Third Party Contracting Guidance
This circular provides contracting guidance for recipients of federal assistance awarded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) when using that federal assistance to finance its procurements (third party contracts). This revision incorporates the procurement provisions of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP 21), Pub.L., 112-141, July 2012, and includes the most current available guidance for the Federal public transportation program as of the date of publication. This circular cancelled FTA Circular 4220.1E, “Third Party Contracting Requirements,” dated 06–19–03.
FTA's Office of Acquisition Management staff provided an overview of third-party contracting and procurement practices and suggestions on how to tackle challenging procurement issues at a webinar held December 13, 2022.