision in writing.
The Recipient may request advances or reimbursement of costs incurred in the performance hereof as are allowable under the applicable cost provisions not-to exceed the funds currently available as stated herein. Requests should be made no more frequently than monthly and must include the certification as required by 2 CFR 200.415.
Requests for payments by reimbursement will be submitted to the payment office via DELPHI eInvoicing System. When requesting reimbursement of costs incurred and credit for cost share incurred, the Recipient will submit supporting cost detail electronically with the SF 270, Request for Advance or Reimbursement or, if construction, the SF 271, Outlay Report and Request for Reimbursement for Construction to clearly document all costs incurred. Cost detail includes a detailed breakout of all costs incurred including direct labor, indirect costs, other direct costs, travel, etc. Identify the Federal share and the Recipient's cost share portions as applicable. The cost detail should show all the project costs for the period covered by the reimbursement request, and also show all the cumulative-to-date costs.
The AO or Agreement Specialist reserve the right to withhold processing requests for reimbursement until sufficient detail is received. In addition, reimbursement will not be made without AOR review and approval to ensure that progress on the Agreement is sufficient to substantiate payment. After AOR approval, the AO will certify and forward the request for reimbursement to the payment office via DELPHI eInvoicing System.
Recipients may be paid in advance, provided they maintain or demonstrate the willingness to maintain the following in accordance with 2 CFR 200.305 as applicable: (1) written procedures that minimize the time elapsing between the transfer of funds and disbursement by the Recipient, and (2) financial management systems that meet the standards for fund control and accountability. When these items are not met, reimbursement will be the method for payment.
The Recipient must have Internet access to register and use the DELPHI eInvoicing System. Prompt registration for DELPHI eInvoicing System is important in order to reduce the possibility of delayed payments.
All persons accessing the DELPHI eInvoicing System will be required to have their own unique user ID and password. It is not possible to have a generic ID and password for a Recipient.
To register for DELPHI eInvoicing System, Recipients must eAuthenticate and activate an account by contacting their AO and providing the full name, title, phone number and e-mail address for the appropriate point(s) of contact (POC) who will submit payment requests. Within two weeks the POC should receive an invite to sign up for the system. The POC will also receive a form to verify their identity. The POC must complete the form, and present it to a Notary Public for verification. The POC will return the notarized form to:
DOT Enterprise Service Center
FAA Accounts Payable, AMZ-100
PO Box 25710
Oklahoma City, OK 73125
When the form is received and validated, the Recipient POC will receive a unique user ID and password via e-mail. POCs should contact their AO with any changes to their system information.
Applicants registered with other DOT Agencies, such as Federal Aviation Administration or Federal Railroad Administration, must also apply for access with FHWA in order to request payment from FHWA.
To facilitate your use of the DELPHI eInvoicing system, comprehensive user's information is available at http://www.dot.gov/policy-initiatives/delphi-einvoicing-system-training-materials.
The Applicant should contact their AO when POCs have left their organization or are no longer will be submitting invoices, with the full name, title, phone number, e-mail address, and user ID of the POC. The user ID will then be removed. If a user ID becomes inactive/times out due no activity, the Recipient should contact their AO with the full name, title, phone number, e-mail address, and user ID of the POC to be reactivated. To prevent being timed out due to no-activity, users should login once within 45 days of their last login.
The Department of Transportation Financial Management officials may, on a case by case basis, waive the requirement to register and use the DELPHI eInvoicing System. Waiver request forms can be obtained on the DELPHI eInvoicing website (http://www.dot.gov/cfo/delphi-einvoicing-system.html) or by contacting the AO. Applicants must explain why they are unable to use or access the Internet to register and enter payment requests.
All waiver requests should be sent to via mail to:
Director of the Office of Financial Managementor electronically to: DOTElectronicInvoicing@dot.gov
US Department of Transportation, B-30
Office of Financial Management, Room W93-431
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE
Washington DC 20590-0001
The Director of the DOT Office of Financial Management will confirm or deny the request within approximately 30 days.
If a Recipient is granted a Waiver, Requests for advance or reimbursement and required supporting documents, should be sent via regular U.S. Postal Service to the following address:
Federal Highway Administration
P.O. Box 268865
Oklahoma City, OK 73126-8865
Attention: (Fill-in Name of Agreement Specialist)
Requests for advance or reimbursement submitted via an overnight service must use the following physical address:
6500 MacArthur Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73169
Attention: (Fill-in Name of Agreement Specialist)
Express Delivery Point of Contact: Ryan Wisniewski, 405-954-8252
The Recipient shall notify the AO in writing whenever it has reason to believe that the costs it expects to incur under this Agreement in the next 60 days, when added to all costs previously incurred, will exceed 75 percent of the total amount so far allotted to the Agreement by the Government. The notice shall state the estimated amount of additional funds required to complete the work under the Agreement.
An acknowledgment of FHWA support and a disclaimer must appear in any publication of any material, whether copyrighted or not, based on or developed under the Agreement, in the following terms:
"This material is based upon work supported by the Federal Highway Administration under Agreement No. DTFH61-(fill in award number)."
All materials must also contain the following:
"Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the Author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the Federal Highway Administration."
The FHWA, through its authorized representatives, has the right, at all reasonable times, to make site visits to review project accomplishments and management control systems and to provide such technical assistance as may be required. During a site visit, the Recipient and/or sub-recipient/subcontractor will provide all reasonable facilities and assistance for the safety and convenience of the FHWA representative. All site visits and evaluations will be performed in such a manner as to not unduly delay work.
The Recipient is required to report deviations from budget and program plans, and request prior approval for budget and program plan revisions in accordance with 2 CFR 200.308 The Recipient must obtain prior written approval from the AO to transfer amounts budgeted for direct cost categories when the cumulative value of such transfers will exceed 10% of the value of Federal share of this Agreement.
The Recipient must be registered in the SAM in order to receive payments under this Agreement. Use of the SAM is to provide one location for Applicants and Recipients to change information about their organization and enter information on where government payments should be made Information for registering in the SAM and online documents can be found at www.sam.gov.
The Joint Committee on Printing Regulations Number 26, Section 36 states that Recipients shall not become prime or substantial sources of printing for the use of departments and agencies.
In the performance of this agreement, the Recipient may duplicate less than 5,000 units of only one page or less than 25,000 units in the aggregate of multiple pages. Duplication of quantities in excess of the amounts stated requires prior written approval of the AO. The Recipient must submit such requests in writing or by email to the AO, to include specifics on the deliverable, requested printing quantity, and estimated costs for printing.
The Recipient will comply with Subpart B of 49 CFR Part 32, Government wide Requirements for a Drug-Free Workplace (Financial Assistance). See 49 CFR Part 32 for details of the requirement.
The non-Federal entity must comply with the provisions in 2 CFR Part 180 OMB Guidelines to Agencies on Government Debarment and Suspension (Non-procurement) and 2 CFR Part 1200 DOT Non-procurement Suspension and Debarment. These provisions restrict Federal awards, subaward and contracts with certain parties that are debarred, suspended or otherwise excluded from or ineligible for participation in Federal programs or activities.
This Agreement may be terminated or suspended in whole or in part, at any time prior to its expiration date in accordance with 2 CFR 200.339.
The Recipient may appeal or object to a termination or suspension for non-compliance by submitting an appeal in writing to the next level above the AO within 30 days after receipt of the written notification of termination or suspension of this agreement. The Recipient will document the dispute by notifying the Agency in writing of the relevant facts, identify the grounds for objecting or appealing the termination or suspension and specify the remedy sought. The Agency will follow the procedures in the Disputes section when responding to this appeal.
Definitions. As used in this clause-
"Driving" - Means operating a motor vehicle on an active roadway with the motor running, including while temporarily stationary because of traffic, a traffic light, stop sign, or otherwise. Does not include operating a motor vehicle with or without the motor running when one has pulled over to the side of, or off, an active roadway and has halted in a location where one can safely remain stationary.
"Text messaging" - means reading from or entering data into any handheld or other electronic device, including for the purpose of short message service texting, e-mailing, instant messaging, obtaining navigational information, or engaging in any other form of electronic data retrieval or electronic data communication. The term does not include glancing at or listening to a navigational device that is secured in a commercially designed holder affixed to the vehicle, provided that the destination and route are programmed into the device either before driving or while stopped in a location off the roadway where it is safe and legal to park.
This clause implements Executive Order 13513, Federal Leadership on Reducing Text Messaging while Driving, dated October 1, 2009.
The Applicant should-
Adopt and enforce policies that ban text messaging while driving- (i) Company-owned or -rented vehicles or Government-owned vehicles; or (ii) Privately-owned vehicles when on official Government business or when performing any work for or on behalf of the Government.
Conduct initiatives in a manner commensurate with the size of the business, such as- (i) Establishment of new rules and programs or re-evaluation of existing programs to prohibit text messaging while driving; and (ii) Education, awareness, and other outreach to employees about the safety risks associated with texting while driving.
Sub-agreements/sub-contracts. The Applicant shall insert the substance of this clause, including this paragraph (d), in all sub-agreement/subcontracts that exceed the micro-purchase threshold.
Reporting Sub-awards and Executive Compensation.
Reporting of first-tier sub-awards.
Applicability. Unless you are exempt as provided in paragraph d. of this award term, you must report each action that obligates $25,000 or more in Federal funds that does not include Recovery funds (as defined in section 1512(a)(2) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Pub. L. 111-5) for a sub-award to an entity (see definitions in paragraph e. of this award term).
What to report. You must report the information about each obligating action that the submission instructions posted at http://www.fsrs.gov specify.
The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA): Any activities involving information collection (i.e., paper or web-based surveys, questionnaires, etc.) from 10 or more non-Federal entities, OMB Information Collection Clearance, a process that generally takes eight months. The Recipient will coordinate with the AOR on this process.
If at any time during performance, the Recipient identifies an actual or potential personal or organizational conflict of interest relating to performance of this Agreement, the Recipient must immediately notify the AO in writing. Actual or potential conflicts of interest may include but are not limited to any past, present or planned contractual, financial, or other relationships, obligations, commitments or responsibilities, which may bias the Recipient or affect the Recipient's ability to perform the agreement in an impartial and objective manner.
The AO will review the statement and may require additional relevant information from the Recipient. All such information, and any other relevant information known to DOT, will be used to determine whether agreement performance by the Recipient creates an actual or potential conflict of interest. If any such conflict of interest is found to exist, the AO may (a) terminate the Agreement pursuant to the termination term of the Agreement, or (b) determine that it is otherwise in the best interest of the United States to continue the agreement and include appropriate provisions to mitigate or avoid such conflict in the Agreement pursuant to 2 CFR 200.112.
The Recipient must submit an electronic copy and one hard copy of the SF-428 Tangible Personal Property Report to the AOR and one electronic copy and one hard copy to the Agreement Specialist 60 days prior to the anniversary date of this Agreement.
If no property was furnished or acquired during the Agreement up to the end date of the reporting period, indicate that information in block 8 of the SF-428. If property was furnished or acquired during the Agreement up to the end date of the reporting period, list the property on the SF-428-A and SF-428S forms. Use additional sheets as necessary. Use separate sets of sheets to show Federally-owned property and Recipient-owned property.
The Recipient shall not require employees or subrecipients to sign internal confidentiality agreements or statements prohibiting or otherwise restricting such employees or subrecipients from lawfully reporting waste, fraud, or abuse to a designated investigative or law enforcement representative of a Federal department or agency authorized to receive such information.