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Notice of Proposed Buy America waiver and request for comment.

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) received a request from the Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (IPTC) for a Buy America non-availability waiver for the procurement of a Horizontal Lifeline Fall Protection Maintenance Tie Back System (System). IPTC is constructing a new Downtown Transit Center, and according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations, must provide fall protection for employees performing maintenance on the building. IPTC seeks a waiver for the system because there are no domestic manufacturers of the system that meet the Buy America requirements. 49 U.S.C. 5323(j)(2) and 49 CFR 661.7(c)(2). IPTC issued a request for proposals (RFPs) for procurement of the system, and two firms were identified and showed an interest in providing the system. Neither firm, however, was Buy America-complaint. In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 5323(j)(3)(A), FTA is providing notice of the non-availability waiver request and seeks public comment before deciding whether to grant the request. If granted, the waiver would apply to a one-time procurement only for the specific fall arrest system identified in the waiver request.

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