United States of America: Federal Transit Administration waiver of Buy American requirements for ultrastraight rail

Measure #13101 | Published 11 Dec 2016 ▲

Description

In a Federal Register notice published on December 12, 2016 (Vol. 81 No. 238) the Federal Transit Administration announced that, in response to Buy America waiver requests from the Central Puget Sound Transit Authority, it had waived its Buy America requirements for the purchase of ultrastraight rail. The notice did not indicate in what country these components were to be procured, but the principal foreign suppliers of this item are China, the Czech Republic, and Japan.

Any Evidence-Based Deliberation:

Question Result
Is there anything in the public record to suggest that evidence of the effectiveness of the proposed measure was considered during official deliberations?
Is there any evidence that alternatives to the proposed measure were considered?
Is there anything in the public record that suggests that empirical evidence informed the comparison across the alternatives available to government?
Was such evidence identified?
Is such evidence publicly available?
Did the official decision-maker in question provide an explanation as to why a chosen measure was favoured over alternatives?
Is there any evidence to suggest that potentially affected trading partners were consulted before the measures were taken?
Is there any evidence that safeguards have been put in place to ensure that implementation of the initiative is transparent and non-discriminatory?
Did the government state its intention to review the measure within one year of implementation?

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Date Discovered:

Implemented: Yes

Date of inception: 12 Dec 2016

GTA Evaluation: Green

Government Response:

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