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Oregon Bulletin

February 1, 2014

Department of Transportation, Chapter 731

Rule Caption: Procurement Rules Addressing 2013 Legislative Changes and DOJ Model Rules Updates for Public Contracting

Adm. Order No.: DOT 5-2013

Filed with Sec. of State: 12-20-2013

Certified to be Effective: 1-1-14

Notice Publication Date: 11-1-2013

Rules Amended: 731-147-0010, 731-147-0040, 731-149-0010

Subject: The amendments to Chapter 731, Divisions 147 and 149 include the following:

   731-147-0010; Revised the version of DOJ Model Rules ODOT is adopting and effective date.

   731-147-0040; Revised dollar amount in 147-0040 to reflect increase in small procurement threshold to $10,000 (per 2013 HB 2212).

   731-149-0010; Revised the version of DOJ Model Rules ODOT is adopting and effective date. Deleted section (2) because it included a reference to a rule that was repealed in 2011 and no longer exists.

Rules Coordinator: Lauri Kunze—(503) 986-3171

731-147-0010

Application

(1) The Oregon Department of Transportation adopts OAR 137-047-0000 through 137-047-0810 (effective January 1, 2014) with the exception of 137-047-0275, the Department of Justice Model Rules, Public Procurements for Goods or Services General Provisions including the additional provisions provided in these rules.

(2) This rule applies retroactively to January 1, 2014.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 184.616, 184.619, 279A.065

Stats. Implemented: ORS 279B.015

Hist.: DOT 3-2005(Temp), f. 2-16-05, cert. ef. 3-1-05 thru 8-27-05; DOT 5-2005, f. & cert. ef. 8-23-05; DOT 5-2006(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 5-25-06 thru 11-20-06; DOT 7-2006, f. & cert. ef. 11-17-06; DOT 5-2009(Temp), f. 12-22-09, cert. ef. 1-1-10 thru 6-30-10; DOT 1-2010, f. & cert. ef. 5-18-10; DOT 4-2011, f. 12-22-11, cert. ef. 1-1-12; DOT 5-2013, f. 12-20-13, cert. ef. 1-1-14

731-147-0040

Special Delegated Procurements

(1) Terms used in division 147 rules have the same meaning as defined in ORS 279B.085.

(2) Authorization. The Chief Procurement Officer of the DAS State Procurement Office has granted approval and authority per OAR 125-246-0140, and 125-247-0288 to the ODOT Designated Procurement Officer for the following Special Procurements:

(a) Brand Names or Products, “or Equal,” Single Seller and Sole Source;

(b) Equipment Repair and Overhaul;

(c) Purchases of Used Personal Property; and

(d) Reverse Auctions.

(3) The following apply to Brand Names or Products, “or Equal,” Single Seller and Sole Source procurements:

(a) “Procurement of Brand Name ‘or Equal’ Products” means the Procurement of a product after specifying the registered Brand name of the product or requiring the same Specifications of the Brand Name product.

(b) Specifications. Solicitation Specifications for Public Contracts must not expressly or implicitly require any product of any particular manufacturer or seller except:

(A) “Or Equal” Specification. ODOT may specify a particular brand name, make or product suffixed by “or equal,” “or approved equal,” “or equivalent,” “or approved equivalent,” or similar language if there is no other practical method of Specification; and

(B) Specifying a particular make or product. ODOT may specify a Brand Name, make, or product without an “or equal” or equivalent suffix if there is no other practical method of Specification, after documenting the Procurement File with the following:

(i) A brief description of the Solicitation(s) to be covered including volume of contemplated future purchases;

(ii) The Brand Name, mark, or product to be specified; and

(iii) The reason ODOT is seeking this procurement method, which must include at least one of the following findings in the Procurement File:

(I) It is unlikely that Specification of the Brand Name, mark or product will encourage favoritism in the award of the Public Contracts or substantially diminish competition;

(II) Specification of the Brand Name, mark or product would result in substantial cost savings to ODOT; or

(III) Efficient utilization of existing equipment or supplies requires the acquisition of compatible equipment or supplies.

(c) Public Notice. ODOT must make a reasonable effort to notify all known suppliers of the specified product and invite such suppliers to submit competitive bids or proposals; or must document the Procurement File with findings of current market research to support the determination that the product is available from only one seller. Posting a notice on ORPIN for a reasonable time period satisfies this requirement.

(d) Purchasing From Sole Source, Single Seller. ODOT may purchase a particular product or service (also known as Goods or Services) available from only one source if ODOT meets the requirements of paragraphs (b)(A) and (B) of this section and a Sole-Source Procurement pursuant to ORS 279B.075. ODOT, prior to purchase, must document the Procurement File with ODOT’s findings of current market research to support the determination that the product or service is available from only one seller or source. ODOT’s findings must also include:

(A) A brief description of the Contract or Contracts to be covered including volume of contemplated future purchases;

(B) Description of the Goods or Services to be purchased; and

(C) The reason ODOT is seeking this procurement method, that could include the following reasons:

(i) Efficient utilization of existing Goods or Services requires the acquisition of compatible Goods or Services;

(ii) The required product is data processing equipment which will be used for research where there are requirements for exchange of software and data with other research establishments; or

(iii) The particular product is for use in a pilot or an experimental project.

(e) Single Manufacturer, Multiple Sellers. ODOT may specify Goods or Services available from only one manufacturer, but available through multiple sellers, if ODOT meets the requirements of paragraphs (b)(A) and (B) of this section and the following:

(A) If the total purchase is $10,000 or more but does not exceed $150,000 and a comparable product or service is not available under an existing Mandatory Use Contract, competitive quotes must be obtained and retained in the Procurement File for Intermediate Procurements; or

(B) If the purchase exceeds $150,000, and the comparable Good or Services is not available under an existing Mandatory Use Contract, ODOT must follow the Solicitation process for Competitive Sealed Bids or Competitive Sealed Proposals.

(f) Single Manufacturer, Multiple Purchases. If ODOT intends to make several purchases of the product of a particular manufacturer or seller for a period not to exceed five (5) years, ODOT must so state in the Procurement file, the Solicitation Document, if any, and the public notice described in paragraph (b)(B) of this section. Such documentation and public notice constitute sufficient notice as to subsequent purchases. If the total purchase amount is estimated to exceed $150,000, this must be stated in the advertisement for Bids or Proposals.

(g) If ODOT competitively solicits, it must comply with the rules for that method of Solicitation pursuant to ORS 279B.055 through 279B.075 and 137-047-0255 through 137-047-0263.

(h) Nothing in this rule exempts ODOT from obtaining the approval of the Attorney General for legal sufficiency review requirement pursuant to ORS 291.047.

(i) ODOT must comply with ORS 200.035, notwithstanding this rule.

(4) The following apply to Equipment Repair and Overhaul procurements:

(a) Conditions. ODOT may enter into a Public Contract for equipment repair or overhaul without competitive bidding, subject to the following conditions:

(A) Service or parts required are unknown and the cost cannot be determined without extensive preliminary dismantling or testing; or

(B) Service or parts required are for sophisticated equipment for which specially trained personnel are required and such personnel are available from only one source; and

(b) Process and Criteria. ODOT must use competitive methods wherever possible to achieve best value and must document in the Procurement File the reasons why a competitive process was deemed impractical. If the anticipated purchase exceeds $5,000, ODOT must post notice on ORPIN. The resulting Contract must be in Writing and ODOT’s Procurement File must document the use of this Special Procurement rule by number to identify the sourcing method. Nothing in this rule waives the Department of Justice legal sufficiency review requirement if applicable under ORS 291.047.

(5) The following apply to Purchase of Used Personal Property procurements:

(a) Authorization. Subject to the provisions of this rule, ODOT may purchase used property or equipment without competitive bidding and without obtaining competitive quotes, if, at the time of purchase, ODOT has determined and documented that the purchase will:

(A) Be unlikely to encourage favoritism or diminish competition; and

(B) Result in substantial cost savings or promote the public interest.

(b) “Used personal property or equipment” means the property or equipment which has been placed in its intended use by a previous owner or user for a period of time recognized in the relevant trade or industry as qualifying the personal property or equipment as “used,” at the time of ODOT’s purchase. “Used personal property or equipment” generally does not include property or equipment if ODOT was the previous user, whether under a lease, as part of a demonstration, trial or pilot project, or similar arrangement.

(c) Process and Criteria:

(A) For purchases of used personal property or equipment with a cost not exceeding $150,000, ODOT must, where feasible, obtain three competitive Quotes, unless ODOT has determined and documented that a purchase without obtaining competitive Quotes will result in cost savings and will not diminish competition or encourage favoritism.

(B) For purchases of used personal property or equipment exceeding $150,000, ODOT must use competitive methods wherever possible to achieve best value and must document in the Procurement File the reasons why a competitive process was deemed impractical. If the anticipated purchase amount exceeds $5,000, ODOT must post notice on ORPIN. The resulting Contract must be in Writing and ODOT’s Procurement File must document the use of this Special Procurement rule by number to identify the sourcing method. Nothing in this rule waives the Department of Justice legal sufficiency review requirement if applicable under ORS 291.047.

(6) The following apply to Reverse Auction procurements:

(a) Process. A Reverse Auction means a process for the purchase of Goods or Services by a buyer from the lowest Bidder. ODOT, as the buyer, must conduct Reverse Auctions by first publishing a Solicitation that describes its requirements, and the Contract terms and conditions. Then, ODOT must solicit online Bids from all interested Bidders through an Internet-based program. The Solicitation must set forth a start and end time for Bids and specify any combination of the following type of information to be disclosed to Bidders during the Reverse Auction:

(A) The prices of the other Bidders or the price of the most competitive Bidder;

(B) The rank of each Bidder (e.g., (i) “winning” or “not winning” or (ii) “1st, 2nd, or higher”);

(C) The scores of the Bidders if ODOT chooses to use a scoring model that weighs non-price factors in addition to price; or

(D) Any combination of paragraphs (A), (B) and (C) of this subsection.

(b) Before the Reverse Auction commences, Bidders must be required by ODOT to assent to the Contract terms and conditions, either in Writing or by an Internet “click” agreement. The Bidders then compete for the award of a Contract by offering successively lower prices, informed by the price(s), ranks, and scores, separately or in any combination thereof, disclosed by ODOT. The identity of the Bidders must not be revealed during this process. Only the successively lower price(s), ranks, scores and related details, separately or in any combination thereof, will be revealed to the participants. ODOT may cancel this Solicitation if it determines that it is in ODOT’s or the State’s best interest. At the end of the Bidding process, and if the solicitation has not been cancelled, ODOT must award any potential Contract to the lowest Responsible Bidder or in the case of multiple awards, lowest Responsible Bidders pursuant to ORS 279A.055(10)(b). This process allows ODOT to test and determine the suitability of the Goods or Services before making the Award. ODOT must comply with the following public notice procedures for this type of Solicitation:

(A) ODOT must disclose the Reverse Auction process in the Solicitation Documents.

(B) ODOT must provide initial notice of this Solicitation through ORPIN.

(C) ODOT must give subsequent notices of the price(s) offered, rank(s), score(s) and related details to the initial Bidders, as described in the Solicitation Document.

(D) ODOT must issue a Notice of Intent to award at least seven (7) calendar days prior to making the Award.

(c) Prequalification. For each Solicitation, under ORS 279B.085, on a case-by-case basis, ODOT may determine whether prequalification of suppliers is needed. If prequalification is used, ODOT must pre-qualify suppliers and provide an appeal process in accordance with ORS 279B.120 and related rules.

(7) The following process applies to Advertising Contracts: ODOT must use competitive methods wherever possible to achieve best value and must document in the Procurement File the reasons why a competitive process was deemed to be impractical. If the anticipated purchase exceeds $5,000, ODOT must post notice on ORPIN. The resulting Contract must be in Writing and the Procurement File must document the use of this Special Procurement Rule by number to identify the sourcing method. Nothing in this rule waves the Department of Justice Legal Sufficiency Review requirement, if applicable under ORS 291.047.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 184.616, 184.619, 279A.065(5)(a) & 279A.070

Stats. Implemented: ORS 279B.085

Hist.: DOT 3-2005(Temp), f. 2-16-05, cert. ef. 3-1-05 thru 8-27-05; DOT 5-2005, f. & cert. ef. 8-23-05; DOT 4-2011, f. 12-22-11, cert. ef. 1-1-12; DOT 4-2011, f. 12-22-11, cert. ef. 1-1-12; DOT 5-2013, f. 12-20-13, cert. ef. 1-1-14

731-149-0010

Application

(1) The Oregon Department of Transportation adopts OAR 137-049-0100 through 137-049-0910 (effective January 1, 2014), the Department of Justice Model Rules, General Provisions Related to Public Contracts for Construction Services. The adoption of the Department of Justice Model Rules by this rule does not apply to any contracts that are subject to OAR chapter 731, division 5 or 7.

(2) This rule applies retroactively to January 1, 2014.

Stat. Auth: ORS 184.616, 184.619, 279A.065

Stats. Implemented: ORS 279A.065

Hist.: DOT 3-2005(Temp), f. 2-16-05, cert. ef. 3-1-05 thru 8-27-05; DOT 5-2005, f. & cert. ef. 8-23-05; DOT 5-2006(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 5-25-06 thru 11-20-06; DOT 7-2006, f. & cert. ef. 11-17-06; DOT 5-2009(Temp), f. 12-22-09, cert. ef. 1-1-10 thru 6-30-10; DOT 1-2010, f. & cert. ef. 5-18-10; DOT 4-2011, f. 12-22-11, cert. ef. 1-1-12; DOT 5-2013, f. 12-20-13, cert. ef. 1-1-14


Rule Caption: Procedures for grants and loans under the Multimodal Transportation Fund program

Adm. Order No.: DOT 6-2013

Filed with Sec. of State: 12-20-2013

Certified to be Effective: 12-20-13

Notice Publication Date: 11-1-2013

Rules Amended: 731-035-0010, 731-035-0020, 731-035-0050, 731-035-0060, 731-035-0080

Subject: These amendments implement Sections 1, 2, 3 and 5 of SB 260 (Ch. 765 OL 2013) by adding language allowing bicycle and pedestrian projects as eligible projects for the Multimodal Transportation Fund. The amendments also make minor revisions to the disbursal of program funds that are paid out on a reimbursement basis as called for in the Budget Note to HB 5008 (Ch. 723 OL 2013).

Rules Coordinator: Lauri Kunze—(503) 986-3171

731-035-0010

Purpose

ORS 367.080 to 367.086 creates the Multimodal Transportation Fund, allowing for the issuance of lottery bonds for the purpose of financing grants and loans to fund Transportation Projects that involve air, marine, rail, public transit, or bicycle and pedestrian modes. The purpose of division 35 rules is to establish the Multimodal Transportation Fund Program.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 184.616, 184.619, 367.082, Ch. 816 OL 2005

Stats. Implemented: ORS 367.080 – 367.086, Ch. 816 OL 2005, Ch. 723, Ch. 765, & Ch. 786 OL 2013

Hist.: DOT 8-2005(Temp), f. 11-17-05, cert. ef. 11-21-05 thru 5-19-06; DOT 3-2006, f. & cert. ef. 1-24-06; DOT 5-2007, f. & cert. ef. 11-15-07; DOT 6-2013, f. & cert. ef. 12-20-13

731-035-0020

Definitions

For the purposes of division 35 rules, the following terms have the following definitions, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

(1) “Agreement” means a legally binding contract between the Department and Recipient that contains the terms and conditions under which the Department is providing funds from the Multimodal Transportation Fund for an Approved Project.

(2) “Applicant” means a Person or Public Body that applies for funds from the Multimodal Transportation Fund.

(3) “Approved Project” means a Project that the Commission has selected to receive funding through either a grant or loan from the Multimodal Transportation Fund.

(4) “Area Commissions on Transportation” means advisory bodies chartered by the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) through the Policy on Formation and Operation of Area Commissions on Transportation (ACTs) approved by the OTC on June 18, 2003.

(5) “Aviation” is defined in ORS 836.005(5).

(6) “Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee” means the committee created in ORS 366.112.

(7) “Collateral” means real or personal property subject to a pledge, lien or security interest, and includes any property included in the definition of collateral in ORS 79.0102(1), and with respect to a Public Body, any real or personal property as defined in ORS 288.594.

(8) “Commission” means the Oregon Transportation Commission.

(9) “Department” means the Oregon Department of Transportation.

(10) “Director” means the Director of the Oregon Department of Transportation.

(11) “Department of Aviation” means the Oregon Department of Aviation (ODA).

(12) “Oregon Business Development Department” means the department defined in ORS 285A.070.

(13) “Freight Advisory Committee” means the committee created in ORS 366.212.

(14) “Person” has the meaning given in ORS 174.100(5), limited to those Persons that are registered with the Oregon Secretary of State to conduct business within the State of Oregon.

(15) “Program” means the Multimodal Transportation Fund Program established by division 35 rules to administer the Multimodal Transportation Fund.

(16) “Program Funds” means the money appropriated by the Legislature to the Multimodal Transportation Fund. These funds may be used as either grants or loans to eligible projects.

(17) “Public Body” is defined in ORS 174.109.

(18) “Public Transit Advisory Committee” means a committee appointed by the Director and approved by the Commission to advise the Department on issues, policies and programs related to public transportation in Oregon.

(19) “Rail Advisory Committee” means a committee appointed by the Director and approved by the Commission to advise the Department on issues, policies and programs that affect rail freight and rail passenger facilities and services in Oregon.

(20) “Recipient” means an Applicant that enters into Agreement with the Department to receive funds from the Multimodal Transportation Fund.

(21) “Recipient’s Total Project Costs” means the funds received from the Multimodal Transportation Fund program plus the matching funds required under Oregon Administrative Rule 731-035-0070(3)(a)(B), if applicable.

(22) “Receive Federal Grants” means execution of a grant agreement with any agency of the United States.

(23) “State Aviation Board” means the board created in ORS 835.102.

(24) “Transportation Project” or “project” is defined in ORS 367.010(11). A Multimodal Transportation Fund Program Project must involve one or more of the following modes of transportation: air, marine, rail, public transit or bicycle and pedestrian. The term includes, but is not limited to, a project for capital infrastructure and other projects that facilitate the transportation of materials, animals, or people.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 184.616, 184.619, 367.082, Ch. 816 OL 2005

Stats. Implemented: ORS 367.080 – 367.086, Ch. 816 OL 2005, Ch. 723, Ch. 765, & Ch. 786 OL 2013

Hist.: DOT 8-2005(Temp), f. 11-17-05, cert. ef. 11-21-05 thru 5-19-06; DOT 3-2006, f. & cert. ef. 1-24-06; DOT 5-2007, f. & cert. ef. 11-15-07; DOT 3-2009, f. & cert. ef. 11-17-09; DOT 2-2010, f. & cert. ef. 7-30-10; DOT 5-2011, f. & cert. ef. 12-22-11; DOT 6-2013, f. & cert. ef. 12-20-13

731-035-0050

Application Review

(1) The Department will review applications received to determine whether the application is complete and the Applicant and the Project are eligible for Program Funds.

(2) Applicants that meet all of the following criteria are eligible:

(a) The Applicant is a Public Body or Person within the state of Oregon.

(b) The Applicant, if applicable, is current on all state and local taxes, fees and assessments.

(c) The Applicant has sufficient management and financial capacity to complete the Project including without limitation the ability to contribute 20 percent of the Recipient’s Total Project Cost.

(d) The Applicant is not a railroad owner that operates a railroad wholly within the boundaries of Benton and Linn counties that:

(A) Charges landowners a fee for an easement to cross a railroad that is necessary for the landowner to access the landowner’s property; and

(B) Has imposed or collected fees for such an easement on or after January 1, 2013.

(3) Projects that meet all of the following criteria are eligible:

(a) The project is a Transportation Project.

(b) The Project will assist in developing a multimodal transportation system that supports state and local government efforts to attract new businesses to Oregon or that keeps and encourages expansion of existing businesses.

(c) The Project is eligible for funding with lottery bond proceeds under the Oregon Constitution and laws of the State of Oregon.

(d) The Project will not require or rely upon continuing subsidies from the Department for ongoing operations.

(e) The Project is not a public road or other project that is eligible for funding from revenues described in section 3a, Article IX of the Oregon Constitution, i.e. the State Highway Trust Fund.

(f) The Project is feasible, including the estimated cost of the Project, the expected results from the proposed Project for each of the considerations as prescribed in 731-035-0060, the Project schedule, and all applicable and required permits may be obtained within the Project schedule.

(4) If an Applicant or Project is not eligible for Program Funds, the Department will, within 15 days of determination:

(a) Specify the additional information the Applicant must provide to establish eligibility; or

(b) Notify the Applicant that the application request is ineligible.

(5) The Department may deem an application ineligible if the Applicant fails to meet eligibility requirements of subsections (2) and (3) of this rule, or fails to provide requested information in writing by the date required by the Department, or if the application contains false or misleading information.

(6) The Director will consider protests of the eligibility determination for the Program. Only the Applicant may protest. Protests must be submitted in writing to the Director within 30 days of the event or action that is being protested. The Director’s decision is final.

(7) The Department will make all eligible applications available for review, as applicable under OAR 731-035-0060, to the State Aviation Board, the Freight Advisory Committee, the Public Transit Advisory Committee, the Rail Advisory Committee, the Oregon Business Development Department, the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee and any other transportation stakeholder and advocate entities identified by the Commission to provide recommendations on Project funding including the Area Commissions on Transportation.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 184.616, 184.619, 367.082, Ch. 816 OL 2005

Stats. Implemented: ORS 367.080 – 367.086, Ch. 816 OL 2005, Ch. 723, Ch. 765, & Ch. 786 OL 2013

Hist.: DOT 8-2005(Temp), f. 11-17-05, cert. ef. 11-21-05 thru 5-19-06; DOT 3-2006, f. & cert. ef. 1-24-06; DOT 5-2007, f. & cert. ef. 11-15-07; DOT 3-2009, f. & cert. ef. 11-17-09; DOT 5-2011, f. & cert. ef. 12-22-11

731-035-0060

Project Selection

(1) The Commission will select Projects to be funded through either a grant or loan with moneys in the Multimodal Transportation Fund.

(2) Prior to selecting Projects to be funded with moneys in the Multimodal Transportation Fund, the Commission shall solicit recommendations from:

(a) The State Aviation Board for aviation Transportation Projects.

(b) The Freight Advisory Committee for freight Transportation Projects.

(c) The Public Transit Advisory Committee for public transit Transportation Projects.

(d) The Rail Advisory Committee for rail Transportation Projects.

(e) The Oregon Business Development Department for marine transportation projects.

(f) The Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

(3) Prior to selecting Projects to be funded with moneys in the Multimodal Transportation Fund, the Commission may solicit recommendations from transportation stakeholder and advocate entities not otherwise specified in section (2) of this rule including the Area Commissions on Transportation.

(4) On behalf of the Commission, the Department shall solicit recommendations from the committees and entities in section (2) of this rule before soliciting recommendations from entities in section (3) of this rule. The Department shall provide the recommendations from the committees and entities in section (2) of this rule to the entities in section (3) of this rule.

(5) The Director, in consultation with committees and entities in section (2) of this rule and the Area Commissions on Transportation, shall appoint a Final Review Committee that includes representatives from each of the committees and entities in section (2) and section (3) of this rule. Following the receipt of recommendations from the entities in section (3) of this rule and prior to selecting Projects to be funded with moneys in the Multimodal Transportation Fund, the Commission shall solicit a Final Recommendation Report from the Final Review Committee. The Department shall provide the Final Review Committee a list of recommendations from all committees and entities in section (2) and section (3) of this rule. The list shall include the evaluation results and recommendations from each of the committees and entities in sections (2) and (3) of this rule. The Final Review Committee shall provide the Commission its Final Recommendation Report of projects to be funded with moneys in the Multimodal Transportation Fund listing in priority order eligible Projects together with a reasonable number of alternate Projects in priority order.

(6) The Department shall determine the organizational guidance for the committees’ and entities’ processes and protocols.

(7) The committees and entities in sections (2), (3) and (5) of this rule shall follow the organizational guidance determined by the Department under section (6) of this rule.

(8) The Commission will consider all of the following in its determination of eligible Projects to approve for receipt of funds from the Multimodal Transportation Fund:

(a) Whether a proposed Project reduces transportation costs for Oregon businesses or improves access to jobs and sources of labor.

(b) Whether a proposed transportation project results in an economic benefit to this state.

(c) Whether a proposed Project is a critical link connecting elements of Oregon’s transportation system that will measurably improve utilization and efficiency of the system.

(d) How much of the cost of a proposed Project can be borne by the Applicant for the grant or loan from any source other than the Multimodal Transportation Fund.

(e) Whether a Project is ready for construction, or if the Project does not involve construction, whether the Project is ready for implementation.

(f) Whether a Project leverages other investment and public benefits from the state, other government units, or private business.

(g) Whether the Applicant proposes to contribute more than the minimum 20 percent of the eligible grant Project costs established in OAR 731-035-0070(4).

(h) Whether the Applicant is applying for a loan rather than a grant.

(9) To award funds that become available due to loan repayment, completion of an approved Project with less funds than the amount awarded, earnings on moneys held in the Multimodal Transportation Fund, withdrawal, termination as prescribed in OAR 731-035-0070(1) or sanction as prescribed in 731-035-0080(5) of an approved Project the Commission shall select projects for grants or loans in accordance with ORS 367.084 solely, notwithstanding any other provision of division 35 rules.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 184.616, 184.619, 367.082, Ch. 816 OL 2005

Stats. Implemented: ORS 367.080 – 367.086, Ch. 816 OL 2005, Ch. 723, Ch. 765, & Ch. 786 OL 2013

Hist.: DOT 8-2005(Temp), f. 11-17-05, cert. ef. 11-21-05 thru 5-19-06; DOT 3-2006, f. & cert. ef. 1-24-06; DOT 5-2007, f. & cert. ef. 11-15-07; DOT 3-2009, f. & cert. ef. 11-17-09; DOT 2-2010, f. & cert. ef. 7-30-10; DOT 5-2011, f. & cert. ef. 12-22-11; DOT 6-2013, f. & cert. ef. 12-20-13

731-035-0080

Project Administration

(1) The Department will administer all Projects.

(2) The Department and an Applicant of an Approved Project will execute an Agreement prior to the disbursal of Program Funds for an Approved Project. The Agreement is effective on the date all required signatures are obtained or at such later date as specified in the Agreement. Applicant will not be reimbursed for any funds expended prior to the execution of the Agreement except for a Director-granted waiver for emergency situations.

(3) The Agreement will contain provisions and requirements, including but not limited to:

(a) Documentation of the projected costs for an Approved Project must be submitted to the Department prior to the disbursal of Program Funds.

(b) Except as identified in subsection (2) of this rule, only Project costs incurred on or after the effective date of the Agreement are eligible for grant or loan funds.

(c) Disbursal of Program Funds for grants and loans will be paid on a reimbursement basis and will not exceed one disbursal per month. The Director or the OTC may make exceptions to the reimbursement basis if the Department finds that the applicant would have difficulty meeting this requirement.

(d) Five percent (5%) of funds received from the Multimodal Transportation Fund will be withheld from each reimbursement request and shall be released to grant recipient as the following condition are met:

(A) Eighty percent (80%) of funds withheld shall be released to recipient upon final project acceptance by the Department.

(B) Twenty percent (20%) of funds withheld shall be released upon receipt and approval by the Department of a project report that, at a minimum, describes project performance measures and jobs retained or created as a result of the project within 18 months of project acceptance by the Department.

(e) Upon request, a Recipient must provide the Department with a copy of documents, studies, reports and materials developed during the Project, including a written report on the activities or results of the Project and any other information that may be reasonably requested by the Department.

(f) Recipients must separately account for all moneys received from the Multimodal Transportation Fund in Project accounts in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.

(g) Any Program Funds disbursed but not used for an Approved Project must be returned to the Department.

(h) Amendments to Agreements are required to change an Approved Project’s cost, scope, objectives or timeframe.

(i) Recipients must covenant, represent and agree to use Project funds in a manner that will not adversely affect the tax-exempt status of any bonds issued under the Program.

(4) The Department may invoke sanctions against a Recipient that fails to comply with the requirements governing the Program. The Department will not impose sanctions until the Recipient has been notified in writing of such failure to comply with the Program requirements as specified in this Rule and has been given a reasonable time to respond and correct the deficiencies noted. The following circumstances may warrant sanctions:

(a) Work on the Approved Project has not been substantially initiated within six months of the effective date of the Agreement;

(b) State statutory requirements have not been met;

(c) There is a significant deviation from the terms and conditions of the Agreement; or

(d) The Department finds that significant corrective actions are necessary to protect the integrity of the Program Funds for the Approved Project and those corrective actions are not, or will not be, made within a reasonable time.

(e) The Department finds that a railroad operating wholly within Benton and Linn counties has charged landowners an easement fee on or after January 1, 2013 to access a landowner’s property.

(f) Applicant fails to submit a project report as described in OAR 731-035-0080(3)(d)(B).   

(5) The Department may impose one or more of the following sanctions:

(a) Revoke an existing award.

(b) Withhold unexpended Program Funds.

(c) Require return of unexpended Program Funds or repayment of expended Program Funds.

(d) Bar the Applicant from applying for future assistance.

(e) Other remedies that may be incorporated into grant and loan Agreements.

(6) The remedies set forth in this rule are cumulative, are not exclusive, and are in addition to any other rights and remedies provided by law or under the agreement.

(7) The Director will consider protests of the funding and Project administration decisions for the Program. Only the Applicant or Recipient may protest. Protests must be submitted in writing to the Director within 30 days of the event or action that is being protested. The Director’s decision is final. Jurisdiction for review of the Director’s decision is in the circuit court for Marion County pursuant to ORS 183.484.

(8) The Director may waive non-statutory requirements of this Program if it is demonstrated such a waiver would serve to further the goals and objectives of the Program.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 184.616, 184.619, 367.082, Ch. 816 OL 2005

Stats. Implemented: ORS 367.080 – 367.086, Ch. 816 OL 2005, Ch. 723, Ch. 765, & Ch. 786 OL 2013

Hist.: DOT 8-2005(Temp), f. 11-17-05, cert. ef. 11-21-05 thru 5-19-06; DOT 3-2006, f. & cert. ef. 1-24-06; DOT 5-2007, f. & cert. ef. 11-15-07; DOT 2-2010, f. & cert. ef. 7-30-10; DOT 5-2011, f. & cert. ef. 12-22-11; DOT 6-2013, f. & cert. ef. 12-20-13

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